ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, GABRIEL ALAYANDE, 77 years old, born on February 22, 1944, and passed away on March 13, 2021. We will remember him forever.
Posted by ayodele akinpelu on March 13, 2022
Daddy,it has been 365 days of daydreaming of you!
Everyday, something just come-up and your face surfaced!
You made me to be strongly conscious of futility of this earth.

Your words and it's striking cords
Your clichés and the proverbial meanings
Your unique neat,tailor-sharp ironed dressing
Your love-filled talk and seriousness
Your time consciousness
Your self-disciplined nature
Oh dare dare dare!!
I strongly missed you!!!

I've got no replacement for you
As a mentor, spiritual confidant/father

Rest on,Apostle of Holiness, Integrity and Discipline
I will meet you in the morning By the bright riverside

Posted by ayodele akinpelu on February 22, 2022
Daddy! I missed your physical presence!
I've not found the fortitude to believe that you're no longer on this side of life!
Today,you were born to live forever!
Great memory on your birthday.
Posted by Ayodele Akinpelu on April 24, 2021
For 36years you accommodated me.
For 36years you saw my human weakness,you endured me.
For 36years you were my spiritual/family confidant,ever ready to share practicum.
For 36years I received/enjoyed your technical -knowhow in doing things
For 36years you empathise with my family at each life-challenging situations.
At the dining-table,study-room today, I still saw your radiant face!
Your stand to receive solution to life-threatning issue by importunity in prayer, becons on me to do same.
I will meet you in the morning by the beautiful gate .
Daddy good night sir.
Let me die the death of a righteous man,O God and my end be like him.


Posted by Niyi Abimbola on April 23, 2021
Pastor Gabriel Alayande is not dead. He lives on on account of His faith in Jesus Christ - for whom He has fought the good fight and a crown of life is laid before him. Let us celebrate his life on earth, and with we will see in Heaven rejoicing together. Rest in Jesus Christ----and live in His eternal Life. 
Posted by Olufemi Olatinwo on March 21, 2021
Daddy, you inspired many generations, you impacted many generations, you imparted into generations treasures. Can't just fathom it that you are gone which I know is to be with the Lord whom you showed to all that you came in contact with. You will surely be missed, a father to generations. Rest on God's general.
Posted by Ayodele Akinpelu on March 20, 2021
Daddy! I'm yet to come to terms that you've gone to rest!
Not because of age, but the added value!
You're precious in mentoring to have gone so soon!
Memory memory memory times together!
I'l'll see you in the morning

Posted by Owomoyela boluwatife on March 19, 2021
Well I never knew you personally but one thing I know is you produced a very respectable man as a son(Bosun). I know you will rest well at the very place of the most high. 
Posted by Nike Oyewole on March 19, 2021
You were more than a father in law to me... you accepted me and became my LOVING father. You'll be sorely missed grandpa

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Posted by ayodele akinpelu on March 13, 2022
Daddy,it has been 365 days of daydreaming of you!
Everyday, something just come-up and your face surfaced!
You made me to be strongly conscious of futility of this earth.

Your words and it's striking cords
Your clichés and the proverbial meanings
Your unique neat,tailor-sharp ironed dressing
Your love-filled talk and seriousness
Your time consciousness
Your self-disciplined nature
Oh dare dare dare!!
I strongly missed you!!!

I've got no replacement for you
As a mentor, spiritual confidant/father

Rest on,Apostle of Holiness, Integrity and Discipline
I will meet you in the morning By the bright riverside

Posted by ayodele akinpelu on February 22, 2022
Daddy! I missed your physical presence!
I've not found the fortitude to believe that you're no longer on this side of life!
Today,you were born to live forever!
Great memory on your birthday.
Posted by Ayodele Akinpelu on April 24, 2021
For 36years you accommodated me.
For 36years you saw my human weakness,you endured me.
For 36years you were my spiritual/family confidant,ever ready to share practicum.
For 36years I received/enjoyed your technical -knowhow in doing things
For 36years you empathise with my family at each life-challenging situations.
At the dining-table,study-room today, I still saw your radiant face!
Your stand to receive solution to life-threatning issue by importunity in prayer, becons on me to do same.
I will meet you in the morning by the beautiful gate .
Daddy good night sir.
Let me die the death of a righteous man,O God and my end be like him.


his Life

BIOGRAPHY

BIOGRAPHY OF LATE PASTOR GABRIEL OPE-OLUWA ALAYANDE (1944-2021)

Pastor Gabriel Ope-Oluwa Alayande was born on the February 22nd, 1944 to Pa. Isayinka James and Madam Moradeun Aduke Alayande. He is last of three surviving children. His pa-rents were plagued-ed with child mortality: four out of the seven children died at tender ages. Life was really tough, growing up in Mosafejo Village near Ilogbo-Otta in Ogun State, abject poverty was a firsthand experience.

