Beloved Florence Bamidele, it is ‘Goodnight but not Goodbye’
Words are insufficient to capture the life and legacy of this uncommon and formidable woman of virtue, character and breeding; the matriarch of the Familusi and Makanjuola families; proud daughter of Imesi-Ile who lived a life of impact and service - to her family, the professions of teaching and nursing, the Church and humanity at large. 
The depth of our love for our mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunty and leader is only best imagined. 
We are thankful for the inspiring life of Florence Bamidele Makanjuola (nee Familusi) and comforted that she rests with the Lord and lives on through us all.

Posted by Tokunbo Martins on June 26, 2021
My dear Deputy Governor"s Grandma,
I never met you but I feel I knew you so well. And I guess I did, through your lovely granddaughter. She came to commiserate with me over the death of my father and left my place for your house. That day we discussed in great detail what an amazing, exceptional woman you are and how blessed DG Aishah was to have you as a grandmother. Little did we know you would soon be going home. But you live on, through your legacies, your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. You finished your race well and strong and have passed on the baton. I am blessed to know your granddaughter and you through her. Sleep well grandma. May your sweet gentle soul rest in perfect peace, Amen.

Tokunbo Martins
Posted by Olufunmilayo Clement on June 18, 2021
A mother's love is always with her children. Losing a mother is one of the deepest sorrows a heart can know.
But your goodness , your caring and wisdom live on-line a legacy of love that will always be celebrated.
I am so glad I knew you
Posted by Ovie Ukiri on June 13, 2021
Dear Aisha,

My sincere condolences on the passing of your grandma. 

From hearing about her from you over the years, she was clearly a truly remarkable woman and you have manifested in your life, the positive impact she had on you and, I am sure, many others.

Many her soul rest in perfect peace and may perpetual light shine upon her. Amen.
Posted by Matilda Coker on June 12, 2021
Grand Ma, You truly were a special, and great Matriarch! You may have passed on, but your memories would always live on.
Thank you for your sacrifices,your love and everything that you have
done for nursing profession and the church of God . Continue to rest on
Posted by Kofo Abdusalam-alada on June 10, 2021
To a worthy Matriarch, my family and I say rest on. Yours is a life of celebration; and thank you for giving Nigeria DG Aishah Ahmad to whom we send our deepest condolences at this moment.
Rest In Peace, Mama.
Posted by Bunmi Fashagba on June 9, 2021
Thank you mummy for taking me in as one of your own. Thank you for all the love you showed me. Rest in peace.
Posted by Edward L Adamu on June 9, 2021
Our deepest sympathies to DG Aisha Ahmad, the Makanjuola and the Familusi families for the loss of an adorable, forthright and God fearing mother, grandmother, great grandmother. Be assured that she is resting in the bosom of Our Lord. We pray that the Lord will grant you the fortitude to bear the loss.  We pray for strength and grace to carry on the good work she did to humanity. God bless.
Posted by Hadiza Muazu on June 9, 2021
To a remarkable woman and pillar of strength to not only her family but also to her community and everyone who came across her.

Shetu as she is fondly called by most of us has grown to be a great mother, wife, a formidable banker, great sister, amazing friend and beloved daughter. We believe that she has been able to achieve some of these traits and great values which she learned from Grandma and the repository of knowledge vested within her.

She was indeed a force to be reckoned with from all the great stories written and told, one of the great women this country was blessed with and an inspiration to us all. We pray for Allah to grant her rest and all the loved ones she left behind, the strength to bear this irreparable loss, ameen

Hadiza and Zaynab Usman Muazu
Posted by Dr Aderonke Tayo-Tiwo on June 9, 2021
Rest in perfect peace ma.We thank God for grace to live to a very ripe old age.We celebrate you ma even as the angels in heaven have gained a dear soul.Goodnight ma!
Aderonke Tayo-Tiwo, Kumbi's Classmate in Holy Child College ,Obalende
Posted by Diversity Exec on June 8, 2021
It’s hard to pay a tribute to who you don’t know. But I know your grand daughter Aishah for a long time and seen how much your eternal departure has affected her. For the beautiful sweet person that she is, you have your legacy right there. RIP. Ayo Osunrinade
Posted by Nkechi Ebunoluwa Mgbenwel... on June 8, 2021
Big Mummy, like many others, I fondly called you, as the older sister to my mother.

