I was angry with God when Pastor Bimbo Odukoya died — Daughter

Taiwo Odukoya daughter Tobi Odukoya-Enuha

Tobi Odukoya-Enuha, daughter of the late Pastors Taiwo and Bimbo Odukoya, on Sunday revealed she was angry with God when her mum died.

Bimbo, who was popular for her Singles and Married TV programme, died on December 11, 2005 from injuries sustained in a plane crash the previous day.

Mrs Odukoya-Enuha said she was 15 at the time and turned away from God due to the incident.

“I was 15 when I lost my mum and for the years that followed I struggled with my faith,” she wrote in an Instagram post.

“I was angry with God. I blamed Him for what happened. I found it difficult to find joy in the things of God and in my heart, I turned away from Him. My anger prevented me from processing my loss during that time.”

Explaining how she handled her father’s death, she wrote, “18 years later I lost my dad. This time around my grief process felt different. For one, I had learned that while blame was a natural reaction to loss, it did a huge deservice to my healing. Blame changed my perspective of God. I saw him as unjust and this made it difficult to experience His goodness.

“Deciding to believe God is good in ALL things helped spark a curiosity in me to find His goodness in the loss of my dad. I would sit in silence as worship music played and listen out for the voice of God to help me work through my grief. I experienced God’s comfort. He gave me peace.”

Odukoya-Enuha urged her followers to allow God show his goodness in their moments of pain.

“God’s goodness is not experienced by going through life pain free. His goodness is experienced in how He shows up for us in our pain. He says He will give us peace, strengthen us and lift us up. So know this today, you will get through whatever pain that comes your way with God by your side,” she wrote.

Five years after her mother’s death, Odukoya-Enuha’s father married Nomthi, a South African. Nomthi however died on November 9, 2021, following a two-year battle with cancer.

Odukoya-Enuha’s father died on August 7, 2023 in the United States. He was aged 67.