- 44 years old
- Date of birth: Jul 20, 1971
- Date of passing: Aug 29, 2015
|Let the memories of Funto a.k.a Dacosta, Fosty, Benzwale......be forever in our hearts.|
This memorial website has been created in memory of our loved one, Olufunto Olakunle Akinkugbe; husband, brother, son, friend, colleague and so much more. Born on July 20, 1971 and passed away on August 29, 2015 aged 44..... We will remember him forever.
Otherwise known as Fosty, Dacosta, James, Benzwale........ We miss him dearly!
You are welcome to share your stories, thoughts and memories of him.
Celebration of life event UK:
Date: Saturday 3rd October 2015 at 5p.m
Venue: Jesus House for all Nations
112 Brent Terrace, Brent Cross, London NW2 1LT
DRESS CODE: COLOURFUL
To donate to this event please use the account details below.
Celebration of Life Details:
We held a night of tributes for Funto at The Harbour Point on Thursday 10th September and buried him on Friday the 11th September; the service was at RCCG Dominion Sanctuary and he was buried at the Vaults & Gardens in Ikoyi. RIPP Funto.
Name: The Love Fellowship
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Wale Akinbulumo +44 7961 808860
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"Funto, we all still miss you. We all still wonder why you? why now of all times? We all still don't believe that you have left us. It has been a sad couple of weeks (around your 1 year anniversary) and many of us have called each other and otherwise reached out to console one another....and reminisce. Rest in Peace, and thanks for being such a blinding light of excellence, kindness and tenacity in our midst. We miss you dude!"
"On the first anniversary of your transition it is still beyond belief that you have left this our mortal realm. We thank God for the time he gave us to share with you no matter how brief it might have seemed. Surely all is well with your soul. Rest in peace dear cousin."
"Your legacy lives on Funto . . . . . continue to rest in peace."
"...Le o egin" ... Continue to rest in the Lord ..."
"Hey cuz..one year already! U still greatly missed! Continue to rest in God peaceful place."
"May your soul rest in peace
We always nudged each other on this day as we both shared this day as our birthday. I am still nudging as your spirit lives on.
May you continue to rest in perfect peace in the bosom of the Lord until we meet at the resurrection morning."
"Ever cheerful Funto, gone but not forgotten. My prayer is for comfort for dear Buki and the rest of the family."
"Happy birthday dear Funto"
"Funto, you are forever in our hearts! Your good deeds continue to speak for you in pleasant places...... love you till we meet again brother"
You would have turned 45 today! Still hurts down here but God remains sovereign. We know however that you are at peace and wellbeing with the Master. May the peace and blessings of Yeshua remain with family and friends who continue to love who you were to them.
"Funto... aburo! Sleep on...in Him!"
Your death has dealt us a perplexing blow which we are still reeling from.
Writing this tribute has been very difficult, Olufunto, not because there is little to write about but because I just do not know where to start from. I cannot begin to recount all the great times and memories we had in our short time together. They shall forever be treasured in my heart!!!
I grew up knowing you as a big brother I can always be proud of Funto. Is it your handsomeness, or your eloquence or your sports prowess at All Saints Church School and The International School Ibadan that I want to talk about? Egbon mi, you were so well rounded and I did admire you. Growing up in Ibadan, I was constantly being asked the Question, “are you Funto Akinkugbe’s sister” and trust me to reply in the affirmative although sometimes I wondered if I was getting mysef into trouble
How can I forget the ISI slipper- wearing sendless senior Funto with his distinct dress!!! I enjoyed watching you perched on your stool, sketching away sometimes with small statured Mrs Lock-Akinwale by your side. You were also ever protective of your own and will constantly check on me to find out if anyone was bothering me.
We lost touch for a while after you moved to the United Kingdom, but re-establish contact again after a few years. I then mentioned my plans to you about relocating to the United Kingdom, your usual response was “no problem, keep in touch and let me know how I can be of help”. Since then, you have lived up to the expectation of being not only an egbon (big brother) but a confidant and a mentor indeed.
