If former Mrs Jedidah Ogunleye thought her singer daughter, the popular Simi, was the only celebrity in the family, then, she must be wrong!
Simi’s mother is also a celebrity and made headlines over the weekend as a bride who walked down the aisle at 61.
The 61-year-old and her estranged husband were separated in 1997.
She was single until his death a few years ago.
Although very little is known of her father, Simi, in an interview revealed how much she missed him.
According to her, her parents separated when she was nine years old.
“I grew up more with my mother because my parents separated when I was nine. My dad passed on last year in March, and if I could turn back the hands of time I’ll be more involved with him than I was. These days, I wish I was more around for him during his last days, but who would have thought?
“He spoilt us silly as kids. I was in school when he first got ill and he would try to come see me, even though there was a lot of family drama in between, stuff I really can’t talk about. But it’s all good. I wasn’t always around; I wasn’t always there with him. He is gone now and even though I still have very fond memories of him, I wish I did more. I felt very bad for some time but I guess we all learn from situations of this sort,” she recalled.
In another interview, the award-winning singer talked about her mum’s love for her kids.
Simi said: “She was so strong, she never makes excuses like I don’t have this or that. She would do whatever to make sure we were okay. We weren’t hungry, we went to really good schools, so she went to the end of the world for us. My mum doesn’t know how to do tough love. When she loves, she loves completely, she loves like she can see you are the bad egg and yet she would love you like you are the best egg.”
So, how did Simi’s mum end up as a bride at 61?
The now Mrs Jedidah Akinsola testified in church(Daystar Christian Centre) when she was engaged.
She said, “I joined this church for over 20 years as a sinner. I will like to say a big thank you to Pastor Sam. My desire has always been to get married. Every Sunday, I’m always ushering couples to their seat and I love to see these couples ushered into the church because marriage is something I so much desire. Getting married has always been a particular goal I rewrite every year. My daughter Simi once told me that ‘Mummy, this church you are going, it’s just young boys and youths that attend this church, you may never find a man of your age in that church.’ But I trusted God too much.
Just this year, a man walked into my life and as you can see, I am now engaged and would be getting married in January 2018.”
On Saturday January 20, 2018, she walked down the aisle with her beau.