ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Julie Ade-Cole, 75 years old, born on July 2, 1945, and passed away on June 1, 2021. We will remember her forever.
Posted by Funmilola Fabunmi nee Ise... on June 17, 2021
Good Night MUMMY
You took me into your home as a teenager, when I needed alot of formation and you did justice to that.
You lived well, loved much, gained the respect of intelligent people, you filled your niche & accomplished your task, you leaves the world better than you found it. You looked for the best in others & gave the best you had.
You had a pleasant personality, you love your family.
You loved Oweland passionately. No day passes without you talking about Oweland
You were strong.
You did what many men could not dare. Obirin more than ten men.
Remember, you drove Tomola Truck severally from our Adewole house to Kabba, even to the north. Highly industrious. There is no task that cannot be accomplished with you.
Your love for God and his kingdom was the foundation for my walk with God till now.
Mummy, you taught me alot which has paid off for me today.
You taught me resilient, hardworking, determination, expressiveness, dedication, God fearing, family no matter what, to be a strong woman.
Mummy, your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure.
Okun iye mi, omo ayon jalon molodu aremo, omo ayon jalon meje, odara elekejo oju Owe mo. Omo olohon dun ro yin, Omo oloro ru perere lagha, omo ekaloju erin, omo ahuni ewo, ahuni omo, omo alale li asaya, omo alale li odolu, omo alale lu okeuko, omo alapopo ide, omo elebi yeye, omo Obaro Akete, omo Obaro igbosu, Aburo ti Obama Lodolu, Agbe lila kowe.
Odaabo iye Mayon.
Posted by Rotimi Ajayi on June 16, 2021
Tribute to a Legend
By Prof. Rotimi Ajayi
My first close contact with mummy Ade-Cole was in the mid 1980s as a postgraduate student of the University of Ilorin. Then, I was a regular caller at her Adewole Estate home, which was just a stone throw from the university campus. There I was accorded great privileges due to members of the household. Alaba, mummy’s niece was always on hand with her culinary skills such that a visit to Adewole any day was farewell to hunger for a struggling university student.
I became so close to mummy that on several occasions she would take me in her car visiting her friends or to some of her political meetings within and outside the town. She baptized me early in the murky waters of Nigerian politics when, through her efforts, I was invited for an interview as one of the special aides of a governorship aspirant in Kogi state in the third republic. I remember vividly mummy polishing the application letter I submitted for that position.
Upon the completion of my Masters Degree programme in 1988, again mummy offered me her extensive network aimed at securing me a job in the new Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, specifically the Immigration Service, where her former Anglican Church member in Adewole and top member of the Service had just been transferred. Though both interventions did not materialise as planned, Mum’s tenacity and doggedness was truly on display. The memories of those sacrificial investments of her goodwill shall remain evergreen.
When I assumed duties as a young lecturer at the University of Ilorin, mummy offered the prayers of a true guardian angel. She followed my trajectory through Covenant to Landmark university, wishing always for a day she would see me at the pinnacle of my career. I saw the joy on her face when God elevated me to the professorial chair. Her words on that day: “Rotimi, you can imagine the style of my (gele) when you become a VC.” What a mother.
As a young bachelor boy struggling to have a home, my first set of personal property consisting of a settee and other household equipment were kept in mummy’s garage in Adewole pending when I would rent an apartment. When I eventually decided to become a man, mummy was the Chairlady, as we called them, at the wedding reception.
I remain eternally grateful to this great Amazon, an extraordinary workaholic, “obinrin bi okunrin”, who fared and even better where men dreaded.
I saw in her a strong entrepreneurial spirit, that made her traverse the length and breadth of the country and beyond for her legitimate businesses. For instance, typical Saturday, I had watched mummy personally sow her “aso-ebi” early in the morning for the day’s ceremony. Also, on numerous occasions she had sent to me bottles of natural honey from her stable.
I celebrate this great daughter of the Most High, a mother to the motherless, great benefactor, advocate of the downtrodden and community leader.
My special condolences to Daddy Ade-Cole and the wonderful children mummy left behind- Yemi, Funmi,Tolu, Demilade and Adesola. The favor and preservation of God upon you all.
May God rest her peacefully as the Angels welcome her beautiful soul to paradise.
Sleep well mummy.
 
