•What Family & Friends Said About Madam FAWEHINMI
It was a celebration of life for their beloved mum. In her tribute, Evang. Funmi Aragbaiye said: her siblings gave their mum a befitting burial in Ibadan. No doubt, motherhood is pride. Motherhood is love. Motherhood is golden. It’s on this premise that I wholeheartedly express my gratitude and that of my entire family to God Almighty for granting us the grace to celebrate our dear benevolent and selfless mother, Madam Comfort Olasoji Fawehinmi, who gave her all to ensure we are what we are today.
I thank God Almighty, that I am the one standing here body, soul and spirit today to celebrate the exit of my dear mother, not the other way round. Mama Omopelade was a mother in a million. It was her selflessness and desire to make sure her children succeed in life that made her to stay with me for more than 30 years before death came calling. All through the years, she stood as my pillar of support, confidant, adviser and role model.
She was with me through the thick and thin and constantly used her native and Biblical knowledge to help me navigate things through God’s grace. To say I’ll miss her, is an understatement; ditto my siblings. I must also use this avenue to appreciate all distinguished Nigerians at home and in the diaspora for your support during Mama’s lifetime and since she departed to the great beyond. Thanks for being there for me and the entire family.
Let me specifically thank the Kabiyesis’ here present, and other eminent personalities too numerous to
mention. Thanks for the dignity and honour accorded me and Mama’s family. Also, I am grateful to the executives and members of Gospel Musicians’ Association of Nigeria (GOMAN) for the artistes’ night organised in honour of mama and all the supports all along. I pray good things will never cease in our lives and may God in His infinite mercies keep us and satisfy our lives with all good things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Madam Comfort Omopelade Olasoji Fawehinmi was born in April 1927 at 14 Omolore Street, Oke-Odunwo, Ondo to the family of Chief Anthony and Mrs Gbolade Ogundoju both of blessed memory and she was the first of Ogundoju’s children. Mama started her early stage of life in Kaura Namoda, Zaria where she was staying with her aunt late Madam Orowola Akinboro (a.k.a. Mama Eko), there she ventured into sewing of cloth. The language was never a barrier because she was able to speak the Hausa language fluently being the major language to communicate within the Northern States.
She started and completed her primary school education while staying with her aunty at Kaura Namoda. Mama later returned to her parents and other siblings at Ondo and got married a few years after to the late Chief Olasoji Fewehinmi of Okegbala, Street Ondo, she was blessed with eight(8}children and forty-five(45}grandchildren who are all blessed in various fields of endeavours all across the globe.
Late Madam Comfort Olasoji (Nee Ogundoju) was a devoted Christian of the Catholic faith. She was God-fearing, a disciplinarian who was kind, loving, accommodating, peaceful, generous and above all a role model to many successful and prominent personalities. She was a leader worthy of emulation. Words alone can never describe the kind of person Mama was. Nee Ogundoju was very social, and was a member of many societies, at St Mathew’s Catholic Church Okegbala street, Ondo and other associations in the market. In the SOlS, she started selling provisions, thereafter she changed to the selling of yam. She would bring a trailer load of yam tubers from Lokoja to Mofere market in Ondo, a business she did up to 1985 before coming down to Ibadan to settle down with her children late Madam Comfort Omopelade joined the saint triumphant on Saturday 22nd January and was laid to rest on the 4th of February 2022.
Tribute to my darling mother. Surely, it has been divinely programmed that every mortal must exit the earthly space at his/her appointed time, but your departure at the ripe age of 95, was still a shock to me.
Why won’t I miss you dear mother? You lived a selfless lifestyle throughout your sojourn on earth and many who came across you in one way or another are attesting to your talent of giving and practical love, till date.
Growing up as your daughter exposed me to the excellent characteristics of discipline, neatness, respect for elders, trustworthiness and commitment to God’s service, among others. You did not only teach us to be good ambassadors of our family, you mentored us to be great achievers. I can never forget your genuine sacrifice exhibited by staying with me for more than 3 decades, all to ensure my music career flourishes and the home front doesn’t suffer in the process.
You were a mother in a million, Mama! You lived as the best adviser and counsellor we had as your children. I will forever be grateful to God who made me come to the world through you. Your loyalty and love for our father even in death still resonates in my heart; and through this, I learnt the art of faithfulness to my spouse who had gone before you, also. Yei, I’m indebted to God through you, because the sonorous voice that is synonymous with Funmi Aragbaiye today, was taken after you. My consolation is that you reaped the fruits of your labour before death came calling. It is now I realise more than ever before, what you stood for in my life. I miss you all the time, Mama.
