trained Computer expert is Baba Ogunorunalayede’s first son
from his second and surviving wife, Madam Olufunmilayo Ogunorunlayede.
This very intelligent and techno-savvy Computer genius who was one of the last
few who shared moments with the legendary man of God during his last Christmas
celebration at his home town of Idi-Emi
and the CCC Holy City of Imeko in Ogun state South West
Nigeria gave some very insightful
accounts of the life style of his larger-than-life father and how a reluctant
decision to follow him to his hometown of Idi-Eme last December 25th,
2013 turned out to be the last opportunity to know much about a man he
described as “My Living Abraham”.
is not only intellectually gifted but like the real son of a man of God, he
exhibits a high level of wisdom that gives him out as a very mature personality.
He opened up to this blog few days to his father’s funeral and it was an
great man, Papa Joshua Akande Ogunorunlayede, how will you define your father?
Omotayo Ogunlade, first child of the second wife. Defining my dad? If
we are looking for an Abrahamic kind of person in our
generation, that will be my dad. Because I grew up knowing faith practically,
not reading faith or studying faith in books, I lived by faith, I ate by faith.
I went to school by faith. Whatever success I can actually record now, my life
time with him over twenty years now had been run by faith. And I believe as a
Christian, our Christianity itself is by faith. He is not just my dad, he is my
role model. And apart from being my role model, there are so many mentors you
read about in books, you have seen something about them or you talk about them
but this is one mentor that I have lived with; that I directly know him. I had
a direct mentorship from him. I am not saying one man somewhere is my mentor
based on what I can say about him but he is my mentor because I have known him
deeply. Everybody make mistakes, everybody have their own shortcomings but with
all the shortcomings in the world, I have not seen one person like him.
“I had asked him something about me and my fiancée and what I thought I will like to do then and that was the simple response he gave me. I didn’t need any further explanation. He said “To’o bati ready, ma’a redi”. ….. And as regards church, if my father has N500, he will rather spend N499 naira on church and spend the remaining N1 naira on his children. Because he knows after he has gone, that church or that work of God he has provided for would provide for his children”.
father; strict or gentle dad?
he is strict and I won’t say he is not strict, he would just tell you the
truth. He has his own measures. He will tell you the truth the first time, he
would tell you the truth the second time and even up to the third time. He
won’t impose the truth on you. I found out that if you impose the truth on
people they will follow you only because you are there, once you are not there,
they will turn their back on the truth. But if you can persuade them and let
them sincerely know that this is the truth without forcing them, even when you
are no longer there, they will stand to realize what you have told them. It is
not about telling them to kneel down and flogging them; far from it. Most of
the children that are spoilt today, their parent have at one point or the other
flogged them but that didn’t change them. And that is what I have learnt from
him, my dad will never beat you up but he will just tell you the truth and with
time you will get to know that what he is telling you is the truth.
you for once over a wrong?
only once and even at that time, he didn’t spank us. He just warned us, I think
he came to the house and he was resting, we were still very, very young then
and we were just making noise all around the house. He only yelled at us saying
‘all of you come here, kneel down there’ and even after that he gave us drinks.
That is the kind of father he is. So, he
was not a father that really fathoms caning but he will set standards for you
and if you fail, then you have yourself to blame.
him unique from other fathers?
mention two parts. One is spiritual and the other is physical. The spiritual
part is when you know why God has called you and when you are actually sure of
the call you won’t have any reason to doubt Him and any reason to jettison His
creed. You won’t have any reason jumping from denominations to denominations.
You will sit down where God has called you because you know whoever called you
will be responsible for your upkeep.
That is the spiritual aspect of my dad. Then physical is that no matter
what is coming down, my father will never panic; if someone comes and tell him
‘hey, this person that want to help you tomorrow is dead’, he will say ‘give me
my food’. Or if you say ‘Daddy, Nigeria is going to fall apart tomorrow or
something is going to happen tomorrow’, he will say ‘Really? Ok, put it on Channels’. That is him, nothing bothers
my father. I remember there was a time my younger sister said her school fees
is so, so amount. It was a big money and I said to her ‘we can’t go and face
this man with this o’. But immediately we summoned the courage and told him; he
just said “Agbara Olorun gbe” (God
is able). Even most time that I will not go to school and my colleagues would
have resumed, he will still be playing with us and we will be jittery that ‘is
this man serious about us?’ but you will discover that the payment will come at
the appropriate time and we would still make class. So, that is why I said my
father is a faith crusader by work, by thought and by action.
