Osogbo stands still, as Esther Odofin Otunola is laid to rest

By Joseph Akanbi

The entire Osogbo and environs stood still this weekend as Mrs. Esther Odofin Otunola, was laid to rest.

Mami, as she was fondly called, died recently at the age of 82. She is survived by husband, Chief J. A Odofin, children and several grandchildren.

The burial programme which started with a Christian wake keep on Wednesday 15th of May, at Kobongbogboe, followed with a commendation service at All Saints Cathedral Church, Balogun Agoro, Osogbo on Thursday, 16th of May.

A second Christian wake keep was also held at the field of St Andrew primary school, Edidi Kwara State, on Thursday, 16th of May, before the service of songs on Friday, 17th May, at St. Andrew Anglican Church Edidi, Kwara State.

Mr. Biodun Otunola, who accompanied his siblings and close relatives as they escorted the body to her final resting place. Some of Biodun Otunola’s siblings include Mr. Femi Odofin, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State, Engr. Bode Otunola, Mr. Kayode Otunola among others.

The week long event which climaxed on Saturday with a celebration of life at the Atlantis Event Centre, Osogbo, is one the guests will remember for months if not years to come. The event which is already in contention for Party of the Year, had all arrangements superbly made. The cuisines were delicious and the band was electrifying.

Some of the guests at the event include the Deputy Governor of Osun State, Mr. Gboyega Alabi, the First Lady of Osun State, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola, leader of the NURTW in Lagos State, Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya (MC Oluomo) among others.

Speaking with osun.life shortly after a 2hr dance floor session, Biodun Otunola thanked the people for the love and support shown to his family since the demise of their mother.

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