I treasure our heart to heart chats often reminiscing on past memories, discussing the present and the future. I mostly enjoyed the very rib cracking accounts of your escapades as a young confident boy back in Bodija and its environs.
I definitely enjoyed our rough play and our banters. Funto, Feyi and I shall miss that larger than life charismatic figure whose heavy knocks on the door announces his arrival at our home. We shall miss that deep baritone voice of yours saying “Hey eyin peeps”. We shall miss your beautiful smile, your charm, your beautiful heart and your down to earth personality. Most especially I shall miss the manner in which you can immediately switch from doing the “razz downtown talk” to talking “posh” both in your use of language and composure.
Losing you has been a great loss for the Akinkugbe family as a whole Funto. Your personality endears you to all and your closeness to family members spans across all generations. You did have a special relationship with everyone who knew you. Most importantly Funto, I know you greatly love your lovely and ever sweet wife Bukky and I want to assure you that we shall look after her for you. We shall continue in your legacy of healthy living, family unity and your passion for Ondo town as well as a better Nigeria.
Adieu my brother Olufunto omo Akinkugbe (like someone interpreted this today- name: a child given to us look after/ pet; surname- the brave shall never die in vain), your light shall keep shining and never go out.
You shall always be in our hearts…… till we meet again at eternity! We love you but God loves you more."
"One of those ‘strong-headed’ junior boys in ISI, as we referred to some at the time, it did not take long to know who Funto was – he was not easily bullied by the seniors and would put up a fight (physically) if pushed. My first days with Funto Akinkugbe. And no, we never fought!
Give it to him – ever so willing to give his ALL to help whoever and whenever. At each point of writing this tribute, I am still baffled, pained and hurt, asking myself, ‘How can we be planning a funeral for Funto?’ Awfully painful!
Fast-forward to UK days between 1992 and 1994, The Way Fellowship, which I led at the time, was gathering strength in numbers and relevance for young working students. With some of the meetings being held at Neasden, where Funto, Yemi, Segun Ademuwagun and others resided, our companionship grew.
This led to Funto putting his ever so helpful persona into the arrangements for my wedding – amongst many things, he travelled round with Lola and I in our search for the hall to use for our reception as well as putting his creativity into designing the programme etc. The night before the wedding, we had a good number of friends that had gathered to fix certain things at the hall as we got ready for the ceremony in a fun-filled atmosphere. Of course Funto and the pretty lady that Lola had mentioned to him were both there. So it was that Lola introduced her bridesmaid, Buki Bello, and left the scene. On return from honeymoon, whilst Lola was at mum’s (Mrs Smith – their foster mum), she picked up the phone to hear the baritone voice that asked to speak to Buki, and that was how she knew things had taken off.
A year to our wedding date, bar three days, precisely on August 3, 1995, Lola and I joined others to celebrate the marriage of Funto and Buki – with Funto having determined to set a kissing time record during the event! So, apart from the psyche that we had been sold that all Ondo natives were cousins, we now became family by marriage – Lola and Buki, being foster sisters. The family bond and friendship developed further in the early days, with some Christmas ceremonies together, particularly those with mum. Funto and I always got our Christmas gift of socks from mum :)!
We remained family and friends and now this!
Literally, in July 2015, when on my return to London from Lagos, Lola asked how Funto was and if I had seen him lately, my words were; “He is very well and having the time of his life”, as we had caught up during that July at an event.
Funto is unarguably very warm and ever so likeable. He offered me the use of his office when I first started making business trips into Lagos; although I did not require it, I found that there were others with that privilege. He is willing to bend over backwards to support people in whatever way he was able to. Like Yinka and Kayode said to me; with any family function, once it has been handed over to Funto, it can be considered done.
With mixed feelings as I write this, I still ask myself questions. The only way I can now conclude this write up is: RIP my cousin, brother, in-law and friend; see you later in the presence of our unquestionable Father and Master!
