Daddy, I could not have better desired, nor needed any other father than you. You naturally combined in you the indispensable essence without which I could not have rightly developed. You perfectly played your role of my earthly angel by patiently nurturing me and resolutely guiding me to that which is my path in life.
In your care I enjoyed the privilege of experiencing love, and more love, over and over again; as punishment to my numerous misconducts. Your capacity to see the good in everyone knew no limits. Oh Daddy, how I am already missing your wholehearted laughter and ever smiling face; what a joyful father you were.
You were ever confident in the bounties of the Most High. Praying with you was always a journey of rapt contemplation; filled with your inimitable rich and colourful praises of GOD … of countless wonderful names. Omo Ayaba gbogbo irawo, shine in the everlasting glory of Jesus.
– Joseph Obayomi
A TRIBUTE TO MY DAD
I remember I didn’t grow up as one of the smartest kids on earth but I had a father in you, who despite my weak points, didn’t stop praying for me. I remember I didn’t grow as one of the most gentle children under heaven but I had a father in you who endured my excesses and youthful exuberance.
I remember how receptively slow people thought I was; how overbearingly unassuming I was. I remember how stubborn I was too. Despite my receptive attitudes, I didn’t project the character of decency when I was growing. I would jump at the any available ‘bolekaja’ and off I would go. I remember becoming a thorn in your flesh Daddy, when I chose to join a Theatre Group.
Your expectation was that I would start working after college but I joined the Nigerian Theatre Practitioners as an itinerant actor, going from one film location to another with or without invitation. I remember how it was almost impossible to believe that I would- be a source of blessings to my parents. My beginning betrayed the possibilities.
But … I can’t forget that despite your chastisement and frustrations, you still prayed for me anytime you wanted to pray, telling God what you wanted me to become. I can’t forget three things about you:
Your prayer life was second to none. Your love for music was next to my mum’s, except that you loved to sing and dance. Your sense of humour was out of this earth.
Even when engaged in serious devotions, the ways you related your heart to God was very hilarious. I miss you so much my darling Dad. I can’t forget how you looked at me the last time I left for London. I didn’t know that was the last time I would see you.
I am glad today that you took your final rest in the house God built for me. I can’t hide my fulfillment about what I, the slow, stubborn, insignificant and unresourceful girl eventually did for you even when no one ever thought I could do them.
I am glad, my father, that I became a child you could be proud of; your darling girl who, alongside two others, was able to erase the scars of birthing abikus in your early days. Rest in peace my dearest Dad and I am sure you are resting in the Lord right now. Rest in peace once again my darling mother, Abigail Obayomi. I am sure, if saints truly meet, you are now one of the most excited in heaven. I will miss you both so dearly and I believe at old age if Jesus tarries, we shall meet to part no more. I love you but Jesus loves you more.
Rest in Peace my darling Dad.
TRIBUTE TO MY DARLING FATHER-IN-LAW LATE PA JOSEPH AKINYELE OBAYOMI
Twenty-two years ago, I met Daddy and Mummy Obayomi as a potential son-in-law who had the intention to marry the most beautiful and the most creative woman on earth. Of course as a gentleman, the initial thought was how I would cope with a Theatre Arts practitioner and itinerant actor. However, such a view changed when I got to the home of my parents-in-law. I saw these wonderful parents not only as godly; they were divine vessels who dwelt consciously in God’s presence. I saw a home that gave me peace; a home that was deserving and spiritually nourishing.
Baba Obayomi was a prayer warrior and a believer with the fear of God. His roots in the Gospel of Christ gave me a clear hope that I was in the right place.
The teachings effected by him, I believe, must have influenced the spiritual strength of my wife till date. Furthermore, at no point did Baba ever see me as a son-in-law.
He treated me as a son throughout his life to the extent that he sought for my counsel on matters that are deep within his family. Baba, I am grateful you did accept me to marry your daughter. I am grateful for all the support you gave us. I am also grateful to God that I was able to do what I should do as a son to a father. What prayer can be said for the dead again? I know you did receive Jesus Christ and you carried his banner till your last breath. Because of this, I am so sure that you are already with Christ. I see your life as a perfect example of godliness and I still covet the Grace on your life that made you what you were as an elder, father, grandfather and teacher.
May the Lord protect all of us left behind and at old age, may we all meet at the feet of our saviour. Goodbye Daddy.
TRIBUTE TO MY FATHER
Daddy, Mo mo pe e si wa pelu mi (eyin ati mummy) nipase Jesu Kristi Oluwa wa; mo mo pe e ko ku, nse ni e ti bori aye; nitori kristeni kiiku; Jesu ti fa igi le iku fun kristeni (2 Timoti 1:10). Loruko Jesu Kristi, mo mo pe eyin mejeeji a maa wa be mi wo loore koore loruko Jesu Kristi.
Little did we know that God was going to call your name that morning, you told me two days before that. “Funke Oro po ta fe so”. I didn’t know you wanted to tell me your last words. Please Daddy I’m still all hears to listen to all what you wanted to tell me. In life we loved you and Mummy, in death we do same. Your love and that of Mummy is still my guide. Thank you for giving me life and bringing me up in the right path. I believe that your wishes for me are all coming to fulfilment in Jesus Mighty Name.
Rest on Daddy! My greetings to Mummy, Love you both FOREVER.
– Obayomi Olufunke
Grandpa, I love you so much and I miss you so much, I miss you shouting everyone’s name, I miss you telling to buy you something when I go out. May everyone you left behind including me be consoled amen rest on.
– Alabi Ayomiku
TRIBUTE TO GRANDPA JOSEPH AKINYELE OBAYOMI
It’s hard to let you go but you deserve eternal rest and peace, I wish I got the chance to express my love for you to the fullest. Rest well grandpa, I miss you and I promise to make you proud.
– Deborah Alabi
TRIBUTE TO GRANDPA
You lived a good life, you were devout till the last. You loved and cared for many; and this endeared you to them. I’m glad for the time I had with you, and 11m grateful you’ve found peace with the angels in heaven. Love you Grandpa!