Amidst pomp and pageantry, Ile-Ife the source of the Yorubas came alive recently when the Family of Late Pa Michael Adeoye Iyanda laid their deceased father to rest.
The event commenced with the lying in state of the deceased in his house at Alubata Street, Alapata, Modakeke in Osun state. Wake keep followed immediately where members of Catholic Church and other Christians including other people all came to celebrate a fulfilled life the old man lived.
Family and friends of over 5 decades poured encomiums on the late Adeoye Iyanda describing the deceased as a trust worthy fellow who lived all his life for Christ.
The early morning of Friday 3rd witnessed his burial service at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Lagere Ile-Ife, Osun state with Rev. Fr. Akinyode leading the officiating ministers of God. In his words, he described the Late Iyanda as a complete son of God whose love for Christ was consistent to the end. He did admonish the children of the Late Catholic member to remain united and work towards retaining the good memory of Pa Iyanda amongst the Catholic fold in Ile-Ife.
His interment followed immediately after the burial service at SS Peter and Paul Cemetery, n’Ile-Ife, while guests were entertained at Seventh Day Adventist Primary school, Ile-Ife.
The Late Pa Michael Adeoye Iyanda was born in Awugbo’s compound, Ila Orangun, while his mother popularly known as Asabi hailed from Odu’s compound the same town in Osun state.
Iyanda lost his father at a tender age and after learning handiwork as a bricklayer, he migrated to Ile-ife in Osun state for a greener pasture.
In Ile – Ife he got married to his late wife Mrs Felicia Iyanda Folorunsho Aduke who bore him three of his children, Iyabo, Olufemi and Funmilayo.
After the demise of his wife he later got married to two other women, Late Mrs Olapade Pedro-Iyanda and Mrs Sadiat Iyanda, the union of these two women gave him Victoria and Opeyemi Christina.
Among those that graced the occasion were the General Overseer of Zoe Pentecostal Mission Inc. Apostle Dr. Michael Tayo Adenitire; Mr. Jimoh Ayinde, the General Manager, World Information Agents; Mrs. Taiwo Adedayo, General Editor, Alaroye Group of Newspapers and a host of others.