BIOGRAPHY

A BRIEF BIOGRAPHY

Princess Christianah Monisola Oyewumi (nee Adeoye) was born on April 11, 1941, to the Late Prince Adeoye of the Ekemode Royal Dynasty of Ilesha, and the Late Madam Elizabeth Adeoye (nee Adebayo) of Odo-Ijesha Osun State Nigeria. She is the second child of five children of the Adeoye family.

In 1968, Princess Christianah got married to Mr. George Oluwadamilare Akinjide Oyewumi at the St. John’s Cathedral Church, Ilesha. The ceremony was attended by several friends, family members, and members of the Iloro Youth Christian Society, which they both belong to. She later served as the Financial Secretary of the Society for several years.

Madam Christianah attended St Stephen’s Primary School Ere-Ijesha, Osun State Nigeria, from 1948 to 1952, and then went to St. John’s School, Iloro Ilesha. She proceeded to Teachers College in 1964 where she obtained her Grade III teacher’s certificate, and then in 1972 she obtained her Grade II Teachers’ Certificate. She later went to Oyo State College of Education, Ilesha (old Oyo State), specializing in English Language and Literature in English. She subsequently upgraded her qualification in Education at the University of Ibadan, Oyo State. She performed her one-year compulsory youth service in Ibadan, Oyo State in 1983. As a diligent educator, during her days, she served at both the Federal and State levels for 35 years and bowed out gracefully from civil service in 1999.

“Mummy” as her Form 5 Students at St. Lawrence’s Grammar School fondly referred to her, was an educator and nurturer of repute. She always carried a calm demeanor and believed in people. As a Secondary School English Teacher in several High schools, including Ilesha Grammar School, St. Lawrence’s High School, and others within and outside Ilesha, she made an indelible impact on everyone who went through her class. Her students, who have succeeded in different walks of life testify of her impact, as demonstrated during her 80th birthday when a number of her former students traveled to Ilesha from outside the country to honor her. After retirement, she spent some of her time with her children and grandchildren in Lagos and visited South Africa and Canada.

Madam Christianah Oyewumi also nurtured and raised several people, including nephews, nieces, and other relatives in both her family and her husband’s family. At every point in her lifetime, she always had someone, not her biological child living with her, whom she raised and nurtured. Mummy lived a life of blessings, love, joy, and kindness. An outstanding giver and selfless personality, her love for people was legendary, as she was instrumental to several people’s academic and life accomplishments.

Mummy Oyewumi’s legacy will remain with all she impacted and she will be dearly missed by all her children, grandchildren, family members, and everyone who has been a beneficiary of her love and kindness.