Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Netherlands, Dr. Eniola Olairan Ajayi has revealed that the lowest moment of her life was when she lost her daughter.
Her 27-year-old daughter, Oluwadolapo Oluwadamilola Ajayi, passed away on April 20, 2018, during the burial rites of her 98-year-old grandfather at Iyin-Ekiti, Ekiti State.
She had returned to Nigeria from the United States for the funeral and was said to have complained of a headache during the ceremony.
She was rushed to a private hospital where she eventually died from a ruptured brain aneurysm.
Speaking on her beloved daughter’s death in an interview with Punch, the envoy said it was the lowest moment of her life.
“My lowest moment was losing my first daughter. My highest moments were those times when people believing God for a child got pregnant after many years of waiting. The more personal one is seeing the grandchildren of my father— a retired school teacher— graduate from different Ivy League universities around the world,” she said.
On how she has been coping with the loss, Ambassador Ajayi said,
“I listen a lot to worship songs. It has not been easy at all. I just focus on my service to God, my other children, work and service to humanity. I am just coming to terms with the fact that she is not coming back.
“She led such a beautiful and impactful life that it is simply impossible to forget her. There is no day since April 20, 2018, that I don’t remember her. I take consolation in the fact that I will see her again but in the meantime, I will not whisper her name– Oluwadolapo Ajayi.”