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Amb.(Prof.) Adebowale Ibidapo Adefuye
  • 68 years old
  • Date of birth: Jan 9, 1947
  • Date of passing: Aug 27, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Washington D.C, District of Columbia, United States
Let the memory of indefatigable H.E. Amb.(Prof.) Adebowale be with us forever

Mrs. Adefuye and her children asked me today to share this information as widely as possible to those I know who where friends; had worked closely with the late Ambassador; or knew him well. A note verbal will go out tomorrow as well to the Diplomatic Corps, but in order to help the family and the Embassy at this time in fielding queries, I share with you the following information as asked to do so. Please note the date.

The Memorial Service information is the following:

Date: September 3, 2015

Location:  Nigerian Embassy, Washington, D.C., International Drive

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

The funeral itself will be held in Lagos, Nigeria




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Death of Nigeria's Ambassador to the United States Press Statement
Mark C. Toner
Washington, DC

August 28, 2015

    We were saddened to learn of the passing yesterday of Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United States, the Honorable Adebowale Ibidapo Adefuye. Nigeria lost a distinguished ambassador who will be dearly missed. On behalf of the people of the United States and President Obama, we express our deepest condolences to his wife and his family. Over the past five years under Ambassador Adefuye’s leadership, we enjoyed a collaborative and open dialogue that yielded real results such as the U.S.-Nigeria Bi-National Commission, a strategic dialogue that succeeded in expanding mutual cooperation across a broad range of shared interests.  Ambassador Adefuye helped build the Commission into a collaborative forum that has resulted in progress on issues critical to Nigeria’s and the United States’ shared future. A former Fulbright scholar and participant of the International Visitor Exchange Program, Ambassador Adefuye had a keen understanding of the United States and developed strong relationships with his American colleagues.  His last major assignment as Ambassador was to receive President Muhammadu Buhari and his delegation during the president’s official visit to the United States in July, during which President Buhari met with President Obama and other senior U.S. officials.  The success of this visit speaks to Ambassador Adefuye’s skill as a diplomat. His tenure helped significantly strengthen the U.S.-Nigerian partnership.   
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This memorial website was created in memory of our beloved H.E. Amb.(Prof.) Adebowale Adefuye, 68, born on January 13, 1947 and passed away on August 27, 2015. We will remember him forever.

When the news got to me yesterday evening, it was unbelievable. H.E. Amb.(Prof.) Ade Adefuye was a thoroughbred diplomat and a seasoned Nigeria Scholar who always stand for what's right simply because it's the right thing to do.

Amb. Adefuye was a complete gentleman but resilent to the core, someone who knows the great enthusiasms,the great devotion, spent himself in a worthy cause of transformational diplomacy; who at best knew in the end the triumph of high achievement, and someone who at worst, if ever failed, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cowards and timid souls who have never tasted victory or defeat.

Amb. Ade Adefuye was a champion who was made from something he had deep inside him, a desire, a dream, a vision for bigger, and better Nigeria. Amb. Adefuye was an embodiment of it all. As a result of his doggedness,late Amb. Adefuye used his office to organize trade missions,investment summits  and also worked hard extraneously with United States secretary of State, Hillary Clinton to remove Nigeria from the list of terrorist countries, which ultimately afford Nigerians travellers no longer be given any ill treatment at any of the US borders. This was a great achievement for one of the Nigeria's finest patriots and envoys.

 How very quiet Amb. Adefuye  tiptoed into our world, silently, only a moment you stayed.  But what an imprint your footprints have left upon our hearts. Amb. Adefuye was a Good Jolly Fellow, man of high ethics and integrity. It's with sadness that we lost one of our rare gem, he was one of us that we acknowledge with desolation that he was exceptional. Ambassador Ade Adefuye was inimitable,easy going,gentle soul,born leader.

He was very forthright, classy and matchless.He was 
truly a one off,
irreplaceable in every sense.
 The family of  all Nigerians in Diaspora  despondency and grief know no bounds because our dear ambassador  was a unique gift from God to our nation that he loved so much.He was a very brave warrior who was never scared of death. 

Amb. Adefuye can be proud of the obvious fact that he stood for something while here on earth with us. He was a great Nigeria patriot endowed it's nostalgic memory there in, he never shied away from any difficult national issue or task and he always exhibit uncommon and unparalleled courage in contributing his quotas and always volunteer whenever it mattered most. He so much wanted a better Nigeria for all of us. 

Amb. Adefuye had a hugely successful and unblemished career in international Diplomacy and world history and he used his talent to make a huge difference wherever he found himself, giving many Nigerian and non-Nigerian a strong voice to be proud of. I know it is never about how long one lives but we'll and I do believe that while it is good to have an end to the journey, this one gone so soon.

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,love leaves a memory no one can steal, although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory of His Excellency Amb. Ade Adefuye  help comfort us tomorrow. I commiserate with H.E (Mrs.) Catherine Shola  Adefuye, immediate family and children Amb. Adefuye left behind and pray fervently that God in his infinitive mercy grant them fortitude and strength to carry on. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.And as you comprehend this profound loss, let yourself cry knowing each tear is a note of love rising to the heaven. Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower, you will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind.

On your irreparable loss. You don't get over it, you just get through it. You don't get by it, because you can't get around it.It doesn't get better; it just gets different. 

May the  gentle soul of a great soldier, scholar, diplomat rest in perfect peace. He will forever be remembered, cherished, and missed by us all.

Adeiu  erudite diplomat !!!!!

Dr. Akin Awofolaju


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Femi Soneye on 27th August 2016

"Remembering Amb Adebowale Adefuye A Year After His Death

Remembering Amb Adebowale Adefuye A Year After His Death
By Femi Soneye

One year ago to this day, Adefuye's heart stopped beating, leaving the world of time. If Nigeria is still the indispensable nation in Africa, he was the indispensable Nigerian diplomat.



When the news of his death got to me this day last year, it was unbelievable Ambassador Adebowale Adefuye, that great, pulsing, vital frame quiet at last.

To countless numbers around the world, that was how things felt with the death of Ambassador Adebowale Adefuye, Nigeria's diplomat extraordinary. On August. 26, Adefuye was rushed to a hospital in Washington, D.C., and notwithstanding hours of constant care, died, age 68, on the evening of August 27.

In every way, Adefuye was a big man — handsome, broad-shouldered, with a capacious mind and a generous heart.

He was a skilful actor in the international arena whose imaginative skills and unyielding resolve, won for the country plaudits globally.

Restoring honour was something of a Adefuye skill.  Adefuye’s posting to the US came on the heels of the international infamy caused by the action of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian who attempted to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight headed from Amsterdam to Detroit on December 25, 2009. This development earned Nigeria the odious membership status of America’s  terrorism watch list. The consequence was that the US authorities had to subject Nigerians to all sorts of humiliations and indignities at the major United States airports.

In his drive, his boldness, his determination to do anything he could to get Nigeria off that ignoble list, he demonstrated the best of Nigerian policy — actually, more than that, the best of the Nigerian character and diplomacy.

His doggedness paid off when the then Secretary of State, Mrs. Hilary Clinton, announced the good news that Nigeria was removed from ignominious list. This became the first achievement of Adefuye.

That same big spirit was evident in a part of the Adefuye’s résumé that, I would guess, will be little noticed in most obituaries: his dynamic leadership role used in strengthening the US-Nigeria Bi- National Commission bringing investment worth over $15 billion to Nigeria.

He was one of the kindest man I know. I only saw him get angry once.. The genesis of the anger stemmed from U.S Republican Senator John McCain’s comment in U.S newspaper the Daily Beast when the Boko Haram Schoolgirls kidnapping story gained traction in 2014.

McCain had in a statement said that the U.S Military should invade Nigeria and free the girls without waiting for permission from Nigeria’s president, whom he referred to as “some guy named Goodluck Jonathan.”

Coincidentally, I was with him and I noticed the visibly anger signs, within a couple of minutes he had written a response which he shared with me.

He wrote, “The ranking Arizona Senator and former Republican presidential candidate has inexplicably seized on the pain of a distressed nation not only to show contempt to our country but also denigrate the office and person of His Excellency Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

“One wonders what could have happened if the 2008 elections have gone the other way and McCain became the President of the most powerful nation in the world,” he said. “The good Lord has a better plan for the people of the world.”

“We will like to call on his well paid staff to brief him properly on Nigeria and accord our country as well as the Office of the President the respect they deserve,” Adefuye wrote.

He did everything to make America help Nigeria in the fight against terror, at times he was frustrated. He once said that the United States is letting down an old ally in its hour of need, and Nigeria's people and government feel abandoned.

It was evident in the way he brought together State Department officials and the diplomatic community in Washington, even a known, once inveterate opponent of Nigeria in the U.S Congress.

It was evident in the days and months he laboured long and often thanklessly in what I think he regarded his most difficult task of all, bringing a measure of peace, stability and security to Nigeria.

Adefuye’s last major assignment was to receive President Buhari with his delegation during the official visit to the United States last July. The late Ambassador facilitated Mr. President’s several meetings with US leader, Barack Obama and his Vice President, senior state officials and representatives of America’s business community. The success of the visit was largely attributed to Ambassador Adefuye’s skills as a diplomat and a great friend of Washington.

