Emily was a caring role model with a strong personality, who always made her shoulders available for orphans, deprived children and psychologically imbalanced women, to cry on. She was a peace champion in her community, as well as a hospitable and humorous family icon. She was popularly called ‘Maami’ by her biological and non-biological children.
Family and Career
Olori Emily Abosede Adedoyin was born on October 12, 1913 at Sagamu to the family of Joseph Sobiro of Makun, Sagamu, Ogun State, Nigeria. She attended the Wesley School Oko I, Sagamu and later chose a career in trading in wholesale textiles. She married one of her schoolmates, Late Prince Adeleke-Adedoyin a lawyer and politician of repute. After the latter’s law education in England, Emily also served as his secretary.
Emily Adedoyin was active in Christian circles. She was a regular communicant at the Ereko Methodist Church, Lagos, Nigeria and was the first female trustee of the church. Equally, at the Ereko Methodist church, she was a Life President of the Ladies League. A pace-setter of outstanding achievements, Olori Emily Adedoyin was also the President of the Sagamu Ladies Friendly Society-a society with wide patronage for church music and arts. She was severally, a matron of the Methodist Church, Sagamu, as well as one of the founding members of the Christian Daughters of the church established by Late Rev. Oresajo.
Olori Emily Adedoyin was a very accommodating personality with an eye for fairness and social justice in the community inspite of her own family privileges and achievements. A primus inter pares, she holds the singular title of ‘traditional mother’ to the Akarigbo of Remoland, Ogun State of South-West Nigeria (in Yoruba, the Yeye Akarigbo of Remoland) which Oba Michael Adeniyi Sonariwo , instituted on her instance on the 24th March, 1991. A mother of five, Olori Emily Adedoyin, had maternal qualities that encompassed many lives in her larger family and community as well as those she associated with in business and other areas of public life, hence the decision to immortalise her.