ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Anthony Afuwape 68 years old , born on February 7, 1948 and passed away on June 16, 2016. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Temitope Jaiyeola on June 20, 2020
Proooof... 'dy' is still sleeping on 'dx'. Sleep on, a mathematical father... Love you sir...
Posted by Temi Afuwape on June 17, 2020
Words are not enough to express how much we miss you... you are forever in our thoughts.. we love you Papa
Posted by 'Kale Oyedeji on June 16, 2020
It has been four long years, we miss you a lot.
Posted by Kolade Afuwape on June 16, 2020
16th of June will always be a heartbreaker, I miss you everyday Daddy, still not sure how I’ve managed this last 4 years without you. Your legacy lives on, continue to rest in peace.
Posted by Shola Adeyemi on June 16, 2020
You live on in our hearts. It's still a huge space but I fill it with your memories and you are alive in the indelible footprints that you left behind
Posted by Temi Afuwape on February 7, 2020
We miss you Grandpa... Happy 72nd anniversary. Love from all of us ❤️❤️❤️
Posted by Michael Agunbiade on November 9, 2019
SWEET MEMORIES:

I have known Professor Anthony Uyi Afuwape since 1978 when he was living in Oshosami Street, Ring Road, Ibadan in Our country that is full of milk and honey. He is more of an uncle to me than a teacher. He would come to my parents house to teach me mathematics and later had many students to teach. So, he hired a big classroom in a local primary school, given extra-moral coaching. We students used to meet him in the afternoon, after normal school hours, at Seventh Day Adventist Primary School, NTC Road, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.
Prof. Afuwape was one of the GOD-SENT destiny helpers that, lovingly with discipline and persuasion, mentored me into being what I am today by the grace of God. Pro Afuwape, then a primary/secondary school teacher recognized my engineering and technical talents. Many times when I was discouraged and weary, he would call my name and said: "NEVER SURRENDER TO WHAT YOU ARE THE MASTER OF & DON'T LET YOUR TODAY'S PAINS TAKE AWAY YOUR JOY OF TOMORROW." "SOLDIERS NEVER SURRENDER TO FAILURE". These positive, encouraging provoking proclamations led me to focus on my science subjects and today, a qualified engineer. He later became one of my early maths lecturers at the University.

Prof. Afuwape, your untarnished motivational statements rekindled in me when I met your son K.A. early this year. I can never forget you for your genuine courage & CAN-DO-IT character you deposited into my life. As you have invested in me, like a blood uncle, your children's children will forever be connected to their destiny helpers in the mighty name of Jesu Christ.
The world of the intellects is missing you.

SUN UN RE OOOO! 

To the families that are left behind, I salute you all. Shalom! Shalom!! Shalom!!!



