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Dear all,

This website has been created in loving memory of our father, brother and friend, Babatunde Kuku. We will remember him forever and would like to use this website as a platform where we can all share our fondest memories, leave tributes, and celebrate a man who has been a light in so many lives.

Tunde Kuku was a man who walked into a room of strangers and could have people laughing in seconds, engaging in conversation effortlessly, always with love and the best of intentions. He was the life and soul of the party!

In celebration of his life, please share your memories, tributes and stories here so that friends and family worldwide can read them. Feel free to include any pictures you might have... Your pictures and words will keep his memory alive.

We will also keep this page updated and communicate arrangements in due course.


United Kingdom

Service of songs

Date: Thursday 4th May
Address: All Nations Church, Brickhill Drive, 
Bedford, MK41 7QF
Time: 7pm prompt

Parking: There is additional parking on Falcon Avenue, a 2 minute walk from the church. Please turn left onto Linnet Way then right onto Falcon Avenue and park anywhere along the road.  


For those of you travelling in to attend the service of songs for our beloved TK, hotels in the area include:

Holiday Inn Express Bedford  
Wilstead Road,
MK42 9BF
0871 902 1602

Travelodge Bedford Hotel
Bedford Heights, Brickhill Drive
MK417PH
0871 984 6276

Premier Inn Bedford South A421
Marsh Leys, Bedford
MK42 7DN
0871 527 9410

There is a direct train from St Pancras station to Bedford (BDM) station.
Taxi’s from any of these hotels to the train station, the church or the family home should cost between £5 and £10.

Bedford taxi companies can be contacted on: 01234 343434 or 01234 270200


Nigeria


Wake Keeping
Wednesday 10th May - Lagos

Burial Service
Friday 12th May - Ijebu Ode 
 


Your presence, love and support is greatly appreciated in this difficult time.

  
Thank you and God Bless,
The Kukus

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April 8, 2020
April 8, 2020
If you couldn't walk or talk, or you'd sadly lost your mind,
Have no fear, it's all restored; you leave all that behind.
The Lord repairs your body, returning it to new,
No sign of any illness, just a happy, healthy you.

Seeing so much beauty in this land beyond the veil,
Where you suffer no more ailments and all are looking well.
Please don't be sad or grieve for me. I'm never on my own.
Just remember I'll be waiting when it's your time to come home.
Adieu
April 14, 2019
April 14, 2019
SUNSET AT NOON - A TRIBUTE TO A FRIEND
It's has been two years since you passed away. It's was just like yesterday. We all missed you dearly, due to your warm personality and sense of humour.
I am sure you are in heaven enjoying yourself and making people around you laughing and cracking jokes with them. I am certain by now, you must have been given a new nickname because of your gregarious nature and character.
Once again, sleep well in the Bosom of the Lord and Adieu to you once again.
October 5, 2018
October 5, 2018
REST ON BROTHER YOU WERE GOO AND STOOD TO BE COUNTED WHILE ALIVE
ADIEU ADIEU
April 8, 2018
April 8, 2018
I thought of you today,
but that is nothing new,