President Buhari was so happy that he extended his tenure for another month with feelers that Adefuye would be called upon to serve the country in another capacity.

Adefuye was a friend of mine.  He was a father, brother and a confidant.

Just two weeks before he passed, I saw him — and his devoted aides at his office, where he sent me on errand to his relation at First Bank, Folake Ani—Mumuney, the Head Corporate Communications.

I also had the opportunity of meeting him at a dinner event where he proposed a toast with generosity, affection, self-deprecation and the sort of comic timing that made you think he had missed his true profession.

I liked him enormously. But for all that he did over nearly 40 years of service to his nation, and indeed to all humankind, I admired him much, much more. A great hush, indeed.

Soneye, is the Publisher of Per Second News.

http://www.persecondnews.com/index.php/component/k2/item/6690-remembering-amb-adebowale-adefuye-a-year-after-his-death"

This tribute was added by Abdu Ado on 11th January 2016

"My Ambassador, we remain loyal to you as your contribution to the Nigerian nation is glaringly clear for all to see. Continue to rest in perfect peace with the Lord, amen."

This tribute was added by Femi Soneye on 9th January 2016

"My Ambassador...I miss you dearly..just when I was trying to come to terms with your demise...I lost my mum also...Rest in Peace Sir...You will always be remembered."

This tribute was added by Edward Greene on 9th January 2016

"We remember Ade today and celebrate his memory and the legacy that he left on this earth
We have made every effort to contact Shona and would be grateful if she or the children could make contact : greenejed@yahoo.com"

This tribute was added by Kunle Ashiru on 9th January 2016

"May your gentle soul continue to rest in perfect peace.
Omo Agunboye ile agbe
Omo Lapo masi,osunwon tapo-tapo
Continue to sun re o "brothermi ""

This tribute was added by Kunle Ashiru on 9th January 2016

"May your gentle soul continue to rest in perfect peace.
Omo Agunboye ile agbo,
Omo Lapo masi, osunwon tapo tapo
Sun re o, "brothermi""

This tribute was added by Edward Greene on 19th October 2015

"It was only today that Auriol and I learned with deep shock of the death of Prof Adefuye. His sudden passing has once again underscored the fragility of life. His,  however, was one of exemplary service to his country . He applied his intelectual  gifts and diplomatic skiills to effectively  impact on a wide cross section of lives that he touched  throughout his long and distinquished careers as scholar, international public servant and diplomat . In this regard his legacy reigns especially in  Jamaica, England and the USA  where he seved and kept Nigeria as a flagship in the global arena  This is a virtue  that can be attested to by his Ambassadorial collegues and ordinary citizens. Indeed he was a true patriot who literally gave his life for his country.

He will be truly missed especially by his colleagues at the National Cathedral where he and his family faithfully worshiped . We pray that his soul may rest in the peace that it so richly deserves

We offer my deepest sympathy to shola, his children, family and the members of staff of the Nigerian Embassy in Washington DC . May you all be comforted by remembering him as he was

Edward and Auriol Greene"

This tribute was added by Ayo Dalton Banjo on 6th October 2015

"Haba! Death, I know you’re inevitable but in the words of broda mi (Amb Adefuye) -  Eleyi O’da!!!
That’s the simple statement you always said to me whenever I did wrong. No matter the scale of my wrong doing you never show anger or bitterness just that simple statement. Neither shouting nor condemnation either.
I’ve made many futile attempts to write a tribute immediately I heard the news. But I couldn’t accept to address you in past tense beside the rolling tear drops refused to stop. Time they say heals, I must admit I’m coming to grips with reality and able to write to commemorate your 40 days.
Broda mi, an enigma, a God sent to my life at a time, I desperately needed a positive role model in my life. Before I met you I wasn’t just getting on with any one. It was so bad that my parents started threatening me with police arrest. It was 1980 and I’ve just left secondary school. The first time I met you, it was in the company of your pretty wife, Aunty Shola and your lovely children. You were attending the annual family harvest. Without telling you before or my parents I just pack my bag and hang around your car waiting for when you are going to depart. When you came I simply said I’m going with you. That was it, you simply told my mum and off we went to Lagos. I only came on holiday that year and that was Ransome Kuti Road, University of Lagos. To my greatest surprise it was a no hold back welcome to your home, with free access to everything and everywhere. No dos and don’ts, no boundary. And because I had such a fantastic time the first time I came back in 1982 for a permanent stay without pre announcing my coming. I was also welcomed with an wide open.
Block B, flat 5 High Rise Buildings, University of Lagos was my home until you left Nigeria for West Indies, as Nigeria Ambassador to that region in 1987. It was a very happy home for me. You and your wife showed unbound love. I was never maltreated or made to feel un-belong. I ate from the same pot with your family. Broda mi you, were generous to a fault. Your own generosity wasn’t out of excessive abundance, but out of willingness to share whatever you have with those around you.
It wasn’t that you needed me for anything, because you had your house made and there were two other men in the boy’s quarters that wait on you and your family. I wasn’t made to do any house work or under any obligation to do any chore. Yet my needs were adequately met. You even rewarded me with pocket money sometimes if I was good at a stretch. Trust Ayo Banjo, to erupt once in a while. To my surprise you never said or threaten to send me back to my parents. The most you would say is Ayo, Eleyi O’da. What a loving, nonjudgmental man you were.
At this junction, excuse me to use plural because I met both (broda and aunty Shola) of them together, same time, same day. As far as I’m concerned they are an item of in separable joint ticket until death came calling. The unconditional love they gave me was un-quantifiable. And little by little I began to reform myself positively in other not to betray their trust.
To the Glory of God and thanks to the pair of them (Amb and Mrs Adefuye), I completed my first degree at Unilag. This was after stunts at many schools, two Federal Government Schools, CMS Bariga, Molusi College and Ogun Poly. They just refused to give up on me. Meanwhile my parents had long given up on me. This was made known to you when you innocently came to congratulate them on my graduation and they said they didn’t believe I was an undergraduate at Unilag all along. You were upset and embarrassed by their statement. You can’t really blame my parents; I didn’t do a good job of myself either.
And that’s not all. The social life was out of this world. You would buy live concert ticket and took me to most of the musical concerts at National Stadium Iganmu, Lagos. Together we saw quite a few like Kool and the Gang, Dynasty and Third World live. Life was good with you and your wife. Gaskiya! Broda mi you had a penchant appetite for a variety of music. The house was full of vinyl albums of Reggae (Bob Marley, Peter Touch and others), Jazz (traditional), Afro Beat (Fela, Bongos Igwe, Chris Okotie and others), Juju (Sunny, Obey and others) and a host of others. Most of which I inherited when you left for West Indies.    
Incidentally that Wednesday, 26th August, around noon you came like flash into my mind. And I said to myself, broda will be celebrating 70 years very soon, I better be getting ready. And I got excited. Because I had a plan to surprise you well beyond your own imagination and to seize the occasion to say thank you for everything.
Well death came calling first and it’s never going to happen.
Babatunde, pele masun kun mo. You made him very proud. You are the closest person to his heart.  
Tolu, mabi nu. He was quite fond of you, your energy and no nonsense attitude.
Bunmi, You were born a special baby and you remain special to him. Together all of you gave him unquantifiable joy.
Let us take solace that he left the stage as a great man with the loudest ovation. As evidenced by commentaries on Nigeria-US relationship while he was at the helms of affairs as the Nigerian Ambassador to US. His last assignment to his motherland, Nigeria.
Please let us join hand together to look after the love of his life, the woman who gave him joy and stability at home that brought him success. A wonderful woman – Mrs Sola Adefuye (Aunty Sola).
We will try but that vacuum can never be filled.
Omo Philip, Omo Alayo, Okejaga, Sun ree Oh!
Ayo Banjo"

This tribute was added by Ade Thomas on 26th September 2015

"There are few people that we meet in life who have the gift of touching other people's lives positively. You and your wife touched my life positively in my undergraduate years at the University of Lagos. Although we have not spoken for many years, the memories will always live with me and with numerous people that have been blessed meeting you. You Motivated and moulded so many people more than I can ever count. A legacy that will live forever. Brother, rest in perfect peace.
You have left a void that that will remain a challenge to fill. I have been honoured to have met you and your family"

This tribute was added by Femi Soneye on 16th September 2015

"By Femi Soneye

One of the country’s most erudite diplomats – Prof Adebowale Adefuye – passed away on August 28. He was 68 years.



Prof Adefuye was a diplomat par excellence. He was one of Nigeria’s best professional diplomat at the time of his death. In his long and distinguished career, Prof Adefuye served in a number of Nigeria’s diplomatic missions, including Washington, Jamaica, Belize and was a former director of strategic planning at the British Commonwealth Group.

After fourteen years with the Commonwealth, Adefuye took a job with the Economic Community of West African States, where he served as an Advisor for two years, from 2008 to 2010. He became the Nigerian Ambassador to the United States in 2010.

He was intelligent and handsome, always well dressed. He could walk into any international gathering and mingle comfortably with royalty and the elite. He could lecture for hours without notes. His many skills brought credit and honour to the country.

