Last week, the remains of Mrs Margaret Amoke Ojo was laid to rest in Lagos. He died at the age of 81, leaving behind 7 accomplished children. This include: Dr.(Mrs) Oluwayemisi Akondede (Phd); Ayaba Mojisola Adetoun Oloko, Mr Babatunde Ojo, Pastor Olaide Ojo, Engr. Olasunkanmi Ojo, Olalekan Ojo and Dr (Mrs) Moturayo Fafore (Phd).
Lets tell you a bit about Mama, Mrs. Margaret Amoke Ojo who was born on the 30th of July, 1939 at Agbole Ope, Epetedo area of Lagos Island into the household of the late Mr Musa Adamson. She was the only child of her late father but had three (3) siblings, the other children of her mother, (Late Mrs Ganiat Asake Ogunnubi).
She attended Ansar UD Deen Primary School, Okepopo, Lagos Island, Lagos State. She was born into a Muslim family and was christened Mulikat Amoke. She later gave her life to Christ and was given the baptismal name of Margaret.
She was blessed with Children, Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren doing well across the world. She was a very hardworking, supportive wife, selfless mother and an Entrepreneur. She and her husband were into importation of Nylon and Lace in the 1970s. She was also into several other businesses, ranging from whole sale and retail sale of bread, eggs, vegetable oils, garri, soft drinks, etc. She was a firm person, Lover of God. She raised godly children, not only her biological children but all the children that came across her path. She served well at St John’s African Church, Ayilara Street, Surulere, Lagos, and later at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Surulere Main Parish, Nuru Oniwo Street, Aguda, Surulere, Lagos. Where she was an active member of the Elders’ fellowship and even graduated with flying colours from the School of Disciples (SOD) at such an advanced age. She transited unto glory with her passion for the service of her Lord at the Zenith. Below are the tributes of her family members and friends.
My mother Margaret Amoke, the only child of Pa. Adamson.
I always wondered how you felt, being the only child of your dad. You were a strong woman of integrity, you loved with passion and truthfulness. I watched you served those you love selflessly, you were patient, diligent, and loyal. Your hard work motivated me to be all I could be. You were a mother who said, “I would rather not buy clothes, but you will be educated”.
You were generous to a fault, you raised the next generation, be it your biological children or otherwise. Above all, I watched you as you grow in faith diligently serving and finding out more about Christ. You even went through the school of discipleship at an advanced age.
You faced life challenges squarely and never backed down with Jesus on your side.
You were always praying and confessing your faith even to the last few days of your life as we spoke. I am grateful to be your first daughter, the girl that you raised with sense of responsibility. Adios my dearest mother, you have fought a good fight and the crown of glory awaits you! We’ll meet at the feet of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The above tribute about our dear mother from my wife is straight to the point but I too have one or two more things to add. Our mother is one of the most hard-working human beings I know. No job was too difficult or a distance too far for her to go as long as it provides for her family. She was loyal to her husband and her children and grandchildren to a fault. In fact, she spoilt all us with her pure love.
We praise God that through my wife’s Christian example, with no preaching or pressure, she received the priceless gift of salvation by given her life to our Lord and savior Jesus Christ and through her zealousness our Lord reward her with salvation for the rest of her children and gifted her with a Pastor as a son. Glory be to God only for a life well spent.
Our mother was not just all seriousness, but she also loved to have fun and was fun to be with. The period she spent with us here in the US was all fun. She was very friendly and outgoing. We went to birthday parties, wedding parties, naming ceremonies, all night parties, name it, she was good to go. There was no dull moment with her. Our most fun memory with her was when we went, the eight of us, on a 7-day cruise to the Bahamas. We were on the sea having the fun of our lives with her. You will expect her to be seasick like most people her age but not her. She participated in every adventure and took part in every game played. She thoroughly enjoyed herself. We all miss you so much, mummy, but continue to rest in bosom of our Lord till we meet again.
– Dr. Olusegun & Dr. Mrs. Yemisi Akomolede
My Loving Sweet Mother, A Supportive, Caring and Virtuous Wife to her Husband, you were one in a million, am finding it very difficult to refer to you in past tense. You’re a rare beauty in all ramifications, Mummy you taught me how to love and worship God from inception, I grew up learning how to care for others even when you didn’t have much you will still offer help to others whenever necessary.
My prayer warrior, I remember every morning I come into your room I’ll meet you praying for all your children, spouses and grandchildren/great grandchildren before praying for yourself.
