Chief (Rev. Canon) James Adeyemi Bajowa, “Olori Ebi” Bajowa Royal Family laid to rest
The remains of Chief (Rev. Canon) James Adeyemi Bajowa, JP has been laid to rest in his Igbotako country home. Late Chief James Bajowa in his lifetime was the “Olori Ebi” of the illustrious Bajowa Royal Family of Igbotako. He was aged 83years.
The celebration of life and funeral programme kicked off on Thursday, The 22nd of September with an elaborate Christian wake in the deceased house. His Church, The United Church of Cherubim and Seraphim Organisation Worldwide anchored the wake, which was attended by family, friends, well-wishers and dignitaries across the country. Also on Thursday preceding the burial, there was an all night Biripo display, which followed the Christian wake.
The funeral programme on Friday, the 23rd of September was an open-air service in the deceased house. The Deputy Archbishop of the United Church, Rt. Rev. (Dr.) Babalola in his sermon at the service congratulated the entire Bajowa family for surviving their “Olori Ebi” Late Canon. James Bajowa. He noted that the deceased lived a life that is worthy of emulation as a priest, a Christian leader, a community pillar and a formidable patriarch of the Bajowa Royal Family. Rev. Babalola admonished Christians to dedicate their lives to the service of God bearing in mind that we shall all give account of our earthly sojourn in eternity. The interment, a solemn and emotional affair drew tears from Baba’s children and family members as his body was committed to mother earth within his compound.
In the course of the funeral service, the Church invited members of the family to give their testimony about the deceased. Prince Fioye Bajowa, Former Secretary to the State Government thanked all the Priests of the United Church in attendance as well as all the dignitaries from far and near. He also thanked the good people of Igbotako for associating with the Bajowa family in their moment of grief at the loss of Chief James Bajowa. Prince Bajowa described his late brother as a unifying factor in the family, stressing that he will miss him so much.
While addressing the church at the funeral, Prince Dr (Gen). Olu Bajowa , OFR, The Jagunmolu of Ikale land said he would be eternally grateful to everybody who had attended the funeral of his elder brother. He maintained that the Late Chief (Rev. Canon.) James Bajowa supported his dream and his desired aspiration all through his lifetime, stressing that his brother was one in a million. In his quintessential generosity, Gen. Prince Olu Bajowa raised a handsome donation for the Church in his bid to support the Church of God.
The deceased daughter, Princess Oluwakemi Akerele described her father as a loving and caring father who was very passionate about his children and all his family members. She noted that she will miss her father.
A thanksgiving and outing service was held and this was followed by grand reception and entertainment of guests at Gen. Bajowa estate, Igbotako. On ground to entertain the dignitaries was ‘Demola Suzi’ and his highlife musical band.
In his emotion-laden tribute to his deceased brother, Gen. Olu Bajowa has this to say; “Boda Deyemi”, Alisa “Akowe”, you died peacefully in your sleep in the early hours of Wednesday 17th August 2016 after about 83years sojourn on Earth. You did not show any sign of death when you delivered the opening prayer at the “Lohegha” family meeting, hosted by Adeyekun family, held on Saturday 30th July 2016, at Odojomo-Igbotako. You argued on who should preside as the “Head” of Lohegha family and with humility, you agreed to be a “Co Chairman”!’’
‘’Seventeen (17) days after the event, you departed this world and transited to “glory”, conceding the seat of “Olori Ebi Lohegha” to your contending cousin, in conformity to the popular adage that “man proposes, but God disposes”. Life and death are controlled by God!’’
‘’As the “Olori Ebi” of Bajowa Royal family, you lived a simple and quiet life, shunned politics and without envy of any status or position. You left behind your footprints on the sands of time. We the descendants of Akingbagbohun Adelasoye Obajoluwa (BAJOWA) will live to remember and appreciate your good leadership, compassion and counsel, which we shall miss very dearly. However, we are consoled that your Christian life as a man of God (Rev Canon), which is worthy of emulation, will stand you in good stead, for the Kingdom of God and eternity.’’
