ForeverMissed
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.

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Posted by Atinuke Uwajeh on June 28, 2020
A mother to us all!
I, Dr Atinuke Uwajeh nee Oluokun will like to pay a tribute to a remarkable lady and mother.
I believe I got to know Mummy Balogun in 1984 or thereabout when Prof Toyin Olutoye, her daughter and I were classmates at Obafemi Awolowo University teaching hospitals.
Toyin's Mom's office on the ground floor of the Dept of Community Health then at the faculty of Health Sciences was our abode together with other ladies, Mojisola and Jibike to mention a few of us.We studied there, ate there and generally were a constant feature there. I know she kept a stash of teas, coffees, cookies and all sorts there for us as young adults just starting off in life.
She loved us unconditionally even though she did not know any of our parents but we were good enough because we were friends with her daughter and she treated us like we were her daughter.
Even though I have not been opportune to see her more frequently after our college years, I remember fondly those early years and the lasting impact her home and office made in the lives of us as medical students then.
I pray that the Lord will comfort the family. The Lord will strengthen Grandpa and the peace of the Lord will overflow over everyone.
Please accept my deep condolences.
Sleep on grandma till we all meet at the saviour's feet.
Posted by Aderonke Adeniyi on June 28, 2020
My mentor, my role model, my friend; a mother figure, you loved me unconditionally.
Providence brought us together when I became Kola (of blessed memory)’s Biology teacher in 1985. It was a natural bond as you saw a young Baptist woman you could mentor, and I took right to you as I admired your finesse, candor, and lack of condescension. Words fail me at this very moment but I want the world to know you lived true to your name, Ebunoluwa, God’s gift. You were truly a gift to humankind. 

I was overcome with the pain of this colossal loss but now I celebrate your life and times. You lived your life to the fullest serving God and humanity and I know you're with him right now wearing a crown of stewardship. I celebrate you for giving me your shoulders to rest on in challenging times. I celebrate you for the happy moments we shared. I celebrate you for fighting my cause, unknown to me most of the time. I celebrate you for teaching me that the truth will always prevail. I celebrate you for all the treats you spoiled us with at the numerous OAUIS events. I celebrate you for showing love to the down trodden, especially those that could not reciprocate your generosity.

You celebrated all my successes, big and small. In fact, you were there when we laid the foundation of a final major project I embarked on at work, you stood by me as always and I vividly recall the warmth of your big hug as you beamed with pride. You promised to attend the commissioning as you had done many other times and while your absence will be sorely missed on July 14, I am content knowing that God needed you more.

I am happy I made it to Houston for your 81st birthday and basking in your characteristic radiance gave me a ray of hope that you would make it back home. I still have tons of unread messages from people whose lives you have touched. You not only spent but were also spent on what you believed in.
My love-personified mama, it is not good bye but good night to see you on the resurrection morning.
Take your deserved rest grandma Balogun as fondly called by the Funso Adeniyi clan. 
Abiyamo tooto, oluku omo re. 

- Aderonke Adeniyi.
Posted by Olutoyin Mejiuni on June 28, 2020
Auntie was a social work and rehabilitation practitioner par excellence; a one-person ‘squad’ advocating for the provision of facilities and resources for persons who were differently-abled and those requiring rehabilitation, while she was in service and after she retired. She was a disciplinarian and she was disciplined. She was a committed home maker, she loved good things and the Lord God blessed her with good things and a beautiful family. Auntie was firm and she brooked no nonsense, just as she was generous to persons who were close to her and those she knew from afar.
Auntie, you affirmed my strengths and those of my daughter, Ifeolutembi and you were unwavering in your support for us. My daughter used to say: “ I often forget that it is Grandpa Balogun that is your relation, I just keep thinking it is Grandma Balogun because of the way you two interact”.  I pray that God will continue to uphold Uncle, Toyin, Folake, the grandchildren and their spouses. Rest in the Bossom of the Lord Auntie and may your memories inspire those of us you left behind, Amen.
Prof. Olutoyin Mejiuni (Of the Gbadi and Jagan Families, Mopa, Kogi State, Nigeria)
Posted by Yemi Okeremi on June 27, 2020
We will not sorrow like those who do not have Christ.

Mummy, you have fought a good fight, you have finished the race, you have kept the faith. Now is laid before you a crown of righteousness.

There was never a dull moment with Mummy Balogun. She always went out of her way to put joy in people’s faces. She even helped people she never knew. You were a gem and will be greatly missed.

