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After Four Years, Family Remembers Lagos Socialite, Nike Shonibare




The family and friends of late popular Lagos celebrity lady, Nike Shonibare, last week remembered the late bank icon who died exactly fours years ago. Nike, a quintessential woman and an achiever in her own right, was married to Alaba Shonibare, a Lagos big boy who is from the famous scion of the Shonibare clan.

Nike passed away on Tuesday, August 16, at her Shonibare Estate, Maryland residence, after a protracted battle with breast cancer. She was aged 45. She was the Managing Director of Self Centre, the highbrow, all-purpose beauty clinic in Lagos. Her battle with breast cancer began in 2005, when a tumour was extracted from her breast at St. Nicholas Hospital, Lagos. Later, she went abroad, where she underwent surgery and treatment.

After nine months, she was cleared of the scourge and discharged by her doctors. Unfortunately, early in 2011, she suffered a relapse and had to undergo medical treatment abroad. She was brought back to Nigeria and was treated by a team of doctors and nurses at her home before she finally gave up the ghost. Shonibare was an active member of the Bloom Cancer Care and Support Centre, and was very vociferous about creating awareness for breast cancer among women.
 She is survived by her husband, Alaba Shonibare, a property merchant and a son, CJ.

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