October 1, 2022

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Popular Okunnowo Family In Disarray Over Property + How Chris Okunnowo and Kemi Shonibare Defrauded Their Siblings

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There is a Yoruba adage that says if all things within a family are going well it means the bastard there has not come of age. It is therefore saddening when people expected to project the glory of the family are enjoying themselves to the detriment of their siblings.

About 25 years ago, Chief Emmanuel Okusanya Okunnowo, popularly known as Baba Oni Damask because of his love for Damask, a brand of cloth that is popular among the wealthy in those days, died. Just like every other chief of his time, the Ijebu High Chief had many wives and was blessed with 25 children. Chief Okunsanya can be called a wealthy man as he left behind an estate and other properties which run into billions going by their current valuation.

The story however is that since the death of the patriarch of the Okunnowo family some 25 years ago, the family has been embroiled in
crisis which has pitched all other children of chief against the four children from the first wife. Information at the disposal of Global News revealed that all other members of the family have been denied access to their share of their late father’s property by Chief Funlola Chris Okunnowo, the Bobasuwa of Ijebu; Mrs. Kemi Shonibare, Remi Okunnowo and one other who shares the same mother
with them.

It was gathered that Chief Chris Okunnowo was trusted by their late father to take care of his property while he was alive, an
opportunity which enabled Chris to have been more familiar with their father’s properties more than any other children. And Chris, in connivance with his siblings of the same mom decided to use to their advantage to feed fat to the
detriment of other family members.

Among many of the atrocities the Bobasuwa and his sister Kemi Shonibare committed against other members of their family is that he
forged the signature of his maternal elder brother to transfer to himself the sole signatory to their father’s account and businesses, a matter which we were informed forced the elder brother, Remi Okunnowo to drag him to Nigeria Police Force CID, in Alagbon then, while Kemi was said to had fraudulently forged the signature of other members of the family to clear their father’s account in
London.

A concerned member of the family revealed that the pair who are now holding the entire family to ransom were once sworn enemies, as Kemi
had at a time  publicly dragged Chris with his cloth while calling him a rogue and that he will end up in prison
before Chris decided to involve her and it is their team that is now recklessly plundering the family’s money.

Sources within the family also accused Chris of using money from the property that belongs to them collectively to buy himself a house in
Palm Grove Estate, while his sister Kemi used about N400 million out of the money generated by their father’s property to erect a house on Lekki axis of Lagos.
While all this was going on, one of their brothers died because he was too poor to take care of himself.

All this we were informed led the second son of Chief Emmanuel Okunnowo, Chief Folahan Okunnowo to charge them to court on behalf of
other children. The notice of the case which was filed at the Lagos High court is scheduled to come up later in the year. His decision we were informed became necessary when all effort to make them carry out the instructions in the will of their father proved abortive, the last of which was a peace meeting called by a retired Supreme Court Judge mid this year.

At the said ,which had in attendance 17 of the initial 25 children out of which 2 are dead and another 2 out of the country, it was
agreed that the shareholding of Goodwill Investment Ltd, the company which was set up to be management company in charge of the properties and which is going to be under the control of the children, but which had since been hijacked by
Chief Chris and Kemi his sister, would be dissolved and the shares of the company will be shared equally among all the children. It was also agreed that the signatories to the bank accounts be changed as well as the company’s Board of Directors, to curb the excesses of the two. They all agreed to the arrangement at the meeting only for Chris to return a month later to renege on the agreement. This and many more are responsible for the latest court case, as an earlier one, instituted to force him to reveal the statement of account
years back, has not been obeyed till date.

Another member of the family who spoke with Global News revealed that while one of those that were stated in their father’s will to be
taken care of among the children is now a motor park tout in Ijebu, Kemi spent N1.3 million on Chinese food during her daughter’s marriage ceremony, while she also spent another N9 million on venue decorations. She was also said to be in the habit using her company, LASIM to milk dry the inheritance. The pair are said to be ruthless in the way they draw money from the account, a situation
that forced them to go borrowing when one of their brothers, Femi died in London and the money paid into the account was yanked out by one of the two, though no members of the family had anything to do about it as the two were also responsible for the borrowing to bring his corpse home for burial.

At the moment, Chris and the rest of his siblings, we were told, are planning a society wedding for one of their brothers, in an effort to
launder their image, not minding the fact that when the brother in question needed money while studying law, they told him there was no money in the company’s account, whereas it was stated in their father’s will that all children be well catered for, and that money be set aside for education of all grandchildren.

11 thoughts on “Popular Okunnowo Family In Disarray Over Property + How Chris Okunnowo and Kemi Shonibare Defrauded Their Siblings

  1. @ yinka Akintunde, its not everything that happens in life one have answers to or can do anything about; some you learn from while others you prevent from happening again in the future.

