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7000 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85020
Saturday 30th January 2020 @ 10:00am

Interment follows @12:00 Noon
Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery and Funeral Home
9925 West Thomas Road
Avondale, AZ 85392


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ADENIJI AKINBOYEJO ADARALEGBE JUNIOR was born to the family of late Professor Adeniji and Mrs. Ebunoluwa Rosemarie Adaralegbe. His paternal grandfather was a direct descendant of the Oyiyo Ruling House of Ijero Ekiti, Ekiti State while his late mother was an indigene of Ondo town, Ondo State. Adeniji was born in St John’s Episcopal Hospital, Queens, New York on 31st July 1968 on the eve of his father’s successful defense of his PhD in New York University. He was given the name “Akinboyejo” in commemoration of this happy occasion. Buoyed by the popular Black American culture of that time that saw black American male offsprings like Martin Luther King Jnr. and many others, being named after their fathers, his father named his son “Adeniji Junior.” “Junior”, as he would come to be popularly known from infancy was the fifth child out of seven children of Professor and Mrs Adaralegbe. He had two brothers and four sisters.         

His father joined the then University of Ife(now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile-Ife, in present day Osun State, South Western Nigeria, in the late 1960s after completing his studies and his family relocated from New York, USA to the University staff quarters in Ile-Ife. The period coincided with the University’s movement from Ibadan, its temporary site to Ile-Ife, its permanent site, widely adjudged as one of the most beautiful university campuses at that time. It was in Ife campus that Junior thrived and grew into a healthy, beautiful, sociable, and very gregarious child. His older siblings remember him to be the kid brother who could not be separated from sucking his thumb. Not even a sock tied tightly around his hand and soaked in bitter herbs could stop him from sucking!

He attended the University Staff School, Seventh Day Adventist Primary School and St. Johns Grammar School, (a Catholic day School), all in Ile Ife for his nursery, primary and secondary school education. He excelled modestly in sports in Secondary School, representing his School in the junior category of long distance running. Junior was admitted to the University of Ife, Faculty of Administration to study Accounting, in the mid-80s, later acquiring a B.Sc. in Accounting. His time at the University was very happy. He kept up with a very active social life where he was a common face at parties and made so many friends that he remained in contact with, even after he left the University.

Junior left Nigeria in January 1992 for the United States, arriving first in Chicago, and then moving to Atlanta in 1992, and then to Iowa in 1995, before finally settling in Phoenix, Arizona in 2001. Junior attended Grandview College, Des Moines, Iowa, receiving a second Bachelor’s degree, this time in Computer Information Systems. He later obtained a professional certification in Microsoft (MCSC). He worked in Northwest Bank Des Moines (now Wells Fargo Bank) at some point. In Arizona, he worked and was mentored by one of the greatest telemarketers of his time. It was here that Junior’s entrepreneurial spirit really sprang to life. He left to set up his own business in 2004, beginning with The Greatest Virtual Office, a Website development company. He eventually set up Elevated Marketing Strategies, an internet advertising/telemarketing company. He also had a clothing line, which he named NY/X-New York Exchange, where he sold upscale Italian wears. Junior went into partnership with others and set up an online business named Arraga.com, with offices in Phoenix, London and Lagos. Before he became sick, he was exploring Nigeria’s vast untapped opportunities and together with his wife, attended and spoke at a number of conferences, granted television interviews and produced promotional videos. He was very successful in business and at the height of his business, Junior had on his pay roll a large number of staff in his employment.  

In 1995, he met his soul mate Sandra “Sandy” Johnson in Des Moines, Iowa and they got married in Phoenix, Arizona in December 1999 and a union of 21 beautiful years is blessed with four beautiful children; Adejope Marie, Adejaiye Rose, Adeniji Dean(III) and Adesewa Kay. He was an extremely happy family person and his family meant absolutely everything to him. He loved his wife so dearly and took her everywhere. They were business partners and took important decisions together. His children were the reason Junior got up every day. He wanted them to be complete, accomplished and beautiful human beings. He sent his daughter to a boarding house in England for exposure. In Arizona, he personally drove his daughter to school everyday, but he was quite strict with them. 

In Phoenix, where three of his sisters also lived, he relentlessly encouraged them to quit paid employment and seek self-employment. He was a very great uncle to his nieces and nephews, and was counselor-in-chief to all of them on life matters. Music was an integral and important part of Junior’s life. He played his favorite Yoruba, Jazz, Gospel and oldies at home, in his car and at work. He was an extremely good dancer and as a child he won several cash gifts for his dancing prowess. Junior was very adventurous, very outdoor and had an optimistic, positive and sunny disposition to life. He constantly organized family get-togethers, vacations, barbecues, and parties and was well known in the Nigerian community in Arizona. 

His family and friends remember Junior to be a big lover of life, very affectionate, dependable, selfless, wise, hard working and a thinker who was blessed with a very generous spirit and an outsized heart. He was also very trendy, fashionable and stylish and was so very particular about how he looked. He took personal grooming seriously, lived healthy and was a very strong advocate of healthy living. He spent a lot of time in the gym. He would also be especially remembered for being so very humorous. There was simply no dull moment around Junior. He churned out one joke after another, leaving people around him in long stitches. Junior had a rare gift of effortlessly mimicking people and was able to imitate just about anybody. He spoke his parents Ekiti and Ondo dialects best among his siblings, a function of years of mimicking his maternal grandmother who lived with his family and his relatives that he closely interacted with. He also had a smattering of the Igbo language. Junior was a risk taker, bold and very resilient. He was a devout Christian and an usher in his church. He was a mentor to so many people and his counsel was regularly sought, especially on business start-ups. 

