This memorial website was created in memory of great Matriarch of JTO Omotowa's family,  Dr (Mrs) Margaret Ebuntolu Omotowa  Nee Owonibi  born on May 3, 1944 and passed away on May 24, 2020. We will remember her forever.
Posted by Joanna Yinka-laoye on June 2, 2022
Mum ,though its 2 year's gone, it is as yesterday.
If in knowing,Joshua ibuolaoluwa,my son loved by u so much is with u already.
Mum I miss u.
God is faithful..
Posted by Benjamin Segun on May 26, 2022
You’re missed more and more each day. Two years without you is almost too much to bear mummy.
Posted by Helen Omotowa on May 25, 2022
You are extremely missed mummy and may your beautiful soul continue to rest in perfect peace. We love you but God loves you more and we are comforted with this fact; Sleep on mummy.
Posted by Collins UZOKA on May 25, 2022
May your dear mother gentle soul continue to rest in perfect peace, she has touched so many lives directly or indirectly. She fought like a man and conquered the world. she has also left a lasting legacy for generations yet unborn. My prayers and thoughts is with your family now and forever. Adieu mama.
Posted by Ademola Fasina on May 24, 2022
The life of the departed is placed in the memory of the living. Your existence was a blessing Ma, Your memory a treasure.
You are always in our hearts. Adieu Ma
Posted by Yemi-Daniels Kanjuni on May 24, 2022
Glory be to God almighty for a life well spent. I want to sincerely appreciate God for the good and exemplary life our dear mummy spent. Nothing ever dissuade her, always smiling and her love for people was unfathomable. Continue to rest iyà daada. I miss you dearly mummy. Your memory lives with me forever.
Posted by Babs Omotowa on May 24, 2022
It has been a difficult 2-year mama but we cannot grieve as if without hope since we believe that Jesus died and rose again and that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in Him.

We are comforted by the Holy Spirit and the scriptures, especially Isaiah 57:1 - one seems to understand that the righteous ones are taken away by God to be spared from evil and calamity to come...”
Posted by TUNJI OMOTOWA on May 24, 2022
Your legacy lives on. Rest on.
Posted by Christiana FAMRO on May 24, 2022
Rest on in peace in the bosom of the Lord, till we meet again on resurrection morning.