I thought about you yesterday,
and days before that too,

I think of you in silence,
I often speak your name,

All I have are memories, and
your picture in a frame,

Your memory is a keepsake
from which it will never part,

God has you in His arms
But we have you in our hearts
Continue to R.I.P
October 17, 2017
October 17, 2017
Happy post humous birthday TK. May God continue to repose your soul and give your loved ones the fortitude to carry on.
May 14, 2017
May 14, 2017
Abalé sòkuń sòkuń kojúróní. Agbè to tífó kólétunródò. Ekun odebi Orùn ti Oran. Orùn to shokunkun lòsan gàngàn. Babatunde Francis omo Kuku. Sunré. Majekolo majegbin owun ti wòn nbaje lajule Orùn nikki o ma ba wòn jè. You lived life and left your footprints on the sands of time. We meet to part. We part to meet. Till we meet again. Omò Boroguń la nshisó. Shíwò shíwò la nshowó. Sha sha Iyan lokini lawujo ore. Bi abàlowò lòwò ti erù tomò ni nmàkiní...........Dooooooodoooondaaaawaaaaaaaa! Rest in perfect peace bro!
May 10, 2017
May 10, 2017
I don't know you that much but have seen you couple of times. And those few times you were very accommodating and very welcoming and have also heard so many nice things about you! I'm deeply touched by your death and I feel very bad for the loved ones you've left behind.. I'm also happy you've found peace! May your soul continue to rest in peace... Rest on Beloved
May 10, 2017
May 10, 2017
I don't know you that much but have seen you couple of times. And those few times you were very accommodating and very welcoming and have also heard so many nice things about you! I'm deeply touched by your death and I feel very bad for the loved ones you've left behind.. I'm also happy you've found peace! May your soul continue to rest in peace... Rest on Beloved
May 10, 2017
May 10, 2017
Words cannot express how much you will be missed. You are so loved but God loves you more. You left your mark. Rest in the Lord dearest Tunde.
May 8, 2017
Can i ever find words to describe you? Never.Never. Have known you since i was born more than 50yrs ago. In one of the hardest time of my life 1974 when i lost my dad, you and your family were there for us.Countless of holidays in railway compound with your family and you always playing a big brother to me. Bros you"ve never said to me shut up before, never a bad word. People will tell you i was one of the nutty Shobanjo but you love for me never fails.Bro its not about me but your celebrated life and your family. I will miss you dearly, who will fight my corner now when i get in trouble again!! My sincere condolence to your wife and the kids,. Egbon Sun re o. See you when i get there.
April 28, 2017
April 28, 2017
Uncle, Boss and father of all, Your death caused a big wound with no antidote, I can't forget all the jokes, the time we spent together and also you let me no that impossibility is not an option, you let me knw d importance of BOND BTW father and his children. Uncle TK YOU WILL BE FOREVER REMEMBERED bcos You saw the death coming and you gave up after a lot of trials...continue to rest in peace sir
April 26, 2017
April 26, 2017
Uncle Tunde. Words cannot express how sad my husband and I are to hear of this sad departure. I could remember then when I was getting married that you stood for me as my dad and I later found out you were discharged from the hospital to make my wedding day a sucess. Although I didnt have the chance to express how grateful I was for the seed you sowed in my life. I pray that the wonderful family you left behind God will continue to protect and keep them and I aso pray that they will know no lack in every area of their lives IJN. Amen Uncle Tunde continue to rest in the blossom of the Almighty God.
April 26, 2017
April 26, 2017
Tunde, you transited like a meteor leaving indelible legacies. You were an epitome of true friendship and gave expression to it through your commitment, loyalty, compassion and ease of promoting comity. While acquitting yourself creditably well by sustaining family values and ethos, your acts of munificence and effulgence defined you clearly a true 'galantuomo'. Life took its toll on you but in all of it, you were jocund in your ways thereby exhibiting some intrinsic nature of a man of full determination laced with purposeful energy.
As you commence on your last journey from this terrestrial plain, may God send divine helpers to assist your assent and also grant your soul good repose.
May it also please God to assist us all to attune our minds with His consciousness as we move ahead in our earthly sojourn to His glorious Kingdom where we shall see Babatunde omo Kuku again and to part no more.
Sleep well good brother.
April 26, 2017
April 26, 2017
Francis Babatunde Kuku, my little lovely brother and best friend is gone to the Lord to rest.
I just can’t accept it that you are no more with us because two days before your death I was on the phone with you. We spoke for three good hours. We were remember all what we did together in Railway Compound, Ebute Meta and also in Obalende. We discussed about your daughter’s wedding that is coming up and families issue. We put a plan together for your visit to me in Los Angeles without knowing that, that will be our last conversation. Never knew it was the last time I will hear your voice. I will missed you and all those saying of yours: "Kokonsari, Tawakalitu Moboluwa Duro and Owo melo loni ti oun fi omo Kuku sere”
I just thank God for the good times you spent with my family. Thanking God also for how you lived your exemplary life taking your whole families both nuclear and extended into consideration in all your deeds. The Lord knows you fought and struggled for your family. You have placed them in a good place and solid hands.
You have fought the good fight and finished your race on earth. You have reached your bus-stop and you are out of the bus of this terrible world. You will be missed but not forgotten. Your departure has created a big hole in my heart that nobody else can fill it. Your image will always be in my heart forever. The Lord will accept you and make you find a place in Abraham’s blossom like all other saints that have gone before you. Sleep on my best lovely brother till we meet to part no more. May your gentle and beautiful soul rest in peace. Amen
April 25, 2017
I am still in a state of shock that my Uncle, Babatunde Francis Kuku is gone. Uncle Tunde as I used to call him is my Father, my Uncle, my Brother & my Friend. He fought a good fight and he finished well. Adieu my Great Uncle. Rest in peace till we meet to part no more
April 23, 2017
April 23, 2017
I don't know Mr Babatunde even I don't even come across him ever in life but the word after him speaks a lot about him. There is one thing i believe which Bible says; don't pray for the dead because their deeds will speaks after them. The little I heard about you give me the interpretation how your eternity would be but if there is anything hidden which can serves as contradiction to your heaven, I call for God mercy on your behalf to overlook it and remember your good act when you were in this world and give you grace to be with HIM (GOD) in HIS Kingdom in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.

