- 27 years old
- Date of birth: Aug 21, 1989
- Place of birth:
- Date of passing: Nov 11, 2016
- Place of passing:
London, United Kingdom
|"aut optimum, aut nihl" God is able to do exceedingly abundantly, above all that you can ever think or imagine. Ephesians 3:20|
This was created in memory of our loved one, Mrs Mosadoluwa Fashina (nee Ilori), 27, born on August 21, 1989 and was called to Glory on November 11, 2016. Mrs Mosadoluwa Fashina studied at Federal Government Girls' College, Sagamu, Ogun State, Nigeria, University of Lagos (UNILAG), Lagos State, Nigeria B.Sc (actuarial Science) M.Sc (Insurance and Risk Management) with distinction from Cass Business School, City University London, ACII. Risk Analyst ERS Insurance Company Limited, London, UK. Married to Mr Dayo Fashina. We miss you but we are happy you touched lives in your short stay on this side. Rest in the bosom of your Lord and savior, Jesus Christ that you loved so much. Bye dear Mosadoluwa Ajoke, Omo Ilori. Omo ajigbayin olode Ayin. We will forever remember you.
Please join us to celebrate Mosadoluwa's Life at a Memorial Service in her honour
Date: Sunday 27th November, 2016
Venue: Lecture Theatre, UNILAG Guest House and Conference Centre
There will be a Memorial Service this Sunday 20th November, at 12.30 -13.30
In the Drewe Theatre, Reynolds Building, Imperial Medical Campus St.Dunstans Road, Hammersmith, London, W6 8RP
"it was an early bright gaze when I walked into my mother-in-law’s room only to see much pain on her face. She said three words to me: "MOSADOLUWA TI LO "I couldn’t believe it and looked away in shock. Didn't want to face the truth, I tried so hard to be strong but how can you hide the stabbing knife those words took to my heart? It is HARD to accept the death of a loved one; especially when you didn't have the chance to say goodbye; especially when the deceased was taken so suddenly and so shockingly at the prime of life and most especially when it seems like an irreplaceable part of your world is gone. The grief and the pain can be unbearable; you cry a river and your sorrow knows no end. You never really know what it's like until you are there yourself, but you look to God because he's the only one who can comfort you.
Death and indeed a death so sudden and painful like the death of MY SISTER IN LAW, makes me realize the brevity of life. We often take life for granted; too much so. Her death has made me sit down and reflect. It has made me take time to appreciate the loved ones in my life because I don't know what tomorrow will bring. It's made me put things in perspective. I want to live life and love it, I don't want to spend my life being unhappy or dissatisfied, I want to put a smile on my face because that's what can make a dark day seem bright and I want to play the game of life to the very end.
MOSADOLUWA is gone; WE cannot bring her back, but at least in memory of her, WE can live a life that WE know she would be proud of. Our loved ones may be dead and gone but WE privileged to still be living owe it to them to live fulfilling lives. DOLU LIVES ON"
"Since Nov 14th that I heard about your passing away I still can't stop thinking about you. MOSADOLUWA.... our ever-friendly, outspoken, God-fearing petite lady is gone to be with the Lord.
God has surely taken the righteous before the evil days.... I keep reading all these tributes with teary eyes but God knows best.
Continue to rest at the bossom of the Lord dearest.
"Dolu, on hearing your name for the first time I was amazed and more amazing is your full name, Mosadoluwa! Your write ups wowed me steady, I looked forward to reading your Facebook posts cuz of how captivating they were, I admired you a lot since saggy days...I hold fond memories of casting news together, anglican chapel activities as well.... You were such a great woman with a beautiful heart after God. Those of us you left behind find solace in the fact that you're now walking on the streets of gold, wining and dining with Jesus. We love you! Rest in Peace Dolu."
"Dolu, on hearing your name for the first time I was amazed and more amazing is your full name, Mosadoluwa! Your write ups wowed me steady, I looked forward to reading your Facebook posts cuz of how captivating they were, I admired you a lot since saggy days...I hold fond memories of casting news together, anglican chapel activities as well.... You were such a great woman with a beautiful heart after God. Those of us you left behind find solace in the fact that you're now walking on the streets of gold, wining and dining with Jesus. We love you! Rest in Peace Dolu."
"Smile for me - A poem
As the sun rises each morning and you wake to face the day,
I’m hoping you say a little prayer and at the same time smile for me.
Not because you just may miss me and all my playful ways,
But because I sit with my Father in Heaven smiling down on you always.
My time with you was short, but it could be no other way.
You see God already planned my purpose and for our friendship to always remain.
So let’s remain as we are for I know we will meet again.
But don’t waste time dwelling on how or when but know we will be reunited once again.
I hope my blogs did not bore you but know that I wrote them from the depths of my heart.
We are here only to serve Him, and from that I pray we never depart.
He sacrificed so much for me of this I hope you know….
I fact it wasn’t just for me, I just hope you come to know.
I hope that when you think of me and the good times we may have shared.
Please just go ahead and smile for me…..and I'll return the gesture, just think of my dimpled smile."
"Mosadoluwa.. I met you on the 26th of January, 2014 for the very first time. I was happy to have a friend in the new location that morning, but i later found out you only came for vacation... And ever since then, the friendship and communication continued via facebook, skype and whatsapp and every other possible means... Such a Lovely Lady!!!
I never knew it was my first and last time of seeing you..
Doluwa.. thanks for been a good friend, your love, care and support for my needs are deeply appreciated. Thanks for the daily devotionals IT'S THAT SIMPLE, my best are - Walls and Standing ovation...
Above all, thanks for leaving a MEANINGFUL LIFE.. Even though your exist hurts so badly, but am grateful to God for making it a MEMORABLE LIFE, by using it to touch lifes. Guess what Doluwa, even while you are resting, your life is still ministering to people, of which am sure many people can affirm this. All I can say is our God is good and all He does is good.
Sleep on Mosadoluwa darling.. You will always be remembered...."
"I still remember the little time we shared together, you are really a rare gem. I wish RIP means Return If Possible.
I know your return is being celebrated in heaven. It's that simple."
"Mosadoluwa... your name always fascinated me... I'm glad to have met and served with you in this lifetime... I'm grateful for the life you lived and the stance you took for Jesus which never wavered... I'm thankful to God for the impact you made in my life and in the lives of everyone you came across even as young as you were...
You will be sorely missed but we take solace in the fact that you lived well...for the audience of ONE and now you can rest with Him. Rest well Dolu Fashina till we meet again..."
"My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Mrs Mosadoluwa Fashina.I am so sorry for your loss.loosing such a young and beautiful person who have such a wonderful gifts and passion for whatever she put her mind to ,has certainly left a void in your hearts.But the beautiful thing is ,God promise that he will bring an end to death ( Rev 21 :3,4)"He will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more,neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore the former things have passed away ".( 1 Cor 15:16)" For if the dead are not to be raised up,neither has Christ been raised up" also (John 5:28,29) says "Do not be amazed at this for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tomb will here his voice and come out, those who did good to a resurrection of life..."These beautiful promises assures us that Jesus Christ ransom sacrifice is our guarantee that our dear loved ones are held in gods memory and very soon we will see them again ".May you all continue to hold the precious memories of your dearly beloved Mosadoluwa close to your hearts."