You spend like eternity praying and praising God, a great accomplished woman with a heart full of love for all those who came across you, Mummy I learnt a lot of things from you which helped me shaped my life, right now I can visualize the way you will be singing with the Angels on the judgment day, you indeed finished well!!! Mummy I learnt a lot from you, you’re a rare gem with a beautiful personality, Am so proud to call you My mother, you always tell people not to worry about whatever is troubling them to put all their hopes in God Almighty who is the author and finisher of our faith, Am holding on to that advice you give me everytime I discussed my innermost fears and problems with you Abiyamo you will always tell me Mojisola Oko mi ‘Olorun wa ooo fi gbogbo e sile fun, you’re a Selfless Mother to all your children and all those around you, very loving, caring, Mummy I can go on and on, a virtuous hardworking woman who knows herself worth, You gave your all to your children, family and friends, We never lacked anything except you don’t have money for it.
Mummy Abiyamo Tooto, you fought and won the battle, indeed you finished well, I love you hugely, you’re simply unforgettable, even as we have been mourning your departure we’re much more comforted that you’re now resting with our Lord and Savior,
With so much sorrow in our heart but gratitude to God for a life well spent, we say Adieu.
Our beloved mummy, good night, we love you, heaven knows and we forever do, you were really an ‘Epitome of Motherhood’ .
May God grant your beautiful soul eternal rest in Jesus mighty name Amen.
– Captain and Ayaba I. O. Oloko
What a good, loving and caring mother you were.
Mummy, you are indeed a Mother to the core, having endured so much for the
sake of your children. I will never forget you. You showed us the way of Christ even at a younger age while you serve the Lord Almighty to the point of departure to eternity. Iyawa, you use to miss me a lot anytime I was out of your sight in your last days, now I am missing you greatly not knowing when next we will meet to miss each other no more.
Iyawa continue to rest in the bosom of Jesus Christ till we meet again.
Good night my loving Mum.
– Amos Babatunde Ojo (JP)
For Over 25 years you are my Mother in-law.
I saw your love and commitment to your children and grandchildren.
I heard about the sacrifices you had made when your children were growing up and the ones you were making up till the time of your departure.
You were a Mother indeed.
The Lord will continue to uphold and strengthen the family you left behind in Jesus mighty name.
– Sarah Olusola Ojo
TRIBUTE TO THE WORLD’S BEST MUM
It’s hard coming to terms with the reality that you are no more with us, daily I pray to God for the strength to deal with it as well as accept it. I miss you so very much and I will always miss you.
You were a very devoted, caring, strict, hardworking, selfless, lover of God and elegant woman. You denied yourself some luxuries just to ensure we were comfortable.
Mum, you were there for me to love and care for me even when skies were grey, whenever I was down especially when Oluwayemisi was called home in 2017. You were always there to comfort and encourage me. And no one else can be what you have been to me. I am indeed proud and blessed to be called your son.
I remember my teenage years when I gave you and Dad tough time training me, to the extent that some people thought that I will not turn out well in life. You kept praying for me.
Mum, I became very worried and troubled in my spirit when my Big Sister hinted us of your sudden ill health and I put a call across to you on the 1st Day of November to pray with you but I could feel the loss of strength from the feebleness of your response.
A day before your passing on, I assured you that all will be well even as I anoint you with Oil, not knowing that you were preparing for your journey back home. Mum, you tried, fought the good fight, finished the race and have kept the Faith (2 Timothy 4:7). God saw that you are getting really tired, so He put his arms around you and said “Come Home”. I know for sure, “Our loss is Heaven’s Gain”.
I can never forget that Thursday afternoon (November 5, 2020) when you were called home because it’s the fourth year remembrance day of our late Dad (November 5, 2016) no doubt, words can’t express my feelings about the loss. But I take refuge in the word of God as recorded in Revelation 21:4.
I cannot thank the Lord enough for making you my Mother. I will continue to carry your teachings in my heart and your memory will forever be with me. I believe one day I will see you again at the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ. Rest on my adorable Mum.
– Pastor Olayide Ojo
Mom, you were a rare Gem.
A role model, selfless goal getter and an extremely generous being. You sacrificed every day of your whole life to ensure that we were all groomed for a good and fulfilling life. You were such an inspiring being who was always there for all who came in contact with you.
You were not just the mother to your biological children, but to many more …
The main reason we started calling you “IYAWA” many years ago. It is strange that we now have to refer to you in the past tense. That we will miss you is an understatement, but we take solace in the fact that you had enough time to settle with your God and creator whom you passionately served while you were with us before departing for your final rest. Mom, you fought and won a good battle, and finished remarkably well. You are irreplaceable Mom! Adieu Mom!!!.
– Iyabode and Sunkanmi Ojo
To the world you were one person, but to us you were the world.
You didn’t have much, but we always felt like we had everything. You didn’t leave millions in your bank account, but you left a legacy worth much more. Mum taught us to love God. She taught us endurance.
Through her example, we learnt to push on even when things seemed impossible. Mum was a kind-hearted, peaceful, loyal and unassuming personality.
