ForeverMissed
Adegboyega Abayomi Atoyebi
23rd April 1972- 2nd July 2021

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS
Tribute night: Wednesday 14th July 2021.
At Federal Palace Hotel | Time: 5pm
Funeral Service: Thursday 15th July 2021.
At Covenant Christian Centre Lekki | Time: 10am
Private interment follows immediately after the funeral service.
He will be sorely missed.
Virtual Attendance via Zoom - https://bit.ly/3k0YcHM
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Posted by Rania Ahmed on January 9, 2022
I only met Gboyega once but it was enough to know how a gentleman he was. May God rest his soul.
Posted by Wale Adesola on August 7, 2021
So sad to learn of your death Gboye. Only God knows best. Rest in peace. May God grant you eternal rest and be with your family left behind.
Posted by Tayo Unigwe on July 18, 2021
Gboye! Gboye!! Gboye!!! Hahan....is that it? Just like that? It's still so unbelievable that you are gone...What is going to happen to all our April Open House Getogether...Remember we always celebrate 5 April birthdays in the "family", starting with Tobi's (10th), Laitan's (18th), yours (23rd), Mine (28th) & Emmanuel's (30th)....so, what are we to do on the next 23rd April..Hmmm...its just so so sad

Our very own Gboye! Perfect Gentleman, ever so dependable and reliable...So so selfless. Like a solid rock you stood by me as my Assistant, while i was HOD Protocol, back in our Rhema Chapel days..
Still cant forget how one day, there was urgent need to drop off a Guest of the Pastorate at Ibadan, I couldn't believe the speed with which, you agreed to make an unscheduled trip, all the way to Ibadan (after a Sunday Service) with your Car & all expenses borne by you...Such a selfless move. Together, we motivated & mentored the younger ones in our Team...You were indeed a lover of God...

You were also a perfect professional, as I saw yet that side of you over the years managing your company's A/c & handling transactions with you...Hmmm...

As far as I know, your best shines most, when you are with your Jewel of inestimable value..your better half...your bestie...your friend & confidant ...Eno...oh, your love for each other is so real, your friendship so deep...I see how you sing her praise, you were her greatest Cheerleader, you tucked her in so so well and shielded her....I can go on and on..Hmm...now that you have gone to be with the Angels, I know you will still look out for her...cos she misses you so so much..we all do..

Even now...We still have questions, unanswered questions...no one seem to have answers to the WHY??? Our only consolation is that you are in a better place, you have gone to rest from all your labours, you impacted so many lives...You have fought a good fight...Rest on Gboye...Rest on my friend and brother...

- Tayo Unigwe
Posted by Oshunniyi Ademola on July 15, 2021
Hello Uncle,

You played a significant role in my life growing up, and those happy memories are not going anywhere. What makes me happy is that death does not bring things to an end. See you again at the new beginning. Love you always.
Posted by Adepeju Lewis on July 14, 2021
Uncle Gboyega,

The news of your passing hit home and hit hard!!! Writing this tribute isn’t easy! I’m not sure where to start. You’ve always been a part of my life as I grew up visiting Ini, Afope, Tireni, aunty Mayowa and everyone at Akoka and then Alagomeji. Then we met quite regularly at Rhema Chapel. It was like we weren’t related by blood but you were always close enough to be my uncle.

And what I remember is the warmth and calm you freely gave to me, always reassuring me about the future.

Then I had the opportunity to catchup with you over breakfast in Ghana one to one. I was sharing with you about my career and my future plans and you gave me lots of advice and told me it will all work out according to God’s plan for me.

I have seen videos of you dancing at parties and I keep playing them over and over and I can’t help but smile and sometimes laugh. You brought joy to a lot of people and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to benefit from that.

I’m still stunned by the news but I’m glad you are resting now with Our Heavenly Father. I pray that God keeps aunty Eno and consoles her and also your parents and family. Till we meet again.

Peju (Yeside) Lewis
Posted by Enobong Ezekiel on July 14, 2021
Gboyega,

Hmmm! Still Speechless I would say. Memories I have of you is filled with you smiling all the time...never saw a sad face or frown on you. God will comfort my dearest Eno. Rest in the bosom of our Lord. Rest bro. Rest.
Posted by Jaiye Lucas on July 14, 2021
Sir Gboye…

Words cannot describe the feeling that comes with this.

Right from day one, when I joined your team as a rookie; you paid no attention to my weaknesses; instead, you only focused on my strengths with firm belief and this never changed throughout the years.

Even when our careers took us to different places, you were always looking out and doing everything to help me out. I couldn’t believe or understand why, but I realise now, that you were an Angel sent to earth, and now, you have returned home.

Thank you for believing in me. Thank you for lifting me. Thank you for teaching me.

I will miss you terribly, but I will also be grateful that I was one of the lucky people on earth, that knew you.