From your friends and sisters @Queen School Connection:
1. Chief (Mrs.) Victoria Wuraola
2. Chief (Mrs) Janet Olarogun
3. Mrs Veronica Oshe
4. Dr. (Mrs.) Stella Olutade
5. Chief (Mrs.) Bola Titiloye
6. Prof. (Mrs) Rhoda Oduwaiye
7. Mrs. Ruth Achor 
8. Mrs. Bimpe Korode
9. Dr. (Mrs.) Christiana Famro.
Posted by ATINUKE FASINA on May 24, 2022
Sweet Mother
In our hearts your memory lingers. You are so special that there is not a day that we do not think of you.
You and daddy are both too dearly loved to be forgotten. Mummy, you are with us always, forever in our memories. We love you and we miss you. Continue to rest peacefully, Beautiful Mother.
Posted by Bamidele Omotowa on May 23, 2022
Two years ago, your transition changed our lives for ever. Suddenly, but firmly, our Heavenly Father redirected our family reality. Thankfully and graciously, God has faithfully cared, guided, protected and provided for your descendants, and family. Your promotion into the realm of the eternals has been the prerogative of the almighty, and we bless God. We recognize and acknowledge his steadfast presence and favor, and look forward to the future with security in Him. We rest in the belief that you are resting peacefully with the Father. Our love for you and dad, both in heaven now, is for ever.
Posted by Steve Kayode OMOTOWA on May 4, 2022
Dear Mama - To the world, you were one person, but to me, you were the world, because your love for humanity transcended mere imagination. I'm so glad that your good deeds would forever live. I love you ever. Okun Iye temi. Sinmi l'aya Jesu Kristi. Rest on, great legend.
Posted by Funmilade Samuel on May 3, 2022
I tot of you all through yesterday. Pictures of how we celebrated you last still plays in my head. I was going to write an epistle but here I am again saying We all miss you. I miss you Grandma. Keep resting in peace Mama.
Posted by Ademola Fasina on May 3, 2022
Today would have been another birthday celebration of  the great Matriarch. Continue to rest in peace Ma. We celebrate you every day Ma. Abiyamo tooto.
Posted by Collins UZOKA on October 15, 2021
Your mom touched so many lives. May her spirit continue to live through you Engr. Oluwaseyi Oluwaseun Omotowa and the entire Omotowa family.
It's being over a year and God has been faithful for his mercies over your family endures forever.
Posted by Gbenga Omotowa on August 11, 2021
Huummh! Time passed on your glorious departure but the memory of you is ever fresh in us. Mummy Ilorin, thank you for all the legacy. We celebrate you always. Can't still say good night ma. Continue to sleep in peace until the resurrection day.
Posted by Olubunmi Onare on May 29, 2021
Your memory remains fresh in our minds mummy. We miss you and cherish more those moments we had to speak with you on phone. Continue to rest in God's bossom mummy.
Posted by Seyi Omotowa on May 27, 2021
Can't bellieve it is 1 year already that you left us in this mortal plain. Mummy you are indeed unforgetable and we miss you very dearly. Am sure you are watching over us all and listen to all our quiet conversations at your graveside each this we visit. Continue to rest peacefully with our Lord God and Creator from whom we all came and will return..
Posted by TUNJI OMOTOWA on May 25, 2021
Mama, your legacy lives on like Diamonds. Diamonds are forever! Rest on mama. Peace of the most high God continue to permeate the entire Omotowa family.
Posted by Bamidele Omotowa on May 24, 2021
Mom shines brighter to me in my memory of her. Many ordinary moments have now become coordinates for weaving meanings that words could not describe. Mom's memory create new understanding of the presence and working grace of the Father throughout our fellowship time. Mom was tried, she persevered, learned patience, became wise, matured, and lacked nothing. We are learning to understand the path that she lived with the Father. On this solemn day, we bless our God for her witness among us.
Posted by ATINUKE FASINA on May 24, 2021
Sweet Mummy!!
You are too precious to be forgotten and too priceless to ever be replaced.
You are indeed one in a Million, and you will always be a wonderful and loving mother. Your endless love always made everyday brighter because we know how much you sacrificed for us growing up.
You are greatly missed mum but forever you will live in our hearts and our thoughts and never die..We know you are in a much better place
And until that beautiful day, when we shall meet again, we will continue to cherish all the memories of you, dearest mum.
Rest well mummy. We love you.
Posted by Babs Omotowa on May 24, 2021
It has been a difficult year since mum departed without a goodbye.

My treasure, my joy and my precious gemstone of immeasurable value went too soon.

I continue to be comforted by the Holy Spirit and the scriptures.

Isaiah 57:1 - faithful and devout are taken away, and no one seems to understands that the righteous are taken away by God to be spared them from evil and calamity to come...”

1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 - do not be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you will not grieve like those who are without hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, we also believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in Him.

Continue to sleep peacefully in the Lord sweet mother (mama rere)!
Posted by Bunmi Olopade on May 3, 2021
Mummy, you have left a legacy of love, kindness and unity, in our hearts, and your legacy will continue. We give God thanks for your impactful life. You will always be remembered. We love you, mummy.
Bunmi Olopade (Nee Omotowa)
Posted by Steve Kayode OMOTOWA on May 3, 2021
Hmmm..... A mother in a billion. The past 365days has been of deeper reminiscences. 'Okun Kayode, kabiseri?'. These three words in your voice keeps resonating in my head even until this day. In all things, we give thanks to Lord God thy Creator. HE knows better why you have to leave. Rest on mother. Missing you terribly.
Posted by Babs Omotowa on May 3, 2021
One in a bllion mother and beautiful soul gone too soon. We celebrate your life and thank God that He blessed us with you over the years. Rest peacefully in the Lord's bossom Mama, we love you.
Posted by Bamidele Omotowa on May 3, 2021
Mom’s 77th, today! We were all greetings, by this time last year. Your 76th was to be your last as a human being. Now, you are alive in the spirit, but separated from this realm. We celebrate your earthly birthday, and the memory of your love and prayers. We will always miss you in this life. Therefore, we press on in the path that you have set us upon - to become perfect in worship of our heavenly Father. Dear mom rest, Rest In Peace.

