•Details Of The Classy Burial
A few days back the sleepy town of Ilese Ijebu came alive as the remains of Pa Oladele Augustus Obanubi was interred. It was a glorious farewell for the 86-year old elder statesman. It began with the Service of Songs held on Wednesday 1st December 2021 at Pa Obanubi’s home in Abeokuta, Ogun State and Christian Wake on Thursday 2nd December 2021. The event took off at 5.00 pm prompt. The Funeral Service & Internment took place on Friday 3rd December 2021. The ceremony began at 10 am. It was held at St. Pauls Anglican Church, Ilese-Ijebu, Ogun State.
This was followed by Reception & Celebration of Life held at Dealings Hotel & Suites, Ilese-Ijebu. It was a colourful event. Colours for the wake was Brilliant White on Ocean Blue (Fila/Gele) and colours for Reception was cream on Royal Blue (Fila/Gele).
Pa. Oladele Augustus Obanubi was born on the 1st February, 1935 to a retired Military Officer by the name of Gilbert Kehinde Obanubi in his ancestral home in Ilese, Ogun State.
Pa Oladele Obanubi attended St. Pauls Primary School, Ilese before leaving for Lagos to continue with his secondary school education.
With the completion of his secondary school and Cambridge School Leaving certificate, Pa Oladele Obanubi started work in the Ministry of Finance (Audit Department), South Western region of Nigeria. It was while he was working in Lagos that he first made contact with his wife, Mrs. C. I. Obanubi while she was living at No. 3 Chapel Street, Yaba, Lagos State.
Pa Oladele Obanubi and Mr. S. K. Awoniyi (his very good friend and by coincidence a relative of his soon to be wife) met and travelled to the United Kingdom in the 1960’s.
Pa Oladele Obanubi returned back to Nigeria to marry his wife Mrs. Ayoola Obanubi traditionally on the 16th of April, 1968 before he returned to his work with the UK Royal Mail. During this period he completed his O’levels and A’ levels in Manchester before gaining admission to the London University to study Social Sciences. He later was awarded a BSc in Economics From the same institution.
Pa Oladele Obanubi later returned to Nigeria in the 1980’s to work with the Ogun State Civil Service where he rose to the rank of Director in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry before his retirement due to age in the year 2000.
He was a devout Christian until his demise and is survived by his wife, children, siblings, cousins, nieces, nephews and grandchildren.
Tribute to a Big Brother
We thank God for a life well spent in the Lord. Senior daddy, people considered your strictness as negative, but it was a virtue for your generation. Rest perfectly in the bosom of your creator, till we meet and part no more at the feet of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Good night my angelic brother.
The deceased whose life is being celebrated today is my elder brother and the first born of our father in which I am the last born.
I remember such fun times in the past and thank God. When we were all young, that was a long time ago, when my brothers were fast asleep, I would disturb them by jumping on them from one person to another and they never for once pushed me away. Nobody chided me to stop. In fact, they were so loving and even supported me whenever I wanted to fall. He loved all his siblings dearly and was very accommodating.
When he grew up and relocated to Lagos, I remember visiting him at his Alagomeji residence in the Adekunle area of Yaba in Lagos
He was very hospitable and spoilt me with different kinds of food as if I was at a wedding party. He loved me so much, he was a good man.
Upon returning from abroad, he was still very accommodating and asked of our welfare; he was a very good man. I remember how supportive he was when my children wanted to gain admissions into higher institutions.
I pray that God will be with his children and may the days be far and may God be with his household.
I thank all our friends and supporters, may your end be beautiful. AU those who came by road and air transportation, even from abroad, thank you all. May God be with you. Journey mercies. You won’t experience
any accident or kidnappers, God’s safety would rest on you, thank you for standing up.
Our father, Pa. Augustine Oladele Obanubi, rest well.
The family would miss you.
– Prophetess Adetokunbo Oluwa
Complimenting a complete Gentleman and family man I’m Mrs Comfort Oludolapo Osinowo, niece to Mr Oladele Obanubi. We thank God for giving us the opportunity to be around today to celebrate our late brother, Mr Augustus Oladele Obanubi.
While alive, Brother Dele was so wonderful. I still recall that when he travelled abroad, we were all so excited even to have one of the members of our family oversees then. And I still recall when I started meeting his to be wife in Yaba, then, I was a student of the Federal School of Science, Onikan, Lagos.
