ForeverMissed
This memorial was created for our daddy Olusola Adeyemi, 72 years old, who stepped into glory on February 23, 2021. We remember him now and always.

FROM THE BEGINNING…..

Daddy Olusola Adeyemi was born in Ile Oniwere, Iludun-Oro, Kwara State on 29th November, 1948. His Father, Pa David Adeyemi Fasanu and Mother, Madam Rebecca Omorike Fasanu (nee Adekeye) , both of Iludun-Oro lived their lives and times as fervent believers in the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and handed this legacy to their son Olusola before passing on to glory in 1998 and 2016 respectively.

Daddy started his life career with primary education at St James’ Anglican Primary School (now LGEA School) Iludun-Oro in January 1955. He proceeded to secondary education at Esie/Iludun Anglican Grammar School in January, 1962 and to higher secondary at Government College Bida, then under the auspices of The Government of Northern Nigeria in January 1967. Daddy’s university education started with the University of Ibadan, Nigeria’s premier university (1969-72), later Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts,USA (1976-77), University of Lagos, Akoka (1981-86) and University of Abuja (2009-2017). He graduated with Ph.D (Economics) in April 2017.

His working life started in January 1969 as a Higher School Teacher at the Government Secondary School, Dekina, then popularly referred to as Kwara overseas and now in Kogi state prior to the university education. On completing the first university degree at Ibadan, he commenced a new cycle of working life as Panning Officer Grade Two at the then Federal Ministry of Economic Development (now Ministry of Planning and Budget) in June 1972. He served in that Ministry for about twenty-five out of the thirty-five years of civil service career. His main preoccupation was preparation of the medium-term plans and the annual budget. As a legacy of his career in that ministry, he published a book titled: MOVING NIGERIA FORWARD : THE DEVELOPMENT PLANNING APPROACH.

His other civil service career engagements included Federal Ministry of Aviation, Ministry of Federal Capital Territory, National Economic Intelligence Committee (NEIC) and the Presidency. He rose through the ranks and retired as Federal Permanent Secretary in June 2007. Before retirement, he was awarded National Honours, Officer of the Order of the Niger, OON by President Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR.

He was able to scale through the challenges of work-a-day life all through his career with the help of the Almighty God and the support at the home front by his wife, Esther Oluyinka Adeyemi, also a civil servant who rose through the ranks and retired from the system as Director of Women Affairs in January 2013.

The marriage to Esther Oluyinka Adeyemi of Ile Ajalegbe, Iludun-Oro on December 10, 1977 produced three siblings , all of them flourishing and strong in the Lord:  Oluwafemi, Titilayo Adewuyi (nee Adeyemi), and Opeoluwa. Besides the wife, Daddy’s family life was enriched by the support of his immediate parents (of blessed memory), his Father-in-Law, Pa Titus Adeyemi Awotoye (of blessed memory) and Mother-in Law, his first primary school teacher, Prophetess Mrs Victoria Olufunmilayo Awotoye.To God be the glory.

Daddy’s life was enriched with his close association with the House of God starting with New Estate Baptist Church, Surulere, Lagos, New Estate Baptist Church, Apo, Abuja and New Realm Baptist Church, Onireke, Ojo Lagos.. He cultivated a special love for the Sunday School Ministry and Bible reading.

