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Akeredolu, siblings celebrate mother @ 90

By Adekola Afolabi

Ondo state Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on Saturday led his  siblings to celebrate the 90th birthday anniversary of their mother, Lady Evangelist Grace Akeredolu.

The milestone occasion held at St. Mathias’ Anglican Church, Orogun, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, was also graced by the governor’s wife, Mrs Betty Akeredolu; members of the State Executive Council led by the Secretary to the State Government, Princess Oladunni Odu, among several other dignitaries .

Governor Akeredolu who is the first child of the nonagenarian, took the only Bible reading from Psalm 92 Verses 1 to the end.

Family members, friends and well-wishers gathered in the church to give thanks to God for His divine mercy and favour over the Lady Evangelist who, they said, has continued to serve God and humanity.

In his sermon, the Bishop of Ibadan North Diocese and Archbishop of Ibadan Province, The Most Rev. (Dr) Segun Okubadejo, who congratulated and rejoiced with the celebrant said God has really been very faithful to her.

While describing Lady Evangelist Grace Akeredolu as the Dorcas of our time, and a woman whose life is a model to all,  Okubadejo added that she was like a tree planted by the riverside.

He observed that clocking 90 years in the face of enormous challenges, including economic and social insecurity, and in a society where life expectancy was low, was a milestone which must be celebrated with praises and thanksgiving offering.

Bishop Okubadejo described the occasion as a gracious and glorious day, not only for the celebrant but for all who have joined to celebrate her.

According to him, it was   a thing of joy to see mama’s grandchildren and great grandchildren gathered to celebrate her  stressing that the occasion was to praise and give thanks to God .

He prayed God to continue to sustain her in good health, adding that the transforming favour, love and grace of God  were still sufficient for her as she continues with the journey of life.

The Bishop expressed delight that mama has had opportunity to celebrate milestones in the past starting from age one which he described as celebration of Light of God and 25 years, a celebration of Joy of God.

“At 40, you celebrated the Peace of God, and we thank God the same peace still abide with you till today. At 50, you celebrated the Love of God and we thanked  God you were still lucky,  God still loves you. At 60, you celebrated the Mercy of God, and if not for God’s mercy there is no way you will be here today to celebrate 90, but we thank God for that.

At 70, you celebrated the Grace of God, God has been so faithful to you. At 80, you celebrated the Praise of God and till today we thank God that  this  praise has never ceased from your mouth, you are still praising God; and today, at 90, you are celebrating the Wisdom of God. If I want to be generous Mama, at 100, you will celebrate the Glory of God. We want to be more generous Mama, at 120, you will celebrate the Excellence of God,” he enthused.

He encouraged the celebrant to continue to make the service of God her delight and pray, praise, love and give the more as she continues to enjoy special blessings from God.

In his remarks, Governor Akeredolu thanked all the Archbishops, Bishops and other church leaders as well as guests for the honour done the family.

Akeredolu who appreciated God for the grace his mother has received so far, also noted that the aged mother has lived well.

In separate interviews, some of the children of the celebrant including Prof. Oluwole Akeredolu, Dr (Mrs) Modupe Adeyinka, Kola Akeredolu and Oluwafemi Akeredolu, appreciated God for keeping their mother alive in good health to celebrate the  90th birthday, saying not too many people will live up to the age coupled with the fact that not every child that sees his father or mother to 90.

According to them, Lady Evangelist Grace Akeredolu went through a lot to ensure all of them get to where they are today, describing her as a strong pillar and a  true mother.

The children also prayed God to grant more years for their mother in sound health. Lady Evangelist Grace Akeredolu is the only child of her mother.



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