|Family and Love ones at Pa Sunday Agbonnavbare Igiebor's Grave @ Iguakolo|
Recall the story of the Benin Couple, Pa. Sunday Igiebor and his pretty wife, Veronica that broke on this blog couple of weeks back. Their love even in death took root in the two Biblical verses of the book of Songs of Solomon Chapter 8 verse 7 and Proverbs chapter 23 verse 18; “Many Waters cannot quench love, nor can the floods drown it. If a man would give for love all the wealth of his house, it would be utterly despised”. Proverbs, 23 verse 18 “For surely there is a hereafter, and your hope will not be cut off”.
Those verses illustrated the divine love that exist between the Edo State born couple who died sixteen days apart last year. It was the woman, Madam Veronica Igiebor who first passed away on Wednesday November 16, 2016. She was aged 57. Her husband, Pa. Sunday Igiebor joined sixteen days later on Friday, December 2nd, 2016. He was aged 66.
According to our investigation, the two showed their deep love in death by ironically taking turn to pass away same hour even though on different dates and month; while Veronica died at exactly 10:46pm on November 16th, at a private hospital in Benin-Edo State, after a brief illness. Her love Sunday passed away at 10:46 am in the early hours of Friday, December 2nd.
|Late Pa Sunday Igiebor and late wife, Lady Veronica Igiebor of Blessed Memory (He allegedly died 16 days after her demise out of affection for her loss)|
The funeral rites of late Pa Sunday Igiebor took place in Benin City, Edo State (South-South Nigeria) in a grand style. On Friday, February 24th, all the nook and crannies of Oni Benson Street off Owolor Street, Useh Quarters came alive as family, friends, well-wishers and guests from all walks of life converged on the family house on No 14. The burial rite started with a service of songs cum Wake Keep Service which enabled children and grand children to converge and share old time memories.
|Guests arrive for Baba's Service of Songs|
|Late Pa Sunday Igiebor's Son, Comrade Samuel Eghe Igiebor aka ROCat Dad's Wake Keep Service in Benin City|
|Minister from Christ Apostolic Church, Benin City arrives for the Service|
|Some Ministers of God conducting the Service at the Christian Wake Keeping Service|
|Baba's Son, Comrade Samuel Eghe Igiebor in Praise worship with some ministers of God|
|The Presiding Minister of God at Pa Igiebor's Service of Songs from Christ Apostolic Church, Benin City|
|Guests at Baba's Service of Songs|
|Guests at Beba's Service of Songs|
|Guest at Baba's Service of Songs|
|Arriving God's Care Mortuary, Benin City for Baba's body|
|Comrade Samuel Eghe Igiebor directing the affairs on the D-Day as siblings and Dad's sisters kooks on|
The event was anchored by a team of clergies from Christ Apostolic Church from Number 7 Akugbe Street, Useh Quarters in Benin City. The Service of songs began with opening prayer which was followed with a Praise & Worship rendition after which the children of the deceased were asked to come forward and give opinion on their late dad.
|Comrade Samuel Eghe Igiebor thanking all for attending his father's Service of Songs|
Pastor Gabriel Osagha one of the presiding priests offered word of exhortation which was complemented with various messages on death and life after death taken directly from the Bible. A special prayer for the deceased was later rendered by children, priests and family of the late Pa Igiebor. The body of ministers later asked the children to come out for a special prayer. The event closed with a benediction and light refreshment for guests.
The final Journey home…
|The Vehicle that drove Baba on his last journey on earth|
|Baba's Body leaving God's Care Mortuary, Benin City|
|Baba's Body leaves this mortuary in Benin for his Land at Iguakolo|
|The festivity of the Procession to Iguakolo|
|Baba's Star Son, Comrade Samuel Eghe Igiebor aka ROC prays on Dad's coffin before take off to Iguakolo|
|The Procession to Iguakolo|
|Baba's Son, Comrade Samuel Eghe Igiebor directing the traffic for onward procession to Iguakolo|
|Baba's Daughters & Daughter-In-laws in procession with Baba's Picture|
|Baba's son, Comrade Samuel Eghe Igiebor taking Dad's body out of Benin to Iguakolo for Final Burial Rites|
|'Let's Dance for my Father' Comrade Sunday Eghe Igiebor seems to say to his sisters and siblings|
|Sons, daughter & Daughter-In-laws in final dance for the Great Fashion Designer, Pa Sunday Igiebor|
|The Procession to Iguakolo from Benin City|
|Baba's son, Comrade Samuel Eghe Igiebor leads the roll to Iguakolo|
|On the Way to Iguakolo|
|Baba's Poster dotted the hearse|
|Baba's body leaving the mortuary for Iguakolo|
|Comrade Samuel Eghe Igiebor aka ROC directing the affairs at Dad's funeral|
On Saturday February 25th, 2017, Pa Igiebor began his final journey to his final resting place as his body left God’s Care Mortuary on Ekewan Road, Benin City to his home town of Iguakolo. It was a long journey as the body traveled with a huge celebration amidst musical praise in a convoy of about 30 cars which led the hearse to Iguakolo.
