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Dr. Obafemi Abioye Ayantuga
  • 49 years old
  • Date of birth: Feb 2, 1966
  • Place of birth:
    Lagos, Nigeria
  • Date of passing: Jul 23, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Beloved Femi, gone too soon... Sun re.

Dr. Obafemi Ayantuga B.Sc., D. Phil., MBBChir., SFHM,. FACP., MPH was the Medical Director of Hospitalist services at the Fairview Medical group in Minnesota, U.S.A.

He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Bio Chemistry from London University in 1986 and then proceeded to Oxford University to pursue his Ph.D in Organic Chemistry. At Oxford University, Dr. Ayantuga was able to complete his thesis in an impressive time period of just under 3 years and at a fairly young age of 23 years. During his research at Oxford, he developed a molecular cell and was awarded the coveted Bishop Frazer prize for Excellence in research in Organic Chemistry by the University of Oxford.

Obafemi Ayantuga’s quest for learning was not to end there. He decided to go on to medical school and graduated a few years later from Cambridge University with a MBBChir. in 1994. There, he received the John and Margaret Henderson memorial prize in Medicine.  He worked as a Senior house officer in a couple of UK hospitals before leaving for the U.S.A to continue his career where he was an Internal Medicine Resident at the University of Minnesota Medical school.

Dr. Ayantuga worked at the Kanabec hospital in Mora, Minnesota for a few years and at the time of his death, was working at the Fairview Southdale Hospital group, having been appointed Medical Director there in 2010.

He had many years of experience in Professional Medical leadership and has served on various committees ranging from Patient care, Pharmacy and Therapeutics, Medical Group Practice to Hospital Trauma care, to name but a few.

He belonged to several professional affiliations such as the American College of Physicians, The society of Hospital Medicine, The American college of Physician Executives and the American Public Health Association.

Dr. Ayantuga garnered a wealth of experience spanning over 20 years in the Medical and Research fields and became one of the 47 Senior Fellows in Hospital Medicine(SFHM) in the U.S.A in the elite class of 2014. He continued until his death, to demonstrate dedication to quality and process involvement, illustrating commitment to active engagement in lifelong learning. 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Bola Atta on 6th November 2016

"Femi,
My heart is still broken. I lay flowers at your graveside yesterday and I could not believe that you have a graveside. It is peaceful. The sun shone brightly on a warm November day. I felt your love!

Indeed you are gone too soon my dearest brother. I miss you so much.

Continue to rest in peace where there is no more pain; no more turmoil; no more sorrow....

You are in the most special part of my heart forever. Sleep well Beloved Femi."

This tribute was added by Yinka Masha on 21st August 2016

"Busola, I heard and Tunde A confirmed.  I am so deeply sorry.  Words are inadequate at times but I pray that these as well as those of others bring comfort and solace. I remember when our kids were young in Harrow...Wembley, how you would pack weeks in advance for those awesome trips to the US. You would say 'Yes, I'm done...I'm packed and ready to go'. It always amused me how excited you would get....now I know.  You are always welcome here and my doors are always open.  We have shared very many memories through the years as pre-teens, teens, students, wives and mothers. You remain one of my oldest and most 'meaningful' friends. As I write these words, I hope to share in the weight of your loss and so lessen the pain, while laying it all at the foot of the Cross. May Christ continue to comfort and heal you forever."

This tribute was added by Olufemi Vaughan on 6th August 2016

"Dear Femi:
I stumbled on the announcement of your passing a few weeks ago, and while it has been many years since we spoke, I felt the urge this morning to add my tribute through this special medium. Although our path at Oxford overlap for a short time, you had a lasting positive impression on me. With your passing, I am reminded of your gentle smile and warmth-- I deeply appreciate our friendship. Despite your genuine humility, it was obvious to me even at your very young age in the late 1980s that you were a truly brilliant scientist and scholar. Your exemplary record as an outstanding and compassionate physician is a clear reflection of your deep commitment to excellence and boundless generosity of spirit. My heartfelt condolences to Bola and your family. Femi, rest in perfect peace. Eternal rest grant him O Lord.

Olufemi Vaughan"

This tribute was added by Busola Osibamowo on 27th July 2016

"How can Obafemi have a 'memorial site'?!"

This tribute was added by Busola Osibamowo on 25th July 2016

"Precious and forever loved Femi. I still refuse to believe that you have left us,so writing this memorial and lighting a candle for you is extremely painful.
We WILL meet again Femi and I hang on to that Hope.
I love you my darling brother."

This tribute was added by Busola Osibamowo on 25th July 2016

"Precious and forever loved Femi. I still refuse to believe that you have left us,so writing this memorial and lighting a candle for you is extremely painful.
We WILL meet again Femi and I hang on to that Hope.
I love you my darling brother."

This tribute was added by Chidi Onyemelukwe on 24th July 2016

"One year with the Lord,  one year of rest and peace and joy for Femi we pray.  To the entire family and my beloved Sis Bola especially, loving Femi means bringing yourself to be truly happy that he is at rest,  free from all the cares and toils and struggles........One day at a time, as the Lord comforts and strengthens you, we will continue to lift you up in our prayers. It is well.
Fermi, continue to rest in perfect peace and rise finally again in glory."

This tribute was added by Kunbi Sowunmi on 23rd July 2016

"Femi, you are so loved and missed. Rest in peace while continuing to watch over your loved ones as you did while on earth."

This tribute was added by Theresa Okon on 23rd July 2016

"Femi,
A year has flown by. So much has occurred in our lives since you left us a year ago. How we wished we could share them with you. Your departure is still a dream. Continue to rest in perfect peace."

