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Akeem Olatunji Sodeke
  • 44 years old
  • Date of birth: Jun 12, 1971
  • Place of birth:
    Ogun State, Nigeria
  • Date of passing: Aug 17, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    South Africa
Beloved by many, admired by all, Akeem touched our lives in countless ways. He will forever be in our hearts

“Young age never stopped you from having big dreams and goals. Now as we mourn your departure, we know that whatever you set in mind you accomplished. You were bright and intelligent, and we know that God has you in His glory. Rest in peace dear friend."

Akeem was born on June 12, 1971 to a devout Muslim family in Ogun state. His father was Egba and mum is from Ijebu-Ode. Akeem studied Economics at the Lagos State University and obtained an MBA from the University of Uyo. He carried out his NYSC in Akwa Ibom State. Akeem also went through the strategic supply chain leadership program of the Ontario Supply Chain Management Association (Canada) and qualified as a certified supply chain management professional (CSCMP)

He was an enterprising and self-driven young man who lost his father in his first year in the University. He was undeterred and had to work hard to see himself through school and graduated with Honors.  He was recruited by the defunct Century Merchant Bank right from the NYSC orientation camp. He joined the Mobil Producing Nigeria Procurement department in 1998 and excelled in all responsibilities he was assigned. Akeem had a very big appetite for learning and hard work. His work day typically started at about 6.30am and finished at 8.00pm. He accomplished quite a lot in his short sojourn on earth and rose to through the ranks to become Manager, North West Supply Chain for Mobil Producing Nigeria.

Akeem was a dedicated family man. He had very high hopes and plans for his family and took their welfare very seriously. He spared no cost to train his kids and would often push them hard to achieve their potentials.

Akeem was a devout Muslim who strived to be a great ambassador of the faith. He was a very fair minded individual who strived to be equitable in all his deeds. We will all miss his gentle mien, friendship and his kindness. May his soul rest in peace.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Funmilayo Oke on 17th August 2016

"Dearest Supy,
I can't believe it's a year already. I miss you so very much. Once in a while I hear a voice that sounds like yours in the office, or I see an afro from afar, and for a split second I forget you're no longer with us. So  much has happened since you left that I wish you were here to experience. You are irreplaceable Supy, and you will always be in my heart. All I can be is grateful for who you were. Continue to sleep well.
Your Sunshine."

This tribute was added by Mike Uffot on 17th August 2016

"Tunji!! What a shocking news we received a year ago and it still feels like yesterday. The last time i saw you was when you came to Houston on official assignment, you were full of life as usual. You made a mark within your organisation and your family, you have truly been missed. Keep on resting in peace brother.."

This tribute was added by Kate Odumu on 17th August 2016

"A year gone by already! May you continue to sleep in the Lord. We thank God for your life, though short but who are we to question God. Rest on Tunji!"

This tribute was added by Weleme Okafor on 17th August 2016

"1 year already...we were still discussing you a few days ago. What a life you lived, what a vacuum your death created. Rest on dear on...."

This tribute was added by Fola Sanu on 17th August 2016

"Dearest Aburo,
So swiftly, a year has gone by since you left us.
You are sorely missed and will remain in my heart always.
Sun re o! Iporo, Lakisa, Latipo, Lawarikan, Omo Eyo. Omo ateni wijo, ki wu wu wu e maa gbon le. Oyinbo pa te ileke Sodeke pa te ibon. Continue to rest in God's peace.

Fola Sanu (nee Sodeke)."

This tribute was added by Oladele Jimoh on 17th August 2016

"Dear Tj, today marks one year since you left us. It still feels so fresh and unreal that you are no more with us. My consolation is knowing that you lived life to the fullest, and knowing that your brilliant and loving soul is resting in peace. Adieu my brother!"

This tribute was added by Ameena Musa on 17th August 2016

"One year already....My dear Akeem....It is well with the soul of the righteous...May you continue to find peace with God...I truly miss ore....with the corner smile...deep on dearie..."

This tribute was added by olufunke Tinuoye-Okere on 17th August 2016

"One year gone so quickly but your memory and legacy live on. May God continue to rest your soul. Funke Okere"

This tribute was added by olufunke Tinuoye-Okere on 17th August 2016

"One year gone so quickly but your memory and legacy live on. May God continue to rest your soul. Funke Okere"

This tribute was added by Omowunmi Akisanya on 17th August 2016

"Mr Sodeks!
Cant believe its a year already.....continue to rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Kola Idris on 16th August 2016

"Keem, the years we've shared have been full of joy.
The memories we've made will go on and on.
I haven't stopped crying since you went away,
and I've asked God time and time why couldn't you stay.

