What We Would All Miss About Mama J.E KEHINDE
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TRIBUTE TO MY LOVING MOTHER
Referring to you in the past tense is something l find difficult to do. Although you died at a ripe age of 93, l still miss my mother, confidant, and guardian. You were there during the rough days and l am glad you saw what you prayed for in my life before you joined the angels. I pray to do more than what you did for me for my own children.
Mum devoted a sizeable portion of her life time to helping people. Her benevolence and generosity was legendary. It knows no colour, ethnic or religious barriers. She organized her family in such a way that the entire family members were united together and all were in one accord.
Your life was exemplary, through you, l have learnt Humility, love, forgiveness, kindness, selfless service, Godliness, among others, all these you have demonstrated in your life time.
Mum, you are the best mum anybody will want to have as a mother. I reflected on your impact on our lives especially since we lost our father. On many occasions you denied yourself the comfort required, so that we your children, can live a good life.
Mum, your impact on our spiritual life is highly commendable. You encouraged me to fast and pray when there were storms in my life, you challenged me to be strong in the Lord always, your support to make my marriage a blessing and peaceful is second to none.
Mum, you had a very admirable prayer life and taught us your children to depend solely in Christ. You shared the same love on all your children and that is what is binding us together till now..
Mama Dupe as you were fondly called, your good marital life was a lesson to us your children. You trusted God for everything and you never allowed the challenges and mysteries of life to take you off from our Lord Jesus Christ.
Mum, thank you for the love, care, words of encouragement, prayers and for standing by us your children, during the trying times. I thank God you lived a fulfilled life. My solace in God is that you saw Jesus before death. Mum, you came, you saw, and you conquered. So much so in death, you remain my hero. You will continue to be remembered for good in my heart. I will miss you mummy, rest on mummy in the blossom of the Lord. Good bye.
– Your first born, your only daughter.
Mrs Modupe Coker.
My mother has gone to be with the Lord. Though painful but the Lord giveth and taketh. I was very close to my Mother and I benefited from her wealth of experience in nutrition and health issues. She was a good listener, comforter and ever ready to help and advice. She loved kids around her and was very passionate about the career and success of all the children that passed through her. She was my mentor and I never took her advise for granted. Sun re o, Mummy mi. I know you would have met Pa Gilly (your husband) and I am certain that both of you are resting in the bosom of the Almighty.
Your ever loving Son,
–Engr. Segun Kehinde
WHAT CAN I SAY ABOUT MY MUM?
I really don’t know what to say. I really don’t know where to start from or how to start. Looking back it has never been this difficult for me to write about anybody, in my entire 38 years career as a Journalist like now. It has been difficult to come to terms with reality that mum is gone, that I won’t see her again. How can I write about her in past tense? I never thought about it that one day she would be no more, just like I never imagined that my dad would also leave when he did years ago. They both left without saying goodbye.
The last time I saw my dad before he passed, I told him I would see him in 2 days time at was on his hospital bed at FMC Abeokuta. I got there a little too late on the 3rd day. He was gone. I was dazed. I was shocked. I asked a Nurse for the tall and handsome patient who was on the bed at the spot I left him 3 days back and she told me solemnly, “we lost him a few minutes ago”. I was transfixed. I left the hospital a sober fellow. As for my mum, we knew she was bowing to old age as she lived her last days, at 93. Her last days taught me a lot of lessons about life and old age.
Her death even thought me more. So, this is what life is all about.
I can’t forget my mum in a hurry because she left me with many basic principles of life that have worked for me. She and my dad did a good job of training we, their children. He was a good Dad. She was a good Mum. The training they gave us has helped me go places.
Many people often say I am humble to a fault. That is my mum for you. She taught me to be humble, some say I am simple. That is also the effect of my mum on me. My mum was too humble and simple, so much so that. One day I asked her mummy: why are you so humble?
She smiled and answered me with a question: what does it take away from me? I said it takes nothing. What does it add? A lot.
