Family and the National Burial Committee of Late Chief Yeye Bolanle Dare, a popular Philanthropist and founder of Mother Theresa’s Children’s Home, have said that all is set to lay her remains to rest.
Speaking to the journalists yesterday in Abuja, Chairman of the burial committee, Dr. Paddy Kemdi Njoku, described her death as a great loss not only to her biological and adopted children in the orphanage, but to the entire society.
Njoku said, “ Yeye Bola Dare was a benevolent meteor and benign shooting star who, within a short span of forty-eight years, shed so much light on the lives of others, that she quickly burnt out and flew off to answer a call to higher duties in the heavenly abode of the Almighty God.”
However, as the family and the committee set to bury Yeye Bola, the chairman called on Nigerians to join not only in laying her remains to rest, but also in ensuring that her great dream of establishing a world-class home for her adopted children in the orphanage continues.
According to the family members and the committee, night of tribute comes up on Wednesday, February 3 at the International Conference Centre, while vigil mass and evening of songs take place on Thursday 4th February at the church of Assumption, Asokoro.
Other burial events include: Funeral Mass, which takes place on Friday, February 5 at Church of the Assumption Asokoro, while Interment follows immediately after the Mass.
Speaking also, the Late Yeye Bolanle Dare’s Children said their mother had a further vision for her adopted children to acquire higher education around the world, promising that the family will carry on with her vision.
They (the deceased’s children) enjoined the public and their late mother’s numerous well wishers to assist and make her vision come true.
It was recalled that popular philanthropist and founder of one of Nigeria’s leading orphanage homes, died on Friday January 15, in Abuja.
Also, it was recalled that she had hosted the IMF boss, Christine Lagarde, who visited the orphanage home in Gwarimpa, Abuja during her four-day visit to Nigeria from January 4 to 7.
A vibrant Yeye Bolanle Dare had during the occasion eulogised the achievement of the many outreaches of Mother Theresa Children’s Foundation, stating that lives have been forever changed through provision of medicine for the sick, shelter and warm meals for the homeless, and helping poor children gain education.
Several Nigerians have since her death continued to eulogise her for her commitment to alleviating the plight of otherwise hopeless children, giving them the chance for quality life.
Her orphanage, Mother Theresa Children’s Home, was established in December 2007 as a non-profit organisation. From the three babies it began with in 2007, it has grown to cater for about 60 babies, a few of whom have now been adopted.
The orphanage was officially commissioned on December 21, 2007 by the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, His Eminence, John Cardinal Onaiyekan.

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