With gratitude to God Almighty for a life well lived, we announce that our wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend, Mrs. Ebunoluwa Kofoworola Balogun (Nee Daramola) of Mopa, Kogi State, Nigeria went to be with The LORD on June 24, 2020 in Houston Texas.

Due to the current public health crisis, a private home-going service was held in her honor on June 29, 2020.

To view the Commendation Service
Donations to EKB Foundation can be made via Zelle to 281-202-8040

Posted by Ibironke Balogun on July 12, 2020
Mummy, I still can’t belief you are no more but I thank God for the beautiful life you spent and your legacy. Your memories will forever remain with me. The love and kindness you showered on me & my family cannot be quantified. To say I'll miss you is an understatement. Hmmm.. I will miss you for so many things- your motherly advice whenever we are together and most importantly your smiles. I pray God will comfort daddy, the children and the entire family, amen. Adieu mummy! May your beautiful soul rest in peace, amen.
Posted by Angela Benson on July 5, 2020
A Colossus Takes A Bow.

Shared by Prof. & Mrs. Michael Mesubi.

My husband and I knew Aunty Ebun for a short time. In this short time we got to know her as very energetic and wanting to do things in a perfect manner. She just returned from the US then and the Nigerian way of doing things almost drove her crazy. She would stop on the road and tried to correct any wrong doing. She desired to get things working in Nigeria as they were where she came from.

She was very friendly and very amiable. She achieved her heart’s desire through her efforts, good examples and through the love she showed to many people.

Uncle Dayo, Toyin and Folake be encouraged by all these and take heart that your loved one did not just pass through this earth but has left indelible foot prints behind.

Aunty Ebun continue to rest in the bosom of your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Posted by Daniel Obaro on July 5, 2020
Auntie Ebun,
Not long after you and your family returned from the US to join the faculty at the University of Ife, I began my undergraduate program at the same University in 1976.
It was in my interest to have had regular weekend visits to your home because you fed me well!
Your hospitality is legendary.
On behalf of the many that you served meals, I say thank you.
Posted by Adekemi Alaka-Alli on July 4, 2020
Mummy is a rare gem, people like you are blessing to this generation. Your life is a blessing to as many people that come across you and your good memory will linger on in our heart. Adieu Mummy, sleep on in the bossom of your creator.
Theo & Adekemi
Posted by Edith Declan on July 4, 2020
Dear Mummy,
The news of your demise leaves me more distraught than words can express.

From the first day I met you, you brought this love and laughter that illuminated the entire place. Full of life and vigor, your exhumed an unimaginable amount of strength and resilience, your stories were those of determination and success.

You were a woman of great faith and prayers- even in your weakest moments, you never ceased to hold my hands and say a prayer.

Mummy, despite knowing you for only a short period of time, your loving memories would last a lifetime. 

I know for sure you are in a better place; without pain or suffering of any kind. And I want you to know that although you will forever be missed, you will remain in the most treasured part of my heart.

Good night Mummy, sleep well in the bosom of the Almighty.

I love you.
Posted by Ade Bello on July 4, 2020
She's a woman.
Phenomenal woman.
That's Mummy B.

I'll always cherish the opportunity I got to spend my NYSC year at yours. I was going to get my own place but you wouldn't hear of it. You'd pack me lunch and drive me every day to my PPA, even though I protested! I won't forget our trips to the tailors and hair stylists, and even the random one to see Opa Oranmiyan. Or when we would try out different recipes from your assorted collection of recipe books.

And when you had to go on a trip, you made sure there was always food in the house.  My friends were not left out, you welcomed them with open arms and an open heart, that heart so big it can accommodate everyone in the world and more. I think that's the closest I'd ever get to experiencing what it meant to have a doting grandma. You always went over and beyond to ensure I was ok, and I saw you do that for everyone else in your life.

Beautiful inside and out. "Never leave your house looking shabby", you'd say. No matter how early it was, you always looked on point and ready to go. Always so full of energy and encouragement, you never lacked in zeal, kindness or wisdom. Yours is indeed a legacy of wholehearted love and invaluable wisdom.

I think what's been most inspiring is seeing the sheer number of people you've impacted while on earth, and how their reports have been consistent. You always gave your whole heart to everyone you met (no matter how briefly) and everything you did. Even in death, you continue to inspire me, and hundreds of us all. We have been truly blessed to know you, Mummy B. 

Rest in peace, phenomenal woman.

~ Adesola Bello
Posted by Ade Bello on July 4, 2020
My very dear Aunty Ebun, the news of your passing on was shocking & devastating! We have indeed lost a gem in Mopa & in fact everywhere she was privileged to have lived!

Aunty was a strict disciplinarian yet an extremely loving woman! I remember on one particular occasion, when I was to celebrate my 50th birthday -which was meant to be on a low key so I hadn't invited people outside of Ilorin where I resided then- Aunty Ebun ensured she arrived by noon before everyone! She took over our dining table, and arranged her homemade assorted munchies! Of course, that became the favourite corner for my children & their friends from university for the whole day!

She was always so kind and generous, ready to give her whole heart to make you feel loved. To say I will miss her is an understatement. May her loving soul rest in peace. May the good Lord comfort uncle Dayo, Toyin and Folake & their families, and all loved ones spread all over the globe, in Jesus' mighty name. Amen.

