ANOTHER GREAT SOUL GOES HOME

On Wednesday 25th, August, 2010, Iya Agba Sylvestine Sougrin , Mother of Gloria Moses .left her Earthly frame to prepare for her journey to the heavenly,divine. celestial realm.

Iya Agba Sylvestine was/ is the GRANDMOTHER of Oloye Orawale Oranfe/ Jakuta Sango of IFE – Olakela Massetungi.

Agba Sylvestine in the tradition of Africans of this country of several years ago,was directly responsible for the culturising and upbringing of Oloye Orawale Oranfe her first born grandson.

Agba Sylvestine was known to many as ” DA “.

To some she was known as ” Mem – men ”

To others as Mrs. Ismen and yet others as ” Tantie Ismen “.

Agba Sylvestine is of the Sougrin and Castilliano lineages.

She went to school at Blanchisseuse where she spent her early life.

After the death of her Mother she eventually arrived in Port – of – Spain where she begot Gloria and married to James Stanley Paul who worked as a foreman stevedore at the Port – of – Spain Harbour.

Agba Sylvestine lived to 93yrs of age. She would have turned 94 in December this year.

Hers was a life filled with ambition and nurturing of the minds of many young persons with whom she always had good relationships. She was beloved of all : FISHERMEN,HEALERS,DOCTORS,THE ” BIG “,THE POOR,ALL.

As Agba Sylvestine journeys, may the great transformation occur. Aase!

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4 responses to “ANOTHER GREAT SOUL GOES HOME

  1. Carol Afua Yates

    AS DA AGBA SYLVESTINE ENTERS THE WORLD OF OUR ANCESTORS AND GUARDIAN SPIRITS, I GIVE TRIBUTE AND THANKS FOR ALL SHE HAS ACCOMPLISHED FOR FAMILY AND COMMUNITY IN THE FLESH, AND FOR THE ONGOING GUIDANCE SHE WILL PROVIDE IN SPIRIT.

  2. Da , as she was affectionately called will be remembered by my children for being one of the elders that helped to form their perspective on aging. ” But how yuh mean if we remember Da? ” ” Da was a Smart old lady! ” one of them said after I asked and told them of her passing. “She was Strong too ,” they said. “Of course she liked to Share ,”said another.” Of course we remember Da.”

    Certainly, if you could grow old and still be smart…. they didn’t mind growing old. Thank you Da for giving us a great example of the privilege of old age.

    Da had a good sense of humour and quick wit. At her age she had license to speak her mind . However if you spoke with her you had the impression that she was speaking her mind all her life.

    As a member of Egbe Onisin Eledumare, I can recall seeing the strong lady walking up to the house with her bag. Most times she would be bearing bags and baggages. She exuded pride and strength. It was inspirational. It made you realise that we have a great deal to be thankful for. It made you think we need to stop our whining , our own complaining.

    Da reminded me of the stories my mother would tell of her own grandmother coming to visit laden with goodies. I never asked if she had goodies for Oloye in the bags but my own children were surprised one of the evenings when I visited the Egbe for some meeting and she pulled out their favourite snacks. For some reason they were surprised that she would know what little boys would want. LOL.

    Modupe Da for always remembering to thank whoever did the smallest task. Her eyes would have seen a great deal. Her sacrifices would have been many. May we share her stories and live better for having remembered Da.

    I had not seen Da for a few months but all reports indicate that she was clear and lucid with her sharp memory until her journey began days before the final breath. Praise and thanks to Eledumare, Orisa and Ancestors no less than chiefs were on hand to send on the great one.

    Adupe lopo lopo,
    Aina and the boys.

    • yorubasacredsciencecentre

      E kabo! Adupe lopolopo for your appreciation and accolades to Iya Agba Ile Mi – “DA “.
      You were always a person that Da loved and appreciated. I am happy to learn that she did have a positive impact upon the children.
      Yes! Her memory remained excellent though medically she should have had lapses and difficulties in recall.She had both short term and immediate memory and long term recall memory.
      I pray that many of us will be blessed with the strength of conviction that she had in LIFE.If you think I am optimist then “DA ” was a super optimist.
      Peace and harmony is what she always asked and blessed us with. She intervened subtley in many situations to hold the Peace.
      Rites of Isinku continue on her behalf.
      She seems to have also impacted on our ritual cycle since Ijuba for this moon will fall closer to full moon and will be held on Friday 24th. September,2010.
      Walk in peace and may your entire family be blessed. Oloye Orawale Oranfe

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