Monday, 5 May 2014

Celestial Church Leader, Pa (Dr.) Joshua Akande Ogunorunlayede buried on his birthday, May 1st


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Workers cleaning up the casket space
Eminent Nigerians and faithful of the Celestial Church of Christ from all walks of life joined in the final celebration of life and funeral rites of one of the leaders of the fold, Most Superior Evangelist (Dr.) Joshua Akande Ogunorunlayede (JP) which took place between Thursday 1st of May which happens to be the man of God’s birthday and Friday Second of May, 2014.

Superior Evangelist (Dr.) Joshua Akande Ogunorunlaiyede who died on Saturday January 11th at the ripe age of 72 is the founder of the Celestial Church of Christ, Calvary Parish 1-6 with Headquarters at CCC, Calvary Parish 1.
A big banner donated by the entire prophets of CCC,
Calvary Parish 1 in honor of their Great Shepherd

Baba's all white marble casket on parade
The final rites of the late shepherd started with a Christian Service of Songs and a big ceremony in his honor at his home town of Idi-Emi via Aiyetoro in Yewa LGA, Ogun state South West Nigeria on Friday, April 25th. The event which took place at one of his parishes, CCC, Calvary Parish IV, Idi-Emi near CCC spiritual village of Imeko had notable personalities including business men, politicians, diplomats, clergies and family members in attendance.
Baba in his final rest
A local artist in Ogba donated this artwork for Baba
The event which started by 5pm with Christian worships, shorts sermons at intervals was witnessed by over 25 Men of God from various parishes of the Celestial Church in the South Western part of Nigeria. Other activities like special drama, dancing and general celebration organized by the youths of  Idi-Emi community continued until the next day, Saturday 26th with foods and drinks given in abundance to visitors. Some of the house owners in the community also made brisk fortunes as they converted their homes to mini-guest apartments for legion of visitors that came from all walks of life for the celebration of life of one of Celestial Church of Christ’s greatest leaders.
The CCC, Calvary Mass Choir in Action for a great shepherd 
CCC, Calvary Mass Choir in Action
The train of events moved to Lagos on Wednesday April 30th with the second edition of the Christian Service of Songs which took place inside the Church’s Lagos cathedral at CCC, Calvary Parish 1, by Calvary Close, behind County Hospital, Ogba-Aguda-Lagos.  The event which  started  by 4pm was immediately turned into a Music Jamboree as top Celestial Church musicians Boro-Boro and Evangelist Akin Adebayo in conjunction with the CCC, Calvary Mass Choir entertained the over four thousand guests with unlimited entertainment from 8pm till the wee hours of the next day. Except for an early morning rain fall, the jamboree might have continued till mid day of Thursday May 1st. 
Mrs. Linda Ajala one of the Burial Committee Executives
More worshipper storm Baba's wake keep
On Thursday May 1st (Worker’s Day) which happens to be the late shepherd’s birthday an interdenominational Wake Keep Service that which witnessed the presence of conglomerate of Shepherds from the Celestial fold and other churches took place at the church’s cathedral by Calvary Close, Ogba-Aguda-Lagos.  The event which started by 4pm ended at 8pm to enable faithful to prepare for the New Moon service which holds every first Thursdays of the month. Early in the day, crowd of eminent and ordinary people led a hearse that brought the body of the late man of God from a private mortuary he was kept since January. 
Beautiful Flowery scene dots Baba's casket as guests
file around to see his face for the last time
Baba's children (L-R) Tayo, Gabriel, Bose Imafidon and Sunday Ogunlade
The body which was looking fresh and trim elicited a surge of celebration among youths in the area that followed the funeral train from Isheri Road down to County-Ogba as people threw flowers at the hearse taking the body down to Calvary Close for the wake keep service and interment. The over thirty minutes event was characterized with Music, dancing and general celebration as majority of people who knew the man of God during his life time closed their businesses and followed the train. Men of God and other interdenominational ministers who graced the occasion said so many good thing about Baba, Superior Evangelist (Dr.) Joshua Akande Ogunorunlayede.  The pictures of the event which is presently being displayed here is a living testimony of the kind of celebration that accompanied the last hour of the great man on Thursday May 1st which happens to be his birthday.    