1 Corinthians 15: 54-58
When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:
“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
“O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labour is not in vain.
"Dear Funto, I remember your smile from those L.F. days. Oh this will take time to sink in but you are with Christ...may your gifting and legacy continue to do good here. We miss you."
"It's taken me awhile to write something
It's weird but i have thought about you daily since
And i am sad i cannot make it on 3rd october and i missed the funeral in remembrance
Oga, my boss, my mentor
I thank God for your life and the legacy you left
You were amazing! Very hospitable and welcoming and helpful!
I bless God for your life
My heart is moved with sadness that you went soooooooooooo soon
God knows all and i am thankful your life is in His hands
I pray the blessings, comfort and peace of God upon the family members you left behind especially you're beautiful wife"
"Ah no sabi about una, but I couldn't listen to that Whitney jam and write this.Tears. Captain Vincent for 21st Ibadan Company, Boys Brigade, yarn say make we jam high life when we dey celebrate pally. But wahala no dey. Fosti, na so e be? Na so you joh lef us. Nothing spoil. We go jam again. You sabi say we never finish we grags. 1987, Inter House Sports... You remember say na me shallenge you. Na him be say awon Dale was going to mock you taya! Say, chai... Gaga beat you for Long Jump. But you dug deep... came through in the end. Taught me a lesson. Never underestimate the heart of a champion. Fosti, Naija has suffered a mighty loss. But we have gained an angel. Salute Shango for pessin... and as you dey siddon jist with Ogun and Obatala, do my own for me o! Till we meet again, comrade... remember your words to me for Favos bus stop, Bodija that quiet evening in Ibadan, oh so long ago...
"Adiye fun fun, ko mo ara re l'agba"
Till later son...
"Funto, it is still difficult to comprehend that you are no longer here. We met over 10 years ago, and you immediately became a friend, a brother, and a mentor. You encouraged me to be a better person professionally and personally, and for that, I thank you. You were a one of a kind and genuine individual with a positive demeanor. You were passionate about the work you did, and the opportunity to make a positive impact in society. Your passing is a great loss to all those that had the privilege to know you. My continued prayers are with your Bukky, your father, your brothers, and many friends. We miss you dearly and you will always have a special place in our hearts.
Rest in Perfect Peace."
"You were a brother t me in a little time we met. Sleep on brother................"
"Kai! Funto, the news of your death came to me as a rude shock. I saw you on the 5th of August, and being the mentor and friend that you have always been, you gave me a lot of advise on my career, life et all.... little did I know that that was going to be the last time I would see/speak to you.
I pray that God will comfort your wife, family and friends; as only He can. Indeed a great loss!"
"Funto was one of the first friends I made in Lagos and he was a positive, vibrant and generous person. May God rest his soul in perfect peace and comfort his family and loved ones always."
"Funto , may your soul rest in peace with the Lord. May the Lord comfort your loved ones."
"Funto, I'll miss seeing you. Whenever we met, I was always impressed by your optimism, dynamism and energy. Our Lord, Jesus, said that the reason for His coming was that we may have life and have it abundantly. And my observation is that you made the most of the opportunities presented by your environment and you encouraged us all to take bold steps and do likewise. Your efforts towards the upliftment of others was in effect a service to our Lord.
May the seeds of positivity you have sown in the lives of those impacted your life continue to bear fruit to the glory of God: Rest in Peace, Funto."
"A great gentleman.
May he continue to rest in the Lord and may God comfort his family and friends."
"Rest in peace Funto. .......heaven indeed has gained an Angel! !!!"
"God sent an Angel into our midst and we didn't know it.
I am awed by the gift you were and still are and the privileged that our paths crossed in many ways. As my brother Bayos ISI classmate, as my first cousins cousin, as a cycologist and as a friend.
To have had such close contact with an instrument of God.
