This was us last December, at Capitol Hilton Hotel, Washington D.C during our conference presentation. We represented our country and shared our intellect with other like-minds from all around the world. We had a blast and sadly was the last time I physic
Fiyinfoluwa Onarinde
  • 31 years old
  • Date of birth: Apr 24, 1984
  • Date of passing: Oct 18, 2015
Let the memory of Fiyinfoluwa be with us forever
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Fiyinfoluwa Onarinde, 31, born on April 24, 1984 and passed away on October 18, 2015. We will remember him forever.
Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Toluwalope Aladelokun on 19th October 2016

"Got this notification in my mail, it shows how time flies. It seems like yesterday that you departed this sinful world. Your memory still fresh in my heart. Today I still Stumbled on the pictures we took together at AVCU NIFES UNAD during our final year sendforth dinner and thanksgiving, and my heart was heavy. I miss you my great friend, miss talking to you and getting advice from you. Indeed you are forever missed. Sleep on dear friend!"

This tribute was added by Toluwalope Aladelokun on 16th February 2016

"Still in tears over your departure, Fiyinfolu, like I fondly call u. You were such a great guy that always make me wonder. Your selfless attitude cannot be quantified, your great impacts cannot be measured. Our 10 years of friendship was like hundred years, cause the impact you made in the course of those few years was immeasurable. This is the first time of loosing someone so dear to me like this.
I can remember the first time i set my my eyes on u in one of our pre-degree classes then at University of Ado-Ekiti. You were gazing at me and u didnt hide it, that was how we got talking. Although, i tried staying away from you, but one way or the other we do meet. Fortunately, i got to know your cousin was also my room mate at that time, so there was no way i could hide from you.You spoilt me with so many gifts,even when i had my principles of not collecting gifts from guys, you often find a way of sending it through your cousin whom i respected so much, and i wouldn't be able to turn it down. You were the first to ever buy my a rose flower, You gave that to me on 14th February, 2007 alongside with a book titled "great women of influence".
You helped with so many assignments, though we were in different departments. Anytime am stocked on any assignment, you were my my next point of call and you would always come up with solutions. Your frequent words of encouragement,advice, frequent "pushs" made me come out as one of the best in French department.
You were so much interested in my progress academically, that i could start my doctoral programme now, u have a hand in it. You encourage me to further my studies, the last message you sent to me via facebook was a link to how to pursue doctoral degree in France.I can go on and on with all that you've done for me but this page cannot contain it. Like I said, your impacts are immeasurable. Wish i made it to your wedding and kept to my promise of seeing you the last time you came to Ado-Ekiti after your wedding. you promised coming to Ado-Ekiti to see me in August so we could discuss about our plans, which you did but i wasn't back from my trip to Togo, I didnt know that was the last time we would communicate. Adieu my dear friend! You will forever be missed."

This tribute was added by Bimpe Akingba on 12th February 2016

"Words fail me... Continue to rest in peace Fiyin. Its just too sad and disheartening that you left too too soon."

This tribute was added by Omotayo Sunday on 12th February 2016

"It was perhaps the most unimaginable thing for me at the time. I was dazed beyond description. God alone knows best. I know you for a short period, death was not anything I could imagine about you. Rest on baba."

This tribute was added by Asaolu Olugbenga on 12th February 2016

"Still speecheless as to why and how it all happened, but God knows best. Rest in the Lord my friend and in-law."

This tribute was added by Okebiorun Mary on 11th December 2015

"And the sun dimmed in the early hours of the day....... Rest. In Peace Fiyin"

This tribute was added by Modupe Adewumi on 8th December 2015

"Fiyinfoluwa Onarinde, I still found it hard to believe you are no more. The little time we shared together taught me so much about life. You were so simple with life, in your speech, dressing, carriage and your perception about life. One thing I will never forget is that you lived a good life, though it was very very short, it was a pleasing life. And I am so sure like you told me in the dream, that you were not dead, yes I believe so too, because your legacies and your works lives on. You will forever live on in my heart. Live on my dear friend."

This tribute was added by Adeniyi Fasoro on 27th November 2015

"I write this with great sadness over the unimaginable loss of my best friend, Fiyinfoluwa Onarinde.

