ForeverMissed
Our dearest Mummy, Chief (Mrs) M.O.Orija was a true woman of substance. A loving and devoted mother and grandmother who provided unfailing support and unending encouragement. Conscientious and exemplary, she touched numerous lives with her kind and generous spirit. 

Mummy, we will love you always and will miss you forever. 
Posted by Stella Balogun on February 26, 2021
To our dearest mum, Aunty , the dearest friend and loving sister to our Mum Mrs Elean Olajumoke Oluwo and an amazing Aunty to me.

Word cannot express how we all feel about your passing on to be with the Lord.
You were a woman of substance , very kind and very generous. You always give and never wait to get anything back . You loved us as one of your own always calling when you came to London.
You will be greatly missed
My mum Elean who calls you “my star” meaning my sister will miss you dearly . The impact of your death on her is overwhelming . May your soul Rest In Peace .
And I pray that the Almighty God be with your children and grandchildren and all your family.
E su re Auntie
With love and prayers and all our cherished memories.

Sleep in peace
From Mrs Stella Balogun
On behalf of Mrs Elean Olajumoke Oluwo & family .
Posted by Frederick Ogunmuyiwa on February 25, 2021
Aunty Banke,
February 8th 2021 will remain memorable in our hearts .The news of your demise filtered through.
It was a huge shock, and still remains a shock as I write.
However we take solace in the fact the Lord giveth and taketh and it is our believe you have been taken to a better place.
Your good deeds will never be forgotten, you were a genuinely good person, a problem solver, a blessing to me and my entire family.
Thank you Aunty Banke, thanks a million for everything.
Rest in peace Aunty Banke Orija. Rest in peace "angel"
Posted by Richard Oluwawo on February 25, 2021
Having known you for several years since my primary school days, over 50 years ago, as a very close friend of my mum, Jumoke Oluwo-Turner; it’s been awesome knowing you ‘ Mystar’ as you fondly call each other, meaning My sister. You have been a tremendous blessing, a great support, you were very hospitable, convivial, dynamic and very kind- hearted. You will be truly missed but we know you have gone to be with your Maker, to a place of rest and rejoicing. We pray that your legacy will continue to be greater as Your children and grandchildren continue to blossom and flourish. May they continue to blaze the trail you started. Rest in the bosom of our Eternal King and Sovereign Lord. See you on the resurrection morning and the marriage supper of the Lamb. Sleep well Auntie.
Posted by Ayomide Odubena on February 25, 2021
Grandma Orija was kindhearted, vibrant and godfearing. It's so sad that she passed away. I pray she finds eternal rest on the bosom of her creator.

Thank you very much ma for everything. You'll forever be in our hearts.
Posted by Jaafar Oloko on February 24, 2021
RIP
Posted by Ronabek Banwo on February 24, 2021
My dearest Auntie, Chief Mrs Banke Orija was a loving, caring and God fearing person. The news of her death was like a dream to me, because on the day of her demise - 08/02/21, she sent me a WhatsApp message at 14.38pm and she replied me back exactly 14.43pm exactly 5 minutes after. For me to hear that she departed this world on that same day was a shock which l can't comprehend up till now, I pray that God Almighty shall grant her eternal rest, and let perpetual light shine upon her. Also, may the good Lord grant the children and her loved ones fortitude to bear the irreparable loss IJMN.
Posted by Olatunji Badejo on February 24, 2021
I remember you fondly for your stories, laughter, smile and most importantly your guidance when sort. You are a remarkable woman of substance, no level was too low, you fit in all circles, Only a few people are capable, you are a legend, Rest in peace Mummy O. We will miss you greatly
Posted by Charles Ogunmuyiwa on February 24, 2021
Dear Aunty Banke,
It is so sad to say goodbye but we are grateful for the life you lived, Thank you for everything you did for me and my family.
I pray your Soul rest in perfect peace and God will continue to keep you Children and the family you left behind in Jesus name.

