Let the memory of David Abiola be with us forever
  • 72 years old
  • Born on August 7, 1944 .
  • Passed away on November 13, 2016 .
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, David Abiola Oni 72 years old , born on August 7, 1944 and passed away on November 13, 2016. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Tolani Jaiyeola on 7th August 2017
Happy posthumous birthday to Engr Oni. We miss you so much, but we know you are now in a better place. Continue to rest in the Lord. Lots of love from the UEL international office.
Posted by Damilola OLADEJO on 7th August 2017
Today, our able and amiable chairman would have been a year older! I greatly missed you Sir and I pray that you continue to live in the bossom of the Lord almighty! I equally pray that the family you left behind will continue to enjoy the favour, protection, mercies and increase of God in Jesus Name.
Posted by Olugbenga Ogunbode on 20th July 2017
I met Eng Oni on 2-3 Occasions around 2007-2008 at BC fairs in Nigeria... and he did leave a very good impression. He had a great sense of humour, very approachable and down to earth. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with his family and the business. The notes above and others to follow below shows that he lived a life that affected many lives positively. Rest in Peace Sir
Posted by Bala Yesufu on 20th December 2016
Tribute to My Mentor – Engr. D. A. Oni It is with great honor that I stand before you to pay tribute to this great mentor of mine that I regard as a mighty oak. We met last on Friday September 23rd at the funeral service of late Mr. Akin Adesokan. We sat together in the church and after service he dragged me with him to extend pleasantries to our former colleagues at WAPCO, Little did I know that would be our last meeting and interaction. My association with him dates back to my days as Management Trainee and subsequent roles at PPD, a subsidiary of WAPCO over 33 years ago. He was then the GM. He believed so much in me to the extent that when the company had some difficulties at her Jos Sales Area, even though a management trainee, he drafted me to Jos for about 4 weeks to resolve the issues and put the sales territory back on track. When it became apparent that a new Area Sales Manager needed to be appointed for the Sales territory, he did not hesitate to appoint me to the position. It is therefore not an understatement to say that he was instrumental to cutting my professional teeth. I owe this to him and would be eternally grateful for he was a beacon of light and source of inspiration to me in my professional career. He was an urbane gentleman, who possessed great ethical standard. I was privileged to interact with him for a long time and this affected my life positively through his life style, great intellect and sterling qualities. He was very hard working, caring and a very thoughtful man. Distinguished ladies & gentlemen, I cannot tell the story of this man in one day. He came to this world, he saw and he conquered in all his endeavors. Posterity cannot forget him in a hurry. He will continue to live not only in the hearts of a great majority of those who came across him, but also those he touched their lives. His demise was quite sudden, but we cannot question the Almighty Father for taking him away at the age of 72 years. May God in his infinite mercy grant him eternal peace in his bosom. May the good Lord also grant the family he left behind the strength and fortitude to bear the great loss. As William Shakespeare said: “If we meet again… Then we shall smile… But if not… This parting is well made” Adieu! Adieu! Adieu! My great mentor. Rest in perfect peace! Bala Yesufu Director, Corporate & Government Affairs (West Africa) Cadbury Nigeria Plc
Posted by Miriam Elegbede on 16th December 2016
I am not sure how to start this and what exactly to write as there is so much to say and to feel. This came as a shock. I was very very saddened to get the message saying 'Baba is gone'. I shed tears and asked questions and got no answers. None would come because God called him. Baba was a light and a mentor in the international education recruitment industry and there will surely be a huge vacuum created by his passing. May his soul rest in perfect peace and may God comfort his family and grant them solace and understanding. Amen. From Him we come and to him we will return.
Posted by Neil Slater on 15th December 2016
So sad to hear that Dave has passed away. I always looked forward to seeing him on my visits to Nigeria. He had not only an encyclopaedic knowledge but he had a genuine enthusiasm for education which always came across when you met him and he inspired countless students to study in the UK and reach their potential. My thoughts are with his family and his colleagues.
Posted by Pelumi Patrick on 14th December 2016
Your death was shocking to me. I will forever miss your fatherly advice. RIP
Posted by Jamie Hastings on 9th December 2016
On behalf of all staff at Robert Gordon University we send our deepest and heartfelt condolences to Dave's extended family in Nigeria and around the globe, friends and colleagues. I last met with Dave on Saturday 12th November at the British Council fair in Lagos and as ever he was full of enthusiasm, joy and positivity. I was really shocked and saddened to find out the following day of Dave's passing. Rest in peace Baba and you will forever remain in our thoughts.