Posted by Comfort Baiyeshea on June 15, 2021
Okun Iyemi,
It’s still so hard to think you are no longer here with us! You were such a brilliant and lovely mother. I grew up knowing you as a no-nonsense mama with a heart of gold. Your command of the English language was impeccable. You were so very funny and will always make me laugh anytime I had the opportunity to be with you. You gave me the pet name ‘ponkiran’ and would always tell me how much I look like my big sister who you were so fond of. I sure will miss you dear mummy. Continue to rest in the sweet presence of the lord until we meet on the resurrection morning. Odooro Iyemi.
Posted by Funso Akinlade on June 15, 2021
Mama n'iyen, though we met at the tale end of your sojourn on this side, your ebullient and endearing nature remained palpable.

Weeks after we knew each other, you strated talking about how some children would keep going out if their way to prevent their aged parents from departing this world and gave an instance of the late Jakande and his children. At times, you would ask me if I didn't think your children were doing too much to take care of you and, especially your daughter, doing too much to pay for your physiotherapy. I'd say she was doing her best because they all wanted you around for long. Then, you would keep quiet and nod like in a forced agreement.

I love how after some time, you started replying to my 'Mama n'iyen' greeting with, 'Pele o, omo!'

You were a great woman, evident from many things, including the great children you raised.

May you rest in the Lord's bosom and may God continue to be with your children who all love you and wish they would have you here forever.

Adieu, Mama n'iyen!
Posted by iyefemi ade-cole on June 15, 2021
A Royal gem, akebimora, Olufe gbogbo onion odowuro. Rest in peace Iyemayan,molodu mekas loju Erin ayan .
Posted by iyefemi ade-cole on June 15, 2021
A TRIBUTE TO MUMMY ADE COLE

Mummy Ade Cole was one Mummy that is unique among a million.

Though I didn't meet her in St Matthew's Maitama Choir when she was still agile but the indelible mark she left behind speaks for her.

Sweet is the memory of the righteous. The good works she did were enough testimonies.

A loving mother!
A caring mother is gone
A great and cherished Mama Choir she was.
Humble and very exemplary.
Mummy Ade Cole will be greatly missed.
May Her Soul Rest in Peace.
May the Lord bless and comfort the family she left behind Amen and Amen

S. J. Obisesan
CHOIRMASTER OF ST MATTHEW'S CHOIR, MAITAMA
Posted by Francis Onaiyekan on June 15, 2021
A Tribute to a Sister

Huum my Julie, when your late elder sister Alice, my bosom Friend and my friend in need, friend in deed, departed this world some decades ago, you came along and stepped almost squarely into the void her departure left in my life!
Now that you too are gone, I am left only with the consolation that your life had been impactful, purposeful and well fulfilled. To God be the glory! No doubt you will be well remembered by different people for the different ways you have impacted on their lives.
We all love you dearly, but the Almighty God, your creator, loves you most.
May the good Lord, whom you tried your best to serve, grant you a merciful judgement. Amen.
I pray fervently that the Almighty God will console and protect the family you left behind to mourn your demise.
TO LIVE IN THE HEARTS OF THOSE THAT LOVE US IS NOT TO DIE!
REST IN PEACE JULIE.

Olori Mary Bamigbade
Posted by Babalola Ajibero on June 15, 2021
Hmm! still like a dream to me that I'm not going to see our great big màmá again no time spent with you that is ever enough. Can only take solace in God knows best and the good times we spent together my great hero ìye gbogbo Òwe. Thank you for all what you gave, my Lioness you made me the soldier I am today by your attributes words of wisdom encouragement and advice. Rest on Chief Mrs Julie Adé-Cole igi lẹ́yìn ẹbi gha your legacies will live forever and you will dearly be missed ọjà ọrùn a ghon wo Thank you thank you and thank you rest in the blossom of Lord God.
Posted by Wole Oseya on June 15, 2021
Rest in Peace Mummy, thanks for the care and love, I remembered when I came to the house last December for the carol ,so much fun and laughter, you have ran a good race and left a good mark...Eternal rest granted unto you and may Gods perpetual light shine on You...Amen
Posted by BABATUNDE OLOBA on June 14, 2021
{This is my most difficult tribute to date}

