Celebration of life: Madam Theresa Akindeju, Asiwaju Benson Akindeju’s mother buried
The funeral programme of the late Madam Theresa Olamidesi Akindeju at her country home Igbotako was a high octane event filled with entertainment highlights from artistes across Ondo state and beyond.
The burial programme started on Thursday, the 27th of October as the corpse was led in a motorcade from Adeleke memorial Hospital, Okitipupa to Igbotako. This was followed with a Christian wake at her residence. The wake keep had in attendance priests from the Anglican denomination, church members, family and friends. After the wake keep, there was an all night praise song by musicians who have always associated with the good will and giant stride of the entertainment enthusiast and business man, Asiwaju Benson Akindeju of the AK Media fame.
Among the artistes at the all night of stars in commemoration of Mama Akindeju’s burial after the wake were king of Zion music, Debo Ojubuyi, Evangelist Esther Igbekele, Demola Suzi and others.
Rt. Revd. Ebun Ogunele , the Lord Bishop of the Coastal Diocese, in his sermon at the burial, saluted the children of the deceased for taking good care of their matriarch in her life time.
The funeral service for Mrs. Olamodesi Akindeju held at St. John’s Anglican Church Igbotako, attracting dignitaries from all walks of life as entertainment impresarios were fully represented.
While quoting from The Bible, Bishop Ogunele noted that our earthly existence is not an end in itself as there is transition, which though mean the end of our earthly sojourn, marks the beginning of eternity. He admonished Christians to live a life that is worthy of the description “a Christian”, so that when we transit from this plain, we can be welcomed in the hereafter as a worthy servant.
In the course of the funeral programme for Mama Akindeju, handsome donation were raised for St John’s Anglican Church Igbotako by the deceased children and eminent personalities in the congregation. Commencing the donation was Asiwaju Benson Akindeju, who made a huge pledge to the church on behalf of Mama’s children. The Jagunmolu of Ikale Land, Gen. Olu Bajowa (Rtd) also made a generous contribution to the church.
After the committal at the Church cemetery, a high octane reception and entertainment of guests kicked off at the field of St Pius Primary school.
At the band stand were the the duet of Demola Suzi, and Evangelist Esther Igbekele, who serenaded the atmosphere with their blend of gospel cum highlife brand. While Lekan Akinbo compered the event, the likes of Sunday Omobolanle “Pappy Luwe” and Princess Dupe Adetuwo were on ground to supply rib cracking jokes.
In his tribute to late Madam Olamodesi Akindeju, Prince Dr (Gen). Olu Bajowa,OFR (Jagunmolu of Ikale land) noted that it was painful to lose a mother, more so, a precious mother like “Mama AK”. He described the deceased as the gentle heartbeat of her children and rock of the family.
Hear him,“I spoke to Mama on Tuesday 20 September 2016, on her hospital bed, after a successful surgery. Little did I know that our discussion of that day and the traditional “Oriki Akoko”, which she always sonorously showered on me, would be the last!”
“On my disengagement from Public Service in 1999 and after my 10years’ travail in the United Kingdom, I returned to my home town, Igbotako, to “adopt” a mother, from my mother’s “Akoko” clan, domiciled at Ilutitun and Igbotako, in Osooro land. I found myself, by God’s divine intervention, in the embrace of Madam Akindeju.”
“Mama accepted me with motherly love and affection, akin to those accorded to all her children. We all lived and interacted together as members of the same Lubokun Royal family of “Lumure” clan, with absolute trust , confidence and unalloyed loyalty, until Mama passed on to glory, on 22 September 2016!”
“It should be remembered that Mama was a victim of kidnapping in the year 2013. Happily, she survived the ordeals of the wicked and forgave, with the heart that mirrors the heart of Christ. I love Mama, but God loves her more!”
“My consolation is that Mama is resting peacefully in the bosom of the Lord and left behind a good name, with a legacy of a talented Prince Asiwaju Benson Akindeju, in whom I am very proud.”
There was an array of “aso ebi” by different groups and well wishers to sizzle up the event.
Benson Akindeju, CEO AK Media while chatting with OndoEvents said it saddened him that he will not see his golden mother again. He said, “having nurtured me for over five decades, her death will always be an irreparable loss to me and my siblings.
“Her care, love and great affection to us and our children will remain unforgettable in our lives. Yee mi, you never told me you will depart so soon! Your energetic and lively soul betrayed us all because we never knew death was lurking around the corner as we planned and talked about celebrating your 85th birthday next year in Grand style, but suddenly that great plan became aborted!” Akindeju stressed that he will miss his mother so dearly.
Revd. Tayo Akindeju said his mother was a matriarch who stood by his mother till she departed this world. He said he didn’t know his mother will depart so soon, stressing that he will miss Mama’s gentle and caring attitude towards all.
In his own words, Segun Akindeju said the last time he spoke with his mother, she told him she was strong and better, only for her to transit to glory on that black Thursday, the 22nd of September, 2016. “Your early morning supplication to my family would be missed,” Segun Akindeju noted.
Late Madam Theresa Olamodesi Akindeju was 84 years old before she joined the Saint Triumphant.
Among the dignitaries at the event were General Olu Bajowa and his wife Barr Oluyemi Bajowa, Senator Boluwaji Kunlere, Mopol Commander Bode Ojajuni, Hon. Mike Omogbehin, representing Okitipupa/Irele Federal constiturncy, Rebuja of Osooro, HRM Gbadebo Bajowa, Oniju of Iju Odo, Oba Festus Olumoyegun, Prince Akindele, CEO Coastal Hotel and suites, Okitipupa ; Chief Akinnurun and a host of others.