My association with Prof Adefuye at the embassy of Nigeria, Washington, was very different. Working closely with him, I saw his benevolence and magnanimity. He was ready to help anyone who needed his assistance or guidance.

I remember a top level meeting I had the privilege of attending with him at the state department. It was an emergency meeting, as a matter of fact we had to divert from an event to answer the summon from the US government. The US government had concerns and wanted clarification. At the meeting the manner in which Prof Adefuye spoke was indicative of his rich knowledge of all the four ‘vedas’ as well as intricacies of grammar. Besides,his articulation of speech and scholarly use of the language was simply outstanding and whatever he spoke came straight from his heart with no hint of hypocrisy.

Adefuye was quick to seize the opportunity as he saw a great possibility of forging a win-win alliance. Quite predictably,the meeting took place at the State Department, which led to a treaty of friendship and mutual help.

His articulation of the issue,the sequence in which he delivered the message,his choice of words and expressions to describe Nigeria,the manner in which he introduced his government and himself while seeking his friendship and alliance with the US government – all make for a wonderful lesson in the subtle art of diplomacy.

My first encounter with Prof was a little over three years ago, when he requested to see me in his office, after series of media fireworks against the government of Nigeria. I well remember my trepidation facing him on that occasion.

I remember on August 7, 2015 the last time I saw him, he was full of life, we laughed together, discussed every topic and he shared with me some new things that God has done in his life.

He was looking forward to a new challenge with hope and enthusiasm. It was not all rosy, as he also shared some disappointments with me, especially the role played by some folks in the last one month.

He kept me for over two hours as we discussed everything you can ever imagine. At the end of the meeting, he sent me on an errand, an assignment he never waited for me to return with the message.

If I knew it would be the last time that I see you walk out of the door, I would give you a hug and a kiss. and call you back for one more.



It is true what they say, you do not realize what you truly have till it is gone.  Prof Adebowale Adefuye, you meant so much to a lot of people and you are going to be missed immensely. You were a warm-hearted and tender person to all.

If I knew it would be the last time I would be there to share your day, I would videotape each action and word. So I could play them back day after day.

On the 28th of August 2015 you were taken away from us unexpectedly. It was indeed a shock to all those who knew you.

I know you are in a better place now, pain free, and happy, but still it does not feel like this has actually happened. We are going to miss you so much and I know so many people are too. You are always going to have a place in our lives and hearts.

I can sit here thinking of what could have been, should have been and would have been if things were different, but that is not what I want to concentrate on. I want to hold onto and remember the good memories I have of you.

Prof, I think of you as a person of great integrity, intellectual curiosity, candour, warmth and good humour.

Sleep tight Baba. Rest in Peace.



Soneye, is the Publisher and CEO of Per Second News"

This tribute was added by Efe Farinre (née Edebiri) on 14th September 2015

"TRIBUTE TO "UNCLE", PROF. ADE ADEFUYE.

Say he is jovial
Say he is learned
Say he is friendly
Say he is kind

Say he is caring
Say he is wise
Say he is accomplished
Say he is humble

Say he is no more?
That cannot be so!

People like Prof. Adefuye
Transcend to that place
Where all in life
Strive to be one day

Now heaven rejoices
Angels sing louder
For his precious soul
Has made it home

No more worries
No more struggles
His legacy lives on
As Uncle rests in peace.


- Efe Farinre (née Edebiri)"

This tribute was added by Efe Farinre (née Edebiri) on 14th September 2015

"Sometime in 2014, a “pet project” I had been working on was at a point where I felt I could share it with some of my dad’s fellow Profs and friends.  I called Prof. Adefuye on a Wednesday, got it across to him in 2 days and within a week, Uncle had looked through it and given his stamp of approval.  Words cannot express how I felt when I read his validation of my dream.  

When I met Prof. Adefuye on a flight from Abuja in September, 2014, he wanted to know the status of my project.  I explained the challenges I was facing and he encouraged me not to give up on fulfilling my dream.  How could I, when I had him cheering me on?!

While I am saddened that he won’t be here to see the end product, I remain grateful to Prof. Adefuye for his endorsement of my work.

Seeing him at the Lagos airport, no one would have known the office he held in Nigeria.  He got on the bus and walked the airport with “the masses”.  He waited in the “general” arrival lounge, so he could meet my children.  He immediately reached out to hold my youngest in his arms and got him to stop crying so we could take a picture.  My older ones insisted that I print the picture so they could take it to school and share as one of the highpoints of their summer holiday – meeting Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United States, who happens to be their grandfather’s friend.

This meeting brought back childhood memories of Prof. Adefuye as the “friendly-father” in our Unilag Highrise Block B Flats.  Uncle would always have something to say to make the children smile or better still, laugh.

Prof. Adefuye will surely be missed by all who knew him.  

May God comfort and strengthen Aunty Sola, Bunmi, Tolu and Baba, as only He knows how to.

Indeed in Prof. Adefuye’s passing, one of earth’s gems has become one of heaven’s angels.

Uncle, may your soul rest in peace.  Amen.


- Efe Farinre (née Edebiri)"

This tribute was added by Dr.Akin Awofolaju on 8th September 2015

"By Prof. Olu Ojedokun
Friday, 28 August 2015

In Tribute to Professor Adebowale Adefuye - 'The Good Guy'

At that moment, eking out a living in London as a British Civil Servant, toiling away within the offices of the Inland Revenue in the leafy suburbs of Surrey the name Ade Adefuye leaped out.  Ten years had rolled by since the passing away of my father Dr. Olasupo Ojedokun.  In commemoration, a memorial lecture was organised and Professor Ade Adefuye, then the Nigerian Deputy High Commissioner to the UK had graciously agreed to be the guest speaker at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs. The lecture was titled ‘The Commonwealth and Nigeria in a New World Order’ and held on 24th April 1992.  Regrettably due to work commitments I was constrained to remain in the UK and unable to travel to Nigeria to attend the event.

The thread linking my father to the Professor went beyond the role of a memorial guest speaker.  He was connected to him in other ways, as a junior colleague at the University of Lagos in the Department of History before he was seconded to the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs and through his wife Aunty Shola who is my mother’s cousin.

The Professor was one of the many lecturers who paid me attention when as a young schoolboy I took to the habit of roaming the grounds of the campus of University of Lagos in search of close affinity to my father’s memory.  The Professor was the one who paid me attention and cleared his schedule to meet with me in his London office when I required consular assistance in the 1990s.


It was through my good friend Dr. Ayowale Ogunye, in the midst of the crises that engulfed the University of Lagos, claiming his father and 6 other professors' positions, I came to realise even in the 1980s that Professor Adefuye was one of the good guys.  In the past few hours, in far away America, we have lost an intellectual colossus, an indefatigable diplomat, a beautiful soul, a man of dignity and above all a father and husband.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Aunty Shola and the family at this time."

This tribute was added by Olabisi Kajero on 7th September 2015

"Tribute by Chief Mrs I.O. Kajero
I still don’t believe you are dead and so shall it be for you; for the dead in Christ are very much alive.
When someone you love and cherish becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure and Broda mi (my brother) would be more than a treasure to us: a jewel, an angel that God Almighty has taken to a better place, a place of rest peace and eternal life.
Broda mi (my brother) without any controversy you were great, you achieved greatness in every sphere of life you ventured into, even at death you were great! You dedicated your life to the service of Nigeria and humanity in general. You love peace so much that you died peacefully. You worshiped, believed, and trusted your God so much that you fear no foe.
What can we say unto the Lord? All we have to say is thank you Lord. We say thank you Lord for giving the Adefuyes of Ijebu-Igbo a son, a father, a brother like Bro Adebowale Adefuye. You love all of us so much, the first generation i.e our parents who were your uncles and aunties, you honoured and respected them and they all loved you dearly. The love bond in the family was transferred to us the second generation which you led with love, humility and generousity.  
How will our yearly family meeting and ikore-agboole (Family Harvest) of Late Pa David Ifemade Adefuye be? Who will lead like you?
The shoes you left behind is too big for anybody to wear. We thank you for preserving the name of the family and for promoting it internationally. We will never forget your warning to us all, that we should not tarnish the name ADEFUYE which you have labored so much to keep in good record with the highest level of commitment and responsibility.
…Omo Atebo ose koru f’ole, ogidan aluf’ekun jo, tata yiiyii Abiyamo lojo ogun…sun re o.
Chief Mrs I.O. Kajero ( Cousin)"

This tribute was added by Sola Kuti on 7th September 2015

"Woke up to the very shocking news that Prof Ade Adefuye...passed away in the US after suffering a heart attack.

I am utterly shocked and quite saddened by this great loss. Just days to his retirement. He was 68 yrs old.

Uncle had served Nigeria and the world well in his capacity as Ambassador to Jamaica, Deputy High Commissioner to the UK in the 80's amongst others. He also worked in the commonwealth office in the UK for many years....he was an absolute workaholic...and loved his job.

I recall when he was in charge of negotiating a peace settlement in Solomon Islands (a 24 hour journey from London by air) he had to make several trips there sometimes after just returning...they would call again he had to come back. When my aunt Sola complained about the wahala...he always shrugged it off as a necessity for peace to reign.

I remember him showing me pictures of him in a dense forest with rebel leaders decked in camouflage....negotiating peace.