Posted by Ebenezer Gomina on May 3, 2021
Forever in our hearts ❤️.
Posted by Folasade Adegboye on May 3, 2021
Mummy GRA, we miss you dearly. It would have been your 77th birthday..... Our consolation is that you are resting in the bossom of God, rest on mama, rest on......
Posted by Funke Winful (Nee Omotowa... on May 3, 2021
You will forever be remembered mummy.
Love you always.
Winful Funke Anuoluwapo (Nee Omotowa)
Posted by Ola Iyiola on May 3, 2021
Happy birthday to you in heaven sweet mummy.You will continue to be missed.Rest on mama
Posted by Ologe David on March 29, 2021
Mama, I only met you once that was the when u came to okoro to check on your house, when you saw me, you ask me about my education and I told u I just finished my secondary school and you told me to further my education and promise my that when next you will be coming home you surprise me if I continue my education, not knowing that we be the first and last I will see you,
Mama your advice has kept me to where I am today, I now have my OND and just got my admission for my HND
Mama you have lived a fulfilling life. Your good legacy will forever remain with us.
May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace.
From ologe David Temitope
Posted by Laitan Ayo-vaughan on November 20, 2020

Mummy as we all fondly called you. She supported my uncle in training me while I was young. I stayed with them during my secondary school education and I will forever be grateful for the role she played in my life. She was so reserved. A role model to me. I remember when I finished my grade 2 education, she encouraged me to further my education before thinking of marriage. Your death came to me as a rude shock. As man, we have nothing to do but to thank God for a life well spent.
Mummy you are extraordinarily blessed, through thin and thick, you became an achiever, you were a God fearing and prayerful woman. May God protect all that mummy has left behind. We love you always mummy but God loves you more.

From Laitan Ayo-vaughan
Posted by Oluseye Oloruntoba on September 7, 2020
Mama dara dara. An excellent example of a God fearing and loving mother and Christian. A solidly positive role model. A teacher of Christian character. A gentle loving soul. Temporarily asleep. Absence in the body, present with the Lord. For our citizenship is truly of heaven. Sun re Mama re re. You will be sorely missed until we meet again.
Posted by Lanre Sanni on August 7, 2020
The Holy Bible tells us in the book of Proverbs (10:7) that “the memory of the righteous is a blessing.” In another place we are reminded that "For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord." With faith in the living word of God we are confident that the gentle soul of Mama will rest in the eternal peace of Lord. Sun re o Iya rere, Amin. (Lanre Sanni aka Jerozo)

Posted by Omatseye Ejumotan on July 31, 2020
I met Mama briefly during one of her visits to Aberdeen but heard of her more through her Son, Egbon Babs, who remains a true mentor, big Brother, helper and an instrument of guidance to me. Mama, you must have been extraordinarily blessed and gifted to raise such a great generation. Physically sad to hear of your passing; please rest in perfect peace Ma.
Posted by OZIGI JOSHUA OMUYA on July 17, 2020

We received with heavy heart but with full submission to the will of God, the news of the transition to eternal life, of our dear Mummy, Dr Mrs. Margaret Ebuntola OMOTOWA.

We convey to Dele, Babs, the other siblings and the entire OMOTOWA family, our sincere and heartfelt condolences.

May her gentle soul rest in the bosom of our Lord and may God grant succour to all the children and the entire bereaved family.

We are consoled that Mama and our dear Daddy lived excellent and worthy life, up to the time it pleased God to call them to rest in eternity.

Nothing could have been better than to have lived to serve God and humanity and left behind, excellent and positive legacies, that are so evident in the lives of most of all those who passed through Mummy and our dear Daddy OMOTOWA and in the lives of their children.

To all the children, family relations, friends and well-wishers, I urge you not to cry or mourn for Mama. We should all celebrate her life because, she is only having a well-deserved rest in the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ, till we meet to part no more.