Keem, always so good, unselfish and kind.
Honorable and true in all your ways,
Loving and faithful to the end of your days,
Honest and liberal, ever upright,
Just in your judgment, always right;
Loved by your friends and all whom you knew,
One in a million, that Boss and friend was you.
One year has passed, our heart still sore,
As time rolls on we miss you more;
A loving friend, father, husband, Boss tender and kind.
What beautiful memories you left behind."

This tribute was added by DAN OLISE on 3rd August 2016

""It painful to loss a young and listening leader in a person of TUNJI  but God''s time is the BEST. May Your Gentle Soul Rest in Perfect Peace, bro."

This tribute was added by Emmanuel Idemetuk on 24th July 2016

"Tunji this is hard to digest remember  when we started out life together in century merchant bank uyo .you were so full of promise no one saw this coming ..we cant question God .....may your soul rest in peace"

This tribute was added by Bayo Akinfenwa on 12th June 2016

"Ore mi at a ta... We still feel your vacuum in our hearts bro. Continue to rest in peace."

This tribute was added by iyanam bassey on 12th June 2016

"Just like yesterday when the rude and unbelievable news came. We still miss your good natured self, style of leadership,  and drive for perfection.
Just praying still that your good deeds bought you passage to eternal bliss.
You are  remembered always."

This tribute was added by Stella Ajenifuja on 12th June 2016

"His death is an unfortunate loss for all who were his friends, he left this world and we are all full of sorrow ,every time we remember him ,we think about the wonderful memories of joy we shared with him and how we appreciated him a lot in our hearts, may he rest peacefully and God will protect him forever, Happy birthday Mr Sodecs!"

This tribute was added by Yetty So on 12th September 2015

"I knew you from afar while at Mobil Producing, you were always at HR to seek for clarifications on issues after relocation from Eket.  I knew you as an easy going, respectful and brilliant person.  May your soul rest in peace and may God divinely comfort your family.  The righteous are taking away before the evil days (The bible)."

This tribute was added by Mariam Adeyemi on 9th September 2015

"This is very shocking and extremely hurtful. I can't believe I am just finding out now. He was a great man, husband and father. Never a dull moment in his home. Very polite and very humble. This is a lot  to take in. May is soul rest in perfect peace. Amen"

This tribute was added by Peli Woods on 8th September 2015

"To the family of Akeem,

Please accept my sincere condolences for the death of your dear loved one.  Please find comfort in knowing that he is sleeping just as Lazarus was before Jesus raised himself back to life on earth (Ecclesiastes 9: 5,6,10)  The Bible promises that Jehovah God will resurrect our dead loved ones back to life here on earth. (Acts 24:15) I'm sure you look forward to seeing him again soon!"

This tribute was added by Dumebi Enwesi on 7th September 2015

"Rest in peace Akeem,ifeanyi was so fond of you when he was alive and I pray you both rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Dumebi Enwesi on 7th September 2015

"Rest in peace Akeem,ifeanyi was so fond of you when he was alive and I pray you both rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Usen Bassey on 3rd September 2015

"From being colleagues at the bank where we first met at the head office, to being colleagues at the same branch where we were both posted to, to being colleagues in Mobil where fate brought us together again, times and memories of over 23 years can never be forgotten.  You were so dearly loved by many because you deserved it. I pray that the good Lord who loves you most, will comfort your family and loved ones.   Sleep on Akeem.

Usen Charles (as you fondly called me)"

This tribute was added by Uzochi Osondu on 2nd September 2015

"May the Good Lord comfort your family. You were one of the first people I met when we moved to Mobil House after the merger and you were always so warm and friendly.  I was so shocked and sad to hear you passed.  Rest in peace.....God will take control."

This tribute was added by Olanrewaju Shittu on 1st September 2015

"Akeem!  Shocked to hear of your crossing over to beyond. I knew you back to your secondary school days and never regret meeting you. Young and respectful.   You are irreplaceable!
Adieu Akeem."

This tribute was added by John Unuigboje on 1st September 2015

"I write this with great sadness over the unimaginable loss of a simple going personality who is so dear to my heart. Now my hope is that you rest in peace knowing you did all that you could and that your family will be fine. When we love people it’s so comforting to know that they will always be with us in our hearts.

