•Mrs. MABEL TAIWO ADESOYE & Deaconess FLORAH KEHINDE SHODIYAN
Last week Wednesday, 7th July 2021, Madam Mabel Taiwo Adesoye & Deaconess Flora Kehinde Sodiyan (both twins) celebrated their 90th birthday in grand style at the banquet hall of the Lagos Country Club in Ikeja, Lagos.
Their daughter, Dame Juliana Remi Cole and her siblings came together to celebrate their mum. The twins, Madam Mabel Taiwo Adesoye and Deaconess Florah Kehinde Sodiyan UP) were born on the 7th of July 1931 into the family of Reverend and Mrs. Jonathan Adesanya Osiwoja at Odosebora in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State. Taiwo was able to gain admission into elementary school ahead of Kehinde due to her being taller, She passed the then test of”Owo to Eti”, where children were admitted into school by asking them to stretch their hands across their heads to touch their ears. Thus, Taiwo was a year ahead of Kehinde from Standard 1-6 at I1ugun Central Primary School, Imuroko, Ijebu Ode.
TAIWO: Taiwo got married to Pa. Thomas Abinibolu Adesoye in 1948 at Odosenlu, Alaro, Ijebu-Ode. She later moved to Okitipupa in Ondo State to settle down as a trader. From there, she relocated to Lagos with her late husband in 1960. In Lagos, she continued trading and she became a member of CAC, Oliyide. She later moved to the Holy Trinity Anglican Church, I1asamaja, Mushin from 1975 till date. She is also a member of many church associations such as Ifelodun society, Egbe Agba Society ete. She is blessed with children. Her children include Mrs Olubusola Adesanya, Mrs Taiwo Idowu, Pastor Kehinde Adesoye, Otunba Adewale Adesoye, Otunba Abiodun Adesoye, Evangelist Adeniran Adesoye.
KEHINDE: Kehinde however had her standards 1-4 at I1ugun Central School near Ijebu Ode and later moved to Kano where she completed her standard six at Holy Trinity School, Kano between 1948 ‘and 1950. Among her classmates then she was the first Nigeria Beauty Grace Queen Oyelude. Mrs. Sodiyan later went to an Institute of Dressmaking in Kano, where she learnt Dressmaking. She married her heartthrob Mr. Olusesan Sodiyan, a Prince of Gbasemo Ruling House, Ikenne, Ogun State at CAC, Ebute Elefun, Lagos. The marriage ceremony was conducted by the great pastor Odubanjo. The marriage was blessed with Male & Female Children, Grandchildren and a Great-grandchildren.
A very unique loving wife and mother who at difficult times would go extra miles to ensure the educational comfort and goals of her children. Mama Wole or Grandma as she is fondly called had travelled to many parts of the world, Europe, America and other parts of West Africa. Below are the tributes of their kids and family members.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE MOST AMAZING WOMAN
Happy Birthday to the most amazing woman who gave me life, Kehinde Florah Shodiyan taught me how to live it. I’m wishing you a doubly, to the most loving, dedicated, kind, loving and patient mother in the whole world! I could never express everything you mean to me, or thank you for every thing you’ve done for me since I was born.
The woman who fears the Lord. An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands.She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings herfood from afar. She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens. She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong. She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night. She putts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle. She opens her hand to the poor and reacehs out her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household are clothed in scarlet. She makes bed coverings for herself, her clothing is fine linen and purple. Her husband is known in the gates when he sits among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them she delivers sashes to the merchant. Strength and dignity are her clothing and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of
kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of the household.and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children ruse up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.
I can’t give you both Kehinde Florah Shodiyan and Taiwo Mabel Adesoye my lovely mothers anything for your birthday that compares to that. All I can say is that I love, cherish and appreciate you beautiful mothers and on your birthday and everyday.