Charles Ogunmuyiwa
Posted by Titilola Annan on February 24, 2021
It has been extremely difficult for me to write these few words. How do I say goodbye to someone so close to me like you? We have shared many fond memories. We have laughed, cried, chatted, and danced together. Your generous heart to everyone was amazing. You gave me good advice even as recently as a few days before your sudden demise. My friend, my sister as I wipe away my tears ADIEU. Am sure your legacy will continue with your wonderful children and they will continue to make you proud. Rest in perfect peace. AMEN



Posted by Mayowa Adejumo on February 24, 2021
My mother has two favourite Aunts; one of which is you. To help us differentiate the Aunt she is referring to in a conversation or visit, we call you using the Yoruba do re mi syllable emphasis, to us our Aunti (re mi) has joined the league of saints, with her charming smile leaving us memories to cherish.

I remember eating mushrooms for this first time at your London home while on holiday, I am grateful that I didn't say no because today mushrooms in different types is part of what my business retails!.

Mother will miss you, you and your home have been her pals since I could remember and seeing you in her wedding photos tells me that good relationships is as old as history itself.


Sun re O....
Posted by Akinola Gandonu on February 23, 2021
Chief (Mrs) Olubanke Orija where do I start as its still a shock you have gone. To say you were a remarkable person is an understatement as you were more than that. You were a tower of strength, frank, loving, caring but above all a true matriach. One not to be forgotten. Many experienced your love, care and compassion and I was fortunate to have been one of those who did. I am grateful that I came to know.  You have left a void that will impossible to fill. May your soul rest in perfect peace. Sleep well Mama Funke.
Posted by Josephine Agbebi on February 23, 2021
Our Dear Banke,
Your departure will definitely take sometime to assimilate and accept, but God knows best. You were so loving, selfless, extremely generous and a caring mother to all.
May your precious soul rest in the Bossom of our Lord Jesus Christ
Posted by Lara Loj on February 23, 2021
Dear Aunty

Our families have been friends for generations and I have known you all my life. I remember your entrepreneurial spirit and how generous you always were to me. I loved bumping into you on the streets of London and the treats you gave us as teenage school girls.

It was our turn to take care of you and I was asking of you and looking forward to seeing you or speaking to you this summer.

This is all so shocking to everyone but one thing I am certain of is that God knows everything and as your life has been a blessing to many your memory will continue to bless us too.

All your children will excel and flourish as a testimony to your legacy and hard work in Jesus name. Amen.

Sleep well Aunty.

Molara Omoloja and family
Posted by Lilian Abiodun on February 22, 2021
My darling Sis, this is hard for me to do!
You sent me a WhatsApp message at 14.33 pm on the 8th of February! By 9 pm you had left this sinful world to take your place amongst the Saints Triumphant!!!
I am glad I met you in my prime when we both worked for United Bank for Africa in 1969. Ever since then you have been a truly dependable sister to me . You were at my wedding in February 1971 . I thank you for all your advice that imparted positively on my marriage. You were my sister from another mother! It was always a joy to be with you. We joked often and when you are taken in by my jokes you would exclaim Adunnson!!! You were fun to be with. O dear I miss you already and you will forever live in my heart. My loss is Heaven’s gain.
May God bless your generous soul and grant you Eternal Rest. Amen
I am fully persuaded that “when the roll is called up yonder “ we will meet again to part no more. Adieu my darling Sis. We love you but God loves you more. Glory be to His Holy Name.
Posted by John Orija on February 22, 2021
A great woman of substance "Precious in the sight of God is the death of his saint" Psalm 116:15. Ecclesiastes says "To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die".
The sun has set at dawn, the golden ring is lost. You put smiles on many faces,your memories remains evergreen and linger on forever. You had an open mind towards all with a nature of love. Your generosity was unparalleled and your humility was outstanding. You were the strength of the family, but death has come to take you home. Goodbye Mummy Daps till we meet at the footstool of the Lord to part no more. Sun re ooo....
Posted by Abimbola Ogunmuyiwa on February 22, 2021
AUNTY BANKE your passing came to me as a shock. A woman full of wisdom.
Aunty Banke was the warmest ,most accommodating and kindest person l know. I will miss her beautiful and welcoming smile. Her heart was pure and authentic. She was a God fearing woman who was humble; hardworking; diligent and extremely family oriented.

