ForeverMissed

This memorial website was created in memory of our Great Father, Special Apostle Engr. (Dr.) Dickson Adekunle Awode 81 years old , born on November 27, 1937 and passed away on December 18, 2018. Until his death, he was the Chairman and General Leader, Cherubim & Seraphim Movement Church (Ayo Ni O), Victory District, Lagos State. He was also the Chairman, Chemstar Group Ltd. and the father of the Group's Managing Director/CEO, Mr. Remi Awode. 

Baba Awode, lives on. We will remember him forever.

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BIOGRAPHY

BIOGRAPHY OF SPECIAL APOSTLE ENGINEER (DR) DICKSON ADEKUNLE AWODE

Special Apostle Dickson Adekunle Awode was born 81 years ago, precisely on the 27th November 1937 at Catholic Mission Street in the Lagos Central Senatorial District of Lagos to Papa and Mama Awode.
He started his educational career at Saint David Anglican School, Lafiaji in Lagos from 1944 to 1951. At the completion of his primary education, he proceeded to CMS Grammar school, Broad Street in Lagos from 1952 to 1956 for his secondary education. 
He had a brief stint with the Customs and Excise based in Marina Lagos from January 1957 to September 1957 before joining the then Electricity Corporation of Nigeria (ECN) now known as Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) as Engineering student. His brilliance at work earned him sponsorship to Yaba Technical Institute now Yaba College of Technology for national Certificate and Full Technology Certificate Programmes.
Awode was sponsored on overseas training for a Specialist Course at the Electric Construction Company (ECC) based in Wolverhampton, England and also attended a Higher Diploma Course at the British Institute of Engineering Technology. He worked at attaché at the Naiper, Liverpool and Lister of Stanford all based in the United Kingdom.
WORKING CAREER
Special Apostle Awode’s working career was exemplary. From being an Assistant Shift Charge Engineer from October 1960 to May 1961 in Ijora. Several transfers took him from Lagos to Gusau, Kaduna, Kafanchan, Funtua, Jos, Maiduguri, Makurdi, Benin City, Ibadan and back to Lagos for the spanned 35 years of meritorious services.
On his return from the United kingdom in May 1965, he was posted to ECN now NEPA Kaduna to impact the knowledge he had gained from his Overseas Courses as Touring Maintenance Superintendent, it is to his credit that he was the only officer maintaining all ECN Power Stations in the North during the Nigerian Civil war between 1967 and 1970.
AWODE'S SPIRITUAL SOURCE 
Special Apostle (Dr) Awode is not work, work, work kind of personality. He is one dedicated worker who never forgets his source of inspiration, wisdom; intelligence and good health that made him achieve tremendous success while in service.
He gave God (who is his eternal source) adequate attention in terms of worshipping Him, contributing his wealth of experience, energy and financial resources to the growth of the church and body of Christ. As he put in his best to ensure that NEPA customers enjoyed uninterrupted power supply so also he was putting in his utmost best to ensure that the body of Christ grows and the good news is preached unhindered. A detailed look at his spiritual activities while traversing the country will reveal so many to you about this Awode who apart from being a seasoned Engineer is also a devoted man of God per excellence.
SPIRITUAL EXPLOIT
Special Apostle Awode was, and he’s still an accomplished minister of God at every location he found himself throughout his service years at ECN and later NEPA.
• Awode was the organist and Assistant Parish Secretary of Saint Emmanuel UNA Church in Gusua, Zamfara State between May 1961 and September 1964.
• Between May 1965 to June 1970 and July 1991 to November 1992, Awode was the Church organist of Cherubim and Seraphim Church Movement Headquarters in Kaduna. He was responsible for the electrification of the Church’s Mount Horeb Prayer Camp in Kaduna
• While serving at NEPA Maiduguri between June 1970 and November 1973, Awode worshiped at the Maiduguri Branch of C & S Movement church. Apart from being an organist, he worked assiduously as the financial secretary of the Church Building Committee and was very instrumental to the building of the Church’s Cathedral.
• Between November 1973 and February 1978 while working in Benin on transfer, he did not relent on his spiritual activities.
He worshipped devotedly at the C & S Movement Church Benin where he was the Church Organist. It appears that Awode has a penchant for supporting construction of Church Cathedral. This explains why he was also involved, as the Secretary of the Building Committee of the Church in Benin.
• Between February 1978 and November 1981, while working in Makurdi, Awode rescued the C & S Church Makurdi from total closure and disintegration that almost ruined the church. He was appointed as the Church Financial Secretary and later Financial Secretary of the Church Building Committee.
He spearheaded acquisition of six plots of land on which the present cathedral of the church is erected.
He was unanimously nominated the head of the Executive Committee of the Church in order to bring sanity to the church in compliance with directives of the then Spiritual Father, His Grace S.O Kalejaiye. On many occasions, he assumed the leadership role of the church.
To the glory of God, the church has continued to grow and intact.
• Awode was an indefatigable member of the Leader - In – Council of the C & S Church Movement, Ibadan Number 2 Branch. He also played an active role in the efficient running of the church.
• When Special Apostle Awode returned to Lagos in September 1985 he continued his service to God at C & S Movement Church, Sabo, Yaba.
He was the Church’s Organist, Choirmaster and Choir Administrator. He was very active and dedicated to the growth of the church. He worshipped at Sabo, Yaba till July 1991 when he was transferred back to Kaduna.
After his retirement in November 1992 he returned to the church, contributing to its growth as usual.
RETIRED BUT NOT TIRED
The retirement of Special Apostle Awode has given a fresh impetus to his contributive and supportive roles, he has been playing from day – one, to the sustenance and growth of the Body of Christ.
Special Apostle Awode to the glory of God was installed on February 5th 2012 as the District Chairman and General Leader of C & S Movement Church Victory District, Ikorodu. A Special and Outstanding District with 15 Churches under the District. This was the position he occupied until he rest in the Lord. 
 He is a patron and grand patron of many societies in the Body of Christ.
HOBBIES
Despite Special Apostle Awode’s tight schedule, he still has time for his hobbies – which include: Football, Lawn Tennis and Table Tennis.
Special Apostle Engineer (Dr) Dickson Adekunle Awode is happily married to Special Mother – In – Israel (Prophetess) Delphine Modupe Awode. They are blessed with children who have equally recorded tremendous success in their chosen careers.