Adieu my mentor; my leader; my brother; my friend.
Posted by femi oyeledun on July 13, 2021
It was sad to hear the news of your demise.
You conducted yourself always with simplicity and humility. You were also very respectful.
I remember you were dedicated in your service in the church, Rhema Chapel, without waiting for accolades from men or expecting any rewards. I guess God rewarded you by giving you a beautiful wife, Eno.
We mourn for the loss but heaven rejoice at gaining a worthy soul. As the angels are singing and dancing at your arrival. 1Cor. 15:20-22. Our consolation is that you died in Christ.
May God strengthen and console your wife , the entire family and friends you left behind.
Good night Gboyega! Sun re.
Posted by Tunde Zubair on July 13, 2021
Gboyega....an intelligent fellow. Friendly....respectful....easy to get along with.
Never allowed his 'larger than life' status prevent him from hanging out with good friends.
I thank God Tayo Amachree brought our paths to cross in early 90s.
While we are shedding 'tears of sadness' because of your departure....Angels are shedding 'tears of joy' on your arrival.
Rest in peace, shortie.
Posted by Omololu Oluwaniyi on July 13, 2021
Words fail me. So shocking to learn of the passing of Gboyega, a fine gentleman inside and outside. What a loss!! From the days of FGCI even on to the corporate world you had been such a wonderful, kind and patient person...ever bubbly and putting smiles on people's faces. Gboyega, it is very sad you are no more with us but then we know where you are...at peace and at the right hand of the Father.
Rest on perfectly bro and may God Almighty strengthen your entire family.
Posted by Tunde Ogunsanya on July 13, 2021
Dear Gboyega (Shortie)
We were in the same class SS1E - SS3E in FGCI. I'm still on shock at the news of your demise. What else can I say that has not been said.
You will forever be remembered and missed.
Oremi atata, farewell and rest in peace in the bossom of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. Adieu Gboyega.
Posted by Olumide Alao on July 13, 2021
May your gentle soul rest in peace Adegboyega, my condolences to your family. (FGCI 89).
Posted by Tolu Akinosun on July 13, 2021
Gboyega, to say I'm heartbroken is an understatement. The news of your passing came as a very rude shock and it hit home hard because we'd lost touch over the years.

How can I forget our conversations and shenanigans all those years ago in Alagomeji - you, me and Mayowa? Words fail me right now but I am grateful that this is just good night and not goodbye.

May Eno, your parents and siblings, Pastor and Auntie Debola and the rest of the family be comforted at this time, amen.
Posted by Roy Ovbiagele on July 13, 2021
Gboyega.

It's hard bro. That you should leave us so soon.

Not an easy thing to describe how different you are. A very special man indeed. We will miss you.

Mature, civilized, gentle, tough as nails, yet the kindest heart.

You were a deep thinker bro. You looked out for other people. Out of the blue you would call to discuss things from general welfare to potential business opportunities and would always be great fun to be with. From our days at Unilag to many years after.

Your humility and pride were an amazing combination. It is with the strength and faith in God you lived with that we are reminded of the grace of Almighty God.

Rest on brother. Rest in peace.

Roy Ovbiagele.
Posted by Deji Adeniyi on July 12, 2021
You were three (3) years ahead of me at Federal Government College, Ilorin. We were both in School House. This made it 36 years of knowing you.

You had always been a gentle man. Classy, brilliant and accessible.

You were eager to learn about my progress in career and wished me well.

Knowing you, you must be having a blast since your transition.

May the Almighty God comfort the wife amd his loved ones.

Eternal rest grant him oh Lord!

Posted by Dayo Adesanmi on July 12, 2021
Dear Gboyega, I am glad our paths crossed. working with you was fun, there was no dull moment, we disagreed only to agree.

You modelled excellence in so many ways; dressing, knowledge,impeccable writing skills,conduct and most especially there was no topic you could not discuss or comment about.

Thanks for the coaching and mentoring with regards to investing. Seun and I will never forget you found us a place a few weeks before our wedding.

We pray for God's comfort for Eno and the rest of the Atoyebi Clan

Sun re o...
Posted by Haruna Jalo-Waziri on July 12, 2021
"We are here to celebrate your life
And the measure of its worth
And every single life you touched
While you were on this earth.
We wish to pay our last respects.
That’s why we all are here,
To thank you for your friendship
And all the memories we hold dear.
It’s been a privilege to have known you."

Rest Bro
Posted by ESEOSA EKHAGUERE on July 12, 2021
Gboyega,

The news of your death is still a shock. I hope someone will wake me up from this dream. “The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh”. May your soul rest in the bosom of the Lord. May He grant your family the fortitude to bear this great Loss.

Adieu bro.
Posted by Adekemi Padonou on July 12, 2021
GBOYEGA ATOYEBI
You were my brother, my friend who later on became my boss. Who would have thought I would end up working in the same place with you.. I thank God for having you as part of my family.
GB has fondly called by all of us was a workaholic, a stickler for results with a commendable analytical mind. He is good listener, tells jokes, He is comfortable to talk with and highly dependable. He was an English gentleman, humble with impeccable manners but a Yoruba man to the core. He always yabed me in Yoruba proverbs to get at me because he knows I did not understand what he was going on about, I still picture him sighing and shaking his head and shrugging his shoulders as if to imply ...”Only God can save you”
He was the unsung, unfinished project. He was always ready to help and give advice when necessary.. He was a leader that lead by example. He was my cheer leader always edging me on to reach my goals.
The last time we saw sadly was March 2019 at my brother’s wedding(Adeniran Fakorede)after which we all hung out with my family at 4 seasons where you over fed me.
GB the last time we chatted you promised resuming work soon…I was elated. On Nike’s birthday I sent you a “happy father’s day “message which you did not reply which was highly unlike you cause you always reply your messages on time too! .
If only one could turn back the hands of time.. and prayed harder for your recovery maybe you’d still be with us. I still feel all this is a bad dream and I will wake up to see you well and hearty but alas you have gone for a higher calling.
Thank you for all you did for the Fakorede family and myself especially in  the year 2018 which was a rough year for me but I came out unscathed thanks to you.
I will miss you sorely and the promise I made to you still stands and By His Grace I will fulfill it In Jesus Almighty Name, Amen

