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Gloria Esohe Konyeshi

Mama Konyeshi’s Obituary

“Love cannot remain by itself – it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action, and that action is service .” – Mother Teresa
Born February 14th (Valentine's day) seemed to be a prophetic forth-telling of the nature of Dr. (Mrs.) Gloria E. Konyeshi. Love, ceaseless service and giving to the less privileged marked her life. Pa James Alile (JP) and Anna Alile welcomed their second child into their lives in the year 1942 in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.



PERSONAL LIFE
Dr. (Mrs.) Gloria E. Konyeshi enjoyed 45 blissful years of marriage to her husband, late Apostle (Dr.) Emmanuel U. Konyeshi, who went to be with the Lord in April of 2007. They got married in 1962 and left for the U.S where her husband was employed by the Nigerian Embassy in Washington D.C. She was a founding member of the 1stAmerican Diplomats' Wives group.
She is survived by her 5 children, Dr. Stella Nnadi, Mr. Emmanuel Konyeshi, Mrs. Nnebuogo Edomwande, Mrs. Omosere Abifarin, Mrs. Adesuwa Ojumola. She was blessed with 10 grandchildren, Michael Konyeshi, David Nnadi, Zara Kerry, Esosa Edomwande, Oluwaseun Abifarin, Ifedeji Abifarin, Nosa Edomwande, Chigozie Abifarin, Ayooluwa (AJ) Ojumola and Ivie Ojumola. In 2020, Mama was ecstatic to welcome her great granddaughter, Francesca Rae Gloria Konyeshi. George Edomwande, Kunle Abifarin, Ope Ojumola and Samantha Konyeshi are her sons and daughter in-law. She is also survived by her siblings Dr. Clement Alile and Mrs. Clara Aibangbee. She is preceded in death by her older brother, Apostle Hayford Alile.
SPIRITUAL LIFE
Dr. (Mrs.) Gloria E. Konyeshi gave her life to God at a very early age and has been living for the Lord since then. She has always served multiple roles in the church (St. Joseph Chosen Church of God), starting as a choir member as a young girl. She served as Deaconess, midwife and was a leader in numerous church groups. At the time of her passing, she was a member of the Ecclesiastical council in her church.
ACADEMICS
She attended Almadiyah Muslim Elementary school in Benin City and Eastern High School Academy, Onitsha. There she excelled in both academics and sports. She was adept in the track, and the high jump. She then attended Fanatta School Of Beauty Culture and Cosmetics Chemistry in Washington D.C, U.S.A.
After the pilgrimage trip to Jerusalem in the 90s, she felt she wanted to know the Bible for herself and her God at a much deeper level. This led her to attend Faith Bible College & Seminary Otta, Ogun State where she studied and attained her General Certificate, Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate in Theology degrees. She was ordained as a minister of God at the Faith Bible College & Seminary in 1995.
She was also made a chaplain, became a commissioner, and then a 3-star general.
As an ardent learner, she has since attended numerous conferences and completed other training courses. The last week-long conference/retreat: “Be In Health '' which she attended in Georgia, USA, August 2021, had a profound effect on her. She was happily back to studying the word of God with practical, Biblical applications to life. Here she further attained spiritual breakthrough, learning about the correlation between the release of hurts, applying forgiveness and true wholeness in her spirit and body.
WORK EXPERIENCE
To say Dr. (Mrs.) Gloria E. Konyeshi was an illustrious and industrious woman is an understatement. She truly embodied the Proverbs 31 woman. She never ate the bread of idleness and indeed her own works praises her in the gates. Below are a VERY few examples of the business ventures she successfully engaged in to date.
Upon arriving back to Nigeria in the 70s, she opened a hair and make-up studio which also provided make-up services and accessories to brides. She also at one point owned a primary school. She obtained an alcohol beverage distributorship and she promptly sold her license and entered into the transport business.
The transport business is where she was mostly known for leaving her mark in the business world. She went where most men feared to tread and became the first female transporter, aiding in the opening of the Ojota Motor Park. This was done with the permission of the then governor of Lagos State, Raji Rasaki. She was a founding member of the National Union of the Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and became the branch chairman. Her Lagos – Benin line boasted of over 30 vehicles/drivers. In the transportation world, she was affectionately named “Madam Bendel”. She retired from the transportation business after diligently serving and making ground-breaking reforms there for 27 years.
PASSIONS
With her desire to be the voice for the voiceless and bring justice to all, she would have loved to join the police force. Her passions included singing, beading and helping the needy. Truthfully, she had never seen a need that she does not view as a call to service. She was in constant service to the less privileged. Her services ranged from visiting orphanages to hosting events on her own birthdays to bless orphans and widows. Her dedication to the less privileged culminated in the NGO she set up called “The War Against Poverty”. Her NGO established different training programs (like a tailoring shop) where people can be trained in professions they can use to sustain themselves and get out of poverty.
We will greatly miss Mama, but we know she is resting in the arms of her saviour.