OLUFE MA SUN KO SI MA SIN MI... GOODNIGHT
April 22, 2017
April 22, 2017
A’tuns, It seemed only yesterday we were hauled into Mrs Adewunmi’s class as infant 1 students starting our life’s journey, was it not yesterday that our parents drove us down to our secondary school as class 1 students away from the security of our homes, it sure seemed like yesterday indeed when we consider the shortness of our journey through life. Naively it never occurred to me we would separate at some point. What a shame, you left too early with a lot of life within you and a boat load of things yet to be achieved. Your memories bring a silent grief, but we know God will link the broken chain.

Painfully we accept the will of God and are comforted that you are in a better place, where no pain or worries exist. When I shut my eyes, memories of our youth rush in; how you would sacrifice your comfort for others quietly and go the extra mile to provide for the wellbeing of total strangers. You were a very good friend not because you were my first cousin, you were wonderful man not because you were practically my twin brother, but because that is who you were. You were very outspoken and everyone knew what you stood for at any point of discussion, never afraid to be boldly wrong and very forthright. You fought a good fight, have ran a great race and crossed the finish line gallantly. We all will greatly miss your smile when excited and loudly singing “Owo melo loni ti oun fi omo Kuku sere” and your pretentious short frown when upset. Deep in our hearts we carry your fond memories, as you fell asleep without saying goodbye.

God bless you A’tuns and keep you in HIS awesome care….Until we meet again.
Your Cousin – Ope
April 20, 2017
April 20, 2017
Uncle Tunde, I am still in a state of shock. I know you fought a good fight. I pray that the Lord Almighty will grant you eternal rest. And I pray for comfort for Dayo and the children.
Egbon, rest in peace.
April 17, 2017
April 17, 2017
He will be deeply missed.
May God grant his family the comfort to walk through this period as his candle continues to burn in their hearts.
We thank God for his life.
April 17, 2017
April 17, 2017
RE:Tribute to Mr Babatunde Francis Kuku (1960 - 2017) 

I was shocked and bemused when I heard the passing away of Mr Babatunde Francis Kuku.
We have come a long way, we were both classmate and roommate for five years in Secondary School. Apart from being classmate, we were quite close and we shared many confidential information over many years of friendship.
He was fond of calling me "Press" and in response called him "Omo Balogun Kuku". Even during his health challenges towards the latter part of his life, he was still strong and jovial in his character and disposition.
Good night my good friend and brother.
Omo Balogun Dododawa. Sun re o

From Demilade Oyemade. Aka Press
April 17, 2017
April 17, 2017
Hmmmm don't really know where to start. The news came to me as a rude shock. My class mate of 1983 set accountancy and finance. Always calling me fellow fellow in those days. Amiable personality to the core.

