ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Professor Mary Kolawole, 71 years old, born on March 10, 1949, and passed away on February 16, 2021.

She is survived by her loving husband, Professor Deboye Kolawole, daughter Folake Taylor, son Temiloluwa Kolawole, son-in-law Layi Taylor, daughter-in-law Tosin Kolawole, granddaughter Mojolaoluwa Jordan Taylor. She also left behind many sisters and brothers, nieces and nephews, cousins, her step-mom, and many sons and daughters that she “adopted” into the family. 

We will remember her forever.


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HOME-GOING CELEBRATION 

March 10th:
• Prof (Mrs) Mary Ebun Modupe Kolawole’s Birthday & Celebration of a fulfilled Life.
• Praise Worship Service at Private Residence in GRA, Ilorin, Kwara State @ 5pm
• Neighbourhood evangelism all day

March 11th:
• Neighbourhood evangelism continued
• Wake Keep/Commendation/Testimonies at UMCA Chapel of Redemption, Gaa Akanbi, Ilorin, Kwara State @ 4pm

March 12th: 
• Burial Ceremony at Private Residence in Oko, Kwara State @ 12 noon
• Followed by thanksgiving service at First ECWA Church, Oko-Irese


Streaming will be available via YouTube and Zoom, @ www.memkolawole.com    

Posted by Ojo Sunday on February 26, 2021
TRIBUTE TO PROFESSOR EBUN MARY MODUPE KOLAWOLE

Beloved Mummy Kolawole, you were a symbol of love, humility, kindness, and uprightness; an
embodiment of wisdom, knowledge and understanding. Your wise counsels, warm affection,
benevolence, openness, and forthrightness the world will miss greatly.

Meeting you and Daddy Kolawole in 2009 marked a turning point in my life. Your love for God was
contagious. You were filled with zeal and unparallel passion for the things of the kingdom God. You were indeed a pillar in the kingdom.

Mama, you thought me patience, persistence, faith in God and love for Him through our countless
visits and calls to the KWASU project manager concerning building a Chapel on the university campus.
You were never discouraged nor disappointed even when there were reasons to so do. Your drive for
this noble course continued even after you left the service of the university. Your patience, persistence
and faith paid off eventually. Through your effort Mama, the Lord gave us more than we requested
for. The entire KWASU Christian Community will forever be grateful to God for your contributions
toward the growth and development of the Fellowship.

Mummy you were a Prophetess. I will miss your words and acts of encouragements beyond words. I
recall a day in December 2017, that I was dejected. I felt used, abandoned, and uncared for. This I did not discuss with anyone, not even my wife. Alas! Your call came through. You requested that I see you that evening and I did. Lo and behold God proved to me that He does care about me as you deliver to me what the Lord laid in your heart for me and His Church under my watch. That act of yours Ma
changed my perspective of God till date.

To Daddy Kolawole, our prayers are with you at this time more than ever before. Your Daughter
Oluwakemi, and grandchildren, Nathan, Dorcas, and Lois all take solace in the assurance that Mama
is resting at the bosom of our Lord Jesus.

Adieu Professor Ebun Mary Modupe Kolawole, a great woman of faith and passion.

From
Sunday Ojo, Ph.D
Ag. Director,
Centre for Technical, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training, and
Assistant Chaplain, KWASU Christian Community,
Kwara State University, Malete.
Posted by Oluwadara Adewole on February 24, 2021
You led me to the Lord at an FGBMFI meeting at that hotel directly opposite the main university gates in Ife, on September 26, 1986. My life changed forever. I bless God at every remembrance of you and will love you forever for this. Rest well, Mummy. You deserve it. By God's grace, we will reign with Jesus in eternity. Love you forever.
Posted by Muritala Awodun on February 24, 2021
Tribute to a Lover of Widows and Orphans,
A Member of MAWO Foundation Board of Trustees,
An African Womanist

On February 16, 2021, we Lost a founding member of MAWO Foundation Board of Trustees, a lover of widows and orphans, and an African Womanist; Professor (Mrs) Mary Ebun Modupe Kolawole.

Since November 16, 2017 when the Foundation was officially registered by the Corporate Affairs Commission with Professor Mary Kolawole and her husband as members of the 9-man Board of Trustees, she has actively participated in the activities of the Foundation, giving hope and courage to the widows and orphans.

Professor Mary Kolawole never missed any of the quarterly empowerment and thanksgiving programmes of the MAWO Foundation that humbly started in 2017 with just 21 widows, and now has over 700 registered widows and 40 orphans in its fold.

Late Professor Mary Kolawole has been a source of inspiration to the Founder, Board, Management and the entire members of the MAWO Foundation. We will miss her motherly support and contributions dearly.

We all love her, but the Lord love her most.

Adieu our MAWOF Mama.

From All of Us at MAWO Foundation.

Muritala Awodun, PhD
MAWOF Founder
www.mawofoundation.com
Posted by Kehinde Ajayi on February 24, 2021
We thank God for a life well spent of a beloved mother ( Professor Mrs Mary Kolawole). We are so much comforted in the Lord because they that transit in the Lord do not die, they live forever in our hearts until we meet at His feet. I believe mummy is singing with the Angels in heaven. Accept my condolence . Rest on mummy.
Posted by taiye olubuyide on February 23, 2021
On February 16, 202 1, a beautiful butterfly flew up into the clouds and beyond. Professor Mary Kolawole you were a woman of excellence, a woman of substance ,and most importantly and most importantly, a woman of God.. I will always cherish the memory of your gentleness and soft soothing voice. Continue to rest in the bosom of the lord until we meet to part no more  - Dr. (Mrs) Taiye Olubuyide
Posted by Hakeem Abiola on February 23, 2021
May God comfort the family and friends she left behind..