Mrs 'Dupe Adewale-Bello
Posted by Mercy Oluwagbamila on July 3, 2020
The call to glory of "mama Balogun" as we fondly called her is still like a dream to me. Mummy Balogun was a very kind, loving and caring person who did not discriminate in anyway. She always came down to the level of both young and old and relates with everyone. All staff in her husband's office (ARCSSTEE) were always made to feel at home in thier house and she often gave us special treats (assorted cakes and food) that one would always live to remember. Her selfless service and love for mankind will be greatly missed. May her gentle soul rest in perfect peace. Mercy Oluwagbamila
Posted by Lola Balogun on July 2, 2020
I recall our last conversation. I was calling to thank you for going out of your way to see to it that I received my aso-ebi for Dr. Yinka’s wedding. You told me you were on your way to Aiyetoro for your aunt’s burial. Little did I know that within a year we would be paying our last respects to you.
I thank you for always treating me with honor. I recall how you proudly introduced me to grandpa and grandma Olutoye in Houston, and how you engaged me in conversation about so many issues. From snippets of your childhood, to your experience as a student in the US. I am inspired by the life you lived.
May your soul rest in peace ma.
Posted by Oyejoke Fasoranti on July 2, 2020
Dear mummy,

How I wish I had lingered more on the phone the last time we talked, if only I knew that would be the last time. Nevertheless, I’m grateful to have known you and benefited from your motherly love, kindness and wisdom.

Thankfully, your transition home to be with Jesus is assurance that we will see again. “Indeed, we groan in this tent, desiring to put on our heavenly dwelling, since, when we have taken it off, we will not be found naked.” (2Corinthians 5:2-3). Till we meet again long!
Posted by Foluke D on July 1, 2020
Aunty, Oh I will certainly miss our long phone gists. You shared family tidbits & made me laugh, filling my gaps in Family history. I do regret not talking to you most recently & not being able to come down due to the Pandemic . I certainly wish you continued Joyful Activity
Foluke Demuren (nee Ade-John)
Posted by Iyefe Oludoyi on July 1, 2020
As her first name “Ebunoluwa” means, she was indeed the Lord’s gift to her husband, her family and the rest of humanity.

In order for her to exercise that gift, the Lord God endowed her with Love. [Love is explained in many illuminating terms such as “Love never gives up”, … “Love is eternal”, … etc (1st Corinthians 13:8-9)]. That love produced in her the extraordinary strength, power, indomitable endurance and single-mindedness, which enabled her to help numerous God’s people to produce good fruits to the glory and praise of The Lord.

During her sojourns world-wide, including her hometown, Mopa, Kogi State, Nigeria (where she attended in Nov 2016, the 80th Anniversary of her husband’s primary school); OAU, Ile-ife, Osun State, Nigeria (for several decades), Canada, Houston USA, etc., she helped countless children, needy students and parents and church fellowship members etc.

We recall decades ago when we visited her home in OAU Staff Quarters, we saw her go down on her knees to help a young freshman tie his shoelaces. Indeed, she was angelic!

Following her home-call, we pray with her husband, nuclear and extended families and members of fellowships worldwide, using the scriptures as follows:
“May the Lord bless you and take care of you;
May the Lord be kind and gracious to you;
    May the Lord look on you with favour and give you peace”. Amen.
(Numbers 6:24 to 26)

From Mary Ibidun & Theo Olatunde ARO and our Families
Posted by Gladstone Airewele on July 1, 2020
The testimonials about Mama Balogun touched me because they were so relatable based on my own experiences. Although I’ve known Yinka and Toyin for many years and heard a few Mummy stories, I didn’t meet her until last year. In the time I spent with Mummy, I deeply admired her intellect and positive attitude despite physical adversity. I relished visits with Mummy and chuckled when one speaker (I think it was Ms. Funmi) described Mummy as her ‘Jist buddy’ during recent ceremonies. Like Ms. Funmi, I also enjoyed jisting with Mummy. While Mummy was well-versed on many topics, the stories about her advocacy on behalf of children and others who were less privileged deeply inspired me. It wasn’t solely the success of the endeavors that inspired. Mummy told these stories with such a joyful spirit that betrayed her sensitivity and genuine love for everyone. I even learned a lot about the history of my high school from her. About Baptist Academy’s Dux Board, the American missionaries who taught there, and so much more.

I thank Toyin and Yinka for sharing Mummy with me. I pray for Mummy’s soul to rest in peace and for God to comfort the Balogun, Bamgboye, and Olutoye families especially Daddy (my esteemed Baptist Academy Senior). May the memories of Mummy’s rich and graceful life give you strength in the days ahead.
Posted by Esther Afolabi on July 1, 2020
May Mummy's soul continue to rest in peace. She was such a rare kind. She loved deeply and showed affection to me. She wiill be greatly missed. Adieu Mama Balogun (Great woman).
Posted by Taiwo Fasoranti on July 1, 2020
A mother in a million. A teacher of all teachers. Our true mother Hen!!! Fond memories, we will remember your kindness and smiles.