REST ON MR. GBOYEGA ATOYEBI (MD Parkway Micro Finance Bank), My Brother My Friend and My Amiable Boss


ADEKEMI O. FAKOREDE-PADONOU(aka Mrs.P)

Posted by Ifeoma E on July 12, 2021
Gboyega, are you really gone? I feel numb as I write this – how can this be true? Its hard to put my thoughts together but I will try. I wish I had more time to accept what has happened before I write, but it has to be written now …

I have so many memories – which will continue to be a form of solace for me ….

I cannot forget the evenings Eno, you and i spent chatting into the wee hours– I did not want those evenings to end – the conversations were fantastic.

You were wise. I will never forget the advice you gave, be it personal, professional, on style (my mum always refers to how sharply dressed you always are (were?) ) – nothing was too trivial for you to give advice on, when sought. And your advice, was always insightful but still basic, almost like “do not make things complicated when they are simple”.

You were so kind, thoughtful and generous, I still remember the last time I was in Lagos and you were out of the country, and Eno mentioned I was in town and I got a surprise lunch delivery – from you – I thought it was from Eno, then she told me – “nooo – it’s from Gboyega”… Nothing is too simple for you to take care of….

You lived life to the fullest and are possibly the most optimistic person I know – always looking forward into the future and seeing a vision of where you are headed….and aiming for it....you traveled, traveled and traveled – so inevitably, my bestie traveled traveled traveled - but you were the adventurous one – the one brave enough to bungee jump!… now it almost feels like you were trying to pack so much into the time you had with us…. which ended so abruptly…
 
Despite the sadness I feel and difficulty I have in facing this reality, I find deep in my heart a thankfulness to God, because I know you ran your race with perseverance, so today, I believe that you are in a place where there is pure joy, joy, joy – no more pain, but joy joy joy.

I pray for God to continue to comfort Eno, your mum and dad and your sisters and the rest of your family – until we meet again – bye for now...

Ifeoma Ezeokafor
Posted by Sylvester Metieh on July 12, 2021
Tribute to a dear brother and friend.

Gboyega (TopGee)

The news of your departure broke our hearts, we cried, stopped and cried some more. We will miss you and all that embodies you. What do we know? Our knowledge is very limited and we know only in part, but our Lord the almighty God, knows all.

I will miss you bro, I will miss your distinct voice calling me "Baba Slyo". Our girls will miss their beloved “uncle Gee”. It's tough to take all in, but it is well.

The girls cried a lot when we broke the news to them, comforting them was hard, but they find comfort, we find comfort knowing you are now with the Lord.

I remember the Words of our Lord asking us to be the salt of the earth, you were just that, you were salt to many. Your life touched our lives in many beautiful ways, so thank you.

You fought the good fight of Faith and you finished the race. Take your rest now my brother. Take your rest now my friend.

Sylvester Metieh
Posted by Emmanuel Essien on July 11, 2021
To our dear big brother, Uncle and friend.

TopG,

I don't think it's fair to even be penning a tribute to you at this time. You were just hitting your prime. We were already talking about planning a 50th birthday rendezvous at one of your favorite places to visit Dubai. It all seems surreal still, maybe that's why it's taken me this long to pen said tribute. Your passing is still very painful and visceral. I imagine the pain never completely goes away, maybe it becomes easier to bear with time but that's it. You were a great guy, just a good positive human being. Thank you for coming into our lives, thank you for loving my big sister Eno the way you did...even until the end. Thank you for making that important connection with my own family, my wife and my son. We will miss you sorely because you were gone way too soon, but we know that we will meet again someday at the masters feet. In a land where there will be no more pain, sorrow or weeping. We will continue to keep your memory alive in our hearts and in pictures, videos. Thanks for the memories brother. On behalf of my wife Cecilia- "our gem" (a name you fondly called her) and my son Emmanuel Jnr - "our son ette" (a name you fondly referred to him as), we say Adieu TopG, UncleG, till we meet again.❤

Emmanuel, Cecilia and Emmanuel Jnr
Posted by Inih Essien on July 11, 2021
You were a big brother and role model. Quiet, but the life of the party for those who really knew you. Your true super power was your heart and that will always be missed. Rest on, our one and only Top Gee!
Posted by Tunde Aboyarin on July 11, 2021
Adieu Mr. Gboyega!!!!

You were such a blessing to everybody that is opportuned to know you whether old, young, rich or poor.

To some of us, we met you when we were young and green, you gave us direction, moulded, trained and empowered us. You were not just our Boss but our mentor, teacher, role model, problem solver and a cheerful giver.

Your demise is still like a dream to some of us but we take solace in God Almighty and the fact that you lived a very, very Good Life.

We pray God Almighty give your immediate family, friends and all of us the fortitude to bear this inestimable Loss.
Posted by Yettie Aji on July 11, 2021
Gboyega so soon!
O f’ iku s ‘agba !
Your brilliance and intelligence was above your age. Gentle nija man, vast in the knowledge of western world but very patriotic, you believed in Nigeria. You took your first born role diligently and you did extremely well with that.