However, despite the circumstances surrounding his birth and childhood, Gabriel Ope-Oluwa Alayande decided early to make better choices in order to experience a much better life.

Some of the key choices he made were to get an education, accept Jesus Christ and commit the rest of his life to serving Him; God also responded with His Great Faithfulness.


EDUCATION

Ope-Oluwa Alayande began his primary education at the African Church School, Balogun village, near Ilogbo-Otta, Ogun state in 1950. He later moved to St. Simon’s Anglican Church School, Elere, where he was admitted into standard 2, and completed his Primary School Education in 1958. He was Punctuality Prefect for four years in that school.

Later, he proceeded to Alabama Baptist Secondary Modern School Oke-Saje in Abeokuta, from 1959-1961.


FURTHER EDUCATION AND CAREER

In 1962, he enrolled as a radio mechanic at Abebi, Ibadan where he trained for four years. Afterwards, he got a job as a Sales Representative at CFAO, so as to earn enough money to get his own radio mechanic business up and running, but the enterprise failed due to low patronage.

Later in 1971, through his direct pastor and spiritual mentor, Late Pastor Samuel Olusanya Shodeinde, he was employed as a Laboratory Attendant at the Department of Physiology, University of Ibadan. He soon enrolled for evening classes at the Department’s Laboratory Technology Training School (LTTS). After the 2-year basic course, he immediately enrolled for another five-year course of The Institute of Science Technology, London Correspondence Course. With that, he bagged a Final City and Guilds of London Institute Certificate in Physiology and Pharmacology Techniques, an Equivalent of Higher National Diploma (HND) in Nigeria. It was a huge boost to his career.

Immediately after his Laboratory Technology Training School (LTTS), he proceeded to participate in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in 1981. He later retired as a Chief Technologist (the peak of his career) in 2004.

Gabriel Ope-Oluwa Alayande was circumspect about embracing several opportunities to boost his career especially, abroad, because he preferred to stick close to his wife and children, so he could nurture his family, while he remained deeply devoted to God and His service.


MINISTRY

After his Secondary School education, Pastor Gabriel Ope-Oluwa Alayande joined the Owu Baptist Church, Abeokuta, where he was introduced to the Broadman Hymnal as well as the Sunday Bible School. He later gave his life to Christ, was water-baptized and cultivated devotion to ministry.

Upon relocating to Ibadan, he joined the Gospel Faith Mission, through a colleague, late Elder Gabriel Ishola Akinyele whom he had met at the Radio Mechanic workshop. He found the Broadman Hymnal, choir and musical transcription exercises irresistible attractions. He eventually joined the choir as an instrumentalist (Trumpeter) and later the church work force in September, 1966.

Among those who received him warmly into the fold were Evan-gelist T. A. Ajadi, Pas-tor R. T. Omotosho (of blessed memory), Elder E. D. K. Orunbato (of blessed memory), Elder M.A. Adebayo (of blessed memory), and Pastor A. A. Johnson (of blessed memory). In a short while, he became established.

After an accidental opportunity to teach during a morning devotion exercise, the leadership of the church soon noticed he was a gifted teacher of the word, and began entrusting bigger responsibilities to him. He served as the General Sunday School Superintendent of GOFAMINT Salvation Army Road Assembly from 1970-1982.

He was appointed an Elder in 1978 and was deployed to Pastor a new branch of the mission at Oke-Itunu, Mokola, Ibadan in 1982. He was ordained as a Pastor in 1990. In 1996, he was transferred from Oke-Itunu to Oke-Ibadan Assembly.

He was appointed Pastor over a newly carved out Area called Olorungbeja, to oversee 13 churches. The area was later upgraded to a District in 2003, and by February, 2004 he was transferred to Eleyele to serve as the District Pastor, where he retired from active service.

