”I have been living alone for 38 years”
If you call it hope and faith you are correct. In spite of his old age at 73 , Pa ( Primate) Ayoola Omonigbehin says he is still hoping in God to be a family man.He has been living alone for the past 38 years. taiwoabiodun.com was with him
Pa Omonigbehin asking ”what is their business?”
He is always cheerful and jovial .The veteran journalist is always in his Yoruba traditional flowing gown [agbada] .He is very popular and known in many Nigeria media houses, infact there is no media house in Nigeria that Pa ( Primate) Ayoola Omonigbehin is not known for he has worked in some media houses.
The septuagenarian has worked as a reporter at the defunct Concord Press in the 80’s.According to him , he was on Business Desk and he was the brain behind the defunct MKO Abiola Babes.He has also published a magazine which is now defunct.
A courageous missionary and a powerful man of God who goes about preaching the gospel ,and calls a spade a spade. According to him he has healed many from their infirmities.
Asked to give an example he said ” there is a man with unsound mind who has been staying at Ladipo Market, Mushin for a long time , I went there to pray for him .Few days later I went back there and was told he has left, he has been healed” , Omonigbehin said as he swore to high heavens .
Evidence of his works
Armed with series of his published stories and his newspaper cuttings ,he showed reporters his works , evidence of his works .Every afternoon the old man comes to The Nation Newspaper’s office in his flowing gown (agbada ) displaying his long handwritten stories to Editors to be published. Although age has bent him as he goes along with a long strand from one office to another.There is no reporter he does not know. Infact a former Sunday Editor ( now Online Editor) confirmed it that the old man was once a senior colleague at the defunct Concord Press Nigeria Limited, a print media owned by the late MKO Abiola.
Primate Omonigbehin who has spent many years in Lagos confessed that he is not a Lagosian as many thought but anative of Ibadan , his words”I was born in the 40s and I am from Beere area in Ibadan , Oyo State”, when asked when last he visited home , he smiled, shook his head and refused to tell taiwoabiodun.com
On how he feels when he remembers that he lives alone and without a wife and children , he replied ‘ It is true that I have been living alone for the past 38 years , I don’t have a wife or child to be called mine but I am not hopeless .If you read the Bible you will read the story of Abraham was over 100 years before he had a child,read Genesis 14.Noah was over 600 years , and they say as it was in the beginning…so if you know Christ you don’t have to be afraid , what ever comes your way, it is just a matter of time. I am still hoping to have a wife and a child.”
He added that he will have three children as he makes references to the Biblical Abraham who has a child at old age.
He rebuked those speaking ill or gossiping about him for living alone the old man said ”what is their business about my lifestyle?Ki lo kan won nibe?”, he rhetorically asked.
On his pastoral job , he said “As a prophet of God I have prayed for some people with infirmity and they were healed , God is my witness”, he boasted
The Primate said he was once attacked by his neighbors who ganged up against him thus making him sleeping with one eye open for the fear that his life is not safe where he lives at 31,Ile -Iwe Bus stop,Ikotun.”they wanted to kill me and God has been rescuing me from the enemies”.
Omonigbehin went down memory lane to talk about his active years in the media and how he established his own media he began to mention ”Who is who” in the Industry