What His Wife, Children & Family Will Miss About Him
On Friday 3rd November, 2023, the remains of late SP. John Abayomi Adebunmi (rtd) was interred in Ikorodu. He died at 83. The Wake Keep/Service of Songs took place on Thursday, 2nd November 2023 at The Anglican Chapel of Divine Healing was held at the Anglican Chapel of Divine Healing in Ikorodu.
Interment was privately done & Entertainment of Guests was held at Caritas Events Centre. It was a colourful event as guests complied with the Purple & Gold colour code. Let’s tell you more.
Late SP John Abayomi Adebunmi was born on 27th October, 1940 into the family of Pa Joseph Olofinkua Adebunmi, a resourceful and hardworking businessman. acknowledged as one of the most notable businessmen in Ekiti of his era.
His mother, late Madam Abigail Aiyeremi Adebunmi, who hailed from the present Ilupeju, was a petty trader. He was the first child of his mother, John Abayomi Adebunmi attended the Methodist Primary School in Ifaki Ekiti from 1948 to 1954. He was thereafter admitted as one of the pioneers of the newly established Methodist Secondary Modern School of Ifaki Ekiti from 1955 to 1961.
After completing his modern school education in flying colours, he had a stint in the teaching profession. Not pleased with that. he chose to join the Nigeria Police Force in 1963. as the best profession that fitted his rascally and exuberant disposition and that he possibly considered as the profession that would enable him develop his growing interest in football. No wonder, he became rapidly acknowledged as a footballer in the Nigeria Police Force, where his dexterity and indefatigable nature were invested in the popular game that earned him the honour of being nicknamed, ‘Ojo Pagogo’ For his professional training and promotion as a policeman, he attended Police College Ikeja and later the Police Staff College in Jos.
It is to be underscored that, though he was enjoying his meritoriously entitled promotions in the Police Force, where he rose to the prestigious rank of Superintendent of Police, it was as a footballer that he was very well known all over the country and was widely appreciated and renowned as a prolific striker. On account of his superlative performance and nationwide fame, he was invited to play for Ibadan Football FC. He also served as a coach on several occasions. in recognition of his high ranking status as an outstanding footballer.
John Kokumo Abayomi Adebunmi had a very successful career with the Nigeria Police Force, which he served meritoriously for 28 years in various ranks and many states of Nigeria. On the basis of his diligence, bravery, integrity, honesty and brilliance, he won many awards for the exemplary, outstanding and selfless discharge of his duties. He was in fact, one of the most decorated of his colleagues and classmates: and this was for his courageous, fearless and commendable service.
In 1972, he got the Inspector General of Police Commendation for Courage and Devotion to duty and for being a member of The Nigeria Police Football Team that won Alhaji Kam Salem Cup. In 1974, he also got the Inspector General of Police Commendation for merit as a member of the team that won the Inspector General’s Football Challenge Cup Competition.
Apart from his distinguished career in the Police, Daddy Adebunmi lived a very valiant, generous, kindhearted, Frank, loving and amiable life. He was a very great family man, whose love for his numerous children was freely and generously revealed to each of them as a devoted, caring and exemplary father.
Though very loving and sacrificially generous to each of them, he was a stern disciplinarian and no nonsense man, who did not spare the rod whenever it was necessary. No wonder each of his children grew up to be very disciplined, morally upright,
hardworking and associated with outstanding virtues and the hatred of anything that is morally wrong, unhealthy and unrighteous.
It must also be underscored that their Christian life, friendliness, amiability, hardwork and integrity are some of the effects of what they inherited from their daddy. It must equally be acknowledged that one of the greatest heritage that he left behind is the fact that Daddy Adebunmi was a formidable bridge builder between all his maternal and paternal family members.
He built bridges of cordial relationships, everyone in the family loved being around him because of his warm reception, love, words of wisdom and fatherly advice at all times.
Many say they shall miss his amiability, generosity, raw wisdom and dedication to family matters as well as his unwavering and sacrificial love to whosoever crossed his path.
Below, his wife, children & family members reveal what they will miss most about him.
