The remains of the former General Manager of Raypower 106.5FM, Abuja, and former General Manager, Superscreen Television, Rev. (Mrs.) Olufunke Alli, were laid to rest during the week.
The funeral service, held at her local Church, the Innercourt Christ Assembly, Ogba, Ikeja, Lagos, on Thursday, drew mammoth crowd, including family members, friends, well-wishers and professional colleagues of the deceased.
One of her colleagues was the Managing Director of the Guardian newspaper, Mr. Emeka Izeze. According to grieving Izeze who had had close contact with the deceased, not only the family is grieving at this period but the Nigerian media inclusive. “The family is missing a mother, we in the media are missing a colleague, a mentor, a professional,” Izeze told the congregation.
Izeze, who was on The Media Project; a project to mentor younger journalists in the profession, with the late Alli in the United States of America, added that, “We miss Olufunke Alli here, but heaven is rejoicing over a believer in Christ that has gone home.” He however advised that, “We must live for Christ so that at the end, we would be with our sister, Olufunke and with Christ, our saviour.”
In her own remarks, Mrs. Tosin Dokpesi, Managing Director, AIT, who represented her husband, Chief Raymond Dokpesi of DAAR Communications, extolled the virtues of the late Rev. (Mrs.) Olufunke Alli.
“We are here celebrating a mother, and a big sister. I got to know about the demise of my big sister through Mr. Tony Akiotu, our Group Managing Director. She was very dear to my husband. Despite all that is going on, he said I must be at the funeral service and commiserate with he family,” she said.
Dokpesi added that, the deceased was a no nonsense person, ‘’ She was a big sister we all looked up to. She was a disciplinarian and younger sister to my husband. She is gone, but we know she is in heaven, no one knows tomorrow or when the trumpet would sound. She was a good Christian, always smiling, always praying for all of us. We were much younger then, but she had always been there, we would miss her greatly.”
Online Editor and Director, Special Publications, of the Nation newspaper, Mr. Lekan Otufodunrin, further extolled the virtues of the late Mrs. Alli.
Otufodunrin, who was also on the media project in the United States with the deceased is the President of Christian media group; Journalists For Christ, on whose board, Alli served until her transition. Otufodunrin said, “The likes of Rev. Olufunke Alli were rare to get around today, but she has paid her dues, and we are celebrating her today, the Lord will console us all.”
In his sermon, General Overseer of InnerCourt Christ Assembly, Rev. G. Ola, told the congregation the need to live a meaningful life while on earth.
While his message captivated the audience, Ola added that, “the way you die does not matter but the way you live does.” He explained further that, “The condition of your death does not make you a saint. The fact that someone murdered you does not make you a saint, but the way you live your life today determines your ultimate end.”
He however enjoined the congregation to see a great example in the life of the deceased who lived her life for others in sacrifice, serving God and humanity.
Giving the vote of thanks, eldest child of the deceased, Pastor Oluwatobi Alli appreciated all who honoured the event with their presence and prayed for journey mercies back to their various destinations. He also encouraged people to emulate the virtues of his mother, who everyone had attested lived an exemplary lifestyle.
Alli passed on November 14 at Ibadan, her last duty post, where she served as the General Manager of Impact Business Radio and Dean of the media school owned by the organisation. She was interned at the Atan cemetery, Yaba, Lagos.