The sleepy town of Ode-Omu was agog penultimate Tuesday, when Chief Mrs Felicia Folashade Afolabi celebrated her 80th birthday in grand style.
A galaxy of personalities among them a battery of clergies of the Catholic Church, led by the Arch-Bishop of Ibadan Arch Diocese Arch-Bishop Gabriel Leke Abegunrin,Rev Fr. O.Oladipo, who represented the Arch Bishop of Osogbo, and other personalities filled St Matthew;s Catholic Church, where Mrs Afolabi had a mass in celebration of the event to the brim.
At the event, ArchBishop Abegunrin praised the celebrator for her humility and dedicated service to God. He said her dedication and commitment was cemented in the way all her children remained committed Catholics and had become leaders in their respective dioceses.
Abegunrin prayed for her, and even sang her a happy birthday song, in appreciation of all that the woman of means who rose through the din as a school teacher has done for Catholic Church in Ode-Omu.
Speaking on behalf of other children, Prof Anthony Dele Afolabi said he and his siblings decided to celebrate her birthday in appreciation of God’s faithfulness on her.
He said he thanked God for her life, and would forever cherish her spiritual devoution and dedication to things of God, a virtue that all hold so dear.
He said the celebration is also to remind her that she is now old and should therefore hasten slowly realising that she is now close to her maker.
He said it is gratifying to know that his mum knew and served her Lord devoutedly since her youth ahd had never deviated from the path of Christianity of Catholicism.
Children of the celebrator were to later treat all guests who came from all nooks and crannies of the South west to a lavish reception.
Highpoint of the celebration was the cultural troupe command performance by the Osun State Cultural Troupe, who came to felicitate with the mother-in-law of their Permanent Secretary Mr Oyetunde Oyesiji.