Mrs Seriola Abimbola Taiwo passed away on Thursday, September 17, 2020
The burial rites of Mrs. Seriola Abimbola Taiwo was held on 27th November, 2020 at Church of Nativity, Anglican Communion, Parkview Estate, Ikoyi Lagos. The event was attended by close friends and family of the deceased.
At the wake keep which took place on the 26th of November, 2020 at New Dawn Baptist Church. The Taiwos and close family were dressed in similar outfits. Other members of the family and friends were also seen on silver gele on ankara outfit as they sat and sang at the front row seat of the gathering. From what we saw, it was more of a night of praise and celebration of Mama’s glorious life.
Mama was laid to rest on 27th November, 2020 at the Ebony Vaults and Garden in Ikoyi, but before then there was a lying-in-state ceremony at the Church of Nativity, Parkview Estate, Ikoyi Lagos in the presence of officiating ministers, friends and family, prominent of which were members of the Nigerian Girl’s Guide which Mama Seriola was a long-term and committed member.
While preaching at the funeral service, the clergyman from the Anglican Communion extolled the virtues of late Mama Seriola Taiwo, particularly her love for all “Mama accommodated everyone under her roof, there was no difference between her biological children and others” he said.
Right after the interment, an elaborate reception for guest was held at the Bells Event Center in the heart of Cosmopolitan Lagos. There was alot food, drinks and music to entertain everyone with.
In an interview with THEGISTDAY crew, Deacon Kunle Taiwo, described mama as ‘so many things to so many people’, she will go out of her way to help, to nurture and to mentor. To cap it up, Seri’s second son described her as a ‘PRICELESS JEWEL’.
In another interview with Yinka Taiwo who is married to Kunle Taiwo, she described mama as accommodating, homely and welcoming. According to her mama’s mission on heart is ‘TO MAKE HEAVEN’.
We also had a chat with Mama’s only daughter, Princess Olayide Deborah Taiwo, who confirmed what the clergyman had earlier preached about Mama. “Mom was an inspiration to many, a provider and advocate for those that couldn’t speak for themselves, she as the ‘glue’ that held families, friends and communities together. Mama Layide (as she was fondly called) was beautiful, God fearing, humble, compassionate, strong and funny. Yes, I will miss her dearly”
What We know About Mrs. Seriola Abimbola Taiwo
Mrs. Seriola Abimbola Taiwo (Nee Momoh) was the first child of her parents. She was born on the 30th of May 1931 at Isale Eko, on Lagos Island.
She started her education life in Enugu after she and her mother travelled to meet her father who works with Nigerian Railway Corporation, Enugu.
When she clocked 3 years, due to constant traveling by her father, he took her to his cousin, Mrs C. T. Owoaje who was a teacher at the government quarters.
Seri Abimbola attended St. Bartholomew Primary School, Enugu where she proved her ability in sports during the Empire Day Activities. At that time she worshipped with her guardian at St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church Enugu.
In 1939, her guardian was transferred back to Lagos. Seri was reenrolled at St. John Anglican Primary School, Aroloya on the Lagos Island.
She continued her Secondary Education at CMS Girls High School where she was active in both sports and other extra curriculum activities.
After Secondary School she was registered as one of the pioneer set to undergo Computer Science Course at University of Lagos.
Seri began her work life with Posts & Telegraphs at Lewis Street, Lagos. She was later transferred to Ministry Of Labor, she worked in the Data Processing Department.
During Seri’s lifetime, she formally converted to the Christian faith, it was a demonstration of her faith in Christ. Serifat thus became reborn to Seriola, a testimony to her Lord Jesus Christ. Due to the love she has for Christ, she was involved in a lot of Christian Ministries.
In October 6, 1955, Seri got married to her heart rob, Mr Folasade Ademola Taiwo. The union was blessed with 4 biological children (Afolabi, Ibikunle, Olayide and Olurotimi) and many adopted children, grand children and great grand children.
Madam Seriola can be described as a philanthropist who doesn’t like to blow her own trumpet.