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Shared by Tolu Kalejaiye on June 10, 2021
When I think of my grandmother, the first thing that comes to mind is the caring nature that she had. She took care of me and my brothers with so much love when we were younger. She would cook up whatever we wanted, and spoil us with treats. I remember spending time with her, watching tv, talking, and laughing.

I remember that when Grandma lost her sight, she was still in good spirits every time that I saw her. She was still smiling, still positive. She didn't let it break her spirit - or at least she didn't let it show when she was with us. I'll always remember her courage.

Grandma, you're not with us anymore, but i know that you're finding rest. Thank you for being you. I will miss you, and love you always.

Ayomide Kalejaiye
Grandson
Shared by Tolu Kalejaiye on June 10, 2021
Grandma was always very sweet and compassionate. She was always happy when I saw her and I'll miss her a lot. I wish I had more time to spend with her but she is in a better place now and can finally rest. I'll always love her and cherish the time that we spent together.

Femi Kalejaiye
Grandson
Shared by Tolu Kalejaiye on June 10, 2021
Mommy dearest. Words cannot describe the shock we felt when we heard of your passing. We sat silently staring at each other as we could not believe that God had chosen to call you home. The sadness is unbearable but we take comfort in knowing that you are with Him. We will forever love and miss you

Ann and Jude Kakpovbia
Children
Shared by Tolu Kalejaiye on June 10, 2021
When I think of Grandma, I only ever have fond memories and I believe that is a reflection of who she was as a person. She was always energetic and engaging.

Growing up, she played an active role in supporting my parents in taking care of my sisters and I. It was a relationship we maintained throughout her life.

Even though she’s no longer here, it brings me great comfort knowing she saw her children grow up and have children of their own.

She left a lasting impact on those around her.

Grandma you will always remain in my heart and prayers.

Robert Edwards
Grandson
Shared by Tolu Kalejaiye on June 10, 2021
Grandma, or "Grandma Surulere", as we used to call her, was never anything but sweet and kind to me. In some of my earliest memories, I can recall her taking care of my brothers and I as children. She would tell us stories, play our silly made up games, and make us treats. Whenever we'd come crying with our newest injury from a bout of roughhousing she wouldn't scold us, but simply bandage it up. From childhood to adulthood, she was always there, an ever-present part of our lives.

The last time I saw her was two years ago, and even then, with me as an adult, she would give me money to go to the supermarket for snacks. I'd sit with her sometimes in the evenings and just chat, catching her up on what was going on in my life. They were brief conversations but they are so valuable to me now. I wish I could have had more of them.

I wish I could have been there for her these past few months, and I wish I could be there now. However, I know she is now with God, and I am glad to have at least this opportunity to memorialize her. I love you and miss you dearly Grandma.

Oluwatofunmi Kalejaiye
Grandson
Shared by Tolu Kalejaiye on June 10, 2021
When describing my grandma the first words that come to mind are caring loving and giving.
She loved all of her grandchildren and she made sure we knew it every time we spoke and saw her. I remember my phone conversation with her, she always wanted to know how I was doing and always made sure to tell me how proud she was of me. I could always feel her love even though we weren’t in the same room. My early memories of grandma is her coming to visit us in Warri and making sure she brought all our favourite food, I remember she’d spend hours making it but she wouldn’t mind cause we were her grandchildren;that’s just the kind of grandma she was. I’m going to miss grandma, I’m going to miss hearing her laugh and her singing, she would always sing my name when I called her. She was a light in this world!

Michelle Edwards
Granddaughter
Shared by Tolu Kalejaiye on June 10, 2021
My Grandma meant a lot to me. I wish I had been able to see her one more time. She was so loving and so caring and when I think back to my childhood we were just so blessed to have her. I am so grateful for her and I am going to miss everything about her. I love you so much Grandma.

Nicole Edwards
Granddaughter
Shared by Tolu Kalejaiye on June 10, 2021
Dear Mummy, you were so amazing. Full of life. A true mother Always there for Adenrele my friend. Always had a special way of making me feel loved. I will always remember your delicious crab stew. Remembering details. I know you are resting now. Glory be to God for your life. So glad i knew you. Adenrele would miss you terribly. May Her soul rest in peace.

