The student community of the University of Ibadan, both undergraduate and alumnus were in deep shock as the death of popular food vendor “Mellanby Fries” was announced in the late hours of Saturday 6th August 2022.
The news of the demise of “Mummy Mellanby” as she was fondly called was made public by one Mustapha Ridwan Olamilekan (@Mustapharid) on Twitter at about 10 pm on the 6th August 2022. Since then tributes have been showered upon the deceased and prayers rendered for her sake from different people who may (may not) have had experience with the vendor at one point or another.
In his words, Mustapha tweeted, “As a Uite, most especially:Mellanbites, Queens, Tedderites, Kutites, you will know the woman that used to sell fried yam and potato inside Mellanby Hall every night. I patronised her during my first degree and second degree. Today, she went back to her Lord. May Allah forgive her“
Mummy Mellanby was popular in Mellanby hall for making popular snacks like fried yam and potato, plantain, Akara and fried fish available to students at very affordable prices coupled with her motherly caring towards students who were primarily her customers.
Since the announcement of her death, tribute has poured in from different quarters with students and even alumni of the institution recounting their experience with her on several occasions. @Maniofficial_ng tweeted “so sorry bro ❤️ she was such a sweet soul. rip iya Hameed ❤️
that woman was an angel, she fed boys that year.” @AtolagbeOA also replied “So sorry man. She was so cheerful and with her gorgeous behaviour. ♥️” @NeeceYou also replied” Wow.
May her soul rest in peace.
She stopped coming for a while at the beginning of this year and I wondered why.” @Boluwa_f tweeted “Damnnn凉 her fries were something” @Zika_fierce also tweeted “OMG! That was dinner for myself and my friends after dance practice at Catholic Church, 3 times a week. May her souls RIP“
While she was alive she had her store inside Kenneth Mellanby Hall, just immediately after entering the hall on the left, her sales point served hundreds of students daily who came from different halls of residence to purchase her fries, with some coming even as far as Queen Idia Hall.
We all at Campus News extend our sincere condolences to the family of the deceased and pray she rests in perfect peace.