I’m happy this is not goodbye but goodnight, we shall meet to part no more at the bosom of Jesus our Lord!

Sleep on brother, you fought a good fight, rest awaits you, rest on Gboyega , rest on till the resurrection day!

Yetunde Ajigbolamu
Posted by Begun Tolu on July 11, 2021
GB ,
So sorry we lost a great man like u . My career in banking started with your intervention, you were a man of principles and u believed more in possibilities.
Promise your legecy will not die.

Rest in peace.
Posted by David Ayo on July 11, 2021
TRIBUTE TO A BRILLIANT GENTLEMAN
My first encounter with Mr. Atoyebi was great. I witnessed an amiable and brilliant gentleman.

Even though he was at the top echelon of a leading Microfinance Bank, his humility was never in doubt.

Getting to know him further proves that Nigeria still has brilliant men and women like him who can transform this Nation positively.

Adieu Gboyega Atoyebi. Continue to rest in the Lord. - D. A. Ayo
Posted by Oje Ologun on July 11, 2021
Sir Gboye,

Writing this hurts, I am grateful for everything you have done for me, nurturing me whilst working under your wings at Oceanic Bank, teaching me banking fundamentals, which I still use, till this day. I pray God comforts your family and grants your soul eternal rest.

This is hard.......

Oje.
Posted by Asher Afelumo on July 11, 2021
My name is Asher and I am writing this on behalf of my siblings Aaron and Aliyah, both which are not present as the nephews and niece of uncle Gboyega.

We were deeply saddened to hear that our very own Uncle had passed, as this was something we never thought we will hear. This loss has affected many, both from his family and those around him which goes to say he was loved by many.

    Uncle Gboyega was a very kind, funny, hardworking, thoughtful and all round good person. He always had others on his mind and was a very nice person to have around, he had such an amazing and vibrant personality and was always such a hard worker.

    I remember the time when everyone but my dad went to Lagos in 2018 to spend some time with my cousins, aunts and uncles. I will never forget the hospitality given to us by Uncle Gboyega and Aunty Nono, he will wake up early at times to make breakfast for us and might I add he made the best sandwiches ever, I recall watching football matches with him and my brother in the living room and talking more than the commentators were, I remember when we danced in their living room and I am sure to anyone close to him you will know he would always love to dance from time to time and bust out some of his great dance moves.

    We celebrate a life well lived and we will miss you so much, thank you for everything you have done for us, for all the memories you have given us that we can look back and smile, we will never forget them.

    Rest easy Uncle Gboyega, till we meet on the other side of eternity.



Posted by MIKE TUKURU on July 11, 2021
Adegboyega Abayomi Atoyebi, aka Gboyegus, aka Triple A, aka Shortie, my brother from another mother, Mr Dependable, Mr Impeccable, My Best Man!

I tried to write this many times but emotions kept failing me as I recalled the many life experiences I had shared with you over the last 33 years. I recall when we first met as first year 16-year-old accounting undergraduates in UNILAG. I can’t recall exactly why our friendship was instant hit but I’m guessing I was attracted to you by that warm smile and the seemingly calmness that endeared many to you. I was blessed to have shared numerous funny and crazy experiences in school with you, many of which I dare not mention, but look back at with amazement and wonder, imagining how innocently naïve and brave we were then. All through, you always managed to inspire me with your dreams and many innovative ideas on wealth generation many of which you saw through

I was very honored when you called upon me to be your Best Man at your wedding. I was blessed to have been a part of the beginning of your beautiful union with Eno, one of the strongest and bravest women I know. The love between you two was admirable and gave me joy to know that my friend who had so much to give had been blessed with a wonderful woman who could match or exceed his love, kindness and generosity in return. I was also very honored when you accepted to be my Best Man at my wedding. You not only accepted but backed it up with a very fat cheque to cover some of the huge expenses. You have no idea what a big relief that was and Bunmi and I will be eternally grateful for the support. Your generosity knew no boundaries as I witnessed over the many struggling years. I only had to make a phone call when in need and the response I always got was “Mikey Mike, No Shaking”.

You always were a God-fearing man. Always seeking God and encouraging me to follow suit. Even when I saw you a few weeks ago on your sick bed, you managed to take me through the powerful message of Psalm 124. I was particular encouraged with the verse “We have escaped like a bird out of the fowler’s snare, the snare has been broken, and we have escaped” and I interpreted this to mean that you had escaped from this illness. I left you with the promise to return sometime soon to celebrate this escape. But the Almighty knows best.

Please rest well my brother knowing that it will be well with Eno, Daddy and Mummy, your siblings, your family and friends. I will celebrate your wonderful life and will never forget how you touched mine in many positive ways.

Adieu Best Man
Posted by Akunnaya Ukeje on July 10, 2021
My dearest Gee as I often called you, this really hurts.
You were a perfect gentleman and a true friend
I will miss you so much my dearest friend .
Death has struck again my heart hurts , but our Lord has spoken and we His people must say amen 
The last text you sent me you said ‘ AK no vex jare I didn’t know that it was goodbye
Farewell my dear friend .
To your dear wife and family May the Lord be with them and console them.

Posted by Bunmi Ade on July 10, 2021
Mr A,
I had called you Mr A for years and every conversation with Eno started or ended with how is Mr A?
Long before I met you, listening to Eno, I knew enough of you to simply describe you as one who loved so dearly, and was intensely loved in return.
There was no missing that reciprocity.
Then I would think to myself how beautiful and joyful this Mr and Mrs A’s friendship-marriage is.