Sincerely Yours,
Pastor M. Agunbiade

Posted by Memudu Olatinwo on June 20, 2019
The position you left is very difficult to fill. May Almighty God assist us in this direction. Aameen!!! May Almighty God continue to assist and love all your children (Aameen!!!) because, you were a lover of children of several known and unknown parents to you too.
Posted by Afuwape Adekunle on June 17, 2019
Waoooo
Like play like play professor Afuwape uyi Anthony yesterday make 3years u left us in this earth hmmmmm
All Afuwape's Family missed u and I missed you as well
Posted by Kolade Afuwape on June 16, 2019
Miss you dad, shame I never paid attention to certain wise words from you, now I understand fully. Continue to rest on
Posted by Adeniran Olusola on June 16, 2019
Waoh! It's been three years since you translated from mortality to immortality. There has been no day since then that we the mortals that you left behind have not had cause to remember you for one thing or the other. This is so because while you were here you worked so hard that you became a reference point in virtually every facet of life. Today been a day that we
are celebrating fathers we cannot but celebrate you. You are a father to all that passed through you. Adieu Beloved Anthony Uyi Afuwape. Continue to rest the bossom of your creator
Posted by Afuwape Adekunle on February 8, 2018
The whole Afuwape's which you happy posthumous birthday my brother
We all missed u financially brother
Rest in the blossom of God till will all meet .
I love u sir
Posted by Jaiyeola Gbolahan on February 7, 2018
Posthumous birthday to you Prof! We miss you.
Posted by Temi Afuwape on February 7, 2018
Happy 70th Post-humous birthday Grandpa.....
We are sure missing you much.
love from Timmy,Tammy,Temmy & Kolade Afuwape
Posted by Kolade Afuwape on February 7, 2018
70 years ago today you were born, I’m sure no one realise how much impact you were going to have on the world as a result of your birth, but here we are still carrying that invaluable legacy of yours and impacting the world with it, just wish you were here to see the amazing fruit of your labour. I’m sure you’re smiling in the land beyond. Happy Posthumous Birthday to you dad, thank you for shaping us all into what we have all become, we’ll continue to miss you, sleep well my father
Posted by Afuwape Adekunle on June 20, 2017
Oh my good God, 1year and 4days like yesterday. In fact, I hate you Mr death and I will hate u forever for hurting the entire family by taking away my beloved brother-- the hero of the family, the financial pillar of the family. the philanthropist of the family.If we will be opportuned to come to this world again. That Valor, Chief OBATUYI AMOS AFUWAPE OLIKURA will still be our father.
Posted by Xavier Udo-utun on June 16, 2017
Dear Professor,

May He grant u eternal rest. Your golden memory must live on through your classical works, through your lovely family both biological and academic-networks.

May the family of professor Afuwape be consoled by the joy of the fact that his goodworks are evergreen and that some of the Professor's classical contributions are still opening new directions for building and improvement of knowledge for international beneficience.

May this golden memory add profound peace to your rest my dear Professor. So Long Professor.

Dr. Xavier Udo-utun
Posted by Kolade Afuwape on June 16, 2017
Daddy, exactly a year ago at this time you left us all after living such an amazing life I will foverer admire. Your wife misses you and she's has never been the same since you left, everyday she talks about you, your children all miss you and you grandchildren still ask of you a year on. The impact you've made in our life and the values you stood for will never be forgotten and will be passed from generations to generations. You're always on my mind daddy, continue to rest in peace, I love you and will always do. Thank you for always being there
Posted by Shola Adeyemi on June 16, 2017
You are definitely missed beyond words. The time spent together will remain indelible, your footprints are indelible, your impact, influence, friendship, mentoship, will remain indelible. Your memory is a treasure I'll cherish all my life. You are a hero of your generation! Sleep on, Anthony Uyi Afuwape. You are anthonificient!
Posted by Adeniran Olusola on June 16, 2017
Its been a year since your departure. I have missed you sorely. I have found no replacement for a friend, an adviser and a mentor per excellence that I found in you. Continue to rest in peace as we continue to remember your good deeds.
Posted by 'Kale Oyedeji on June 16, 2017
How fast time runs, you will for ever missed. May you continue to rest perpetually in peace.
Posted by Temi Afuwape on June 16, 2017
Dear Grandpa,

Today make it a year that we lost you.
We miss u and ur loss has taught us all many things.
And now we face each day with hope, happy memories and your influence which guides us and makes us know you are near.