He also enjoyed social life with the friends with whom he grew up right from his youth in Iludun-Oro (now Iludun-Oro Auxilliary Association) and very close friends in the House of God who over the years became family friends and prayer partners. He spent his life serving in the Lord’s vineyard, in his place of birth, Iludun-Oro and in the society at large.
Posted by Engr Tajudeen Adekeye on March 20, 2021
TRIBUTE TO MY UNCLE, MY DADDY AND MY ROLE MODEL
I was overwhelmed with joy the first day I met you around 1973 when you drove in your brand new 'marina' car with registration number 'LY4061'to our shop at Gambari area in Ilorin to visit my Father, Alhaji AbdulAzeez Adekeye of blessed memory. You took me and my father in your car to Ita-ajia. Indeed, It was a memorable occasion I will never forget! When I started my primary education my father used to tell me about your excellent academic performance and that if I performed well in my exams I would go to Lagos and live with you. This was a great motivation for me.
Each time you came to Ilorin I would show you my report sheets and you would encourage me to keep up my excellent performance and this continued through out my primary and secondary school days.
In 1985, immediately after I passed out from secondary school my dream was actualised when you agreed with my father to allow me live with you in Lagos. You sponsored my University education and followed me personally to Nigerdock to get me Industrial training (IT) placement. I yielded to your advice on deligence to work and good conduct which earned me automatic employment with Nigerdock after graduation from school.
You used to wake up very early in the morning around 4:00am for morning devotion and I emulated you by also waking up for my dua'u and salat at the same time and this has become part of me till now. Indeed, you were an epitome of good virtue. You are missed by all. Bye Daddy.
Posted by Adebola Akande on March 16, 2021
Tribute To Dr. Joseph Olusola Adeyemi (OON).
"Good people pass away; the godly often die before their time.
But no one seems to care or wonder why.
No one seems to understand that God is protecting them from the evil to come:
For those who follow godly paths will rest in peace when they die" (Isaiah 57: 1-2; NLT).
Our beloved brother's transition to glory is worthy of celebration. His was a life well lived for God and humanity. His life of humility is examplary and worthy of emulation.
We treasure his memory, honour his legacy, fondly remember his dedicated service to God and humanity and mourn our loss. We mourn but not like those who have no hope.
Beloved brother Olu Adeyemi, you have fought the good fight, you have finished the race, you have kept the faith. Now there is in store for you the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to you on that day- and not only to you, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. (2 Timothy 4:7-8)
Sleep on, dearly beloved, in the bosom of your Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, until the resurrection morning, when we shall meet again to part no more.

Dr Adebola Akande.
Edmonton, Canada.
Posted by Kehinde Olabimtan on March 16, 2021
Bro. Olu Adeyemi: A Child of God in Verity
A Tribute and Some Reminiscences

He was at my graduation from the seminary on June 1, 1991, yet I had no recollection of meeting him before church duty called him to prepare my place of residence on assuming the pastorate of New Realm Baptist Church. He was the director of administration and church secretary when I arrive there in July 1991. That first encounter turned out to be the pacesetter for what would be my thirty years of drawing from his unflinching generosity and goodwill. He gave me the free hand to choose the furnishing for the apartment he got for me on behalf of the church, and my colleagues who visited me there could not but be impressed with the quality of the space. It is not a common experience for young pastors assuming duties in our local Baptist churches to be so privileged.

Barely two years later, about April 1993, I received the news of my father’s ill health and admission to the University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan. I had strongly desired, as my father prayed for me four years earlier, that he would see me coupled before he died. Bro. Adeyemi sensed my gloomy feelings about my situation and considered it might be unsafe for me to drive to Ibadan alone. So, he joined me on that trip, possibly with the advice and consent of his wife. He prayed with my father and as a Yoruba omoluwabi, quintessential character, he also gave him a cash gift. His company lightened the burden of that journey.

On a lighter note, I did not know he just endured my driving to Ibadan. When we were about to set out on the return journey to Lagos, he said with his characteristic Yoruba courtesy, “Pastor, E je k’emi drive,” meaning, “Pastor, Let me do the driving.” When we hit the Lagos-Ibadan expressway and I watched the car’s speedometer, I could not believe what I saw. I was uneasy but shy to tell him to slow down. Well, we arrived safely and in good time. A few weeks later, I discovered that my speedometer was actually over-reading and his apparent over-speeding was my own lack of experience in driving and managing the car. It was good the restraint of my shyness paid back his patience at our going out.

