|Alhaja Amope Kinoshi, CEO, Soak Ventures Ltd & ex-Wife of Alhaji (Dr.) Buari Abu Alade Oloto|
Alhaja Sherifat Abiodun Amope Kinoshi sells classy lady shoes, bags and fashion accessories on Lagos Island. Her store, Soak Ventures Ltd at Oceanic Plaza, Balogun street, Lagos, is a beehive of activities for big Lagos Madams who don’t mind the money that goes into their fashion kits. This woman of style who is jovial and business savvy is not only famous among her circle of friends but equally amiable in attitude.
Sometimes ago, she disclosed the secret of her once upon a time relationship with popular Lagos land merchant and socialite, Alhaji (Dr.) Buari Abu Alade Oloto. It was weeks after the Wedding Nikkai of her only child for the famous land merchant in the person of Barrister (Mrs.) Adijat Omodolapo Oloto who married, Iwo-Osun State born Bolaji Saka. The ceremony took place with that of her half sister, Tawakalitu Folashade Oloto, an accountant who married Nasir Dawodu Orieran on an auspicious Sunday June 30th in Lagos. The event which had two prominent kings from the Yoruba Kingdoms of Oyo and Lagos in the person of Iku-baba-Yeye, Oba (Dr.) Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi (111) the Alaafin of Oyo and Oba (Dr.) Rilwan Osuolale Akiolu, the Olowo Eko and Oba of Lagos was the talk of town for many months as Fuji Music Czar, K-One De-Ultimate staged a very huge performance to usher the two Oloto girls into marriage life.
|Dr. Buari Oloto with Daughters Folashade & Omodolapo on their wedding day|
During the christening of her first grandchild, a girl in the heart of Suru-Lere—Lagos, Asabeafrika got some best kept secrets of her life which has never been shared with anyone before. This blog engaged the beautiful Ereko—Lagos Island born lady for two hours and she told us a bit about her relationship with Dr. Buari Oloto the father of her lawyer daughter, Dolapo. She is presently married to Chief Taiwo Kinoshi whom she described as “The Love of my life”.
|Amope with Dolapo & half sister, Folashade on their wedding day|
Alhaja Amope Kinoshi spoke to Asabeafrika in the presence of her elder sister, Mrs. Olabisi Fowora and a couple of friends and associates from Lagos Island. Enjoy the excerpts.Congratulations Madam. Today, we are celebrating the delivery of your granddaughter. How do you feel at the moment as the newest grandmother in town?
|Alhaja Amope Kinoshi to Asabeafrika....'Buari Oloto is a very strict man but kind as well'|
I am very grateful to Almighty Allah. Because what my daughter has been doing since the beginning of her life is great. She is a much disciplined child and one that has made me proud. So I am happy and thankful to God, she is the apple of my eyes.
She is my daughter, she is a girl groomed with a great sense of discipline. She is well disciplined, she is well trained. She loves everyone around her, she is a great person and I am proud to be her mother. The pride of every mother is to see her child grow to make success. She gives me joy and that is why we are here today to celebrate a new phase in her life.
What were the potentials you found in her as a kid that showed she was going to be a lawyer later in life?
|The GDA meets Omodolapo inside her Car on Wedding Day|
I know she can talk. So immediately she told me she wanted to read law, I knew she would be successful at it. She didn’t bother my head at all because my daughter can talk and she can defend anybody. It is something that you will find in her anytime and to God be the glory, today she is a lawyer.
On her wedding day with her half sister, you looked so stressed up until the brides arrived. What actually was going on in your mind at that moment?
|Omodolapo Adija (R) with Half Sister Folashade Tawakalitu Oloto on their wedding day|
(Laughs heartily). What was on my mind that day was very interesting. That day which is 30th of June was a very special day. I witnessed it in peace and good health and I pray to witness more of such days on planet earth In-Sha-Allah. I was not really stressed up, I was just agitated like any other mother. Before then, there was fear and anxiety, but on that very day, all my fears disappeared. T’eyan ba ge’shin ninu mi, ko le kose (If anyone rides a horse in my tummy, the person can never stumble). That was how I felt on that very day of my daughter’s wedding. It is a great feeling of accomplishment. I pray every good mother will experience such in their life time.
Can you also use this opportunity to describe your former husband and father of your daughter, Chief (Dr.) Buari Alade Oloto. A lot of people believe he is a very fiery man. As his former wife, how would you describe him?
|The Dr. Buari Alade Oloto with daughters, Dolapo, Folashade & their hubbies|
He is just a disciplined man. You know there is nobody that does not have his own style. That is his own style. In most cases, people miscomprehend his strength of character and see it as high handedness, no; he is just a simple man. He is not wicked but he is very intelligent and he dislikes people being cheated. He is a man who loves to see things being done in the best way. He abhors stupidity and I think you can see that in all his children, he ensured they all earned good education and well brought up. You can see it in their attitude and character.