Hope you have an amazing birthday, Moms If anyone deserves to have a day all to herself, it’s you both. Love you both like kilode. Enjoy your day and stay bless always. I can’t go without acknowledging the challenges she has faced in her life, the most significant being the lost of her husband our father August Olusesan Shodiyan. How hard it must’ve been for her. Many women have done excellently but you surpass them all. Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates . You , my special
somebody are more cherished than you know. I love you, till eternity, whoever misses this kind of mother has missed forever.
Your daughter and friend,
DameJuliana Remilekun ColeJP.
Happy birthday to my lovely mother, Abiyamo tooto, My super Angel. What you mean to me is something I can never express with words. I can never thank you enough for your love and care. May you always be Happy and Healthy.
Happy birthday to my mother, I call her my mother because she didn’t take me as a wife but as her daughter, whenever you go to her with any troubling issue, her ever ready answer is this “Mi ba ti eniyan je, eniyan e Ie ba temi je”in her ijebu dialect. I pray God continues to strengthen her more.
IYABO ADESOYE (WIFE)
Happy birthday to my lovely grandma. She is kind, caring and Selfless. I am blessed to be your granddaughter. Your beautiful face, active lifestyle and good health can put young women to shame. Happy birthday Grandma.
FLORAH KEHINDE ADESOYE (GRANDDAUGHTER)
Happy birthday to my grandma, if most women were to age gracefully like you, then companies that produce beauty care products would be out of business by now. I thank God for his grace upon your life and I also wantto appreciate God on your behalf with one of your favorite songs “Emi 0 dupe …. ope 0(2x) are to olugbala se funmi, oba aiye kolese o … emi 0 dupe”
ADESOYE (GRAND DAUGHTER)
Happy birthday to my beautiful granny. I see that you are growing more youthful, athletic and agile, I want to tell the world that if there was a Miss universe pageant for grannies, you my beautiful granny would have no trouble taking the crown. Thank you for teaching me that it is the heart that makes someone beautiful and there’s no one with a heart more beautiful than yours. Wishing you a blissful
TRIBUTE TO MUMMY FLORA KEHINDE SHODIYAN ON HER 90TH BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY
I first became conscious of the presence and generosity of this “angel” in human form as a 10-or ll-year-old young lad in the early 70’s when I was admitted into the Ibadan Christ Apostolic Grammar School (ICAGS) for my secondary School education. Actually, I had been seeing her in church at Christ Apostolic Church 83, Lagos Street, Ebute Metta Lagos, as one of the mothers in the church but I didn’t realise that she was family and actually stood in locus parentis to me, being the wife of my uncle, Pastor Augustus Olusesan Sodiyan (now deceased).
I started enjoying her benevolence and special attention when, in my junior school days at the Grammar School, she would come to see my cousin, her eldest son, “Broda” Wole (as I used to call him) and surprisingly she would always have a special package for me also. Broda Wole was two years ahead of me and he took special care of me and protected me from the Bully Seniors especially when he became Food Prefect in his final year.
Mummy always came prepared for her two sons, Broda Wole and my little tiny self. So, I enjoyed her love and care from my early years and even till date. She is particularly fond of me. She has such special accolades for me such as “Oko mi” (my husband); “SAN mi” (my Senior Advocate of Nigeria) and anytime she saw me or I spoke to her on the telephone, she would pray and pray for me and my dear wife, Bolaji, to whom she has extended her love for me and also the children. “Maami”, as I fondly call her, is an exceptionally kind and virtuous woman, gracious in spirit and kind to a fault. She has always been there for me I all the major milestones of my life, to rejoice with me and to encourage me. I am not surprised that she has lived to be 90 and in good health to see her great-grandchildren. That is the promise of God for those who diligently serve Him. “Maami”, Olorun a tunbo lora emi yin I’oruko Jesu”. May God keep and preserve you and your twin sister, Mama Taiwo Adesoye, much longer for us in good health and sound minds in Jesus’ Mighty name. Enjoy your day, Maami.