This tribute was added by tunde osomo on 23rd July 2016

"When  I write this piece i hope  am writing  for everyone  and most especially  Femi's siblings. The most beautiful things in life cannot be seen or even touched,  they  must be felt within the heart (Helen Keller)

How very true  this saying  is ! Femi your sudden transition a year ago  has qualified this statement  to be true and relevant to your memories,  the deep gorge in the hearts of all those who you touched their lives and who loves yòu so dearly  can never be filled again !..... gee ! boy are they many? ...but we all take solace in Helen Keller's  saying above believing by faith we will meet again at the final  coming  of Jesus  Christ  our Lord  and our Saviour,

With so much love  and affection in our hearts we pray that Almighty God continue to rest your beautiful  soul . !. ....i personally  can't  believe  it's a year  already how  time moves  like lightening  !"

This tribute was added by Patricia Ojora on 23rd July 2016

"Dearest Femi,
One year on, and it's still such a shock, they don't make them like you anymore.. A gentleman to the core, you are missed, we know you are in a better place, continue to look down and look after Bola, Lola and Busola ..."

This tribute was added by Felicia Ekenta on 23rd July 2016

"Lola, I can imagine how you and your sisters feel. I lost a dear brother two years ago and the pain is still very fresh. Fare thee well Femi you lived a good live I can see. May the lord grant you the perfect rest he has promised to all who believe in him."

This tribute was added by Adekemi Ajayi on 23rd July 2016

"Dear Femi,

A year on and I'm still dumbfounded. Rest well dear friend and brother x"

This tribute was added by Adepeju Adebajo on 23rd July 2016

"Dear Femi your passing left a wound so wide and deep, only the Almighty God can pour his soothing balm to heal it. Continue to rest in peace"

This tribute was added by Pamela Chukwuemeka on 23rd July 2016

"Although pained but there is peace in our hearts. You left good memories and footprints that can't be erased. Oh dear good soul, rest, rest in the bossom of our God."

This tribute was added by Toyin Olakanpo on 23rd July 2016

"Dearest Femi
I have really missed talking to you this past year. It is still unbelievable that you have gone. What a great loss. Continue to rest in peace. Love always. Toyin"

This tribute was added by Gbemisola Odusola on 23rd July 2016

"'Femi, sleep on in perpetual peace."

This tribute was added by Bola Atta on 23rd July 2016

"Femi,
My dearest brother. coming to your memorial site is so painful as is today. A reminder that it did happen. You left without warning...
I know you are resting peacefully. My dreams about you, though not so frequent, are happy.
One day I will be able to think about you without weeping.
Today my heart is still broken.
I Love you Femi. I miss you in a most indescribable way.
Continue to rest well beloved Femi. You are so loved."

This tribute was added by Busola Osibamowo on 17th July 2016

"I still think of you each day,just like it was yesterday . But a year is coming up,and I struggle . May light of Christ  surround you with His Holy angels.
Sleep on my darling brother,till we meet again. Amen"

This tribute was added by Busola Osibamowo on 4th June 2016

"My treasured brother, how I love and miss you. I still wake up and think that I have had a horrific nightmare! It is not reality,is it? Where can I go, where do I run to from this horrific nightmare?!

Sleep well, I know our Lord Jesus Christ loves you more. Amen"

This tribute was added by Timehin Duncan on 10th April 2016

"I saw Bola last week, and my promise was I'd look after her. There is no doubt how much she misses you; this year is possibly the hardest. But I recommit to being there for her, to remind her how much you cared"

This tribute was added by TAMIRU INIKA on 4th April 2016

"I accidentally saw this page and read the story of this young handsome
physically,mentally,socially and name it.I cried when I read his story and achievement.
He came to this world for purpose and accomplished so much for humanity by timely enriching himself educationally.

I am sure that he is in a better place in the hand of our heavenly father:(GOD FATHER,GOD SON,GOD HOLLY SPIRIT).

SO I WISH STRENGTH FOR HIS FAMILY and friends and co-workers.

Your Ethiopian Brother

Tamiru Tiguh inika"

This tribute was added by Busola Osibamowo on 7th February 2016

"Dearest Femi, we all missed you at the meal yesterday ,but we give glory to The Almighty that you are having a banquet every night.

I love you my darling brother and I miss you each time I allow myself to think! Rest Femi, rest in the perfect peace of our almighty Father. Amen"

This tribute was added by B D on 3rd February 2016

"I stumbled onto this page this afternoon and my day has not been the same. I doubt that my life would ever remain the same.
As a fellow KC Alum, fellow founding member of the Society of Hospital Medicine, fellow Internist and co-Fellow of the American College of Physicians with probably as many degrees as you had, my life has been on the same trajectory as yours, sleeping 2-3 hours a night, not because I have to but because I love the privilege of being a physician. But, as I have read the pain in the hearts of your loved ones on your departure, I am compelled to change this trajectory.
So, I would live a lot more, love a lot more, sleep a lot more and work a lot less because I have to.
I would carry your memory with me for the rest of my life.
Though you were born a year before I was, and you left KC a year before I did, our paths apparently never crossed.
Yet I believe that I stumbled into this page today to learn from you, to honor you for the rest of my life and to make the changes to my life that I believe you would have made if you had the opportunity to do so. A part of every breath I take would be in your honor and in honor of my wife and children.
I pray somehow, your family finds comfort in the Lord and in knowing that a fellow physician and overachiever carries your memory with him forever."

This tribute was added by anthony ogunkoya on 3rd February 2016

"Femi, words cannot describe our loss. We miss you so much. We will always remember you!"

This tribute was added by Toyin Olakanpo on 2nd February 2016

"Happy Birthday Femi - If only... continue to rest in peace dear friend."

This tribute was added by Dapo Williams on 2nd February 2016

"My your gentle soul continue to rest in the bosom of the Lord.

Dapo Williams"

This tribute was added by Theresa Okon on 2nd February 2016

"50 and you are not even here to celebrate it. But, I know you are having a better celebration with the Heavenly Father. Femi, not a day goes by that I don't think of you and how unfair it is that you left so suddenly. Not even a goodbye.
Happy Heavenly Birthday. Miss you much."

