ForeverMissed
Tributes
Posted by Joe Umo on April 17, 2021
A PARTING NOTE TO PROF FOLAYAN OJO by Prof Joe Umo & Family.

Hello My Great Friend Fola,
It's tragic to learn of your sudden departure to be with the Lord.
We first met at UNILAG as colleagues in early 70s.Since then you had been a super-reliable friend and we had worked fruitfully together, especilally in the academic area of human capital Economics.
On retirement we moved from Unilag campus to Unilag Estate,Magodo where we continued to positively face the challenges of life.
Your departure has left a huge vacuum for both family and friends.
We pray that the Good Lord will hold you in His right hand of Righteousness in Heaven ;and that He will console your wife, children and the friends you have left behind.
We remain strengthened that you left many worthy legacies in several areas of life and in all the communities you touched within and outside Nigeria.
Adieu my Prof,until we meet to never part again
Prof Joe Umo and Family.
Posted by Abaowa Integrated Ltd. on April 15, 2021
ORATION AND TRIBUTE BY ENGINEER OLANIYI OWOYOMI, PRESIDENT IJERO DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION.
Professor Folayan Ojo, the erudite and emeritus Professor of Economics, former Commissioner of Rural Development and Water Resources, former Commissioner of Commerce and Industry, all in the defunct Ondo State between August 1988 and 1991, former Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Swaziland Dec2006 to July2007. He succumbed to the call of the Almighty God in the early hours of 9th of March 2021. Until his death, he was a devoted member of the Board of Trustees of Ijero Development Association, (IDA).

Death is an inevitable end of man. But it is saddened and totally incomprehensible when people who are destined to make the world better suddenly die. Even though, nobody knows the time, the date and when, but what can we do than to accept our faith especially for things we can’t change.
We are mortal and we don't have the ability to stop the awesome powers of nature and death. There is nothing we can do than to accept the reality that Daddy Folayan Ojo is no more.

If I borrow from the famous poet E.L THAYER's poem in 1877
"Oh! somewhere in this favoured land
the sun is shining bright
The band is playing somewhere, and
somewhere hearts are light
And somewhere men are laughing, and
somewhere children shout;
But there is no joy in Mudville – A bright candle had been extinguished, PROFESSOR FOLAYAN OJO is no more”.

DEATH! DEATH!! DEATH!!! where is thy poisonous sting with which you kill with relish and ease? DEATH! DEATH!! DEATH!!! where is thy poisonous sting with which you kill with relish and ease?

Professor lived a fulfilled life both in academics, community services and in the service of God. Professor, you were a light in a dark place. You were a bridge builder, a man of absolute peace, gentle and noble. Daddy Folayan, you were humble, kind, pleasant and easy going. I could recollect your numerous undertakings in St Peter’s Catholic Church, Ijero. Your enviable roles in the IJERO VISION FOUNDATION (IVF) are very conspicuous and evident. And more recently your distinguished services to IJERO DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION (IDA) were glorious. You ensured that the Constitution of the Association was properly tailored and adapted to meet the needs of our community. Your deeds were excellent, and distinct.

Our thought and prayers are with the family of Professor Folayan Ojo at this critical period of mourning. We use this medium to sincerely commiserate with the family and pray that the good Lord will grant them the fortitude to bear the great loss. The Almighty Father will console all the loved ones, the people of God in the Catholic Churches in Lagos and Ijero where he was a pillar and devoted member and the academic community he cherished and gave his best.

The Executive and members of the IDA will miss your guidance, your numerous calls to offer advice. Your mentorship on all fronts including reviews of documents would be solely missed. We would take solace in keeping the tenets of peaceful resolution of conflicts and the advocate of love to all members of the community. We will keep the flag flying and to ensure that those noble efforts and ideals are maintained for the good, growth and development of our community.

The Ijero Development Association (IDA) deeply commiserates with the Owa Ajero of Ijero, the Chairman and the esteemed members of the IDA Board of Trustees, members of the Association and the entire Ijero-Ekiti Community. The Almighty God will look down with mercy on the family he left behind and grant succour to the wife, children and the larger community.
On behalf of my family, the Executive and Members of the Ijero Development Association, I wish our Daddy Professor Folayan Ojo a good night, we shall meet at resurrection where there would be no death, no sickness and we would part no more.

Sleep on our beloved Daddy Folayan. Eternal rest grant him O Lord till eternity. Amen

