Indeed there is no better way to give a befitting burial to a loving mother, grandmother and Great Aunt who died at the biblical old age of 79, leaving behind wonderful legacies worthy of emulation. That aptly describe the array of burial activities fanfare and ceremonies with which the late Dr. Mrs. Olasumbo Badejo-Okusanya who slept in the Lord on the morning of May 2, 2011, was honoured in death..
The late Olasumbo, a well educated Lagos socialite and mother of six Children, several grand children and many great grand children, had lived a successful Christian and philanthropic live. She single-handedly brought up all her children and ‘adopted’ children after the early demise of her husband Chief Emmanuel Badejo Okusanya in 1972, two weeks after she celebrated her 40th birthday.
Since May 2nd when the news of her death was officially announced by the family, her home at Oduduwa Crescent, Ikeja, GRA, suddenly turned into a Mecca of sort as guests from far and near trooped in daily to commiserate with the family. This was the situation up till Tuesday May 17, 2011 when the final burial rites was concluded.
Service of Songs was held on May 15, 2011 at the Swimming Pool Side of the Bridge House on 77 Oduduwa Crescent, GRA, Ikeja. It was conducted by Women’s Guild of Auxiliary of the Cathedral Church of Christ, Lagos. This was followed by Praise & Worship service which was themed: Celebration of Life. The service was conducted by the Grace Assembly, Ikeja.
The Christian Wake Keep service on May 16 at the Bridge House was an occasion to behold. The ambience was superlative with colourful display of banners, back-drop, wall drapes showing historic images of Mama from her youth age to adulthood while Large Screen was mounted at strategic places showing live interviews of children and in-laws including Oba Adedapo Tejuosho, paying tributes to the late Olasumbo. The Wake Keep service was attended by guests from different walks of live including royal institute, Dr. Kenny Martins, Chief Alex Ibru among other eminent guests. Dr. Victor Olaiya entertained guests.
The Lying in State of the body was done early in the morning of Tuesday May 17, 2011 at the Bridge House. This preceded the funeral service by 11 am that day at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, Lagos. Interment followed immediately at The Vault and Garden, Ikoyi, Lagos.
The reception party after the burial was however, a superlative fanfare. It was held at the Harbour Point, by the Atlantic Ocean, off Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island. The hall was decorated with wao effect, giving the hall the real ambience of a five star occasion. Guest’s list was innumerable. People came
from the corporate world, diplomatic community, Royal Houses, Lagos Ministry of Justice and from the Lagos and Ogun states governments.
The late Olasumbo was survived by six great children who have made success in their various fields of endeavour. They included: Tolulope Badejo-Okusanya who is based in US, Olori Olabisi Tejuosho, wife of Osile Oke-Ona, Oba Adedapo Tejuosho, Mr. Yomi Badejo-Okusanya, a notary public and former chairman of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (Lagos State chapter) who is also the Managing Director/Chief Executive of CMC Connect (Perception Managers), Magistrate
Yewande Badejo-Okusanya of the Lagos Magistrate Court and a host of others.