Seyi Wole -Bankole
Adenrele's Friend
Shared by Tolu Kalejaiye on June 10, 2021
Mummy was a beautiful and lively woman. Cheerful, a God fearing woman and of strong faith in God. I met her for the first time in Warri when she came to spend some time with her children and grandchildren. Mummy became our fellowship member. She attended meetings every time she was in Warri and blessed us with her wonderful testimonies and counsel. My husband and children all loved her. She always reminded Moses of his promise to buy her a Lamborghini. Mummy called me a few months back, early this year. We could not talk as the network was bad. That was all I heard from mummy. I miss her and I know she is heaven’s gain. Sleep on mummy. We love and miss you.

Mrs Tase Odibo
Denrele’s friend, and friend/daughter to mummy
Shared by Tolu Kalejaiye on June 10, 2021
TRIBUTE TO MUMMY ADETOUN SOLEBO
Mummy, you came, you saw, you conquered.

The first time I met you in 2015/16, we bonded immediately. You felt comfortable in my presence and you could share anything with me. I thank you for the trust and confidence you had in me.
I wasn’t present at your 70th birthday but I remembered you shared your memories of the joyful day with me. You told me you had fun and that your daughters and grandchildren made you proud.
You always looked forward to our hangouts. Mummy, you were a delight and fun to be with.
You radiated energy, love and warmth.
Your faith in God is worth emulating. You loved being in His presence and you took advantage of any opportunity to share and testify about His goodness upon you and family.
My last visit to you in April this year had me worried and a bit downcast. I came fully prepared to spend the day with you. I was looking forward to your testimonies about what God was doing for you, your daughters and grandchildren. We would have ended up praising God. Your silence and quietness, gave me concern. I went home sad and worried. I didn’t know that would be the last time I would see you.
Dear Mummy , I miss our gist and laughter. Once you heard my voice, you usually would ask “Is that my Doctor?”
Mummy, I miss you being here with us but I know heaven is rejoicing at your home coming.
Mummy Adetoun, Aya Solebo. Sun ree o

Dr Joy Ogbonna
Friend/Therapist
Shared by Tolu Kalejaiye on June 10, 2021
Mommy, I celebrate the life you lived and the daughters you raised. Sleep well Ma. We will see you at His feet soon enough.


Pst. Dr. Bolanle Golden
Daughter's friend

Shared by Tolu Kalejaiye on June 10, 2021
Mama!!!! You know I love you always

Mama!!! I took it for granted that you would always be here, to talk with, laugh with, fight with, make up with, and all the other things that we do together that make our shared history so rich and unforgettable. Words just seem so inadequate right now. You play so many roles , I will write about just a few;

Mother: I do not know if there was ever a child more loved than I have been. I have always been able to count on your presence, support, sacrifices, and advice. You believed the best of me always and so I took it as a duty to make you proud of me and never have you worry about me. I remember every time I said I wanted to lose weight; you would just tell me to pray over the food and trust God. I would laugh and tell you that I didn’t think that would work and I actually need to do my part by eating right and exercising. I have often said that I could not have pursued a career in banking, especially with the intensity that I did without your constant presence and support. Every one of my three children grew up in your arms. I could leave them and sleep and you would stay up all night if necessary, just so that I was comfortable. I never had to worry about leaving them with a nanny alone because you were there and brooded over them like the mother hen that you are.

Growing up with you was fun. You have been my only parent since I was nine years old and you did an excellent job even if I say so myself. Despite your limited resources, we lacked for nothing and you always put us first. I remembered how you took me to school in Ikot-Ekpene when I started secondary school, that was my first time of being away from you for such long periods. I can confirm that you are still the best cook that I know. As for your sense of style, totally classic, you could make the most ordinary outfit look beautiful just because of your elegance.

Friend: I could tell you more things than even my friends. You never judged me but believed the best and offered wise counsel. All my close friends felt comfortable in your presence and I often had to remind them that you were my mother and not theirs, but you had enough love for everyone. I have had the pleasure of listening to my friends’ recollections of their relationships with you. There have even been arguments about how many “Children” we should list as everyone feels somehow like your child.