Posted by Salomi Ihejiahi on July 15, 2020
I didn't have the privilege of meeting Mama, but can say I knew her vicariously through her son Babs -  my Boss, Mentor, Friend and a great inspiration. Obvious what a truly amazing mother she must have been. Babs, painful though it must be, please take heart - Mama has only transitioned to a much better place, her place of rest. It is well.
Posted by Olufemi Raheem on July 4, 2020
Mama, you were much admired and you left indelible marks. Rest on in the bosom of the Lord. We will always fondly remember you.
Posted by Ebenezer Gomina on July 1, 2020
I am where I am today because Mummy took special interest in me. Your memories forever in our heart. Rest on grand Ma.
Posted by Tega Egube on June 30, 2020
Mama you blessed me. Your motherhood blessed me, lifted me, protected me, fathered me, defended me, comforted me, protected me, inspired me. And you don’t even know me. You don’t even know many people like me that your life has touched immensely. Colored beautifully. Raised limitlessly. All you had to do was touch Babs the way you did, Raise him the way you did, nurture him the way you did. Your influence in his life was evident when God called you. “Mama!...” he screamed. I screamed too. I had never heard that voice, that pain in an otherwise always composed gentleman. You touched him and left. So he screamed. I scream along with him but say Thank you! Thank God!! for touching him, the way you did. Moulding him the way you did. Moulding me, the way you did. We do not weep like those who have no hope. You are sorely missed.
Posted by Dorothy Eboh on June 24, 2020
A quintessential mother of outstanding children including my Manager and friend, Babs Omotowa. Rest in peace.
Posted by Kemi Sanni Osharode on June 24, 2020
Our sweet Mummy, you were such a strong and forthright mother, who raised such wonderfully gifted children. I grew up knowing you and every celebration at my house down the street, had your imprints. You will be greatly missed sweet mama, rest on.
Posted by Ola Iyiola on June 20, 2020
Mummy,I'm still in shock at the news of your death.I am your daughter's friend and you always treated me like your own daughter.I remember when I came to spend weeks with you in ilorin despite the fact that my friend was not around.I had no feeling she was not there,you took very good care of me and did not even want me to leave.I will forever miss you.Sweet good mother,I take solace in the fact that you are in a better place,resting at the bosom of christ jesus.Continue to rest in peace ma..
Posted by Yusuf Mujidat on June 20, 2020
Dear Grandma,
Thank you for taking care of me and my children when i visited the United states to give birth .Today our heart is heavy and we mourn but knowing you have gone to be in a better place gives us hope. We love you, Rest on Mama rere!
Eyin mama adaa, Olohun a je ki odun jina si ra o.
Posted by Deborah Oyebode on June 19, 2020
Rest on mama, in God's perfect peace.
Posted by Omobola Osinubi on June 19, 2020
Rest in peace grandma Dr. (Mrs) Omotowa. I heard so much about you from Mummy and Daddy Laoluwa during my visit to Idaho falls, USA last year. You were such a nice soul. May God continue to bless your soul. You shall surely be missed.
Posted by Esther Lambo on June 19, 2020
My husband, Prof. Eyitayo Lambo and I received the sad news of the sudden call to glory of Dr.(Mrs.) Margaret Ebun Omotowa with great shock. I got to know Auntie Ebun when I visited her home in GRA, Ilorin to express my deep appreciation to her late husband, Chief J. S. Omotowa in 1985. Chief Omotowa, the then Chairman of Kwara State Education Board had assisted me by facilitating my Study Leave with pay. This was to enable me pursue my Doctoral studies at the University of Ilorin. My ambition to pursue a higher degree would have been truncated but for Chief Omotowa's intervention. I am eternally grateful to God and indebted to the Omotowas for their kindness towards me. On subsequent visits to the Omotowa residence, Auntie Ebun (as I fondly called her) always made me feel welcomed like a member of their family. So, I have fond memories of her peaceful, friendly and motherly nature - always delighted at my fun chats with her at every opportunity. During her studies for her PhD in my Departmentvat the University of Ilorin while I was a Lecturer in the 90s, Auntie Ebun amazed me with her exemplary humility and diligence. She cooperated with every academic staff and did all she was expected to do without complaining like some younger students that she had to compete with. She comported herself with dignity throughout that period and she made me proud of her. Any time we were both in the United States or the UK, she would either call or I would call to let her know and we would ask after each other's family members. She was the last one to send a chat via WhatsApp on April 15, 2020 asking: " Dear, where are you ...still in the US ?...." Auntie, I will really miss you and our fun chats. Indeed, as attested to by many others, you were an epitome of humility, grace, a virtuous and caring wife, devoted mother, doting grandmother and a trusted friend. My family and I celebrate you and thank God for your outstanding and Godly children. They have all made us proud and they are a reward of your kind heart. May they all be comforted of the Lord in Jesus name. Adieu Auntie. Rest in peace till resurrection day. Dr.(Mrs.) Esther O. Lambo
Posted by Patricia Omibiyi on June 19, 2020
Alass maama is gone.we miss you greatly and we will continue to miss you until we see you on that morning of joy when we shall see you tomorrow n glory at the feet of Jesus where we shall part no more.
Mama is an epitome of love,very caring and very humble almost to a fault.though she was my cousin's mother inlaw when tayo was out of the country,two of the country,two of my children gained admission to the university of illorin Nigeria,she gave them accommodation in her own children.Also when we went for papa omotowa's burial in their home town she demonstrated humility she was almost kneeling for the old and the young.she took my cousin like her own biological daughter .Mama ,esunreo until the resurrection day when will meet to part no more Adieu good night.
Posted by Tamunodiepiriye MICAH on June 18, 2020
Even with the shortest of time i got to hear about you before your demise, your deeds have sunk into me and created a better man . you are indeed a diamond of value beyond limits and we shall all miss you . Adieu Mama . 
Posted by Tunde Olaleke on June 17, 2020
Though I do not know mama but her kids that I know well (Babs of Shell and Seyi of NNPC/NGC) are both epitome of humility and love and I can see from where they picked the trait having gone through tributes to mama from family members on this platform. May mama's gentle soul rest in perfect peace Amen. Adieu Mama.
Tunde Olaleke
Shell Nigeria Gas
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Posted by Joanna Yinka-laoye on June 2, 2022
Mum ,though its 2 year's gone, it is as yesterday.
If in knowing,Joshua ibuolaoluwa,my son loved by u so much is with u already.
Mum I miss u.
God is faithful..
Posted by Benjamin Segun on May 26, 2022
You’re missed more and more each day. Two years without you is almost too much to bear mummy.
Posted by Helen Omotowa on May 25, 2022
You are extremely missed mummy and may your beautiful soul continue to rest in perfect peace. We love you but God loves you more and we are comforted with this fact; Sleep on mummy.
her Life


