- 100 years old
- Date of birth: Jan 11, 1916
- Place of birth:
Ogbomosho, Oyo, Nigeria
- Date of passing: Mar 9, 2016
- Place of passing:
Osun, Oyo, Nigeria
|Mama may have gone to be with the Lord but the memory of Mama Ogbomoso, as most of us called her in her lifetime, will remain forever fresh.|
We are setting this up in memory of in our mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Alice Olanike Adekunbi Olaniyan, who slept in the Lord on Tuesday, March 9, 2016 at the age of 100. She will live forever in our hearts.
"I have had the blessing of knowing Mama for 5 years. Countless beautiful moments spent with her fill my heart. After some reflection, I’ve pared down everything Mama Ogbomoso taught me into two core lessons that I hope to carry with me throughout the rest of my life, in her honor:
1. Always be patient and never be quick to speak. In her voice, "Abeke, se suru maa yara soro...dakun omo mi."
2. Trust in God. Mama was a spiritual person and strong in the words of God. I remember quiet moments spent with her at home in Ibadan. She will request for some gospel music from my iPad (leyin Jesu kosi enikan oo...). This a song she sings word for word. Nothing gladdens my heart to see her pour out her joy through these songs.
Mama, with tearful hearts we watched you pass away. Although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us he only takes the best.
Darasimi (Akamu eke) and Oluwatunmise (Olanike Asabi) miss you dearly.
Sun re o...Mama rere!
Adepeju 'Abeke' Gboyega"
"A MOTHER TILL HER LAST BREATH
I thank God for giving me Mama Alice Olanike Asabi for a mother. Her passion for education, although she was at that time illiterate, was legendary among the Yoruba community in Berekum where we lived. Every time I recall her struggles to raise money to support our dad’s efforts to educate us, I wonder why she understood so well the importance of education and committed all her energies to ensuring that we could stay in school no matter the economic circumstances of our family. No sacrifice was too much for her to make to ensure her children were trained. As a typical Yoruba trader in Ghana, she was an itinerant household commodities’ seller who carried her goods on her head from village to village to sell. Mama traversed several villages every other day, sometimes trekking twenty kilometres to villages around Berekum the town in which we lived. She made the rounds of Pepaase, Akroforo, Kotaa, Domeabra, Ampenkro, Mpatasie, Tewbabi, Abisase, Koraso, Adom, Jamdede, Domfete, Jinijini, Fetentaa, Ayinasu, Botokrom, Nsapo, Amomaso, Nanasuano, Benkasa, Biadan, Senasua, Kato, Namasua, Kutre and Mpatapo often alone, sometimes with a baby on her back and occasionally accompanied on Saturdays by any child with strong enough legs to endure the round.
I owed her more than I could repay for her role in my education. In 1967 when I finished Teacher Training College and was employed as a teacher, as was the norm among Nigerians in Ghana, my dad should have brought me to Nigeria (Ogbomoso!) to marry so that I would not marry a Ghanaian and become a permanent resident in Ghana. When I declined and declared my intention to further my education, my mother embraced my decision with such passion that our dad fenced off his friends who were putting pressure on him to follow the tradition they knew.
I was just a couple of months into my undergraduate programme at the University of Ghana when in 1969, Nigerians in Ghana woke up one morning to the news that they had become aliens and had to obtain inaccessible residents’ permits within a few weeks to continue to stay. I returned home to discuss with mum and dad what to do. Dad was so incensed by what he considered an insult that he sold off his house cheaply to return to Nigeria with his family. Mama did not want my dream of higher education to perish through any unfortunate policy. Her only concern was how I would survive alone in Ghana. Her vision, courage and ambition for me to succeed influenced my decision to stay to complete my education and the attitude of the rest of the family to accept that it was the best response to the sudden adversity of unplanned relocation to Nigeria.
Mama taught me lessons in loyalty to family, friends and place of origin. Her behaviour spoke eloquently to the need for loyalty to family. Even though our dad died in 1971 when she was only 55 years old, she refused to remarry, seeing her duty to lie in raising her children in the way her very strong-willed and adorable husband (Jacob Moronkeji Ajamu Olaniyan) would have done had he lived longer. She also refused to leave the family home, even though she could have lived in greater comfort with any of her children, because she thought we would be estranged from our roots. As she often reminded us, the family home was where we all belonged and it was her duty not let us forget that. Mama never tired of reminding us of our dad’s definition of family as comprising all kinspersons. So any money sent to her for her upkeep had to be shared with needy family members and friends. It took some time before I realized this and after I did we had an understanding that she would tell me specifically those who needed support so that I could provide for them separately. Usually, we just agreed on what needed to be done and did it since I did not know those kinspersons. I am grateful to Mama for teaching me to give anonymously.
Through her refusing to leave home to live with any child, she made me travel to Ogbomoso very often and inculcated in me patriotic zeal towards the development of Ogbomoso. This has brought me into contact with many Ogbomoso indigenes who also share the same passion and helped to root me firmly to a place in Nigeria. It was also Mama’s influence and wish that led to Olumide, my son, selecting Federal Government College, Ogbomoso for his secondary education.
