Monday, 5 May 2014

BABA’s WIFE, LADY FUNMILAYO OGUNORUNLAYEDE If I am to return to this world, I will marry Ogunorunalyede all over again - Wife + How he spent his very last moment on earth.

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The Upper Pics is Madam Funmilayo Ogunorunlayede with her husband,
late Baba Joshua Akande Ogunorunlayede in his life time
 Madam Funmilayo Ogunorunlayede, the surviving wife of Pa (Dr.) Joshua Akande Ogunorunlayede the Founding Shepherd of the Celestial Church of Christ, Calvary Parish (1-6) with headquarters at CCC, Calvary Parish 1, Ogba-Aguda behind County Hospital, Ogba-Lagos South West Nigeria is one woman who keeps to herself with a modest character and humble demeanor.
The Lanlate, Oyo state, South West Nigeria born mother of four who has spent over two decade with the man of God took off time from her mourning schedule to grant asabeafrika an exclusive interview bordering on some of the memorable experiences she shared with her legendary husband during his life time. She told us some of the things that interest her husband and some major incidences that characterized his last moments on earth.  The very beautiful woman of God didn’t forget to share some of the last moment wishes of her husband with us. It is quite a revealing interview which took place few days to his funeral rights inside the church vicarage. Enjoy the excerpts.
We thank you for giving us this few moments despite your mourning schedule. We are here to seek your opinion about your husband, the great man, late Superior Evangelist (Dr.) Joshua Akande Ogunorunlayede whose final moments is being celebrated this week. As his wife, how will you define him?
Baba is a great man like you said; I won’t like to describe him in the past tense because I strongly believe that he is still around with us. He is one father that loves his children and dots them well, I wish a lot of Christian fathers can emulate his attitude. He is one man who loves to share anything he has with others. He is generous even to a fault and for that; you will see that even his gospel as a Celestian didn’t take much from people. He hates to put burden on people.

Lady Funmilayo Ogunorunlayede (M) with Her husband and first wife
wife (both late now) during a church program
As a husband, how would you describe him?
He is a very loving man; a caring husband and he could be dotting as well. A lot of people think because he is a shepherd then he wont have a life for his family. But that is not Baba, he takes time to peruse what goes on in his family, he tries to monitor the progress of his children’s education as well as my own progress as his wife. He is such a loving husband and if I come back to this world I will love to marry him all over again. I mean if there is something called re-incarnation, Baba will remain my love.
“Baba doesn’t pamper his children but he will correct you. He will give you measures that you must not overshoot. My children know much about him; Baba loves education. At least on that, he tried for my children. He ensured they took their education really, really serious”

Apart from shepherding his flocks, what other things does he love doing? What are his delightful activities?
Baba loves reading; he can read anything good especially the Bible. He loves reading the Bible. He loves Christian literatures; at times he will visit bookshops and purchase large quantity of Christian literatures and other Christian magazines. There was a time I followed him down to Challenge at Mushin, there is one big book shop there and he purchased some very quality Christian books. He was so passionate about the outing and anytime he buys a book, it is like he just won a jackpot. He is a reader and I think that really helped him to become a leader.
So, his basic passion is reading?
You can get anything from him if you are a reader. He also likes to listen to Music especially this Akin Adebayo, Imole Ayo song. Baba loves his songs to bits.
A Big banner donated by Prophets and Prophetesses to honor
her late husband, Baba Ogunorunlayede
Which other artistes does he like apart from Imole Ayo?
Oh, I have forgotten the name of the artiste, he is a foreign artiste. I even bought the CD for him recently before he passed away. (Someone in the room mentioned the name to her) Yes, he is Jim Reeves. I heard the song from him for the first time in 1986; he normally plays it inside his Mazda Bus then. So, he has been listening to Jim Reeves for twenty eight years. I can say that is his favorite British artiste. If you want his mood to fly, just give him a Jim Reeves or Imole Ayo and you will see my husband in the best of mood.
What about his fashion sense, how would you define him when it comes to fashion?
Baba is fashionable o. if not because of Sultana (White Garment) Baba would love to dress Cooperate, he likes suits. You know he has a banking background. Baba is a very fashionable person if not for Sultana and he is a very neat person, very, very neat.  He is always neat, he hates anything dirty.
Madam Funmilayo Akande Ogunorunlayede with Baba's First son,
Apostle Kayode Ogunorunlayede
What about his favorite meal and do you cook it for him?
Baba loves Amala with Gbegiri. Baba is from this part of Egbado in Yewa area of Ogun state where the art of cutlery is very high. They don’t joke with their Amala, Gbegiri, Eko and Ojojo (Yam Porridge). Those are Baba’s favorite meals and I do cook them for him anytime he feels like having them. He likes eating Ojojo and Eko
What about his travel sense; I think he only traveled to Israel once and the United Kingdom once, do you think it was deliberate?
Baba likes travelling to his Village (Idi-Eme), he loves going there. Baba doesn’t like traveling far distances apart from his village. He doesn’t travel too far. He believes in always being around for his flocks and sacrificing for their sake through prayers and spiritual intercession. He was a home grown shepherd who never leaves the domain of worship except on very, very rare occasions. He has a cathedral in his village as well. So, anywhere he finds himself, the work continues, the worship is never ending.
Was he a strict father to his children?
I can say Baba is a disciplinarian, Baba is not strict but he will give you measures. He has principles and if you are his child and you truly follow his principles you will find them working for you. Baba doesn’t pamper his children but he will correct you. He will give you measures that you must not overshoot. My children know much about him; Baba loves education. At least on that, he tried for my children. He ensured they took their education really, really serious. At least I have two graduates and one undergraduate and the last one in secondary school; in SS2. That I find very rewarding from a father who cherishes education as a basic necessity of life. That shows his passion for education.
An Artistic illustration of the late Man of God, Superior Evangelist (Dr.)
Joshua Akande Ogunorunlayede
What were his last wishes that he couldn’t achieve before he was called home?
He told my children during a recent journey, they were actually coming back from Idi-Eme that by next year he would love to build my own house for me in my village if the Lord permits.  He also said if the Lord permits, he will buy a helicopter that will be taking him down to his village for revivals. And that he will ensure that all the children become graduates. He was even asking my last daughter  if she will like to attend Covenant University or Babcock; that he thinks she will make a good lawyer. That is my last born. So, he had plans especially for the education of his children, he had dreams but he was equally aware that all his wishes could only be granted through the unlimited grace of God and when God decided to call him, he was never ashamed to honor the last call. He was a man of faith.
How many are the children and what are their names?
They are four; my first son is Omotayo while the second child a girl is Ayomide. We have Gabriel and the last one is Pelumi.
Pa. Superior Evangelist (Dr.) Joshua Akande Ogunorunlayede in his
final sleep with his Baptism Certificate
Ok, ma, what is your word for his fans around the world, people who loves and had benefitted from his spiritual goodwill, how should they honor his memory?
It is simple; continue to remember his good works. Never abuse his memory by making the work of salvation expensive. Remember that salvation is free and that is one of the cardinal principles of Baba. He ran a church where people were never forced to do beyond their will and wishes. He believed that anybody that is troubled in a way or the other must be given free lunch first before the assignment just like Jesus gave Peter  a basketful  of fish by the river side before he was called to work and like Jesus fed the multitude with few fish and bean cake. Baba is a giver of hope and the only way to immortalize him is to continue to do what he does.

What about his legacy?
His legacy is the big shoes he left behind and I strongly believe that we need prayers to face the journey. I have started praying that the journey, where he stopped the journey, I pray that the next shepherd that will come will continue from there and God will strengthen the person.

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