When I look at my life, I am grateful to God for having me come to this world through Mrs. Joanna Ebun Kehinde. She taught me everything I grew up to know about life and living. A few years back, I read a book titled Your Attitude Determines Your Attitude. This simply reminded me of my mum’s teachings about having the right attitude about life. One Yoruba word she is fond of mentioning is Suru. If you complain to my mum about anything she will tell you Ni Suru or Afi Suru. My sister has taken after her in that regard.
When you discuss issue with my sister she will tell you Afi Suru. I must confess that Suru is what has helped me overcome many challenges in life. My mum taught me a lot about life. She taught me how to write. She taught me how to cook. She made me love good food. She made me fall in love with books.
She made me highly domesticated. She always has an open mind to everything. She was very accomodating and was a mother to many.
I would miss her, so much.
– Seye Kehinde
TRIBUTE TO GRAMMA KEHINDE
Gramma Kehinde, l met you in 1981. Our first meeting was very remarkable and unforgettable. You have been an irreplaceable mother to me. You took me in as a member of the family with your ever smiling and frank husband, Baba Gilly. You were a very humble, respectably and prayerful mother. Before l married your daughter, you used to call me Mr Coker. You never ever called me by my first name. Later l graduated to Baba Yemi which was what you called me till your last day on Earth. I have never in my life seen you get angry or say negative things to people, never. I can continue writing things about you, but the most important one is that you were a God fearing woman. Those of us you left behind will never forget you especially the grandchildren.
May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace with the Lord. Amen.
Olusola Coker (Baba Yemi)
Awaye ma ku osi, ORUN nikan lare mabo. Bope, boya, gbogbo wa la nrele. E je ka gbaye bi igba to ti ya. Ka foruko rere sile, kale rohun ranti wa ti olojo ba ni otiya. Vanity upon vanity, all is vanity.
Mama Joanna Ebun Kehinde has done her bit, she is now with her maker. May her soul rest in peace. May we all live in good health till old age. The dead cannot read what is written when she is gone, only those that are alive can read, why then can we not live a good legacy?? Rest in the Bossom of your God Grandma K.
–Mrs Omolade Kehinde (daughter In-Law)
Grandma K as we fondly called her. Always concerned about everyone, constantly checking n asking after every member of the family. We will miss her soft voice and her constant questions on just about everything from religion to politics. She was a mother to us all. Memories of her lifetime will live in our hearts always.
Particularly our family Xmas reunions, a tradition most dear to her that she enjoyed with so much excitement bonding with her children and grandchildren. May mummy’s gentle soul rest in perfect peace. Amen
Grandma was one of a kind, strict to a point but loving so unconditionally. Always looking out for her kids in every way she could. Time spent with Grandma was always filled with love and good memories.
Anytime we were troubled, she would always point us to our knees. Her steadfastness in Christ was nothing to be compared with. I wasn’t there when you took your last breathe but I certainly have the best memories a grandchild can wish for. Hopefully, this will keep me going anytime I remember you. Rest on in the bosom of Christ Mama. You will forever be in my heart.
TRIBUTE TO GRANDMA MI OWON
The greatest gift a grandmother can give to her grand & great grandchildren before EDUCATION is NOT RELIGION but JESUS – Grandma not ONLY gave me JESUS, she also gave me Education.
Five years ago, I came across the Bible gift you gave Efunyemi in 1998 when we were all at Glorytime Bible Church – I have kept & guarded that Bible, and that is one Bible I will still have till the trumpet sounds or till I draw this fleeting breath – this I promise you GRANDMA.
I remember when I became adamant to attend a private University, grandma from part of her monthly upkeep gave me my First University School Fees of #50,000 in August 2005 – a gift I have told everyone who truly really knows me – trust me to tell my great grandchildren about it as well.
Grandma taught me and my siblings hand writing and Yoruba Language. You were a disciplinarian. You cherished education. I remember how grandma would travel from Ibadan to Abeokuta in public transport to spend days and weeks. You did this till you could travel no more with public transport.
I am one grandchild you specifically loved because you kept reminding me how I was your replica. You taught me “patience” even though I am still learning more “patience” from God – your slang “afi suuru” is one I will never forget.