Bidemi Oyesanya, (SAN)
I am very proud of you Grandma, your kindness, love and wisdom are the things I wish to inherit from you, I have many reason to love you. Grandmother, but the one I truly feel happy to have you, the way you gave me strength when I was feeling down and lost. I hope to grow as old as you did. No gift can express my love for you. Happy glorious birthday to my nice and loving grandmother. From your precious granddaughter.
Mrs Ajala Oluwakemi
MY TWO MOTHERS
I want to appreciate God for the life’s of my two mothers (Taiwo and Kehinde). They are both mothers to behold for leading me in the way of the Lord. They never discriminate among their children. They are non separable and they show love to their children. They are both teachers and mentors., Always ready to assist their children during their needs. If there is another opportunity to live I will still want to be their daughter.
I pray for more fruitful life forthem.
Mrs Moji Sola Oluronke Adesanya
(Alias Aunty Olu)
MJ SWEET LOVELY
AND BEAUTIFUL GRANDMA @ 90TH
Happy 90th birthday to my greatest grandma, It was a great day when my grandma came to this life 90 years ago, we have to make it the best day every year. Words could express the thousands of feelings I’ve always had for you, dear granny, your essential lessons will never be forgotten, I’m humbled to have you in my life, once again!
Happy 90th Birthday sweet grandma,
We love you now and always
Happy 90th Birthday grandma, I wish you another year. We are all here to celebrate your special day! Love you grandma.
(Great Grand daughter)
I NO GO FORGET O
Sweet mother, I no go forget 0, for this suffer wey you suffer for me yee yeee ….
From conception to cradle to all levels of education to this very moment, you have been a mother, indeed. Keep enjoying the Love of God, Mummy.
Love you always
Bolanle (Celebrant’s daughter)
CONGRATULATIONS ON THIS SPECIAL DAY
Congratulations on this special day. Dear Mama. I thank God for your life ma, 90 years old today, How wonderful. I wish you many more glorious years in good health, sound mind in Jesus mighty name. I hope you enjoy your day with your twin sister. Lots of love and best wishes.
SARAH ADAMS-ETTA AND CHILDREN.
Maami Taye and Maami Kehinde, Throughout your life, you both have made it your mission to be loving, kind, gentle and true. Mission accomplished! Now, our mission is to shower you with our love and gratitude. Happy birthday
MRS TAIWO ADEJOKE IDOWU
You know I don’t have mother. But coming in your shelter I don’t feel it anymore. You are my mother, mother in law. Wishing you happiest birthday of your life!
ADESOYE BOLA (WIFE) THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING
Thank you for everything you’ve ever done for me, for teaching me the way to discover happiness inside the saddest of times, how to show love to others and most significantly the way to love every human being. I am really grateful to you for all the sacrifices you had to make for me.
ADEMOLU KEHINDE ADESOYE
May you stay healthy and happy for the years to come. We are all happy to have you here with us! Happy birthday grandma.
KEVIN ADEGOKE ADESOYE
I am the luckiest grandchild in the world because God has blessed me with the world’s most wonderful granny. You are my everything, and there’s nothing I wouldn’t give up to put a smile on your face. Many happy returns, granny
Love and happiness to the woman who gave me great attention and many warm hugs all these years. Happy loving birthday mama!
TO SPECIAL GREAT GRANDMAS!
We want to appreciate the grace of God upon our grandmas @ 90. We pray for you that the grace of God will keep you till the end, agba yin a tunbo dale. Ajinde Ara a ma je yin.
Lots of love from Prince and Princess Ajose
God has truly blessed ourfamily with you, I always say to friends or anyone who cares to listen to me that you are not just a grandma but a mother to me and I must commend that you executed both roles effortlessly and without complaint. I hope all your birthday wishes come true! Happy 90th birthday to my grandma and her twin sister (my other grandma).
Timileyin Shodiyan (Grand daughter)
Grandma, on your birthday, I just want to let you know that while I may not get the opportunity to see you every day, but that never means you don’t reside in my heart and mind. I hope your birthday is nothing short of a memorable event.
