Let the memory of our mom, "Iya Yaba" be with us forever.
  • 74 years old
  • Born on January 5, 1938 in Minna, Niger, Nigeria.
  • Passed away on November 9, 2012 in Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria.

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!

Posted 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!
Posted 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.
Posted 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;
Posted 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.
Posted 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. .
Posted 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:)
Posted 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.
Posted 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.
Posted by Justina Ibeleme-Dike on 23rd November 2012
Mama Eso, rest in peace
Posted 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 Derin
Posted by Margaret Adegbite (Oriaif... on 22nd November 2012
Rest in peace mama.
Posted 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...
Posted by Tinu Onipede Williamson-T... 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.
Posted 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.
Posted by SUSAN AGBAJE on 21st November 2012
We believe you are resting in the arms of Christ mama...
Posted 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
Posted 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.
Posted by Abimbola Somefun-Onwuchek... 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.
Posted by Adeyemi (Cuz) / Kylee Bel... 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.
Posted 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.”
Posted 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!
Posted by Abi Adeleke on 14th November 2012
Rest in peace mama.....

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