“My beloved husband was not just a partner to me, but also my confidant, my teacher, and my mentor, He always went out of his way to ensure our children’s needs were met, displaying unwavering dedication as a father.
His encouragement and constant desire for my well-being were a testament to his love. He motivated me to aim for the best, and I am forever grateful for his support.
He was a man of deep faith, a true prayer warrior whose favorite slogan was ‘It is well.’ Our daily morning and evening prayers were constants in our lives, reinforcing our spiritual bond.
He was my living dictionary always ready to assist with calculations and provide solutions, One of his most endearing qualities was his personal touch. He would formulate special songs for each of our children, and he never forgot a birthday, His cards and cakes made those days extra special. Through every challenge and triumph, he remained my unwavering supporter. His belief in my career and personal growth was a driving force in my life Every day spent with him was a treasure trove of new memories. He had a knack for coming home with surprises, making each day memorable.
In his memory, I hold dear the lessons he taught me, the love he showered on our family, and the wonderful
memories we created together. He will always have a special place in my heart.”
– Adebunmi Yemisi Mrs. (Wife)
Dad, let me start by saying I will miss you so much.
You were a dad who was so special and who was loved so very much and brought so much happiness to the many hearts you touched.
You were always kind and caring and so understanding too, if help was ever needed it so freely came from you.
You never abandoned us for a moment, you took good care of us all and you gave us the very best you had.
You were a gift to many and you brought joy to everyone, It has never been the same Ever since you have been gone, I had wish you stayed a little longer, but God said its time for you to rest.
Rest on Dad
– Your Adedolapo (Daughter)
Daddy! Yes it is sad you have to go, but God said it is time for you to rest.
You were much more than a father, an officer or a sports-man, you were a man of great character, integrity and unwavering strength. You were a hero, and an amazing father to me and my siblings.
Growing up, I was always in awe of your dedication and passion for your job. You worked long hours, often putting yourself in harm’s way to ensure the safety of others. You never wavered in your belief in the law, justice and protecting the innocent.
As much as I admired your professional and athletic accomplishments. it was your unwavering love and support for me that meant the most. You consistently encouraged me to pursue my goals and dreams, in whatever form they took. You instilled in me the importance of hard work, perseverance, and staying true to oneself. You never gave up on me.
A lover of music, a strong tenor singer (Obviously I got the music thing from you) you were such an inspiration, a strong Arsenal fan you were as well, you eventually got the name Baba Gunners!
Although you are no longer physically with us, your legacy lives on in all those whose lives you touched As I look back on your life. I am filled with pride and gratitude for having you as my father. You were a true inspiration.
and I will always cherish the memories we shared together. You will always be remembered for your kindness.
generosity, and unwavering commitment to making the world a better place.”
Rest in peace, dear father, you will forever be in our hearts.
Till we meet again, adieu!
– DCN, Adedamola Adebunmi (SON)
It is with great sadness that I pay tribute to a wonderful man, my loving father-in-law who has sadly passed away. He was a man of great strength and character, who touched the hearts of all those who had the privilege of knowing him.
He was a devoted family man, who understood the importance of relationships. He always made sure that his family came first, never hesitating to lend a helping hand. He was a loving husband to his wife, a wonderful father to his children, and a doting grandfather to his grandchildren.
He had an infectious personality, always ready with a joke or a kind word that would bring a smile to the face of those around him. He had a heart of gold, and his generosity knew no bounds.
He was a man of exceptional integrity. Values, and principles, and he lived his life with these firmly planted at the core of his being. He stood tall in the face of adversity, facing every challenge with courage, dignity and grace.
His legacy will live on in the countless lives he touched and impacted. He will always be remembered as a kind, selfless and honorable man, who lived life to the fullest and spread joy wherever he went.
Rest in peace, dear father-in-law. Your memory will forever be etched in our hearts, and your spirit will live on in the generations to come.
– DCNS. Ayodele Bukonla Adebunmi (Daughter In-Law)
TRIBUTE TO MY LOVING BROTHER AND DADDY
Daddy, your demise is a rude shock to me, you are my blood brother but you assume a fatherly role since the death of our great father. You played a fatherly role like no other person till the end and anytime I looked at your face, I see Pa. Joseph Olofinkua.
