Sisi Tola I can't believe another year has rolled by since you left us. Staying in touch this way with people who have touched our lives can be pretty emotional but then fulfilling. Before I could just pick up my phone and share all the pains and emotions. That really sucks now. Your words still echo in my head all the time. I will forever cherish those memories of love and friendship. This is my own way of staying connected with you. It's just so hard to understand why people like you are taken so suddenly but I won't dwell too much on that since it's a debt we all have to pay one day.
Rest in peace always.
Thinking of you here lately. Miss you a lot. Joke, Inka and Bukki, I hope all is well with your lives.
Love you lots!
I will cherish the memories of you. Rest on big Sister
Aunty Tola, it grieves my heart so much to remember my years in A.B.U. You were my guardian until you left Zaria. My big sister- Ene Oloja was your colleague in Cock Crow At Dawn. Yes that was how i came to know you, she called me as soon as she heard the news. We were so devastated. Thank God for your life, you were always a fighter- Our Lord has called you home to rest from all your labour. I remember your kids, but they must all be big now. I last saw you all at the international airport in Lagos in 1994! i remember remarking to Yinka that he had put on some weight from the last time i saw him as a baby in Zaria. Well, May God comfort him and his big sisters. Do Rest In Peace, amen.
Tolistic that's what I called you. So much has happened since you left me I can never find another like you.
May you rest in his house where there's no pain or hurt in Jesus name. Will forever miss you
I think of you so often my dear Tola! You have touched me in so many ways unlike any other human being.
May your SWEET Soul rest in the hands of God now. My love and continued prayers to Joke, Yinka and Bukki
You are always on my mind,dearest Tola. May the love you shared with us be shown always to your children. Rest in peace.
My sincere thoughts and prayers always with you dearest sister.
Just thinking of dear Tola this morning and how she touched my life with her kindness, love, and Godly spirit.
May you three adored children find blessings that she so desired for each of you.
Joke, Bukky and Yinka:
Your family was on my mind today and on searching for a combination of your names found this page. I am so sorry to hear of your mum's passing. I know it has been over a year but please accept my condolences as I am sure she remains in your thoughts. May her soul rest in peace and may GOD continue to give you everything you need to be the amazing individuals she always wanted you to be (Amen)
- Dolapo K
(Not sure you remember but we used to car pool to primary school together in Onike, and I can never forget this song "Frankie" that your mum always seemed to have playing on the radio. Miss you all.)
Almost a year is gone now and it all still seems like a dream. Coming to terms with your demise is difficult but it's what we must do. May the Almighty grant you peace. Joke, Bukky and Yinka i pray God gives you the strength to go on. Do make her proud where ever she is. Rest on Sister and God bless the family you have left behind.
Dear Anty Tola, it was a great shock when Wale told me . I remember how my Husband told me how you came looking for him during Ango Abdullahi riot in ABU Zaria, how worried you were to making sure he was safe not even minding the risk among rioters and armed officers with tear gas and you were pregnant then. My few interractions with you also was a memorable one when you entertained us greatly at your home in Onike in the 90s. By your virtues and good deeds and the numerous ways you have touched so many people positively, I pray the good Lord will receive you in His arms and take care of your children and loved ones amen.
What I have been feeling for the past few months since I heard this news is so hard to put into words.
My parents especially ‘Uncle Lanre’ as you fondly called him, haven’t come to terms with this loss.
To say you were selfless and nice is an understatement.
My husband who never had the opportunity to meet you in person was always on about how he wished there could be more people like you in the world!
We will never, ever forget when we had our first son; you sent us everything we needed from diapers to playsuits, toys, feeding items etc .... the list is endless!
And we were like ‘who does this?’ You were indeed a saint and too much for us to comprehend.
But by His Grace, the Lord you served will always light the path for Joke, Bukky and Olayinka!
Rest In Peace Aunty!
For the Odede Family
Oh my God! I cannot believe this bad news. Joke, Bukky and Yinka I love you all. I was trying to find a way to contact Tola since I cannot find her phone number. I thought of the internent - find a person - when I stumbled on this news on my dear friend. I remember Tola and all of you and I'm sorry for the loss of your dearest mom. May God give you peace and the fortitude to bear this loss. Tola, how sweet, how loving, how kind, how gentle you are; may your soul rest in peace. Extend my sympathy to Bisi.
Joke, Buki and Yinka,
I remember you everyday in my prayers, that almighty God will give you the fortitude to bear this loss.May Tola's gentle and sweet spirit rest in peace.
