Surusegun Tinuade Dawodu

2 June, 193327 May, 2021
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Surusegun Tinuade Dawodu Age 88, of Ramsey Translated to higher glory on 5/27/2021

Survived by her Children, Grandchildren and many Loved Ones.

Homegoing Service will be at 12noon on Friday, June 18, 2021 at Gearhart Anoka Funeral Home (552 East River Road, Anoka, MN) Visitation 11am until time of service.

Reception strictly by invitation only will be Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 5pm at Coon Rapids Civic Center located at 11155 Robinson Dr, Coon Rapids, MN 55433.


Authored by: Surusegun Tinuade Togunwa Dawodu


I was born into the family of Sokoya Eleshin of Agbowa Sagamu on Second of June 1933 by Ezekiel Adebayo Sokoya and Juliana Olabowale Adegboyega.

Both parents were teachers at one point or the other, in-fact my father taught at the school my mother attended – The famous Oko Wesleyian Methodist School, Sagamu Ogun State Nigeria.

I was born into a Methodist Congregational Family, both parents held various positions in Church until their demise.

The paternal grandmother Jemimah Sole was from the Sofowora family in Ikenne while the father Sole was from Owode Egba. Paternal grandfather George Sokoya was from Agbowa and Odugboro -The Liyangu Ruling House of Saganmu, Ogunstate Nigeria.

Maternal grandmother Janet Efunranmowo was the daughter of Oba (King) Erinwole the First in Sagamu while the mother was from Ekiti-Asibi. Maternal grandfather James Alli Adegboyega was from Epe in Sagamu.

Story Completed by Family:

The first of six siblings, our Mother Surusegun Tinuade (Tinu) Dawodu grew up in a communal setting with her cousins and relatives of royal lineage.

She attended Wesley School, Oko, Sagamu in January 1938, and proceeded to the prestigious Sagamu Girls’ School in January 1941, for her primary education and later went on to Remo Secondary school in January 1947; before transferring to the Methodist Girls High School (MGHS) in Lagos to complete her Secondary Education in December 1951. For her post-secondary, she went to the United Missionary College (UMC), Ibadan for the 2-year Pivotal Teacher Training Course from January 1952 to December 1953. Through a Federal Government Scholarship, she attended a 3-year Physical Education Training at Lady Mabel College, Sheffield England, from September 1957 to June 1960.

Upon return to Nigeria, she married Akindunni Dawodu of Itumode Sagamu, a Hospital/Medical Health Administrator in 1962. They lived in Ibadan Oyo State Nigeria. “Sister Tinu” (as she was fondly called) pursued a profession in Sports Administration starting off as an educationist at Queen’s School Ede in 1960 then became an Education Inspector at the Ministry of Education on Leaf Road, Ibadan.

Upon graduation from the University of Ife, Ile-Ife, Oyo State she was reassigned to Queen’s School Ibadan as Physical Education Teacher from where she relocated to the then newly created Ogun State championing the course of women in sports to become the first female Director of Sports in Nigeria – leading her state to great heights as well as chaperoning the country’s teams to several Olympics. This was the pinnacle of her professional career where she retired from active public service.

Coming from staunch Christian background, Sister Tinu thus became a strong member and leader in each church where she worshipped both in Nigeria and wherever else she lived. Her Pillar of support was Christ and Christ alone to the very end. She was a pillar of strength and encouragement to her Children, Grandchildren and Family. A virtuous woman who believed and lived her life actively in service of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Though through struggles in life, she stood grounded in her faith till her last breath (singing and humming hymns). She was fully fledged in church planting, leading women’s fellowships, being a part Bible study groups. Her life was and continues to be a testimony of the Lord’s steadfastness in the lives of all.

Generations coming behind her would call her blessed for she evangelized, shared her experiences in life and extended sincere love to all. She would be fondly remembered as “Nana” – Dear to our hearts always.

A caring, dutiful, loving, selfless Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt, Cousin, well done! Your memory remains sweet forever. Take your well-earned rest.