She would take me to her bedroom,and ask me to pick whatever l want from her large shoe collection. Auntie Banke wouldn't care about the cost of the shoe, once you liked it, it was yours. That was Auntie Banke for you.

I do not want to say goodbye Auntie ,l wish you eternal peace in Jesus Mighty Name ❤
Posted by Adewale Oyinade on February 22, 2021
Grandma, the news of your death is so saddening . I remember my childhood visit to your store at yaba. How u always make sure you give me gifts. The last gifts you gave me is still with me. I will miss u and your smiles ❤️❤️❤️ It’s so sad covid did not allow you come to my wedding. I will forever miss u grandma ❤️❤️❤️
Posted by Busola Oziwo on February 21, 2021
I have never thought,I would be writing a tribute to a super mama so soon. The Sunday before you passed on I was going through my wedding album and was justing admiring your beautiful smile,my children took the album away and I requested to see it again and was looking at you full of smile and happy for me. I was so shocked when my mum called to inform me about you passing on. Hmmm super mama you were such a wonderful friend to my mum and my childhood memories are incomplete without having you in the picture. How will I ever forget the nickname you gave me and how you always reminded me how i got the nickname (Afeshi). Thank you ma for been a wonderful friend to my mum. Thank you for been a support machine to her when she needed a shoulder to lean on during those times that mattered most. Yes i was so young then but i remembered them all like it was yesterday because I held the memories close to heart. Wow! Your race is finally finished ma,goodbye super mama has you return home to your creator and i join my voice with the angels in heaven to sing Hossanna in the highest. May your soul find the rest you deserve.
Mrs Oluwabusola Ogunmuyiwa Oziwo (Afeshi)
Posted by Busola Oziwo on February 21, 2021
Tribute to my late friend Chief Mrs Banke Orija. By Mrs Olaide Ogunmuyiwa.