Auntie Julie, my foster mother from my adolescent age; my English teacher, my mentor, grandma Abuja to my twins, Glory and Honour and mummy to my wife.
You were indeed a Godly woman of steel and much more. You were stronger than most men,in Character, in Working hard, in Commerce, in Entrepreneurial ventures, in Politics, in Religion and much more. You were indeed a woman of many parts; you were a consummate manager of men and resources, an educator, a teacher, a business woman of note, a politician of calibre, a celestial singer, a loving mother, a bridge builder, a community mobilizer and leader and much more. You were many different personality to different people that you came across.
Your home was home to all comers from the beginning even in sickness, your children's homes' you had to dwell became home to all that came, just by your virtue. You gave your all; physical, material, financial, knowledge, emotions and much more.
I remember with fond nostalgia, the many trips I made with you to Leyland Industries , Ibadan, KRPC, Kaduna, visits to your foster mother in Emir Ado Baiyero's palace Kano and to many other places too numerous to mention here. Your contacts and goodwill which you readily deployed to whosoever, spread across the length and breath of Nigeria.
Can I ever forget your mobilising resources and your family members to attend to the medical needs of Glory [the one you fondly called 'anjònu mi'] at Sauki Hospital, Wuse Zone 6, Abuja.
You were just invaluable, inestimable, a jewel and an embodiment of true love to humanity and especially to my family, so much that I am frequently referred to as your first son, while Glory and Honour, your grandchildren (sweet memories), despite no filial relationship.
Mummy, You came, you fought hard, you won and left the stage indelibly. You are unforgettable in our hearts with your kind deeds, your sweet sonorous voice, the language(s) diction, the tone, the accent, the demeanor and much more....
Good night ma, rest perpetually in the light of the most High God as you continue in eternal service in heaven.
You are forever cherished and missed! Adieu!!!
Posted by iyefemi ade-cole on June 14, 2021
I have been reminded several times how much of a workaholic I am. Little do people know this trait is one of the many parts of you that will remain with me. I am the woman that I am today, because you raised me to be a strong, courageous and determined girl, trusting that with God with me, I can do and achieve anything. You have raised me and prepared me to be a mother, this training I will forever cherish. I know now my name was not ordinary. I will miss dancing for you and hearing you sing to me.

It has been the honor of my life to be called your daughter.
Posted by Eunice Badaki on June 12, 2021
Mummy as i fondly called you even though you were Antimi as coined in my household. A piece of me is gone, but, you have also left a piece of you with me and every single one of us. I am sad and heart broken. I am grateful for the week long that i spent with you in 2019, now i wished i stayed longer. As a young lady you were the super Model of our time, classy, intelligent, witty, confident, your command of the English language was without measure, carried yourself with grace, a real lady indeed. In your old age you played many parts, you emptied yourself. You came on the stage of life, played your part, danced a graceful dance, you bowed, blew a kiss and exited. I agree with Antimi Bimbo that we secretly called you drama queen behind your back in a sweet way. But, what the world did not know about you was that you would have laughed at the joke even if we had said it to your face. Because, that was just who you were. You became our mother, our big, big sister and friend even to the youngest member of our family. Goodnight Antimi until we meet again on Resurrection morning.
Posted by Grace Ojo on June 11, 2021
You have lived well, loved much and gained the respect of intelligent people and love of children.
We will surely miss you.
Rest in peace, mom.
Posted by alemayo grace on June 11, 2021
She was a woman like no other.
A very strong woman and great disciplinarian.
May her soul rest in perfect peace.
Posted by alemayo grace on June 11, 2021
My auntie, my role model, our matriarch, it's not easy to come by with the news of your demise, we love you but Christ loves you better and you've gone to rest with him. Woman of the people, Magaret Thatcher of the family, woman like man we'll miss you greatly. Mother of all continue to rest with your maker. Adieu sweet Mother., till we meet at Jesus feet.
Posted by Ene Gloria on June 10, 2021
Mummy was an epitome of humility, I can still remember the last time i saw mummy with my kids when i went to visit Mrs Daminade. she was so welcoming to my kids and i. When i was about living, she gave my kids some money and i was so surprised. I really appreciated it.I will never forget mummy's loving nature. Mummy will forever remain in our heart. May her gentle soul rest in peace. Ene Gloria michael.
Posted by Benjamin Tanimowo on June 10, 2021
My dearest sister,I woke up to the news of your demise on the 1st of June 2021 Death may have taken you away but can never erase memories we shared.
The relationship that we shared was truly strong. I know you are in a better place,resting with our Lord in heaven.
Rest in perfect peace till we meet some day.
Benjamin Tanimowo( Brother).
Posted by Tony Komolafe on June 10, 2021
Woman of steel!You came ...you saw and you conquered.How can i forget all you did for me in my younger years in kwaratech and beyond?Our loss certainly is heaven's gain.
Rest on till the resurrection morning momo mi.
Posted by Ayekame Elukpo on June 9, 2021
Hmmm..... Hearing about your transition Mummy took me down memory lane to my growing up years in Adewole Estate, Ilorin. I remember your ever calm and soft voice teaching and leading the Choir in St Peters Anglican Church, Adewole, Ilorin which I was privileged to be part of. Thank you ma for adding to my life, for the lives you impacted and touched, you will sorely be missed.

