ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Chief Ladi Williams SAN, 74 years old, born on December 1, 1946, and passed away on October 3, 2021. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Louisa Edet on December 1, 2021
Happy posthumous birthday to you Uncle Ladi. Continue to rest in the bossom of the Almighty, Amen!
Posted by Kofi Sagoe on December 1, 2021
Bros Akans,
Today you would have been 75 years but Baba God knows why and we thank Him for what we saw, learned and appreciate. May He give you rest in perfect peace
Amen
Posted by ijeoma uwaeme on November 26, 2021

You were like a father and uncle to my husband and I. Your humility, simplicity despite your position and placing in society was humbling and disarming. Your kindness and great sense of humor such a blessing . You have a way of making difficult issues look simple. We preached love, faith and hope as born again Christians, but anyone that comes in contact with you left feeling loved, with great hope and never with despair regardless of their issue/challenge.

This loss is not only to your direct family but to many of us that have adopted you as father, uncle, mentor, and indeed our Nation and the legal profession. May your memories sir, continue to be blessed and your name remain with humanity. Proverbs 10: 7 The memory of the righteous is a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot. You will be thoroughly missed by my family -Ijeoma & Ogbonnanta
Posted by Simidivine Okubule on November 15, 2021
Uncle Ladi, as I always called you, it was indeed a privilege knowing you. It's taken me this long to write this tribute because I have been in denial. My family & I will be eternally grateful to you. You took up our case pro bono; you were more than a lawyer, you became my surrogate uncle. You always called to check up on my sister, my nephew and I. I sometimes felt so guilty because I didn't call as often as I should have. When I took up the job offer at Covenant University then, your driver brought you all the way to Ota to see how I was faring. I can never forget your sweet tooth (you finished a large pack of sweets before you got to Ota). May your soul rest in peace, in the bosom of Christ. May God comfort and strengthen your family & loved ones as only He can.
Posted by Chukwudi Vincent Uzoegbu on November 14, 2021
Tribute to Chief Ladi Rotimi Williams

A very highly Placed and Respected Gentle man Fearless and Firm. Despite his high position in Life yet Humble.

A Friend to the Lowly.

A Defender of the Defendless.

A voice known to speak against injustice.

He fought for the Survival of the Opressed People which my family and I are a living Testimony.

My family and I had nothing to give you yet You showed Love and Concern.

Chief Ladi Rotimi Williams,
My MENTOR and Advocate. My family and I will forever miss You. Your GOODWLL will never be forgotten in JESUS NAME.

We Pray GOD ALMIGHTY to Bless your Soul and Give you Eternal PEACE.

May Your Soul and All the Souls of the Faithful Departed through the MERCY of GOD REST in Perfect PEACE in JESUS MIGHTY NAME AMEN!

Brother Ladi Rest in PEACE.

We as a family will never Forget You in our Prayers.
GO WELL SIR.

Chukwudi Vincent for the Uzoegbu Family
Posted by Michael Chijide on November 14, 2021
Chief was generous, kind, happy and accommodating.
He was a brilliant man and above all a gentleman.
I met him through my friends and partners; Kingsley and Kehinde Ogbor and over the years I had sat with Chief in different events and occasions and he never wavered once.
He was constant in spirit and demeanour.
He enjoyed life and had an excellent palate for fine dining choosing depending on his mood from continental to the Mediterranean.
He also had a sweet tooth as I had come to find out and I loved him for that.
As a lawyer, his name and works speaks for itself.
His legacy will be untainted and he will be missed dearly by me let alone his close friends and family.
May his soul rest in peace and May God grant his family the fortitude to bear this great loss.
His departure though being swift and hard I believe that he is still here with us and we will continue to feel his presence in One way or another.
Rest in Gods bosom our dear Honorable silk.
Posted by Oluwatoyin Adeyemi on November 11, 2021
Like a Comet blazing across the evening sky, gone too soon, Chief Ladi Williams.
Like a rainbow, fading in the twinkling of an eye, Chief Ladi Williams, gone too soon.
Shiny and Sparkly, and Splendidly brighten up the whole family, Chief Ladi Williams, gone one day, gone one night.
Like the loss of sunlight shining over every mankind close to you, Chief Ladi Williams gone too soon.
Like a castle built upon a sandy beach for all of us to live and enjoy with you, Chief Ladi Williams, gone too soon.
Like a perfect flower just beyond your reach, Chief Ladi Williams, gone too soon.
Chief Ladi Williams you were born to this world to inspire every mankind close to you and delight the whole universe with your humor, Chief Ladi Williams, gone one day, gone one night and never to enjoy good times with you again.
Like a sunset dying with the rising of the moon, Chief Ladi Williams, gone too soon.