He was a GOOD MAN...a decent human being...a loving father...who devoted his family and his kids. He was a loyal person.

His face would light up everytime he saw me and he would call me 'sha' just like his late daughter Dayo used to when she was a baby. In fact aunt Sola uncle and my mum are the only 3 people who call me that in the universe.

And this man hated money...my aunt used to joke and tease him that his mates are using their connects to hammer...his own is just to be killing himself with work....he was very close to Obj...but Late Admiral Aikhomu who gave him his first stint in diplomacy was a man he loved and admired greatly. He also had a great relationship with many past presidents. He also was very good friends with Kaduna Gov Nasir El Rufai.

So when Sahara reports did a story to discredit him...I laughed...I can't vouch for many people but uncle Ade was straighter than a ruler....you can't even get him to influence your job...he will tell you that you have to earn it.

Let me repeat...he was a decent human being WYSIWYG...what you see is what you get. When my mum passed away he flee in from the UK to attend her funeral...my aunt Sola was too devastated and told me she would not come cos she can't take it....I don't know how she will cope with this loss now. But I pray that God will stand firmly by her then way she stood with my mum through 4 years of cancer.

The Adefuye's were my example of love....We were not even related...hard to believe...I am sure many people reading this would be shocked...we were only neighbours at Obanikoro...I was probably only 7yrs old then...and they became family...inseparable even when we moved to Unilag and lived a few miles apart on campus...We were always in each others houses...We were inseparable even when I was in the UK...amazing love best describes it.

I had hoped to take a short vacation to London and the US just after the elections and had planned to see them but I had put it off till later.

The funny thing is that he had decided to move back home and settle in Abuja and was just about doing that when GEJ made him Ambassador to the US. I joked that no good deed goes unpunished.

I will never forget this great man...another one who taught me that money is not everything and a good name is worth more than all the precious metals in the world combined.

Thank you uncle for the support through my most difficult periods of my life...for the lessons and for the love.....all invaluable. We shall continue where you stopped and aim to be better than you.

God knows best

My sincere condolences to the entire family."

This tribute was added by Dr.Akin Awofolaju on 6th September 2015

"Amb joe keshi OON"

This tribute was added by Dr.Akin Awofolaju on 6th September 2015

"The first caller left me in shock and disbelief, but when the confirmation came l still was in doubt hoping that there was a mistake somewhere. The last time we met when he was home for consultation prior to the president's visit to Washington, he was full of life and we discussed his impending return to Nigeria and what we could do together to improve and strengthen  US-Nigeria relations. Now he's  gone and gone also is our dream.
For all the  years l have known him l have never seen him lose his cool. He was to the end, a diplomat's diplomat, a patriot and dedicated public servant. Our loss is heaven's gain.  
May his soul rest in peace and may the Lord watch over and console his lovely family."

This tribute was added by unoaku ekwegbalu on 5th September 2015

"You have transited from Nigerian Ambassador  to Heavenly Ambassador. Good night noble soul"

This tribute was added by mon charles on 5th September 2015

"Rest in peace!"

This tribute was added by Ronke Bello on 5th September 2015

"Rest in perfect peace,Sir."

This tribute was added by Akande Ojo on 4th September 2015

"Prof. Adefuye was a great man who was always willing and ready to help and support good initiative that had to do with the growth and development of Nigeria. He was approachable, accessible, friendly and offered fatherly support to the Nigeria Community.

He will be greatly missed by all. May his soul rest in perfect peace. Amen."

This tribute was added by Titilola Atewologun on 4th September 2015

"You were there for your family, both nuclear and extended. The brother of a dear friend,Seun Sonubi née Adefuye. May your gentle soul continue to rest in peace and may the grace to bear the loss be granted by the comforter, the Holy Spirit of God."

This tribute was added by Dr.Akin Awofolaju on 4th September 2015

"To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.And as you comprehend this profound loss, let yourself cry knowing each tear is a note of love rising to the heaven. Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower, you will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind.You don't get over it, you just get through it.You don't get by it, because you can't get around it.It doesn't get better; it just gets different. Everyday.....Grief puts on a new face. You will be missed.  
Akin   Awofolaju, PhD, CLE, CSP, CFE(Cornell)"

This tribute was added by ibukun olatidoye on 4th September 2015

"A gem has gone. An amiable personality has suddenly disappeared. A true friend has departed us unannounced. A wonderful brother and uncle has just left us unceremoniously.
Prof. Ade Adefuye you have only replayed what has troubled our minds for long; the riddle surrounding the circumstances of our birth and death which have continued to remain a mystery. The suddenness with which you existed this world really jolted us. we are still in shock. But Prof. why did you choose to leave us this way. We know it is a one billion naira question that cannot get an answer but we know Jehovah God has the answer. He understands perfectly the reason why He had to snatch you from us in such a way. But one thing is clear albeit your sudden demise has left a BIG HOLE that cannot be filled in the lives of all those that crossed your path individually or collectively while here on earth.
Prof. is it your family or the academic world or the Diplomatic world or the ordinary man on the street that had the opportunity to cross your path that should be mentioned. Truly Prof. you have lived a fulfilled life the type to emulate . Your untimely exist has denied Nigeria and Nigerians at large the reservoir of knowledge and benefit of wealth of Diplomatic experience you garnered over the years which could have served us well at this crucial time of our nation building.
Adieu Prof. We pray Almighty God to accept you into His Bosom. May your gentle soul and amiable personality rest in perfect peace. You are no doubt a personable person. A peoples Professor. A humanist personified.
Prof. Ade Adefuye 'sun re o' until we meet again at the feet of Jesus Christ

Ibukun & Bimbo OLATIDOYE
Abuja-- Nigeria."

This tribute was added by Kehinde Adesokan on 3rd September 2015

"Baba, I can still remember our last conversation sometimes in June, you walked into the passport room and i was asked to take your picture so as to renew your Epassport.....I was so happy to do this task and you said to me jokingly; Give me a good shot......remember am going to use this passport for few years. Am still in shock, can't believe you gone until we celebrates your life and achievements today at the Embassy.
You fought a good fight
You finished the race
And You kept the faith!!!
Continue to rest in the bosom of our LORD JESUS CHRIST UNTIL RESURRECTION DAY."

This tribute was added by Primus Igboaka on 3rd September 2015

"A Tribute to Nigeria’s Ambassador to the US, Professor Adefuye,
He was an exemplary leader and a hero. A diplomat extra-ordinary. He loved our country Nigeria. I do not know him personally, but he opened his doors to Nigeria-USA Chamber of Commerce (NUSACC) - which I am the Secretary. We have consulted with him on business and investment promotion in Nigeria. NUSACC board members paid a courtesy call to him a week before his sudden.  Professor Adefuye was always available on a very short notice to receive NUSACC board and members. He was available to a pre-conference event at the Nigerian Embassy a day before God called him to Heaven (where eyes have seen or ears heard what God has in store for people that love God). With no room for too much protocols, he opened his doors to all. NUSACC was allowed to use the Embassy for pre-summit meeting on August 25, 2015 and press conference for NUSACC's just-concluded August 25-27, 2015 summit held at Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, Washington, DC... all because of him and his interest in Nigeria and NUSACC's advocacy mission of promoting businesses and investments in Nigeria. MAY HIS GENTLE SOUL REST IN PERFECT PEACE. AMEN.

Primus Chuks Igboaka, Ph.D
Secretary, Nigeria-USA Chamber of Commerce (NUSACC)."

This tribute was added by ADE AROBIEKE on 3rd September 2015

"ADIUE Professor Adebowale Adefuye -  Omo Orimolusi, Omo  won ni ilu Ijebu- Igbo. Your death is a big loss to us at home and abroad. You came, fought and conquer. My condolence to the entire Adefuye family.  Continue to rest in peace- SILENT PERFORMER

Asiwaju & Yeyeluwa Walley Arobieke
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A"

This tribute was added by Kunle Ashiru on 3rd September 2015

"May God grant him eternal rest. Sun re o Omo Orimolusi. Omo shopen Lukale."

This tribute was added by tunde favour on 3rd September 2015

"TRIBUTE TO A RARE-GEM
Baba, you are a rare-gem. Suddenly you joined the company of the marching saints without a goodbye- singing before the throne of grace “Oh when the saints go marching in” (Louis Armstrong). You took a flight to the seat of mercy on a Thursday hoping to check in and check out. And since there is no bus stop or sky stop in the air it turned out to be a flight of no return. I would have insisted you shouldn’t go. All I heard was “Iya Yard won n korin nibe yen ni moba kuku duro (Pastor’s wife, they were singing and dancing there so I branched and stayed). Baba, this is too sudden and heart breaking for all of us. You are too good to be ignored. A father to the fatherless, unrepentant hard worker, diligent in all things. “Ha, ile n je niyan”
Baba Adefuye, sunre o, I salute your bravery and kindness. Your memory lingers on. You served your country faithfully,  and  encouraged us to be patriotic, took good care of all that came in contact with you, with your open door policy. Indeed you are rare gem, with great virtues as your name stands for ADEFUYE.
 We        Admire your simplicity.
 You are Dedicated to the Nation.
 Your     Excellency.
 You are Friendly
 You are hUmble.
 You are so Young at heart, that no hatred was found in you, easy going daddy.
 God gave you Energy for your pursuits in life.
We love Daddy but God loves you best. Rest in peace in the bosom of your maker Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God. O tun di ojo ajinde, ti a o pade lese Jesus. Be blessed sir.  
t&d Adesokan."

