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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Olori Olagbegi laid to rest

By Jimoh Ahmed, Owo


All roads led to Owo, the headquarters of Owo Local Government, on Friday as the remains of the Yeyewangwe of Owo Kingdom, Yeyelori Mikoriola Olateru-Olagbegi, was laid to rest.

Married to the late Olowo of Owo, Sir Olateru Olagbegi, Mama Mikoriola, from the famous Assured Chieftaincy family of Owo was the daughter of late Chief George Adetula ( first educated and most prominent Sasere to have reigned in the town).

Age 96, the Yeyewangwe died on June 20, 2022.

As part of a befitting burial for the wife of the widely known Olateru-Olagbegi Royal Family, series of funeral activities were held to honour the deceased which included, the traditional Ajabure Dance, Lying in State and Christian Wake among others.

The funeral Church /Thanks Giving service which was  held at the Cathedral Church of St. Andrew’s, Imola Street, Owo, was well attended by dignitaries from both within and outside the country.

The programme attracted politicians, captain of industries, traditional rulers and their representatives, as well as the high and low in the society.

From left: Son-in-law to the deceased, Prince Akanni Mustapha Gbadamosi , his wife, Princess Modupeolu Gbadamosi, another son-in-law, Prince Abila Apampa, his wife, Princess Adenubi Olagbegi Apampa, daughter of the deceased, Princess Abisade Afolabi, her husband, Architect Ajibola Afolabi and eldest son of the deceased, Prince Olabade Olateru-Olagbegi at the funeral service

The wife of the Ondo State Governor, Chief (Mrs) Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, the Olowo of Owo, Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin Ogunoye III, was represented by his retinue of chiefs while the Alara of Ikara and the Osemawe of Ondo Kingdom were also represented.

Others present were the Chief of Staff, Chief Olugbenga Ale and the Aare Atunluṣe of Owo Kingdom, Prince Rotimi Ibidapo.

In his sermon, the officiating minister, The Very Reverend Ayodeji Agboola, reminded the congregation that death is inevitable and we all must die despite our height and position at status.

Reverend Agboola said death is the only thing that every living knows that is sure.

“We must know that death is inevitable no matter who you are. No matter your position, height, wealth or status, death is sure”.

 The Very Rev’d R.O.A Agboola, who described death as inevitable, said it’s appointed for a man to be born and to die. He said what matters most while on earth is that people must know the Lord, and be committed to him, as a Christian.

The Clergyman, however, appreciated God in the life of the late Yeyewangwe, saying he knew her to be a devout Christian, a loving mother, ever holding on to the chord of God. the Lord, during her life time.

 He equally thanked her children for taking good care of their mother, before she died and therefore enjoined others to take care of their parents while they are still living.

Mama Mikoriola was later interned at the church’s cemetery at Uselu, Owo.

 Guests were later treated to a warm reception and entertainment at Mydas Hotel and Resort, New Ikare-Road Owo for entertainment, where Tolu Ebenezer Obey, the son of the music legend, Chief Ebenezer Obey and  Owo Cultural Musician, Chief (Mrs) Bola Ojotu, were both live on stage to add glamour to the event.


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