Gone too soon
Gone too soon
We will forever love you and miss you, even if you’re no more with us

Chief Oladipupo Akanni Rotimi-Williams
Posted by Uloma Herrington on November 11, 2021
As I attend your service of songs, My Chief, as I fondly called and referred to you, I have come to terms with the fact that you have left this earth. Your spirit has ascended to your maker and I am glad that I was able to share good times (mostly) during the 16 years that I knew you. You were a Father. Rest at our creators feet. We will meet again!! My Chief!
Posted by Yewande Williams on November 11, 2021
TO A VERY DEAR BROTHER: FAREWELL

Ladi and I first met in the early 50s, when we were both very young. His father relocated to Ibadan to join that legendary team in the Western Region, as Attorney General, under the leadership of my father, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

Memories of happy times spent at each other's homes remain fresh. Memories of homes in which the highest moral and ethical codes would not be compromised also remain fresh. My parents were very comfortable to leave my sister and me in the care of the Williams's, whenever the need arose.

It is no wonder then that our relationship endured over several decades, through thick and thin. Until the end of his life, Ladi remained one of a handful of people to whom I felt confident to turn in critical times. I trusted his advice because I knew it always came from a heart that wished me nothing but the best.

From 'rescuing' me from a truculent 5-year-old who was determined to go to Windsor Safari Park so close to closing time (Ladi drove us in his car and made sure we got in!), to more serious issues I had to contend with in the early years of the Obafemi Awolowo Foundation, he was always there. He never judged my foray into partisan politics prior to that. Rather, he gave me me unstinting support and even mobilised all his brothers to do the same.

Many years later, when the 'aforementioned 5-year-old' had a son, Ladi honoured her by naming the baby 'Rotimi', and nicknamed him 'lawyer'! He always checked on us and sometimes took the trouble of making special trips to see us since we moved out of town.

He is irreplaceable and will be sorely missed.

Rest in peace, my very dear brother. My daughter will never forget your several acts of kindness towards her. We will make sure 'lawyer' knows all about you. Your memory will certainly endure within my family.

Farewell, Ladi. And Godspeed.

Your dear sister,
Toks
(Ambassador Dr O. Awolowo Dosumu)
Posted by Toyin Bashorun San on November 10, 2021
It is with a heavy heart that I write this tribute.
Late Chief Oladipupo Akanni Rotimi-Williams was a man of many parts. What I know is that, he was kind and very good to me throughout my employment as counsel in his father’s law firm ( where he also worked) and thereafter when I set up my in year 1999.
He was very selfless and would not tolerate injustice, oppression or any form of illegality come what may. Chief was always prepared to go all the way to the Supreme Court as long as his point was made. He believed in the ethics of our profession, decorum and orderly conduct. His likes are in dire need in the present day Nigeria.
He was able to instill the same discipline in his 4 children and all the lawyers he worked with. Chief Ladi was humble and he kept a private and conservative life style despite his pedigree and the wealth he amassed through hard work. Chief was a Christian and he had always loved the Lord Almighty and Jesus Christ.
I thank God our paths crossed. Sleep well, my Bros Akanns. Sleep well sir in the bosom of the Almighty God.
Posted by Yewande Williams on November 9, 2021
TRIBUTE TO CHIEF LADI ROTIMI WILLIAMS,KCOB (1960-64)SAN. BY HIS CLASSMATES THE 1960-64-66 SET.
Ladi, as he was popularly called, joined us in Form 1.He was in Panes House. He was among the youngest in our set. Though it was obvious he was born with a Silver spoon in his mouth  
by the end of the first Term Ladi had adjusted to the Boarding house routines of sweeping ,dusting etc.
He was well liked by both classmates and seniors. His easy going relaxed and friendly demeanor earned him the nickname ‘shambro’.By the time we got to Form 5 Ladi was easily one of the most popular boys in our set. He was friendly and had a sense of humor which made light of even serious issues. It was easy to relax in his company.
He left K.C. in Form 5 and went abroad for further studies.Years later the Class Set was drawn to his marriage to beautiful and brilliant Henrietta the daughter of the Former Inspector General of Police. She was one year behind us at Queen’s College -our Sister School. That was quintessentially Ladi -the Son of the greatest Lawyer in the land to marry the daughter of the most senior police officer of the land!
Ladi has been very active on the class Group. He also hosted us to a very sumptuous /successful meeting of the Tripartite Group a few years ago.
His death on 3rd of October 2021 has created a vacuum which is getting wider as more and more of our classmates answer the call of our Maker and leave us sad but not broken.
He lived well.
He touched many lives beautifully.
He will be well remembered as a good man.
May God comfort his family and May his noble Soul Rest In Peace. ADIEU LADI


Posted by Bayo Mabo on November 9, 2021
My condolences to my dear friend Rotola (who I have known from way back in our Uni days at Bucks about 29 years ago) and the entire Williams family for this painful loss of your Dad, Husband & Grandfather....May our Comforter The Holy Spirit comfort and strengthen you at this time and may your Dad's soul rest in peace..Stay strong in the Lord, I am praying for you.
Posted by Imelda Feludu on November 8, 2021
Uncle Ladi, you will be greatly missed! You were so selfless, generous and very humorous! I remembered when I lost my job, you employed me as your personal assistant. You trusted me with your money, that I become a known agent in your bank. I could never thank you enough for how God used you and my Aunty Ekaete to bless me. I am where I am today because of your kindness
Posted by Kofi Sagoe on November 8, 2021
Ladi, my memory of you is that statement meant to tell me of my origin.
When we meet, which was not much in our later year, it was Nigeria 5 Ghana 0.