  • Children, Grandchildren and many Loved Ones


  • Visitation

    Friday, 18 June , 2021

  • Homegoing Service

    Friday, 18 June , 2021


  • Reception Strictly by Invitation Only

    Saturday, 19 June , 2021


Surusegun Tinuade Dawodu

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Omololu Ogunleye

19 June 2021

Sister Tinu as dly call you, I will always remember you from my small boy being married to my big cousin Brother Akindunni Shodimu-Dawodu, when you come from Ibadan, to Sagamu to visit Iya Alaro,with your open loving arms , you always embrace me, with smile and words of encouragement, which you still did for my wife and myself when we came back to Nigeria from the US to Abeokuta,you took us under your arms with words of wisdom and encouragement. Your caring love 💕 can never be forgotten, you are are epitome of a loving sister,aunty,wife, mother and friends to all. A pioneer Woman of Sports in Western Region and Ogun State. Thank you for the love and the Care of Oju and her brothers. God will grant you Eternal Rest in His Bosom. Adieu, Sister Tinu,we love you but your Creator loves you most. Your darling Aburo 'Mololu Ogunleye

Olawale Adegboyega-Panox

18 June 2021

Sister’s mom and my Dad were siblings.
My earliest memory of her is when I came home from England as a little boy and she was one of the people who could communicate with me.
She was a source of great pride because of all her accomplishments .
Most recently she was able to attend my daughter’s wedding as a family elder.
Sister, you lived a fulfilled life and I give thanks for it.
Rest In Peace.

Elizabeth Adegboyega-Panox

18 June 2021

Thank you so much for embracing me with so much love.
I am thankful for your life and that I had the privilege to meet and know you.
Rest now in Gods peace.
Funke Adegboyega-Panox

Mrs Rachel Alabi (nee Cheke) Alabi

17 June 2021

My mum grew up with her before she got married to my dad. My own mum told me that Mummy Abeokuta was the one that paid for her secondary school education. She truly knew the value of education having being a graduate herself from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. Not only that, Mummy Abeokuta also paid for my mother’s eye surgery when the latter was in her twenties. Mummy Abeokuta virtually took my younger sister as one of her own daughters when she was attending Moshood Abiola Polytechnic in Abeokuta, Nigeria. She had many of us as daughters. I got to know Mummy Abeokuta in 2001 and immediately got bonded with her. Although she knew me from when I was little but because I grew up most of my school aged years in a boarding house and schooled very far away from home, I wasn’t one of those kids who got to know my maternal family members very well as I would have loved to. It wasn’t until I was coming to Canada that I got to know Mummy Abeokuta and immediately we bonded. I’m saying all these to let you know how indeed she was truly a friend and my mother. When we got to know each other, it was a quick bond and like we had known everything about each other all the years we had been apart. I remembered when I visited her in 2005, we slept on the same bed, and "gisted" all night as Nigerians would say. The same thing happened when I visited Mummy Abeokuta in Minnesota; Aunty Oju would be at work, and just mummy, Tobi and I would be at home and we would talk and talk, "gist" and watch movies, laugh and just enjoy our time together. These're some of the good memories that I could now savor! I wish she was not gone too soon! I truly appreciate Mummy Abeokuta. She was a woman of wisdom, a praying and God fearing woman. Mummy Abeokuta, "e sun re o." I’ll forever remember you & the good memories we shared together. I wish you are still here! While it's hard to say Goodbye, rest in perfect peace, Mummy! Adieu!

