The rusty town of Oluponna near Iwo, Osun State came alive on Friday, August 17, 2019 when the remains of Deaconess Christiana Mopelola Atoke Abiosun were committed to the mother earth.
The glamorous final home-coming for mama started with a well-attended burial and outing service at the Saint Peter’s Anglican Church, Oluponna where her sterling qualities as a renowned Christian were emphasized by the presiding priest, Ven Julius Olufemi Abegunrin.
Guests from both within and outside Nigeria were treated to a sumptuous lunch after the interment.
Mama had her primary education at District Council School and Baptist Day School, Ori-Apata, both at Oluponna. She later went to Baptist Modern School, Oluponna to further her education, where she bagged the then popular Modern School Certificate in 1954.
After working briefly as an auxiliary teacher with the defunct Iwo Schools Board at Baptist Day School, Agberire, Iwo, she got married to Mr James Oyeleye Abiosun (later High Chief Oosa of Oluponna) in a society wedding in the year 1959.
She went back to school after raising her children, bagging the Teacher’s Grade Two Certificate at Christians Missionary College (CMC) Molete, Ibadan in 1978. This made her to resume her teaching career, until she retired from service in 1998 after attaining the mandatory retirement age.
Mama who was born into a chronic Muslim family got converted into Christianity very early in life, getting baptized in 1955 at St. Peter’s Anglican Church. Mama who slept in the Lord on 19th February, 2018 had a robust Christian life; no wonder she was nick named ‘’Iya Agbala’’. She was a founding member of the famous C.A.C Agbala Itura. She was with Prophet Samuel Kayode Abiara when the church started at Holy Trinity Area, old Ife road, Ibadan.
She was also part of the inaugural members at the Alakia, Ife-road, Ibadan Cathedral of the church.
Here are some of the images from the party:
Mama Christiana Mopelola Atoke Abiosun a.k.a Iya Aggala
Heroes Circle of Nigeria: Hecs Seyi Akintola, Dayo Oni and Dr Segun Ayodeji
Heroes Circle of Nigeria: L-R: Otunba Sayo Akintola, Seyi Akintola, ONJ, Abidoye Abiosun
and Dr Segun Ayodeji
Pastor and Pastor Mrs Abiosun with Grandma