 Thank you for running the 'Race' and finishing strong and handing over the baton to the next generation, your legacy will live on Mummy.

Till we meet at the feet of Jesus, where there will be great rejoicing and no more sorrow, no more pain, adieu Mummy.
Posted by ugoh alexander on June 9, 2021
It is HARD to accept the death of a loved one; especially when you didn't have the chance to say goodbye; that's my pain. But in all we give thanks to God for a life well spent.

I am attracted to persons who are gifted with the ability to converse, this is one special gift you've got; never a dull moment.

The very few moments I spent chatting with you, was not just valuable and rich, it was memorable. More interestingly is how you bonded with my 3yr old son Bryan at that time. How you danced and smiled whenever you saw him. Not just the joy and happiness in his face I saw. I could feel it. Impressive I must say.

Death is indeed not the end. Its the beginning of another life in another dimension. Adios Ma...
Posted by Clara Komolafe on June 9, 2021
Grandma , too bad you left us so soon , I can't forgot the first time , my hubby introduced me to you , you were so happy just like my mother in-law react too .. May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace .. Rest on mama... Clara Tony KOMOLAFE.
Posted by Femi Alafiatayo on June 9, 2021
Big Mummy….. I’m lost for words….this still doesn’t feel real. I thank God for your life and for all the times I got to spend with you just talking and debating about finding me a wife and embracing our “blue blood”. I will miss you like crazy you were more than my Aunty as you have been a Mummy to all of us including my own Mum. I thank God you’re resting now and I know you are still watching over the family in your castle in heaven!

Your legacy will be carried on by all of us. You will forever be remembered and loved. Sleep well Mummy.

I love you
Posted by Olayemi Emmanuel on June 9, 2021
Mummy was full of life... Every time I get the chance to see her, I get super excited. Mummy would always ask what I would eat, she’s always looking for ways to make me comfortable. Sometimes she insist I sit close to her. Her love was exceptional. Our conversations are warming and encouraging. I love you mummy and I love how you always stylishly ask me, when I’ll cut my dreads. My only joy is knowing that, you are in a better place at the hands of your “beloved” Jesus. Thank you mummy, I love you so so much. ❤️
Posted by Nuel Sek on June 9, 2021
Mummy, am short of words.....I pray God for eternal rest.
You contributed greatly to humanity. Your love for community development home and abroad was huge.
Thank you for the political gist of my late Father and your late Mother......as (SDP & NRC leaders)
Thanks for all the wonderful time, even on your sick bed you still take out time to ask after my well being...
May God console the entire family IJN amen.
Miss u mum!
Posted by Yetunde Olobayo on June 9, 2021
Dear mommy'

