Bishop Olubunmi Akinlade of the Diocese of Ife Anglican Communion has described the late Queen Ayeyemi Ogunwusi as an epitome service, hard-work and love.
Akinlade said this during the final burial of the late queen and the grand-mother of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja 11), at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Ayegbaju, Ile-Ife, Osun on Saturday.
He said that the deceased was very loving, prayerful, hardworking and fear the Lord whom she served faithfully when alive.
The cleric added that the deceased was also a good mother worthy of emulation based on her closeness to her children and grand-children during her life time.
Akinlade called on Nigerians, irrespective of their religious creeds, tribes and political inclinations, to strive to live an exemplary life on earth.
He said, “It is imperative for us all to live a life worthy of emulation so that we can leave a good legacy for the generations coming after us.
“We have to ensure that we live a righteous life, though, it may be difficult, we have to strive and ensure we lead a good life”.
He recalled that the matriarch was very industrious during her lifetime.
Akinlade advised parents to teach their children to be hardworking, despite facing challenges in life.
“Mama struggled to live a fulfilled life”.
He added, “When you make up your mind to serve God, be prepared for any form of challenges or tribulation.
“Whenever we lose our dear relation or family member, we are usually hurt and depressed.
“But we should take solace in the legacy such person left behind, we should have personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
“We should be mindful of the fact that we would leave this mortal body and transit to immortality one day.
“ Some of us live our lives as if death is the permanent end.
“After death, there is judgment and our activities on earth will determine the kind of judgment we get from God”, Akinlade said.
Eminent Nigerians also converged on Ile-Ife for the burial of Ogunwusi.
The dignitaries include: the Vice-Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Prof. Bamitale Omole, and the Registrar of OAU, Mr Dotun Awoyemi.
Others include: the Asiwaju of Ife, Chief Alex Duduyemi, representative of the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Sen. Rasheed Ladoja and an in-law to the Ooni of Ife, Dr Williams Obanor.
Also in attendance were Chief Amidu Ajibade and the mother of Ekiti State governor, Mrs Olufunke Fayose.
Late Queen Ogunwusi, 104, died on Feb. 8, 2016.