Mabel Olufunmilayo Akinyemi
  • 64 years old
  • Date of birth: Sep 16, 1950
  • Place of birth:
    IREE, OSUN STATE, Nigeria
  • Date of passing: Aug 4, 2015
  • Place of passing:
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and re

Mrs Mabel Olufunmilayo Akinyemi (née Ogunniyi), was born to the family of late Pa Emmanuel Ogunniyi  a  Baptist School Teacher, and organist and  Madam Alatede Ogunniyi a Trader, in Iree Osun State on September 16, 1950.

She was immersed in the Christian community that would be her lifelong support from an early age. She started her elementary education in First Baptist Day School Iree and later moved on to Baptist High school Ede Osun State for her secondary education.  She excelled while there, and won the Old Western State Secondary School Scholarship to complete hers studies. She later proceeded to the University of Ibadan where she graduated in 1977 with a degree in Geography.

In 1978, she was posted to the defunct Gongola State for her National Youth Service (NYSC) where she bagged the Governor’s award as the overall best corp member in recognition of the various community development projects she initiated and executed.

An erudite educator and administrator with a career spanning over 25 years in schools administration  in the Lagos, Oyo and Osun states public schools system. Funmi served as teacher, vice-principal and principal in many schools and was beloved by all staff and students everywhere she served.  She was a strict disciplinarian, who not only instilled discipline in her students, but also a sense of hard work and pride.

She was a highly benevolent and generous person, who was also actively involved in various social welfare causes and was a member of various humanitarian societies where she served in different capacities. In addition to her illustrious career, she was also a great proponent of women empowerment and development, female education, poverty eradication and alleviation amongst others .

She convened, moderated, and was keynote speaker at various conferences, workshops forums and symposiums on the above mentioned issues both within and outside Nigeria.

Funmi was a good Christian and was one of the founding members of Christ Life Baptist Church Oshogbo. She was a very active and dedicated member of the church and the Baptist community at large, serving in various capacities and positions in the church and the Baptist conference at large.

Always filled with compassion and interest in others, Funmi made friends easily and was extremely accommodating. She saw the good in people and embraced people from all works of life regardless of race, ethnicity or religion. She positively affected the lives of the people around her and her door was always open to anybody that required help in any way.

She was an active member of various professional and social associations.

She was appointed as the Osun State coordinator of the National Poverty Eradication Programme (NAPEP) in 2004, a position where she served with distinction to the betterment of the state and community at large especially in the area of economic empowerment, poverty alleviation and financial assistance for widows, orphans and the less privileged.

She was a well travelled intellectual with numerous awards nationally and internationally.

Funmi is preceded in death by her husband, Chief Francis Akinwola Akinyemi and is survived by her children, grandchildren, Sisters, Brothers, cousins, several fond nieces, nephews and friends.

She will be remembered as an achiever, educator per excellence, administrator, philanthropist, activist, and a pillar of the community. 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Babatunde Ogunniyi on 29th August 2015

"There is a time and season to everything understand the sun, though we may not understand why now but we take solace that you are resting in the Lord. My dear aunt , I will always cherish the little time we had together. Your warm smile and cheerful heart, always welcoming. Your love, support and admonition and advice has been a source of strength and encouragement through the years.

May the comfort of the peace of the Holy Spirit be real to all of us now and in the days ahead. May the Good Lord illuminate your eternal soul and may you "dwell in the house of the Lord forever""