You proudly call me “Baby of the family”. you taught me and made me to know the important of education by forming a rally point to see me through by your constant engagement with others in helping me out in my journey of life, Daddy your little Bose will forever be grateful and will never forget you. Ajagun ninu Ajagun, Ajagun ninu Igbagbo. Opo mulero ebi Adebunmi.
You called me one day and say Bose you shall be great if only you can face your education, which is the uppermost priority and legacy in life, and this was proved in the life of your children and siblings. Owo Eni ni e so fun mi pe kii tan nije’. Daddy thanks so much for your support, love and encouragement. Daddy, it is now I truly believe that those we love lives in our hearts.
Continue to sleep in the bosom of your creator. Adieu papa.
– Elder Mrs. Adebola Sanyaolu Nee Adebunmi (SISTER)
TRIBUTETO DADDY KANO
Daddy Kane’s life was a remarkable journey, characterized by his unwavering commitment to creating a positive impact on the lives of all those fortunate enough to cross his path. Personally, I am profoundly grateful for the countless treasured moments we shared. Among his many qualities, his profound passion for music stood out to me, a source of inspiration that resonated deeply. I fondly recall our early morning rides to Kings College, a ritual that etched beautiful memories into my heart. These journeys, spanning from our residence at Unilag throughout the 1990s, were underscored by the melodious tunes that filled the air, a testament to his
abiding adoration for music.
However. Daddy Kane’s influence extended beyond melodies. His wisdom. delivered through fatherly guidance. had the remarkable ability to instill clarity during moments of uncertainty. His carefully crafted advice was a beacon of insight. illuminating the path forward. Moreover, his infectious enthusiasm for football was an enchanting spectacle to behold. Even those indifferent to the sport couldn’t help but be captivated by his boundless Love for the game. a love that had the power to spark newfound appreciation.
Daddy Kano was not merely an individual; he was a rare and irreplaceable gem. His legacy will forever be a testament to the goodness he brought into the world. The impact he made. the memories he gifted us, and the indelible mark he left on our hearts are a tribute to a Life well-lived. As time marches on. his memory will continue to live on. a beacon of positivity and inspiration for generations to come.
– Babatomiwa Ojo
TRIBUTE TO DADDY JOHN KOKUMO ADEBUNMI (AS BABA USE TO
Uncle. you are gone, but you will never be forgotten. We may be apart. but your memory will Live within the sons and daughters of Alhaji Jimoh Bolarinwa we Love you forever in our heart. Adieu our darling uncle till we meet to part no more.
Bolarinwa Nusirat Modupe for the Bolarinwas
TRIBUTE TO PA ADEBUNMI (GRANDPA)
I felt bad when I got the news of your passing …
You were indeed a simple, great yet very intense father.
A great thinker you were, a go-getter but above all a family man!
I know your life wasn’t an easy one, but you sure gave your children all they needed to not only grow up. but to be responsible. hard working, ethical and loving.
Though you are gone, you will never be forgotten. I thank God for the privilege of having you as a father (in law).
Continue to rest in the bosom of your Lord and Saviour JESUS CHRIST.
We love you and we know that JESUS loves you the most.
– Opeyemi (Daughter In-Law)
Kokumo Baba Shayo like Mummy always calls you.
I remember so well how you always drive down to the house at Eko Akete Close … Calling Shayo Shayo, and mummy will say Hmmm Kokumo if she doesn’t answer you will call Bimpe oooo… With smiles.
How we all come to you at work on Awolowo road and your staff will say Baba’s children are here 000. He’ll make sure we ate before we left, or bless us with some cash. Dad was an epitome of love. He never discriminated. He loved everyone.
And the special name you always call me. BIMPE no one else calls me that.
Say hello to Mummy your first love. Tell her we miss her
– Adetayo Vanessa Bolanle
TRIBUTE TO A GREAT MAN
Daddy K as popularly called by my family was a great man to us all.
He lived a life of love, care, affection, generosity and gratitude.
In the early 70s, when my husband was out of the country and I also had to be away overseas two months, my mum carried my baby to Ilorin from Lagos.
