The burial ceremony of the Nigerian society’s most prominent figure, Chief Molade Alexandria Okoya-Thomas, FCTA, MFR, OFR, KSS, has been fixed to hold in March. Okoya-Thomas, a very successful business Titan and sports enthusiast, died on Sunday, February 1, at the upscale Reddington Hospital in Victoria Island, Lagos. He was aged 79.
The funeral arrangement kicks off on Wednesday, 4 March, with a Service of Songs. The Christian Wake Service will hold on Thursday, March 5. The event will climax on Friday, 6 March, with a funeral service at the Holy Cross Cathedral, Lagos Island and a grand reception will follow after the internment.
Before his death, the deceased was the Chancellor of the Lagos State University and Chairman of CFAO Nigeria Limited.
Born in Lagos on June 8, 1935, to the late Hussam Okoya-Thomas and late Alhaja Suwebat Okoya-Thomas (née Gbajabiamila), the deceased attended Princess School, Lagos for his elementary education.
Okoya-Thomas subsequently proceeded to Baptist Academy for his high school education where he graduated as the best student.
He thereafter studied accountancy at Balham and Tooting College of Commerce and had further training in Accounting at Columbia University, New York, US.
Upon returning to Nigeria, he gained employment as an accountant at CFAO and rose through the ranks to become its chairman.
He was also a recipient of the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur, the highest national honour given by the French to a foreigner.
He is survived by his wife, Chief (Mrs) Olivia Abosede Okoya-Thomas, four children- Honourable Jumoke Okoya-Thomas, Tosin Alobo-Bakare, Yinka Taiwo and Deji Okoya-Thomas.