Condolences to Prof and the entire clan. 
Posted by Dr Jimi Ola Benson on June 30, 2020
Aunty Ebun, you left us when we still need you around us. But you left us with legacy of unchangableness and wormness. We never get bored around you. You are such a good historian, you are a great chef, i will never forget the food you cooked for me at ife when i visited you and Toyin years back also the dish you brought to Ondo when my mother passed. Our trip to Ayetoro when mama Obaro passed will remain forever in my memory because you made it hilarious. I enjoyed all the stories of our families and about Nigeria as a whole. You have lived for us and we shall forever remember you.
  I pray that all the members of the families you left behind will be united in Jesus name (AMEN). Uncle Dayo you are not alone, Bola and uncle Ola will always have you in our prayers. Toyin, Folake and your families will be together with Benson family forever. Aunty Ebun, we dearly missed you.
 May your soul rest in perfect peace (Amen)
From (Uncle Ola).
Posted by Yinka Olutoye on June 30, 2020
From Michael Osho

Aunty Ebun,we the entire people of Okeguru -Mopa, ( your grass-root home,) mourn your death and pray that God will comfort your husband and children you left behind. We say ADIEU until we meet to part no more at Jesus' feet. where Revelation 21:4 .will be fulfilled. 

Babalola Osho ( for the family).
Posted by Funmi Onobrakpeya on June 30, 2020
With true gratitude to God for a life well spent. Thank you Prof for your dedication to caring for others and the way you touched every life privileged to have crossed your path. Rest on in The Lord, and May he grant the fortitude to bear this great loss.       My sincere condolences to you Daddy, Yinka, Toyin, Folake and the entire family.
Posted by Archibong Sangolana on June 30, 2020
Your death came to us as a rude shock. We have been looking forward to your return after the pandemic.

You were a grandmother to me, took good care of me when I was pregnant with my first child and was sick, She bought all my son's Toys and she was never tired of giving.

I loved you so much that my daughter bears Kofoworola Ebunoluwa Mfon, I will miss your motherly advice, beautiful gists, your unique sobo, food recipes and many more.

You will forever be in our heart Mummy Kofoworola Ebunoluwa Balogun. I pray that the Lord rest your kind soul and comfort us all.
Posted by Foluke Olafimihan on June 30, 2020
Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.” (Revelations 14:13)

1. We testify that she knew and confessed Christ as her Lord and Saviour and therefore died in the Lord
2. We testify to her labour of love to her husband, her children, her grand-children, her relatives, her friends, the underprivileged, and indeed every one that crossed her path.
3. We testify that her deeds has started following her and will be remembered for wisdom and guidance in her children and those she has impacted until Jesus comes.

Auntie Ebun fondly called 'forever 21' by our children was ageless. She related to both young and old seamlessly. She was vivacious and bubbly. A great woman of sterling character. Bold, forthright and will speak the truth no matter whose ox is gored . She played out her Social Work profession perfectly helping everyone and anyone that needed and will accept help.

We thank God for knowing her and pray that God will comfort her beloved husband Prof Ekundayo Balogun and sustain her children Profs Yinka & Toyin Olutoye, Chris & Folake Bamgboye and your grandchildren.

Auntie Ebun has fought the good fight, she has finished the race, she has kept the faith. (2 Timothy 4:7)

May her soul Rest in Perfect Peace .

Akin & Foluke Olafimihan
Posted by David PELEMO on June 30, 2020
Words failed me while thinking of what to write about Mama Balogun. The news my family expected was that Mama would soon come back to Nigeria and that we would celebrate the next Calvary Princes and Princesses (CPP) Anniversary together.

Mama related with us at three fronts and made us special. Firstly, as a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Eleyele, Ile-Ife; Mama and Baba Balogun are our Patrons - The Calvary Princes and Princesses. Secondly, as one of the former students of Baba Balogun, both Mama and Baba continue to give us good counsel; and thirdly as In-Laws when Mama realised I came from Idoani where her first daughter got married into. 

Mama always in company of Baba, a cherished couple worthy to copy, made sure they were present at our occasions both weddings and graduation of our children and would shower us with gifts. Mama took our children as her grand children. Mama would not be in a hurry when she visited our family discussing at length. Mama was a rare gift from God - Ebunoluwa, a name our daughter shares with her.

Mama Balogun was energetic, frank, neat, lovely and loving. Your legacies will live on Mama. You are ever cherished and your memory lives on in all of us who loved you. Never to be forgotten.

We pray that God will comfort Baba, Prof. Balogun. May God strengthen Baba and the family.

