ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loving Father, Joseph Babatunde BELLO, 72 years old, born on June 12, 1948, and passed away on March 8, 2021. We will remember him forever.
Eternal rest grant him oh Lord.
Posted by Adetokunbo AKANNI on April 9, 2021
Daddy you will be forever missed. You had a very kind heart and I was privileged to have known you. You took my Cousin as a son right from the first day you set your eyes on him,in which I will be forever grateful to you. You were indeed a good husband and father to yours and everyone you came across. The great comforter will comfort us especially the family you left behind.
Sleep on baba rere.
Posted by Olanrewaju Briggs on March 29, 2021
TRIBUTE TO ELDER J.B.BELLO

I really did not get to meet Elder Joseph Babatunde Bello during his sojourn here on earth, just like I never met any of those I read about in the Bible. However, there are some of them that I can describe with almost flawless accuracy because of the records they left behind.
You have a clear epistle of your person, well-scripted in your amiable daughter, Mrs. Funke Briggs (Nee Bello), whom you graciously gave to Lanre Briggs, as a wife. Funke mirrors you; she tells me who you are by who she is! You have a good daughter and, now, a great mother!
The Bible teaches me that a good tree cannot bear corrupt fruits. So, seeing who Funke Briggs is, tells me the kind of tree that produced her.
Some years ago, I remember how Lanre will simply tell me that he was on his way to Ajaokuta. “To do what?” I will ask. And he will gladly tell me, “to visit my father-in-law”. Ajaokuta, just like that? It was like he was going to the next street!
Hmmm. When I looked at the frequency with which Lanre kept visiting his father-in-law, at Ajaokuta, I concluded that Elder Joseph Babatunde Bello cannot be a father-in-law, he must be a father-in-love!
Thank you for showing us how to live. Thanks for your selfless lifestyle. Thanks for living well for all to see. Thanks for the lessons indirectly learnt from you. Thank you for raising your children with the fear of God in their hearts. No man lives well if his life does not positively impact others.
Elder Joseph Babatunde Bello lived well.
Sleep on,Daddy !

Segun Ariyo
Potters House Christian Mission
Posted by Olanrewaju Briggs on March 29, 2021
TRIBUTE TO MY LATE DARLING HUSBAND, ELDER JOSEPH BABATUNDE BELLO

Though you are late, what I know is that your spirit can not leave me and your loving children and grandchildren.

Sleep on in the bossom of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I don’t ever think I can do without talking about you.
A husband that has been like a father to me since we met.

You left me with my children, my brothers, sisters and my grand children.

Darling, sweetheart, My honey, My comforter, what you told me is exactly what I am seeing.

Let your children and grandchildren, your sisters, brothers and their children continue where you left.

Your friends and their children still stand by me, especially, THE MORENIKEJIS’ THE ADEOYES’, THE ADEKOYAS’ e.t.c

Sun re òko mí, ìresà, omo bádù lógbòmósò, Àkànbí ògún
Ódìgbà, Ó di gbére, Ótún di ojó àjínde.

MRS MERCY ROMOKE BELLO
Posted by Olanrewaju Briggs on March 24, 2021
TRIBUTE TO A GREAT MAN,
JOSEPH BABATUNDE AKANBI BELLO.,
Baba Agba as fondly called by family members,
Baba Ajaokuta as fondly called by others.
A great teacher,a great mentor,a role model,a great disciplinarian.
You left a big legacy and vacuum, which is very difficult for the family to fill.
As a good disciplinarian, you taught us, how to be disciplined, and be modest in all aspects of our life.
The great lesson you taught us, will forever remain in our memories.
It gives us a good sense of belonging.
We are forever grateful to you.
We shall be missing you greatly.
We love you, but God Almighty loves you more.
Rest in the bosom of the Almighty, where we shall meet to part no more.

