Encomiums for Humphery Olumakaiye at evening of tributes
The Diocese of Lagos, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, yesterday, organised evening of songs, tributes and testimonies for the departed Archbishop of Ecclesiastical Province of Lagos and Bishop and Missioner, Diocese of Lagos, The Most Revd. Humphrey Bamisebi Olumakaiye, who died on October 29, 2022.
At the event, held at Our Saviour’s Church, Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, encomiums were showered on Olumakaiye, who was described as humble, forthright and a goal-getter that left his footprints in the sands of time.
Former Head of Department of Mass Communication, Prof. Ralph Akinfeleye, who was represented by Chief Folu Olamiti, described Humphrey as a man with unparalleled sense of humour, unassuming and an evangelist.
Also, representatives of the Clergymen of Lagos, led by The Ven. Segun Ladeinde, described Humphrey as an enigma, who fitted every role and performed everywhere he found himself.
“He was a true child of God, a fearless preacher who feared God more than any man.
“He was an unpretentious friend.
He was contented, brilliant and a humble scholar. He was generous, a giver and market women and area boys will miss you for your generosity.
Diocesan legal luminaries described him as a trailblazer and an achiever per excellence who sustained the vision of his successor.
Meanwhile, the former Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Lagos, Bishop of Lagos and Dean, Anglican Communion, The Most Revd. Adebola Ademowo, described Humphrey as an achiever, who set in motion the centenary city.
“He was a charismatic evangelist who was dogged and focused.
“His achievement and love for God endeared us to donate our building in Lekki to the Diocese of Lagos.
His sudden death remains a blow. He was smart above his age. I will miss him,” he said.
His son, Richard Olumakaiye, who extolled God’s faithfulness, described his father as an embodiment of humility and generosity.
“He was great to the core, a true evangelist of the gospel. He was a visionary leader, full of ideas and vision. “My mother, Prof. Motunrayo Olumakaiye, played the role of a true companionship who made his journey very easy. I thank others,” he said.