The children, friends, and other well-wishers of the departed industrialist Dr. Iyayi Efianayi have marked the second anniversary of his passing.
It would be recalled that Dr. Iyayi Effianayi died on October 11, 2018 at the age of 87.
As part of his remembrance activities, the family visited his graveside during which they sang songs of praises to God and prayed for the continued repose of his soul. There was also a church service at the Church of Unity, Egba in Uhunmwonde Local Government area of Edo State.
During the service, the eldest offspring of the late philanthropists, Dr. Caesar Iyayi, who is the Managing Director/CEO of Caesar Engineering and Construction Limited led his siblings, family members and other dignitaries to give thanks to God for the exemplary life of their father and for His (God’s) bountiful blessings in the last two years.
During his sermon, the officiating Minister, Reverend Dr. Frank Ezele, extolled the children for their unity and for maintaining the legacy of their father.
His words: “With what I have been seeing amongst you all, our father laid a very strong foundation and the legacy is really lasting”,
In an interview, Dr. Caesar Iyayi disclosed that the family has become stronger and more united since the past two years their father passed on.
According to him, “that our father led a particularly good life and worked very hard is an inspiration for us. We believe that the cooperation that we have, the cohesiveness that we have been able to demonstrate in the last two years is enough momentum for us to build a stronger and more prosperous family. We want everybody to successful”.
Corroborating him on the unity within the family, his younger sibling, Larry Iyayi said “I will say a big thank you to my eldest brother, Dr. Caesar Osaheni-Iyayi who has done a very great job to try to keep the family together”.
Late Dr. Iyayi Efianayi was a preeminent philanthropist who contributed immensely to the human capital and infrastructural development of Egbaland and Edo state.
As part of efforts to sustain his charitable legacy, his family has since set-up the Dr. Iyayi Efianayi Foundation which has been providing platforms for skills acquisition, empowerment, and entrepreneurial development for less privileged members of the society.
Before his death, he was an Honorary Life Member of the Nigeria Red Cross Society, Fellow Nigeria Society of Engineer, received an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Business Administration from Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma, was a life patron of Amateur Boxing Association of Nigeria and Egba Community Development Organisation.
Late Iyayi received certificates of honor from the Nigeria Police Force, Bendel state government (now Edo State), Egba Development Organization, Oredo Local Government Area, Edo state and many others, too numerous to mention