Biodun Bello
For the entire BELLO FAMILY
Posted by Olanrewaju Briggs on March 23, 2021
TRIBUTE FROM DEMOLA MORONKEJI

Tribute to a wonderful brother! The exit of a good Friend like a close Brother. I can recall over and over again how we met at National Bank Plc in 1973. We enjoyed an absolute intimacy from there up till the point that he died. Just a week before he died, l went to visit him. I was there to check on his well being. We ate together and he insisted that l should sleep but l didn't because l had other areas where l wanted to visit. J.B touched many lives, peaceful, and his simplicity was amazing, loving , and indeed a man of full of wisdom. He was hardworking,diligent , and easy going. The sweet memories of your gesture will remain evergreen in my heart. Assuredly, you lived a fulfilled life. You fought a good fight and you have won the race. Rest on my beloved brother until the resurrection morning , where we meet to part no more in Jesus Name. Good Night 'JB'
Posted by Bolu Ogundowole on March 22, 2021
When the news of our beloved father in-law's passage was broken,we were like asking WHY NOW ? But as homosapiens, we cannot query the CREATOR !
Our solace resides in the fact that Pa B.J BELLO came, saw and lived a fulfilled life despite the inevitable hurlyburlies of this planet. He will be sorely missed in all circles ! May God grant his gentle soul to live on in our hearts and the entire family the especial fortitude to bear the huge loss. ADIEU , PA BELLO ::
Chief Dr.& Mrs Bolu Ogundowole's Family.
Posted by Moses Dachen on March 20, 2021
The first time I met Mr. Bello was at the wedding between Funke and Larry where I served as the Best man. He was engaging and welcoming to all, funny, friendly, and jovial. He was full of life and certainly a man of wisdom. He took time to know his guests, spent time with some of us young men who were there for the wedding occasion. A unique moment that I remember was the insights and godly principles he shared with us from his life experience – live life to the fullest. Don’t be afraid to try something new. Be content with what you have.

Daddy Bello will greatly be missed… He surely left a legacy of positive experiences for anyone who took the time to know him.

To Funke, Larry, grand kids and to other family members, please accept my condolences. Be consoled in the fact that your daddy has finished his race, completed his task and there was need for him to transition to his next abode. A better place. A glorious home. A place of rest, where there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for death has been swallowed in victory.

We rejoice because we are certain, beyond a shadow of a doubt, we will re-unite again! This is the hope for anyone that has willingly received the offer of salvation through the death of Christ Jesus. Hence, we do not mourn as those with no hope.

Let us celebrate, a life well lived.

Adieu Mr. Bello.
Posted by OLUWAKEMI OKUNOLA on March 20, 2021
Hmm...life is truly short and I am still trying to come to terms with your exit from this world.Daddy Ajaokuta played a huge role in my life that is beyond words. He was my benefactor at a very crucial point in my life. Daddy was an epitome if wisdom and he was extremely hardworking. May the Almighty God grant you eternal rest sir in Jesus name Amen
Posted by Odetoye Justine on March 19, 2021
Accept my condolence, may his soul rest in peace
Posted by Emmanuel OGUNREMI on March 19, 2021
GOOD NIGHT DADDY BELLO
Words cannot heal the pain from loosing someone so dear like you Daddy Bello. We recall from our childhood and adulthood memories of a very Sincere, Honest, Straightforward, Sensitive and well meaning person. May the good memories hold deep in our heart. God has ended your suffering; the curtain have been drawn and peace has come. We wish there were more people like you around and this world would be a better place. MAY YOUR SOUL REST IN PEACE. Good Night Daddy Bello. From: Engr Emmanuel & Mrs Kofoworola OGUNREMI
Posted by Gaboy Gaboy on March 19, 2021
THE EXIT OF A LEGEND

Dear Lanre & Funke, Don't think of your daddy as gone away, His journey just begun.

Life holds so many facets, this Earth is just only one.

Just think of him as resting from the sorrows and the tears to a place of warmth and comfort
Where there are no days and years.

Think how he must be wishing that you could know today and
How nothing but your sadness can really pass away.

However, think of him as living in the hearts of those he touched....

For nothing loved is ever lost and he was loved so much.

Think of the times he spent with you.

Think of his cheerful spirit.....