Grandma: After some time, we all called you grandma. I know that your grandchildren – Ayomikun, Fikun, and Bukunmi will miss you dearly. Who will save them from me when they have been naughty? Bukunmi would always sneak to sleep in your room when you came over to visit because she loved to snuggle up and gist about everything and nothing. I really don’t know how you listened with such patience. Your toaster- Fikun, what will he do without you? Fortunately he has stopped being naughty so all is good. As for Ayomikun, he was always so protective of you, he’s had the benefit of your presence the longest. He would threaten to report me to you whenever we disagreed on something

Child of God: I think of you skipping along happily in heaven and I smile. I know Abba is happy to welcome you home. You had enduring faith and believed that nothing was impossible. In recognition of what Abba has done for you and in you, you re-named yourself “favour”. I can confirm that you were indeed favored. As a young woman of 39, you lost your husband and yet you brought up 3 daughters incident free. You prayed tirelessly and would watch so many pastors preach on TV asides from regular church services. Perhaps the best testament to your enduring faith was how much of yourself you put into helping others. I have heard so many stories these last two weeks from family and friends of how much impact you made in their lives. I hope you know how special you were to so many people and that you made a difference.

Someone told me to comfort myself with the knowledge that I will see you in Heaven. I wish you had stayed to celebrate my 50th birthday, your 80th birthday, Bukunmi’s wedding too- you promised!!! I am glad that you were there to see me grow up, get married, have children, and attend even my graduation in February for my doctorate. If there was another life, I would ask for you as my mother again and again.

I love you so very much and will miss you. I thank God for all the years that we spent together.

Your loving daughter, Adeolaolamiposi Ogunyemi

Adeola Ogunyemi
Daughter

Shared by Tolu Kalejaiye on June 10, 2021
Dear Aunty,
You are gone, but never forgotten. Your love and care for family will be dearly missed. May your warm, kind and gentle soul find eternal rest in the warm embrace of the Lord. E sun re o.

Femi Oduntan
Niece
Shared by Tolu Kalejaiye on June 10, 2021
She was a beautiful and soft spoken lady. My condolences to Deola and Denrele. God grant her eternal rest.

Ireneh
Friend of the family
Shared by Tolu Kalejaiye on June 10, 2021
Dear Grandma,
It is hard for us to believe that you are gone. We are however comforted by the beautiful legacy you left behind. You accepted us as part of your family and showered us with love and we are eternally grateful for the opportunity to know you. Sleep on in the bosom of the lord.

Mary & Okey Ahukanna
Adopted Children
Shared by Tolu Kalejaiye on June 10, 2021
Mummy, as you sleep now and take your rest, we who remain look forward to the resurrection that comes from Jesus. Your bubbly, generous, optimistic soul leaves a large gap of silence at your departure, ma. Your approach to life taught me to go ahead and keep making lemonade from all the lemons life flings up. Your bravery and courage as a mother has given us a heritage of dignity for our daughters. I bless the day I met you, ma. May our Lord God bless the day we will meet again. Amen.

Funke Alabi
Surrogate daughter
Shared by Tolu Kalejaiye on June 10, 2021
God never sees his children die; He simply sees them coming home. Mummy has gone home to meet our Lord Almighty. She may have passed but her memories would always live on within all that know her. We thank God for the wonderful and fulfilled time she had while on earth and we thank God for the wonderful family and descendants that she created. May God see her through this and May God console her wonderful families and friends IJN. May her soul and the souls of all the Faithful departed through the Mercy of God Rest in Peace, Amen.

Doris
Daughter's friend
Shared by Tolu Kalejaiye on June 10, 2021
You are a mum like no other, one who gave me space to breathe and think, you gave my children and I a home when we needed it. I miss you and I know heaven have gained a saint. What a blessing to know we would meet again in the presence of the most high God. Rest until then mum.

Queen Obonyano
She was a mum to my child and I
Shared by Tolu Kalejaiye on June 10, 2021
Dear ‘Mother’ as we all called you and as you were to many of us, it had been a great honor to have been a part of your life.
I met you nearly 30yrs ago, when Deola and I were at the University and just as I became your daughter, ‘Mama Ghana’ as you called my mum became your ‘my sister’.
What fun, we had in Surulere during the weekends when we came home from school.You made it so easy to love you. You were really cool and fun to gist with. To know you was to love you.
Your life story, is indeed a testimony of God’s faithfulness. You have fought the good fight and remain a conqueror.
Thank you for the love you showed to all of us your children’s friends.You will be missed but fondly remembered in our hearts with so much love, that you showed and gave effortlessly.
My dear ‘Mother, you are now resting in the bosom of your Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, whom you served till the end.
Rest In Peace Mother,.
Your Daughter,

Sum Sum.