This tribute was added by adewale adeyemo on 28th August 2015

Death is illogical – mama got to the peak then died, Mummy even though you are no more, your good work lives after you. A gift of gold is precious, a gift of diamond is valuable, but a gift of you as a mother is priceless. I was lucky to have you as a foster mother. Your love, nurture, word of discipline and encouragement, moral and education were inestimable. You did not only teach me how to live, you showed the example yourself. As a teacher you gave education for you were educated, you inspired me to get to the pick for you got there yourself, you taught me business, you taught me to run my home when the income is little, you gave beauty for you were beautiful, you gave kindness for your were kind, you showed me Christ for you were a Christian worker; you fought poverty and won for you became the NAPEP coordinator. You love children so much you had many (Akinsola, Abayomi, Taiwo, Idowu, Titilayo, Abimbola, Adewale, Lanre, Kunle,Taiwo, Zacheus, Damilola,Lekan,Adefunke….. these children you nurtured – these one you influenced, these one  you made. Mama, your valuable words I will keep in my heart, your audible voice I will treasure- all your instructions will guide me. I still remember all that you taught me- you gave all that you had. Words of mouth not enough to thank you, a thousand thanks not sufficient.  Little wonder you dance to your grave. Mama indeed you have gone to sleep, but your memory is very much alive.  All your children are celebrating you today.
Iya Rere: Iya Awon Omo- Maa Sun Laya Olugbala Titi D’Ojo Ajinde. (Adewale)"

This tribute was added by Aluko Olakunle on 23rd August 2015

"Even though u might have left this sinful world so early but Ur love and kindness will forever live in the heart of man. May Ur gentle soil rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Adejumo Adesewa on 21st August 2015

"May her soul rest in peace. We love you but God love more ma"

This tribute was added by Ikeoluwaa Akinyemi on 20th August 2015

"Oh death where is thy sting where is thy mortal body?....May your soul rest in peace ma.Amen"

This tribute was added by Ikeoluwaa Akinyemi on 20th August 2015

"Oh death,where is thy sting,where is thy mortal body?...May your soul rest in perfect peace Ma.Amen"

This tribute was added by Ikeoluwaa Akinyemi on 20th August 2015

"Oh death,where is thy sting,where is thy mortal body?...May your soul rest in perfect peace Ma.Amen"

This tribute was added by Babatunde Odejobi on 20th August 2015

"Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from this bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord... 2Corinthians 5:8"

This tribute was added by Awokojo Ayotunde on 15th August 2015

"The end of an era. She came, saw n conquered. Mummy lives on"

This tribute was added by Adeniran Aderoju on 14th August 2015

"May your soul rest in peace mummy"

This tribute was added by Ojewoye Dotun on 12th August 2015

"The Lord saw you getting tired
And a cure was not to be,
So He put his arms around you
And whispered,
‘Come with me’
With tearful eyes we watched you suffer
And saw you fade away.
Although we loved you dearly
We could not make you stay.
A golden heart stopped beating
Your beautiful smile at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove
He always takes the best.
It’s lonesome here without you
We miss you so each day.
Our lives just aren’t the same
Ever since you went away.
When days are sad and lonely
And everything goes wrong
We hear you gently whisper,
‘Cheer up and carry on.’
Each time we see your picture,
You seem to smile and say,
‘Don’t cry, I’m in God’s keeping,
We’ll meet again someday.’"

This tribute was added by Dare Alli on 12th August 2015

"Rest on mama Akinyemi! You will always be remembered 'death cannot takeaway the love and memories you left us with. Thank you for sharing your glorious part.
Sun ré mama ré ré!!!!!"

This tribute was added by Tony Afolabi on 11th August 2015

"We only realise how much someone means to us when they are no longer with us. May her Soul rest in Perfect Peace."

This tribute was added by Ogunniyi Adebisi on 11th August 2015

"Life is too short, it’s not enough but we must understand that if we live it in love and faith a road will be made for the day we pass away. We can take it and wait at the end for those who once and always loved me I will meet. You showed love, showed laughter, showed happiness, showed sadness, but we will remember you as the happy beautiful women you were.

I know that you're dead and you're gone for good. It's hard to accept, but now I've understood. Nothing lasts forever, even if it's good or it's bad. Now you're up in heaven; it makes me feel glad that finally your pain and sadness has ended. Just like the way God had intended at this time you're standing at those big golden gates, up in heaven your new life awaits. I know you're looking down on us wanting us to be strong just as you have been all along. We all miss you and that's definitely true."

This tribute was added by Adefunke Temitope-Olutuyi on 11th August 2015

"Mummy, u were a rare germ, a woman with a large heart and accommodate everybody irrespective of their race and background, you treated everybody equally without sentiments. The role and your support during our wedding will forever be cherished ma! Rest in the bosom of Almighty God. You will be missed greatly."

This tribute was added by Lanre Jolaoso on 11th August 2015

"RIP Ma... May God grant you paradise..."

