Funto - The professional
Funto Akinkugbe
  • 44 years old
  • Date of birth: Jul 20, 1971
  • Date of passing: Aug 29, 2015
Let the memories of Funto a.k.a Dacosta, Fosty, forever in our hearts.

This memorial website has been created in memory of our loved one, Olufunto Olakunle Akinkugbe; husband, brother, son, friend, colleague and so much more. Born on July 20, 1971 and passed away on August 29, 2015 aged 44..... We will remember him forever.

Otherwise known as Fosty, Dacosta, James, Benzwale........  We miss him dearly!

You are welcome to share your stories, thoughts and memories of him.
Celebration of life event UK:

Date: Saturday 3rd October 2015 at 5p.m
nue: Jesus House for all Nations
112 Brent Terrace, Brent Cross, London NW2 1LT

To donate to this event please use the account details below. 

Celebration of Life Details:

We held a night of tributes for Funto at The Harbour Point on Thursday 10th September and buried him on Friday the 11th September; the service was at RCCG Dominion Sanctuary and he was buried at the Vaults & Gardens in Ikoyi.  RIPP Funto.




UK :

Lloyds Bank

Name: The Love Fellowship

Sort Code: 309807

Acc No : 03367916

IBAN:GB22 LOYD 30980703367916     


(Address: 105-109 Station Road, Edgware
Edgware, HA8 7JL. Tel: 0845 300 0033)


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Opeoluwa Adefemi on 30th August 2017

"2 years on and tears still well up in our eyes when we remember your catch phrases. Rest on boss. FJA TEAM"

This tribute was added by Ibiyemi IFATUROTI on 29th August 2017

"Forever loved...forever missed."

This tribute was added by Biyi Olarinde on 29th August 2017

"...Always in our hearts. Keep resting in the Lord bro ...Still being missed."

This tribute was added by ope Aderibigbe on 23rd July 2017

"Your memories live on in our hearts...Rest in peace brother...
Perfect Peace"

This tribute was added by Esther Godwins on 21st July 2017

"definitely not forgotten."

This tribute was added by Titi Banjoko on 20th July 2017

"Funto Funto not forgotten the journey"

This tribute was added by Temi Omotade on 20th July 2017

"Missing You Funto....Still cant believe!!!"

This tribute was added by Dolapo Obileye on 20th July 2017

"My dear Bro,
You will always be  remembered.
Rest in perfect peace."

This tribute was added by Samuel J. Ndlovu on 20th July 2017

"In remembrance of my dearest Brother Funto its been two years since you left this earth with its heavy burdens and now at rest my friend. Lighting a candle to say it is well with our souls and thankful that we ceased the moments to laugh, journeyed together, ate the african animals...did some bush explorations in South Africa...great memories indeed. Must say...I miss your craziness. Always cherished and thank God for You the gift He blessed us with."

This tribute was added by Kunle Awosika on 20th July 2017

"Olufunto its two about years you departed this mortal earth leaving a huge void in the hearts of many. Today 20th July would also have been your 46th birthday & cannot forget your infectious smile and loving heart towards everyone. The world misses you Funto my dear cousin. You were an angel that passed through only for a short while, but your impact was HUGE!!!! A life we all admired! Sleep well in the bosom our lord Jesus Christ. We love you bro!"

This tribute was added by Isi Okogun-Ozekhome on 3rd September 2016

"Funto, we all still miss you. We all still wonder why you? why now of all times? We all still don't believe that you have left us. It has been a sad couple of weeks (around your 1 year anniversary) and many of us have called each other and otherwise reached out to console one another....and reminisce. Rest in Peace, and thanks for being such a blinding light of excellence, kindness and tenacity in our midst. We miss you dude!"

This tribute was added by Damola Ifaturoti on 31st August 2016

"On the first anniversary of your transition it is still beyond belief that you have left this our mortal realm. We thank God for the time he gave us to share with you no matter how brief it might have seemed. Surely all is well with your soul. Rest in peace dear cousin."

This tribute was added by Walter Bossman on 30th August 2016

"Your legacy lives on Funto . . . . . continue to rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Biyi Olarinde on 29th August 2016

"...Le o egin" ... Continue to rest in the Lord ..."

This tribute was added by Temilola Bada on 29th August 2016

"Hey year already! U still greatly missed! Continue to rest in God peaceful place."

