• Passed away on October 25, 2017 in Dallas, Texas, United States.


Kolawole Olabode Balogun

Kolawole Balogun was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 25, 1970 to loving parents Ekundayo and Ebunoluwa Balogun.  He passed on to glory on October 25, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. He was 47 years old.

A Service of Songs in Kola's memory will hold on Friday November 3, 2017 at 7pm prompt  at RCCG Dominion Chapel Houston, 1203 Cravens Rd, Stafford TX 77477.

There will be opportunity for Family visitation at the church premises before the service of songs from 5pm - 630pm on Friday Nov 3, 2017

Flowers and cards may be sent to 11006 Black Falls Ct, Sugar Land, TX 77498.

A scholarship is being established in Kolawole's memory to assist indigent students in Ile-Ife, Nigeria.


Posted by Albert Okopie on 7th August 2018
Kola, may your soul rest in perfect peace but one thing I've learned in life is that God only takes the best and everything happens for a reason. Knowing you and your friendship has been a blessing to my family. WE LOVE YOU
Posted by Flo Akinola on 11th February 2018
Kola, May the Lord Grant you Eternal rest as your earthly journey is complete. You obviously have left happy and sweet memories. May the softness and sweetness of these permanent memories surpass the pain of your earthly absence. So be it! The Balogun/ Daramola families, may the Lord Grant you the fortitude to bear it all. Amen.
Posted by Joke Adediran on 21st December 2017
Big bro, you surely had a very good heart. Continue to rest in peace.
Posted by Folake Kuti on 13th November 2017
Kola, I remember you as a gentle and easy going person as a child. Rest in peace.
Posted by Ike Diaku on 5th November 2017
Kola my brother, rest in peace till we meet to part no more. May God grant his sibblings and parents the fortitude to bear this colossal loss. Ike Diaku.
Posted by Chinwe And Gbenga Ogedegb... on 5th November 2017
So sad to learn of Kola's passing! May the good Lord receive him and let perpetual light shine on his soul, AMEN! May God grant Toyin, Folake, mommy and daddy the strength to bear this tragic loss.
Posted by Kola Layokun on 3rd November 2017
Baba Dudu!!!...your death has left us grief stricken. Though we had not spoken in a few years (a tough lesson to now deal with), I am trying to seek solace in that we grew up sharing best of times. I pray that God grant your gentle soul eternal rest and also pray he will ease the anguish of our bereavement and leave us all with only the best memories of your time with us. Sleep on old friend.
Posted by Fola Bamgboye on 3rd November 2017
This tribute was added by auntie Bola Omolokun Benson My dear Kola the cold hands of death took you away so early leaving me and the rest of the family so devastated. I am just without words for your nice and gentle ways of showing affection to me. I will always miss your smile as I never saw you angry one day, I carry you in my heart , my dear Kola. The Lord knows why and we cannot question God but I pray that your soul rest in eternal peace and light perpetual shine upon you. Amen My thoughts and prayers are with auntie Ebun, uncle Dayo, Toyin , Fola, their famillies and the larger family and relatives.
Posted by Sandy Emery on 3rd November 2017
Kola, I don’t know where to even begin, you were a great friend to so many. You always brought a smile to my face and always made me feel better about everything. You brought so much joy to work. Even after you moved to Texas, you still reached out to check on me. I will miss those IM’s. I will miss you very much! RIP Kola. ❤️ My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Posted by Kemi Dada on 3rd November 2017
Kola, you were so friendly and always had a smile for everyone. Hmmn...God understands! “To live in the hearts of those we love is never to die.” May the Holy Spirit minister to, and comfort mum and dad, the Olutoyes, the Bambgoyes and all members of the family. Rest well, dear brother!
Posted by Funmi (Agun) Aluko on 2nd November 2017
You will be forever missed Kola aka Baba Dudu. Your smiles and words were always encouraging. Sunre o and keep smiling......
Posted by Cynara Bennett on 2nd November 2017
Kola, one of the nicest people I've met. Oh how I enjoyed ur football memes. :-). U will b forever missed. My condolences to the family.