I wonder what you were thinking as your life ended. Did you wonder if your life mattered? Then let me tell you that it did. That in those few years together you touched my heart with your kindness, your laughter, your positive energy. And above all, with your beautiful smile!
As you were dying, did you wonder if people would remember you? Then let me tell you that I will remember you forever and hold you close in my heart. I can’t say it will be easy learning to live with the fact that you’re no more. I’ve to come to terms with the fact that I will never see you again. How easy would that be? I don't know! It is incredibly difficult to reconcile my desire to see you again with the fact that there is no seeing after death.

It shouldn’t have been a secret that I loved you for being more than a friend and closer than family while in school. I remember we both aspire to become notable in our fields and register our names among the best in the world. This had always been part of our discussions each time we had phone conversations. I thought we’re getting closer to achieving that aspiration, but death didn’t allow you to reach the peak.
We launched our struggle to limelight together in 2004 at University of Ado Ekiti, where we lived in the same room and studied for a prequalification for bachelor’s degree programme known as pre-degree. You shone like star and shown a great potential as a prolific poet! After one year you were admitted to study English Language and Literary Studies and I studied Philosophy. Despite studying different courses, we remain close pal and have same career interest and aspiration.

My success story back then in my department and at the faculty level was occasioned by your steadfast encouragement and advices to stay focus. You will fight with me when I mistakenly go afield a bit. You made sure I actualize a befitting feat as an undergraduate student. You showed me a good example of how best friend should be and a standard of knowing a best friend.

Fiyin you’re a handsome man, inside and out, you’re a wonderful friend to me, supported me for over 10 years with your gentle and caring nature. One of your beliefs in life was the importance of being trustworthy with people, saying what needs to be said because it’s good for the relationship and for the soul. Unfinished business causes pain and having peace is essential for a healthy and joyful life. Also, I always admired how you never judged or forced your opinions on anyone, but offered valuable and truthful advice that I will surely miss.

My friend was loving and real. You’re a wonderful husband. Your beautiful spirit will live on through your wife and family, and they will always know how much you loved them. I’m sure you would have tried with all your heart to stay for them (and for me your friend), but God called you, and you had to go.

Now my hope is that you rest in peace knowing you did all that you could and that your newly wedded wife and your family will be fine. When we love people it’s so comforting to know that they will always be with us in our hearts.

Goodbye my handsome friend. I hope that wherever you are, you finally have peace in your heart and in your soul. I sympathize with your newly wedded wife, family, friends and SIU community.

It’s rather unfortunate that I wouldn’t be physically present at your interment. I wished I could be there and love to be there, but I’m across the miles. Please accept my apology for not been able to physically pay you the last respect.

A Poem:
Remember Me

Fill not your hearts with pain and sorrow,
But remember me in every tomorrow.
Remember the joy, the laughter, the smiles,
I’ve only gone to rest a little while.

Although my leaving causes pain and grief,
my going has eased my hurt,
and given me relief.

So dry your eyes and remember me,
not as I am now,
but as I used to be.
Because, I will remember you all,
and look on with a smile.

Understand in your hearts,
I’ve only gone to rest a little while.

As long as I have the love of each of you,
I can live my life in the hearts of all of you.


May God grant you eternal rest!
I’ll see you again, my best friend,
Adeniyi Fasoro (Socrates)"

This tribute was added by Idowu Adetule on 27th November 2015

"...A heart of Gold stopped beating, two shining eyes at rest. God broke our hearts to prove, He only takes the best. We shared and spent some much times together, which are days very hard to forget because they are part of what made us travel this far today. Fiyin, "to live in the hearts of those we love is not to die". Rest and live on brother."

This tribute was added by Fadare Olusegun on 8th November 2015

"Shocking. ......i have not seen or heard from you in 22years only to discover accidentally online that you passed on. RIP friend"

This tribute was added by Adekemi tosin on 8th November 2015

"As I sit here and write this, my heart is heavier than I can ever remembering it being. You were such a special and unique young man. You brightened a room just by entering it. That brightness will never burn out Fiyinfoluwa. It will be around us everywhere we look. I am so proud to have been able to meet u. I miss you so much, as does anyone who's life you have touched, and that is many. You were loved by everyone who knew you. Our dear Fiyinfoluwa, we love you soooo much, and we can't wait to see you again."