Will miss that and still hoping to revenge back but low and behold, you were taking up to where we all have been wondering what it will be like.

Live on Ladi and until we meet again to part no more.
Posted by Yewande Williams on November 8, 2021
The demise of our dear and beloved in-law, Chief Ladi Rotimi Williams, SAN at this time, is a monumental loss not only to the Rotimi Williams Dynasty but to the Nation as whole. As part of the family, the entire Olatunde Aluko family commiserate the Rotimi Williams family through you for the loss of this legendary figure, a major pillar of the family. Please accept our heartfelt condolences . We pray to God to mercifully grant the soul of the faithful departed eternal rest in the bosom of Christ Jesus. Amen . Odun à jina sira o. Amin.
Sir&Lady,(Mrs) Olatunde Aluko
Posted by Ola Fatogun on November 7, 2021
Dear uncle Ladi,
You called me when i lost my Dad a couple of months ago, you encouraged me and told me how your also my dad and that i should always call you so you can speak to my boys, God knows best but all we have are those lovely memories we have of you and your jokes are still fresh in my head.

I thank God for your life and passing knowing that you are now in a better place. I will forever hold my brother and sisters dear like you said, we love and miss you dearly already……RIPP Sir ❤️❤️
Posted by Temitope Akinola on November 7, 2021

I am sad to have heard about you death .I thank God for the privilege he gave me to have met you .
We miss you and the way you put smile on our faces ,mostly how you took care of your grandchildren how you spent time with them ,although you are gone , but you will never be forgotten .nature took its course to take your life ,we lost you but we didn’t lose you as a model to my husband ‘s life
I hope you find eternal peace and salvation you deserve .
Rest In Peace grandpa.
Posted by Elizabeth Nicol on November 6, 2021
This is so so sad! My dear Uncle Ladi,Bros and our one n only Bros Akans. I got the news just hours after u passed on,had not heard u were ill so it was a great shock. You made chambers very interesting for all of us,your jokes and your hearty laugh. You were one Uncle who was always loyal and would defend and stand by anyone you believed in.

I still have the picture of me being bridesmaid at your wedding so many years ago. It's hard to believe that a slight illness could take you down as you are so strong but man proposes,God disposes as they say. Your time on earth is now done. Your race is over. I pray your soul finds the most perfect peace as you journey on into the hereafter. Amen. Condolences to Aunty Hen,Rotola,Kunle,Yewande and Tokunboh. May the Lord comfort u all. Amen
Posted by Yele Delano on November 6, 2021
Chief Ladi Williams, SAN aka bros akons. You were our boss for many years and later our Egbon. When we left chambers you would encourage us when we met in court and at other places. Yele remembers you leading him successfully in an Arbitration which more or less turned around the fortunes of a good friend. Thank you. Your passing was a terrible shock, a sad loss. When to befriended, you did so with utmost loyalty and would even give your head for your friend. But, when you oppose, ha! another story. Your witty jokes and dry humour was second to none, you always exhibited affection when ever we meet, even when on opposing sides of a case. You will be sorely missed. Sleep well bros akons. RIP
Yele & Deji Delano
Posted by Ajibola Olomola on November 6, 2021
Chief Ladi Rotimi-Williams SAN, aka Bros, Boss! What a Titan you were! A veritable Colossus. May God bless you, Bros and may God comfort Aunty Hen, Rotola, Kunle & Yewande and your entire family, Uncle Kay, Folarin, Tokunbo & Aunty Bola. It's hard to believe you're truly gone.

I will always treasure every memory of you. You it was that invited me to the Chambers for a job interview in 1990 and thus set the stage for an exciting and exhilarating career in law! Still you, (when argumentation in Court got me in trouble with two judges at different points in my law career) who came riding in like a knight in shining armour and in one case pointed out forcefully to the Judge that his ruling was one which no judge, properly instructed in the law, ought to make, much to his chagrin. The Court of Appeal ultimately sided with your view.

Your wit, especially over lunch daily at the chamber, delivered with a dead pan expression! You would've been unbeatable at Poker.

Bros, you were formidable!!! I thank God for your life. Thank you for your abiding interest in me and my family. Your affection. So many stories to tell. I pray and hope we meet again and we can laugh as we reminisce.