Thank you for the inspiration that was your life, your walk with God, your love for family and many.

I am grateful in that sense that God let our paths cross and I trust him to uphold all you left behind.

- Bunmi
Posted by Afope Atoyebi on July 10, 2021
It has always been rare for words to evade me. In these past few moments and days I have continued to try, and fail, to string any words together that would ever be able to accurately portray how incredible you were.

Thank you for always being there for us - in the good times, in the tough times, and every moment in between.

Thank you for taking it upon yourself to ensure we were always clued up about the best new restaurants to eat at in Lagos .

Thank you for showing us how to live so openly and generously. I’m still in awe about how you were always able to make everyone around you feel special, feel loved, feel important, feel taken care of, feel hopeful, grateful and excited for the future - all without breaking your stride.

Your well was always so deep, that even in living your life generously towards others, you were still able to live generously towards yourself. To live life in a way that brought you joy, with the people who brought you the most joy. With you, nothing ever seemed too hard, too daunting, too hopeless, or too impossible. Your presence and perspective always seemed to have this way of fading all those things away.

I started by saying that I didn’t have many words - perhaps what I know I will always have is a heart full of gratitude. Grateful that God loved us so much that he blessed us with you. Grateful to have been able to laugh and dance with you - you always seemed at your happiest in these moments. Grateful to have been able to call you my uncle, cousin, brother and friend.

Most of all, I’m grateful that you now get to spend the rest of eternity laughing and dancing in the presence of our beloved Heavenly Father, where His presence will fade away every hurt, disappointment, fear and sadness you ever had - just like yours always did for ours.

I will always love you.
I will always miss you.

Your Afopemia
Posted by Abiodun Salami on July 10, 2021
Bro gboyega dad’s carbon copy as I always called you.ever since I’ve known you are good man, always smiling and God fearing man.your good works will always be remembered.keep on resting on your maker’s hand.

You be missed!!!!!forever
Posted by Udo Ofomata on July 10, 2021
Dear Gboyega,
It’s difficult to believe that you are no longer with us. You were a beloved and reliable friend to my husband and our family. The weekend treat you gave our children a few years ago is one we have still not been able to match. In our school, Ridgeway, Gboyega was a founding director and typical of him, his involvement and passion was total. He was always the first to arrive for board meetings and his views and recommendations have contributed to the growth of the school. At various times, he chaired our interhouse sports event and Graduation ceremony. One of his most touching acts for our staff members was the training program he anchored for us on ‘Reinventing Ridgeway’. It was a sad day for us when Gboyega went home to be with the Lord, but we are comforted because we know where he is. The memories and legacies he has left in our lives and School lives on.
Rest on Gboyega till the resurrection morning when we will meet to part no more.
Posted by Akin Dada on July 9, 2021
Words fail me to describe the vacuum that has been created by your departure. Bro Gboyega , you had such a large heart and was always willing to help and give words of encouragement.
We will greatly miss you but our solace is that you are resting in the bosom of the Lord.
Your life was an inspiration to us all . I will never forget the money you gave me when I was in Law School, it was a life saver . Rest in peace sir
Posted by Gina Oleghe on July 9, 2021
A Good Man-Gboyega Atoyebi.

I first met Gboyega or “Gboyegi” as I fondly called him in 1988 when we were in University of Lagos. He had a great smile, appeared quiet but friendly and we soon became good friends. We went through many good and challenging times together along with a few others as we navigated the years at Unilag. We would study hard together under all kinds of conditions, we would eat together in the Faculty of Law buttery and several other “bukkas” and laugh together. Just before graduation Gboyega and I were part of a group of four involved in a serious motor accident when we had left campus to buy snacks one faithful afternoon. The car we were travelling in hit a curb and somersaulted a few times but we all escaped unharmed. God had spared all our lives that day and we lived the days, weeks, months, and years that followed acknowledging God’s great mercy and grace. By the grace of God we finished University and pushed on to the next phase of our lives where we moved on to the task of studying and completing our professional Accounting exams. We went on to settle into our different work and family lives. We would keep in touch over the years, every now and again sometimes catching up at chance meetings during various events.

He encouraged me at times when the going was tough and urged me on, making light of difficult situations along the way, reminding me that there was so much to be thankful for. He had a great sense of humour and would crack jokes all the time, with a great poker face. He would also laugh at your jokes in a way, which only made you want to keep laughing. He was a great writer, who enjoyed writing and reading good pieces. I recall in 2016 when he saw an article that my Father had written in one of the newspapers, he sent me a message saying he had thoroughly enjoyed it and that he should be encouraged to write more often. In April 2018 he also shared a link with me for one of his own articles that had been published in the Business Day newspaper. It was brilliantly written and I let him know how proud I was of him.

Gboyega was the quintessential gentleman. Kind, good, thoughtful, helpful, decent, friendly, charming and witty are some of the words I can use to describe him. Three years ago, during the long summer vacation, my Son needed a place to work to gain some experience for the 4-6 week period and when I asked Gboyegi he offered him a place at the Microfinance Bank where he worked, but he went further to offer to speak to his Wife, Eno to see if she had any availability at her office just to make things easier for him in terms of logistics. Imagine that! Such was the man that was Gboyega. Needless to say he was one in a trillion, a legacy that he lives with us. Most importantly, he was a Christian in every true sense of the word. He knew and loved The Lord. What more can I therefore ask for? So yes, I will admit that I am shocked and saddened by this news of his passing and was rather weak for a while before speaking to myself to “look to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith”. I believe he has arrived in heaven with his great signature smile.

