Mrs Simbiat Olufunke Anike Eso (Nee Bakare)
  • 74 years old
  • Date of birth: Jan 5, 1938
  • Place of birth:
    Minna, Niger, Nigeria
  • Date of passing: Nov 9, 2012
  • Place of passing:
    Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria
Let the memory of our mom, "Iya Yaba" be with us forever.

It is with heavy hearts and sadness that we announce the homegoing of  our dear Sister, Mother, Grandmother, Mother In-Law, Aunt  (Anti) and Friend - Mrs Simbiat Olufunke Anike Eso - Nee Bakare (Omo Abu Olowo, Abu Olododo) who slept in the Lord on Friday, November 9, 2012.  While our hearts are broken by this sad news, we will continue to celebrate her life and legacy!

"Iya Yaba", "Mommy Tom Tom", "Alhaja", "Anti", "Berra Mommy", "Iya Oko mi" and the list goes on, as she was fondly called by different people, was simply Mom to us!  Our mom who worked for many years at the NIgerian High Commission in London before returning home, was first a homemaker and then a Business Woman  and a devoted mother to Dele (Shido),  Omokayode (Kay), Abi (Biodun) and Toyin (Oluwatoyin Alake), their spouses,  many grandchildren,  nieces and nephews.

She touched the lives of many! She will be remembered for willingness to give to others selflessly of her time, presence and money, and her equisite fashion style! Our mom had a passion for life, beauty, elegance and fashion. In her later year, she became a Christian, having given her life to Christ. We are eternally thankful for this decision she made to have a relationship with God. Although, our mom is no more on this side,  We will never forget her legacy and  the sacrifices she made for us!

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Abi Adeleke on 5th January 2017

"Happy Birthday Dear Mom on this day that would have been your 79th Birthday! Continue to sleep well!"

This tribute was added by Adesina Onibokun on 9th November 2014

"Oh how we wish Mama was here today. To see all the blessings we have Yet somehow you know that She is Guiding us on our paths."

This tribute was added by Yinka Adefope on 9th November 2014

"May all the hopes and aspirations she had for you come to pass in your life time in Jesus name,
Heb 12:1


Wherefore seeing YOU also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset YOU, and run with patience the race that is set before u,   Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of your faith;"

This tribute was added by Sylvia Asala on 19th January 2013

"Abi,  may the memories of your mother always bring a loving smile to your heart.    May her soul rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Sade Omole on 6th January 2013

"It's been a long long time; I was looking forward to seeing her again. But now she is gone and resting in peace in the bosom of the Lord.
I pray for Abi and her children that God will give them all, the strength to deal with their loss. God knows best and mama is free from any sufferings. ."

This tribute was added by Jacqueline Thomas on 5th January 2013

"Moma! was a women with a bright smile. who fed all the children everything we said they couldn't have.whenever she came the children would pick up a extra five pounds. Abi and I would get so mad and then we would laugh, mom didn't care about what we was saying. she continue to walk Abisola to Walgreens everyday to get something sweet. Lol my greatest moment with mom was shopping with her:)"

This tribute was added by Abi Laseinde on 5th January 2013

"I remember Mama from my days of popping around the house at Ibikunle Street. She was always welcoming, charming, and caring. She will be greatly missed not just by her family, but also from those of us who were fortunate to have known her. A lovely caring person has now departed but leaves us with good memories,  lovely children and grandchildren. May her soul rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Lynn Eichelberger on 26th November 2012

"Many accomplishments, so very many successes, a wealth of hopes and dreams fulfilled, days well-lived and now a legacy to celebrate. May sweet memories of the gem that was your mother, encourage you at this time."

This tribute was added by Justina Ibeleme-Dike on 23rd November 2012

"Mama Eso, rest in peace"

This tribute was added by Aderinsola LADIPO on 22nd November 2012

"I met Biodun's Mum in 1983 at the University of Ilorin when she came visiting her daughter.I thank God for her life and how she did everything to make her children succeed against all odds she was a true mother , may she rest inpeace.
Biodun pele it is well

This tribute was added by Margaret Adegbite (Oriaifo) on 22nd November 2012

"Rest in peace mama."

This tribute was added by christy Jimoh on 21st November 2012

"Mama continue to rest in the bosom of your maker.....may your gentle soul rest in perfect peace..."

This tribute was added by Tinu Onipede Williamson-Taylor on 21st November 2012

"May your soul rest in perfect peace 'Mama Eso' as we Yaba sector also know you by.
You are much loved and will be much missed.  Rest in peace Mama."

This tribute was added by Toro Adebesin on 21st November 2012

"Rest in peace mama .Abi, may God comfort you and your family in this trying period in Jesus name.Amen."

This tribute was added by SUSAN AGBAJE on 21st November 2012

"We believe you are resting in the arms of Christ mama..."

This tribute was added by Biodun Omolayo on 21st November 2012

"I never met "IYA YABA" when she was on this side of the divide howeveri met one of her fruits - BIODUN ESO-Adeleke. Since a fruit does not fall too far from the tree that begets it & we know a tree by its fruits, so I can say confidently that I KNOW MRS OLUFUNKE ESO alias Mama Yaba as a hardworking,serious minded, God fearing and a lover of education who has in deed impacted lives. RIP ma"

This tribute was added by Goziem Eso on 21st November 2012

"Mummy your passing was one loss to much for me this year but I console myself in the knowledge that you are in a better place for to be absent from this body is to be present with God where there is no more pain or sorrow.  Rest in peace mummy. I promise to take care of your sons."

This tribute was added by Abimbola Somefun-Onwuchekwa on 21st November 2012

"I wish Abi n her entire family the grace of d Almighty God during this trying period. May He grant u d fortitude to bear this irreparable loss. Rest in peace at the bossom of ur creator 'Iya Yaba'. U shall be greatly missed."

This tribute was added by Adeyemi (Cuz) / Kylee Bello on 20th November 2012

"Mum, the thought of your passing makes me weep  Wish you could have met my family. You will be missed dearly. May God Rest your SOUL in Peace. Love you and miss you."

This tribute was added by Abi Adeleke on 20th November 2012

"Revelation 21:3-5 NCV

And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Now God’s presence is with people, and he will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them and will be their God.   He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death, sadness, crying, or pain, because all the old ways are gone.”"

This tribute was added by Nubian Lochead on 19th November 2012

"There's an Ondo saying - Ogede ku, o fi omo e ropo!  May Mum's legacy continue to shine through her children.  A yaara oh, may she travel well. Wishing Abi and the entire family solace during this time. Bless up!"

This tribute was added by abi adeleke on 14th November 2012

"Rest in peace mama....."

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