The King’s Mother Goes Home


Funke Olaode

Judging by the exotic cars, important dignitaries, royal fathers and the clergy from Ogun Diocese of the Anglican Communion, the late Chief Mrs. Juliana Osiberu would be smiling in her grave to see the quality of honour bestowed on her at her recent obsequies in Sagamu, Ogun State.

Some of the activities staged to honour her memory included, but were not limited to a wake keep and night of tributes, where many attested to her humility.

At the church service at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Ijoku, Diocese of Remo, members of her family, prominent among which were her children stood out in a pink aso ebi.

Amidst hymns of ‘Alleluya! Alleluya! Alleluya!, The strife is over, the battle is done’, and ‘My hope is built on nothing less’, the atmosphere was solemn, as the officiating minister, Rt. Rev. Oluranti delivered his sermon.

Ogun State deputy governor, Mrs. Yetunde Onanuga who represented Gov. Ibikunle Amosun, praised Mama Osiberu for her contribution to the society and the community at large.

Showering encomium on her mother, the eldest child, Mrs. Shade Ogunbiyi, wife of the former managing director of Daily Times Nigeria Plc and CEO of Tanus Communications, recalled that her mother made unimaginable sacrifices for her children.