Adieu!
Posted by Sandra Oyewole on November 6, 2021
This isn’t an easy tribute to write and I’ve put it off for as long as I could. My touch points with Uncle Ladi are a few. My mother’s cousin. My father’s classmate and friend. One of my bosses when I worked at Chief Rotimi Williams SAN ‘s Chambers’. So many memories. I remember the dinner with my parents, Rotola, Aunty Hen and Uncle Ladi in some swank restaurant in VI so many years ago. I remember Uncle Ladi deciding he was going to drive me home one evening, all the way to Festac when my car broke down. Working with Uncle Ladi was always interesting, never a dull moment and I learnt a lot from him. There’s an area of the law that I’m quite proficient in and I owe it primarily to him. He was always larger than life, cracking jokes and ready to debate. His passing has come as a big shock and we will miss him. My deepest condolences to Aunty Hen and the children. May his soul rest in peace.
Posted by Toks Williams on November 5, 2021
My dear dear Ladi,
It has taken me this long since your death to be able to write a tribute, I was so convinced you were on the road to recovery. . .

We became very close when you were in your final year at London University and I, in my first. You helped me navigate the strangeness of both student life and discovering London. You provided much comfort and advice for which I am eternally grateful.

On my return to live on Nigeria some years ago, it was you I phoned when I needed a laugh. Your wit and erudition in these past few years have been of great solace and a source of much wisdom. I shall miss our conversations, and above all, your humour.

Rest well and in peace, Ladi.

Your cousin,
Toks
Posted by Kehinde Omolodun on November 5, 2021
Bros Alan's....Will forever regret the rain was in the way of my lunch with you and Sis Hen...never knew I would never see you again....I will never forget the wholesome and wonderful bros you were to all of us at the Chambers....you will be missed....heaven has acquired an angel...may your soul rest in peace...
I was about to call you to tell you my mum died not knowing you are both now in heaven...may God grant you all eternal rest...

Posted by Yewande Williams on November 5, 2021
My Beloved Uncle Ladi,
I don’t know what to say. I am in shock. I have not been able to write any meaningful thing as I can’t believe that you have gone.
How can you go? As far as I was aware , you were not ill.
Ha!!! You are always there and available any time I have any time I want to talk.
As far as I can remember, you have always been there.
You got on so well with my husband and called him Papa Tricks.
You were always so sociable and jovial.
Ah, this is one passing that has really touched me.
You have gone far too soon.
May your soul Rest in Perfect Peace.
Mayen
Posted by Love Ogbor on November 3, 2021
Dear Chief,
It took me so long to write this. Yes sir! I am still living in denial. Aunty Loveth(as you fondly called me) can not seem to come to terms with your sudden exit.
Thank you for the over 15 years of friendship. Thank you for the inestimable support over the years.
Thank you for loving me and my family so deeply. 
Thank you for standing by us when no one did without asking questions.
Thank you for the laughter, jokes and calls.
Thank you for restoring my believe in humanity. Yes you lived for humanity .
Thank you for teaching me humility. Yes you were an epitome of humility.
Thank you for teaching me to live and love life . You lived in your own terms.
Thank you for giving me such a loving sister- Rotola Williams (Aunty Roro)
Thank you for standing up for justice even at the expense of your comforts.
Nigeria lost a rare legal luminary.
I have no doubt that you are in heaven.
Thank you sir. You will live forever in my heart.
PHILIPPIANS 1:21
Posted by Mary Williams on November 2, 2021
Every virtue I have, I owe to my him. He showed me how to be strong, resilient and disciplined. I know he fought until the very end but no one can fight forever, and now, it’s his time to rest.

He lived a long, prosperous life and because of him, I hope to be a great dad to my kids someday; just like he was.

You’ll always be on my mind and forever in my heart

Rest In Perfect Peace

Rotimi
Posted by Mary Williams on November 2, 2021
I am lost for words still. It was difficult to write this as these are the hardest words I have ever had to write.

He was the most loving father figure a kid could ask for. Were it possible to keep my siblings and I in his pocket to protect us from a world so cruel, he would have done so. Indeed, the greatest gift from him was love. When we, the lads, would get into fights, he would broker peace and reconcile us with the signature hug and kiss on each other’s cheeks. I struggled to see the point in the kiss; yes particularly the kiss, but now it is crystal clear his life lesson and indelible gift was love…absolute love sealed with a kiss.

Losing my him feels like I lost a pound of my own flesh. I really miss him, and I wish I could hug him one last time.

…And with a kiss, I bid you adieu Xoxoxo

Dayo
Posted by Ogbor Kingsley on October 29, 2021
Dear Chief,
If I had an opportunity to engage God on your exit, I would have VEHEMENTLY opposed it but who am I to oppose HIS will. Your laughter still rings in my head! Such a happy soul.

