Our Heritage

The LTJ Heritage – 3rd Generation; pioneering excellence with compassion and integrity

1st Generation – Paa Theophilous Oladipupo Okusanya

In 1946, Paa Theophilous Oladipupo Okusanya a carpenter and coffin maker started the Magbamowo Industrial Company on the renowned Odunlami street in Lagos Island, Lagos state, Nigeria. He was a skilled craftsman and was sought after particularly for pews and church furniture. He began making coffins on request, one of the first in his time and became very successful and popular with families. At the time, funerals were conducted by community leaders and relatives.

A benevolent, humorous and charming gentleman, Paa Okusanya he took many apprentices under his wings and trained them to become independent coffin makers in the area and across Nigeria. He was affectionately called ‘Master’ or “Master Carpenter’, a tribute to his leadership.

2nd Generation – Mr Olatunji Adedeji Okusanya

By the early 1980’s his first son Mr. Olatunji Adedeji Okusanya (Tunji Snr) returned from studying in the UK and worked with him.

Tunji Okusanya Snr was a humanitarian who was born into the funeral business. He was exceptional – a compassionate and outstanding expert in every aspect of the industry, from mortuaries to embalming, coffin manufacturing to funeral processions.

Within a few years, he created MIC Caskets and started making his own caskets on Odunlami Street a few doors away from his father’s premises.

The business grew and quickly became popular for their pioneering approach and outstanding customer experience. MIC Caskets eventually evolved into MIC Royal Ltd in 1991.

Like his father, he took on numerous apprentices and was keen to give people opportunities to develop themselves and also earn a decent living.

Tunji Okusanya Snr pioneered services that add value to the caskets like brass bands for the procession, wreath bearers, pall bearers in colorful professional uniforms and hearses – complete funeral services offered by the professional Funeral Undertaker in Nigeria. He brought professionalism and dignity to the industry, developing it to be a respectable career path.

Before then, people that worked with dead bodies were seen as low skilled labourers that did ‘dirty work’.

His services were sought after across tribes and cultures throughout Nigeria and beyond.

Even though his funeral processions were legendary, he considered himself a carpenter at heart and took pride in producing the very best caskets.

He won numerous awards for his professional and charitable work; he was also a member of the national and international bodies including the UK’s Institute of Directors, National Association of Funeral Directors, National Independent Funeral Directors S.A.I.F) and the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) in the USA.

3rd Generation – Mrs. Bolanle Okusanya Feyita and Mr. Olatunji Abimbola Okusanya (Tunji Jnr)

By the early 1990’s Tunji Snr’s first two children – Mrs. Bolanle Okusanya Feyita and Mr. Olatunji Abimbola Okusanya (Tunji Jnr) were in their teens and started helping out across all areas of the company at the weekend and during school holidays.

Bolanle, a graduate of Imperial College, University of London and the Westminster Business School, London later became responsible for the international side of MIC Royal Ltd, combining this with her highly successful career as an international makeup expert and educator with her Makeuppro company.

Tunji Jnr graduated from the University of Lagos and eventually became responsible for Business Development at MIC Royal Ltd alongside his own LTJ Prestigious Services Company where he worked on cemetery care and real estate development.

Together with their father Tunji Snr, the third generation of Okusanyas developed the product and service levels within the industry and became renowned experts across the nation and internationally, helping thousands of families. They had brilliant working relationships with international industry specialists and were known to pioneer excellence with compassion and integrity.

Tragically Tunji Snr and Tunji Jnr had their lives cut short by the ill-fated associated airline plane crash on the 3rd October, 2013 while working on a funeral undertaking assignment. They died alongside four members of their much loved staff – Chijoke Duru, Akeem Akintude, Samson Hassan and Kingsley Amaechi.

Tunji Snr and Tunji Jnr had a lot of unfulfilled dreams and several innovative projects in the pipeline. In memory of her beloved father and brother and in continuation of the Okusanya heritage of pioneering compassionate service, Bolanle set up the ultra modern LTJ Funerals International; first of its kind in Nigeria alongside the Olatunji Okusanya Memorial Foundation.

LTJ Funerals International provides innovative funeral services that honor the life of the departed while serving families with excellence, integrity and dignity across Nigeria and beyond.

Continuing the 69 year family record of expertise and compassionate care, Bolanle and her team of experts are committed to continued dependable service that exceeds expectations and continuously improves the fine traditions of the past with innovation and progressive-thinking.