By Oluwafemi Dosu
The remains of late Evang. Lydia Adebayo popularly known as Mama FOTO has been committed to mother earth, Gospel Film News can confirm.
The late Evangelist who was a dedicated member of Mount Zion Faith Ministries was buried Friday 17th November, 2023 as family, friends and drama ministers gather to pay last respect to her.
Highlight of the event includes special rendition by grand children, testimony and eulogy by children of the deceased, thanksgiving by the family amongst others.
BIOGRAPHY OF OMOLARA LYDIA ADEBAYO (NEE AKINWALE), “IYA PHOTO”
Omolara Lydia Adebayo, affectionately known as “lya Photo,” graced the world with her presence on the 1st of January, 1958, in the vibrant surroundings of Lalupon, Oyo State. Her journey through life, marked by resilience, dedication, love, faith, and an unwavering commitment to family and service would leave an indelible mark on those fortunate enough to cross her path.
Growing up amidst the rich culture of Lalupon, Omolara’s early years were shaped by the warmth of community and family. Eventually, she embarked on a journey that led her to the north, residing with her elder brother before making On State her home when he was transferred there. It was in Osun State that she discovered her passion for photosby and underwent rigorous training, emerging as a skilled professional photographer. Little did she know that this artistic pursuit would intertwine with her destiny. A significant chapter unfolded in her life in 1983 when Omolara Lydia embarked on a lifelong journey of
companionship with Evangelist Abraham Adebayo, a fellow professional photographer. Their union was blessed with four wonderful children: Covenant Oluwatayo, Eniolaoluwa Esther, Iyanuoluwa Joshua, and Oluwadabira Joy The Adebayo family’s life took a significant spiritual turning point in 1987 when both Omolara and Abraham joined the Mount Zion Faith Ministries International, a Full-Time Christian Drama and Film Ministry. United in purpose. Evangelist Abraham and Omolara Adebayo devoted themselves to the service of God, holding various responsibilities and enriching the ministry with their unwavering dedication. She was among the Founding Mothers of the Vision Carriers Global Missions-The Women intercessors for Drama Ministry and Other Christian Missions led by Evang. Gloria Bamiloye. Her unwavering belief in the power of prayer and the Word of God became a cornerstone of her life.
An intriguing twist occurred in 2003 when Evang. Abraham Adebayo transitioned to glory. It was really a difficult time for the family. Yet, Omalara Adebayo, a virtuous woman of strength, faced the challenge with resilience. subdued it and gained control over her condition. She stepped into her late husband’s shoes, carrying the mantle left by her husband, she navigated the “River Jordan” of life with grace and determination, fully immersing herself in ministry and church service.
Her commitment to prayer and the Word of God defined her life. Omolara dedicated extensive time to prayer, believing fervently in its power. Through unwavering faith, charting stormy seas, she raised not only her biological children but also nurtured countless spiritual children, fostering a legacy of love and unity.
By divine orchestration, a new chapter unfolded in 2014 when Oluwabukola, a daughter from her friend Christianah Oyedokun, joined the family. Oluwabukola’s marriage to Covenant Oluwatayo blessed Evang. Omolara with three precious grandchildren-Gloria Aanuoluwapo, Triumph Aanuoluwayimika, and Isaac Aanunimorigba.
Known for her friendliness, respect, and exceptional generosity, Omolara Lydia Adebayo excelled in maintaining familial bonds, advocating love among siblings and in-laws. Until her passing on October 2nd, 2023, she ardently desired unity among brethren, believing it to be the catalyst for remarkable blessings from the Lord.
Faithful to her service to God until her last breath, Omolara embraced the inevitability of her journey to the afterlife. Her last words, “ASIKO TITO” meaning “THE TIME IS UP,” echoed a sense of readiness for the eternal celebration awaiting her.
Today, we celebrate the life of our beloved mother, grandmother, and sister. Omolara Lydia Adebayo’s legacy lives on
in the hearts of those she touched, an enduring testament to a life well-lived and a spirit that now rests in eternal peace. Sleep on, Our Priceless Jewel, till we meet again, her memory will be a source of inspiration for generations to come.