As family, friends and acquaintainces gathered at Lower Village Blanchisseuse to fulfill the last wishes of AgbaSylvestine Sougrin Paul,the words of the National Anthem of Ile – Iere – Republic Trinidad & Tobago was in prominent focus and activation. Written on the altar are was the inscription. ” TOGETHER WE ASPIRE TOGETHER WE ACHIEVE. ”
There was expressed and manifested sentiments of : ” here every creed and race find an equal place.
Agba Sylvestine Sougrin Paul lived a rich and full life and witnessed many events on planet Earth. Though not an academic achiever in the system Agba Sylvestine was very up to date on world events and issues. She was an avid listener to the news and in her earlier times of good eyesight was also an avid reader of the daily and Sunday newspapers available to her. This was mainly the GUARDIAN Newspapers. There was also the ” EVENING NEWS “, the ” MIRROR ” newspapers and several other newspapers that came to her later on in life.
Agba Sylvestine prided herself in the knowledge of geography and world events. Mant times she would challenge young visitors to spell words she thought may provide them with challenge or ask them questions on topics of geography.
Agba Sylvestine was a devout Catholic and Christian, but was very conscious of her background and heritage.
Her grand son Olakela Masetungi had travelled several times to the Aficaan continent and shared his experiences with her. She did not always agree with his interpretation of life’s issues but was always a strong encourager for him to pursue excellence and perfection in all that he did. She would often exhort him to be compassionate and to have patience with others.earl age she knew that when she gave up the breath of life and left the physical body she wanted to return to the place of her culturing and upbringing.
Agba Sylvestine loved Blanchisseuse.
She had sojourned to the city, married pursued life and life’s gifts and happiness and when her first husband died she returned to Blanchisseuse the place of her love.
Then her daughter Gloria and her daughter’s husband Loi Sing migrated to the U.S. A. seeking financial opportunity for themselves and family and Agba Sylvestine juggled between city and country to supervise and look after her grand children.
It was the time of the Black Power Uprising and Agba Sylvestine’s grand children became active participants in the Black Power Uprising.
Olakela eventually re -embraced African Traditional spirituality and became a Priest of the Tradition.
Olakela then visited the African continent and became a Chief in the Yoruba Nation.
So that when Agba Sylvestine transited her body there was a clear understanding that respect must be given to Agba Sylvestine’s choice of spirituality. Consequently when it was time for her burial the respect that was due her was afforded her according to family understanding.
Agba Sylvestine was then attended by Chiefs of which her Grand Son is Head of the Council of Chiefs. Both the Catholic community and the Traditional African community were able to demonstrate their respect to her.Even the politicians were able to pay their respects. The young, the old, the dispossessed ,all were able to pay their respects. We performed our traditional rites. We pray that all traditional rites on behalf of Agba Sylvestine Sougrin Paul will be completed so that she may be liberated and in a position to assist her descendants on the Earth.