By Sam Eyoboka & Olayinka Latona
TWENTY days after the burial of the Lady of songs, Chief (Mrs.) Christy Essien-Igbokwe, the entertainment industry and indeed the nation will again bid farewell to the wife of Juju musician-turned-evangelist, Dr. Ebenezer Obey Fabiyi, Lady Evangelist Juliana Olaide Obey-Fabiyi, who died on Tuesday, August 23, 2011.
She will be laid to rest today at the husband’s compound in GRA, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital after a funeral service at the Bishop’s Court, Ibara, Abeokuta at 10.00 a.m.
Entertainment of guests is expected to take place at OK Centre, Ibara, Abeokuta.
Activities marking the burial began on Tuesday with a commendation service at Decross Gospel Mission, Dopemu, Lagos. That was followed by a Service of Songs/Praise Altar at the Bishop’s Court, Onikolobo, Abeokuta yesterday.
A source close to the family told our reporters that many eminent Nigerians drawn from different sectors of the economy are expected in Abeokuta to pay their last respects to the lady behind the philosopher-evangelist. National President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor is expected to lead the Christian Community while the PMAN delegation is expected to be lead by the acting president, Mr. Rasta Murphy.
Our reporter also gathered that several traditional chiefs from Egbaland are expected at the funeral services just as the president of ECWA, Rev. Anthony Farinto and others have arrived from Kaduna for the burial.
Lady Evangelist Juliana Olaide Obey-Fabiyi, 67, died in the early hours of August 23, 2011 at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), in Ikeja, Lagos. A family source disclosed that the lady evangelist had been sick for a while and had actually just returned from a trip abroad where she had received treatment for her ailment.