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Juliana Fasehun: Devoted home-maker (May 19, 1930-July 12, 2019)



Mrs. Juliana Ayinke Fasehun (nee Oyemade) was born on May 19, 1930, into the family of the late Chief Emmanuel Adeyemi Oyemade and the late Mama Janet Adebanwo Oyemade. She died on July 12, 2019, according to a tribute written by Dr. Simi Fasehun.

She was the third child of the family and when she was age seven, she started her elementary school at St John’s Primary School, Aroloya on Lagos Island. She later went to Lagos Girls’ High School in Lagos Island, now known as Methodist Girls High School, Yaba. On completion of her high school education, she got married to Victor Olabanji Fasehun, the scion of the prodigious Fasehun Family of Ondo Kingdom.


Upon having her first child, Olufemi in 1948, young Ayinke relocated to the United Kingdom, to seek the “golden fleece”. While in London, she learned the art of fashion designing and became very proficient at formal English dressmaking. Despite the lucrative career path that Ayinke cut during her stay in England, she returned to Lagos with her husband, in 1952 to be a homemaker. The twins followed shortly thereafter making home-making a full-time job. At this time, her husband had just left employment with Daily Times, to set up his own printing press. This was the advent of Mayfair Printers, which was both letterpress and a full lithographic press, one of the first indigenous presses with cutting edge technology of that era.

With such a capital intensive manufacturing effort of this nature at their doorstep, all hands were needed on board to make it profitable. Again Ayinke, with three young children in tow, moved into Mayfair Printers as Administrative and Procurement Director, purchasing all manufacturing input, managing personnel matters, and sorting out payroll. The consuming lifestyle occupied several years up till when Olusola was born, and Simisola followed.

With five children to raise, middle-aged mothers chose to resume full-time home-keeping with a part-time income stream, through ownership of a bookstore in 1970. Olufemi had just headed out for studies in the U.S and the twins were gearing to do the same. The younger duo was growing fast and the mother spent prevailing moments of this period nurturing her children.

On September 14, 1977, Chief Victor Olabanji Fasehun, passed on at the age of 56, leaving 47-year-old Ayinke as a widow. She saw all five children go through tertiary education in the UK/US, with the least of them earning a Masters’ Degree.

She was a devout Christian and worshipped with the Emmanuel Worldwide Evangelical Ministry twice weekly, Sanctuary of Grace weekly, All Saints Church, Yaba, and Cathedral Church of Christ also weekly.

She lived a life full of love, joy, peace of mind, contentment, and a hope of a life of eternity in the Lord’s bossom.

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