Posted by Adewunmi Alawode on 2nd December 2016
It has been difficult for me to write this. It is still surreal to me...like a dream...like an an event that was not supposed to happen, could not happen! I still remember your smiling face, enthusiasm for work and genuine empathy. I remember saying "good night sir" at the close of work Friday November 11 and you replying "good night, see you on Monday by God's grace. I guess God wanted to see you sooner than we expected. You are great man; more than a boss- a father, teacher, mentor, motivator, friend! I have become a better manager, counsellor, wife, career woman because of your tutelage. To say I would miss you is just scraping the state of my emotions at the surface. Sleep on sir, till we meet again!
Posted by Vanessa Koloko on 28th November 2016
To the family of Engr Oni, words can't describe how saddened I am, Engr Oni was a blessing to the Educational Industry he always pushed me to be better in my various roles and ensured his team supported me always when I requested ' just one more student' my prayer is that he will rest in perfect peace, may God be with the family, guide and support you all during this difficult time. Vanessa Koloko - Oxford International Education Group
Posted by Ebele Okebugwu on 24th November 2016
Baba, I have just come to realise that you are really gone from this world, I have being in denial since the 13th of November as the news came as a great shock to me. We were still together till about 5pm on Saturday the 12th and we looked forward to hosting our visitor to a dinner on Monday the 14th, Baba! you were more than a Boss to me....you were a father....a mentor......a teacher.......a friend, yes you were truly a friend, you have left a vacum in our hearts which only the Lord Jesus can fill. I bid you farewell as you return to our maker, I also pray that God will give Mama the strength to go through this difficult time. Rest In Peace Baba.....till we meet again at the resurrection morning.
Posted by Candace Jesson on 24th November 2016
Due to travels and limited access to email, I did not hear of such surprising news until today. I am sorry. It is with much sadness that I write regarding the news of his passing. Being new to NIC, I was very much looking forward to meeting him one day. My sincere thoughts and condolences go out to the family. I am sure he is missed dearly by the staff and business partners as well. May you find comfort in your fond memories of him.
Posted by Vitalis Nwaogu on 22nd November 2016
I was shocked to hear the sad news of the sudden demise of Engr. Oni. I knew Engr Oni to be a hard worker and an honest businessman. Although I admired his virtuosity in business, his kindness with everyone was what truly impressed me. Please accept my deepest sympathy for this loss. My thoughts are with his staff and family at this difficult time..
Posted by Bola Agunbiade on 22nd November 2016
I am deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of "Baba Dave Abion" as we fondly call him! It gives me a little consolation that I had a chat with him recently at a training held in Sheraton. Life is forever springing us surprises. We are comforted only in God "So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory. O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” (1 Corinthians 15:54–55)" Our thought and prayers are with the family members that Baba left behind. Our thoughts are also with Colleagues in Dave Abion. Please accept our condolences from Avail International Consult Limited (AICL)
Posted by Stuart Hodgson on 21st November 2016
On behalf of the University of Leeds I'd like to offer my condolences to Dave's family, friends and colleagues. RIP Dave (Stuart Hodgson, International Office).
Posted by Adel Ansah on 21st November 2016
Very sad to hear of you demise Sir. I remember the warm reception you extended to me when I turned up at your office without any appointment. All the things I learnt about Bath was through the experiences you shared with me on that day. Glad I gave you a hug at the end of our meeting, didn't know it was going to be the last. May you rest peacefully in the arms of the Almighty. Fare thee well Sir (From Adel and the entire Shorelight team)
Posted by Tosin Adebisi on 20th November 2016
Condolences to family, friends and colleagues of Engineer Oni from the University of Sussex. I knew him as a colleague, a father-figure and an inspirational KCOB. We mourn the loss of a remarkable man but celebrate his memory, legacy and all the lifes he touched. When the call is sounded, KCOB's answer 'here'; Engineer Oni embodied this in life evident in his accomplishments until the final call which we must all answer... Floreat and sleep well sir.
