‘My Mother Was A Rare Gem’ — Elerinmo
The Elerinmo of Erinmo Ijesa in Osun State, Oba (Dr) Michael Odunayo Ajayi Arowotawaya 11, has lost his mother.
The matriarch of Ajayi Dynasty and also the Yeye Oba of Erinmo land, Pastor (Mrs.) Sijuwola Ajayi passed on peacefully recently at the age of 80.
In his tribute to celebrate a life well spent of his mother, accompanied by beautiful pictures that mirrored parts of her life and times, Oba Odunayo Ajayi described his late mother as a rare gem and mother in a million.
Read Elerinmo’s tribute below:
TRIBUTE TO MY MOTHER, YEYE OBA SIJUWOLA AJAYI
If you were looking for a woman of substance, a strict disciplinarian, a mother indeed, a wife to envy, and an epitome of elegance whose spoken and written English is Queen-styled, beauty and class look no further than for Pastor (Mrs) Sijuwola Ajayi the Yeye Oba of Erinmo Land.
Born sometimes in 1940, widely traveled, a retired teacher and educationist who was actively engaged in private business till her death recently. She is well-connected within the top echelon of Nigerian military, having taught some of the children of the high and mighty in Nigeria, including those of two former Nigerian Heads of State at the Command Children’s School in Ikeja Cantonment and before then in Kaduna.
A stickler for discipline and excellence, Mama was a caring, honest mother, grand mother and dutiful wife who dots over her children living long to witness the crowning of her first son as Kabiyesi Elerinmo of Erinmo land some years ago.
Yeye Oba is royalty on all sides, by birth and by marriage. She is a grand daughter of the late High Chief Sapetu Aloba, the traditional prime minister of Igbara-Oke and late High Chief Ejemu Daniel Atere, the 3rd in command to his Royal Highness the Olowa of Igbara-Oke, and was happily married to the late Asiwaju of Erinmo Ijesa, Chief (Dr) Joseph Olubowale Ajayi the icon of the AROWOTAWAYA Royal lineage of Erinmo, whose son later became King Arowotawaya II.
Highly religious, mama is a certified pastor in training from the College of Divinity, Lagos. A Deaconess of the CHRIST APOSTOLIC CHURCH in Erinmo-Ijesa, a Most Senior mother Israel/Matron Queen Sheba’s Band of the C&S Movement Church, Kingsland District, Oke-Oba, Lagos, Matron Elizabeth’s BAND C&S Church Movement Ewu Tuntun, Matron Mary’s Band St James Spiritual Grace Church, AREA COMMANDER CHAPLAIN FELLOWSHIP OF NIGERIA INC and in recognition of her service to the Christian community, she was conferred with the title OTUN EGBE AYA BISOBU of the ST PAUL’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, IGBARA-OKE, ONDO STATE, NIGERIA.
A woman of many parts, She was Founding President of the Prestige Social Club of Igbara-Oke; Matron of Facoys Sisters Club of Lagos; Matron Ifesowapo Social Club of Igbara-Oke; Matron Road Safety Club, Ifedore chapter.
Together with her husband she was blessed with six children (all of whom are graduates and professionals including lawyers, accountants, etc living in various parts of the world) and several grand children.
Up to the time of her departure, she occupied herself with praying, interceding for her children, communities, and the nation; attending religious, social, and traditional occasions that involved her communities and families.
May her soul rest in perfect peace. Amen.
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