Junior had a Stroke while exercising in the gym on 19th of April 2018, just a few weeks to his 50th birthday. He went into a coma immediately after this. His wife remained by his bed side throughout this period  until she was prevented by the hospital due to the COVID Pandemic restrictions. He battled this illness until 6th January 2021 when he handed in his lamp and went to be with the Lord. He is survived by his wife and four children, brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, uncles, aunties and cousins and would forever be sorely missed by so many. 


                                                                ORIKI
OMO OWA, OMO EKUN; OMO OBALEYAKIN bi arira; OMO OYIYO ki mu irukere t’aiye Ijero se; 
Omo Ugun odo Igbara, omo eleiye ki ise weyeweye lori ogun; Ira ule ahun leji upe; Obi ule ahun Efon kumoye, omo Ode Didu oke Efon; Omo Elefon miyara jinjin; An b’Efon ire kan an mu ‘ho ale rian han ni; Moka moye, omo aroluo lejigan; Omo elejigan ororo ubile; Ogburuu g’or’odi o la Ijero paara s’eji, in k’okan re  e j’ or’odi, k’okkan re e j‘aralu; OMO AJERO  ku osa, omo osu keregbe legbe orun;  Omo ikarakara isomo didedide leti ogun; O kare o. 
OMO OBA OYIYO saiye Ekiti. 
Sun un re o!

Posted by Alex Ogunkoya on February 6, 2021
Junior, so many pleasant memories/ wonderful recollections. I thank God for your life. May your soul continue to rest in the peaceful bossom of the Lord! You will be greatly missed!
Posted by Yemi Ojuolape on February 5, 2021
May Junior's soul continue to rest well.

Bola and siblings as well as Junior's wife and children please accept my heartfelt condolences.
Posted by Ngozika Azuogu on February 2, 2021


Sandy and kids, Femi and entire family,
Please accept my heartfelt condolences. I pray that the Lord will wrap His loving arms around you and the entire family and comfort you. My thoughts and my prayers are with you. Your husband is resting now, and his soul is resting in perfect peace, and his memory will continue to be a blessing.
Ngozi Azuogu
Posted by Yinka Adebayo- Fadiran on February 1, 2021
Junior’s life was impactful, meaningful, and well lived. He loved fiercely and cared deeply. He was kind and generous with his time and resources.

For 52 short years, Junior was God’s precious gift to us as a son, brother, cousin, husband, father, uncle, nephew, and friend. He touched every single one of us, and he meant so much to so many even well beyond the family.

He left a legacy of hard work, and devotion to his wife, Sandy and their children, Jope, Jaye, Niji, and Sewa.

The last time I saw my cousin in the hospital, I told him that I would return to dance with him in celebration of his healing and restoration, because I was praying and had hoped for that reality on this side of eternity, as he fought a long and hard battle. I do believe he held on for nearly 3 years for the sake of his family.
In our reality, we didn’t have enough time with Junior. He was taken from us far too soon. Why? I really don’t know. The truth is, if Junior had lived a hundred years, it would not be enough and we will still need more time with him.

Jeremiah 29:11 reads “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”

We are not always privy to God’s big plan, but we are called to trust his good heart, even when we don’t fully understand.

In Genesis 18:25, Abraham declares:” Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?”

So family, and friends, what are we to do?

We will abandon ourselves to God, like Job did in his trial. He said of God “though he slay me, yet will I hope in Him” Job 13:15.

We will resolve to keep Junior’s legacy alive through his young family, by doing our best to see that they thrive, as he desired.

We will fix our eyes not on what is seen but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. What is unseen at this time is the other side of eternity, into which Junior has entered, and where he has received ultimate healing.

We will lay hold of the hope of eternal life which Christ provided through his sacrifice, so that when it is our turn to enter into eternity, we may have confidence that we will see our beloved again, in the presence of our father.

There, he will wipe away every tear from our eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

Finally, Sandy, Jope, Jaye, Niji, Sewa, egbon Segun, Sister Nike, Bayo, Femi, Bola, Sola. I say to you “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms”.

"...the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death" Isaiah 57:1-2.










Posted by Folu Ani on January 30, 2021
Uncle Junior,

I still cannot believe you are gone. I am still struggling to accept it as I write this tribute but I am comforted knowing that you are resting with the Lord and no longer suffering. You were a very inspiring man with your generosity, work ethics, and devotion to God, family and friends. I will miss our conversations that ranged from jokes, family, education, fashion, business ventures etc and I will never forget the marriage advice you gave me a few days before my wedding which was sadly a few days prior to your hospitalization. We love and miss you and know your family will always have someone to check on them just as you so commonly did for so many people.
Posted by Tony Udoinwang on January 30, 2021
Tribute to our Beloved Brother Niji ( Baba Junior)

Baba Jr, As the curfew of each night toils the knell of each passing day, so too does your untimely death echo the passing of a young life too precious to forget, " You were amazing guy"
Baba Jr, I could recall the pain and fear of death on your face on that faithful day in April 2018 when I visited you in the hospital, I wish I knew that your would not resist the sudden call from the merciless death, I could have a chance to say goodbye " You were amazing guy"
It is indeed a matter of painful irony that while most communities in Arizona celebrate life, but our community celebrate death once again, Jr it shouldn't be you, " You were amazing guy ".
Baba Jr, your unceremonious and painful exit has thought us to expect death, but we believe your legacy of hard work, compassion, guiding light and your support for lovely nature shall give us courage to continue on, "You were amazing guy"
Even though you're gone, your accomplishments and compassion will continue to inspire us to do better because "You were amazing guy".
Baba Junior, Niji, our beloved brother, ADIOS!!! You will be greatly missed!! May your lovely, gentle soul rest in perfect peace!! " You were amazing guy".
Tony Udoinwang and family.
Posted by Mudia Sokoya on January 30, 2021
Rest In Peace Junior
May God Comfort your whole family.
The Holy Spirit has everyone wrapped in .
Posted by Christopher Fabunmi on January 30, 2021
Dust thou art
And to dust returnest
Was not spoken of the soul
      - William Wordsworth Longfellow
Till we meet again
Gallant soldier of the cross
ADIEU JUNIOR!!!