This tribute was added by Adebare Durotoye on 11th August 2015

"Sleep on in the arms of Jesus."

This tribute was added by Olawole Olalekan.O on 10th August 2015

"Mummy Akinyem; You left so soon, your generosity and goodness will find you a place in the bosom of the Lord. Though you laboured when you were here on earth but unable to reap the fruits of your labour fully. It is my prayer that God in his infinite mercies will enable your children to reap those fruits and theirs, and live longer than you in Jesus name. Amen. May God grant you eternal rest. Amen. Goodnight mummy!
(a.k.a ODK)"

This tribute was added by Toluwa Banjoko on 10th August 2015

"My darling 'MumiFunmi', my mummy yet so much a big sister, I called you by your name. I remember your burst of laughter, your soft spoken words, the funny facial expressions that reflected your 'let live' philosophy, your sense of style and love for looking good. "Tolu, wa se makeup fun mi o", "se gele mi fine"?
You enjoyed seeing people all around.
You fought the fight and you go to a place of rest. A place where there is no pain, only joy, glory, singing, worship and beauty. I have no doubt the angels welcomed you home.
Rest in peace my beautiful MumiFunmi."

This tribute was added by modupe Ajisafe on 10th August 2015

"Grandma Akinyemi, may God grant you eternal rest because that is what you deserve after all the troubles of this world. Adieu grandma, till we meet again"

This tribute was added by Paul O Ojewoye on 9th August 2015

""Fading away like the stars in the morning
Losing their light in the glorious sun
Thus would we pass from the earth and it's toiling
Only remembered by what we have done"

Our beloved  wife!!!  Your husband left us eight years ago!!! now you leave . I know we will understand it beter by and by
Rest In Peace."

This tribute was added by Omotola Olayode on 9th August 2015

"Rest on grandma Akinyemi, till the ressurection morning. We take solace in the fact that you have left this world to a better place."

This tribute was added by Adeola Akinyemi on 9th August 2015

"Mom, a beloved woman,a dear friend and someone who was fun to have around.I had the privilege having her as my Vice principal back in secondary school and also as my mother -in -law but she was more than a mother -in-law to me.

When I think of Mom,I do not think of the term mother -in-law which always seems to carry a bit of negative connotation, but with mine none of those typical mother -in-law things were involved. In fact,she was such a wise and gracious mom.I would have gladly received more of her guidance, had she been well enough over the years to give it.

Mom's health issues kept her from being able to spend a lot of time with her grandchildren, but when she did she made it count. I will never forget one particular night she babysat our Enioluwanimi till around 3.00am singing and dancing for her little Enny even with her health issues. She was always ready  to go extra miles to make us happy. Her regular word to me "Adeola Ose oku itoju mi ni igba gbogbo Iwo na ori Omo to ju re"

I also remember when I had our twins,  she was the happiest person that very day ,she couldn't believe she could witness that occasion but God made it possible. Your sermon and words on the naming was full of joy and excitement. If I continue on and on I will not stop. Your babies Enioluwanimi,Abisinuade and Abisinuayo kept asking when is grandma coming to Lagos but I  Know one day we will all meet to part no more.
Mom is in a better place resting in the bossom of the Lord.I am grateful that Mom was part of our lives

Mom, you will be missed.....but never forgotten. Sun re mama rere....."

This tribute was added by Jide Ogunniyi on 9th August 2015

"It is always deeply hurtful to lose a loved one especially one so wonderful, caring, and loyal. Nevertheless, I rejoice! I rejoice because those who have gone to sleep in Christ will be raised in glory!

To live is Christ but to die is gain. For Christ said that in his father's house there are many mansions. If it were not so, he would have told us! And we are instructed to give thanks in all things, for we are in his hands in death and in life.

Sleep well my beauty until you meet with Christ! You will never be forgotten. You have left behind fine young men who will show the world how wonderful you were, by how they live. For this, you have fulfilled your purpose!

Love always, your nephew Jide"

This tribute was added by Babatunde Abimbola on 9th August 2015

"Did not know you for long but the little I know you are such a caring, loving and accommodating mother. You never cared if there was 1000 people in your compound even when there was no event at hand. You were happy to receive me and told me in a motherly soft voice to work with my friend Akinyemi Abayomi Akindele so we can be better people in life.