We pray that the Holy Spirit, the true Comforter will comfort the entire family.

Rest in the Lord Mummy Balogun.

Yemi and Tunde Okeremi
Posted by ADEROUNMU ADETOKUNBO on June 27, 2020
Oh Auntie,you were such a great and loving lady, an encourager per excellence. It is inconceivable to imagine your ebullient self is no more  Yes we know mortality must yield to immortality, just that this seems to have come sooner than expected  God knows best
Rest in perfect peace Aunty
Your good works follow you. May your rewards be glorious and may God comfort and keep all you have left behind. Adieu
Posted by Omotope Awoleye on June 27, 2020
Aunty Ebun! As you were fondly called. It is so difficult for me to accept that you have gone to be with the lord. I remember all your love and affection. Your cooking skills and donuts. Our visit to Ife was not complete without your entertainment.
A very elegant, caring and courageous woman.
You were very affectionate and cherished the family.
You always light up the room with your presence.
I will forever cherish your fond memories.
Adieu aunty/ Mummy Ife!!
Rest on in the bosom of the Lord!
Posted by Aunty Meg on June 27, 2020
Mommy,
It is hard to believe that you are no longer with us. You were a bubbly spirit, a great blessing, and an amazing mother to all. You will be missed dearly. May God uphold and comfort Daddy and the entire family. Rest in His everlasting arms.
Posted by Bamgbola Esan on June 27, 2020
I met Mama a little over 10 years ago and right from the beginning her personality struck me.
Her daughter, Dr (Mrs).Olutoye and her husband are quite close to my sister, Mrs Ayodele Ogunye and her husband. At times, I get jealous at how closely knit their relationship is.
Though, I only met mama a few times, each meeting was eventful. My mum and I went to visit Mama and papa in Ife, and on getting there, mama had prepared a feast! Every thing was ready. The food was very tasty and we had a great time. After eating, I offered to clear up and do the dishes but mama refused. She did all the cooking, preparation and cleaning up all by herself without any assistance. I noticed she was a stickler for perfection.I admired her energy and I was challenged that day.
On another occasion, my mum was with me in Ibadan and mama called for a description of our address and behold she was at the gate in under two hours. What energy! I wondered.
I always enjoyed talking to her on the phone, she is was ever cheerful, bubbly and always full of life. My mum was heartbroken when she heard mama had passed on and she sends her condolences to the family.
On behalf of my mum, and the Aboyade's, please do accept our heartfelt condolences. We pray that the lord himself will console Papa
and her children. We take solace in the fact that she lived a good life, ran her race and finally gone to rest. May her soul rest in perfect peace.

Chief (Mrs) Bamgbola Esan
Ibadan, Nigeria.
Posted by John Obaro on June 27, 2020
Aunty EBUN,
Elegant, Bouncy, Unstoppable, Noble.
How else can I describe you? Never sure to call you aunty or mummy as you were all rolled into one. You were always there for me. Ironic that this time last year after my mum’s burial you were with us in the house for another week. It’s hard to imagine this house without your boisterous presence, your sense of humour, your firmness, your candour and your counsel.
Thank you for the divine role that God set you to play in the life of Achey and I. We will always remember you.
Aunty sad to let you go, but by God’s Grace, we shall see in the morning.
Odaro ma.

John Tanimola Obaro
Posted by Achenyo Idachaba-Obaro on June 27, 2020
Where does one start and how does one begin to write this tribute for Mummy Balogun. These are the thoughts that have been swirling around in my mind over the past two days. How do you compress all the unforgettable moments with her over the past several decades into a few paragraphs? I can’t! 

HER CARE
I experienced her care at barely a week old. My Mother had to go back into the hospital shortly after bringing her first newborn home. My parents reached out to the Baloguns, fellow Nigerian students also living in married student housing at the University of Chicago. Mummy Balogun took me in for the few days my Mother was in the hospital till she returned. Just like that. That was 52 years ago this June! Fast forward to 1984 when I got admission into University of Ife, the Baloguns had long settled in Ife and we had long settled in Ibadan. My parents drove me straight to Ife to tell Mummy Balogun that they were bringing her daughter back to her during the next academic session. And for the next 5 years I would spend at Ife, I became part of the Balogun family again, this time as a young adult. During this time, Mummy ensured that all of her female “children” attending Ife were always put together in the Hostel. I “roomed” with Toyin, Abike Daniyan and Ronke Haastrup during my first year of moving to Moremi and later on “roomed” with Folake in the choice 2 person room (let’s call it a studio apartment ). Literally almost every weekend was spent at the Baloguns at Road 10 where I would experience 1st class hospitality. She loved cooking and I enjoyed watching and learning several things from her which I would practice once I returned home to Ibadan. Her mango juice, pineapple juice etc. She was there for me throughout my stay in Ife. I couldn’t have asked for better Guardians. For various family events, they were there. For my wedding she was there. With my move to Lagos, she was there and each time she visited, she came armed with Zobo, Donuts, Plaintain etc. For my 50th birthday she was there with her culinary delights. For my Dad’s Memorial programme last year she was there with her many culinary delights. Such was her care and hospitality and Joie de Vivre.  