Her numerous works and contributions to humanity speakvolumes and that will be enough to make her memory lingers in our hearts.

Mama lived a wonderful life
Posted by Femi Longe on February 23, 2021
I remember Prof. MEM Kolawole with fondness. She was one of those lecturers I admired as an undergraduate at OAU, Ile-Ife. She was more than a lecturer; she was a teacher, mother and friend. When my colleagues and I concluded our programme in 2001, 'Mama' as we called her then invited us to a buffet at her place. I mean, who does that?
I know that her legacy lives on. I pray for the repose of her soul and the well-being of those she's left behind.
Goodnight, ma'am; see you on resurrection morning!
Posted by Michael Dada on February 23, 2021
May your gentle soul continue to rest in peace Prof MEM Kolawole. My thoughts and prayers are with the family she left behind.
Posted by TITILAYOMI OGUNWALE on February 23, 2021
May her gentle soul continue to find rest in her maker.
Adieu mummy!
Posted by Femi Toki on February 23, 2021
May your gentle Soul rest in the bosom of the Most High God.
Posted by Mauyon Hunsu on February 23, 2021
God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be
so he put his arms around you and whispered,
“Come to Me”
With tearful eyes we watched you
and saw you pass away
and although we love you dearly
we could not make you stay.
A golden heart stopped beating
hard working hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the best. 

My Darling Grandma, we will forever hold in our hearts in which we have truly learned the most from,
Your strength as a wonderful mother to our mothers and fathers,
And which we hope to gain in raising your great grandsons and great granddaughters.
   For you will be truly missed and remembered for your love and honor in which we will preserve.
Posted by Anike Adesokan on February 23, 2021
ADIEU MARY.

Adieu to a gem, a friend , a sister, classmate, and devout Christian. The news of your passing came to me as a shock!!! But who are we to question God, our creator? We never understand HIS working, we taken solace in the fact that you have gone to REST. You will greatly be missed! I will miss the Bible quotes and passages followed by prayers you sent to me every morning I wake up to read. I will miss sending you prayers also every morning you wake up to read. I noticed you did not read the prayers I sent to you on the day of your passing to glory, but I know that my prayers went with you. Sun ree o dear one.
May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace and may God comfort and be with your loved ones you left behind.
Adieu my friend I will miss you. I will remember you.
You will forever be missed.

Anike Lawal Adesokan.
Posted by Fade Zelaya on February 23, 2021
Wow! What an amazing woman of God! Folake, I read your tribute and it was so powerful! Im deeply sorry for your loss but I know her beautiful, strong spirit lives on through you and your children. She touched so many people and you are blessed in so many ways. I pray her soul continues to rest with our Lord and that God grants you and the rest of the family the strength and comfort you need! May God protect and comfort you.
Posted by Bea Awoniyi on February 22, 2021
Professor Mary Kolawole allowed God to use her in my every memorable encounters. From her days at the College of Tech, to her daily Bible text encouragements, God used her to touch my life. When I expressed my need for her daily text of encouragements (not knowing it was our last encounter), she responded gracefully as always posting this for me on December 29, 2020:

Luke: 12:29: "The Lord will provide all our needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." Amen. Hallelujaj. SHALOM.
Prof. M.E.M. Kolawole.

That was her last post in response to my request. Oh what a blessing; oh, what an encouragement! May her encouraging words to me be the portion of the loved ones she left behind. I thank God for allowing me to experience her love, smile, wisdom, and her Godly character. Rest in peace, Prof until resurrection morning.
Posted by Charlotte Sneed on February 22, 2021
We were lucky enough to get to share several evenings and visits with Mary and Deboya when they were here staying with Folake and her family. It was such a treasure to get to know this wonderful, talented woman and her family whom are just like her! It makes me sad to know those times will not come again .... but feeling blessed that we have been fortunate enough that our paths merged for a while. She will be greatly missed. My heart goes out to all the family.❤️
Posted by Bayo Omoyiola on February 22, 2021
The news of your passing came as a shock. It was so sudden. Just last year, I was at your house where I spent some time discussing with you, Daddy Kolawole, and Temi. I never knew that would be the last time I would see you. Kwara and indeed Nigeria and Africa have lost one of the best female professors of African literature and gender studies. We will all miss you but we are comforted by the fact that you are in a better place. R.I.P Mummy Kolawole.
Posted by Oluwole Coker on February 22, 2021
Mama Kolawole,

I cannot imagine writing about you in the past tense. You remain ever present as I look back to what you are to me. You are a gem. A phenomenon so phenomenal!

Apart from being an intellectual role model, you are forever a career muse. You are a legend who bestrides my path in many indelible ways.

I love you like several others who encounter you.

From being my B.A long essay Supervisor, you have been God sent.