I remember as a young inquisitive 7 year old girl, you allowing me visit with you, the hospital you ran alongside Big daddy, of blessed memory, at 32 Agege motor road where we lived. 

Despite my tender age, I saw how stern yet compassionate you were with your staff. And how much respect you had for them as they did you. That single visit was indeed a memorable one. 

Of precious memory are the times I came back to Nigeria then, with my family and visited Mama Imesi, of blessed memory while she was with you. Your face always lit up on seeing my children and husband. 

God bless your precious soul ‘Big Mummy’. You lived an impactful life.

You will forever remain in my thoughts and prayers. Most especially when I celebrate my wedding anniversary on the 18th of December. 

Condolences to my dear cousins and their families. God grant her precious soul, eternal and peaceful rest .

Posted by BAMIDELE JEMIYO on June 8, 2021
Mama many thanks for your contributions to my life and that of my entire family
You are a rare gem may your gentle soul find a resting place with the saints triumphant on behalf of the Jemiyos we send our condolences
Posted by Ayoola Elias on June 8, 2021
Though you may have passed on but your memories will always live within us,with my self heart felt emotions about you and the gracious life you lived through all my time of knowing you grandma,you're a rare gem...
We love you but God loves you more
May you continually be a beneficiary of God's grace in a life after death,amen
Posted by David Babajide Makanjuola... on June 8, 2021
Our condolences to Mama Florence Bamidele Makanjuola’s children; Prof Roger,Sister Bamidele, Dr Yombo’s and Prof Kunbi and all the extended family members. May Mama Florence Bamidele’s soul be at peace with our Heavenly Father. I pray for peace, comfort and divine consolation for all my nieces and nephew and our in-laws Familusi family, Mama left behind at this difficult time and offer our condolences to you all including, Mama’s grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great great grandchildren Amen. Mama’s gentle soul will always be in our hearts. Rest on mama at the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!
Dr David Babajide Makanjuola
On behalf of the family.
Posted by Moyosoreoluwa Familusi on June 8, 2021
I thank you so much for the name given 'MOYOSOREOLUWA' at my christening. Even if I couldn't get to meet you until home call, I heard so many wonderful things about you. The name given to me has brought about good tidings to my life and those around me. Rest in peace ☮️, Grandma
Posted by Durojaye Akindutire on June 7, 2021
From the Akindutires.
Mama, we will miss you but we know that God loves you more than we do. We will always remember you and your gentle soul.
Sun re o abiyamo tooto. Rest in the bosoom of the Almighty.
Posted by Inoma Douglas on June 7, 2021
My earliest memory of granma was in my early 20's, when I visited with her granddaughter Shetu Ndanusa, I remember grandma was so welcoming so sweet, her smile so warm. It was delightful ,pure joy watching three generations of women (grandma,mommy Bandele Makanjuola Ndanusa and Shetu Ndanusa Ahmad) as they chatted n laughed in excitement over Shetu's upcoming wedding .

Over twenty years later, I visited you for the last time, and a memorable visit it was.
Thank you grandma for your prayers and blessings, I will never forget you.
You are a beautiful spirit, you impacted my life greatly in just one meeting. Your life was exemplary and admirable.
You are greatly missed and even more, greatly loved.
Rest on grandma in the Lords bossom
Posted by Mrs Esther 'Lolade Ogunni... on June 7, 2021
My memory of Mama Yombo, as she was popularly known, was as a kind-hearted and cheerful woman. She was a self-sacrificing person who cared for people's welfare. She was conscientious and took interest in people and would go the extra mile to assist all who came in contact with her. She was particularly loyal to very busy husband and assisted him to look after the children. Her happy and amiable disposition towards people might have contributed to her long life in a harsh environment like Nigeria. She will be remembered by all of us whose lives she had touched. As we cherish the sweet memory of her exemplary lifestyle, it is my prayer that all of us will be comforted and become wiser in the way we live and relate with people around us in Jesus name. Amen!
Posted by tunde ajayi on June 6, 2021
A Life lived in the service of others is a life truly Lived.

