Nigerian Pastor’s Wife and Former Beauty Queen Ibidun Ighodalo Dead at 39

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Ibidun Ighodalo, the wife of Nigerian pastor Ituah Ighodalo and former beauty queen, died June 14 at the age of 39, the Daily Post reported.

She died from a heart attack in the early morning in a hotel in Port Harcourt, according to Pulse. Ighodalo had traveled to June 12 to Rivers States to help with a project to build isolation centers for COVID-19 patients, the Daily Post reported.

Her death has shocked and saddened many in Nigeria.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness and shock, according to the Daily Post. “Please accept my condolences. May God give you the fortitude to bear the loss, and strengthen you at this trying time,” he said.

Ighodalo was the wife of Ituah Ighodalo, who is the popular pastor of the Trinity House Church and her family has released a statement, according to the Daily Post:

The Ighodalo and Olaleye Ajayi families are deeply saddened to announce the sudden loss of our beloved wife and daughter Mrs. Ibidunni Ituah-Ighodalo who passed away in the early hours of today.

Ighodalo would have turned 40 on July 19, Pulse reported.

Ighodalo Focused On Helping Families

According to her Trinity House biography, Ighodalo earned the equivalent of a microbiology degree from the University of Lagos, received business management training from the Lagos Business School and was a Fellow of the National Institute Marketing of Nigeria.

While at the University of Lagos, Ighodalo — known then as Ibidun Ajayi — won the Miss Lux beauty pageant competition at the age of 18 years old, Pulse reported.

Ighodalo was also an event planner for Elizabeth R, according to Pulse.

Ighodalo was particularly well-known for her work at the helm of the nonprofit Ibidunni Ighodalo Foundation, which helps infertile couples have children:

She is a gracious helper and problem solver, anointed to bring emotional healing to hurting women and families through the teaching and preaching of God’s word. She is at the forefront of giving hope to families waiting on God for the fruit of the womb, with the belief that parenting doesn’t have to be only via natural conception … Through this organization, several families have been birthed and hope restored as the foundation has assisted in funding IVF cycles for them.

Ighodlo started the foundation after she struggled to have a child of her own, according to Pulse, and underwent In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) 11 times before she adopted her daughter, Keke. She also has another child with Ituah Ighodalo.

She was also described as a “gracious helper” and “problem solver.”

Ituah Ighodalo Said The News ‘Shattered’ His Life

Ighodalo married Ituah in 2007, in a controversial move that led to the pastor — who was then the pastor of Redeemed Christian Church of God and had divorced his first wife — being fired, Pulse reported. After that, he started Trinity House with Ighodalo by his side.

According to the Daily Post, he received the news that his wife was dead at 2 a.m.:

We do not have control over most things in life, how you were born, which womb you came from and your race … Life is a deep mystery no one even as wise as Solomon can tell you they understand life … There is going to come a time when we will see clearly as Jesus sees … Nobody has control over life, this time yesterday if anyone had told me this is how it will be, I would have said it is impossible. Life is nothing.

The news, he said, “shattered (his) entire life.”

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