Mama desired education not just for her children but for herself as well. She learnt to read and write in Yoruba and honed her literacy skills reading the Bible. A highly intelligent person, Mama became Sunday School teacher in her 70s and that became additional, more powerful reason she could not leave Ogbomoso for more than a week or so at a time. When her vision began to fade and prescribed lenses were inadequate for her to read the Bible, her lamentation stopped only when I gave her magnifying glasses to read with. When she found there often was no electricity supply to enable her read in the night, I gave her another one with embedded battery-powered light. Mama rewarded me abundantly spiritually. After Akin gave her a mobile phone, most of our conversations ended with Mama reminding me to stop drinking alcohol and to hold on to the Cross of Jesus. Every Sunday she would call to ask whether I went to Church or not and remind me about Jesus Christ and his work of salvation.
It did not surprise me at all how Mama spent her last moments on earth. She prayed for each child separately by name and left a message for her children collectively. She left me with sweet, fond and precious memories that I will cherish forever. To her last breath, SHE WAS A MOTHER."
"TRIBUTE TO MAMA
My dearest and beloved grandma was called by her creator, her Alpha and Omega, her Comforter, the only love she never had since the death of her husband many many years ago.
Grandma was a spiritual person relying on prayers, she never hesitate to always pray for us.
Her passion for us to succeed kept us going. She thought us a lot about endurance, smile. She always taught the need of love and family.
She was the central hub of our family.
With love from your grandchildren,(Lolade, Kolade and Oladele)"
"May Mama's soul rest in peace of the Almighty Lord. Mama oninu rere. Sun re o."
"May her soul rest in peace. A mother's death leaves a gap in the mind. all the same take heart and always remember her for the good deeds and the memories cherished forever."
"“THY MOTHER IS LIKE A VINE IN THY BLOOD, PLANTED BY THE WATERS: SHE WAS FRUITFUL AND FULL OF BRANCHES BY REASON OF MANY WATERS”
EZEKIEL - 19:10
I called you “Ma” for you were so dear to me, you were so special, highly disciplined, energetic and hard-working (even when you were very old, you transformed this physical prowess into spiritual strength through constant prayers especially for us all).
A devout Christian; we are very proud of your un-ending faith in Christ Jesus (many turned to Christ through you), of your un-ending love for your Children, grand Children and great-grand Children, of the moral up-bringing of all your Children: all these, we cherished.
If there will be another world, “Ma” I still wish to pass through you into this world and be my mother again.
“ABIYAMO TOOTO, ABIYAMO GIDI, ABIYAMO TO JU ABIYAMO LO” AND THAT IS WHY I USE TO CALL YOU “MA”
SUN RE O, MOMO RERE, MOMO ATATA
OTUN DI OJO AJINDE!!!"
"Mama May you find eternal rest in the bosom of your maker.Like Yomi Odunuga has rightly said, Akin, your son must have learnt a lot from you----his humanness, kindness and deep concerns for others are rare in these days when men could do anything to hurt fellow men.Rest in Peace Mama Daada"
"MAY THE GENTLE SOUL OF MAMA CONTINUE TO REST IN PEACE.
"How kind of the Good Lord to grant you long life to share the joy of having a wonderful son like Akin. I never met you, but anyone who gave birth and nurtured such a great, but highly humble man, must be great and blessed. I have no doubt that you are currently enjoying yourself with sweet memories of the legacy you left here on earth, as you rest in the bosom of the Lord. Continue to pray for us here not to derail in a world full of sorrow and strife, as we wade through the maze of daily temptations. That's all we ask of you, mama as we hope to join you one day. Thank you again for the landmark you left us with here in your son, Akin. Ka ome sia"
"...Mama is a role model....Mama lived a fulfilled life. laid an outstanding legacy and would forever be in our mind....#TheEmmanuels cares.......#Mama ogbomosho"
"Accept my condolences. Mama came , saw and conquered at a rpie age of 100 years She has no doubt left a good legacy in raising responsible children who have given her grand children. May her soul rest in peace .
"Mama you are symbolic of MARY the mother of our LORD JESUS,you brought Great and notable children,into this world,their presence has inspired our Various lives,making this world a better place.your memory in our hearts lives on mama,we know we will see you again,at the appearing of Jesus christ our saviour,we all love you and miss you,REST IN THE BOSSOM OF THE LORD MAMA."
"Adieu Mama Akin. May you find eternal rest in the bosom of The Lord. Akin, your son must have learnt a lot from you----his humanness, kindness and deep concerns for others are rare in these days when men could do anything to hurt fellow men. We will surely miss you but we are content that you left a legacy of service to humanity. Bye bye Mama"
"Mama,will forget so many things in this world but will never forget you..Will meet on resurrection morning when all tears will be wiped away.O digba kana.abiyamo tooto"
"Oh mama,beautiful things remind me of you.thanks for your motherly lo e who h you freely gave.thanks for accepting me.thanks for sharing in my pains and pleasures.Will keep your pieces of advice in the inner recesses of my heart."
"Oh mama..you were a very fine Christian.Many thanks for contributing your widows might to the up and coming church at oluyole.surely mama,the kingdom of God is in your heart with Jesus as the key..ma Sun lo iya oninure"
""Iyani wura iyebiye ti a ko le fowo ra"..Goodnight mama ,sleep well in the bosom of the almighty."
"Mama, we will surely miss you, your tender love, care, inspiring words and prayers. We thank God because you lived a good life. We will never forget your prayer life and pattern! Your choice of constant prayers for everyone around you, your children, in-laws, grandchildren and great grand children alike. We will keep every of your words and constant advice. we will continue to stand firm in Christ as you did till the very old age. Mama someday We shall meet at the feet of Jesus where we will part no more. Adieu mama Ogbomosho ."
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