Through your life ‘Grandmummy’, you have inspired us all to put others before self and none before God.

In a world of ‘to each his own’ you lived a life of helping others along their journey through your acts of kindness, prayers, words of advice, thoughtfulness, gifts and Love. All these you did without any expectations whatsoever.

Not everyone has that gift to make others feel good in their presence, but you did and you not only treated all equally, you made the extra effort to let them know that they matter.

You will be sorely missed Grandmummy 
Thank you for being the giant on whose shoulder we have all stood tall.

Posted by Senu Euler-Ajayi on June 6, 2021
Rest in peace dear Grand

Didn't meet her much, but will never forget the few times I did. She was always in high spirit, full of life and very warm. I pray that God gives us all the fortitude to bear her loss. Though she has passed, her spirit lives on in our hearts, till the time we shall all meet again, by His grace. Amen.
She will be missed.

Senu & Susan Euler-Ajayi
Posted by adebola ogunbiyi on June 6, 2021
Grandma Makunjuola, you were a caring, strong and compassionate mother with a sense of humor.
You loved your children and their friends.
Your home was a second home to a lot of us especially when we were at Idi-Araba both in the university and during our residency.

You fulfilled your purpose to your own generation grandma, May your gentle soul Rest In Peace.
Posted by femi Familusi on June 5, 2021
There is truth in the saying of that talented writer: Lord Babinton Macaulay That "To everyman upon this earth, Death cometh soon or late". With this, I bid my aunt; my mother; our matriarch farewell. No doubt, you have run the race of life; you have positively impacted many lives of which I am a living witness; ALL is now history. I will always remember you for your indomitable spirit of courage and encouragement to both young and old. What you represent in life has become testimonies today. Now that you have answered to the call of your creator; sleep on.
O digbose:
Omo Alaaye I'Efon. Omo Erulele uju.
Omo eso koro ubo. Omo igi d'oke p'aa.
Omo omi kun ero d'eyin.
Sun ree o.
Posted by Oludotun Lamikanra on June 4, 2021
Formidable. Calm. Kind. Capable. Insightful. Eyes and demeanor speaking of many experiences. Sober with chuckles hinting at a deep sense of humour.

A universal mother. A builder of souls. Blessed are the many she brought to the world personally, professionally and socially.

Respectful salutations to all who remember her with love. As I do.
Posted by Olufemi Dada on June 3, 2021
Oh Mama, the news of your demise came as a surprise because we were still hoping you will clock that mark of 100 years. You were a very loving and kind hearted mother, strict and a disciplinarian. A very hard working and dedicated Nurse to the core.
You were also very gentle in everything you did. You lived a good and fulfilled life. We thank God for this beautiful life you lived. You will be missed by us all especially we your 'children'.
We love you Mama, but God loved you more to call you into His bossom. May your gentle soul continue to rest in perfect peace in His bossom.
Adieu, Mama, Adieu, Adieu, till the resurrection day.

Femi Dada(new Olowu).
Posted by Salami Adebowale on June 3, 2021
My family and I send our deepest condolences on the passing on of our mother. Mama was truly a wonderful woman during her life time, I will remember always in my interactions with her, how amazing and knowledgeable she was, always getting to learn one thing or the other from her.                    I pray that God grants the family the fortitude to bear the great loss. Amen.                        
Salami Adebowale on behalf Tunde Salami family.
Posted by Shetu Ndanusa on June 2, 2021
Grandma Florence, Hands of Love

Your face is pure of love and light
your heart full of all that’s good and bright
soft smiles that welcome, grins that put at ease
eyes the kindest one has ever seen

Your face is pure of love and light
your fervent wishes guide and protect
up before dawn, you pray and toil
for forebears, offspring and strangers all