This tribute was added by Tunde Kalaro on 3rd September 2015

"Hmmmmm!!!! God knows best."

This tribute was added by AFOLABI O AJIBOYE on 2nd September 2015

"The honorable Ambassador of Nigeria to Washington,Prof Ade Adefuye,May your soul rest in perfect peace,i had never meet with you ,but,your good work will live forever, rest well,till meet again and part no more."

This tribute was added by Debo Awosika-Olumo on 2nd September 2015

"May his soul rest in perfect peace. Forever is the memory of a just man.
The Almighty God will comfort and console the family in Jesus name"

This tribute was added by Dr.Akin Awofolaju on 2nd September 2015

"VERY SHOCKED to received the sudden passing of late Ambassador of Nigeria to Washington DC, Prof. Ade. Adefuye. He was the best ambassador we ever had, a charming, and charisma man. Worked so hard keeping NIGERIANS IN Diaspora strong and united. GONE too soon. May His Soul Rest In Peace. AMEN. Princess Zainab Sheni. Gimbiyan Bwarat"

This tribute was added by Osemetiti Okosun on 2nd September 2015

"May God grant him rest and uphold his family. - Osemetiti Okosun"

This tribute was added by Honourable Oluwaseyi Joshua A. Ogunyinka on 1st September 2015

"May the gentle soul of Ambassador (Professor) Adebowale Ibidapo Adefuye rest in perfect peace. Also, may God almighty grant his wife, children, families and friends the fortitude to bear the loss.

Ambassador Adefuye served Nigeria and Nigerians till death. He made his indelible mark.

Maa sun lo Olufe sa maa sinmi, Fori le aya Oluwa re
A fe o sugbon Oluwa fe o ju, Sun re, Sun re, Sun re.

From Honourable Oluwaseyi Joshua A. Ogunyinka and Family.
New Jersey, U.S.A."

This tribute was added by Dr.Akin Awofolaju on 1st September 2015

"May his soul rest in peace.  - Kienuwa Obaseki"

This tribute was added by Dr.Akin Awofolaju on 1st September 2015

"Prof Ade Adefuye: A diplomat par excellence and man of integrity, intellectual curiosity and humour.
By Femi Soneye

One of the country’s most erudite diplomats – Prof Adebowale Adefuye – passed away on August 28. He was 68 years.



Prof Adefuye was a diplomat par excellence. He was one of Nigeria’s best professional diplomat at the time of his death. In his long and distinguished career, Prof Adefuye served in a number of Nigeria’s diplomatic missions, including Washington, Jamaica, Belize and was a former director of strategic planning at the British Commonwealth Group.

After fourteen years with the Commonwealth, Adefuye took a job with the Economic Community of West African States, where he served as an Advisor for two years, from 2008 to 2010. He became the Nigerian Ambassador to the United States in 2010.

He was intelligent and handsome, always well dressed. He could walk into any international gathering and mingle comfortably with royalty and the elite. He could lecture for hours without notes. His many skills brought credit and honour to the country.

My association with Prof Adefuye at the embassy of Nigeria, Washington, was very different. Working closely with him, I saw his benevolence and magnanimity. He was ready to help anyone who needed his assistance or guidance.

I remember on August 7, 2015 the last time I saw him, he was full of life, we laughed together, discussed every topic and he shared with me some new things that God has done in his life.

He was looking forward to a new challenge with hope and enthusiasm. It was not all rosy, as he also shared some disappointments with me, especially the role played by some folks in the last one month.

He kept me for over two hours as we discussed everything, at the end of the meeting, he sent me on an errand, an assignment he never waited for me to return with the message.

If I knew it would be the last time that I see you walk out of the door, I would give you a hug and a kiss. and call you back for one more.



It is true what they say, you do not realize what you truly have till it is gone.  Prof Adebowale Adefuye, you meant so much to a lot of people and you are going to be missed immensely. You were a warm-hearted and tender person to all.

If I knew it would be the last time I would be there to share your day, I would videotape each action and word. So I could play them back day after day.

On the 28th of August 2015 you were taken away from us unexpectedly. It was indeed a shock to all those who knew you.

I know you are in a better place now, pain free, and happy, but still it does not feel like this has actually happened. We are going to miss you so much and I know so many people are too. You are always going to have a place in our lives and hearts.

I can sit here thinking of what could have been, should have been and would have been if things were different, but that is not what I want to concentrate on. I want to hold onto and remember the good memories I have of you.

Prof I think of you as a person of great integrity, intellectual curiosity, candour, warmth and good humour.

Sleep tight Baba. Rest in Peace.



Soneye, is the Publisher and CEO of Per Second News."

This tribute was added by L Olaniyi Kareem on 1st September 2015

"My last meeting with His Excellency was  on Friday August 7, 2015 in his office at the Embassy, in the company of my fellow Nigeria USA Chamber of Commerce (NUSACC) Board Members. He was so full of life. He graciously approved a NUSACC Reception that was held at the Embassy Auditorium on the afternoon of Tuesday, August 25, 2015.
We are still in shock about  the news of his sudden demise.  He was so approachable, so understanding. He made several trips to Ohio in support of our various programs.He was always  there to receive us at the Embassy on short notice. He was the only Senior Government official  that I know of to  promptly return private cell phone call promptly. He was  the ultimate, unintimidatable Diplomat with Humility and in complete command of the facts. On behalf of NUSACC, we thank you for your friendship, accommodation and support. We have lost a great Champion of Nigerian Cause. Professor, you have gone home to be with the Lord, but we will miss you so. Our prayer is that you rest in Eternal Peace in the bossom of the Almighty; that the Lord strengthen  and bless the family that you left behind.
Personally, I pay my respect to your Excellency with this link to 'Oriki Ijebu':

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVuGfIhbFYk


Sun re o.

L. Olaniyi Kareem
Nigeria USA Chamber of Commerce
(NUSACC)
Cleveland, Ohio"

This tribute was added by Dr.Akin Awofolaju on 1st September 2015

"For Immediate Release                                                                                        August 31, 2015


Ambassador Prof. Adebowale Ibidapo Adefuye - a Diplomat Extraordinaire

Organization for the Advancement of Nigerians (OAN) was shocked upon receiving news of the sudden demise of Ambassador Prof. Adebowale Ibidapo Adefuye -- who was a noble gentleman, a brilliant scholar, and a diplomat extraordinaire.

During his lifetime, Professor Adefuye touched so many lives as a professor of history at University of Lagos and other institutions.   In recognition of his brilliance, young Adebowale was offered Fullbright scholarship.  As Nigeria's Ambassador to the United States, he served Nigeria loyally with honor and dignity.

Ambassador Adefuye supported good initiatives that showcased Nigeria in bright light and uplifted her image.  He consistently attended annual Nigeria Independence Day Celebration in New York with his family.  He proudly demonstrated his patriotism by wearing outfits in green-white-green Nigeria colors and mingling with young Nigerians.  Ambassador Adefuye had an open-door policy and willing to engage in meaningful discussion even without appointment.

Ambassador Adefuye vocally advocated for U.S. support for Nigeria's fight against Boko Haram terrorist group.  He strengthened US-Nigeria Bi-National Commission and relationship.

Ambassador Prof. Adebowale Ibidapo Adefuye was like a comet that passes through this world once in a lifetime.

May his gentle soul continue to rest in perfect peace.  May God Almighty comfort his wife, children, extended family, and his beloved Nigeria.


Solomon Bakare
President
Organization for the Advancement of Nigerians (OAN)"

This tribute was added by Dr.Akin Awofolaju on 1st September 2015

"To lose our able Ambassador, Honorable Prof. Ade Adefuye unexpectedly is very heartbroken. So, I know how his family, relations, and close friends feel now. But since death is an end to human life that we do not have control over, and there is nothing we can do now to bring our Ambassador, father, brother, and friend back, let us pause, and remember him for all the good things he did for our country (Nigeria) while he lived.

For me, I see this world as a stage where we play our respective roles and depart, and that is exactly what I believe our late Ambassador has accomplished with respect, integrity and dignity. So, there should be no doubt in our minds that where he is now is a better place than this world. However, I sympathize with his family for his death, and my prayers are with all of the members.

May God guide his family peacefully through this mourning period; and may his soul rest in peace.

Bren I. George-Nwabugwu"

This tribute was added by Dr.Akin Awofolaju on 1st September 2015

"This is a time for reflection.
May his soul rest in eternal peace. May the good Lord be with the family and fill the gap left behind. Our sympathies are with you. God bless
Alistair S, UK"

This tribute was added by Olatunde Olusesi on 1st September 2015

"The passing of Ambassador (Professor) Ade Adefuye is a monumental loss to Nigeria. To say he was an exemplary diplomat is to state the obvious.  His memorable tenure as Nigeria’s Ambassador to the US was a clear testament to his uncommon wisdom, patriotism, and diplomatic wizardry. Our country has lost a colossal gem.
    