An undescribable peaceful man gentle but very interactive very fine extrovert. I remember the last time you gave me a ride in you when you were in Habib bank in '85. Hmmmmm what a short life. God knows best.

I pray His grace will grant you peace in His bossom. I pray Almighty God will grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss in Jesus name amen.
April 17, 2017
April 17, 2017
ADIEU!!!. BABATUNDE FRANCIS KUKU
Adieu Tunde, you have fought a good fight, you have finished the race, and you kept the faith, the crown of righteousness is awaiting you in the store, which the Lord, the Righteous Judge will award to you and not you alone but also unto us who are longing for His 2nd coming. (2Tim. 4:8)
Your physical body which is mortal is "asleep" but your soul and spirit, which are eternal are united with Christ in heaven. I pray at the last trumpet call of God, when the dead will be raised imperishable, we shall all make Heaven, the real home, in Jesus mighty name. (...that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God,.. 1Cor.15:50 )
My family and I commiserate with your family, and loved ones home and in diaspora. You will surely be missed, not just by me, but by everyone who ever chanced to meet you.
May the good Lord grant us all the fortitude to bear this irreparable great loss.
Tunde, aka Dodondawa omo Balogun Kuku, as i fondly called you, may God rest your gentle soul in perfect peace, amen...ADIEU!!!!
April 17, 2017
April 17, 2017
I knew you about a decade ago. You could lean on him always adieu brother.
April 16, 2017
April 16, 2017
Tunde, we will play, smile, think of you and pray for you. Your name will forever be in the hearts of all your friends and loved ones - a man of integrity, principled and professional to the core.

You fought a good fight but I believe God called you to be in a better place to rest in peace. May your family find some comfort in your memories and all that you shared.

Sun re ore!

Funsho
April 16, 2017
April 16, 2017
BFK R.I.P . Your good works left a good testimony after you.Enjoy the great beyond.
April 15, 2017
April 15, 2017
I gave up asking why, it is absolutely needless! Nonetheless, eniti o mo agbe, ki o se ida'ro aaro. Eniti o mo aluko, ki o se ida'ro osun. Eniti o mo lekeleke, ki o se ida'ro efun. BABATUNDE FRANCIS KUKU, you came, you saw and conquered. Omo ogbara ojo ti n'ba ni'ja, ti'n gba ode eni'kon.... kura DODONDAWA!!!! Sail on my good egbon!!! We'll miss you for those hours of jokes and jists... Rest in the bosom of our Lord Jesus.
April 14, 2017
April 14, 2017
Tunde, I have wrestled with my thoughts in being able to put words on
pen and paper to this beautiful memorial site Jenrola and Moyo have developed for you. BUT, I said, I must be courageous in letting the whole world know my feelings for you!. Aaah!, I am pained, but I am happy you are no more in pain.
Tunde, you are a special human being. Tunde, despite the prestige you so naturally carried, you are a peaceful and a contented man.
You are kind, considerate, loving, respectful and cheerful.
When I first met your wife, Dayo and children, in company of your besto, Demola and Princess Pero, at your home in Ikeja, I was too overwhelmed with joy, sharing my thoughts with you that I believe Dayo is lovely!, as I saw the true love you both radiated. Your care and affection for your girls, Jenrola and Moyo can only be witnessed to be understood.
There was an instance , when you were out at a function, you called Jenrola at home to stay up for you and not to sleep, as you just want to come home to see your baby!.
When I am in your midst of Business Associates and Circle of Friends, I knew you presented me with pride and also knew nothing less than the
best in my demeanor was accepted.
Tunde, I am glad whilst you were on this mother earth we were able to share decency and respect for one another. I am your Cousin, but indeed a sister too, as you , my brother. I love you Tunde.
Rest in peace.
May God be with Dayo, Jenrola , Moyo, and deepest condolences to the entire family.

