Lives are like rivers: Eventually they go where they must. Not where we want them to. On December 13 and 14 2022, family and friends of Media Entrepreneur Toyosi
Etim-Effiong wife of Nollywood actor Daniel Etim Effiong gathered to bid her mother farewell.
Alice Temitayo Phillips (nee Olure) was born on the 16th of November 1957 in Prestea, Ghana to Mr Elijah Oladele Olure, who worked at Ghana Railways, and Mrs Abigael Iyabode Ibitola Olure (née Ilo), a gold trader and àdìre maker.
Tayo attended Anglican Primary School and Anglican Middle School, both in Prestea, Ghana. Her dad moved to Kaduna, Nigeria about 9 years later. In 1971, she first moved back to Lagos with her mother and then moved to Kaduna to join her dad and siblings, Olumuyiwa Idowu (née Olure), Bankole Olure, Olabode Olure, Temitope Olure and Funmilayo Olure. Tayo finished her W.A.S.C. at St Peter’s College, Kaduna.
Initially desiring to be a teacher, she attended the Teachers Training College, Kaduna. However, after spending some time with Cecilia Modupe Cole, her aunt who was a matron in one of the hospitals in Kaduna, Tayo decided to be a nurse.
For the next few years, she studied at the University College Hospital School of Nursing (UCH), Ibadan, Oyo State, graduating in 1978.
It was at an Anglican Youth Fellowship meeting there that Tayo met and courted the man of her dreams, Mr Taiwo Olawale Phillips, in 1985. They got married in
February 1986 and, months later, their union produced a beautiful daughter, Olaoluwatoyosi Phillips (now Olaoluwatoyosi Etim-Effiong). Tayo and her
husband suffered two miscarriages after Toyosi’s birth and continued to try for other children until Taiwo sadly passed away on June 23, 1998.
Tayo was blessed with an illustrious career and had an unrivaled passion for her profession. From retirement until her death, she continued to work as a volunteer at various medical outreaches and at the Cathedral Church Clinic through the Cathedral Medical Society.
Speaking at the wake keep @the_toyosi said “…My Mom is at peace and rest and that has truly given me comfort”