Prof. & Mrs. PELEMO
OAU, Ile-Ife
On behalf of our entire family.
Posted by Elsa Stam on June 30, 2020
I was honored to visit Mrs. and Mr. Balogun in their beautiful home in lfe. She embraced us immediately and her energy was magical. Her love and kindness so genuine and generous. I'm forever grateful for my brief but oh so unforgettable encounter with this true angel.
Rest in peace!
Posted by Bola Olatunji on June 29, 2020
It is not how long the race is that matters but how well the participation is. Mama could have lived another 100 years and not touched a single life. She did 80 fabulous years and touched so many lives positively. She left a wonderful legacy. Loved ones do not die. They forever remain in the memory of the living. May be memories of how she impacted our lives be our comfort.
Posted by Toyin Osazuwa on June 30, 2020
My Beloved Auntie Ebun has gone home to be with the Lord. Always forgiving me for not calling nor visiting her beautiful retirement home at Ile Ife. I remember my first contact with my ebullient and ever-cheerful Aunt at Staff Quarters on campus in 1984, where she gave me the story of my life from birth till then; with an uncanny memory of virtually every family from Mopa and their peculiar traits. A living encyclopedia of information about people, with a high sense of humour. Her home became a haven of succour and love from the rigors of the lecture halls. Even a second stint in the university gave me another opportunity to garner wealth of knowledge from her experiences in life. She gave me a tour of their newly built retirement home with details of each item of decoration and date of purchase even before I was born. Never a boring moment in her presence with laughter. A rare Gem has gone ahead of our future. I can imagine her welcome party in Heaven. Uncle Prof Daramola, Kola, my mum, Dad, siblings and all the wonderful loved ones that have gone ahead of us all. The Holy Spirit comfort my beloved Uncle and Mentor, Prof Balogun, Children and grandchildren. We shall see her again in Christ Jesus.
Posted by Stella Soladoye on June 29, 2020
Our Dear Auntie Ebun,
We give glory to God for your glorious exit. You were simply loving and lovable. I cannot forget your loving care for me and especially my husband and my daughters Olivia, Anne and Elizabeth each time my husband brought them to Ife. They had all kinds of fruit juices and many other goodies prepared for them . We bless God for your exemplary and impactful life. We will remember your many acts of kindness to us. May the good Lord uphold and preserve the family you have left behind in Jesus mighty name.
Posted by Segun Abiodun on June 29, 2020
Mrs Balogun was a kind but firm mummy. The ultimate social worker and Mother hen to all the children university of Ife staff quarters . Going next door to Toyin’s house for her birthday/Christmas party was always great fun. I pray for Gods comfort towards all the family she has left behind. Good night mummy. From The Abiodun’s your next door neighbor.
Posted by Dipe Adedeji on June 29, 2020
It a heavy heart that I have to write a tribute to Mrs. Ebun Kofoworola Balogun. No. Not so soon after the passing on of our dear Mrs. Aderonke Amao with whom she both played great roles as mother/grandmother to me and my children.

We have been together since 1975/76 with our families sharing common names (including my sister - Kofo) and have been maintaining very good relationships among ourselves. When my father passed on in 1979 in Ibadan, I could remember how she surprised me with snacks (my favourite doughnuts) for the Christian Wake-keep. She always played prominent roles at all our family events. To say I shall miss her is an understatement. Her passing on is most unexpected - not with her energy, which is noticeable in all aspects. One of my consolations is that we chatted on phone all through until she was hospitalised. I cannot recount how much involved she was in my family life, including the maintenance of my home in Ile-Ife.

May God be with her loving husband, Prof. Ekundayo Balogun, the children and grandchildren - the Olutoyes and Bamgboyes. God will surely console all other relations and friends.


Mrs. Yewande Ekundayo-Adedeji.
Posted by Dipe Adedeji on June 29, 2020
Aunty Ebun,

‘Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all’. Proverbs 31:29 (NIV). We will miss you ... and the tasty doughnuts. Rest in Perfect Peace Aunty.
Jesus Saves!


Toyin Ekundayo-Rotifa
Posted by Olusegun Olutoye on June 29, 2020
Mama Balogun, you shall be dearly missed. Rest in peace for you have completed the race.
Posted by Mofolasayo Adeniyi on June 29, 2020
Tribute on behalf of Professor I.F Adeniyi.

Adieu Our Quintessential Grandma Ebun Kofoworola Balogun

To the family of Funso and Aderonke Adeniyi, it has been a great blessing knowing and being closely associated with the family of Professor Ekundayo and Mrs. Ebunoluwa Kofoworola Balogun who we all most fondly refer to as Grandpa and Grandma Balogun respectively. The association dates back nearly four decades and we have always blessed the human and divine connections that birthed it. Indeed, this unique couple and senior friends are icons of good living and role models to us in many ways; notably in their personalities, family relationship as well as service to humanity and to God. It’s therefore a rude shock and devastating blow that the cold hands of death snatched away our beloved Grandma Balogun on Wednesday June 24, 2020. 

True to her name, Ebunoluwa, Grandma Balogun was indeed a special gift, a rare gem from God Almighty to humanity, particularly many of us whose lives she has positively impacted. Grandma was richly endowed and well equipped for her service and roles on earth. With her robust personality, bubbling energy, vigor and radiance, she livened and lit up the environment and people around her. She was a true lover of nature and the environment, with one of the most beautiful flower gardens around. Above all, Grandma was very charitable and generous. She was also a fantastic cook and delightful entertainer. By our family rating, Grandma prepared the best casseroles, zobo, doughnuts and cakes to mention a few. From the aforementioned, it’s obvious we shall greatly miss our beloved Grandma Balogun physically, but she will forever live in our hearts.

We thank God Almighty for her remarkable life and times and that this will live long after her. May light perpetual continue to shine upon her soul in Jesus mighty name.

