Family , friends and associates of the late business mogul and patriarch of the Ibru dynasty, Chief Olorogun Michael Ibru, on Monday night sent him off to the world beyond during a “Celebration of Life,” service at the St John’s Church, Notting Hill, London.
His younger brother, Goodie Ibru and – Anita, one of his nieces, were among three members of the congregation who eulogised the iconic businessman , who the Venerable Dr Joe Ajaefobi of the Nigerian chaplaincy,United Kingdom , described as a “product of what the grace of God can do for man,” in his sermon.
Anita ( daughter of the late Guardian publisher Alex and Maiden Ibru) described the man known to her and her siblings as “uncle chief,” as a “wise man.” Continuing in her written tribute, she told the congregation , “my uncle was an intelligent man,” who “gave Nigerian people hope to have self-belief in their dreams .”
Eulogising his trail blazing senior brother , Goodie, said the iconic businessman and philanthropist “was not just a brother, he virtually brought us up after the death of our father in 1992. He counselled us on the professions we should go into. I read Law, my brother counselled me to choose that as a career.”
Hence, “he was not just a big brother, he was a father to us and had a great influence on us.”
The younger Ibru revealed also that Olorogun “took me to his bankers when I wanted to go into the hospitality business, and he said something prophetic, that people will know me more with hospitality business than law.”
Speaking after tributes , Ajaefobi, told the family and congregation to find comfort in the assurance that “he’s been translated to the other side of eternity.”
Church service in Memory of Olorogun M Ibru St johns church Notting Hill Gate London