Aside from these, he has also served the mission in different capacities at the regional and national levels, some of which include:

Ø Chairman, Food Sub-Committee Convention Working Committee (1997-2010)

Ø  Vice-Chairman, Convention Working Committee (2001-2010)

Ø  Member, GOFAMINT Clinic Establishment Committee

Ø  Member, GOFAMINT Heritage Nursery and Primary School Board

Ø  Vice-Chairman, Preaching Point, Tithe Management Committee --Region 2

Ø  Chairman, Preaching Point, Tithe Management Committee – Region 2.



MARRIAGE AND FAMILY LIFE

Pastor G.O. Alayande met his wife Esther, Oluranti Moses and proposed to her in 1967, They courted for five years. She later joined the Gospel Faith Mission, Salvation Army Road Assembly, Ibadan where they got married on Saturday, 30th December, 1972.

Together, they have not only raised 6 children, they are blessed with 13 grandchildren, with a very strong spiritually heritage.

Until his passing on Saturday, 13th March, 2021 after a brief illness, he continued to serve humanity as father, counselor, teacher, mentor, advocate and friend.

We will forever miss him. 

Recent stories

MY ADVANTAGE AS THE LAST CHILD

Shared by AYOBAMI (YOBAMS) ALAYANDE on March 18, 2021


Being the last child also connotes that I had less house chores to do at the time. My older siblings were there to do them. My father was a man of the farm,so not until I was five or six did I start to follow him to the farm.

Mama might not afford the luxury of delicacies, but the local supply of snails, little games, and edible fungi (olu) always made her food special to a child like me who had been trained from birth to be contented with what you were given: no query, no comparison with any other. In fact, you dared not be covetous over anything. Playing round the village was a common thing with other children of that age group who had not started schooling or whose parents either could not afford it or did not believe it. Moonlight stories enriched the ready tender heart to learn and to explore.

The vegetation around my village was a thorough tropical rain forest, so densely packed that rain falling on the canopy could take as long as two to three minutes to reach the ground. Thus, fresh breadfruits and english nuts (@pz Oyinbo) could be available during the season.

Hunting for snails, small games and fishing in the stream were part of my early life. My older brother served as a link to these ventures.

The raining season had its own effect on the villagers. I could vividly remember my father calling on God to save his house from storm on such occasions. It could be extremely cold such times, especially during the May to August downpour.

Walking bare-footed was not a big deal. From childhood to my teenage years, I wore no shoes. From the earliest consciousness, the church bell was fascinating. Going to church, there was orderliness. The songs would always make a soul-searching and drawings to God. Then, from my toddler stage, the fear of God was instilled in me at home, around the village and the church. Then, it was a taboo to work on Sunday or go on a journey.

I cherished and loved my village environment though not civilized; simple but thoroughly natural.

Some of my older village mates with whom we played together then were Brother Olajumoke Makinde, now a retired educationist, Brother Isaac Olusola Fadiran, nowa prophet, “Anti” Adesoye Fadiran, and Susanah Adufe Alayande, also a retired educationist.

LIFE IN A MUD HOUSE WITH THATCHED ROOF

Shared by AYOBAMI (YOBAMS) ALAYANDE on March 18, 2021
Like every African rural setting, I was born in a mud house with thatched roof. The cosy bed of a new born-child was the local mat with the old clothes of the mother and, or father as the cot. Such was mine too, with the mother lying beside, especially to breast-feed the child.
Child spacing then was between three to four years and I, being the last child, breast-feeding lasted as long as I wanted. No competition coming in terms of another pregnancy. That my mother was a petty trader, made me to always be around her at home even when I started to walk. I enjoyed her closeness and affection.

My humble beginning

Shared by AYOBAMI (YOBAMS) ALAYANDE on March 18, 2021
Born without a silver spoon, without any kingly pomp, without any royal majesty, my birth was far from my future. At the beginning of the journey of life, nothing, physically, environmentally and indeed, from all fronts gave, a glimmer of hope or thought of excellence. Only God, the Giver of life could have known what I laterbecome. The beginning was rough, tough and nothing but soul and body.


I was born on the 22nd of February, 1944. That another male child was born gave my father great joy, a future hope that another farm-helper had arrived. I was named Ope-Oluwa Mojisola Adeleye, among others that faded away with time. Gabriel was given, as I supposed, as a baptismal requirement by my father. Mojisola was given by my maternal grand-mother, I supposed, because I grew up to hear these inspiring words from her, (which we call “Oriki”) that she used to shower on me anytime she was around. 

This was borne out of her impression about the colour of my skin that was then neither black nor light as a young child. This might further be interpreted spiritually as the uncertainty of what my future has in stock.