Prof. Funso Adeniyi
Posted by Olufemi Olutoye on June 29, 2020
We received with a rude shock the news of the demise of Mama Balogun. We cannot query our God who knows best. We are thankful for the time we spent together. Our thoughts are with Papa Balogun and the rest of the family. May her sweet soul rest in perfect peace. Amen.  OLUTOYE FAMILY
Posted by Adejoke Fatunde on June 29, 2020
Aunty Ebun has let her foot print in the sands of time with her compassion for and selfless service to others. She will be missed but will live on in our hearts. 

May the Lord sustain Uncle Dayo, her children and grandchildren. Amen.
Posted by Yetunde Arogbonlo Yetunde... on June 29, 2020
Some fond memories of you aunty. Remember on my wedding day (25th June 1977).We woke up and waited for the lady to make my hair.She never turned up. You immediately became my stylist. Taught me that nappies were tired differently between boys and girls.
You taught me not to throw away any part of pineapples.Just last year l learnt to add cinnamon sticks to my zobo drink.(Sorrel drink).You were also there when my son got married .Thanks for your love.
Till we meet to part no more
Posted by Bimbo Adepoju- Shusi on June 29, 2020
Saw her for the first time at Dominion Chapel Houston.Mummy was always elegantly dressed. I remember how she and Daddy would be both seated on the couch at the church's foyer while waiting on their children after service and she always had a smile for everyone that stopped by to greet them.
May her soul rest in peace and may the God of comfort console Daddy and the entire family. Amen!
Posted by Victoria Moradeke on June 29, 2020
I met Mama Balogun at Ebenezer Baptist church Ile Ife. We later became close when I joined United sisters society.
Mama was also a financial member of Women's missionary society of the Church. Even while strong and out of the country Mama still paid her full dues for WMS 2020 .
Mama was generous , kind and a cheerful giver . Mama Ebunoluwa Kofoworola Balogun, you shall be greatly missed. Sleep on in the Lord till we meet to path no more . From Mrs victoria Popoola , the President WMU of Ebenezer Baptist church Eleyele Ile Ife .
Posted by Bode Gbobaniyi on June 29, 2020
Dearest Mommy, you touched multitudes, you impacted my life immensely. Your energy was unstoppable, a force of nature! Your care and love was a shelter from life's storms. Your presence and warmth will be sorely missed. I thank God for the wonderful memories of you and take solace in knowing you have gone to a much better place. Continue to rest in the bosom of the Lord, even as you live on in our hearts.
Posted by Folake Ekundayo on June 29, 2020
We met in 1975 (45 years ago) as next door neighbours on Sijuwade Estate before we all moved to OAU campus. Mummy Balogun and her friend, the late Mrs. Aderonke Amao were big sisters to my Mum, Yewande Ekundayo- Adedeji at OAU and Ebenezer Baptist Church. My siblings and I looked up to you as our Big Aunty.
You had the most beautiful house on OAU campus. Toyin’s birthday was Christmas party for us on campus and we all looked forward to it.
I was so touched when Mummy Balogun came to support my family at Ijebu-Ode in April 2018 after Kola passed away. Mummy is selfless and a treasure indeed.
Good night Mummy Balogun.
Posted by Esther Alabi on June 29, 2020
Ebunoluwa I will cherich your memory forever as a loving very caring and faithful friend and sister.You were my friend for over sixty years and You remained beautiful.You radiated love and was ready to pursue whatever you believed in to the very end .I pray that God take care and comfort my dear brother and the rest of the family.I am confident you are resting in the bossom of the Lord .Goodnight till we meet again.
Posted by Marcus Eleruja on June 29, 2020
It was really shocking to hear of your demise. Mama Balogun was a great social worker and justice crusader. I remember running into mama at Ebenezer Secondary School, Ile-Ife, while she was supervising a project. She was energetic and was always ready to help people. I also remember with nostalgia your advice to me and my wife when you visited our house in the company of Baba Balogun. You enumerated the values of a good relationship both at home and at workplace. In fact my wife sees Mama Balogun as a symbol of bravery and courage (an epitome of motherhood). You will forever be in our memory. Sleep on Mama Balogun. Adieu.
Prof. Marcus A. Eleruja, Dean, Faculty of Science, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
Posted by Dan Udama on June 29, 2020
Mummy Your passing away caught me with deepest surprise. I will MISS you always, your memory will for ever be great for many good things you have taught me.
You asked last time before you travel to United State, to got you some peanut butter which I did and am still waiting for you
Contrary, you have agreed on the call of Almighty God. On that note, I have just little to say; No one can question HIM. please rest on in HIS Bosom Amen
          Your son Dan Moses ,U. "Nicon-town Lagos"
Posted by Yaaba Quaison-Sackey on June 29, 2020
Our deepest condolences to the Olutoye and Bamgboye families.
We were saddened to hear of the passing of Mrs. Balogun. We had the pleasure through the years of meeting Mummy when she would visit her daughter Fola and her family in Connecticut. She would accompany her and the family to church and always had a warm smile and kind words for us.
We saw her last when at Fola's surprise Birthday celebration where her love for her family was evident. Little did we know that would be our last meeting.
We know she had a staunch faith in Jesus Christ and she is rejoicing in His presence.
May God enfold you in His warm embrace. Mummy Rest in Peace.
With Love and respect,
Yaaba and Chris Diaba.
Posted by Omowumi Alabi on June 29, 2020
Knowing you, loving you, and trusting you is a treasure
Being your close companion, as you executed your charitable projects was a rare privilege
As a social worker, you lived your life to glorify God
By showing mercy and kindness to others.
You served the less privileged, with joy
And used your leadership position as a laudable platform to speak for the voiceless in the society.
Your mission was always to champion a just and righteous cause
This is your lasting legacy
This is how you will be remembered forever
Till we meet again, to part no more……….