I wish you safe travels. May your special soul rest peacefully in the Lord's bossom.
Posted by Iboro Oladimeji on February 22, 2021
A tribute to Professor Mrs Mary Kolawole

Precious woman of God.
Beautiful in spirit, soul and body.
A mother indeed to many.
You will be greatly missed.
Rest in peace in the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ mummy till the glory dawn.
Posted by Abimbola Jibowo on February 22, 2021
I just can’t believe that you are no more with us physically.
I admired you the first day we met in my office  in OAU, Ile-Ife . Since then we became friends and later neighbours. We used to enjoy the fellowship held in your house every week and the way you shared the word of God with ease and joy. I remember your smiles, the tambourine in your hands and the way you used to dance and jump when singing the song " JEHOVAH YOU ARE THE MOST HIGH, YOU ARE THE MOST HIGH GOD."
You were the Godmother of two of my children and you played a prominent role during the marriage of one of them in Ilorin.
You really touched many lives positively and won many souls for Christ. You had an excellent and peaceful spirit which can never be forgotten.
May the Lord comfort your family and grant you eternal rest.

Posted by Akinmolayemi Magret on February 22, 2021
Mummy, wonderful mummy. Going down memory lane, I remember when I was brought to you, less than 10 years old, you took me in as your daughter. You took the role of my mum, molding and making me to be who I am today.
1. When I was to be enrolled in Primary School, I was asked to repeat the previous class but mummy refused and asked them to put me in the next class. She believed that I'll perform well. She tutored me in English privately while doing chores. This helped me with my written and spoken English and affected my overall performance positively.
2. In 1983, you brought God into your home. Through you actions, I became a beneficiary of the touch of God. Your actions lead to my salvation and baptism in the Holy Spirit. Your actions lead to the revival that broke out in University of Ife staff quarters (road 14) where many youths and families where converted to Christ. This lead to Tuesday evening house fellowship.
3. Mummy embedded in me, qualities and virtues of life. Mummy was very accommodating, caring and loving. These are the qualities she also impacted in me.
Mummy, in 1990 I wrote to you, appreciating you for the opportunity I had to live with you. Today, I am saying it again. Mummy, I truly appreciate you for making me who I am today. I am forever grateful. Rest on Mummy. Your works follow after you
Posted by Grace Abolaji on February 22, 2021
My Anti, Mummy, Mentor, Confidant, Wife, Spiritual warrior, Adviser,, and myyyyyyyyyyy till we meet to part no more in the kingdom of our lord and savior Jesus Christ. This space is not enough to express who you are and meant to me.
1. You took me, a niece in law as your first daughter when you came back from Britain in 1974, even when you never seen or known me before then.
2. You did not treat me as a niece in law but built me up with strong faith in our Lord and savior Jesus Christ, quality moral standards, integrity, honesty, and respect for other human beings.
3. Hah Mummy, my Grandma raised me from my childhood to late teenage age, but you raised me from then till the last time we talked in january 2021.
4. Your soft voice always assured me that I am a woman of God and that I must continue to show the glory of God no matter what life situations throw at me.
5. The impacts of your regular prophetic prayers that you pour on me every time we met or on the phone are unimaginable.
6. I will always remember your words: Titi, this situation is not about you o, it's about God and salvation of souls. Just continue to be who God made you to be like blessed memory of my blood mother used to say too.
7. Mummy, you taught me to be a virtuous woman for my family, profession, and in the body of Christ and that I should know that all rewards come from God.
8. The impacts you made in different areas of my life are immeasurable and unforgettable. By the Grace and mercy of our Lord,
9. While I am still in a state of shock, I could hear your soft voice telling me to get up and continue to be the victorius woman God has made me to be for His glory and honor.,
10. I will continue to hold on to your words of advise and inspiration till we meet again in the kingdom of our Lord God Almighty. Good night for now, my Amazing Mummy.
Posted by Adebusola Olujemisin on February 22, 2021
Professor Kolawole had such a warm, kind, iridescent personality. She was always smiling and ready to offer assistance or expatiate on a topic that needed clarification.

As her student in my days at OAU Ife, I looked up to her and wanted to be like her; an academician brimming with knowledge.

I’m sure she lived a long, full life as evidenced by the tributes and memories shared here. I pray that God almighty comfort her family and all those she left behind.

Adieu ma!
Posted by Ifeoluwa Watson on February 22, 2021
She was a soft spoken, amiable yet firm lecturer. She supervised my undergraduate project on Alice Walker's The Color Purple and introduced me to the concept of Womanism. I still remember her warm personality. May her family and loved ones be comforted.

Seeing news of her death made me remember the words of John Donne in his poem, Death be not proud, taught to me by Professor Wole Ogundele, who has gone to rest too:

Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou are not so;
For those whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow
Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be,
Much pleasure; then from thee much more must flow,
And soonest our best men with thee do go,
Rest of their bones, and soul's delivery.
Thou'art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,
And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell,
And poppy'or charms can make us sleep as well
And better than thy stroke; why swell'st thou then?
One short sleep past, we wake eternally,
And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.

Adieu Professor Mary Kolawole.
Posted by Bisi Oladele on February 22, 2021
Mama, as we her students at Great Ife fondly called her, was motherly in every sense. She was simple, peaceful, loving, cheerful and caring. She was more than a lecturer. She was indeed a mother. May your soul find perfect rest with your maker. Good night, Mama.
Posted by Folake Taylor on February 22, 2021
Posting for Dr. Bolanle Oyerinde.

