Mama Ekundayo – The Kogi Woman Who Raised Over 500 Orphans And Abandoned Children

Late Nigerian woman, Mama Janet Ekundayo has been described as the Mother Theresa of Africa, because she dedicated most of her life to take care of orphans and abandoned children. She gave birth to five children of her own, but that did not stop her from adopting other kids because of her love for children.

For over 50 years, Mama Janet ran the Ekundayo Orphanage Home in Isanlu Makutu, Kogi state and has been described as one of the most influential Kogi Women of all time.

In 1969, she made a decision to dedicate the rest of her life to taking care of orphans and abandoned children. In 2007, she adopted her 469th child, and by the year 2008; she had already cared for over 500 children. This act earned her the nickname “Olomo yeye”, which means someone with many children.

Among her kids is popular Nigerian Singer and Photographer TY Bello.

Her lifestyle projected the meaning of her name, “Ekundayo,” which is translated to mean, “tears have turned to joy” in Yoruba language.

Many never heard of her until the Nigerian singer, TY Bello made a video in her honor and even produced a song titled Ekundayo ft Olufunmi for her in 2008. It was part of her popular album, Greenland.

Later, she would also be featured on Mosunmola Folake Abudu (Mo Abudu)’s program, Moments with Mo.

In the year 2009, death came knocking. She was believed to be an octogenarian or a nonagenarian.

Her Famous Words

“It is not by my efforts but by the grace of God. How can I eat when all my children are starving? My joy overflows. These children give me the greatest joy.

Her daughter, Grace, has graciously taken upon this task started by her mother.


Source: Kogi Hub

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