MEO Biography


Dr. Margaret Ebuntolu Omotowa, (J.P.), (“MEO”, b. 3 May, 1944; d. 24 May 2020) is the first child of Mr. Benjamin Owonibi (d. January 1968) and Mrs. Leah Owonibi (d. November, 1997); members of the Oda quarters of Aiyetoro-Gbede, in Kogi State of Nigeria. Her two siblings from the same mother are Mrs. Grace Ologe (sister), and Mr. Ademola Benjamin (brother). 

MEO was born into a polygamous family; has a step mother, Late Mama Rebecca Owonibi (d. 2018), and many step brothers and sisters, including Mrs. Roseline Taiye Ebiekuraju, Mr. Kehinde Owonibi, Mr. Idowu Owonibi, late Mr. Duro Owonibi, and Ms. Dupe Omoniyi. Her hometown, Aiyetoro–Gbede, the largest of the “Gbede” family towns, is home to about a hundred thousand natives.

The Owonibi family has been a significant source of genetic pride for her children. The first Olujumu of Ijumu, HRH Oba Jacob Owonibi (1954–1980), was MEO’s uncle. In addition, one of MEO’s cousins is a retired three-star General of the Nigerian Army. In 2005, the Secretary General of the United Nations appointed Lieutenant-General Joseph Olorungbon Owonibi of Nigeria as Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). 

The family of the late Chief Benjamin Owonibi has grown from within the Oda quarters of Aiyetoro. His oldest sons, namely Mr. Ademola Benjamin, and Mr. Kehinde Owonibi, have married and settled there. The late Grandpa Benjamin’s younger children moved to live in Kaduna and Suleja areas. His daughters married outside at Okoro-Gbede (MEO); Aiyetoro-Gbede (Mrs. Grace Ologe), Igbotu in Ese-odo local government area of Ondo State (Mrs. Taiye Ebiekuraju); and Ipaoin Ekitiland (Dupe). His grandchildren live at Aiyetoro-Gbede, Igbotu, Kwali-Abuja, Abeokuta, Owo, Ota, Johannesburg, Europe, and in North America.

Foundation years

MEO’s personal story was that of a devotion to love and family she built with her husband, late Chief Joseph Tolorunleke Omotowa. Their relationship started in her teenage years. They met when MEO was at the last lap of her primary school education. He expressed an interest to explore the development of a relationship with MEO. Early in MEO’s life, she lived with her newly married aunt away from her hometown, Aiyetoro-Gbede; and ended-up starting her primary school in 1953 at the age of nine. However, MEO worked very hard and achieved excellent performance in class examinations. This earned her unusual series of promotions so that she completed her primary school education in flying colors within five years by December 1958. Primary school education was normally a seven-year program in British colonial Nigeria of the 1950s.