HER IMPRESSION
Once you met her, you wouldn’t forget her. Elegant and Exquisite. So full of life, bubbly and energetic and a master communicator. I guess, these are several of the reasons why her passing is too hard to take in and too hard to believe. Sub-consciously, we had expected that she would be with us for years and years and years to come. Tanimola and I have reminisced over and over again of the last time Mummy and Daddy Balogun spent with us before travelling to the U.S. As we glanced again at their chairs at our dinner table, it seemed to us like yesterday that we were all throwing banters and recounting stories. But it was nine months ago not yesterday! Just yesterday, my youngest sister, Ojochide sent me a picture of pieces of fried yam. She then told me the story behind the fried yam pieces in the picture. She said when she was 8 years old she visited the Baloguns along with my parents. I did the calculations and determined it was while I was at Ife so they must have come to visit me and then the Baloguns. My sister said she couldn’t remember the part about visiting me but she could remember very clearly visiting the Baloguns. She said Mummy Balogun served her with perfectly shaped rectangular pieces of fried yam and she has been trying to emulate her and make those perfect rectangular shaped pieces of yam ever since. This lasting impression was made on my very young sister 34 years ago! Unforgettable were those interactions.

OMO WALE
Her joy and excitement knew no bounds when her cousin (Tanimola) told her he had met someone whom she knew. He said she screamed when he mentioned my name and said “that’s my child”. Her next question was “where did you meet her?”. She never ceased to testify of the LORD’s doing that we met “right under her nose” at Uncle’s 80th birthday party in Ife and she did not know it. She and my Mom were the Mothers of the Day at my wedding. And all my friends and family remember the beautiful toast she gave during our wedding reception. I was her Omowale.
I could write more and more and more and more and more. I just want to thank GOD for the fond memories shared over the past 52 years. Mummy was a gem and we are missing her BIG time. Her Joie de Vivre. The dinner table conversations. I remember during one of our recent conversations telling Mummy that I was seriously managing and rationing the donuts and Zobo until she got back because I didn’t want us to run out before she returned. She laughed. We didn’t realize that our conversation of a couple of weeks ago would be the last conversation on this side of eternity. Two days ago, we brought out the Zobo from the freezer. We looked at it and put it right back. We had hoped, we had prayed that you would come out of this. You did but not as we expected. You came out – on the other side of eternity. And we bow to the LORD’s sovereign will. This past week, I started working out of my newly renovated office and took one of the plants you gave me to the office. I am so glad you got to see the office and pray with me there before you travelled last year. To live in the hearts of those who love you and whom you love, is to never die. May your sweet soul rest in perfect peace.

