Nigerian Ship Owner, Greg Ogbeifun, buries mum in Benin City

Deaconess Cecilia Izogie Ogbeifun
President of the Ship Owners Association of Nigeria (SOAN), Engr. Greg Ogbeifun and the entire Ogbeifun family, on Thursday, March 7, laid their mother Deaconess (Mrs) Cecilia Izogie Ogbeifun to rest in her home in Benin City, Edo State.
The Ogbeifun matriarch, 100 years old until her death on January 9, 2019, was a devout Christian who exercised her faith worshiping at the Christ Apostolic Church of God Mission.

Mama Ogbeifun’s final journey started with a lying-in- state on Thursday, March 7 at her residence in Benin, and followed by a Service of Songs at same venue.

Family, friends, well-wishers from all walks of life including the maritime industry graced the event to pay their last respect to the departed.

Taking the first Bible reading for the occasion, Mama’s first child, Mrs Elizabeth Idele, extolled Mama’s virtues as she read the book of 1 Corinthians 15: 40-58 encouraging everyone to be active in God’s service.

The late Mama Ogbeifu was later interred in the family compound in Ogida Quarters, Benin City, after a funeral service by officiating pastors from the Christ Apostolic  Church of God Mission. 
The family hosted their guests at a social gathering on Friday.

Family and friends of the Ogbeifun family will gather again on Sunday for an outing/thanksgiving service at the Christ Apostolic Church of God Mission in Ugbowo, Benin City.

Popularly called “Mama Ijesu” by those who live within her vicinity, Mama Ogbeifun was born in 1919 to the Osemwegie family of Ekwe community in Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo State.

In 1943, she got married to Mr. Jackson Igbinosa Ogbeifun and they both lived in the Eastern part of the country for many years before returning to Benin City shortly before the Biafra War.

Industrious, yet committed to caring for her family, Mama was also notable for her evangelical works in her community, even as she was generous to all around her.

Mama was blessed with 10 children, 43 grandchildren and 22 great- grandchildren.