Odun Fabunmi
Posted by Adefunke Adegbite - Adeni... on January 30, 2021
I am still struggling with the fact that you are no longer here with us. I am at a loss for words. All i keep thinking about is how painful your loss is for your wife, children, siblings, and all the other members of your family, as well as your friends. I know you are resting now Junior. I pray for strength for your family. Much Love to the family and all other loved ones. Rest well Junior.
Posted by Tomi Alofe on January 30, 2021
Junior, you were a loving guy when we were young.It’s sad to hear about your passing.
Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us everyday, unseen, unheard, but always near.
Still loved, still missed and very dear.
Your life was a blessing. Your memory a treasure, you are loved beyond words. Rest in peace.
Tomi Adegbola Alofe.
Posted by Adetola Adelayi on January 30, 2021
Dear junior,he was a loving brother while growing together. rest in the bossom of our lord Jesus till we meet on resurrection day..Sun re oooooo
Posted by Yemisi Ekundare Omekeh on January 30, 2021
Growing up together and neighbours was fun, although as adults we did not know much of each other. Junior rest on, almight God will take care of all that is yours on earth. Amen. Sun re o!
Yemisi Ekundare Omekeh
Posted by Akarachi Ekeh on January 30, 2021
My dearest uncle Junior,

it’s so hard to believe that you’re actually gone.

I was privileged enough to have been able to experience your generosity, kindness and bubbly personality personally and not solely from the numerous stories of you my mum has told me. I’ll forever treasure the time I got to spend with you. The holidays to Mexico and Hollywood and countless other outings you took us on. I remember playing scrabble with you when I was like 10 and how smart you made me feel whenever I came up with a word! I can even remember you coming to visit us in Ireland over ten years ago and being so excited to meet you and my cousins for the first time!

I wish I could have been able to make more memories with you but I’ll treasure the few I have dearly.

The last time I saw you, you were laying on your sick bed in the hospital and I’ll never forget saying the words "Goodbye Uncle Junior, next time I see you, you’ll be better.” before I left back home for Dublin. Little did I know it would be the last time I got to say goodbye.

Goodbye Uncle Junior, next time I see you will be in Heaven ! Till then the legacy you’ve left behind on earth will live on for you.
Posted by Isaac Eri on January 30, 2021
Junior, you were a loving guy while we grew together in Ife. You have fought the fight of faith. Rest in the bosom of the Lord!
Abiola Afolayan(Eli)
Posted by CARMEN KERRY on January 30, 2021
I did not know Junior personally but when I learned about his long battle with his sudden illness, I was shocked. I was hoping for a fast recovery however our Lord decided to call him home. Junior was a good man, a brother and a father who has accomplished so much during his lifetime. Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss. May God receive him with open arms and protect the rest of his family. RIP
Posted by Rita Oluwole on January 30, 2021
Though today you lay to rest the body of your beloved Junior, his spirit was set free and a piece of it lives eternally in each of you! Cling to it in the days, months and years to come for comfort, joyful memories, guidance and most of all his enduring love for each one of you. God has promised you all that the day will come of your joyful reunification with him in The Lord. Amen 
Posted by Josephine Wey on January 29, 2021
Junior lived a good and industrious life and fought a good fight til the end. It pleased the Lord to take him home at his prime.
He'll be sorely missed.
May God continue to grant peace and comfort in the hearts of his family and loved ones.
Rest on in the bosom of the Most High God
Posted by Bisquick Onisile on January 29, 2021
It's never easy to grieve the loss of a loved one, but the loss of my young, vibrant cousin is particularly difficult to comprehend and accept. Cousin junior was loving, kind, generous and oh so joyous! The best dressed and consummate professional in any situation or environment. I'm convinced his pictures accompany the words "swaggy" and "drip" in the dictionary. He always took time out of his schedule to come to our house whenever my dad was visiting from Nigeria and he would sit for hours listening to him reminisce and ruminate about life. Whether we're at an informal setting hanging out as family or a chance meeting at an NBA All Star event, he always referred to me as "Bisquick." His nickname for me was a term of endearment and I wholly embraced it. How could I not embrace his nickname for me? He's so confident in the way he calls me Bisquick that I started wondering why everyone else didn't call me by the same nickname. We already miss your gregarious and larger than life personality cousin. Your big smile will forever be etched in our hearts and minds.  You left us too soon but you will never be forgotten. Rest in Heavenly peace my dear cousin.  
Posted by bolan ogunde on January 29, 2021
As he was known and called by families and friends, Junior was a fearless and forever curious young man. He lived life fearlessly, both personally and entrepreneur wise. History has shown us that Junior was ready to pounce on whenever any opportunities arise in business. His last endeavor before his demise was a testament to his entrepreneurial skills. The company was thriving before the incident that finally took him away from us. I remember one day at a small gathering at his house when he said, “if you want to be happy, you can’t’ be worried about things that you can’t control, but you must have faith in God.” Junior lived his statement. He is not here only because of something beyond his power. We pray that his memories be a blessing to all of us that are left behind. Rest In Peace. And may God be with those you left behind.
Bola and Abbey Ogunde
Posted by Ademola Adegbonmire on January 29, 2021
8J! Dengi!! You were a great guy.
It's so painful to be writing a tribute to you, at this time of our lives. We all thought of ourselves growing old. Sitting down in our old age , regaling ourselves of our lovely days back in Ife, while growing up. There was so much we shared, so much to say, but not today. My dear friend and brother, the night has fallen on your journey, your sojourn here is over, your assignment done. It is time to rest, peacefully. You will always be Junior to me, my very dear friend and brother.
I wave you on on your journey.
Good night Junior. Sun re ooo!
Posted by Abbie Ani on January 29, 2021
Gone too soon!