Truly, motherhood is golden. Sleep well, my mother! Adieu, Mama!!
Evang. (Dr.) Funmi Aragbaiye
Mama, your demise came as a shock to me because I remembered you called me few hours to your death with that your ever sonorous and glowing voice of a mother to her daughter; not knowing that will be the last day of hearing that voice. I couldn’t believe you have gone so soon even atthe ripe age of 95 years; until I visited your body atthe mortuary.
I wept like a baby seeing your lifeless body not minding people around. I couldn’t hold back my tears on mothers day when I was praying for you and remembered you are no more with us physically. lye Tutu as you were fondly called by my name. I am very sure that God has granted you eternal rest in the bosom of our father Abraham. Your memory will linger on forever in my family because you were a mother in a million. Good night mama, deliver my goodwill message to my father because you will definitely see him and you will recognize each other as the Bible says. Adieu, great mummy.
Pst. Mrs. Temilola Akintan (Daughter)
I was shocked when I heard of your sudden transition without any prior sickness, just 21 days after my mother passed on into glory. Mama that shows your friendship with my mother was so deep even till death. I will miss your motherly advise because that is how you have taken me and not an in-law. Mama I pray to GOD to grant you eternal rest. May your soul rest in perfect peace Amen.
Engr Alex Akintan (In-law)
Grandma, I have always marvelled at how much love you had for your grandchildren and great-grandchildren and that robbed forever on us. I am honoured to pay tribute to a special and irreplaceable person in our family lives. You were very energetic with a good sense of humour.
You may have passed on but your memory will always live on within us. Thank you for your sacrifices, care and concern were I know you were in a much better place. I will be forever grateful and thankful that you are my “grandmother’
Abiodun Aragbaiye (Grandson)
Sweet Grandma, the strength of God in you always make you to prevail. Sweet grandma beautiful both inside and outside, you always give me good advice, you were so rare a person full of intelligence and deep thought. I love you and appreciate how you cared for me and my brothers. Your memory lives on grandma almost a century. Rest on in the bossom of our Lord Jesus Christ. Good nightgrandma.
Olakunle Aragbaiye (Grand-Son)
My grandma, you were such a fun to be with, you were such a great and courageous woman full of immense wisdom, I thank God for your life and the strength he gave you to face challenges in life. Grandma we will all meet again at the feet of our Lord Jesus Christ, your legacy will endure and your
memory will continue to live with us.
Tribute to my Grandmother
I was heartbroken when I learnt about the passing of my Grandmother Mama Comfort Olasoji-Fawehinmi. Grandma was a kind, generous and fun-loving person. She made an impact on everyone who came in contact with her. The kind of love Grandma felt for her grandchildren was unconditional love.
She may not have approved of everything we did, may not have liked some of the decisions we made, however, she never gave up on any of us. She just kept loving us, letting us know that she was there if we ever needed her. Regardless of the circumstances, we could always count on her to listen, comfort and to help. It didn’t take much to make Grandma happy. Be it a phone call, a card, some flowers or even a visit, she would always show great appreciation for anything you do for her. Grandma, you ma have gone to be with the Lord, but your memories would always live on within us. Rest in Peace Grandma.
From Oluwole Sunday Aragbaiye
Tribute: Mama, you were precious to us all, a gift from God to humanity, so much your beauty, your grace, your love and the patience you possessed. You touched the hearts of all of us in so many ways. When we were all down, your strength and smile made all of us to realize we had you as support behind us. “Abiyamo aboja gbooro gbooro. Sun re o.
Prophet Hezekiah Oluboye Oladeji C.A.C General Evangelist, Nigeria and Overseas.
TRIBUTE TO A WONDERFUL MOTHER
Mama Comfort Omopelade Olasoji Fawehinmi was a wonderful, loving and caring mother. You are one in a million, and you lived well no doubt. Not only by the number of years you lived but for the legacy you left behind. You were an embodiment of comfort, care and love. The news of her passing hit me so very hard especially because I haven’t seen mama in over two years and I was hoping and eagerly looking forward to see her this year.
Mama treated my wife and I so very special, mama would say Baba Bukky as she always call me, when are you going to be here because I don’t want your food to be cold. Mama would take over the preparation of my meal from the house help, she would do it herself even while the house help was preparing her own.