How we wished you lived longer but the lord has taken you to him for an eternal rest. You will be remembered for you good in our lifes and even in the whole of Osun state. Rest in peace Mama."

This tribute was added by Adedotun Obelawo on 9th August 2015

"I remember the day I came to check on you mumi and I said I needed you to be alive till we achieve most of our dreams so we can shower on you the love and affection you showed and rained on us, I remember when you always ask me in these words 'Dotun bawo ni, se awon lautech yii ti post e, abi iru awon eyan wo re' when school delayed me for NYSC. I remember you treathening to open a car wash for us (BOYS) if we dont make it into higher institution 2005/2006.. LOL..We all came from different home and background but you accomodated and made us all a family, through all these memories all I can say is God be praised, though its so sad to see you leave mumi, I know the almighty God will grant you an eternal rest cuz you lived a good life. Rest in peace MAMA AWON BOYS and May God be with you till we meet again."

This tribute was added by Adeniran Adewumio on 8th August 2015


This tribute was added by Adeniran Adewumio on 8th August 2015


This tribute was added by Allen Abosede Dupeall on 8th August 2015

"You will be greatly missed mum.....Rest in perfect peace."

This tribute was added by Adeniran E. Adedapo on 8th August 2015

"I was shocked when I heard mummy has moved to Greater beyond to join the saint triumphant, words of mouth can't explain how much and willingness you showed and  accommodate all of us as ur children without prejudice especially me. You have showed us all a dear mother in which you truly are MAMA AWON BOYs.
I am missing you already, we love u but God loves u more. REST IN PEACE Mummy ......"

This tribute was added by Benu Philip on 8th August 2015

"Mummy, I remember the first time we met in 2003, you didn't know me yet you accepted me as your son and gave me a home. You were always there for me. My family will miss you. May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace. Amen"

This tribute was added by soji kayode on 8th August 2015

"RIP mum till we meet to part no more, you were a great source of comfort and inspiration!"

This tribute was added by adefunke faniyan on 8th August 2015

"I can't believe you're gone.I still expect to see you in the living room but couldn't.I remember our fights and laughs, the joy you had when I became a corper in may and how you monitored my packing for camp.I'll miss u in peace"

This tribute was added by Akin Ajimuda on 8th August 2015

"Hmmm, really short of words, you left quite unexpectedly, we were hoping and praying for full recovery however, God knows best. He gives and He takes. You will be missed by all. You were a mother to many more children than the ones you had biologically. Till we meet to part no more. Rest in peace Dear Auntie Funmi."

This tribute was added by olubunmi akintayo on 8th August 2015

"I was very stunned to learn about the death of mummy Akinyemi I still cannot believe that she died so unexpectedly. However, as they say, the one  who is adored the most by the God, is the one who achieves eternal life. We will miss her and we will cherish all the happy memories we had with her. Please accept my sincere condolences.
May her soul rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Olagunju Abimbola on 8th August 2015

"I am indeed short of words to describe my relationship with you.You were strong and hardworking,a selfless,well principled woman.I say goodnight until that glorious morning Mama Akinyemi,Aunty Funmilayo"

This tribute was added by Abiola Akinyemi on 8th August 2015

"Mummy you came,you saw and you conquered,sleep well till we meet again."

This tribute was added by Adedamola odetola on 8th August 2015

"A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts and minds, through us, they live on. Please accept my condolences,she will not be forgotten ADIEU MUMMY"

This tribute was added by Bisi Abegunde on 8th August 2015

"I remember  always asking  about you whenever I spoke with Yomi, hoping that I'd see you sometime soon again, but it turns out that meeting will be at the feet of Jesus. You are indeed a beautiful soul
Ma, you are loved and will be greatly missed. Rest on Mama"

This tribute was added by Bisi Abegunde on 8th August 2015

"I remember  always asking  about you whenever I spoke with Yomi, hoping that I'd see you sometime soon again, but it turns out that meeting will be at the feet of Jesus. You are indeed a beautiful soul
Ma, you are loved and will be greatly missed. Rest on Mama"

This tribute was added by Omolade Tunde-Alli on 8th August 2015

"Rest on Mummy Akinyemi. Our comfort is in knowing that you have gone to be with Christ Jesus. Sleep well till the ressurection morning."