Think of his impact...
Think of his selfless and caring nature ....
Think of his friendship....

Think of his contributions to humanity...

Think and think also that a charitable legend don't and can't die for his memories lives on in each of us......

Lanre and Funke, thank God for the privilege God gave you to provide maximum care in his very distressed time.

Your frequent trip to Ajaokuta and Ibadan day and night hours in his critical condition days were good pay back for a wonderful father who distributed joy and affectionate love to you and everyone.

I am persuaded that if you had anything you could do more to make him live forever you would have done just that, unfortunately, the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh.

May you receive the comfort, the grace and the fortitude to march on in Jesus name.

By Rev.Dr. & Mrs Oyediji.
Posted by Ugorji Emeka on March 19, 2021
I never had the opportunity to meet you Daddy Bello but the spoken words about you by all around are without a doubt, that of a great man. Compassionate and humble. You represent the man many of us wishes to be. You touched many lives positively. You are a model for a life well-lived.
We will miss you but your legacy will continue to inspire.
    
BEDE UGORJI.
Posted by Ayoade Ariyo Ezekiel on March 19, 2021
Daddy..... When I first head about you I was like is it possible for some one to be like this until the first time I visited you in Ajaokuta, Kogi State and it was as if I had never seen a motivational speaker speaking before because daddy engaged me with a serious charge on how to be hard working and taking responsibility for my life and others around,
Since then I began to see daddy as an angel that God sent to make life meaningful to many people that doesn't know that they can be great in life.
   I am grateful to God for giving me one out of many people daddy trained to become somebody in life as my wife.
  Daddy what a role model you are, continue to rest in the bosom of your creator.
Posted by Segun Amusan on March 18, 2021
Tribute to Elder J.B. Bello

Daddy, they say you cannot be everything to everyone. But you were everything to everyone who knew you. You were a mentor to those who needed to be mentored. You were a coach to those who needed to be coached. You were a sponsor to those who needed to be sponsored.

You were a man of the people. I am yet to meet anyone who genuinely loved people the way you did. They say it takes a village to raise a child. You were that village to not only many kids but also full-grown adults within and beyond your community.

I know all these because you were my coach, my mentor, and my sponsor. You were a father to me and to everyone who had the good fortune to cross your path - young, old, male, female, no matter who they were or where they came from.

You were a selfless man who would go above and beyond to give a helping hand to anyone in need, sometimes at the expense of your personal convenience. I remember when you would travel to Lagos from Ajaokuta once every quarter or so, for as long as a week, sometimes two weeks at a time, running errands on the busy and congested streets of Lagos, from one bank to another, or from one stockbroker to another, on behalf of people whom sometimes you barely even knew. You showed many how to get their finances in order, how to invest in the stock market, and prepare for retirement. And indeed, that was a life saver for many people and their families when they either lost their source of income or due to non-payment of salary by their employers.

Your work ethic was unparalleled. Even though you were sixty and retired when I lived with you, and I was just nineteen, I couldn't keep up with you! As your so called 'secretary' for more than a year before I went to Unilorin, I remember the thousands of letters, emails, affidavits, and texts messages you drafted on behalf of the people you were helping, to process their stocks and shares transactions. And much more…

What more can I say? Words would fail to do justice to all your good works while you were here with us. You were a man full of wisdom and I will never forget all you did for me and how much you taught me about life. Also, I can't forget my mock interviews with you, to prepare me for my very first job interview after I graduated from Unilorin. That was how invested you were in people! You would do anything you could to help people succeed. I consider myself fortunate to have lived under your roof and it was the greatest honor of my life to have known you personally.

Daddy, my heart is broken that you left us too soon, but I am consoled by the fact that you are now in a better place.

Go on now sir, and rest well at the bosom of Christ.

Segun Amusan
Posted by Hanne Shehu Ogundowole on March 19, 2021
Someone once said; "As is a tale, so is a life: Not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters". So today, we cannot cry because it's over, but rather, we'll smile because an amazing personality like you, Pa Bello, happened indeed, did become a shining light and touched lives while you were here with us.