This tribute was added by Chris Dada on 2nd February 2016

"Happy birthday Femi, I imagine it's very beautiful where you are - you are dearly missed."

This tribute was added by tunde osomo on 2nd February 2016

"Some  people while  living just like  Jesus Christ  did and also taught  us  to do in the book  of acts,  Femi you gave the gift of peace and tranquility to  every life you touched while on planet earth.
You were always whom you really were going by testimonies  of people  who  knew you.  You were blessedly reliable ,dependably good, predictably pleasant, loved and treasured by all who knew you. ....and also by some who only heard about you from your siblings especially  Bolajoko !
You were a gift of peace and tranquillity to ALL the lives you  touched while here......UNFORGETTABLE that's  what you are., if birthdays are celebrated in heaven then i  wish you a great birthday considering the fact that it'should have  been  the golden one this  February however if not then  continue to rest in peace  till JESUS comes !"

This tribute was added by Timehin Duncan on 2nd February 2016

"Do I say Happy Birthday or what I really mean which is why the hell are you not here to share today with?
I'm not angry, just bewildered."

This tribute was added by Busola Osibamowo on 2nd February 2016

"Happy 50th Femi. You wished me mine, sad I will not be able to reciprocate ,but I pray better for you,that God's Holy Angels will SING yours to you today, and The Lord's peace and presence will continue to give you eternal rest.
I love and miss you dearly."

This tribute was added by Bola Atta on 1st February 2016

"Femi,
Dearest Femi. Today marks your 50th birthday. As much as that hurts, I will not cry. I will celebrate the wonderful 49 years you had on this earth. I will thank God for the 47 years I had the privilege of being a special part of your life.

I feel your presence now constantly. I was too emptied before.

I will get the gift I had convinced you to get your humble self for your 50th birthday. Just because... Just because It will make me feel like plans were not laid to waste.

I hold back those tears. I won't cry today. I am unable to wish you long life and prosperity on what would have been a most special day. But I wish you peace eternal in God's bosom, in a place where there is no crying. No tears. Just peace and love.

Femi I miss you too much! Today would have been the happiest of days. But I shan't shed tears as hard as it is to hold back.  Every year I would post: to the most wonderful brother in the world. I was looking forward to the most befitting post for this year. It's okay!

I love you Femi. Forever a special place in my heart. My dearest loving brother. It still doesn't feel real.

One day we will meet again to laugh once more.  Till then Femi. Happy birthday. Sleep well."

This tribute was added by Rotimi Adewunmi on 30th January 2016

"Femi, I keep thinking that if i don't think about your passing, somehow I will cope. But 1966...2016, we are going to be 50. You next month, me in May.   Since you parted "things" seem rather futile. You set me a challenge bro, to be a better person. I miss you and always will. But i pray that we will meet in our Lord. Thank you Femi for reminding me about why we are on this earth..to serve others and look beyond ourselves. You were are true star. I MISS YOU BRO."

This tribute was added by Toyin Olakanpo on 30th January 2016

"Dearest Femi - the thought of your demise still brings tears to my eyes. Can't believe it is your birthday in a few days. What a party we would have had for your 50th birthday. What a jam it would have been. A party of all parties. I pray you have peace. Continue to rest."

This tribute was added by Busola Osibamowo on 9th January 2016

"Femi, I woke up this morning thinking I had had the most horrific nightmare, but I think it's real! You are no longer with us in body! Living can never be the same again my treasured brother.
I miss you every second of each day.
I love you forever my own Obafemi ."

This tribute was added by Bola Atta on 28th December 2015

"Femi, dearest Femi,
my first ever christmas without you.... it felt so empty. I miss you too much. My rock! Nobody can replace you in my life. Its just not the same world anymore.
Continue to rest in peace in God's bosom.
I love you always."

This tribute was added by Rotimi Adewunmi on 23rd September 2015

"Femi, I still cannot fathom it all. It was never meant to be this way. Everyday brings a memory  and immense pain for me.....From Obanikoro/Feso to the memorable one year we spent at Igbobi college before we both left for uncharted waters much to our shock when our parents decided that was best .

Your pranks in chapel at school...being very funny and witty under your breath in case the headmaster caught us......waiting for me at break time as we were in different class rooms, coke, gala at the back gate, taking the piss out of our seniors who we thought were naff!!!!!!!!.

Later In London......so much so much that we shared. An through it all you remained a perfect gentleman, but never ever dull or boring or naff.

I have been pondering and asking God why??????? Why???

As I told sister Lola, your death reaffirmed a challenge which i set myself  before but which now I must certainly complete...to live a life worth living, but more importantly to live for salvation.

I have no doubt my brother that you are with the angels, cradled by your lovely mum, and your charming, kind and generous father.

Femi my brother you showed me boundless love and kindness even when we were too young to understand what that meant.

I just don't get it. I know posting this message won't make it better for me, but it feels good to be able to express myself.

Thank you for the times but i cannot stop crying...............love you bro"

This tribute was added by Popson Jay on 2nd September 2015

"My cousin that I ever met once about four years ago but left an unforgettable dent in my mind. He asked for members of families by their names and his keen interest of their welfare. I wish I know him more. The turn up of friends and family at the songs of praise in Lagos speaks volume.
Omo Noforija lagbara ko,  omo eye foju ORUN sore re,  sun re oo.
Popoola Jaiyesimi."

This tribute was added by Chidi Onyemelukwe on 1st September 2015

"Unbelievable! I cannot imagine what you are going through.......Femi, the quintessential sharp gentleman and indeed the best big brother there ever was to my treasured sister Bola, he made me truly jealous I didn't have a big brother!! Rest perfectly in the bosom of the Lord. And my sister Bola,  words fail me. ........may the Holy Spirit the Comforter, comfort you, Busola, Lola and the entire family like no one and no words can. And yes, my dear,  it IS well. Love you always."

