The true measure of a life well-lived lies not in material possessions, but in the impact one has on others and the memories they leave behind. In the serene town of Itebu-Kunmi in Ilaje Local Government of Ondo State, a close-knit community gathered to bid a heartfelt farewell to a remarkable man, Otunba (Engr.) Bode Benson Enikuomehin, the Otunba of Itebu-Kunmi and the Managing Editor of StarTrend Int’l Magazine.
Engr. Enikuomehin was widely respected for his unwavering dedication to his profession and his compassionate nature that touched the lives of many. The news of his passing spread quickly, enveloping the town in sorrow. Friends, family, and colleagues poured into the community center to pay their last respects during the wake held at his Itebu-Kunmi residence on Thursday, 25th, 2023.
The atmosphere was filled with a mixture of grief and gratitude for the exceptional individual who will always be remembered for his kindness. As the wake unfolded, friends and family members took turns sharing stories of Engr. Benson Enikuomehin’s acts of generosity, warmth, and passion for his work. Heartfelt memories and words of comfort were shared, painting a vivid picture of a man who had left an indelible mark on everyone he encountered. Amidst tears and laughter, these anecdotes became cherished treasures, reflecting the profound impact he had on others.
On Friday, May 26th, 2023, the burial service took place at St. Luke’s Anglican Church in Itebu-Kunmi, a place where Otunba Enikuomehin had actively participated. The church was adorned with white lilies and roses, symbolizing purity and love. The pews overflowed with people from all walks of life, coming together to honor a man who had touched their hearts.
Led by the Rt. Reverend Adeyemi Adeniyi, PhD, Bishop of Ilaje Diocese, Reverend A.P. Ojo, the Vicar of St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Itebu-Kunmi, conducted the service. The sermon served as a poignant reminder of the fleeting nature of life and the importance of one’s deeds. It was a time for introspection, urging the congregation to reflect on their own stewardship on Earth and the eventual accountability we all face.
After the service, a somber procession made its way to the cemetery. Mourners lined the streets, their faces reflecting a mix of sadness and gratitude for the profound impact Otunba (Engr.) Benson Olabode Enikuomehin had made on their lives.
As the casket was gently lowered into the ground, a solemn silence fell over the crowd, interrupted only by soft sobs and whispered prayers.
Engr. Enikuomehin’s final resting place was adorned with vibrant flowers, symbolizing the beauty he had brought into the lives of those around him.
Loved ones took turns tenderly covering the casket with soil, signifying the completion of his earthly journey. With heavy hearts, the community slowly dispersed, cherishing the memories of Engr. Bode Benson.
Although he had departed from this world, his legacy would forever live on in the hearts and minds of those who had been touched by his kindness and wisdom.
The burial rites of Otunba (Engr.) Prince Olabode Benson Enikuomehin were attended by distinguished individuals from far and wide, including members of the Kontakt Klub of Nigeria. Under the leadership of Engr. Segun Azeez, this group of friends, who had stood together for over 40 years,
The burial ceremony of Otunba (Engr.) Prince Olabode Benson Enikuomehin was attended by esteemed members of society from near and far, including the distinguished Kontakt Klub of Nigeria. Led by Engr. Segun Azeez, this group of lifelong friends, who had stood together for over four decades, paid their respects.
In the days following the funeral, stories of Engr. Enikuomehin’s profound impact continued to circulate within the community. His name became synonymous with qualities such as integrity, compassion, and unwavering dedication.
As time passed and seasons changed, the memory of Otunba (Engr.) Benson Olabode Enikuomehin remained a cherished treasure within the hearts of the people of Itebu-Kunmi. He had served as the trusted right-hand man of His Royal Highness Oba (Prof) Aderibigbe Olomola, Ikuhinmi I, the Arapantan of Itebu-Kunmi, Ilaje Local Government of Ondo State.
The legacy of Otunba (Engr.) Prince Olabode Benson Enikuomehin served as a guiding light, inspiring others to live each day with purpose, kindness, and a commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of others.
Otunba (Engr.) Prince Olabode Benson Enikuomehin was born on June 6, 1956, in Itebu-Kunmi, Ilaje Local Government area of Ondo State. He began his educational journey at All Saint Primary School, Onipe Village, Oluyole Local Government, Ibadan, Oyo State. Later, he attended Prospect High School, Abanla via Idi-Ayunre, Oluyole Local Government, Ibadan, from 1968 to 1972.
Continuing his education, he pursued studies at the Ibadan Polytechnic between 1973 and 1975 while also working at NTA, Ikorodu, Lagos State. Subsequently, he gained admission to the University of Ife, Ile-Ife, where he pursued a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and graduated in 1983.
During his university years, Olabode Enikuomehin remained a staff member of NTA, and upon graduating, he was transferred to NTA, Ibadan as the Engineer, Outside Broadcast.
His academic achievements were recognized with scholarships, starting from secondary school through the University of Ife, highlighting his intelligence and academic prowess.
After leaving NTA, Ibadan in 1986, Otunba (Engr.) Prince Enikuomehin ventured into the business world, specializing in Electronics and Technology sales and services. He dedicated himself to this endeavor until his passing on Monday, April 24, 2023, after a prolonged illness.
Otunba (Engr.) Prince Olabode Benson Enikuomehin is survived by his wives, children, grandchildren, as well as numerous friends and relatives who will continue to cherish his memory.