Thank you for sharing your life and love with us all. We will miss you but we know that you are in a beautiful place. Till we meet again at Jesus' feet, may God's perpetual light shine on you. Oju aturari. Sun re mommy,
Posted by Okey Keruzo on June 9, 2021
You became my Mom when I lost mine. You gave me life and light with every moment I spent with you. Your infectious smile; the vibrance you always expelled; your wise counsel and your positive attitude to life, always inspired me. You became my mom since the days of Keruzo (I was 18, now 33) and a role model and icon even without trying; You accepted me as your child and made so many sacrifices to ensure I felt loved and happy. You encouraged me through law school and promised you will tie "skentele gele" at my Call to Bar (which you did!, and then also promised to tie a bigger one at my wedding, but I guess I have taken so long on this one). I am the man that I am today, inspired by you, because you invested your life into mine. Thank you for your acceptance; your friendship and your motherly love. A part of me has gone with you but your legacy cannot be extinguished by the effluxion of time. I’ll deeply miss you Mummy. Rest In Peace.
Posted by Ibiene Ogolo on June 9, 2021
Mummy as I fondly called you for that was and is always what you will be to me. You made me feel special even on our last visit together.
Mama Suzzie, you took to me on our first meeting and spared nothing to make sure I was happy. When sad you would pray for me. When my dad took ill you were constantly praying for his healing. I know you are jesting and laughing with him right now comparing notes and pointing out to the angels to be on double duty for us your children still here.
I will always love you and keep your love burning in my heart and memory. Till we meet again I will be that woman you were proud of.
Love you loads,
Dr. Ibiene V.A Ogolo
Posted by Ruth Alafiatayo on June 9, 2021
Oh Anti mi, don't know how I'll navigate through this heart break, with fresh tears running each time I've tried to pen down a tribute. I will miss you so dearly as my second mother, sister, friend etc. But I also submit to the will of the Almighty to take you home now. I guess your mansion in heaven is complete and time to go and take your place among the hosts of angels and saints that have gone ahead of you. We hung on to you so tightly as the last of the 3 big sisters, you were good at your craft, tried relentlessly and vehemently to bring us together. You won in the end anti mi. Rest on our own warrior, exemplar and more importantly our big mummy. Sunre o my sweet, brilliant, cheeky sister, you could talk for the whole world and never short of the correct grammar. We secretly called you the drama queen. And I will always love you forever ❤♥. With all my love - Bimbola.
Posted by Deji Aka on June 9, 2021
Thank you Grandma, for always being there when everyone needed you and shining such a bright light everywhere you go and on everything you touch. You can never be forgotten and your legacy shall be lived on for centuries under your family and friends. Sleep well big Mummy. We will always Love you.
Posted by D C Owhoji on June 9, 2021
Mummy Cole we always called you. You were a beaming light to all of us. We missed you while you were away we will miss you more now your with Our Lord. Good night.
Posted by Omonike Bello on June 9, 2021
Mummy Your fond memories will forever live in my heart. You are indeed a mother to all. Your great attributes I see every time in Yemisi, caring, supportive, Kind and God fearing. Continue to rest in the Lord bosom until we meet to part no more.
Posted by Gbenga Ezekiel on June 9, 2021
Adieu Mummy Cole, we thank God for the opportunity to have shared this terrestial with you ma. Your impact will be missed for all that encountered your frank & kindhearted spirit.

Sweet sweet memories of you & your family remains with us all. You were an indeed an exceptional woman, a dugged icon, our choir mistress, a political juggernaut, an enterprising business woman, a loving mother & grandmother, a fighter for what she believes in, a committed daugther of the most high God and a mother to all.

We thank God for your life & also for the lives of your wonderful children, grandchildren, husband & family.

The Lord giveth & taketh away, blessed be the name of the Lord.
Adieu ma.
Posted by Ojonogecha Musa on June 9, 2021
Chief(Mrs) Julie F. Ade-Cole was(painful to use this past tense) beautiful inside and outside. A very loving, loyal, and dependable friend, she could go the extra mile to be of help to her loved ones. She called me sometime ago about her ill health. I promised to visit her but circumstances beyond my control made this impossible and now this! I am so sad that I was not able to make that visit. Very fond memories of the time we shared together is all I have now. She was very energetic and committed to whatever cause she had set to accomplish. No wonder she has such a rich resùme. I pray that God will console and strengthen the family that she left behind. Be consoled that she has gone to rest in the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Posted by Jide Alafiatayo on June 9, 2021
What can I say? Our big mummy.... it still feels like a dream. You were funny, fiercely intelligent, a force not to be messed with, and one of the most caring people that I have ever known. Family was everything to you and you have left a legacy of children and grandchildren who all display traits of the best parts of you. We will miss you dearly but try to take comfort in knowing that heaven has gained one of the greats.