Quintessential Junior...O.g.a.J.u.l.i.o.r as i fondly called you, you were large hearted, energetic and diligent in everything.      
I will miss your indigenous jokes/dialect wrapped up on life issues and quest for good things. Sigh!

Bubbling Junior rest in perfect peace away from all the pains and troubles of the world. If it’s possible to look back, please watch over your family.

Love,
Abbie Ani
Posted by Adejimi Adaralegbe on January 29, 2021
Uncle J,

Where do I even begin? Words can’t describe how much I miss you.
I was completely shattered hearing the news of your diagnosis in 2018 and I haven’t regained that part of myself till now. Although I am still trying to grasp the damning reality that you are no longer with us physically, I know for certain you will forever remain in my heart.
I cherish the times we spent together laughing, having casual conversations, traveling on vacations and more importantly, the invaluable life lessons you taught me. You were like a father to me when I first came to the United States as a young 17-year old. You showed me direction and took me into your home like I was your son. I remember when you came to visit for homecoming weekend to help me assimilate faster into a culture that was foreign to me. I never told you this but that little gesture was everything for me then. I remember the times you would drive all the way from Buckeye after a busy week just to check up on me and make sure I was settling in well. I remember the time when you took me shopping for new clothes because the ones I had were either too shabby or I had already outgrown.
Uncle J, I have a lot to say about you however, I regrettable can’t bring myself to type anything out amidst the flurry of tears flooding down my cheeks. I just want to say thank you uncle! Thank you for the little things, thank you for the pep talks, thank you for the words of encouragement, thank you for the lessons … thank you for it all. My selfish nature as a human would have wanted to spend more time around you but, I am glad you are in a better place. Until then, rest in peace and keep smiling down on the loved ones you left behind as we strive to be as good a person as you were.

Love,
Jimi
Posted by Oluwole Coker on January 29, 2021
Adieu, Junior.

Chip of the old block.

Rest in peace and be in great company of those who went ahead of you.

Posted by Adejumoke George on January 28, 2021
A TRIBUTE TO MY BROTHER FROM ANOTHER MOTHER...

Still struggling to find words...we believed, prayed, hoped, faith soared with each passing day that it will end in praise.... 6th January, Junior answered God's calling leaving all behind, unfinished...Nevertheless, we are thankful lord, 1st Thess 5:18 [MSG] says ''Thank God no matter what happens''
Ever since Olusola and I became friends in 1983 in FGGC Benin and through our university days at Unilag, the entire Adaralegbe family took me as their aburo. My family became theirs and vice-versa.
Bisi (as Sola was known at school) spoke highly of this her brother called Junior, his great sense of humor, told us many of his jokes, it felt like we already met him. When I eventually met him, I understood why Sola loved him so. The last time I saw Junior was at mummy Adaralegbe's funeral in Arizona. He was his usual bubbly self, cracking everyone up at Sis Nike Ibiyemi - Aluko's house. He had a kind word for everyone, young and old.
This is a huge loss.... Adeniji jnr's place may be empty in the family, I pray his loving, sweet memories fill the void.
Hardworking, industrious, a serial entrepreneur whom Sola and indeed the family was proud of.
Olusola Adebisi mi, my egbons, Sandy and the children, despite the pain, pls find solace knowing he lived an impactful life.
God remains faithful! Trusting him to minister great grace and comfort to us all. The holy spirit (our comforter) will do what he does best at this time, he will wrap his warm loving arms around the entire family and loved ones. Adeniji jnr's legacy lives on in the blessed family he left behind.
Rest well brother, Rest in power.
Posted by Dennis Okoh on January 28, 2021
Junior, may your gentle soul rest in perfect peace. Amen.
Definitely gone too soon, But we are certain that God knows Best.
Our Condolences to the family left behind, his siblings (Bayo, Femi, Bola and Sola) and his Loved ones, may they be comforted by the Lord's Grace.
Amen
Posted by Vinuyon Ramos on January 28, 2021
Junior was the name we all knew you by and called you. The death blow has hit me numerous times already this year however two of these were most devastating, as death was not the outcome I expected, we prayed a
We believed and we prayed even more

Losing two of my childhood friends after fighting long term challenges is painful. So we laid Chris Nwuga to rest yesterday and now you. How did we get here.

To write a farewell tribute to a great man and friend you haven't seen for so long is tough.

Agh I so regret not keeping in touch.
The lesson you have taught me is to search out loved ones and as often as possible reach out just to check on them. One just never knows how much time we have left on this side of eternity.

Junior every memory of you reminds me of love and fun. I can’t even picture any memory of you without Mico. Growing up you both were inseparable.

That your swagger walk, as you bounced around like you were walking on hot coal.

With me, you were mischievous. Gosh you picked on me over every matter and you and Mico always left me either in stitches or the other extreme, frustrated trying to convince you about one thing or another.

I'm grateful for our lovely and eventful childhood friendship.

My prayers are with Sis Femi, bro Bayo, Bola, Sola, your darling wife Sandy and the children.

The Lord will comfort them all as he promises to by the help of the Holy Spirit.