Bankus Bankus as I fondly called you. Oh I miss u dear friend,a friend like a sister. Banke you left without saying goodbye. I could remember sending you a text message that very day you departed this sinful world not knowing the unexpected had happened. I can never forget how u touched my life. You were really a friend like a sister,We spent so much quality time together and I cherished every bit of it. The love you have for my family shall never be forgotten and was never taken for granted. I can only say God loves u more than us. May u rest in d bossom of our God till we meet at d feet of our Lord and saviour. Sleep on friend.
From: Mrs Olaide Ogunmuyiwa.
Posted by Joke osijo Vicky osijo on February 21, 2021
I honestly can't believe I am writing a tribute for my childhood friend of 67yrs, Chief Mrs Maragaret Olubanke Orija (Nee Awonugba). It was a thunderous shock to me when I heard the news of your demise. We spoke a day before and you sent me a whatsapp message on that fateful day. Oh! death where is thy sting? How are the Mighty fallen!!!Didun didun ni iku Olododo. Treasured moments brighten our days bringing pictures from the past. Our minds turn to some occasions that we always wanted to last. We think on these times and years gone by with affection that touches our hearts and I want to thank God for the roles we played in each others lives. I remember in 2009 when my husband passed, you were about to travel to London you brought me some dark colour attires for me to wear during the mourning period. You were forever a cheerful giver and very appreciative of any little thing you were given ( Just reminds me of Papa Dapo.) Your generousity was endless. You were a mentor to many families and friends both young and old. You played so many encouraging and advisory roles in peoples' lives. You were a Mother In Israel to many. Your Christian beliefs earned you some Dignitary titles in the Church and in Abeokuta (your husbands hometown. Banke enjoyed life to the fullest. To the children and grandchildren, the bibles says - "mourning
may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning" May God comfort and strengthen all. Her legacy will live forever. My darling friend and sister, sleep well. "A o pade lese odo, nibiti a ko ni ya ara wa, a o ri ara wa, a a yo mo ara wa Jesu ni o o se Alaga wa. Sun n re o Olubanke (omo Awonugba) Ore mi timotimo.
Posted by Funmilola Awonugba on February 21, 2021
My superwoman, my WhatsApp partner! It took me 2days to come to reality that my Angle has gone home to rest. I will miss your lovely smile and your advice. You were beautiful inside out. You were the (Ejika ti ko je ki aso ko ye) she was a joyful giver, who am I to question the Almighty ( kabi o - osi) good night mummy Yaba, my mummy Shade like you normally call her still can't understand why you had to go soooooo soon! Keep resting till we meet to part no more. You came, You saw, and You conquered.
Posted by Tokunboh Princewill on February 21, 2021
I am short of words. Honest! I first met you in Surulere. You were truely warm. My experience with you that first day is similar to what others have said about you. You were so consistent. We met again in Bexleyheath, SE London several months later. We talked and talked about life, business ideas etc. I was devastated to learn of your passage. I can only wish I got to meet you much earlier in life. Yetunde, my wife feels equally saddened. Mummy, e sun re o!!
Posted by Sholer Ogunsakin on February 20, 2021
Big mummy, it came as a big shock to me when I received the news of your passing, because we where still together a day before gisting and laughing not knowing it will be our last together. You where a beacon of hope and you will be forever missed, funny how we just started getting really close and now you are no more, sleep well mummy, heaven is for angels like you. Till we meet again.
Posted by Tolu Oluwaleimu on February 20, 2021
A Great woman with a large heart.
The news came as a shock to me, that you had passed away, still trying to come to terms with fact that you are no more.
Mummy you meant so much to me, you were my mentor, my business advisor, my encourager. Always asking about our business and giving me ideas of what can be done back home in Nigeria. You were a great friend indeed to my mum who passed 17yrs ago and not once did you stop asking and looking after all she left behind. You were caring and loving always asking me if I was okay and if I wanted anything. You were a great mum to All. A great Mum with a large heart I can’t begin to think of not seeing you again here in Lagos nor in London. You were always there for me. 
Miss your laughter and your warm embrace. I miss you and will continue to miss you.
My husband and children are lost for words, not seeing Grandma Orija again ! Only God knows best.
Mummy, May your gentle soul rest in the bosom of the Almighty.
Posted by Samuel Orija on February 20, 2021
TRIBUTE ON CHIEF MRS M.O. ORIJA BY DUROTOLA OGUNBAWO.

Mummy coming across you was divine and purposes by God. It was a great privilege to serve under your tutelage.
You are my mentor, counsellor,a torch bearer and comforter. I learnt at a close range from you on how to love and show same without being prompted.
One of the attributes I equally imbibed from you among others is the "fear of God" and through you I developed the spirit of giving to people that comes my way.
Till your last breath you exhibited these uncommon attributes. You are compassionate, affectionate and well pleasing. Your legacies will forever remains green.
Adieu! Iya olomo, ki ę sunre o.
BY
MRS DUROTOLA OGUNBAWO
Posted by Yetunde Oguntoyinbo on February 20, 2021
Tribute to the Matriarch of Orija family-Oloye Iya Afin Olubanke Orija

The greatest human is not he that has the most knowledge in his head but he whose heart is full of love and compassion. That was who my darling 'aunty mi'- Chief Mrs Olubanke Orija was. Though she has gone the way of all mortals,the sermon she preached by her exemplary life is relevant for all times- Help those that you can while you can.This is in consonance with the words of God in Mark 12v30-31.
All glory to God for blessing us with such a rare gem who impacted several lives positively. She lived a purpose driven life from her early adulthood treating everyone whose paths crossed hers as her brother and sister.
My loving thoughts accompany her as the angels lead her on her flight to Paradise after fighting the good fight of faith........
Sorely missed by:
Arinola Yetunde Oguntoyinbo
Posted by Aderemi Adewale on February 20, 2021
This is a trying times for the family. My consolation is that She lived a fulfilling life. Pray to Almighty that her soul rest in peace and comfort the family for this great loss.
Posted by Busayo Orija Adebayo And ... on February 20, 2021
Big Mummy, it broke our hearts to lose you. Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure, you are loved beyond words, and missed beyond measure.

