By Fatima Muraina
Akure, the Ondo State capital was yesterday thrown into mourning following the death of a prominent business woman, Mrs Ruth Olowookere, aka Madam Do Good at 74.
Madam Do Good as she was fondly called held sway in the business and political circles as a community leader.
Her death caused ripples in the state capital as some of her admirers broke down and wept uncontrollably.
The Hope correspondent who visited her residence along FUTA North Gate met scores of sympathisers who wore pensive look at the sprawling building.
Majority of the sympathizers who were females sat on the floor of the building either weeping or looking sad.
Madam Do Good was said to have died after a brief illness as the family denied that her death was due to COVID-19.
A statement signed on behalf of her family by Mr Kunle Ajibogun described her death as painful and was not in any way connected with COVID-19
Part of the statement reads “This is to inform the good people of Ondo State and Nigeria in general that we have lost a rare gem, the Iyaloja-General of Ondo state, Chief Mrs Ruth Olowookere aka (Madam Do Good).
Madam Do Good died today 26th July, 2020 (Sunday) at the age of 74 years after a brief illness.
However, her death is not in any way connected with the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Chairman, Ondo State Micro Credit Agency, Mrs Kosemani Kolawole described the death of Mrs Ruth Olowookere as a great loss to the business community and Akure Kingdom
Iyaloja-General of Ondo State, Mrs Iwalola Adefemiwa in a telephone chat with The Hope described the death of the business mogul as a rude chock to her as she expressed sympathy for the demise of the deceased.
Shepherd in charge of Celestial Church of Christ, Agunloye Parish, Assistant Superior Evangelist Solomon Olunuga said the death of Madam Do Good shocked the church because she was one of the pillars of the church.
He described the late business mogul as a philanthropist who gave to the needy without looking back.