When I came back, my parents told me how caring Daddy K was as he was their regular visitor at Ilorin.
checking up on his little baby, who in turn was so fond of him calling daddy each time he was around. With this singular act, he won my parent’s love and that of my siblings in family. They all held him in very high esteem.
When other children joined, they all singled him out as a special brother to their dad. They were all over him as he would play, joke and laugh with them. When he later went to Kano on transfer, they started calling him Daddy K. (Kano) In spite of the fact that they saw him less frequently, they never forgot him. It was excitement galore anytime he was around. Daddy K. you were a good man, always appreciative and never looking down on anyone.
Whenever we visited you when you were indisposed, we could see that look of love and affection on your face. In May, when my sister came with me, you did not want us to leave. It was a departure with mixed feelings.
not knowing it was to be our last visit to you.
Though you are physically separated from us. you are unforgettable and we take solace in the fact that you loved your God and we will all reunite on the Glorious Resurrection Morning in the name of Jesus.
We pray that God will be with the family you left behind. Your good wishes for them all will be granted in the name of Jesus.
May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace, glory be to god for a life well spent.
- Oyebisi Ojo Mrs.
TRIBUTETO MY TWIN BROTHER WHO CAME THROUGH ANOTHER MOTHER
‘To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die’. – Thomas Campbell”
I was the last son of my mother. I was informed that I was the last of the many other children born by her, of whom only me survived.
My bosom friend, mate, companion and teammate, who is being committed to mother earth today was the first surviving son of his mother, who was the first wife of my uncle and who was also victim, like my own mother, of being the mother of many children, none of whom survived until the birth of the man who is being buried today, who was the first surviving son of his mother and who carried the descriptive and symbolic name of Kokumo. My name would also have been Kokumo, which must have been opposed to by my daddy who, as one of the founding fathers of the newly established Christ Apostolic Church in Ifaki, would not have wanted to have his son given such a name of Kokumo that was not considered as a Christian name.
The two of us, Kokumo and l. grew up together in our Imoshe house, which was the first and only house that was
roofed with corrugated iron sheets on our street our bed was a mat, which we enjoyed very much. as many of our contemporaries didn’t have such a luxury. We enjoyed our evenings, playing moonlight games and competitions under moonlight and. at times. in darkness, whenever there was no moonlight. During the day and after school hours, we were out in the streets of Ifaki, with Kokumo leading us, because he was very rascally, brave and a good fighter. He was always the defender of myself and Bisi, whenever we were assaulted, cheated or beaten by anybody or groups. It was then that his football skills and expertise stood him out. His heading prowess was a delight to behold. We. Bisi and myself, really had a great time together with Kokumo during our childhood and adolescent age.
He was one of the pioneering students of the newly established modern school, one of the new middle schools, spread all over the Western State of Nigeria. Bayo and myself were never classmates. But his classmates respected him as one of the most brilliant of their mates.
He carried his brilliance into the Police College. And he had a very successful career as a policeman, where he excelled as a very exceptional policeman. No wonder he enjoyed promotions. as and when due. But it was as an exceptional footballer that he was best known among policemen as well as the town and gown, across the country.
Of those with whom I cultivated friendship in my secondary school and university as well as in my social circles. Bayo stood out exceptionally. We shared identical views on almost every issue of life. We understood each other extremely well. With this, I cannot remember any quarrel that we had. We might have disagreed on issues, but the disagreement would never have caused us any bitterness or discordance. We shared many common habits, among which was the unyielding commitment to the interests of our extended family. We were both stubbornly determined to sustain our family bonds and traditions.
We loved each other very deeply and were also available to the needs of one another. On our extended family.
we were always found together and never wanting on our reciprocal obligations and expectations. It would not be wrong to say that there was hardly any time you would see him in our family activity that you would not find me.
For my wife. he was a ‘Baba Oko’ par excellence and the most familiar from my mother’s family: and, for every one of my children, he was their Daddy Kano, loved with passion. If anyone would miss him most on earth. I would be the first among others.
May his iconic soul rest in peace in the bosom of the Lord.
Prof. S. Ade Ojo
November 3, 2023.