You stewarded the new USAN Warehouse to its current success story, we shall ever remember you. May your gentle soul rest in the bosom of the Lord."

This tribute was added by Israel Okoro on 31st August 2015

"The passing on of Akeem was and still is a rude shock. Some of us are still asking questions and trying to understand what really happened. My thoughts and prayers go to his family and folks at this moment of sorrow and mourning. So long. Adieu."

This tribute was added by Joseph Modupe on 30th August 2015

"Oga mi. Rest in peace and pray God comfort the family you left behind. I miss You."

This tribute was added by Miriam Lopes on 28th August 2015

"We are always in shock when we lose someone, but to loose someone in the prime of his life is even worst.
The thing I will miss most about you is the passion you put in every argument, discussion and project you participated in.
May your soul rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Yetunde Ipadeola on 27th August 2015

"Goodnight dear brother and friend.......Rest in Peace"

This tribute was added by Moshood Adelotan on 26th August 2015

"So sad to learn of your death. Unfortunately I know you from a distance. I see you and admire you at Nasfat programs in Eti Osa but never got to really know your name. Last Saturday on my way to a function in IjebuOde I saw a banner announcing your death. I only just prayed for Allah to grant the soul of the deceased aljanat firdaus, not knowing it was you. Only to see this via someone's Facebook page. I can only ask Allah to grant you aljanat firdaus. Amin"

This tribute was added by Fola Oyenusi on 26th August 2015

"There is a time for everything in life, even though you had a short sojourn in this life, God knows why it turned out this way, we'll take solace in God's assurance of a better life in His bossom for his saints, knowing also that " He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down"....Psalm 104: 19 Continue to rest in peace Tunji."

This tribute was added by Francis Olarewaju on 26th August 2015

"AK Baba as I used to call you while you were with us. You encouraged me to be more focus in my procurement and supply chain career that I am on the right path. I thank God for your life though very short. I pray to God to forgive you all your transgression, be with your families and colleagues you left behind. May your soul and souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen"

This tribute was added by olufunke Tinuoye-Okere on 25th August 2015

"Hmmmm...when I heard the news of your demise I was in great shock and I still can't wrap my head around this. I remember the last time I saw you walk into my office and gave a smile requesting to pick up your keys and meal tickets. Then I asked about your hair and you just smiled again. I believe you are resting with the Lord. I pray your family and friends find solace in God Almighty. RIP"

This tribute was added by Marc Brouwers on 25th August 2015

"Everytime we met I was charmed by your happiness and respectful about you profesionalism, we will miss you."

This tribute was added by Angel Ondo on 25th August 2015

"Akeem was like a brother to me; a singular man that was able to fit in different cultures. You will always be in my hart brother."

This tribute was added by Okechukwu Ohambele on 25th August 2015

"It was with rude shock we received the sad news of your untimely death. I could not hold back tears; I cried uncontrollably. Till now it seems to me like a dream and that you will come back some day may be from vacation.
Nigeria In-Bound Logistics Department will surely miss your zeal, energy, drive & purposeful leadership. You gave IBL direction & focus.
May your gentle soul rest in peace. Amen."

This tribute was added by Pauline Emem Ekong on 24th August 2015

"Shocking news!!!!!
This is difficult to process. It is still like a mirage.....
Finding the courage to post a comment here has been an uphill Task.
AOS as I usually call you, rest in the blossom of the Lord.You will be greatly missed by all.
Our prayer is that The Lord keep, sustain, and uphold your wife,children and the family you left behind.

Esiere oooo, Sanga usung eyeneka!!!!"

This tribute was added by Tundun Oke on 24th August 2015

"Rest In Peace Olatunji, Akeem Sodeke.
Words fail me. Tunji....friendly, caring, loving, hard working, dependable family man...that's all you were and more.
May you find eternal peace and comfort in the bosom of God and may God comfort and keep all the loved ones you left behind.

Sun re o! My Egba brother!"

This tribute was added by Hakeem Bakare on 23rd August 2015

"Inna Lilahi Wa Inana Liahi Rajium, Akeem i met some years ago you are a perfect gentleman. I will always remember your kindness,peaceful nature and friendship. RIP!"

This tribute was added by Kehinde Sholagbade on 23rd August 2015

"Only met you a few times but your goodness clearly shown through... Rest on my brother."