Wumi Alabi
OAU Campus
Posted by Omolayo Umaru (nee Balogu... on June 29, 2020
"Life is not a problem to be solved but a reality to be experienced." You have lived your life; you have experienced the reality. I will always remember you for your elegance and composure. Rest in peace ma.
Posted by Chinwe Ogedegbe on June 29, 2020
Dearest "Mummy TB", as we friends of Toyin called you, while in Medical School in Ife, in the 80's. We were very shocked & saddened to learn of your demise. Thank you for all the love, kindness, empathy, and nurturing you showered on us throughout medical school......... we secretly called you the "ultimate mother hen" , we will always remember your scrumptious cakes and doughnuts! Though we still mourn you, we have decided we need to CELEBRATE your wonderful and exemplary life. I am glad I saw you recently at Ife (Prof. IKTs inaugural lecture), as well as at your grandson, Yinka junior's wedding last year in Houston, and got one last 'strong hug' from you. May the good Lord receive you, and may perpetual light shine on your soul, AMEN. REST IN PARADISE, Mummy TB !! From Chinwe (aka Helen Ugwu)
Posted by Ayo Efuniyi-Oloba on June 29, 2020
Only remembered by what we have done,
Only the truth that in life we have spoken,
Only the seed that on earth we have sown;
These shall pass onward when we are forgotten,
Fruits of the harvest and what we have done.
Grandma and Mummy Balogun, the news of your passing on to glory left us with pain in our hearts but, we are rest assured you have gone to be with the Lord. You left us with Beautiful memories of your Infectious smile, Your caring, loving and nuturing heart of a Mother. Your Charm brightens the day of every soul that comes Your way, and We must also admit Your Beauty, Elegance and Love for nature speaks volume. Your Legacy lives on forever in our hearts. Rest on Beloved and May the Lord Comfort The BALOGUN Family and Us all Griefing of GRANDMA/MUMMY BALOGUN Passing on to Glory. Amen

On Behalf of The OLOBA Family Ile- Ife, Nigeria & New York, USA
Posted by Bolanle Solomon on June 29, 2020
I have known Grandma Balogun since I was a little child. Her and grandpa's house on Rd 13, OAU staff quarters was one of the few houses I had visited with my parents and siblings when we were still so young. Whenever my parents tell us that we would be visiting 'The Baloguns', we were always so happy and would be restless until it was time to go see them. Their house was one of our favorite places to visit then because of the whole ambience (very clean and smells good), the food and snacks we would eat and the swing we would climb and play with. I can never forget her signature cookies and doughnuts.

Years passed and I went to the university, we relocated to another state so I didn’t see her for a long time. In 2016, I was back to Ile-Ife with my children for my graduate study. Grandma still amazed me as she would make her tasty doughnuts and the best zobo that I have ever tasted and she’ll bring in large quantities for my children anytime she’s aware that we are around and I would tell my kids that I have been eating Grandma's tasty doughnuts since I was their age.

It didn’t end at that, she was always willing to host us and whenever we get to her home, it’s always a feast with plenty food and snacks (delicious cakes) to eat and we would ask who helped her prepare all these and she’ll say I did all by myself. She was so strong, energetic and bubbly and I was always so happy whenever she visited us.

What amazes me most was how often she would check on my parents. She never left them, she became their mum after they both lost their mums years ago. She would come over and make everyone laugh, I used to call her my dad’s gist partner because of the way they would talk for hours about their mutual friends and their old secondary school mates. She was indeed amazing, loving and awesome. It’s still like a shock because she never seemed like someone in her 80s to me but like a 58 years old because of her fashionable personality. You will forever be in our hearts ma.

I love you Grandma and I’ll miss you so much!!!
Posted by Temitayo Ogundiwin on June 29, 2020
Mummy, I was shocked when I heard about your demise last week but I know you are resting with the Lord now. My mum was looking forward to when you get back to Nigeria for your usual gists and visits. You were a good friend to the family especially when my dad passed on, you always take it upon yourself to check on and make sure my mum is okay and fight off anyone who dare disrespect her. I used to call you “Mrs Balogun the no nonsense lady” and my namesake Ebunoluwa. The last time I saw you was in 2011 and you didn’t even age then. Thank you for your help in 1992 when I needed it in America so as not to be homeless. May the Lord comfort Daddy, Sis Toyin and Folake. May your gentle soul rest in peace. Condolences from Sola, Tayo, Kanmi and Funke.
Posted by Paul Aderinto on June 29, 2020
For a moment, the future looked bleak but then came a shining light, illuminating the darkness and calming my fear.

Dearest Mum, thank you so much for everything. I hate to say goodbye, but surely you are in a better place.

We pray God will strengthen and comfort Baba and the entire family.

From all of us, rest in the bosom of your saviour.