Your spirit and energy was a joy to be around. Thank you for being the
special person you were and lighting up every room you were in. We will all miss you. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. x"
"Its funny, i was reading one of your post published this past sunday and was about to ask after you when i got the call. 'aunty Remi' that was your signature in addressing me and i never understood why, you always went ' wo! thats what i call everyone. I am glad that i met you and called you a friend, because you blessed me and always and i mean always inspired me when we saw. Always with a cheerful face, grateful heart, and graceful spirit. I pray for God's unending comfort, perfect strength, uncommon peace and priceless love for your family and loved ones during this period and as the years go by, I pray your soul rests in perfect peace, i do not for a second doubt you are dancing and rejoicing with angels. Mosadoluwa!!! looking through our picture together, you embodied that name perfectly, and i am thankful for our times albiet short together but still priceless.
With love , Remi x"
"I don't even know where to begin, what to say or how to say it... My beautiful, gentle and passionate Mosadoluwa. This really hurts... I'm really sitting here writing this tribute? You are gone? Hmmm it is well...
Oh how much I love you. You were GOOD! SO GOOD! in every sense of the word!
The amount of times I have shut my eyes to search for your gentle voice and how you would say, "Aunty Remz, how are you RE? Oya o, let us pray!" ... I just never understood why you called me "Aunty Remz", it just made me feel weird. I asked you why and you said, "Don't mind me jare. Me, I call everybody aunty o!" - lol.
You had a rare kinda heart, small but mighty, pocket rocket, a woman with a purpose. Through you I felt the love of God on this earth. You absolutely, and without any hint of delusion embodied the nature of Christ.
Its so true what they say, "You don't know what you have until its gone." - You were an angel in flesh and blood... Yes, you were an angel in human form. Sometimes, I wondered if you were human... You were just TOO GOOD! I can't even explain it
You were a "Walking Bible". You didn't only know the Lord and His word; you lived like Him and lived the word too! You ALWAYS had a word ready for any season. You lived a purposeful life; you loved unconditionally; you were always positive and happy despite the oppositions; evenmore, you were so quick to put your issues aside in order to carry someone else's.
I wish I had come for that sleepover with you and Anjie; I wish I had called you every single day I remembered but procrastinated; I wish I had come to chill with you and Dayo like we did a few months ago; I wish I had kept my promise to come to rummage your fridge for that jollof rice and ayamase... HA! MY HEART IS HEAVY... VERY HEAVY... I love you Mosadoluwa... My inspiration. I remember when I was thinking of a name for a character in my blog. I wanted a deep and meaningful name for that character, then I remembered MOSADOLUWA! You were now blushing when you read the story lol. I also remember when I sent you a picture of a note I made in my bible next to Proverbs 18:10 with your name scribbled on it... You called me immediately saying, "Aawww aunty Remz you like my name this much?" to that, I said, "I LOVE everything about your name Dolu! In fact, by His grace, I will name one of my children 'Mosadoluwa'." ...and there it was again, that beautiful giggle followed with a, "Thank you Aunty Remz."
Gosh! Indeed, Olorun ti n palemo aye o (God has started His "housekeeping" on this earth); He has started taking His brides. For those of us still here on earth, God is giving us more time to "get IT right", to find our purpose and live with that purpose. For me, by God's grace, I will endeavour to be to others what you were and STILL are to me.
One thing I know for certain is this: you, my dear friend, are in heaven. If you could see how heartbroken we are now, and if you could talk to us now, I know exactly what you would say... *in your gentle angelic voice* "You people should stop crying now... Don't cry again... Me, I'm ok o; I'm here with Jesus... I'm even about to eat lunch with Him sef... He says He wants us to gist small *insert your cute giggle*" - Somehow, each time the tears starts streaming down my face, this thought slowly comforts me and I smile a little amid the pain and tears...
You are forever scoured on my heart, Mosadoluwa... I love you SO MUCH, but God loves you more! Sleep tight my sweet angel."
"Continue to rest in the bossom of our Lord Jesus Christ Dolu. We love you but Jesus loves you more. You will always be remembered."
"A life so short but worth a life time. Mosadoluwa 1Thes 4"
"Doluwa Ilori, the Brilliant, Smart and Outspoken Hadeija girl. I knew you as a Sagamu girl, but my sister always talked about you. i have read so many stories about you and it feels as if it is not a 27year old that people are talking about. From all that i have read "i read so many stories" you lived a FULFILLED LIFE and it is obvious heaven just gained an angel. Even the bible says it that the Righteous will be taken away before the day of Evil. Doluwa Fashina, my prayer is that God will comfort those you left behind and fill the Vacuum in their heart. Rest on Beloved. Sleep on"
"Dear Dolu, I can't even describe the shock I experienced when the news of your passing was announced in church. You were an angel here on earth. I am confident that you now rest in the bosom of the Lord. You touched lives during your stay on earth. You will be greatly missed. Continue to rest in peace dear, till we all meet at Jesus' feet."
I will miss u so much
Rest in peace dear Angel"
"I do not know you but reading about you made me wish I had met u while u were here with us. You are all I pray to God to help me become but you have ran your race and am sure the heavens are delighted over you. Rest in peace Dolu."
"My Darling Mosadoluwa, we have been friends for over 17 years, u have been such an amazing woman of God, Brilliant, Selfless, Humble, Jovial, Giver, Ever Smiling, God Chaser and Lover.
You loved doing the things of God with all your heart and explained bible verses in such a simple and realistic way. I remember when you preached on the “Prayer of Jabez” from FGGC, Sagamu. You made me fall in love with the book, by Bruce Wilkinson. You loved everyone that you came across, both small and big, you served God, impacted lives with your devotional, it's that simple.
Also, i remember when we went for a Praise Concert in London, on our way back around 5am, i and taye wanted to top up our Oyster card, you said u will pay for it, so that we will have a share of the Olympics money that you work for during summer. I still have those beautiful Multi-coloured shoes you bought for us as a birthday gift from Stratford mall. Dolu, u were a generous giver and expected noting in return.
Even as I write this, I still cannot wrap my head around over your passing away, still in shock but who are we to question God. You left so soon but can never be forgotten. Heaven was in a hurry to have you back but our hearts were not. I have decided to thank God for your life and I am Super Proud of the Life you lived here on earth. I will miss you a great deal. I pray that the Lord Console your Hubby, Parents and Siblings at this time and always.
You fought a good fight, finished the race and you kept the faith, 2 Timothy 4:7. Rest on my Dear Soldier. I Love you.
We will meet again at the feet of the Lord."
"Like the song writer wrote....
...'I am a flower quickly fading
here today and gone tomorrow
a wave tossed in the ocean
vapour in the wind...'
I knew you from a distance back in FGGC sagamu, but from a distance you impacted my life by your godly living and character.
RIP Dolu as you live on in Eternity...
May God grant your dear ones the fortitude to bear this loss..."
"Mine is a testimony of love ....love shared with a priceless heart. Mosdoluwa mi, I really really do love you. You brought so much joy and flavour to my life....
Months before your going home, while you battled with your health, I had other kinds of battles. Every time we talked you always wanted it to be about me. You felt what I was going through was more important. I don't know if I was always there for you but you were always always always there for me.
You called me your best friend...you told me you love me as Jonathan loved David. Me? How? Just God's favour could have done that. We always both said we do not know how we became friends as our relationship started just at the very last moment in Secondary school.
You changed my world, Doluwa. I bless God that I met you. I bless God that you came into my life. My friend for all and through all seasons....many friends have done well, but you you Doluwa were just enough for me....You stood in the place of 1000 friends.
