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Kogi stood still as many dignitaries from far and near gathered together to give Deaconess Grace Aduke Rotimi a befitting burial on Friday, 27th June 2021, and it started from 25th June 2021, in Kogi State. It was a 3-day burial ceremony. It all started with the service of songs at her family’s residence in Lokoja. The family members spotted a blue, black and a touch of white during the ceremony.
The second day was for lying-in-state and wake, which took place at her husband’s residence in Pa J.O Rotimi Avenue Odo Akodi Ekinrin Adde, Kogi State. The third day was the Church Service at 1st Baptist Church, Ekinrin Adde, followed by burial proper at her husband’s residence and celebration of a life well spent, while reception for guests rounded off the ceremony. Besides special aso ebi for mama’s children and grandchildren, an orange aso ebi was chosen by mama’s last baby, Funke who is a successful businesswoman based in Abuja. It was for her friends, as many of them flew in from different parts of the country to give mama a befitting burial. Popular Fuji Star, King Saheed Osupa, was the official musician at the event, while Ideal Espirit music took charge of the Friday ceremony. It was, indeed, a very well planned event as the Dynamic Funeral services handled the burial. Guests had too much to eat and drink and good music to thrill them. City People’s BIODUN ALAO brings you gists from the event.
FOR MANY WHO DON’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT MAMA
Deaconess Grace Rotimi was born on the 9th Sept. She had her primary school education at Baptist Day Primary School, Ekinrin Adde. She also attended Staff Development Centre, Ilorin as a Civil Servant.
She got married to Pa. Johnson Olu Rotimi, who was her primary school teacher on 14th April 1968 and they lived together for 52 years and 10 months before her glorious exit on 4th Feb. 2021. They have children together and they trained all of them to university level. Today, they are all successful in their different endeavours. She had a strong passion for things of God. She enjoyed singing and praying. She was a complete prayer warrior. She equally loved philantropic gestures, which she did on regular basis. Mama was ordained a deaconess in 1987 in Ilorin at the Resolution Church of Christ (RCC).
She inculcated discipline in her kids and encouraged love and togetherness among them. It was that bond of love that informed the decision for all the children to always celebrate Xmas and new year day with their parents in the family’s house in Lokoja till she died. She and her husband had a fun-filled and colourful 50th marriage anniversary in 2018. She made an impact on many people positively and will be greatly missed by them.
ASO-EBI ON DISPLAY
The three days burial ceremony had different aso ebi on display. The children and grandchildren of Deaconess Grace Aduke Rotimi had different Aso Ebi for the event that lasted 3-days. They are closely knitted, so everything was done together. The children all came together to give their mum a very befitting burial.
2 DIFFERENT MUSICIANS TAKE CHARGE OF CEREMONY
The 3-days burial ceremony which was witnessed by many dignitaries from all over the country had Ideal Espirit Music which took charge and entertained guests before Saturday, the final day of the ceremony when King Saheed Osupa took charge and entertained guests and they had fun to stupor.
FUNKE ‘S FRIENDS DAZZLED IN ORANGE ASO EBI
Mama was, indeed, blessed with children who are not just doing well, but also very successful and influential in society and Mama’s last child Funke is one of them.
She runs a big and popular fashion and hair brand in Abuja where top celebrities patronise her. Most of her friends are celebrities and they turned up big time to support one of their own. The likes of pretty Ceo of Milolar’s Signature, her close friend, was there. What about one of Nollywood’s finest Bimbo Akinsanya, also a very hardworking and successful Queen Ugwuja, who is one of the most sought-after female welders in Abuja among others. They all looked gorgeous in an orange lace aso ebi and they all looked beautiful.
FUNKE STOLE THE SHOW
She is the baby of the house, but very hardworking and successful and guess what, she is greatly loved by her people because of her caring and humble nature. Immediately she stepped into the church, all the villagers started praising her and it was gathered that despite being young, she has positively touched lives of many in her village and that explains why they love her dearly and don’t joke with her. Have we told you she is a power dresser and she was, indeed, the life of the party? Her transformer outfit, which was well designed by her was the best at the party and she stood out. Her outfit for her mum’s burial went viral as many fashion blogs shared the video on their pages. She obviously had a cordial relationship with Mama when she was alive and it showed in her effort to give mama a befitting burial which was achieved.
FUNKE’S BROTHER ALSO CAME FULLY PREPARED
One of Mama’s sons Ola Rotimi also plays big in real estate in Abuja and he is currently dominating the industry. He stormed the burial with his friends who are all big boys. They flooded the venue of the burial with black Land Cruiser Jeep and they all looked good in the same black native and well designed black and gold cap to complement their look. They added more class to the ceremony.
MAMA’S CHILDREN ALL LOOKED GOOD IN THEIR ASO EBI
Deaconess Grace Rotimi was a mother who united her children in love before her death and this they still exhibited during her burial. Everything was done together in love and they all wore a cream lace with brown aso oke as gele for the final ceremony with the grandchildren and they all looked very gorgeous in their outfits.
HAVE WE TOLD YOU ABOUT MAMA’S CASKET?
Deaconess Grace Rotimi sure had a befitting burial. Her casket was one of the side attractions at the burial. it wasn’t the usual casket, this was uniquely designed since she was a woman of style, peace and love and Dynamic Funeral took charge of her burial ceremony.
TOO MUCH TO EAT & DRINK
One shouldn’t expect anything less from a well-planned and organised burial ceremony. Guests were treated like kings and queens. There was so much to eat and drink and trust me a lot of guests ate and drank to stupor.