At a point, you had three phones because you made it a deliberate effort to keep in touch with us – you would daily sit in front the television to know whatever is happening in all our respective locations. If you saw or heard any negative news, you would immediately pick up your phones to call us just so you are sure we were not in any danger zone.
I remember several instances when you called me to tell me what was happening at Oshodi, Abule Egba, etc – just so you can be sure I was safe. You would call me to tell me happenings around the world. We never visited you at Felele hungry and left with an empty stomach – NEVER, ko sele ri – you fed us to stupor!!
When I slept at Felele in February 2022, I felt empty because Grandma was not there at that time.
Ha, my grandma loved people. I don’t know why your parents never named you Love. It is a sin for grandma not to help any of her family members’ and even strangers. The very first thing you do to strangers is to smile at them as though you have met them before.
You continuously made deposits into your heavenly account. You understood that every treasure built and laid up on earth has been laid up for rust, mots and thieves.
Let me leave you.
Thank you Grandma!
I remember you teaching me how to read and write and prioritising our meal plans when our parents were away. And how you’d always ask about the welfare of everyone.You always wanted to make sure all your children and grandchildren were okay.
Your life taught me many lessons about dedication, hardwork and care. Having to write about your demise makes me so nervous but I am grateful that you lived well. You may be gone but your memory is always with us. You left a good and great imprint in our hearts with your kindness, love, and sacrifice. Thank you for a life well spent.
– Enitan Kehinde
Eternal rest, grant unto Grandma O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace.
–Love Kemi & Abim
The love of a grandma is special. God must have sent us grandmothers as guardian angels to protect us, to make our lives more complete, to make us well rounded, groomed and better human beings. My grandma played a big part in my childhood and I can remember so many times how she would teach us how to improve our hand writing and word usage, she would bring special note pads and mini lectures prepared with special love, She taught me a lot about love and the meaning of family and also oneness, she has never been just ‘my grandmother’, but my guardian, my friend and my inspiration. I’ll miss you dearly Grandma rest beautifully!
Everyone’s journey must come to an end but we can rejoice in a long and fulfilled life that Grandma has lived. It’s on to the next road Mama. Eternal peace to you.
–Oluwasegun Kehinde (Jnr.)
Grandma, U were there for all of us.
I remember as a toddler and little child, you used to teach us how to read and write. The family Xmas get togethers were always warm with you there. We will miss your presence grandma. Rest on in the Lord.
Ma’ami, My mother, I call you ma’ami because you were my mother figure. You took care of me from tender age up to the last minutes of your life. All the memories we shared together can never be forgotten. Your stern basic training in making sure I become a successful woman and many other achievements acquired by me today is with your support. Thank you for your love, care, kindness, and patience. You lived your entire life serving humanity.
You were a great model, you stood out among so many women. You were always dear to your children. You taught me to love, respect and serviceable. I am all I am today because you chose to be an exceptional mother, a great jewel you were. Even in your pain and difficult times you always made sure we were very comfortable. Thank you for all you’ve done for me. I will forever miss you.
Maami, though it is very hard to say good night but I have great comfort in the fact that you are now in heaven having a great time with the angels of God. I will greatly miss you.
SLEEP WELL MY SWEET MUM…, SLEEP WELL SISTER MII…, SLEEP WELL GRANDMA…, SLEEP WELL MAMA DAADA…, SLEEP WELL ABIAMO TOOTO.
–From OLORI FOLABO OSOKOYA
GREAT BENEFACTOR, SILENT DISCIPLINARIAN
The Jaiyesimi and Kehinde families and indeed the entire Isara-Remo community, have lost a gem. Daughter of a man of God, Mama started life as a teacher but veered off later into social welfare as a profession, in which she distinguished herself in the old Western region later Western state and later Ogun State. The attributes of this great profession she brought into her family and community beginning with her immediate brothers and sisters to their children and grandchildren and relatives and friends to whom she gave every financial and moral support to ensure they received good education and settled into prominent and respectable professions. A humble and committed servant of God, she was also a silent deciplinarian who ensured that everybody was brought into line. The myriads of successful men and women of the family in different parts of the world today are products of her efforts. Therefore as we mourn the loss of a great benefactor we also celebrate her life of great service to God and humanity. In doing so we also remember her departed spouse, the late Mr Gilbert Ademolu Kehinde a.k.a “Pa Gilly”, a distinguished public servant and community leader. May their great souls rest in perfect peace.