I will always remember you Gboyegi, a great guy, a great friend and a good man.

Gina Oleghe.
Posted by Añuli Ez on July 9, 2021
Kindness, warmth...

a blend of humility and sophistication
(don't know how you did that!)

You are an amazing person;

Yes, you still ARE, just not here...

Uncle Gboyay! You will be sorely missed.

But I am confident that you are with God.

I am honoured to have known you and to have been blessed by your kindness.

- Añuli Ezeokafor
Posted by Ikenna Ezeokafor on July 9, 2021
Gboyay! Our beloved Uncle Gboyay.

Every night, we prayed to God to heal you. We believed you would be healed. We looked forward to celebrating with you and Eno very soon. God has called you home; we know He knows best, and we will continue to thank Him for everything - for blessing us with you, for blessing Eno with you, for the years we got to know each other and for the great times we spent together, we thank Him for everything.

You were such a good man. A decent person. A wise and intelligent man. One of the friendliest people I know. Always calm and calculated, never looked down on anyone, very simple Gboyay. I remember the advise you gave me several years ago when dealing with major life and career issues. Such calming wise words. I will never forget, and will forever be grateful to you. 

So sad to lose you so soon Gboyay. You were, and continue to be, a source of endless joy to Eno, and we pray to God to strengthen her now and always in Jesus name, Amen.

We will miss you SO much Gboyay, and pray you continue to rest with the Lord until we meet to part no more, in Jesus name, Amen.

- Ikenna Ezeokafor
Posted by uduak afelumo on July 9, 2021
I thank the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Gboyega, who caused your path to cross with my sister's and eventually with all of us.

My Gee toh sure! My dancing Gee! My brother, my friend! Eno's Voltron!

A lover and respecter of God who wasn't afraid to think, to question, to discuss, to reason.
My Gee who knew a lot, shared what he knew when the opportunity presented itself, and was still open to learn.

I love your love of life. I love your kindness and respect for people. l love your faith and your trust in God.
I miss you.
Its hard, but i know you know that the same God who you trusted your life and eternity to, will take care of your wife, parents and all of us.

I am glad you are at rest. Would have loved you to hang around for a lot more years, but God chose to press the pause button for you now; its just a bend, not an end.
One day God will press the play button and we will all be together in His presence.

Thank you for sharing your life with all of us.
Posted by Tomi Olatunde-Idowu on July 9, 2021
Uncle Gboyega,

Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'll be doing this. It hurts! I have played your voice in my head over and over again calling my name the way you usually do - Tomila! I'll miss our high fives whenever we see each other and the spontaneous catch up sessions with you and Aunty Eno. You never let too much time pass without checking in to see how I am and plan a meet up.

This feels so unreal but I am grateful to God for the life you lived and the time we had with you. We look to God to be our anchor through this. Rest on Uncle in the arms of your Heavenly Father! We will miss you!
                                 
Posted by Tolu Atoyebi on July 9, 2021
Bro Gboyega,

Your living inspired me in ways that are hard to express, I looked up to you as someone I’ll strive to be like. Intellectually, you were one of the soundest people I knew, you knew something about everything yet you were focused and committed to your goals.
A most generous man, always wanting and happy to give every single time.

Your death continues to inspire me, to live life, to love life, and to impact life regardless of the length of life.

I’ll miss you so much big bro, your laughter, your dance steps, your ‘always on point’ looks.

Keep stepping in heaven bro!
Posted by Ama Eyo on July 9, 2021
Mr Atoyebi.....Eno's dearest husband...a true rock and gem. We met just once but I learnt more about you from that one visit and through the beautiful union you shared with your beautiful wife. The nuggets you dropped during that still stick with me till date.

You blessed my life with your words and with the support you gave your wife.

Your union was glorious to model a godly marriage upon.

Though it hurts so much to think of how much your other half will miss you. J know God will comfort her and you will send whispers through the seasons ahead.

Rest child of God with your maker
Rest from the cares on this side
Rest in glory

Posted by Temilola Achakobe on July 9, 2021
My dear dear friend Gboyega. I can’t still come to terms with the fact that you are gone.
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Met you in year 1 Unilag Accounting 1988. We just hit it off almost immediately. You were a constant and consistent friend. You me Gina Michael Taiwo Lolade got up to so much! I look back and I can only smile. We lost touch only to bump into you at our local supermarket how many years later and we had been in touch since.

We chatted just before the pandemic. I should have called you !

May God comfort Eno whom I met before you two got married. May God comfort the Atoyebi family and all of us your friends. We don’t understand but God does.

Rest well my friend in the blossom of your Lord and savior Jesus . Amen

Posted by oluwasegun atoyebi on July 9, 2021
You were such a beautiful and calm soul my great brother. You were a great great man!
I still stand consumed with so much grief at the reality of your departure,but what can anyone do?

Sleep on my brother, because I know you are only asleep and I know you will rise when those who are asleep would rise.

Then there would be no suffering, no sickness not even pain but eternal life.

You will be sorely missed sir, but I know someday, we will meet again to part no more.