Posted by Alain Blanchard on 1st November 2017
Kola, Kola was truly 1 of a kind. Always had a smile at work and a kind word. Always made you feel better after speaking with him even when you spoke about nothing. He was a genuine and always kind which is hard to do. You are and will be missed Kola.
Posted by Olubunmi Akintunde on 1st November 2017
Kola dudu, down-to-earth, no fake airs, no pretence. He was my house captain (Blue house, Aboyade house, Moremi High School, O.A.U. Ile-ife many years ago). Funny, happy-go-lucky fellow. Rest in peace. Adieu.
Posted by Alero Sulaiman on 1st November 2017
Kola na wa o.. Na so? Rest in peace my brother. This is beyond our understanding. But God dey..
Posted by Boye Akinokun on 31st October 2017
May the Almighty God give your family, Dad, Mum & your Sisters the foritiude and strength at this time and may your soul rest in peace.
Posted by Iyabo Daramola on 31st October 2017
Tribute to Kolawole: I remember very well our childhood years in Ile-Ife when we lived together. Though you were just a child you struck me at that time as a very deep, kind, and sensitive person. There was absolutely no doubt in my mind you were unique and special. It is my strong opinion that beautiful and advanced souls are snatched sooner than most into the bosom of our creator, and I have no doubt you are shining very brightly above all of us. I wish that we had connected again in our adult years, but that was not to be .... Do rest in perfect peace, dear one. Till that time comes when we meet again. Your cousin, Iyabo.
Posted by Yinka Daramola on 31st October 2017
I wish we could have spent some more time together as grown-ups, Kola. I remember that the last time I saw you was maybe 24 years ago, before you moved to the ‘States. You spent one of your long college holidays at my Dad’s place in Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria. I had an awesome time that holiday. Everything about you was sparkling and luminous- like your white teeth. You lit up every day and every moment of the time you were there. I always wanted to be around you. You were funny, spirited, compassionate, selfless, and altogether full of life. I hope you never lost those qualities, because we lost touch after that. Even though we are very close family, I didn’t get to spend a lot of time with you. But the times that I did spend with you, even when we were much younger kids, were full of laughter and sunshine. It is most definitely better in the afterlife with Jesus, and I will rejoice in that for you. Enjoy the afterlife Kola, even though we will all miss you dearly. Your first cousin, Yinka
Posted by Vinuyon Ramos on 31st October 2017
Hmmm! It’s taken me various attempts to put my words and feelings together, I struggle and keep struggling but it has to be done. So Kola here is a Sister wishing a dear brother, friend, and classmate good night. Painful!!! Kola Dudu Oga o ! It’s like a bad dream, but seeing your mum and dad’s faces drove it home and woke me up to the reality that you are gone. Is it your ever smiling face? Your easy disposition? your caring heart ?,or your love for my girls? Kola my goodness You will be missed, There’s So much we could do when there’s life but we regret not doing when a loved one passes on. Wish I did more! I continue to pray for the Holy Spirits comfort for mum, dad, Sis Toyin, Bro Yinka, Folake and Chris. Rest my dear Kola , REST IN PEACE
Posted by Akin Olawale on 31st October 2017
So sad you left. RIP.
Posted by Davis Okpamen on 31st October 2017
Jesus said to her, " Your brother will rise again" Martha said to Him, " I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day" Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live." John 11:23-25
Posted by Julia Takahashi on 30th October 2017
I didn’t know Kola or your family but wanted to share some words of encouragement. From your comments I see that he was well loved by all around him. 2 Corinthians 1:3,4 shows that God can comfort us in all our trials. It’s comforting to know that God never created us to die. His original purpose was for us to live forever. It’s also comforting to know that God’s purposes never change. We can look forward to a time when Acts 24:15 will be fulfilled and there will be a resurrection. Until that time deep sympathy— Julia
