Government of Ekiti State, Nigeria.

TRIBUTE: Adunni Mii……

April 25, 2013

Oluwafifunni Oluwasigba lo, ibukun li orukoOluwa. Job 1:21

My Funmilayo, beautiful, intelligent, smart, humble, hardworking and dedicated.

A devoted Christian, wife and mother.

I love you even in death!!!

A- Admirable
D- Delightful
U- Unconventional
N- Noble
N- Normal
I- Inspiring

Your Loving Husband,

Dear Mrs O,

How is it going? I know you are getting as much rest as possible in the bosom of our Savior.

I honestly cannot believe my phone is not going to ring showing your name and I’ll pick up and you’ll say “Mama Mia!”

I miss you so much already. However, I am comforted by the priceless values and lessons you have taught my sisters and me.

I will always remember to make my bed once I wake up every morning. I will always walk with my back straight and head high.

I will miss your hugs, I’ll miss sitting in your bathroom and gisting with you while you shower.

Thank you for the wonderful memories and being the best mother any girl could ask for.

I pray to be as amazing a woman as you!!!!

I love you for forever and a day.

Your daughter,
Yeside Ajoke Olayinka.


When we lose someone we love, it seems like time stands still. Those we love and lose are together with us in hearts and forever with us in memory.

Mom was my guiding light. She set the example of what a good wife, mother and friend should be. She was God-fearing and brilliant in so many ways. She always knew the best thing to say in any situation. She was amazingly intelligent.

Mom had a great deal of faith and rarely missed church on Sundays. One hymn was her particular favorite, and I remember how she used to light up whenever “All Hail the Power of Jesus Name” was sung in church. She truly believed that she could pass through raging waters in the sea and not drown because God was with her the entire time. I know that’s how she felt about her battle with cancer. She knew that even if the cancer won, God would be there with her to carry her safely to Heaven.

Mom put God first in everything that she did and taught us how to do the same. Every time I had an exam she would anoint my pencils and pens in anointing oil. Before going to school each day she would ask me to recite Philippians 4:13.

Looking at her life with my Dad, she set a shining example of the kind of unconditional love required to see a marriage through good and bad times.
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. She was truly a Proverbs 31 woman!

Mrs O. was an epitome of beauty. She never stepped out of her bedroom without looking good. Her loving countenance complemented her beautiful self without fail. Her sense of style was unparalleled. I am grateful that she was able to teach me the art of shopping with an eye that is attentive to detail as well as a head that knows the value of hard earned money.

She knew how to have fun when she got a chance to relax. Not a big fan of roller coasters, but she was sure to ride at least one whenever we went out to theme parks. She also loved to play pranks on me. I remember an occasion when she wrapped my Christmas gift in so many wrappers and boxes hence creating a huge gift. I went from thinking it to be a huge dollhouse to actually realizing it was a pair of earrings. Another time she was upstairs at home and I was downstairs, she sent me a text asking me to come up to her. On getting there, she asked me to give her the remote control that was right next to her, I couldn’t help but laugh.

Though fun loving, she knew how to be a disciplinarian when necessary. I recall being disciplined on many occasions when I failed to hand-wash my laundry. You knew you were in trouble when she called you by your government name (full name). Even with that, she was still very sweet. Every morning when she woke me up she would sing to me & my sisters saying: “You are my sunshine my, my only sunshine, you make me happy when skies are grey, you never know dear how much I love you, please don’t take my sunshine away”.

I take solace in the fact that nothing rooted in love is ever lost, for it has become part of the living whole. Someone as special as you mom, will never be forgotten.

You can shed tears that she is gone
Or you can smile because she has lived
You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back
Or you can open your eyes and see all that she has left
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her
Or you can be full of the love that you shared
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday
You can remember her and only that she is gone
Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on
You can cry and close your mind,
be empty and turn your back
Or you can do what she would want:
smile, open your eyes, love and go on.
She is Gone – By David Harkins

Your loving daughter,
Olamide M. Olayinka

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