You loved many, you mentored many, you taught many. God's love was made manifest in You.
You believed so much in me Doluwa. After Christ and just like my mother, you were my rock. I remember telling you that you had to fight and win, as I couldn't imagine my life without you in it...and you said "you have plenty life without me, Demilade"
You touched so many hearts, you gave hope to many. You passed on life (God's life) to thousands...and I am so privileged to be your friend.
Thank you so much, Doluwa. Thank you for everything you were to me. Thank you for everything you did for me. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for helping me. Thank you for understanding me. Thank you for the across border flights just to see me, just to be with me. Thank you for teaching me. Thank you for listening to me...You always let me pour out my heart to you. Thank you for sharing your heart with me. I would really miss you
I sorrowed so much when I heard of your passing....couldn't take it....but the Father, whom you led me to, has brought joy and peace to my heart. You chose heaven and I know you like it there.
God, please now that my darling is with you, please I do not want to forget anything. I want to remember everything. I want to carry her in my heart always, always and forever...
Always and forever ❤
"Doluwa, my petite cousin to wa gifted, aren't you smiling with all these tribute? 'It's just simple' I love you but God loves you much more that He wants you right by His side. Rest on baby girl!!!"
"There are friends and there is that friend……….
I passed by a security guard at my client’s office after work today and noticed the lady was looking tired and stressed out. I said to myself, hmm let me pull a Dolu on this lady. So I mentioned that she was looking pretty stressed and asked her to take care, then offered her the bottle of cold water I was holding. As that moment I looked up at the sky (well, the roof) and said to myself. This one is for you Dolu Fashina.
You should see the smile on my face right now as I type this. It’s probably contrary to the mood which I should have when writing a eulogy (I put an eulogy oh but Microsoft kept changing it to a eulogy, who am I to argue). Dolu Fashina! How can I explain you? You were a huge piece of Jesus in that small body. I wonder if you are taller now in heaven lol!
Let me tell you 10 things I have learnt from Dolu’s life.
1. Love people from your heart (and tell them often too)
Dolu was a lover. Very mushy and romantic somebody. She just loves, it’s probably a reflection of how close to the One who is called Love himself. If I got a dollar for every time she said “I love you”, I could open a BDC business. She just loved, selflessly and wholeheartedly and she didn’t keep the love to herself, she let it all out.
2. Learn to go the extra mile for people (even when it’s not convenient)
I remember a phone call where Dolu expressed her worry about not knowing where to draw the line between helping others and being exploited. You see, Dolu is that person that would bend over to help others without expecting anything in return. Even few months before she passed she helped out a mutual friend to arrange her references just so she could meet up with the deadline for submitting her PHD. In sickness, in health, Dolu would still do her best to help others without them asking.
3. You can only give what you have
Hadassah Oluwademiladeogo Kukoyi asked me once “Sade how did Doluwa do all this?” That question haunted me for a while until I realized, it was no longer the human Dolu that touched lives so effortlessly. She had spent so much time with Jesus that he started to reflect on her. You know when they say married couples look like each other after a few years of marriage… Yup that’s exactly what happened to Dolu. She had spent so much time seeking the heart of the Father, she started to look like him.
4. Christianity is so much more that church doctrines
Dolu has attended about four churches (if I'm correct) while she was alive, each with distinct codes of conduct and rules but the Christian within her never wavered. Whether she was in Nigeria or in the UK. Many times on this side of the world, we are so bogged down with church doctrines and it starts to replace the real weight of God’s word or even hinder our relationship with him. As Christians, the most important thing is having a relationship with God. Not to say that church rules are not important, most times they guide us, but it should never cloud or hamper our relationship with God. (Honestly I don’t know where this point came from)
5. Beauty isn’t all about physical appearances (common its way deeper than that!)
In moments of openness and vulnerability, Dolu would share some of her insecurities with me, “oh Sade, one eye is sleepier than the other, me and my shortyparker self, or my front tooth overlaps….” But I would just smile and tell her, Dolu if I was a guy, I would marry you ten times over. You see, many times we (ladies especially) focus on out physical appearance at the detriment of our soul. If everyone could take a picture of their soul, what would it look like, I’m pretty sure Doluwa’s soul selfie would be stunning to look at! A picture of grace, kindness selflessness and love.
6. The world needs more hugs and kind words (say something kind to someone today)
Doluwa was a hugger!! (and pincher too). It’s amazing how a kind word and hug can go a long way to lift up someone’s spirit. Doluwa impacted the world, one hug (and pinch) at a time. Remember, people will always remember how you made them feel.
7. Stay true to your calling (that gift God gave you is not for decoration, get to work)
Dolu was an amazing writer (Hello, “ITS THAT SIMPLE”). She realized this gift early enough and used it to the glory of the Father. She writes amazing love letters too! I still remember mine from 2005. Her devotionals touched lives in ways that she could never fully grasp.
8. You can have it all!
Dolu Fashina is brilliant, diligent, a good cook (have you tasted her fried rice?), a sharp dresser (with her small body), very neat and tidy, a somehow good dancer, a great friend, very cute, infectious laughter, generous (she once dashed me 50 pounds just because :)... she lived life to the fullest all to the glory of the Father.
9. You don’t have to mount a pulpit to impact lives.
Doluwa is a walking signboard with the words (JESUS LOVES YOU) boldly written in orange (her best color). Do people see Jesus when they see you?
10. Life may be full of adversity, but your response to the challenges determine the quality of life you get to live
Many people may know of Dolu’s battle with cancer (Devil you lost!). But you would never tell. She churned out devotionals from hospital beds, in between chemo sessions, after getting negative reports…. No matter how hard the devil tried to strike, she never lost her praise. Doluwa was always thankful, always grateful for each moment. True there were moments of weakness and despair, but it never lingered for too long. In her words “I am praying from a place of victory”. What is your reaction to that current problem you are having are you throwing tantrums and complaining rather than staying in the place of prayer, faith and praise?
11. He that hath friends must showeth himself friendly (yes…I know I said 10 things)
If you introduce your friend to Dolu, not only will she be good friends, with the person, she would make more friends with your friend’s friends and bring you back more friends…. Multiplier effect!
Mosadoluwa you once accused me of not being able to give a decent speech when asked to talk about you. Well, I hope this makes you smile. Folake Alade mentioned that you are probably disturbing Paul in heaven now. Say hi to him for me please.
I’m praying to God for the grace to live my life so well that I see you again. I know you are among the cloud of witnesses now (as per saint and big girl things), I will do my best by His grace not to embarrass you. Biko please use style to ask Jesus when he is coming back (looool).
I love you soooo much Dolu. I sure you know that already and PS…that protein diet didn’t work :(
Till we meet again my darling."
"Beautiful Dolu, I met you through Seun only a couple of years ago, but the moment I met you I told Seun that there was something about you that just stood out in such an amazing way. A light is what I can describe you as, your face always lit up, positivity was your motto and you made me laugh every time I was in your presence. Such a small amount of time we spent together but such a HUGE impact you had and will continue to have in my life and every other life that was lucky to know you."
"Rest In Peace Mosadoluwa."
I'm still in Shock that you're no more.
I wish I shared in your pain... I got so overwhelmed in my pains and worries and didn't check on you these past few months.
I do not have Regrets, i'm only grateful to God that you lived a life worthy of Emulation.
I'm sorry for all the aches & Pain you went through.
