Popular Lagos business man and chairman of Fantasyland, an upscale event centre on Kingsway Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, Fola Ogunlesi was penultimate week embroiled in a free for all fight with his UK-based wife, Omolewa over a business venture called; Balloon, a kiddies stores located on Salvation Bus Stop, Opebi Road, Ikeja, Lagos.
Information reaching First Weekly revealed that Omolewa, who owns the shop with the financial support of her husband, Ogunlesi before their separation, returned to the country few weeks back to pick some items from the shop, and Fola, on getting wind of this, rushed from his GRA Ikeja home to Opebi to challenge Omolewa for going near the shop.
This, we were told, resulted into a physical combat between the estranged couple at the premises of the business venture in Opebi and this led to a serious traffic hold-up in the area.
The brouhaha which generated lot of attention in the neighborhood, sources said, was put under control by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Umar Manko.
The CP was also said to have made a directive that the place should be closed down pending the time the matter would be settled. However, those who were privileged to witness the scene said that Fola had thundered that how could Omolewa infringe on his property after walking out of his life for good and almost wrecked him.
Meanwhile, the matter is yet to be settled from all indications as the premises of the business venture is still under lock and keys as at the time of filling this report.
Those who know the genesis of their love life several years back before they parted ways said that Omolewa and Fola were like 5 and 6 that no one dared go in-between them because of the strong love that existed between them then
Fola Ogunlesi, who is from a prominent dynasty in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, was formerly married to Idowu Ogunlesi, the CEO of Amazing Grace Fabrics Stores at Alade Market, Ikeja, Lagos, but their marriage packed up over 22 years ago due to irreconcilable differences.
Ogunlesi later berth his love boat with his former secretary, Omolewa, who had also been previously married with three kids before she met Fola, an elder brother of Lanre Ogunlesi of the famous Sophisticat Fashions. They got married and started living together and the Kogi State- born lady moved fast and ensured that she was part of every aspect of Fola's life, from finance to all his properties scattered all over Nigeria and overseas.
Fola never hid anything from Omolewa, and he reportedly sought her consent before taking any step. It is a known fact in the Lagos social circle that they had joint bank accounts and their cheque books were clearly marked 'Mr Ogunlesi/Mrs Omolewa Ogunlesi.' But while this lovey-dovey affair was going on, Idowu, Fola's first wife, who had four children for him, reportedly faced her business and remained quite popular among the society women in Lagos.
However, while Omolewa was given the fancifully built high rise on Opebi Road to run her kiddies stores, 'Balloon,' Idowu had to suffer the humiliation of selling her goods from a small shop in an open market.
Folake, the eldest daughter of Fola Ogunlesi from Idowu, who is known to be a fire cracker among Fola's children, was said to have been instrumental to the crises between Omolewa and her dad. Sources said that Folake put so much pressure on Omolewa and made her life miserable in the house.
When Omolewa could not condone the insult any longer, she was said to have advised Fola that Folake leave the family business, which they were managing together, for some other assignments, arguing that Folake was Idowu's incarnate and that their single agenda was very clear. But Fola allegedly disagreed because he realized that his daughter was doing her job with so much dexterity and has a wealth of knowledge that was unrivaled.
But Omolewa was said to have hit back at Fola before leaving his house as she was said to have lured him to Canada for holiday, where she broke the news of her proposed divorce to him.
Before he could realized what has hit him, Fola lost his assets including huge bank accounts in Canada to Omolewa in the name of legal marriage. Aside this, Omolewa's name is said to be on the sprawling estates of the Lagos popular high society man.
Fola reportedly moved on with his life, relying on several properties and businesses in Nigeria. Fola is said to have been attending events in company of his daughter, Folake lately and had put the whole matter behind him 'until Omolewa resurfaced from her base to disturb the peace of the family,' said a source.