What we share will never die.
It lives within our heart, bringing strength and comfort.
Timi and Tami miss and talk about u.
Kolade miss you very very very much and I miss u too my fatherin❤.
Continue to rest on the best Father in law.
Thank you for setting the standard high.
Posted by June Afuwape on June 16, 2017
It’s been a year and it feels like yesterday. It’s been 365 days and it feels like 65 minutes. Daddy, the last time I had a chance to see you alive was a year ago. It is fresh in my mind. Your memories are real. Your impact lives on. Your legacy will never fade. You came, you saw and you conquered. From that small village in Okitipupa to travelling across continents to impact knowledge in minds and lives. From a blacksmith’s son to a global Professor of Mathematics. From a young boy who walked several miles to attend school daily to a Professor who flew thousands of miles to give back and impact knowledge. From that young single Ondo boy to the caring husband of Ruth and wonderful father of six (later becoming twelve) and finally a grandfather of 11. You loved us all. You had children you adopted as yours based on your love for people. You were a people person. Daddy, I know you are happy wherever you are and probably eating Pupuru with your parents and laughing at how lucky you are to have left this sinful world. I just want you to know how proud I am of you. Thinking of how you dealt with life as though it was easy, I have come to realize it is not easy and I need that wisdom and strength. I have missed you every day since you left us. I have cried silently and publicly. I still need some comfort and I am sure you will send some comfort my way. I am sure you will want me to move on and make you proud so I will try. Please comfort your wife because she has not been the same person since you left and we can’t help because we don’t know what it feels like to have been married for forty years. We miss you and always know I love you.
Adieu Baba Mi.
Posted by Shola Adeyemi on February 7, 2017
You are gone but never to be forgotten. The footprints that you left behind are indelible. Happy posthumous birthday and continue to rest in perfect peace. You are forever missed.
Posted by Sade Afuwape-ogundare on February 7, 2017
Happy Birthday Daddy. Today you would have been 69.
We miss you and love you.
We know you are in a better place resting
Today brings back memories but they are wonderful ones.

Continue to rest in the bosom of the Lord

Adieu Papa
Posted by Kolade Afuwape on February 7, 2017
Happy Birthday Dad, you live forever in my heart, I love you and miss you.
Posted by Kolade Afuwape on February 7, 2017
Happy Birthday Dad, you live forever in my heart, I love you and miss you.
Posted by Olumide Ogundare on February 7, 2017
Dear Daddy, we remember you today as always but with the absence of the usual rituals of phone calls and singing. Your passing has left a big gap in all our lives and we sorely miss you every day! We are trudging on as you would wish and the Lord is helping us.

We continue to be grateful for what you represented in our lives. The tears are still not dry and the heaviness in our hearts persists, but we take solace in the hope that we shall meet someday at the feet of Christ Jesus.

Hope your rest has been peaceful and the angels are taking a very good care of you!
Posted by Temi Afuwape on February 7, 2017
Happy posthumous birthday, Dad.

I would love you to be together with us to make us laugh as always.

I will remember you with much love because you were a great father.

I love you and admire the good life u lived, continue you to rest in peace dad.

In this day we are celebrating your birthday we do miss you and will always do.

Despite knowing you’re resting in heaven it is inevitable imagine what it would be if you were with us.

