I Was Not The Cause Of Dr Ajayi Leaving His Family – Helen Prest-Ajayi
Helen Prest-Ajayi, a former beauty queen and wife of late Dr Oluwatosin Ajayi, has debunked the report that she was the reason her late husband, left his first family 35 years ago.
It will be recalled that there was a mild drama during the funeral of Dr. Ajayi when his older children struggled with Helen for the shovel at the graveside.
The mother of three has since addressed the issue. However, she had earlier responded to a Facebook comment by one Muyiwa Akinsete and made several revelations including the fact that her late husband had been living alone in Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja for 10 years before he met her and moved out.
“Dr Ajayi left his family and was living alone in Sheraton Hotel Ikeja for 10 years before he met me. For the avoidance of doubt, I repeat, I was not the cause of him leaving his family. I did not know him and I did not know them,” she stated.
“He met me and left the refuge of Sheraton Hotel within a month. I was married to him for 25 years. I was not a secret. Nobody challenged me or said a word. I never had any exchange of words with his children throughout our 25 years together.”
“Instead of thanking me for caring for their father and giving him a happy life, they have sort to disrespect him, his choices and his life. What kind of children do that even at their father’s graveside. 25 years is not a joke. If their father did not want me in his life I would not have been there.”
“He made it very clear he did not want their mother in his life. They did not live together or communicate with each other for 35 years. Even when he was in hospital he did not contact her though he had his phone with him. They should respect that,”
“On my part, the fact that my husband did not want their mother in his life does not also give me the licence to disrespect her, after allshe is the mother of his children. Which is the reason when she was called to give the last rites I waited respectfully and quietly, expecting the same degree of respect to be given to me in turn. Of course, I forgot that in Nigeria the words respect, honour, dignity are hollow.”