ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in loving memory of Dr. Caleb Ibitayo AKINYELE, born on April 12, 1931, and passed away on February 24, 2021. We will remember him forever.

Dr. Caleb Ibitayo AKINYELE B.A., M.A., Ph.D, MIMC was an accomplished and celebrated Diplomat, Economist, Management Consultant, Academic, Philanthropist, Advocate for the poor, Father, Uncle, Grandfather, and much more.
He was a Lecturer at Howard University, USA from 1966-68; Assistant Professor of Economics from 1968-70 and later served as Professor of Economics from 1970-72 in the same University.

Dr. Akinyele was a diplomat serving his beloved country Nigeria in many capacities around the world as Asst. Sec. (Upper), The Cabinet Office, Lagos, 1972; Snr. Asst. Sec. Federal Ministry of Trade, Lagos, 1972-74; Commercial Counsellor, Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the European Economic Community, 1974-78; Under-Secretary, Cabinet Office, Economic Department, 1978-79.
He was one of the earliest and longest serving Directors in the distinguished government institution - Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON) - where he served in multiple roles as Director of Studies/Management Consultant/Coordinating Director of Research from 1979 to 1997. He later became Director of Studies at the National Centre of Economic Management and Administration (NCEMA, Ibadan) where he retired in 1997.

Dr. Akinyele was a patriotic Nigerian who spoke all three major Nigerian languages (Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa) as well as French. 
A true Ondo man - he attended St. Stephen's Primary School, Ondo and Ondo Boys' High School for his early education.
As a sportsman - Dr. Akinyele played Tennis, Squash, Chess and was a very good swimmer.
He was a lover of classical music and he played the piano delightfully every time he did.
Daddy cherished animal rearing and planting despite being a man of great refinement.
Dr. Akinyele was a devout Christian and Anglican, where he was member of both St. Thomas' Cathedral in Badagry and St. Stephen's Cathedral in Ondo.
Grandpa Akinyele's legacy is the belief in education of the Nigerian child and its ability to lift anyone out of poverty. He is responsible to raising not only his own children but extended families and hundreds of others, whom we expect to give a tribute to him.
Posted by Ewoma Jerry-ogeme on March 5, 2021
Although I did not know Dr. Akinyele, I would say I have felt his impact through his son Akin-Olusoji. I am very fortunate to keep learning from your well of wisdom through your son, I have no doubt that you were awesome...

May God grant your family the fortitude to bear this loss.

Your enviable legacy would live on...Rest in peace Dr. Caleb Ibitayo Akinyele.
Posted by maryam saad on March 2, 2021
Though I was never fortunate enough to meet Dr. Akinyele, the testimony of his greatness is apparent through the man he raised. Soji spoke very highly of his father and I have no doubt that his memory will continue to live on through the lives he has touched.
May God grant the family and friends he has left behind comfort in this difficult time.
Posted by Ugo Obi on March 1, 2021
Soji, I did not meet your dad but i know you. I am sure without a doubt and from what I have read here, that the generosity of heart, sincerity, intelligence, patience and genuine love for God you show are qualities he too embodied.

I celebrate the great life your Dad lived and know that a piece of him lives on in you.

May he continue to rest in peace.
Posted by Chidinma Mojekwu on March 1, 2021
May he find eternal rest in Christ Jesus. It is well with your family.
Posted by Nwachukwu Kingsley on February 28, 2021
Daddy I don't know you in person but from what others have said reflect your nature,May Almighty by his Mercy give you a seat of honour in heaven,and all the impact you have made on be remembered like the woman who poured the alabaster box. I will live to always remember you.
Posted by Florence AKINWUMI on February 27, 2021
Daddy, you were a pillar of support to many even till your death. You liberated many families from abject poverty through child education. You not only fed the needy, you taught them how to get food on their tables.
You'll forever be remembered for your good deeds and legacy.

I love you grandpa.

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Posted by Ewoma Jerry-ogeme on March 5, 2021
Although I did not know Dr. Akinyele, I would say I have felt his impact through his son Akin-Olusoji. I am very fortunate to keep learning from your well of wisdom through your son, I have no doubt that you were awesome...

May God grant your family the fortitude to bear this loss.

Your enviable legacy would live on...Rest in peace Dr. Caleb Ibitayo Akinyele.
Posted by maryam saad on March 2, 2021
Though I was never fortunate enough to meet Dr. Akinyele, the testimony of his greatness is apparent through the man he raised. Soji spoke very highly of his father and I have no doubt that his memory will continue to live on through the lives he has touched.
May God grant the family and friends he has left behind comfort in this difficult time.
Posted by Ugo Obi on March 1, 2021
Soji, I did not meet your dad but i know you. I am sure without a doubt and from what I have read here, that the generosity of heart, sincerity, intelligence, patience and genuine love for God you show are qualities he too embodied.

I celebrate the great life your Dad lived and know that a piece of him lives on in you.

May he continue to rest in peace.
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Mama rainbow

Shared by Florence AKINWUMI on February 27, 2021
I remember when I was about 7 years old thereabout, it was a school night. I sat in the living room one evening watching a Nollywood movie by the popular mama rainbow (I'm sure some people are laughing already). NB: children were only allowed to watch the news, kiddie visions 101 and great debaters in the great Dr Akinyele's house.
As I heard the car pull up in the driveway, I repositioned myself behind the sofa where I still had a perfect view of the movie showing on TV. Daddy came in, greeted everyone and settled down to a chat with his beloved Caroline.
After a while, his beloved sister told me to come out of my hiding as daddy won't mind me watching while she was seated (I still wish I hadn't listened).
Poor me believed old Caroline and made myself comfortable on the rug in the clear view of great Caleb. It wasn't for so long, I heard my name, Bunmi. I answered eagerly "yes, daddy" and the conversation began:
Caleb: What day is it?
"Wednesday" I muttered sheepishly as I immediately knew I was knee-deep in trouble.
As the movie continued playing, he said, "Tola! Hold it there!" My darling sis Tola paused the movie and the next question arose;
Caleb: who is that?
A cat got my tongue and I just moped silly!
He asked severally but I was too scared to answer for I knew whether or whethern't, I was getting punished anyways.
Caleb: Olumide (my little brother), come here. (He responded with alacrity)
Caleb: who's that? (The movie was still paused by the way)
Olumide replied "mama rainbow" in his innocent voice.
Caleb: very good!
Back to me, he asked again who the actress was and I said "mama rainbow"!
It was like I was struck by thunder. I got the beating of my life for disobedience. No one dared stop him.
I learned some lessons that night:
#Never disobey even when you've got the backing of elders.
#There's time for everything.
I've never been comfortable watching nollyfolly ever since and I remember my greatest mentor every single time I see or hear "mama rainbow".

I love you daddy for the discipline you instilled in me. It's been really helpful and still is.