|Comrade Samuel Eghe Igiebor lead all into Dad's ancestral town of Iguakolo|
On standby to welcome Pa Sunday Igiebor’s family at Iguakolo was a team of Christ Apostolic Church ministers led by Pastor Gabriel Osagha who led a sacred prayer of transition on the body before proper family rites and interment took place. The peak of the event was the lowering of the body of Pa Sunday Igiebor into the soil as children took turn to give their final respect with the dust-to-dust rite.
|The Last Outing for Pa Sunday Igiebor|
|A Pall Bearer decorating Baba for the very last time|
|Children & Relatives Prays a the Grave of Pa Sunday Igiebor|
|Pa Sunday Igiebor going home|
|Preparing Baba for his final rest|
|Last Earthly Celebration for Pa Sunday Igiebor|
|Pa Igiebor in his final resting place|
|Baba's Son, Comrade Samuel Eghe Igiebor ROC offering his final prayer for Dad's Soul|
Family and well-wishers bid Pa Igiebor goodbye as they returned to Benin City for the last leg of the event which is a grand reception at the No 4, Oni Benson Street, Off Awolor Street, Useh Quarters, Benin City family house. Guests kept trooping in and out of the event as many came to pay their last respect to Pa Igiebor and console the family. Entertainment was supplied by the famous Benin High Life Band, Wonderful Twins as guests had more than enough to eat and drink.
The Morning After…
|Comrade Sunday Eghe Igiebor aka ROC with Dad's siblings|
|Guests at Pa Igiebor's Service of Songs|
|Grand Daughter, Pascaline, Mum & Friend|
|Elders serenade Baba's son, Comrade Eghe (ROC) with attention|
|The Osarugue Ladies Club of Benin City|
|Baba Pascaline dances to the admiration of family women who joined him to dance|
|Pa Igiebor's Grand Daughter, Pascaline having her day with dad at the event|
|Baba's son, ROC with pretty wife, Mama Pascaline|
|The Osarugue Ladies Club of Benin are here|
|Consolation for ROC from elder brother at Dad's funeral|
|Mr & Mrs. Igiebor had nice moments with their lovely daughter Pascaline Igiebor|
|Baba's Star Son, ROC (Comrade Eghe Samuel Igiebor) with brother dancing at the party|
|Members of Osarugue's Ladies Club arrive for the Occasion|
|Some Elderly Sisters of the Deceased|
|Baba's Sons & Daughter-In-law|
|A dance with the Elders for ROC & Wife|
|The Music Band thrilling Guests with their melodious tunes & Performance|
On Sunday, February 26th, there came the need for great celebratuion as Pa Igiebor’s children thanked God for giving their family the rare grace to honor their father with a befitting funeral. The thanksgiving Service took place at Christ Apostolic Church, 7, Akugbe Street, Useh Quarters, Benin City—Edo State. In the middle of the service, the Presiding minister called out the children of the deceased for a special thanksgiving offering. The entire Igiebor clan which comprise children, siblings and relatives filed out to appreciate God for His mercy in their lives and for a successful funeral service. They danced to several praise songs rendered by the choir and equally graced the trays with monetary offerings.