This tribute was added by tunde osomo on 31st August 2015

"LETTING Him Go

There is a  particular  kind of suffering  to be experienced  when you love something  or someone  greater than yourself. ...A tender sacrifice.

Like  the pained silence felt in the song of a mermaid,  or the bent and broken  feet of a dancing  ballerina.....reading Femi's  life achievements  in his chosen career  underscores the many great things i  only got to hear about this  great mind.

Honestly  i  was looking  forward  to meeting  this great mind some time soon.....but i  know now God has other plans !

My heart felt sympathy  goes to his sibblings  most especially  Bola  cos I know for a fact they were like siamese  twins.  However i  implore  them to be mindful  and take solace in the fact about what the word says about eternity which is the great or ultimate  transition  for all living souls...i quote :

You have been raised to life with Christ,  so set your hearts on the things that are in heaven,  where Christ sits on his throne @ the right side of God.
Keep your minds fixed on things there, not on things here on earth.

For you have died, and your life is hidden  with Christ in God.

Your real life is Christ and when he appears ,then you will appear  with him and share his glory  ! (Col 3 1-4)

Adieu  the friend i  never had the chance to meet personally ....May the Good Lord continue to  rest your soul."

This tribute was added by Bola Atta on 31st August 2015

""Femi, its been forty days and I haven't heard from you. The longest forty days ever and the longest we have ever never been in communication.  I miss you so much...

You made such a fuss about not wanting me to be alone on my birthday so you booked a flight to come out here. I kept insisting it was okay and I didn't mind being alone.  Well, its actually not fine. It feels so empty that you are not here after all. Dena cancelled your flight. It must have been so difficult for her to make that call.

I keep looking at my phone to see if the flashing light would be a text from you... You really must be gone or you would have sent a message.

I miss you my dearest brother. I miss your laughter; I miss our jokes that only us would find funny; I miss your wise counsel; I miss your attention; I miss my best friend.

I love you Femi. Sun re my beloved brother. Rest well in God's bosom.""

This tribute was added by Toyin Olakanpo on 29th August 2015

"Still cant believe you are gone, Femi

Tried to reach out to you yesterday just to chat  - and I just felt this absence --I really need your guidance and support as I try to carry out the final preparations for our 3rd Annual CEO Forum. You were such a pillar of support. We are all feeling your absence Femi. You left us too soon. Continue to rest in peace dear friend."

This tribute was added by Flora Liebich on 26th August 2015

"My heart goes out to Bola and the family on your great loss....May God bring you peace and comfort at this time of sadness and grief."

This tribute was added by Theresa Okon on 25th August 2015

"To Lola, Busola & Bolajoko,
Words written, words spoken can never ease the pain that you girls are going through right now. Words can never fill the void left by Femi's sudden demise. We all have asked the question Why so soon as Lord you promised us three score and ten and Your Word never returns to You void. We are then reminded that He is the Alpha & the Omega, the Beginning and Finisher of our faith. He is also the Great Comforter in our time of sorrow. I am reminded of a song by CeCe Winans- Comforter
Faithful friend and father
I've called you through the years.
You've been the great physician when sickness lingered near.
Through distressing moments your name is new and sweet
You've become a comforter to me

To the grieving family who weeps for loved ones gone
The pain of separation consumes another home.
On the waves of sorrow
You walk with perfect ease
Comforter is who the whole world needs.

And it is who I turn you all over to. He is the Balm in Gilead to heal your soul, to soothe your hurt, to once a again give you all a reason to live. We will never understand this for His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts. But in our pain, and through our tears we still have to say thank you Lord for the life Femi lived. We say thank you for those 49 wonderful years though short. I now asked for His help to help you all get through this. For weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning.
May the Good Lord comfort and soothe your hearts."

This tribute was added by Pamela Chukwuemeka on 24th August 2015

"It really still beats my imaginations so hard. I can't even get off the thoughts of you daily. Like a ritual, I feel this pain could be soothed somehow just by opening this page daily. Dr. Femi........ words can't illustrate how deeply broken I feel. "Not so soon, why you, wasn't there any quick rescue, couldn't you have hung on a little while ......." Endless thoughts..... I believe the best is known by our Almighty God.

Hmmmmmm..... I pray for soothing comfort for dear Aunty Bola, Busola and Lola. Heart aching, unthinkable but Lord, please grant peace to your daughters in Jesus name."

This tribute was added by Busola Osibamowo on 22nd August 2015

"4 weeks on,and no OB! It is not real,it can't be real! I always used to ask my daddy 'why' and God says He is 'Abba father'! WHY.WHY.WHY? I ask!!!"

This tribute was added by Shade Odebiyi on 22nd August 2015

"Words fail me still.......
Perfect gentleman and brother, you were a star. May you rest in peace and may the God of all comfort uphold Lola, Busola and Bolajoko."

This tribute was added by Busola Osibamowo on 19th August 2015

"My darling,most cherished one and only brother! How can this be?! I wake up each morning to the possibility that I had a horrendous dream!
Obafemi temi nin kan tan WHY, WHY, Lord WHY.
LIfe has no meaning for me anymore. Our precious 'abolly Bolly' needs all our prayers. See you again soon my treasured one and only ever brother,friend,comfort and adviser.
You,daddy and mummy look after our 'abolly,Bolly ' .
I love you and miss you greatly."

This tribute was added by Zeinat Gelli on 17th August 2015

""The songs of the waves and the hymns of the streams
Are scattered, and the voices of the throngs reduced to silence;
And I can hear naught but the music of Eternity
In exact harmony with the spirit's desires.
I am cloaked in full whiteness;
I am in comfort; I am in peace.""

This tribute was added by tosin ajala on 17th August 2015

"A truly brilliant mind and fine gentleman.
Stay blessed."

This tribute was added by Olatoun Williams on 14th August 2015

"Femi, I had not seen you in such a long time! When I heard of your passing, I was so sad. Why?  You are so young....I remember you well. So handsome! Dark and handsome. And I remember your lovely, warm smile. And I remember people telling me of your academic exploits and yet, Femi, you were so modest. A perfect gentlemen. A a bright light from my secondary school days in the UK! A jewel. You continue to be one. A pride to Nigeria, Africa and America. You led a distinguished life, Femi. The world has lost you but we have all gained so much beauty in our hearts by having known you. At whatever stage of our lives. May your lovely soul rest in perfect peace. Amen. My love to you and blessings, Femi. From Toun Williams"

This tribute was added by Susie George on 13th August 2015

"Dearest Obi, Your passing has left an immense void here at Southdale. We miss you more than words can say. I am so thankful for having had the opportunity to know you, even for the short time that I did. You will always be my mentor and continue to inspire and motivate me even still. I pray that you are at peace and that I will see you again on the other end of this life."

This tribute was added by Patricia Ojora on 12th August 2015

"Dearest Femi ! A gentleman to the core, we didn't see you often but somehow you or your words were always part of our conversation. Whatever Femi said, was the correct, most well thought out and the proper way to do it. You will be sorely missed. The brightest lights always dim so quickly but we will remember you always. May God continue to comfort Bola, Lola and Busola and your nieces and nephews who all miss you. You were a rock to them, but God will surely give them a foundation to stand on, to bear your loss. Thank you for being a friend, it was a privilege and a joy… Rest in Perfect Peace..."

This tribute was added by Toyin Saraki on 10th August 2015

"I cannot believe that dear Femi is gone so soon to a better place. Femi was my true friend, sincere loyal and honest with a wry sense of humour, he would say one comment and I would laugh for weeks. One of the most fiercely intelligent men, yet kind, gentle, giving everyone the utmost respect. Femi, I will miss you, and I will miss our friendship, Rest in Peace, May Almighty God comfort Bola, Lola and Busola. Amen."

This tribute was added by Busola Osibamowo on 10th August 2015

"My darling, how can I be writing this! I still phone Bola all the time to wake me up from this NIGHTMARE
Uncle and only God father to My three.

You are a Doctor who lived in America,but got a highly reputable law firm in England for Peaches! What a man! What an uncle,what a brother and what a friend.
We had been texting back and forth a couple of days before  and I told you this text business is too much for me, you are  a 'a pro', actually in everything you do.( can't use the past tense re you). Our darling Bola and the Conolly family gave you a most beautiful send off, I know you are proud of all.

I sat by the lake where you are interred,and the peace,lovely greenery,and calm lake are incredible.

Aburo mi Owon ,now egbon mi atata , may the light of Christ lead you home. Amen.
Look forward to meeting  up again,my own Obafemi, REST,rest in the Peace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
To whom shall I run to for selfless true advice and right admonition from time to time?? ' Busola you are not compliant with your Meds' you always said.

Pele oh oko mi, adeori me, sun re oh,till we meet again

ILOVE AND MISS YOU ALREADY.

Bu.'"

This tribute was added by Busola Osibamowo on 10th August 2015

"My darling, how can I be writing this! I still phone Bola all the time to wake me up from this NIGHTMARE
Uncle and only God father to My three.

You are a Doctor who lived in America,but got a highly reputable law firm in England for Peaches! What a man! What an uncle,what a brother and what a friend.
We had been texting back and forth a couple of days before  and I told you this text business is too much for me, you are  a 'a pro', actually in everything you do.( can't use the past tense re you). Our darling Bola and the Conolly family gave you a most beautiful send off, I know you are proud of all.

I sat by the lake where you are interred,and the peace,lovely greenery,and calm lake are incredible.

Aburo mi Owon ,now egbon mi atata , may the light of Christ lead you home. Amen.
Look forward to meeting  up again,my own Obafemi, REST,rest in the Peace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
To whom shall I run to for selfless true advice and right admonition from time to time?? ' Busola you are not compliant with your Meds' you always said.

Pele oh oko mi, adeori me, sun re oh,till we meet again

ILOVE AND MISS YOU ALREADY.

Bu.'"

This tribute was added by Ibrahim Ciroma on 9th August 2015

"TRIBUTE TO DR. OBAFEMI AYANTUGA

Dr. Obafemi Ayantuga's demise came as a shock.

Femi and I parted ways 34 years ago when as bubbly teenagers, we had completed our secondary education at King's College, Lagos.

As fate would have it, we have not set eyes on each other since that time. We were destined, however, to establish communications during the yuletide of 2014 and had remained in contact until his demise on the 23rd July, 2015. His passing is indeed very sudden as I observe his having read a post I had sent to our KCOB class of '81 forum about noon (Nigerian Time) on that fateful day!

Although Femi and I were not in the same arm of class, we belonged to the same House - the enviable McKee-Wright's!

It is with a heavy heart that I recall teasing him, during a chat in December 2014, about being an "ajebutter" who cheerily strolled into school each morning as a day student and also recollected the white Mercedes Benz (LAB 1) that conveyed him to and from school. Femi had excitedly remarked, "impressive recall, Ibrahim!" I wondered what he would have said, had I told him all that I remembered about the Senator's car that brought him to and from school. Unknown to Femi, his friends took delight in looking out for his father's car as it would always be full of the lovely Ayantuga girls, the driver having picked them up from school before coming for Femi.

To God be the glory, for it is a remarkable act of providence that after three odd decades of parting and only a few months from his departing this life, Femi would re-establish contact with many of his classmates, reminiscing about our times at King's College in memory of affections old and true!

As we mourn the loss of one of our own, may family members be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you all.

Yours sorrowfully,

For: KCOB Class of '81

Ibrahim L. Ciroma
Kaduna, Nigeria"

This tribute was added by Ebele Soumanou on 8th August 2015

"On behalf my entire family, we wish to send our deepest sympathy to Busola and Lola and the entire Ayantuga family for this great loss. Losing a sibling is extremely difficult. May God comfort and give you the strength you need at this time. May his soul rest in perfect peace. He has left a great legacy and will therefore be always remembered. Ozege and Ebele"

This tribute was added by Jewel Okwechime on 6th August 2015

"Love and Light"

This tribute was added by Funmi Mac on 5th August 2015

"Femi rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Derin Ris on 5th August 2015

"OMGoodness! I didn't think I'd be writing a tribute to you.....I remember thinking about you a few months ago, seeing Lola's pics and remembering our NHCarnival reunion; planning how to get in touch with your sisters & eventually linking up with you- my "school son" of many years ago! Words fail me right now, but I'm proud of you and the fine man you grew up to be...you'll forever have that special place in my heart...May God continue to comfort and strengthen the loved ones you left behind. Sleep on in the bosom of your Saviour till we ALL meet at His feet. Love you 'Femi & RIP. Nwene x"

This tribute was added by Chris Dada on 4th August 2015

"I loved your laugh Femi. I'll never forget it.

Your life, the love of your family and friends is a wonderful and fitting tribute to a good soul.

Floreat and rest in peace"

This tribute was added by Stan Mukoro on 3rd August 2015

"Femi, I've been left speechless for the last few days. So many things running through my mind, so many memories, our short, brief conversations in-between our busy schedules. Thank You for being so supportive of me as a friend, husband and brother. It was such an honor to have you at JeNika and I's wedding. Lots of love from the deepest place in my heart. Goodnight my brother."

This tribute was added by Timehin Duncan on 3rd August 2015

"Dear Femi, Surely I shouldn't be doing this? It feels so wrong. I will miss you, but by all accounts no more than your friends and family that you've left behind in Minneapolis. From our days together at Addenbrookes hospital as struggling SHOs I knew you were destined for great things. You've certainly lived up to that career wise. But what I am truly in awe of, is the place you have in peoples hearts. So I sign up to the charge of keeping you alive in my heart. I will remember you Femi. And I will look after your Bolajoko, to the best of my ability. Rest secure dear friend."

This tribute was added by Adenike Olujembola on 3rd August 2015

"Dearest Femi rest in perfect peace.  Lost for words!"

This tribute was added by anthony ogunkoya on 3rd August 2015

"Femi, you did us proud with your life. You were a star of the family. You did not die in vain. You did us proud with your life.You touched the life of those you came across you. Your life was well appreciated. We are going to miss. Please rest in perfect peace!"

This tribute was added by Gbemisola Odusola on 3rd August 2015

"My Condolences and sympathy to your family and loved ones. May your soul rest peacefully."

This tribute was added by Ebun Abarshi on 3rd August 2015

"Adieu Femi.
Fond memories from Sunnyfields. May the Lord comfort Bolajoko, other family members, friends and colleagues that are grieving at this time..."

This tribute was added by Solape Thompson on 2nd August 2015

"Femi, thank you for showing us how to leave a legacy that will outlive our earthly presence. Such was your life. You will be sorely missed but we are grateful and all the better for having known you..."

This tribute was added by Bimbo Ashiru on 2nd August 2015

"Femi, you achieved a lot in your life time. A focused and well coordinated person. Well loved.  God knows best. It is well."

This tribute was added by Abiodun Adeniran on 2nd August 2015

"My dear brother,

You were and remain an angel sent to touch all of our lives in some way.

I, for one, was better off knowing you from being 11 - 16 year olds to disparate lifestages to recently being more often in touch. Having last spoken only three days before, I wish we had more time to rekindle our brotherhood and relationship. Our King's College class forum's mobile messaging discussions will not be the same without you. One less unique correspondent and one very much missed. Our big "50" Reunion next year 2016 where we shall all see each other again will not be the same without you. One less unique presence and one very much irreplaceable. Alas!

Words are not always sufficient. I have dug out a photo of how I best remember you, taken in Earls Court on Saturday 3rd April 1982: serene, alert, amused, focused and fashionable. I will upload it here, if possible, as the site's features suggest.

May God rest your gentle and noble soul as well as bring comfort to your family, particularly Lola, Busola and Bola.

With great sadness and in tribute, I reluctantly bid you "Adieu!" and "Floreat!" Nevertheless, you shall never be forgotten.

Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace. Amen!"

This tribute was added by Adepeju Adebajo on 2nd August 2015

"So many "if onlys".... Dearest Femi....beloved brother uncle friend.... You will never be forgotten. It is still surreal and strange. Prayers for all your loved ones, that God will give them the strength to carry on."

This tribute was added by Jami Benfante on 2nd August 2015

"He was a true gentleman and always a pleasure to work with. Such a tremendous loss."

This tribute was added by Bimpe Alamutu on 2nd August 2015

"Am speechless,everyone has said it all,you were always the perfect gentleman, from the day I met you as Bolajoko Ayantugas brother,my best friend's brother in Femi Ayantuga Close,Bolajoko you know I dint go to England but went to QC because of you, that's when I met your lovely brother who always cheered me on,always had a kind word to say and forever smiling, always ready to help.
You were loved by many and will surely be missed by many.May your gentle soul rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Ronke Boardman on 2nd August 2015

"I am still so so shocked at the news of Femi's demise.  Busola and I talked about him when we met the last time she was in Nigeria.

Great guy!!!  My memories of Femi, are of the big brother in the house! Older than even Lola.  The MAN! In the house!
The calm!!
The peace!!!
Busola and I talked about how special he is to Victoria and her siblings. To all the families as a whole.  I truly was looking forward to at least talking to him one day when I am with Busola.
And now? He is gone. Has been snatched by death.
May his gentle, sweet and precious sole rest in perfect peace with the Lord and may the sweet sweet memories of him keep everyone strong."

This tribute was added by Toyin Olakanpo on 1st August 2015

"Femi, Femi, Femi... "sad and surreal" were the words you used to describe Alima's passing and those were the words that came to my mind when I bade you farewell yesterday at your beautiful funeral. I couldn't believe it. I must have gone over your iMessages and emails over and over again, including the last one you sent me on the day you passed on. If only I had known. If only we had known. But we didn't. You just slipped away.

You were very special Femi and you were my rock on the Board of CSR Children. Always there to give advice from mundane things like the lunch menu for our conference to securing our high profile Keynote Speaker; and you never missed a single Board meeting. I will miss our conversations about nothing and everything. You were a good friend and I thank God that we kept in touch these last 30 years.

My heart goes out to your siblings and your immediate family. They are heartbroken. We all are. But we hope that time will heal and that we can find comfort in the sweet memories of you - your kindness, your thoughtfulness, your caring nature - always giving.

Rest in perfect peace Femi. May God rest your soul and thanks for everything.

With much love, Toyin"

This tribute was added by Elsie Toyin McEwen on 1st August 2015

"Dear Femi, this is one of the hardest things that I’m having to do….who would have thought our close childhood unit can become painfully torn apart.

As children, we looked forward to adulthood, career opportunities and prosperity, with the hope of celebrating our reunions and rekindling those memories. Sadly, life has cruelly shattered those dreams, at the cusp of your success and what we now have are the unforgettable memories.

I thank you for being in my life as a childhood friend and brother….you were such a blessing and will forever remain precious in my heart. May your gentle soul rest in peace. The quote below is apt, when I remember you.

“When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”  – Kahlil Gibran"

This tribute was added by Abiola Raimi on 1st August 2015

"Gone too soon!
May God, The Father, He who knew us before we were born (Jeremiah1: 5) Comfort the family and bless the soul of the departed.
Amen."

This tribute was added by Eneadam Agada on 1st August 2015

"Dr. Ayatuga was a great doctor and a great person. Well dressed, soft spoken, and attentive. Takes care of his patients and coworkers. Very dedicated. We lost a great person. God knows best and I guess He picks the best amongs us. Rest in Perfect peace! You will be missed. Praying for comfort for the siblings and the family!"

This tribute was added by Adekemi Ajayi on 1st August 2015

"My dear Femi,

Where do I start? This is just totally unbelievable. I spoke about you just a week before your demise. Told a friend about how you gave me a stern talking to after I got my exam results. I was upset I missed out on a First Class degree and you told me I had every reason to be proud of what I had achieved. You were such a huge part of my life in England. I sought your counsel on numerous occasions - often before speaking to my immediate family.

We lost touch when you moved to the U.S. and I am so grateful we had the opportunity to link up again about 5 years ago. I will treasure the wonderful memories I have of you. You were such a warm, caring and incredibly witty gentleman who will be missed.

Rest in peace, Femi"

This tribute was added by Adeola Adewunmi on 1st August 2015

"My dear Femi remember when I used you as practice for my foray into the culinary arts....surely a disaster but you never had a bad word to say. I did not see you for many years but reading these tributes I see that nothing about you changed, still kind, still considerate. Femi I am pained. Rest in perfect peace."

This tribute was added by Bola Atta on 1st August 2015

"Femi, we laid you to rest yesterday. It felt as though it was someone else we were celebrating and I kept meaning to text you to tell you about the really nice event I was at. I know you have extremely high standards but I think you would have been very pleased with the way everything went. We celebrated your life. Everyone was sad and happy to have known you. The tributes were incredible. I knew you were amazing, but I didn't realise so many other people shared the same thoughts.

I will miss you so much my dearest brother. From day 1 I have loved you. "You were my North, my South, my East and West." You were always so protective over me and I know how much you loved me. My heart is broken into shattered pieces.

I am glad that I had so many chances to tell you that you were the best big brother any girl could ever ask for. I wish I had known that morning when we chatted for 2 hours that you were on your way home. I would have told you one last time that I knew how lucky I was to have you as my brother.  I wish I could have had you for longer.

You are resting in a beautiful place Femi. You can watch the sails on the lake as they pass by in the summer, and wait for the flowers to blossom in the spring. Your winters will be shorter now.

I'd like to say: It is well. But it really isn't. However, I do know that God loves you very much. How can he not love someone as wonderful and kind and as good as you? He made you and wanted you back. That's fair I guess. So I know you are safe in his bosom. You can sleep plenty now.

Go well my beloved brother. Until we meet again at the pearly gates.

I love you Femi."

This tribute was added by ibrahim dikko on 1st August 2015

"Lost for words at this time, my heart felt condolences to Bola and the family. I met Femi in 1977 and we very quickly became friends and brothers in KC, fond memories of him always from those days even though we only met intermittently over the years as study and work took us in different directions, a gentle, kind soul. Rest in Peace. Ibrahim"

This tribute was added by Kayode Williams on 1st August 2015

"I never met Femi Ayantuga but I am really impressed by how quickly he achieved so much in so short period of his life.  It is must be a thing of pride for his family to celebrate him even in death, such people are never mourned ... eternal rest grant him o lord"

This tribute was added by Joke Oshodi on 1st August 2015

"Wow... so sad. I recall our growing up years and seeing you again at your Mum's (Aunty Joke) burial.. Who knew that was going to be the last time... U were always cool, calm and collected often displayed impeccable grace, charm and good manners what I considered qualities of a true and decent gentleman. My thuts and prayers are with sis Lola, Busola and Bola at this very difficult time. Rest in peace Femi."

This tribute was added by Kelly Simon on 1st August 2015

"It was an honor to know Dr. Ayantuga while I previously worked at FSH.  What a brilliant, professional, kind and gentle man.  He will be missed by many.  My deepest sympathy."

This tribute was added by Theresa Okon on 31st July 2015

"I am still reeling from the news of your sudden departure. As I pen these words, I am transported back to Golders Green at the house where we visited with Busola, and you & Bola were home. We had so much fun with no cares in the world.
I am still hoping that someone would say it was a bad joke but alas, reading your obituary makes it real. O ye Oluwa. Aburo mi, sun re o."

This tribute was added by Lorraine Fischer on 31st July 2015

"You will be greatly missed by all of us who had the pleasure of working with you. A soft voice,  and  calm demeanor who made all comfortable.  Seeing daily how much you cared for your patients and those under your charge.  I will miss your wisdom and your kindness. Always treated everyone with respect.  You were truly one of a kind. May you RIP and your loved ones find comfort."

This tribute was added by dennis cross on 31st July 2015

"My Condolences to the Family and Colleagues. There is no way to make Obi's passing "Softer". His Life and devotion to exellence is an example one could aspire to emulate. Take care my friend-one day we will meet at the crossroads."

This tribute was added by dennis cross on 31st July 2015

"My Condolences to the Family and Colleagues. There is no way to make Obi's passing "Softer". His Life and devotion to exellence is an example one could aspire to emulate. Take care my friend-one day we will meet at the crossroads."

This tribute was added by Tara Miller-Hochhalter on 31st July 2015

"I knew Dr Ayantuga through Fairview, first as a HUC that transcribed his orders, then as a Physician Recruiter that partnered with him to recruit Hospitalists. He was the most genuine, caring, and humble physicians I have ever met. He saw good in everyone and provided constant encouragement to follow your heart and bring your dreams to life. He has certainly left us too soon but left an indelible mark on us all!"

This tribute was added by Kehinde Johnson on 31st July 2015

"What a tragic and painful loss. My sincere condolence to Bola on the death of her dearest brother who was an exceptional and brilliant mind, an inspiration to many."

This tribute was added by Paul Sellers on 31st July 2015

"I first met Obi at my gym when I moved here in 1998. He was so kind and sweet and a real gentleman.  We met here again at Southdale and he remained a sweet and loyal friend.  He treated his coworkers and his patients with the utmost respect. I will miss our frequent conversations and his amazing smile.  Heaven just got another angel..."

This tribute was added by Kelly Caswell on 31st July 2015

"I so sad to hear of your passing! I had the great pleasure working with you in Mora. You are an amazing Doctor and Friend!  You will be missed greatly!! My sympathy to your Family and loved ones!"

This tribute was added by Tyler Wycoff on 31st July 2015

"A consummate professional, a willing collaborator, an outstanding physician and healer, and a ready hand in times of need, whose e-mails invariably began with the statement, "I hope you are well."  We're all a little less 'well' today, Obi.  You will be dearly missed!"

This tribute was added by Lilian Petite on 31st July 2015

"You will be missed, I had the pleasure to work with you for over 10 years, you were compassionate, dedicated to your job, a mentor and a friend. I will miss your smile and your leadership. Rest in peace Obi."

This tribute was added by Pamela Chukwuemeka on 31st July 2015

"Dr. Femi! Ahhhhhhh believe me I was looking forward to have you visit this summer. Your presence lit and spark up the house. So considerate and so calm like a river. Chaiiii! Who should I look forward to seeing, Dr. Femi ..........My Landlord!"

This tribute was added by Bryan Jarabek on 30th July 2015

"Obi was a truly amazing person in so many ways, but to me he was an inspiration and a mentor in my early years as a Hospitalist. When I started my Hospitalist career at Fairview Southdale I was instantly drawn to Obi because of his obvious leadership skills, constant professionalism and genuine care for his colleagues and patients. As I was facing some early challenges going on in our Hospitalist group he took me under his wing, protected me, encouraged me and mentored me. After I was there for a year Obi stepped into leading the group and what a gifted leader he was. He has been demonstrating to all of us what it means to be a great physician and a brilliant leader ever since. One of my favorite examples of his compassionate leadership is how he selected and purchased gifts for each member of our group at Christmas and at the amazing annual retreats he started during his tenure. He took the time to get to know me personally and picked out personalized gifts that helped encourage me. Whenever I hung out with Obi I always left wanting to be a better physician and a better leader. He encouraged me in my pursuit to make our computer system better for our colleagues and patients and he was always there to share a brilliant idea just when it was needed most. I am just one of so many people that Obi helped through his pursuit of excellence and his care for the people around him. Thank you Obi for being a great mentor and an example of a true physician! I will try to carry on all the lessons you taught me and will truly miss your wisdom and humble spirit!

Bryan Jarabek
Hospitalist colleague"

This tribute was added by Timothy Johnson on 30th July 2015

"So sad to here of your passing met you many years ago in Mora mn very good Dr. always had a smile to share no matter how busy always there for you to help with your problems you will be missed and the medical community is going to lose a very dedicated physician our thoughts and prayers to your family and friends"

This tribute was added by Rotimi Adewunmi on 30th July 2015

"My dear dear friend and brother, I cannot comprehend it all and NEVER will. But I am thankful that we shared a childhood together. You were and remained a thoroughly decent man , without blemish. Sweet memories but very very painful to say goodbye. I love you bro. Certain we will meet in heaven, Your friend and brother. Tim"

This tribute was added by Mettabel Okulaja on 30th July 2015

"Obi what can I say? You touched lives, you touched souls and healed bodies... I respected you as one of the most excellently consistent and dedicated physicians I have ever met... The quintessential gentleman physician... You will be missed. You will be missed! My condolences and sympathy to your family and loved ones. Adieu my friend."

This tribute was added by Barbara Osibamowo on 29th July 2015

"My darling,ever loved,most cherished brother, friend,rock,support, God father to my three children, I love you"


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