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Guestbook

It has been so difficult for me to do this. I\'m still grappling with the realization that you are no more. Dear Aunty, I have such fond memories of you, way back to your frequent trips to Ibadan, when Aunty Stella was in College of Medicine. I have known you for over 40 years of my life and you remained consistent. My late Mom fondly called you \'Mama Stella.\' You were a true friend and that friendship evolved into a Sisterhood. You called yourselves \'Unity Super Sisters\'.
Aunty, you were SUPER in every sense of the word. You were kind, compassionate, loving and genuine. You were the only one that could talk to my Mom and she respected you so much.
You supported her in every major family function right to the Village. I remember her excitement when you visited her and made an outfit for her you called \'the tree of life\'.I found the photograph both of you took that day and would share it in memory of the sisterly love you both shared.
On one of your visits, you gave me one of your lovely coral beads thanked me for taking care of your Sister.
Whenever Mummy shopped, she will always say \'I have to get one for Mama Stella.\'
Your 70th Birthday was so special to her. She ordered a bouquet of 70 Red Roses and the highpoint of that Celebration was when you called in the family and presented them with a Rose . Aunty, that was a testimony of who you were. You had such a magnanimous heart.
I could go on and on. There is a special gold purse my Mom had and she got one for you as well. It brought tears to my eyes when I say you carry that purse at Nne\'s wedding. I see photographs of your last encounter with Mom.....It was such an emotional one like you both knew that will be your last.
Aunty you were a special women and you will forever hold a special place in my heart.I pray the almighty grants you eternal rest. You were an asset to my family and you will be greatly missed.

Isioma Nwabuebo Oyarekhua Feb 3 2022 9:36 AM

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Isioma Nwabuebo Oyarekhua Feb 3 2022 9:00 AM

For Emmanuel and Samantha 's Mother.

Lois Elizabeth Hou Feb 3 2022 8:05 AM

Mummy Gloria, as we usually called you when we were growing up in Benin City. Mummy you were an enigma , so humble able to relate and ever willing to communicate to everybody no matter their social status. You brought up your children to love and respect people and also to communicate in so such a way as to make them feel loved and welcomed at all times. You loved God and invested so much to the work of God by offering support to ministers and their families. You were the women president of the church for a very long time. Christiandom will miss a great evangelist, financier, motivator, lover of children, you were high up but could condescend to men of low estate , you always made me feel at home anytime I was around you. Death is a debt we all have to pay, but yours came to me as a rude shock, we miss you mummy please enjoy your rest in Abraham\'s bossom you deserve the REST.

Geoffrey Akpotowho Jan 31 2022 5:57 PM

TRIBUTE TO OUR CARING AND GENEROUS MOTHER.

Dearly beloved mother. We love you. You were always there for our family especially to our mother, Felicia Obioma Ikechiuku. You stood by her as a sister in need and indeed all through her life time. God used you to bridge a lot of gaps in her life especially in her times of need. You were very generous and caring to us. Your prayers, counsel and advices all impacted our lives, both individually and collectively and we will forever appreciate it. We believe that all these true gesture of love you showed us will speak for you before God. We appreciate and love you. Keep resting in peace till that great morning when we will all be with Jesus.
From Star and Siblings

Star Izebeafe-Abache Jan 28 2022 7:00 AM

*TRIBUTE TO OUR CARING AND GENEROUS MOTHER.*

Dearly beloved mother. We love you. You were always there for our family especially to our mother, Felicia Obioma Ikechiuku. You stood by her as a sister in need and indeed all through her life time. God used you to bridge a lot of gaps in her life especially in her times of need. You were very generous and caring to us. Your prayers, counsel and advices all impacted our lives, both individually and collectively and we will forever appreciate it. We believe that all these true gesture of love you showed us will speak for you before God. We appreciate and love you. Keep resting in peace till that great morning when we will all be with Jesus.
*From Star and Siblings*

Star Izebeafe-Abache Jan 28 2022 6:55 AM

Rest in Jesus peace women of God.

Edith Ekwem Jan 26 2022 9:05 PM

*TRIBUTE TO Our CARING AND GENEROUS MOTHER.*

Dearly beloved mother. We love you. You were so much there for our family especially to our mother, Felicia Obioma Ikechiuku. You stood by her as a sister in need and in deed all through her life time. God used you to bridge a lot of gap in her life especially in her times of need. You were very generous and caring. We believe that all these your true gesture of love will speak for you before God. We appreciate and love you. Keep resting in peace till that great morning when we will all be with Jesus.
*From Star and Siblings*

Star Jan 25 2022 6:10 PM

*TRIBUTE TO Our CARING AND GENEROUS MOTHER.*

Dearly beloved mother. We love you. You were so much there for our family especially to our mother, Felicia Obioma Ikechiuku. You stood by her as a sister in need and in deed all through her life time. God used you to bridge a lot of gap in her life especially in her times of need. You were very generous and caring. We believe that all these your true gesture of love will speak for you before God. We appreciate and love you. Keep resting in peace till that great morning when we will all be with Jesus.
*From Star and Siblings*

Star and Siblings Jan 25 2022 5:30 PM

Mama, it took me a month to sincerely acknowledge that this's reality that you've gone back Home 🏡!
Mama, I'm still waiting to see 👀 you smile at me again but I just realized that it'll never happen again.
Mama, every moment we had together was that of prayer 🙏, kind words of encouragement, discussing the Word of God and sharing fond memories of love ❤ ones.
Mama, who will have this time with me again? you sent me money when I lost family 👪 members and I tried to reach out to you to appreciate your kind gesture but I couldn't until the sudden news of your heart broken departure.
Mama, I know you've many plans but it's now clear that the divine plan of Jehovah has taken over your plans.
Mama, King Solomon put it in a better way in Ecclesiates 3:2 "A time to be born and a time to die." Your departure was God's way 🙏 of saying well done Faithful servant and daughter 👏!
Mama, no more pain because you're in a better place ✨.
We all will miss you, Mineh, Matthew and Nicole say Rest On Special Grandma 👵.
Love you 😍 as always,

Your Friend and Son.
Francis Benede.

Francis Benede Jan 25 2022 3:25 AM

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