Speaking to Asabeafrika after the church service, Pa Igiebor’s 2nd son, Comrade Igiebor Samuel Eghe aka R.O.C described his late dad as a very kind and caring father who took education and discipline serious in his life time “My Dad was a loving and caring father” he began as he looked into space as if wishing to see the face of the man he talked about “Dad was a caring father not just to his children alone. He was kind to friends, family and relatives. He was a wonderful husband to our beloved mother. I think he was a very peculiar person of his era; since I was born and right from my growing years to my adult age, and even up to when I became a man, I never saw dad raise his hand against mum for once. In fact, I used to tell my friends that my dad is my matrimonial mentor because dad is so articulate in handling marital matters”
|Members of Osarugue's Ladies Club Benin City dancing at Pa Sunday Igiebor's funeral|
“My dad was a man of integrity who was always contented with whatever he has, he will never covet another person’s inheritance. As a tailor, he trained so many young people who grew to become greater than him. He was a school. He was an institution. Very skillful and diplomatic. Dad was a man of great wisdom”
When asked to give further details on his father’s exploits in the fashion industry, Comrade Eghe said “I can only tell you that Dad was a great fashion designer of his time. He was the C.E.O. of Sabato Super Cut here in Benin City, that is the name of his fashion outfit and he was quite hard working. He puts his family first before pleasure. He was a gifted entrepreneur. For me, my parting words to him is this ‘Dad, you will forever remain in our heart, rest in the bosom of the Almighty God until we meet again and depart no more”
|Members of Osarugue's Ladies Club, Benin dance for Comrade Samuel Eghe Igiebor & Wife|
In her own word, Miss Onaiwu Blessing Igiebor aka BBG Baba’s last child and only daughter described her father as ‘rare gem’. She spoke to Asabeafrika “My Dad was a caring father, a man of honor who will go out of his way to do things for us just to make us comfortable. I will really miss him because he was my hero, my first love and everything good you can think of”
|Comrade Samuel Eghe Igiebor and wife dance with members of Osarugue's Ladies Club|
Onaiwu gave instance of her dad’s affection for her “Let me give you one; for instance, if I am out of the house and I am yet to return home, dad will be very worried. He will be so disturbed until I return home safely. He was so concerned about my career and encouraged me to be hard working. My dad worked hard so that I and my siblings can go to school and amount to something in life but unfortunately God called him home and took him from us when we least expected. My word for him is simple, ‘Dad we love you but God loves you most. Rest in peace, my loving Dad”
Mr. Sunday Igiebor was born into the family of Pa and Lady Igiebor in 1950. The young Sunday had his early years at a town called Udo in Edo State. He later moved to Benin City where he enrolled at a Fashion School and acquired skills in fashion designing. He later grew to become an established fashion and style entrepreneur who practiced for 4 decades. His outfit, Sabato Super Cut was the place to be for fashion conscious citizens of his era. He was well known in Tiv road, Second West circular road, Textile Mill road, Siluko Road and many other parts of Benin City. Sunday Igiebor was not just an easy going citizen in his community but a hospitable and caring father to his children. Married to the late Veronica who gave him three lovely children. His love for her was second to none, and once she passed away on Wednesday November 16, 2016 at age 57, he slipped into an illness that equally took his life away sixteen days later (December 2nd, 2016)
The Igiebor family later extended their appreciation to God Almighty for making their plan successful and granting guests journey mercy. Others on their appreciation roll are: Mr. Godwin Igiebor; The Okagbe of the burial ceremony; Mama Ebo; Mama Ezae (twins), Mama Ibukun, Mr. Austin Aibangbee, Mama Tayo, Mama Omosefe, Mrs. Lilian Chika Igiebor, Mr. Uyi Igiebor, Mrs. Ghart Igiebor, Mrs. Ezinne Stella Igiebor, Mr. Osarodion Igiebor, Mr. Esosa Igiebor, Sister Aghaku Igiebor, Mr. Osagbovo, Mr. Lekan Jude Beckley, Pa Apostle Igiebor, Mr. Ikpowonsa Christopher, Mrs. Kate Osagiede, Mr. Johnbull Osagiede, Mr. & Mrs. Livinus Chikwe & Family, Mr. John Adeoye, Mr. Izekor Felix Osarumwense, The Izekor’s family, Madam Joy Ojeamiren, Mr. Monday Imafidon, Mr. Ojo Osarodion, Mr. Haririson Maduabuchi, The family of Ilesanmi, Mr. Innocent Ifenator, Mr. Idahosa Williams, Clara Mohammed, Ifeanyi Chikwe, Asabaefrika Blog, St. Livinus Charismatic Renewal Ministry, Rimax Estate (Meiran-Lagos), Mr. Beguza Anthony, Chief Odia Richard, Mr. Mark C. Orgu (Afrikawatch Team) Mr. Confidence, Mr. Adebayo Lawal Joel, Mr. Saint Bissong, Miss Osazuwa Iyare, Segun, Faith, Andrew, Arogo and all alumnus of Ohis Secondary School.