Engineer Olaniyi Owoyomi.
President,
Ijero Development Association (IDA).
Posted by Taiwo babaloghbon on April 14, 2021
May the soul of my beloved uncle rest in peace. He was kind, caring and supportive of his extended family like me.  I am proud of Professor Ojo, his achievements in his life time. The AROJOJOYE ROYAL RULING HOUSE of IJERO-EKITI has truly lost a precious gem. Adieu Uncle, your memory will live on.
Posted by Olu Akinkugbe on April 14, 2021
Most unbelievably was the only available world my lips could find when I learned, a couple of weeks back, of the passing to the great beyond, of Prof. Folayan Ojo, the "dancer-in-chief" of our dear group--Eee kuulu--back in Swaziland. The questions remained as to how the cheer-leader in chief, the gentleman par excellence, erudite a la scholar, the most sociable Professor in town, could depart this world, just like that! But of course, as the saying goes, God loves him better, far more than we could or did, on this mortal and sinful earth/world. Eeee sun ree o o, Prof., till we all shall meet, to part no more! As most colleagues would recall, I did facilitate the relocation of late Prof. Folayan Ojo to Swaziland (now Eswatini) in 2001. But of course, that had to remain one of the best act of my professional career! Prof. Folayan Ojo did not only project the Department of Economics at UNISWA to unimaginable heights whist there, he also served as Dean of the Faculty of Social Science, Acting PVC (DVC), editor of the UNISWA research Journal, etc., etc. This was in addition to numerous social and other circles that he very easily blended with. You are sorely missed Prof., but please continue to rest in Peace! God Loves you!
Posted by Okunola Abifarin on April 8, 2021
Daddy Ojo, the unpleasant news of your transition came to us like a day dream because we had no inkling of your indisposition whatsoever. My wife and I spoke with you early January, unknown to us that we were talking to you for the last time.
There is no doubt that you have impacted our lives in ways that make you so unforgettable in our hearts. For us, you are so many things rolled into one: Is it your fatherly role in our own lives or that of your children, Dr. Folusakin Ayoade & Mrs. Folasade Ayoade?
Your memory will forever linger in our hearts. We are consoled by our strong belief and conviction that you are resting in the bosom of the Lord, the Author and Giver of life.
We shall see you when the roll is called up yonder.
Good Night Sir till we meet again at the feet of Jesus!
Posted by Oluremi Elizabeth Ayoade on April 6, 2021
Daddy, as I always call you; it is just like a dream to me, and a big shock when I heard about your death. I asked myself, does that mean that all the discussions we had at the beginning of the month means a goodbye? This is a big loss to all of us!!!

Who am I to question God? He knows everything concerning our lives.

Prof, you are good friend in millon times who should be cherished at all time.

May your gentle Soul continue to rest in perfect peace. Amen.

