•As Children & Friends Pay Tribute
The remains of Chief Mercy Oluremi Owoade was laid to rest last week in Ibadan after her children & family members gave her a befitting burial. Her rites of passage (Obsequies) began on Tuesday, 4th January 2022 with a Wake Keeping at Subuola Nursery & Primary School, Agodi GRA, Ibadan. The colour code was shades of Blue. Funeral Service was held the next day, Wednesday 5th January 2022 at RCCG Jesus Embassy at 14 Obafemi Awolowo Way, Oke Bola, Ibadan. The colour code was Shades of Pink.
Interment took place at All Saints Church Memorial Parks & Garden, Eruwa Road, Ibadan.
She was born in Ibadan on 3rd March, 1938 to the family of Pa. Emmanuel Owolabi Owoade and Madam Matilda Adeola Adekoya of Ajigbaiye Opoyeosa, Ibadan. She attended Ideal Girl Primary Boarding School, Yaba, Lagos. She proceeded to St. Anne’s School, Molete, Ibadan for her secondary education.
Young Oluremi gained admission to the prestigious school of Accountancy in London for her tertiary education. She also attended the Balham & Tooting College of Commerce in London.
She returned to Nigeria after her education to start work at the Bursary Department of the University of Ibadan as an Accountant Assistant where she spent 3 years. She was later employed at the National Bank of Nigeria Limited as a Branch Accountant. She rose through the ranks to become the Deputy Bank Secretary. She served the bank meritoriously for 22 years.
Great-grandma was diligent at her work, as she continued to improve herself by attending various short courses and training home and abroad. One of such was a three-month senior management course at the Administrative Staff College Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. As a sportswoman who loved to play table tennis and darts, she was a member of the Ikeja Country Club, Lagos. In recognition of her contributions to community development, she was installed as the Iyalade of Oyan in 1981. Chief Oluremi was a devout Christian. After she gave her life to Christ, she worshipped and served at Winners Chapel.
She is survived by her children Wuraola, Mojisola, Olawole, Jadesola, grandchildren, great-grandchild, sister, brother and cousins. Below are the tributes from her children & friends.
Mama Wura, what a gift for my 80th birthday!
You left this world exactly 8 days after I celebrated my 80th birthday, I am your immediate sister and we were so close until we were old and could not be as close as before. Although, I still visit you last year when Toyin came for Iyalode’s installation ceremony. God knows best.
I am happy you did your best and served your maker. Sleep on until we meet to part no more. Who are we to query God’s work than to thank Him for your life.
– Chief (Dr.) Mrs. G. Adegbite Adeyinka, JP.
Ekerin Iyalode of Ibadanland
Tribute to Oluremi Owoade
I give thanks to God for His mercy over us. I thank Him for the life of Oluremi Owoade Eyitayo. Although we were cousins we were brought up as sister. Mrs. Yemi Benson her biological sister, Remi and myself. We are lucky to belong to Ogunyale Dynasty and Adejoya Igomefa family. Our favourite song in the family was: Enikeni ti iwo ba ni lati se iranlowo fun, ohun na ni enikeji re ranti re.
We were expected to put it into action. Mama will ask us how many people we helped during the week, I am the one that will scratch my head to think.
It’s interesting to note that when I heard the news at 6am, on that fateful mourning, I felt empty.
“Bi iku ba mu ojugba eni, owe lo nso fun wa”.
Age and other things separated us physically over the last few years but it hit me that I have lost a loved one. Then I gave glory to God for your life, my dear sister.
Remi was a shy but a very kind person. She may not contribute much when with people but she sees more than you think. She is very meticulous in her quiet way.
Shy, but she loved dancing. Every time I watch “Come Dancing” I remember Remi and Wole her husband. She lost her shyness on the dance floor. It was joy to watch them enjoying themselves dancing waltz, fostrot, and cha cha cha their favourite.
She was a member of Winner’s Chapel. Thank you Wura for leading my sister, your mum to Christ. A lot of things changed for good in her life after that.
You have completed your destiny on earth and have gone to a place of peace and rest. We know that God calls us all one by one to Himself for our final rest.
Remi, o digbose. O di gbere. O tun darinako. A fe e sugbon Jesu fe e ju wa lo.
It’s goodbye for now. We shall all meet at the foot of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Remi, sun un re ooo!
– Mrs. Bisi Onabanjo
We of the Adekoya family mourn our darling cousin, whom we grew up to know as Mama Wura. She was so kind and loving that we chose to call her Auntie Mi.
She worked her way to the top in her banking career in the defunct National Bank and this made some of us enjoy the “Ajebota” life.
Our relationship was cordial and she was always ready to help us in her little way.
Chief (Mrs.) Oluremi Eyitayo was a strong Christian and lived a life dedicated to her Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. This daughter of Zion was often misunderstood because she made it a philosophy to reason before action. Within that period, prejudice might have taken the better part of the person who had approached her for help, or counsel, or both.
Though pained by her demise, we sorrow not because we know she has gone to be with her creator.
Rest in peace, our dear Mama Wura, until we meet to part no more.
– The Adekoyas
Mummy, you were truly the most wonderful mum. A treasure that can never be replaced or forgotten.
One in a million. I will never forget the precious times we shared especially towards the end of your journey on this side of life.
Such priceless moments. You loved putting your head on my legs while I gently stroked your hair. You never wanted to take your head off my legs. Had I known you were about to leave me.
I am forever grateful to God that I could be by your side almost everyday for the last few months, singing for you…cajoling you and feeding you.
Thank you for listening to me when I said “mummy please eat if you want me to sleep well”. I will always cherish memories of you; knowing how deeply you cared for, loved and adored me.
I will remember fondly how much the nurses and doctors enjoyed being around you because you always made them smile.
Mum, our special bond was priceless, you were my dearest friend.
Your love meant the world to me and I miss your warmth. You were so gentle and kind. You spirit will live on forever in my heart and mind. You may be gone but will never be forgotten.
I love you so much, mum.
Your caring daughter.
– Jadesola Adeola Omo Eyitayo
Tribute to My Loving Sister Chief Oluremilekun Mercy Owoade
Death is inevitable otherwise we would have loved you to be around forever. My sister, Oluremilekun Mercy was one of my best friends from my youth right from her days at St. Annes School, Molete, Ibadan to the time she travelled out to the UK and back as Chartered Secretary.
As much as she has my love at heart, I gave all my love and service too. Always sending messages to me anytime the opportunity arose for her to do so. While I was in Chicago, Illinois, she even took time off to spend her vacation with me there.
I was always available to back her children on weekends and also prepare her favourite amala dish with ewedu, also a vivid recollection of her dancing steps with other children anytime we were with her on weekends.
Soar high and sail on your journey home to the heart of God, I love you but God loves you more.
May the blessings be.
– Olufemi Olujoke Shote
Sisi Remi, we spent last Christmas together I was looking forward to this one too. I think God for a good time. I am sure we shall meet again. Sleep and have your rest bye not forever.
– Olufunke Kehinde Adeyemo