This tribute was added by mervyn shiwoku on 28th July 2016

"May your soul rest in peace

Kunle Shiwoku"

This tribute was added by Dele Awosika on 20th July 2016

"Dear Funto,
We always nudged each other on this day as we both shared this day as our birthday. I am still nudging as your spirit lives on.
May you continue to rest in perfect peace in the bosom of the Lord until we meet at the resurrection morning."

This tribute was added by Bunmi Ajayi on 20th July 2016

"Ever cheerful Funto, gone but not forgotten. My prayer is for comfort for dear Buki and the rest of the family."

This tribute was added by Modupeola Ogunniya on 20th July 2016

"Happy birthday dear Funto"

This tribute was added by Joyce Akinluyi Ogunyemi on 20th July 2016

"Funto, you are forever in our hearts! Your good deeds continue to speak for you in pleasant places...... love you till we meet again brother"

This tribute was added by Kola Olutimehin on 20th July 2016

"Hey Funto,
You would have turned 45 today! Still hurts down here but God remains sovereign. We know however that you are at peace and wellbeing with the Master. May the peace and blessings of Yeshua remain with family and friends who continue to love who you were to them.

This tribute was added by Day TawLah on 2nd July 2016

"Funto... aburo! Sleep Him!"

This tribute was added by Kike O' Boye on 3rd October 2015

"Egin Olufunto!
Your death has dealt us a perplexing blow which we are still reeling from.
Writing this tribute has been very difficult, Olufunto, not because there is little to write about but because I just do not know where to start from. I cannot begin to recount all the great times and memories we had in our short time together. They shall forever be treasured in my heart!!!
I grew up knowing you as a big brother I can always be proud of Funto. Is it your handsomeness, or your eloquence or your sports prowess at All Saints Church School and The International School Ibadan that I want to talk about? Egbon mi, you were so well rounded and I did admire you. Growing up in Ibadan, I was constantly being asked the Question, “are you Funto Akinkugbe’s sister” and trust me to reply in the affirmative although sometimes I wondered if I was getting mysef into trouble
How can I forget the ISI slipper- wearing sendless senior Funto with his distinct dress!!! I enjoyed watching you perched on your stool, sketching away sometimes with small statured Mrs Lock-Akinwale by your side. You were also ever protective of your own and will constantly check on me to find out if anyone was bothering me.
We lost touch for a while after you moved to the United Kingdom, but re-establish contact again after a few years. I then mentioned my plans to you about relocating to the United Kingdom, your usual response was “no problem, keep in touch and let me know how I can be of help”. Since then, you have lived up to the expectation of being not only an egbon (big brother) but a confidant and a mentor indeed.
I treasure our heart to heart chats often reminiscing on past memories, discussing the present and the future. I mostly enjoyed the very rib cracking accounts of your escapades as a young confident boy back in Bodija and its environs.
I definitely enjoyed our rough play and our banters. Funto, Feyi and I shall miss that larger than life charismatic figure whose heavy knocks on the door announces his arrival at our home. We shall miss that deep baritone voice of yours saying “Hey eyin peeps”. We shall miss your beautiful smile, your charm, your beautiful heart and your down to earth personality. Most especially I shall miss the manner in which you can immediately switch from doing the “razz downtown talk” to talking “posh” both in your use of language and composure.
Losing you has been a great loss for the Akinkugbe family as a whole Funto. Your personality endears you to all and your closeness to family members spans across all generations.  You did have a special relationship with everyone who knew you. Most importantly Funto, I know you greatly love your lovely and ever sweet wife Bukky and I want to assure you that we shall look after her for you. We shall continue in your legacy of healthy living, family unity and your passion for Ondo town as well as a better Nigeria.
Adieu my brother Olufunto omo Akinkugbe (like someone interpreted this today- name: a child given to us look after/ pet; surname- the brave shall never die in vain), your light shall keep shining and never go out.
You shall always be in our hearts…… till we meet again at eternity! We love you but God loves you more."

This tribute was added by Kola Olutimehin on 26th September 2015

"One of those ‘strong-headed’ junior boys in ISI, as we referred to some at the time, it did not take long to know who Funto was – he was not easily bullied by the seniors and would put up a fight (physically) if pushed. My first days with Funto Akinkugbe. And no, we never fought!