Later, our dear wife travelled oversees to be with him. When they finally came back home, they settled in Abeokuta and I can recollect many occasions that our brother used to come from Abeokuta to Ilese, especially when we had occasions to mark like weddings, funerals and so on and so forth.
My brother was not a man of many words, you know we have people who are talkative like me but he had his own way of expressing himself, I enjoyed being with him. I remember when I travelled to Abeokuta to meet him after his return from overseas, he pointed out that he was going to join the elders who were before him, I thank God that we have a unified family, and that is why I am here because Brother Dele happens to be one of the children of my late uncle; he is my father’s senior brother.
If the family was not closely knitted, I will not be here but I am happy that I come from a closely knitted family and people from lIese appreciate the fact that we are very close in the Bamgbola family to which my late brother and myself belong.
Brother Dele is a family man because when you see him relating with his wife, his children and his extended family, you know he was indeed a family man.
We will all miss him but we thank God that the Lord allowed him to reach the ripe age of 86 and the funeral ceremony is that of Eba, Amala, White Rice, and so on and so forth.
It is not a ceremony to mourn, we are not mourning; we are rejoicing that our brother has gone to rest in the Lord.
May his soul rest in perfect peace and I pray that all of left, the Lord will spare us to enjoy the fruit of our labour.
Tribute to My Dearest Husband,
I didn’t know that your departure would be so soon. After 53 eventful years of marriage, wonderful children and grandchildren, travelling to different countries and building a lifetime of love, happiness and terrific memories together, you have left me to look after the dynasty you left behind. Have a peaceful rest after a life well sojourned.
Your dearest loving wife, Mrs. C.I. A. Obanubi
A Voice to the voiceless
My name is Obanubi Obadiran Obarogba and I am one of the children of the younger brother of the Pa. Augustus Obanubi. My own father was called, ‘Daddy Badagry’ then.
For the little time that I know the deceased before God called him
home, I know that he cared so much for children. I remember when one of his children got wedded in Jos. As old as he was, and as far as Jos was and the insecurity in Nigeria, yet, Papa attended the wedding.
It was also the same experience when I got married. From the day of the introduction to the wedding proper, he came all the way from Abeokuta to Badagry to attend the ceremonies. In fact, he slept over at Badagry to ensure I was not put to shame.
After then, he visited myself and my siblings in Badagry to check on us. I saw him once after then before God called him home.
He was a good man who stood for me and siblings after our father left to be with the Lord. May his soul rest in peace.
Senior Daddy …
Pa Oladele Augustus Obanubi a.k.a “Senior Daddy”. As children growing up, we are always happy when our late Mother C.F. Aina gets messages from her junior ones in England asking about family generally.
He returned to Nigeria in the early 1980’s to join the Ogun State civil service Mins of Establishment and he rose to the post of Director before retiring meritoriously from service.
He was a picture of the “Perfect Gentleman” in his poise, carriage and interaction.
He was a strict, punctual, factual and a good colleague in the office to his juniors and even senior colleagues that seek his advice. A disciplinarian, He does not spare the rod when a child deserves the Cane, he kept few friends in his life time with no excess of anything socially and morally, always reaching out and looking to family improvement, educational improvement of loved ones, these you will see has a very positive influence on the immediate family members around him.
We will ever be grateful to him because he was our role model of a parent personified. We pray God give the family the strength to bear the great loss and grant him eternal rest.
Omo Elese ajuwara, Sun re oooo ….
– Yemi Aina … For the AINA family
A Father Figure
I am Mosunmola, the daughter of Aina, the daughter of Akinyanju.
Senior Daddy as we younger ones fondly called him was my uncle; he was the junior brother of my mom and he was a father figure for us.
My uncle was a quiet gentleman; not of many words but in his ways, he was able to instill discipline, respect and the importance of hard work in each and every one of us.
I met my uncle when I was about 10 years old when he came back from London. Before then, we heard of ‘Daddy London’ and communicated with him via video recordings as there was no telephone then.
He stayed with us in Sabo when he returned to Nigeria. It was a thing of joy to have a senior man around because my dad was dead many years before then.
I remember Uncle was the one that taught me how to iron a man’s shirt.