The last words you said to me 2 weeks before your passing as we dropped you off in your office were "Taiwo bring your children to play with me" I never fulfilled your request! I told the kids that grandpa chief has passed!

I never can thank you enough for your show of love and compassion. For ever in our mind
Posted by Ogbor Kehinde on October 29, 2021
You always call me T.S Eliot each time I call you. Then you will scold me for not always picking my calls promptly. We will discuss from National Issues to personal. You hated corrupt leaders. You hated corrupt judges. You hated injustices meted on individuals by security operatives. You always told me to stay out of trouble.

Three weeks before you passed, we went shopping at a supermarket behind the house with my twin and we discussed at length.

About two weeks before you passed, we had a meeting in your living room where we discussed very personal issues. You didn’t want me to leave but I had to leave for Abuja. How would I have known that it was our last meeting. How would I have known Chief?

October 3rd, 2021, I missed a call at about 6am. I hated to return that call because it was unusual. A message also came in from FRA. The worst had happened. People’s Chief passed.

My phone then rang incessantly to confirm if it was true. The lone iroko true standing in the middle of the forest had fallen.

You hated injustice. You hated corruption.

Your legacy will NEVER EVER die.
Posted by Demi Ibare-Akinsan on October 26, 2021
WILLIAMS AND MOORE FAMILY ASSOCIATION

Members of the Williams and Moore family mourn the loss of our cousin, Chief Ladi Rotimi Williams SAN.

At the inception of the Association Cousin Ladi attended meetings regularly, he contributed to discussions and brought up ideas for the progress of the Association.  He and his wife hosted meetings at their home and members were warmly welcomed.

Cousin Ladi was a warm friendly person. He was jovial, he had a hearty laugh and a sharp and ready wit. Cousin Ladi will be sadly missed by many.

To Cousin Ladi's immediate family, we express our deepest condolences on their loss. May beautiful memories sustain and comfort you at this time of grief.

May God in His infinite mercy grant Cousin Ladi's soul a peaceful repose.

Demi Ibare-Akinsan
Interim Chairman of the Association
Posted by Uche Ngwaba on October 21, 2021
A Tribute to Late Chief Ladi Rotimi Williams, SAN
A Father to All We Have Lost

Tell them at home
Tell them abroad
Tell them in the quiet places
Tell them in the market square
A father to all we have lost
The great Iroko is fallen
Where will be our consolation?

We mourn –
Tears of sorrow and deep sadness
For a father to all we have lost
To whom shall we turn to for shelter?
Who will fight our cause of action?
Who will tame the Tiger and dare the Lion to roar?

We grieve –
That a father to all we have lost
Our children shall be told
Our Children’s Children shall also hear of it
That the great Iroko was a father to all
The great Iroko was a colossus who beat a path for us in the forest
The great Iroko sheltered us from tempestuous storms when our bones were frail and weak
The great Iroko taught us to take our place in the legal firmament with pride and dignity
Chief Ladi Rotimi Williams, SAN – our great Iroko – is fallen
Where will be our consolation?
Posted by Chibusonma Okara on October 21, 2021
It's still an unsettled fact- the news of your passing. It is even more heartbreaking to think of all the knowledge, skills, and cheerful personality that will go with you. What comforts me the most is knowing how much of these qualities you have embedded in younger lawyers and as many people that came in contact with you.

Within the few years I spent having you as a boss, I have seen the extra care and effort you put in grooming and impacting young lawyers. Your passion and interest in safeguarding the integrity of the legal profession is second to none, and certainly one of emulation. It is very unlikely to have a boss who is not only interested in impacting professional knowledge, but also in the general welfare of his employees. Chief was one of those few and as such created a warm working environment for his employees.

According to the Roman philosopher Lucius Annaeus Seneca "It is not how long, but how well you have lived is the main thing.” It is indeed safe to say it was a life well spent.
It is really unfortunate that we couldn't say a proper farewell to you which nonetheless is excusable, as these things are never foreseen.

Thank you Sir for being a thoughtful leader and for the privilege of being mentored under your tutelage. May your soul Rest In Peace.
Posted by Oluyemisi Lawson on October 20, 2021
The news of uncle Ladi's passing on came as a shock.
He will be missed.
Our hearts and prayers go out to the family during this difficult time.
May God grant you peace and comfort
Accept our sincere condolences .
Etetrnal rest grant him O Lord.

For Mrs Comfort Orebiyi and family
Posted by Emeka Tennyson Okoye on October 17, 2021
Life, they say is a fickle flame quickly fading away but I say this with all tenacity that you have made your flame burn brighter than ordinary.

In the few years I have spent with chief, he has imbibed in me more knowledge than one can acquire in centuries.

It still feels like yesterday when I first encountered chief. I was an amateur and had had no contact with law since graduating law school but bit by bit he moulded me into the man I am today with his great life lessons, erudite words and apt professionalism.

