… As Knights and Ladies of St. Mulumba pay tribute to Sir Adebisi
Tributes poured out in torrents as knights and Ladies of the Order of St. Mulumba, family and friends, gathered on Thursday, May 17, 2023 at St. Leo Catholic Church, Ikeja Lagos for the Requiem Mass in Honour of late Sir William Olabode Adebisi, immediate past Lagos Metropolitan Grand Knight, Knights of St. Mulumba Nigeria. Delivering the homily, Very Rev. Fr. Austine Aniagboso, said Christians should strive to do what is right always, as long as they live, so that heaven will be their final destination. Fr. Aniagboso said that the only thing that people will be remembered for when they pass from this earth is the acts of love and good works they have done. He said: “The basis of judgment at the end of time will be the good that we have done, how we have impacted positively on the lives of people around us, how we have reached out to make the world a better place, how in our thoughts, in our acts, in our words, we have tried to make the face of the earth better, how we have used our time, our talent, our treasure to serve the Lord.” Praying for God’s mercy in the judgment and admittance of the deceased into heaven, Fr. Aniagboso said, “Our brother, William has served God, has served humanity to the best of his ability, being a member of the Order of knights of St. Mulumba, being a Metropolitan Grand Knight, reaching out to assist and organise friends who in turn assisted the religious and other good works that we may not know about.”
In his tribute, Sir Don Ezeh, Lagos Metropolitan Grand Knight said Sir Adebisi was a an exemplary knight who contributed a lot to the uplift of the Metro Council. He said, “He was a good man. He was an exemplary knight, and he worked excellently. He was a very jovial person. He made a lot of jokes, even in the midst of tensions; he will always crack a joke and reduce tension. That’s the major thing that stands him out. He’s a gentleman and a good man. We are praying for him to make sure that he makes heaven. That is the most important thing after all this striving in the world. He was a very good Catholic, very committed, and we believe he will make heaven.” Lady Juliet Damian-Osuigwe, Lagos Metropolitan President, Ladies of St. Mulumba said Sir Adebayo was a good and honest man, as well as one who ensures that things are done the right way. She said: “People like him don’t make any noise, but whatever they do, they do it well. He would be remembered for his honesty. You should see the crowd that come to pay condolence to the family since the day we have been going to his house to pray; the people there were so many. We really thank God for his life.
I believe that God has taken him to a better place.” Sir Charles Mbelede, Supreme Knight, KSM Nigeria said Adebisi was an embodiment of a gentleman and a good knight who contributed his three Ts; time, treasure and talent to the benefit of mankind. According to him, “We actually joined the order the same year and the same hour. And quite frankly, he was my deputy MGK when I was the MGK, and he has been a member of the Supreme Executive Committee on Religious Matters. He’s a man whose yes is his yes and his no is no. “I will just simply say that he was indeed a good knight, he has fought the good fight, he has finished the race, and he has kept the faith. I pray that God will accept his soul, in Jesus name. “I will remember him for his faithfulness because he was indeed a nice knight. I will remember him for his hard work, his attention to detail. If you give Adebisi an assignment, he will do it with attention to details. And that is a knight. He was indeed a good knight, and may his soul rest in peace.” He concluded. William Adebisi was born in Akim-Oda, Ghana on July 14, 1954 to the family of Alhaji Raimi and Mama Asiyanbi Alice Adebisi. He had his early education at Catholic Primary and Modern School, Ghana and proceeded to Technical School, Ghana. Adebisi who returned to Nigeria in 1969, worked with NBC (now Radio Nigeria), among other establishments.