Last week, families, friends and business associates joined Prince Babajide Fadairo, the House of Oduduwa boss as he laid his mum, Madam Grace Oladunni Otusemowo Fadairo, popularly called Mama Ijebu to rest in Abeokuta the Ogun state capital. The burial service was held at the Freeman Methodist cathedral, Ogbe, Abeokuta, while guests were later entertained at the marquee Olusegun Obasanjo presidential library. The event was attended by movers and shakers from and outside Ogun State. Ogun state deputy governor, Engr. Noimot Salako Oyedele and Oloori Naomi Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Oloori of Ooni of Ife were among dignitaries who graced the event, Bunmi Mustapha brings you the gist from the event.
OGUN DEPUTY GOVERNOR Present
Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Alhaja Noimot Salako Oloyede, was among dignitaries who graced the event. Although she was not at the church service, but she was at the reception with his entourage. She came in shinning in her soft styled, aso ebi and she spent quality time before she took her leave.
THE SERMON, AN INTERACTIVE SESSION
During the sermon at the church service, one would expect a normal sermon to talk about the deceased and also make people know that death could come calling at anytime, so everyone needs to be prepared. It goes beyond that as the Most Rev. Adegbemi A Adewale PH.D ( J.P) made the sermon a very interactive one as he threw questions at the congregation in order for them to understands some key words that was in the tributes written to Mama Ijbeu by friends and family members.
WHAT OBASANJO SAID ABOUT MAMA IJEBU
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo sent a very heartwarming condolence message. In his message, he said. Mama Ijebu lived a fulfilled life and to a relatively ripe age, the family is quite, naturally, in deep grief over the earthly exit of their adorable matriarch. But her death was also a huge loss to the entire Owu Kingdom in particular and Ogun state in general, “therefore, by this message, I am not only joining thousands of Nigerians to mourn, but also to pay deserving tribute to this outstanding Nigerian and quintessential lady. As an adored wife to one of the scions of the well known Fadairo descendants of Owu Kingdom, Madam Fadairo occupied a special place as a mother, a role model, and a source of inspiration, a redoubtable champion and defender of women’s rights. Throughout her life, she displayed a constant love for Owu Kingdom and worked for its progress by virtue of the fact that her husband an eminent son and chief of Owu kingdom as well as the first executive Chairman of Ewekoro local government area, Itori, Ogun state, hailed from Amororo ruling house of Owu Kingdom. Indeed, she was such a towering pillar of support to her late husband.
The real consolation at this time for you and all others who held Madam Fadairo in very high esteem lies in the exemplary way she lived. Hers was an active and purposeful life, laced with philanthropy. A hardworking woman of great integrity, devout Christian of the Methodist denomination, and highly cultured personality. She was a symbol of humility, moderation and selfless service. May I therefore, on behalf of my family and on my own behalf, extend heartfelt condolence to the entire Fadairo and Ayorinde families on the death of their most dearly wife, mother and grandma. I pray that God Almighty will grant you all the fortitude to bear the loss, and may her gentle soul find eternal repose”.
OLOWU SENDS REPRESENTATIVES
The Olowu of Owo Kingdom, Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu, did not only send staff of office, but also top high chiefs from Owu Kingdom. Some of them are: Chief Oluwole Idowu, Bada Owu, Chief Oladimeji Egbeyemi, Asipa Owu, Chief Kudirat Sunmonu, Seriki Iyalode Owu, Mrs Silifat Oke, Otun Giwa Iyalode Owu, Chief (Mrs) Oluremi Opere, Chief (Mrs.) Oluwaranti Ogunkoya, Chief (Mrs.) Ramota Ajetunmobi, Chief Isreal Egunjobi, Chief Kunle Afuape, to mention a few.
MRS BOLA OBASANJO TOO
The deceased, Mama Ijebu, was very close to the Obasanjo’s family it was obvious in the tributes former president Obasanjo wrote to Mama, which was deep and heartwarming. Although his wife, Mrs. Bola Obasanjo, could not make it, but she sent Mrs Aishat Eleshin to represent her both at the church and reception.