Always in my heart, always with me...I love you more than words could ever say
with a heavy heart i say rest in peace beloved sister. you touched my life in so many positive ways. you were most selfless person i knew. may GOD grant you eternal rest. amen
Tola, You fought the good fight of faith, you are one of the saint's in heaven pray for your children to love and serve God in all areas of their lives and don't sleep until they are able to do what you did not finish here on planet earth in Jesus Name Amen. Rest in Peace until we meet again.
Tola dearest u finally returned to ur maker may u find everlasting peace in the bossom of Abraham.My condolence goes to ur lovely children joke, buky and yinka i know u ar a star in heaven and u will always look out for them when they need u.God bless rest in perfect peace tola
Sister Tola, may God grant you eternal rest and comfort your loved ones Amen.
With great regards to God for a life well spent.
I hope, from my heart, that your pain will decrease,
that your spirit will gain strength again,
And I pray that your faith will create inner peace
And that God will send blessings--Amen.
May you find strength,in the love of family,
and in the warm embrace of friends.
Say not, in grief, that mum has gone But give thanks that she was yours.
Remember God's garden is beautiful,He always takes the best.
Deepest Sympathy -- Jide & Bethel Akinjobi & Family
With a very heavy heart we offer our condolences to you - Joke, Bukky & Yinka. We are still struggling to accept that sister has finally left us. We pray that the Spirit of the living God shall continually abide with you, rest upon you and shield you all the days of your life.
You were so so good to us Sister Tola and we loved you but God loves you most. Rest in perfect peace Sister!
With great shock i received the news of Tola's demise on Oct 1st 2010.I still cannot get over it that Tola has left us for real. I remember the good old days when we shared words of wisdom together. Tola had fought a good fight and had ended the race very well. I am sure that she is resting at the bossom of the Almighty. Rest in Perfect Peace, TOLA till we meet to part no more.
Joke, Bukky and Yinka, accept my symphathy and I declare that it shall be well with you and all that concerns you, you will all excel beyond expectation In Jesus Name. Love always,
Mrs Folasade Egbeleye, nee Akinjobi
Joke,Bukky and Inka,
I am thinking of you today. Hoping that you are finding strength amongst eachother and remembering how your mom would want you to be strong and move on in life to be the unbelievably good stewards that she knows you will be. Keep her strength and unconditional love with you every day as you heal!
I love you kids and miss your mom dearly. I will always have the wonderful memories that her and I shared together and will pass them down to her god daughter for I know Jordan will be a better person for knowing everything she can about a truly remarkable human being!!
God Bless you kids and stay strong!
My dear sister and friend,
I am so lost for words to express my feelings at this time you are the kindest person i have ever met. May your gentle soul rest in peace amen. Stella Opara
Sister Tola, rest in perfect peace. You were my role model. I will miss you.
May the Good Lord welcome you into his arms and may your soul rest in peace....Adieu
The Okunpolor family
i can still remember every visit to your home as a kid, your kind nature.was proud of you, having a tv celeb as an aunt.Just few weeks back i did a review of great tv icon on my radio programme and proudly told the millions that that great star was my aunt little did i know...well, What moves through us is a silence, a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch, we may not understand why you left this earth so soon, or why you left before we were ready to say good-bye, but little by little, we begin to remember not just that you died, but that you lived. And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget...TONY ADEDAYO AWOBODE
Words can only be spoken at times like this but it is only God that will grant the ones you left behind the fortitude to bear the loss. May God grant you (Tola) eternal peace.
Dear Ibijoke,please allow me to extend my commiserations to you and your siblings at this very sad time in your lives.A small episode which brings back fond memories of your mother was was when I drove down to Zaria Aviation School, where your parents were in 1985, to attend what I recall was your first birthday party. I was in the company of Yomi another old school chum of your father's and were serving as youth corpers ,in Kano, fresh out of college .We arrived rather unannounced to surprise your father and despite being uninvited guests your mother was a wonderful host , so much so that we spent extra day in Zaria.She was a very friendly and congenial person for the short time I met her and she will be sorely missed . Stay blessed as a family and remain strong , gods speed in all your undertakings.
WHAT WE CANNOT DEBATE ABOUT IS THE WILL OF GOD. LADY TOLA HAS BEEN CALLED AND SHE ANSWERED, NOW SHE IS IN THE BOSOM HAND OF THE MOST HIGH GOD RESTING. THE ONLY AND THE BEST PLACE TO BE. SO, MY YORUBA BROTHER, YOU TAKE HEART WITH THE CHILDREN AND MAY THE GOOD LORD COMFORT YOUR FAMILY.
MIKE NNAKENYI & FAMILY.