you that has now become your philosophy?
will say to me “To’o ba’a ti ready, ma’a reedi” (which simply translate to ‘If
you aren’t ready, don’t court a cunt’). I had asked him something about me and
my fiancée and what I thought I will like to do then and that was the simple
response he gave me. I didn’t need any further explanation. He said “To’o
bati ready, ma’a redi”. That is one; then secondly, praises. You can
know how to preach, you can know how to do so many things, and you can bow down
for God two hundred million times a day but one thing you should never forget
doing is praising God. You will see my
dad dancing, you play one song and he dances to it and the next day he will
tell you to go and look for the tape. Even if the tape is in Germany and it is
for a hundred naira he doesn’t care if you use five hundred thousand naira to
board a flight to go and look for the hundred naira praise tape. So, for him,
praising God was a worthwhile venture. He took it so serious. I have learnt
that one and it is part of my life. And as regards church, if my father has N500, he will rather spend N499 naira on church and spend the
remaining N1 naira on his children.
Because he knows after he has gone, that church or that work of God he has
provided for would provide for his children. So, if my dad has N500 Naira, he will give N1 to his family and persuade them to
manage it and give God N499 Naira,
so when he is no more or when his children are where he is not present; for
instance if I had to go to Canada or
a distant country where my dad is not there physically, you know that God that
he gave N499 Naira in Nigeria is
everywhere, the God will repay his children in double fold wherever they are
because He is a Universal God, that is my dad’s belief and that is what I also
believe. Wherever I go, I sow seed not
because that person will repay me but because I know that the God I am doing it
for sees me and He is everywhere and will pay me back anywhere I find myself in
about someone taking after him it should be about God calling somebody. God called
him, God did not call me. So, if God call me I will certainly be what God wants
me to be.
with him and what were the signs that show that he knew he was going?
death, just like Jesus he was not faithless; even when he was not talking, even
when he was in coma, I will go and meet him. I will be singing then and he will
be moving his hands and be moving his legs because he couldn’t talk. That ‘I am
listening to you’, perhaps that is what he was saying. I will be singing those
his favorite songs, in fact we took a radio tape to his bed and we started
playing all the songs he likes like Imole
Ayo, we started playing everything because he really likes Imole Ayo. We play, play, play
everything for him; so at least, wherever he is, he will be hearing those songs
no matter how far. We were thinking that will bring him back from the coma. But
even though he couldn’t make it back it was a splendid moment with him as all
my elder brothers, elder sisters and younger ones were around to make him
happy. And I am sure wherever he is, he is very happy to have seen all of us
together. I am sure he will be very,
very happy now to see that we are all together celebrating his life and not
encounter with your dad; were there signs that he was going?
to the hospital on January 3rd, before that time I saw him but the
very last time we were together was December 25th Christmas day
when we went to the village together. I didn’t want to go actually because we
have always been going to the village. My dad likes to go to his village, go to
Imeko (Celestial Church of Christ Holy City) and
pay homage and all those things. And I was not ready to follow him this time
around because once you are there you just spend the entire Christmas occasion
there and you wont enjoy it in Lagos.
down with you?
will never force you. He won’t force, he will ask if you want to go? If you
tell him yes, ok; if you tell him ‘no’, his own is if there is a driver that will take him down there even if
there is no one that will cook for him, he will go. He will say he knows he
will eat. I didn’t know, something just told me to go. I told my brothers, they
didn’t want to go but something just pushed all of us to follow him not knowing
that will be our last journey with him. When we got there, myself and my senior
brother (Sunday) he took us around, he showed us properties, he showed us the
lands in his place. When we got to Imeko, he said he wanted to see Oschoffa
(Pastor Emmanuel Mobiyina) by all means. He said he want to see Oschoffa
by all means and we were saying “Daddy, your health, you can’t trek from here
to Oschoffa’s place because of the crowd of worshippers’ but he said ‘No, I
want to see Oschoffa, I want to see Oschoffa’. So, I just quickly saw it as a
great privilege to also be under the same ambience with the Pastor. Because I
knew normally I might not be privileged to see him (Oschoffa) on my own
strenght. So, Daddy said he must see him that night. But that night we couldn’t
see him and everybody had to trek because of the crowd, we went back to the
house. But before we went back to the house, he sat down for a long time before
we left for home due to the crowd. Then the next morning, I even reminded him
and he said ‘we are going’. That was Boxing
Day, 26th. He gave me some money…he has some money with him. A
