ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Babade Ayokunle Akomolafe (A.K.A Bad-Man), so that together we may acknowledge and share both our joy in the gift that his life was to us, and the pain that his passing brings. In sharing the joy and the pain together today, may we lessen the pain and remember more clearly the joy.

Babade was very close to his family, to his friends, and most especially, his wife Gloria and children, Oluwatobilola, Oluwaseun and Oluwanifemi. Growing up with Babs(as we call him) as a brother wasn’t always easy for us. He was considered a reincarnated version of our grandfather and enjoyed the pleasure of not being punished whenever we get in trouble.Ironically my mother actually convinced herself so much that spanking(we use beat in Nigeria!) him was spanking her father( Dont ask me how/why-superstition maybe?!). Anyway, he was very fond of all his siblings and we had so many fun times and not so fun times.

There were many wonderful aspects to Babade’s life, and many ways that he touched our lives. He will be remembered as a wonderful brother, a great father, devoted husband, friend, a loving uncle, cousin, outdoorsman, a friendly face in town or by the side of the road. In all these ways and more, he made our lives richer and fuller. Now that he has passed away, of course there is emptiness and pain, confusion and maybe even anger at death coming to a man so young, but in many ways, the gift of Babade's life is still here with us. He lives on in our memories and stories, and in what all of us have become because of him. So I encourage you to share –today, tomorrow and in the years to come- your memories and stories, and to share the pain of your loss as well. In this way we will keep the gift of Badman’s life alive.

We will never forget you my brother. When our mother passed, you told me your lifeline was gone but you didnt say you wanted to go and join her because you loved your family on earth too much to want to leave them this way but who are we to question God. I never thought i would ever have to create another forever missed so soon but you will surely be forever missed.





Posted by Ike Diaku on May 19, 2020
Babade,

It is incredibly sad that you had to go so soon. I can not put into words how much you will be missed by loved ones.

You were such a positive person and would not want us to be sad today. If you were here, you would tell us to cheer up, smile and remember all of the great memories we all shared. Even though you may be gone, your memory will live forever in our hearts.

Rest in peace till we meet to part no more.
Posted by Roger Makanjuola on May 17, 2020
This is really hard to write as I was looking forward to seeing you again brother and meeting your family as well so this has hit me hard.
Baddest, Badman Babade growing up in Ife was very special and growing up with you made it ever so much more special. From walking home from campus to our homes in quarters, climbing the hills behind Tope’s house, watching movies at your cinema in town , eating at AOP, or simply just hanging out in Campus I have too many memories to count of you.
Artist,Poet, Gentleman, philosopher you were always a multi layered person often misunderstood but always loved by those who knew you. In my darkest hours you were always there for me and I will never forget that.
When it comes to death my dear brother we live in a city without walls. RIP Badman
Posted by Abiodun Yellowman AKINOLA on May 16, 2020
Babade, your voice still sounds and rings in my ears as you said "Yellow baba" on that day in front of Oduduwa Hall crossing over to S.U.B area.
God cannot be questioned (I was taught), but one thing, your going to meet your maker is really too early..
Well, awáyé mákùú ò sí, kí èmi wa gùn là n toro lówó Olódùmarè.
May God bless and be with the family (both nuclear and extended) that u left behind. May God console them.
May your soul rest in the perfect peace of God.

Ó di òwúrò ojó àjínde.
Posted by Doyin Oyawusi on May 16, 2020
Mortal nature of man shows that life is transient and temporal. Good night egbon baddest ! May God rest your soul and give your family the strength to bear this loss.
My heartfelt condolences to the family.
Good-bye
Posted by Ayodele Sebiotimo on May 16, 2020
Prayers and fond memories are what we have to remember our dearly departed. My most heartfelt condolences. May God give him eternal rest and the family the strength to bear the great pain. May his soul rest in peace.
Posted by Clement Babatunde on May 15, 2020
Baba,
Right there in high-school, St. John's, you`re one of the smartest intelligent guys in class. funny, very amenable, easy-going, gentle,.... boy.... if I ever saw you mad at anything, would probably say never... you give-out in return for absolutely nothing... you do for others what ordinarily others won't do for nobody.

Your transformation knocked the breath out of me, Speechless and numbed. One thing I know, you're right there in the promised kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ, for you`re a good man, and you did walk in his righteousness. Babade, may the perpetual light of God almighty, shines upon your gentle soul.
Sunn ree Ooo, Ore mi.
 