I remembered when I and my sister use to spend the holiday with you during our university days, on one of those occasions, you took us to your shop and told us to pick anything we like.

Those special memories of you will always bring a smile. We will miss you greatly.

We however remain comforted in the fact that you are at rest and trust that God's peace which surpasses all understanding will guide our hearts and minds.

You're forever in our hearts until we meet again.
Rest with God in Peace.
Posted by Dapo Odojukan on February 20, 2021
My darling aunty Banke, now I know why I had such a strong urge to keep in touch with you over the last two years. I’m so grateful I spent the time I did with you last December on the balcony at yaba reminiscing about my childhood when my mum, your bestie would bring me in tow to Yaba and how I used to ride bicycle round and round the balcony with my sister. I remember your infectious laughter that just brightened up the entire environment. I remember your loyalty to my late mother Olatayo Odojukan, even in death, always checking up on my sisters and i loaded with clothes till we had no wardrobe room left for clothes at such a young age. I remember your warmth and boisterous nature. I regret the fact that after reconnecting with you a few years ago, we didn’t get to spend as much time as I would have loved but I’m so grateful to have spent the time we did as it brought back wonderful memories of my childhood and the deep friendship you shared with my mum. I miss you Aunty and will always remember you lovingly.
Posted by Lucy Bol on February 19, 2021
TRIBUTE
My heart is heavy as I write these few words in Banke’s name. How can death take the life of our most loved friend-Banke from our midst? Well, as children of God we take solace in thoughts that this must be God’s timing.

Banke we loved you, and I loved you dearly. You were an instrument of peace in our circle. There was no sorrow or enmity in your dictionary. You were a friend to children, adults and seniors, you made them all happy. We love you but God loves most.

Your advice to people usually germinate smile. Your actions with anyone in contact with you turned his or her life to a better one. You are actually one of the SEEDS planted in the world to produce Sweet and lasting impressions to people, this you did magnificently. Your footprint in terms of your generosity and care for everyone in contact with you cannot be copied. You came to this world full of surprises and you left the world with greater surprises. We loved you but God Loved you most.

Banke, maje okun, maje ekolo, ohun ti won nbaje ni ajule orun niki oma ba won je. Odabo o Banke, ama pade ni ese JESU ni ojo Ajinde. REST IN PERFECT PEACE DEAREST FRIEND. AMEN
LucyBol Dupe Adeoti
Posted by Samuel Orija on February 19, 2021
TRIBUTE BY PRINCE SAMUEL OLADIPO ORIJA ( HEADFIGHT) Oh!Mummy , iam yet to come out of my reverie and be in terms with the reality of the undeniable fact that you have gone to be with the Lord. You related closely with me not as my uncle's wife but much more as my mum. Most of the time I get amused and pleasantly occupied by your jist that are wrapped in philosophical and penetrating matured / thought provoking words.
You are down to earth . Your death aborted my special and surprise package planned for your 80th birthday.
I give glory to the Almighty God that has made our paths to cross. You did not only trained us but you deposited inside us how to live for others and better their lives. You practicalised and equally demonstrated for us how to be prudent and be straight forward in dealing with our clients and friends.
Your charming smiles was infectious and like barbecue source, it always wound up on everyone face. You are too generous to a fault. You are appreciative of every little gifts we give to you. Honestly Iam going to miss you more because it will be rare to come across a person like you who only comes once in a century.
Mummy good night and continue to rest in the bossom of the Lord until we meet at the feet of Jesus never to path again.
Posted by Adedoyin Abigail on February 19, 2021
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his Saint psalm 116vs 15.
The news of chief (Mrs) Olubanke Orija came to me as a rude shock still Battling to get over. Banke was a God sent to a lot of people, she had a large heart and a big shoulder to lean on, loving,caring and a good listener. To me Banke was genuine friend, sister and adviser "Select the right people to travel with you in your journey of life at all times and thereby make your life sweeter ". Glad I chose Banke she was a friend indeed. A disciplined and dedicated person, there are lot of things to emulate from her, a good Christian and a role model.
May the Lord take care of the children, grandchildren and the entire family she left behind.
Missing you rest on beloved you will forever be in my heart. Adieu.
Chief (Mrs) Adedoyin Onayiga
Posted by Olusegun Ogunjobi on February 19, 2021
I am honoured to say a few words about you maa, mummy Orija. She was cheerful, loving, caring and full of life. She made everyone around her happy with her positive attitude and big smile, she was a delight to be around, a kind soul and a role model. Saying goodbye is really heart breaking but we take solace in the fact that we know you are in a better place. Goodbye our darling mummy Orija. You left a mark in our hearts that nothing will ever erase. Adieu mummy Orija.
Posted by Jairzinho Williams on February 18, 2021
Chief Mrs Olubanke Orija and I were friends before we both got married. We were in England together for a period of time, Banke knew how to enjoy life. We enjoyed many holidays together, in 1984 she accompanied me to New York for my brothers wedding. We also flew Concorde, stayed at Waldorf Astoria & went on the QE2 etc. We always had a blast.

