On Tuesday, November 7, Okerenkoko Community in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Delta State, bid farewell to the late Ama-okosowei, Pa Emmanuel Oyibo Oduwere Ebieju Ayetan. This ceremonial send-off marked the end of an era for a man whose influence reached far beyond the shores of his beloved hometown.
From the Mortuary
The emotional journey commenced on Tuesday, the 7th of November, when children, family members, and the community gathered as early as 8am at Safe Haven Mortuary in Warri to transport the remains of Pa Emmanuel to his hometown in Okerenkoko Community.
Dignitaries Pay Respects
The ceremony attracted a constellation of dignitaries, a testament to the impact Pa Emmanuel had on the lives of those around him. Former Deputy Governor Barr. Kingsley Otuaro, High Chief P.T Heavens, Hon. George Ekpomupolo, Chief Dennis Oruaro, Dr. Paul Bebenimibo and other distinguished guests paid their respects, acknowledging the void left by the passing of this community pillar.
Barr. Kingsley Otuaro delivered a touching tribute, highlighting Pa Emmanuel’s invaluable contributions to Okerenkoko. “Pa Emmanuel left behind indelible footprints that anyone should emulate,” he remarked, urging the family to safeguard and propagate his legacy for future generations.
A Legacy Remembered
The narrative of Pa Emmanuel Oyibo Oduwere Ebieju Ayetan’s life unfolded in a rich biography. Born in 1933 into humble beginnings, he navigated the challenges of life with resilience, emerging as a prominent figure in Okerenkoko. His prowess as a fisherman and dedication to community service became hallmarks of his journey.
A Life of Service
Pa Emmanuel’s professional journey included stints with prestigious companies like Costain and Westminster Dredging Nig Limited. However, his heart remained tethered to Okerenkoko, where he assumed leadership roles, serving as the President of Youths and later ascending to the position of Chairman.
A Visionary Leader
Known for his vibrancy and intelligence, Pa Emmanuel’s pinnacle of service came in 2018 when he was appointed AMA-OKOSUWEI of Okerenkoko. His leadership was instrumental in steering the community towards human, economic, and social development.
The burial ceremonies continued with a traditional wake-keeping that extended into the early hours of Wednesday, November 8. The community gathered in a night-long celebration of Pa Emmanuel’s life, embracing the cultural rituals that marked the transition of a revered elder.
Final Resting Place
The final chapter unfolded as the late Pa Emmanuel Oyibo Oduwere Ebieju Ayetan found his eternal rest at his compound in Okerenkoko on Wednesday morning. His departure, marked by a brief illness, left a void filled with cherished memories for his wife, eight children, 34 grandchildren, and 41 great-grandchildren.