MEO achievement in the primary school spurred her to plan for her future; and to eventually earning a University degree. By January 1959, MEO was working very hard towards the March 1959 College [secondary school] examination; praying and studying day and night.

At some point MEO reviewed the sequence of events ahead towards achieving her end goals; the uniqueness of each stage that she had to go through in her life; who would be responsible for the financing, and wondered to herself, “why?”, and “what is the worth of starting a relationship with any man at this point in my life?” Her mind was unsettled on the prospects.

Although, MEO turned down the idea, her decision did not change his mind and JTO did not relent. He persisted to purse her attention despite the negative attitude that she put up, with intent to discourage him. He focused on making MEO understand that, the span of their individual lives would shape the potential strength of a love relationship between them.

Meanwhile, MEO succeeded in the examination and finally received the letter of admission to the college of her choice in October 1959. This made her very happy, and subsequently, she welcomed his advances for a relationship. Nigeria got her independence from Britain on 1 October 1960.

They commences a six years courtship in January 1960. MEO attended Kabba Women Teachers Training College from 27 January 1960. By August the same year, JTO got admission into the Forah Bay College (a University) in Freetown, Sierra Leone. They maintained a long distance relationship by regular surface-mail letter communication. The distance did not destroy their relationship because they had established a godly relationship.

MEO’s three-year Teacher Training Course spanned January 1960 to December 1962, and she performed brilliantly in the final grade. Her successful completion of the training triggered an automatic job placement as primary school teacher with the, then, Kabba Division Joint Education Board (KDJEB). In January 1963, MEO was employed to teach Class 5 at the Aiyetoro-Gbede Primary School, where she taught in the school for nine months.

MEO got married to her husband on September 16, 1963. The District Officer, Mr. Gordon Rogers administered the Court Registration of the marriage license on September 16 at Lokoja, the capital city of Kabba Province, in independent Nigeria. Pastor J. D. Bejide, Pastor-in-charge of CAC Kabba District performed the church wedding on September 20 held at the Christ Apostolic Church in Okoro-Gbede.

After the marriage ceremonies, her husband, she, and one of his nieces, Ms. Sarah Obagbemi, immediately left for Lagos to process the necessary documents for traveling to Sierra Leone, where he attended the Forah Bay University in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

On 10 October 1963, the team traveled from Lagos to Sierra Leone by an Elder Dempster Ocean Liner. On their arrival, the government of Sierra Leone welcomed them as ‘free’ laborers traveling on our own individual initiative, and they embraced it. That government recognized MEO’s Nigeria Teacher Certificate, and eventually, she secured a teaching job at a primary school of the Freetown city’s Christian Mission.


MEO and her family returned to Nigeria in the mid-1960s to work for the Northern Nigeria Civil Service, and were stationed in Kano. They apparently arrived into the famous Kano riots. The unease distressed and demoralized MEO and her husband. In the middle of all the pandemonium, her husband traveled to the United Kingdom for a nine-month graduate study at the University of Durham. MEO had to travel to their hometown of Okoro-Gbede to live there with their little kids. The terrorism in Kano gave them great concern, and they decided not to return to Kano afterwards.

MEO elected to remain with her husband’s family in Okoro-Gbede until he returned from England. She had no job there, and her husband was gone away abroad. This situation exposed their young family to significant financial hardship and fatigue. In her subsequent narration, MEO credits the Lord for grace to see her young family through all the tough experience.

Fortunately, when her husband returned from his foreign trip a year later, the Northern Nigeria Ministry of Education transferred him to Government Secondary School, Keffi. As a result, MEO transferred her teaching service to the Baptist Primary School, Keffi (currently in Nasarawa State, Nigeria). MEO remembered a peaceful and friendly time in Keffi.
Eventually, as the result of career civil service transfers for both of them, MEO moved with her husband and children to Government Secondary School (GSS) Okene (1968-1973), (GSS) Dekina (1973-1974). By 1970, their family size had increased to include our four boys, Dele, Bola, Babs, and Seyi.

In 1972, MEO gained admission to Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria to earn her Bachelors in Fine Arts (awarded in 1975). MEO completed her degree training at ABU, Zaria in June 1975. On her return, she automatically became an Assistant Education Officer (AEO) and posted at Okene Teacher’s College, Okene.

MEO reported duty in a new school to teach Fine Arts. She taught in the school for six month of June-December 1975. A career transfer of her husband to Ilorin, the capital city of Kwara State (Nigeria) in 1975, caused her accompanying transfer to Government Secondary School, Ilorin to teach Fine Arts.

