Queen Mother, Osiberu, Dies at 96


The death has been announced of Chief (Mrs.) Juliana Mogbonjubade Osiberu, the mother of the Elepe of Epe, Sagamu in Ogun state, Oba Adewale Osiberu and his siblings Chief (Mrs.) Folasade Ogunbiyi (the Iyalode-designate of Remoland) and Engineers Oluremi and Bayo Osiberu.

Chief Osiberu, who died on January 22, 2016 at the age of 96, was married to the late Prince Emmanuel Osiberu of the Olasibo Ruling House of Epe, Sagamu, who had died in 2003, after 56 years of blissful marriage.

Born in June 26, 1920 as the fifth of six children, into the family of Simon and Sarah Adeosun of the Ologbenla Ruling House of Ife, Osiberu attended both St. Luke’s School Okeigbo and St. Peter’s Primary School, Ifetedo, between 1930 and 1940, when she obtained her First School Leaving Certificate.

She proceeded thereafter, to a Grade II Midwifery course at the Egba Native Authority Centre in Abeokuta which she finished in 1942 and over a 45-years period, she worked and lived in Burutu, Warri, Jos, Sapele, Zaria, Ibadan and Kwale, along with her late husband. She had worked as Midwife at the Bida General Hospital in 1943 and at the General Hospital Zaria between 1946 and 1948 and between 1968 and 1976, she was a senior medical aide at the University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan.

Chief Osiberu will be buried at Sagamu on Friday, April 8, after a funeral service at the St. John’s Anglican Church, Ijoku, Sagamu. She is survived by her children, many grandchildren and great grandchildren.