Family, friends & Well-wishers holds Christian service for late Business man, Okey Dimoji | + Friend reveals mysterious text message in church

Late Okey Dimoji

Thursday July 9th  and Saturday July 11th,  friends, families and well-wishers of
Lagos business man, late Henry Okechukwu
congregated at the Methodist Church, 1-3, Church street, by Sergeant Awuse Estate, Opebi, Ikeja-Lagos-South West Nigeria for a Service
of Songs and Commendation Service in honor of the Imo state, South East Nigeria
born business man.

Late Henry Okechukwu Dimoji
Okey  Dimoji who is the first
Nigerian to win the franchise of the Thuraya
and Nera satellite phones brand in
Nigeria under his Royal Strides
before going into courier business with the establishment of
Royal Courier Ltd and Nigeria Cargo Force (UK) was knocked
down by an articulated truck on Thursday April 30th during an
illegal stop-and-search exercise by some criminally minded Nigerian police
officers at the Mile two-Apapa Road bridge bend in Lagos. The officers have
since been apprehended and are now cooling their feet in the force’s gulag. The
Service of songs which took place on Thursday and Commendation Service which
took place on Saturday are parts of activities marking the funeral rites of the
45 years old business man. He is to be finally interred at his Ihube, Okigwe
LGA- Imo state country home on Friday July 17. 

Okey Dimoji  is survived by his wife Linda Dimoji and two sons, Wesley and Bryan.
 Your soar away Africa’s number 1 Celebrity
encounter blog Asabeafrika was at
the Thursday Service of Songs conducted by the Methodist Church of Nigeria,
Opebi under the leadership of, The Very
Reverend Gabriel Olukayode Adekanla.
Enjoy the excerpts.
Service in session

How Okey Dimoji died 

On Thursday
April 30, Okey  Dimoji and his beautiful wife, Linda had attended a Wake Keep Service
of the wife of an elderly family friend in Festac Area of Lagos. On leaving the
event in the evening for their Anthony Village, Lagos home, they ran into some
officers of the Nigeria Police carrying out an illegal stop and search activity
by a bridge bend linking Apapa end of Mile 2 road to Oshodi Express Road in
Lagos. One of the Police officers (Their Leader) was said to have instructed
the business man who was on the wheel with his wife beside him to jump down
from his car right on the spot. All  plea
by the late business man for the policemen to allow him park well before
alighting from the car fell on deaf ears as the police man threatened to shoot
the business man if he fails to come down as ordered.

The Widow, Mrs. Linda Dimoji

Immediately Okey Dimoji stepped down from the car,
a trailer (articulated truck) negotiating the bend ran into him from behind and
smashed one of his legs to pieces and equally dragged him few meters forward.
The policeman querying him was said to have quickly jumped over Okey Dimoji’s car bonnet when he saw
the trailer coming. But Okey was not
too lucky as the vehicle hit him from behind and dragged him off from his car.
Seeing what happened, the police men, about 5 ran into their patrol van and
drove away while the truck driver waited. It was the truck driver and a
confused and equally perplexed Mrs.
Linda Dimoji
who took Okey from
one hospital to another (As hospitals kept rejecting him without Police Report)
until he died at Igbobi Orthopedic
Lagos. From Apapa to Yaba where Igbobi is situated, it is a
lot of journey amidst traffic as the business man lost much blood and was
pronounced BID on arrival at Igbobi Hospital.

The Udus symphatises with the Dimojis

Meet the 1st guest that
arrived for the Service of Songs

Although the
service of song was to start by 4pm dot but one lady who was already seated by
3:45pm was Mrs. Peace Penuel. Mrs. Peace Penuel who is a former staff
and first marketing executive at Royal
Strides Communication
, one of Okey
companies won our award as First Guest to arrive. The Akwa Ibom state born marketing
executive turned educationist when speaking to Asabeafrika described Okey
as a wonderful boss who never bite the emotion of his staff “I will
describe Mr. Dimoji as a very wonderful
boss, he is wonderful in so many ways. He had a heart for staff. He was a
compassionate and understanding boss that even when you come a little bit late
to work and you explain to him he will forgive you. I can remember a day I came
late, I actually forgot my key at the door post, then I was living in Egbeda and working in Ikeja and I had to leave the office and
run home to pick my key. So, when I got back and explained to him, I said ‘Sir,
the truth is that I forgot my key at home’ he said ‘ok, ok, ok, ok’. (Laugh);
on how she got to know about her former boss’ death, she reacted thus “When I
heard about his death I didn’t believe it and even now that I am talking to
you, I don’t still believe it, that is just the truth. I don’t believe it, it
was shocking. I was on my way to work and I ran into one of our old staff and
normally when I meet them like that I will ask after everybody, I said ‘have
you heard from chairman?’ and he said ‘Hen, you didn’t hear what happened?’ and
I said ‘what happened?’ and when he told me I just pushed him away. I said
‘what nonsense are you saying with your mouth?’ and until now that I got the
text for this event I am still confused” The former staff of the deceased  gave a word of advise to the bereaved family
“They should have the kind of heart Chairman had for people that worked with
him. He had a heart of gold not just because he was our boss but he was equally
compassionate, he had a heart for others and even the less privileged ones. So,
they should emulate his good heart and above all, they should stick to God like
never before. They should hold unto God like never, never, before because He is
the only one that can comfort them”   advised Mrs.
Peace Penuel
who now works with Mindset College, Ajao Estate. 