Another significant expression of his generous spirit occurred barely a year after our trip to Ibadan. About mid-1994, I was with him at his residence in Festac Town when he asked me what I was doing about marriage. I told him I recently met a lady in Port-Harcourt through Mr. Ajayi and that I was planning to write her to indicate my interest in her. He nodded his head in his characteristic poise, and said with solemnity, “Pastooor, Iyan le nse bi oka bayi. Go and meet her (with unmistakable emphasis)!” Paraphrased: “Pastor, you are handling a serious business with lightness. Go and meet her!” The rest, as people say, is story. He and his close friends, Uncle Donatus Ajayi and Deacon Dare Ifelayo were all there for us during our wedding ceremonies. Their wives gave us unforgettable, generous material support; all with self-effacement. What more can one ask for?

Over the years, as I related with Bro. Adeyemi and his family, I witnessed his generous attitude to all and sundry. I saw him care for his parents and siblings. Thankfully, his parents preceded him in transition. And although Bro. Adeyemi was well placed professionally and very sophisticated intellectually, his heart was warm toward his less opportune Iludun-Oro kinspeople. He identified with them in Lagos, in Ilorin and at home. He supported them with his resources and took in a few of their children to live with his family. The young girls from another ethnic group who were assisting the family at the domestic front were no less favored and supported. Like their own children, they gave them decent futures as these girls chose. In this, I and my family took our model from Bro. Olu and his wife, Sis, Yinka, as they incarnated the best of Yoruba cultural values of humility, modesty, generosity and respect for the elderly. Not many with his professional status as a seasoned and well exposed technocrat exemplify these godly traits. It was in retrospect I came to appreciate their values most while studying Christianity and African culture at graduate level in South Africa and Ghana.

I had wished he had the time to rest and enjoy the fruits of his labor after years of diligent service. But our brother was no idle mind. When he retired unscathed from the treacherous federal civil service environment, his active mind found a new direction in academic pursuit and teaching at the university level. He packed so much into life and left behind footprints in the hearts of those of us who knew him. My consolation is that he left behind his wife and children in whom God, in His economy, will vindicate his toil more generously than he served Him. When I spoke with him last December from my own location, he was in Iludun for the festive season. I had not the slightest premonition it would be our last conversation. Barely two months after, it was the news of his possible departure I received, and that departure was confirmed in the early hours of February 23. Bro Olu Adeyemi,

Servant of God, well done!
Rest from your loved employ:
The battle fought, the victory won,
Enter your Master’s joy.



Kehinde Olabimtan
Edmonton, Canada
March 16, 2021
Posted by Tunji Adeyemi on March 11, 2021
FARE THEE WELL, MY BROTHER – MY FATHER
My earliest recollection of you is of a tall visitor whose presence brought Sparks of joy to our household, especially to my mother. Anytime you came around, rice would be served in crockery reserved for special occasions. I couldn’t tell who you were whether an uncle or just a close relative, but it was clear you were special and very dear to my mother – both of you would talk for hours sometime far in to the night.
It Aunty Felicia who whispered to me during one of those visits that you were my brother. What wonder! I could not fathom it. I had to ask my mother, our mother and she confirmed it. “But he is taller than you” I retorted. Mother could only smile in reply. I was just about 4 years old at the time. I ran to share the news with my friends in the neighborhood. Some of them did not believe me until they also confirmed from their parents. But they joined as we mounted guard around his vehicle. Our little army would bring down dated come near that vehicle. I enjoyed the bragging rights among my peers for days afterwards. You instantly became my Lighthouse under whose guiding beam my ship has sailed ever since. But for you, I could have missed my path in life.Not only by reason of the wide age difference, you played the role of a father in my life, and since the demise of our father, you became my father
Now the light is out. The lighthouse has buckled amidst the violent storms. Alas! All I see now is the black sea. Alas!! But I know your Redeemer, my Redeemer iveth and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth.
Fare thee well till the resurrection morning, my brother - my father.
Posted by Ewekeye Tolu on March 11, 2021
TRIBUTE TO A PRUDENT MANAGER/ADMINISTRATOR

I had the privilege of closely working with Daddy Adeyemi when I became the Director of Admin/Church Secretary of New Realm Baptist Church, Ojo in 2019. We interacted as members of the Finance Committee and also when he had to serve as the Acting Chairman of the Church in Conference any time the substantive Chairman was unavailable.