Much love,
Ache Idachaba-Obaro
Iyawo Tanimola aka Omowale     
Posted by Calvary Princes And Princ... on June 27, 2020
Màmá Ẹbun Balogun, adieu. It is very painful that you have to go at this time. All members of the Calvary Princesses & Princesses Fellowship miss deeply your God fearing, caring and giving miens. How we wish you could stay longer to enjoy more of the fruits of your labour. You gave your hands to God and slipped on quietly without telling us goodbye. You may have passed on but your memories would always linger in our hearts. You were a friend, a cheerful giver and a passionate lover of children. You were an epitome of love. You always make us happy whenever you and Bàbá Emeritus Prof Balogun visited us during our annual anniversary celebrations. We earnestly pray that God Almighty will keep and comfort bàbá. We love you but Jesus Christ loves you most. Adieu màmá Ẹbun Balogun, we will meet to part no more at Jesus feet. *CALVARY PRINCES & PRINCESSES FELLOWSHIP*, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Ile-Ifẹ, Ọṣun State, Nigeria.
Posted by Victor Olaleye on June 27, 2020
The news of your death though devastating to us still brought smiles to our faces because of the life you have lived. We definitely will never forget your fighting spirit, your truthfulness, your kind heart, your attention to details, your love for God and your commitment to God's church. Your finesse when it comes to your appearance even to the last time we saw you last September and your baking skills are always exemplary and have shown us how rounded a person should be. Left to us Mama Balogun, (as we popularly called you) we never want you to leave us. But then, we know that you deserve nothing but the best place which is the bosom of our Lord. Till we meet again to part no more; enjoy resting in the Lord. Prof. Victor Olaleye and family
Posted by Ulari Dike on June 27, 2020
Mommy,
I cannot believe I have to talk about you in past tense....it still seems unreal to me.
You were always the life of the party, the energy source in every room you entered, the truest definition of boldness and occupying one’s space fully.
To say that my family and I will miss you is an understatement indeed. You took us in and treated us as your own - your advice, suggestions, listening ear and corrections will all be sorely missed! We will miss your homemade donuts and Efo Riro that was second to none; your gisting nature that saw us talking about everything from pop culture to worldwide politics; your ability to demand excellence while also encouraging one’s confidence. We will miss it all.
We thank God for the privilege of having known and spent time with you. May The Lord cause you to rest in His Perfect Peace forever and ever. Amen.
With Love, Always,
The Dike Family❤️
Posted by Doyinsola Ojutiku on June 27, 2020
It’s with much sadness that we have received the news of the passing of our dear Mrs Ebun Balogun. I first met Mrs Balogun at the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife sometime in the late 1970’s. You met Mrs Balogun and you never forgot you did. She carried a life force about her. Two things I would pay tribute to, one in the public domain and the other personal. We were members of the Zonta Club of Ile-Ife and when the Club needed to do a community project, she stirred us masterfully into adopting a class of hard of hearing (deaf) pupils at the Seventh Day Adventist Primary School in Lagere, Ile-Ife. From provision of equipment that enhanced their hearing and smart school uniforms, she with her dynamism pushed us to keep supporting those kids. End result, a class of quarrelsome and unruly kids became mainstream kids who went to Secondary school normally.
On the personal note, I pay tribute to her innate ability for doing little things that touch your heart. On my first day as Registrar of the Obafemi Awolowo University, I arrived to an office regaled with beautiful flower arrangements and not only that, she had lefts trays of snacks and a tea service, she told my Secretary, for visitors and well wishers. That was a friend. Her energy tended to energize everyone around her on the Campus and in the host town. She exemplified town and gown. May her dynamic and energetic soul now Rest In Peace. And may the memory of her time on this earth be a comfort to you Prof Balogun and your entire family.
Dr Doyinsola Ojutiku for the Ojutiku family- Ile-Ife and New York, USA.
Posted by Mofolasayo Adeniyi on June 27, 2020
I’ve had the privilege of knowing Grandma Balogun since I was a toddler. She was the administrator of Women’s Group daycare in OAU, Ile-Ife at the time. She was my friend “mishalogun, mishalogun!”( Mrs Balogun, Mrs Balogun) for a long time as I greeted her before I began to share whatever stories I wanted to share. This was always much to my mother’s constant chagrin who bristled at the insolence and familiarity, but Grandma would say “ Ronke, let her be, she sees me as a friend and she wants to express herself to me. Ever since that time, I saw Grandma Balogun not just as an elderly woman, but as a down to earth person who would mingle with anyone regardless of their age, class or social status.
Grandma was very close to our family, especially to my mother (Aderonke Adeniyi). She was her confidant and her greatest cheerleader. Grandma loved unconditionally and transferred the love she had for my mother to me and my siblings. Grandma was hospitable to a fault, we loved going to her house on road 13 because we knew we were going to come back home with bags full of freshly made donuts and cookies. I must say that her baking skills are out of this world!!
I learnt so much from Grandma even as a child. Her house was always spick & span and she was very well organized. Grandma was hard working, kind, resilient and above all God fearing. I have so many fond memories of Grandma but the one that stands out the most was when I had my son (Christened Ayodele by Grandma) here in the US and my mom came to be with me. Grandma with her good heart, celebrated my son’s naming ceremony with my mom’s teachers back in Nigeria. She practically threw a party for my mom’s first Grandchild even in her absence. Grandma Balogun was that good!
Grandma was such a selfless person that even on her sick bed, she cared for us all. I remember our last conversation was when she called to wish me a happy Mother’s Day celebration. Indeed, If I continue to write about her, I will not have enough space to do so. Grandma Ebunoluwa Kofoworola Balogun will forever live in our hearts. Rest on in the bosom of Christ Mama rere, until we meet to part no more!!!!
Posted by Dele Azeez on June 27, 2020
I did not have the privilege of meeting Mama, but from all the tributes, it is clear that she was indeed a well-loved, wonderful, gracious Woman of God.
May the Lord grant Toyin and Yinka and the entire family the Grace and fortitude to bear this heavy loss. Take heart, Mama is in a better place. And her beautiful legacy lives on.
May her gentle soul Rest In Peace.
Posted by Meg Emenim on June 27, 2020
Mommy, I thank God for the privilege of meeting you. Will miss your love, wisdom, our high school Baptist Girls High School- BGHS Agbor talk, counseling & motherly advice you give freely. Not sure how we can cope without your physical energy? Thank God for the energy DNA you may have left behind. Wish I could see you smile one more time for my last statement. Continue to Rest In Peace mommy! You will forever be missed.