I will never forget all the efforts and sacrifices you made to get us where we are now. I will always love you grandpa
Posted by Segun Opaleye on August 11, 2016
Prof! It is painful that you are no more but the assurance that you have gone to be with the Lord is indeed comforting. Your selfless service touched and changed so many lives. I remember that the training on Total Quality Management you gave to a select students of OAU stood me out as a young graduate to land my first job. I pray that the Lord Almighty will grant your soul eternal rest and give the entire family the fortitude to bear your demise.
Posted by Akintan Funmilayo on August 9, 2016
TRIBUtE TO MY BELOVED BROTHER,DAD&GRANDPA: PROF Uyimeetan Anthony AFUWAPE.        How are the the mighty fallen: II Sam 1 Vs19. The gap you left behind can only be filled by God. You were indeed a God sent to the family of Ayadi Quarters in Ode Erinje town Okitipupa. I remembered how the family was happy to celebrate your academic achievement in the 70s when u bagged a First Class degree in Mathematics from the then University of Ife(Now Obafemi Awolowo University and it was even announced on the radio, this was a feat that the family is always proud of, we also celebrated the time your Professorship of Mathematics was even conferred because it takes diligence and hardwork to attain such feat in life. Few days before your demise, we spoke and you advised me as usual that I should continue to pray for my children and make sure they are united and the family in general not knowing that will be the last time we'll talk. I will always remember how your name as a celebrated academic colosus paved way for me on many occasions haven mentioned your name that I'm your direct siblings, too many to mention. I can never forget your space you have in my life. Few days before the sad incident occured, I felt something strange within me and I called your line to hear your voice, no one picked it until I got the news that you are no more, this came as a rude shock but who are to question God because he knows better. Continue to rest in peace Dear brother,Uncle and Father until we meet to part no more. Sun ree oooo Omo Aluma agidi, Ayadi yala, Elepogun, Sun ree ooo Baba mi. From: Mrs Funmilayo AKINTAN Nee Afuwape First Daughter of the Ayadi family(Lagos)
Posted by Akintan Funmilayo on August 9, 2016
TRIBUtE TO MY BELOVED BROTHER,DAD&GRANDPA: PROF Uyimeetan Anthony AFUWAPE.        How are the the mighty fallen: II Sam 1 Vs19. The gap you left behind can only be filled by God. You were indeed a God sent to the family of Ayadi Quarters in Ode Erinje town Okitipupa. I remembered how the family was happy to celebrate your academic achievement in the 70s when u bagged a First Class degree in Mathematics from the then University of Ife(Now Obafemi Awolowo University and it was even announced on the radio, this was a feat that the family is always proud of, we also celebrated the time your Professorship of Mathematics was even conferred because it takes diligence and hardwork to attain such feat in life. Few days before your demise, we spoke and you advised me as usual that I should continue to pray for my children and make sure they are united and the family in general not knowing that will be the last time we'll talk. I will always remember how your name as a celebrated academic colosus paved way for me on many occasions haven mentioned your name that I'm your direct siblings, too many to mention. I can never forget your space you have in my life. Few days before the sad incident occured, I felt something strange within me and I called your line to hear your voice, no one picked it until I got the news that you are no more, this came as a rude shock but who are to question God because he knows better. Continue to rest in peace Dear brother,Uncle and Father until we meet to part no more. Sun ree oooo Omo Aluma agidi, Ayadi yala, Elepogun, Sun ree ooo Baba mi. From: Mrs Funmilayo AKINTAN Nee Afuwape First Daughter of the Ayadi family(Lagos)
Posted by Akintan Funmilayo on August 9, 2016
TRIBUtE TO MY BELOVED BROTHER,DAD&GRANDPA: PROF Uyimeetan Anthony AFUWAPE.        How are the the mighty fallen: II Sam 1 Vs19. The gap you left behind can only be filled by God. You were indeed a God sent to the family of Ayadi Quarters in Ode Erinje town Okitipupa. I remembered how the family was happy to celebrate your academic achievement in the 70s when u bagged a First Class degree in Mathematics from the then University of Ife(Now Obafemi Awolowo University and it was even announced on the radio, this was a feat that the family is always proud of, we also celebrated the time your Professorship of Mathematics was even conferred because it takes diligence and hardwork to attain such feat in life. Few days before your demise, we spoke and you advised me as usual that I should continue to pray for my children and make sure they are united and the family in general not knowing that will be the last time we'll talk. I will always remember how your name as a celebrated academic colosus paved way for me on many occasions haven mentioned your name that I'm your direct siblings, too many to mention. I can never forget your space you have in my life. Few days before the sad incident occured, I felt something strange within me and I called your line to hear your voice, no one picked it until I got the news that you are no more, this came as a rude shock but who are to question God because he knows better. Continue to rest in peace Dear brother,Uncle and Father until we meet to part no more. Sun ree oooo Omo Aluma agidi, Ayadi yala, Elepogun, Sun ree ooo Baba mi. From: Mrs Funmilayo AKINTAN Nee Afuwape First Daughter of the Ayadi family(Lagos)
Posted by Akushie Patrick on August 1, 2016
Final journey of mankind!!!
You await us all
Certainly, a thousand words will never return you to us
This we know because Omosade have written millions
Neither will Rivers of tears bring you back,
This we know because Omosade’s has filled Oceans
But we do know that there is heaven beyond this beautiful blue sky
That is your destination
Rest on, Omo Afuwape
Sleep on, Onye Oka Mmuta
Posted by Sadee Ogundare on July 31, 2016
And so we start to countdown on days to come
The day when we finally lay your body to rest