It's been a battle and now its over
Till we meet to part no more rest my brother rest
Posted by Christopher Emafo on January 28, 2021
Rest in peace dear mate as I have held so much about you from your sister here in Ireland. I knew from her that you were sick and I felt that you will be strong soon to get back to the race but never did. We cannot question God because He knows best. Pls rest in peace and I pray the mercy of God upon your immediate family to be able to bear this pain.
ADIEU
Posted by Olumuyiwa Kajopaye on January 25, 2021
Junior, it is hard to believe or accept you are no more with us. Those years we spent together as friends at OAU were wonderful times. There was never a dull moment with you. Always positive and caring. May your soul rest in perfect peace with our Lord. So long my friend.
Posted by Dee Osemeno on January 25, 2021
My sincere condolences to the Adaralegbe family. Loosing a loved one is heartbreaking and confusing, I can only imagine the pain felt by Mr.Adaralegbe's dear family but I know that God understands and he will help you heal. Infact at Isaiah 25vs 8 God promises to 'swallow up death forever'. I pray that Jehovah gives you strength beyond what is normal.
Posted by Jahswill Esendu on January 25, 2021
My condolence to Madam Bola Adaralegbe’s brother

I neither knew nor met your brother one-to-one, but I took my time to read most of the tributes and wished I physically met such a man with a heart of gold.
On the sands of time, Junior, as heartily called left prints with glory. A lot of people who had a chance to meet you had raw impact of life’s mien of true love and selflessness. And, whenever your thoughts flash through their minds, they shall recall your warm story.
We give all glory to JESUS CHRIST for your life.
From the several stories, Junior seeded seeds of love; and it is my prayer that your wife and children reap multiple harvest of your deed of love. JESUS CHRIST will make it happen.
You were and are still an inspiration to multiple lives. You heartened countless hearts, who would thank the Almighty GOD they met you; also, express thanks to the hearts [wifey and children] that bear your name.
Truly, you will be missed and forever remembered.

From Jahswill Esendu
Posted by Folayemi Thomas on January 25, 2021
In total submission to the will of the Almighty God , who loves you , Adeniji Akinboyejo Adaralegbe, I commit you to His unfailing care and deathless Eternity.

I thank God for your Beautiful & Meaningful life attested to, by relations and friends.

May you be numbered among His Saints Triumphant 

Iwaju ti o nlo, a dara, ehin ti o fi sile, ko ni baje  Mo fi Olorun sin o.
Orun re rere o 

ORIKI;

OMO OWA, OMO EKUN ; OMO OBALEYAKIN bi arira; OMO OYIYO ki mu irukere t’aiye Ijero se; Omo Ugun odo Igbara, omo eleiye ki ise weyeweye lori ogun; Ira ule ahun leji upe; Obi ule ahun Efon kumoye, omo Ode Didu oke Efon; Omo Elefon miyara jinjin; An b’Efon ire kan an mu ‘ho ale rian han ni; Moka moye, omo aroluo lejigan; Omo elejigan ororo ubile; Ogburuu g’or’odi o la Ijero paara s’eji, in k’okan re e j’ or’odi, k’okkan re e j ‘ aralu; OMO AJERO ku osa, omo osu keregbe legbe orun; Omo ikarakara isomo didedide leti ogun; O kare o, OMO OBA OYIYO saiye Ekiti. Sun un re o!
Posted by Tope Imevbore on January 24, 2021
Junior,
I can't believe you are gone so soon! You were my husband's best friend, closest confidant, and a dear brother to me.
You were so funny and full of life. You always cracked me up. No dull moment with you.
I remember those days in OAU when we all hung out together, you, Michael, and I. You took me as your sister from the 1st day I started dating Michael, even before we married. You used to call me "ododo" (flower)
I still remember those days with nostalgia. I remember when you translated Phil Collins "English Man in New York" to Yoruba! Thinking about it now brings tears and joy to my heart. You were too much!
I don't understand why you had to leave us so soon when things were falling into pleasant places for you, and your family was still growing and they needed you. God knows best, we are glad you are resting in the bosom of the Lord.
When we first heard you fell ill back in 2018, Michael and I were getting ready to go for a planned weekend to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Once we heard, there was no way we could go anywhere, it was too devastating to hear you had collapsed, we didn't know what to think or how you were doing. We cried, we prayed for healing for many years. We were waiting for a miracle, but nothing came. How could this happen like this.
When we heard you passed away, Michael was so miserable and sad, I had never seen him cry about anything in the 24 years of our marriage, but the news of your death hit him really hard. We were both devastated. But we know now, you are no longer in pain and you are in a better place. This gives us comfort and peace.
Junior, we will never forget you, those sweet memories will remain with us and you will always be in our hearts.
Your darling wife, Sandy, and your beautiful kids, Jope, Jaiye, Niji and Sewa are family to us. You kids are our kids. You told me once that you want Ese, our daughter to be close to Jope and be her mentor. I will ensure that happens. We will be there for them as we know you would want us to be. Your legacy will live on through them and they will make you proud.
We love you, Junior. We miss you so much. May your beautiful soul Rest In Peace. Amen.
Posted by IYABODE LUCAS on January 24, 2021
Junior,

Grudgingly, I am being forced to put pen to paper about you. What can I say? How can I truly describe your person? You are more than words can fully define.

My sweet cousin, we were all supposed to grow old together at some point later in life, but now, that can never be.

You personified all the wonderful and beautiful things in life. Anyone you came in contact with, both family and otherwise always extolled your virtues.
It is my strong conviction that the mission for which you were sent on earth were completed, otherwise you would still have been here with us. You ran a good race coz. The life you led was exemplary.

We loved you and so wanted you to be with us, but your Heavenly Father who loved you more thought it was time to come home.

Rest well in His bosom. We shall surely meet again.

