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End Of Another Glorious Era As Pa Victor Kuti Bids Farewell @ 87

It was recently the celebration of a life well spent and of course, the end of another glorious era as the remains of Pa Victor Ademola Kuti were laid to rest at his residence, GRA, Ijebu-Ode. It was a funeral that was marked with eulogies, encomiums, colours and style as Pa Kuti’s children and relatives ensured that the late community leader was given a befitting burial which will be the talk of town for a long time to come.

The carnival-like three-day burial programme was deliberately planned to celebrate and highlight the impactful life of Pa Victor Ademola Kuti and his uncommon kindness and leadership who many people believed left behind legacies of selflessness and love for humanity.

The burial activities which commenced with a service of songs held at Platinum Event Centre, Abule Egba Lagos, were followed by the commendation service at Bishop Adelakun Howell Memorial Church, Western Avenue Surulere Lagos.

The attention then shifted to Ijebu-Ode, Pa Kuti’s place of birth for the Christian Wake-keep held at his Igbeba residence; while the funeral service was held at St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Ijebu-Imusin.

The entertainment of guests was held at Princess Place Event Centre Ijebu Imushin with solid entertainment by the Nigeria popular Gospel / Juju artist, Dr. Yinka Ayefele.

During the service of songs held in Lagos, the clergyman, Ven. Rev Stanley Ezechukwum who spoke on the message tagged ‘Hope Beyond the Grave and Assurances of Resurrection after Death’ affirmed that there is hope for those who died in Christ Jesus.

Rev Ezechukwum said, “As we are all gathered here to celebrate a life well spent in Christ, it is those who died in Christ that have hope of resurrecting and reigning with Christ in heaven”. He urged those who are yet to embrace christ to do so before it will be too late to amend their ways.

During the Christian Wake-keep service at Ijebu-Ode on Friday, it was another funfair celebration of an impactful life as the Gospel Artist, Adeyinka Alaseyori was on ground to lead the children, relatives, associates, friends and other acquaintances of Pa Victor Ademola Kuti to return all the glory to God for a life well spent.

Speaking during the wake keep service, Chief C.O. Banjo who represented YMCA said Pa Victor Kuti was a man given to encouraging others during his life times.

Chief Banjo said, “We always refer to the late Baba Kuti as ‘king of boys’ he encouraged many us within the YMCA in our church, he was a good source of encouragement to others, an highly dedicated soldier of Christ who did his best for God and humanity during his lifetime”.

Similarly, Elder Dotun Adekoya also at the service said; “We’re celebrating a father, a brother and a friend; Kuti’s family is a unique family, we grew together for the past 48years; baba and mama ‘demise’ were accommodating during their lifetimes and we can undoubtedly see and feel the traces in their children. May Papa’s loving soul rest well”.

Ministering during the service, Rt. Rev. Olusola Odedeji urged people to be watchful of their deeds because everyone shall account for how they live their lives on the last day or day of judgment.

The preacher said, “We’re alive today not because of the medicines we’re taking, it’s by his mercy and that is why we must take cognizance of how we live our lives. Are we living our life in to serve God and impact others positively? How fruitful are we? Pa Kuti did his best when he was alive; Papa lived a pleasant life and he has dropped the baton for us. It is now left to us what we do with the baton.

“Our life is not ours, it was borrowed, God has expectations from our lives; people are here today giving testimonies about late Pa Kuti, all of us must die one day and we must all be history.

“How are we spending our lives? This is a question that we must all answer sincerely within us and amend our ways where necessary so that we can reign with Christ in heaven”

During the funeral service held at St Mary’s Anglican Church Ijebu-Imusin; the preacher, Ijebu Anglican Bishop, Rt. Rev Oludipe in his message appealed to the congregation to move closer to God irrespective of their positions in life.

Rev Oludipe said “The late Pa Victor Kuti was useful to God when he was alive, this is the time for us all to serve God.

Paying tributes to his late Dad, Engr Adedamola Kuti, described his late father as a man he would want as a father a million times.

Engr Kuti said “Dad, I am proud God allowed me to call you my father on January 24th, 2024, a day I will always remember. I recollect vividly your last public appearance at the annual New Year party celebration on 2nd January 2024 in Lekki, Ajah, Lagos. It was Dammy, your first grandchild’s birthday party; you joined us and observed the activities of your grandchildren and their friends. Little did we know it was going to be our last moment together because I also left for Abuja the following day – the 3rd of January.

“Exactly 21 days after my departure for Abuja, and just settling down in the brand new year 2024, I received a call from my sister. Normally, I do not always welcome calls during my official time from family members except in emergencies. Alas! It was an emergency call informing me of your sudden strange state, which I requested a video call and when the call
came through at about 1 am, I knew the unexpected had happened.

“I refused to believe this as I requested that your blood pressure be taken. This was done twice as I saw the error indicator on the machine. Tears rolled down my cheeks as I never imagined you leaving us so soon at this time and it pains me to realize that you will not be there for us to continue to take care of you after all the struggle you
passed through with our late mother.

“I went down memory lane and I remembered the way we started
at 10, Makinde Street, Ojuelegba, Surulere, Lagos from a one-room apartment in a face me, I face you’ building and upgraded to a room and parlour in the same building in the 70s – 80s. From there, we left for Abesan Housing Estate in Ipaja in 1988, and finally to Olaniyi Street, new Oko Oba in 2004 where you breathed your last.

“I am proud God allowed me to call you my father. A father who showed love to his family, a man who worked and struggled hard to provide for our needs, especially our education which you considered a priority.

“A man who brought my siblings and me up right from my primary school years at Yaba Model School to always have trust in God Almighty.

“Throughout my stay at the University of Lagos, you encouraged me to be contented with whatever you were able to provide for me and to always remember the child of whom I am ‘. To God alone be the Glory.

“Even when I was employed by the Federal Civil Service, you gave me all the support and encouragement. I still remember you bringing me a birthday cake in Owerri in November 1989 from Lagos in a commercial vehicle to celebrate your only son who had just been employed as an engineer in the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing.

“Your prayers and support are countless; you were my dad, friend and number one supporter.

“Whatever we are today is by the grace of God and the upbringing and support with prayers you and mom gave
me and my sisters.

“I can assure you that even though you are gone, you will never be forgotten. I am deeply grateful to God Almighty for the time we spent and for the life lessons you taught me. I thank you for
the unity you ensured amongst your children.

“I am ending my tribute with tears, heavy heart and total submission to God. I am comforted by the thoughts of the life you lived. A life worthy of emulation, It is my prayer that God Almighty will forgive your sins and grant your soul eternal rest. Amen.
Rest in Peace Dad”, – Engr. Adedamola Kuti.

Other distinguished personalities at the event include ably the Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele, Senator Tokunbo Abiru, Senator representing Lagos-East senatorial district, Hon. Justice Folagbade, Chief Osunsanya, Gen. Odunsi among various Directors from the Federal Ministry of Works as well as friends and family members both from home and abroad.

 

– Oluseun ODUNEYE, Abeokuta

2 thoughts on “End Of Another Glorious Era As Pa Victor Kuti Bids Farewell @ 87

  • Adekoya Olajumoke

    Thank God for the life well spent.
    Omo rere a gbe yin awa na ooo

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  • Awoyemi Mary

    It was a glorious celebrations. Papa deserves all. A caring Father should be celebrated. I congratulate Engr Adedamola Kuti and his beautiful Wife, Seun. Omo rere agbehin awa na Ni Oruko Nla Jesu. Amin

    Reply

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