This tribute was added by Ezegbu Shirley on 8th August 2015

"May the Almighty grant u eternal rest Ma... preserve the souls you left behind... Rip mama"

This tribute was added by Awoloro Akinola on 8th August 2015

"Mummy Akinyemi...(Mummy awon Boys) as fondly called,words alone can't express how much you will be missed.You left a great vaccum no one can fill.Thanks for the love and care you showed me,may your gentle soul rest in perfect peace.AMEN!!"

This tribute was added by izzy mohammed on 8th August 2015

"May Her Gentle Soul Continue To Rest In Perfect Peace, May d Good Lord Continue to guide n protect all d family she left bhind ijn, we love u mama bt God love more. RIP"

This tribute was added by Makinde Bona on 7th August 2015

"May her soul rest in peace. Good Night!"

This tribute was added by fade kemi on 7th August 2015

"May her gentle soul rest in peace......."

This tribute was added by Toheeb Oyeniyi Fasasi on 7th August 2015

"May her soul rest in perfect peace and May God Almighty gives the family the strength to bear the fortitude. We love her but God Almighty love her more."

This tribute was added by Fashola OmoTayo on 7th August 2015

"May her gentle soul rest in perfect peace , mama you treat us all as yours , orun re mama , mama sun re ooo"

This tribute was added by Akinyemi Akindele on 7th August 2015

"O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
My Mother,My jewel of inestimable value,My mentor, My first love , My all in all..... am still in an awe at your sudden demise and home call to Glory. You never waited to see me achieve anything tangible letalone enjoy the  fruit of your Labour

Mother u were the truest, dearest, more than a mother to me. i called u friend,sister,cousin and also dad when our lost dad, only God knows the inner strength u had to come through with all the trials life posed before you.

u were precious a gift from God, so much beauty,grace,love and patience u possessed. u touched my heart in so many ways, ur strength and smile even on dark days made me realise i have an angel beside me.
I take solace in the true words of encouragement you gave while alive. Not to trust, rely or put my hope in human as they would fail me but to trust In GOD alone who is the ultimate and the supreme .I Face the trials life poses before me alone but with the memory of how strong you were I will surely overcome. To say the fact I am broken beyond repair.

This tribute was added by Akintayo Abiodun on 7th August 2015

"what !!!!! cant believe this news , need someone to tell me its a lie . Another great lost from the AGBA-AKIN FAMILY OF ADA IN OSUN STATE. We just lost another wife,mother and grandmother. You are such a peaceful woman ,i grew up as little boy every time we come for christmas  at ADA I see a peaceful person in you. your ever smiling face with those white dentation is still very much real in my mind. You stood by your late husband(Daddy Akinyemi.....another great agba-akin),you are accomodating to a fault. Mummy we love you but christ love you regards to Daddy Akinyemi, my own father reuben oladepo Akintayo a.k.a "little" and to our Big mummy moji Afolabi nee Akintayo a.k.a iya mushin pls tell them we miss them all and others. sun re ooo. Till will meet to part no more .ADIEU"

This tribute was added by Abe Abayomi on 7th August 2015

"Good people don't die, they live on in the people they have blessed. The essence of life is to primarily be a blessing to others. That You did to the fullest.
Good people don't die, they reproduce after their kind. You gave birth to the best guy I have ever knowned. Kudos to u.
Mama Akinyemi......sleep on.......we will keep d flag flying....."

This tribute was added by Bolaji Akinsola Akinyemi on 7th August 2015

"Still can't wake up from this nightmare, but I know that you fought the good fight, you finished the race, and kept the faith. You will forever live in my heart, because there is non like you. Good night my Love, my confidante, my ally, and the greatest mother any man can wish for.

May the Angels lead you into Paradise, may the Martyrs receive you at your coming and take you to Jerusalem the Holy City. May the Choirs of the Angels receive you, and may you with Jesus, have rest everlasting. Amen"

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