Let the memory of Dr. Oladejo be with us forever.
  • 84 years old
  • Born on March 15, 1934 in Ogbomosho, Oyo, Nigeria.
  • Passed away on December 29, 2018 in Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria.

BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Oladejo Afolabi Olawale was born in Ogbomosho North, Oyo State on 15th March, 1934 to Mr. James Olawale, a businessman and Madam Abebi Olawale, a trader. He was the second child and only son of the three children of his mother. He was also the first son but the fifth child of the eight children of his father. His mother died in 1955 when he was just 21 years old.


Educational Pursuit

Dr. Olawale had his primary education at the Baptist Day School, Ogbomosho; but later moved to Jos to complete his primary education at Baptist Day School, Jos – Plateau State at the request of his maternal uncle, Mr. Ogunjumo who was then the Headmaster of the school. His was a story of providence, getting more than hoped for out of life. Among his many peers surviving is Engr. Sunday Adigun who has remained a lifelong friend and confidant. He continued his education at the Government College, Keffi after his secondary education. In 1955, he went for his HSC at the Oduduwa College, Ile-Ife after which he moved to Lagos. He took up a job with Shell D’Arcy (now Shell Petroleum Development Company) in 1956 as a laboratory technician. Three years on the job, he applied for a Federal Government scholarship through the information he got from his friend, Mr. Isaac Akande. He was awarded a full scholarship to study Optometry at the University of Toronto, Ottawa in Canada in 1960. However he was not quite fulfilled in the course and had to quit.


In 1962, he left Canada for the United States of America where he was for nine years in the pursuit of another course of study. He did a remedial programme at the University of California Davis Campus. Following his exceptional performance, he was inducted into the fraternity of Alpha Zeta, California, Gamma Chapter in November 1965.


He was thereafter offered admission into the Tuskegee University, Alabama, where he bagged a B.Sc in Agriculture in 1969. He thereafter proceeded to study Veterinary Medicine at the same University and on completion of the course he was awarded Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree. In addition, he went through a course in Epidemiology in Veterinary Public Health at the US Department of Human Education and Welfare Atlanta, in March1971.


On completion of his study, he returned to Nigeria and was offered a job at the Nigerian Veterinary Research Institute, VOM, Plateau State from where he later crossed to Lagos Ministry of Agriculture as a Veterinary Officer in 1972. While in service in the ministry, he won a United Nations scholarship for his Master’s degree at the University of Vienna, Vienna Austria where he specialized in Immunogenetics. He also had hands on tutelage in Artificial Insemination in Kenya among other courses and seminars he attended within and outside the country. He later resigned his appointment from the Lagos State Service in 1981 to start his own business which provided veterinary service as well as consultation to his numerous clients (individuals and corporate organizations including government agencies). This he continued until he retired from active service.


Marital Life

During his service with the Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture, he found his better half in the then Dr (Miss) Omolora Seymour, a veterinary doctor like himself and a graduate of the prestigious University of Ibadan who later rose to become the first female director of Veterinary Services in the ministry. The bond between the two was strong and which led to the solemnization of their wedding at the Methodist Church of the Trinity, Tinubu, Lagos on the 20th July, 1974. 


The union was blessed with five sons and seven grand children.


Christian life

Ever since he found Jesus Christ in 1994, he had been very committed to the work of God especially at the Redeemed Christian Church of God – Livingstone Assembly which he joined in November 1997. He was re-baptized in RCCG in December 1998. Thereafter he joined the workers in training and become a worker in 1999. Thereafter he enrolled into the school of Disciple and graduated in September 2001. He was ordained a minister in 2005 and was appointed as one of the counselors for young people and intending couples. He was also the minister in charge of Believers’ Class and later made a patron.


Lifestyle in General

He was a lover of sports and loved football in particular. He was the football captain at Keffi College and  Oduduwa College, Ife. He was ever thankful to God and never ceased to testify to anyone that comes his way about the goodness and favour of God upon his life for the past and present. He could walk long distances without exhaustion and could read the tiny prints of the bible without glasses till his passing. His mental faculty was intact and he enjoyed reading and sharing the word of God. He enjoyed a very good health and his passage to glory was swift.

He is survived by wife, children, grandchildren, brother, nieces and nephews.