To my gentle and ever lovely Aunty Funke, amiable and selfless Uncle Lanrewaju and the entire Bello family, we share in celebrating the life of Pa Joseph Bello. We pray the Lord appoint and give unto you
continually; beauty for ashes, oil of gladness and the garment of praise for all moment.

Adieu good and faithful servant. Rest on now in the joy of the Lord your Master.
Posted by Adekanbi Adesola on March 18, 2021
An icon of strength, intelligence, love, kindness, courage, dedication, endurance, virtue and faith. An amazing father lovely daddy, an excellent administrator, a unity influencer, a confidant, and he try to do the best to bring smile to others face, supportive, committed and industrious, very hardworking, we love you, but Jesus loves you more than we do,   Daddy rest well in the bosom of Abraham.                     Adesola Adekanbi ( Amusan )                     
Posted by Oluwakemi Olatunji on March 18, 2021
Grandpa you have fought the good fight, Sleep on till we meet to part no more,Goodnight Papa.
Posted by Akande Victor on March 18, 2021
It was with great shock we heard of the passing to glory of our dear beloved Elder J.B. Bello. He was like a father to us. His dedication to God, to the work of God and God's people was exceptional. We never related with him as pastor- member but as a father. He was an encourager, giver, philanthropist and someone who always want others to rise. Not proud nor arrogant.
His departure, though painful, we cannot question God. We stand upon His word that says IN EVERYTHING GIVE THANKS...
We pray that God will fill the vacuum left by his departure and strengthen mummy(the wife ), and the children and grand children.
Elder Bello, you will forever be missed. Rest on in peace daddy.
Pastors Victor & Peace Akande
Port Harcourt.
Posted by Arinola Oladapo on March 18, 2021
Grandpa,

I am sad!
The first time I met you was at Ajaokuta when I travelled alongside Mr Briggs to visit you.

You were so warm, accommodating and loving. You made me feel you had known me before that day. You packed a lot of goodies for me the day we left and that left me in awe.

I saw you a few times later whenever you visited Lagos and it was always pleasant talking to you.

You are indeed a great person. You will surely be missed.
Posted by Olanrewaju Briggs on March 18, 2021
TRIBUTE OF ELDER JOSEPH BABATUNDE BELLO

 It is indeed a heavy burden and herculean task for me given my great sense of loss and deep grief to write tribute of Elder Joseph Babatunde Bello. However this burden became lighter if writing of this tribute will strengthen the relationship between the families of Bello and Daramola.

 It is sad to know that Elder J.B. Bello left but again it is a loving memory for me when I think of his loving memory. He was a man of God to the core, a philanthropist and always looked for the good of people. He couldn’t rest until people’s problems got solved except those ones kept away from him. The progress of people was always his delight. He could go to any length to put a smile on someone’s face. It is said in the Bible that God takes the righteous away before the days of evil.

 Daddy, your intelligence and diligence has made some of us strong today by emulation. He always stressed the importance of education and hard work in life. Death unfortunately is a debt everyone has to pay and when his time came he had no option than to leave even though to us was too soon but we know it was God’s time.

 You never lived like a church member to us but you lived like an elder brother, uncle and a father. We cherish you. Your memory will not die with us because the memory of the just is blessed (Proverbs 10:7a). We pray that God will strengthen mummy and we children you left behind.

Goodnight our Daddy. Sleep well in the Lord’s bosom.






-Pastor and Pastor Mrs. Ben Daramola & children. 
Posted by Bree Temitope on March 17, 2021
Daddy Bello, We met you once and it left a good memory, heard so much about you and we are proud to be part of your family.

We are sad to have heard about your death but our greatest comfort is, You are guided by the heavenly angels and at peace

Your daughter, Aunty Funke isn't just a wife to us, she is our sister and we are blessed to have her

You will forever be in our hearts ....Rest on grandpa

For De' Ogundowoles
Posted by Ajibola Ogundowole on March 17, 2021
I never had the chance to meet you one on one but you were indeed well spoken of all round. And to think you raised an amazing angel and a rare gem of a selfless 'big sister' whom our beloved brother married has lent credence to how peaceful a man and accommodating a father you have been till your very last day and as well, to how successful and fulfilled a life you must have led.