To your children (my cousins), I am extremely saddened and grieve with you as we all mourn big mummy but I can't even imagine your level pain right now. I'm in total admiration of your strength and the way you've been there for each other; as well as all of us who have been reaching out to you all to express our shock and dismay. Love you all.
Posted by Grace Shaba on June 9, 2021
Mummy Ade-Cole, (of Odogba Lila)
We thank God for your life and pray that the Lord God will grant unto the family the fortitude to bear the loss.
For your Children, may the Almighty God fill the gap that is created by you passing on in Jesus's Name.Amen.
My discussion with you on the plane from Abroad to Abuja realy showed me of your relentless patriotism to the nation and to Owe community.
I recall and I recall and I recall.
Adieu a true mother, a true lover of people!Good night.
Posted by Bolawa Joseph on June 8, 2021
I remember mama as a strong woman, she was a no nonsense woman (Obirin bi Okunrin) who loved and always looked out for all the kids around. Mama you will be really missed ....may you continue to rest in the lords bosom. ♥ always
Posted by Mo Olanipekun on June 8, 2021
My mummy, I will forever miss u. U were so kind and looked out for everyone around u. A strong woman u were! Ha! Mrs Julie Ade Cole , I will forever miss u my mummy
Posted by Yemzzy Ad Sr on June 9, 2021
A loving and caring heart, a mother to cherish, may ur beautiful soul rest in perfect peace alwayzz, Amen...
As u've left us with so many sweet memories, we shall celebrate your life with them, as u rest in The Lord 4ever, Amen
Posted by Yene Keap on June 9, 2021
Can't think of a better song for your page... ☺️... "I will always love you."
 . . . Remembering alllll the times you said these same words. Deeply, sweetly, truly.

Thank you.
❤️
Always
Posted by Uche Syleena on June 8, 2021
The first time I met mama,she told me stories like she's known me for years.i love ur place with God and how u say a prayer for me always.ur impeccable English and ur political savviness is second to none.and u always say women needs to be involved in politics to make the world a better place.this I will not forget.its hard to say goodbye but heaven has gained an angel
Keep resting mama till we meet to part nomore
Posted by Oluyemisi Ekanem on June 8, 2021
What can I say? You were a mother to so many of us. Growing up as a church girl in St. Peter’s Anglican Church Adewole, Ilorin, you were our choir mistress, so beautiful and loving.... I can’t forget how you shake to the music while directing, I have replayed all those choir practices in my head over and over again. You are special in so many ways mummy. You were selfless, Abiyamo toto E sun re o till the resurrection morning!!
Posted by Chinelo Ego on June 8, 2021
I can never wish for a best foster mum than you mummy. We met in the church, St Matthew Anglican Church Maitama Abuja Choir and clicked. You were the strength pushing the new choir to stand. You became my friend, my second mummy, my jist partner and music teacher. Your alto voice so amazing. I was told the last you came to the church asking about me, alas, I was on duty that day and not in church. How can I ever forget your love and care. You opened my eyes to entanglement that would have destroyed me. I still refused to say goodnight my own Mummy. I love you and will always do. I look forward to seeing you on the resurrection morning where we will sing before the Awesome Throne of God. I will always love you Mum. Sleep tight sweet mother. Let the angels guide you home. Adieu Saint Triumphant.
Posted by Adebayo Dele on June 8, 2021
Mama, your life was well spent here on earth, you are sold out both to God and humanity, you show us what it means to love the Lord and the reward that is there in your legacy cannot be erased we love and missed you so much. From your son Dele. Good night mama.
Posted by funke Araba Araba on June 8, 2021
Aunty Julie was a woman of substance. She had a good heart very loving and warm to all at St Mathew's Anglican Church Maitama.Abuja. She loved God and demonstrated this by joining the Choir to praise God and render spiritual service. We both robed and enjoyed each other's company in the Choir. She was my best senior friend and sister in Abuja for many years before her demise.Farewell my dear aunty,  A o pade lese Jesu. Ni bi ti a ko ni yara wa, A o ri rawa, Ao yo mara wa, Jesu ni yio se alaga wa.
Posted by Alheri Loma-Osinuga on June 8, 2021
These days you see a lot of children abandon their parents in old age but not yours. And that is how I know you are truly a special woman. Your children were by your side throughout your illness. You were a priority for them, especially your first girl, Funmi, Cole-Aka who is my work colleague. I saw how much she loved you and wanted you comfortable at all times and I knew you must be a special woman, a true mother. I met you twice and I can't forget the last time. You were so happy and jovial when we came to see you. You sang and played with us. You told us stories about "Suzie". It was such a beautiful time.

That is the memory I always have of you which makes it so hard to believe you are gone forever. May your soul rest in peace mummy. No more pain. You were greatly loved. Your beautiful legacy lives on.

Funmi! Take heart. You are an example of what a good child should be like. God bless you and your siblings for taking care of mummy diligently till the end. May you receive strength and comfort in this difficult time. You are a hero.