Bisi Shobanjo
April 14, 2017
April 14, 2017
Bros Mi Tunde...

You will be solely missed.. by many of us but most especially by Auntie Dayo ..the Lord will take care of her and my beautiful aburos..

One of your qualities that can't be forgotten is how you share life issues assuring that "All will be well'

Noticing my concerns about your health in 2013 .. with humor you said .. "Haaa Nike ma worry o..mo ti better gan and will now enjoy life getting more better"

Omo Kuku.. omo borogun la n se eso.. a joko t'agba ma se pe ranse.
Sun re o.

Heaven will rejoice and receive an amazing General of warmth .. so we will celebrate a life well spent.

Nike Kuku
April 14, 2017
April 14, 2017
So sorry I didn't get to know him before gone rest with his maker. I know sis Dayo is a replica of her husband as read by the tribute written by the people and I can testify to this as loving sis with a shoulder to lean on. She was in my house when I was in despair. Her word of comfort soothes. She is a woman of good faith and of a brave heart. I pray that God almighty continue to strengthen her, uphold her and the children left behind and may his gentle soul continue to rest in peace. Dr k continue to be strong in the strength of the lord knowing fully that at the end, we shall all meet to part no more. He is my brother because I'm an indegene of Ijebu Igbo and my grandmother is from Ijebu Ode. Omo Kuku, omo Ijebu alare sunre o.

Olatuyi's
April 14, 2017
April 14, 2017
Tunde Kuku, A true "man of the people. "
Best man at our wedding. Genuine, dependable, down to earth, kind, soft spoken, generous, sacrificial, consistent. The list goes on and on. I say this with heartfelt sadness. You will truly be missed. I thank God that our children are good friends and so we will continue to see the reflection of your love. The legacy continues with them. Now there is no more pain, no more sorrow.
Adieu, my dear brother. Love you so much.
Shola Adekoya.
April 14, 2017
April 14, 2017
Tunde was a dignified, principled, loving, honest , generous and very kind person.
He was a source of inspiration and strength to many. We spoke during the week with a promise to visit over the weekend but never knew you would be gone on saturday you never showed any sign or bade me farewell.
Tunde keep on resting in the Lord you will forever be missed.

Sun re o.
April 13, 2017
April 13, 2017
We prayed and prayed yet Tunde left us because that is the will of God I remember very well that throughout your sickness your spirit remained very high and lifted You stood by me throughout my mother's burial even though our friendship was still very new That is an uncommon show of Love Rest in the bossom of the Lord May the Grace Of God sustain and be enough to keep the family you left behind Adieu my brother
April 13, 2017
April 13, 2017
Tunde, I received with shock, the news of your death on Saturday, 8 April 2017 at the age of 56. As painful as your death is, we thank God for your life and also consoled about your worthy past. Tunde you are a true friend and great brother, now you have to rest. I remembered vividly our last conversation, when you called to console me about the death of my mother who died on Sunday 8 January 2017. You were so sure that by the grace of the Almighty God you will leave much longer despite your health challenges. My hearts and prayers are with Dayo and the girls. I pray that God will grant them, the fortitude to bear your irreparable loss. May the good Lord bless your soul. Amen. Your brother and friend. Bimbola Ashiru
April 13, 2017
April 13, 2017
Francis Babatunde Kuku was a good fellow and a classmate from primary school- St. Patrick's, St.Anthony's and Higher Institution. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace and may the Almighty God grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss. You shall surely be missed.
April 13, 2017
April 13, 2017
Tunde Kuku, you fought a good fight it's time to rest .l will never ever forget or take the love you showed me for granted. I lost my wife in 2003 ,you heard and you came all the way from Nigeria to comfort me when you did not see in Nigeria. Despite your illnesses, you showed up for my Dad's funeral in my home town. What a brother from another mother. I will always love you and you know that. Continue to rest in the bosom of the most high God. Miss you Brother.
April 13, 2017
April 13, 2017
BFK (Alias - Kokonsari, Tawakalitu Moboluwa Duro)
The last time I saw you was in late November 2016, when we were trying to confirm your flight to Lagos on your mobile phone. Never knew it was the last time.
To realise you are no more is beyond me.
But I take solace in the following words:
1.
Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glint on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you wake in the morning hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.
Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there, I did not die!
Mary Frye (1932)

