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David Abiola Olawale Oni
  • 72 years old
  • Date of birth: Aug 7, 1944
  • Date of passing: Nov 13, 2016
Let the memory of David Abiola be with us forever
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, David Abiola Oni, 72, born on August 7, 1944 and passed away on November 13, 2016. We will remember him forever.
Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Adewunmi Alawode on 2nd December 2016

"It has been difficult for me to write this. It is still surreal to me...like a dream...like an an event that was not supposed to happen, could not happen! I still remember your smiling face, enthusiasm for work and genuine empathy. I remember saying "good night sir" at the close of work Friday November 11 and you replying "good night, see you on Monday by God's grace. I guess God wanted to see you sooner than we expected. You are great man; more than a boss- a father, teacher, mentor, motivator, friend! I have become a better manager, counsellor, wife, career woman because of your tutelage. To say I would miss you is just scraping the state of my emotions at the surface. Sleep on sir, till we meet again!"

This tribute was added by Vanessa Koloko on 28th November 2016

"To the family of Engr Oni, words can't describe how saddened I am, Engr Oni was a blessing to the Educational Industry he always pushed me to be better in my various  roles and ensured his team supported me always when I requested ' just one more student' my prayer is that he will rest in perfect peace, may God be with the family, guide and support you all during this difficult time.
Vanessa Koloko - Oxford International Education Group"

This tribute was added by Ebele Okebugwu on 24th November 2016

"Baba, I have just come to realise that you are really gone from this world, I have being in denial since the 13th of November as the news came as a great shock to me. We were still together till about 5pm on Saturday the 12th and we looked forward to hosting our visitor to a dinner on Monday the 14th, Baba! you were more than a Boss to me....you were a father....a mentor......a teacher.......a friend, yes you were truly a friend, you have left a vacum in our hearts which only the Lord Jesus can fill. I bid you farewell as you return to our maker, I also pray that God will give Mama the strength to go through this difficult time. Rest In Peace Baba.....till we meet again at the resurrection morning."

This tribute was added by Candace Jesson on 24th November 2016

"Due to travels and limited access to email, I did not hear of such surprising news until today. I am sorry. It is with much sadness that I write regarding the news of his passing.  Being new to NIC, I was very much looking forward to meeting him one day.  My sincere thoughts and condolences go out to the family.  I am sure he is missed dearly by the staff and business partners as well. May you find comfort in your fond memories of him."

This tribute was added by Vitalis Nwaogu on 22nd November 2016

"I was shocked to hear the sad news of the sudden demise of Engr. Oni. I knew Engr Oni to be a hard worker and an honest businessman. Although I admired his virtuosity in business, his kindness with everyone was what truly impressed me. Please accept my deepest sympathy for this loss. My thoughts are with his staff and family at this difficult time.."

This tribute was added by Bola Agunbiade on 22nd November 2016

"I am deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of "Baba Dave Abion" as we fondly call him! It gives me a little consolation that I had a chat with him recently at a training held in Sheraton. Life is forever springing us surprises. We are comforted only in God "So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory. O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” (1 Corinthians 15:54–55)" Our thought and prayers are with the family members that Baba left behind. Our thoughts are also with Colleagues in Dave Abion. Please accept our condolences from Avail International Consult Limited (AICL)"

This tribute was added by Stuart Hodgson on 21st November 2016

"On behalf of the University of Leeds I'd like to offer my condolences to Dave's family, friends and colleagues. RIP Dave (Stuart Hodgson, International Office)."

This tribute was added by Adel Ansah on 21st November 2016

"Very sad to hear of you demise Sir.  I remember the warm reception you extended to me when I turned up at your office without any appointment. All the things I learnt about Bath was through the experiences you shared with me on that day. Glad I gave you a hug at the end of our meeting, didn't know it was going to be the last.  May you rest peacefully in the arms of the Almighty.  Fare thee well Sir (From Adel and the entire Shorelight team)"

This tribute was added by Tosin Adebisi on 20th November 2016

"Condolences to family, friends and colleagues of Engineer Oni from the University of Sussex. I knew him as a colleague, a father-figure and an inspirational KCOB. We mourn the loss of a remarkable man but celebrate his memory, legacy and all the lifes he touched. When the call is sounded, KCOB's  answer 'here'; Engineer Oni embodied this in life evident in his accomplishments until the final call which we must all answer...  Floreat and sleep well sir."

This tribute was added by Gani Goonewardana on 18th November 2016

""On behalf of University of Roehampton" – Please accept our deepest sympathies!! RIP Dave (Gani Goonewardana – International Officer)"

This tribute was added by Durham University, UK on 18th November 2016

"On behalf of Durham University,

I am so saddened to hear this news and please pass on my deepest condolences to Dave’s family.
I remember first meeting Dave when I worked in Glasgow and enjoyed meeting him again last year in Nigeria after a few years.
He was a great character and I am so sorry for his loss.

