Professor Olaiya Emmanuel Aina

December 31, 1957February 19, 2018
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Professor Olaiya Emmanuel Aina was born on December 31, 1957 and passed away on February 19, 2018


  • Visitation Saturday, April 7, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, April 7, 2018
  • Interment Saturday, April 7, 2018

Professor Olaiya Emmanuel Aina

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Erica Brown

April 6, 2018

Dr. Olaiya Aina, our PHENOMENAL Professor, was always happy & smiling. He told us that there is a lot of things going on in the world but it is up to us to create our OWN UNIVERSE; and his universe was a place filled with happiness. Many students described him as a person who was LARGER THAN LIFE in his enthusiasm for high quality education. We remembered how he was a story teller, he always made us laugh, he always encouraged us to believe in ourselves and to believe in our students, he made it easy for us to care about him & that is because he genuinely cared about us. He took the time to know each of his students individually & encouraged us to do the same, as educators. He would say “to teach is to touch a life forever,” and that is what he did. Dr. Aina will be missed immensely, but his legacy will live on forever!

“The sky is no longer the limit. The sky is just the beginning!” -Dr. Ola Aina 🇳🇬

Abiodun Oyedele

April 6, 2018

Professor Aina, Olaiya. Your sudden death was shocking and unpalatable, I had so many days of sleepless night due to the impacts you have made in my life. Till today, it seems illusive. You mean a lot but God understands. Getting over this will take eternity. I miss you. My mum (Iya Eji) and siblings miss you a lot. I pray God to sustain the family. Nephew Abiodun.

Ana Pimentel

April 1, 2018

Sylvette Frazier

March 23, 2018

Dr. Aina was my Graduate Advisor during my years as a student, and later became my friend after I graduated. He guided me through all of my independent study courses with encouragement which led to the creation of my business. I will deeply miss Dr. Aina! I admired his dedication to the field of Early Childhood Education and to his students. I am very lucky to have had the opportunity to study under him. He was a very giving, kind and loving man and I send my condolences to all his loved ones.

Deborah Oh

March 15, 2018

As one who heard Dr. Aina's voice and laughter from the next-door office, I honor his gifts of warmth and celebratory energy toward all those around him. He is truly missed.