From: Olabisi Olaleye
Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Omatek Ventures Plc, Mrs. Florence Omatule Seriki, who died on Friday at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) will be interred at an undisclosed private cemetery on Friday, March 31.
According to a source close to the family, her journey towards eternity would commence on Wednesday, March 29, with Service of Songs organised by Omatek Group by 4:00 p.m. at the Airport Hotel, Ikeja.
A second Service of Songs would take place on March 30 at the Divine Mercy Catholic Church hall, Admiralty Road, Lekki between 5 to 7pm. While funeral mass would hold at the Holy Cross Cathedral Catholic Church, Catholic Mission Street between 10:00 a.m the following day, March 31. And internment follows thereafter at an undisclosed cemetery.
Seriki died at 53 after a brief battle with ulcer and cancer. Prior to her death, she established Omatek Computers in 1987 and was one of the few information technology companies quoted at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).
She was a Fellow of the Nigerian Computer Society (NCS) as well as Fellow of the Society of Chemical Engineers.
Seriki was born in Lagos to the Udebu family from Ebu in Delta State. She had her secondary education at the Reagan Memorial Baptist Secondary School, Sabo, Yaba between 1975 and 1980. History of the school still has it that she put up a superlative academic performance all through her stay. She then proceeded to the Federal School of Science, Lagos (F.S.S) for her ‘A’ levels. Again, she emerged as the best overall student in lower six form. She proceeded to the then University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife). She graduated in Chemical Engineering.
In 1993, during the CTO exhibition (organized by the commercial section of the American Embassy in Nigeria), Florence took a bold step to launch the Omatek brand of Computers. This, which is actually the first attempt of its kind in Nigeria, became widely accepted and used as a result of its quality and ruggedness.
Early in 2003, she took another giant stride opening a factory in Lagos. The factory has turned out to be the very first in Africa to produce Nigerian made Computer Cases, Speakers, Keyboards and Mouse from completely knocked down (CKD). The factory produced made in Nigeria Omatek Computers, Notebooks and Servers with all its components made in Nigeria.
Seriki has over 150 Awards in her kitty, and was married to Olalekan Seriki, a successful architect and blessed with three children, a boy and two girls.