Farewell my cousin.
BT


Posted by Nordi Omordia on January 24, 2021
My condolences to you and your family Bisi.
I didn't know your brother personally but what I can read he was a person full of life.
I pray that your memories will comfort you in time.
I pray that his wife finds strength to go on and bring the children up.
I pray that one day the tears will stop and the thoughts of all you shared with your brother will make you smile.
I pray that the hope of the resurrection will be a source of comfort at this time because one day you will meet again.
Posted by Sope adaralegbe on January 24, 2021

My dear Uncle Junior,

You were the most lively and pleasant man, so passionate and awe-inspiring. I will miss you greatly, your contagious loud laugh and energy were second to none.

I remember how excited I would get whenever I was told you were coming to visit, my sister and I could not wait to get home from school to see you. It was always such a treat for us, you were so incredibly thoughtful and kind, never failing to bring us little goodies and constantly entertaining our primary school stories.

I am eternally grateful for the little time I had with you, for the influence you were to my dad and my siblings. You were taken far too soon, but truthfully no amount of time would have been enough with someone as great as you.
Posted by Tolu Oluwole on January 23, 2021
Dear family please accept our condolences on the great loss of your dearest brother, husband and father, as well as the extended family,friends and colleagues.

Junior, To know you is to love you. Your departure is a great loss to all who were blessed to know you.

We praise and thank God Almighty for your life. Your memories will live in our hearts until we meet again at the feet of our Lord and Savior. 

Rest In Perfect Peace
Love
Soji and Tolu Oluwole 
Posted by Folahan Ibiyemi- Aluko on January 23, 2021
Uncle Junior, blood of my blood.

There are things in this world that will always be unknown to us. Things such as why you were taken too soon. It doesn't seem fair and there are no words to be said that can provide comfort knowing that you're gone.

All I can say is that even though you may not be with us physically, you will never be forgotten and your legacy will remain. You have four beautiful children that bear your name and have bright futures thanks to your hard work and parenting.

Thank you for bringing so much laughter and memories to this family. I will always appreciate the time I got to spend with you.

Ps. Please reserve a table for us at Club Heaven.

- Folahan

Posted by Akin-Sunday Ajanaku on January 23, 2021
Adeniji Adaralegbe (Jnr)  Adieu to a very dear friend, a childhood friend and a classmate. I remember our first day at St John's Grammar school. Jnr was the cutest guy in the class. Very bubbly and friendly. Never arrogant, I don't think anyone in our class knew that Jnr was an American. I certainly didn't. He was just one of us.

Always ready to engage, never a snob. Very naughty as well, most of us were. I was privileged to speak to him in 2017 and we had a good chat about life in the USA and stuff. It was fun as usual with Jnr. We thank God for his life. Goodbye dear friend and rest in peace. My condolences to his lovely family.
Posted by Oreoluwa Asuni on January 23, 2021
Wow, I am short of words, i'm stunned by this news...
Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts.
My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, children and his entire family during this difficult time.
My heartfelt condolences on all our loss.

Junior will never be forgotten, we thank God for great memories of time shared when he was with us. May his soul rest in perfect peace.
Posted by Jide Bamgboye on January 23, 2021
Rest in peace my friend. May the lord forgive your sins and accept you amongst the saints. My heart is heavy but what can I do but accept Gods will.
Posted by Ty Onasanwo on January 23, 2021
I’ve been grieving the loss of you for almost 3 years. Life just hasn’t been the same since that fateful day when a routine workout at the gym turned our world upside down. It was a world in which you took center stage but your light shone on us all. I miss our camaraderie, the good-cop-bad-cop routines, ribald jokes exchanged out of the earshot of our wives and children, the sibling tiffs in which I’m often the reluctant arbiter, your impeccable sense of sartorial style and physical well-being. I miss all of those and more. You were not just my brother in law, you were my brother indeed. We will meet again on the other side. Keep your wits honed, brother.
Posted by Lola Ogunshile Davis on January 23, 2021
What shall we say about this sad passage of Junior? All we have to say is thank you Jesus!
I knew him only as Junior and I attended his wedding. Junior was very respectful. The last time I saw him, I remember he bowed his head when he greeted me and added “ma”. That stayed with me, especially in a world where younger people don’t want to show respect. I remember noticing how sharply dressed he was. Junior was indeed a gem!

God almighty will comfort the hearts of his immediate family, siblings, extended family members and his friends. It’s a huge loss, but God knows best.
Posted by Emily Supurgeci on January 22, 2021
This is a beautifully written tribute. I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. Word cannot express my deepest sympathies and condolences. If there is anything I can do to support you and Sewa please do not hesitate to ask. Your family is in my heart and prayers.
Posted by B. J. Bulama on January 22, 2021
On behalf of University of Dundee Alumni Association, Nigerian Chapter, I commiserate with our very respected alumnus and BoT member, Dr. Bayo Adaralegbe and the Adaralegbes on the very painful exit of their son and brother, Adeniji Akinboyejo Adaralegbe, Jnr. We pray for the repose of Junior and also pray that the Lord comforts the family and grant them the fortitude to bear irreparable loss.

Adieu Junior.

B.J.Bulama
Secretary, UoD Alumni Association, Nigerian Chapter.
Posted by Monisola Oni on January 22, 2021
My dear Junior,
Putting off writing this for several days really has not made it easier like I hoped.
Just like we prayed and hoped you would recover for so long....
I take comfort in the fact that you are not suffering any more and probably having a blast in heaven.

In March 2018, I was in AZ visiting my then sick brother Banjo. You heard I was in town, dropped everything you had planned and came to visit me at your Sister’s.
That visit meant and still means so much to me. I didn’t know it would be the last time I would see you alive and well....
We had a good laugh talking about various things, you looked sooo good(as always!).
I am eternally grateful for that day as it will always be the image of you that I remember.