I first met Professor Adefuye in 1983, when he taught me history at the then nascent Ogun State University (now Olabisi Onabanjo University), Ago Iwoye.  As pioneering students of OSU, we were extremely fortunate that he was coming from his base in UNILAG to teach us.   Awed by his erudition and impeccable memory, we had nicknamed him “Laiwowe” (he who teaches extempore—without “looking” at any notes or textbooks).   He was one of those unforgettable teachers whose imprints on their students’ minds are indelible.  

The last time I saw Prof. Adefuye was at the Nigeria’s Independence Day parade/festival in New York City a few years ago.  When I introduced myself to him as his former student, he received me warmly.    I was not surprised at all that the highly inspirational speech that he gave on that occasion, which was laden with patriotism, wisdom, erudition, and unimpeachable facts and figures, was delivered extempore.  

May Professor Adefuye’s gentle soul rest in perfect peace.   We thank God for his life.  May the Almighty provide solace for his immediate family, extended family, friends, and Nigerians both at home and in the Diaspora.

Dr. Olatunde Olusesi"

This tribute was added by Dr. Timothy Omotayo Adesanya and Family on 31st August 2015

"Amb. Adefuye , May your soul rest in peace .Too bad  we were not able to tell you and your wife "THANK YOU " for taking care of our daughter when she moved to Maryland area .....She conveyed all your messages to us....We are eternally grateful...It is our prayer that you rest in perfect peace  and that the good Lord continue to be with your wife,children and rest of the family.
We share in your loss .
" Omo Alare sun re o."."

This tribute was added by Michael O Afolayan on 31st August 2015

"The last time I fraternized with the great diplomat was at Valparaiso University in Indiana. His energy was indubitably palpable but that was just in the eye of man! Had I known it would be our last meeting, I would have made a better use of our time together. However, "Tempus autem Dei est!" (Time belongs to God)!

It is unfortunate that, good trees don't stand tall for too long in the forest. Ambassador Adefuye came to us in a hurry and left us in a hurry. May his legacy of integrity, patriotism, selfless and meritorious service stay with us for an indefinite time, and may we continue to bask in the sunshine of his nicety for a long time to come. My heart goes out to Mrs. Adefuyi and the entire family, the compendium of colleagues, and a wide array of friends around the world. I pray that our great nation be blessed with the reincarnation of such much-needed selfless souls as Adefuye in the service of our nation. So long, our man with a giant heart!

Michael O. Afolayan
USA"

This tribute was added by Sunny Lambe on 31st August 2015

"May his soul rest in peace and rise in glory."

This tribute was added by Chief Osuagwu on 31st August 2015

"I join NIDO in mourning the transition to eternity of our brother and friend - Ambassador Ade Adefuye. May the Almighty admit you into Paradise. May He also grant your family the fortitude to bear this great loss. Rest in Peace till we meet again.

High Chief Osuagwu (NIDO New Jersey)"

This tribute was added by Dr.Akin Awofolaju on 31st August 2015

"Professor Adefuye --- mine is a pleasant memory of your academic integrity ... you made a mark indeed and you left an indelible footprint that you were once a visitor ... here on earth ... here "where men sit and hear each other grown". Adieu, far removed from "the madding crowd's ignoble strife". Dr. 'Dokun Jagun"

This tribute was added by Dr.Akin Awofolaju on 31st August 2015

"From former Nigerian Minister of Finance.
Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

I received the news of the passing of Ambassador Ade Adefuye with great sadness. He and my husband developed a warm friendship in Washington.

He was a very dedicated and hardworking man who represented the country with sterling patriotism and passion. Ambassador Adefuye was much respected in the diplomatic community for his strong intellect and deep knowledge of Nigeria and Africa.

I interacted closely with him in the course of my job as Minister of Finance and I saw firsthand his dedication to the task of helping diplomats and investors understand Nigeria and appreciate the country's many positives. He participated robustly in many sessions with investors especially on infrastructure and agriculture financing.

And of course he was always ever ready to speak up and defend the country whenever necessary. But he also had a great sense of humour and, during tense moments, Ambassador Adefuye could be counted upon to say something to relieve the stress.

A strong family man, he took great pride in his wife and children who always stood by him and gave him strength.

Our thoughts are with the Adefuye family at this difficult time and we pray that the memory of his worthy life would comfort and strengthen them in their grief.

Adieu Ambassador.

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Abuja, August 29, 2015"

This tribute was added by Dr.Akin Awofolaju on 31st August 2015

"Gentleman who treated everyone like equals and with respect. He brought back dignity to his office, standing up for Nigeria whenever it was falsely attacked by other Governments and/or their agents. A consensus builder. Will be greatly missed.
R. Dapo Odunlami, Northern California"

This tribute was added by Gbenga Oyetayo on 31st August 2015

"I was fortunate to be on the same table with Professor Adefuye in late 2013 and he was quite a wonderful gentleman and real patriot who served with decency and honor. May  your soul rest in perfect peace. E sun re o baba!

Gbenga"

This tribute was added by Dr.Akin Awofolaju on 31st August 2015

"A Diplomat per Excellence!
May your Gentle Soul rest in Perfect Peace
Your Service for the Nation would forever be remembered
Sun re o
Engr. Oluyemi O. Ogundele"

This tribute was added by Dr.Akin Awofolaju on 31st August 2015

"It is quite sad. May his soul rest in perfect peace. May God give his family the fortitude to bear this untimely loss.

-Dr Bashir Obasekola,
Vice-Chairman, NIDO Europe BoT"

This tribute was added by ND Gabriel on 31st August 2015

"A tribute to a noble statesman like you Prof Adefuye is a difficult one, as you wore many hats and has impacted many lives. Like a candle in the wind, you just burnt out before your life began. You were a formidable Nigerian and very passionate about the transformation agenda of our beloved nation. It has been a great pleasure working with you from NIDO Americas and the Nigeria Diaspora Diagnostic & Trauma Center foundation (NDD&TF) which you chaired its committee of the whole. We will miss your eloquence and fiery speeches that awakens our consciousness to the gigantic tasks of selfless services to our great nation. You have been a great inspiration to us all in the diaspora community and your motivational words will forever remain green in our memories. Adieu your excellency and may your eternal rest be indeed, a peaceful one.

---- Gabriel N. George (PRO NIDO Americas)."

This tribute was added by Dr.Akin Awofolaju on 30th August 2015

"Ambassador Adefuye , now of blessed memory, was never comfortable with my addressing him as colleague, always preferring to see me as boss from the historical perspective of  my being
his Foreign Minister that physically took his papers to then Acting President Goodluck Jonathan to sign and set out within the week to Washington following Senate approval of his nomination by President Musa Yaradua , also of blessed memory. Now , Ambaasador Adefuye,s abiding appreciation for the speed with which I acted on his matter, and ever generous comments on my authorship of the U.S.-Nigeria Binational Commission which I demanded of then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ,  at a meeting in my residence in Abuja in 2009 ,speaks volumes about the kind of man this rare breed  was. Ever appreciative of even the smallest courtesies , he was as profound as he was humble. He represented one of the finest traditions of history, s  exclusive club of scholars of statecraft who went on to embody the craft itself with their luminosity and strategic depth.  Uncompromisingly urbane and cosmopolitan , he brought  to diplomacy a breath of 21st century fresh  air that had the authenticity of tradition. He was a mobile example that Nigeria can work when we begin to place round pegs in round holes. And that explains why , Professor Adefuye , who was neither a career diplomat in the conventional sense , nor a card carrying member of any political party , could rise to the Olympian heights of our diplomatic outings and accomplish so much without the anointing of any of those core  historic constituencies in our diplomatic experience .You have to be an exceptional talent to buck the tide that  way , and come up this high.  Adefuye,  my colleague in the North  American family of Nigerian envoys ,  was such a talent.  My personal pain about his death was compounded by the fact that he called me from Washington 5 days before he passed away . He sounded hale and hearty. We spoke about life after our imminent return to Nigeria at the conclusion of our service ,having all received notice from Abuja to that effect. He took my Nigerian number as he wanted to be very much in touch and I took his.He was going to write a definitive book in which he would dwell a lot on my vision that gave rise to the U.S/ Nigeria Binational Commission and how that was the template for his busy diplomatic engagements in Washington . We both lamented how our national capacity to be a global player gets diminished when they are no records ,or worse ,history is shunted aside for hysteria. Perhaps , from the vantage position of  his being a historian - diplomat , some positive steps to recover lost grounds could now commence  from his threshold . Little did I know this was a farewell conversation ! As I became dumb founded on hearing of Adefuye,s death , I had problems making any public statement ,except for a quiet condolence I have sent to his wonderful , and ever gracious wife.I rued over the fact that we don't honour and celebrate our best enough when they are alive ; only to  wait to jump into the bandwagon of praise upon death. ( I am in no position , nor do I have the inclination to asses how much of such lachrymal effusions are sincere).Since too often , much of public service , especially in Nigeria is thankless service, who says some of these lives we  subsequently say very generous things about , might not have lived longer if they had  experienced the emotional and even spiritual satisfaction from the goodwill that pours in torrents after they have gone. Can we sincerely begin to develop a robust culture of heroism so critical for national greatness if all our heroes are dead heroes?. Maybe  the  planned memoirs  which Ambassador Professor Ade Adefuye hinted to me about,  5 days before he was translated , may have addressed that. Now , we will never know, because he now belongs to the ages!Could another of his competence , insights , and experience pick up the baton.? Who is the candidate? It is a matter of urgent national interest . For now , we can only console  the wife and children ,and officers and staff of both the chancery in Washington ,and headquarter Ministry of Foreign Affairs, by saying that to know and be associated with Ambassador Ade  Adefuye,  is a gift from heaven , and therefore transcends time and space and history. May light perpetual continue to shine upon him , and may his labours continue to be an inspiration for future generations  !   Ojo Maduekwe , High Commissioner to Canada.
By Ojo Maduekwe
Nigeria Ambassador to Canada"