Posted by ANDREW FAMOGUN on June 27, 2020
It is with a heavy heart and gratitude to God for the life of grandma. She was an embodiment of God's excellence. She radiates joy, kindness, love and support all Godly things. She was an extraordinary woman who made sure that her family was happy. Grandma brought us so much joy in the many years we have known her. We are sure that you also have a treasure trove of great memories with her. She was such a wonderful woman, and she will never be forgotten. Our thoughts are with you. May God bless you.

Shade and Andrew Famogun
Posted by Ayodele Fasakin on June 27, 2020
Mama surely left her indelible footprints in the sands of time. Take heart Sister Toyin and Bro Yinka. Mama is having a well deserved rest in the bosom of her creator. Our prayers is that God will continue to comfort you at this time.
Ehin Mama adara o. Amin
From the Fasakins
Posted by Deby Ogbonna on June 27, 2020
My sincere and deep sympathy to Dr. and Dr. Mrs Olutoye. Mama’s memory and legacy will live on in your hearts. It is well! God will see you through this. May Mama’s soul Rest In Peace.

Emmy Ogbonna
Posted by Deby Ogbonna on June 27, 2020
The memory of the righteous is blessed! Mama, your legacy lives on. My heart-felt condolences to the entire family. May you find comfort and solace in the arms of God. May the Holy Spirit our Comforter strengthen you from within in Jesus Christ name! It is well!!
Posted by Ayo Okopie on June 27, 2020
Mommy Balogun, an epitome of love. Her hugs, her smile does something to me, each time I see her. She loved me like She has known me forever. We'll all miss you, mommy. I know your legacy stays on and we will continue to cherish your loving memory each time we see your children and grandchildren. Good night and rest-on mommy Balogun.
I pray for comfort and peace for everyone she has left behind especially for Daddy Balogun, God be with you and yours sir.

Albert & Ayo Okopie
Posted by Tiwalade Olugbade on June 27, 2020
Auntie was a personal friend and at the same time a family friend. Indeed, she left remarkable footprints on Obafemi Awolowo University campus and in Ebenezer Baptist Church, Ile-Ife with positive impacts on everybody she came across. The big donors to the several projects initiated by her, who must be appreciated in their own rights and those of us enrolled for one purpose or the other along the way were merely responding to her legendary passion for children welfare, education and development. She would forever be remembered for initiating the establishment and construction of the University Day Care Centre and the Ebenezer Baptist Church High School ICT centre among other projects. Rest in perfect peace. May the Lord console us all
Posted by Titilayo @ Olatunde Abion... on June 27, 2020
Mummy Balogun will be missed sorely by many. She was always kind to us and our family.
Toyin, we join others to say your mom was a very wonderful woman who lived a full life, loved many and was loved by many.
May her beautiful soul rest in perfect peace and May God comfort you all.

Titi & Tunde Abiona
Posted by Olufunnke Olugboji on June 27, 2020
Mummy, you were a mother indeed! I am glad that I made that trip to Houston, Texas just to see you some months ago. You were very happy to see me too. You tried to bubble
as usual. You always wanted to be able to coordinate everything and everyone around you. You were very hospitable and paid attention to details, not only when you baked or cooked! We miss you already. Unforgettable, that's who you are! Rest in perfect peace, Mum. We love you. 
Posted by Oyebode Oshobi on June 27, 2020
Thank you Mummy for effectively stepping into Eyinade’s (our biological mum) shoes when she left us. You gave us all the motherly care and succor. You were there for our Dad keeping him company with long hours of gists on the phone and when you make our time with Daddy(Prof.) to spend the weekend with him. You gave him friendship till the end when you departed for Houston Enroute Oshogbo/Lagos on September 13, 2019. You gave us motherly care from when we ever became conscious of our being.

