Prince Yekini Adedamola DOCEMO, (dosunmu)We are sad to announce the passing of Prince Yekini Adedamola Docemo (Dosunmu) of the Royal Family of Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria. On Tuesday, August 11, 2020, he passed away peacefully at the Queensway Carleton Hospital, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, in his 67th year.
He is missed by his sons, Prince Adedamola Christopher Docemo of Nassau, Bahamas; Prince Sean Docemo (Sandra), Prince Yekini Adewunmi Docemo, and daughter, Princess Adetayo Amanda Docemo of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; his children’s mother, Denise Butler (divorced); as well as his two grandchildren, Princess Samantha, and Princess Julia of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada;
Christine Docemo, wife, Nassau, Bahamas
His siblings: (sisters) Princess Olayemi Docemo-Laoshe, HRH Erelu Abiola Dosunmu, Erelu Kuti IV of Lagos, Princess Adepeju Docemo, Princess Aderonke Docemo, Princess Adeyanju Docemo-Bello, Princess Kehinde Docemo-Wey, (brothers) Prince Adesheni Dosunmu, Prince Adejibade Docemo, Prince Adeshola Coker, and Prince Yusuf Dosunmu.
His in-laws (Butler): Clarice Butler, Valerie Osbourne, Dr. Raleigh I. Butler Jr. (Rosamund), Claudette Butler (deceased), Hon. Loretta Butler-Turner (Edward), and Craig Butler Esq.;
His in-laws (Munroe): Dr. Myles Munroe, OBE, (deceased), Oscar Munroe, Garth Munroe, Henry Francis, Hosea Johnson, Sheila Francis, Verdell Johnson, Susan Hall, Deborah Baily, Vanessa, Brendaly and Christine Wallace-Munroe;
Numerous other relatives will miss him, including cousins, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, aunts, and uncles.
Yekini, better known as Ade, was born on Thursday, December 18, 1952, in Kano, Nigeria, into the royal family of Omoba (Prince) Adewunmi and (Princess) Adejoke Dosunmu (neé Lasaki) of Victoria Island (both deceased). Yekini’s early schooling began at the Children Home Private School in Ibadan, Nigeria. High school years were spent at the boarding school, CMS Grammar School in Bariga, Lagos State.
Ade migrated to The Bahamas in the early 1980s, where he made Nassau his home for nearly 40 years. He was an astute and visionary businessman, always on the cutting edge. His influence impacted many well-known Nassau businesses that still exist today.
Throughout his life and his dealings with people, whether Bahamian heads of government or executives of large world corporations, even in his day-to-day interactions with customers and the ordinary man, Yekini had a way of communicating with and putting people at ease. He made fast and long friendships with many people throughout Nassau, especially Rose M. Butler, mother-in-law (deceased) and Raleigh I. Butler Sr., father-in-law (deceased); Pat Mortimer; Eva Portia Bailey-Schaffner, OBE, Freeport (deceased); Perry DeCosta; Reuben and Yvonne Ogbogbo; Simi Awoliy, Lagos, Nigeria; Pastor Debo Mabo, Toronto, Ontario; Olaoye Oyewole-Eletu, Chateauguay, Quebec, and Abellio and Lydia Meneses of Miami.
Ade began as a local salesman, selling and printing t-shirts for the tourist market. He quickly expanded, selling women’s designer clothing. He imported Sea Queen and Gottex swimsuits, the exclusive brand of Genevieve lingerie, and Du Parc stockings, selling them to some of Nassau’s premier women’s stores, including the Nassau Shop, Mademoiselle, Impact Boutique, and La Rose. He also sold household goods to Maura’s Department Store and introduced Swatch watches to The Bahamas. Later, he imported store fixtures and party rental equipment for sale. Additionally, he supplied and ran amusement arcades in hotels and local businesses after establishing his own arcades in Nassau.
Ade then found great success in his linen business, Elegance Linen Supplies, leaving an indelible mark. He served the hotel industry well, supplying clean bed and table linens to the many Cable Beach hotels. The restaurants serviced were at the Nassau Marriott Resort & Crystal Palace Casino, which became the Wyndham Crystal Palace & Casino, the Nassau Beach Hotel’s Banquet, Food & Beverage Department, the Marriott, Sandals Royal Bahamian and Breezes Hotel.
He also held contracts with some of Atlantis Resort’s restaurants, including the Mesa Grill and Market Place. He provided Atlantis’s exclusive property, the Ocean Club, with linens for the Banqueting Department and towels for their Mandara Spa.
Growing his linen business, Ade ventured further into weddings, private functions, and party equipment rentals. He performed many events for the Lyford Cay Club, Grey Cliff Restaurant, Grey Cliff’s Humidor, and Villaggio Restaurant, The Caves Village.
He provided extraordinary chair cover designs, often custom-made, with matching table linens. He was the first person to incorporate the use of Androsia fabric in table linen decor. His unique chair cover designs and fabrics gave the effect of grand ambiance and prestige to a room. It is no wonder that his designs are widely emulated in The Bahamas and abroad.
Ade’s vision for an exclusive, innovative first-class laundry facility, designed by him, has been realized and is operational at the Baha Mar off-site laundry facility.
Ade had a great love of ping pong and soccer and was quite accomplished at both. In his later years, he took great pride in coaching the Lyford Cay Soccer Team, composed of the local youth.
A private funeral service for immediate family members
will be held later in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.