huge amount of money and he took a huge part of the money and gave it to me
that we are going to give this to the Pastor when we get there. People were
saying ‘Daddy, we need money to buy this and that’ but he said ‘no, don’t touch
that one’. ‘This one I have already said I am giving it to the Pastor because
whenever people come and see me in Lagos, people bring their own parcel to me
and since the beginning of the year people have been bringing it to me all
through, this is my own turn at the end of the year to pay it back’. So, we all
drove down there to meet the Pastor. But on getting there, the person handling
the Pastor’s private schedule said “Pastor can’t see anybody again, that he has
seen a lot of people in the early part of the day” and my father said “I am not
leaving here today until I see the Pastor. I must meet the man, I am not
leaving here”. Immediately, one of the Pastor’s personal aide rushed down, I am
sure the Pastor overheard the argument downstairs and ordered them to bring us
upstairs. When we got upstairs there were so many people that were waiting to
see the Pastor, he just called us and we went in together. As my dad was about
offering the gift, he knelt down and held a bottle of water that Pastor should
pray on the water, after Pastor finished praying on the water, he handed over
the envelop to the Pastor but Pastor said ‘No, that he was not going to collect
that envelop’. ‘That rather the gift is for my dad, that he knows why he is not
collecting it’. I don’t know what that meant but Dad just gave back the money
to me that I should keep. We got up and we left. So, that was the last time we
actually had such a memorable outing with him before his demise. For me, it was
a blessing to stand before the Pastor and receive his prayer and blessings.
another remarkable experience that showed his intention was during the 33rd
adult harvest of the church last year when he tagged it “Jesus at Golgotha”
because before then I have known the meaning of Golgotha. So, when I saw it I
just kept quite hoping that it wont arose more curiosity. I was like ‘Golgotha?
33 years? So he wouldn’t tell anybody; and if God tells him this thing is black
and the whole world is telling him it is white, my dad would not answer the
whole world. He would tell you ‘this is black’. And you will later realize that
it was actually black. Even if half of the world has died then, he will come
back and tell you ‘Sebi I told you? It is just a pity that those people that
joined you then are no more’.
by him could you say that your father had a premonition of his own death?
say is that he didn’t know when he would go but he knew it was about time. He
didn’t know maybe it was January 3rd or February
or March but he was doing a lot of things that showed that he knew it was at
hand but he didn’t know the day. I am sure God didn’t tell him, that ‘this is
going to be the day’ but you would have known with his actions, discretions and
initiatives that he knew the time was at hand and he was fully prepared for his
place in the bosom of his maker.
I went to see him in the hospital that night (January 11th) before
he passed away. In fact I went in the morning; that was when he shouted Halleluyah; he rose from coma and
shouted “Halleluyah”. He just kept
on shouting. So, I went back home and I
returned in the evening with a friend, my friend has not seen my dad before so
I came to the hospital with him. He was even telling me that his own dad was in
that kind of state (Coma) and that the man came out of it; so, I left. Just
about 30 minutes after leaving the hospital I got another call that he has
passed away. So, I rushed back to the hospital and I saw him and I was very
perplexed. I didn’t know if it was actually true, I have never seen a dead
person that close before. I only hear that that person there dies or read it in
the paper. So, I moved closer and tapped him, I said ‘Daddy, stand up’ but he
couldn’t respond again. His eyes were still opened so, I closed his eyes and
that was the last episode.
to his numerous fans and admirers in the entire Christendom and the Celestial
tell anybody to take after his foot step.
tell anybody to be like Baba because you can actually not be like anybody. I
can’t be like him; my brothers can’t be like him. We are all created for
specific purposes. But I will tell you to emulate the person he served. Follow
the person he served and he (Ogunorunlayede) followed Jesus, he served Jesus.
He followed Jesus, so you follow Jesus. Don’t try to follow him, if you
follow him, you might marry two wives. If you follow him, he might have some
bad characters and you pick it. So, don’t bother to be like him. Just follow
that person he served, that is the Holy
Spirit, just follow that Holy Spirit,
the Holy Spirit will allow you to be
yourself and He will teach you how to manage your personality and get to where
you are going. Life is not all about the years you have lived, churches you
have gone to or the number of the time you drove a car or the number of times
you wore ear rings or the number of times you didn’t put on slippers or the
number of times you went to church in rain or the number of times you bowed
down, it is not all about all of these. It is simply about truly knowing this
God because at the last day, it is going to be only you and this God, not you
and the Sultana, you and the staff or as the case maybe, you and the loin, it
is just you and God.