Banke was a humanitarian, and a kind soul, she would help anybody in need.
We last spoke on the eve of her death, as she consoled me for the loss of my cousin, 2 days prior.
I cannot explain the shock & pain I am still feeling, over her passing. She will be sorely missed.
Banke leaves behind 6 beautiful children & grandchildren. May GOD continue to protect & guard them.

Sleep well my VERY BEST FRIEND until we meet again.

Mrs Nike Williams Onitiri




Posted by Enitan Mosaku on February 18, 2021
The news of your death death came to me as a a shock, having spoken to you that same afternoon. I will miss you greatly as you are very true friend who wants progress for everyone. You are an epitome of love, true friendship, and generous to a fault. Words cannot express the type of woman you are. I am sure you are resting in the Lord and your dwelling place is Paradise. May your kind soul rest in perfect peace till we meet to part no more. I will forever miss you. Adieu my friend Bankus . .
Posted by Enitan Mosaku on February 18, 2021
The news of your death death came to me as a a shock, having spoken to you that same afternoon. I will miss you greatly as you are very true friend who wants progress for everyone. You are an epitome of love, true friendship, and generous to a fault. Words cannot express the type of woman you are. I am sure you are resting in the Lord and your dwelling place is Paradise. May your kind soul rest in perfect peace till we meet to part no more. I will forever miss you. Adieu my friend Bankus . .
Posted by olanike abiba on February 18, 2021
Mummy you were a blessing to my family and you took my mum as your dear friend and sister. She misses you a lot and she thanked God that she had that last conversation with you before passing to glory. The Badejo and Abiba family loves and misses you. You will remain fresh in our memories as we look forward to seeing you again in heaven. We are glad you are with God in heaven so we are most joyous. Rest on in the warmth embrace of Jesus Christ.