We are all thinking about his family and colleagues at this time.

with all best wishes

Mrs Sharne Procter (International Office team at Durham) & Dr Kola Mudashiru (Regional Manager for Africa)"

This tribute was added by Francis Adekoya on 17th November 2016

"As an icon in the international education industry, you will be missed a great deal. I did get the opportunity to converse with "Baba Dave" on a number of occasions, suffice it to say that I always went away with a word of wisdom. We exchanged greetings at the British Council Fair a day before. Little did I know it was the last.

I pray God's fortitude for the family to bear this loss and for a peaceful rest for Baba in the bossom of Almighty God."

This tribute was added by Ainsley McIntosh on 17th November 2016

"Like so many others, I was truly saddened to hear the news of Dave's passing. He was so kind and honest in all his dealings, a true gentleman. He will be greatly missed by the entire international community, and our thoughts go out to his family and close colleagues at this incredibly sad time."

This tribute was added by trevor toone on 17th November 2016

"On behalf of Columbia College, Vancouver, I offer sincere condolences."

This tribute was added by francesca casci on 17th November 2016

"All of us at the University of Aberdeen who knew or worked with Dave send our condolences to his family, friends and workmates at this very sad time."

This tribute was added by Ogechi Onyemem on 17th November 2016

"Dear Sir, its so shocking to hear you have gone to be with the Lord. I will always remember you as a perfect gentle man, hard working and a professional in the UK Education industry within Nigeria. You were very active, vibrant, friendly and full of life. May your gentle soul Rest in perfect Peace"

This tribute was added by Ogechi Onyemem on 17th November 2016

"Dear Sir, its so shocking to hear you have gone to be with the Lord. I will always remember you as a perfect gentle man, hard working and a professional in the UK Education industry within Nigeria. You were very active, vibrant, friendly and full of life. May your gentle soul Rest in perfect Peace"

This tribute was added by Temitope Popoola on 17th November 2016

"Baba,a great loss in the recruitment industry, I have known you since i have been in the business, and you have always been talked about positively, you will continue to be remembered in our hearts most especially inte British Education industry. Rest in peace Baba"

This tribute was added by Chris Bustin on 17th November 2016

"On behalf of everyone at the University of Greenwich, we would like to express our deepest sympathy on the passing of our graduate, agent and friend.  David was a great supporter of the University and will be truly missed by all those at the University who knew him as a student and business partner.  On a personal level I have worked with Dave for 15 years and will miss his advice and friendship."

This tribute was added by Taiwo Atoloye on 17th November 2016

"Hmm, It came as a shock to me on that fateful night with many plans onboard. I am a beneficiary of your caring and understanding nature. Your fatherly touch will never be forgotten. I kept waiting to receive that call to ask how is the business going and how is the family. I pray that God almighty will grant you peaceful sleep at his feet. Adieu Baba"

This tribute was added by Ikemesit Nkereuwem-Tim on 17th November 2016

"..Short of words to say.. But GOD know best. Your Hardwork sure speaks volumes of your true character and that speech will always be head.. A Great Man you was and that still you are. May your soul rest in peace, Sir. We at GCU send our condolences"

This tribute was added by Olakunle Bakare on 17th November 2016

"The news came as a shock to me. You were such a great man; an inspiration to many people; a huge loss that has created a vacuum. You're one of the best people i ever knew. Rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Delyth Chambers on 17th November 2016

"It was with great sadness that we heard of the passing of Dave, who has worked with us over many years. Please accept the sincere condolences of colleagues at the University of Warwick."

This tribute was added by Daniel Rowe on 17th November 2016

"I am really saddened, having just heard the news.  My sincere condolences to Dave's family.  I will always fondly remember my meetings and conversations with Dave.  He had a warm personality, and really cared.  Daniel Rowe"

This tribute was added by Ashleigh Veres on 17th November 2016

"We are deeply saddened to hear of Engr. Oni's passing. Our thoughts are with his family and colleagues. Dave was a very valued  and cherished part of our family. Always friendly, professional and with a keen interest in the well being of all staff and students, the impact that he has had in shaping people's lives is a legacy that is unforgettable.

Long may his memory serve as inspiration to all those who aspire to change their futures through education, community work and the power of positive change.

You will be missed deeply by all of us at INTO Manchester."

This tribute was added by Richard Stacey on 17th November 2016

"On behalf of the University of South Wales I’d like to offer my sincere condolences.

We are saddened to hear the news. We have always appreciated Dave's knowledge and we know he will be greatly missed by all who knew him."

This tribute was added by Margaret Ajiduah on 17th November 2016

"This is beyond sad!!! You were more than a boss to us @ DAC. You were a father, a realist, a great counselor and one of the most caring CEO I know. I will miss our chats, your sharp, knowledgeable mind and insights, and your great personality! You are sorely missed. Rest in the Lord, boss!"