People say he is a no nonsense man and we all saw how he took charge of the event during your daughters’ wedding ceremony….
|The Dr. Buari Alade Oloto brings the Alaafin of Oyo to his daughters' wedding Nikkai|
(Cuts in). Yes, he is a no nonsense man. He can voice his opinion out right away and you think he is angry with you. He can shout at you now. But from here to that place, he has forgotten. In fact, he will be the one to even call you for another assignment. So, he doesn’t begrudge people. He is a peace loving man and I think we should respect him for his lifestyle.
Can you recollect some of the good moments you shared with him while your romance lasted?
|The GDA meets Alhaja Amope Kinoshi|
(Laughs again) Emi O le so yen o (I don’t want to say anything on that issue o) (laughs heartily as she tries to discard the question)
I think it will make a good reading for his fans? Just a bit about your relationship won’t be a bad idea?
|The GDA engages Alhaja Amope Kinoshi|
You mean I should talk about our relationship
Yes, we want to know?
At least during my stay with him, he was a good man. He was an amiable person and a disciplined father. That is all I can say to you.
Of course, it is cordial because my daughter is there. We have a common connection which is my daughter. So, our relationship is still cordial. I respect his views and he equally respects mine. So, I don’t think there is anything unusual about our relationship.
We learnt you are now married to Chief Taiwo Olanrele Kinoshi from Kenta area of Abeokuta, tell us something about him?
|Amope Kinoshi and her Lawyer Daughter for Buari Oloto, Omodolapo Adijat|
I don’t know how to describe him, he is the love of my life, and he is everything to me. He is there for me, Taiwo is there for me. He is a loving man; he is kind not just to his wife alone but to everyone around him. He is very kind to everybody around me, everybody he knows and I am very happy I am married to him. He is a generous man. A man with full understanding, I thank Almighty Allah for the kind of love he is showering upon me.
(Laughs heartily) We met quite a long time when I was young. He was trying to chase me then, but I didn’t understand him. We went apart for a long time until we met again and the love picked up and here we are (Smiles).
No, that was not it. Then, I was a student and he was equally a student. We were both young and were just too exuberant to understand the challenges of romance or love life. I was a student of Lagos Anglican Girls High School, Surulere while he was a student of Ansarudeen College, Isolo. He was just chasing me about then but it never graduated into an affair. It was after I left Alhaji Oloto and he came back and we ignited the romance all over again. He is based in the United States of America and he has been there for me from time to time.
No, he is an ICT guru.
A lot of your friends came from Balogun market to honor your daughter’s wedding ceremony and today, they are also here to support you. What are you going to say to them?
|Alhaja Amope Kinoshi on the Phone (A net worker of a lady)|
I don’t know what to say because I am short of words. I am short of words because everything that comes to me in the last couple of weeks makes me happy and if you experience that kind of happiness, if you are too happy, definitely you will be short of words. I am really short of words; all I can say is that I am one of the happiest women on planet earth at the moment. I am just happy.
So, who is Alhaja Sherifat Abiodun Amope Kinoshi?
|Alhaja Amope Kinoshi with associates at the naming ceremony of her grand daughter|
I am from Lagos Island, from Ereko in the Lagos Island and Idumota area (she went into her Oriki) Ara Ereko Ekirun, Keferi O Layole, Omo abagi ja ma’a ba eyan ja. Omo Nono kukuru Lode Ereko. Omo Alowo Lowo K’oyinbo to de, Oyinbo de, Owo naa tun wa po repete , my mother is half Ile-Ife and half Epe but my father is from Lagos Island precisely Ereko. He was an affluent man in his life time; we have properties and businesses on Nnamdi Azikiwe and Ereko Street. We are very enterprising people and we don’t joke with our work. We are very enterprising and religious as well, all that you will find in my Oriki which says much about our people, their beliefs, their industries and their life style. I am proud of my people, I am proud of my heritage, I am proud of my religion. I am the last born of my parent; I hold the sixth position in the family. I am into fashion accessories, (Shoes and Bags precisely) I travel a lot and do businesses across the globe. We are a very happy people and that you will see on the faces of my sisters who are here with me.
|Omodolapo with mum's friend on her naming ceremony day|
|Omodolapo Adijat Oloto with her hubby, Mr. Saka on their wedding day|
|The Dr. Buari Oloto & Alaafin of Oyo Oba Lamidi Adeyemi Iku Baba Yeye|
|The Chief (Dr.) Buari Alade Oloto with his legal wife, Hajia Alimotu Shadia aka Iya Oyo|
|Omodolapo & Half Sister, Folashade in rare pose with the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi|
|Omodolapo & Saka in prayer mood for their baby|
|Alhaja Amope Kinoshi's daughter, Omodolapo with her hubby Mr. Saka and their bundle of joy|
|Alhaja Alimatu Shadiat Oloto aka Iya Oyo, Alhaji Buari Oloto's legal wife carries Alhaja Amope Kinoshi's grand child|