•Held At Harbour Point In LAGOS
•What TINUBU Said At The Event
On Friday, 19th July, 2019, Nigerians from all walks of life gathered for a Night of tribute to honour Funke Olakunrin, the late daughter of the Leader of the Pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afeniferi, whose life was recently cut short along Benin – Ore road by unknown gunmen.
The burial ceremony kicked-off on Friday in accordance with the burial arrangement with commendation/night of tributes and it took place at Harbour Point, Wilmot Road, Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The event which started at 5 pm witnessed the presence of movers and shakers in society and dignitaries from all walks of life. They all came out en masse to commend, to pay tribute to a great woman, the daughter of a great leader. Chief Reuben Fasoranti.
Recall that the Late Funke Olakunrin who was born on June 11, 1961, was killed along Benin-Ore, Sagamu expressway on Friday, July 12, 2019, at the age 58, while travelling to Lagos. She was survived by her aged father, 94-year-old Chief Reuben Fasoranti, her husband, Mr Idowu Olakunrin, two daughters, Oyindamola and Oluwafeyisike and grandchildren.
AND THE EVENT KICKS OFF
The Commendation / Tribute night for a great woman the late Funke Olakunrin started at 5 pm at Harbour Point, Wilmot Road, VI with guests who stormed in from all walks of life well seated. They all came early. The whole auditorium was filled up. Family members and friends showed their support. There was bitterness written all over everyone’s face.
ABOUT HER HUBBY’S MOOD
You need no one to introduce the husband of the deceased to you. His actions and mood gave him away. He wasn’t himself all through the night. That simply tells you how much the couple loved each other before the sudden departure of his beloved wife, Funke Olakunrin. Mr Idowu Olakunrin tried every possible best to remain calm, but he didn’t know when he eventually burst into tears. His friends and family members rallied round him and they made sure they were on stand-by to keep him strong.
AND THE DAUGHTERS TOO
The Late Funke Olakunrin was survived by 2 beautiful daughters, Oyindamola and Oluwafeyisikemi. Indeed, their mother’s death came as a shock to them, something they never thought could even come in 20 years time. But God knows best, as they both comforted themselves selves.
CLAM CHURCH TAKES CHARGE
The Late Funke Olakunrin was a lover of Christ. She was a member of the popular Praying Church, Christ Living Spring Apostolic Ministry. She attended the Centre in Lekki until her last day on earth. No wonder members of the fastest-growing church, Christ Living Spring Apostolic Ministry Prayer Centre Lekki, were at their very best in showing full support. They all came out en-masse to bid one of them farewell. They practically took charge of the programme. They anchored and conducted the service, ably led by the Centre Pastor, Tunde Kolade.
WHO LED THE OPENING PRAYER?
The opening prayer to commence the programme was led by the Assistant Centre Pastor, Austin Ikhiwu. He took the opening prayer for about 15 minutes before the choristers took over with Praise & worship, while Pastor Segun John, the Resident Pastor of Christ Living Spring Apostolic Ministry, anchored the programme of the event.
OTUNBA GBENGA DANIEL SHOWS SUPPORT
Apart from all the leaders of Afenifere who were already on ground, one of the dignitaries sighted was Otunba Gbenga Daniel, a former Governor of Ogun State. He walked in quietly during the opening prayer, and he was very much around till the closing of the commendation and tribute night.
GBAJABIAMILA & WIFE HONOUR THE FAMILY TOO.
Another dignitary that showed up with his lovely wife is All Progressives’ Congress (APC) top shot and Speaker of the House of Representatives. Hon. Femi Abdulhakim Gbajabiamila. He also came to pay tribute and to commiserate with the Family of Fasoranti & Olakunrin
TINUBU STORMS SERVICE
His presence at the venue showed not only the love he has for the Fasoronti’s family but also an indication that the death of the Late Funke Olakunrin was indeed a national loss. Asiwaju Bola Tinubu – APC National Leader and a top-notch politician, stormed Harbour Point with a powerful entourage to honour Fasoranti and Olakunrin.
WHAT ABOUT AFENIFERE’S LEADERS
Ably led by Chief Ayo Adebanjo, members of the Pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, were all present at the night of tribute. Recall that they also visited their national leader, Pa Reuben Fasoronti to console him over the killing of his daughter, Funke Olakunrin.
FEMI FANI KAYODE ALSO HONOURS THE FAMILY
Another politician. Sighted at the event was David Oluwafemi Fani Kayode, an essayist, poet and lawyer. He was also at the event to sympathise with the deceased’s family
WHAT THE PREACHER SAID
Death is not the end, it doesn’t matter how someone dies. The most important thing is where we are going after we depart this sinful world. This was the summary of the message of the Pastor of Christ Living Spring Apostolic Ministry Prayer Centre, Lekki. In his word, Pastor Tunde Kolade said the late Olakunrin did not die in vain, noting that all must make their paths clean. “We should be prepared to meet our maker. Those of us who are still alive still have every opportunity to change in order to occupy the mansion our Lord has prepared for us. “It will not be healthy for us to suffer here and suffer after we quit this vicinity. We must strive to do what is good and godly because nobody knows when the trumpet will blow.
Pastor Tunde Kolade, a seasoned pulpit preacher, astute deliverance minister, is at present, the centre, pastor of CLAM Prayer Centre Lekki under the tutelage, Apostolic grace and auspices of Pastor Wole Oladiyun, the General Overseer of Christ Living Spring Apostolic Ministry (CLAM) where Funke Olakunrin was a member before her departure.