This tribute was added by Doyinsola Adetula on 17th November 2016

"U will be greatly missed Baba. Am happy I had the opportunity to still have a chat with you close to your death. My prayers are with your family and the DAC team,  May God grant them the strength they need at this period. U will forever be in our thoughts at Northumbria University. Rest on Baba!"

This tribute was added by Cornelius Kadiri on 16th November 2016

"May your soul rest in peace, Engr. Dave Oni! It was a rude shock on receiving the news of your death. May God grant your family and the whole international education consultancy family in Nigeria the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. You shall greatly be missed."

This tribute was added by Melissa Gibson on 16th November 2016

"My most heartfelt condolences to all Dave's family, friends and staff following the sad news of his passing this weekend. You are all in my thoughts. Dave's wonderful sense of humour, honesty and enthusiasm for encouraging the pursuit of excellence in education will be sorely missed in both Nigeria and the UK. Rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Michael Obrutu on 16th November 2016

"Your passing away came to me as a shock and I wish it were a dream. I am yet to come to reality that I will see you no more. Your were a good man to relate and work with, I will forever miss your smiles, kind advice and humility. I know you have gone to rest in the bottom of the Lord. Sun re oooo, baba."

This tribute was added by Chris Emetole on 16th November 2016

":( A terribly sad news! I have known Engr. Oni for many years and only saw him recently. A professional partner and a father figure with words of advice and encouragement. May you find eternal rest, Baba!"

This tribute was added by Hanna Janneh on 16th November 2016

"Deeply saddened to hear of David's passing. David was a mentor to many students and much admired across the industry for his integrity, intellect and kindness. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. INTO University Partnerships"

This tribute was added by Lovelyn Aroh Nnasor on 16th November 2016

"It's so sad to hear that you're gone, you were a wonderful man with words of wisdom and encouragement for everyone. I will never forget that gentle smile on your face each time I greeted you. May God grant your family and the entire staff of DAC the strength to bear your loss....Rest on Baba"

This tribute was added by Adeyemi Adeleke on 16th November 2016

"I am still in shock knowing that I won't be seeing Baba again. Words aren't enough to describe him while he was alive and even in death. He impacted my life positively and he  always liven my spirit with words of wisdom. Never a dull moment with him. He is so much of a father to me than a boss. I miss him so much..., and I pray he finds rest in the bossom of our God. Adieu! Baba."

This tribute was added by Sarah Jones-Morris Bangor Uni on 16th November 2016

"So sorry to hear the sad news. We will miss him at Bangor, he was always a big advocate for the Welsh universities. My thoughts are with the family at this sad time and all the staff at DAC"

This tribute was added by Ilalokhoin Kenneth on 16th November 2016

"I am deeply  sad to hear  of the sudden departure of our father figure in the industry. Uncle Dave, you were such an inspiration to me and many of us who looked on to you for your fatherly advise and guidance  .
I will miss your gentle smile. Rest in the bosom of the Lord."

This tribute was added by Lily Rumsey on 16th November 2016

"Such a huge loss for all of us here at the University of Salford and the many students that had the fortune of meeting Dave along their journey, you will be deeply missed."

This tribute was added by Peter Muncey on 16th November 2016

"So sorry to hear this sad news. Praying family and friends will know peace at this difficult time. I will miss Dave's infectious enthusiasm and wonderful sense of humour. Rest in Peace"

This tribute was added by Tolani Jaiyeola on 16th November 2016

"I still cannot forget the 15 minutes Engr Oni came to my stand at the British Council exhibition in Lagos, a day before his passing.  I can still hear the words of encouragement during that conversation. May his soul rest in peace. From the staff members of the international office at the University of East London."

This tribute was added by Adekola Adebisi on 16th November 2016

"I hope that our Lord brings DAC and the family the much-needed peace during this time of grief. My condolences to you and the entire family of Engr David Abiola ONI. I can’t also forget to say how honoured and blessed I am to have worked with baba as we popularly call him."

This tribute was added by Lorna Feighan on 16th November 2016

"I'm really sad to get this news today. Dave was a great man, always with a big smile on his face. He really will be missed by all of us at GCU. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and colleagues."

This tribute was added by Richard Barry on 16th November 2016

"Jamile and I are deeply shocked by the news of Dave's passing. Please accept our personal condolences, as well of those of everyone at National College of Ireland. We have lost a good friend and a great partner. Our prayers are with his children, family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time."

This tribute was added by Kehinde Owolabi on 16th November 2016

"Continue to RIP sir. So sad!!!"

This tribute was added by Farman Kaveh on 16th November 2016

"Deeply saddened to hear of Engr. Oni's death. He was a very highly regarded and valued colleague of ours; honourable, knowledgeable, friendly and fair. My thoughts are with his family."

This tribute was added by Michael Galvin on 16th November 2016

"To the family of David Abiola Olawale Oni, we at Griffith College Ireland pass our sympathies to you. We will keep you in our prayers.May he rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Victoria Wilson on 16th November 2016

"So sorry to hear that you are no longer with us Dave, but you will remain in my thoughts and the thoughts of GCU."


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