- 90 years old
- Date of birth: May 5, 1925
- Place of birth:
Benin, Edo, Nigeria
- Date of passing: May 9, 2015
- Place of passing:
Orlando, Florida, United States
|Let the memory of Queen Mama Eniyemamwen be with us forever|
Biography of QUEEN MAMA ENIYEMAMWEN ALIU OTOKITI
Queen Mama Eniyemamwen Aliu-Otokiti was born on May 5th, 1925 (90 years ago) in Ugbokoniro Village to the Osemwengie Idehen family. Her father was Late Pa Osemwengie Idehen of Ugbokoniro in Orhiomwon Local Government Area (L.G.A) of Edo State while her mother of blessed memory was Madam Osemwinvie Osemwengie (nee Idiaghe) of Okokpon Villahe in Ovia North East L.G.A of Edo State. She was the third child and eldest daughter of her parents.
Queen Mama Eniyemamwen Aliu-Otokiti lived her early life with her paternal grand mother at Ugbokoniro Village. Her father of blessed memory was a white collar employee with UAC (United AFrican Company) as stock keeper until his demise in 1938. His surviving mother also died that same because she could not cope with the unbearable trauma to continue life without her much cherished son who was the pride and embodiment of what she lived for.
This situation forced Iye (Mom) as a charming elegant lady to relocate to Benin city where she resided with her eldest brother Pa Festus Ukponahiusi Osemwengie of blessed memory to continue life as an apprentice to a seamstress. Iye thereafter in company of her late mother left Benin city to Lagos en route to Ogbese where as fate would have it, She wwas cornered, hunted and matrimonailly caught by the indefatigable powerful love tentacles of Late Pa Aliu Bello Otokiti
Together, they were blessed with many children and step children, amongst whom are:
1. Arc Patrick S. Aliu Otokiti
2. Deaconess (Mrs) Florence R. Imasuen
3. Mr. Charles I. Aliu Otokiti
4. Mr. Wilfred O. Aliu Otokiti
5. Dr. Stanley E. Aliu Otokiti
6. Mrs Adijatu Aliu Kenneth-Unuovurhaye
1. Mr. Braimoh Aliu Otokiti
2. Mr Adam E. Aliu Otokiti
3. Mr. Victor K. ALiu Otokiti ( Deceased)
Besides, Iye was survived by many grand and great grand children amongst other relatives. She was an industrious farmer and trader. Iye gave her life to Christ when she was critically ill to the point of death about twenty years ago. She faithfully received the gift of salvation and spiritual transformation. She was a member of Dorcas Band in Salvation Gospel Ministries (SGM), "I Care Centre", Egor, Benin City before she emigrated to the United States of America in March 1997.
Iye (Mom) continued in the faith as an active member and mother of the Peculiar Family Church in Orlando, Florida, United States of America where she spent the rest of her life serving God with fervor until she translated from the milieu and was subsequently absorbed into the celestial sphere of glory.
May her Gentle Soul rest in Eternal Bliss.
"To Big Mamma, One can always show kindness and love to family and friends, however, to show the same level of kindness and love to a stranger, is a special kind of Mother's Love. I have always praised the kindness and hospitality you gave me when I visited, never meeting you or anyone in the family before. And though we could barely understand each other's language, your compassion and welcoming spirit was abundant. I will never forget how you and the family cared for me and made me feel welcomed. May the memories of your generosity and peace continue in generations to come. May the family have peace knowing you left wonderful memories that can never be tainted. May this Celebration of Life Service be filled with laughter, joy, peace and comfort to all who attended. Grace and Peace, Bridgett Ihaza"
"On May 8th, my mother-in-law, Queen Mama Eniyemamwen Aliu-Otokiti whispered her last breath on this earth and entered the arms of Jesus. I imagine a triumphant welcome in Heaven, because this was the home going of one of God's most precious saints, a life marked by unceasing joy and an unusual selfishness.
She was a beloved woman, a dear friend, and was mother of all mothers. She was my "other mother" from the time I got married to her son Wilfred until she died. I never heard her speak a word of gossip or bad about anyone but rather she prayed for anyone that she had an encounter with and called everyone "pele omo mi". She rarely got angry; she took me under her wing and helped me face the challenge of marriage with all the stories of her marital life she shared with me because she had a hard life raising her family of six children. She endured the worst of life with a gritty, patient, endurance.
In our frequent conversations, I would often ask her, "Iye, hos is it that you are still smiling after all you've been through?" And Iye would inevitably say, " Only God can get me through, one day at a time, sometimes one moment at a time." She took my side many times, in my early married life, mostly in family matters. She took care of me with the birth of my four children; she was always there. I loved to do things to make her happy and she was so appreciative. She was the best mother in law any woman could want. She graciously allowed me to marry her handsome, loving son, Wilfred. And she enriched my life in countless ways.
Grandma will be greatly missed...but never forgotten. Rest in Peace Iye, and thank you for everything you've done, we greatly appreciate you, missed you and will forever hold you in our heart.
"Her Children and Grandchildren arise and call her blessed..." Proverb 31:28
Patience Kemisola Aliu-Otokiti, RN, BSN, MHA"
"A mother of mothers, grandmother to many grand mothers. You are known, loved and cherished because your blessed hands reached so many lives and transformed them into better persons. Your wisdom is a well of water that brings forth life which leads to effective living. You are celebrated today and always because we appreciate the legacy of life you left with us. We are better persons today because you want us to do better than the generation before us. Your love, life and legacy remain with us and will live on; The next generation will know you, they will hear of you and they will talk about you. Mama, you are here to stay, now and forever. We will celebrate your life because you are worth it and deserves it. THANK YOU MOTHER... AND THANK YOU ALWAYS"
"I dedicate this beautiful poem to my loving Grandmother. She will truly be missed.------
My Grandmother was a woman of extreme strength, courage and love,
She was beautiful, soft and now peaceful and free as a dove.