Sai mun zo mummy. Sleep well.
Posted by Abisoye Idris on June 8, 2021
It is never easy to loose a loved one and especially hard to loose a mother. Mummy, you were such a wonderful person, so warm and sweet. I am finding it so difficult to understand that you have left this world. Your love remains in my heart. Thank you for all the lives you've affected positively, continue to rest in the blossom of the Lord. We will forever miss you.
Posted by Ekpe Friday on June 8, 2021
Life is like a market where people Rose and go in the morning, when you I done shopping you can go and meet with ur maker in the evening. Good night Mama till we live to meet again
Posted by Funmi Cole on June 8, 2021
What can I say? Still feels like a dream! Mommy...Ah...
Posted by Leonard Odinga on June 8, 2021
Mummy, we will miss u so much my happiness is that u lived a fulfilled life. I still remember how u call my name Leonardo DaVinci.i still remember how u always support me when I have issues with Demilade I still remember your show of love. You are a mother to all not just to ur kids. The truth remains we can't question God. Keep resting in the Lord sweet mum till we meet again.
Posted by Daini Temitayo on June 8, 2021
“You will lose someone you can’t live without,and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly—that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp.” Adieu Sweet Mother
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Posted by Funmilola Fabunmi nee Ise... on June 17, 2021
Good Night MUMMY
You took me into your home as a teenager, when I needed alot of formation and you did justice to that.
You lived well, loved much, gained the respect of intelligent people, you filled your niche & accomplished your task, you leaves the world better than you found it. You looked for the best in others & gave the best you had.
You had a pleasant personality, you love your family.
You loved Oweland passionately. No day passes without you talking about Oweland
You were strong.
You did what many men could not dare. Obirin more than ten men.
Remember, you drove Tomola Truck severally from our Adewole house to Kabba, even to the north. Highly industrious. There is no task that cannot be accomplished with you.
Your love for God and his kingdom was the foundation for my walk with God till now.
Mummy, you taught me alot which has paid off for me today.
You taught me resilient, hardworking, determination, expressiveness, dedication, God fearing, family no matter what, to be a strong woman.
Mummy, your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure.
Okun iye mi, omo ayon jalon molodu aremo, omo ayon jalon meje, odara elekejo oju Owe mo. Omo olohon dun ro yin, Omo oloro ru perere lagha, omo ekaloju erin, omo ahuni ewo, ahuni omo, omo alale li asaya, omo alale li odolu, omo alale lu okeuko, omo alapopo ide, omo elebi yeye, omo Obaro Akete, omo Obaro igbosu, Aburo ti Obama Lodolu, Agbe lila kowe.
Odaabo iye Mayon.
Posted by Rotimi Ajayi on June 16, 2021
Tribute to a Legend
By Prof. Rotimi Ajayi
My first close contact with mummy Ade-Cole was in the mid 1980s as a postgraduate student of the University of Ilorin. Then, I was a regular caller at her Adewole Estate home, which was just a stone throw from the university campus. There I was accorded great privileges due to members of the household. Alaba, mummy’s niece was always on hand with her culinary skills such that a visit to Adewole any day was farewell to hunger for a struggling university student.
I became so close to mummy that on several occasions she would take me in her car visiting her friends or to some of her political meetings within and outside the town. She baptized me early in the murky waters of Nigerian politics when, through her efforts, I was invited for an interview as one of the special aides of a governorship aspirant in Kogi state in the third republic. I remember vividly mummy polishing the application letter I submitted for that position.
Upon the completion of my Masters Degree programme in 1988, again mummy offered me her extensive network aimed at securing me a job in the new Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, specifically the Immigration Service, where her former Anglican Church member in Adewole and top member of the Service had just been transferred. Though both interventions did not materialise as planned, Mum’s tenacity and doggedness was truly on display. The memories of those sacrificial investments of her goodwill shall remain evergreen.
When I assumed duties as a young lecturer at the University of Ilorin, mummy offered the prayers of a true guardian angel. She followed my trajectory through Covenant to Landmark university, wishing always for a day she would see me at the pinnacle of my career. I saw the joy on her face when God elevated me to the professorial chair. Her words on that day: “Rotimi, you can imagine the style of my (gele) when you become a VC.” What a mother.
As a young bachelor boy struggling to have a home, my first set of personal property consisting of a settee and other household equipment were kept in mummy’s garage in Adewole pending when I would rent an apartment. When I eventually decided to become a man, mummy was the Chairlady, as we called them, at the wedding reception.
I remain eternally grateful to this great Amazon, an extraordinary workaholic, “obinrin bi okunrin”, who fared and even better where men dreaded.
I saw in her a strong entrepreneurial spirit, that made her traverse the length and breadth of the country and beyond for her legitimate businesses. For instance, typical Saturday, I had watched mummy personally sow her “aso-ebi” early in the morning for the day’s ceremony. Also, on numerous occasions she had sent to me bottles of natural honey from her stable.
I celebrate this great daughter of the Most High, a mother to the motherless, great benefactor, advocate of the downtrodden and community leader.
My special condolences to Daddy Ade-Cole and the wonderful children mummy left behind- Yemi, Funmi,Tolu, Demilade and Adesola. The favor and preservation of God upon you all.
May God rest her peacefully as the Angels welcome her beautiful soul to paradise.
Sleep well mummy.
 