Good night mummy.
Posted by Yinka Olubajo on June 29, 2020
How are the mighty fallen The news ofyour death came as shock to me this afternoon through my daughter a friend of your Folake at the Ife Staff School in the 70s We lived as neighbors on Road 17 of the Staff Quarter in the 70s We also worked together in the hospital You are an angel There was nothing too big for you to help the needy Your time food clothes and above all your LOVE you shared for the lowly and neglected Surely you are reaping it now in Gods Paradise God will console your devoted husband Toyin and Folake Adieu sweet sister Rest in Perfect Peace
Mrs Yinka Olubajo
Posted by M. Rantiolu Aro on June 29, 2020
Our deepest condolences to the Balogun, Olutoye and Bamgboye families, from the Aro family in Missouri. Aunty “Mummy Balogun” was like another mother to me, during my brief stays in Ile Ife early in University and on return for an elective at the Teaching hospital. Her hospitality and her ability to it take upon herself to make my concerns and troubles hers, be my advocate and ensure my welfare was amazing, and this is the story of so many others. No you cannot go hungry around her! Her seemingly boundless kindness and generosity, jovial and uplifting personality and intelligence were truly unique. I believe God sends us people like her who are one of a kind to show us how we can be better people, and to cherish and nurture all those who cross our paths. May God comfort the entire family and give you sweet memories of her well spent and magnificent life. You have all been a blessing to us. We know Mummy rests in the Lord, and thank God for sending her to touch our lives. 

Ranti Aro
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Posted by Ibironke Balogun on July 12, 2020
Mummy, I still can’t belief you are no more but I thank God for the beautiful life you spent and your legacy. Your memories will forever remain with me. The love and kindness you showered on me & my family cannot be quantified. To say I'll miss you is an understatement. Hmmm.. I will miss you for so many things- your motherly advice whenever we are together and most importantly your smiles. I pray God will comfort daddy, the children and the entire family, amen. Adieu mummy! May your beautiful soul rest in peace, amen.
Posted by Angela Benson on July 5, 2020
A Colossus Takes A Bow.

Shared by Prof. & Mrs. Michael Mesubi.

My husband and I knew Aunty Ebun for a short time. In this short time we got to know her as very energetic and wanting to do things in a perfect manner. She just returned from the US then and the Nigerian way of doing things almost drove her crazy. She would stop on the road and tried to correct any wrong doing. She desired to get things working in Nigeria as they were where she came from.

She was very friendly and very amiable. She achieved her heart’s desire through her efforts, good examples and through the love she showed to many people.

Uncle Dayo, Toyin and Folake be encouraged by all these and take heart that your loved one did not just pass through this earth but has left indelible foot prints behind.

Aunty Ebun continue to rest in the bosom of your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Posted by Daniel Obaro on July 5, 2020
Auntie Ebun,
Not long after you and your family returned from the US to join the faculty at the University of Ife, I began my undergraduate program at the same University in 1976.
It was in my interest to have had regular weekend visits to your home because you fed me well!
Your hospitality is legendary.
On behalf of the many that you served meals, I say thank you.
her Life
Born in Ila Orangun, Osun State Nigeria on December 30, 1938, Mrs. Balogun attended Holy Child College Lagos, Queen’s College Lagos and Baptist Girls High School Agbor, Nigeria.  She obtained her undergraduate degree at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia, USA in the 1960s where she played an active part in the civil rights movement of the time.  Her activism led to a career in social work where she had been an unflinching defender of the oppressed, a champion of the under-served and a promoter of social justice. She obtained her Masters in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin, in Madison, Wisconsin. She continued to reflect these ideals even long after her retirement.  She impacted many lives through her work at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, the university hospitals, and numerous other projects in schools as well as career development centers in the city of Ile-Ife and around.  A dedicated member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Ile-Ife for over 45 years, she was actively involved in the Church school and projects.  She supported visiting missionaries and was well known for her hospitality.  To have known Mrs. Balogun is to have experienced her infectious energy, love of life, no-nonsense stance, can-do attitude and a general commitment to, and investment in, the lives of everyone she met. She fought the good fight, has finished her race, and is resting in the arms of our Lord.

She was preceded in death by her brother Professor Taiwo Daramola and her son Kolawole Balogun.  She is survived by her husband of 54 years Professor Ekundayo E. Balogun, her daughters Professor ‘Toyin Olutoye (‘Yinka) and Mrs. Folake Bamgboye (Chris), grandchildren – Dr. Oluyinka Olutoye II (Adedola), Olutomi Olutoye, David Bamgboye, Lizabeth Bamgboye, Rebeka Bamgboye and numerous other “children”, nephews, nieces, family and friends.  She will be sorely missed, but all our lives have been made better by her impact. We rest in the comfort that she is spending eternity with Jesus Christ.

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Shared by Adejoke Fatunde on June 29, 2020
I couldn’t hear enough about Aunty Ebun as soon as my parents and siblings arrived from their sabbatical year at the University of Chicago in 1970. She was the younger sister mom never had, a bundle of energy, a go-go person who is never daunted by the most challenging situation. When she got to visit, I was in boarding school and missed meeting her. I kept trying to picture her in my mind and, with all my broad imagination, I was not prepared enough for the real Aunty Ebun when we eventually met.

