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Three Score For The Amazon, Olufunmilayo Aderemilekun Okunoren




MRS. Helen Olufunmilayo Aderemilekun Okunoren has every reason to be grateful to God for life as she last Thursday, gracefully attained the age of the elders, 60 years.

Born March 19, 1955, in Ebute-Metta, Lagos to late Chief Damule Olubunmi Somoye and Mrs. Florence Akanke Somoye; she had her early education at Mount Carmel Convent School, Ebute-Metta and Our Lady of Apostles Secondary School, Mariam Palace, Ijebu-Ode.

She worked briefly at Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Lagos before her nursing training at the School of Nursing, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Lagos.

For Olufunmilayo, 60 years is not a joke. “In the last 60 years, God has lifted me from nothing to something,” she said, adding, “people say I’m in the habit of thanking God so much but, I have not thanked God enough.”

Attributing her successes and preservation in life to the goodness and mercies of God, she said, “I am a living testimony of thanksgiving, that is why I will continue to thank God again and again. God lifted me up and gave me a new song, I am stronger than I was 10 years ago; I will give God all the praise. One secret of getting God’s blessing is to praise him.”

For her academic brilliance, Olufunmilayo, was recognised and honoured with the Best Student, Occupational Health Nursing (1977), Best Student, Nursing Pharmacology Exam, Lagos State Board (1979), and Best Student, Maternal and Child Health (Christopher Kolade award), Paediatrics Department, University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan.

Married to Very Rev. Capt. PhilipAdebayo Okunoren, Funmilayo as she is fondly called, spent her working life with renowned institutions in the country including, Nigerian Navy Hospital, Lagos; St Nicholas Hospital, Lagos; Eastern Nigerian Medical Centre, Enugu; Medical Division, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), before she retired gracefully on Thursday, March 19.

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