BY Bose Adelaja
Since the news of her death was broken some days ago, her residence at No 15 Abraham Adesanya road in Apapa had become a Mecca of a sort. Both the mighty and the down-trodden have been going there to pay tributes to Mrs Rosanah Arinola Adesanyan who passed on in the early hours of Saturday February 5, 2011. The widow of the late Afenifere leader, Abraham Adesanya, reportedly died after a surgery on her leg.
On entering the compound one will not fail to notice the portrait of her decked in traditional attire with a scepter from Ijebu-Igbo in Ogun State to match.
In the neighborhood, she was known as a benefactor to many while her children and relatives call her a mentor and a pillar to a lot of them. In all, she tried to live a fulfilled life and left a legacy for her children.
During a recent Vanguard Metro visit to the residence of the Adesanyas, it was discovered that it was accessible to the masses as any member of the family. This also explains the large crowd of mourners from all walks of life present.
For some of the mourners, Madam Adesanya cannot be easily forgotten, while others lamented the fact that her exit has left a vacuum which will be difficult to fill.
The eldest child in the family of four, 61-year-old Bayo Adesanya was to describe his mother thus: ‘’Mama was everything to her children. We thank God that she lived a very useful life and she did not bury any of us”.
Describing the late sage, Bayo said she was a mother in a million. ‘’A very supportive woman, one thing she will be remembered for was her supportive role when our father was in problem. She gave him the necessary support all the time he was fighting for the enthronement of democracy and she backed him up and gave him the necessary courage till the last moment; we shall miss her dearly,” said Bayo.
Recounting the memorable days in the family, he had cause to extol his creator for sparing his late father from assassination by the late General Sani Abacha. “I remember when the late General Sani Abacha’s henchmen shot at him. Mama was there for him. Thank God that Abacha’s bullet did not kill our father. She is a woman that brought all the family together; she loved every member of the family and always treated everybody as one. She is a mother in a million and her works speaks for her wherever she goes. We have to forge ahead. Mama has laid a good foundation for the children and the family at large and by the grace of God, the good name she left behind will not be tarnished by any of us. More so, we hope to achieve what she has not achieved in her life time,’‘ he noted.
On what Bayo will miss most about his mother, he said: ‘’She was a woman that brought the family together, she was always lovely and lively, if you are talking about serving God, she was a devoted Christian. Mama was a mover of mountains and her shoe is very big for any of us to step in. The only girl among us cannot step into her shoe and above all, we shall miss her love and care for the children’‘ .
Another member of the family, Mrs Adebola Oluwagbayi told Vanguard Metro thus: ‘’I was with her the previous Sunday and she experienced a lot of discomfort after the surgery. Regardless of that, Mama was looking well before I left the hospital, Although I had an idea that something was wrong but I never knew she would die so soon. Mama was the type who never wanted to be a burden to anybody. At 86, she was looking younger than her age and she likes speaking in Ijebu dialect. When I came here yesterday, I was looking for her on her chair because it never occurred to me that she was dead. Mama was very jovial and there was no dull moment with her. Thank God she has lived a fulfilled life”.
Mama Adesanya was a veteran teacher before she left the shore of this country for London to study Nursing. She came back in 1965 to practice her profession. On arrival, she worked briefly with Island Maternity Hospital, Lagos before she was transferred to Apapa Health Centre, now Apapa General Hospital where she was a pioneer member.
Meanwhile Thursday March 17 to Saturday March 19 have been earmarked for the burial activities. There will be Service of Songs in her residence, 15, Abraham Adesanya Road, Apapa on the 17th while another service of songs holds at African Bethel Cathedral Church, Bolson, Lagos before her corpse is taken to Ijebu-Igbo after a stop over at Ijebu-Mushin. On Saturday, there will be funeral service at the Anglican Church, Oke-Agbo, Ijebu-Igbo, to be followed by internment at her Ijebu-Igbo residence.