The sudden loss of my mother created an everlasting massive vacuum in my heart, and will for ever remain unfilled whatever my age or status. The loving care and attention I always get from my mother would always remain the ultimate. The befitting burial I accorded her was a testimony for the true love we both shared - Don P
The sudden departure of late Madam Maria Ojemen, from mother earth was triumphant and magnificent, as her demise attracted a myriad of comments across the globe. SOCIETY CELEBRATION could recall several remarks made by people during and after the burial that she is not dead and buried but lives on. “And when a person has done so much as Late Maria Ojemen did for her society, she is said to be alive still and has conquered death”. The death of madam Maria Ojemen at her home town, opoji residence, following a brief illness and was confirmed by his son High Chief Peter Ojemen, Abuja based business mogul. He disclosed to SOCIETY CELEBRATION, that the entire family was deflated by the news of her death. Madam Maria Ojemen passed at the age of 89 years.
Don P eulogized his late mother in many words; “it is not an exaggeration to say my mother brought light and enlightenment to the lives she touched and to the society she graced with her profound presence. Her humility, generosity and devotion to her spiritual life was exemplary.
BURIAL RITES AND INTERMENT AT OPOJI
The crowed that trooped to Opoji for final farewell to a great woman can be best described as the single largest and spectacular event in Opoji, Esan Central Local Govt Area, Edo State in the recent times. The body of Late Maria Ojemen was conveyed to High Chief Ojemen’s Country Home where a church service was conducted as she was a devoted Christian and a notable minister of the gospel who had greatly contributed immensely to the Christian-hood. The Pastor who ministered at the ceremony, praised for the repose of the soul of the late madam Maria Ojemen. He used the opportunity to call for compassion for the less privilege.
Laying the remains of late Madam Maria Ojemen to rest, several prayers were offered amidst hymns suggesting the tunes of sorrowful reflection on the issue of death. Prayers were offered to God that Maria, who had journeyed on from this sinful world may by her sacrifices be cleansed from sin and receive everlasting joy.
It was a great drama on the reception day, when heavy heavy rain continues to pour down and the celebrant at one time was trapped at the gigantic marquee, he was almost compelled to force the event management to alter the programme. Those already seated were served with choice African and continental delicacies and assorted drinks. It was pure fun.
The convoy of cars with guests file up for miles for the next phase in the celebrations (reception). There were three band stand and Edo Cultural Troupe in waiting for the entertainment. The heavy rain had become an essential reminder of the burial reception.
The party atmosphere was so compelling that it was no surprise the invitees defied the rain in order to enjoy themselves. They did not regret it. The queue to present gifts and spray the celebrant, High Chief Ojemen, aka Don P, was endless; people were keen to express their gratitude and affection. One couldn’t help but to see this as a clear indication of the celebrant’s popularity, philanthropic and humanitarian gesture extended to people in the past.
The open marquee used for the reception was able to hold a seat down capacity of two thousand guests, and was tastefully decorated to meet the standard of the caliber of guest present. Very close friends of the celebrant, clads in glamorous white ‘aso ebi’ on the day, and the nations serving and retired Senators, leaders of House of Reps, captains of industry, ex and serving Ministers, Diplomatic Corps, Business Tycoons, Clerics, Bishops and great church leaders, galaxy of traditional rulers and invited guests, gathered to honour the High Chief Peter Ojemen, aka Don P.
The three-day event closed with an allnight party where Nollywood stars and most notable celebrities show-cased their gifted talents till the wee hours of Sunday morning. Before noon, group of pastors and various clerics from far and near, once more gathered for the Sunday thanksgiving service ceremony.