This tribute was added by Dr.Akin Awofolaju on 30th August 2015

"You were a welcome breath of fresh air in the political image of our fledgling democracy. A consummate diplomat who saw no ethnicity, tribe, color, nor creed, in dispatching your duties as ambassador.
It was just last month, like the well-learned scholar you were, you gave your last inspiring speech at the Town Hall, hosted for our President Buhari, at the Nigerian Embassy, Washington DC. I for one, never knew that would be my last interaction with you.
May the Good Lord/Allah, grant your family the fortitude to bear your loss, and May you Rest in the Bosom of our Lord. Amen.
Dr. Reginald Obiamalu,
NIDOA Board Member/Event Director"

This tribute was added by Dr.Akin Awofolaju on 30th August 2015

"---- the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. Job 1:21 (KJV)

Ambassador (Prof.) Adefuye was given to us to serve Nigeria to the best of his ability in two capacities --- as university professor and diplomat. In both cases he excelled. He loved Nigeria and stood for her progress. He did not waver even under the most difficult circumstances. Some misunderstood him, but more appreciated his dedication, devotion, candor and impeccable record of service as representative of Nigeria in the most powerful country in the world.

I came close to Amb. Adefuye as Chair, Organizing Committees for three NIDOA World Conferences in New Jersey. During our interactions, it was clear to me that this man's commitment to Nigeria's advancement in the global arena was total. He gave my committees full support intellectually and in resources to ensure we organized successful conferences. In addition he participated actively in presenting to the International audiences Nigerian aspirations for becoming the true giant of Africa. His relentless campaign for the Nigeria/US partnership in the socioeconomic realms pushed Nigeria to the fore of considerations among the American public and private sectors. Today, the whole world  recognizes Nigeria as the biggest economy in Africa --- Amb. Adefuye played a significant role in this.

Amb. Adefuye represnted Nigeria well in the most powerful country in the world. He will be missed!

MAY HIS GENTLE SOUL REST IN PEACE!!! May the good memories of the good life he lived comfort his wife, children grandchildren and all his loved ones. May the Lord console the Nigerian nation!

Albert Ayeni"

This tribute was added by Dr.Akin Awofolaju on 30th August 2015

"Tribute By Abdullahi Dauda and Family

My condolences to Ambassador Adefuye's family. May God in his infinite mercy, comfort them in this difficult time. Amb. Adefuye was an exemplary Nigerian. I haven't met any diplomat who loved Nigeria as much. He was the true spokesperson when it came to issues on Nigeria and Nigerians. He always saw the best in Nigerians and Nigeria. I really truly miss him already.  May his soul Rest in Perfect Peace. Amee."

This tribute was added by Dr.Akin Awofolaju on 30th August 2015

"The news was a shock to all of us. May God Almighty strengthen your family and accept your soul in Jesus name."

This tribute was added by Dr.Akin Awofolaju on 30th August 2015

"I first met our distinguished Ambassador in 2011, barely less than one year after he assumed office in Washington, DC. He was an exemplary leader, peaceful and detribalized Nigerian who represented the finest of Nigeria. Despite all the problems of Nigeria and Nigerians on this shore of USA, Ambassador remained hopeful and optimistic that the best of Nigeria nation is yet to emerge to fullest. Our prayers go out to his immediate family, Nigeria and all lovers of peace. Your good work on earth will remain as shining example to all Nigerians.  Adieu.
Sir Clement Ezeh - New Jersey USA"

This tribute was added by Dr.Akin Awofolaju on 30th August 2015

"In Tribute to Professor Adebowale Adefuye - 'The Good Guy'
At that moment, eking out a living in London as a British Civil Servant, toiling away within the offices of the Inland Revenue in the leafy suburbs of Surrey the name Ade Adefuye leaped out.  Ten years had rolled by since the passing away of my father Dr. Olasupo Ojedokun.  In commemoration, a memorial lecture was organised and Professor Ade Adefuye, then the Nigerian Deputy High Commissioner to the UK had graciously agreed to be the guest speaker at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs. The lecture was titled ‘The Commonwealth and Nigeria in a New World Order’ and held on 24th April 1992.  Regrettably due to work commitments I was constrained to remain in the UK and unable to travel to Nigeria to attend the event.

The thread linking my father to the Professor went beyond the role of a memorial guest speaker.  He was connected to him in other ways, as a junior colleague at the University of Lagos in the Department of History before he was seconded to the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs and through his wife Aunty Shola who is my mother’s cousin.

The Professor was one of the many lecturers who paid me attention when as a young schoolboy I took to the habit of roaming the grounds of the campus of University of Lagos in search of close affinity to my father’s memory.  The Professor was the one who paid me attention and cleared his schedule to meet with me in his London office when I required consular assistance in the 1990s.


It was through my good friend Dr. Ayowale Ogunye, in the midst of the crises that engulfed the University of Lagos, claiming his father and 6 other professors' positions, I came to realise even in the 1980s that Professor Adefuye was one of the good guys.  In the past few hours, in far away America, we have lost an intellectual colossus, an indefatigable diplomat, a beautiful soul, a man of dignity and above all a father and husband.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Aunty Shola and the family at this time.
http://promiseofmygeneration.blogspot.com/2015/08/in-tribute-to-professor-adebowale.html"

This tribute was added by Emeline Awogbade on 30th August 2015

"Goodbye to a wonderfull scholar who sacrificed all there was at my time as a student at the University of Lagos as one of his student was a great icon of education fought for wright of the average nigerian child to be well educated sleep well my gerat mentor."

This tribute was added by Dr.Akin Awofolaju on 30th August 2015

""Tribute by Bookie Shonuga - New York"

My condolences to Ambassador Adefuye's family. May God in his infinite mercy, comfort them in this difficult time. Amb. Adefuye was an exemplary Nigerian. I haven't met any diplomat who loved Nigeria as much. He was the true spokesperson/salesman when it came to issues on Nigeria and Nigerians. He always saw the best in Nigerians and Nigeria. I really truly admire this quality in him. No matter how negative the news "du jour" on Nigeria, he always found something positive to say. His energy and patriotism were infectious. Some diplomats may love Nigeria and claimed that they're dedicated to serve Nigeria, but Professor Adefuye walked the walk and talked the talk as a talented, intellectual Nigerian who was able to eloquently express his love and passion for our dear country and defended her until his last breadth.

I was in his presence at the Blair house in Washington DC, this past July when he accompanied President Buhari to meet with president Obama. I was also at the Nigerian Diaspora town hall forum at the Nigerian Embassy, organized to meet President Buhari, Ambassador Adefuye officiated the occasion and he was exuberant and patriotic as usual.

Nigeria has lost a great talent and son and most importantly, a beautiful soul. May his soul rest in eternal peace.



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This tribute was added by Dr.Akin Awofolaju on 30th August 2015

"Life is like a river, a flower that blossoms in the day and withers in the evening at sundown. As we mourn, we should likewise prepare ourselves for our own turn, try to be at peace with God and mankind. May the soul of Prof Adefuye rest in perfect peace until we meet to part no more."

This tribute was added by Dr.Akin Awofolaju on 30th August 2015

""Tribute by Ndubueze Chuku - South Carolina"

Ambassador Adefuye set a marker as one who will not cower when his country was being painted in a bad light. He acknowledged the problems Nigeria faced but highlighted the great things that Nigeria and Nigerians represented. The country will miss you dearly. Adieu, The people's Ambassador and may your soul rest in the bosom of the Lord....."

This tribute was added by Izeze Reuben on 30th August 2015

"I met the amicable and affable Professor about thrice within a week and that was in New York in 2014 during the United Nations General Assembly.Surely he did live a lasting impression on me.
He came across as a well bred diplomat whose love for his Fatherland was conveyed in unambiguous terms.He believed in the greatness of Nigeria and warned against the continuous negative reportage Nigeria was getting from the world media with the active connivance of our local media.
May his soul rest in peace and may God grant his family and the diplomatic community the fortitude to bear this painful loss,IJN,AMEN!!!
Comrade Izeze R.Y.Reuben.
Majority Whip,
Delta State House Of Assembly,
Asaba,
Nigeria."

This tribute was added by Dr.Akin Awofolaju on 30th August 2015

"Tribute by Tunde Bewaji

When I arrived Jamaica in 1991 the name Ade Adefuye was on the lips of every Jamaican I met.  Even though we had another High Commissioner, most Jamaicans thought Ade Adefuye was still the Ambassador of Nigeria to Jamaica.  He was remembered, and continues to be remembered today in Jamaica as a special Nigerian High Commissioner who placed Nigeria, Africa and humanity above pettiness and who elevated the relationship between Jamaica and Nigeria to a place of understanding, cooperation, collaboration and dignity.