Daddy Adeyemi always stood for prudent management of the Church’s resources and he believed greatly in “saving for the rainy day.” He brings his expertise and experience to bear during meetings when we have to work on the yearly budget of the church and when decisions are to be taken on finances. At any available opportunity, he will share with us how diligence and commitment to God’s work pays and that God rewards those who serve him wholeheartedly. He always talks of how he became a Director in the church before he was appointed a Director at his place of work. Daddy Adeyemi was quick to commend when necessary and always insisted on proper record keeping and documentation for future reference.

Our last interactions were at the Church workers retreat on 30th January where he joined us at the Admin. Department during the break-out session. He was on ground to offer advice from his wealth of knowledge as usual. The last finance committee meeting he chaired was on Sunday, 31st January 2021 and we ended the meeting with a plan to hold another one on March 7 after his trip from Abuja, but alas! God had other plans.

On a more personal note, I drew inspiration from Dr. Olusola Adeyemi and was greatly encouraged and challenged at the same time when the announcement of the completion of his Doctorate degree was made. His attainment of that academic feat at such an advanced age further attested to his zeal for knowledge as well as a dogged determination to achieve his goal.

You will be sorely missed Sir, sleep on till the resurrection morning when we shall meet to part no more.


Tolu Ewekeye (PhD)
Posted by Stephen Jagun on March 11, 2021
A very gentle and quiet daddy who impacted his family and generation.
He raised men for the gospel and lived by example.
We love you but your Saviour love your more.
We give God praise for the privilege to come across you.
Till we meet at the Saviour's feet.
May God uphold Aunty and the entire family.
God bless, Pst Stephen Jagun
Posted by Kunle Fasanu on March 11, 2021
THE FINAL CURTAIN

On Tuesday morning 23rd February, 2021, a 'rude' phone call came through to me that "we lost him". Ha!!!
At this juncture, all we have to say is " THANK YOU LORD"!
However, we are consoled by his exit for heaven's gain, though our lost.
Yes, he has left a very big void in our hearts which will be hard to fill. Daddy Olusola Adeyemi, OON, has fought the good and worthy and noble fight, has finished the race, he has kept the faith.

Farewell, great Big Brother!
Farewell, Big Daddy!!



Dcn. Kunle Fasanu
Posted by Soji Oladejo on March 11, 2021
TRIBUTE: DR. JOSEPH OLUSOLA ADEYEMI (OON)

Daddy Adeyemi, we are torn two ways; wanting to still have you here with us, yet, happy that you are resting in the bosom of the Lord, far removed from the cares and worries of this world.
We are grateful and delighted to have known you these many years.
Through the years, you were a resourceful, successful and dedicated administrator, both in your career and in your service to God. Those early days at New Realm Baptist Church (NRBC), Ojo, you pioneered the establishment of the Administrative department, built systems and structures enabling the smooth running and growth of the church.

You were committed to the Sunday School ministry; always willing to take on the task of developing and writing Sunday School lessons, despite your tight work schedules at the time.

Without doubt, you were a distinguished gentleman, loving husband, caring dad and a doting grandad. Above all, you loved the Lord passionately and walked with Him till the end.

You were a good example to us, and to many. Rest on Sir in the bosom of the Lord until we meet on the resurrection morning, to part no more.

Adieu Daddy Adeyemi.