She always had a word of prayer, even to the time of her passing, she was still praying. Highly accommodating and tolerant, she welcomed everyone that crossed her path.Simply unforgettable …
We are comforted because she made Jesus her personal Lord & Saviour and we are
convinced that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.
Sleep on Mummy…
– Lekan & Bola Ojo
My sweet Mother, I can never forget you.
You are the best mother in the whole world, you are approachable, you are my friend. I share anything with you. Thank you for all the sacrifices you made. I can’t forget you waking me up to study for exam right from my Primary School days. I can’t forget all those advice you gave when I became a teenager.
I can’t forget how you pray for all your children, not just your children but all the children you raised. You mentioned everyone, one after the other.
Mummy, your life taught me to be kind, loving, hardworking, understanding, supportive, independent, God fearing and say sorry when I’m wrong.
You did not just taught me to do all that, but you demonstrated all to everyone around you. That I will miss you is an understatement, because I’m already missing you. I could still hear you calling Professor Tobiloba Ayinde, Toluwalase Ajani. Though you ve gone to be with your maker, your legacy lingers on. Sunree Abiyamo toooto, rest in peace my sweet mother.
– Dr. Mrs. Motunrayo Fafore
My Mother in-law is also my mother and she is a very lovely mother, kind hearted and a praying mother. She is a typical woman of my parents generation. She will always ask of me from my wife and loved Tobi and Tolu so much. I remember her always calling Professor anytime tobi is shown on video calls. One glaring thing about mama is her large hearts.
I have fond memories of seeing her where she will always call you to give you money at least 1000 naira. Tunrayo and all of us will surely miss her. She lived life to the fullest and I know that she will continue to watch over her children and loved ones in heaven. Your grandchildren Tobi and Tolu never had the much privilege to really know you but in their mother they see a full repricate of you. Continue to rest in perfect peace mummy and memories of you will forever linger in our hearts…
– Olumide Fafore
“Mummy, your sudden departure was a shock and you will be surely missed. We shall continue to remember you as a loving, committed and devoted wife/mother.
You are a true mother, an epitome of patience, peace, meekness and faithfulness. May your soul rest in perfect peace.
– Olusegun Ojo
With a great shock was the announcement of your death received but we are comforted that you have gone to be with the lord in heaven…
We love you but God loves you more… you will forever be remembered in our heart … Sun re ooooo
– Ademidun and Olufemi Ojo
On the demise of our mother, we remember her with fondness and her motherly love in our lives, first as I got to know her more and more importantly in our marriage. She was a very strong support and she ensured that every time we had our children, she stood by us, ensuring that various people are rallied around us within the family. She gives nudges and instructions to various people to be there to assist us.
Even when we had our last child while she was in the US, her influence at such critical times never stopped in those early days. She was strong for us, paying us visits in Ejigbo early in the morning all the way from her home in Stadium, Surulere.
Those who know the challenge of going and coming from Ejigbo in the early 1990s will appreciate the sacrifice of a good mother.
We are very grateful for her motherly role and pray the God of Grace to grant her the deserved rest even as we look forward to seeing her again on resurrection morning. We love you, mummy but your maker loves you more. May you continue to rest peacefully in the bosom of your maker.
– Seyi & Funmi Ojo
I wish I had a chance to say goodbye. You loved me unconditionally, you carried me in your arms from childhood & showed me love with care. Your training brought me to the woman I’m today. I will forever miss you.
Seyi & Funmi Ojo
To our Grandma: thank you so much for loving us unconditionally. We fondly remember the times during our childhood when you came to visit us in the US. We loved going on walks together around the neighborhood and watching Nigerian movies on the couch.
Even though we hadn’t had the privilege of spending more time with you growing up, we always felt your love and your connection to us. You taught us how to think before you act and how to find humor in certain aspects of our Ohio lifestyle.
One of our favorite memories with you is when we all went on a cruise for the first time. Initially, you were a bit hesitant to embrace all of the fanfare that came with this trip but over time, you stepped out of your comfort zone and we had an incredible time. Experiencing this with you taught us how to embrace new things from watching your example and we are forever grateful to you for this.
We will miss you dearly but know that in all things, God is in control and that you and Toba will always be watching over us.
We love you grandma!
– From the Akomolede children, Taye Seye, Tiwa and Tobi
Grandma was caring, loving and sacrificed a lot for a lot of people, quick to help strangers, and if anything could define her stay here on earth, it’d be her close walk with God. She held onto her faith till the very end.
She was first a daughter, then a sister, a mother, then finally a grandmother. I’m sure each and every one who must have come across her during her lifetime has something to share on how grandma touched their lives. We may no longer see her but we’ll always have these special moments we shared with her.
She will always have a special part in our hearts. Let’s just be thankful that we knew a special lady like my grandma.