His car was my experimental car, that was how I taught myself how todrive because anytime he was going to London to visit his family, I was the car washer, I would polish the car and do everything but I also had that delightful privilege of kick starting the car during the period he was not around, move the car forward, move it back, preparing me for proper driving. So, it was a really nice experience.
He was a respectable man, principled and we would miss him.
Rest well Papa!
Thank you, all.
A Very Good Man
My name is Obanubi Obabisi Abiodun a.k.a Time Factor
On behalf of my dad, the late Pa Oladele Augustus, a very good man who accommodated his family both nuclear and extended. He received me with warmth each time I visited him. In fact, if he didn’t see me for a month, he would send for me. I still saw him on a Monday and we played together. It was shocking for me to learn on a Thursday that he has gone to be with the Lord.
He was a very good man who accommodated people. In fact, many people feel at home in his presence.
Rest well, Papa. Send my greetings to Morounfolu, Albert, and Omolara.
May his soul rest in God’s bosom .
Man of Peace
The first time I met Pa Obanubi was in Jos during the wedding introduction of our children Folajimi & Olubunmi in the year 2010.
Pa Obanubi was an exemplary good man, a man of peaceful disposition at every situation that comes his way. Many a-times we wait until someone dear to us is called home before we say to the world how wonderful they were to us, I wish I did earlier, one on one with you, Pa Obanubi, you are wonderful and peaceful man. The news about your passage came to us as a shock, but we are comforted as it’s the way of the mortals.
Our hearts go out to your beloved and amiable wife, children, grandchildren and the entire Obanubi family.
The Adeshina’s will miss you, I will miss you more. It is a privilege to have known you and all the legacies you stood for, on behalf of the Adeshina Jokodolu family of Isale Ora in Ogbomoso, may your gentle soul continue to rest in the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ. Sun re o Baba rere!
– Oluwole Adeshina (In-Law).
Pa. Augustus Oladele Obanubi was not just an in-law, but a visionary, inspiration who taught people the true meaning of honor, respect, integrity, honesty, compassion and morality and always help others with good advice.
You are a real hero, heaven knows is time for you to go home and rest.
May your gentle soul find eternal peace with the Lord (Amen).
From: Sunday Olugbenga Sonoiki
TRIBUTE FROM SONOIKI FAMILY
We were surprise when we heard the shock death of our great in-law Pa Augustus Oladele Obanubi who left us a legacy of love, care and the way of Lord, we shall miss your advice but always remember you. Pa Oladele is al easy going person sleep in the bosom of God.
Rest in peace
– Gbenga & Gbeminiyi For Sonoiki Family
Tribute to A Great Man
What a shock!!! It is unbelievable that you are no more, but all we say is to thank God for your beautiful life well spent.
We will not mourn you but instead we are celebrating a good father full of humility, love, respect support for the work of God family and humanity.
It still sounds like a nightmare, regarding the shocking news of the demise our daddy Pa Oladele Obanubi. You left unexpectedly when one will have thought that you will still be actively around us for several years to come.
When I saw you last it didn’t even show you will leave us very soon.
There was no inkling whatsoever that suggested that you are close to see your creator, even though you had a dream the previous day that you went to be with the Lord as you narrated …
Your heart of generosity, hospitality, kindness, Godliness are too important to be overlooked.
I can remember vividly when I gain admission to school around your home in Abeokuta I came to your house to announce my admission to you and your family. I cannot measure the immense hospitality, generosity and warm welcome you always gave me throughout my stay in Abeokuta and this made the friendships between
me and Dr Chris your son to be very cordial.
Your transition has created a vacuum which will be difficult to fill among friends and family.
Painfully I say sleep on our Dear Daddy Pa. Oladele Obanubi as the God Almighty has approved to you to put
on the imperishable and death has been swallow up in victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
I wish that your good work while on earth will speak for your soul spirit and also for your family that you left behind.
I wish your wife Mummy Iyabo Obanubi (My Aunty) the children and grandchildren consolation from the above. Rest in peace till we meet to part no more.
– Abiodun Sonoiki
What a wonderful father, a gentle man that doesn’t talk too much before passing his message across, we will all miss you. Dad great men like you don’t die because they live in the heart of men, your good work is here with us. Rest on Grandpa.
– Owolabi Banjoko (Son-In-Law)
My father was a quiet man, an introvert you may even say.
Staying in the background of affairs to pitch in a golden nugget of wisdom/advice or listening to the news to keep abreast of the national and global affairs.