Your face is pure of love and light
gnarled hands that cared, served and soothed
heavy steps, a slow and measured pace 
tell tales of hearts and lives you’ve saved

A hundred years alive,
your wrinkled skin glows much the same
telling of things you’ve seen and places you’ve been
your storied life so blessed and fulfilled.
Posted by Omolara Euler-Ajayi on June 2, 2021

The home call of our beloved Aunty is a celebration of the life of a great woman.
She lived a fulfilled life crowded with the fruit of the Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Goodness, Gentleness, Faithfulness and Self control. She loved God and humanity.
Mama was passionate about the welfare of family members and neighbors. She had a warm and generous heart and will be sorely missed by all of us.
May her gentle soul rest in the bosom of God .
Good night Mama!! We loved you lots.
Very Rev & Mrs Moronfolu Euler-Ajayi
Posted by Abdulshakur Ahmad on June 2, 2021
We went to visit our Great Grandma most Sundays with our Mum. Eventually, we would mostly visit her, our Great Aunt Kunbi and our cousins on the way to the airport before traveling to school.

We loved Grandma very much because she was very caring, kind and supportive. When we spoke to her she would ask us about school and our parents and really listen when we talked to her. Whenever she spoke to us, she would add a “dear” to the end of her words to make us feel welcome in her house. Her smile was warm and infectious; and she always lead with love.

She showed us how to be caring to the less fortunate, how to be kind to everyone and always support family.

She was and still is a beacon that brings all of us together through her kindness and positivity and she will be sorely missed. We would all do well to emulate Great’s bravery and compassion.

To you Great, we would like to say our final goodbye, knowing you will forever be in our hearts.

Shakur & Jamal
Posted by Adeyemi Ojeniyi on June 2, 2021
Grandmummy you were the true definition of Love, Your heart was so large that everyone that ever met you can testify to this.

I wasn’t your biological grandson but you treated me as one and always looked out for me. You cared for me just the same way you looked out for your biological grandchildren.

No one to call me Yemi my lover again

Thank you for your sacrifices, care and love for me Grandmummy. Your memories and legacy would always live within me.

Continue to rest in Power Grandmummy
Posted by dare OJO on June 2, 2021
Mama we love you and miss you but the memory of your exemplary life is fresh in our minds.

My first encounter with Mama was about five years ago, despite that she was advanced in age you could feel the warmth and peace around her. Her elegance but simple life was evident. She was full of life and could feel anyone's presence even by their footsteps.

I was introduced to her as Yomi's brother and the atmosphere beamed with love and care. I have never seen someone who truly cares for people as Mama. She was hospitable and homely.

The time spent with Mama was full of joyous moments. Though she was stricken by age but her memory and sense of humour were astonishing.

There subsequent other visits and you could feel the tranquillity around her and the blissful touch of spirituality.

We will surely miss her. Rest on in the bossom of our Lord till we meet to part no more.


Engr Dare
Posted by Hilda O Oguntade-Smith Sl... on June 2, 2021
On behalf of late Rev. & Mrs David Oni Oguntade we sincerely pass our condolences to the family of Mama Makanjuola. Yemisi Oguntade's friendship with Bamidele and Yombo had grown if I may say more than 50 years! We're sister's not neighbours or Schoolmates! I remembered with fun eating and playing in the house at Agege-motor Road. Our own house is behind Rainbow Cinema, beautiful old days! Shuttling through the Cinema, as our"shortcut" to the house! It's a Nostalgic feeling! Mama was always ready to tell me when it was home time! Guess when teenagers start to goggles...! I remember with fun your soft spoken voice! We love you, rest in peace in Jesus name.
Posted by Yejide Runsewe on June 2, 2021
Dear Mummy Eko,