Babatunde go and run free with the angels
Dance around the golden clouds
For the lord has chosen you to be with him
And we should feel nothing but proud
Although he has taken Tunde from us
And our pain a lifetime will last
Your memory will never escape us
But make us glad for the time we did have
Your face will always be hidden
Deep inside our hearts
Each precious moment you gave us
Shall never, ever depart
So Tunde, go and run free with the angels
As they sing so tenderly
And please be sure to tell them
To take good care of you for us.

You will never be forgotten.

Owo melo loni to nfomo Kuku shere etc. Sunre oooo.

ADESOLA BNO ADEOSUN.
April 13, 2017
April 13, 2017
RIP Tunde. You have fought the good fight and finished your race on earth. You are one of the people I met during my formative years that has managed to stay in my memory because you proved to be a friend and brother. One of the three Tunde Kuku's I knew from Ijebu and according to you, were all family. You stood out because you had a calmer disposition even as a young socialite banker. Ever smiling and soft spoken even when upset. The Lord be with your wife and children as they find succour during this period. It will always be well with them and your extended family in Jesus' name. Amen! Rest on in the bosom of your maker.
April 13, 2017
April 13, 2017
It is said your life preaches your funeral. James Moffatt opined "death is never the last word in the life of a…man. When a man leaves this world, be he righteous or unrighteous, he leaves something in the world. He may leave something that will grow and spread like a cancer or a poison, or he may leave something like the fragrance of perfume or a blossom of beauty that permeates the atmosphere with blessing." TK certainly left the latter. Everything about TK was humour, love and compassion. Sleep well brother!
April 12, 2017
April 12, 2017
Tunde Omo Kuku as I used to call you Sunre you've gone to rest in a better place, you fought the battle, you tour around the Globe to say farewell , we love you but God love you more. We will not mourn you but celebrate you my brother. I will miss all your crazy jokes, Sun re o! Omo Jagun Jagun
May the Lord continue to be with those beautiful ladies you left behind
April 12, 2017
April 12, 2017
There will be lots of testaments to our dear brother Tunde Kuku. This is a parting message for my friend who I've known for decades.  Lost is the first word that springs to mind for I have lost a good friend.
Found is the second word as I remember the good times we have shared over the years and our circle of friends, which has been unbreakable. You lived your life with focus, purpose , humour and strength. Your faith pulled you through many things along with your loyalty to family and friends.
You could be steadfast about what you wanted at times but i found it became a quality that enabled you to live life on your terms when you faced your biggest challenge.
It may not have been easy but you always managed to laugh and you would not let anything restrict you.
This is a wonderful example for your daughters.
Your girls were and are your treasures. You always spoke so proudly about them and your face would light up.
They will remember what you taught them and they will let your legacy shine.
Ah Kenny, you would often begin...
Ah Tunde, October is coming. Our birthday month. You would always call me on the 4th and I would call you the following day.  You will be missed but not forgotten.
The Lord had a higher purpose in calling you and that surpasses the void your absence will have for us. Rest in peace my friend.
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April 13, 2017

What a loss. Nice fella, good man.Tunde your  Death is only  the cessation of the heart. Your memories and life will continue to live on.  As Sam Okagbue said 

. “ Our wealth is our friends “, You were a true friend.

 


 

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