Mummy as I fondly called her, a daughter of the Most High God, a loving and supportive wife, a doting mother and grandmother. An erudite scholar, a Professor of professors, a woman of integrity.
One thing that stood out to me about mummy is the fact that she spoke her mind always. She never straddled the fence. You always knew where she stood on issues, and she spoke her mind fearlessly.
You’re gone too soon and you will be forever missed.
One of your many daughters,
Dr. Bolanle Oyerinde
Posted by Olusegun Bamidele on February 22, 2021
Sometimes ago in 1979, I went on a visit to a family of 3 at the then Kwara State College of Technology, Ilorin. (now Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin). On getting to the house, I counted about 13 people living in that house. These are people from daddy's and mummy's relations. "Go and put your bag in the room", mummy said but I told her that I was asked to deliver a message and that I don't have the intention to stay, which of course was a lie. That is the kind of woman Prof. (Mrs.) M. E. Kolawole was. Always accommodating.
That's one of the reasons why I always see her as an Angel among men. Rest on mummy, you're alive in our hearts...
Posted by Umoh Okon on February 22, 2021
A tribute from Elder Umoh;
A mother who gave and never once asked for anything in return. That is her secret you know; always giving without exceptions. She is as constant as the sunrise, the moon, the stars and I count on her. She helps me find my way through the years and makes me laugh while doing it. There are some things that only a mother can do.
Posted by Peyi Soyinka-Airewele on February 21, 2021
Aunty, your life was a treasure to all of us. Your smiles, verve, and exuberant love for God simply lit up every space. Seeing and hearing the way in which the life of God knit you and uncle together and reflected in your home was such a testimony to me.
When years later, I started teaching here in the States, I became one of those who used and still uses excerpts from your book "womanism and African consciousness" to stir up debate and engage your ideas. You left glorious footprints on all our lives. May God's comfort encourage uncle, Folake and Temi and their families as they come to terms with your passing onto be with the Lord.
Posted by Nicholas Titiloye on February 21, 2021
TRIBUTE TO PROFESSOR MARY EBUN MODUPE KOLAWOLE
(1949-2021)

The news of your transformation got to us last week
And we suddenly faced the reality that you no longer dwell with us but among the Saints
Where your new duty is to sing worship songs to the King of Kings
Your final place of rest and everlasting abode

We would have been in sorrow but we have sweet memories of your time here
The radiance of excellence in everything you touched
We can say in confidence that you fought a good fight and kept the faith
As received from the patriarch of our faith

Excellence is the word for your academic exploit
Beautiful is the word for your heart
Discipline is the word for your conduct
Love is the word for your relationship with others

Knowledge is what you gave to your students and the human race
Companionship is what you gave to our Daddy, your husband
Morals is what is what you taught your children and their families
Comfort is what you gave to all family members and friends

Humility is what your spirit radiates
Virtuous woman was the first impression of your personality
And the standard which you raised
Was a guide as we continued to grow

I told my friend how proud she should be for having a mother like you
I know you are accomplished seeing how far your effort has brought her
I told her even though we will all miss you
We will not mourn like unbeliever because of the type of life you lived

Adieu Mummy, continue to worship with the saints
And when the saints go marching in on the last day
Your joy will know no bound
When you see the lives you touched in the roll call


Prof Nicholas Akinwale TITILOYE
Department of Pathology
School of Medicine and Dentistry
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
Kumasi. Ghana
(Folake’s friend and classmate)




Posted by Adetokunbo Caxton-Martins on February 21, 2021
Mommy Flakky the joy you brought us will never end, pictures of you on Facebook said it all. Always smiling, I hope life is better where you are now. You will be missed.
Posted by Kunle Meshida on February 21, 2021
Mummy, this really came as a rude shock when I heard the news from Folake. I just assumed that you will always be around with that smile and beautiful demeanor. It was always awesome seeing you and Daddy together smiling and ever so pleasant. May you Rest In Peace Ma.
Posted by Tosin Adebona Lawani on February 21, 2021
Dear Mummy, this news has come as a rude shock to many of us but Baba God knows best.
Mummy you always had a warm smile for everyone... you were beautiful inside and out. You and Daddy were exemplary in your faith, dedication and love for each other. You were mentors to so many of us knowly and unknowingly.
Thank you mummy for giving to the Lord, for sharing your heart with us young as we were in those days. Your legacy lives on through us all.
Adieu Mummy Kolawole, till we meet again at Jesus' feet.
Posted by Abraham Jibowo on February 21, 2021
Prof Mrs Kolawole's family and mine were neighbours for many years at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. We shared the words of God weekly in her house. Her contributions were unique and filled with the Holy Spirit. She was gentle even in the face of extremely provocative situations. She would go to God in praying instead of complaining. She was one of the two people I have ever described as PERFECT. God knows best.

Prof Abraham A. Jibowo
Posted by Wale akintan on February 21, 2021
I still have fond and vivid memories of mom’s smiling face. Her home was open in fellowship to all of us young people. She was kind and never gave up on any of us. May her soul Rest In Peace with the Lord. May God comfort and strengthen the family.
Posted by Adenike Babajamu on February 21, 2021
I met Prof Mary Ebun Kolawole for the first time in 2016. I watched her walked in slowly and steadily, dressed in a white Jacket and a flowing skirt Into the KW-IRS training room on that particular morning. It was a detailed session which left an indelible mark on the then Management Team of the Service and for me marked the beginning of a secret admiration for this highly intelligent and very detailed personality. A very soft spoken woman, with a large heart and always full of smiles, Prof. Kolawole had a prayer for everyone and the few times I had with her she always had a prayer for me.  Mama was a great woman whose contributions cannot be pushed aside. Her legacy definitely lives on, the many lives and homes she imparted and her contributions to the academia are proofs that a great Personality once passed here. She is fondly remembered and will be missed. May your soul Rest In Peace.
Posted by Olayiwola Taylor on February 21, 2021
From the early days she spent with us in Roswell, she shared her gift of songs with Jordan. She was our strength and support as she provided us with her words of wisdom on raising our darling Jordan. She was so helpful with her gift of words & songs and we will always remember.

