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Gists From The Burial of Chief Fola Clement Akinfe In Ondo City

Pa Fola Clement Akinfe Burial


•How The Ladibo of Ondo Kingdom Was Laid To Rest In Style

‘To live is Christ and to die is gain’ was the word of consolation for the wife, children, friends, family, well-wishers and the entire Ondo community at the burial of rites of Chief Fola Clement Akinfe, the Ladibo of Ondo Kingdom, a man loved by the entire community, whose lifestyle became the bible that most people read. He was laid to rest on Friday, July 2nd, 2021 but activities had started since Thursday July 1st, with commendation service and service of songs.

The classy two-day event had the crème-de-la-crème of the ancient city of Ondo in attendance, professionals from all walks of life within the country and in the US, and most notably, members of the Ondo State Ministry of of Physical Planning and Urban Development and the Nigeria Town Planners Association, Ondo State chapter, where Chief Akinfe had served honorably before his retirement a few years ago.

From the planning to the execution, the event can only be best described as topnotch. Every face of the party had a touch of class. Apart from the fact that there was a display of affluence at every point, the vendors also gave in their best to ensure that all went as planned and timely too.

City People’s DAMILARE SALAMI 0815513415 and Senior Photojournalist, Abdulrasheed Sanni spent two days in Ondo City where the event took place and here are some of the most memorable moments captured there, enjoy it.

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ABOUT CHIEF CLEMENT FOLA AKINFE

Chief Clement Fola Akinfe was a man described as simple, down to earth and a cheerful giver by many of the people that spoke to City People about him. When he started his stellar career as an Urban and Regional Planner with the Old Western Region Government in Ibadan in at the Ministry of Lands and Housing, many of his older colleagues already knew that he was meant for the top because of the innovation he brought to the table.

The late Pa Akinfe would later move to Ondo State after the new state creation and alongside a few others, he laid a strong foundation for the regional planning of what the state looks like today in the state’s ministry of works and housing. Record has it that Chief Akinfe popularly known as ‘Akinfe is my name’ was practically involved in every stage of the development of Ondo State from the scratch till he retired in 2005 as Director in the ministry, having served for 35 years without any blemish.

Chief Akinfe among several other things was a loving husband, father and great-grandfather who would prefer to give out his last penny to someone in need. No one ever comes to the late Pa Akinfe for help and goes back disappointed, another source revealed to City People.

Before he finally laid down his sword at the feet of Christ, the late Pa Akinfe was a Christian by faith, a socialist by conviction and principle. He was a member of the Town Planning Registration Council (TOPREC), the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, the National Association of Town Planners in USA, the Society of International Development in USA, among several other professional body.

This illustrious son of the soil was honored with a chieftaincy title as the Sade of Ondo Kingdom in 1997 and was later elevated by the 44th Osemawe of Ondo Kingdom, HIM Oba Victor Adesimbo Kiladejo as the Ladibo of Ondo Kingdom, one of the highest chieftaincy titles in the land in January 2020.

Akinfe is my name was happily married to a retired journalist of high repute, Chief Mrs Olu Florence Akinfe and they were blessed with five successful children and beautiful grandchildren. He died on February 19, 2021 but had lived a life of impact for 78 years.

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MEET LATE PA AKINFE’S CHILDREN

Just as it has been emphasized, the late Pa Akinfe was a family man. He was a man who loved his wife and children so dearly that he places nothing above them. Pa Akinfe and his beloved wife had five children and they are all based in Maryland in the US. The first on the list is Aremo Obirin Olayinka Akinfe now Ogunsakin by marriage, she is a top accountant who works with the World Bank. Others Abayomi Akinfe who is also married to a Princess, Opeyemi. Bankole Akinfe is the third, Yemi Majolagbe nee Akinfe and Folajimi Akinfe.

ONDO TOWN PLANNERS ASSOCIATION HOLD COMMENDATION SERVICE FOR ITS LATE HERO

As record has it, Pa Akinfe was one of the pillars of the Nigerian Town Planners Association, Ondo State Chapter. His roles cannot be swept under the carpet. He was not just a leader in the association, he was also a mentor and role model to many of the members today. He taught many of them the pathway and his legacies live on. These and many other reasons made the association open the funeral right of this late hero with a commendation service at his residence in GRA, Ondo City.