Segun and Tolulope Atoyebi.
Posted by Ini Atoyebi on July 9, 2021
Uncle Gboyega, words cannot express the gap that has been left now that you are gone. I am happy you're at rest now, but at the same time I'm so sad that we don't get to experience you anymore. Your love of life was infectious. Your love for people was evident and your generosity was boundless. While we are sad, we thank God because you lived a truly full life, and we, your family and your friends are the evidence of the life you lived.

Thank you for leading an exemplary life. You were a blessing to us all, and a gift from God.

Till we meet again Uncle Gboyega.

We will miss you dearly
Posted by Olubusola Solanke on July 9, 2021
Mr G.

I thank God for the gift of your life as you were a blessing to all who you interacted with - a gentle man with a good heart. Thank you for the true expression of love that was clearly exhibited between your good-self and Eno. The unity you always showcased as a couple which was based on sincerely reaching out to people in their sunny and not too sunny moments is noteworthy.

I salute you for the leadership role you took with all responsibility and intent within your immediate family. I must also mention that you engaged life to the fullest and in the moment with dignity, presence and restraint.

Your transition is very very very painful. May the God of all comforts comfort us all and may we not fear death but fear God the owner of the body and the soul. I am consoled by the fact that your life was and is worthy of emulation and celebration - it has left an indelible impact on and in hearts of so many people - judging by their response to the shock of your passing. 

My prayer is that we all strive to carry on your legacy of being a decent person whereby we do not break the chain of friendship and fellowship - after all I became your friend by virtue of being a friend of your dear dear wife Eno. Every one who you met as a friend became family. Au Revoir Aburo Pataki - Sun re o.

It was indeed a pleasure and a privilege knowing you - Rest in peace, Gboyega.
Posted by Robinson Ofomata on July 9, 2021
TRIBUTE TO MY BROTHER ADEGBOYEGA ABAYOMI ATOYEBI

It was in early April 2001 when I joined then Oceanic Bank. HR preliminaries over, and soon as I walked into the open-plan first floor office of the Corporate Banking Group to resume work, our eyes met, held, kindred spirit, unspoken conversation….. And thus began an exciting journey of friendship, brotherhood and confidante that lasted till you breathed your last.
In all of these years, I have never had to look over my shoulder with you. No second-guessing … for in you there was no guile. We confided in each other, took risks together, did businesses together, lost money together, travelled together, made plans together and had dreams together. You stood by me through thick and thin. I am yet to see a most committed ally. No height was to high, no depth too low for you to go for our friendship. This you transmitted to my family. You will call Udo, you will check on the children, remember their birthdays. You are truly a man to have on one’s side. Dependable, cerebral, detailed, selfless, empathetic, urbane, spiritual, principled, optimistic and much much more. If there was ever a complete gentleman, you personify it. I recall your call to me that early morning in 2019 as you began your battle against the scourge, and you indeed fought valiantly. I drove to your house, and you gave me snippet of the health prognosis. You were unsurprisingly careful to downplay it. You assured me you had conviction that it was not unto death, we held hands, prayed and you left for Singapore same day for treatment. You remained upbeat all through pain, keeping me updated of progress, calling those few times that your strength permitted. Through it all, you were resolved that there shall be thanksgiving, there shall be trips starting with Enugu once you are up on your feet. Gboyega you love people wholeheartedly. Giving of yourself, time, and substance comes naturally to you. Even with your generosity of spirit, you still never wanted to exact on anybody which explains why a lot of people were in the dark about your condition. You envisioned a big thanksgiving, and it would have been really BIG knowing your predilection for excellence.
Your immortal message to me on January 6, 2021 after one of those procedures was most soul-lifting and a beacon of hope that the bend has been turned after all, but God knows…….
“Just to let you know…… we ‘ve seen the fist in the cloud today; we hear the sound of the abundance of miracles! There’s still road to cover but destination assured. All praise to God”
Gboyega, a lifetime will not be enough to recount who you are to me. So now, who will be my friend, my brother, my go-to guy on issues of Naija. You approximate a friend that sticks closer than a brother to me and I want to close by returning to you your message to me at the turn of the year: “thank you for your gift of friendship and support”. And I add; thank you for the memories. My consolation is that I know that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.

Goodnight bro! Robinson Ofomata
Posted by Oluseyi Atoyebi on July 9, 2021
This still feels like a dream I want to wake up from so bad. You were so full of life, cool, calm and exciting to talk to. Your dance moves were always out of this world and you never made anyone feel little. I pray your legacy lives on. May the good Lord send comfort to your wife and the entire family. I'll forever miss you.
Posted by Femi Banigbe on July 9, 2021
My Dear Brother, Gboyega Atoyebi, It was just about a week ago that I got the news of your demise. Still trying to come to terms with the reality of this wondering and wishing that the situation could be reversed. Memories of the past times I saw you and interacted with you filled my mind. Some memories of childhood and growing up in Ilorin flashed through my mind. Although we didn’t spend much time together, but I admired your faith in God, your desire to be the best you can in your field, your courage to take on challenges. You were a man of very few words, ever smiling even when no one knows what you are dealing with internally. You were a humble soul, approachable, and easy to talk to. We will surely miss you but we do not sorrow like the world does. We are confident that you are resting in the bosom of our Lord Jesus having being assured in the gift of Eternal Salvation and our right standing with God through Christ. We commit the family that you left behind to God to the word of His grace that is able to build them up and strengthen them as we all deal with the aftermath of your departure. May your Soul Rest In Peace. Lots of Love from - Femi Banigbe and Family.
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Posted by Rania Ahmed on January 9, 2022
I only met Gboyega once but it was enough to know how a gentleman he was. May God rest his soul.
Posted by Wale Adesola on August 7, 2021
So sad to learn of your death Gboye. Only God knows best. Rest in peace. May God grant you eternal rest and be with your family left behind.
Posted by Tayo Unigwe on July 18, 2021
Gboye! Gboye!! Gboye!!! Hahan....is that it? Just like that? It's still so unbelievable that you are gone...What is going to happen to all our April Open House Getogether...Remember we always celebrate 5 April birthdays in the "family", starting with Tobi's (10th), Laitan's (18th), yours (23rd), Mine (28th) & Emmanuel's (30th)....so, what are we to do on the next 23rd April..Hmmm...its just so so sad

