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In Honor of Aramide Oikelome

Dawn Arteaga
Posted June 25, 2020 from United States

World Pulse honors the life and legacy of Aramide Oikelome, Digital Ambassador.

“We will not forget your name. You are etched in our hearts - and into our collective here today.

Today, World Pulse Digital Ambassadors gathered virtually for a tragic reason: to honor the life of Aramide Oikelome. Aramide was a fierce advocate for girls, a leader, journalist, singer, and a champion for her sisters around the world. She built a rich legacy: she founded BestSpring Foundation and Goshen Orphanage, giving critical skills and support to the most vulnerable children and teens by supporting their well-being and education.

Her journey on World Pulse began not quite five years ago. In that time, she held a number of leadership roles, including Digital Ambassador, Featured Storyteller, and Featured Changemaker. As an Ambassador in Nigeria, she held trainings in digital skills for women and girls, helping them find their voice and strength through digital storytelling. Most recently, at the end of May, she held an event that brought 15 new women and young girls online to WorldPulse.com. Her last correspondence with the team was celebrating the success of that event, and securing a recommendation letter to apply for funds for her work addressing COVID-19 with the girls she worked with.

"I know deep within me that Aramide knows we will be here today," said World Pulse Board Member Olutosin. "She is one of the most reliable sisters in the world. She was dependable. She was trustworthy, honest, determined. She was loving. She was a sister who loved everyone of us. She was the sister of pure heart. She was devoted to the cause of women and children. I know her legacy will continue."

"We will not forget your Aramide," said World Pulse Founder and CEO Jensine Larsen. "We will not forget your name. You are etched in our hearts - and into our collective here today." 

"Aramide never sought to take the credit anytime. She was just what World Pulse is all about: Supporting with all her heart," shared World Pulse Board Member Chi Yvonne Leina, who also shared this video of Aramide and a post honoring her here. "We have lost a pillar. Younger ones that comes after us will know of Aramide’s kind spirit and unconditional love. A free spirit. So those who come after us know that Aramide is unconditional love. We can never take that away, her unconditional love.” 

The World Pulse community has sprung into action to honor Aramide's legacy:

  • Many have left heartfelt tributes - read here from her close friends and colleagues in Nigeria Busayo Obisakin and Bim Adegbite, as well as from sisters from around the world who she only ever knew online from the PhilippinesSpain, the DRC.
  • Women in Nigeria have also organized a gathering for Friday, 26 June in Lagos to come together in song for gospel-loving Aramide. They are also working to raise funds for the orphanage and foundation she built.
  • And one of the World Pulse leaders who went through a leadership program with Aramide in 2017 has established a new training initiative to carry her legacy forward. Kirthi Jayakumar describes her vision here. "This initiative is doing what she envisioned—creating videos and bringing women together to support women who face violence. Her legacy must live on. It’s up to us to do that."

In her last post just weeks before her death, Aramide said, "Scary as the [pandemic] has been, I have seen my World Pulse sisters stand like indomitable lions; working passionately to make a difference by proffering solutions to the myriad of problems that COVID-19 pandemic has generated...Shout out to women who compliment and encourage others, even in times like this! ... Shout out to all World Pulse Sisters! We are the Amazons! I celebrate us!"

We celebrate you, Aramide. Your legacy will live on.

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Chi Yvonne Leina
Jun 25
Jun 25

Good bye woman of great love and purpose. You have fought the good fight,you have finished the race.Sis Aramide may your good works go with you before our heavenly Father.We will miss you!

Dawn Arteaga
Jun 26
Jun 26

Yes Leina! I just edited the post to also include the link to your post - it was a really moving tribute. Sending you so much love.

Chi Yvonne Leina
Jun 26
Jun 26

Thank you so much dear Dawn.You are a gem!Always amplifying our efforts.Thanks for honouring our precious sis Aramide.May her legacy live on!Much Love to you Dawn.

Thank you for this beautiful write-up, Dawn. It still makes me cry remembering her and her impact to all of us.

Shout out to you, dear sister Aramide, for a life well-lived! You are a sister worthy to be emulated. We love you. We miss you! Rest in power.

Dawn Arteaga
Jun 26
Jun 26

Yes Karen - well put. Rest in power dear Aramide!