The Late Okey Dimoji
The Reverend Magdalene Boyo of Methodist Church of Nigeria, Opebi offering a heartful prayer for late Okey Dimoji’s family

Meet the 9 ministers who conducted
the service

At 4pm dot,
the service started as more people arrive for the service of songs; from the
extreme entrance of the cathedral leading to the vicarage appeared nine
ministers who were to conduct the service. They were led in by the Presbyter in
charge of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, Opebi The Very Reverend Gabriel
Olukayode Adekanla
. Others are The
Reverend Oluwaseun Jegede (MCN, Opebi)
The Reverend Sunday Okelola (MCN,
Opebi), The Reverend Olumide Aluko who
is equally a Conference Evangelist for the Methodist Church of Nigeria; The Reverend Olayiwola Olojo, Methodist
Church of Nigeria, Ojota; The Reverend
Shokoya, Methodist Church
of Nigeria, Magodo; The Reverend
Magdalene Boyo
(MCN, Opebi); The
Reverend Bukola Adenekan,
Methodist Church of Nigeria, Omole and The Reverend Demola Funmilayo (MCN, Opebi). They all wore their white robes and
black shoes on black socks and took their seats at the front row. At their
seating, all members were advised to pick the church’s blue cover Vigil Service
Hymn book (Orin fun Isin Aisun) which has been placed on all the chairs in the
cathedral as the church keyboardist set for work.
The Ver Reverend G.O. Adekanla with  The Revrend Olumide Aluko

Why Okey Dimoji is very special to
the Methodist Church

The 3-course
Special funeral service given to the late Okey
is one that could be given to an esteemed member of the Methodist
Church either at the clergy level or at ministerial level. However, not many
people know that the late Okey Dimoji
was a baptized Methodist from childhood as his late father The late Arch-Bishop Joshua Nwafor Dimoji was an Arch Bishop of
Methodist Church of Nigeria, Enugu diocese in his life time and one of the very
few intellectuals who brought the Methodist Church and Christianity into the
eastern part of Nigeria. He was a well regarded clergy in the entire eastern
part of Nigerian in his lifetime and well respected for his ecclesiastical
works. Today, in Ihube land in
Okigwe Local Government area of Imo state where the Dimojis hail from, the late elder Dimoji has a big cathedral to his name which is going to serve as
the church where Okey’s final
service will be held on Friday July 17. Secondly, the present prelate of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, His Eminence Dr. Samuel Emeka Uche is
equally from the same Ihube land as
late Arch Bishop Joshua Nwafor Dimoji and that is why on Friday, July
17, the entire hierarchy of the Methodist Church will file down to Ihube for the final rites of Okey Dimoji’s funeral as he is
considered ‘a son of one of the founding shepherds in the eastern part of
Nigeria. Okey is Arch Bishop Joshua Nwafor Dimoji’s last
Business Associates of late Mr. Okechukwu Dimoji

PHCN and intermittent light offs

once the hymnal songs began with intermittent Bible readings by the Priests, sonorous
voices laced with beautiful vibes from the church keyboard rented the air as
personalities including family members and well wishers wore long faces but
offered their voice in honor of the service. However, one terrible scenario
that nearly marred the event was the way and manner public power kept coming
and going and the service was held at the mercy of the church’s generating set.
The Widow Mrs. Linda Dimoji in the middle during the Service of Songs

The Hymns and the readings

Because of
the nature of the service, majority of the hymns were hymns related to life
after death like hymns 216, 503, 371, 468, 339, 652, 657, 527, 366, 528, 313,
825, 618 and Hymn 832 and 616 taken from Methodist Hymns. The Hymns which has
an English version (EMHB) and Yoruba version (YMHB) was sang majorly in English
language because of the nature of guests in attendance. Some Biblical verses
were equally read which are familiar to the course of event.
The Very Reverend Gabriel Olukayode Adekanla, Presbyter, Methodist Church of Nigeria, Opebi giving his sermon
The Widow Linda among female symphatizer

