Nigerian social crusader and widow of the late spokesperson of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, Joe Okei-Odumakin has given birth to twins – a boy and a girl – at a hospital in the United States of America on Wednesday.
Both the mother and the babies are in perfect health. The’miracle’ birth fulfilled the late Odumakin’s wish for a second child to be named after him.
Their first child, a girl, was born in 2000, and their second, a boy, was born in 2003. While the girl was named after Joe, the boy was named after Pa Abraham Adesanya, the late Afenifere leader.
The twins, on the other hand, arrive 18 years after their last child was born.
Yinka developed a strong desire for him and his wife to have another child after surviving a three-day coma in 2020 and a few months before succumbing to the illness that eventually but unexpectedly claimed his life.
However, it was reported that Yinka was never informed of his wife’s pregnancy before his death.
According to his wife’s statement, her husband had left instructions for the baby’s name or names. “However, he had prophetically left words concerning what the baby or babies should be called if his wishes materialised,” the statement read in part.
“YO, as he is fondly called, was so accurate in his predictions that they could be twins (and their sex) that he gave the names of the babies and told me how he would raise them.
“While many may interpret this to mean that YO had a premonition about his death, it was only a strong desire expressed by him to have babies that he would dot over and who would possibly step into his “aluta” shoes. It’s a dream come true!”
Joe Okei-Odumakin is the president of the human rights groups, Women Arise for Change Initiative and the Campaign for Democracy. In 2013, Odumakin was presented an International Women of Courage Award from the United States Department of State. The award was made by Michelle Obama and John Kerry at the US State Department’s Dean Acheson Auditorium in celebration of International Women’s Day.