Mrs. Ayoade Oluremi & family.
Posted by joshua ayeni on April 6, 2021
TRIBUTE TO MY PREDECESSOR, LATE PROF. FOLAYAN OJO
I don’t quite remember exactly when I first met late Professor Folayan Ojo but I do remember that sometimes in the 80’s I assisted him in reviewing a manuscript he wanted to publish. He was in the Faculty of Social Sciences.
Late Prof. Folayan Ojo loved writing. He had co-edited/authored many books including ‘My Autobiography’ which he launched on his 71st birthday anniversary. I assisted in reviewing Chapters 2, 5 and 18 of the 626-page book. He was writing a supplement to this autobiography when death came calling.
Prof. Folayan Ojo was elected the President of Ekiti Parapo Association, Unilag Estate, Magodo 1 in November 2011. I was elected his Vice-President. These positions brought us closer than ever before. Prof. Folayan Ojo was always very punctual at meetings. Even at that, he was ever patient to accept late comers’ or absentees’ excuses.
Prof. Folayan Ojo was a good leader. He led by example. If he would be late or absent at a meeting, he would always send apology ahead of time. I enjoyed working with him when he was alive. He had a pleasant character. He was gentle and not easily-offended. He danced beautifully. He participated very actively with well-thought-out contributions at meetings. He visited his home town – Ijero Ekiti – regularly when he was alive and so, he used to report to us news about Ekiti during our quarterly meetings in Ekiti Parapo Association.
During his tenure as President of Ekiti Parapo Association (2011 – 2015), the Association embarked on finding strategies to provide financial assistance for education pursuit for needy children in Ekiti. An Ad-hoc Committee was set up to fine-tune the proposal. With my humble self as President of the Association after his tenure has expired, an Implementation Ad-hoc Committee was constituted to interact with Ekiti State Ministry of Education on modalities for actualizing the proposed scholarship scheme. This committee was reconstituted in January 2020 as Ad-hoc Committee on Scholarship Scheme for Ekiti State Indigent Students with Prof. Folayan Ojo as the Chairman. It is good news, however, that his Committee worked assiduously and the Awards scheme came to reality under his chairmanship in 2020/2021 session (before his demise) and four indigent students - one student each from four local governments of Ekiti State benefitted. The Scholarship board of the Ministry of Education launched the scheme at Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday, December 2020 at the Office of the Executive Secretary/DG, Ekiti State Scholarship Board with a representative of Ekiti Parapo Association Scholarship Committee present. Under the scheme, one (1) indigent but capable secondary school student from each of four (4) selected Local Governments in the state (making a total of 4 students) will benefit annually at a value of N35,000.00 (thirty-five thousand naira only) per year until all Local Governments are covered.
At the quarterly meeting of Ekiti Parapo Association, Unilag Estate on February 28, 2021, Prof. Folayan Ojo and his wife, Chief (Mrs.) Agnes Ojo were in attendance. My wife and I were also present at the meeting. We met them on seat. I observed that Prof. Ojo was a little bit withdrawn. I thought he was just taking his time by keeping quiet and letting other people contribute while he listened. Little did I know that he just managed to show presence at the meeting and that it would be his last! I was very shocked when it was reported that he was dead just 9 days after the meeting. It was a rude shock!
His family and mine are friends. His wife and my wife were school-mates at St Louis Girls Grammar School, Ikere and they are very close. We pray that God will console and comfort the family members – wife, children and other relations that our late Prof. Folayan Ojo left behind. God will give them fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. Adieu, Professor Folayan Ojo! May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace. Amen. Adieu!
Prof. Dele & Mrs. Bose Ayeni.
Posted by FRANCIS FAJEMIROKUN on April 5, 2021
A TRIBUTE TO PROFESSOR FOLAYAN OJO – A FRIEND, A COLLEAGUE, AND A GENTLEMAN
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7
Prof. Folayan Ojo has passed on, having completed his assignment here on earth, the assignment which he dutifully and faithfully carried out. Prof. Ojo has largely acquitted himself in service, whether it is as relating to the training and mentoring of the younger ones, contributing to knowledge (particularly in the field of Economics), impeccable relationship to others, and service to God through service to man. I can therefore hear him repeat the words of Paul in 2 Tim. 4:7.
It was unexpected. So the news came as a big jolt.I recall having direct conversation with him over 5 months ago, but bot of us are on at least two social media platforms, and I saw him regularly, contributing.
We met shortly after I joined the University of Lagos in 1973. Our office buildings, within the Engineering – Science Complex, were only about ten metres apart. Therefore, we saw regularly, almost daily, until he relocated to the Faculty of Arts building. We also interacted within an organization known as “Ondo State Study Group, Unilag”, when Ekiti State was still part of Ondo State. When on at least on two occasions I needed his assistance as we mad progress, he was more than willing to help. Our respect for each other was mutual and reciprocal. Both of us also bore the same call-name – “Fola”, although many people also referred to him as Folayan. We were in several circles of friends together on Campus.
When Prof. Ojo was to celebrate his 80th birthday on November 17, 2018, he requested me to preside, and I was too glad to do so. It was a great and joyous day for him, his family and those that attended. I learnt he repeated the celebration at Ijero, his home town in Ekiti. That was like him. A year earlier, he had launched the Volume Two of his autobiography. People thought this was unusual, but he had genuine and well-thought-out reasons for it. Just a little less than a year ago, he approached me again, to ask that I should write the “Foreword” to the Volume Three of his autobiography. When he requested, I was on lock down in faraway USA. By July last year I had completed the assignment, and part of the two-page write-up stated as follows:
“If ever we are to have a volume four of the autobiography, and this can actually not be totally ruled out in view of the antecedents, this will be because Prof. Ojo is endowed with robust health for his age, and therefore, he is a naturally super-active man, in the family circle, in community service, academically and professionally. Naturally, there would be the temptation to once more put his later activities on record. In fact, this plays out in this new book which covers the author’s recent activities within his nuclear and extended families, and as it relates to his home town, Ijero-Ekiti. It also covers the updated activities of the Folayan Ojo Educational Foundation (a Foundation set up to assist Ijero youngsters in actualizing their academic dreams through sponsorship) ….”.
On receipt of the Foreword, Prof. Ojo replied with a prayer for me, and said:
“Prof., I have just gone through the foreword. Once again I thank you immensely. I pray quite fervently that the good Lord will continue to shower His blessings on you, give you more years of work in His vineyard in good health……”
Two days after I returned from the USA, sequel to the opening of the airways, my friend Folayan sent me a message asking how I was doing, in assumption that I was still there. I promptly gave him a call, telling him I was back in the country, and thanking him for his interest in my well-being.
As a person, Folayan is simple, ebullient, friendly, approachable and dependable, but principled and firm. He is an excellent family man, very close to his wife and children, wile also accommodating and relating very well with the larger, extended family. Prof has done very well in his life time, positively affecting the lives of many across the globe. Yes, we are saddened by his departure and will surely miss him, but God knows best. Certainly, we shall cherish the good memories we have of him while holding on, as Christians, to the hope of a lasting reunion in Chris in due time. May the good Lord grant him eternal rest, and comfort his wife, children and other loved ones left behind.
Ven. Francis A. Fajemirokun
Emeritus Professor

Posted by Anthony Babade on April 3, 2021
*Passing Unto Glory of Professor Folayan Ojo*

The Executive and members of Ijero Development Association – IDA received with shock the news of death of our amiable and gentle father and member of the Board of Trustees of Ijero Development Association, Prof. Folayan Ojo.

The Association is very dear to Prof. Ojo. He sacrificed his time and energy towards the evolution of the Association and could do anything towards the growth, development and sustenance of the Association. His death is a great loss not only to the Association but, to Ijero Community at large. The Executive of the IDA deeply commiserate with Owa Ajero, the Chairman and members of the Board of Trustees and members of the Ijero Development Association.