Love frm: Adeola Aderonke Sodiyan
You are type of a woman I admire, A woman who taught me how to love ad live your face ad skin is the only thing that show ur age, but your heart is still as young as a little child. You raise me as you are my mother, when are was crying you had warm hug for me and I will always have warm hug for you too
grandma. Happy Birthday super woman.smile ad hugs to you grandmother better year’s good sound and health.
MHRS Adesanya Oluwadamilola
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE GREATEST GRANDMA ON EARTH
I would like to say a big thank to you on this special occasion for the wonderful things you have done
for me. You are a great woman that every responsible person would like to be associated with in all situations. You are a great teacher of love and generosity with practice. You thought me how to discover joy in the midst of turbulent situations. Your love to human being is not limited to your family but extends beyond the people of your race. Grandma is a lover of children. I could remember in 1995 that I needed to stay with her in order to get to my school in Iyana-Ipaja on time. There was a particular day that I did not get home on time due to certain situation. Immediately I alighted around Ojuwoye market trekking down to Olusoga, different people were telling me that your mother has been looking for you. She was searching everywhere for me on that particular day until someone told her that she saw me going home before she returned home that day.
I know, I can not quantify your love for me but I will be forever grateful to all the sacrifices you had
made for me. I will continue to do my best in ensuring that those sacrifices were not in vain. Love you so much than what I can put on paper. Wishing you more years in sound health and steadfastness in Christ.
Olugbenga Idowu Grandson
From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank you for being the most wonderful grandmother in the entire world. Happy birthday, my precious granny.
Happy Birthday to my great grandma! I love you! Your Great grandson.
Happy 90th Birthday Grandma! I’m thankful to God that you have made it to 90! God has been so good to you and it shows! Even though it has been a very long time, I am glad that I have pictures of you and me! I’m praying that as you celebrate 90, you will also celebrate 100! May God continue to bless you with good health and all your heart’s desires! Happy Birthday again! I love you!
Victoria Damilola Sodiyan
To a grandma like no other
Wishing you a day fill with love, joy, peace and laughter. You have been a source of joy and laughter to everyone around you. Is it your warm smile that is the universal language of ur kindness or ur strong and gentle personality that can work wonders and accomplish miracles. Thank you for your infinite love and wisdom. Happy birthday grandma
With every passing year, our love and reverence for you has increased. Your blessings have always protected us from all the negativity of the world. Happy birthday Grandma
Happy 90th birthday to my dearest mother. You are the best, and I love you so much. I wish you every
blessing for today and for the year to come. Happy Birthday Mummy.
ADESOYE ABIODUN ALABA
I have many reasons to love you Grandma, but one of the reasons I truly feel happy is the way you gave me strength when I was in Nigeria on holidays, your advice, your prayers, your unlimited love, which I can never forget. You are the best Grandma in the world. If I had a chance to choose a new grandmother,
I will choose you again! I will for ever love you grandma. Happy warm birthday to you!
From: Emmanuel Mayowa Babagbolade Cole
WHAT A PRIVILEGE TO HAVE MOTHERS!
Taiye and Kehinde, sweetest mothers ever who enjoy great grace on earth, I cherish you.
Titi Juliet Arunah (Sodiyan)
TO MY MOTHER IN-LAW A.K.A IYA WOLE
You mean way too much for me to call you mother in-law, you are my BONUS MOM, you are my beautiful friend. Thank you for welcomed me into the beautiful family with open arms and a warm heart. Thank you for your warm smiles, your encouragement, your words of wisdom, your motherly advice, and specially your spiritual gift (prayers) to me. Thank you for loving me as your own, I’m blessed to have you in my life and remember I LOVE YOu and will forever love and cherish you. I pray that may the good Lord continue to keep and give you more Grace to enjoy the fruits of your labor with good health and happiness. Congratulations again and happy birthday MA
HAPPY 90TH BIRTHDAY GRANDMA!
