Funmi Iyanda pays tribute to her friend, Remi Lagos: “At the end of the day Remi liked to go home alone. Always” (PHOTOS)


Remi 'Lagos' Osholake.

by Isi Esene

As the style industry mourns the loss of the iconic Remi Osholake (Remi Lagos), TV host and writer, Funmi Iyanda this morning captured her dear friend’s loss in a way only she can.

You get a powerful sense of the woman that Iyanda fondly refers to as just ‘Remikable’.


– My dearest friend Ms Remi Osholake (Remi Lagos) passd on dis morning. She had cancer. She was a remarkable, creative force 2 d end. Life is.

– My soul is weeping blood. Remi won’t want that but I hurt, I hurt.. She was so brilliant, so full of life, so friggn funny. Life is..

– We are all flawed, all deviant, forgive them they are unaware #thingsremiusedtosay

– She loved music, loved dancing loved 9ja hiphop. Her ring tone? Omo yoruba ni mi o…swagger!! @IjeomaOgud @noshnoshe #Remi

@IjeomaOgud @noshnoshe @pdbraide @Robirobi1 ..she called me omo iyanda n exclaim..girl yi o ni idi sha bo se ti rin to :). I love her dearly

@IjeomaOgud @noshnoshe @pdbraide @Robirobi1 b4 she died, she said “I lived well”, she always said “I don’t mind if I go, I have lived fully”

@IjeomaOgud @noshnoshe @pdbraide @Robirobi1 1st I fell in love with her work, den her mind and spirit. She was 9ja’s viv westwood and more.

Remi Lagos.

– Our next assignmt is 2 preserve her gorg work n legacy. 4 us n d future. She’s done her part. @IjeomaOgud @noshnoshe @pdbraide @Robirobi1

– Every sunday for last 5 years, I pick remi up afta gym, we have a feast @ mine or d luvly mrs helen ajayi’s n argue abt life, nig, love…

– She never drove n her driver didn’t work sundays so I eida take her home afterwards or she simply hopped a cab, she didn’t care. She lived.

– She calmed my intensity, my urgency, d need 2 change it all, do it all, right here, right now. We also fought like crazy but, no bull…

– She called me a dire activist and if I asked her 2 join my mad campaigns she’d laugh and say “wo, me I’m compromised, u keep going”…

– When she said she was compromised she meant my methods were not hers. She craved a better Nigeria 2 but she was more evolved in understandn

– She was proud of me, one of my biggest cheerleaders and emotional calibrators. She stopped me takn myself 2 friggn seriously, dragged me..

– I am conscious dat I am grieving publicly n clogging ur TL. I apologize and ask ur permission this once.

Remi Lagos: Always with a smile.

– She gave the best runway shows because she was obsessive about the minutest details. She mixed her own music 2 work seamlessly.

– was planning d xmas collection even inbtw very painful chemo. She hated sickness, she never succumed 2 it n was awful wit sick people so

– She died d way she’d have preferred. Quickly. As she got sicker, illness embarrassed her and she kept apologizing 4 putting us thru such…

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– …Trouble. She was great in hosp, entertaining the staff n docs. She wanted a room with a view, she got it. Remi always got what remi wanted.

@emmycollins she was emmy, d mad woman laughed, stuck her tongue out and thumbed up pple thru her oxygen mask in the hours before she died.

– She ensured she died in the lull between visits, she loved people around her but at the end of the day remi liked to go home alone. Always.

Comments (7)

  1. It was really a shocker for all that knew her do accept my condolence

  2. We have lost our Priceless Remi Lagos.

    Dear Remi, I did not meet you before your demise but I have heard so many great words about you. Now I wish I have met you! You meant so much to so many people and I wish you were around for a longer time. But God Almighty knows best & u did your best too! May your gentle soul [email protected] the bosom of God, amen.

    Ms Funmi, my sympathy for the demise of your dear friend, may God console all of you. And may her goodness live on!

  3. This is so Sad,She will be greatly missed.I was expecting Funmi's Tribute to be a very touchy one as they were both very close. I saw them Both @ the África Fashion week London in Aug,Remi was so Warm and as usual very caring,wanting to knw how i was doing,She was so excited and gave me a hugh hug when i told her i was now a Fashion designer( weeping).A very creative Designer,I remember Modelling for her in my days as a model,it was a Honour to have worn her Collections.I will always Remember u.U were good to me and everyone around u. Rest In Peace REMI LAGOS

  4. Remi omo Osholake!

    Odi gbere, Odi akalamago, odi oju ala.

    Ore mi, sunre o

  5. Aide Remi!

    May Allah receive your soul 🙁

  6. A great friend, colleague , inspiration and team player. we had many memorable moments! rest in peace,..would have loved to see that smile and those comments and laughter we aways shared.
    Fumi,..i cried ,..this through and through was Remi,..i wish I had know,..would have been comforting to let her know she was importantin our lifes….
    i am crying as I write this. be strong , will be well.RIP!

  7. Funmi Iyanda's note on Remi Lagos is particularly a bitter sweet one, she was no doubt close to the late designer, I was moved to tears while reading through it. May God grant her family the fortitude to bear the loss and to Funmi Iyanda, you have done well, God will heal this wound for you in due time. Adieu Remi.

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