Give it to him – ever so willing to give his ALL to help whoever and whenever. At each point of writing this tribute, I am still baffled, pained and hurt, asking myself, ‘How can we be planning a funeral for Funto?’  Awfully painful!

Fast-forward to UK days between 1992 and 1994, The Way Fellowship, which I led at the time, was gathering strength in numbers and relevance for young working students. With some of the meetings being held at Neasden, where Funto, Yemi, Segun Ademuwagun and others resided, our companionship grew.

This led to Funto putting his ever so helpful persona into the arrangements for my wedding – amongst many things, he travelled round with Lola and I in our search for the hall to use for our reception as well as putting his creativity into designing the programme etc. The night before the wedding, we had a good number of friends that had gathered to fix certain things at the hall as we got ready for the ceremony in a fun-filled atmosphere. Of course Funto and the pretty lady that Lola had mentioned to him were both there. So it was that Lola introduced her bridesmaid, Buki Bello, and left the scene. On return from honeymoon, whilst Lola was at mum’s (Mrs Smith – their foster mum), she picked up the phone to hear the baritone voice that asked to speak to Buki, and that was how she knew things had taken off.

A year to our wedding date, bar three days, precisely on August 3, 1995, Lola and I joined others to celebrate the marriage of Funto and Buki – with Funto having determined to set a kissing time record during the event! So, apart from the psyche that we had been sold that all Ondo natives were cousins, we now became family by marriage – Lola and Buki, being foster sisters. The family bond and friendship developed further in the early days, with some Christmas ceremonies together, particularly those with mum. Funto and I always got our Christmas gift of socks from mum :)!

We remained family and friends and now this!

Literally, in July 2015, when on my return to London from Lagos, Lola asked how Funto was and if I had seen him lately, my words were; “He is very well and having the time of his life”, as we had caught up during that July at an event.

Funto is unarguably very warm and ever so likeable. He offered me the use of his office when I first started making business trips into Lagos; although I did not require it, I found that there were others with that privilege. He is willing to bend over backwards to support people in whatever way he was able to. Like Yinka and Kayode said to me; with any family function, once it has been handed over to Funto, it can be considered done.

With mixed feelings as I write this, I still ask myself questions. The only way I can now conclude this write up is: RIP my cousin, brother, in-law and friend; see you later in the presence of our unquestionable Father and Master!

1 Corinthians 15: 54-58
When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:
“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
“O death, where is your victory?
    O death, where is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labour is not in vain.


This tribute was added by Bunmi Ajayi on 26th September 2015

"Dear Funto, I remember your smile from those L.F. days. Oh this will take time to sink in but you are with Christ...may your gifting and legacy continue to do good here. We miss you."

This tribute was added by Esther Godwins on 25th September 2015

"It's taken me awhile to write something
It's weird but i have thought about you daily since
And i am sad i cannot make it on 3rd october and i missed the funeral in remembrance
Oga, my boss, my mentor
I thank God for your life and the legacy you left
You were amazing! Very hospitable and welcoming and helpful!
I bless God for your life
My heart is moved with sadness that you went soooooooooooo soon
God knows all and i am thankful your life is in His hands
I pray the blessings, comfort and peace of God upon the family members you left behind especially you're beautiful wife"

This tribute was added by Gaga Ekeh on 25th September 2015

"Ah no sabi about una, but I couldn't listen to that Whitney jam and write this.Tears. Captain Vincent for 21st Ibadan Company, Boys Brigade, yarn say make we jam high life when we dey celebrate pally. But wahala no dey. Fosti, na so e be? Na so you joh lef us. Nothing spoil. We go jam again. You sabi say we never finish we grags. 1987, Inter House Sports... You remember say na me shallenge you. Na him be say awon Dale was going to mock you taya! Say, chai... Gaga beat you for Long Jump. But you dug deep... came through in the end. Taught me a lesson. Never underestimate the heart of a champion. Fosti, Naija has suffered a mighty loss. But we have gained an angel. Salute Shango for pessin... and as you dey siddon jist with Ogun and Obatala, do my own for me o! Till we meet again, comrade... remember your words to me for Favos bus stop, Bodija that quiet evening in Ibadan, oh so long ago...
"Adiye fun fun, ko mo ara re l'agba"
Till later son...

