We, Olubunmi’s children would like to thank you all for your outpour of love and appreciation for our mother. She was and still is very dear to us and will forever be in our hearts. Reading your tributes and comforting words about our mum is very humbling. We love you so much mummy, but God obviously loved you more. Sleep tight our guardian Angel.
Olubunmi Ajoke Taiwo was born in Lagos on 31/12/1955.Her parents were late Pa Isaiah Gbadebo Ogunbamowo and late Madam Omoyeni Taiwo Ogunbamowo.
At the age of six, she started her primary education at Wright Memorial Primary in Lagos under the tutelage of her maternal Aunt, Mrs. Omolabake Idowu Tayo who was a teacher at the same school, but unfortunately passed on at an early age of her life.
For her secondary school education, she started at Muslim Secondary Ijebu Ode, and completed it at Our Lady of Apostle Secondary also at Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, Nigeria.
In 1976, she met her heartthrob, Mr. Adedayo Osifeso with whom she had three of her children, Michael, Deborah and Florence. They jointly set up a successful electronic and motor parts business which involved a lot of travels to Europe and Japan.
In 1986, she moved to United Kingdom to be closer to her children and give them a surer foundation (like the one she had in her earlier years). She settled in South West London, where her children went to school and she formed most of her long-term friendships with people that she remained friends with until present. Mamma Mike, as we called her opened her home and her heart to many people, including all her brothers, their wives, children and other extended friends and family members. 14 Langhurst House was a base for many extended family members upon arrival to the UK.
In 1991 she met her late husband Joseph Seale, who was a London black taxi driver. They got married in 1992 and shared a vision of homeownership and bought their forever home in Kingsbury, North West London, where they moved with their children. In traditional Mama Mike style, her heart and her home was always open, and she continued to accommodate family members and friends in her new home. She often hosted dinner parties with her loved ones, and she was the first to nominate herself to show off her cooking skills during the festive season’s.
Olubunmi dedicated almost 30 years working in the Social Services Sector. She nurtured and supported disadvantaged young people who lived in children’s homes across Ealing and Surrey. She later branched into adult services in Sutton, where she supported adults with learning difficulties to live independently in the community. She finally went on to work as a Teaching Assistant in a Specialist School, where she provided one to one support for a boy named Romeo, who she loved like he was her own son. Alongside this role, Olubunmiwould also work as a support worker in a respite residential setting for children with disabilities. She was a popular and impactful figure amongst her colleagues and the young people that she worked with. Her children often recalled being stopped in the street by strangers who remembered their mother, while they were out shopping. They would often praise her and attribute the positive influence, encouragement, and support that she poured into them over her 30 year career.
Olubunmi was a devoted mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She had 5 grand children who loved and adored her dearly. Her eldest granddaughter Olivia gave her the nickname Aya because she could never pronounce the correct term Iya (mother) when she was a little girl. This name became her trademark name used by all her grandkids, and she answered to her name with great pride. Olubunmi spent most of her free time spoiling and caring for her grand children Olivia (age 14), Ruby (age 8), Hezekiah (age 5), Solomon (age 4) and her golden boy Malachi (age 20 months).
Those that know Olubunmi can attest to her character. She was loyal, confident, encouraging, empowering, selfless, outspoken, and always stood up for what she believed in. She always had an opening ear and offered a helping hand to those that were in need. She was a God-fearing woman and a prayer warrior who did not go a day without thanking and praising the lord for what he has done for her and her family. She was not shy of sharing her love for the Lord and would send daily WhatsApp bible verses and affirmations to those that were dear to her.
Olubunmi, you will be forever loved and missed. You touched the lives and the hearts of every single person that had the privilege of meeting you and your love and legacy will live for eternity. Rest well, until we meet again.
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