Chief left his footprints everywhere he walked and many have amassed great knowledge from following them.

The news of your exit left me in momentary consternation. The world has welcomed many great men but a man with such dexterity in legal matters, the world would not forget in a hurry.


We all respected your great wisdom, humility and warm ambience even in the midst of a storm. One of my favourite memories of you is how you sit in cultured silence to listen to whatever we had to say. You never trivialized our opinions inspite of your level of adeptness. It was your belief that there is sense in every speech and it only needs to be clearly defined. Chief gave respite and hope to many lives. His good deeds cannot be overemphasized.

You may not be with us in person but you are firmly immortalised in our hearts with memories and indelible impact that we would continue to hold high.

Live on Chief Ladi Rotimi Williams SAN.
Posted by Gbolahan Animashaun on October 11, 2021
May your gentle soul rest in peace egbon.
Posted by Arinola OrganicFarmer on October 11, 2021
Uncle Ladi, you will be missed. Thanks for all you did for me and my family. You were a light and solution when all seemed dim for us. It's been 21 years since you stood in the gap for us and remained a friend and uncle ever since.
You would always call and look out for my Sister and I.
May God forgive all your shortcoming and grant you eternal rest.
You are loved and missed. It was an honor and privilege knowing you.
Posted by chigozie nwagbara on October 10, 2021
May his soul rest in peace. My condolences and sympathy to Kunle Williams, who was my mate at the Nigerian Law school. Kunle, myself and a few other colleagues were equally together for court attachment towards the end of 1998.
Posted by Olarotimi Onayemi on October 10, 2021
“I want to pay my tribute to a trusted and compassionate uncle, family friend and mentor. I start by remembering his laugh and dedication to the friendship between our Dad MO Onayemi and the Great FRA Williams, my Godfather. I always knew or expect the same sympathy always shown by the Great FRA when I come around Chief Ladi. I will miss you Sir till we meet again at the blossom of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ leba odo didan"
Posted by Christiana Akpan on October 9, 2021
Life, is like a mist, appears for just a day.. Then disappears tomorrow... It's so hard to believe that I will never get to see you again, and it's so sad to know that you won't be there again to make fun of me when ever I entered the office..... Chief you were such a wonderful boss to everyone.... No matter how small our position maybe in the office,. You never look down on anyone.... You were such a kindhearted person..... I will never forget your kind deeds you showed to me and my sister.... Someone in your capacity could have done otherwise..... But you made sure we got home safely right in the same car you borded home.  You made us laugh tiil the end of the trip... We were both in shocked till we got home.... You were such a humble fellow till your death....   To us you are dead, but to God you are sleeping, and when He calls you will answer. May the almighty God remember you for good.....,
Posted by Yemi Akodu on October 8, 2021
May your soul rest in perfect peace Uncle. You will be greatly missed.
Posted by JANE OKECHUKWU on October 8, 2021
I remembered the first time I joined the firm as an extern, I learned a lot from you and your warm reception and humor-filled personality made the experience fun, engaging and worthwhile.

My colleagues will agree with me that you were a force to reckon with, I had a pleasant experience with him and it's shocking to me that you're no more. I can't believe it was the last time I saw you after giving us great advice to excel in our legal career.

I'm writing this to bid farewell to a man of substance, the precious memories of you would remain in our hearts. In everything, we all can say, Jesus gives and takes, blessed be his holy name. May angels receive your soul and I pray that you rest in the bosom of the Almighty. Good night Chief.

I extend my condolences to the Williams family, may God give you the fortitude to bear this loss.
Posted by Susan Vinuyan Olufunlayo ... on October 7, 2021
Ladi was my favorite cousin. We grew up together in Ibadan from our teenage years. At some point lived under the same roof with Papa, Mama & other siblings & cousins
I was actually a bridesmaid at his wedding to Henrietta
Lots of memories indeed
I have always known we will not live forever but it is still rather sad. May your loving soul Rest in Perfect Peace at the bosom of your Maker until we all meet to part no more Amen
Posted by Tamara Egbedi on October 8, 2021
You were one of the few people whose wit and jokes got to me everytime. Being in your presence was a delight as your energy was infectious and we always had a lot to catch up on or talk about whenever i was in your presence even when you boast about your french compared to mine. My most memorable moment with you was when you and aunty were my sponsors at my wedding and you made the day for both myself and Eric a joyous one!