This tribute was added by Bowale Odumade Adeoye on 22nd September 2015

"Funto, it is still difficult to comprehend that you are no longer here. We met over 10 years ago, and you immediately became a friend, a brother, and a mentor.  You encouraged me to be a better person professionally and personally, and for that, I thank you. You were a one of a kind and genuine individual with a positive demeanor.  You were passionate about the work you did, and the opportunity to make a positive impact in society.  Your passing is a great loss to all those that had the privilege to know you.  My continued prayers are with your Bukky, your father, your brothers, and many friends.  We miss you dearly and you will always have a special place in our hearts.
Rest in Perfect Peace."

This tribute was added by Okeowo Olasubomi on 21st September 2015

"You were a brother t me in a little time we met. Sleep on brother................"

This tribute was added by Gaga Ekeh on 18th September 2015

A.L.A.F.I.A (33)"

This tribute was added by Seime Chollom on 16th September 2015

"Kai! Funto, the news of your death came to me as a rude shock.  I saw you on the 5th of August, and being the mentor and friend that you have always been, you gave me a lot of advise on my career, life et all.... little did I know that that was going to be the last time I would see/speak to you.
I pray that God will comfort your wife, family and friends; as only He can. Indeed a great loss!"

This tribute was added by Naluwembe Binaisa on 14th September 2015

"Funto was one of the first friends I made in Lagos and he was a positive, vibrant and generous person. May God rest his soul in perfect peace and comfort his family and loved ones always."

This tribute was added by yetunde ogunbayode on 14th September 2015

"Funto , may your soul rest in peace with the Lord. May the Lord comfort your loved ones."

This tribute was added by Dele Olawoye on 11th September 2015

"Funto, I'll miss seeing you. Whenever we met, I was always impressed by your optimism, dynamism and energy. Our Lord, Jesus, said that the reason for His coming was that we may have life and have it abundantly. And my observation is that you made the most of the opportunities presented by your environment and you encouraged us all to take bold steps and do likewise. Your efforts towards the upliftment of others was in effect a service to our Lord.

May the seeds of positivity you have sown in the lives of those impacted your life continue to bear fruit to the glory of God: Rest in Peace, Funto."

This tribute was added by Femi Okutubo on 11th September 2015

"A great gentleman.
May he continue to rest in the Lord and may God comfort his family and friends."

This tribute was added by Yomi Akinsanya on 11th September 2015

"Rest in peace Funto. .......heaven indeed has gained an Angel! !!!"

This tribute was added by Aderonke Onadeko on 10th September 2015

"God sent an Angel into our midst and we didn't know it.

I am awed by the gift you were and still are and the privileged that our paths crossed in many ways. As my brother Bayos ISI classmate, as my first cousins cousin, as a cycologist and as a friend.

To have had such close contact with an instrument of God.

I bless the Lord for your life may God grant the one who He chose for you, Bukky the grace to bear the loss as well as all your loved ones, family and friends

Adieu, till we meet to part no more."

This tribute was added by Charles Mgbe on 10th September 2015

"Dear Friend and confidant...still struggling with the reality and knowledge that you have embarked on this final but glorious journey to eternal life. Funto, I will remember you ALWAYS as a friend in deed, whose  warm and infectious personality brought joy for so many.

Adieu Funto...for GOD loves you so much to bring you to His side so soon"

This tribute was added by Osas Aigbogun on 10th September 2015

".....Hmmmm! so i bought the punch newpaper today cos i had just published my change of name and looking through the newspaper i saw Gone too soon and am like i know this man......Mr funto the man who speaks phoney and helps organise residents for a smooth voting process in Omole phase 11 where i reside.
Everyone who lives in Omole phase 11 will attest to the fact that this is a fine gentleman. i never knew him in person but off course you can tell when you see or meet a good man around and Mr Funto is a good man, Mr funto always organising the crowd and making sure things move smoothly during the voting process. is well, it is well..............

You will be greatly missed Sir
Rest on good man"

This tribute was added by Damola Damarr on 9th September 2015

"I'm still lost for words actually cos I saw you daily and you always reached out, showed interest and.......Rest in Peace bro."

This tribute was added by Bernadine Coker on 9th September 2015

""One day, your heart will stop beating, and none of your fears will matter. What will matter is how you lived.”

Funto lived well. His passion for life, his warm, kind and fun loving  nature drew people to him. He will be tremdously missed by all who knew him and I have no doubt he is in heaven partying with the angels now.