It was therefore with joy that I accepted to attend and present at the Roundtable on Culture as an Instrument of Nigerian foreign policy in America and the Americas which he organized, and I was not disappointed, because the man was authentic, no pretense about him, and his capacity to attend to even the minutest of details was impressive.  No one was left with a feeling of the typical Nigerian official, too stuck-up with a false image of importance to recognize the human dignity of the youngest, smallest or poorest among us.

Unfortunately, it was at that Roundtable that the news of the sudden passing of another gem was broken to me, Professor Moses Oke of Obafemi Awolowo University, by another colleague who had journeyed for the Roundtable with us in DC.  But I confess that the reputation of Professor Ade Adefuye transcends the diminutive physique that I encountered.  Having had the opportunity of being blessed by his presence, it dawned on me that the most bombastic among us have to be that way because the essence of their beings have that need, while the real humans among us are often ineffable, unpretentiously down to earth, and consequently needful of no padding.

What is even more significant about the sudden transition to ancestorhood of Ade Adefuye is the constant reminder this should be to us all, that all humans have a shelf life.  The only certainty is our transience.  For those animals among us who have made kleptocracy into the art, who would rather relocate the wealth of their ancestry into another country where it is of no use to themselves and to their compatriots after their earthly demise, the primitive in them need to be reminded that Mobutu Sese Sekou is no more today, Idi Amin Dada is no more, all the rogues who rob their societies blind to build mansions in Oyibo country are all gone.  Even the best among us, sadly, must go like Ojogbon Agba Adefuye answered the bell, while we continue to pray that the demise of the evil among us be hastened, so that we can have peace and development worthy of the effort of Ade Adefuye.

Does anyone remember them, the kleptocrats, the way we mention Ade Adefuye?  When people mention Nkrumah, Awolowo, Cabral, Nyerere, Mandela, Mbeki and other great patriots, who would remember any of these charlatans, except as examples of human perfidy and primitivity? So, Oga, Baba, Professor, Ambassador Ade Adefuye, we met only once, but I thank you for being who you are.  None of us is perfect, but each one of us must aspire to be a blessing to our communities, to society and to our country, regardless of personal interests.

Your shadows will continue to be a shade to those who seek knowledge and humanity in the black person, who refuse to give up on project Nigeria, and who are very aware of the humanity of each human - having basic needs, desiring dignity, and being destined to depart and be no more, leaving only the good works or the evil works, by which others will remember them.

Ojogbon Agba Ade Adefuye, Eledua will condole the immediate and extended family (of the later, uncountables must be numbered amongst us). Sunnre.  Ma j'okun, ma j'ekolo; oun won ba n je l'ajule orun, oun ni o ma a ba won je.  O da'rinako, o d'oju ala, o di gbere.  Sunnre o.  

Tunde Bewaji."

This tribute was added by Mike Adeniyi on 30th August 2015

"Ambassador Prof. Adebowale Ibidapo Adefuye was a diplomat extraordinaire.  He served Nigeria loyally with dignity and honor.  Ambassador Adefuye touched so many lives as a professor and as a diplomat.  Nigeria has lost a brilliant gem.  You will be terribly missed.  May your gentle and noble soul rest in perfect peace, Amen. Sun re o!"

This tribute was added by Dr.Akin Awofolaju on 30th August 2015

"This is sad, but heaves know best. May his soul find rest. My one meeting with him at a NIDO event in Chicago was cordial and friendly. My heartfelt condolences to his family and close friends.

'Segun Olude"

This tribute was added by Tajudeen Oladele on 29th August 2015

"There is no doubt that Ambassador Adefuye was one of our own best to represent Nigeria here in United States.  Prof. you have your best, you have made your indelible marks in the hearts of peace-loving Nigeria, and you represented  all of us very well. May God Almighty Allaah take care of everthing and everyone"

This tribute was added by Dr.Akin Awofolaju on 29th August 2015

"The passing of Prof. Adebowale Adefuye on Thursday, August 27, 2015 came as a shock.  A gentleman to the core.  I met him in Dallas a few years ago with his wife.  It was an official event that took place at the Dallas City Hall.  I was at the event on dual capacities: As Board Chairman of the Organization of Nigerian Nationals, D/FW, Inc. and as the publisher of African Herald based in Dallas.  He made Nigerians at the event proud.  He was a well rounded man intellectually.  Of course, we published the event.

We will forever miss him.  Rest in Peace Prof.  God knows why he took you while still on duty in the U.S.  We pray that the Almighty God will give your family the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.

Adieu.

Dr. Richard O. Nwachukwu
Board Chairman, ONN, D/FW, Inc."

This tribute was added by Dr.Akin Awofolaju on 29th August 2015

"Very sad and shocking!"

This tribute was added by Dr.Akin Awofolaju on 29th August 2015

"Rest in Perfect Peace, prof."

This tribute was added by Adesina Anidugbe on 29th August 2015

"U.S Government Mourns Ambassador Ade Adefuye's Exit,   
Commiserates With The Government and People of  Nigeria"

The governnent and people of the United States have commiserated with the Federal republic of Nigeria over the sudden  death of the nation's Ambassador to that country, Professor Adebowale Ibidapo Adefuye.  

The U.S government describes Professor Adefuye as a distinguished ambassador who will be dearly missed, not only by his immediate family and country of origin but also, the entire diplomatic community in view of his sterling qualities which endeared him to many.

A statement, issued by the deputy Spokesperson of the U.S Deparment of State, Mark Toner and made available to Ogun State Television (Ogtv's) Senior Correspondent, Adesina Anidugbe in New-York, said over the past five years under Ambassador Adefuye’s leadership, both countries enjoyed collaborative and open dialogue that yielded real results such as  the U.S.-Nigeria Bi-National Commission; a strategic dialogue that succeeded in expanding mutual cooperation across a broad range of shared interests.

The statement addded that Ambassador Adefuye helped build the Commission into a collaborative forum that had resulted in progress on issues critical to Nigeria’s and the United States’ shared future. 

As a former Fulbright scholar and participant of the International Visitor Exchange Program, Ambassador Adefuye was said to have had a keen understanding of the United States and developed strong relationships with his American colleagues.  

His last major assignment as Ambassador was to receive President Muhammadu Buhari and his delegation during the president’s official visit to the United States in July, during which President Buhari met with President Obama and other senior U.S. officials.  

The success of this visit, the statement added, laid credence to Ambassador Adefuye’s skill as a diplomat just as his tenure significantly helped to strengthen the U.S.-Nigerian partnership.

The U.S government therefore prayed to God to give his family, friends, NIgeria and the diplomatic community, the fortitude to bear the loss.  


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This tribute was added by Tunde Odulaja on 29th August 2015

"Uncle Ade was a colossus . A man larger than life itself, I met this great man in 1968 on arrival from the UK as a toddler of 2 years old. I was so attached to his then girlfriend who later became his wife our dear aunty Sola, Uncle Ade was a complete family man who shunned any form of affluence. He was a direct man, straight to the point and never played with words. Uncle Ade wanted all around him to be a success, so he was quick to point out your folly.  Serving Nigeria and the international community in various capacity is an attestation of his hard work and a peace loving person, he loved his people and always wanted the best for them. He loved Nigeria and would stop at nothing in negotiating the best for us, It's a shame he died on active service, if I could read his mind, he was probably thinking of his next Nigeria pet project since he was completing one in a couple of days, Uncle Ade will surely be missed by his family, cousins, schoolmates from Molusi College, the Unilag community, our Ijebu Igbo community and Nigeria as a whole. He served his Motherland meritoriously. May his gentle soul have eternal peace. Uncle Ade and my mother shared the same grand parents."

This tribute was added by Dr.Akin Awofolaju on 29th August 2015

"Oh Month of August. How heartless you are! You took a giant from amongst us.
Adieu Prof. Adebowale Ibidapo Adefuye. May GOD grant you eternal rest. Let your work and those you have touched continue to speak for you even unto generations yet unborn. Reside in the bossom of the ALMIGHTY. In Jesus Name (Amen)
Samson Arawole"

This tribute was added by Dr.Akin Awofolaju on 28th August 2015

"The honorable Ambassador of Nigeria to Washington, Prof. Ade Adefuye and his wife are the best diplomats Nigeria has ever produced in the last 4 decades that I have been around the Baltimore-Washington corridor.  No other ambassador has done more to uplift and elevate the image of Nigeria and diaspora Nigerians than Prof. Adefuye.  The only Nigerian ambassador in memory who speaks without prepared text, and always smiling and passionate in his defense of Nigeria and Nigerians.  That his untimely demise should happen in this way shows how temporary our sojourn on this earth is.  His legacy shall never be forgotten, and the light he started shall shine that all may see and come to know the contribution of Nigerians to the American fabris !

On behalf of the Eleonu family, and the entire NIDO iNova (Virginia) members, we express our deepest condolence to the family of the "People's Ambassador" - a true diplomat without match.  May he rest in perfect peace."


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