MEO’s husband assumed his duty at the Kwara State Ministry of Education in Ilorin precisely on the first day of work in January 1976. However, because the schools in the State had not re-opened after the Christmas and New Year holidays, MEO waited until January 11, 1976 to assume her own teaching duty position at the Government Secondary School, Ilorin. After working there for one month, the Kwara State Ministry of Education transferred her, again, to Queen Elizabeth School (Queen School), Ilorin.

While teaching at Queen School Ilorin in 1978, MEO gained admission to New York University (NYU) in the USA to earn a Masters degree in Art Education. She left Nigeria for New York on September 16, 1978. In her own narrative of the events,

“Initially, when the admission came through my spirit weakened within me at the thought of the reality that I will be separated from my family for a long time. Although, my husband gave me strong encouragement and promised to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone that I was going to leave behind, particularly the boys; it was the spirit of God that comforted me, saying, ‘Go, I am with you and the family’. Then I made up my mind to go through with it. I left everything in the hand of God and my husband.”

“The last day before my flight, we all went to Lagos; I could not believe that I would be leaving the children behind. The time came that I was heartbroken I could not look at the children. Babs and Seyi accompanied us to the Murtala Mohammed Airport (MMA). At the MMA; when my name was called to board, I could not answer. I walked like a dumb person and stood in line. I did not notice that my co-travelers to New York boarded the plane until someone actually tapped me and said “woman, move forward!”

During the direct flight to New York, I became very sad. Overwhelmed by my predicament, and in anticipation of the experience ahead of me, I could not speak with anyone when the plane landed at the John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport, in New York. I was able to gather myself properly only after seeing my name on a tag pinned in the front of a young man, who moved forward to where I was standing. He asked if the name on the tag he was carrying was mine. After I answered in the affirmative, he searched for my luggage, cleared them, and drove me to New York University NYU’s Foreign Students Affairs Office. It was then, at the office that it dawned on me that I had arrived at an entirely different environment; unfamiliar to my recent contemporary convenience.

“During what I termed ‘the welcoming interview’, I was asked several questions, in quick succession by the staff of the NYU Foreign Students Affairs Office. Later, I was later taken to my hostel. The first thing I did was sit to down in the room, prayed, and thereafter, started writing a letter to my husband, asking about each child. What happened when they had arrived back in Ilorin after seeing me take off from Lagos? I asked about the food they ate, and how they felt, etc. This was the period of history when telephone communication between the individuals in the United States and in Nigeria was very limited, and could be very expensive for an average student.”

Paying for my education in New York University was a great thorn in my flesh. Before I left Nigeria, I had attended an interview for scholarship with the Kwara State Government. I expected a positive outcome, and that the result would be out in good time, so that I will be able to pay my school fees without any strain. Eventually, the Kwara State Government released the result when I was writing my last examination in fall semester of 1979. Thanks to God, I had remitted one-year fees for fall 1978 and spring 1979 semesters to the school before I left Nigeria. When there was no sign that I would have scholarship from Nigeria to pay my fees for the approaching second year I quickly wrote to my husband to sell my car, that I had parked away before I traveled, and send the proceed to me. Upon receipt of my letter, he did just that, and quickly too.I was then able to pay for my studies, and completed my studies on schedule in mid-February 1980. I returned to Nigeria on February 20, 1980, the day after I wrote my last examination paper for the M. A. degree in Arts Education. In June 1981,The family size increased to  five(four boys and one girl),Dele,Bola,Babs,Seyi and Atinuke.

The M.A. degree triggered MEO’s promotion from an Assistant Education Officer II position to Assistant Education Officer I with the Kwara State Ministry of Education at the Ilorin Teachers College, Ilorin for her National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) assignment. Immediately after the NYSC service year, MEO posted back to her former station, at the Queen Elizabeth School, Ilorin.

In February 1988, the Kwara State Ministry of Education promoted MEO to the status of a Principal Education Officer and designated as the Vice Principal at Government Day Secondary School Tanke, Ilorin. From this post, she applied to undertake study and research towards a doctorate degree in Educational Technology at the University of Ilorin.