Much Love

Mama Abim
Posted by Abigail Adeyanju on February 18, 2021
Dear Aunty Banke, you are forever alive; only gone from this world. Heaven has gained another angel. Say hello to my mama for me. Xxxxxxxx kisses 
Posted by Sandra Ogunjobi on February 18, 2021
Mummy Orija you will be dearly missed. You are that woman l look up to. My role model from a very young age. You loved me like your own. Thank you for all the beautiful words and motherly advice and support.
Rest in peace.
Posted by Abimbola Badejo on February 18, 2021
I am saddened and shocked by your passing. From the first day I met you right until the last time I spoke to you, you were there for me. I thank God for your life. I thank you for your positive impact, your warmth and your incredible generosity. You will be sorely missed. You have set a good example to us all. Rest in peace mummy.
Posted by Yetunde Ladega on February 18, 2021
It was a rude shock hearing the sad news but we all have a date with death. Mama Orija was a beautiful soul, kind hearted, generous and peace loving. She was a support to many service groups and the Girls Brigade, 6th Lagos Company of which she was a Patron in particular. She had a wide and lovely smile for everyone.
She has gone to rest from the struggles of this world.
May the Lord comfort her family and SPCB family.
Sun re, mama rere!!
Posted by Benjamin Orija on February 18, 2021
Mama - What can I say about you? I still remember your lovely smiles and kind words. You were always happy to receive, welcome, and share stories that demonstrated your kind and warm personality. Always helping many people around you.
I pray the Lord to remember your faith in Him, your selfless sacrifices and grant you eternal rest. Amen
Posted by david shopeju on February 16, 2021
Mama was a great mother and a cheerful giver.I met her when I joined our society the YMAA and was charmed with the warmth she welcomed me with being our Matron.She supported us in all ways you can imagine. May her gentle soul rest in perfect peace, Amen and may God grant her family and loved ones the fortitude to bear this huge loss.
Bamofin David Shopeju -16.02.2021
Posted by PETER Oluwasanmi on February 16, 2021
Dear Mama Banke Orija was a lover of God and all that os godly. Am embodiment of love and Warmth, never was there a time that mama hated on anyone for so long. She was always open, and speaking her mind any day any time. Mama was so caring and loving. Always ready to help anyone to the best of her abilities. She will be greatly missed. We pray that God will rest her soul and Wake her into perfection in company of the saints.
Adieu sweet mother.

PETER AND FUNKE OLONINIRAN

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Posted by Stella Balogun on February 26, 2021
To our dearest mum, Aunty , the dearest friend and loving sister to our Mum Mrs Elean Olajumoke Oluwo and an amazing Aunty to me.

Word cannot express how we all feel about your passing on to be with the Lord.
You were a woman of substance , very kind and very generous. You always give and never wait to get anything back . You loved us as one of your own always calling when you came to London.
You will be greatly missed
My mum Elean who calls you “my star” meaning my sister will miss you dearly . The impact of your death on her is overwhelming . May your soul Rest In Peace .
And I pray that the Almighty God be with your children and grandchildren and all your family.
E su re Auntie
With love and prayers and all our cherished memories.

Sleep in peace
From Mrs Stella Balogun
On behalf of Mrs Elean Olajumoke Oluwo & family .
Posted by Frederick Ogunmuyiwa on February 25, 2021
Aunty Banke,
February 8th 2021 will remain memorable in our hearts .The news of your demise filtered through.
It was a huge shock, and still remains a shock as I write.
However we take solace in the fact the Lord giveth and taketh and it is our believe you have been taken to a better place.
Your good deeds will never be forgotten, you were a genuinely good person, a problem solver, a blessing to me and my entire family.
Thank you Aunty Banke, thanks a million for everything.
Rest in peace Aunty Banke Orija. Rest in peace "angel"
Posted by Richard Oluwawo on February 25, 2021
Having known you for several years since my primary school days, over 50 years ago, as a very close friend of my mum, Jumoke Oluwo-Turner; it’s been awesome knowing you ‘ Mystar’ as you fondly call each other, meaning My sister. You have been a tremendous blessing, a great support, you were very hospitable, convivial, dynamic and very kind- hearted. You will be truly missed but we know you have gone to be with your Maker, to a place of rest and rejoicing. We pray that your legacy will continue to be greater as Your children and grandchildren continue to blossom and flourish. May they continue to blaze the trail you started. Rest in the bosom of our Eternal King and Sovereign Lord. See you on the resurrection morning and the marriage supper of the Lamb. Sleep well Auntie.
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Biography

Chief (Mrs) Margaret Olubanke Orija was born on 22 June 1942 to Mr Joseph and Mrs Florence Awonugba of Erigo in Ijebu North East Local Government of Ogun State. 