We celebrate you now, even as you sleep on, as always. On behalf of the Ogundowoles, I pray your soul find repose in the bossom of the Almighty who has called you home. May He grant everyone who truly hold you dear in their hearts the fortitude to bear this and courage to march on in this journey of life.

Adieu papa! Till we meet again...
Posted by Ameh Idakwo on March 17, 2021
What a man! What a life! The life of a man is measured, not by the number of words he spoke but by the impact he made. My first meeting with you was when I travelled to Ajaokuta with my beloved friend- your son-in-law, to see you. The reception, hospitality, advise, humorous moments were just too contagious. I left there knowing why Brother Briggs has some of the heart warming characters that he exhibits. It was clear he got them from you.

With time, you relocated to Ibadan, and you became my neighbor. We saw intermittently due to my travelling nature. But every meeting with you left a sweet memory that made me look forward to when I will see you again. The gists, from politics to life, family, business, the advice to always be careful on the roads etc.

It was an honour to know you on this side of life. I anticipate the honour of meeting you again, in the great beyond.

You have gone ahead, we come slowly but Surely.

we shall meet again in glory.

My family and I celebrate you deeply.

You are sorely missed.
Rest on sire!
Adieu!!!
Posted by Olanrewaju Briggs on March 17, 2021
Daddy, I am so incredibly grateful and happy that I can be here today and tell people about you.I have been blessed to have had you as a Father in law.
To say I loved you would would be an understatement -  and  to say  I’m going to miss you would be an even greater understatement.
I cannot begin to imagine not having you on the end of a phone,saying “hello ,s’alaafia ni? Ile nko o ?”
Who is going to give candies to Tanny & Rere again?
You were always there for everyone, family, neighbours, colleagues, or friends. . .
He had solutions to everything..”Daddy,s’eni blade ,he would answer ,o wa “..
“Daddy s’eni plaster,panadol etc ,he would always answer in the affirmative.
He was a very clever man,outgoing and yet taciturn.
You were extremely hard working, compassionate towards everyone, and deserved the success and rich life that you enjoyed. You taught us many, many things but I think most importantly you gave us the ability to know that if you really put your mind to something, anything is possible, and never to be afraid to give anything a go.
Your attention to detail and perfectionism was infectious.You will be sorely missed Daddy.
Nobody can be perfect but you were as close to being the most perfect Father anyone could have.
Your love was unconditional and this is something I will cherish from your character – and take with me forever. Your kindness and generosity will be remembered by all who had the pleasure of knowing you.
I would like to thank everyone who stood by you in your last days.The medical and domestic staff that were with you were amazing.The entire Funbell team led by Dr Olu Abayomi showered so much love on you.You had so much love around you.You were a blessed man.You left empty without owing the world a dime and didn’t take anything to the grave.
I also would like to thank my wonderful wife,OLUFUNKE your daughter) for her incredible love and support.Your grandchildren were always seizing any available opportunity to come and see you.Ayanfe,Dieko,Tanny&Rere,to whom I am mostly indebted.
I am humbled by Mummy’s strength over the past few days and her ability to focus on the amazing life she shared with you and not dwell on what she has lost.
I hope that through this I can find strength from her example and be there for her in time of need.
To my wonderful Moji and Ariyo,you guys rock!
May the Lord repay you for all your good works.
Finally,Daddy i am mostly consoled by the fact that we shall see again.Continue to rest in His bosom,Joseph Babatunde Akanbi BELLO.
Bonne nuit Papa
Posted by Precious Neneholay on March 17, 2021
Daddy!!You will be missed forever and always. The beautiful moments you shared with everyone will never be forgotten. Rest in peace