Our very own Gboye! Perfect Gentleman, ever so dependable and reliable...So so selfless. Like a solid rock you stood by me as my Assistant, while i was HOD Protocol, back in our Rhema Chapel days..
Still cant forget how one day, there was urgent need to drop off a Guest of the Pastorate at Ibadan, I couldn't believe the speed with which, you agreed to make an unscheduled trip, all the way to Ibadan (after a Sunday Service) with your Car & all expenses borne by you...Such a selfless move. Together, we motivated & mentored the younger ones in our Team...You were indeed a lover of God...

You were also a perfect professional, as I saw yet that side of you over the years managing your company's A/c & handling transactions with you...Hmmm...

As far as I know, your best shines most, when you are with your Jewel of inestimable value..your better half...your bestie...your friend & confidant ...Eno...oh, your love for each other is so real, your friendship so deep...I see how you sing her praise, you were her greatest Cheerleader, you tucked her in so so well and shielded her....I can go on and on..Hmm...now that you have gone to be with the Angels, I know you will still look out for her...cos she misses you so so much..we all do..

Even now...We still have questions, unanswered questions...no one seem to have answers to the WHY??? Our only consolation is that you are in a better place, you have gone to rest from all your labours, you impacted so many lives...You have fought a good fight...Rest on Gboye...Rest on my friend and brother...

- Tayo Unigwe
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Letter to Adegboyega Atoyebi from Mentee and Friend - Frances Ofori

Shared by Frances Ofori on July 11, 2021
Ade,

This is so surreal! Am I actually writing you a tribute? In which world is this even fair?

I can be in denial all I want but I figured that actually typing this out would bring me some closure and comfort to my aching heart.

Did I tell you that you are the best mentor I’ve had and that those 2 years you spent in Ghana during which I learnt about Banking was pivotal in my professional career?

I love Nigeria because my first experience of it was with Benjy (my husband) and you.

Did I tell you that you taught me way more than Banking? You taught me about life, about dignity and respect, about listening and the power of words. You taught me about faith and the authority of a Christian believer.

You taught me about culture and heritage … starting many a sentence with a proverb. You taught me about excellence, the value of preparation and always putting your best foot forward.

When you spoke the loudest is when you didn’t speak at all because you lived these values and principles and I saw them in action.

I know you know I appreciate you but I didn’t get a chance to tell or show you how much.

Heaven is brighter by 1,000 watts because you must be flashing your captivating smile and I’m sure the angels are throwing a welcome party because one of their own is home.

Thank you Ade for being you and for making me a better person, so that I can help others be better versions of themselves …and so your legacy lives on through me and many of the countless lives you have touched!

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26

I believe! So long Ade, God bless you and keep you till we meet again!

Love,

Frances

Mr G - Au Revoir

Shared by Olubusola Solanke on July 9, 2021
Mr G. 
I thank God for  the gift of your life as you were a blessing to all who you interacted with - a gentle man with a good heart. Thank you for the true expression of love that was clearly exhibited between your good-self and Eno.  The unity  you always showcased as a couple was based on sincerely reaching out to people in their sunny and not too sunny moments is noteworthy. 
I salute you  for the leadership role you took with all responsibility and intent within your immediate family. I must also mention that you engaged life to the fullest and in the moment with dignity, presence and restraint.
Your transition is very very very  painful. May the God of all comforts comfort us all and may we not fear death but fear God the owner of the body and the soul. I am consoled by the fact that your life was and is worthy of emulation and celebration - it has left an indelible impact on and in hearts of so many people - judging by their response to the shock of your passing.  
My prayer is that  we all strive to carry on your legacy of being a decent person whereby we do not break the chain of friendship and fellowship - after all I became your friend by virtue of being a friend of your dear dear wife Eno. Every one who you met as a friend became family. Au Revoir  Aburo Pataki - Sun re o. 
It was indeed a pleasure and a privilege knowing you - Rest in peace, Gboyega.

Shared by Tg Oke on July 7, 2021
Gboyega, to say you impacted many lives would be stating the obvious. Though we never met physically again after FGCI, you made sure you kept up with everyone sliding into our DM's every now and then. You were such a gracious person, even when in the opposition during our numerous arguments on our platform when tempers flared leaving many rattled, you stated your facts succinctly and left it at that. 
As painful as your passing is, we are greatly consoled that you are with your Lord and Master. "To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord".

Till we meet again at the Resurrection.