- 95 years old
- Date of birth: Jun 15, 1920
- Date of passing: Sep 2, 2015
|Let the memory of Chief Albert be with us forever|
"My unique uncle with a large heart ❤ that accommodated all the APARA family members while he was alive. Rest in d bosom of ur creator"
"Good night sir. The Lord grant your soul eternal rest"
""I have fought an excellent fight; I have finished my race and have kept my faith".
Your understanding, wisdom, support and encouragement was immeasurable. I fondly remember your weekend stay with us and time spent with you at Surulere. Rest in peace in the presence of your maker."
"Well good night daddy. i want to only remember the sweet memories of you taking care of me, now i wonder who would take care of me, thank you for taking Care of all of us rest in peace I love u your son akintunji"
"This is finally my ode to kunle apara. Who entered this world unannouced but was lucky to have lived a gracious life while not wanting to sound like cliche I would not have wished for another dad
You meant everything to me,you kept on giving me chance after chance again despite my many mistskes and failures, you always believed in another chance even when the evidences showed otherwise you were a father to me and multitudes who made kernel street there home you had a large heart who even took in strangers you Brooked no nonsense yet you loved with a passion as GOD will have it you raised four lovely daughters and two sons almost single handedly but for family support I remember you never been home.I remember your many trips some back to back, is it your commitment to your extended family members who you drew together as one not separating your fathers family from mamas side you treated them as one. What ever you believed in
You treated with a passion it was such that made you join a Yoruba self determination group afenifere.but no you were not a tribal bigot as you with other patriots like Alfred Rewane.Anthony Enahoro.baba omojola,bola ahmed tinubu joined the group that fought against military domination.in the Nigerian polity NADECO, you were a distribilised Nigerian as I know some of your friends who you kept life long relationships, is it
M.D YUSSUF the former I.G of police who called you kunle , Is it Ibrahim Damcida, who with you brought Ericsson to nigeria, or T.Y danjuma or Ahmed joda or Mr onyedim aunty Nancy's dad.you were so simple the house you built over 40 years ago you lived in till you died(you refused to go to the island even when it was the fad to do so.)but I learnt that you had lived in glover and McPherson in ikoyi with my sisters when it was a white mans place, you had no airs about you you liked it simple, you kept the same paint for forty years and not even moji who was you could get you to change the colour. until you died,hence we would have heard you say, What's the matter with you,you made me love dogs, I remember Gigo your first dog , I guess Your love for reading rubbed off on me and sis bimbo cause you even had a library in the house,you were not perfect but you taught me how to pray to GOD every morning,your love for you mum was legendary, it meant ilesa for we your kids every summer and any winter break ,you were never sick until old age even then you were not quite, it took 6 people to hold you down to get your blood sample at st Nicholas at your last sickness I think its was the apara ogun thing, you love for the academics was such that any body who wanted to get an education was well come at kernel street. Even beyond family members, when I was growing up I thought your home was a hostel, what with plates lined up with food for us, I grew up with many uncles and aunts as who lived with us at a point, the flat had the back am sure as a lot of stories to say, it was home to some later nigerian leaders who them where mere young adults,aunty Sola agbeja, who later became deputy governor of Osun state and minister of defense, uncle wale edun the finance guru,uncle Gbola ifaturoti the oilman, HRM Dokun Thomson The current oloni of eti oni in atakumosa local govt in Osun state,ibukun komolafe, aunty bunmi the city lawyer, aunty folake Apara fawunmi, cuz Dr Tunji haastrup,
Nike, aunty aina, Funke taiwo, Laitan,dolapo ajayi; tunde omole, tunde ope,bayo ogunsanwo and I could go on and on they are all great graduates of kernel street, they are so many but we know our self,daddy wish you could have lived on but we are mere mortals i can never forget you chief, continue to rest in peace till we meet on the other side your son akinyemi"
"GOOD NIGHT BABA SURULERE
''Baba Ikoyi'', 'Baba ECN' as he was first known by many of us in the family, but later till his death, we fondly called him 'Baba Surulere'.
Oh! What a man of integrity, an icon that meant different things to different people. He has finally taken his peaceful exit to his eternal home. May he rest peacefully forever in God's bosom heart.
Baba, no doubt was the greater of the many great Aparas.
To me, he was not just a father-in-law, but a father figure as he and my late father(Pa Ashaolu of Iloro) used to call each other 'cousin'.
In the Apara Family, baba was highly esteemed, referenced, honoured, approachable, supportive, caring, loving and a wise spender. He touched and imparted so many lives within and outside the family. He was a reference point, a pillar of support, a father of fathers with a beautiful disposition and strength of character.