No you are no longer in that body, but your spirit lives with us all

Every single picture brings back memories
Every sound of your voice through videos and CDs brings a smile to my face

Alas! You have gone to rest!
You tried to warn us all but your gentle soul could not bear to alarm anyone

You prepared us all in your lovely subtle way
That has helped a bit during this time of shock

Papa! We miss you
I miss you

Sleep on in the bosom of the Lord.
Sleep on.
Posted by Abayomi Akeremale on July 10, 2016
Our Prof, we miss you. I heard the announcement of your name in 1971 as a first class mathematical graduate on the radio. You and then Dr Obi were the only first class graduates in Ikale land. I was elated to hear your name announced on the radio. Ever since you have impacted on the lives of many in Nigeria and beyond. You were an international material. I attended your conferment of Fellowship for the Mathematical Society of Nigeria at Minna on the 10th of June 2016 where you admonished us on the values of integrity and honour. I never knew that was the last meeting. May God protect all that you left behind Princess, your wife and the family. I take solace in the words written in Gen 5:28 that mentioned many people that came and died except Enoch who did not and I asked myself Enoch did not do what? Enoch did not die because he walked with the Lord. Good people dont die. Their good works outlive them. Prof Uyi Afuwape does not die. He lives in the memories of men. We must shed this mortal body to attain immortality. Sure o boda.
Chief Barr. Abayomi Akeremale CP (Rtd)
Posted by Sam Ronald on June 29, 2016
He was my colleague ... my friend ... a truly GOOD person ! I will miss him , but he will live on in our memories forever .
Ronald E. Mickens
Posted by Adeniran Olusola on June 29, 2016
Since I learnt of the passing away of the best teacher I ever had on the 16th June, 2016. I have been at loss thinking of his admonition on the nights of 3rd and 4th May, 2016. I never knew then that those sermons were valedictory. His teachings was not just in the class. Once he found you not to be lazy you are his son. Whenever you are with him he would never be tired to feed from his pot of wisdom. I can not tell all that AUA has done for me. Is it his facilitation of my first ever academic trip outside the shores of Nigeria, his harasments to ensure that I complete my doctoral studies on time, his advice to me to marry on time to ensure that my pensions on retirement would not be spent educating children, his constant lectures on how to manage our homes, his advise on how to ensure that our compact pays are managed properly etc. Death you may think that you have triumph but alas have failed woefully. AUA has engraved himself in the hearts of multitudes hence continues to live on. He has only transited to higher glory.
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This is just the tip of the ice berge. Pages of recounting the more than twenty of my experience with Teacher Emeritus - Uyi Afuwape is on the way
Posted by Adeniran Olusola on June 29, 2016
Since I learnt of the passing away of the best teacher I ever had on the 16th June, 2016. I have been at loss thinking of his admonition on the nights of 3rd and 4th May, 2016. I never knew then that those sermons were valedictory. His teachings was not just in the class. Once he found you not to be lazy you are his son. Whenever you are with him he would never be tired of feeding you from his pot of wisdom. I can not tell all that AUA has done for me. Is it his facilitation of my first ever academic trip outside the shores of Nigeria, his harasments to ensure that I complete my doctoral studies on time, his advice to me to marry on time to ensure that my pensions on retirement would not be spent educating children, his constant lectures on how to manage our homes, his advise on how to ensure that our compact pays are managed properly etc. Death you may think that you have triumph but alas have failed woefully. AUA has engraved himself in the hearts of multitudes hence continues to live on. He has only transited to higher glory.
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This is just the tip of the ice berge. Pages of recounting the more than twenty years experience with Teacher Emeritus - Uyi Afuwape is on the way
Posted by Funmilola Asa on June 27, 2016
Prof,