I'm glad you fought from Victory.
I can't question God, His thoughts are never our thoughts.
I miss you Dolu,
I miss your posts,
I miss your devotional,
I miss everything you represent.
You decided to run to God,
You've become Heaven's gain. That's where my solace lies.
Rest On my darling."
"You caught my attention because you were smaller than me Dolu...I was drawn to your spirit, every time I saw you walking around Uni I will say hi and chat with you a bit! I didn't even know then you were Kanyinsola's sister until you both showed up at my house one afternoon!
Whenever we talked, we discussed books and God a lot. My spirit witnessed with yours on truths. Whenever we got the chance we talked about the mystery of God.
Thank you for looking for and giving me the Bible Story mp3.
I remember you will message me when I will write a note on Facebook and commend me and I will also say to you Dolu you should write, you will be a very good writer... I remember when you mentioned the idea of your devotional to me, I encouraged you to go for it. I think you even mentioned the idea of writing children's books once and I encouraged you to do so.
I heard about this struggle Dolu and I prayed for you. I was very happy to hear you got better. You got married and I thought Praise! Then life and focusing on my challenges made me loose contact from you for a bit...but I still checked in from time to time on your FB page.
Dolu I have been saying your name and sighing every now and then since I heard this tragic news. I have had so many questions running through my mind.
I'm so sorry you went through this. However I can almost hear you saying '...but God does not give us more than we can bear...' The note you wrote confirms this...You fought from victory which means you won!
You were still chatting on our bridal shower group saying you were 'under the weather'... Dolu! Gosh you were a super human, and most super humans do not stay long here... I went through our posts on FB and I am happy I let you know how much I admired you.
I know you are happy where you are and telling us I have run my race, cry but move on and run yours! I know...
I will miss you Doluwa Ilori. Till we meet again... Rest well, you were a super human....xoxo"
Words fail me. You were one of a kind. I will always miss you."
"God bless your legacy Mosadoluwa."
You have played your role very well,You lived well. You lived for God without fears or limitations. Small but mighty Dolu, sometimes when i feel down i just stalk your pages on social media to check what you have for my moment, i always found something to lift me again. your passion for Christ has no part 2, You were sold for Christ in words and in deeds Dolu. I admire you Dolu, i celebrate you, love you. You live on. may God grant your husband, parents, siblings and loved ones the fortitude to bear your loss. till we meet to part no more. mosadoluwa sun re o. i love you."
I am thankful for having known you for the few months we worked as colleagues. I am glad we had chats and had lunch together. I was and remain inspired by your strength and zest for life, willingness to share, your hearty laughter and generousity. Although i only knew you for a few months you enriched my life. From the testimonies of others here, i have a glimpse to your walk of faith, now I realise it's the depth of this faith that carried you through and gave you strength and courage. This gives me joy to know that you have gained your wings and are with the saviour that you so loved. Rest in the bossom of the lord as you light up heaven with your smile. XX"
"Mosadoluwa, my darling Doluwa… aka Shortypaker aka Ko ma waste aka Small but Mighty.
I can’t believe I am writing a tribute. Doluwa I am so sorry I got distracted with my own struggles and worries and didn’t keep in touch enough. I am so sorry I kept missing your calls and didn’t repeatedly call back enough when u missed mine as well…. Doluwa the ever thoughtful, sensitive, amazing firecracker who never wanted to burden anyone. A true angel and force to reckon with, nothing fazes my Doluwa, there were always words of comfort, hope, faith, belief in God coming out of your mouth.
Doluwa with the amazing wide dimpled smile that lights up the room, with your quirky shaky bumbum dance and Oba to se mi lanu ma kpolongo re song. Doluwa the one with so much faith in God, I am always amazed at the angle you always look at things from. Biola, not everyone is like you but you have to love them anyway… those were your words Doluwa when I rant again about how someone did something.
God bless the person who called me and said Biola do you know Dolu is going to Cass as well, you both should hook up, I hear she is also looking for accommodation. Little did I know how much I was going to be blessed by that one year we would live together, going to school together, living in the same house, reading for exams together and acing our Msc together albeit all the Akio Toyoda headache your supervisor was giving you.
Ah Doluwa, you were and are a great blessing to me. The days of dozing off on the central line after class in the evening and ending up at the next station. We would get off the train laughing and catch the bus home while scared of the roaming foxes near the house. Doluwa, the only short babe that would drag her bag with a thief at 10pm outside the house at Beckton instead of leaving the bag and running (Hahahahha).
Doluwa remember the makeup class I forced you to go with me at the Beckton library. Doluwa, remember all the breakfasts in bed you would make me when I was going through another heartache and didn’t want to get out of bed and all your shaky small bum bum dancing moves.
Doluwa, thanks for giving me Jumoke although you say I stole her from you but we both know that’s not true… you knew we would need each other sometime in the future. Dolu thanks for sharing your friends … Busayo, Ireti, Oyin, Nini, Bimpe, Tola Onaks and her too gbaski moimoi.
I remember our market trips laughing to Upton Park to stock up the house every 2 months and signing come on ladies, come on ladies, one pound fish with the pound fish guy.
Doluwa I remember when am feeling down, you would cook your special fried rice for me. I tasted my first egusi soup from you and that your special sauce fired egg.…….. Doluwa anytime I cook fried rice or eggs in my home now, it would be with you in my heart because I learnt the best versions from you.
Doluwa, remember our bus trip (as we didn’t have money for train tickets) to see your brother in that his mansion kind house in Scotland and not wanting to go back to school.
I remember pestering Ayo to hook you up with someone when she came to stay with us after I kept shouting that my Dolu is a pastor o, I don’t want someone who won’t let her pray at 5am everyday again like she does. Little did we know that Dayo Fashina was being sent by God into your life to help you through the days we would not be physically present, the days when you would need a lover and not a friend to fill the roles we can’t.
Doluwa, thanks for the most thoughtful birthday gift ever (my ticket to see the Harry Potter Studio in 2012).. I have never ever gotten a better birthday present since then and I have never forgotten.
My Dolucious, your contagious smile, constantly putting everything before God, your love for making and always wanting to see others happy. Your delight in truly helping others would always make me in awe of you.
Doluwa, I remember I was working on a client site the day you told me you were diagnosed with cancer in 2013, barely months after I moved back to Nigeria. I am happy I was there for you in the little way I could by coming to be with you during all the prep for your first chemo session. I remember forcing you to take all the green smoothies, with your mum supporting me and you would do your face like yuck…
I was so happy when you were cleared free that I didn’t follow up so much about your checkups as I should after you told me you were getting better the second time. Then wedding plans came and we were not able to talk albeit all the missed calls.
Seeing your parents on the 6th of October calmed me down after I hounded jumoke the morning of the wedding if she saw you and if you were ok before she came to Nigeria. I thought to myself oh dolu’s parents are here so she must be fine. Little did I know that I was going to be writing a tribute barely a month after.
Doluwa, I can’t say thank you enough for allowing me share a part of your life, thanks for sharing the messages I shared with you when I needed it the most. Truly, you were operating from a place of victory. I thank God I told you how much I loved you.
As usual, you have WON. Even in death, you are impacting lives.
Mosadoluwa…you have truly run to meet God. I have accepted that you won’t read or reply all the quirky messages I sent you to cheer you up while I truly believed you were recovering in the hospital. Doluwa you didn’t die…. YOU LIVE ON EVERYDAY forever in all our memories, in your messages via the devotionals, in our hearts."