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​TRIBUTE TO MY PRICELESS SPIRITUAL FATHER

Shared by Babatunde Olaniya on February 14, 2019

My dearest hero, my super role model, Boss and the epitome of dedication in the call to service in God’s vineyard. It is a pity that you cannot continue to be with us forever knowing that life is a triangle of event, the time of Birth, Living and Death. We will continue to remember the memories of the time you spent with us during your sojourn on earth.

You have been a wonderful father and a tutor that has contributed immensely to making me what I am in the Christendom and Cherubim and Seraphim Movement World-Wide . You created a platform for us to serve the Lord with all sense of dedication and with all what we have and you keep reminding us that curse is he who do not do the job of the Lord diligently as expressed in the book of Jeremiah.

Daddy, you are the David of our time, a Christ Soldier per excellence, who believed in the efficacy of prayer and vision emanating from the Spirit of the Living God. You came to the world, saw, fought and conquered in all ramifications. A man who keep having vigil for over 35years daily even when on sick bed and in tribulations. Your effort in the Cherubim and Seraphim Movement Church Kaduna, Gusau, Makurdi, Benin, Ibadan, Lagos and other parts of Nigeria will continue to remain fresh in the memories of the congregations of these various Churches. You motivated and inspired people in building Cathedrals for the Lord, I am not surprised like the Biblical David that God gave your son the well withal and privilege to build the biggest and most beautiful Cherubim and Seraphim Church on earth.

You are a perfectionist who always say to us that if every unit and member of the church will do their jobs well, Victory District will be another paradise on earth. I will keep remembering your saying that service to God and humanity is primary while work of life or daily work for survival is Secondary. A man who believed that before the Lord, where there is a will, there will always be a way as sanction by God Almighty. You made us to know and have it in our memory that God is a rewarder of those that diligently seek him.