‘’You were my only maternal elder brother of seven (7) siblings: (Ade-yemi (RIP), Ola-Dunni (RIP), Olu-Yemi, Sebola-Tito (RIP), Olorun-Yomi (RIP), Ola – Duji (RIP) and Olayinka, born of Marian Yetunde Bajowa (nee Ilukoyenikan), for Pa (Chief) Alfred Egbayelo Bajowa, (both of blessed memory). You, Baba and Mama, toiled to raise funds through farming, to support my education, until you left us for Lagos in 1951, to learn carpentry and furniture making, before I gained admission into the Grammar School. I later joined you in Lagos after my grammar school education, where both you and Bro Zebulon Bajowa (RIP), became my pillar of strength, before I joined the Nigerian Army for a career.’’
‘’As a cadet in Kaduna and the United Kingdom, you were communicating with me regularly. While serving during the “cold war” in western Germany, the Peace Keeping Operations in the Congo (now Zaire), the Nigerian civil war and the several military coups, you continually fasted and prayed in the company of your Church pastors and prophets for many days, at the Lagos sea side, for God’s protection over me, spanning the turbulence and fortitude of my risky military profession. After my disengagement from the Public Service, you cared and stood by me, particularly at the period of my travail, after the Military Interregnum.’’
‘’My family will certainly miss you, for your love, affection, concern and valuable advices, usually offered to promote harmony in our matrimonial home. Your presence, against all odds, and active participation at the Naming Ceremonies of all my Children born in Nigeria, considering the risk of road travels, were testimonies of genuine ties of brotherhood.’’
‘’Adieu my loving brother! Sleep peacefully in the bosom of the Lord. I promise to take care of the rear, look after and uphold the heritage of the Bajowa Royal family that you left behind, until we meet again, at God’s appointed time, to embrace and part no more!’’
In her opinion about her father, Princess DCN Bodunrin Bajowa Iluyemi (Mrs) said: “My Daddy, Baba mi, you illuminated me, I thought you will stay longer than this after my mother’s demise, But God knows best. I remember calling you the night before you went to rest, you weren’t scared of death and did not talk like you will die the next day.’’
‘’You still have impact on me even at my age, I am sure you have seen my mum and you both are resting in the bosom of the Lord.’’
Late James Bajowa’s grandson, Prince Iluyemi Akinola noted that though his grandfather left at a ripe age, his death was yet too sudden. He said he used to be very close to his grandfather and he would miss him sorely.
Late Chief (Rev. Canon) James Adeyemi Bajowa JP, was born about 83 year’s ago into the Bajowa Royal family in the Jomo Yetoyo Ruling House of Lubokun Dynasty of Osooro Kingdom, in Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo state.
Chief ( Rev Canon) James Adeyemi Bajowa, JP, was the third child of Pa Chief Alfred Egbayelo, the Ajana of Osooro, who was the first son of Akingbagbohun Adelasoye Obajoluwa (BAJOWA), and whose mother was Iye Lasitimi (Latimi) from ltehou family in ode lrele.
The Canon’s mother, Madam Mariam Yetunde Bajowa, was the third child of Chief Ilukoyenikan from Iju-Oke Odrin of Akoko Dynasty in Osooro, who married Mama Falemara Ikuemonehan from Sogbon quarters, Igbotako – Osooro.
Born to an Anglican Communion Christian home, he was exposed to early elementary education which made him to be able to read and write. Due to his enthusiasm and eagerness to learn, he was given the cognomen ‘’Akowe’’ as a nickname.
At the reception were the Rebuja of Osooro, HRM Oba Gbadebo Bajowa, younger brother of the deceased, Jegun of Idepe-Okitipupa, HRM Oba Adetoye Obatuga, Oba Festus Olumoyegun, Representative of Abodi of Ikale land, Chief P.O. Akinnibosun and His Royal Highness Igwe Demian Obianigwe.
Others are: Major General Jibril, CP Abayomi Akeremale (Rtd), Chief Paddy Arikawe, Prof. Lolu Adeyekun, Chief Nimbe Ayenuyo, CEO Mega Chicken, Lagos, Prince Christopher Babatunde Bajowa, Princess Yinka Bajowa, Prof. Ola Iwaeni, Chief Akinnurun, High Chief Arowojolu Adeyekun, Eng. Leye Fasalejo, Prince Bamidele Bajowa, Chief Banjo Adeyekun and a host of others.