Posted by Gani Goonewardana on 18th November 2016
"On behalf of University of Roehampton" – Please accept our deepest sympathies!! RIP Dave (Gani Goonewardana – International Officer)
Posted by Durham University, UK on 18th November 2016
On behalf of Durham University, I am so saddened to hear this news and please pass on my deepest condolences to Dave’s family. I remember first meeting Dave when I worked in Glasgow and enjoyed meeting him again last year in Nigeria after a few years. He was a great character and I am so sorry for his loss. We are all thinking about his family and colleagues at this time. with all best wishes Mrs Sharne Procter (International Office team at Durham) & Dr Kola Mudashiru (Regional Manager for Africa)
Posted by Francis Adekoya on 17th November 2016
As an icon in the international education industry, you will be missed a great deal. I did get the opportunity to converse with "Baba Dave" on a number of occasions, suffice it to say that I always went away with a word of wisdom. We exchanged greetings at the British Council Fair a day before. Little did I know it was the last. I pray God's fortitude for the family to bear this loss and for a peaceful rest for Baba in the bossom of Almighty God.
Posted by Ainsley McIntosh on 17th November 2016
Like so many others, I was truly saddened to hear the news of Dave's passing. He was so kind and honest in all his dealings, a true gentleman. He will be greatly missed by the entire international community, and our thoughts go out to his family and close colleagues at this incredibly sad time.
Posted by Trevor Toone on 17th November 2016
On behalf of Columbia College, Vancouver, I offer sincere condolences.
Posted by Francesca Casci on 17th November 2016
All of us at the University of Aberdeen who knew or worked with Dave send our condolences to his family, friends and workmates at this very sad time.
Posted by Ogechi Onyemem on 17th November 2016
Dear Sir, its so shocking to hear you have gone to be with the Lord. I will always remember you as a perfect gentle man, hard working and a professional in the UK Education industry within Nigeria. You were very active, vibrant, friendly and full of life. May your gentle soul Rest in perfect Peace
Posted by Ogechi Onyemem on 17th November 2016
Dear Sir, its so shocking to hear you have gone to be with the Lord. I will always remember you as a perfect gentle man, hard working and a professional in the UK Education industry within Nigeria. You were very active, vibrant, friendly and full of life. May your gentle soul Rest in perfect Peace
Posted by Temitope Popoola on 17th November 2016
Baba,a great loss in the recruitment industry, I have known you since i have been in the business, and you have always been talked about positively, you will continue to be remembered in our hearts most especially inte British Education industry. Rest in peace Baba
Posted by Chris Bustin on 17th November 2016
On behalf of everyone at the University of Greenwich, we would like to express our deepest sympathy on the passing of our graduate, agent and friend. David was a great supporter of the University and will be truly missed by all those at the University who knew him as a student and business partner. On a personal level I have worked with Dave for 15 years and will miss his advice and friendship.
Posted by Taiwo Atoloye on 17th November 2016
Hmm, It came as a shock to me on that fateful night with many plans onboard. I am a beneficiary of your caring and understanding nature. Your fatherly touch will never be forgotten. I kept waiting to receive that call to ask how is the business going and how is the family. I pray that God almighty will grant you peaceful sleep at his feet. Adieu Baba
Posted by Ikemesit Nkereuwem-Tim on 17th November 2016
..Short of words to say.. But GOD know best. Your Hardwork sure speaks volumes of your true character and that speech will always be head.. A Great Man you was and that still you are. May your soul rest in peace, Sir. We at GCU send our condolences
Posted by Olakunle Bakare on 17th November 2016
The news came as a shock to me. You were such a great man; an inspiration to many people; a huge loss that has created a vacuum. You're one of the best people i ever knew. Rest in peace.
Posted by Delyth Chambers on 17th November 2016
It was with great sadness that we heard of the passing of Dave, who has worked with us over many years. Please accept the sincere condolences of colleagues at the University of Warwick.
Posted by Daniel Rowe on 17th November 2016
I am really saddened, having just heard the news. My sincere condolences to Dave's family. I will always fondly remember my meetings and conversations with Dave. He had a warm personality, and really cared. Daniel Rowe
Posted by Ashleigh Veres on 17th November 2016
We are deeply saddened to hear of Engr. Oni's passing. Our thoughts are with his family and colleagues. Dave was a very valued and cherished part of our family. Always friendly, professional and with a keen interest in the well being of all staff and students, the impact that he has had in shaping people's lives is a legacy that is unforgettable. Long may his memory serve as inspiration to all those who aspire to change their futures through education, community work and the power of positive change. You will be missed deeply by all of us at INTO Manchester.