  2. No wonder one of his brothers help malice with him for about 25 years. This man is a thief. RIP: the poor Okunowo that died because he could take care of his predicament. What a ruthless and cruel family.

    This is news! Please leave a WILL so that some greedy children would not cheat your other children. A WILL is necessary. Share your wealth properly in your WILL.

  3. No wonder Kemi walks around with her arms akimbo, like she amalgamated the northern and southern protectorate, to form Nigeria. She should concentrate on helping her daughter get pregnant and getting help for her alcoholic son.
    Bush woman! Does she eat Chinese? Local babe.

    Kemi is a renowned thief. She defrauded her ex-husband and her lover. All her childhood friends have deserted her because of her bad, jealous and evil ways.

  4. You mean Kemi has continued to steal and cheat. What happened to all her numerous lovers or has she stopped walking with her back? Shameless whore!

  5. It’s a shame. Kemi that once threatened that Funlola will go to jail has turned around to do all that she accused him of. Well I guess it is a case of ‘if you can’t be them, join them.’

    Thief!!!

  6. What a life? this is a lesson for greedy Mrs Bola Okunuga
    to learn from, and be thankful to his half brothers and sisters, Mrs Dola Black, Dr Tolu Ajayi, Kehinde Ajayi, Lawyer Taiye Ajayi and Mr Seye Ajayi . I read about the good Ajayi famiy in the Daily Sun Newspaper of August 21, 2011, I wish to know and meet you all – I am proud of you all . hope you have recovered your mom’s london house money? Tell your lucky half sister for having you all, and remind her again that “Ori oju ri o” once you are from same mother.

    1. Wow! “The good Ajayi family”…i am quite surprised and iit’s funny how im just seeing this. I am one of the daughters of the late Dr Seye Ajayi who passed away some years back and to be honest those people are ALL GREEDY and wicked! (I stand by this and will never change it) they have decided to sit on our rightful inheritance. Thank God for his grace and the MOTHER he gave me… Please since you desire to meet them and incase you do. kindly ask about his children and how they have treated us all because of money. God will definitely fight on our behalf. Don’t be deceived!! All the love is just for the press and public interest! The world we live in is evil and cold!

  7. my people dont allow inheritance cause disarray amongs you bcos just a few miles to your root same happens with few to tell the stories and while the rancour still rages on to the 3rd generation its sad

  8. @Yinka Akintunde, I am sure you are birds of the same feather. U̶̲̥̅̊ must be a thief like her. If you don’t have anything to say that makes sense better keep quiet.

  9. This is just a bunch of lies….You guys should go get your facts correct.

    For example:

    1) “The family has been embroiled in crisis which has pitched all other children of chief against the four children from the first wife” – GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT …THAT IS NOT TRUE….MAYBE U SHOULD DO YOUR HOMEWORK FIRST AND FIND OUT WHICH OF THE OTHER CHILDREN ARE FIGHTING.

    2)”Sources within the family also accused Chris of using money from the property that belongs to them collectively to buy himself a house in Palm Grove Estate, while his sister Kemi used about N400 million out of the money generated by their father’s property to erect a house on Lekki axis of Lagos” – LIE #2, CHRIS HAD THE HOUSE BEFORE PAPA DIED, KEMI HAD MONEY TO BUY THE HOUSE IN LEKKI (SHE DID NOT BUILD IT) SHE IS INTO IMPORTING AND EXPORTING…GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT AGAIN…

    3) “All this we were informed led the second son of Chief Emmanuel Okunnowo, Chief Folahan Okunnowo to charge them to court on behalf of other children. – FOLAHAN IS NOT THE SECOND SON OF PAPA…MAYBE 3RD OF EVEN 4TH SON. FOLAHAN HAS BEEN BENEFITING FROM PAPA’S ESTATE ALONG WITH CHRIS SINCE PAPA DIED (FOLAHAN IS A CULPRIT # 2 WITH CHRIS)

    4) Kemi spent N1.3 million on Chinese food during her daughter’s marriage ceremony, while she also spent another N9 million on venue decorations. – FYI THE WEDDING WAS PAID FOR BY THE PARENTS OF THE BRIDE. THE DAUGTHER IS FROM THE SHONIBARE FAMILY (WHO I BELIEVE HAVE THEIR OWN MONEY). OKUNOWO MONEY WAS NOT USED FOR THE WEDDING. AGAIN GET YOUR FACTS CORRECT

    5) Femi died in London and the money paid into the account was yanked out by one of the two, though no members of the family had anything to do about it as the two were also responsible for the borrowing to bring his corpse home for burial” – IT’S UNFORTUNATE UNCLE FEMI DIED, BUT THERE IS MORE TO HIS DEATH THAN YOU KNOW…..GET YOUR FACTS CORRECT….

    OVER ALL YOUR SOURCE(S) SEEM TO HAVE LIMITED INFORMATION.

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