The Nation columnist, Omatseye, loses mum

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Mrs Salome Omotemevo Omatseye, mother of the Chairman, Editorial Board of The Nation, Sam Omatseye, is dead.

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She died on September 14, after a brief illness. She was 75. She was born in Emevo, Delta State and is survived by seven children. They are Sam, Jonathan, Choice, Grace, Elizabeth, Mercy and Gabriel.

Mrs. Omatseye was a devout member of God’s Kingdom Society (GKS) and played various roles in the church.

She had a mercurial spirit that laced her performance as a noted chorister, especially in major church events, including the Feast of Tabernacles, which takes place every December.

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She was also a business woman and traded in textile and jewelry; before she retired.

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She was married to late Mr Moses Omatseye, who was a technocrat, a business man and a prominent member of GKS.

Sam of his mum: “My mother was not perfect,but she raised me. When I was In Government College, Ughelli, she accompanied me every year from Ibadan to Orogun, her home village, and escaped death on her return in a fatal accident near Ore.

At one time, when I was ill, we arrived the old Bendel State at nigh, in a squall of rain and the roads were so bad, the transporter dropped us in the middle of nowhere.

I can still hear the panic in her voice as we walked miles on marshy roads, near midnight, to find a village to pass the night. She feared I would expire that night…”

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