Sunmibo Adebanjo.
Daughter
Shared by Tolu Kalejaiye on June 10, 2021
I have known 'Mummy Denrele' for almost 40years. She was a Super Mum. She was always available, kind, generous, caring, loving, and always had a listening ear. She was beautiful insider and outside. She loved to talk about politics and was an avid reader of the newspaper.

Most importantly she was godly and God-fearing, she always had a scripture to encourage everyone and herself, and always had a beautiful song to worship God. She was very supportive and hardworking, she was always ready to go the extra mile.

I am grateful I had the opportunity to visit her in her last days; her voice was still very strong though her body was weak, she still had a scripture, a word of encouragement and a spiritual song on her lips.

I will miss her phone calls, her prayers and review of current affairs, I remember her tasty pepperish stew (although its been years I tasted it), her beautiful smile..... but I am comforted hat she walked the straight and narrow path, fought the good fight and is now at peace with the Lord.

Denrele, Deola, Sis B and the entire family, be comforted by the Holy Spirit.

Temitope Hassan
Daughter's friend (and daughter to Mummy Denrele)
Shared by Tolu Kalejaiye on June 10, 2021
My grandma was and still is one of my best friends. She was often the first person that I would go to if I had a problem or needed to talk to someone because she always had a kind and caring shoulder to lean on. When I was younger we would hang out for hours at a time. Sometimes we would just chat, other times we would watch tv or listen to sermons. I thank God for the times he allowed us to share and the fond memories we have. Even though she may no longer be with me physically, i can feel her in my spirit and know that she will always be there for me.

Ayomikun Ogunyemi
Grandson
Shared by Tolu Kalejaiye on June 10, 2021
Grandma grandma, my favourite grandma. Thank you for always being there for me. Even when i was in the wrong you always stood by me and protected me. Thank you for allowing me be your husband, it made me really happy that we had that special bond. Thank you for always being there for me and allowing me spend the night in your room; your bed was really comfy. Thank you for being my grandma and loving me as much as i love you. Its sad that you wont be able to see me growing up but i know you're in the best place you can be and that you're watching me from above in a front row seat.

Fikun Ogunyemi
Grandchild (2nd Husband)
Shared by Tolu Kalejaiye on June 10, 2021
To A Dear Mom
From the day I started dating your baby daughter Adeola in 1993, Mom took me as her own son. She showed unconditional motherly love and always treats me as one of her own. You were the only one that calls me Ayodele.
She was always there to take care of all her grandchildren from the day they were given birth to.
You were an elegant, fashionable, beautiful and strong woman. You were fearless and said what was on your mind unapologetic but with love.
It was indeed a pleasure being one of your children. You loved to have people around you and talked about anything including politics, of which you were an authority.
You lived a prayerful life and showed us all to trust God.
Mom you will be greatly missed by all of us and we will always keep you in our minds, where your fond memory will live with us all.

Rest in perfect peace dear Mom.

Deji Ayodele Ogunyemi
Son-in-law
Shared by Tolu Kalejaiye on June 10, 2021
We felt Mama Adetoun Solebo's love through her worthy offspring, Mrs Adeola Ogunyemi, PhD, a front line Nigerian bank Executive of very high repute. Dr Mrs Ogunyemi's focussed professionalism, dedication to duty, compassion & mature intellect are a clear testimony to a strong & disciplined upbringing & rare Christian nourishment. We pay our tributes to Mama & offer the entire family our heartfelt condolences at her passing.
Please be consoled in the words of 1 Corinthians 15:50-55 & 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 that mama has gone from our world of sin & strife to join the Saints Triumphant. May the Lord in His mercies grant you all the strength & comfort for this season of loss & for all time.

The Venerable & Mrs Segun Agbetuyi
Friend of the Family
Shared by Tolu Kalejaiye on June 10, 2021
Grandma you are such an amazing person I love you so much you always used to pray with me and we would always sing together you would tell me not to stay too close to the fan and when I was upset with someone or some thing you would make me feel better grandma I love you so much and I know you love me too and it makes me happier to know you are now with God in heaven even though it makes me sad to know you’re not here with me I know you’re happy in heaven.