Posted by Richard Stacey on 17th November 2016
On behalf of the University of South Wales I’d like to offer my sincere condolences. We are saddened to hear the news. We have always appreciated Dave's knowledge and we know he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Posted by Margaret Ajiduah on 17th November 2016
This is beyond sad!!! You were more than a boss to us @ DAC. You were a father, a realist, a great counselor and one of the most caring CEO I know. I will miss our chats, your sharp, knowledgeable mind and insights, and your great personality! You are sorely missed. Rest in the Lord, boss!
Posted by Doyinsola Adetula on 17th November 2016
U will be greatly missed Baba. Am happy I had the opportunity to still have a chat with you close to your death. My prayers are with your family and the DAC team, May God grant them the strength they need at this period. U will forever be in our thoughts at Northumbria University. Rest on Baba!
Posted by Cornelius Kadiri on 16th November 2016
May your soul rest in peace, Engr. Dave Oni! It was a rude shock on receiving the news of your death. May God grant your family and the whole international education consultancy family in Nigeria the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. You shall greatly be missed.
Posted by Melissa Gibson on 16th November 2016
My most heartfelt condolences to all Dave's family, friends and staff following the sad news of his passing this weekend. You are all in my thoughts. Dave's wonderful sense of humour, honesty and enthusiasm for encouraging the pursuit of excellence in education will be sorely missed in both Nigeria and the UK. Rest in peace.
Posted by Michael Obrutu on 16th November 2016
Your passing away came to me as a shock and I wish it were a dream. I am yet to come to reality that I will see you no more. Your were a good man to relate and work with, I will forever miss your smiles, kind advice and humility. I know you have gone to rest in the bottom of the Lord. Sun re oooo, baba.
Posted by Chris Emetole on 16th November 2016
:( A terribly sad news! I have known Engr. Oni for many years and only saw him recently. A professional partner and a father figure with words of advice and encouragement. May you find eternal rest, Baba!
Posted by Hanna Janneh on 16th November 2016
Deeply saddened to hear of David's passing. David was a mentor to many students and much admired across the industry for his integrity, intellect and kindness. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. INTO University Partnerships
Posted by Lovelyn Aroh Nnasor on 16th November 2016
It's so sad to hear that you're gone, you were a wonderful man with words of wisdom and encouragement for everyone. I will never forget that gentle smile on your face each time I greeted you. May God grant your family and the entire staff of DAC the strength to bear your loss....Rest on Baba
Posted by Adeyemi Adeleke on 16th November 2016
I am still in shock knowing that I won't be seeing Baba again. Words aren't enough to describe him while he was alive and even in death. He impacted my life positively and he always liven my spirit with words of wisdom. Never a dull moment with him. He is so much of a father to me than a boss. I miss him so much..., and I pray he finds rest in the bossom of our God. Adieu! Baba.
Posted by Sarah Jones-Morris Bangor... on 16th November 2016
So sorry to hear the sad news. We will miss him at Bangor, he was always a big advocate for the Welsh universities. My thoughts are with the family at this sad time and all the staff at DAC
Posted by Ilalokhoin Kenneth on 16th November 2016
I am deeply sad to hear of the sudden departure of our father figure in the industry. Uncle Dave, you were such an inspiration to me and many of us who looked on to you for your fatherly advise and guidance . I will miss your gentle smile. Rest in the bosom of the Lord.
Posted by Lily Rumsey on 16th November 2016
Such a huge loss for all of us here at the University of Salford and the many students that had the fortune of meeting Dave along their journey, you will be deeply missed.
Posted by Peter Muncey on 16th November 2016
So sorry to hear this sad news. Praying family and friends will know peace at this difficult time. I will miss Dave's infectious enthusiasm and wonderful sense of humour. Rest in Peace
Posted by Tolani Jaiyeola on 16th November 2016
I still cannot forget the 15 minutes Engr Oni came to my stand at the British Council exhibition in Lagos, a day before his passing. I can still hear the words of encouragement during that conversation. May his soul rest in peace. From the staff members of the international office at the University of East London.
Posted by Adekola Adebisi on 16th November 2016
I hope that our Lord brings DAC and the family the much-needed peace during this time of grief. My condolences to you and the entire family of Engr David Abiola ONI. I can’t also forget to say how honoured and blessed I am to have worked with baba as we popularly call him.
Posted by Lorna Feighan on 16th November 2016
I'm really sad to get this news today. Dave was a great man, always with a big smile on his face. He really will be missed by all of us at GCU. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and colleagues.

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