Posted by Abiodun Awoyale on May 15, 2020
Babs, you were my big brother, held my hands at St John's, and quite close afterward. You were a loving being, no hassles, ever-smiling. I had great times growing up with you.
Sleep on Bro!
Posted by Kayode Obayomi on May 15, 2020
My dearest brother, I am short of words to express my grief, the shock and sorrow your demise has brought to me. You are a brother in a million. You are the most straightforward, transparent and open minded person I have ever known. You are who you are, no pretense, no double face and above all no secret. Baddest, you are the greatest poet I have ever known. I still have one of the poem you wrote twenty five years ago with me. My friend, my kinsman from Ikere-Ekiti, we lost you but heaven has gain one of the most beautiful soul have ever met in this life. Love you lots brother . Rest in peace in the bossom of His imperial Majesty, The Almighty God. Till we meet to part no more.
Posted by Omowunmi Taiwo on May 15, 2020
We shared the Road 23 Road 24 connection. I don't know that we ever spoke to each other but we ran into each other a lot. This news has affected me in a way that I can't describe...kinda like I knew you. May you find peace with God. May God comfort your family and friends. Tsamaya Sentle (go well) my friend.
Posted by Dr Adebola Oni on May 15, 2020
Babs( Bad Man) you were a big bro those days on road 23 axis and had a distinct character .You had a soft heart that most people never knew.You were a kind hearted frank guy and always protected younger guys then around you.Your sudden demise came as a shock to me .May your gentle soul rest in peace.
Posted by Abidemi Adebamiwa on May 15, 2020
May your soul continue to rest in peace, my brother. I still vividly remember how you would treat me just as though I was your blood brother when I was young. May the Lord be with your family you've left behind, in Jesus' Name. Till we meet again, Good-Man :(
Posted by Remi Kolawole on May 15, 2020
Sleep on Dear Brother. May your soul Rest In Peace May God grant the entire family the grace and strength to bear this great loss. It is well. Amen.
Posted by Taywo Tee on May 14, 2020
May his gentle soul rest in peace. May God in his infinite mercy comfort and be with the entire Akomolafe family.
Posted by Wuraola Oduntan on May 15, 2020
Dear Babade,

Big brother to my dear friend Adeolu ...may your soul continue to rest in peace ..May the holy spirit comfort your family and friends ..Amen.
Posted by Kunle Meshida on May 14, 2020
Babade my dear brother. The news of your demise came as a shock. Didn’t see that coming at all. I pray that the good Lord will comfort and strengthen your family and that you continue to Rest In Peace.
Posted by Peju Murphy on May 14, 2020
Babade,

What a loss! Still in shock. I have such fond memories of growing up as your next door neighbor/little sis. You were funny, kind and always showed affection to the people you loved. You were the apple of mummy's eye. You will never be forgotten and will live on in your children, siblings and extended family members. Rest in peace, dear.
Posted by Femi Akomolafe on May 14, 2020
Baba how far?
My Egbon, abami eleniyan! My brother.
Mo gentle.

No one to say all that And even at the last hour, You said to me, I Dey Egbon! I just come here briefly no wahala. I say Wetin Dey go? Your response, nothing o. I just dey. We all dey here.

Less than two hours later, you were gone! How? Why?? We had some fun childhood and those memories will stay with me!

One thing is certain in this life, No one is getting out of this world alive. You are missed and never forgotten because you left us with three angels and a wonderful wife and myself and all my siblings will make sure the kids will never have a reason to say to I couldn’t do something because my father was not alive.

You rasco! You just had to join your mother! Anyway, we got this by God grace!
Posted by Babajide Ilori on May 14, 2020
Babade my dear brother, someone as loving, unique and special like you will never be forgotten. You will forever remain in our hearts for all the memories....very unique to you. Baddest, reality of your transition to eternal glory has not really set in so all I can do is just to think of you as having taken an early rest, a time out, a bow, from the troubles, sorrows and the tears of this ephemeral world, in a tranquil place of comfort and peace where there is no day or night. I know it is only your soul saying goodbye to us and to your mortal body, you will forever live in our hearts.
Posted by Moyo Olomola on May 14, 2020
The Baddest Badman !!!

You were really a friend like none other. Your styles were just different and you always had your way about you, taking care of me as I looked up to you in our youthful years together.

Yet you were older than me.

Whenever we caught up again after times spent away from one another, the reignitions were always crazy and full of sparks.

