Who Was Caroline Idowu Awosika?
Daughter of Madam Beatrice Olaseji Fasehun, High Chief Sasere-Lobun of Ondo
Grand daughter of Pa Adetona Fasehun, (Baba Lotu) Baale Keji Ijo Oke-Aluko
Great Grand daughter of Chief Fawehinmi, High Chief Lisa of Ondo (Lisa Alujannu)
Apart from her great lineage and pedigree, it is quite difficult to find words that properly capture the essence of who our mother was. She stared adversity in the face and wrestled it to the ground. In the midst of it all, she carried herself with great grace and elegance, never allowing herself to be discouraged. She persevered through all her difficulties without complaining and taught us to do the same. We were taught to look beyond ourselves and always lend a helping hand.
Aunty Idowu was a woman ahead of her time. She was a much sought after seamstress and fashion designer with a talent that was above her peers. An astute business woman, she held numerous contracts for the supply of school uniforms to and books to many secondary schools around Ondo State. She was a manufacturer of hats, shoes, and bags, with clients like Kingsway Stores and Elegance Stores.
She worked tirelessly and selflessly to provide for the family. And as far as she was concerned, everyone within her sphere of influence was family. She taught us to be kind and to always lend a helping hand.
Her relationship with God was paramount in her life, and she raised us in the admonition of the Lord. We watched her over and over as she repaid evil with good. A great example, she was. She took seriously her task to raise us to be upright citizens, never letting us forget whose children we were. Her parting words to us were always, “Ranti omo eni ti iwo nse.”
Our mother kept our father’s memory constantly before us, continually reminding us of the integrity with which he held his name and our responsibility to “keep the flag flying,” without blemish. She held our father in high esteem and was his number one cheer leader. Once asked if she would remarry, she replied, “Having been married to your father, it would be like going from grace to grass.”
Sisi Idowu was our mother, our father, our friend, disciplinarian, supporter, and our rock.
Idowu Elesha okun, obirin bi okunrin, a o ba oruko wa je o.
We continue to represent you and Papa with great pride and dignity.
We miss you, deeply!
Lanre, Gbenga, Mobola, Taiwo, Kehinde.