Bishop David Abioye of the Living Faith Church International aka Winners Chapel has kicked off his sermon at the Fountain of Life Church in Ilupeju, Lagos.
Speaking at the funeral service for the late founding pastor of the church Taiwo Odukoya on Saturday, Abioye said the cleric came into the world like a student who got admitted into a university.
He said the clergyman finished his race also like a student graduating from a university after undergoing various courses, noting that there should be excitement that Odukoya finished his race well.
The funeral service started at 11am.
Dignitaries on Friday attended the service of songs and night of tributes organised in Odukoya’s honour.
Among them were Dolapo Osinbajo, wife of the immediate past Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo; Pastor Paul Adefarasin, Bishop Stephen Adegbite, Rev. Sam Adeyemi, and Peterson Okopi.
Odukoya died on Tuesday, August 7, 2023, in the United States of America, at the age of 67.
He is survived by five children, and six grand-children.
On Sunday, a thanksgiving service will be held at the church to signal the end of the funeral.
The preacher’s death comes less than two years after his 47-year-old South African wife, Nomthi Odukoya, died. She died in November 2021 after a two-year battle with cancer.