Chi8629
Jun 26
Jun 26

Thank you lovely Dawn .
Rest in peace Sis Ara .
We miss you ,your family misses you . Rest mama .

Dawn Arteaga
Jun 26
Jun 26

Yes, well said!

esther atosha
Jun 26
Jun 26

forever in our hearts Aramide.
rest in paradise

Dawn Arteaga
Jun 26
Jun 26

Yes, Esther! Big hugs to you!

Keturah Shammah
Jun 26
Jun 26

It's hard to tell you goodbye Sis. Aramide. Till we meet to part no more.

Dawn Arteaga
Jun 26
Jun 26

Yes, so hard. Your story about her finding your wallet was really moving. Thank you!

Sinyuy Geraldine
Jun 26
Jun 26

Dear sister Dawn. Thank you so much for this run up of Late Ambassador Aramide's life and achievements. In fact, she is a fallen heroin, yet, her foot prints remain alive. May her soul rest in peace and may the seeds she planted grow and blossom into great trees. Amen.

Dawn Arteaga
Jun 26
Jun 26

Yes, well said dear Geraldine! So much love to you.

maeann
Jun 26
Jun 26

Thank you for honoring Aramide.

#Shoutout

A farewell song for you Aramide... You were gone too soon. You will be remembered.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iX3CiHo9qEE

Dawn Arteaga
Jun 26
Jun 26

Thank you! It is so fitting to honor Aramide with music. Love it!

ARREY- ECHI
Jun 26
Jun 26

Dear Dawn,
Thank you so much for this beautiful write up, honouring one of ours.
I was really moved by the show of solidarity and love to honour the legacy of so great an amazon, abruptly cut down when her voice was sorely needed.

This post is a reminder that her legacy will live on and even in death, her voice will continue to thunder. What an impact she left behind. May we thrive to walk in her footsteps as we work on empowering other women.
Love and hugs

Dawn Arteaga
Jun 26
Jun 26

Yes, her voice continues to thunder Arrey! So much love right back to you!

ARREY- ECHI
Jun 26
Jun 26

Thank you so much.

Esther olulode
Jun 26
Jun 26

Thanks ma, may her soul rest in Christ

Jill Langhus
Jun 27
Jun 27

Aw. What a loving, trailblazer:-( And, what a lovely post, too, Dawn! I'm sure Aramide would have loved it.

We will miss her so much.

Regina Afanwi Young
Jun 27
Jun 27

My heart aches, I am saddened. But I am consoled by the fact that our sisterhood is determined to continue her legacy. Yes her legacy lives on. Thanks Dawn for such a beautiful write up in honour of our sister Aramide. Resp in perfect peace our beloved sister

Busayo Obisakin
Jun 28
Jun 28

Tank you so much Dawn for this great tribute in honour of our dear Sister Aramide.
Good night great heroine till the morning of joy!
Love
Busayo

Kika Katchunga
Jun 29
Jun 29

peace to your soul my sister Aramida

Bim Adegbite
Jun 29
Jun 29

I haven't found all my words yet but I just wanted to say Thank you for this and the many tributes from our World Pulse sisters.
It is comforting to know how she impacted us all and how we also stand to ensure her legacy lives on. The road ahead wouldn't be easy without her but she has shown us how to stay the course. I personally appreciate you all. God Bless.

TERESA
Jul 08
Jul 08

Late Sis Alamide
You will be missed by many, majority the vulnerable.
May GOD's perpetual right shine upon your soul and may you rest in Peace. Amen

sarah_2
Jul 10
Jul 10

Oh no........
I'm speechless.
Dear God we need your comfort

Elizabeth Ziro
Jul 12
Jul 12

Shine on your way Aramide !!

Oluwatoyin Olabisi
Jul 18
Jul 18

Touching write-up. May Aramide's soul rest in peace in Jesus Name Amen

MUVUNYI FABIENNE
Jul 20
Jul 20

Dear Aramide,

Very sad to hear you have passed away. May your soul rest in the eternal peace.
Thanks a lot for all that you have been for us and for your community

Honorine Ngenwi
Aug 06
Aug 06

It's a pity loosing love one my dear sisters. May her gentle soul rest in peace Amen.

lemonadelemon
Aug 30
Aug 30

Great tribute