There is no doubt that, the executive arm of the IDA would miss his immense counsels greatly. He was a rare gem and a dependable role model.

We pray that God rests his soul peacefully as we share in the grief of the beloved family he left behind at this period. May the good Lord console everyone including the members of the IDA that Prof left behind.

*Adieu Prof. Folayan Ojo*

Yours sincerely,

Otunba Niyi Babade
IDA, National Secretary
Posted by kola ibukunlayo on April 2, 2021
A Great man has left us, prof was such a kind man who always wanted everyone around him to be successful, i can remember when we lived in unilag all your kind advise. may your soul rest in peace sir. i pray that the good lord will comfort the entire family. Rest on sir.Your legacy will live forever
Posted by Uloaku Nnoli on April 1, 2021
Fola may the soul of your Dad continue to rest in peace till we meet again to part no more
Posted by Folarin Ojo on March 30, 2021
by Afolabi Adewale

I can’t just believe you are no more daddy. You left us without even saying goodbye, daddy you will forever be in our memory. You are always there for me anytime I needed you ever since my childhood you have been there as a father you take good care of me you sponsor my education even when I gave birth to my first child, you were there to give him the name OLUWASEUN, even to my own greatest surprised you still come for a visit in my house you didn’t even consider the long distance. Your memory can never be forgotten daddy continue to rest in the blossom of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Afolabi Adewale (nephew) and family
Posted by God's Glory on March 27, 2021
A TRIBUTE TO PROFESSOR AFOLAYAN OJO.

We are saddened by the news of the death of our brother and friend of many years.

Professor Afolayan Ojo was larger than life.
A distinguished and accomplished academic ,a
rare gem.

He was an exemplary person that touched many lives,ours included.He was warm,loving,honest and dependable.

He and I undertook missions to ILO member states on several occasions providing advisory services of Human Resources management and productivity enhancement.

Prof Ojo and his darling wife,Anti Tinu,have been wonderful neighbors of our for many years and have been of immense help to us.

Daddy will be forever missed.
May his soul rest in perfect peace .Amen.

Tayo and Ebun Fashoyin.
Posted by Olamilekan Ayoade on March 27, 2021
Tribute To My Loving Daddy & Prof...

A great and loving mentor had gone...the news came as a deep shock to me - I will never forget those wonderful times we have shared together,

Thank you for your fatherly teachings, morals, and great support - Thank you for standing in that vacuum left behind by your childhood friend, Dr. Folorunso Ayoade-you never allow me for once to remember that I never had close relationship or memory of him, because of your deep fatherly love and closeness.

I could remember back in the 1990s when You restored hope in me in my desperate times that I can fulfill destiny and become who I want to become because "there is greatness in me" - just as you often put it..##smiles

Thank you once again for reactivating that spirit of Thanksgiving in us all - even when you are not wholly happy within sometimes just as a human - you still find that great joy to dance and appreciate God. Loving Father, this alone will forever remain in our minds that no matter what state one may be in life, there is always reason(s) to appreciate our Maker.

You have lived well, you have fought the good fight and you won; You've impacted several destinies positively and fulfill your purpose on earth.

Thank you for being a wonderful Daddy, Thank You Prof.

Rest on Papa

Your Son
Olamilekan
Posted by Folarin Ojo on March 26, 2021
A TRIBUTE TO PROFESSOR FOLAYAN OJO FORMER PRESIDENT, EKITI PARAPO by PROFESSOR KAYODE OGUNTUASHE

I got to know Prof. Folayan Ojo in 1980 when I became a lecturer in Psychology Department University of Lagos and he was an Associate Professor at the Human Resources Research Unit (HRU). Interestingly enough, the pre-fab building hosting the HRU was the old Psychology Dept while I was a student many years back! In any case, the two pre-fabs were contiguous and this led to intense intellectual interactions between academics in psychology and the team of scholars at the HRU some of whom were economists like Profs. O. J. Fapohunda, Aderinto and Tayo Fashoyin; psychologists like Prof. Deji Popoola and F.A.D Oyekani a demographer.

