Late Elijah Ayodele Ositelu
The remains of late Elijah Ayodele Ositelu a.k.a. Arena will be committed to mother earth on February 2, at Oluwaseyi Compound (Ositelu's House) in Ogere, Remo, Ogun State.
A statement by the deceased’s brother, Dr. David Ositelu, said that the ceremony marking the final journey of the multi-talented sports journalist would begin on Monday, January 28, with a service of songs at the Church of the Lord, Aladura, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos, while Ejigbo LCDA takes the stage on Tuesday, January 29 to honour their first chairman at the Ejigbo mini-stadium.
On Wednesday, January 30, there will be another service of songs for the departed sports icon at the Sir (Chief) Molade Okoya-Thomas Sports Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium organised by the Lagos State Sports Endowment Fund. This will be followed by another service at 10, Aina Street, Ojota, Lagos and all these events will last from 4 to 6pm.
The final journey begins with the remains leaving the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) for a brief lying-in-state at the Teslim Balogun Stadium on February 1 before departing for Ogere in Ogun State where a Christian wake will be held at the Ositelu Memorial College between 4 and 6pm.
On Saturday, February 2, the funeral and outing services will hold at the Ositelu Memorial College followed by interment at Oluwaseyi Compound (Ositelu's House).
The deceased, who would have turned 70 years on April 3, this year, is survived by three wives, children and grand-children.