Posted by Raymond Iroham on March 17, 2021
Your worth is priceless Sir.
Though I never met you physically but I'm touched by your impact and influence.
You'll be greatly missed by all.
Rest on Grandpa....✨
Posted by Mojirade Ayoade on March 16, 2021
Oh Daddy, you were a great man . You were an icon to reckon with, you believed so much in hardwork ,honesty and helping the less privileged. You were a man of different philosophies,one of it was ",A man or a woman is the architect of his or her own misfortune in life. You lived a life of impact. You impacted as many that were willing to be impacted. You were full of encouragements to the people around you especially those that were hopeless. Daddy words fail me to go on and on about ,your personality. You are my FATHER , You were there for me when there was no one to fill that gap in my life. You saw me through my secondary and tertiary education even when it didn't look like it. I would forever be grateful to you for your love , kindness, perseverance, tolerance, patience and support. You were a rare gem.. You were not a monopoly of wisdom,. You shared your vvision and thoughts with so many people around. ...You will forever be missed Daddy....You were fond of calling me ,Moje, small but mighty, Iyalode..... Your thoughts will forever be in my heart Daddy....I lost a rare gem, but i take solace in the confidence that you are in heaven. Good night PAPA
Posted by Adebimpe Mojisola on March 16, 2021
Daddy Ajaokuta,that's what l fondly call Daddy. It's a great loss to humanity at large l must confess. A strong, versatile and responsible father. He lived an indelible impact to us and a beautiful example to follow, as we were growing. Thankfully, l admired it and took a bold step in gaining a lot from these attributes, hardwork, honesty, tenacity, and energetic  prowess. We take solace that you're resting in the bosom of the Lord Almighty. And believe strongly that all you left behind, God will keep and watch over. May God grant the family to bear the irreplaceable loss. We love you as a family dearly, but God loves you most. Sun re Baba daada
Posted by Funmilola Oyeyipo on March 16, 2021
Daddy,hummm each time the thought of you comes that you are no more on this earth,I feel very sad but when I think of where you are now I feel like praising God why because daddy you are my role model,you made me the strong woman I am today, I remember when I was little and when goes out to supply you will always tell me that to be great in life is in my life and whatever I want to be in life is in my hands.
You will always say if you don't work one should not eat,daddy you will drive me to chanaga junction at lokoja to see a sign post that says "No food for a Lazy man".
Your training keep pushing me even when I found my self in strange land with that spirit of you l always turn to be landlady because of your training.
Daddy, BELLO COKE!BELLO BOTTLE as your customers always called you,you open the eyes of many and help them put food on their table for the future through the stock exchange share u introduced to them.
Oh daddy you love very hard working person, no matter the number of bottles of drinks they to buy,you always encouraged them.

Word is not enough to expressed how great full I am to be called your daughter, I know you are alive now and resting with our lord Jesus Christ.
Daddy NY the grace o God Almighty I will not disappoint you and I will hold and keep unto all you put in me,hummm like your saying time wait for no man.
What a life daddy,BELLO COKE,BELLO BOTTLE,BELLO NO CREDIT TODAY,The man that situation of the country never holds he always plan ahead,
Daddy continued to rest Sir, really miss u.good night daddy
Posted by Olufunke Briggs on March 16, 2021
Daddy as I fondly call you! U were indeed a great being and a great force to be reckoned with.U fulfilled your days my FATHER and impacted this world with all you did for both biological and great numerous children.U fulfilled God's purpose and left your footprints in the sand of time.
We will forever miss you ,"GREAT" one ,and pray your spirit abides with us forever, till we meet at the feet of JESUS on the resurrection morning
We will continue with the great values of humility,discipline,hardwork, resilience courage ,compassion and relational strength.we love you Baba "S "and Baba" P "for short.I pray the lord almighty rest your soul eternally ,cause that "indeed was your goal".U were a great father,family man ,a great christian translating from orthodox to pentecostal.I hurt,but my JOY IS FULL that you got to the pinnacle of the christian FAITH.U served GOD with your might and strength BABA.we are most blessed to come to the earth through U and MOM.I LOVE you and will U will forever remain in my heart.REST ETERNALLY DAD
Posted by Olu Abayomi on March 16, 2021
Baba JB is such a great man. Full of life and encouragements. He's a man of influence and maker of men. He's very simple and admirable. Truly, he will be forever missed.
Posted by Olanrewaju Briggs on March 16, 2021
Daddy,words are not enough to pay tribute to you.You were an amazing father.Your sense of devotion to any course you believed in was second to none.You were a definition of hardwork,tenacity and diligence.
I will never forget all that you taught us.My eyes are filled with tears even as I’m writing this.
We might have lost you physically but the virtues you instilled in us will live with us forever.I will miss you so dearly.”Funky”,your precious daughter and as you fondly called her will undoubtedly miss you.Your grandchildren,Ayanfe,Dieko,Tanitoluwa & Rereloluwa will all miss you.
Your demise reduced the population of the good men on earth by one.
Continue to rest on Daddy till the glorious morning.