Losing our mother has been painful but we take solace in the fact that she left us with her glorious memories, words & songs.

She sacrificed so much to be with us and we will forever be grateful. We will forever cherish the moments, the love, the support, the guidance and the words & songs............

Forever in our hearts

Layi
Posted by Adejoke Olukuade on February 21, 2021
Aunty, Mrs Kolawole, was so graceful and gentle. Knowing her when I was still a teenager, there was no doubt she loved Jesus deeply. She was one of those people you didn't want to be near when you had just sinned; you had a strong feeling Jesus would tell her. She wanted to see us love Jesus, and so she would talk to us young girls, pray with us... I looked up to her and her kind while growing up. Quintessential. Classy. Intelligent. And sold out to Jesus. That was Aunty.

My heart goes out to the family- Uncle, Folake and Temi. May the Lord keep and strengthen you. May He flood your hearts with beautiful memories that make you grateful for knowing her. May His comfort uphold you through this trying period. Grace to the entire family in Jesus mighty Name.

Rest in the bosom of your Lover and Savior, Ma.

Posted by Mary Lengden on February 21, 2021
So sorry to hear of this.
My former lecturer, Year 1991...
Also a long standing member of Full Gospel to which I to was a member.

My heart felt sympathy goes to all the family esp. Prof Kolawole...

Love Mary, Manchester England.
Posted by Bola Adegbonmire on February 21, 2021
Mrs Kolawole or Folake's mum as I referred to her, was one of the older christians on the OAU Ile-ife staff quarters that I can say mentored me (us) as a young christian(s). Apart from the obvious "Folake's mum", my mum took to her and Folake's dad, as such my first close interaction stemmed from this. My mum came home one day and said you are starting after school private coaching classes at the Kolawole's. There was just four of us: Folake, Dupe, Kemi and Bola. She was a firm and loving host during that time and it laid the foundation for my relationship with her and Folake's dad years later as I became a committed believer and they on the other hand became one of my older sounding boards for all and anything pertaining especially to the All souls chapel youth fellowship. It was a blessing knowing her.
Posted by Tubosun Ojo on February 21, 2021
Prof.M.E.M Kolawole was a great friend of our family and we used to attend Tuesday fellowship together back in Ife. When my Dad passed away in 2012 she was visiting Texas for a program and was able to attend the church service on the day of his funeral. While my dad's pictures was projected to the screen and his biography was being read I got emotional and was about to start tearing up when a quick glance at Mummy Kolawole's face stopped the tears from flowing down as she motioned with facial expressions for me to "remain strong ". She was a true Mother and daughter of the most HIGH.
Rest in peace until the resurrection of the righteous.
Posted by Modele O on February 21, 2021
Our distinguished and erudite Professor and Mummy, thank you for blazing the trail for us as women in academia. Your legacy lives on and shines through your daughter, Folake, and granddaughter, Jordan. E sun re oh.
Posted by Olufunso Ashaye on February 21, 2021
Professor Mary Kolawole: an approachable, accommodating, erudite and motherly human being.
May God grant her gentle soul eternal rest.
Posted by Kolawole Olagboyega on February 21, 2021
Professor MEM Kolawole was a wonderful lady! She was a “mother” to me. She encouraged me and motivated me in English literature, which resulted in my becoming a professor today. She also taught me many life principles by drawing from her own experiences! I have been depressed since I heard of her passing! My selfless mama, worthy mentor, erudite scholar!

May the good Lord grant her sweetheart and life partner - daddy Kolawole, her real children, all other members of the families and all of us her students and “children”, the fortitude to bear the pains of the moment and the irreparable loss of a mother and super icon.

May she rest in perfect peace, and may her memory be a blessing to all she left behind!!!

"Your memory is my keepsake,
With which we'll never part.
God has you in his keeping,
I have you in my heart."
   - Bonnie Dodd

By
Professor Kolawole Waziri Olagboyega.
Posted by Funso Olarinde on February 21, 2021
Our loss is indeed heaven's gain!

The one thing that comes to my mind when I remember you is your gentle spirit. You sure are an embodiment of Christian character and virtue.
You were not just a friend to my mum but a sister indeed!

Trusting God to comfort and strengthen the entire family you have left behind.
Rest on in the bosom of your saviour who you loved so very much!