Linda Dimoji still mourning

When the
widow, Linda Dimoji arrived at
4:20pm, she was led to a seat on the front row. She was ushered in by her
mother, Madam Abigail Ibezim and two
other women who ensured her mood was kept under watch with sweet words and
pampering. Initially at the beginning of the service, the very beautiful and
charming Linda Dimoji looked so
distraught and embattled with tears rolling down her eyes momentarily. But
towards the end of the service, especially after the sermon by The Very Reverend Gabriel Olukayode
Linda started to wear
a smile as she sang the last series of the vigil hymns. However, family members
and close friends confirmed to Asabeafrika
that Linda is still much in a loss for losing such a handsome, kind and
generous husband in his prime.
Dejected Friends of the late business man during the Service of Songs

Why the funeral service was delayed
for two months

It was
equally surprising that since Thursday April 30 when Okey Dimoji died, his funeral is just starting around July. Close
family source told us why “You know we had to liaise with the police
authorities to arrest those fleeing police men who caused the accident that led
to his death and equally allow the police to carry out autopsy and other
investigations. We were urged not to be in a hurry; initially they caught four
of the police men but the remaining two have been arrested and the case is
being handled perfectly well by the police authority. We are assured of getting
real justice because there is nothing we can do to bring Okey Dimoji back to life”
One of the clergy men reading a Bible Text

Christ Family Society Praises Okey

By 4:40pm,
the Presiding Priest The Very Reverend
Gabriel Olukayode Adekanla
had asked 4 set of people to come out and give
testimony about the deceased. They are his friends, wife’s family, siblings and
members of The Methodist Church of Nigeria, Opebi branch. However, the first
person to come out was Brother Onwuka
the Secretary General of Christ
Family Society
(CFS) a Christian Group of The Methodist Church, Opebi. He
described Okey Dimoji as one of the
best members of the society who equally supported the society in so many areas,
morally and financially. He said since Dimoji
became a member 15 years ago, there was no project executed by the group that Okey didn’t support financially and
that Okey believes that anything
that has to do with God’s work, nobody should price it. Brother Onwuka also told the gathering not to mind the widow’s
present demeanor describing her as a spirit filled Christian. “I believe whatever Sister Linda is going
through now, she will overcome it because she is a spirit filled Christian who
often lead us in prayer in the group”
Some members of the Church during the Service of Songs for Okey Dimoji

Ex-Accountant says ‘Dimoji is a
detribalized Nigerian’

The next man
who came out to speak was Chattered Accountant Bola Fakoya aka Fako. Bola Fakoya who was Okey Dimoji’s Chief Accountant at Royal Courier Ltd described Okey Dimoji as a gifted hand and a
visionary leader “One thing I discovered about my Chairman is the fact that
there is nothing he started that he didn’t succeed. We were with him, he
started Royal Stride Communications, we were with him he
started Royal Courier and I can
boldly say that Chairman has a Midas touch in his hand because there was
nothing he did that he didn’t succeed”
who was nearly moved to tears but held himself through, said his 7
years of working with Okey Dimoji
was one of the best moments of his blooming career “I recall when I did my
marriage in year 2000, he was my backbone and I cannot forget that rare
experience. I also want to let you know today that Chairman (Okey Dimoji) was a
detribalized Nigerian, he employed everybody, I am a Yoruba man and I was his
Chief Accountant. We had Hausa, Akwa Ibom, and other tribes among our team. He was our Chairman and we
were his boys even when we operated in London, America, Dublin up to Dubai, he
was so marvelous and generous to us” declared Bola Fakoya aka Fako.

Group of Church women symphatize with Mrs. Linda Dimoji
Okey Dimoji’s childhood friend, Chief Gerald Udu giving his testimony on Okey Dimoji before Men of God & Ordinary Men

How Okey Dimoji predicted his own

Next to
speak was Chief Gerald Udu, Okey Dimoji’s friend of three decades
and neighbor, the very tall and handsome Igbo high chief told a shocking
congregation what Okey Dimoji sent
to him via sms three days to his demise. Chief Geral Udu whose wife Anita
is one of the women that took care of Okey Dimoji’s wife said his friendship with Okey Dimoji is more like a brotherhood as both of them grew up in
Enugu together and equally became neighbors in Lagos as they lived together in
same neighborhood. Chief Udu
revealed the mysterious message sent to him by Okey Dimoji three days to his death to the hearing of the
congregation “I have faith that Okey is in heaven because I can see that he was
fully prepared for his exit from this sinful earth. He became so consistent
with Church activities and never missed Sunday services. I was one of the last
people he spoke with before his death and even on the day he was involved in
the accident I happened to be there in the hospital with him. He sent a text to
me three days to his death and that is one of the main reasons I am here today.
He said “today, does your ways please God? If the trumpet sounds now, would you
rise with the saints? Think about it. Wide is the way that leads to hell,
narrow is the way that leads to life”
. This was the text Okey sent to me three days before his
death and when he was dying I happened to be by his side. I saw everything. Okey reviewed his life towards the tail
end; it seems as if this man knew where he was going to. He saw it coming but
he could not stop it because that was the will of God and no man can change it,
may his soul rest in perfect peace”
The Clergy men conducting the service

