Political activist and publicity secretary of the Pan-Yoruba political group, Yinka Odumakin, Afenifere has passed on at age 56.

An online news platform, Q.E.D, first reported his death. Odumakin reportedly died of complications from COVID-19.

He was said to have been battling underlying conditions such as diabetes before the COVID-19 attack. His wife, Mrs Joe Okei-Odumakin, also confirmed the sad news.

She said he died Saturday at the Intensive Care Unit of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.

Joe and Yinka Odumakin were the only married couple in the 492-member 2014 National Conference in Abuja. Both of them are activists, but represented different groups at the Conference.

While Yinka, a Yoruba, represented the Afenifere, which he speaks for, Joe, a Deltan, came on the platform of Civil Society Organisations. She represented the Campaign for Democracy and Women Arise, both of which she headed.

In one of his many interviews, this is his view on life, “Life is about setting priorities and living one’s passion. It becomes stress free once one is living one’s dream. Every hour of one’s life counts and one should be able to cut away time-wasting exercises. One gives up certain things to pursue the things that are important to one. We have discovered that many people spend a great percentage of their time doing things that add no value to their lives or living to please societal expectations even when such do not align with their goals. The first most important thing in life is to have a clear idea of where one is going and focus on it. Within that prism, we have been able to strike a balance between public life and private space”

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