Funso Olarinde (nee Aladekomo)
Posted by Sulyman Adebara on February 21, 2021
The soul with pure heart ,who always want good thing for others who was there for us people when she was needed, your contribution,to our life can never be forgotten Rest in peace mama we will miss you love you ma.
Posted by Isaac Oluyi on February 21, 2021
Farewell, Professor Mary Ebun Modupe Kolawole, the teacher who opened our eyes to the endless opportunities in studying English and/or Literature-in-English. In her words in the interview I conducted as the Editor-in-Chief of 'The Fount' Magazine, a publication of Awovarsity Literary and English Studies Society (AVLESS), Department of English, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in 2000, she said 'English Studies is professional'. Till date, I have had no regret studying it in the university. Besides being our teacher, she related with us like a mother. I will never forget how she hosted us after our final exam at her official quarters. It was a feast! Teaching to her was a ministry. She ministered to our bodies, spirits and souls! Indubitably, she came, she saw and she conquered. You will forever remain in our memories! Good night, Mama!
Posted by Tayo Kayode-Isola on February 21, 2021
Huuuuuuu, what an irreparable lost to the world of virtuous women My mother, mentor the one who taught me how to be a supportive wife, how to bring up godly children, who taught me to be a goal getter. I can't forget your role in the choice of my life partner. With your blessed hands you carried my first daughter on her christening day (who is now a medical doctor at 22years) Aunty Mary as you are popularly known and called your life was full of love and always teaching and impacting knowledge to all that comes your way. Indeed your memory will ever be fresh. You are loved by Kayode your son-in-law and your grand children: Dr. Torera, Barr. Seeke, Ninla and Dara.
Sun re oooo iya mi owon. Till we meet to part no more at the feet of our Lord Jesus. I promise to keep your teachings in my heart and be a good mother
Posted by Gbolahan Ogunbayo on February 20, 2021
Mommy always had a smile on her face. She always had wonderful words of encouragement. She modeled what a perfect mother and wife should be. A sage. Mother to all of us, quarters kids. Best of friends with my mother. An amazing family friend to have. The world just lost a gem. Heaven just gained a saint. Rest In Peace, mommy.
Posted by Ifeoluwa Kehinde on February 20, 2021
So many memories have flooded my mind from my childhood, from the house on Road 14 when I would just walk across to come play with Temi, to the house on Road 13, and all the great times growing up with parents like you to look up to..Thank you for always dropping me off at home after school, I wouldn't even ask, I'd just hop in the car because you were my mummy too :) 

You will be sorely missed. I pray for strength and comfort for the whole family. We love you dearly! Goodnight mama! Rest in God's arms.
Posted by Yinka James Oyeniyi on February 21, 2021
À tous les chanceux kwarans étudiant à l'OUA ile Ife, le professeur Mme Modupe Kolawole était la mère de tous,
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Posted by Ojo Sunday on February 26, 2021
TRIBUTE TO PROFESSOR EBUN MARY MODUPE KOLAWOLE

Beloved Mummy Kolawole, you were a symbol of love, humility, kindness, and uprightness; an
embodiment of wisdom, knowledge and understanding. Your wise counsels, warm affection,
benevolence, openness, and forthrightness the world will miss greatly.

Meeting you and Daddy Kolawole in 2009 marked a turning point in my life. Your love for God was
contagious. You were filled with zeal and unparallel passion for the things of the kingdom God. You were indeed a pillar in the kingdom.

Mama, you thought me patience, persistence, faith in God and love for Him through our countless
visits and calls to the KWASU project manager concerning building a Chapel on the university campus.
You were never discouraged nor disappointed even when there were reasons to so do. Your drive for
this noble course continued even after you left the service of the university. Your patience, persistence
and faith paid off eventually. Through your effort Mama, the Lord gave us more than we requested
for. The entire KWASU Christian Community will forever be grateful to God for your contributions
toward the growth and development of the Fellowship.

Mummy you were a Prophetess. I will miss your words and acts of encouragements beyond words. I
recall a day in December 2017, that I was dejected. I felt used, abandoned, and uncared for. This I did not discuss with anyone, not even my wife. Alas! Your call came through. You requested that I see you that evening and I did. Lo and behold God proved to me that He does care about me as you deliver to me what the Lord laid in your heart for me and His Church under my watch. That act of yours Ma
changed my perspective of God till date.

To Daddy Kolawole, our prayers are with you at this time more than ever before. Your Daughter
Oluwakemi, and grandchildren, Nathan, Dorcas, and Lois all take solace in the assurance that Mama
is resting at the bosom of our Lord Jesus.

Adieu Professor Ebun Mary Modupe Kolawole, a great woman of faith and passion.

From
Sunday Ojo, Ph.D
Ag. Director,
Centre for Technical, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training, and
Assistant Chaplain, KWASU Christian Community,
Kwara State University, Malete.
Posted by Oluwadara Adewole on February 24, 2021
You led me to the Lord at an FGBMFI meeting at that hotel directly opposite the main university gates in Ife, on September 26, 1986. My life changed forever. I bless God at every remembrance of you and will love you forever for this. Rest well, Mummy. You deserve it. By God's grace, we will reign with Jesus in eternity. Love you forever.
Posted by Muritala Awodun on February 24, 2021
Tribute to a Lover of Widows and Orphans,
A Member of MAWO Foundation Board of Trustees,
An African Womanist

On February 16, 2021, we Lost a founding member of MAWO Foundation Board of Trustees, a lover of widows and orphans, and an African Womanist; Professor (Mrs) Mary Ebun Modupe Kolawole.

Since November 16, 2017 when the Foundation was officially registered by the Corporate Affairs Commission with Professor Mary Kolawole and her husband as members of the 9-man Board of Trustees, she has actively participated in the activities of the Foundation, giving hope and courage to the widows and orphans.

Professor Mary Kolawole never missed any of the quarterly empowerment and thanksgiving programmes of the MAWO Foundation that humbly started in 2017 with just 21 widows, and now has over 700 registered widows and 40 orphans in its fold.

