Life.... The Tests and Testimonies.
We have all been tested in life and many of us have the scars to show it. Most of us do not like being tested, but there is “No Testimony without a Test.” I use to complain during my testing period and afterward conceal my testimony. I concealed it out of guilt, shame and because "Telling Your Business" is frowned upon.
God has challenged me to praise Him instead of complaining during the storms of life. I have learned that sharing one's testimony is personally therapeutic as well as uplifting for others. The testimonies shared here are to strengthen us in our moments of weakness, inspire us in our seasons of doubt, and remind us of who and whose we are in a world that sometimes obscures our self-image.
Oluyomi Victoria to you, but Queen Victoria, Ige Baby and Victorious Victoria to us, was an extremely bright human. Beautiful, Radiant and Feisty. Oluyomi was a fashionista, an expert at gele tying and make up. A perpetual shopper with impeccable taste. When I go back though our messages, mails and pictures I realised I had forgotten what she looked like. I will always remember her very essence, her incredible beauty and naughty smile, her frequent bridesmaid duties.
I remember her shy period after becoming a child star on TV. The stupid comments and insensitive jeers that came with being Uzie on 3rd Eye meant that for a season her back would hunch, eyes cast down. Yet she soared. She took her common entrance while very ill and still did incredibly well in those exams.She blossomed again in Secondary School and in University. She was lively and confident with her friends turned sisters. She took to a legal career with zest.
And then the stroke…
Sometimes we think of our lives as pre and post stroke. Yomi was admitted to hospital for treatment for nausea. On Saturday, November 26, 2011 exactly one month after she married her ‘Hot Chocolate’, Olaniyi, Yomi was found on the floor of her hospital room.
It took the medical team three critical days to realise she had suffered a brain injury. Yomi’s employers were magnificent and flew her and her husband to the UK for treatment and rehabilitation. We are eternally grateful for the care and support Oluyomi and her family received over the years from Shell PDC. Thank You.
Oluyomi Victoria was excited to be alive. She continued in her strong Christian faith supporting her family emotionally and positively. She fought to live. She fought to work. Her left hand was now her dominant arm and she learned to type, churning out work reports, emails and texts. So yes, I am mad at God for letting her die and a little with Oluyomi for dying... She had hung on fighting, beating every expectation, they said she would be locked in, that she would only be able to blink for yes or no, that she would never talk, never have use of her limbs...
She defied those predictions. Oluyomi Victoria lived out her life trusting God fervently... So should we!
She was laid to rest on Monday, September 23, 2019.