Testimony from the Church

The biggest
testimony came from Reverend Oluwaseun Jegede
who is the Editor of The Methodist Church, Opebi Harvest Magazine. He
recalled how some sponsors of the magazine relocated abroad some years ago and
the magazine was in dire need of money for publication “We needed money to
publish at the time and we were really pressed. One Sunday, after service I
approached Brother Okey Dimoji and I
pleaded with him to support us by advertising in the magazine. And he said to
me, ‘if it is God’s work, I can’t say no to it’ and he told me to book down the
Inside Back Cover or (IBC) or Outside Back Cover (OBC) for him. And since then,
every time we publish our Harvest Magazine, Brother Okey maintained his commitment. He was a very generous
soul. He is one of our biggest sponsor and I am sure all this are counted for him
as treasures in heaven
Symphatisers at Okey Dimoji’s Service of Songs

Okey Dimoji wanted to build a new
parish for the church

That was the
last part of the event. A sermon titled “A heart of wisdom” was delivered by
the Presbyter in charge of The Methodist Church, Opebi, The Very Reverend Gabriel Olukayode Adekanla. The Man of God who described Okey Dimoji as a great asset in the vineyard urged guests at the
event to have a heart of wisdom
towards death as nobody knows when, how and where death will meet him or her”.
The highly respected man of God recalled how Okey Dimoji listened to his instruction by enrolling at the
Methodist Church theology school in Ogun state and nearly obtained a
certificate before his demise “I said to him, you are a son of an Arch-Bishop,
what are you thinking towards your Christian legacy? Go and enroll and he
enrolled for our lay preacher course and he attended class twice. He was passionate
about it. Few days to his death, one of his friends had crisis and he brought him
here, urging me to help the friend out, I didn’t know he was going to die soon.
We are still on it and I will do all my best to see that we help his friend so
that wherever he is, he will be happy that his gesture was not abandoned. Twenty
four hours to his death, he called and said to me “My Presby, we don’t have a
Methodist Church inside my estate here (Aladura estate, Anthony Village) can we
start one in my compound?” and I asked him “If we start, where is going to be
the clergy’s abode?” and he said to me “Sir, I will provide that”. I didn’t
know he was going to die the next day. He was such a very caring, accommodating
and kind fellow. The sermon was backed with Bible references from Psalm 90 verse 2, 3&5; 1st Peter 1 verse 24; Ecclesiastes 8 verse 8; Isaiah 40 verse 6. The Very Reverend Gabriel
Olukayode Adekanla
also quoted philosopher Julius César by saying “The
Necessary end will come when it will come”,
“Death is the necessary end and
a heart of wisdom must prepare for it” Adekanla advised his congregation at the
Service of Songs.
Symphatizers observing the Service of Songs
Sympathizers @ the Service of Song
Some members of MCN, Opebi, Mourning with Okey Dimoji’s family
Some aggrieved sisters @ the Service of Songs

Mrs. Linda Dimoji amidst symphatizers during the Service of Songs

Mourners from Corporate Nigeria

Mourners at the Okey Dimoji Service of Songs

More Symphatizers observing Okey Dimoji’s Service of Songs

More friends of the deceased in the house
Friends of the late Okey Dimoji in their lowest moment
Friends of Mrs. Linda Dimoji at the Service of Song
Former Staff of the deceased, Mrs. Peace Penuel & Mr. Bola Fakoya
Cross Section of Methodist Clergy Men conducting the Service of Songs in honor of Late Okey Dimoji
Chief Gerald Udu (R) with another symphatizer
Chattered Accountant, Bola Fakoya rendering his account of work experience with late Okey Dimoji
Brother Onwuka Orji of Christ Family Society, Methodist Church, Opebi
An ederly couple at the event
An Abuja based business woman who stormed Lagos for the event
All for Henry Okechukwu Dimoji
A Cross Section of ex-staff of the late international business man
A couple who came late for the event mourned at the entrance of the church
Widow, Linda Okey Dimoji
Widow, Linda Dimoji with mum, Madam Ibezim
The widow, Mrs. Linda Dimoji, her mum, Madam Ibezim (L) and a female symphatizer
The Very Reverend Gabriel Olukayode Adekanla


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