"You lived long enough....you lived well enough and the number of our days would never be about how lobg we live but about how many lives we impact. You lived well Dolu and even in death, I celebrate you - your courage, your bubbly spirit and most especially, your heart that followed hard after the Master. Thanks for being a worthy disciple and for being worthy of emulation. You are greatly missed. Sleep on Dolu."
"Dont know her but d good things have read about her make me wish to have met her .dolu rest at the feet of the almighty u are ondeed an angel sent on earth .may be if i have a child someday i would name his or her mosadoluwa to remember someone that had touched so many lives without me meeting her."
"So Doluwa... this is for you. Since you left, i start and end my day with your memories, I either go through our chat or listen to the video Fikayo (your sister) shared with me. You thought I was the stronger one but I put it to you, you are far stronger. I wouldn't laugh about such condition but we laughed over it. What height of faith and strength? It was not the faith of "the grave is near" but that of "I know I can make it". No wonder you said, you are fighting from the point of victory.
Did you even know how many lifes you touched, "you little you"? You didn't have to meet them to touch their lifes, how much more we that were opportuned to meet you. Some of us met you just for 1-2days, some for years, some met you and lost contact with you, yet everyone speaks great about your Bible-based faith, your cheerfulness, your intelligence, and much more the works you did to show for it, etc. I can't even imagine the accolades that is been given to you by God neither can I imagine how shining your crown of glory is. Your years on earth were short but very fulfilling.
Can I talk about the last few years we spent together as sisters and friends.... I won't trade these years for anything. I wish our 4-eyes saw again, I wish we could hug one more time, I wish we could pray together one more time, I wish we could celebrate many things together... Forever, you (DoluFash, MOI) live on in my heart.
Thank you for the words of comfort you left behind. You indeed overcame the pains of this world and the cares of this world. Doluwa I miss you, I love you so much but yes God loves you more. Rest on my darling."
"Dear Mosadoluwa, though words fail me, but all I've got to say is that you were an Angel sent from Above to us; You taught us love, care and the importance of life...Rest on my dearest Small but Mighty Dolu...I'm certain you're in Heaven smiling at us...."
Its so surprising and sad to know you have left.
I knew you in Unilag as Shade's bestie. We may not have been close but I always admired your passion for things of God, your beautiful smile, your kindness, your humility, infact ur just an epitome of a true Christian and were so full of life. Sad, it may seem you left, I believe you have fought the good fight, for its not how far but how well.
Was just telling someone this morning at work that, if we were to list people going to heaven, your name would be there.
Rest well my dear, your exemplary life, your smile remains with us. I will always remember that.
May God give you the fortitude to bear the loss."
"Rest in Peace Dolu....You were truly an Angel.Our consolation is that you lived for God while on earth.Thanks for impacting lives...I wish your husband and family the strength to bear the loss"
"Hmmmmmm, heard this sad news a night before my birthday, all i did was pray for you because we would only find solace in the life you lived,you really touched lives. We havnt spoken since saggy days but your impact was strongly felt. My seetee, rest in peace in heaven. You did well on earth.."
"Dolu... now I ask myself, did I love enough? Have I let the people who matter to me know how much they do? You were like a little sister... in FGGC, we would meet almost everywhere. Press, Debate, Chapel, Assembly and I would think, does Doluwa ever stop smiling? Then we met again in Unilag and now I realize it was too brief. Too brief Doluwa. Im sorry I get to leave a tribute to tell you how much I cared. You were amazing! Sun re! You will be forever missed! When next you walk with Jesus, tell Him it hurts because we cant see the other side. Good night Dolu."
"May ur gentle soul rest in peace Mosadoluwa... we love you but God loves you more."
"I do not know you and I have never heard of you until your demise. It actually made me shed tears on my bed. I couldn't stop thinking about you all day. I have read almost everything about you and people's comment about you and am in a great awe. You left a mark that can never be erased in such a short time. I am sure your death will still win more soul to Christ. I have learnt from u and I will not forget all I have learnt. I am so sure you are in a better place. Rest on dear."
The first attraction of you to me was the name MOSADOLUWA, such a beautiful name with deep meaning. I have many memories of you, but my first encounter with you was a particular night in our JSS1 ,few minutes into prep and I sneak out to get water at the tap. I just heard eeerh! Junior gal, I was so scared to my bones and I turned to see this smalley smiling face, I wanted to hit you but stopped at the sound of your laughter...so beautiful. Hence I was always eager to hear you talk because your words were full of life and wisdom.
After FGGCS days, I admire you from afar,following you up on FB. Many a times I read through your write ups and posts without commenting and am awe at the awesomeness of the posts. I blessed God for you and your life.
Since I learnt of your death, my heart have been so heavy and sadness fills my soul. But I comfort in the life you lived and of good assurance that you are with the Lord. Thank you 'Doluwa for the lives you touched.
May the Lord comfort your family, friends and colleagues. Rest on well Ayanfe."
"Dolu, I've been in shock since I heard. I had so much respect for you, we were the same age but your wisdom far surpassed our years. I take comfort in knowing that God was your rock and you loved Him unashamedly, He has you now and for that I'm thankful.
Rest in peace Dolu, may your family and husband find unexplained peace at this time in Jesus name."
"I really admired you back then in FGGCS, you might have had a small stature but your presence was felt everywhere you went. Everything about you was just so bright. Not happy about your demise but I thank God you had Christ in you. You are definitely in a better place away from all the troubles of this earth. I pray for all those you left behind that God gives them beauty for ashes, and the oil of joy for mourning. Rest in the bossom of God Dolu. God bless your sweet soul."
"Ni igba gbogbo, Mosadoluwa. We weren't really close till we had to be chapel executives in FGGCS and our predecessors told us how we had to be really close. It was an awesome time...getting to know you, your family, your values...getting to really know how deep you were....I was in awe every time you preached and the whole of sagamu would long to listen to you. You stood out both in chapel and in newscasting. I loved you so much....I take solace in the fact that you're with God now...You fought the fight, you finished your race....now He will say Well-done...good and faithful servant....you will continually live on in my heart."
You left us so sudden,
You can no longer be seen, by the human eye,
But your soul and love that you gave so many will never ever die
I wish you'll be back someday
If I could make just one wish right now, I'd wish you back to stay
I guess this is the way life goes, and God's will we must accept
But I hope you didn't feel this pain or weep the way we wept
You are in our heart everyday and forever you will live in our heart.
Saying my goodbye is truly hard
May your gentle soul rest in peace dear cousin. We love you but God loves you more"
"I only knew you from afar in Sagamu, you were the senior everyone loved and wanted to be like. You were the geek everyone loved. You stood out every where you were - class, church, hostel or assembly ground. Brainy, yet, on fire for God. I remember Royal Teens on Saturday evenings. I read about your death yesterday morning on my way to work and I cried even though I didn't really know you. I checked your Facebook and saw that beautiful smile you always seemed to have on back in school and I was sad.
I have read through everything everyone has written about you here and on facebook and it's amazing how much life you packed into your 27 years, many adults who have lived to 50 haven't impacted half the lives you have. I read of the devotionals and wish I was on your mailing list. I'm grateful to God for the wonderful life you lived. I kept asking myself what I have been doing with my life. Even in death, you're still touching lives.
Thanks you for answering God's call and letting him use you to impact our world. It's sad that you're no more here with us but I am comforted that God has got you. May the Lord be with and comfort your family in this difficult time.