Au revoi à un gentlemen extraordinaire!!!
Posted by Fr Joseph OGODO on October 7, 2021
Your death has created a vacuum. But I have consolation in the Resurrection of Christ Jesus; who by dying destroyed our death, rising restored our life and we are assured that in his coming again in glory, you shall rise with him. May your family be consoled. Adieu. Requiscat in pace. 
Posted by Bola Onwubiko on October 7, 2021
"The soul of the faithful are in the hands of the Lord, no evil shall touch them again"
Not so close to Daddy, but to my dear sister, Dr Mrs Henrrieta Williams, I ask the good Lord to console you, the children and the entire family.
May the Lord grant you all the graces you need now and always.
Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, let perpetual light shine upon him. May He rest in peace. Amen.
Posted by Olakunle Fapohunda on October 7, 2021
Tribute to my First Boss- Chief Ladi Rotimi-Williams, SAN -

"To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure." - J.K. Rowling

Today, I lost my first boss, a father in a million!

Our paths crossed over sixteen years ago. I joined your law office as a junior counsel and you accepted me, not as an employee, but as a son and mentee. Working for you and with you was a rare privilege, Chief sir. Where do I start from? Is it the show of magnanimity? You fed us like kings and queens. Lunch was served from Monday to Friday. Standard buffet! You never missed any of our events, ranging from baby dedication to marriages. Through you sir, God made my wedding possible. You did not only ensure that I got the loan which I applied for timely, you got to the church before everyone else and you came with your beautiful wife and loving children. You willingly and gladly chaired the occasion. You had no airs and graces despite your aristocratic background. That is rare in this clime.
You made sure you visited our humble homes regardless of the location and distance. I remember our trips to Calabar and Asaba and the pep talks! You were a rare gem sir! May your amiable soul rest in perfect peace Chief!
Posted by Ebun Sofunde on October 7, 2021
Ladi,

I got to know you in 1961 at King’s College Lagos. I had just started form 1 and you were in form 2. But it was at Chief Rotimi Williams Chambers that I really got to know you very well.

Oh how I recall your wit and humour whenever we were together. I shall miss all that.

But I pray that your soul will rest in the Bosom of the Good Lord who will comfort your widow, Henrietta, and the children.
Posted by Theophilus Ogbor on October 7, 2021
News of your transition came as a rude shock. Though I wasn't privileged to meet you one on one, the wave of your benevolence touched me significantly.
The light has faded and some of us couldn't say thank you.
Though we are in tears and pains, Heaven has surely gained a soul.
Rest in perfect peace Chief Ladi Williams.
Posted by Ogbor Sylvanus on October 6, 2021
Adieu Chief - the Senior Advocate for the Masses. Humorous, down to earth and a social freelance across ages and generation. You had a joke for everyone and every situation, related to everyone irrespective of social status.
A towering legal luminary, astute & crispy with deliberate words that sways legal victory easily in your favor. You fought for justices and equity selflessly. Tribe or religion were immaterial to you but you related to All from the window of justice and equality before the law.

Rest in perfect peace Chief Ladi Williams
Posted by Osereme Chris Omofoma on October 6, 2021
May your gentle soul rest in peace . Amen!!!
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Posted by Louisa Edet on December 1, 2021
Happy posthumous birthday to you Uncle Ladi. Continue to rest in the bossom of the Almighty, Amen!
Posted by Kofi Sagoe on December 1, 2021
Bros Akans,
Today you would have been 75 years but Baba God knows why and we thank Him for what we saw, learned and appreciate. May He give you rest in perfect peace
Amen
Posted by ijeoma uwaeme on November 26, 2021

You were like a father and uncle to my husband and I. Your humility, simplicity despite your position and placing in society was humbling and disarming. Your kindness and great sense of humor such a blessing . You have a way of making difficult issues look simple. We preached love, faith and hope as born again Christians, but anyone that comes in contact with you left feeling loved, with great hope and never with despair regardless of their issue/challenge.

This loss is not only to your direct family but to many of us that have adopted you as father, uncle, mentor, and indeed our Nation and the legal profession. May your memories sir, continue to be blessed and your name remain with humanity. Proverbs 10: 7 The memory of the righteous is a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot. You will be thoroughly missed by my family -Ijeoma & Ogbonnanta
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Tribute to my First Boss- Chief Ladi Rotimi-Williams, SAN - Olakunle Tayo Fapohunda

"To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure." - J.K. Rowling
Today, I lost my first boss, a father in a million! 
Our paths crossed over sixteen years ago. I joined your law office as a junior counsel and you accepted me, not as an employee, but as a son and mentee. Working for you and with you was a rare privilege, Chief sir. Where do I start from? Is it the show of magnanimity? You fed us like kings and queens. Lunch was served from Monday to Friday. Standard buffet! You never missed any of our events, ranging from baby dedication to marriages. Through you sir, God made my wedding possible. You did not only ensure that I got the loan which I applied for timely, you got to the church before everyone else and you came with your beautiful wife and loving children. You willingly and gladly chaired the occasion. You had no airs and graces despite your aristocratic background. That is rare in this clime. 
You made sure you visited our humble homes regardless of the location and distance. I remember our trips to Calabar and Asaba and the pep talks! You were a rare gem sir! May your amiable soul rest in perfect peace Chief!
Olakunle Tayo Fapohunda

Adieu Chief Ladi Rotimi-Williams, SAN: A Boss Like No Other – By KEHINDE AKEREMALE, ESQ

Our hearts are still heavy but we must thank God for a life of impact that you led for humanity.

