The first year memorial of Chief Anthonio Oladeinde Fernandez, Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Nigerian billionaire, Antonio Oladeinde Fernandez, has been fixed to hold this week.
His first child, Chief (Mrs) Olateju Phillips, the former Lagos Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, will be hosting a private Mass in his honour. The event comes up on Thursday, September 1 , 2016, at the Holy Cross Cathedral, Catholic Mission Street, Lagos Island.
However, the family is also planning to host a grand reception party in Lagos, later this year.
Ambassador Fernandez died on Tuesday, September 1, at exactly, 6:05 pm, in a private hospital in Brussels, Belgium. He was aged 86 years.
Fernandez was later buried on Friday, 18 September, 2015, at the Cimetiere d’Ixelles, Chaussee de Boendael, 478, in Brussels.
Ambassador Fernandez, the Baron of Dudley, was born in Lagos in August 12, 1929, to the famous Olumegbon royal family of Isale-Eko, Lagos State. He held various titles during his lifetime. Notable among them are, Bajiri of Lagos, Woye Ileri of Ile-Ife, Garzan Fulani of Kano, Grand Officer of the National Order of the Leopard, Grand Officer of Mono Order, Commander of the National Order of the Merit of Gabon, Officer of the Order ofQuissam Alaouite, Grand Officer of the National Order of the Merit of the Central African Republic, and many others.
He is survived by nine children - Olateju Phillips, Olugbemisola Fernandez, Tony Fernandez, Akintokunbo Fernandez, Titilayo Unzicker, Adekoyejo Fernandez, Oyinkansola Fernandez, Atinuke Fernadez and Abimbola Fernandez.