Till we meet to part no more..."
"DOLUWA...Grace personified, ever gracious, humble with that infectious dimpled smile. Always ready with a kind, apt and powerful word for any season. Thank God we crossed paths, you were an absolute gift that will keep giving through your devotionals, a true soldier of Christ, small and mighty, pocket rocket...I smile...thank God for your life, Dolu. Rest on in your beloved Daddy's bosom sweet angel. You were AMAZING...you still are, always."
"Don't know much bout you but the little time we spoke in school.ur were funny and cool to be with.we met through a friend and I kept on laughing all through our discussion. we all love you but God loves you more.may your gentle soul rest in the blossom of the lord.sleep well.u will be missed by all"
"I've read so much about Mosadoluwa in 2 days and I'm encouraged. I'm glad that I have friends that have met her. Her life really inspires, she lived in the victory that Jesus bought for us. I do not have the best words to say, but I'm joyful a soul is in heaven.
Rest on in the blossom of our Lord Jesus Christ."
"Life is a mystery, but who we are we to question God. Doluwa, you will be greatly missed. Still in the shock of your death, as I would never have thought that at this moment I will be writing a tribute in your memory. You were a great friend and a wonderful sister. Always with words of encouragement. You were so full of life, humble, a giver and always willing to serve. If I had known you would be departing this world soon, then I would have kept my promise of seeing you this October in London and not shift it till the coming year."
"y dolu y do u hav to lif so soon, u r kind,humble,friendly,full of life, always ready to help others no matter what, u r diply missed,rest on Dolu fashina"
"I never knew/met you Dolu but I must confess that I am proud of you.The testimonies that have been shared about you is enough to make everyone happy that you are surely with Jesus...what is the essence of life without making impact and touching lives positively?...All these and more,you have done...you have lived a fulfilled life,you have fulfilled purpose and that is what matters most...May God Almighty comfort your husband,your entire family and friends...i know the feeling of loss,I lost a brother of the same age two months ago...it is well...till we meet at the feet of Jesus"
"Dolu was made in heaven!
Everything about her as I know was heavenly.
A true christian whose character, attitude and life speak of God.
Highly poetic, her brilliance and intelligence is awestruck.
You made your mark...but I would have loved to have more of you.
What about us, when we are no more. What would the world say.
Hmmm. The unquestionable God seeth and knowth all.
"So sad to find out such a wonderful and amazing person had to go so soon.I know we never spoke much but the times we did would forever be cherished by me.I am forever grateful to God for your life even though it was brief and I am rest assured that you're in a better place R.I.P Dolu"
"I do not know this woman, but there are so many great/positive comments about her. Rest well sister."
"Mosadoluwa Ilori - Doluwa; as I remember calling you while in FGGCS. My first encounter with you happened by us being room mates from JSS1. I remember Senior Tolu Adeyi loved you and I and would go miles just to be sure we were okay. You are a gem! Today we celebrate you for all that you did while you walked this path. You made me join Believers Love World and the Choir. You were really small but mighty in works and deeds. This we know of you; that truly Your beloved Father has given you his beloved, sleep. Sleep on Mosadoluwa! As your name implies: You have run to the Lord and we know that He has received you. Heaven is glad over you today. Earth has lost a gem but Heaven has gained in You. God knows I love you, from the depth of my heart. Thank you for lighting a path that we all can celebrate ever meeting and sharing your life here with you. May God comfort everyone you've left behind.. ❤️ sleep on Mosadoluwa- beloved of God."
Short of words but all that lingers is how you were that support system I'm FGGC Sagamu. Your words of encouragement, when you used to sing during fellowship on Saturdays.
God knows best but in all things... God is still faithful.
Rest in peace Dolu"
"Doluwa Ilori, was a junior I knew in FGGC Sagamu. Though I had no direct contact with her, her life was a challenge to me. How can someone be friends with all, loved by all, be so good academically, spiritually, socially? After sagamu, I still wondered about her, and today, I discovered she is gone, and I cried. I cry because those who get it right leave so soon. I cry because many are still struggling despite knowing God. I cry because Doluwa will be missed. I cry because Dolu left so soon. I rejoice because the devil lost the battle and JESUS has the victory. From Terrestrial to Celestial......Doluwa"
"Mosadoluwa Ilori, my heart is heavy, never knew i would be writing this someday, to live in the heart of those you love is not to die, you will forever be alive in our heart. indeed the world has lost an icon, what an intelligent, friendly, cheerful and bright super star. this is just too sad"
"I have always known you as that big cousin who loved to laugh, smile and dance although you weren't the greatest at dancing, u loved it anyway... You always seemed so happy that I often wondered if you ever got sad.. You touched every life you came in contact with your child like innocence and your abundance of Wisdom. You lived your life for God and now he has called you home. Rest In Peace my dear cousin you will be surely missed."
"Don't even know what to say.. I believe he is God both in good and bad times, happy and sad moments. Dolu, rest in peace.. It hurts to say good bye.. .In his word, he said he has given us life in abundance. .i believe he knows why he allowed this happen.. We all love you.. You will forever be missed.. Adieu! Sleep well Dolu"
"Mosadoluwa! A very unique name that always remind me of running back to God. I remember the first day i met you and i was telling you that you must be a very special for your parent to have caught the revelation of your name.
Indeed, your smiles, charisma and love for God will forever live with us. Cute girl with so much life! This is so sad but God always knows the end from the beginning. He shall give your family the comfort they need to go through this time IJN.
Rest in the blossom of our lord Jesus Christ!"
A freind indeed!! You were my confidant back then sagamu and always dropping words of encouragement with me every night prep till you passed out from school. You were one person I always admired from a distance. Thanks for always telling me that "there is a always light at the end of the tunnel".
Keep sleeping in the blossom of our creator.."
"Sleep on Doluwa. I'm sure you are warmly wrapped in God's unending love where there is no pain nor agony.
You are most loved and I pray God comforts your family."
It was heartbreaking to hear about ur death... I wish I knew the words to write... I remember u way back in Saggy,ur encouraging words,ur smile,ur never say never attitude,ur unimaginable calmness,u were loved by all,I had never met a more dedicated christian with so much love in her heart,I doubt if I had ever seen u frown... I know that you are resting with the Lord,thank you for being a blessing to so many... Sleep well Mosadoluwa"
"God just wanted to take you away from all d troubles of this world. U truely lived a Godly live and just like Enoch, God decided u didnt belong here anymore. I pray God comforts all the people u left behind. RIP beloved"
"Dear Mosadoluwa, I love your name so much I plan to name one of my children same. I was too shocked when my sister Yewande David - Ayodele (Nee Adekoya) told me on 13-11-2016. I remember you as a delectable newscaster every Friday in FGGC Sagamu back then. May God comfort your husband and your entire family. Rest well in the Lord. I have no doubt that you are in a better place now."
""How I wish I could pay for a vacation for you, so you would rest and not worry..." Those were some of the last words you said to me on our last sleepover. They are amongst the many kind words I was blessed to receive before your graceful departure. I admired you more than you knew. You were genuinely loving and understanding. You saw deeper than most adults and your wisdom was incomparable amongst your peers. Your love for the Lord inspired me to become more for Him, you boosted my faith. My words would exceed these pages if I were to tell of how amazing you were, too many childhood memories to count. May God comfort the family and watch over all you have left behind. You remain alive in my heart... Till we meet at Jesus's feet dearest sister, shine on!"