Big time and small time. In the highs and in the lows.

Babade the Baddest.....you're a brother from another mother and I will always reminisce on our trips together.
Posted by Fiyinfoluwa Adesewa Ayaol... on May 14, 2020
"Bad Man" It's hard for me to believe that youre gone. Every time we spent together in the house among our siblings are all memorable,you have left a vacum that will be very had to fill.youre always there to fill the gaps whenever it comes up. Babade! it's now that Baba has left! I prayed that God will grant you eternal rest ,the comfort needed by the family and above all rest in the bosom of your Lord. Rest on Uncle Babade. You will forever be remembered! Good Night Uncle.

Adebayo Fiyinfoluwa Oluwaseun.
Posted by Adefolakemi Palmer on May 14, 2020
Bad man! as you were fondly called. A man with a complex nature, simple yet complicated, hard yet soo soft and peaceful. You were soo full of life, never a dull moment with you. For you, every day was a happy day and that you always strife to achieve.
Uncle Babade, still can't come to terms with your demise, but God sure knows why He made it happen at this time. Rest well in the palm of your creator and say hello to Iya Akoms!
Posted by Araoluwajomiloju Oluwagba... on May 14, 2020
I am still in shock, i am trying hard to accept the fact that you are gone, i remember how you tried to make me read and be serious with my academics but i always ran to grandma or iya alate for saving, i remember you giving me a deadline November 2019 to introduce my boyfriend to you, had i know i won't see you again i would have done that. Uncle i miss you, we all miss you, till we meet to part no more, tell mafolayomi that we miss her so much.
Posted by Biola Ajayi on May 14, 2020
Babade was a force to be reckoned with. What a sad loss to lose him so soon. God knows best. He came, saw and conquered. I'm glad he kept in touch over the years. I pray God to keep his wife, children and siblings and comfort them May his soul rest in perfect peace.
Posted by Shina Gbadegesin on May 14, 2020
So sad to hear about the news of his death at a very young age but we must give glory to God for the life he spent. Babade as we use to call him was my classmate at St John Grammar School, Ile-Ife. He has Such an amiable Gentle behavior uncommon to a son of a teacher that he was. May his Gentle Soul Rest In perfect peace. May God the family he left behind fortitude to bear the loss.
Posted by Tayo Toso-Gbangba on May 14, 2020
Baddest would always have kind words and never a dull moment with him around. He was one of a kind. We will not see a rare gem like him again. Rest on Grand Master.
Posted by Adeoluwa Akomolafe on May 14, 2020
Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!

Yours was one hell of a ride bro.

The Baddest, Cobra, Shaft....... Sleep on bro, tell mum I miss her....
Posted by Shomoye Macaulay on May 14, 2020
Farewell dad. Nobody will replace u in our heart.we love u. Rest in the bosom of your Lord Jesus.......Oluwaseun and oluwanifemi Akomolafe
Posted by Shomoye Macaulay on May 14, 2020
It was like a dream how u transited to ur eternal home on that fateful day.l thought u were going 4 a bed rest to return home the following week but death strucked. U loved ur children so much, full of passion 4 good things, affectionate and hospitable. U promised 2 be d best husband but death didn't permit u 2 fulfill them. I will miss u my caring husband. Rest in perfect peace......wife(Gloria)
Posted by Femi Akomolafe on May 14, 2020
It is an evidence that death is inevitable, nobody knew it's going to be so soon,well dad the battle is over,you have fought and you have won. Dad,I am still short of words not knowing how to describe the whole things but I know God knows the best. How I wish you could spend more years with us here on earth but God knows more than us. Your love will ever be in my heart. Daddy Rest in peace till we meet again...... Akomolafe Oluwatobiloba
Posted by Mercy Oluwagbamila on May 13, 2020
It is with heaviness of heart that I bid farewell to my dear brother who fondly called me ”My She”.
Babs, you were such a selfless person who would do everything possible to ensure fairness and justice were accorded to deserving people.
You were loving, caring and very supportive despite your hard look and tough nature. It is so wonderful to state that inside the hard look lies the tenderness of a loving heart. You were also a great disciplinarian.
Your social nature also gave you a popularity compared to none. The man with many fans and followers.
You may have gone now but your good works and lovely children are memorable reminders of your existence on earth.
We celebrated mummy's demise together joyfully, but we never knew you'd be gone so soon. We will miss you.
I wish "My He" a special place in the bossom of the Almighty. Greet our dear mother and tell her we miss her greatly.
Sleep on and rest in perfect peace.
Posted by Anjola Macaulay on May 13, 2020
Uncle Babade, it's so sad to hear of your passing.