I’m so glad to be able to celebrate your life today. God is so faithful. I love Him even more because of
you. I thank Him for your life, for giving you such a gorgeous smile, a beautiful soul, a loving heart and a pure spirit. You’re a woman of faith and you care so deeply about all your children and grandchildren and I can see all your best qualities in my mum. My mum gets her beauty, her energy, her love for people, her love for life and her faith in God from you and I pray that these qualities develop in me too because I think You’re amazing! My mum always speaks so highly of you and loves you so passionately so I always knew that were an incredible and special person. And as I got older my love and appreciation for you deepened. Thank you for your love towards me and for all your mighty prayers. There’s nothing more powerful than a grandmothers prayer and I’ve been beyond blessed to have received many from you. Keep smiling and laughing grandma – your love and your spirit makes a difference and touches many lives. I love our joyous phone calls together and I’m looking forward to having these regular phones calls for many more years. I can’t wait to bring the twins you have prophesied over my life to come visit you. And I can’t wait for you to lay hands and pray over them. Grandma I love you and I’m so grateful to have you. I pray the Lord continues to bless you, keep you, to make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you! Happy birthday and cheers to 50 more wonderful years! Recieve more life, more grace, more anointing, more favour, outrageous miracles, mind blowing testimonies and abundance of love! Love from your granddaughter and your twin (because we both fine fine grandma).
Esther Subola Cole Osei Amoh
Wow Grandma! I cannot believe you’re both turning 90. Happy Birthday Grandma, you both don’t look a day over 60. I love you more than food. When we talk, you laugh at my yoruba but alway try to teach too. You share your food with me even via video call hehehe – so loving and generous. Your heart is full with laughter and joy so I alway want to hear from you. Your prayers of happiness for us all, bring me joy and blessings. You’re my most favourite person in the world. You’re amazing, wonderful and beautiful inside and out. It makes me proud to be your gran ddaughter. I thank God for you, I thank God that you are in my life and I pray that God continues to bless you with many many more blessed years with us. We will celebrate many wonderful years together. My heart is full with love for you and I am so happy to always celebrate you. HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRANDMA. LOVE from one of your true loves Maria (Mary).
Adenike Ayomide Olawunmi Sodiyan-Cole
Happy Birthday to my beautiful loving Grandma! Thank you for taking good care of me as a child. I have so many precious memories of us and I am happy to see you celebrate your 90th birthday! I pray that as you celebrate today, we will surely celebrate 100 by God’s Grace! I love you and happy birthday once again!
Happy 90th Birthday Grandma!!! It’s such an honor to be your granddaughter. I thank God for your life and I pray that God Almighty will continue to bless you abundantly and grant you many more blessed years on earth. I love you so much and I pray for a glorious celebration that will be one to remember.
Florah Oluwakemi SOdiyan
HO! “SWEET MOTHER OF SUNDAY”.
How do I start to narrate your kind and endless Love to me, is it at birth to my adulthood?, Or before life, in life and after life because I know my sojourn in our existence goes beyond this beautiful world
we met as you fondly call me “Sunday Omo rere”. May you continue to live the remaining part with abundance of grace, Joy, more blessings, happiness, peace and resounding good health as you mark your birthday today. Words is not enough to express my profund love to me as a mother. You remain
Best mother of all mothers today and forever. Happy birthday Grandma show! Your special son.
To the main person in our lives that has made us become the best version of ourselves. Mayall the love you have showered us with over the years be reciprocated on your 90th birthday and for many more years to come.
Motunrayo Ajulo (grand daughter)
Love and happiness to the woman who gave me great attention and many warm hugs all these years. Happy loving birthday grandma!
Adeola Victoria Oladeji(Granddaughter)
I would like to wish a big happy 90th birthday to you my dear great Grandma! God has blessed you with a long healthy life and I hope he continues to bless you with prosperity. Take good care and I shall see you soon. Best wishes, lots of love
Your Great Grandson D’Quaun
May you stay healthy and happy for the years to come. We are all happy to have you here with us! Happy 90th birthday great grandma.