What pops into my head, is the fond memories we had of you as a Nurse. To my siblings and I, you were Florence Nightingale reincarnated! From a child’s view lens, you were the Smartest, Swiftest nurse with a lovable disposition in the whole wide world. You always had a caring word and shiny sparkles in your eyes for everyone. You were everywhere at the same time, shuttling between the house and the clinic like a whirlwind .
Thanking God for a life well spent and the fond memories that will always remain.
May you forever, rest in the bosom of the Lord
Posted by Emmanuel FASHOKUN on June 1, 2021
I lived with Mammy and her family when I moved to Lagos mid sixties. She was very receptive and caring. She and her husband, Dr.Makanjuola (of blessed memory) conducted an early morning naming ceremony of one of our children.
May God grant Mammy's soul eternal rest.
Sir(Engr) & Lady Fashokun.
Posted by Hadiza Abdulrahman on June 1, 2021
What a beautiful life. Truly inspirational. On behalf of all the Minna cousins, we say a fond farewell to Grand mummy. May your soul rest in perfect peace Ma.
Posted by Joyce Browne on June 1, 2021
What a wonderful woman. I met your mum , when I came to Lagos to lay my Dad’s ashes.
She was so beautiful and warm. She welcomed me with open arms.
I believe she is in a better place and alive as ever.
We thank God for a life well spent. May you surpass your parents , I believe this would be your mum’s prayer as well.
Posted by Monsuru Oyebola on June 1, 2021
A great Gem indeed left this World, particularly Nigeria.

We Loved Mama but God Loved her most.
Indeed from God we all come, and unto Him we shall return.
Posted by bandele Makanjuola on June 1, 2021

__To everything there is a season,
a time for every matter under heaven;
a time to be born,and a time to die;
a time to plant,and a time to harvest;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
-Ecclesiastes 3:1-4

I celebrate the life of my mother, Florence Bamidele Makanjuola, acknowledging both our joy in the gift that her life was to us, and the pain that her passing brings, but comforted by the joy and assurance that she is sleeping in the bosom of her maker.

She was a remarkable woman, she had 5 biological children, 15 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.

The family and her role as mother, grandmother, and great grandmother was the most important thing to my Mum. This is where she drew her strength and left her legacy. Mummy really
enjoyed her family most of all. She was there for all of us through the good and the not so good times strengthening us with the Words which never departed from her mouth and by which she
spent her life.

Maami was the kindest, most loving person I've ever known. She mothered everyone, so much
so that friends would often call her mummy. She took this as a compliment and never shied
away from being there for others who needed support in one way or another. As her daughter, I am blessed to have grown up with the most incredible role model, a beautiful soul who taught me to always be myself and to always push myself to learn more to achieve my God given potentials. I will miss her smile, her laugh, her sage advice, and her bubbly personality.

I know I am not alone when I say that she will be in my heart forever, but there is a hole in my heart that will always be there. I am not sure how I will cope with losing my best friend, confidant, mentor, and mother. I do know that I have been my mother's little sidekick all of my
life, and I hope and pray by His grace that I follow in her footsteps and become a strong woman who can face traumatic loss, just like she would want to. No-one is ever as interested in everything you do as your mother, or as proud of you.

Mother was strong, selfless,positive, prayerful and her presence lit up any room she entered. She loved
to let people around her know how much she loved them. My mum's joy and true happiness for life was truly remarkable.

Ever since I was a young child, my mother taught me to live every single day to the fullest and not take any thing/one of value for granted and always see the beauty in everyone. Her passing can be an inspiration for each of us to take advantage of the small beautiful things life has to offer every day.

Special thanks loving hugs from mummy to you my Makembi Prof Kunbi Banjo who had practically put her life on hold to stand in for all of us with strength and unconditional love as our mum had done all her life.

She loved all of us and her memory will continue to live on in us all.


Ps.91:11 reads "He shall give His angels charge over thee to keep thee in all thy ways".

