Omo-Oba Josephine Onabowale
By Sheriff Balogun
Omo-Oba Josephine Onabowale who died on November 11, 2012 was Friday finally buried amidst encomium in her hometown, Ogere area of Ogun state.
Onabowale who was the Iya-Ijo of Christ Anglican Church, Ogere schooled at CMS Primary School in Ogere.
The town was agog with both indigenes and visitors as well as delegations from outside the country who trooped out en masse to bid the woman, who was described as a matriarch, farewell.
The deceased who was brought into the Christ Anglican Church premises in a gold casket at exactly some minutes to 10.00am was ushered in by pall bearers in native attires with the families of the deceased also glamorously dressed.
The sermon was delivered by the Arch Bishop, Most Reverend J.O Akinfenwa who said everybody was liable to death but one has to hold unto God before the time of death reaches as mama has done.
He urged the congregation and children of the deceased to emulate mama as she has contributed a lot to the growth of church and people around her.
"Glorious exit is impossible without Jesus, It's only when you have Jesus that you have everything" he said, adding, "Mama left a righteous legacy, legacies that cannot be erased. Shall we also celebrate you like this or u shall be forgotten?"
He however, said mama has done extra ordinary job in the church and society, describing her as the matriarch of their time, and submitted that she was good example to other mothers who enjoyed longevity in Jesus.
However, the Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Raji Fashola in his condolence message sent to members of the family, described Omo-Oba Josephine Alaba Onabowale as a woman of virtue who has lived a truly Christian life.
He added that her demise has created a vacuum which will take long to fill, adding that he shared in the pains and sorrows of the bereaved.
Her remains was later interred at the church grave site in the presence of her children and surviving relations.