Mrs Rachel Alabi (nee Cheke) Alabi

17 June 2021

Who knew that it would be this hard for me to pen down my tribute? It has been the hardest thing for me to do. This just goes to show how difficult it’s been for me to come to that realization that “Mummy Abeokuta” has gone to be with the Lord. It is so surreal for me. Who knew that this day would come so soon? So soon, because I never wanted her to go if I could have done something about it. But God alone who is the giver of life knows when our days here on earth are done. Mummy Abeokuta, you were gone before I could ever wish you a goodbye and only God knows why. My Mummy Abeokuta as I would fondly call her when talking to my family and friends was very precious to me. I’m not sure that “Mummy Abeokuta” knew that this is the name that I do call her because I don’t believe I’ve ever called her directly using this name. Whenever Mummy Abeokuta picked up my calls the first thing Mummy would say in her gentle, soft-spoken and Queen’s English voice was – “Rachel”, I would reply by saying “Yes Ma”. The next thing she would say was - "How are you doing, my daughter?" Mummy truly cared. For people (in particular my immediate family members) that knew Mummy Abeokuta and were very close to her would agree with me that she was very caring, cheerful, accommodating, friendly, jovial and a fun loving person to be around with. She didn’t see me as one distant family member/relative but rather as one of her own children that she could confide in. Mummy Abeokuta had an open mind – she could tell me everything. To me, she was like a mother and a friend and not just someone I looked up to as my grandmother. Mummy Abeokuta was also a giver. She was very disciplined too, and would expect her families (nuclear & extended) to behave or do thing in a disciplined manner. She was a real "Omoluwabi" Yoruba woman, and expected her "own people" to behave like one. She was a woman of valor; very honest, kind, confident, charitable, and considerate. A woman of humane character

Pa Olu Sobowale

17 June 2021

The year 1976 marked the realistic emergence of STATES in what was a British Colony offering Culturaly similar groups to develop at their own pace. One of the littlest was OGUN STATE, but luckily, one of the few rìch in manpower(male/female) to manage the art of Governance. Stepping out of competence as a school teacher who had nutured the old Western Nigeria leadership in ALL NIGERIA games TINU was the singular choice as OGUN'S first Director of Sports. Of course ,there were oppositions ___"it's a man's job"_"imagine those men from the other States?----"etc.
As most of us members were former organizers of various games in the old West ,of course, we stood our ground. Soon,all too soon the All-Nigeria games was scheduled for KADUNA.TINU worked assidiously converting old wooden govt building into an office, ramschakle school playgrounds to arenas whilst we worked late into the night to find nowhere to buy a meal besides the 'AKARA SELLER' at Sapon market ! !.
That was the spirit of OGUN SONS and DAUTHERS. Tribute must be paid to unflinching support given by pioneer administrators like Dr Ibikunle rtd, Justice Bakare Esq, SOSAN and many more names not remembered now. What is going into history with this burial is the feminine proof that Achievement and success has no gender. With less than 180 months or so toy work TINU DAWODU won the 3rd place position at the first ALL--NIGERIA SPORTS FESTIVAL held in Kaduna Nigeria

Olusola Ogbeide

17 June 2021

We are missing you already Nana. Mama oninu rere, you have fought a good fight and finished well. You are one among women. We love you but God love you more. Sun re o

Olubunmi Fuwa

15 June 2021

Dear Mama - as I referred to you in your twilight years.
Prior to that you were Mama Juju, then Mummy Abeokuta. And in those names are many, many memories; of you being the silent and stern mother on the side. You were my mother’s best friend and sister. You got each other and stood by the same principles that have shaped us your children.
Your memory lingers on; and I will forever hold on to the final nugget you shared when we spoke few weeks before the 27th.
‘Whom who hears and does God’s will is on the right path’
Adieu mama and rest well!

Bumsie la la

Olamide Alabi

12 June 2021

We will miss you Nana. Thank you for the great memories

Titilola Okewale Ojuri

12 June 2021

Mummy Oju as we fondly called you then. A very caring Mother to her children especially my friend Oju and those of us Lape's childhood friends. She was very soft spoken and would always advise.. Yes the very first Director of sports and I always boast to fellow students when in college that my friends mum is Mrs Tinu Dawodu, who can forget the Name.
Sleep on Mummy Lape.
God will console Lape, Adebowale, Kolade and all that love you.

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