Jehovah Promise Keeper has fulfilled this by assigning to you your halo so that you havebecome our own special Angel in our Hearts watching over us with all the saints triumphant from His better place.
Lady Maami Mama Roger Mama Bandele Mama Yombo Mama Goke Mama Kunbi Omo Akegun Omo
Fajaiyeyomi Omo Oretipe


Bandele Makanjuola Ndanusa.
Posted by Olubunmi Soetan on June 1, 2021
Got to know Mama when she used to pay occasional visit to my late Mum, Mrs. Olayinka Ojuroye after my Mum would have visited her severally.
What really caught my attention was her finesse, the ajebutter look. I was compelled to ask my mum about her and she said a lot of beautiful things about her, her achievements and all.
A beautiful soul that won't be forgotten in a hurry.
On behalf of the Ojuroyes. I commiserate with the entire family on the transition to Glory of Mama. May the Lord uphold you all.
Sleep well Mama.
Posted by Tinuola Gunwa-Ajayi on May 31, 2021
Dear Grandmummy,

To know you was to love you. You were the one person that I looked forward to seeing in Oremeji...

You always had a gift or would pray, counsel and give. I never left your room without a physical and spiritual gift.

Even when others took me as ‘Iyawo’, you took me as ‘Omo’.

I will miss much! Oremeji will never be the same without you.

Sleep easy beautiful!
Posted by Adebimpe Mowobi on May 31, 2021
I really appreciate the Almighty God for a life well spent by mama Makanjuola.
I met her through Prof.Banjo and her grandchildren.
We moved in to Oremeji street, as newly wedded couple, and as a school teacher I got into the family through home lesson.
But along the line mama took interest in my personal life.
She picked motherly, spiritual, and financial interest in my life and family.
During my reproductive trials she supported both physically, medically and financially, invited me most time to her bedroom, shared life experiences of her own ups and down, and how God helped her out, she thought me the ways of the Lord and winning battles of life on your knees, with patient, humility and giving to God's work, minister of God and the poor..
I will really miss her smiles, life experiences, gist, and giving spirit.
May her sour rest in perfect peace
Mama Ba mi fa mi ma.( Her nick mane at QC.
Posted by Busola Oyefeso on May 30, 2021
Dear Kunbi & Family
E ku asehinde.
It was always a joy for me to see your multigenerational pictures of your Mom, GrandMom & GreatGrandMom posted on the MediLag 81/83 class forum.
You and yours are truly blessed to have enjoyed Mama for such a long fruitful time.
Now that she has gone to her eternal rest, I pray that she will remain evergreen in all of your hearts.
Once again, e ku asehinde.
May God continue to perfect all your plans of the Celebration of Mama’s Life.
Posted by Tosin Adefeko on May 31, 2021
There is no Mushin without Grandma.
You lived a good life, you fought a good fight.
Time to rest in the bosom of the Lord!

Adieu Grandma. Rest in power!
Posted by Faboyode Omosola on May 30, 2021
Mama Makanjuola as was usually called by every member of Very rev Ajobiewe family live a very fruitful Christian life . She was a Godly, loving, caring and a cheerful giver. We missed mama phone conversation with daddy , may her soul rest in peace
Posted by o aiyegbusi on May 30, 2021
Adieu My Rare Gem Mummy

I forever will celebrate you my Matriarch and first recognisable mother FB ,

You were  not just a rare gem, the ' mother hen" spreading her wings like an umbrella over your whole extended family but also remarkable in making sure all that came across you in all walks of life made something of their lives.

I thank God for making me 'your last born'.

You nutured me from infancy gifting me with fundamentals of a successful human being: love and warmth, discipline, cleanliness,  strength and boldness;  building in me confidence to weather storms of life. You must be looking back and pleased at the good woman you left behind.
May your legacy live on mummy.  
Heaven has won an angel. Ma a sun l'okan aya Oluwa re.