This tribute was added by Amupitan Dare on 7th November 2015

"The moment I heard of your demise my heart rent into pieces, this is in view of the fact that as at July 2015 when I attended your wedding, you were full of life. Young age never stopped you from having big dreams and goals, now I am so sorry for your departure, I know that whatever you set in mind you accomplished, you were bright and intelligent, I know that God has you in his glory, rest in peace Fiyinfoluwa while God grant your wife and indeed the entire Onarinde’s and Asaolu’s the strength to bear your sudden demise with fortitude. Continue to sleep in the bosom of OUR LORD!"

This tribute was added by Taiwo Adebisi on 7th November 2015

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal but love given by the person who is no more leaves a memory no one can steal. The news of your sudden demise was a rude shock to me but there was nothing I could do. May God console your family and all loved ones you left behind. Sleep on brother till we meet to part no more."

This tribute was added by Omolere Fadare on 7th November 2015

"What a quiet and easy going dude, well God knows the best,continue to rest in the bossom of ur creator."

This tribute was added by Abiodun Aina on 7th November 2015

"This is so dishearten, it’s hard to believe you are no long on this “Gaia Planet” You are such a young vibrant and dynamic friend, you sent a message to me via Facebook earlier in the year on how we need to keep contact with our childhood in-circle friends and I penitently apologized for not been in contact for a while, little did I know that will be the last conversation with you.
You are a friend to remember, you memories, good heart and noble intentions for this generation will be greatly missed.
REST ON FRIEND."

This tribute was added by Oyebanji Omole on 7th November 2015

"No words will be enough to express the extent of this loss.  All i can say is that may Fiyinfoluwa the ever smiling bro rest in peace"

This tribute was added by Awofolaju Tomilayo on 7th November 2015

"My respect and admiration for you is unquestionable.
I felt sad I had questions but through it all God's supremacy cannot be questioned. May the footprints you left never be erased.
May God comfort your wife and family.
Rest on in the bossom of the Lord"

This tribute was added by Oluwayemisi Ogungbemi-falope on 6th November 2015

"Fiyin,you had gone so soon.Hope was cut short by your death,dreams were chatted. A promising life had been wasted.
Well who are we to query God that allowed it.Rest on in your Lord and I pray God to comfort every loved one you left behind,especially parent ,siblings and wife."

This tribute was added by Anita Yen on 6th November 2015

"It made me sad when I heard the news of your death. You were a nice, fun, and intelligent guy. We both love libraries, and we said that we're going to different libraries someday together. But God brought you away from us so soon. May you rest in peace, Finyi."

This tribute was added by Idowu Odebiyi on 6th November 2015

"Fiyin... Words fail me...rest on."

This tribute was added by SIUE SIUE on 6th November 2015

"There are many things one could say but I sincerely wish the home you left behind a peaceful recovery of this great loss. Rest in Peace friend."

This tribute was added by Khawla Algeria on 6th November 2015

"May he rest in peace!
May Allah provide you with courage!"

This tribute was added by Wendy Okiriguo on 5th November 2015

"The news of your death left me with teary eyes for days unending. Death snatched you from us too soon. Within the short period i knew you, i always admired how intelligent and deep you were. The quiet life you led was such an inspiration. I remember you telling me that great people needed a little bit of solitude to reminisce on how they can bring change to the world. You were indeed great!
Death is a price that we all must pay at one point. Though i am overwhelmed by grief, i take solace in the fact that you lived a life worthy of emulation. You were kind, intelligent, soft spoken and best of all God-fearing.
Rest in God's bosom my dear friend. I pray that the holy spirit comfort your family and friends at this moment of distress."

This tribute was added by Michael Oranika on 5th November 2015

"May the good lord bless your soul beyond eternity. Rest in peace!"

This tribute was added by Oluwaseun Ogunniyi on 5th November 2015

"Words are not enough to express the pain caused by your death, Fiyin.

"Any man's death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls" -John Donne

May the good lord grant your soul eternal rest and grant us and your immediate family the fortitude to bear the loss."


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