Late Professor Mary Kolawole has been a source of inspiration to the Founder, Board, Management and the entire members of the MAWO Foundation. We will miss her motherly support and contributions dearly.

We all love her, but the Lord love her most.

Adieu our MAWOF Mama.

From All of Us at MAWO Foundation.

Muritala Awodun, PhD
MAWOF Founder
www.mawofoundation.com
her Life

Early Life, Work Life, & Post-Retirement Life

Mary was born on March 10th 1949, to Mr. AmosOdeyiola and Mrs. Deborah Adewoye, in Lagos Island (Isale Eko). 

She attended primary school in Iludun Oro, Kwara State, and secondary school in St. Faith Girls School, Kaduna.

She obtained her BA in English from the Ahmadu Bellow University, Zaria.

She met the love of her life, Deboye Kolawole, during her undergraduate degree in Zaria. 
They got married in Ile-Ife where he was working after his MSc from Zaria, and went on to Birmingham, UK for his PhD. 

In 1973, Mary and Deboye gave birth to their first child, Folake, in Birmingham, UK.

They returned to Nigeria on completion of Deboye’s doctorate, and settled in Ilorin, where they both worked at the Kwara State College of Technology (Now renamed Kwara State Polytechnic).

In 1980, the family moved back to Ile-Ife, and initially worked at OSCAS (the Oyo State College of Arts & Science), before Deboye rejoined the then University of Ife, which later became the Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU. This was also before Osun State was carved out of Oyo State.

Mary obtained her MA from the University of Ife, before joining as faculty

They became involved with the All Souls Chapel in OAU, as well as several house fellowships on campus. They also became very active with the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship (FGBMFI). 

In 1985, Temiloluwa was born in Ile-Ife. That was also the year in which Mary obtained her PhD. 

Ile-Ife is where they both worked primarily until their joint retirement in 2009. They did have several sabbatical leaves abroad in this timespan. They also both became Professors at the OAU as well, and rose to the pinnacle of their respective professions, attending several conferences every year, both nationally and internationally. 

Mary was notably the recipient of a Rockefeller fellowship at the Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, as well as the Commonwealth fellowship at the University of Canterbury, Kent. She also received other similar fellowships all over the world. 

Mary authored several books during her career, most notably these 2:
•Womanism And African Consciousness (still Available on Amazon).
•Gender Perceptions And Development In Africa.

Mary and Deboye retired from Ile-Ife, to their dream home  in Ilorin, in their home state of Kwara. 

They then took on contract jobs at KWASU (Kwara State University) for a few more years, during which they stayed active in their respective professions, imparting more generations to come as well as attending international and national conferences. It was important to them to pass on as much of their knowledge as possible, to those comments after them. They alsoboth took on administrative roles in the university, and Mary was Dean of Post-Graduate School, just prior to finally bowing out, and deciding to stay retired in 2017.

They were very active in their church, UMTC, and in the community.

Mary passed on to glory on February 16th, 2021, just a few weeks shy of her 72nd birthday, after dealing with a sudden worsening of some health challenges she had dealt with for a few years. 

She is survived by her husband, children, grandchild, brothers, sisters, step-mom, nephews, nieces, and many that she adopted into these roles.

She will be sorely missed. But we rest assured that she is in the bosom of our Lord, and we will see her again on resurrection day.

—Folake Taylor, MD. 
    Favorite Daughter. 
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DETAILED ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS 
Culled from a more detailed official tribute by Dr. Muritala Awodun

An African Womanist

We Lost an African Womanist, Great Mother, Lovely Wife, and Upright Mentor
in Mary Ebunoluwa Modupeola Kolawole
B.A. English, M.A. American Literature, PhD African Literature and Gender Theory
Professor of African Literature and Gender Studies 

Mary Ebun Modupe Kolawole retired early, as Professor of African Literature and Gender Studies from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife in 2009 because her husband, Professor Deboye Kolawole, a Professor of Microbiology was due for retirement that year, and would be relocating to their home state, Kwara, from Ile Ife. While at OAU, she was Fellow of the Center for Gender and Social Policy Studies, Nigeria, Fellow of Network for Setting an Agenda forWomen's Studies in Nigeria, and Director, Centre for African Research in Progress.

Professor Mary Kolawole joined the Kwara State University, Malete, upon her retirement from OAU, in 2009, to offer her State the required support in nurturing the newly established University. At KWASU, she served as a Member of the Board of KWASU Centre for Entrepreneurship, Head of Department of Languages and Linguistics, Chairman of the University Ceremonies Committee, and Dean of the Postgraduate School, amongst other teaching, research, administrative and community development responsibilities. She left Kwara State University, in 2017, also because her husband was separating from the University, to take
the deserved rest of retirement, having contributed her quota to lay the foundation to sustain the nascent University.

She received several distinguished international awards and honors, including the National Endowment for the Humanities/USIA, University of Berkeley, California, 1990, a Rockefeller Visiting Fellow in African Cultural and Gender Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1991/92, and Associate of the African Gender Institute, University of Cape Town, 1996. She was also a Guest Researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsalla, Sweden, in 1997 and a DAAD Guest Scholar at Teh Humbold University, Berlin, 2002.

