By Sola Ojewusi
All is now set for the final farewell celebration of the life of the Most Blessed Mother Revd Agnes Mofoluwake Adeonigbagbe, popularly known as Celica Mother and revered wife of the founder of the Celica Church of Christ Worldwide, His Eminence, Dr. Adetunji Abiodun Adeonigbagbe.
The week-long farewell celebrations which began a few days back will culminate in the final farewell service on Christmas Day, December 25. Although a sombre occasion, given the fact that the late matriarch was widely revered and loved by members of the church from all walks of life, the founder, her husband, the elders, anointed prophets and all members of the church have decided to make the event a hugely celebratory one.
This is because the great woman of God was reputed to have lived a wonderful life of service to God and humanity. It is also generally believed that given her parting words, “OlÃºwa ti dÃ¡ mi lÃ¡re,” meaning “The Lord has vindicated and elevated me,” her passing should be one of celebrations and not one of mourning.
To this end, the whole week has been one of celebrations ranging with candle-light processions, to soulful service of songs featuring the cream of Nigerian gospel artists including the hugely popular Tope Alabi.
The Christmas Day farewell service is expected to be graced by distinguished clerics and prominent Nigerians and international figures. Feelers from our checks indeed indicate that the Saturday event would be the talk of the town for a long time.
The significance of the celebration is even more pronounced considering the fact the founder, Dr. Adeonigbagbe had decided to forgo his own birthday celebration that falls on same Christmas Day to honour his beloved wife and also to use the auspicious occasion of the birthday of Jesus Christ to commit the great woman into the hands of God.
The event promises a day Ibadan, Nigeria and the rest of the world would remember for a long time and The Lagosian will bring you a comprehensive reportage of the solemn occasion while we join the rest of the world in bidding farewell to a truly remarkable woman of God and beloved wife of a great servant of God.
The Most Blessed Mother Revd. Agnes Adeonigbagbe was described by a church member as “a caring and loving mother who shared and care for all irrespective of denominational background.”
Another church member also has fond memories: She says, “My many encounters with you are always expressive of your beautiful and kindest heart.”
According to Oluwafemi Adebayo, the late church matriarch was “an inspiring soul to every man, woman and mother all over. Always there for all who come to you and even when you notice any change from the normal or trouble.”
In a statement by the media office of the church, “Reverend Agnes Foluke Adeonigbagbe (Nee Abimbola) was born on April 3, 1956, to the Christian family of Pa. Andrew Abimbola Babayomi and Madam Dorcas Olalonpe Abimbola (Both of blessed memory) at Eesa Onipedeâ€™s Compound, in the ancient city of Oba-Ile in Olorunda Local Government Area of Osun State.
She started her Primary School Education at St. Peterâ€™s Anglican School, Inisa, Osun State. At the early stage of her life, she developed a lot of interest in reading the Holy Bible. At Primary 1 she could read the Bible in Yoruba fluently. She also went to St. Maryâ€™s Anglican School, Osogbo and completed her primary education at United Christian School, Erin Osun. She proceeded to Fakunle Comprehensive High School, Osogbo and Anglican Grammar School, Otan Aiyegbaju for her secondary school education.
She dreamt of becoming a trained and Certified teacher and gained admission to Ibadan Provincial Teachers Training College, Osogbo and finished in 1980.
She improved her education and enrolled at the College of Education, Ikere Ekiti where she got the National Certificate in Education (NCE).
Her teaching career took her through the following schools, IDC Primary School, Lalupon, Army Children Primary School 1, Ojoo, Ibadan, St.Paulâ€™s Primary School, Yanbule, Ibadan, Army Children Primary School 4, Iwo Road, Ibadan, S.D.A Primary School 1, Agodi Gate, Ibadan, Ratibi Moslem Primary School 2, Oluyoro, Ibadan, Community Primary School 2, Ayekale, Ibadan & Canon Okuseinde Primary School 1, Aremo, Ibadan where she retired as headmistress in 2015.
She was joined in Holy Matrimony with her husband at MAPO HALL in Ibadan over four decades ago. The marriage is blessed with loving and wonderful children and grandchildren. She was honoured in her home town Oba-Ile with a Certificate of Merit and Honour in November 2006 at Oba-Ile Day 2006.
Agnes Foluke Adeonigbagbe was the Grand Commander Order of Prophets & Prophetesses (GCOP), the Head of the Good Women Society, Chief Adviser of Peace Spiritual Group and she mobilized women in the church for different developmental projects.
She has been through thick and thin in pastoral and evangelistic missions with her husband for the past 4 decades from CCC, Erunmu to CCC, Km.7, New Ife Road, Ibadan and finally Celica Church of Christ. Mama Celica as she is fondly called is very dedicated to the work of God, a prayer warrior, a counsellor, a teacher and preacher of the word of God.
She is a woman of inestimable value to her husband, family, friends the church and anyone who has ever come in contact with her. “