Rest in peace uncle forever in our hearts
Posted by Feyikemi Obayemi on May 13, 2020
The reality of your unannounced departure is still the greatest shock I've ever had in my life! Coming to realize that we aren't going to see and talk all night and eat your left overs as we usually do on the basis of your visit to IFE is still unbelievable and unimaginable! Your kind heart and generosity is incomparable to none!
Egbomi like I always call you! Why your Sun has to set before Noon is best known to God, but your memory would forever be in my heart! I appreciate every moments spent with you then! May you continue to rest on in the right hand of your creator!
MAY ALL YOU LEAVE BEHIND BE MULTIPLIED POSITIVELY ACCORDING TO GOD'S RICHES IN GLORY!!!
REST IN PEACE EGBONMI!!!

Posted by Boluwatife Oluwagbamila on May 13, 2020
Uncle Babade, it was a devastating news to hear of your passing. I didn't imagine we would loose anyone else so soon.
I remember when I was younger, I was afraid of you. I thought you were wicked because you looked it but when I grew older I realized that you were only disciplined and you wanted the best for me. Now I wish I could go back in time and not assume you were wicked, maybe I would have more memories with you.
As tough as you looked on the outside, you were soft at heart and I always saw that side of you when you were with your girls. Oh you were such a loving father.
Grandma cherished you and even though you get to reunite with her, you also leave such an empty space. You left us all wondering how to cope with you gone. You will be forever missed uncle. Your dear niece.
Please say hi to grandma for me. Tell her that I miss her. Tell her we all miss her
Posted by Oluwaseyi Oluwagbamila on May 13, 2020
Uncle Babade, it's so sad to hear of your passing. You did your best to know me, your nephew, and I'd forever appreciate that. I hope your soul rests in the blossom of our lord.

Rest in peace uncle
Posted by Tina Akomolafe on May 12, 2020
My dear brother Babade, I cannot believe or even want to accept that you are no longer with us in this world - you have left us way too soon :( You have gained your Angel wings and I know you are enjoying Heaven with Mummy. I will miss all the greetings and uplifting prayers you would send me, as they always came at the right time to warm my heart. I take solace in knowing that your spirit lives on and I will forever reflect on the time we were able to talk or spend time together. I will be sure to keep close to your wife Gloria and your beautiful girls and make sure they are well. Love to infinity. ❤️ Your sister Tina
Posted by Adeoluwa Akomolafe on May 12, 2020
Sleep on Bro, can't string any words together..... This is tough bro, very tough

Sleep bro, sleep, you are in our hearts for ever.......
Posted by Shomoye Macaulay on May 12, 2020
Babade the unique man with the unique name.I am still asking myself why now and why you.I pray that your gentle and loving soul rest peacefully with the Lord.
I will miss you but i promise you that your beautiful daughters will not feel your absence too much.
Love you bro

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Posted by Ike Diaku on May 19, 2020
Babade,

It is incredibly sad that you had to go so soon. I can not put into words how much you will be missed by loved ones.

You were such a positive person and would not want us to be sad today. If you were here, you would tell us to cheer up, smile and remember all of the great memories we all shared. Even though you may be gone, your memory will live forever in our hearts.

Rest in peace till we meet to part no more.
Posted by Roger Makanjuola on May 17, 2020
This is really hard to write as I was looking forward to seeing you again brother and meeting your family as well so this has hit me hard.
Baddest, Badman Babade growing up in Ife was very special and growing up with you made it ever so much more special. From walking home from campus to our homes in quarters, climbing the hills behind Tope’s house, watching movies at your cinema in town , eating at AOP, or simply just hanging out in Campus I have too many memories to count of you.
Artist,Poet, Gentleman, philosopher you were always a multi layered person often misunderstood but always loved by those who knew you. In my darkest hours you were always there for me and I will never forget that.
When it comes to death my dear brother we live in a city without walls. RIP Badman
Posted by Abiodun Yellowman AKINOLA on May 16, 2020
Babade, your voice still sounds and rings in my ears as you said "Yellow baba" on that day in front of Oduduwa Hall crossing over to S.U.B area.
God cannot be questioned (I was taught), but one thing, your going to meet your maker is really too early..
Well, awáyé mákùú ò sí, kí èmi wa gùn là n toro lówó Olódùmarè.
May God bless and be with the family (both nuclear and extended) that u left behind. May God console them.
May your soul rest in the perfect peace of God.

