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Late Ibidun Ajayi-Ighodalo has been laid to rest at the Vaults and Gardens cemetery in Lagos state on Saturday, June 20.

The funeral service was attended by her family members, inlaws, friends, Governor of Ondo State Rotimi Akeredolu, deposed Emir of Kano Sanusi Muhammad II, and many others.

Prayers were offered for her soul as well as for God’s protection for her husband, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo, their two children Keke and Zenan, her mother, siblings, foundation and every other person associated with her.

The renown event planner, entrepreneur and ex-beauty Queen passed away at age 39 on June 14 in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, where she was handling an humanitarian project.

Her brother in-law, Asue Ighodalo, disclosed that Late Ibidun Ighodalo's mum planned to gift her a house on 40th birthday, he said Ibidun’s mum was almost done with the house, and she had wanted her husband to be the one to present the house to her on her birthday.

She was born in Ibadan, Oyo State, as the fifth child of eight children of late Olaleye Ajayi, Ibidun as she was fondly called, attended K-Kotun Primary School in Surulere Lagos, before heading for the Federal Government Girls College, Oyo State for her secondary education.

She proceeded to study Microbiology at the University of Lagos, Akoka, after which she acquired further training in Business Management from the Lagos Business School. She was also a fellow of the National Institute Marketing, Nigeria (NIMN). Her life journey started significantly while she was waiting to gain admission into the University of Lagos to study Medicine, which was her father’s choice. And because she loved her father, she also fell in love with the medical sciences. But unknown to her, providence had charted another course for her when her admission letter got mixed up and sent to someone else, which left her devastated. She was left with no choice than to study another course. This somehow made her indecisive on what career to pursue.

However, her life took a new turn when she won the first-ever Miss Lux Beauty Pageant in 1999. She got into the limelight and seized the platform to boost her desired career in event management. She founded Elizabeth R, a PR and event Management Company in 2003 and thrived as one of the leading events agencies in the country. Over the last 15 years, she has no doubt dominated the events management and decoration business in Nigeria, especially in Lagos and Abuja. Her entry into that space really changed the headlines as she launched her luxury 4000-capacity event centre, The Dorchester, in 2014. By 2016, she launched a bridal store Avant-Garde.

See photos from the funeral service below;

May her soul rest in peace and God will comfort her loved ones.

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