Everyone has recounted how generous you were, from my perspective, I thank you for being so generous with your time.
I have a picture of you visiting my Mother in Lagos on one of your trips, because to you we were family!

I heard so many stories of you being an amazing Uncle and mentor to your many nephews - the one that stood out to me was you standing by Folahan during his basketball adventures when his parents didn’t always know what to do.

I love you Bros... You will never be forgotten....
I know your Legacy will live on in Jope, Jaiye, Niji and Sewa. I pray they will do you proud 

Sleep well Junior until we meet to part no more.
Moni.
Posted by Ayodele Olaniran on January 22, 2021
My humble in-law, the first impression I had when we met for the first time in 2011 is still very fresh in my mind. You were an epitome of humility. Rest in peace Junior
Posted by Olatunbosun Awope on January 21, 2021
Adieu Junior!

I remembered the last time we met, the year 2016 or 2017 thereabout in Nigeria you were full of life! Not knowing that would be the last time. I met with your wife and son for the first time since our childhood. He so much look like you. I told you I would be coming to the USA in a couple of months from then, you insist that I come to Arizona that, we will go from there to your country home in Mexico for the weekend, not knowing you are saying goodbye! May your departed soul rest in perfect peace! You will forever be missed! May the good Lord give your wife, children and family the fortitude to bear the loss! your are a one all in all! I how heavy the burden would be on those you left behind! Rest on tight!
Posted by Ronke Oyetunji on January 21, 2021
Junior just like all the Adaralegbes was nice, friendly and very accommodating. Sola loves you so much, and l know all your siblings do. May the Lord comfort your wife and all loved ones and may the memories bring sweetness and comfort in Jesus name
Posted by Jumoke Sidiku on January 21, 2021
Junior junior. The last time I saw you was at university of Ife many years ago. My lasting memory of you is how much your sister Bola loved you. It was junior this and junior that. I honestly did not know your first name. I thought your name was Junior Adaralegbe.
Gone too soon but will never be forgotten by your friends and family. May your soul rest in perfect peace
Posted by Omalara Sholola on January 20, 2021
What a painful exit, Niji Jnr May you cont to rest eternally in Jesus mighty name. You’ll be greatly missed. Adieu ! Adieu! Adieu . Lord Comfort the family & let your Mercy & your grace be upon them ijmn.
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Posted by Alex Ogunkoya on February 6, 2021
Junior, so many pleasant memories/ wonderful recollections. I thank God for your life. May your soul continue to rest in the peaceful bossom of the Lord! You will be greatly missed!
Posted by Yemi Ojuolape on February 5, 2021
May Junior's soul continue to rest well.

Bola and siblings as well as Junior's wife and children please accept my heartfelt condolences.
Posted by Ngozika Azuogu on February 2, 2021


Sandy and kids, Femi and entire family,
Please accept my heartfelt condolences. I pray that the Lord will wrap His loving arms around you and the entire family and comfort you. My thoughts and my prayers are with you. Your husband is resting now, and his soul is resting in perfect peace, and his memory will continue to be a blessing.
Ngozi Azuogu
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EARLY YEARS

ADENIJI AKINBOYEJO ADARALEGBE JUNIOR was born to the family of late Professor Adeniji and Mrs. Ebunoluwa Rosemarie Adaralegbe. His paternal grandfather was a direct descendant of the Oyiyo Ruling House of Ijero Ekiti, Ekiti State while his late mother was an indigene of Ondo town, Ondo State. Adeniji was born in St John’s Episcopal Hospital, Queens, New York on 31st July 1968 on the eve of his father’s successful defense of his PhD Thesis in New York University. He was given the name “Akinboyejo” in commemoration of this happy occasion. Buoyed by the popular Black American culture of that time that saw black American male offsprings like Martin Luther King Jnr. and many others, being named after their fathers, his father named his son “Adeniji Junior.” “Junior”, as he would come to be popularly known from infancy was the fifth child out of seven children of Professor and Mrs Adaralegbe. He had two brothers and four sisters. 

His father joined the then University of Ife(now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile-Ife, in present day Osun State, South Western Nigeria, in the late 1960s after completing his studies and his family relocated from New York, USA to the University staff quarters in Ile-Ife. The period coincided with the University’s movement from Ibadan, its temporary site to Ile-Ife, its permanent site, widely adjudged as one of the most beautiful university campuses at that time. It was in Ife campus that Junior thrived and grew into a healthy, beautiful, sociable, and very gregarious child. His older siblings remember him to be the kid brother who could not be separated from sucking his thumb. Not even a sock tied tightly around his hand and soaked in bitter herbs could stop him from sucking!

EDUCATION

He attended the University Staff School, Seventh Day Adventist Primary School and St. Johns Grammar School, (a Catholic day School), all in Ile Ife for his nursery, primary and secondary school education. He excelled modestly in sports in Secondary School, representing his School in the junior category of long distance running. Junior was admitted to the University of Ife, Faculty of Administration to study Accounting, in the mid-80s, later acquiring a B.Sc. in Accounting. 
Junior attended Grandview College, Des Moines, Iowa, receiving a second Bachelor’s degree, this time in Computer Information Systems. He later obtained a professional certification in Microsoft (MCSC)

