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Pa Afolabi Oyelayo Akintola was also known as “Akins” by his close friends. He was born in the village of Fiditi in Oyo State to humble parents Rev. Phillip A. Akintola Aiyegoro and Mrs Ruth Ogunkunle Akintola. He was the last born in a family of four children -all deceased. When he was just a couple of weeks old, he was transported to Lagos to be taken care of by his Uncle Olugbode for five years before he returned with his mother to Fiditi. For his kindergarten, he was educated at the Methodist Church where he obtained his first double promotion to 2nd year at the end of the 1st quarter of his 1st year in school. The second double promotion he obtained was in Standard 1 during his primary school days at Ogbomosho when the Head Teacher insisted that he should be moved to Standard 11 due to his brilliance. For his standard IV, he relocated to Lagos to rejoin his elder brother and attended Ade Oshodi Baptist Day School, Tapa street Lagos. 
From Ayo Oshodi Baptist day school Standard VI, it was an easy transition to Baptist Academy  Class 1 in 1943 through a successful performance of the Common Entrance Examinations. At the end of secondary school education, he led his class in the overall results in Cambridge school certificate examinations. 
Subsequently, he entered the labour market and was quickly picked up by UAC as Manager in Training.  He resigned to follow his passion to work for the Civil service in H.M Customs and Excise in 1950. After four years in the clerical position of the Civil service, he attained the level of Chief Clerk which was four steps above his entry-level due to his diligence at work and was recommended by his Head of Department. 
At the end of his fifth year, he was nominated for a Federal Government scholarship to study Accountancy which was a rare feat in those days.  However, the drawback was that he had to proceed to the Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology at Ibadan (NCSAT) (now University of Ife) for three years before he could proceed to Leeds College of Commerce to complete the Accountancy Program.
The highlight of his studies at the NCSAT was when Queen Elizabeth 11 and Prince Phillip visited and they got to chat with him in passing.  At the termination of his studies at NCSAT, he moved to finish up his Accountancy program in Leeds. 
Being in the U.K was a first of sorts for him and he had to adapt quickly to a different environment. Making new friends and succeeding in his program was quite challenging but he was able to pull through. After the program, he had to stay back for two years for the internship aspect of the course. 
Upon the successful completion of his academics abroad in 1960, he returned to Lagos where he started work at the Ministry of Finance in 1961.  However, the lure of private practice drew him and he subsequently resigned from civil service to start up his own accounting firm a partnership, which he initially formed with his fellow accountant-Mr  Olatunde Ayoola but following divergent interests, he went solo with the firm known as Afolabi Akintola and co. 

He met Agatha Olabisi Akintola along the line and after several years of courtship, got married and was blessed with five children and several grandchildren. By dint of hard work, he attained the heights of fellow in his field of practice. He worshipped at the First Baptist Church, Broad Street, Lagos where he was also the Auditor of the Church for decades, a Choir member, member of Usher’s union, member of the board of trustees of the Church, a member of the Fiditi ASU Club and was a great philanthropist.
He loved to discuss current affairs, eat amala with gbegiri without “koko” alongside his every Sunday, Pounded Yam and Egusi with chilled Star beer.
He passed on the 13th of March 2021 at the age of 89 years.
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This memorial website is created in memory of our loved Father and Grandfather, Pa. Afolabi Akintola, 89 years old, born on April 25, 1931, who passed away on March 13, 2021. We will - forever - remember him. Please LEAVE your TRIBUTE here.

Thank you much.





Posted by Mudra and Senorita on April 8, 2021
Dearest Brethren,

Please accept our deepest sympathies for your loss; we pray that God will continue to comfort the entire family.
Posted by Stella Madagu Oriade on April 6, 2021
May Pa Akintola soul continue to rest in peace, you ran a very good race and left a legacy. God Amighty will not forsake the family you left behind and God Almighty will continue to comfort and console Mummy Akintoa (mamaJ ) and all the family members.
Posted by Sureka Yoganathan on April 5, 2021
Dear Abi and family,

Truly sorry for your loss...my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
Posted by Gboye Sodeke on April 5, 2021
Rest in peace daddy!
Posted by Notie Igbinovia on April 5, 2021
Rest In Peace ✌️ papa
Posted by marie costello on April 4, 2021
Dearest beloved friend Abi.  moma. and and family . may God bless you all at this very sad time. you are all in my thoughts prayers and heart
love prayers always 
Marie moma Tralee. Ireland. xxxxxxxxxx
Posted by Israel Adediran on March 25, 2021
AFRICA and the DIASPORA has lost a QUINTESSENTIAL PHILANTHROPIST....who truly should be rightly referred to as the GRANDFATHER Of The AQUACULTURE REVOLUTION in NIGERIA.....why?
His 5,000naira Gift to me to facilitate our Bussiness Exhibitionat the 2nd Lagos International Trade Fair kickstarted my sojourn into the FISHERIES WORLD which eventually birthed the popular MRFISH BRAND that has unarguably CATALYSED the CATFISH REVOLUTION in Nigeria via his WILLING ACCEPTANCE to allow his defunct BELEWO FARMSas a TRAINING SPRINGBOARD for the PIONEERING GROUP Of SUCCESSFULL CATFISH FARMERS IN NIGERIA.
our 'Adopted' SON CELEBRATES YOUR⭐ GLORIOUS LIFE ⭐OF IMMENSE IMPACT⭐ having LEARNT the TRUE MEANING Of :
CHARACTER.
SELFLESSNESS.
SIMPLICITY.
HUMILITY.
SINCERITY.
KINDNESS &
PHILANTHROPY From your PERSONA...
.....ADIEU....
Posted by Afolake Laoshe on March 17, 2021
Dear Daddy,

You were an epitome of a British Gentleman. I can never recall you losing your comportment even when provoked-and we often did that. I imbibed the qualities of hardwork, humility, discipline from you. Most of all, I learnt how to make your favourite soya bean pap smoothly.