A few years after, the Unit was disbanded and Folayan Ojo moved to the department of Economics in the Faculty of Social Sciences where his keen intellect and amiable personality combined with his conviviality to commend him to the group of young academics across the six departments who then drafted him to be Dean. He was a most loved people’s Dean. Having interacted with him at different fora and at different levels, I could probably write the fourth volume in his series of biography but I should leave room for the heads of Magna Tabla, Magodo Associates, Unilag Senior Staff Club and other groups to which we belong enjoy the privilege. Allow me to give you a glimpse of his accomplishments in Ekiti Parapo, Unilag Estate where he was a foundation member at its inception in 2004 and its President from 2011 to 2015.It was his Exco that first mooted the idea of establishing a scholarship fund for indigent Ekiti secondary school students. Even after his tenure, he willingly accepted the chairmanship of the scholarship committee and under his watch, the scheme in 2020 commenced the disbursement of financial assistance to four recipients who were selected from four LGAs on the basis of need and competence by the Ekiti State Scholarship Board.
Prof. Folayan Ojo’s philosophy of life is rooted in Utilitarianism, a Jeremy Bentham concept which advocates that all human activities at all levels ought to be guided by the greatest happiness for the greatest number. His application of this Welfarist notion is manifest in his Folayan Ojo Educational Foundation which has been dispensing financial assistance to needy students in Lagos State since 2003 as well as his philanthropic activities in his home-town of Ijero-Ekiti. The welfarist orientation also informed his ardent resolve to implement Government Policies as Commissioner for Rural Development and Water Resources and Commerce and Industry in such ways as to evenly spread amenities and opportunities in the old Ondo State. However, it must be said that his commitment to Welfarism did not detract from a strict adherence to principled discipline. A fastidious stickler for rules, orderliness and proper conduct, every “t” must be crossed and every “I” dotted whether in his academics or at community meetings. But, once you abide by existing rules and etiquette, you got along with Prof easily for he was an affable, avuncular person who had a large appetite to live life to the full and delighted in dancing.
Sir, we would miss you greatly at Ekiti Parapo but we are consoled that you have fought the good fight and the Pauline crown awaits you. We pray that God will condole your widow, Chief (Mrs.) Agnes Tinuola Ojo (Ambassador of Mary) and watch over your lovely children and grand-children.
May Light Perpetual shine on you and may your soul, through the mercy of God, rest in perfect peace. Amen.

PROFESSOR KAYODE OGUNTUASHE
PRESIDENT, EKITI PARAPO UNILAG ESTATE, MAGODO. LAGOS.
Posted by Akin Wumi on March 25, 2021
Hmmm Erin wo!!!
Prof., Where do i start? It still feels as if you went on an extended trip to Ijero!!!
Meeting you and mummy in St. Benjamin Catholic Church was not by chance. God had a reason which I believe was fulfilled. Your calm demeanour was always reassuring even when some of us felt otherwise. Your wisdom and patience as our Alaga, has in no small measure, kept our Egbe Abinibi together. The first to arrive at every meeting I attended and usually one of the last to leave.
You always took out time to reach out to everyone of us you haven't seen for a while; in church on Sundays or at our meetings, and you were always generous with your advice along with regular follow-ups. The pandemic restricted our F-2-F encounters but you never denied us hearing that great voice of wisdom.
Despite age, experience and wisdom, you always reached out to children like me to seek our opinions on issues which only increased my awe of you.
You were full of life and never believed you will leave us so soon, not for a while sir.
You will be greatly missed. The day of your sent-forth will be a glorious day by the special grace of God because you are a great man who came, who saw and who left his indelible prints on the world. All you left behind; most especially family and legacy, are in God's hands. God will strengthen mummy, as she continues this journey and be with her always. Your children too, will be greater than you. I pray that the good Lord grant you eternal rest and let His perpetual light shine upon your soul, amen.
Rest well Prof.
Posted by Folu Ayoade on March 25, 2021
Daddy and dear Prof, your passing came quite as a shock to all of us. You have touched us in indelible ways over the past many decades.
Our families have known each other since Prof Ojo and my dad were in elementary school. Over the years, Prof. Ojo had been a source of guidance, encouragement, moral and relentless practical support to me personally and also to my family.
I still remembered the one full week you spent with our family when you visited United States few years back. My boys are still very fond of the pleasant memories, jokes and fun times we shared.
Prof Ojo was an astute academician, philanthropist and community builder. He was a visionary, prolific writer and kept fine details and records. The detailed accounts of events dating decades in his 2 previous autobiography volumes and I am sure will also reflect in the recently released 3rd volume are testament to this fact. His commitment, dedication and community service to Ijero Ekiti and Ekiti state at large will not be forgotten soon.
I will miss your frankness, sense of humor and of course beautiful dance steps.
Prof. Ojo may not be here physically, but his memory and legacy lives on. As is a tale, so is life: Not how long it is but how good it is, is what matters. The song may be ended but the melody lingers on.
Sleep well, Daddy!

Posted by Dr. Folu Ayoade on behalf of the Ayoade family.
Posted by RACHAEL OREKOYA on March 24, 2021
WORDS OF TESTIMONY.

