In an emotion-laden voice, the Special Adviser to the Delta State Governor on Petroleum Matters, Chief (Barr.) Bosin Ebikeme has called on women in Gbaramatu Kingdom and the world at large to imbibe the sterling virtues of discipline, uprightness, and sacrifice as possessed by his late foster mother, Mrs. Dorcas Metsarun Ojo alias Warri Mama.
He made this remark at the traditional wake-keep ceremony held in her honour at the New Jerusalem Cherubim and Seraphim Zion Church, Oporoza town, the ancestral headquarters of the Gbaramatu Kingdom in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta state.
The Senior Special Assistant to governor Okowa narrated to the gathering how he came into the custody of Mrs. Dorcas Metsarun Ojo who immediately took him up and treated him like her biological son; inculcating in him discipline that have helped him emerge and to be what he is today.
In his words, “I am most grateful today that I could come to pay my last respect because it is a bond that I have specially for her. My mother that is about to be laid to the grave got married to my uncle; she did not give birth to me. I had a mother, she died.
“As we live together in the same family, they say I was giving real problems to my mother and everybody wished that I should give her chance. That is how she carried me. She was a core disciplinarian.
“Then, while I was in secondary school, my [foster] mother, she had surgery and she almost died from weakness. In the course of it also, she had twins and all died. She had a girl and I now became the son and the girl became a daughter.
“I left after my primary school and she carried me to my father urging him to continue my education as she had no money to sponsor me. When I went to Secondary school, the foundation this woman gave to me built me up. I became a member of Scripture Union to build the foundation of God.
“So, I went through secondary school; I left secondary school. I became a lawyer, the very first lawyer in Gbaramatu, Ogbe-Ijoh, Isaba, even Egbema Kingdom,” he added.
The former commissioner of transport therefore, called on mothers in the society to emulate these godly virtues of his foster mother as her actions exemplify that of good conducts, love, and firm trust in God.
Also speaking at the burial ceremony, Snr. Boanerge Dr. Philip Tonfawei JP, who is the head of New Jerusalem Zion Cherubim and Seraphim Church in Oporoza, said late Mrs. Dorcas Metsarun Ojo lived an exemplary life that is worthy of emulation, as she was known to cater for other peoples’ children without discrimination.
Others who spoke at the ceremony were full of praises at the humane qualities she possessed that endeared her to many as they all confessed that she would be highly missed.
Present at the wake-keep and burial ceremony are; Chief (Barr.) Bosin Ebikeme, Special Adviser to the Delta State Governor on Petroleum Matters; Snr. Boan. Dr. Philip Tonfawei JP, leader of New Jerusalem Zion Church.
Others are; Dr. Alfred Mulade, Secretary, Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF); Triple Chief Vero Tangbowei Emmanuel JP.; Chief Boan. Julius Tonfawei; Apst Matthias Zion Amaya; Boan. Nelson Ogelegbanwei,; Boan. Solomon Eris Odu; Rev. Felix Piniki; Chief Godwin Olufemi, and a host of other personalities, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
It would be recalled that Mrs. Dorcas Metsarun Ojo, the foster mother to the S.A. to the Governor of Delta state joined her ancestors on Monday 7th May 2018 at the age of 86 years.