However, he was no doubt the man of the house who ran his household in similar fashion to a state government agency.
Many a time I can recall semester budget defense before being cleared to return to school, a mandatory documented report of self-appraisal upon conclusion of exams and queries when the results finally came out! Funnily enough I learnt a lot about the Civil Service while growing-up that stuck and has been of great benefit to me in my own place of work.
My father loved the simple life, had simple tastes and raised his children to have value for life and humanity.
He believed in moderation in all things, a flashy show of wealthy exuberance was not his style but he truly loved his family in his own way. Maybe that’s why one way or the other he was around for the naming.
To an awesome Father, incredible friend and inspirational mentor I’ll always remember you ever so fondly daddy,
Your colorful sense of humour, that always radiated across the room,
Your love across the genres of music, from Handel’s Messiah to Bob Marley and back to Ebenezer Obey,
Your rich collection of philosophical, sociology and educational books, that I hungrily devoured as an adolescent, and that shaped and streamlined my formative years.
Your methodical, thorough approach to life … how you could whip out an archived NEPA bill from 1979 in less than 10 seconds still baffles me … and reading your final day by day memoirs days before you transitioned was a blessing …
Your deep passion for empowering education, discipline, staying healthy and being content but ambitious, we foundational, from staying with the governor and then the SSG of Ogun State to squatting in a crowded hostel in UCH.
For being a deep, silent listener … still a painful work in progress 4me
For passing on your deft culinary skills, and no nonsense self-reliance approach. Your passion for reading, learning and global affairs on radio and the dailies were insatiable. I still remember in Abuja, when you were safely tucked away with us during the COVID-19 lockdown when you were upset that we couldn’t source a computer expert to build your capacity and how you wanted to start up yet another new business. This
struck me deeply, and made me renew and resolve to make learning and impact a lifelong cycle.
For introducing me to the 101 squid sessions of haggling under all situations and inundating the open markets of Abeokuta – Kuto, Omida, Lafenwa and even the madness of Iberekodo market severally won’t be forgotten in a hurry. It helped to instill a fearlessness.
For connecting me with an awesome set of cousins, and an extended family during my stormy transition into the country.
For the paradoxical fiery exterior that most only saw from the outside, that masked a tender, soft inner, beautiful core that I grew to cherish.
For trusting this project called Nigeria and transferring that blind belief of inevitable progress of this country to us. I still don’t understand why you came back…
For believing in us no matter what, and coming through countless times, from my major career crossroads, life decision, to landing my first job with just a call … words aren’t enough.
Thank you for the deep connection that transcended oceans.
Thank you for being an inspiration. ‘Fola, you have done well in getting 95%, keep it up, I am sure next time you will also get the remaining 5% ‘and then back to you papers … these words were always carefully weighted and empowering … I will always dedicate that 100% mark during one of my exams in UI. For being by my side during the dark moments of UCH and medical school, not doubting me for a second.
Education, health and love for humanity are legacies you have passed on, you always gave, gave and gave,
You were such a man of peace, honour and dignity.
And how you caught us all by surprise by transitioning from this sinful world on the 9th September.
Did we remember to ever thank you enough? We still had a few more plans together.
E … seun, Baba e sun re ooo
May the Almighty Lord grant your peaceful and gentle soul rest in his divine vineyard Amen.
Love you plenty from now to eternity
TRIBUTE TO A GREAT MAN PA OLADELE A. OBANUBI
Death what are you? Are you a call? Are you a Solution? Are you an answer?
I will never forget this 9/9/2021 exactly 5:30pm. This day the death took you away from us.
Its not how long but how well we lived together as family. You left a good legacy for us. Despite the challenges that we all faced, you make sure that we all loved and take each other as one body. You were a father with sense of humor, a great adviser and the best among billions fathers, brother, best companion, a caring, kind and a treasure spot, a depth of the family, a quiet father and a strong family pillar.
All these attributes are not enough to describe your qualities.
Anyways, life is full of ups and downs, who are mine to challenge Almighty God. We love you but God loves you better than we do. I give honour to God Almighty for your humble, respectful and well-spent life. I will forever cherish your memories. Daddy, you are gone but never to be forgotten. Daddy sleep on till meet again in heaven.
Adieu Baba Abeokuta.
– Abiodun Obanubi