Professor Afolayan Ojo, was the husband of Mrs Agnes Ojo, one of our (Catholic Women Organization) Diamond Mother.
Prof, was so much loved by the Catholic Women Organization. The love we have for his wife affected him.
The sad news of his death was received with CRIES, LAMENTS and SHOUTS from our Women. It was like a dagger on our Hearts.
Daddy, we will forever miss you, including your Dancing steps, especially anytime the CWO was going for Thanksgiving.
We loved and still love you.
We, at this point in time say "GOOD NIGHT, DADDY."
Signed by
Mrs Rachael Orekoya
(President Catholic Women Organization St. Benjamin Olowora)
Posted by Bayo Dr Adaralegbe on March 24, 2021
I was sad to learn of the passing on of Prof Folayan Ojo. Before I eventually met him in adult life his beautiful reputation had preceeded him as a Professor of Economics in UNILAG. The last time I saw him was in Ibadan at Professor Aladekomo's residence at an IDA event. Prof mentioned to me that he wanted me to have his autobiographical works and I quickly dropped my address. Prof kept his word, for shortly after I received in my office his books-"My Autobiography" and " A Dream Fulfilled"( Vol II).l was very excited with what I got. It was a very detailed treasure trove. In authoring his biography, Prof Ojo did Ijero Ekiti a very great service by painstakingly documenting very important historical facts about the Kingdom. It is indeed a must read for all patrotic Ijero sons and daughters and a useful Tool kit and Manual on how to succeed in life. The book is complete with rich personal anecdotes of Prof. Professor Folayan Ojo was a self made man in every sense of the word. He detailed his remarkable trek from Ijero to Ado twice in 1954 to write the Common Entrance exams and attend the interview of Christ School. Of course he made the cut but he was denied a chance of attending that great school due to lack of funds. I called him on the phone when I finished reading these excellent books congratulating him and letting him know how I was personally inspired by his life story. Despite not having money, Prof ended up in Canada where he did his undergraduate and postgraduate studies, became a Professor in UNILAG, and outside Nigeria, in Swaziland where he was Deputy Vice Chancellor;he was invited to serve in the Cabinet of old Ondo State and was Consulant to several local and state governments, international agencies and corporate bodies. Yet, he remained modest and was not acquisitive or materialistic in the very best nature of a true Ekiti son. Ijero Ekiti is certainly poorer by the exit of this Icon. I pray he rests perfectly in the bossom of our Lord. May God comfort his wife and children at this difficult time. Amen
Posted by Peter Adeniyi on March 24, 2021
TRIBUTE TO PROFESSOR FOLAYAN OJO

Life is a stage. Notwithstanding how long one has lived, the call to glory of an individual is always painful to the family, friends and colleagues of the departed. As a family friend to Professor Folayan Ojo and Mrs. Agnes Tinuola Ojo, that was how we felt when we heard about his sudden demise.

Given his gentle, honest, appreciative and uncommon love for his fellow human beings, one would have wished he lived forever. Though, God has called him home, we would always remember him as the cheerful giver he was and for his admirably productive life as an academic and administrator as well as for his infectious dancing steps.

Awe, you gave me very rare opportunity to chair the presentations of your autobiography Volume 1 (626 pages) in 2012 and volume 2, titled “A Dream Fulfilled” (834 pages) in 2017. Notwithstanding that we both had our offices in Faculty of Arts building till our retirement, and stayed together in High-rise Block C for about 10 years. I knew you more by reading the volumes 1 and 2 of your autobiography, not as a renowned Economist, which you were, but as a factual historian who remembered and appreciated everyone who had crossed your path as members of extended family, colleagues, political and professional associates, friends, community and church members, etc.

Through Agnes, I knew you were down after you had completed the third volume of your autobiography. And when I put a call through to you, I encouraged you not to stress yourself any further, but to reflect on your beautiful life and to keep on thanking God for allowing you to fulfill your dreams. Through your three-volume autobiography, you have left the world with factual history full of wisdom, testimonies and lessons for generations to come.

Just as we pray to God to give you eternal rest in His bossom, we pray to God to continue to comfort, protect and provide for Tinuola (your beautiful wife), your children (Oluwatoyin, Adebola, Oluwakemi, Oluwayemisi, Ayodeji and Folarin) and their families.
Sun re o.

Professor Peter & Chief (Mrs.) Dupe Adeniyi.
Posted by Uyi Erhunmwunse on March 24, 2021
My daddy was a man sent from God. He was a blessing to everyone, both far and near. Daddy gave me his lovely daughter. I for never marry by now if no be for daddy. Daddy taught me how to plan, to be known for integrity, to be a blessing to others, lift people, be focused and to always keep to time. If every one of us in Nigeria could be half of who daddy was, Nigeria would be much better. Daddy was the full package. I miss you now and always and I am glad I met a man like you. I know u are in a better place. I love you father.
Posted by olukunle Iyanda on March 23, 2021
The sad news of the passing of Prof Folayan Ojo came as a shock. Truly, the transition between life and death is momentary. When we last met physically at Chief Okewumi's wake, he was his usual self, hale and heart, humorous and lifely. I remember his boisterous laughter at my faux pas of mistaking a more elderly colleague for another who is an age mate with whom I usually trade banters. I later got through to the elder through Folayan to confess my mistake and apologise for addressing him as a mate.
Folayan was a consummate academic. He was able to combine the serious mindedness of an academic with the characteristics of his gregarious nature. It was always a pleasure to see Folayan's dexterous moves on the dance floor. He was always a happy man, grateful and content with his life.
We would all miss Prof Folayan Ojo's friendly, sincere, caring and vivacious nature. But I am sure no one would miss him more than his darling wife. They represented a harmonious perfect couple though one is more reticent and the other ebullient. We can only pray that the Lord would comfort the family, protect, guide, and provide for them. Folayan, May your illustrious soul rest in peace.
Posted by Remi Badiru on March 23, 2021
Daughter of Dr Olu Olofinlade- Pro Folayan Ojo’s friend.
Prof Folayan Ojo was truly a rare gem. He was warm, loving, caring and so much more.... and he touched so many lives including mine. I remember the time I spent living with Prof and his family when I newly gained admission into the University of Lagos, he made his home comfortable for me and I had equal right with his biological children. A rare privilege I can never forget for which I will forever be grateful. May the Almighty God who has called you to His bosom let your gentle and loving soul Rest In Peace. Amen

