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REMAINS OF LATE EVAGELIST SONNY OKOSUNS' ARRIVES NIGERIA ON 4 JULY 2008...PLUS BURIAL ARRANGEMENT


The burial arrangement for the late music legend, Evangelist Sonny Okosun OON is finally out. GISTMASTER gathered that the remains of the late musician is set to arrive Nigeria on 4 July 2008 from the United States of America. Sonny Okosun died in May 2008 at Howard University Hospital, Washington District of Columbia.
In a press statement signed by members of the Burial committee and sent to GISTMASTER , various activities have been lined up to give Okosun a befitting burial in Nigeria.The statement reads in part: “The Okosuns' Royal family of Esan central area of Edo state wishes to officially announce the demise of Frances Sonny Okosuns, OON, a father, brother, uncle and grand father, who was an African music icon that employed music to fight apartheid, oppression and repression in the African continent"
OFFICIAL PROGRAMME OF THE NATIONAL BURIAL COMMITTEE OFEVANG. DR. SONNY OKOSUNS,OON.
1) Corpse of Late Evang. Sonny Okosuns, OON, arrives Nigeria from the United States of America on July 4 (This Friday). Condolence/ Candlelight Vigil organized by South- South Peoples Assembly-SSPA on 4th July at House of Prayer Ministry 10 Yaya Abatan Street,Ogba, Ikeja- Lagos
2) July 12th, 2008 at 2pm: Open Air Sonny Okosuns Memorial Concert featuring top Nigerian musicians; from the old to the very young ones as well as international musicians in Lagos state in honour of late Evang. Sonny Okosuns, OON.

3) July 13- Nigerian Youths(Eagles) an amalgam of top Nigerian comedians and musicians converge at the Excellence Hotel- Ogba-Ikeja for a Tribute Concert for Sonny Okosuns by 4pm-8pm; Same day(13th-July-2008)- New African Christian Breed- a Christian association founded by Sonny will be staging a Tribute Seminar titled: Leadership Role for Nigerian Youths by 3pm at House of Prayer Church- Ogba- Ikeja.
4). Elaborate Service of Songs on July 17,2008( Thursday) at 5pm at The House of Prayer Ministry on 10 Yaya Abatan Street, Ogba, Lagos featuring prominent Ministers of God and Church choirs from different denominations.5). July 18, 2008( Friday): Lying in state at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos from 9am to 3pm with numerous performances by top Nigerian and international musicians, notable ministers of God and speeches from Nigerians from all walks of life.
5. Carnival like procession from National Stadium to Interment at Late Evang. Sonny Okosuns' residence at 10 Yaya Abatan Street, Ogba, Lagos state.
6. Outing service on 20th July, 2008( Sunday) at Sonny Okosuns' church- House of Prayer Ministry, located on 10 Yaya Abatan Street, Ogba, Lagos state.
7. Open Air SONNY OKOSUNS Memorial Concerts featuring top Nigerian musicians; the old and the young ones like Tu- Face, D' Banj, P- Square, Faze, 9ice in the following states of the federation namely:i. Edo State: 20th July, 2008ii. Abuja(FCT): 3rd August, 2008
The Sonny Okosuns' National Burial Committee unanimously agreed and ratified Inter Continental Bank PLC, as the official banker of the burial event. The Edo State Government, under the leadership of His Excellency, Prof. Osarehmen Osunbor, has set up a committee to immediately liaise with the Sonny Okosuns' National Burial Committee to ensure that Sonny Okosuns, OON, is accorded a heroic burial. At the moment, discussions are on- going with Envoys of South Africa Embassy, Namibia Embassy, Zimbabwe Embassy; Angola Embassy, Kenya Embassy on a classy burial programme worthy of an African icon for Sonny Okosuns, OON.

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