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Lijadu Sisters: Concerns over Taiwo’s health as her identical twin, Kehinde, dies at 71

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Lijadu Sisters: Concerns over Taiwo’s health as her identical twin, Kehinde, dies at 71

Following the death of Kehinde Lijadu, half of the singing identical twins, family and friends have expressed worries over the health of Taiwo Lijadu.

Kehinde Lijadu reportedly died in the U.S on Saturday. And the 71-year-old surviving twin is said to be in a state of shock.

Veteran graphic designer and musician, Charlimo Imoloame, disclosed this in a Facebook post.

Announcing Kehinde’s death, Imoloame, quoted Taiwo as telling him:

“Good morning my brother Charlimo, this is your sister, Taiwo Lijadu.

“I just lost my twin sister Kehinde Lijadu oo. But I have not made an official announcement.

“I am in a state of very frightening ‘SHOCK’ as we speak. I’ll talk to you later.”

Another Facebook user, Vickie Owodunni, recounted an exchange she had with Taiwo on October 26 in Staten Island, New York.

“Vickie, we’ve both been sick. Remember we told you how sick we had been? Right now we’re both very sick,” Owodunni quoted Taiwo as saying.

In another post, Owodunni wrote:

“I Just spent some time with Sis Taiwo. She’s okay, as much as can be expected. She’ll be staying with family for a little while.”

The news of her death was broken by her twin sister and later confirmed by her cousin, David Olanrewaju Lijadu.

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The deceased, who has been battling severe stroke following a fall from the staircase in 1996, ruled the Nigerian music scene, along with her identical sister, from the mid-1960s to the early 1980s.

The identical sisters were cousins of the late maverick afrobeat icon, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.

Born on 18 September 1948, the Lijadu Sisters were nicknamed West African Pointer Sisters for effortlessly mixing afrobeat with jazz and disco.

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Some of their evergreen tracks are ‘Reincarnation’, ‘Danger’ and ‘Orere Elejigbo’.

 

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