– Olayemi Oloko
We are honored to get to say a few words about grandma.
The first thought that comes to mind when it comes to grandma is prayer, she never spared a moment when it came to prayers. Her penchant for prayers was only second to her love for the church.
She always wanted to assist with something in anyway she could especially when one of us was traveling.
Her love was evident in so many ways; in her kind words, on her smiling face and of course her ever giving heart. Now we must let you rest calmly.
We say goodbye, as we hold back tears. We know your place in heaven has a good view.
Grandma’s leaving is heaven’s gain, but one day we will see her again. Because the Jesus that Grandma knew, she made sure we got to know too.
Rest now; ever so peaceful in the heavens above.
– Airat and Olayomi Oloko
It feels very sad whenever we think of you Grandma and realize that you are no longer with us. We are glad we knew you long enough and are proud to be part of your family.
Thank you for everything you did for Daddy and all his siblings and by extension we your grandchildren. Thank you for always being there when we needed you. We love you grandma.
May your gentle soul rest peacefully in Jesus name. Amen.
– Ajoke, Omobolanle & Oluwafolahan
Good night Grandma,
I miss your loving care, I miss your gifts, I miss the way you always played with me. Anytime I come for holiday, you always left your phone for only me to play games. I know that I was special to you, but you were special to me too. When my Daddy told me that you had left us, I was so sad and cried so much. I stopped crying when my Daddy told me that you had gone to rest, and be with Jesus Christ forever and that you are happy where you are now. I loved you Grandma, but Jesus loves you better.
– Oluwatosin Ojo
You may have passed on, but your memories would always live on within us. Thank you for your love, numerous sacrifices, prayers, care, concern, and everything that you have done for us.
We are confident that you are in a much better place. We remember our visit to you some days before your passing and remain grateful to God for the quality of life you lived.
So Grandma, with God’s help, we will keep your memory alive and all the things you have taught us to become better, loving, and humble persons just like you were … We’ll surely miss you Grandma …
– Oreoluwa & Temidire Ojo
Iyamoji is my immediate and favourable sister.
We have many fond memories. Especially, when you hear this story that happened between us (63 years ago).
I was young, antagonistic and rebellious towards my lovely sister and my Mum tried to stop whatever was going on.
Long story short, I ended up being rushed to the hospital. At the end of it all, me and my dear sister ended up cuddling and saying sorry to each other. I will miss my sister dearly.
May her soul rest in peace. Amen.
– Tola Ogunnubi
Mummy or Mama Moji
As we fondly called her was my very big sister but she was more like our mother. There wasn’t much interactions between us because of the age gap. We the last two siblings related with her as mummy. You know that ‘igi imu jinna sori’. Only Broda mi Tola can talk about when they were growing up. She was a diligent and very hard working mother.
She left no stones unturned in caring for her family. I remember when our mum had an accident, we lived with her for a while. She was ever ready to give a helping hand. She will be missed a lot. Especially by me since it was only the two of us that live here in Nigeria.
The day I visited her last, I was planning to surprise her with a visit on Christmas day which happens to be my birthday not knowing that was the last day we shall see each other.
We thank God for the much she was able to do while on earth and pray that God will grant her a place in His kingdom. May angels take you to Abraham’s side and may our eternal God grant her a merciful judgment and forgive all her sins. Rest in the Lord my big sister until we shall meet to part no more. Eternal rest grant unto her o Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in perfect peace. Reisquescat in parce.
– Margaret Aderonke Ogunnubi
My beloved elder sister,
You were much older than me, I can remember your presence in my life from as far back as I can remember. I am grateful that I was blessed to have you. You are a light to all your children and you will surely be missed.
Your untimely death has been a great shock to us all especially in this difficult year of 2020. You were wise, hardworking, strong and an amazing mother to your children.
We thank God for your life.
May God watch over all of your children and grandchildren who you loved so dearly as they deal with this great loss. May your soul rest in everlasting peace.
– Bimbola Ogunnubi
To a dear aunt; A mother-in-Israel; A woman of grace; Who lived to ripe old age; To enjoy the fruits of her labour; Though we would have loved to have you around; But God loves you more.
We thank God for the peaceful life you lived, full of love; The legacy you left; The profound benediction in Godly service; We know that life is not the end; Beloved, soar with angels and rest peacefully. With your Creator in Heaven.
Wish you could come back to hear your sonorous voice; Watch your grandchildren and great grandchildren grow; Walk bedside your children, grandchildren and great grans; But there is time for everything; Time to be born and time to die; But we are assured that the righteous will be with; The Almighty in the garden where water flows beneath; Full of blessings and there will be no more death. Beloved, sleep peacefully in the bosom of God Almighty. You will remain in our memories and be fondly remembered. Good night dear aunt.
– Hon. Justice Serifat O. Solebo