THE GLORIOUS TRANSITION OF MADAM
PATIENCE MOPELOLA TALABI
A Befitting Burial For A Beloved Mother
PRECIOUS IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD IS THE DEATH OF HIS SAINTS (Psalm 116:15).
Thursday 22nd December 2022 will remain a notable and memorable day as many from near and far joined the Talabis and Sobowales in bidding one of God Generals from their families a final farewell. It was a grandeur and glorious event marking the end of an era of an undisputed and decorated medallist who fought a good fight, finished the race meritoriously and kept the faith firmly. Such is the rarity and reverence for God’s favourites and coveted champions dearest to His hearts and Mama Talabi (Nee Sobowale) was counted worthy of such honour due to her exemplary life, extraordinary exploits, Christianly devotions and unblemished love for her God.
Having lived a ripe age of 88years walking and working in acceptable manner before her Lord and Maker, the divine trumpet rounding-up her earthly assignment and call-up to eternal splendour sounded on the 9th November 2022, signalling her earthly exit (through a peaceful death in the home of one of her sons) and termination of all human engagements and endeavours’. Her demise also marked: the return of her spirit back to her maker, transition of her soul into a new, immortal body, angelic carriage and escort to an abode of unending rest and unspeakable glory where the Father of Lights dwells among rejoicing saints roped in white apparels, an assemblage she has now joined, and the decorations and send-forth of her mortal body (Flesh) back to the dust it was formed from. Such hallowed and heroic bestowments await every good and faithful servants and Mama Mopelola made that sacred list through Christ that strengthened her.
Following a Service of Songs programme (held the previous day) at the RCCG venue, 22/12/22 was also a day of inspiration and pleasant outcomes and will be well-preserved in the annals of history and hearts of many as a time mama’s salutary stewardship on earth was further brought to global fore to glorify God and bless mankind. The colourful funeral service held at The Redeemed Christian Church of God JESUS SANCTUARY along Masha Road, Surulere, Lagos was attended by children, families, friends, loved ones and well-wishers who trooped out in large numbers joyful and resplendently attired (many in Aso Ebi earmarked for the occasion) to celebrate a matriarch whose life and works have won broader acknowledgement and applause.
The goodbye event also afforded opportunities for deeper reflections for many in attendance; the messages, bible readings, sermon, testimonies of good deeds and proceedings were of eternal values leading to calls for sinners’ repentance and reconciliation with the saviour. The praise & worship sessions, prayers, special music ministrations, hymns and soul-searching songs by the choir were invaluable and also reminded the guests to be heavenly conscious and earthly ready. Even in death Mama Talabi’s impact was still drawing people to the call of salvation , righteous living and high-moral attainments.
The Funeral service further witnessed the professionalism of MIC undertakers and exciting performance of the Brigade Band. The casket motorcade conveying the body later departed to the cemetery where a privately held interment occurred bringing closure to eighty-eight years terrestrial sojourn and opening a new chapter of forever relationship between this prestigious daughter of Zion and the King of kings and Lord of lords.
Thereafter, guests were treated to a sumptuous and lively party held at the Eagle Club Hall in Surulere, Lagos where eating, drinking and merrying were on-going with musical performance from Tolu Obey, son of the legendary music maestro, Evang. Ebenezer Obey who trilled everyone present to various Miliki renditions all-through the evening.
MADAM PATIENCE MOPELOLA TALABI was truly a woman of respectability and relevance whose life and time could best be described in one word ‘IMPACT’. She meant so many things to many people: she was a great wife, doting sister & one-in-kind In-law, loving mother, grandmother and great-granny, a nurturer & carer, an astute businesswoman, devoted Christian & champion of Faith, teacher and life coach, confidant, companion and counsellor, a woman of courage & strength, an exemplary personality & role model, community builder and a gift to humanity.
Born on 11th September 1934 in Lagos Island to Late Pa Josiah and Mama Dorcas Sobowale of Ogere Remo and Iperu Remo respectively in Ogun State, in Nigeria’s Southwestern region, she was educated through primary and secondary schools in Lagos, ‘Maami’ as fondly called by her children learnt the art of trade early in life following her mother to shipping kolanuts and cigarettes to Port-Harcourt among others before fully established in the art and settling down to own her own shop in Somolu, Lagos. She remained in the enterprise selling household goods until her death.
In 1954, she met and married Chief John Sojomein Talabi, a former Nigerian Railway Worker and the conjugation was blessed with three children: Olufemi, Olubunmi (Ajike) and Olusola, who are highly resourceful persons and proud reference points. Mama Talabi like all mortals also had her challenges in life notable among them was a brutal acid attack that almost claimed her life at an early age, but her resoluteness, resilience and reliance in God saw her through the ups and downs of life making her to emerge as a conqueror.
Though not without a scar mama’s elevation to the ‘Order Of Celebrated Soldiers Of Christ (OCSOC)’ a status accorded to those who had endured sufferings and hardness and prevailed is hugely inspiring. She will forever be mentioned as one of those who passed through the Valley of Baca and made it a well of water and wellness and will be deeply missed by those she has directly and/or indirectly impacted.
Sunre O Mama Wa Atata
Acclaim Nigeria International Crew was there and covered the event.