It was a glorious exit for the late Venerable Engr. Michael Kashamwo Ianda Adenekan as his remains were laid to rest at his residence in Gbonagun-Abeokuta, Odeda Local Government Area of Ogun State.
This was preceded by a Christian wake, lying-in-state and church service conducted by the Eternal Sacred Order of the Cherubim & Seraphim (Ororo Iyin, Mount Zion), Agbado, Oke Aro.
Adenekan, an engineer, politician, businessman, community/traditional leader died on Wednesday February 3, 2021 at age 75.
The late Jagunna of Kemta and Baale of Olugbo Mosafejo-Odeda, Ogun State left behind many children, wives, family members, friends, business associates and partners, club members, among others.
Also, his friend of long standing and confidant, Alhaji Waheed.O. Kazeen, a retired Deputy Inspector-General of Police, stood like an Iroko tree with the family.
During the Christian wake, residents, friends, family members, children paid glowing tributes to the late strong man of Gbonagun, describing him as a bold, fearless and courageous person, who would never like any harm on his people.
His first born and daughter, Prophetess Bose Adenekan-Pearse also described heer late dad as her first love, companion and great teacher.
‘’Her words: ‘’You took me up at the time a child needed to be properly moulded and mentored. I can still remember those years as a small girl that you will cuddle me, sing a lullaby so I can sleep or how can I forget so easily when you wake up in the morning, make my breakfast, pack my lunch bag and you drive me to school even up to my Advanced Level years at the polytechnic.
‘’You taught me to be truthful, upright, self-dependent, courageous and to maintain self esteem and integrity. Aside God, you are the source of my success and achievements. Till your death, you still cared for your children, families, and people around you. Rest on, caring and loving dad’’ she concluded.
Adetutu Adenekan-Okodua, the second daughter of the late Adenekan also showered encomiums on his father describing his exit as a very sad journey. ‘’Very sad to see you go. It was a big shock for me, I thought you were getting better and was not told that your health was getting worse. I wish we had a closer relationship, but God knows why. I pray that God keep you by his side always and may your soul rest in perfect peace.
The first son, Adenekan Michael (Junior) in his tribute and on behalf of his wife and son (grandson) described his dad as a great pillar. ‘’You were a great pillar, without your contributions to my life, my story is not complete. I pray that the Lord will bless our soul.’’
‘’My love, my joy, my everything, the love of my life, my first love, my bestie, my teacher. I am proud that I’m your daughter. I really enjoyed every moment I spent with you and I have no regrets that you were my dad’’ that was the way Modupeolu Adenekan, the fourth born paid her tribute.
Taiwo Adenekan the fifth born wrote about his father: ‘’Daddy mi I love you so much, my first teacher, everything you taught me was very useful for me and I am grateful for achieving a lot before your death. A great father, you would really be missed. I can’t forget you forever, sharing the same day and month with you. I love you, my friend and twin. Continue to rest in peace’’.
‘’My dad was my hero. He calls me last born by name. He was the most courageous, resourceful, respected and influential man. I never questioned if he loved or cared for me because he made it too obvious. I still feel and miss him since his passage. Rest on my loving dada, you will always be remembered. Baba of the house loves you’’ Adenekan Adetunji, the seventh and last born wrote his tribute.
His first son in law, Rotimi Pearse described his late father-in-law as someone who was always there in time of need. ‘’A legend had left this world. You would be greatly missed. Sun re o lovely daddy’’, he wrote.
Peter Tutu, the second son-in-law also prayed for the repose of the soul of his father -in-law. ’’To a great and honourable father in-law. I definitely know you are resting in the bossom of our father and Lord Jesus Christ.’’
Chief Surajuden A. Adenekan, in his tribute on behalf of the families of the late Chief Lasisi Oyebo Adenekan of Baki’s Compound, Kemta, Ago-Otun, Abeokuta, extolled the virtues of their late mentor and brother.
Abeokuta Club, whose grand patrol is the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Gbonagun Central Landlord and Landladies Association, Obantoko, Abeokuta, Kemta Traditional Council of Chiefs and the Eternal Sacred Order of the Cherubim & Seraphim among others also paid their tributes.