I bless the Lord for your life may God grant the one who He chose for you, Bukky the grace to bear the loss as well as all your loved ones, family and friends
Adieu, till we meet to part no more."
"Dear Friend and confidant...still struggling with the reality and knowledge that you have embarked on this final but glorious journey to eternal life. Funto, I will remember you ALWAYS as a friend in deed, whose warm and infectious personality brought joy for so many.
Adieu Funto...for GOD loves you so much to bring you to His side so soon"
".....Hmmmm! so i bought the punch newpaper today cos i had just published my change of name and looking through the newspaper i saw Gone too soon and am like i know this man......Mr funto the man who speaks phoney and helps organise residents for a smooth voting process in Omole phase 11 where i reside.
Everyone who lives in Omole phase 11 will attest to the fact that this is a fine gentleman. i never knew him in person but off course you can tell when you see or meet a good man around and Mr Funto is a good man, Mr funto always organising the crowd and making sure things move smoothly during the voting process. hmmmmmm.....it is well, it is well..............
You will be greatly missed Sir
Rest on good man"
"I'm still lost for words actually cos I saw you daily and you always reached out, showed interest and.......Rest in Peace bro."
""One day, your heart will stop beating, and none of your fears will matter. What will matter is how you lived.”
Funto lived well. His passion for life, his warm, kind and fun loving nature drew people to him. He will be tremdously missed by all who knew him and I have no doubt he is in heaven partying with the angels now.
Rest In Peace Funto"
May Almighty God keep you close to His bosom as you have commenced your journey to eternity. It has taken me this long to write this tribute to you because I still saw you - larger than life itself and twice as usual a week before at Freedom Park and we were ribbing each other about when our next trip to England would be to see our wives. I can't believe you won't be making that trip ever again or will we see you but my brother you shall never be forgotten. Death is real and we don't know who's next but we can only but pray...
As I ride in my next Cycology peloton, I shall forever hear your baritone voice "come on cupcakes" bellowing in my mind as I continue to imagine you continue to ride with us until we can ride no more and we meet by His grace in eternity as you were definitely one of the good guys, I wish you and your family and close friends that you have left God's continued peace and protection. Amen"
"It is with rude shock that I l learned of the untimely death of Funto Akinkugbe, who born into two reputable families in Ondo Kingdom-The Akinkugbes and the Awosikas. I got to meet this ebullient, vivacious, friendly and very respectful young man through his first cousin, Mr Kehinde Faturoti(who has thesame character traits like him) at Esporta Suites, Ondo sometime this year. He immediately struck me as a very intelligent and cerebral Human Resources Practitioner with very bright ideas. May his soul rest in peace, and may God give the family, especially his wife, brothers and father the fortitude to bear the loss.
Akin Ogungbe, MBA, FCA, FCTI"
I just caught a glimpse of you now, in Heaven.
You were there organizing the folks as usual, with utmost delight and joy with abandonment.
There alright, telling the folks, guys earthly discriptions of This Place pales in comparison to this reality.
And then you look down from There and you urge us on saying:
It's well worth it, living on earth for His Place!
You say, folks you've just got to make it to His Place.
Then I kind of know, there's no need for sadness.
For we will meet again, joyfully at His feet, in His Place."
"Its difficult to believed your sudden exit,but take solace in knowing God and your good deeds little time you Spent.May God be with the Family to bear the Loss."
"Its sad you gone too soon,but take solace that U sleep in the Lord,May God grant the Family a heart to bear the loss."
"Oh Funto, dear old friend, what a shock when Titi rang me. You, Titi, Onome, Aramide and I , we were such a great team, you were always the smart one, we achieved great things altogether at FJA and AR. My sincere condolences to your wife Buky and brothers, who I met.
I pray with all my heart that you rest in peace, dear old friend."