Otunba Babatunde Alberson Osokoya Mni
Former Secretary to Ogun State Government
TRIBUTE TO GRANDMA KEHINDE
I first met you in October 2012, when I came over to sleep at your house in Ibadan. I had heard your stories of how loving you were from my wife, and I was eager to meet you. Truly, you were one of the finest, calmest and kindest humans I have ever met in all of my life; such a pure soul! You were a true grandmother indeed. You always called myself and my wife over the phone, updating us of happenings in the country and ensuring we don’t get into danger. You were by far a beautiful breed and very rare gem. I am sure you are in Heaven now with Jesus, smiling with fulfillment of a life well lived. I love you dearly! You are forever in my heart, and we shall meet gain in Jesus name. Amen.
–Kunle M. Adegbite
Grandma was kind, soft spoken, and forever graceful. I cannot forget her phone calls to discuss newspaper reports and current affairs. She was an elite grandma and will be truly missed.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY
We members and descendants of the JAIYESIMI DYNASTY OF ISARA, both at home and all over the world, will certainly miss our soft spoken and the HEAD of this noble and unique family.
Sister Ebun (as I used to call her). She was an epitome of gentility that I had opportunity to talk to several times in her days seeking for her views and opinions on issues of interest to the family, believe you me, her level of wisdom was beyond that of an ordinary person.
I can’t imagine any person with contrary opinion on this our departed sister.
You can imagine her being sn excellent teacher who even taught my wife in those days at Sagamu Girls School. So, she even knew Bunmi (my wife,) long before me.
My wife recalled how gentle sister was, Bunmi remembered how their former teacher used to call any nearby students for a message” ÓMÓ KAN TO GBON NI BEYEN KO WA “
Bunmi would be one of such girl to attend to her needs, not knowing that she Bunmi would be married to the AROLE JAIYESIMI years to come. Sister Ebun was so excited to see Bunmi as one of us when we returned to Nigeria from Britain as Mr & Mrs Olukayode Jaiyesimi.
What else can i say about a devoted Christian, a mother in Israel and the head of the JAIYESIMI DYNASTY?
May sister’s soul rest in perfect peace.
Tributes from the Arole Jaiyesimi
–Prince Olukayode Jaiyesimi
Our Grand Mother, Mother, Sister, Cousin and the Head of Jaiyesimi Dynasty (Home and Abroad) “Olori Ebi”. You upheld the moral standards and principles, we admire and respect your intellectual capacity in planning and making things happen. You were the most hard working, loving , compassionate, understanding, family – oriented Mother, and one of the most beautiful souls one could ever meet. Ma, you lived a fulfilled life and left at a good old age. May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace Amen . SUN RE O. OMOBA NI ODE. AKO FON, ELEWU ALA. OMO ABIDI OKO YAMBARI!!
–Engr.& Mrs Samuel Tunde and Titi Jaiyesimi.
TRIBUTE TO MAMA KEHINDE
Your passing came as a surprise to me as I had recently asked after her from my egbon, Bro Segun. Mama as I know was a unifying force and a rallying point for the family. She was a strong pillar and would fondly call my mother Olu, who grew, lived and went to school under her roof.
She was close to my parents and the cord of love extended and waxed strong through the years making the whole family united. I have known Mama ever since I was little as she made sure she was part of my mother’s life. Surely, you have fought the good fight, you have finished the race, you have kept the faith – 2 Timothy 4:7. Rest in peace.
–Olawunmi Olarewaju (Olu’s Daughter)
TRIBUTE TO A WORTHY MATRIARCH
We regret the passing away of Mama Ebun Kehinde but are consoled by the fact that she lived a fulfilled life.