Papa you are not just a Soldier before the Lord but an Organist by all standard. You have immensely mentored choristers that are all over the world evangelizing Christ in their songs and Hymns. You have left behind a Special District as the Lord had promised in your life time and beyond.

You fought the good fight of faith in compliance with the rule of the game and won. Rest in perfect peace in the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ till we will meet to part no more.

SP.AP.J.L FASEKOMI

​MATCHING ON TO GLORY

Shared by Babatunde Olaniya on February 14, 2019

I am not used to commenting about any deceased (not even my parents) simply because opinions are always subjective. It is either we write to impress the deceased family or to take revenge on the departed. Occasionally we do both. But since I must write I decided to restrict myself to the three bases of morality examinations to which Baba Awode had no equal; only after this digression.

The parable of the blind men and an elephant is perfectly relevant to BABA DICKSON ADEKUNLE AWODE. It is a story of a group of blind men, who have never come across an elephant before and who learn and conceptualize what the elephant is like by touching it. Each blind man feels a different part of the elephant's body, but only one part, such as the side or the tusk. They then describe the elephant based on their limited experience and their descriptions of the elephant are different from each other. Consequently, they come to suspect that the other person is dishonest and they come to blows. The moral of the parable is that humans have a tendency to claim absolute truth based on their limited, subjective experience as they ignore other people's limited, subjective experiences which may be equally true. Depending on your relationship with Baba, your description will always fit perfectly to your experience and could cause argument because the other person knows not what you touch. Baba meant different things to different people.

Fidelity-wise, he was a religious leader with no appetite for the female gender. No one ever accused him of ‘tampering’ with any woman, a position where many elders would fail.

Pa Awode never took alcohol for 46 years prior to his demise – not because he couldn’t afford same but in strict adherence to his calling as an apostle of the Most High.

We examine the standard of a religious leader through his disposition to money. Ask any member and he would pass all screening and structiny. A very committed Seraph who was never late to any service until his health started failing him. A “triangular” person – he was either going to church, the factory or his house. Very humorous yet firm, highly disciplined but compassionate. He held vigil (all days) either in the church or his house from 1972 till he became frail.

He belonged to the second generation of Seraphs whose main preoccupation was to wage war against Satan and his cohorts. A gallantry soldier, not prepared to negotiate with the devil. He would always say the devil is a thief and he comes only to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10).

We had engaged in several disagreements on principle (while he was a soldier, I remain a diplomat), and unknowingly to me, the moral bar he raised for me was higher than that of others. By the time the two of us reconciled and came to this understanding, he had already begun his journey towards home. For me, if he didn’t make heaven, surely, no one is there.

I will sincerely miss this man of God who taught me

  • Honesty
  • Moral uprightness
  • Punctuality
  • Righteousness, and
  • Pursuit of Paradise even if it means going all alone

JOYOUSLY JOIN THE HEAVENLY SERAPHS, WHERE UNLIMITED PRAISES IS THEIR SERVICE TO THE LORD.

Your son

SOLA OPADERE

A Giver that never retires

Shared by Babatunde Olaniya on February 14, 2019

Dear grandfather,

I love and cherish the few moment I spent with you. Your smile was made of sunshine and your heart was pure gold, you were very humble and loving, selfless and kind.

You drew our family close together you always ensure that there is unity and love.

You are a great adviser and a counselor; a giver that never retires. A strong man, a man of vigor; even when things did not feel right, you were always optimistic about everything.

There are people in this world that make it a better place simply by been in it and you are one of them.

You were a perfect example of hard work and dedication; you poured your heart into everything you did.

You were reliable trust worthy and just simply amazing.

It is sad that you departed but we know you are resting at the bosom of the Lord and you love us dearly. I just want you to know that you’re very special and you hold a place in my heart.

I am richly blessed to have you as a grandfather because you are a great example to us all, love you.

Continue to rest in the bosom of the lord my beloved grandfather.

Your Granddaughter

ADURAMIGBA AWODE