"Funto, this tribute was very difficult to write - but I have finally gathered the courage to write it. I know there are many like me, who are maybe in denial and cannot bring themselves to write a tribute. For we cannot believe that our own 'Fostege' is no more. You were such a loving and loved person. Everyone loved you Funto! Your death is so painful to many - for you were so young, vibrant, and had so many wonderful plans that you had yet to execute, despite all your success.. The world is less fun now, less interesting, less funny because of your death. Who could bring people together like you? You unified people in a special way and you were selfless in helping all and sundry. You just had a God given gift. I will miss you tremendously - thanks for the laughter, for the stories, for the friendship that spanned over 3 decades...As painful and hurtful as it is to say goodbye, we Christians take solace in the fact that God knows best. I also send my condolences to Funto's father, to his wife Buki, and his siblings, Seinde and Olumbe. So Long Funto. Till we meet again........Rest in Perfect Peace."
"Funto i just can't say goodbye... this is not how it works you know... you are that amazing guy who went way out of your way to help people you just met for the 1st time... you have always given your time, prayers & funds just to make others smile... even right now you are still helping me recruit staff for my company & organize my Christmas party (lol)... so as much as you have gone up to heaven, i know you can still pray & help me out...so its not goodbye...i'll talk to you later..."
"Funto my brother. It is well with your soul in Jesus name. Very sad to hear you've left us. I pray that we all will meet on that glorious morning in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen."
"My dearest friend...Sir Funto's voice has been silenced but remains echoing in my heart and in my life forever...a Gift from above that will always be remembered. As we bid you farewell on this side of the living, we welcome you to a place of eternal Glory, peace & best place to be. Rest in peace my dearest friend from me & others here in Johannesburg, South Africa."
""Lead, Kindly Light, amidst th'encircling gloom,
Lead you, Olufunto Olakunle Akinkugbe on!"
To Live in the hearts of those we leave behind is not to die.
Thank you for the times and all the wonderful memories Funto ..."
"I would like to offer my condolences to the whole family, especially to Buki, I hope you take some comfort in the knowledge that we all recognized Funto’s warmth and kind heart and are confident that he will always be with you in Spirit.
The reality of loosing someone known for so long from Primary school (All Saints) and secondary school (ISI) is still hard to process, they form the fabric of ones childhood and will always be embedded in memory.
Funto was not fazed by time or distance, he simply carried on from the last conversation as if the years had not changed us all
He will be missed and thought of fondly, once again my condolences to the whole family.
Tosin Akanni (nee Cole)"
"Fosty Fostege! I can't find the words to express the hollow pain...As I reflected these past days, I am amazed at how much you have influenced me,. after all my first impression of you was fear but that quickly transformed to respect and in the past decades, it has been reverence.
Your greatness was deeply rooted in who you embodied, your personality and the amount of time you dedicated to others- ensuring all around you succeeded. I pray for your entire family- that the good Lord will give them the strength at this time and onwards.
Egin Dacosta, sun re o!"
"God knows best…..
May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace. Amen.
I also pray that God Almighty will give all the members of your family the strength to cope with your loss at this very difficult time."
"A sudden, shocking and painful loss but we know Funto is in a better place. He was a lovely and friendly person, very welcoming and a smile was never far away.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints and so even now, we continue to trust in His infinite wisdom and goodness. May God comfort and console Funto's dear wife and the rest of the family.
Rest in peace dear Funto....."
"May your soul rest with the Lord."
"I was on Facebook......only to see Funto's picture on someone's page. Its so, so, sad. He was a great guy.So alive! Truly one of God's "specials". He will leave such a void..........rest in peace brother."
"Am amiable gentleman. You have such a large and accommodating heart. A lover of the the game of cycling you are which have endeared you to many of us from cyclotron to cycology... May God comfort those you left and continue to guide them aright."
"Am still stunned by the news of Funto's passing away and can't help but ask why it had to happen. You were friendly and personable and had a heart for Christ. I pray God Almighty will continue to comfort Bukki and your entire family and friends. Rest safely in the loving arms of yours and our Saviour Jesus Christ."
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