Someone on who our admiration was built around,
For her womanhood, wife, friend and grandmother since she was brought into this ground.
My beautiful Grandma, we will forever hold in our hearts in which we have truly learned the most from,
Your strength as a wonderful mother to our mothers and fathers,
And which we hope to gain in raising your great grandsons and great granddaughters.
My beautiful grandma, we will always respect all you went through in your hardships and distinguished ways,
Your ability to hold yourself with such dignity and pride in all your days,
Your beauty shines in us all who were lucky to be part of your devoted family,
We will carry you in our eyes, minds, and hearts in which we have a remedy,
My beautiful Grandma, that is to hold you close by all you have taught us to do,
And to remember the beautiful women we owe our lives to,
For giving us life to blessing us with her strong inner spirit of courage,
Her unconditional love and her sensual laughter,
For being such a person in who will always and have always
held deep in our hearts now and here after.
My beautiful Grandma, You are taking a little part of us with you as you follow your angels who will guide you to your
May you look down on us with pride on what you brought
into this world with your guidance in which you are now
truly our angel of grace.
My beautiful Grandma, as you enter your new heavenly home,
may you rest in peace for which you truly deserve,
For you will be truly missed and remembered for your love and honor in which we will preserve.
We love you always and forever and may God be with you.
- Your, Granddaughter, Osariemwen Aliu"
"Dear Grandma God has pic you to come he needed you more then he needed us just what to say Grandma we miss and love you thank you for everthing you have done in are life you fed us you showered us you meant the world to me with out you i don know what to do any more but just keep going foreword thank you so much grandma i love and will miss you forever and ever you will be in my heart till the die i die like god said the end is much better that the start you live to a old age and was strong you were like a 2 mother to me Rest.InPeace grandema--loved Owen Aliu-Otokit your GrandSon"
"She meant the world to me. She would always teach me life lesson, she would call me to her room just to help her. That was already reward itself spending time with her. She love god she would go to church even if she wasn't feeling well. She would care for us like we where her own kid she wouldn't eat until we eat. She still in our prayers and she always will be ~ God is filed with miracles everything he does he does it for a reason what a mighty god we serve~ love ehigie her grandson"
"Mama was the nicest and most amazing person you could think of.
Imagine mama taking care of us as babies. Now since were grown
were taking care of her. And knowing that she is dead really hurts me.
She always asked us do any of you want food before she ate hers.
In her prayers were, if any of us was going to die make it be herself.
When she was in the hospital she said to all of us that do not cry for me
I will be in a better place. We weren't there when mama died then my dad said, that she died all of us went straight into tears. She was so much to us. The Next Day my brother Owen said that he saw grandma in his dreams she said don't cry for me. She was wearing the brightest of clothes. We missed her funeral we cried and cried and then my dad said that we were going to make something of our own he said it wouldn't be a funeral. We all said, What will it be then ? My dad said it would be a celebration of life he said it will be on August 15 2015 and then we all light up with joy even though it delayed some things i knew it was worth it.
- Grandson Omoruyi Aliu - Otokiti"
"Mama was a humble and affectionate person. I remember her greeting each time we see. She would say "pele omo mi" i.e. be well, my child. She was a gentle soul. May her soul rest in perfect peace."
"I will always miss Iye! What a wonderful and caring mother she was. Iye was a mother to all. When Iye approaches you; she would be smiling, quick to hug you and would envelope you with her warmth. I thank God for giving us Iye. I know she is in a better place and her memory will always be present in our hearts. We have another angel protecting us. I will always miss Iye!"
"We will miss Mama dearly.During my family vacation in 2003.We had the honor of lodging in my friend: Willfreds house.Mama was always kind and generous.we Will never forget the wisdom reflected in her witty conversations.Rest in peace Mama until we meet and part no more.From Francis and Elizabeth Fakolade,Sugarland,Texas."
"She was only ours
For just a little while
A precious gift for God
And now his Angel child.
We didn't see it coming
It hit us by surprise
For when she left this world
A part of us also died.
God decided he needed her
So from this world she left
She took a piece of all of us
Our hearts is what she kept.
We try to understand
And probably never will
Just remember to trust in God
And pray the pain will heal.
We long to see her face
And little hand to hold
But now she walks with Jesus
On Heaven's streets of gold.
All our sadness
And all our pain
God please be with us
And let us smile again.
In a blink of an eye
As your word reads
You will come to take us home
There will her for all of eternity.
So we will not be afraid
For our Angel is alright
The best Father in the whole wide world
Is holding her forever tight."
"A wife, a mother, a grandma too,
This is the legacy we have from you.
You taught us love and how to fight,
You gave us strength, you gave us might.
A stronger person would be hard to find,
And in your heart, you were always kind.
You fought for us all in one way or another,
Not just as a wife, not just as a mother, and not just as a grandma
For all of us you gave your best,
Now the time has come for you to rest.
So go in peace, you’ve earned your sleep,
Your love in our hearts, we’ll eternally keep.
Adieu Mama…We all love you dearly"
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