Nigerian couple who were married for 72 years, die same day, buried same day


Pa Israel Akojede and his wife, Mama Esther, who were married for 72 years and died few hours apart were buried on Friday at the Apostolic Faith Church Cemetery, Ijeja in Abeokuta, Ogun.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the couple died on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020 at Gbonagun in Obantoko area of Abeokuta.

NAN also reports that Pa Israel was 103 years at the time of his death, while Mama Esther who died shortly after receiving the news of her husband’s passing was aged 98.

Rev. Folorunsho Ajayi, delivering a sermon at the funeral service for the couple at Apostolic Faith Church, Ogun Regional Headquarters, Abeokuta, admonished couples to always pray together and believe in one another.

Ajayi, Regional Overseer of the church, who cited different bible chapters, noted that salvation was precious and that one must work hard and follow God’s rule to obtain it.

He called on women to be virtuous, truthful and always have respect for their husbands, saying that was one of the major ways to make heaven.

Speaking to NAN after their interment, the oldest child of the late couple, Mr Joseph Akojede, described his parent as loving, caring and prayer warriors.

“They were both great in life and in death. They were parents to all and not only the biological ones. They both exhibited parental care and were friends to all,” he said.

Also, the First Grandson, Olanrewaju Akojede, said he was grateful for the love and support he received from his “grandma and grandpa “.

He explained that their love and prayers were the driving force behind everything he did.

“They were so great parents who lived a pleasant and worthy life that is worth emulating.

“I am happy knowing that they are finally resting peacefully in heaven,” he said.

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