You were indeed a father to all. The story of my life and particularly my journey through OAU Ife (and all my siblings that passed through Ife)would never be complete without mentioning your contributions. From your unrelenting help with my admissions, to your fatherly support, raising me when I was broke, advising me on making sure I looked out for my younger siblings amongst others. Some folks could not tell that I was not your biological daughter as a lot of individuals would call me 'Omo Prof'. It's still so hard to believe that you have gone to be with the Lord. I still remember the jokes you used to have with your professor friends back in ife.....with all the "crazy fellow" cracks.......You will be truly missed. Sleep on dear kind-hearted daddy.
Posted by Ikeoluwa Afolabi on June 25, 2016
Daddy you have gone to rest and we will forever celebrate you sir for a life well lived and the impact you made in people's lives myself included. ...i was never an inlaw but a daughter you took under your wings and even encouraged so often. it sadens my heart dt we never got to talk well when i last saw you on the dance floor, dancing at my wedding and soo full of life on the 7th of May, 2016....i can't forget how you came to my husband and i and said "i said i would make it for your wedding and i did" you were a father and a Legend indeed.. we will miss you greatly but rest on the the bossom of the almighty....
Posted by B. Lawson on June 24, 2016
Daddy has gone to be with the Lord… still very difficult to believe. I have known him since I was a little girl in primary school with my dear sister, Sade. The trips with him from Ife to Akure as he took us to boarding school were so much fun. He was so gentle, so kind, so loving; he treated me like his own daughter. This is so painful and I am struggling with this…but I trust that he is home with the Lord. Daddy, we miss you so much. We can only rest in the fact that God is in control.
Posted by Bodunrin Ogunbameru on June 22, 2016
I am speechless and devastated of the terrible news.Without any doubt the Ikale have lost a great gem,motivator and a philanthropist
I can not forget the piece of advice.
I remember the day i called prof A.U.Afuwape regards a fellow professor want his number from university of Maiduguri. He said "give my number to the professor"He is very open hearted.
Good night uncle,sleep well in Christ till we meet to part no more
Posted by Matthew Akinyemi on June 22, 2016
" A rare meticulous meek Professor"
It didn’t matter whether we met often or not, what mattered is that your advice helped me connect my life’s dots.
It didn’t matter whether we spoke every day or not, what mattered was that you loved me like your child', I'll miss your references any time i request for them. Thank you and rest with the angels of the Lord.
Posted by Victoria Toyin on June 20, 2016
Prof losing you to death is a painful thing. You were my mentor, teacher, my daddy. Your brother Eddy(my dad) has not stopped crying. Thank God for a life well spent. Sun re o olofe owon
Posted by Gbenga Akinbo on June 20, 2016
Ajanaku sun bi oke!
The "young ones" in the Department of Mathematics, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife are still searching for another motivator to fill your vacuum. We have not found one.
May your soul rest in perfect peace.
Posted by Akin OLOSUNDE on June 20, 2016
My Prof. I cannot forget your words of encouragements, when I went for an interview at FUNAAB for the position of AL and I was somehow jittery. You told me then that as one of well trained ife product I should go and defeat others because Ife products have never been defeated before in academics interview. This word gave me that audacity to go and get the job as you prophesied academically. Thanks and continue to rest in the bosom of your savior, good night Sir
Posted by Memudu Olatinwo on June 20, 2016
My great teacher and a mentor is gone. A motivator of several younger staff members has gone. I pray that his soul rest in perfect peace.
Posted by Niyi Ogundiran on June 20, 2016
Though not a long-time contact, yet Prof. Afuwape was a great encouragement to us,' publish or perish, never forget'. RIP.
Posted by Akintunde Akintan on June 20, 2016
Truly, uncle is a luminous light whose presence, warmth and candor will be sorely missed. A humble man to the core and a bridge to everyone. Goodnight sir
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Posted by Temitope Jaiyeola on June 20, 2020
Proooof... 'dy' is still sleeping on 'dx'. Sleep on, a mathematical father... Love you sir...
Posted by Temi Afuwape on June 17, 2020
Words are not enough to express how much we miss you... you are forever in our thoughts.. we love you Papa
Posted by 'Kale Oyedeji on June 16, 2020
It has been four long years, we miss you a lot.
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You are forever missed Papa