MEO was on this program when, in May 1991, the Federal Government of Nigeria carved Kogi State out of former Kwara and Benue states. Her hometown is in the new Kogi state.
She was on a Study In-Service program of the Kwara State Government, and needed to complete her course in Ilorin before going to Kogi State to work.
MEO remained the Vice Principal of Tanke GDSS and a student of the University of Ilorin until the University of Ilorin awarded her the PhD degree in January 1993. Immediately, she joined the Kogi State Civil Service as Vice Principal at Government Day Science School, Kabba. By this time, her husband had retired as Chairman of the Kogi Teaching Service Board, and they settled down in Okoro-Gbede. From there, MEO traveled 16 miles daily round trip to work in Kabba.

By 1994, in an unfortunate turn of events, her husband became ill. MEO now had to be shuttling between Ilorin and Kabba (on one-way trip was 200 km), working two weeks at Kabba, and spending the other two weeks attending to the needs of her sick husband. After shuttling for some ten months, her own health began to wane.

The situation was very awkward and disheartening. MEO decided to disengage her service with the Kogi State Government, with the goal of completely devoting her time to take care of her sick husband. At 50, she became a full time caregiver to her husband in their home in Ilorin. This involved helping him to get to his hospital appointments and to administer the doctor recommended home care.

By February 1996, the Kogi State Government offered MEO a term appointed as a Permanent Member of the Schools Primary Education Board (SPEB) in Lokoja. Her husband encouraged her to leave for Lokoja, some 325 kilometer away.
By some providence, his health had improved to the point that she could risk going to work in Lokoja with monthly return trips back to Ilorin to see, and attend to him for a few days. There was no downturn in his health while MEO was at this job to the end of the 2-year term on the Board. The Board worked hard and forged an excellent team that improved the curriculum, educational standard and physical infrastructure of the state primary schools. The Members interacted with parallel administrative Boards from other states during meetings at the national headquarters of the National Primary Education Commission (NPEC) in Kaduna, Nigeria. MEO left the Board in September 1998, and returned to Ilorin.

By 2000, Babs, one of her children, who was working for Royal Dutch Shell and was posted, that year, to their office in Aberdeen, Scotland, facilitated a foreign treatment for her husband in the United Kingdom. On 2 February 2002, her husband and she traveled out of Nigeria for medical treatment at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in Aberdeen, Scotland. They returned to Nigeria, where she continued to care for him until he died in their home in Ilorin, Nigeria, on 29 April 2003.

The last seventeen years

Since her husband’s death in 2003, MEO settled into their home in Ilorin as her primary residence. However, in her devotion to the mission of her husband and herself, to raise godly children to God (see Malachi 2:14-16), she traveled to rocky American- and lofty Scottish mountain land, lived the risk in her travels around the world just to care for her grandchildren. Indeed, their lives were fruitful, and we give all the glory to God. Her travel retinue for children & grandchildren tell it all: Moscow, Idaho, USA (1998-1999); Aberdeen, Scotland (2002); Aberdeen, Scotland (2004); Idaho Falls, USA (2004-2005); Jerusalem pilgrimage (2009); Idaho Falls, USA (2009); Aberdeen, Scotland (2012); Dubai, U.A.E. (2012); Idaho Falls, ID (2013-2018); Aberdeen, Scotland (2014); Aberdeen, Scotland (2017); Edinburgh, Scotland (2017); and Aberdeen, Scotland (2020).

Along the way, she became a Jerusalem pilgrim (“J.P”) in January 2009 and a citizen of the United States in October 2018. Her participation in the community included her volunteering as a Docent at the Museum of Idaho for over four years, and at the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, in Idaho Falls, USA. She was in road travels that snaked through the plains of many American states. She was a member and choir at the United Missionary Theological College (UMTC) Chapel in Tanke, Ilorin; member of Gethsemane Baptist Church, Idaho Falls; and the Redeemed Church in Aberdeen, Scotland.

One of those that she had witnessed to has given testimony that her ministry has returned him to church after almost three decades outside of it. That ministry resulted in the healing of significant family rift. If only this, we are pleased that her life meant something to God. We are sure that there could be more testimony to her credit that already give glory to God.

On 24 May 2020, a message came through to her children, that, “Good evening brethren. Trust that you all are keeping safe. With a heavy heart I confirm the passing of mum this evening around 8pm at home (Nigeria time)”. Another followed that, “She had breakfast and lunch. By early evening, when they went to get her from her room for dinner mom was found in a praying position on her knees, but unresponsive to call. She was rushed to the hospital, where a doctor pronounced her dead on arrival.” We thank Almighty God for her life and pray that her soul rests peaceful with our Lord.

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