On recent episodes of Love And Hip Hop Atlanta, Mimi Faust revealed dark secrets about her past. She revealed that her mother, Olaiya Odufunke, abandoned her family to pursue a career and lifetime residency with the Church of Scientology. Mimi was 13 when her mother abandoned their family, an act Mimi says affected her tremendously.
We have learned more about Mimi’s mother and what we’ve learned about Olaiya Odufunke aka Gloria, is disturbing.
Olaiya Odufunke died in 2007 but she spent much of her adult life living within the controversial Church of Scientology community and working in their organization. She held high-level positions within the church, one in their Treasury Department and another in the Office of Special Affairs. Both positions gave Odufunke complete access to church member’s personal files and influence over their advancement in the church.
Odufunke reportedly worked long hours for the church for nominal pay. She and other Sea Organization members, who are trustee church workers who have signed billion year contracts to work for the Church of Scientology lifetime after lifetime, lived in small apartments near the church organization’s headquarters in groups. They often worked 100-hour work weeks with no days off and were prevented from indulging in normal activities like watching television, reading non-church materials, and rearing children.
In essence, Odufunke’s life centered in and around Scientology. Nothing outside of the religion existed…not even her children.
Odufunke’s last position in the church before her death was something called, Clearance in Charge. She held that position in Clearwater, Florida between 2000 and 2003. As Clearance in Charge, it was Odufunke’s job to screen church members who came to the Florida headquarters from around the world. Odufunke would investigate members and review intelligence gathered on them to determine IF that member qualified for advanced training in the church.So…if it was discovered you had a criminal history or one of your family members ever spoke out against the church or you didn’t pay your taxes (among other infractions)…you were denied advanced church services. Odufunke and other chosen elite church members basically held the keys to the kingdom of the church. And according to members who worked with Odufunke, she took her job and the power that came with that job, very seriously. Here’s what one church worker had to say about Mimi’s mother:
“I knew her when she and I were both working at OSA US (based in LA) in 1988-89. At the time she was using the name ‘Olaiya Olayinka’ and was posted in the Treasury Division.”
“Olaiya was tough as nails and totally serious about her job in the Sea Org. I recall one time she was sitting at lunch talking about someone who had irked her and she said, ‘I KR’ed her a$$,’ meaning ‘I wrote a knowledge report on her.’”
“A lot of the OSA (Office of Special Affairs) staff walked around with a chip on their shoulder and were really bitchy at each other, so her remark was typical of the mood they were usually in.”
Other co-workers who’ve defected from the controversial church report Odufunke loved her children despite chosing a life without them. One particular member, Kirsi Ojamo, reports:
“Olaiya did talk about them (her children), particularly Mimi, and ‘it was obvious she loved her.’”
“That was my impression, that she was not indifferent about her family to be sure.”
Olaiya Odufunke died from Pancreatic Cancer at the City of Hope Cancer Center located in Los Angeles, California just 8 months after moving there from Clearwater, Florida. Mimi Faust, following her death, went to the Florida-based Scientology headquarters called Flag Service Organization where her mother lived and worked, and collected her belongings.
What a tragic tale!
THIS story seems to confirm reports Katie Holmes is divorcing Tom Cruise because of conflicts over the Church of Scientology–an organization Tom Cruise staunchly supports and generously finances.
What are your thoughts???