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BIOGRAPHY OF PA B.E AJUYAH (1933-2020)
Early years and education
Pa Bimino Emiko Ajuyah, an Itsekiri by tribe hailed from Bateren in the present Warri South
West Local Government area of Delta state. He was born on July 23, 1933 to late Papa
Emmanuel George Ajuyah who passed away on 19 th October 1933 and late Mama
Oritsemabinomi Erayenvayoma Ajuyah
Late Pa B.E Ajuyah father, the late Papa Emmanuel George Ajuyah was a trained Marine Engineer
and worked on ocean liners plying between Nigeria and several European countries. He later
became a Registrar and Interpreter in the courts the nineteen-twenties as well as a renowned
merchant. E.G Ajuyah earned the nick name, Edemayibo (a European gentleman) by reason of
his impeccable European style dressing in 3-piece suits. he was the first African member of the
then Warri Township Advisory Council and remained a member until his death in 1933. Pa E.G
Ajuyah (the family great forebear had several wives, one of whom was late Mama
Oritsemabinomi Erayenvayoma Ajuyah (nee Idiga) who lived in her matrimonial home at 19
Dore Street, Alders town, Warri for about sixty years after her husband’s demise. She passed
away 12 th January 1993 at about 100 years old.
Pa B.E Ajuyah was the 5 th born of his mother and 14 th child of the late Papa Emmanuel George
Pa B.E Ajuyah was educated at St Andrew's CMS School in Warri where he was captain of the
football team for some time. He took overseas tuition courses in pursuit of a career in
Accounting. First, with Rapid Result College London, for the General Certificate in Education and
then with Benneth College, Sheffield England for the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) stages 1 and 2
Accountancy courses, which he passed in flying colours.
He started his professional career as a Cashier in J. Allens Limited, a Division of John Holt Plc in
the year 1952 in Ibadan. In consideration of his diligence to duties, he was elevated to position
of Bookkeeper in 1970 and was promoted Office Supervisor in 1972. He became a Senior Office
Supervisor in 1977 and was transferred to Lagos the same year as a Manager-In-Training.
Before the end of the 6-month probation period, he was confirmed as a Manager grade 3 and
rose through the ranks to position of Manager Grade 1 from which he retired voluntarily in
1987. In his 35 years of service at J. Allens Limited, he was well acknowledged by peers and
superiors alike, as a prudent manager of resources and very diligent in service. He attended
many training courses and was a member of the Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM).
Having retired from the John Holt Group, he and some Nigerians partnered with an expatriate,
Mr. Edward Valcke in 1987 to form 3 companies: Tambco Nigeria Limited, AMC Nigeria Limited
and AMSCO Nigeria Limited. He was a Financial Controller and subsequently General Manager
for the Group before finally retiring in in 2003 after 16 years. He garnered a total of 51 years'
experience in Accounting, Finance, Administration and other spheres of Management in his
professional work life.
Pa B.E Ajuyah was a devoted Christian and a recognized member of God's Kingdom Society
(GKS) - the church of the Living God. He joined the faith in the year 1948 in Warri at the age of
15 through the influence of late Brother Lawani a foundation member of the church who was
married to Pa Ajuyah’s elder sister; late Sister Grace Lawani. He was then a student of the CMS
school. He started preaching in Sunday services in 1950 at Sapele. He preached the saving
gospel of Christ with zeal at every possible opportunity. This he did until he became unable to
do so by reason of age. His sermons at church services were delivered with such passion and
skill that hearers remembered them for long after hearing the sermons.
He was the first laity member of the church to preach at the Christian Feast of Tabernacles. This
he did in the year 1950 in Warri, having been requested to do so by Saint G.M Urhobo, the
founding instrument of the church. The sermon captioned "God's Kingdom" was delivered in his
native Itsekiri language. He was only 17 years old when he delivered that sermon at the Last
and Great Day of the Feast which was held at the King George V Memorial Hall in Warri.
As a member of the Christ Youth Member (CYM) in his youthful days, He (and some other
young men) trained in boxing to enable them defend and protect the church from people who
sought to disrupt St Urhobo’s lectures in Warri and other places. He was so passionate about
He was the Secretary at the Ibadan branch of the church and later served as Branch Chairman
from 1965 to 1977, when he relocated to Lagos with his family. He served at various levels in
different committees and groups in the Lagos church such as: Financial Secretary and member
of Administrative Committee, GKS Okota branch, member GKS Central Choir and member
League of Freedomites. He joined the League of Freedomites in Lagos in the year 1984 and has
since remained active in its activities. He once served as the League's Financial
Secretary/Treasurer and discharged the duties of that creditably, as in all other positions in
which he has served. As a member of the GKS Central quoir, he taught them the Itsekiri
choruses now popular in the Lagos church: Ene Dokpe and Niko Mase n' Edumale? He was a
Sunday discourser and study leader in the church for many years.
He got married to Mama Sarah Okiemute Ajuyah (nee Akpojotor) from Jesse, Ethiope West
Local Government Area of Delta state on the 1 st of May 1965, having first met in Kano in 1963.
Mama Sarah Ajuyah is a trained fashion designer who worked for many years sewing clothes for
corporate and personal clients. She was the pioneer Fashion Design / Sewing Instructor at the
S.O.S Children's Village Vocational Training Centre, Isolo Lagos; where she developed the
curriculum, set up the centre and served meritoriously for 15 years before voluntarily retiring
on 31 st of January 2011.
Pa B.E Ajuyah instilled virtues of discipline, diligence to duties and fear of God in his children,
three of whom followed in his footsteps and became Accountants. The others are professionals
of various other disciplines in the Arts and Sciences. He is highly spoken of as a stickler for
punctuality, discipline, uprightness and love of God. He is survived by his wife, seven children
eighteen grandchildren, a great grandchild as well as his many nephews and nieces.
Until his death on 10 th May 2020, he was the eldest in the extended family and hence the Olori-
Ebi of the Ajuyah, Ireden and AyeOluwa