Soji & Majemite Oladejo
Posted by Ayo and Bisi Kolawole on March 11, 2021
TRIBUTE TO DR. JOSEPH OLUSHOLA ADEYEMI
Though we are from the same town, we did not get to know Dr Joseph Olushola Adeyemi well till some 30 years ago when I joined the Auxiliary Association of Iludun-Oro, a Christian association to which he was a member.
Since then he has been a strong pillar behind our family. He,with his wife, introduced us to and helped nurture us at New Realm Baptist Church,a move for which we have no regrets whatsoever.
He and his wife have upheld/supported us with ceaseless prayers and good counsel that have been of immense blessings to our family.
At New Realm Baptist Church,he was a source of inspiration for us,a worthy example that we try to emulate. I personally will miss the little discussions he had with me from time to time on different issues (church,our community and general) after church services.
  At the community(Iludun) level,his contributions are immense. He was one of the people that the community looked up to for words of wisdom that moved the community forward. He was part of the the “Think Tank” of the community. He and his wife financed a number of projects and influenced the location of some others in the community.
At the National level, he was awarded the title OON for contributions to the development of the nation.
Dr Joseph Olushola Adeyemi:
JOSEPH
-an epitome of humility
-loved and feared God deeply
-of impeccable character
-hard working. He worked in the midst of great adversaries to get to the top of his career, a Federal Permanent Secretary
-with zero tolerance for failure. He obtained his PhD at about 70 years of age.
OLUSHOLA
-ALL that he was and had was by dint of hard and the GRACE OF GOD
-a contented man
-generous
ADEYEMI
-a prince here on earth
-surely a CROWN OF GLORY shall sit beautifully on his head in eternity.
Rest on beloved on the bossom of your Maker till we meet to part no more.
May the Almighty God continue to abide with, comfort and grant the family and friends the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Good night.
Ayo & Bisi Kolawole.

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Posted by Engr Tajudeen Adekeye on March 20, 2021
TRIBUTE TO MY UNCLE, MY DADDY AND MY ROLE MODEL
I was overwhelmed with joy the first day I met you around 1973 when you drove in your brand new 'marina' car with registration number 'LY4061'to our shop at Gambari area in Ilorin to visit my Father, Alhaji AbdulAzeez Adekeye of blessed memory. You took me and my father in your car to Ita-ajia. Indeed, It was a memorable occasion I will never forget! When I started my primary education my father used to tell me about your excellent academic performance and that if I performed well in my exams I would go to Lagos and live with you. This was a great motivation for me.
Each time you came to Ilorin I would show you my report sheets and you would encourage me to keep up my excellent performance and this continued through out my primary and secondary school days.
In 1985, immediately after I passed out from secondary school my dream was actualised when you agreed with my father to allow me live with you in Lagos. You sponsored my University education and followed me personally to Nigerdock to get me Industrial training (IT) placement. I yielded to your advice on deligence to work and good conduct which earned me automatic employment with Nigerdock after graduation from school.
You used to wake up very early in the morning around 4:00am for morning devotion and I emulated you by also waking up for my dua'u and salat at the same time and this has become part of me till now. Indeed, you were an epitome of good virtue. You are missed by all. Bye Daddy.
Posted by Adebola Akande on March 16, 2021
Tribute To Dr. Joseph Olusola Adeyemi (OON).
"Good people pass away; the godly often die before their time.
But no one seems to care or wonder why.
No one seems to understand that God is protecting them from the evil to come:
For those who follow godly paths will rest in peace when they die" (Isaiah 57: 1-2; NLT).
Our beloved brother's transition to glory is worthy of celebration. His was a life well lived for God and humanity. His life of humility is examplary and worthy of emulation.
We treasure his memory, honour his legacy, fondly remember his dedicated service to God and humanity and mourn our loss. We mourn but not like those who have no hope.
Beloved brother Olu Adeyemi, you have fought the good fight, you have finished the race, you have kept the faith. Now there is in store for you the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to you on that day- and not only to you, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. (2 Timothy 4:7-8)
Sleep on, dearly beloved, in the bosom of your Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, until the resurrection morning, when we shall meet again to part no more.

Dr Adebola Akande.
Edmonton, Canada.
Posted by Kehinde Olabimtan on March 16, 2021
Bro. Olu Adeyemi: A Child of God in Verity
A Tribute and Some Reminiscences

He was at my graduation from the seminary on June 1, 1991, yet I had no recollection of meeting him before church duty called him to prepare my place of residence on assuming the pastorate of New Realm Baptist Church. He was the director of administration and church secretary when I arrive there in July 1991. That first encounter turned out to be the pacesetter for what would be my thirty years of drawing from his unflinching generosity and goodwill. He gave me the free hand to choose the furnishing for the apartment he got for me on behalf of the church, and my colleagues who visited me there could not but be impressed with the quality of the space. It is not a common experience for young pastors assuming duties in our local Baptist churches to be so privileged.