Shared by Temi Afuwape on June 16, 2020
Word can’t explain how much we love and miss you grandpa, I pray that you will continue to rest in peace and happiness. We love you lots 

Uyilogising The Anthonificient AFUWAPE: A tribute to my fallen hero

Shared by Shola Adeyemi on August 19, 2016

Usually, it is the death of a very close blood relative that invokes in most men a deep sense of loss and grief. However, here lies my adopted father; mentor and friend, an individual whose unique life helped define his epoch. The “checking out (using his own words)”of a magnificent phenomenon, has invoked an universal mourning because of the life he lived. Death, you are a loser as Uyi lives on in my life, personally and in the lives of numerous people whose uniqueness has touched.

This eulogy would’ve been best suited for a retirement gathering or a 70th birthday celebration. However, here lay the body of Anthony (ificent) Afuwape, a Professor of Ordinary Differential Equation and a father to many. Driving from Chicago to Indiana and listening through the hands free system, he sounded positive, strong, and courageous as ever and I was confident in my mind that we would definitely speak again. Unfortunately, I never knew that would be the last opportunity to speak to Prof Anthony Uyi Afuwape, my father.

It all started on a rainy day, around 6pm, I had just been posted to Obafemi Awolowo University and I was to report at the Department of Mathematics. On this day, being my first time on the campus and knowing no one, I headed for the Department not expecting to meet anyone. Behold, I met Professor Afuwape who was at that time the Head of Department of Mathematics. The rest is history.

The last time we spent time together, we were on Skype (That's a Nigerian professor who was always ready to learn. He embraced emerging technologies, things that his generation struggled with, he would even sometimes enlighten the our generation).

We spoke at length, I was in my home office, in Belgium. I had shown him my office on video and he saw the enormous books in my collection. He was so proud that he said "I still feel you are not well acknowledged because you've chosen not to become a Professor". He knew how far and wide I collaborate with top universities in the world. He acknowledges and celebrates excellence. He would also criticize when you are under performing. That was the man, Uyi Afuwape. By the way, despite my achievements I'm still a "stupid fellow" because if you think you've achieved something, he still challenges you that you shouldn't feel complacent.

We ended the long conversation by asking if I was truly happy, which I answered positively. He then started asking about his grandchildren, my kids. He asked about what plans I have for them, how they are doing in school. Even telling me how we should make sure they eat healthy and stay healthy and give them the opportunities we never had.

Meeting Prof Afuwape was one of the best things to have happened to me. He “adopted” me as son and we became almost inseparable. Sharing many moments together; moments of fun, Fabu (jokes), crazy travels, but also facing challenges. He was always the man to go to for all that life threw onto my plate. As we grew closer, I had learnt how similar our humble backgrounds have been.

He was my Mentor and Teacher, though he neither taught nor mentor me in differential equations. He taught me how to be strong in the midst of challenges. He taught me how to stay focused and continue to strive for excellence. He taught me nothing excellent comes cheap, but with hard work and determination. He taught me to plan within my means, he taught me not to be carried away amidst of peer-pressure. He taught me how to pull through even when I'm being pulled down. He taught me all I need to be the success I am today.

He’s an astute academic, planner, organizer, economist, futuristic, warm hearted, kind, selfless, discipline, hardworking and caring family man to his immediate family and to all who encountered him. While most professors are avoided by students like a plague, the contrary is for Uyi he has a force of attraction to everyone.