Posted by Comfort Baiyeshea on June 15, 2021
Okun Iyemi,
It’s still so hard to think you are no longer here with us! You were such a brilliant and lovely mother. I grew up knowing you as a no-nonsense mama with a heart of gold. Your command of the English language was impeccable. You were so very funny and will always make me laugh anytime I had the opportunity to be with you. You gave me the pet name ‘ponkiran’ and would always tell me how much I look like my big sister who you were so fond of. I sure will miss you dear mummy. Continue to rest in the sweet presence of the lord until we meet on the resurrection morning. Odooro Iyemi.
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Kogi Speaker Mourns Chief (Mrs.) Julie Ade-Cole

Shared by iyefemi ade-cole on June 14, 2021
Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Prince Matthew Kolawole has received with grief and  sadness the devastating news of the demise of one of the finest Kabba (Owe) patriotic amazon, a  Nigeria’s Foremost Politician, Gender Rights  Advocate  and former Special Adviser to President Olusegun Obasanjo on National Assembly Matters, Chief (Mrs.) Julie Ade-Cole, Iyalode of Oweland who was called unto glory at the age of 75.

The Speaker described her death as a monumental loss to Kabba Community, Okun nation, Kogi state and the Nation at large and a big blow to humanity, noting that she remains one of the few individuals who can go extra miles for others to be comfortable.

Speaker Kolawole stressed that Mama Julie Ade-Cole is a personality that can give everything she has to please others, noting that her contributions to the overall development of not only Okun nation, Kogi State and Nigeria are laudable and will not be forgotten in haste.

He said her activities distinguished her among her peers. No wonder she was part of Nigeria’s delegation to Beijing China in 1995 for Conference on Gender Equality and one of the co- founders of  National Council for Women’s Societies in Nigeria and an outstanding scholar as a former lecturer in Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin.

The Speaker, on behalf of his family, Kabba/Bunu State Constituency, members of the 7th Assembly,  management and staff of the Kogi State House of Assembly wish to deeply commiserate with the immediate family of Chief (Mrs.) Julie Ade-Cole, the Obaro of Kabba and the people of Okun nation for the demise of our worthy amazon and jewel of inestimable value, prayed that God will grant us the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.

The Speaker prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased.

Adieu ma. 

Rest well Mummy

Shared by Lara Olugbade Ado-Imoisil... on June 11, 2021
Mummy was a great woman. She was a mother, not only to her children, but to everyone around her. She regarded everyone, age or status not withstanding. I cherish every single moment I had with you ma. 
Thank you for the sisters you gave to me... they all have beautiful souls. In your light,  we see light.
God bless your soul grandma.  We will surely meet at Jesus' feet.
Omolara Ado-Imoisili

My Greatest of the Greatest Mummy, Rest in Love.

Shared by Okey Keruzo on June 9, 2021
You became my Mom when I lost mine. You gave me life and light with every moment I spent with you. Your infectious smile; the vibrance you always expelled; your wise counsel and your positive attitude to life, always inspired me.  You became my mom since the days of Keruzo (I was 18, now 33) and a role model and icon even without trying; You accepted me as your child and made so many sacrifices to ensure I felt loved and happy. You encouraged me through law school and promised you will tie "skentele gele" at my Call to Bar (which you did!, and then also promised to tie a bigger one at my wedding, but I guess I have taken so long on this one). I am the man that I am today, inspired by you, because you invested your life into mine. Thank you for your acceptance; your friendship and your motherly love. A part of me has gone with you but your legacy cannot be extinguished by the effluxion of time. I’ll deeply miss you Mummy. Rest In Peace.