How do I best encapsulate your qualities?

God took the strength of a mountain and the calm of a quiet sea
HE took the joy of a morning in spring and the comforting arm of night
HE took the wisdom of the ages and patience of eternity and called it Dad.
Yea, that was our Dad.
And we are grateful for all you stood for in our lives

Rest on Baba mi .

Your daughter,
Peju
Posted by Abimbola Adetunji on March 17, 2021
Dear Daddy,

“The British Gentlemen” – right from birth, that was what you epitomized. You taught us so much, how to be cool even when provoked. You never lost your temper even when instigated. You taught us to imbibe the attributes of hardwork, humility, discipline and particularly how to make your favorite pap.
How do I best encapsulate your qualities?

GOD took the strength of a mountain and the calm of a quiet sea
He took the joy of a morning in spring and the comforting arm of night
He took the wisdom of the ages and patience of eternity and he called it Dad
Yes that was our Dad.

And we are grateful for all you stood for in our lives.

Rest on baba mi.

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Posted by Mudra and Senorita on April 8, 2021
Dearest Brethren,

Please accept our deepest sympathies for your loss; we pray that God will continue to comfort the entire family.
Posted by Stella Madagu Oriade on April 6, 2021
May Pa Akintola soul continue to rest in peace, you ran a very good race and left a legacy. God Amighty will not forsake the family you left behind and God Almighty will continue to comfort and console Mummy Akintoa (mamaJ ) and all the family members.
Posted by Sureka Yoganathan on April 5, 2021
Dear Abi and family,

Truly sorry for your loss...my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
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Biography
Pa Afolabi Oyelayo Akintola was also known as “Akins” by his close friends. He was born in the village of Fiditi in Oyo State to humble parents Rev. Phillip A. Akintola Aiyegoro and Mrs Ruth Ogunkunle Akintola. He was the last born in a family of four children -all deceased. When he was just a couple of weeks old, he was transported to Lagos to be taken care of by his Uncle Olugbode for five years before he returned with his mother to Fiditi. For his kindergarten, he was educated at the Methodist Church where he obtained his first double promotion to 2nd year at the end of the 1st quarter of his 1st year in school. The second double promotion he obtained was in Standard 1 during his primary school days at Ogbomosho when the Head Teacher insisted that he should be moved to Standard 11 due to his brilliance. For his standard IV, he relocated to Lagos to rejoin his elder brother and attended Ade Oshodi Baptist Day School, Tapa street Lagos. 
From Ayo Oshodi Baptist day school Standard VI, it was an easy transition to Baptist Academy  Class 1 in 1943 through a successful performance of the Common Entrance Examinations. At the end of secondary school education, he led his class in the overall results in Cambridge school certificate examinations. 
Subsequently, he entered the labour market and was quickly picked up by UAC as Manager in Training.  He resigned to follow his passion to work for the Civil service in H.M Customs and Excise in 1950. After four years in the clerical position of the Civil service, he attained the level of Chief Clerk which was four steps above his entry-level due to his diligence at work and was recommended by his Head of Department. 
At the end of his fifth year, he was nominated for a Federal Government scholarship to study Accountancy which was a rare feat in those days.  However, the drawback was that he had to proceed to the Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology at Ibadan (NCSAT) (now University of Ife) for three years before he could proceed to Leeds College of Commerce to complete the Accountancy Program.
The highlight of his studies at the NCSAT was when Queen Elizabeth 11 and Prince Phillip visited and they got to chat with him in passing.  At the termination of his studies at NCSAT, he moved to finish up his Accountancy program in Leeds. 
Being in the U.K was a first of sorts for him and he had to adapt quickly to a different environment. Making new friends and succeeding in his program was quite challenging but he was able to pull through. After the program, he had to stay back for two years for the internship aspect of the course. 
Upon the successful completion of his academics abroad in 1960, he returned to Lagos where he started work at the Ministry of Finance in 1961.  However, the lure of private practice drew him and he subsequently resigned from civil service to start up his own accounting firm a partnership, which he initially formed with his fellow accountant-Mr  Olatunde Ayoola but following divergent interests, he went solo with the firm known as Afolabi Akintola and co. 
He met Agatha Olabisi Akintola along the line and after several years of courtship, got married and was blessed with five children and several grandchildren. By dint of hard work, he attained the heights of fellow in his field of practice. He worshipped at the First Baptist Church, Broad Street, Lagos where he was also the Auditor of the Church for decades, a Choir member, member of Usher’s union, member of the board of trustees of the Church, a member of the Fiditi ASU Club and was a great philanthropist.
He loved to discuss current affairs, eat amala with gbegiri without “koko” alongside his every Sunday, Pounded Yam and Egusi with chilled Star beer.
He passed on the 13th of March 2021 at the age of 89 years.
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Shared by Abimbola Adetunji on March 17, 2021
Dear father,

I will always remember that warm embrace, that assurance, that comfort that you always gave me of being there. Through the good and bad times, you were like our rock.  There will never be another one to replace you in our hearts; 

  • Was it teaching us Yoruba with the accents?
  • Was it the evening lessons of Queen’s English? 
  • Was it the nights pouring over the Encyclopedia checking for the correct spellings and pronunciations of words?
Our first teacher and life coach. We cherish your memories, your calm mien.  Your unhurried approach to life and your sense of contentment with little or none. We will always remember you with great love and awe that God entrusted us to your care. You did your bit and it's time to return home.

Thank you, father, for all you were.  

Rest in perfect peace!

Adios!