40 Days Remembrance Service Held In Honour of Oba Okunade Sijuwade

imageThe Bishop of Ife Diocese of the Anglican Communion, Right Reverend Oluranti Odubogun, on Friday, tasked Nigerians to live an exemplary life by impacting on the lives of others through positive influence and contributions.

He gave the charge in Ile-Ife, Osun State, during the 40 days remembrance service held in honour of the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, who died in a London hospital on July 28.
Reverend Odubogun recalled that Oba Sijuwade lived a life worthy of emulation by assisting the needy and empowering thousands of people, including non-Ife indigenes through his philanthropic activities.
According to him, “Oba Sijuwade had passion for God in all his deeds and acts. His heart is with with God because he lived well and died well. He also lived to fulfil his destiny because he served God with all his heart. Let everyone of us live a symbolic lifestyle the way Oba Okunade Sijuwade lived his life by making himself available and helpful not only to the people of Ife, but also many others who are non-indigenes.”
Giving the votes of thanks, the eldest son of the monarch, Prince Adetokunbo Sijuwade, expressed his gratitude for the love and affection Nigerians showed his father.
“My father had been a source of inspiration to me. About two years ago, he gave me a Bible and he instructed me in the way of the Lord and I have never had any regret over it,” he said.
Dignitaries, who attended the service included the Owa Obokun of Ijesaland, Oba Adekunle Aromolaran; the Alaagba of Aagba, Oba Rufus Ogunwole; wife of the former governor of Ekiti State, Mrs Bisi Fayemi; Secretary to the Osun State Government (SSG), Alhaji Moshood Adeoti, who represented Governor Rauf Aregbesola; Vice Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Professor Bamitale Omole; Evangelist Bola Are, among many others.

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