Toyin Lawani in her Mother’s day message in honor of Late Ibidunni Ighodalo on March 14, 2021 recalled how affectionate the deceased was, every Mother’s Day.
In an emotional tribute on Instagram, Toyin Lawani wrote thus:
”It’s Mother’s Day and you came to my mind as usual, even with my mom being late you don’t miss calling me on mothers day where ever you are, you talk to the kids and send them gifts, no one can ever fill the space you left in my heart cause you are special.
”Most people might not know how close we are, but our sisterhood wasn’t for the public eyes when people go on negative about me, you call to say be you, God will never judge you for that, Toyin you are a hard worker, don’t mind naysayers, you inspire a lot of people and you are doing well, she always made me go on, rest on sis, I will always love you and can never forget you @ibidunni_ighodalo
Ibidunni Ighodalo (July 1980 – 14 June 2020) was a former beauty queen, an event management expert, a philanthropist, and a co-pastor of Trinity House Church, in Lagos Nigeria.
In 2007, she married Pastor Pastor Ituah Ighodalo of Trinity House Church and both have two adopted children. Mrs Ighodalo was open about her own struggles to conceive, and her passion to help families that are suffering from infertility.
She once narrated in an interview how they struggled to have their own children, visited hospitals and were told by medical doctors that their only option is to seek treatment through assisted reproduction. Ibidun confessed that she had done IVF 11 times and it failed every time, and during the last attempt, she was pregnant with twins. Unfortunately, she lost the pregnancy after three months.
These experiences led her to establish Ibidunni Ighodalo Foundation to create awareness on infertility and provide financial supports for families with such issues to do IVF.
Through the foundation, she has provided grants for couples to undergo IVF, and carried out awareness.
Mrs. Ibidunni died in the early hours of Sunday morning, 14 June 2020 in Port Harcourt, in the eastern Nigeria. Before her death, she was on assignment to set up a COVID-19 isolation centre for the River State government. Ibidunni died about a month before her 40th birthday. She died due to cardiac arrest.