Pa. Superior Evangelist (Dr.) Joshua Akande Ogunorunlayede
in his final sleep with his Baptism Certificate
Crowd of Nigerians and Celestians who graced the occassion
The next day, Friday May 2nd started with a special funeral service at Calvary Close before his body was finally laid at a private tomb erected in his honor at the same venue.  The event has eminent Representatives of the Pastor, His Eminence Pastor Emmanuel Mobiyina Friday Oschoffa and other men of God in attendance. Former colleagues at UBA also came to honor one of their own, Superior Evangelist (Dr) J. A. Ogunorunalayede.  A colorful Reception cum after burial party later took place at the Ojodu Grammar School field by Isheri Road.
Some Elder Women came to pay Baba their last respect
More crowd bessech Baba Ogunorunlayede's casket
Born on May 1st 1942 into a humble Christian family of Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion decent as Julius Ogunlade (his family name) the late Ogunorunlaiyede got his Ordinary Level General Certificate of Education in 1971 before passing his Advance Level General Certificate of Education a year later in flying colors; His work experience started with the defunct Rediffusion Nigeria Ltd a subsidiary of the then Western Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation (WNBC). Ogunorunlaiyede who had a Diploma as a Communication Engineer  is reputed for connecting over  30 communities to the WNBC grid in Osun State; these towns and villages included Oshogbo, Ife,Gbongon, Ijebu-jesha, Ilesa, Ilaorangun, Iseyin, Ede, Ilobu, Ikire, Apomu, Ikoyi, and many other towns.
Scion of the Ogunorunalyede dynasty, Apostle Kayode Ogunorunlayede
lead guests to Dad's casket during wake-keep.
Some members during the Wake keep, redaing Baba's mini-biography
Ogunorunalaiyede who was a covenant child as his father specially prayed to have him after many female children and long years without a child equally dedicated him to God as his only son. He was indoctrinated into the Celestial Church fold in 1973 by his Uncle, Superior Evangelist Ayinde Tinubu of CCC, Agege Parish, Ogba. Between 1974 and 1975, Ogunorunlaiyede worked with several organizations before his final birth at the United Bank for Africa where he rose to a managerial position before he was divinely called in 1977 for divine work. He founded CCC, Calvary Parish 1 in May 1980 and the church was exactly 33 years last December 1st 2013 before he passed away on January 11, 2014.
Some Mothers-in-Israel during the Wake Keep Service
Children giving Baba their last respect by his casket
 In 1990 during his tenth anniversary, the voice of the Lord came down and instructed that his name be re-christened from Julius Ogunlade (Family name) to Joshua Ogunorunlaiyede which spiritually means “an angel came to earth via human body”
Scion, Apostle Kayode Ogunorunlayede with Dad's wife,
Lady Funmilayo Ogunorunlayede
The CCC, Calvary Mass Choir stage before the Wake Keep Service
The late shepherd who was renowned for building several cathedrals for God has six parishes to his credit namely: CCC, Calvary Parish 1, Ogba (founded 05/04/80) CCC, Calvary Parish II, Akute Ogun state (founded 07/05/87), CCC, Calvary Parish III,  Itele Road, Ota, Ogun state (founded 10/02/89), CCC, Calvary Parish IV, Idi-Emi, Ogun state (Founded 04/11/89), CCC, Calvary Parish V, Old Akute Road, Obawole, Ogun state, (Founded 05/03/95) and CCC, Calvary Parish VI, Olowora, Isheri, Lagos (Founded 11/03/95).
The Great Man, Baba (Dr) J.A Ogunorunlayede in his final sleep
This all gold bracelet fastend to the casket's handle explains
better the bearer of the space with a Praying hand

Superior Evangelist (Dr.) Joshua Akande Ogunorunlaiyede is a recipient of many local and international awards which includes: Distinguished Christian Merit Awards (CMA) Grand Commander of Healing and Spiritual Administration (GCHSA), Patriotic Leadership Merit Award (ELMA) among several other awards. He is survived by a wife, nine children and six grand children.
(l-R) Baba's wife, Lady Funmilayo Ogunorunlayede
Cross Section of Top Shepherds from various parishes in the
South West who came for Baba Ogunorunlade's funeral in Lagos
A young prophet reading a Mini-Magazine in honor of Baba

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