Barely two years later, about April 1993, I received the news of my father’s ill health and admission to the University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan. I had strongly desired, as my father prayed for me four years earlier, that he would see me coupled before he died. Bro. Adeyemi sensed my gloomy feelings about my situation and considered it might be unsafe for me to drive to Ibadan alone. So, he joined me on that trip, possibly with the advice and consent of his wife. He prayed with my father and as a Yoruba omoluwabi, quintessential character, he also gave him a cash gift. His company lightened the burden of that journey.

On a lighter note, I did not know he just endured my driving to Ibadan. When we were about to set out on the return journey to Lagos, he said with his characteristic Yoruba courtesy, “Pastor, E je k’emi drive,” meaning, “Pastor, Let me do the driving.” When we hit the Lagos-Ibadan expressway and I watched the car’s speedometer, I could not believe what I saw. I was uneasy but shy to tell him to slow down. Well, we arrived safely and in good time. A few weeks later, I discovered that my speedometer was actually over-reading and his apparent over-speeding was my own lack of experience in driving and managing the car. It was good the restraint of my shyness paid back his patience at our going out.

Another significant expression of his generous spirit occurred barely a year after our trip to Ibadan. About mid-1994, I was with him at his residence in Festac Town when he asked me what I was doing about marriage. I told him I recently met a lady in Port-Harcourt through Mr. Ajayi and that I was planning to write her to indicate my interest in her. He nodded his head in his characteristic poise, and said with solemnity, “Pastooor, Iyan le nse bi oka bayi. Go and meet her (with unmistakable emphasis)!” Paraphrased: “Pastor, you are handling a serious business with lightness. Go and meet her!” The rest, as people say, is story. He and his close friends, Uncle Donatus Ajayi and Deacon Dare Ifelayo were all there for us during our wedding ceremonies. Their wives gave us unforgettable, generous material support; all with self-effacement. What more can one ask for?

Over the years, as I related with Bro. Adeyemi and his family, I witnessed his generous attitude to all and sundry. I saw him care for his parents and siblings. Thankfully, his parents preceded him in transition. And although Bro. Adeyemi was well placed professionally and very sophisticated intellectually, his heart was warm toward his less opportune Iludun-Oro kinspeople. He identified with them in Lagos, in Ilorin and at home. He supported them with his resources and took in a few of their children to live with his family. The young girls from another ethnic group who were assisting the family at the domestic front were no less favored and supported. Like their own children, they gave them decent futures as these girls chose. In this, I and my family took our model from Bro. Olu and his wife, Sis, Yinka, as they incarnated the best of Yoruba cultural values of humility, modesty, generosity and respect for the elderly. Not many with his professional status as a seasoned and well exposed technocrat exemplify these godly traits. It was in retrospect I came to appreciate their values most while studying Christianity and African culture at graduate level in South Africa and Ghana.

I had wished he had the time to rest and enjoy the fruits of his labor after years of diligent service. But our brother was no idle mind. When he retired unscathed from the treacherous federal civil service environment, his active mind found a new direction in academic pursuit and teaching at the university level. He packed so much into life and left behind footprints in the hearts of those of us who knew him. My consolation is that he left behind his wife and children in whom God, in His economy, will vindicate his toil more generously than he served Him. When I spoke with him last December from my own location, he was in Iludun for the festive season. I had not the slightest premonition it would be our last conversation. Barely two months after, it was the news of his possible departure I received, and that departure was confirmed in the early hours of February 23. Bro Olu Adeyemi,

Servant of God, well done!
Rest from your loved employ:
The battle fought, the victory won,
Enter your Master’s joy.



Kehinde Olabimtan
Edmonton, Canada
March 16, 2021
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