Rest In Peace Funto"

This tribute was added by Tunde Pampam on 9th September 2015

"Dear Funto,
May Almighty God keep you close to His bosom as you have commenced your journey to eternity. It has taken me this long to write this tribute to you because I still saw you - larger than life itself and twice as usual a week before at Freedom Park and we were ribbing each other about when our next trip to England would be to see our wives. I can't believe you won't be making that trip ever again or will we see you but my brother you shall never be forgotten. Death is real and we don't know who's next but we can only but pray...
As I ride in my next Cycology peloton, I shall forever hear your baritone voice "come on cupcakes" bellowing in my mind as I continue to imagine you continue to ride with us until we can ride no more and we meet by His grace in eternity as you were definitely one of the good guys, I wish you and your family and close friends that you have left God's continued peace and protection. Amen"

This tribute was added by Akin Ogungbe on 9th September 2015

"It is with rude shock that I l learned of the untimely death of Funto Akinkugbe, who born into two reputable families in Ondo Kingdom-The Akinkugbes and the Awosikas. I got to meet this ebullient, vivacious, friendly and very respectful young man through his first cousin, Mr Kehinde Faturoti(who has thesame character traits like him) at Esporta Suites, Ondo sometime this year. He immediately struck me as a very intelligent and cerebral Human Resources Practitioner with  very bright ideas. May his soul rest in peace, and may God give the family, especially his wife, brothers and father the fortitude to bear the loss.

Akin Ogungbe, MBA, FCA, FCTI"

This tribute was added by Kehinde Olayeye on 8th September 2015

I just caught a glimpse of you now, in Heaven.
You were there organizing the folks as usual, with utmost delight and joy with abandonment.
There alright, telling the folks, guys earthly discriptions of This Place pales in comparison to this reality.
And then you look down from There and you urge us on saying:
It's well worth it, living on earth for His Place!
You say, folks you've just got to make it to His Place.
Then I kind of know, there's no need for sadness.
For we will meet again, joyfully at His feet, in His Place."

This tribute was added by Ayodeji Ige on 8th September 2015

"Its difficult to believed your sudden exit,but take solace in knowing God and your good deeds little time you Spent.May God be with the Family to bear the Loss."

This tribute was added by Ayodeji Ige on 8th September 2015

"Its sad you gone too soon,but take solace that U sleep in the Lord,May God grant the Family a heart to bear the loss."

This tribute was added by kiran luchmun on 7th September 2015

"Oh Funto, dear old friend, what a shock when Titi rang me. You, Titi, Onome, Aramide and I , we were such a great team, you were always the smart one, we achieved great things altogether at FJA and AR. My sincere condolences to your wife Buky and brothers, who I met.
I pray with all my heart that you rest in peace, dear old friend."

This tribute was added by Isi Okogun-Ozekhome on 7th September 2015

"Funto, this tribute was very difficult to write - but I have finally gathered the courage to write it.  I know there are many like me, who are maybe in denial and cannot bring themselves to write a tribute. For we cannot believe that our own 'Fostege' is no more.   You were such a loving and loved person.  Everyone loved you Funto! Your death is so painful to many - for you were so young, vibrant, and had so many wonderful plans that you had yet to execute, despite all your success.. The world is less fun now, less interesting, less funny because of your death.  Who could bring people together like you? You unified people in a special way and you were selfless in helping all and sundry.  You just had a God given gift.  I will miss you tremendously - thanks for the laughter, for the stories, for the friendship that spanned over 3 decades...As painful and hurtful as it is to say goodbye, we Christians take solace in the fact that God knows best.  I also send my condolences to Funto's father, to his wife Buki, and his siblings, Seinde and Olumbe.  So Long Funto.  Till we meet again........Rest in Perfect Peace."

This tribute was added by Patience Ngoxi on 7th September 2015

"Funto i just can't say goodbye... this is not how it works you know... you are that amazing guy who went way out of your way to help people you just met for the 1st time... you have always given your time, prayers & funds just to make others smile... even right now you are still helping me recruit staff for my company & organize my Christmas party (lol)... so as much as you have gone up to heaven, i know you can still pray & help me its not goodbye...i'll talk to you later..."

This tribute was added by akintayo wusu on 6th September 2015

"Funto my brother. It is well with your soul in Jesus name.  Very sad to hear you've left us. I pray that we all will meet on that glorious morning in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen."

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