Sleep well Mummy. May the Almighty grant the family the grace to bear this loss. Amen
Posted by Bunmi Osazuwa on June 27, 2020
My Darling Aunty Ebun, this is like a bad dream. Words cannot describe how much I miss you. I give glory to God that He chose to do what was best for you, knowing that He will comfort us who loved you. From the time I became aware as a baby, my mother, of blessed memory, Sister Rose, as you called her, will always talk fondly about you and how you cried the first time you carried me as a baby. You were Aunty, mother and friend to me. Even my siblings were jealous of our relationship. You gave me so much unconditional love. You told me so much about the history of my Moms Side of my family that I did not know. You taught me about life and how to have a voice. You had a servant’s spirit. You served us all with joy. Even when I would call you in hospital we always found things to laugh about. You were present at every event that my siblings and I had. Us orphans that you adopted as yours. You took me round Ife to show me the work that you raised money to do for the church school. You were a faithful servant of God who quietly served God through your actions. I bet all the ones who went to our Heavenly Father before you were there to welcome you. We miss you. I thank God for the wonderful life you lived with Uncle. I will remember your legacy by giving unconditional love as you gave me. Rest In Peace Aunty Ebun. We will meet again.
Posted by Oyebode Oshobi on June 27, 2020
Mummy Balogun!!!!! E se oju e tun se eyin, you were there for us when our parents were alive and even after their demise your support and Daddy's support was rock solid. Thank you for all that you did. Tell Oguntokun and Eyinade Oshobi you did well. Sun re o Mama oninurere. We will meet on resurrection morning. Good night ma.

From Bunmi (Oshobi) Akinleye
Posted by Pastor 'Niran Fafowora on June 27, 2020
I did not have the opportunity of meeting the great daughter of Zion who has gone to be with the Lord but I had the privilege of knowing her children. The little I have seen in her children convince me that she was a virtuous woman. “By their fruits you will know them”.
In thanking God for her fruitful and productive life, I pray her soul will live in peace. I also pray her legacy will continue to thrive and that God will grant her family divine comfort and consolation, in Jesus Name, amen.
Posted by Thomas Adetomiwa on June 27, 2020
Oh mummy Balogun, we miss your love, motherly care and your infectious laughter. Your care for us during the medical and evangelical mission in Kabiyesi Oba Olufemi Olutoye of IdoAni's palace over the past few years, except for last year 2019, when you were unavoidably absent is highly treasured.

My wife and I remembered just like yesterday when we came to visit and pray with you at St luke's hospital in February this year, mummy was so full of life.

We love you but God loves you more, and we are assured you're dwelling in the bossom of His unfailing love. Adios.
Pastors Thomas and Bose Adetomiwa
Posted by Oyekemi Morakinyo on June 27, 2020
Mummy Balogun!! We thank GOD for a life well spent. We The Oshobi family are grateful for your love and kindness you showered on us that we cannot quantify. May the good LORD comfort the entire Family especially Daddy(Prof) .E sun ree o.
Posted by Kemi Dada on June 27, 2020
Mommy, it's so difficult to accept that you're no longer with us. You were so bubbly, so loving and generous. Never a dull moment with you! You remembered everything about everyone, and you were so easy to talk to.
You were a wisdom bank, and one could listen to you talk for hours.
Thank God for the remarkable and impactful life that you lived. Your legacy is great! You were great!
We pray for comfort for daddy, and the entire family.
Goodnight, mummy Balogun...continue to rest peacefully with your maker .
~Kemi & Dele Dada ~
Posted by Kelvin Itoandan on June 27, 2020
Mommy, I celebrate your life and love; thanks for been an amazing example. May your sweet sweet soul Rest In Peace.
Posted by Dr. Tope Ade on June 27, 2020
I met mummy Balogun about 18 years ago through her children. One thing that stood out about her was her love which was genuine and her humor. The memory of the righteous is blessed. You will truly be missed; the last time I spoke with you shortly after Kola’s passing, you sounded very very strong; but you have gone to take your eternal rest in the presence of our Savior. May your lovely and precious soul Rest In Peace. May the Lord comfort your children, grandchildren and your entire family.
Rest In Peace my namesake “Kofoworola”
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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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A Star goes Home

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.
OLU and AYO OBARO and FAMILY.