Posted by Joslynn G on 30th October 2017
Kola, I will always remember your jokes. Despite the pain that you may have been feeling you always filled the room with laughter. I remember our last conversation on last week and of course you cracked a joke. You definitely helped me change my perspective on certain situations. Thanks for always being you. I’ll be praying for family and friends . Rest in paradise my dear friend “Coca Kola”.
Posted by Wuraola Oduntan on 30th October 2017
Kola, struggling for the last few minutes with what to write wishing this wasn't true...you were easy going and friendly. I have fond memories of growing up with you in ife and as neighbours in Madison Wisconsin in the 80s. My last interaction with you was on your birthday July 25 when we exchanged WhatsApp messages...Rest in peace dear friend , may the holy spirit comfort your parents and sisters..Amen.
Posted by Tayo Salami2 on 30th October 2017
Kola, rest in eternal peace...
Posted by Dapo Ako on 30th October 2017
Kola my brother I keep coming back and despite trying not to write I am left with little choice. You were happy as Larry despite any circumstance and I have read through all our emails before the advent of mobile phones .....your honesty and willingness to face the truth even when bitter is just remarkable. I miss you bro like crazy but who am I to complain. As we would say those days, may the Lord Frank EE and EK all the strength.
Posted by Bolaji Aborisade on 30th October 2017
Kola Balogun aka BabaDudu you were such a good friend and a free spirit. I shall surely always remember the fun times we had together as a child back then in Ife! The news of your passing is still a shock to me, but I know that you are in a better place - in heaven with your Lord and maker! I pray that Lord will comfort your parents and siblings during this difficult moment. I miss you bro! Sun re o!
Posted by Catherine Pusey on 30th October 2017
Kola, I still have your note on my desk saying goodbye to your "sister" when you made your move to Texas. You always had a smile and you were a wonderful friend. You will be greatly missed. I am sorry I can not come to your service. Love, "Sister"
Posted by Ayo Fasakin on 30th October 2017
O death, where is thy sting? o grave, where is thy victory? Kola, the time you spend on this part of the divide was short but the essence of life is not in the length of years but the quality of it. We will all miss you but we have confidence that you are resting with your creator. May God comfort and console your wife, children, siblings and all the loved ones in Jesus names amen.
Posted by Peju Murphy on 30th October 2017
What a loss! You were such a kind and giving person. May your soul continue to rest in perfect peace.
Posted by Bunmi Agboola on 30th October 2017
May God grant him eternal rest and comfort the whole family. It is well.
Posted by Yemi Ogunlana on 30th October 2017
So, so sorry, Toyin & Folake; pls be comforted that he lived an honest, hardworking life & though painfully short, will be missed by so many...I also pray God gives your mom 'n' dad the comfort that only He can give. Yinka, bless you for being such a support.
Posted by Yemi Ogunlana on 30th October 2017
Ha, quite a shock!!! I've only very pleasant memories of the Ife years & was happy to discover when you recently gave me your address, that you lived very close to my Dallas inlaws; was planning to meet up & introduce during next visit but this is not to be. Riro Ni t'eniyan... Kola, Rest In Peace. yemi ogunlana (adetoro).
Posted by Folake Ekundayo on 30th October 2017
Sùn ré o l'áyà Jésù.
Posted by Gbenga Marquis on 30th October 2017
Woke up early hours of 26th to the rude shock. I wish I had kept more in touch after your birthday. My friend and brother way back from Road 10, may the good Lord grant unto your soul perfect peace! Rest on till we meet to part no more Saints triumphant. Adieu!!
Posted by Oluwadara Adewole on 29th October 2017
