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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF FEMI ADE AJIMATANRAREJE, Ph.D

Shared by Femi Jr Ajimatanrareje on February 10, 2020

It was Monday, February 8, 1954 when Femi, a bright-looking bundle of joy staged his entrance into this world. He cried and gazed innocently at his mom and also at Heaven above, where he came from. He then signaled his readiness to embark on life's journey. 
Femi was the first surviving child from his mother, followed by four boys and one girl. His deceased parents, Pa Joel Adebusoye and Chief (Mrs.) Christianah Sijuwade Ajimatanrareje were ecstatic and overjoyed at Femi's birth. Four years later, Femi and his Dad were divinely rescued from the throes of death when they had a ghastly bicycle accident as they rode from Ile-Oluji, Ondo State, Nigeria to the Farm. That frightful accident left an indelible mark on Femi's face throughout his lifetime.

Oluwafemi Adenusi grew in strength and stature. He was enrolled at the Baptist Primary School, Ile-Oluji for his elementary education in 1960. He was numbered among the schoolchildren who danced, sang, waved the new flag and celebrated Nigeria's independence from British rule in October 1960.

Femi received his high school education at Gboluji Grammar School, Ile-Oluji from 1968 - 1972. Then, he was popularly called "Jantar Mantar."  Femi was personable, fashionable, famous, jovial and agile. He played soccer a great deal. Femi graduated from high school with good grades and two months later, he started his teaching career at St. Luke's Primary School, Ile-Oluji.
A year later, he enrolled at St. Peter's Teachers' College, Akure and graduated with his Grade II teacher's certificate in June 1975. While in that college, he was the top scorer in the school's soccer team matches.  After graduation, Femi taught in a technical high school in Ibadan, Nigeria from 1975 until December 1978,  when he traveled to the United States for his university education.

Femi graduated with Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration from San Francisco State University, San Francisco in May 1983. Because of his love for his home country, Nigeria, he returned there in December 1983 for the National Youth Service Corps program and served his country and his community sacrificially for 12 months (January 1984 - December 1984).

Oluwafemi returned to the United States in 1985 and retrained as a computer systems analyst. He worked at the California State Court of Appeal in San Francisco from 1986 - 1996. After he left the Court of Appeal, he returned to teaching. He taught for two years at Oakland Technical High School, Oakland.

Femi was honest and upright. On one occasion on the streets of Oakland, California, he found a municipal bond certificate worth $25,000. Femi promptly returned the bond certificate to the rightful owner without a second thought! This act of honesty was documented by the Oakland Police department and was also reported in the news media in the United States and Nigeria. The Oakland Tribune reported that
Femi, a Nigerian American living in Oakland has turned into "a Good Samaritan."

Oluwafemi also made a bold foray into academics and contributed immensely to knowledge. He studied and obtained his Master's degree in Education and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) degree in Educational Leadership.
Dr. Femi, in 2016, authored a quintessential book on Education, titled: “Teacher's Certification or Non-certification on Student's Achievement."
He taught for many years at DuVal High School in Prince George's County Public School District in Lanham, Maryland.  Dr. Femi was hailed and commended on numerous occasions by both students and staff, and also by school administrators for excellence, professionalism and advancing the progress of his students. He loved teaching and was indeed a teacher extraordinaire.

Dr. Femi was also a true Christian, who loved and served the Lord Jesus during his lifetime. He was one of the founding members of Victory Christian Fellowship (VCF) in Oakland, California. He engaged invitation evangelism that helped attract a lot of his friends to VCF at its inception. He and his wife sang in the choir of the church for many years.  Dr. Femi was the chairperson of the building committee that raised a lot of the money used as downpayment for the purchase of the church building.
After Dr. Femi and his family relocated to Maryland, he became an elder at Royal Seed Church International, Laurel, Maryland, preaching and teaching the word of God with passion and conviction. He served as Sunday School Director of the Church until his death.

Dr. Femi was a faithful husband and a responsible father and grandfather. He was married to Mary Opeyemi (nee Olagunju) for 32 years. Their marriage was blessed with four brilliant children - Femi Adefisayo Ajimatanrareje, Mrs. Emilola Oluwole (nee Ajimatanrareje), Dr. Ademola Ajimatanrareje and Oluwaseyanu Ajimatanrareje. His first male child is Dandy Adetokunbo Ajimatanrareje.
Dr. Femi's new found friend and granddaughter, Melody Mojereoluwa, arrived in his family two months before he passed away. O death, why did you strike so soon?

Dr. Femi is survived by his wife, children, granddaughter, brothers, sisters, nephews nieces, aunties, uncles and cousins.

May the memory of Dr. Femi Adenusi Isaiah Ajimatanrareje be engrained in our hearts and his frailties remembered no more.


Dr. Yemi E. Ajimatanrareje
Shared by Beth Varnau on February 4, 2020
I worked with Dr, Femi at DuVal.  He was always a joy to be around. I am so sorry for your loss. The world is a little sadder place to be.

Your mentorship changed my life

Shared by Martina Taylor on January 31, 2020
I'm really going to miss you, our jokes and u not being at my wedding.

It has been such a hard day for me (I have been crying all day). I couldn't believe you're gone until I saw ur obituary. Processing the fact that you're no more is not something I never imagined will happen this year.

I still remember walking into your foundation of technology class for the first time as a freshman 11 years ago. I just wanted to get that class credit to graduate. But little did I know that God would use you to add so much value to my life.
I did so well in that class that you tried to talk me into joining the Project Lead the Way Program(PLTW Engineering program). I refused to buy into it because I was hell bent on becoming a nurse and going to med school to later become a neurosurgeon.
When convincing me didn't work, you asked to see my mom and talked her into it saying "even if I don't end up becoming an Engineer, at least I'll have some of the skills." Welp...with my mom involved, I had a limited choice, lol.
I joined the program my sophomore year and had to take double classes to catch up. You were my teacher and my favorite one at that for 4 years, but you have been my mentor since the day I started high school.
I remember going off to college as a nursing major and half way through my first semester I changed to a computer Science major. You were one of two ppl that I told before the switch. I couldn't even tell my parents cuz I didn't know how they were going to react to it. You gave me the advice I needed to make that decision.
You took me under your wing and looked out for me for over a decade. You wrote me recommendation letters for everything and was always a phone call away when I needed you. You came to my graduations and parties/cookouts.

I still remember our last meeting. You were so proud of my accomplishments(finished grad school as an Engineer, started a business and a non profit). You encouraged me to go for a doctorate. I promised I would(And I definitely will now) and told you that I would need my last academic recommendation from you. And your answer, "just let me know when you're ready for it."

I have you to thank for being an Engineer.
Thank you for always treating me like your daughter and for inviting me to ur family events always saying "I hope to see you there Martina" so I wouldn't give an excuse of why I couldn't make it.
Thank you for lending a helping hand to my family when we needed it.
Thank you for always inviting me to come back and speak with the PLTW kids.
Thank you for using ur kids' accomplishments to inspire us.
Thank you for all your advice.
Thank you for being my first mentor...

You lived a great life Dr. Femi. I am beyond grateful to have known you.

Dr. Femi's favorite quote: "If you study the right thing, you'll always laugh your way to the bank"

Your legacy will definitely live forever!!!
May Your Soul RIP. Till we meet again

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