On Wednesday, 26 August, 2020, when Tina, the widow of the leader of the Nigerian Community in the United Kingdom, Otunba (Dr.) Oladapo Oshun-Williams, chased his first son, Tolulope and daughter, Simi away from their father’s burial.
The embarrassing event prevented the children of the prominent London socialite from performing burial rites for their late father.
It was revealed that Tina, expressly ordered that the children from Williams’ previous marriage be barred from the programme.
“Tina asked the security men to remove Dapo’s two other children from the burial ground and there was a huge scene. Eventually, Tolu and Simi, who were accompanied by their mother, were persuaded to allow Tina finish her tasks at the grave site. Later, they went back to pay their last respect to their father.
“Another issue is that the man died a Muslim, there was no record of him ever going to church or becoming a Christian but he ended up being buried as a Christian because Tina, who had only one daughter for him later in life, felt he should be buried as a Christian,” said a source.
The remains of Williams, the Otunba Tayese of Akokolabd, Ondo State, were laid to rest in Sidcup, South East London. The burial was a small and intimate ceremony, which was attended by just close family members and friends, including Otunba Wale Kalejaiye, founder of the Nigerian Think Tank Group, of which Williams was a former chairman and till his death, a Board of Trustees member.
The death of the highly popular chieftain and erudite socialite caused great ripples of grief among his many friends and fans, as well as several beneficiaries of his generosity and mentorship.
The much loved and highly respected leader died of heart attack on August 4, shortly after taking part in a Youth Empowerment Zoom Seminar organised by the “Agba Ko Ni Tan L’orile Oodua” Group.
It was gathered that Williams, who was an indigene of Lagos State, a qualified Architect, and a chartered surveyor, had said he was going to one of his construction sites. He granted an interview to Alistair Soyode of Ben TV and few minutes afterwards, he reportedly had a heart attack and died.
His wife, Tina was said to have begun to look for him 24 hours after.
The Police were informed of his disappearance and reports indicated that investigation started shortly after the police were informed that he was nowhere to be found.
Sources disclosed that the police couldn’t break into where he was last seen, and waited for another 48 hours because his car was in his office
Dapo Williams, who was popularly known as DW was a high achiever and he had several accomplishments to his credit, including the Project Management of the Canary Wharf Building in London, NMC property portfolio management, and Facilities Maintenance and property management for several high profile organisations .
He was a corporate real estate consultant with a deep involvement in the Gas and Oil sector as a forecourt Petroleum products retailer.
Williams was also the founder of President Buhari Campaign Organisation.
Williams is survived by his wife Tina, three children, a grandson and siblings.