Her Life


My Mamaa, Ruth Mojirola Oguntola, was born on Friday, January 22, 1943 in Igbaja, Kwara State to Pa Samuel Afolayan of Ile Mogaji in Igbaja, and Ma Deborah Afolayan of Ile Iya Oba in Igbaja.

She had her primary school education at S.I.M. Central School in Igbaja and graduated from Primary 6 in December 1958. Between 1962 and 1966, Mamaa went for Teacher Training at the Women Teacher’s College, Omu-Aran popularly called Wokowomu. Her tertiary education started at the exclusive Clarisa School of Fashion in Pittsburgh, PA, USA between 1970 and 1972 where she earned a Diploma in Fashion Design. Between 1976 and 1979 she earned her NCE at the College of Education in Ilorin. She attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria from 1984 to 1988 and graduated with a Bachelor of Education degree in Home Economics.

Mamaa’s first paid employment was as a child care giver to the children of Rev & Mrs Steltzer at Igbaja in 1959 and then Egbe between 1960 and 1961. Her teaching career started at Primary School, Olayinka, Kwara State where she taught from 1967 to 1968. She also taught at Polytechnic Staff School, Ibadan from 1975 to 1976. Starting as NYSC teacher at St. Anthony Secondary School Ilorin from 1979 to 1980, she held various teaching and administrative appointments there between 1980 and 2000. She worked for a brief period at Government Day Secondary School at Bala before retiring from public service as an Assistant Director of Education in the Kwara State Civil Service. Mamaa, well known for her entrepreneurship, traded in textile materials until  2018.

Ruth Mojirola Oguntola (nee Afolayan) was married to one husband, Engineer Joel Oguntola, on November 10, 1968. The marriage was formally celebrated on April 5, 1969 and the union of 53 years is blessed with 3 sons (me and my egbons) and a daughter (aburo wa Ajoke).

Mamaa lived in the United States of America from November 1968 to September 1974 and visited the United States multiple times between 1999 and 2019. She also went on Pilgrimage to Jerusalem, Israel in 2007.

Ruth Mojirola Oguntola, Protestant Christian, was a full member of Evangelical Winning All. She was a member of Egbe Itunu at E.C.W.A. Church Igbaja, a member of Egbe Ife Kristi at E.C.W.A. Church Ilorin, and a member of Women Choir at 1st E.C.W.A. Church Ilorin. She served in the household of God all her life and was Matron to several young Christian groups in church.

Ruth Mojirola Oguntola’s ascension to glory occurred on January 27, 2021 at 8:50 pm WAT at General Hospital Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria. She leaves to cherish her memories: devoted husband Joel; children – Wale & Bimpe, Dapo & Simbo, Rotimi & Arinola, Bunmi & Victor; ten grandchildren; nieces like daughters; in-laws; and a host of nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.