Posted by Lawrence Aina on February 7, 2019
Daddy happened to be one of the first people I related with when I joined the Church. He was in charge of baptism then. I feel in love with him because he was so patient and loving. Always available to encourage us. And ever since, I always look forward to seeing him on Sunday. Am confident that he is with his Lord and may he continue to rest in perfect peace.
Posted by Livingstone Assembly on February 4, 2019
TRIBUTE TO DEACON OLADEJO OLAWALE
AN ELDER AT THE GATE
PROVERB 31: 23, “Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land”
I met Daddy Oladejo Olawale in 2006 when I resumed to The Redeemed Christian Church of God Livingstone Assembly as the Area Pastor. At that time the parish was having issues with the Landlord of the property the parish was occupying for worship. Dcn. Oladejo and another elder in the parish approached the landlord themselves and resolved the issue to the favour of the church. This singular and honorable action saved the church from embarrassment and endeared me to this family. “Agba o kin wa loja, kori omo tuntun wo”. Yoruba Proverb
Deacon Oladejo Olawale was a devoted worshiper with his family. He was the minister In charge of Believers’ class at the time we resumed to the parish. As the minister In charge, he participated actively in vigils with students in preparation of their baptism and always followed them to the river on the day of baptism.
He was also the minister In charge of intending to wed (couples preparing for marriage). He was active in those ministries until when he was above 75 years we had to advise him to relinquish the posts.
As member of the elders’ fellowship, he was active in the Parish, Area, Zone and Province level.
Digging Deep teachings by Dcn. Oladejo Olawale were always participatory, experience filled and the congregation look forward to it.
His house is one of our House Fellowship centres and well attended (even by non-redeem members)
Daddy Oladejo Olawale was an elder indeed and in truth.
Every Christmas season, Daddy Oladejo Olawale in company of one of his sons will visit my family with well-bred turkey, wine and other gifts.
Matthew 25: 21, “His Lord said unto him, well done, thou good and faithful servant, thou has been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord”
Certainly, this is our wish for Dr. Oladejo Olawale. Rest peacefully in the bosom of the Lord till resurrection morning.
Pastor Tony Agha
APICP CSR LP40
Posted by David Ukandu on February 2, 2019
It is only natural to mourn for great Men like you..but i will rather give thanks to God that such Men like you lived..You positively affected lives during your stay with Us..full of smiles, always cheerful and devoted in the service of God.
You will always live in our hearts..Rest On Baba till we meet to part no more.
Posted by Andrew Adebayo on February 1, 2019
On Sunday December 30, 2018, we received the news of your call to glory with thanksgiving and hope. This is because you lived a fulfilled life and the assurance that we will one day meet again in heaven.
My family is honoured and privileged to have shared in your last decade on earth, knowing you and sharing in your generous and loving life. Always a source of good advice.
To the Church, you faithfully served and supported in your quiet caring way.
You were a humble man full of love, strength and encouragement to us.
Your life with us will always be remembered.
Goodnight Grandpa !
Rest in peace grandpa !!
You will be missed. !!!
Posted by Taiye Dada on February 1, 2019
Tribute to Dr. Dejo Olawale
We will all go to our creator, but when the time comes, what will we leave behind?
Dr Olawale has left a good name and well grounded children who will always remember his fatherly love and care.
To his family, he was a gem that cannot be replaced easily.
To us his fellowship members, he was a gentleman to the core. He was diligent in his calling. May his soul rest in perfect peace.
Deacon and Deaconess Adebola Dada
Posted by Ade Fred on January 31, 2019
My Sweet Daddy Oladejo Olawale is gone physically but not from our hearts; he loved God, cared about the things of God. Just a smile on his face was
able to heal my heart of its many worries. Daddy was a very caring man and was concerned about the well-being of the people around him.
When I heard of daddy’s demise, my heart broke because I lost my 'gist partner'. Daddy always loves and desired us gisting and discussing kingdom's issues.  Today we rejoice because daddy lived a life worthy of emulation
and I’m sure that his legacy would live on through generations yet unborn.
Till we meet to part no more, goodnight Daddy Oladejo.  Fred Akintunwa
Posted by Tayese Benjamin on January 27, 2019
Daddy, Elder and Pastor Olawale would be missed, temporary on this planet earth indeed, because we believed in eternal life, and hope we shall see one another again.
1Thess 4:13 But I do not want you to be ignorance, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.
Daddy is truly missed. I come in contact with him as a minister of God in RCCG: Livingstone Assembly, he was truly an ambassador of Christ, devoted elder calmly collective, serving the lord Jesus Christ.
Daddy Olawale had done so well that today his son's are minister of God, what a good and enviable legacy!
May your humble gentle soul rest in Christ Jesus, we missed you Sir, and hope to meet with you some day in the presence of God.
God bless the Olawale's family
Posted by BADE JAMES ADEWOYIN on January 27, 2019
An example of a Godly and wonderful father to all
Rest on in the bossom of the Lord.

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