"on sunday after church, i saw your cousin(jide ilupeju) changing dps and it was you n all. i asked him why are you changing pictures of Dolu and he said she is died .... i said what do you mean. i broke down in tears and started asking what happend he said nothing tho. she just died. i became cold, i had so much running through my thoughts. I remembered your smile,your good heart and your connection with your maker. Then i realise that all that we fighting for in life is nothing than to focus on God our maker.
I believe u are in the right place. You lived well Dolu!!
May God console your husband and family.
It is well."
"Although I was Doluwa Ilori's junior in FGGC Sagamu but I heard of her several rounds of success, and victories.
I loved Doluwa Ilori's personality even without meeting her, she was such a beautiful soul, petite yet powerful and reliable
I was shocked wen I heard of your death, it was hard to believe, but who are we to question God, To HIM we belong and to HIM is our return
D world has lost a rare gem, Continue to rest in d bossom of d Lord Doluwa.
Sun re oo"
"My fondest memory is of playing around the house as children with our siblings. I will always cherish the times we shared and your ability to understand even in my silence. I love you always"
I love you always.
Thank you for being a world changer."
"It is sad to hear you are gone but there is solace knowing you lived a fulfilled life with Christ. Rest on dear and may the Almighty console your loved ones left behind."
"Mosadoluwa ilori , I met you 17 years ago at fggc sagamu and all thru my 6 years u were always there for me.i remember your words to me in 2014 wen I lost my dad,those words of yours made me strong. I really don't have the right words to describe you but if there is anything I will keep saying to people about you it will always be that you were a good person.may the almighty forgive all your sins and may he grant you heaven. You are forever missed and loved. Rest in peace my sweet friend."
"Wow Dolu! So you are gone! Still in shock! Life as it is!"
"In Saggy then, you were an inspiration to me. I noticed you never missed church service like I do. You have a such a big heart. November 11, a day I will always remember for two things. The day you went to meet the Lord and my engagement day. The memories we shared will always linger in my heart. Rest on..."
"Mosadoluwa........Sun re ooooooo!!!!!"
Her birth...a mystery...(from the name "Mosadoluwa")
Her life....a mystery...(impacting everyone she comes in touch with)
Her death...a mystery...(no one could imagine she's gone)
My spirit tells me that she knew she wasn't going to be on earth for long....she knew her purpose and mission from childhood....she discovered it, lived it, fulfilled it and died a soldier and as a living testimony.
Everyone has something to say about her...she's special, one in a lifetime. Her life will continually be a reference point even though she's gone.
As a memorial, I think her devotionals should be compiled, published and distributed round the whole world. This will keep her memory and spirit alive in everyone's heart.
She is/was "Mosadoluwa" on earth but now "Tioluwanititilailai" in heaven...
Rest on Mosadoluwa Ajoke Fashina(nee Ilori)....Keep smiling, singing and dancing with the Angels."
"I met Doluwa for the first time in Sagamu at Chineye Ihemedu corner Rima House...while we all chatted I kept admiring her stature, boldness and language usage...By the time we got to senior secondary Dolu was every where the Sciences, arts,...You need to meet Dolu in person soo mature yet soo little in size, Dolu will read the whole world and the Bible...She was a force to reckon with..very mature, intelligent, smart, spontaneous, with a humble spirit. Nothing really moves Dolu , name it ..wealth, position, fashion etc U were indeed an evolved soul. You were a philanthropist giving your all to humanity ( Money, service, time) . Your life on earth was short but meaningful. Doluuu you have fought the good fight with all your might and I know you rest in the bosom of the most high..I will miss u my dear...who will mail a devotional to me if not you my dear...Doluu my hands are shaky as I type dis text. I condole with the family of Ilori and Fashina....Rest on Dolu!!!"
"Mosadoluwa, you were very unique right from your name even to your very cute lisp.
You touched lives in so many ways,I wished I checked on you more,it's so painful you had to leave so soon,however your rather short live couldn't have being lived better. I take solace in the fact that you are in a better place with no pain nor sorrow. Continue to rest in peace"
"When i saw the post of ur demise, I screamed and said to myself,'Noo God! It cant Be Dolu. Lord Why?! I kept struggling to find the right words to pen down but i have finally mustered strength to. Doluwa Kekere Ilori as i fondly called you back in Saggy days. 'Small but Mighty Dolu' she was always a pacesetter, always reaching out and ever smiling.Dolu never kept grudges. i always admired her and her deep passion for God. Dolu, I know you are smiling down from Heaven now as i cannot question God but take solace in the fact that He takes the ones he LOVES most. My heart goes out to your husband and immediate family members and i can only pray The Almighty grants them the fortitude to bear this great Loss. Rest On Darling MosaDoluwa Ilori Fashina til we meet to part no more #HeavenGainedAnAngel #ForeverInOurHearts #DoluLivesOn MOSADOLUWA- You truly ran to meet your God."
"Wow, Mosadoluwa, hearing about your death is so disheartening as I have been unable to say thank you for helping in my faith and walk with God. Your daily devotionals have impacted greatly in my life and I'm sure, in so many others.
You know, i sent you an email because I had missed them and so I decided to reach out. Little did I know that you had gone to be with the Lord. Yes, I know you are with the Lord because He told me.
I thank God for the life you lived here on earth. And I pray that He comforts the heart of your loved ones here on earth.
Rest In Peace Brainny!"
"Am in tears. In shock and in pain. All I can say is AM SORRY.
Doluwa was an angel. 6 years with her in FGGC sagamu was the best years of my life.then came our days in unilag.
She was so free and kind hearted.
Am sorry I wasn't a better friend. Am sorry I was too busy to reply your mails. Am sorry I never told you how much I respected and appreciated you. Thanks for knowing you."
"My Dear Dolu,
it was a great surprise to me to hear of your death, you were more than a student , i was your teacher at FGGC Sagamu and l discovered the great talent in you when you joined press club and literary and debating society. The two cubs always relied on you any time we went for competitions , you won many laurels for the school particularly in debates and impromptu speeches. l remembered whenever I had the chance of taking you out for competitions you always tell me" Uncle Yomi do not worry we are going to win" which was always come to pass. Dolu l found it difficulty that you have gone, last time l met u in UniLag l was very happy we talked at length u introduced me to some of your friends. Dolu it will be very difficult for me to forget you because u were a very wonderful lady and dedicated christian. solace is that MY DOLU IS WITH THE LORD. DOLU REST IN PERFECT PEACE."
I remember the first time I heard your name- I thought hmmm this is different!
And indeed Doluwa, you are one of a kind!!!
When I heard about your passing, I was depressed momentarily.
But now I have this serene peace I cant really explain because I know you are singing in heaven with the angels.
"It's that simple" as the name implies was a simple devotional that touched hundreds of lives including mine.
You were always smiling, NEVER once did I ever hear or see you complain.
Through you, I discovered "The Message" translation of the bible and this has really helped me in my walk with God!
I hold onto memories from "Wagamama" in 2012.
I have learnt to cherish relationships because this life is so transient.
Thank you for being an example of what a true Christian really is.
Mr Fashina please be comforted, Doluwa fulfilled her destiny
Mosadoluwa, Rest, till we meet again!"
"Hmmm... This is surreal, to think I have to write a tribute about my Doluwa... Where do I start from? How do I write about an angel?