Aunty, on the occasion I met you when I first visited Georgia with my mummy, I always knew you as one of her longest and good friends. Aunty My You Rest In Perfect Peace xx
"The Watila Family in Nigeria have known Tola (Lady T to many of us) for well over forty years. She and my older sister, Hyelmo Watila, were classmates at Queen Amina College, Kaduna, Nigeria in the late '60 and early '70's. My sister remembers Lady T as a lover of books and would read till daybreak when she lays her hands on a good book. She got many detentions for being up after 'lights out' reading or for using flashlights under her bed covers to 'quickly' finish the book or novel she was reading. Queen Amina College was a very strict Catholic boarding school. A very brilliant woman indeed, a very good actress, and hard worker, and would've been a wonderful leader for Nigeria had Nigeria been ready for her. We have lost a good one, and my family hope and pray that we are blessed with other like her. I and Lady T were very close friend and she married my college roommate and best friend. I have great respect for her strength, foresight and her hospitality. She and family family were always there for me in my times of need. I will always be grateful for her and her her family's friendship, love and support. Rest in Peace Lady T." Simon Watila, for the Watila family, Nigeria.
Sisi Tola I can't afford to be speechless for long because for you there is so much to be said. And so I will start off by saying that I feel blessed having had the opprtunity to know you. It's not just the knowledge but also the fact that when we became very close post ABU, you became a friend , a sister and at times even a mother. Can I ever forget such memories of someone who kept the reassurance of life constantly going? Never. "Dupe, hang in there, don't give up" I listened and am doing just that. What more you lived by example. Sun re o sisi Tola. I will miss you dearly. Dupe
May the good Lord take His child Tola into His bossom. May He give solace to and uplift the spirits of those she left behind. Amen. She was a good soul who made others happy.
Ex Colleague, ABU Zaria
Wishing you all God's peace and blessings at this sad time.
MAY YOUR BEAUTIFUL SOUL REST IN PERFECT PEACE. AMEN & AMEN You will be missed by all, you were exemplary in everything you did, a star in your country, a marvelous and caring mother, an asset to the rest of your family, highly talented and won best actress award for the film "A Moment of Truth"amongst others such as the drama series in Nigeria "Cock Crow at Dawn" and I remember you never failed any examination always first and passed university with distinction and as a result gained ABU award for research studies. Highly influential and have used your connections to help others. "Truly this world is not your home. May you reign with him in glory and may God take care of the loved ones you left behind. Soji Awobode
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
You were our pride, our joy, our love. Daddy proudly talked about you to all who came around, friends and every Nigerian proudly looked forward to watching Lare in cock crow at dawn. Mummy misses you greatly, we all miss you and wish you are still here with us. We love you but God loves you more. Adieu Omotola Winifred Mother, Wife, Daughter, Sister, Aunt, Cousin,Niece and Friend.
Dear fam Akinjobi, in this hard times, our thoughts are with you all. What Tola has given each and everyone she has known is what we would remember her for and the good times we spent together! Her laughter and words!!! Blessings. Fam. Sedenu and Kolagbodi
"Tolistic" that's what I always called you. Who will share my pain with me when I am down, who will laugh with me when we talk about our "Coming to America?" Tola, I will miss you greatly. How can I ever forget your visits with me even in your pain just to spend a day in my bedroom. Tola, I look at the chair where you usually sit and I remember your smile, your advices, your pain and all that we shared. We promised to take care of each other but the hands of death snatched you away. I am convinced and happy that you are resting in the bossom of our lord Jesus Christ. Adieu, adieu, my friend and sister. May God be with you untill we meet again... love Always!!!
Rest in Peace my dear sister. I remember those years past and all the gist and laughter in your eyes. Take care till we meet to part no more. "Lare" a real star is gone, Nollywood where art thou tears.
To some, a wonderful Mother,
To others, Family
To many, a special Friend,
To millions, an unforgettable Thespian Talent
To all, Tola, you are infinitely missed
May your Soul Rest In Perfect Peace
'Aunty Tola'. I am lost for words to express my shock at the news of your death. Your words to me before you left Zaria was 'read hard and make a mark'. I never forgot and i have held on fast to them. I looked forward to at least telling you how much impact you made in my life. I thank God i had you as a sister, I am sad we did not spend more time together. God grant you eternal rest big sister.
May God comfort you in your time of sorrow. With deepest sympathy,
Tola's gentle demeanor and beautiful quiet spirit made her a unique person.
Her smile was always a ray of sunshine, as she encouraged me to trust the Lord with my concerns. When I'd ask about her children, she beamed as she recounted their many accomplishments; so very proud of each one.
I loved Tola, and will remember her forever as a gift from God in my life.