Your daughter
Olutoyin Oluyemisi Aiyegbusi, Mrs
Posted by Ayodele Awojobi on May 30, 2021
  Tribute to Chief Mrs. F.B. Makanjuola, on behalf of the Descendants of Oba Richard Oladipo Makanjuola, (ROMAKDU), the late Owa Oye of Imesi Ile, in Osun State Nigeria.
We fondly called her Mummy Eko, during our childhood days because she lived in Lagos while we lived in Ibadan.
She was married to our late father's elder brother, late Dr. O. O. Makanjuola, the then Chief Consultant, TB Service, Lagos.
As children, we were always looking forward to our annual Christmas attire, from Lagos, which for so many years never for once failed, up until we started entering Higher Institutions.
A very accommodating and caring woman, her home was opened to all members of the extended family, who needed to be in Lagos for whatever period and whatever reasons.
We always looked forwards to spending holidays in Lagos.
I remember our eldest brother, late Prince Abimbola Makanjuola aka Kabila, started living at the Idi Oro house at a very tender age, under the parental guidance of Mummy Eko, so much so, that it took the rest of us a long time before we got to realise that he was our blood brother.
I also had a taste of Mummy Eko's hospitality, for two full years, for my Advanced level studies.
Sleep on ma, you will forever live in our hearts.
May God grant your soul eternal rest.
  Mrs. Tinu Awojobi
  nee Makanjuola for ROMAKDU.
Posted by Dr Martins Momoh on May 30, 2021
Your life was a worthy came, saw and conquered.
May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace.
Posted by Alaba Familusi on May 30, 2021
Mummy, words are not sufficient to express the deep sense of loss on your transition to Glory. How we wished you you lived with us for many more years. Man proposes but God disposes. We bless His name.

Mummy lived a fulfilled life in the service of God and Humanity. Caring, Hardworking, Loving and Selfless all describe you.

As the last child of Baba Gilbert, born posthumously, you were there at the right time to step into the 'father and mother' shoes for me and for this, I am eternally grateful. Thank you and remain blessed in the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Posted by FATIMAH ABDULKAREEM on May 30, 2021
Just as we were looking forward to her 100th birthday, it was time for her to go to her creator. God knows best!
Grandmummy was a mother to all of us who were her daughter's colleagues. She not only cared for us, but also our children. She supervised our children's school run, made sure they were safe and protected. She was always there for everyone, with her welcoming smile every time. We shall miss her sorely. From the Abdulkareems, we are forever grateful. God will grant the entire family and friends the fortitude to bear the loss .
Posted by Kemi Kole-Emmanuel on May 29, 2021
Rest in peace dear mama
I met you for the very first time in 2017. Despite your advanced years you were very warm and welcoming. You had heard of me, as one of the sisters of your late son in law, the late Dr Taiwo Banjo, who had unfortunately passed on 20+ years ago.You said Ibeji, aburo Taiye??!! nice to meet you. Your kind gesture and sharp memory at over 90 warmed the cockles of my heart. My children met you too and were glad they did. May you rest in peace in the blossom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. No doubt you will be sorely missed !
Posted by LMFI Company on May 27, 2021
A truly remarkable woman, with an amazing legacy that will endure for ages.

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Posted by Tokunbo Martins on June 26, 2021
My dear Deputy Governor"s Grandma,
I never met you but I feel I knew you so well. And I guess I did, through your lovely granddaughter. She came to commiserate with me over the death of my father and left my place for your house. That day we discussed in great detail what an amazing, exceptional woman you are and how blessed DG Aishah was to have you as a grandmother. Little did we know you would soon be going home. But you live on, through your legacies, your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. You finished your race well and strong and have passed on the baton. I am blessed to know your granddaughter and you through her. Sleep well grandma. May your sweet gentle soul rest in perfect peace, Amen.

Tokunbo Martins
Posted by Olufunmilayo Clement on June 18, 2021
A mother's love is always with her children. Losing a mother is one of the deepest sorrows a heart can know.
But your goodness , your caring and wisdom live on-line a legacy of love that will always be celebrated.
I am so glad I knew you
Posted by Ovie Ukiri on June 13, 2021
Dear Aisha,

My sincere condolences on the passing of your grandma. 

From hearing about her from you over the years, she was clearly a truly remarkable woman and you have manifested in your life, the positive impact she had on you and, I am sure, many others.

Many her soul rest in perfect peace and may perpetual light shine upon her. Amen.
her Life

Childhood & Early Life: Lagos, Ibadan & Imesi-Ile

Florence Bamidele Makanjuola (nee Familusi) was born on December 18, 1921, in Lagos. She was the first child of Leah Oretipe Familusi (nee Fagbo) & Gilbert Ifajaiyeyomi Familusi, both of whom hailed from Imesi-Ile (Ile Akeegun family compound) in modern Osun State. Oretipe was a renowned dressmaker and Alaso-oke , Gilbert a shoe designer and cobbler who produced Opekete Shoes; both lived at 12, Bamgbose Street, Lagos.