All the members of the association came en masse to honour Pa Akinfe and many of them revealed how he had helped them on the job and in life situations. The current Director of the Ondo State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Tpl Tofowomo Abimbola in his late boss gave room for growth and development for him and many others by trusting them with duties and responsibilities he could have shielded. ‘If you need my help in any way, always let me know’, was his mantra, he said.

Also speaking at the event was the NITP Ondo State chapter Chairman, Pastor Anawoye Sam Ayodele who also expressed how he was mentored on the job by the late icon and how Pa Akinfe’s experiences has helped him in running the affairs of the association.

Members of the association in attendance include Tpl Tofowomo Abimbola, director, Ondo State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Pastor Anawoye Sam Ayodele, NITP Ondo State chapter Chairman, TPL Chief Bisi Kumapayi, TPL J.N. Ibikunle, TPL Dr. Gbenga Enisan, TPL Prince A.G. Adeyemi, TPL Z.L. Alonge, TPL A.E. Akinlotan, TPL Chief Olumide Kayode, TPL Sogbon Odinibile, TPL Chief Olumide Kayode, TPL F.S. Akinsenimi, TPL Dr M.O Alabi, TPL Mrs Funmilayo Modebola-Fademine, TPL T.O Omotoyinbo, TPL I.E Awodu and TPL J.O Adeniyi.

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PA AKINFE’S REMAINS ARRIVED ON A CART

Luxury was in display on Thursday morning as the remains of Pa Akinfe was arriving from the mortuary. The norm was for it to arrive in an ambulance but his was different. Trust his children who have been well trained and successful to give their dad a befitting last respect, and they they did in style. The remains of Pa Akinfe arrived on a cart just like a warrior that just arrived from the war front.

MOYO CULTURAL BAND THRILLED AT DOKUMASUN

Dokumasun is a cultural wake in Ondo Kingdom. It is an ancient culture were family, friends and lovers of the deceased keep awake on the eve of the burial of a deceased person. It is often done in celebration of life. The Moyo Cultural Band performed all night to the amazement of all, it was fun. Everyone enjoyed their performance and the feedback City People from guests was positive.

IT WAS AN ALL-WHITE SERVICE OF SONGS

The service of songs for the late Pa Akinfe was held at his residence on Thursday, July 1st, 2021 at his residence. It was an all-white affair. Baba’s children and their spouses were all gorgeously dressed. They were not mourning but celebrating a man whose impacts on people cannot be erased on the sand of time. Men of timber and caliber in the Ondo kingdom equally came around to pay their homages to the late sage.

BELL UNDERTAKERS DID WELL

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If there’s a funeral service provider that does its job well in Ondo state, one of the names to consider would be Bells. This outfit is known only to cater to the need of top socialites in the state and beyond. For a man of Pa Akinfe’s class, they were just a round peg in a round hole. They display of professionalism at the event just placed them on another rank on the minds of the guest of Pa Akinfe’s family.

FORMER GOVERNOR OLUSEGUN MIMIKO EULOGISES HIS LATE FRIEND

One of the topmost faces spotted at Pa “Akinfe is my name’s” service of song was the immediate past governor of Ondo state and another record breaking son of Ondo Kingdom, Mr Olusegun Mimiko. Sources revealed that he was a very close friend of Pa Akinfe and his family. He sat on the front row beside Mrs Florence Akinfe and was found consoling her a couple of times before he took his leave at the end of the programme.

Speaking with City People, ex-governor Mimiko revealed that Pa Akinfe was a very good man in every definition of it, a very proud Ondo man, a traditional chief who embodied everything called noble. We are very proud of him and we pray that God will be with his wife and children, he concluded.

CHRIST CHURCH OF NEW TESTAMENT ALADURA ANCHORED INTERNMENT

Although Pa Akinfe was a catholic, he spent the later part of his life being a friend of the Christ Church of New Testament Aladura in Bolorunduro, Ondo City where Primate Prophet Ade Adesegha (JP) is the spiritual head and the Aladura church was honoured with handling Baba’s burial. The Aladura church took charge of the burial activities from the service of songs down to the internment.

TEARY FACES AT THE GRAVESIDE

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It’s not always easy to wave goodbye to a beloved father, especially the caring ones. Pa Akinfe’s family could hardly hold themselves together at the graveside. Mrs Florence Akinfe and her daughters particularly were very emotional. It was a very difficult moment for every member of the family.





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