Professor Mary Kolawole was consultant to many international agencies including the Ford Foundation, the United Nations University, Tokyo, and the International Institute for Higher Education, NY. She was the Nigerian National Coordinator of the Women Writing Africa Project of the Feminist Press, NY. She won the USIA/National Endowment for Humanities, University of California Berkeley, 1990. She was the Rockefeller Fellow in African Cultural and Gender Studies at Africana Studies and Research Center, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 1991/92. She was also a Commonwealth Fellow, at the University of Kent in Canterbury, 1994/95. She was also the Foundation Associate of the African Gender Institute, University of Cape Town, 1997, and Research Fellow, Nordic African Institute, Uppsala, Sweden, 1999. She was a participant at the International Scholars' Program on "The 2000 African Internet Connectivity Project," University of Michigan, East Lansing, Michigan, May, 2000.

Her book, Womanism and African Consciousness (Africa World Press, 1997) and others are on the readilists of many American and European universities. Through an in-depth examination ofthe oral and written genres by and about women, Mary Kolawole presents a comprehensive account of the African woman's role in forming and shaping cultural, societal and political spheres in that book, Womanism and African Consciousness. The book, in its 8th edition was first published in 1977 in English and held by 269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide, is a comprehensive study of the African woman's cultural, societal, and political audibility. Through an in-depth historical critique of indigenous oral and written genres by and about women, the
author challenges the accepted notion that African woman are "voiceless" members of society.

At the base for her study is the concept of "Womanism" - an ideology which she defines as the "totality of feminine self-expression, self-retrieval, and self-assertion in positive cultural ways." This methodology reveals hidden areas of audibility and calls for a new generation of writers who will create a global consciousness about the realities of the African woman and women of African descent. The issues discussed are important and relevant to current dialogue among critics of feminism. Her conclusions, particularly on the issue of the "invisibility" myth and its origins, are well supported.

Tracing the development of the portrayal of women in literature in a comprehensive and cohesive manner, the Mary Kolawole concluded that African women writers are not passive to their condition - they are not "voiceless." She recommended a dialogic approach to modern criticism in order to accommodate all approaches to the African woman's self-definition. A high level of consciousness, she asserts, is central to self-recovery for the African woman and can be attained through African womanist ideology.

Gender Perceptions and Development in Africa is another book of Mary Kolawole. In its 7th edition, it was published in 1998 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide. "In this multi-disciplinary collection of essays, several African researchers present gender perceptions that shape the lives of women. These studies critically present existing myths of gender in an attempt to transcend the stereotypes embodied in them. The collection further presents women's life histories, socio-economic space, empowerment and environment to reveal the problems and the gains. Rejecting negative perceptions enhance African women's search for social justice, poverty alleviation and reiterates women's right as human right."

The Context of African Women’s Struggle was published in 1997 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide. Through an in-depth examination of the oral and written genres by and about women, Kolawole presents a comprehensive account of the African woman's role in forming and shaping cultural, societal and political spheres.                         

Zulu Sofola: Her Life & Her Works is another Mary Kolawole’s book that is in its 6th edition and was published in 1999 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide.

Some of her other most widely read works are:
- Perspectives on African Studies: A Multidisciplinary Approach
- Gender Theories and Polemics: A Critical Source Book: Festschrift in Honour of Professor Mrs Mary Ebun Kolawole
- An African View of Transatlantic Slavery and the Role of Oral Testimony in Creating a New Legacy
- Re-conceptualizing African Gender Theory: Feminism, Womanism and the Arere Metaphor
- The Context of African Women’s Struggle
- Text, Texuality and Contextuality: Paradigms Lost and Paradigms Regained in Literary Theory
- The African Write as a Maker and a Mask

She was the Editor-in-Chief of the following Journals:
- Journal of Gender and Development in Africa, Center for Gender and Social Policy Studies, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.
- ISALA: Ife Studies in African Literature and the Arts, Department of English, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.

Professor Mary Ebun Modupe Kolawole died in Ilorin, Kwara State in the early hours of Tuesday, February 16, 2021 leaving behind her husband and two children.


Muritala Awodun, PhD
Professor of Business Administration
Centre for Enterprise and Human Capital Development
Crown-Hill University, Eiyenkorin,
Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria
Recent stories

Links to Social Media Tributes, Testimonies, Comments, Well Wishes....

Shared by Folake Taylor on February 19, 2021
As of right now, there are more than 450 comments on Folake's Facebook Tribute post, many by people with personal relationships with Prof. Mary Kolawole, and with real testimonies and tributes to her in their comments. These are too many to transfer here, so what better way than to add the link? You can find them here.

The OAU Alumni post also garnered a lot of tributes and comments. You may access those here.

For a comprehensive look at Folake's FB page and all the posts and reposts from other pages of tributes and comments about Prof. Kolawole's passing, please access this link here

There are more than 50 comments on Instagram, and you can access those here

Please feel free to add your tribute on this website. 
Thank you. 

The family of Professor Mary Kolawole.

Shared by Tinu Fawole on February 22, 2021
Gone too soon! We will miss you mummy Kolawole. You were a woman of God, a woman of prayer. Always with a beautiful smile, calm and reassuring. A pace setter, a voice for women everywhere. You have fought a good fight. You made definite impact and you are sorely missed. Looking forward to seeing you again at the resurrection. Adieu mama. ❤️❤️❤️ Tinuke Fawole.

We will miss you

Shared by Adedeji Aremu on February 22, 2021
We are truly grateful for the opportunity to have known you and the blessing you were to us. While we cannot bring you back, we know you have gone to rest in bosom of Christ. By Gods grace we shall all meet again.