Mama was a remarkable matriarch whose life impacted positively on our large family that she has leaving behind. She had a large heart devoting her energy and resources to nurture and mentor everyone who came under her roof. It is admirable that her impeccable lifestyle has become the norm in the family, a legacy worthy of upholding. We pray that God will grant her eternal rest.
–Rtd. ACP ‘Lekan Alabi and Mrs Olu Alabi (neeOlu Ogunyemi)
No doubt grandma you have given your best, I gave God the glory because you died a fulfilled woman in the arms of your children although I miss you so so much and I know God has prepared a better place for you in heaven. Continue to rest in the Lord, Omo Jayesimi, omo abidi oko yambari.
–Olawunmi Jayesimi Adeboye
On behalf of your late cousin Emmanuel Olayinka Ogunyemi family, I write to express our deepest feelings of your transition from this sinful world to your glory into eternal heaven as a good mother, grandmother, to all your siblings and extended family. To live in the hearts of those we love is not to die.
You imparted our lives, so greatly that we shall miss you dearly and forever. Rest on, our fine, gentle and professional mummy in the blossom of your Lord Jesus Christ.. Till we meet to part no more. Adieu Mummy.
–Mrs Elizabeth Oluwatoyin Ogunyemi.
Odo re lati wa , odo re la o pada si …on behalf of GBADAMOSI KEHINDE FAMILY we regret to announces the death of our lovely wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother MRS. KEHINDE (Mama Nurse) for your loving kindness ,your words of encouragement, your caring, your support and your prayers..we will not forget you in our family 4ever and ever…But we know and believe that you have gone to rest in bosom of your creator …OMO JAIYESIMI NI ISARA .. Aya Ademolu Kehinde (Baba Teacher).
Good night ma.
–Mr Sunday Adekoya Kehinde
Grandma Kehinde, held our tiny hands just for a while but our hearts forever. The memories and legacies you’ve laid down will continue to be in our heart, Grandma you have lived a life worth of emulation, continue to rest at the bossom of your creator, till we meet to path no more We love you grandma.
My tribute,,,,,, Our grandmother, Mama EBUNOLUWA KEHINDE was loved so dearly, and brought so much happiness to jayesimi family and many hearts she touched. She was always kind, caring and understanding towards family members. And if help was ever needed then it came so freely from mama. She was a blessing and God’s gift to everyone he came across and brought so much joy to jayesimi’s . Rest in peace Mama Ibadan,,, Otunba Femi Jayesimi (Winners).
The love of a grandma is unique. God must have given grandmothers to us to liven up our lives, to make our lives more complete, to make us well rounded and better human beings. She played a big part in my childhood and I can remember so many times,She taught me a lot about love and the meaning of family.. She has never been just ‘my grandma but my guardian, my friend and my inspiration. Still, we can’t believe my lovely Grandma was taken away from us . We will miss our Grandma but her spirit and strength, lives on in each of us and in the lives that she touched. She lives on in me and in all those who have been touched by the love, strength, conviction, wisdom, and beauty of her soul.
Love you grandma,you truly were a special, special woman! You may have passed on, but your memories would always live on within us. Thank you for your sacrifices, your care and concern, your love and everything that you have done for me. Wherever you are, I know you are in a much better place. I will be forever grateful and thankful that you are my ‘grandma. Rest in peace Grandma …we will never forget you and we will always love you forever…
– Gbenga Ezekiel
To a loving, caring, mother and grandma. When I received a call about your glorious exit, it’s quite an understatement that a true mother and more is gone. You were more than a mother to me. How can I forget the kind of spiritual upbring you gave to me, your numerous caring, and motherly roles in my life, throughout the period l lived with you. l will forever miss you u Grandma Kehinde may your gentle soul rest in perfect peace, adiu sweet grandma. From
Egbon mi. May your soul find rest in Christ Jesus, while I had not been oppourtuned to say this to you in recent times before you passed on to Glory.. My appreciation remains for the journey you took from Glasgow many years ago to Manchester to check up on my welfare then. A memory of your kindness and warmness that remains with me, a memory I have revisited in my heart and shared even now with my children… Sun re oh…
–Eng Emmanuel Newton Akintunde Sotikare
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