On a particular occasion, mama was in Ondo when I arrived in the country, she actually adjusted her schedule to arrive in Ibadan earlier because no one could take better care of me. Whenever I come to town alone she would always question why didn’t Iya Bukky (my wife) come with you. She was very caring. We would always seat and have a mother and son conversation, her sweat and melodious voice is still and will continue to ring in my ears She would light up even brighter when she saw me. Her spirit was always gentle and calm. Mama would say, “Talk to Funmi (referring to Evangelist Funmi Aragbaiye) she needs to take it easy, she hasn’t eaten anything all day today, you need to talk to her”
Mama, we really miss you, I wish I knew that the last time I saw you would be the last time I would see you on this side. Nevertheless, We take solace in that we shall meet again at the feet of our Savior Jesus Christ where we shall part no more. Good night mama dearest, rest on until the resurrection morning.
From your children, you never gave birth to Chaplain Dr. & Mrs. Stephen Olujimi (U. S. A.)
Evange Dr. EBENEZER OBEY FABIYI ESQ. J P
18th April, 2022.
Evang. (Dr.) Funmi Aragbaye
Zion Castle Oluyole Estate Extension
Off Ring Road,
LETTER OF TRIBUTE & CONDOLENCE
Most sincere greetings of love to you and family in Jesus mighty name.
I write you today to commiserate with you and the entire Olasoji Fawehnmi family on the recent passing on of your mother and Matriarch, Madam Comfort Omopelade Olasoji Fawehinmi.
Mama’s death at this material time is no doubt painful and a huge loss not only to the family but al 0 to the body of Christ and nation as a whole considering Mama’s roles and contributions to commerce and community development.
Be that as it may, our hearts must be filled with gratitude to God Almighty that Mama lived a highly fulfilled life of service to her Immediate family and more importantly to the church of God as a devout Christian and lover of the kingdom business.
I also recall with satisfaction that Madam Comfort Omopelade Olusoji Fawehinmi was a great lover of children and a committed role mod I of motherhood who left an indelible imprint on the sands of time. I am sure you will do all within your power to preserve her loving memory and legacy.
Once again, please accept my heart-felt condolence. May her gentle soul find eternal rest in Christ.
Omo rere yio gbeyin gbogbo wa o o. Amin
Evang. (Prof) Ebenezer Obey-Fabiyi (MFR)
April 15, 2022
EvangeIist Dr, Funmi Aragbaiye.
Dear Evang, Dr, Aragbaiye.
LETTER OF CONDOlENCE
I convey, on behalf of my family and on my own behalf, our heartfelt condolences on the transition of your beloved mother, Madam Comfort Omopelade Olasoji Fawehinmi.
The death of a mother brings such personal and singular anguish that it is difficult to find adequate words of comfort, I urge you, however, to seek solace in your faith in God and memories of the years of love and care shared with your mother. Above all, we must thank God that she was blessed’ a long’ and the opportunity of seeing her offspring grow into eminent personalities in her time.
Mama lived a life of service to her God, her community and her family, There is no doubt that she would be greatly missed by the family and the community. However, I believe we should be celebrating the conclusion of a good life rather than mourning a bereavement.
I pray that God will grant you and other members of your family the strength you need to bear the loss while her gentle soul in the bosom of the Lord.
GOODNIGHT MADAM COMFORT OMOPELADE OLASOJI FAWEHINMI
With a heart filled with adoration to the Almighty Olodumare over a life well spent, I write on behalf of the entire Yoruba race worldwide, to condole the Olusoji-Fawehinmi families, over the transition of our mother and worthy matriarch, Madam Comfort Omopelade Olasoji Fawehinmi to the world beyond.
Although it is sad to have lost this great elder at this material time, it is however remarkable to note that the life and time of our beloved Madam Comfort were filled with teaching and lessons, especially on good living, being a positive influence in one’s immediate society and beyond as well as serving the most High God.
It is an obvious fact that this great woman lived a selfless life of service as a devout Christian, benevolent philanthropist and industrious personality during her active days and did not compromise her standard till the last day, which earned her the fortunes which she enjoyed till she rejoined her creator.
Mama was a committed family woman who prioritized the upkeep of her home and the upbringing of her children, grandchildren and other young individuals who came across her with the fear of God. This is particularly made her an indispensable stakeholder within her immediate and extended families and beyond.
Her return to God Almighty is a unique reminder that we all shall leave this world one day to give an account of our stewardship on earth. That is why we must strive to live a good life, like that of the much-celebrated late Madam Comfort Omopelade. While her absence would be greatly missed by her children, including my very own Evang. (Dr.) Funmi Aragbaye, a great Evangelist and ace gospel musician of global repute, grandchildren, families and associates. I urge everyone to be comforted by the fact that our beloved Mama only transited to take an eternal rest in the bosom of her creator…
Sun re ooo
Arole Oduduwa Olofin Adimula
Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi