2015-12-02 08.03.44
Oyebade Ajibola Dosunmu
  • 37 years old
  • Date of birth: Dec 26, 1977
  • Date of passing: Nov 24, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Ibadan, Nigeria
May the balm of gilead heal and comfort all bade's friends and family

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Oyebade Dosunmu,B.A.(Hons, OAU), M.A; Ph.D. Pittsburgh 37, born on December 26, 1977 and passed away on November 24, 2015. We will remember him forever.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by William Ghrist on 27th March 2016

"Well, Oye, it was Easter morning at St. Andrew's and we were singing Hymn 180 "He is risen, He is risen!" as the Gospel procession.  As we sang the last verse I remembered singing alongside you, and I was overcome with a great sense of grief mingled with a great sense of joy.  Grief that I would never sing with you again and joy that this verse is the final answer for you.

He is risen, He is risen!  He hath opened heaven's gate:
we are free from sin's dark prison, risen to a holier state;
and a brighter Easter beam on our longing eyes shall stream."

This tribute was added by Babatunde Sosan on 11th January 2016

"My dearest friend and brother, Oyebade Dosunmu, words fail me at this time and it feels like a dream that you are no more. You were such a pillar of excellence that affected so many people you came in contact with.You inspired excellence in my music for the few times we spent together, I felt as if we had known each other for decades, thats how great your effect on me was. keep gliding on with the angels, no more pain, no more stress, just a joyful rest. Till we meet at the Master's feet to part no more, Rest in peace my brother. So proud of you because you run your race and you finished strong. God bless your everlasting memory."

This tribute was added by Oluwaseyi Kayode on 14th December 2015

You were my first example of an insatiable knack for quality and perfection in rendering any service.You were my teacher and understudying you changed my life completely.You showed me how to think using the currency of musical notes. I won't forget the statement you made over lunch in my house upon returning from church the last time you were in my house.You told me I could achieve success in Music if I truly want to. I will never forget.
I was filled with trepidation when you chose me to be the choir director of Firm Foundation,Christ Love Fellowship,Ile-Ife upon your exit from O.A.U. in 2000/2001. I knew I could never fill those gigantic shoes you left behind. I must confess I could not; the unimaginable attention to details,quality of sound production using the human voice; expecting,demanding and,of course getting the right vocal textures and tones even for seemingly simple ministrations. You taught me how sacred the human voice is.I walk into places today and people believe I am a musicologist simply because I apply what you showed me. I smile to myself and think,"wait till you meet Bade,then you'll know this guy here is just beginning to scratch the surface".
So young but with an outstanding mental capacity; a heavyweight in reasoning; an erudite scholar,a master of thought - a genius.
You have left this side of reality and we are subjected to this persistent illusion of transience. We shall one day meet to part no more but you can rest,assured that your legacy of excellence lives on.

Omoba Professor Oyèbádé Ajíbólá Dòsùnmú,
sùn re o"

This tribute was added by Pamela Johnson on 11th December 2015

"My husband and I were among the many fans of Oye's singing, directing and composition. We were in the congregation of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church and in the audience at University of Pittsburgh concerts. I also admired Oye as a poet. He often asked for my feedback about his writing and publication opportunities. We valued Oye's friendship and enjoyed sharing meals and conversation.

Oye felt like family to us and we welcomed his parents with open arms when they visited Pittsburgh. We shared a table at Pub Night and by the end of the evening we felt like familiar friends. Another night we enjoyed a wonderful dinner with his parents and we have exchanged cards each Christmas.

We were thrilled that Oye secured a teaching position at Williams College but saddened to have our dear friend move away.

We always expected to see Oye again when he visited Pittsburgh and are heartbroken that we will never see him again.

Pamela Johnson and Ray Williams"

This tribute was added by William Ghrist on 10th December 2015

"Oye, it was a joy and a privilege to know you as a friend and to join you in giving glory unto God, singing next to you in the choir at St. Andrew's in Pittsburgh.  I have been in great distress ever since the shocking news of your passing.  It does not seem possible that you have been taken from us in the prime of your life.  I know that you are resting now in God's love, but your passing leaves an Oyebade-sized hole in our universe, and we mourn the loss of all that would have been.

Oye was a gentle and humble soul and a brilliant and talented human being.  St. Paul writes in Galatians that “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”  None of us exhibits such fruit completely, but Oye certainly bore such fruit in abundance.  I do believe that God brought Oye to Pittsburgh and St. Andrew's for a purpose—for God to express God's self to us through Oye's musical talent, and to enrich our lives by Oye's friendship.

Oye was also a poet, and one of his poems recalls St. Andrew's as he would have seen it from the choir on Easter morning:


     We have come into this place

     Of death and wakening

     Of hewn saints…silent

     As markers on graves

     Of walls stone and grey

     Of candles crackling flame

     East wall the Christ’s mosaic

     Spectral window into another place

     Stained vision fractured rays

     Tubas quake stone-grey decays

     Tuberoses trumpet transfigured day

     Petal-puckers pronounce love at first light

“Transfigured day...love at first light.”  That is the final word for Oye...and for all of us, I believe."

This tribute was added by Omotayo Ajide on 10th December 2015

"I cant describe how much of a painful loss this is. Oyebade you made me love God right from my junior days in Fego, you made me decide to give my voice to singing to Him. You taught me how to sustain a note, you brought out the creative part of me always telling me "Tayo music is a soothing relief let it comfort you to happiness". you remained my run-to-guide whenever i had to sing a high note song. The musical and dramatic genius like i always called you. You cared for all around you. Playful yet disciplined, Non-judging yet God loving! its sad to know you re gone, but its to rest in God's bosom. Sleep on dear friend and brother"

This tribute was added by Peter Nkereuwem on 10th December 2015

"Though we never met in FEGO all I've read has truly described Bade a Great man who accomplished so much in his time within God time. He is truly made in God now in Heaven."

This tribute was added by Pamela Stitch on 9th December 2015

"Words fail me.  I really do not know what to write.  I never thought that this day will come.  You are missed.  You remain in my thoughts.  

Rest In Peace,

This tribute was added by Chuka Odiachi on 9th December 2015

"Rest in Peace Omoba!!!!

You were indeed a special and rare gem.

You are in a better place!!!!"

This tribute was added by Leke Olagbende-Dada on 9th December 2015

"Dear Bade was a good friend with a good heart!
He was always ready with an encouraging word.
Back in school days in Ife, you were assured of calm yet God sent words from Bade at all times.
We all love you but God loves you best.
We all miss you in Clf Alumni.
We will all meet together with Jesus in heaven IJN."

This tribute was added by Leon Ligan-Majek on 8th December 2015

"Great friend.You will be missed.Thanks for the interview and the reviews we had about Afrobeat.RIP."

This tribute was added by tsolaye Inone on 8th December 2015

"Heartbreaking as this is,im grateful ì got to know Bade..he gave himself completely to service.sang like an angel..worshipped with the purest of hearts.Bade helped me understand and love music,big brothered me till I found my feet..a truly amazing person. Rest in Gods arms"

This tribute was added by tsolaye Inone on 8th December 2015

"Heartbreaking as this is,im grateful ì got to know Bade..he gave himself completely to service.sang like an angel..worshipped with the purest of hearts.Bade helped me understand and love music,big brothered me till I found my feet..a truly amazing person. Rest in Gods arms"

This tribute was added by Ummukulthoum Bakare on 8th December 2015

Yet another heartbreaking tale
Of a dear prince and friend who I once knew
For his spirit has set on a heavenly sail
A gentle soul from every point of view

Oyebade I met over a decade ago
In a place east of the Niger
We were on a mission and on the go
For the Fatherland we were eager

Many times I wonder and think
We struck a friendship like none other
Not realising we even had a another link
I was in the same Uni and class with his older brother!

A love of common interests was clear
Music , poetry, drama and art in every sense
Smiling was a thing that was always there
Is this all now past tense?

He pursued his passion with vigour
A professor both at home and abroad
For he excelled effortlessly in the endeavour
A life of relish and endless accord

Bade as fondly called by many of us
Left his earthly sojourn way too soon
A painful and bitter sudden loss
Of his charisma, warmth and melodic croon

I don't have the right words to conclude the piece
And  there is still so much left unsaid
Bade, dwell in His grace and rest in peace
For we will continue to cherish your memories instead.

Bakare Ummukulthoum


This tribute was added by tope Oluwasanmi on 8th December 2015

"Bade.......... so you are truly gone. I shake my head. How easy it is for us to cross that divide.How easy it is to forget that we are but dust. o lord teach us to number our days. We just kinda lost touch. The occasional yabis and greetings on facebook.
Sun re o!"

This tribute was added by Olusegun Erogbogbo on 8th December 2015

"Gone too soon!
Even though we never got to see each other again all these years after high school. I am grateful for the positive spirit and energy which was shared in messages. It is sad to lose a brother however I pray the Almighty grants family, loved ones and friends the strength to bear the loss. Oyebade in a better place.  Sun re o.
Rest in peace brother!"

This tribute was added by Lade Adekola on 8th December 2015

"Oyebade, you are a true son of God, may your footprints be left in the sand of time and your good works will live after you, sun re o."

This tribute was added by Morakinyo Beckley on 8th December 2015

"Till we meet to part no more. Omoba, o digba.

Ka sa ma se dada."

This tribute was added by Fisayo Alo on 8th December 2015

"Bade, your voice in worship cannot be forgotten, till we meet at the feet of the Lamb, sing on with the saints dear brother so gentle."

This tribute was added by Funmi Omole-Osunkunle on 8th December 2015

"Bade, you were a friend and a true leader. Very hard to believe you're gone. You achieved so much and still had a lot to offer. I will always cherish what I learnt from you. Sweet Bade, rest on."

This tribute was added by Jide Folayan on 8th December 2015

"Bade, it was your guitar I learnt to play on. I had it for months...it helped me mourn my dad. I learnt choral directing from your books. We used to argue about almost everything. Now we shall never... Nor shall we be able to finish the tracks we started last year. Music genius,maestro... my great friend. I'm producing, you were teaching and directing just like 17yrs ago. But now your own beautiful piece climaxes into an eternal crescendo... Into a world of light...into God.Rest on Bade, rest on."

This tribute was added by Kemi Abe-Fashanu on 7th December 2015

"Words fail me.....Bade gave himself to God's service when he was the HOD of Firm Foundation. He always wanted perfection. A true leader, even when in pains he pushed himself and the choir to near perfection. Oyebade , it's hard to believe you're no longer with us. Rest on friend."

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