The David Olusayo Apara's nuclear and extended family will always remember him for good. We all cherish and appreciate his loving kindness to all.
May it continue to be well with your soul and the family you left behind forever.
Sun re o, Baba Oninure...
From: Mrs Oyinlola Olusayo Apara"
"Rest in Peace dear Uncle."
"Pa, remain restful in peace till we meet to part no more. Your legacy lives on."
"There are so many childhood memories I have of you. But I have now come to realise that I am one of many who consider you to be a father figure in their lives.
The countless stories you told myself and my brother Daniel, as well as the things you may not have known I had noticed and admired whilst living with you, made me proud to come from the Apara lineage and made me want to live up to the standards set by people like yourself and my grand father, the late Chief Justice Apara.
You were there when I was dedicated as a baby and I am now here looking for the right words to express how I feel upon hearing about your death.
Nothing in life lasts for ever, but I am learning that whilst here, it is not the material things in life that will matter, but more so the moments we share together with our loved ones, and the memories that will come from these moments for us to cherish for as long as we live.
You are gone but will never be forgotten. You are mourned but will always be celebrated. Your legacy will live on through the children and grand children you have as well as through those like me, who saw you as a father figure.
May your soul rest in perfect peace."
"Uncle, you are forever in our hearts. (the Dadas)"
"A TRIBUTE TO A TRULY REMARKABLE UNCLE
My Uncle, Chief Albert Olakunle Apara (“Daddy”), was undisputedly a man of distinction, high ethics and tenacious determination, with a loving, caring and generous heart.
Daddy was a wonderful role model who taught me the value of hard work, dedication and industry. He was a bountiful source of inspiration to many and, over the years, continually imparted the wisdom of his many years.
Daddy touched my life in a very special way and during his lifetime was a blessing to all around him, opening his heart and home to many a niece and nephew, including me.☺ It was a privilege to have known you and I shall cherish your memory.
Although I am sad that you have left us, I take solace in knowing that you lived a truly remarkable life and that you are resting peacefully in the bosom of the Lord. Rest in peace dear Uncle.
"Uncle Apara as I fondly referred to you, have been a father figure to me since I lost my own father 50 years ago. From those days in the 60's in McDonald Road, Ikoyi, through the 70's, 80's in Kernel Street Surulere, and on to the 90's in Clarendon Court, London, you have been my father, mentor and a sounding board in my journey as an Accountant. I remember like yesterday the fun times my wife and I shared with you on your regular visits to UK and the invaluable advice you always gave not to mention your extraordinary knowledge of international politics.
When I visited you in 2011, little did I know that would be the last time I would see you. I take consolace in the fact that 'To live in the hearts of those who love you is not to die'. Sleep on Uncle till we meet at the feet of Jesus."
"You were a Grandpa to many, an Uncle to several generations and an inspiration to all. I held you in the greatest awe. You were as mighty as men came. Your might went beyond your myriad professional achievements. It was a mighty legacy of fathering, mentoring and impacting people. Touching lives and imparting positive seeds that have lead people to great heights, to be principled people and to be grounded. These positive seeds are still harvesting, even as you are with the Lord, because they were sown far-and-wide, to family members and beyond, and they were sown across several generations. Therefore your life and legacy marks an era in itself. A personification of fairness, uprightness and kindness: a rare combination for any time or era, and thus, a timeless legacy.
My older brother, Michael and I knew you from the first chapters of our memory. We lived with you in London in the 1990s. You encouraged us, then, to go to the library on Saturdays and write long essays on very esoteric topics. Before we learned the meaning of your efforts, with us, my mum would say, one day Michael and I would realise the privilege of your influence, and thank you. That day is today. I have been thankful for a while, but say it again today. Thank you so much for all you imparted. For a legacy that inspires. I am so glad we got to see one more time last year.
For 95 years, God blessed you so well, and now, may He keep you in perfect peace. Rest well, Uncle."
"I will lite dis candle to keep my uncles' memory in my mind. I cherish the moment we shared together. U can't be ignored by daddy. He will always introduce you to whoever that walks in to his house, our house. He has a large heart ❤ that accommodate all of us and he will listen to all the complains and gives solution. Indeed the cap of olori ebi fits his head very well and makes the meaning of that family ties more meaningful and unique. U hav left a big shoe"
"One of the Lord's angels has returned home, Grandpa you will be missed by a world you contributed so richly to. Rest in peace Omo Aparaogun bi eni pale.""
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