Ó di òwúrò ojó àjínde.
his Life

Early Life

Mr Babade Ayokunle Akomolafe (a.k.a Babs, Badman, Baddest) was born in Ile-Ife, Osun state on Oct 30, 50years ago. He was the fourth of six children to the Akomolafe family. His parents, Gabriel Olusola Akomolafe and Late Reginald Olukemi Akomolafe raised him from a premature 7 month old baby to a healthy strong African man. In the words of John Keats, “his life was a continual allegory, and very few eyes can see the mystery of his life – a life like the scriptures, figurative”.

Babs’ life adventure started from Seventh Day Adventist Primary School, before heading to St John’s Grammar School Ile-Ife, Osun State for his secondary school education, and later pursuing his undergraduate degree at Obafemi Awolowo University, graduating with a B.A degree in Physical and Health Education.

Growing up as a child and being raised on the University of Ife campus, Babs lived a life of adventure with his family and friends. While at home with family, Babs loved watching movies and playing board games. He had an exceptional love for Monopoly and was quite good at it. Even when he starts the game without the prime cards, he manages to win most of the time. As an older child, he enjoyed playing volleyball and badminton, doing so competitively. He loved reading mafia/mystery novels and had a special taste for ‘The Godfather’. He was a big fan of reggae music and specifically for the reggae group ‘Aswad’. Time with friends was also joyous for him as they were always celebratory. Friends were like family to Babs, and he would sacrifice for them - This held true throughout his years and wherever he went. There was no place Babs spent time without leaving a mark of his presence, because of his ability to engage and accommodate people around him.

Marital Life
Babs was married to Gloria Akomolafe for 14 years, and blessed with three beautiful children, Oluwatobiloba, Oluwaseun, and Oluwanifemi. His family was his joy and he was always enthusiastic to share his children’s milestones in their journey through life.

Work Experience

After graduation from university, Babs served his NYSC term in Ilesha, Osun state, and later went on to work at the National Museums and Monuments, where he spent over 15 years till his death. He was recognized over the years as a stellar employee, and eventually rose to the position of Assistant Chief of the museum.

Religious life
Babs grew up in the Anglican church and shared the same belief his father had shared with the entire family from a young age, that there is a supernatural being controlling the universe, and that being, he recognized as God (Baba God as Babs would say). Over the years, Babs would reach out to family members and friends with messages of hope, comfort, and birthday wishes, with references to God’s grace in his messages, confirming his belief of God being the ultimate source of everything in his life.

Social life
Babs was a people person. You would rarely see him anywhere without a host of friends around him. He was generous at heart, and while he had his own personal struggles as life apportions to us all, he would bend backwards to extend help to those around him. He was a youth leader, and while living at Eleyele, Ife, he organized a yearly carnival that attracted several youths in the community – That was his joy, celebrating life with the people around him. Babs lived his life in his unique way. He had a general disposition to rejoice with people and was not one to be envious of anyone’s success, but instead celebrated with them.

Life is a journey. We come into this world innocent, and grow up with hopes and dreams, but with age come sessions of joy and grief, a life for trade we live with grace. But till we hear the summon of the day, we will carry your voice in our hearts. We pray our loss will not shadow our path in your absence, but rather like the cloud, we shall weigh a feather against the earth soaring in your embrace over the flowing seas.

Farewell Babs, till we meet again.

Kind Regards,
Gbenga Akomolafe
a.k.a GHOST
Recent stories

Babade you are an enigma

Shared by Oyeshomo Kole on May 19, 2020
So sad you left without a trace. Anyway we take Solace in God. You were a shining bright guy I know how you put me through in Mathematic assignments way back in year three at St John's grammar schools some of those skills pull me through till today. Never find a word to describe your ingenuity. God Almighty will guide you home. I find it hard to believe you were no more. Rip Baddest 
Shared by Araoluwajomiloju Oluwagba... on May 12, 2020
I am still in shock, i am trying hard to accept the fact that you are gone, i remember how you tried to make me read and be serious with my academics but i always ran to grandma or iya alate for saving, i remember you giving me a deadline November 2019 to introduce my boyfriend to you, had i know i won't see you again i would have done that. Uncle i miss you, we all miss you, till we meet to part no more, tell mafolayomi that we miss her so much.