Florence had a loving, happy and communal childhood where good graces, a high sense of integrity, prayer and the love of God were instilled from birth. She was the first of ten surviving children within a polygamous family consisting of her mother and step mother. Her father, Gilbert, was soft- spoken but commanded much respect; he was loving to all his children, especially gentle with his daughters and had great expectations for their education; this was extremely progressive for that time. Her mother Leah was slight of build and a disciplinarian, especially with money - Florence was to emulate this sense of thriftiness, industry and financial independence her entire life. 

Education: Teaching or Nursing?

Once Bamidele could put her right hand over her left ear as was customary in those days, she enrolled in primary school. She attended Methodist Primary School Tinubu and Ebute Meta Methodist Primary School. Such was her brilliance that upon completion of Primary 4 she was admitted to the prestigious Queens College, Lagos. 
Early inspiration for Bamidele’s eventual career as a nurse and midwife was found in Florence Nightingale, the famous British noblewoman and founder of modern nursing. Nightingale was horrified at the injuries and treatment of soldiers during the Crimean War, serving on the front lines to offer them food, medicines and asking for support from her wealthy family. Because Gilbert spoke admiringly of Florence Nightingale, Bamidele was quite enamoured of her and held a lifelong passion for the nursing profession and the care of others. 
At some point, however, Gilbert urged his daughter to pursue a career as a teacher instead. Obediently, she left Queen’s College Lagos and proceeded to Home Craft Center, Ilesha - founded by the British couple, Mr & Mrs Ludlow – to train as a vocational studies teacher. She later enrolled for full teacher training at United Missionary College, Molete, Ibadan; she was elected as Head Girl at both institutions. Following UMC, Bamidele returned to Home Craft Center as a teacher. She taught for five years in fulfilment of her bond to the government, but never forgot her dream to one day become a nurse. 

England: Foundations for a Career in Nursing & Midwifery

After the Second World War, Florence accepted a scholarship from the British Government which was arranged through one Miss Blunter to study Nursing and Midwifery in the United Kingdom. Ahead of her departure, she worked as a nurse-in-training at Jericho Nursing Home Ibadan. She departed for England in May, 1946 on the HMS Almanzora Battleship, an armed merchant cruiser. She finished her nursing course in 1949 and served as staff. During the course, she stayed in ‘hospital quarters’ as hotels were quite expensive.  Florence studied midwifery between 1949 and 1950 at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and proceeded to postgraduate studies in obstetrics and gynecology at Chelsea Hospital for Women in 1950. She worked at the Mild May Mission Home Hospital in England and at the Women’s Hospital, Toronto when she and husband Tunde lived in Canada for a year in 1962. 
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Shared by Tobi Okoya on June 1, 2021
The love of a grandma is unique. God must have given grandmothers to us to liven up our lives, to make our lives more complete, to make us well rounded and better human beings. You played a big part in my childhood , I remember when she’ll call me into her room after doing something wrong and heard someone chastising me, she’ll speak to me and I’ll just be fine and happy again even though I don’t always understand most of the things she says because she likes parables . But she said something to me which I didn’t understand till I grew up , I was surprised that I didn’t forget ,she said “ THE FIRST STEP IN BEING SUCCESSFUL IS BELIEF” , I always thought it was a wrong statement till my mother explained it to me that you have to believe in yourself , what you do and mostly in God , because without him your life will always be incomplete. I miss you big mummy and Rest In Peace

Thank you Mummy. Rest on

Shared by Mercy Ibidapo on June 1, 2021
Our dearly beloved Mummy, We thank God for your life. We thank you so much for your love and great support for our dear friend Adekunbiola and your beloved grand and great grand children. We will all miss you but are consoled that you are resting in the bosom of our Lord. Rest on Mummy and thank you so much for all that you have done.