August 1981, I just arrived with my husband in Madison, Wisconsin after our wedding the same month. I got a call from Aunty Ebun, telling me the story of my life and that she was holding a wedding reception for us the following Saturday. My husband comes in and my first question was, ‘Who is this Mrs. Balogun here in Madison? ”He told me his version - Mrs. Balogun is the mother for all Nigerian students at UW (University of Wisconsin). I told him we have been mandated to attend our own wedding reception the next Saturday at her house.and his answer was - I hope you told her yes, because no one says ‘No’ to Mrs. Balogun. It took me aback and I wondered why no one will say no to her but, I soon learnt that was because she exuded love to everyone around her and constantly made herself available to help others.

I was still wondering who this Mrs. Balogun is - she knew so much about my me despite never having met me, knew each of my siblings and parents so well, and now wants to hold a wedding reception for my husband and I in Madison, Wisconsin and I can’t say no?. Next, I picked up the phone and called my dad in Nigeria to inquire about this Mrs. Balogun. He was excited that I would finally get to meet the Aunty Ebun they had always talked to me about. When I told him she was holding a wedding reception for us, his answer was ‘that sounds like what Ebun will do’.

Come the Saturday, we headed to the Balogun’s residence in Madison, WI and virtually all of UW’s Nigerian community was there for a lavish reception. I was overwhelmed that someone I had never meet would go to that extent to celebrate my husband and I. That was only the beginning! Aunty Ebun was constantly in my life, checking on me, asking about my siblings. She never tired of following up on us and encouraging me in every aspect of life. When I needed to take my board exam in Richmond, Aunty, Toyin and Yinka were all on deck to support me. Whenever she visited Toyin & Yinka in Houston, I was sure to get a call and when I would go visit, I got all the pampering needed to last me till the next visit. Her mission was hospitality and caring for others and she was ever accommodating and loving. She was endowed with extending grace and kindness to everyone she met.

Talk about her energy, I'm yet to find another human being that's a match. In 2013, my daughter proposed to collect data for her MS. Thesis from OAU Hospital in Ile-Ife. Once I told Aunty Ebun about this, she went to work, got in touch with all the officials needed to get approval for the study at OAU hospital and sent the feedback regarding the procedures for her to follow to get approval. When we arrived at Ife, I could not keep up with the speed with which she moved around to get through through the process. I opted to sit back, watch her in action, knowing for sure that she'll get job done excellently. I enjoyed being pampered while admiring how she had harnessed nature in her beautiful home. In 2010, she shouldered part of the arrangements for my brother’s wedding and got things ready before my arrival in Nigeria and in 2017, in spite of schedule conflicts that she had expressed to me, she still showed up with Uncle Dayo and Toyin at my son’s traditional wedding. It was a surprise how she juggled the schedule to be there for my family and the other event but it was no surprise that Aunty Ebun will do whatever she needed to touch each person.

Aunty Ebun has been more than I imagined; selfless, energetic, compassionate and relentless in seeking to help however she could. She gets wind of a need and off she goes, garnering all her energy and resources to help even before she’s asked. Her sense of humour was a magnet that not only drew people to her, but often helped to lighten whatever burden one might have been carrying. She had a word of encouragement foe each situation.

Chuck Palahniuk said ‘The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.’ Aunty Ebun certainly has left her footprint in the sands of time. She has impacted my life immensely, and I am sure the life of many others. She has left us a legacy that holds her dear to each of her hearts and has touched many lives. As Buddha said, ‘Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds’ while Mother Theresa claimed that ‘Death is nothing else but going home to God, the bond of love will be unbroken for all eternity’.  Aunty Ebun will always live in the hearts she has touched and will be greatly missed. One thing is certain, her legacy will surely live on as she rests with her Savior. The heavenly star has now returned home after beaming her light on this world.

Sleep on Aunty and enjoy your deserved rest. May the Lord uphold and sustain Uncle, your biological children, grandchildren and the numerous other children that you have cared for. Amen.

Shared by OLUYEMISI AREMU on June 29, 2020
Mrs Balogun was a family friend. Very loving woman and friendly. I could not believe it when I saw her at my 50th btd. She travelled all the way to lagos from Ife. May her soul rest in peace. 

‘No man is an island,

Shared by Anu N on June 28, 2020
‘No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a minor of thine own
Or of thine friend’s were.
Each man’s death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee’.

John Donne (1572-1631).

It was only last year, on the 22nd of June, to be precise that Aunty Ebun was in the thick of activities to lay our mother, Mrs Hannah Olambimpe Obaro, her cousin by blood but Aunty in practice to rest in Ayetoro Gbede, Kogi State, Nigeria.
Now, one year and a week later, Aunty Ebun has transitioned to join her!

How greatly diminished we have been in a year as human beings and as a family.
Uncle Dayo, your grief and sense of voidness will be the greatest. We can only imagine.
‘The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.’
(Marcus Tullius Cicero)
Though cousins by blood, but Auntie in practice, Aunty Ebun, your life continues in our memories. We pray that the good Lord will let all the good seeds that you have sown germinate and endure. May the Lord help your offsprings and families fulfil their destinies

Uncle Dayo, the all powerful God will uphold you.