Tributes, Tears As NAOSNP President, Oki, Buries Mother
Written By Dedeigbo Ayodeji Samson
Posted By Town Crier News Nigeria
Published By Fitness Network Communications
Mr Samson Oki, the Publisher, Trek Africa Newspaper, on Thursday buried his beloved mother, Mrs Aramide Nusirat Oki (nee Thomas) in Lagos.
Oki, who is also the President, National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP), was surrounded by
family members, friends, professional colleagues, well-wishers during the event held at Olufuwa Crescent, Anibaba Street, Owode Onirin.
The Officiating Pastor, Esther Fusugboye of The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Region 11, Province 20, Zone 10, in her sermon, reminded all and sundry not to put high premium on earthly possessions but look onto God for sustenance, provision at all times.
Reading from the book of 1 Thessalonians Chapter 5 v 1-11 and Ecclesiastes Chapter 7 vs 2; she admonished the mourners to be ever prepared, as death doesn’t ring a bell before descending on anyone.
“We are gathered here to remember ourselves, especially the late woman, who was so dutiful all through her years on earth, bringing up responsible children. As we mourn her demise, let’s remember that the time everyone here will close his/her eyes to meet the creator is only a matter of time,” she said.
“Some value money more than appreciating God. Whatever things we do on earth are recorded for us whether good or bad. Therefore, let’s be conscious of our time here on earth.
“On the last day, a lot of things will be said or written about us but remember none of those things will take any of us to heaven if you do not maintain a good relationship with God, your creator.”
After the short ministration, the children, family members and sympathizers filed past the casket as a mark of their last respect to the late Mrs Aramide Nusirat Oki, before the corpse was conveyed to the tomb and laid to rest.
Eluogizing his mother, the eldest son, Godwin Oki, said the mother was a kind woman, who always wanted the best for her children and stood to the realization of that, adding that she was principled and a strict disciplinarian to the core.
“Once she set a target, she never looked back and would work toward realising it. I thank God for the exemplary life she lived and would always want to have the kind of mother she was when such an opportunity arises,” he said.
“I am very pained that my mother didn’t live to see my first born. I got married not too long ago. She was everything during my marriage. Unfortunately, she didn’t wait to see my first born. Well, God knows the best and gives him thanks for everything,” Godwin added.
On his part, the Publisher of Trek Africa Newspaper, Oki Samson remarked: “My mother lived a full life as a hardworking woman, who demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit in the Victoria Island axis of Lagos State, as a top-notch distributor of assorted soft drinks, eggs, and other items.
“She had compassion for humanity through many humanitarian initiatives, which she pursued with relentless vigour within her family, community, and in the church.
“She actively nurtured her four boys – now men – to the glory of God alongside her late husband, Evangelist Ayila N. Oki, with parental support, care and in a Godly way,” Samson noted.
Earlier on Wednesday evening, a Service of Songs was held at the same address where church, family members, friends and sympathizers paid glowing tributes to her exemplary service to man and humanity.
The late Madam Aramide Nusirat Oki (née Thomas) was born on 7th of July 1960 to the family of Pa Mustapha and Madam Fatimota on Lagos Island, Lagos, and died on the 12th of August, 2023 at the age of 63 years.
She attended Ansarudeen Primary School in Lagos Island and St. Timothy College, Yaba, Lagos.
She got married to the late Evangelist Ayila N. Oki before delving into trade and commerce full-time where she attained fame and fortune.
The late Madam Oki made an indelible mark in the business space, as a top distributor in Lagos.