Remi Badiru
Posted by Lillian Agbeyegbe on March 21, 2021
Kind, Attentive and Dutiful

When Rev. Dr. Bimbo Adetola told me she lost her uncle, she did so because she knew I got my first degree in Economics from the University of Lagos. She figured I "might" know him.

It turned out that not only did I know him, he had made an unforgettable impact on me. I never took a class with Professor Ojo but as God would have it, in my final year as an Economics undergraduate, he was assigned to supervise my course project.

If you went to university in Nigeria when I did, you know what a big deal your undergraduate project was. Sometimes maybe it was entirely the student's fault, probably. But there was many tales of how supervisors would turn themselves into "demi-gods" because they knew a student's graduation was dependent on their final project. This is not the place to list the sort of atrocities one heard about project supervisors. Suffice to say, the kind of supervisor you got made the difference between peace and misery, doom and cheer, good news and bad news.

From topic approval, to conducting the research, to doing my analysis, to writing my paper, Professor Ojo was totally accommodating and very supportive. Every time we met, the focus was always on what it should be on - my academics. I will always remember how my project experience was positive because he was my supervisor. It is impossible to forget such a positive experience when many recount negative experiences.

I thank God for his life and all the other students, and other members of our communities that he had the opportunity to impact positively.

I pray the Lord will comfort the entire family. May God keep you all in His love.

Shalom.

Dr. Lillian Agbeyegbe
Maryland, USA.
Posted by bolarin kayode on March 21, 2021
A tribute to my dearest uncle
You were and always be an inspiration to myself and the entire family.......you have done so much for the entire family, you single handedly rebuilt your father's house,my grandfather at lgbale,Ijero Ekiti and you made sure everybody was equitably given apartments according to our grandfather's wives,you made us proud.
Equally of note was the intimate and cordial relationship you had with my late father,your senior brother,same father but different mother,hardly would anybody know you are not of the same mother,you sleep on the sane bed anytime you came visiting in Akure....you showed exemplary love and support to us before, during and after we lost both our father and mother,l mean Joseph Bolarin Ojo.
Also worthy of note was your fatherly concerned that you showed when myself and my wife was waiting on the Lord for fruit of the womb and your present and gifts given to us during our children naming ceremonies.... you really carried and extended the love you had for your late brother to the children after his death...you are indeed a truly lovvng uncle and father,we are going to miss you.Can we find any other replacement? Our family chain is broken but your unifying legacy, the rebuilt family house you constructed,the biograghic books you wrote connecting us to our family history and your good deeds would forever linger on in our memory and our children and those that are yet to come would know that they come from the great Olufarati Olokan Ojo family.
  In conclusion, our family has lost a bright shinning star,you are an icon and the last son of the first generation of the great great chief Ojo Olokans family. We have so many fond memories of you,that we will cherish forever.Rest in peace uncle,may the Lord grant us the fortitude to bear this great loss,am happy your good deeds on this mother earth has granted you an heavenly place with our Lord.Good night and sleep well.
From:Kayode and Labake Bolarin Ojo
Posted by Taye Osetoba on March 21, 2021
Dear Prof Ojo,
 Hearing about your death made me so sad, but thanks to God for a well fulfilled life you had here on earth. You have always been a great motivation to me and my family, you trusted in me that you always ensure I carry out every of your construction work even when you're outside Nigeria. I can't thank you enough for been a nice and great man and for been so good to my family. You will forever be missed Prof.
Keep on resting in the bossom of the lord, rest in peace Prof Ojo.

Taiye Osetoba.
Posted by Patricia Olofinjana on March 20, 2021
   A tribute to prof. Folayan Ojo.
For three days now I try to put pen on paper. This is most difficult for me to do (refer to you in past).
You were chairman of Abinibi family of St. Benjamin Catholic church Olowoira of which I am a member.
You lead by example, always punctual at meetings and the last to leave. You lead us through the right path. For three years we won the best awards.
You stood by me in the darkest year of life, checking up on me almost every two weeks, bringing gifts,words of encouragement, reassuring me, sharing your life experiences. Even though we look up to you as a professor ( high up there) you operate on all levels.You dance as no one was watching.
You impacted so many lifes.You gave ALL.
Thank you for being there when i needed a father FIGURE. Thank you.Mummy e Pele fun wa ma.Eyin won a da.E ni kanju lo ba won.
Rest in peace Daddy.
Posted by Mopelola Ajetunmobi on March 20, 2021
A tribute to my brother-Folayan Ojo

Folayan, omo Ojo Olufaratibioke, the eighth child of our father. In 1938, we both started our life’s journey together with love. There was no quarreling or discouragement from one person to the other. In 1949, we parted ways briefly because of the death of our father and re-united in 1955. We both started our teaching careers in the same year at different locations until you proceeded to Canada for further studies. Upon your return to the country in 1971, you were immediately offered a job at the University of Ibadan, but I pleaded with you to stay with me in Lagos which you joyfully accepted. The tie of brotherly love became much stronger and your love for me never diminished throughout your lifetime.