When she was five years old, the family relocated to Lagos where she attended Methodist School, Yaba for her elementary education and later Methodist Girls’ High School and Anglican Girls’ Grammar School. After successfully completing her studies, Chief (Mrs) Orija worked at United Bank for Africa (UBA) in Lagos. After a few years in the employ of UBA, she travelled to London, where she undertook several courses and training at Pitmans College, London. She was later employed by British Railways and had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout Europe, including Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands. She resigned from British Railways in 1968 when she returned to Nigeria and was later re-employed by her former employer, UBA. After further training, she was promoted as an officer at UBA. 

She was always determined to set up her own business and after a few years working at UBA, she resigned in 1973 to start up her own company, Marban Enterprises Limited importing goods and fashion items including ladies’ wear, menswear, children’s items, electrical items and general household goods.

In 1970, she joined the family business of Davy & Sons Limited, mainly exporting commodities including Ginger, Coffee, Cocoa and Gum Arabic throughout Europe but mainly to London, Copenhagen and Brussels. Mummy had a vision and so continued to manage her own business as well, which covered a diverse portfolio of services including importation, salon services and retail business. After nearly 50 years of successfully running and managing different businesses under the ‘Marban’ umbrella, she resigned from active business to enjoy her well-deserved retirement in 2017.

She remained an active and faithful member of her church, St. Paul’s Breadfruit, Lagos and was particularly honoured to serve as the Grand Patroness of the Choir untilher death, enabling her to combine her love of music with her love for God and the church.

Mummy was hardworking, dedicated and compassionate. A principled, generous and kind-hearted woman who genuinely cared for others. She leaves behind her loving children and grandchildren and will be sorely missed by them, the extended family and her many friends and acquaintances.

Mummy, may you rest in perfect peace.
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TRIBUTE : LATE CHIEF MRS BANKE ORIJA

Shared by Olumide Talabi on February 21, 2021
What a Rude Shock and Great Loss when I received the sad news of the Exit of Aunty Banke Orija.
A Family Pillar is gone.
Aunty left this Sinful world six weeks ago after the burial of her junior sister ( Mrs.Bisi Ige ) which affected her physically and spiritually. Aunty Banke was always calling me during the planning of her sister's burial.The emotional stress was visibly written all over her face.
Aunty Banke was a  Enigma of good Leadership,Excellent planner,Energetic,Aggressive,an Achiever, a Goal getter and a Joyful Giver.
She was loved by all in the Family,in Church an in Social life.Who are we to blame God ( BI OLUWA TI FE LON SE NSE OLA E ).
Aunty Banke has gone to rest eternally  in the Bossom of almighty God.May God grant the Children the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
We will all miss her.
ADIEU  ! ! !
OTUNBA OLUMIDE TALABI 
NEPHEW



Unbelievable

Shared by Adeola Adesanya on February 19, 2021
This is soooooo difficult. I cannot write much

because we chatted just 2hours before.

I cannot believe that’s it

I cannot believe you’re gone.

As you comforted me when Auntie Bisi departed, I somehow feel that now you are saying;

When tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand.

That an angel came and called my name, and took me by the hand; The angel said my place was ready, In Heaven far above, And that I’d have to leave behind all those I dearly love.

But when I walked through Heaven’s Gates, I felt so much at home, for God looked down, smiled at me, And told me “Welcome Home.”

So when tomorrow starts without me, Don’t think we’re far apart, for every time you think of me, I’m right there in your heart.

That “tomorrow” has come and way too quickly!!!!

Auntie Banke, I know heaven has gained an angel.  


Heaven sure gained an angel

Shared by Toyin Edeki on February 18, 2021
My darling Mother Banke! Loving, kind, beautiful inside out, always ready to give her eyes. Am so so sad and words fail me. Aunty lived the life of what Proverbs 31 says.
There was a day I met Aunty in my mother’s house (Mrs Mosaku) in Lagos, she wore this beautiful white lace and I liked it, she actually sent it to me afterwards. What about businesses, she was there for me and always encouraging me. Such souls are so scares to meet. Sleep on beautiful angel, we love you but God has a special place for. Thanks for being you always. Will surely miss you ma. RIPP Always.