Kayla Edwards
Grandchild
Shared by Tolu Kalejaiye on June 10, 2021
Grandma you are an amazing person. I love when we sing, laugh and chat together. When I'm sad you comfort me. I value every moment I had with you, You are one of the most important people In my life. I love you so much I'm happy that you're in heaven and that you can see. You will forever be in my heart.

Bukunmi Ogunyemi
Grandchild
Shared by Tolu Kalejaiye on June 10, 2021
She was such an adorable person, loved her charisma and style. Mummy Surulere, may your soul rest in perfect peace IJMN amen.

Niran Adesanya
Aunt
Shared by Tolu Kalejaiye on June 10, 2021
I met Mama maybe just once but she's an unforgettable and remarkable person. Full of smiles, very active and cheerful with a noticeable seriousness and deliberateness about her. Welcoming and accommodating, Mama is the type of person you look forward to seeing again after a first meeting. Mama has gone to rest and I thank God for the beautiful life she led.

Olusegun Kalejaiye
Inlaw

Shared by Tolu Kalejaiye on June 10, 2021
Hmmmmm hmmmmm, I really don't know where to begin from cos I still can't wrap my mind around the fact that I didn't get to speak with u as promised before your departure, mama Goshen like my siblings and I fondly call you, cos anytime we call to check on you and ask how you doing your answer will always be that you are safe in Goshen where you chose to abide and indeed I know you are resting in Goshen,
I met you few years ago in church after I loss my mum and felt so empty you came around and filled the emptiness in me and ever since we related as mother and daughter and whenever I had a burden you were always there to cry to and ur soothing words made me feel lifted and will forever miss u.
You fondly call me ur angel who will call me that again,you became a grandma to my children and never stopped asking after their wellbeing anytime we spoke, a mother hen indeed u are, my husband u call bros del , who will call him that again, my heart is filled with so much pain knowing that I can't get to speak with u again until resurrection day,
My most cherished moment was the night I drove to your place after work and I said I was sleeping over, , we had dinner together , we took the mattress put it on the floor in the living room and it was a long night, we sang , gist, prayed , listened to sermons and I felt like a baby sleeping by her mother.
Mama, u left me, you left your lovely children who you always refer to as your elect, we all will miss u , sleep on in Goshen, ADIEU.

Mrs Christiana Akingboye
Her adopted daughter
Shared by Tolu Kalejaiye on June 10, 2021
Dear Mother,

Nothing breaks my heart more than having a world that no longer has you in it and it is an honour to have shared this life with you.

It always seems like l have all the time in the world, only to realize how fleeting it really is. I wish i had more time to do and say the things i saved for later, which, along with you, is gone forever.

I promise to keep you alive in my memories.

You are MY MOTHER! Rest in peace, Mama

Abisola Obe Ogunjulugbe
Adopted Daughter
Shared by Tolu Kalejaiye on June 10, 2021
Mummy, It is so sad to hear of your loss. We are comforted because we know that you are are resting in the blossom of the Lord and singing hosannah in the highest. May God grant you eternal rest till we meet to path no more. Rest in peace mum.


Ibukun Obe
Son

Shared by Tolu Kalejaiye on June 10, 2021
May soul rest in perfect peace

Mrs Temitope Oluwatoyin Adesanya
Sister in-law

Shared by Tolu Kalejaiye on June 10, 2021
You lived a good life, we miss you but we take solace in the fact that you are now in a better place. I am glad that in your life time, you saw the goodness of God. The promises of God were fulfilled in your life. You saw your children's children and enjoyed many good things of life. Sleep on darling mum till we meet at resurrection.......... Your dearest Balogun


Dr. Adeyinka Hassan
Family friend / Adopted son
Shared by Tolu Kalejaiye on June 10, 2021
Dear Grandma, you were always so warm to me and your grand daughter Ariella. 'Is that Ariella's mum? come and give me a hug. Where is Ariella?

Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. You made time to represent Dr Adeola Ogunyemi (my small mummy because you are my big mummy... lol) at Ariella' s baby dedication on August 17, 2013 because she was out of the country and could not make the ceremony. You treated us as your own and we will never forgot.

Thank you Ma, we love and miss you dearly.

Resting in the Lord

Abieyuwa Omoregie
Daughter

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