Late Sheila Solarin, the widow of late educationist, Dr Tai Solarin, was buried yesterday in Ikenne, Remo in Ogun State. The Mayflower school co-founder was buried beside the grave of her husband in the family’s compound in Ikenne. The burial service of the educationist took place earlier at the Mayflower School Compound, and was conducted by the Methodist Church of Nigeria. Hundreds of guests from within and outside Nigeria defiled the downpour to bid the deceased a final farewell.
Old students of Mayflower School, founded by the deceased and her late husband, were dressed in similar Ankara fabrics for the ceremony. The officiating minister at the service, Joseph Osifuwa, in his sermon said the deceased’s lifestyle was worth emulating. He said the late Mrs. Solarin lived a fulfilled life. In his words, “Solarin knew her purpose and fulfilled it. She finished her course. Whatever position one occupies, it is meant to fulfill a purpose of God,” the preacher emphasised.
Among those who read tributes at the service included the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun; Yoruba leader, Olanihun Ajayi; and the Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko who was represented by one of his aides, an old student of the school. The first child of the deceased, Corin Solarin, expressed appreciation to guests after the funeral service, however, said the interment was to be a private family affair. The interment was done away from the attendees.
Sheila Solarin (Nee Tuer), died on the 21st of October, 2012 at the age of 88.