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Posted by Adetokunbo AKANNI on April 9, 2021
Daddy you will be forever missed. You had a very kind heart and I was privileged to have known you. You took my Cousin as a son right from the first day you set your eyes on him,in which I will be forever grateful to you. You were indeed a good husband and father to yours and everyone you came across. The great comforter will comfort us especially the family you left behind.
Sleep on baba rere.
Posted by Olanrewaju Briggs on March 29, 2021
TRIBUTE TO ELDER J.B.BELLO

I really did not get to meet Elder Joseph Babatunde Bello during his sojourn here on earth, just like I never met any of those I read about in the Bible. However, there are some of them that I can describe with almost flawless accuracy because of the records they left behind.
You have a clear epistle of your person, well-scripted in your amiable daughter, Mrs. Funke Briggs (Nee Bello), whom you graciously gave to Lanre Briggs, as a wife. Funke mirrors you; she tells me who you are by who she is! You have a good daughter and, now, a great mother!
The Bible teaches me that a good tree cannot bear corrupt fruits. So, seeing who Funke Briggs is, tells me the kind of tree that produced her.
Some years ago, I remember how Lanre will simply tell me that he was on his way to Ajaokuta. “To do what?” I will ask. And he will gladly tell me, “to visit my father-in-law”. Ajaokuta, just like that? It was like he was going to the next street!
Hmmm. When I looked at the frequency with which Lanre kept visiting his father-in-law, at Ajaokuta, I concluded that Elder Joseph Babatunde Bello cannot be a father-in-law, he must be a father-in-love!
Thank you for showing us how to live. Thanks for your selfless lifestyle. Thanks for living well for all to see. Thanks for the lessons indirectly learnt from you. Thank you for raising your children with the fear of God in their hearts. No man lives well if his life does not positively impact others.
Elder Joseph Babatunde Bello lived well.
Sleep on,Daddy !

Segun Ariyo
Potters House Christian Mission
Posted by Olanrewaju Briggs on March 29, 2021
TRIBUTE TO MY LATE DARLING HUSBAND, ELDER JOSEPH BABATUNDE BELLO

Though you are late, what I know is that your spirit can not leave me and your loving children and grandchildren.

Sleep on in the bossom of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I don’t ever think I can do without talking about you.
A husband that has been like a father to me since we met.

You left me with my children, my brothers, sisters and my grand children.

Darling, sweetheart, My honey, My comforter, what you told me is exactly what I am seeing.

Let your children and grandchildren, your sisters, brothers and their children continue where you left.

Your friends and their children still stand by me, especially, THE MORENIKEJIS’ THE ADEOYES’, THE ADEKOYAS’ e.t.c

Sun re òko mí, ìresà, omo bádù lógbòmósò, Àkànbí ògún
Ódìgbà, Ó di gbére, Ótún di ojó àjínde.

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Shared by Damilola Efunkoya on March 17, 2021
  1. It seems trite to say baba will be missed, or that he went away too soon. But it's true. The bottom line is that he was a great leader and when u pull back the curtain of all that entails, u'll also see he was a great man and a special breed of an altruist who cared and loved others just the way he loves his own. We can all learn about leadership and humanity by following baba's example. Rest in Power Pa Babatunde Joseph Bello