By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
It was a colourful celebration as the entire Sons, Daughters and grandchildren of Olayinka family celebrated their grandfather, Deacon Michael Atanda Olayinka who clocks 73-year-old on earth.
The celebration of an Icon was held in his country home, No 1 Irepodun street, Surulere quarters Ilaro, Yewa South Local Government, Ogun State.
The celebrant gives thanks to God Almighty for the grace he received from God to be alive despite all the challenges.
According to him, “I was in Primary 2 when my father died and I struggled to complete my primary education. I went further to learn Mechanical Engineering and God leads him to Nigeria Army”.
Deacon Michael Atanda Olayinka was born in Iga Ajanas compound in Ilaro, Yewa South Local Government, Ogun State, Nigeria on December 1st, 1947 to the family of Late Pa Emmanuel Dopemu Olayinka and Mrs Julianah Ibironke Olayinka of blessed memory.
He attended his primary education at African Primary School Ilaro between 1956-1962, after which he moved to Oju-Elegba Yaba in Surulere, Lagos State to learn Mechanical Engineering between 1963-1966, having been certified as a professional mechanical engineers.
In 1969 with a passion to defend his country, he joined Nigeria Army, and started his careers in Lagos cantonment before he was transferred to Benni city, Enugu and some other part of the country
He served wholeheartedly for many years before he retired in 1983 and established his own personal transportation business “Egbado Line Transport”.
He got married to his heartthrob Madam Risikat Olayinka from the family of Olanite in Ibara Orile town of Ogun State in 1975 and the marriage was blessed with successful children and grandchildren.
Deacon Michael Stands Olayinka was among the 3rd set of Deacon at First Baptist Church Ilaro, Ilu At a Quarters, Ilaro Yewa South Local Government, Ogun State till date.
He was honoured as best Deacon in evangelism and church grower.