ELDER JOJU FADAIRO AT THE CHIRCH SERVICE
Ogun former PDP Chairman, Elder Joju Fadairo, who is also the Fiwagbuyi of Egbaland, was present. He came to pay his last respect and also condole with the children of the deceased. He was at the church service.
HARMONY BAND AND DJ MJAY Keep GUESTS ON THEIR FEET
Popular juju band, Harmony Band, was on bandstand, it was a melodious moments throughout the event, but when it was time for the after party, Ogun first and only female Dj, Dj Mjay spined different jamz from the 60’s to 70’s to date. Guests could not resist the thrill as they climbed the Dj’s stand to spray her money. The after party didn’t ended till about 12 mid-night as the diva on the mix was fully on ground for guests.
SUNNY ADE’S WIFE SHOWS LOVE
One of juju maestro’s wives, King Sunny Ade’s wife Hon Riskat Adegeye, was among dignitaries on the VIP lounge. The former Lagos law maker who represented Amuwo Odofin consistuency 1 in 2007 came in looking stylish in her aso ebi.
OLOORI NAOMI OFUNWUSI TOO
Oloori Naomi Oluwaseyi Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Oloori of Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, was at the event. Oba Ogunwusi is the brother of Princess Folasade Ogunwusi Fadairo, who married one of the deceased’S sons, Prince Babajide. This explainED why Oloori Naomi did not only come, but also spent quality time with her sisterS-in-law.
OGUN FORMER EXCO FULLY REPRESENTED
The event was attended by many former commissioners and special advisers to Senator Ibikunle Amosun, a former governor of Ogun State, among them are, Ogbeni Bolaji Oyeleye and his wife, hon adeife, hon. Olasheu, Barrister Odufuwa, Hon. Nike osoba, mrs ronke sokefun, dayo Adeneye, Mrs. Funke Oladipo, Femi Akinwunmi, Mr. Segun Adebayo, Hon. Afolabi afuape, Jide Odusolu.
THE OGUNWUSI SISTERS
It is no news that the three sisters of Ooni of Ife, Princess Folasade, Princess Adesola and Princess Adebimpe stepped out at the function together,. The eldest Princess, Folasade is married to Mama’s first son, Prince Babajide, and the other two sisters stood still for their sister to support her as they were seen everywhere ensuring guests were well take care of.
VERONICA ATOBATELE CAME WITH FRIENDS
Wife of the Balogun of Egbaland, Chief (Mrs.) Veronica Atobatele, came looking beautiful and stylish as ever. The Ayaba’s closet boss came with Oloori Aderonke Martins, Simiat Salami and cherry Mohammed.
HON. ADIJAT AND RONKE DANGOTE CAME
Ogun two-term House of Assembly member, Hon. Adijat Oladapo Adeleye, came with her close friend, Ronke Dangote, who is one of the big babes rocking Atlanta. They both stepped into the venue in the evening and as usual Hon. Adijat was a cynosure with her curvy physic and body fitted style.
EMMANUELA ADEROPO VERY STYLISH
Beautiful socialite, Emmanuela Aderopo populary known as Ella also came, she was looking stylish in her beautiful aso ebi, which was heavily accessorised.
PRINCESS TOYIN KOLADE steals THE SHOW
Princess Toyin Kolade, the Iyalaje of Apapa, is known to grace events in a unique way. That was what happened at the event. When she came in the evening, with her entourage and their reservations were directly created in front of the band. Apart from that, she came fully prepared for the night with assorted champagne and wine. For more than thirty minutes Harmony band left the stage to her table as he sang her praises.
BASHORUN ENIOLA FAYOSE TOO
Bshorun Eniola Fayose, a businessman per excellence, was at the event. He is a very close friend of Ooni of Ife. He was dressed in nice regalia of damask in agbada which made him stood out and noticeable.
THE TWO ACTRESSES WHO CAME
Popular actress Toyin Adegbola, otherwise known as Toyin Asewo to Re Mecca was at the event. She came in with Princess Toyin Kolade in grand style and she shared expensive surveniours among guests. Another actress who was present was beautiful Bimbo Odusanya. Although she has been off the scene for a while now.
BUKOLA OLOPADE NOT LEFT OUT
Ogun former commissioner for youths and sports, Bukola Olopade, otherwise known as Ozogula was among dignitaries at the event.