This tribute was added by Tunde Alabi on 23rd August 2015

"Life is but a journey where everyone travels and stops at each Bus Stop according to destiny. You were a great guy and very friendly. I pray that Allah accepts you as His obedient servant, forgives your sins and admit you to the choicest part of Aljannah Firdaus. Ayyatul Qursy."

This tribute was added by adedayo olukoya on 22nd August 2015

"We met in 2000+ after transfer from Eket to Lagos and he introduced himself as TUNJI and we got along like we have been childhood friends.

All of a sudden, everyone except me was calling AKEEM and I asked him why the name switch ? In his characteristic gesture he said......"you guys wanna put me in trouble, my General Manager's name is TUNJI and you guys show up in the corridor screaming TUNJI, TUNJI, TUNJI.....and oga keeps jumping up to respond thinking it is one of his senior buddies calling him. (awon omo mi sii kere o).....don't you think that is a Career Limiting Move (CLM) for all of us ? That was how I joined the band wagon. How will I forget sitting at lunch table with you and engage in boys talk. How will I forget your sharp wit and my usual threat to cut that "Wole Soyinka's" afro hair after hitting the bulls eye against me during our banters. Mehn, that Arsenal designer tie to the office to 'ginger the swag' after a big win !

AKEEM, sleep and dream on !"

This tribute was added by Tunde Oladeji on 22nd August 2015

"TJ,  may God almighty grant you eternal rest. So sad. May God comfort the family that you left behind. Adieu."

This tribute was added by Temi Alliu on 22nd August 2015

"If a million tears could change the hands of time, am very sure you would be with us again. Our very own Akeem.Writing an epistle would never express how much everyone in whose path you have crossed will miss you . I choose to still live in denial till I can accept you won't be there to remind me it's time for jumat prayer, the mischievous grin on your face when Arsenal has won a match and you are ready to rub it in everyones face . You were a great man and it's painful that we have to talk about you in the past so soon but Almighty Allah sees beyond what we do not understand . Rest in peace Akeem Sodeke. May the Almighty grant you Al jannah Firdaus."

This tribute was added by olawale bishi on 22nd August 2015

"Shocking is an understatement to qualify what i felt when i heard of the passing of the only person that calls me "sir were". May almighty Allah forgive your transgressions and protect the loved ones you have left behind. The last time i saw you at Jumat you were full of life and vibrant as usual. There was never enough time to finish the several topics we had to discuss from football, politics, socials, family, work to mention a few. Olorun a te e si afefe re. sun re o."

This tribute was added by Olabisi Alayaki on 22nd August 2015

"Akeem...gone too soon!

May Almighty Allah grant your gentle soul eternal rest and grant you Al Jannah Firdaus; may Allah SWT also grant your family and loved ones the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. Amen.

Rest in peace dear brother ........ Rest in perfect peace!"

This tribute was added by sotayo temilade on 22nd August 2015

"This is so unbelievable I still cannot imagine how true this is. He was a very gentle,Hard working, devoted Muslim. He lived a simple life. He loved his children with all he had and they were source of joy to Him. Uncle tunji gone too soon. You would forever be in my heart and I would miss you. I pray that you rest in God's humble abode."

This tribute was added by Augustus Famose on 22nd August 2015

"I received a call yesterday from a very close friend that Tunji is gone. I couldn't believe my ears. Well the book of Job 14:1 says man that is born of woman is of few days, and full of trouble. The last time I saw you was about 8 years ago but we do talk over the phone occasionally. Tunji, you are truly a friend indeed and always ready to help. Rest in the bosom of the almighty God."

This tribute was added by Lanre Alawoki on 22nd August 2015

"Maroof Ismail came into my office in a very grief-stricken state and could not talk for a while. I was scared to the   bone wondering what exactly was the matter. I kept asking, Maroof, what happened. It was so heavy for him to announce your passing. Of course, I did not believe and asked him severally if it was true. It is so so sad to know you are no more.

My son wears afro and whenever I asked him to cut it he would tell me great men like Akeem keep afro cut. You were a great young man.

May almighty Allah (SWT) make death a resting for you. May He grant your family the strength to carry on.

Aljanat fridaous I pray for you, Akeem."

This tribute was added by ADEDIRAN ADEWALE on 21st August 2015

"The thought of him being no more still hurt me so so much,He indeed lived a life of GIVING,he represented all u can ever think of what God wants us to be on earth.Pray Almighty Allah grant him Alijanat firdaous.Am surely going to miss him forever.Adieu my Brother from another mother,your life though short but u ve laid ur mark.Rest in peace

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