Monday, December 9, 2013


Recently, Senator Jide Omoworare and his siblings gave their mother, Omooba Teniade Omoworare a befitting final passage in Ile-Ife, State of Osun, Nigeria. The funeral rites began with a Service of Songs held in Ifako-Ijaye area of Lagos. The Service of Songs was conducted by Pastor Yilo and his team from Mountain of Fire & Miracle Ministries. Notable among those in attendance were Senators Gbenga Ashafa, Gbenga Obadara, former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Alh Mutiu Are, Dr Wale Ahmed, Dr Remi Aribisala, Hon Wasiu Sanni Eshilokun, Mr John Thani-Obaro,Prof Biodun Akinwuntan, Mr Patrick Akinwutan of Ecobank Plc and several other personalities. The actual burial took place in Ile-Ife, the ancestral home of the Omoworares. The funeral service held at SS Peter & Paul, Lagere and was led by
The Rt Rev (Dr) Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo (Bishop of Oyo Catholic Dioceses) ably supported by His Grace, Most Rev (Dr) Gabriel Leke Abegunrin (Archbishop-Elect of Ibadan Catholic Archdioceses) & Rev Father Paul Awowole. Among the dignitaries at the church were Senate President David Mark, Senator Ganiyu Solomon, Sen & Mrs Olorunnimbe Mamora, Sen Idris Kuta, Sen,. Gbenga Kaka, Sen. Nurudeen Abatemi, Senator Sola Adeyeye, Senator Hosea Agboola, Sen Anthony Adeniyi, Hon Rotimi Makinde, Hon Saka Fafunmi, Osun Police Commissioner, Dorothy Gimba, Lt Gen Alani Akinrinade Rtd, Chief Awotorebo, Prince Ade Adefisayo, Chief John Odeyemi and many other VIPs. After the interment, the reception took place at a spacious event centre on the outskirts of the city. There were two categories of reception: one for the general political followers and fans of Senator Omoworare and another one for select guests. Popular Fuji crooner, King Saheed Osupa (i love his music) was on the bandstand to entertain those in the first category while Veteran Juju Maeastro, Chief Y.K.Ajao and fast rising female Juju/Gospel Music singer, Aduke Gold were on hand to thrill the second category of guests. Among the dignitaries who graced the reception were the Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Speaker of Osun State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Najimudeen Salami and some members of the Osun House of Assembly, Chief Alex Duduyemi, Dr Wale Babalakin, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, Senator Obadara, Senator Ashafa, Former Ekiti state Governor, Engr Segun Oni, Hon Bayo Odulana (Niganga) and other personages.
The late woman, Omooba Teniade Areoye Omoworare is direct Princess of the HRM Oba Adesoji Aderemi, the late Ooni of Ile-Ife. She was educated in Nigeria and London and taught in many schools before diversifying into private businesses. She was a major distributor to big companies like Coca-Cola,Nigerian Breweries and others. Her husband, the late Pa Josepgh Lareaju Omoworare passed on in 1986.
Apart from Senator Babajide Omoworare the last born of the family who is currently serving as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, there are other 6 children of the late matriarch namely:  Mrs Mojoyinola Faniyan, Mrs Oyefunke Oyewole, Mr Babtunde Omoworare, Mrs Folake Ihim, Hon Ms Olanike Omoworare and Hon Segun Omoworare. They are all happily married and blessed with children and grand children. Below are some of the pictures from the event.
Photography and Text by Sola Folowosele


(L-R): Sen Gbenga Ashafa, Sen Jide Omoworare, Otunba Gbenga Daniel &Sen Gbenga Obadara
MFM Pastor, Baba Yilo & his wife
Hon Wale Ahmed,Sen Jide Omoworare,Alh Mutiu Are & Hon Wasiu Sanni-Eshilokun

Hon Segun Omoworare & his wife, Foluke
Mr Babatunde Omoworare &his wife, Adeyanju
Senator Babajide Omoworare & his wife, Olabisi
Daughters of the deceased-L-R:Mrs Folake Ihim, Mrs Oyefunke Oyewole, Hon Nike Omoworare & Mrs Mojoyinola Faniyan
Former Federal Permanent Sec, Dr Remi Aribisala & her sister, in Dreadlocks


SS Peter & Paul Catholic Cathedral, Lagere Ile-Ife. Do you know this church?

TOS Undertakers arriving the Church with Mama's Remains

Children & Daughter-in-Laws of Mama: (L-R): Tunde, Yanju, Jide, Nike,Mojoyinola,Funke, Foluke, Folake & Segun

(L-R): The Rt Rev (Dr) Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo (Bishop of Oyo Catholic Dioceses), His Grace, Most Rev (Dr) Gabriel Leke Abegunrin (Archbishop-Elect of Ibadan Catholic Archdioceses) 7 Rev Father Paul Awowole

Sen Jide Omoworare arriving at the church
Senate President David Mark with Sen & Mrs Jide Omoworare

(L-R): Senators Gbenga Ashafa, Jide Omoworare & Babfemi Ojudu
Governor of State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola with Senator & Mrs Jide Omoworare

(L-R):Senators Nurudeen Abatemi, Hosea Agboola & Prof Sola Adeyeye
(L-R):Senators Sola Adeyeye, Idris Kuta & Gbenga Kaka

Chief John Odeyemi(left) & Mr Babatunde Omoworare
SWAT Security officials trailing Senator Omoworare car
Senator Gbenga Obadara & another distinguished Senator
Actress Ashewo To Re Mecca &.......????
Grandchildren of Mama Omooba Teniade Omoworare
Y.K. Ajao and his band

Aduke Gold & her band
King Saheed Osupa

RIP; Mama was interred in her husband's grave
Senator Omoworare & Chief Oyekunle Alex-Duduyemi (Asiwaju of the Source)

Former Minster of State for Water Resources, Chief Awotorebo & Mrs Toyin Adelaja
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