I used to call you “the repository of Nigeria history”; and “a legal historian”, for I’m always in awe of your seeming inexhaustible storehouse of diverse knowledge and legal experience. I always admired the way you articulate your legal thinking with clarity and gravitas at the weekly Chambers meetings or be it at case strategy meetings. The “small points” sessions with you at Chambers meetings were always memorable. Chief would often remind us: “know your judge and their background” and at the relevant time, warning us to beware that “fair hearing is an opportunity to be heard; and not an absolute right.” or “a magic wand to upset every unfavourable ruling”. We will miss your fatherly presence in particular and how you used to regale us with tales of your legal exploits during your active years. A consummate luminary, cosmopolitan and cultured with class and panache.

A boss of uncommon grace, kindness and compassion. Thank you for a rare privilege of being mentored under your tutelage and unique culture, conceived and nurtured in the best traditions of the Bar, some of which I resent for being too conservative for present day practice. For instance, you declined every move to mount a small name plate on your perimeter fence on Victoria Island as notice of your presence and law practice to the world. Chief’s rich and iconic background of being raised and legally trained by his own father, the legendary Chief FRA Williams, SAN, CFR clearly rubbed off on him. I couldn’t thank you enough for litigation exposure. You were a good boss by every standard, you never discriminated between us and your children in assigning case files or while constituting a legal team to handle a particular case (high profile or otherwise) but did so based on each lawyer’s core competence and unique skill sets. This makes for team cohesion, harmony and the friendly atmosphere in the chambers. I guess you must have had a premonition of your impending departure for barely two months ago, you called me and mooted the idea of your testamentary arrangements and disposition, which assignment I cleverly avoided for I saw it as being too big for me. You gave us the best platform and facilities any lawyer could wish for in practice. You taught us the importance of adequate and timely chambers preparation for court and to always have a back up copy for every court processes so as to outsmart the venality and sharp practices of the system.

Also, your liberality is equally demonstrated by your open library policy. Your library remains open to all chambers alumni, including law school externs; despite that some abuse your generosity by poaching your precious books. I was once there when your called the Chambers book vendor to supply a replacement for a missing book – Gaitley on Libel– since you needed it urgently then, at the cost of N150k only to find the missing copy abandoned inadvertently in one of the lawyers’ offices. My only regret is the wealth of knowledge you took to the grave and my inability to tap enough thereof.

We all knew that once chief believed in a cause, he would pursue it tenaciously to a logical end without minding whose ox is gored and sometimes even staking his personal liberty in defence of victims of the oppressive system. A voice to the cheated and downtrodden; the oil-spill impacted community of Gbaraun Kingdom whom you tried to save, through a legal tussle with Agip for damages/compensation claims, till your last moment, have been left devastated since the shocking news of your passing broke out. You won the first round of the legal battle for them at the Federal High Court, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, but which case is now languishing on appeal no thanks to our sluggish civil justice system.

Your practice life was particularly distinguished and significant for a number of precedent-setting decisions and milestones, one of which had even inspired a legislative intervention with respect to admissibility of computer generated statement of account under the repealed Evidence Act. See FRN V. FANI KAYODE & 2010, 14 NWLR (Pt.1214). You have contributed your own bit in advancing the frontiers of our civil jurisprudence and development of the law. Now do have a well deserved rest in the Lord sir.

KEHINDE AKEREMALE, ESQ
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To our dear Henrietta and children

Shared by Michael Asuzu on October 5, 2021
As you will be well aware, our dear Henrietta and Children, I never really recall meeting with your husband and dad personally. Schooling for university and living in Ibadan at a time you had all become a VI, Lagos family & active law and Bar family while we are a medical teaching hospital one at the time I got to know your mum meant that we hardly had time to meet other than for serious medical and organizational issues, especially at church-related programmes.

However, the serenity and ease of life that Henrietta carried with her reflected unequivocally the home family that she came from. The thoroughness with which she approached & dealt with every responsibility or assignment that she undertook reflected the same home background, surely. So when I began to see, hear and read about your dad, everything came into a symphony with what I had intuitively come to know.

So, as we condole with you and bid farewell to Ladi, we remind you that with this long going home & background to your lives, you should go the rest of life placidly as you have learnt to and have lived! "The souls of the faithful who have experienced a bodily death are in the hands of God and no evil may ever reach them again", says both Wisdom and the Christian Scriptures. So rest on those solid grounds and much more! God be with you, all!

With great love & affection,

Professor Michael Asuzu and family at Ibadan.