Doluwa my school mother, my tutor in actuarial science courses. You adopted me immediately in school, without knowing me from Adam, passed on all the relevant materials and offered to teach me because you saw that I was struggling and I did not have a clue what I got myself into and yes we made it, I graduated with a first class. I never said this to you, and I wish I did, God used you to set me on the path to finishing well in school and I cannot thank you enough for it...
Doluwa my confidant and guardian, even after leaving school, you never stopped keeping tab on me. you would call me, pray with me, encourage me that everything will be fine and that whatever i was going through was a phase and for whatever reason, I believed you completely that everything would be fine and so they were. you would tease me about "bros" and pray with me about "bros"... you never stopped asking me how he was and consoled me when everything didn't go well with "bros". I remember we prepared together for my professional exams, while i was reading, you were praying for me and I passed them in one sitting... during my eye surgery and afterwards, you kept a tab on me and told me everything will be fine, though I'm still in the process, I am even more confident that you are with God right now asking him to complete the work He has started. You traveled from one end to another to come see me and get update on how I was doing, even my family member couldnt do that for me. Distance was not a barrier for you because you picked up your phone and prayed with me ... Hmmm... Doluwa... Ore bi ti e sowon.
Doluwa my spiritual mentor and counsellor... you taught me how to create time for God, how to speak to God as my friend, how to gist with God. You taught me how to bear my cross joyfully and follow Jesus with the life you lived... The devotionals you wrote were always fun to read and I looked forward to them everytime. October 7th was the last devotional you posted and I called you to ask why, then I realised you were always there for me to check up but I had failed to check up on you, you told me you were getting better and that you are fine just so that I do not panic and as usual, I believed you. Few weeks later, Nov 11 to be precise, I called to speak to you and hear you laugh and ask for "bros" and pray with me but I couldnt speak to you and I left a message for you. The following day, I saw on my phone that I had lost my mentor, my guardian, my school mother, my angel ... Haaaa... Doluwa, this wasnt what we agreed, I was waiting for the next jollof rice gathering to see those dance moves and eat your sweet jollof rice. I wanted to hear you laugh and pray with me one more time but you were gone....
Doluwa... an angel that lived amongst us, we love you and we miss you but heaven missed you more and you had to go back to your true home. You fought the good fight, you ran a straight race and now you have gone to receive your crown of righteousness. I derive my consolation from knowing that you are with God praying for us all as you always did here on earth.
Doluwa.... Sun re o! Till we meet again...."
Although I haven't spoken or seen you since we finished university at Unilag, I knew during our university days that u were really a very humble , smart, Godfearing and amiable young woman . Am so shocked to hear of your passing and haven gone through your facebook and all the remarkable achievements within this short period of your stay here on earth and the testimonies of people about you it gladens my heart to know you lived a very meaningful life .....Rest in peace in the bosom of the Almighty God .....he who knows the end from the beginning and I pray that God will comfort those you left behind....Rip Dolu"
"Mosadoluwa....your departure is so very painful but we take solace in the life you lived. Every time, i remember you I'm inspired anew by your message of Trust in God and lLife of love. I pray I can touch lives like you did, right where I am, I pray my daughter knows and loves God in her early days like you did. My dear Mosa, (you didn't let than short form stick) you are greatly missed; your memory will forever be in our hearts and they are the most beautiful, loving and inspiring ones. Bless your soul...."
"A heart of pure gold, an angel amongst us, the epitome of simplicity and grace, a picture of Gods unending love for me. I called her my petal, petal because she beautified delicately: a life that would have otherwise strayed, strayed so far away from what it is today. I am assured of Gods love for me in making you a part of my life baby girl. I love you so much.... "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?" Rest in peace petal. xxxx"
"Aaaw Dolu Ilori, I always opened my mouth every time I saw you somewhere after Fggc Shagamu cos it felt I had seen my own very Star .Dolu Ilori I'm speechless but you have been raptured and we shall meet at our fathers feet forever where Death has no dominion.i love u Sun re o"
"Mosadoluwa, Ajoke, my ever cute daughter, sun re o
You brought us so much joy & also left us happy memories of you , that we that knew you will never forget."
"Ha Mosadoluwa! Waited every morning around 6am to receive your devotionals (it's that simple). You were my mentor in the place of devotional. When i was late to post "Proverbs challenge" you messaged me whats up? we are waiting. You are my HERO.
You have changed my view to life. It's not how long we live, but how well we live.
From your favorite song Ocean (Hillsong)
"Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wonder
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior"
Rest on in His presence where your trust is without border."
"When I heard of your passing on, I was too weak to move for hours, and on that spot I kept asking God "why! Why!". God is unquestionable and He knows best.
I recently read an article you wrote "these slippers" and it made me realise, I have indirectly queried God for not making me perfect. You made me appreciate my self through your own personal story.
You loved God, and at no time did I see you frown...may your beautiful soul rest in the Bosom of our Lord Jesus."
"Dear Mosadoluwa, I wish I got to meet you before your abrupt departure after having heard Fikayo gush on and on about how she had the world's best sister; a lover of God, beautiful, funny, caring and smart. I'm glad that even though it will take a while for the earth to adjust to losing one of the precious ones, you're in a better place; sitting right up there with Jesus, smiling down at us.
You'll be missed greatly!"
"My dear cousin Mosadoluwa, it's so painful u left us so soon. But I thank God for your life because with the little time you heard here on earth, U Really impacted Life's and am very sure you are at the right hand side of our Lord. The memories we heard will continue to be on our mind. We love you dear Cousin Mosadoluwa but God love you more..it so hard to say rest in peace my friendly,jovial, and my God fearing cousin. Will definitely miss you Mosadoluwa."
"My dear Doluwa, I am sure of one thing, you are happy and in a better place. I have very beautiful and wonderful memories of you. I remember the beautiful big Teens Bible you gave me when you were my bunkmate in Sagamu. You were very proud of your faith in God. You told me when you were leaving for your MSc. that you will keep in touch. I loved your devotionals. They blessed and inspired many people. I pray daily that the Lord gives your parents and siblings and most importantly your hubby the fortitude to bear this loss. God will comfort each and everyone of us. We will miss you. Rest in peace dear."
"Mosadoluwaaaaa, ajoke ade, small but mighty, beautiful both in and out. No dull moment, always joyful and can't be caught unaware because you already have the powerful response. Looking back, I'm so blessed to have you as cousin. I'm so mumble jumble with my words right now because I don't have the right word to qualify your beautiful heart.
'It's just simple', God be praised!!"
Right now the only thing on my mind is the night before your departure to London for masters, i was sooo sad at the thought of you being soo far away you hugged me and you promised to always keep in touch with me then you taught me this song:
"you are my sister and i am your sister
togther we can make it, together we can stand
soo let's love each other and that's how it is
together we can make it, together we can stand.
I can't believe you are gone right now, I can't believe that anytime i pick my phone to call you and your voicemail answers you won't ever return the call, that you don't have a home i can run to anymore and when i get in trouble you won't be there to clean up the mess anymore. It is sooo unfair that i have to say goodbye to you this way.
Heaven please take care of my sister, she loves hugs and she pinches alot, and even though she can't dance to save her life she would dance anyway please don't laugh at her (although she doesn't mind) , she loves to laugh and i hear heaven is a happy place, i guess she is where she belongs.
I really can't say goodbye to you Mosadoluwa.
Thank you for loving me. You would forever remain in my heart.
I love you."
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