The sun has set and the great Iroko of Third Order ODE has fallen. Just like everyone else who knew Uyi, it will not sink in that he is gone. Not today, not this year, and I think not ever. It will not. Those of us to whom he was a father, it’s even harder to register – definitely a sad day for us all, a heartbreak it is.

For me it’s even scarier. However, I take solace in the fact that Uyi fought many battles and won all. I guess you were tired of winning. I miss you my father, my friend, my mentor, my teacher. I will always miss you. There must be a cloud in my head because rain keeps falling from my eyes. Oh no no they can't be teardrops for I know Uyi is alive and he lives in some of us.

The Antonificient Afuwape, you were a phenomenon. Wherever you are, definitely among the Angels, it is the truth that your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure. You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure. As you Checked Out, Rest In Perfect Peace !!!!

TRIBUTE TO PROF ANTHONY UYI AFUWAPE

Shared by Jaiyeola Gbolahan on August 18, 2016

Prof. Anthony Afuwape is a retired Professor of Mathematics at the Department of Mathematics, Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Nigeria (OAU) before he finally moved to the Instituto de Matematicas, Universidad de Antioquia, Calle Medellin, Colombia.

HOW I MET PROF
I met Prof at the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria-UNAAB (now Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta-FUNAAB) in the final year of my of 1st degree programme. He taught me two courses; Differential Equations and Measure Theory and Integration. This was around 2002. He also supervised my final year project work titled ‘Equivalence Relations in Algebraic Structures’. I had to visit him at OAU concerning my project, not knowing OAU would later on become a working place for me. In fact, I can remember that the lecture auditorium (CHM 102) where I waited for Prof before his arrival in his office was the 1st venue where I delivered my 1st lecture at OAU in 2006.

In 2003, I met him again while I was on my M.Sc. programme at UNAAB during the African Mathematical Union Conference, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, 16th-22nd November.
I approached him, introduced myself and he welcomed me, encouraged me and gave me the right hand of mathematical fellowship (as shown in the 2nd picture).

While I was concluding my M.Sc. research work, Prof visited UNAAB occasionally. On one occasion, he ‘academically harassed’ me saying ‘when are you starting your Ph.D.?’ I was wondering, ‘but I have just completed my M.Sc., can’t I just rest a little?’. Then he said some thing that struck me: ‘YOU ARE NOT YET A MATHEMATICIAN, UNTIL YOU HAVE A PH.D.’. Those words kept ringing in my mind! until I completed my Ph.D.

MY JOURNEY TO OAU
Prof was instrument to my joining the Department of Mathematics, OAU. Even though he had retired by the time I arrive OAU, his love, compassion, encouragement, direction and chastisement as well as academic harassment still continued online and via emails.

LIFE WITH PROF

Any time Prof visited Nigeria from Columbia, it was a pleasure being with him. Sharing his wealth of experience in life, profession, family and career, as a father and a mentor, with all delight and joy. I learnt a lot from him.

 

MY LAST MOMENT WITH PROF

Exactly on the 13th of March 2016 (I actually assumed duty at OAU on the 13th of March, 2006), my heart was moved to write a special composition for Prof using his name:

A-Articulate
F-Fatherly
U-Ultimate
W-Watchful
A-Academic
P-Professional
E-Experienced

I thank God for all your children (both Biological and Academic) and the grace God almighty granted you for your life on planet earth. You will be missed! Like you often drag the last vowel in my name when you call me 'Topeee'.

Oh Prof! a father and friend, an inspiration and a source of encouragement. From differential equations of order 3, you have moved into the 3rd heaven (paradise).

1 or 2 days before you finally left, I was troubled in my dreams, then I made some calls. Goodnight Prof.

Like dy sleeps on the bosom of dx, sleep in the lord! We shall miss you. We love you.