PROFESSIONAL LIFE

He worked in Northwest Bank Des Moines (now Wells Fargo Bank) at some point. In Arizona, he worked and was mentored by one of the greatest telemarketers of his time. It was here that Junior’s entrepreneurial spirit really sprang to life. He left to set up his own business in 2004, beginning with The Greatest Virtual Office, a Website development company. He eventually set up Elevated Marketing Strategies, an internet advertising/telemarketing company. He also had a clothing line, which he named NY/X-New York Exchange, where he sold upscale Italian wears. Junior went into partnership with others and set up an online business named Arraga.com, with offices in Phoenix, London and Lagos. Before he became sick, he was exploring Nigeria’s vast untapped opportunities and together with his wife, attended and spoke at a number of conferences, granted television interviews and produced promotional videos. He was very successful in business and at the height of his business, Junior had on his pay roll a large number of staff in his employment.
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MRS. SANDRA (SANDY) ADARALEGBE'S TRIBUTE - JUNIOR'S WIFE

Shared by Nike Awosika on February 2, 2021
Mr. Adeniji Akinboyejo Adaralegbe Jr. 
I do take you to be my husband to have and to hold in sickness and in health and in death may we not part but be together forever and in spirit we will be together again.
I met my love in Iowa 25 years ago and every day we had I am so ever grateful for. We had a love that could not be broken and through the love we had for each other we got married and started our beautiful family. Niji was meant to be a father he was truly obsessed with making sure his family was safe.He got into a car accident on the way to the hospital a time I let him know I was in early labor with our first born Adejope Marie.He was so excited to see each of his children be born. He always wanted to be the first thing they saw when they arrived. He named them so thoughtfully and included his mom and my mom’s names for our first two girls. Our moms shared the same name Rose Marie so that is how we had AdeJope Marie and Adejaiye Rose.These girls were his heart he felt so blessed and he got me a ring that had 20 diamonds in it and said that is how many kids he wanted with me after he saw Adejaiye Rose. Well we didn’t make it to 20 children unless you include all the nephews and nieces he and I helped care for. We had four lovely children and by the time we had been married for 10 years we found out we were having our first boy! This was the best news. A boy meant a name sake, so proud to have a son to name after himself. This was AdeNiji Dean The Third. We were so blessed my husband was so happy he threw a huge party about 500 guests with a band and a bartender and magician and even had breakdancers for entertainment. 
   Niji was the best daddy ever and he loved children and we decided we needed one more to even things out, he said. Then we had the little princess Adesewa Kay.  He said he wanted to name her beauty because he knew she would be so beautiful. She truly stole his heart he had a very soft spot for the youngest. She was allowed to come and lay in bed next to daddy each night to get her head rubbed and fall asleep next to him.
    Life was amazing and we were so happy and still so in love after so many years together. He even taught me and the children about his Nigerian culture and would love to dress in our native attire for church and other festivities.
     There is no man, father, brother, cousin, friend, or husband that could compare to my Niji. He would tell me how much he loved me and how he knew he would marry a Sandy since he was nine and fell in love with the movie Grease. He even loved my freckles he said they were so captivating and always changing every time he saw my face.  We were meant to be and he was my other half and half of me is gone. Ever since that fateful day April 19, 2018. The day my beautiful husband had a stroke while with me at our usual gym spot. He came and said he didn’t feel good and he grabbed my arms and I screamed for help. I gently laid him down and called 911. I held him and rubbed his chest and asked people for directions. The Ambulance arrived and to my horror they did not take me with him. I got to the hospital and was asked to sign a DNR 20 minutes after we got there. I refused, I said they must give him more than 20 minutes. They did finally attend to Niji but it was too late it had damaged him so bad he became paralyzed and unable to speak. Nevertheless as disabled as he was he was still my husband and I would not leave him alone. I abandoned our little children and camped out at the hospital. The care was less then humane and I was so scared to leave him for any amount of time alone. It was almost 3 years that we drove back and forth to one facility after another. I brought him home and took care of him, got a wheelchair, got a ramp, and a hospital bed and he was getting a lot better even almost talking. Then exactly 2 years ago on January 6, Niji was congested and I gave him CPR in front of our babies. The EMTs arrived and did not give him air. I continued to stay by his side and pray this too can be healed. Then Covid came and we could not go and be with my love. It had been 11 months since the kids and I had been allowed to go see Niji. Then we got that Call that  we have been dreading that my baby has passed away on January 6th at 12:30 a.m.  I prayed along with hundreds of family and friends for him to get better. He was too young and 25 years was not long enough with the worlds greatest husband. I pray God bind us together in heaven as we were on earth, and I will meet you in the mansion you’re preparing for us. 
I love you forever! My Niji!

ADESEWA ADARALEGBE'S TRIBUTE - JUNIOR'S YOUNGEST DAUGHTER

Shared by Nike Awosika on February 2, 2021
My daddy was a strong, powerful man.

He was so strong he fought for three long years to be able to see me and my siblings grow.
He loved us so much he did not want to say goodbye. I love my daddy so much and I know he loves me too.

One of my favorite memories about my dad is when he used to rub my head and he would magically make me fall asleep. There is no place like my daddy‘s hands to put me to sleep.

I also loved when my daddy would come home, he would pick me up and turn me around like a helicopter. 

He was the best daddy ever and I will miss him forever

ADENIJI ADARALEGBE'S TRIBUTE - JUNIOR'S SON

Shared by Nike Awosika on February 2, 2021
My dad was an amazing man and he cared for me and my family very well. I am so sad that he’s gone. I remember when we used to play soccer together. He was there for me and was always a good role model for me and others he was always a giving man and didn’t get much in return . He was there for me at times I was sad or mad but he was always the one that made me happy.  When I was little he encouraged me to do things I was good at. He would also do things for my siblings and my mom like help them with school or go with them to the grocery store. My mom and dad have been married for 21 years and I only had 8 of  those years but they were the best years of my life.  My mom has raised me On her own for three years my mom has been a big part of my life and has cared for me like my dad. My dad really picked a great wife. when I am with her I feel safe and loved and I know my father will always be in my heart. 
Love Niji