Kolawole Olabode Duduyemi Balogun. I struggled and struggled with this. undoubtedly one of the most painful things I've ever had to do, or done. I have so many regrets Kola. My terrible phone habits cost me hearing your voice, speaking to you as often as I should have. I cry and cry now because I should have been there more, cared more, called more. Just the way you did for me. But I cherish every joke, every nickname, every birthday, anniversary, Christmas greeting and text. You were so easygoing, flawed as we all are, yes, but so caring right from when we were kids. I still thank God for you, the way you took care of us when we left Rd 11 and moved in with you on Rd 10. I think of you when I would visit in Richmond, and at my wedding. Every call and text whenever I was ill. Ah, Kola. O ga o. Never got round to sending you my music as you requested, and now I will pay tribute to you as I sing at your funeral. Hmmm...KolaDudu. I console myself knowing you're at peace and loving up on Jesus. We all hold thoughts and memories of you very dear. We love you and celebrate you my brother. We trust God to strengthen and comfort Aunty, Uncle, the Olutoyes and Bamgboyes. KolaDudu, Rest well forever.
Posted by Tayo Akinokun on 29th October 2017
There are things that happen that we will never be able to explain. May the lord grant the immediate family the strength to bear this difficult situation. I pray that the lord would comfort his parents and grant them exceptional peace and good health through this period. May his soul rest in perfect peace.....Amen
Posted by Lamide Alabi on 29th October 2017
I wished I tried harder to make you attend the reunion. But I am grateful for the WhatsApp birthday greetings to let you know how much you mean to us. May the Holy Spirit comfort us all. Words fail Baba Dudu. Goodnight at midday.
Posted by Oyediran Oshobi on 29th October 2017
Rest In Peace, Brotha!
Posted by Yinka Salami on 29th October 2017
May your gentle soul continue to rest in peace
Posted by Adenike Adeyemo-alao on 29th October 2017
Darling Kola , all I can see is that smile it's being so long, the news did come as a shock , all I know is that to be Absent in the body is to be present with Your maker . I ask that the lord comfort all of us you have left behind .my condolences to mom and dad and the entire family I pray for comfort from above for all . Nike Adeyemo -Alao
Posted by Oluseyi Ayangade on 29th October 2017
Posted by Ayodele Ogunremi on 29th October 2017
Very sad to learn of Kola's passing, may his gentle soul rest in perfect peace and may our lord give the family the fortitude to bear his loss My thought and prayers to the family and friends
Posted by Muriel Oakes on 29th October 2017
Kola, what a good friend you were to so many. You could always make me smile/laugh,and always there to give me a hug when I needed one. You will be greatly missed. You left us all too soon,but now we have another angel watching over us.
Posted by Ayodola Olomola on 29th October 2017
What a great loss. You left too soon. May the Lord comfort. Rest in peace
Posted by Temitayo Ogundiwin on 29th October 2017
Kola gone too soon. Rest in peace. May the Lord comfort Daddy, Mummy, Toyin and Folake.
Posted by Dapo Ako on 29th October 2017
KB.....duduman......kola dudu.... Uncle KB....words still fail me my brother as I replay so many eventful and michevious times we had...even until Monday when we spoke. Dude I know ribs are cracking in heaven and I miss you like crazy bro. Rest in peace.
Posted by Kim Gahan on 29th October 2017
Wow- I can’t put into words my feelings right now. All the jokes, experiences, laughs. Is the McDonald’s shake machine broken in Heaven? Just curious!
Posted by Buki Ako on 29th October 2017
Rude Shock! Kola Balogun, how? Why? You called and spoke Dapo on his birthday on Monday 23rd of October, you were fine! You have never missed my wedding anniversary on the 25th of October, nor your nieces birthdays. You call me regularly just to check on me and your girls. You left this sinful world on my wedding anniversary ! Kola we will never forget your sense of humour and caring nature. Dapo, the girls and I are heart broken! Sleep on our beloved KB! Sleep well in the bosom of our Lord till we meet to part no more Forever in our hearts
Posted by ADEMOLA JAIYEOLA on 29th October 2017
You will forever be in our heart. Things will not be the same without you KWB. We love you but God love you more. Rest in Pease bro. I will miss you Baba Dudu.

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