When you were in Ondo state as a commissioner, you would send the driver to bring my daughter and me over to spend some time with you. In 2013, you came with your dear wife to spend 2 weeks with me in the US and made necessary financial provisions for my US citizenship. Single-handedly, you rebuilt our father’s house to become a modern house.

Folayan, your father’s wives used to call you “Afolayanka”. You were a historian to the core, a prolific writer, an accurate recorder of events, a manager of money, contagious with your laughter, a lover of your children, a darling to your only wife -Tinu Ojo, and a philanthropist who was full of love and hard-working! An exuberant dancer who lifted the spirits of those around him!! You were well organized in all things!!! I hold on to your last words: “It’s alright, it’s ok”. So I say with God, it is alright with your dear wife, “T” for Toyin and her siblings, in-laws, grandchildren, Ajigbotola, your junior sister, myself (Mopelola), family, and friends.

Who am I to question God? I can only say thank you God for the exemplary life that my brother lived.

Bye.


From your sister,
Mopelola Ajetunmobi
Posted by Mobola Ojo on March 20, 2021
Dear Uncle,
You are an All Star in my books and I have been in awe of you all my life . May your soul rest in perfect peace . You have engraved your name in stone and we will forever be grateful for being a part of your life.
Thank you for the gift of you . Mobola Ojo (Nee Ogunlola)
Posted by Wanemi Masah on March 19, 2021
Professor Folayan Ojo, my grandpa, was a great person overall, he always made everyone laugh and he was a very funny person. I’d never forget those days he’d always dance at events till he got tired. As the first grandchild which comes with a certain form of responsibility, he never put any pressure on me he had always done his best to motivate me in my academics. He always told us stories about things that he had seen and experienced throughout his lifetime and he always attached a moral to each story. He always gave me the best advice and he had and will always serve as a role model of mine. We had seen each other before I went back to university and he had given me advices and tips for school. RIP Grandpa, you’ll forever be missed.
Posted by Abimbola adetola on March 19, 2021
A tribute to my late uncle - Professor Folayan Ojo

I have been blessed since childhood to have had a special uncle like Professor Folayan Ojo, who was a dear younger brother to my mother. Each cherished memory of him is a colorful brush stroke on the canvas of my life. 

There are many wonderful memories of my late uncle but one of my favorites is my “Pronto story”. As a young teenager who had just lost her elder brother, I was almost inconsolable. However, my uncle made me feel loved and not alone in the way he expressed his condolences and affection for me. I remember sitting in the living room in 1984 when my uncle walked in. Even though I had become used to him visiting us from time to time, his presence this time took on a new meaning. He walked towards me and handed me a bottle of my favorite chocolate beverage - Pronto! My face lit up the moment I realized what it was!!! Not only because I had received Pronto but because it was from someone who was empathetic and sensitive to what could comfort me in time of need.

Uncle’s indefatigable love and affection for my mom were quite evident to all. I cannot recall a time when they had a disagreement over anything. Instead, they laughed more often. The brotherly love and support for one another in words and actions, through the highs and lows of life, was highly remarkable. Mom’s expression since my uncle’s death has been - “Folayan, aburo to se ni” (Folayan, an ideal brother). Other memories of my uncle include when mom and I visited him in Akure while he was a commissioner in the then Ondo state. In 2013, he and his wife visited my family in the USA to spend some time with my mom. They left a lasting impression of friendliness and warmth on our children; especially the youngest, who was five years old at the time. My aunty made a lovely dress for her doll and that meant a lot to her. My most special moment with my uncle was when we talked about life and godliness. His fatherly words of wisdom on a number of issues will forever be in my heart. Without a doubt, these times of fellowship highlighted his nurturing and peace-loving character.

In 2014, my husband and I traveled to Nigeria for my father-in-law’s burial. As soon as my husband and I were called out to dance, I took a glance behind me and observed my dear uncle as he danced merrily to the music. His right index finger was in the air while he clutched his black bag (filled with naira notes) with his other hand. He was energetic and perfectly in tune with the beat as he showed off his dance steps. Two years later, my husband and I returned to Nigeria for my mother-in-law’s burial. During our stay, we dropped by to share a time of fellowship with uncle and aunty. In his usual manner, he had memorable moments to share, especially from his autobiographical book. Little did I know that it would be the last time we would see him physically.

Last week, I shared the news of my uncle’s passing with a longtime friend of mine here in the US. She exclaimed that my uncle had supervised her undergraduate project. A picture of the acknowledgment page of her project was sent to me in which she stated how my late uncle fostered a tension-free atmosphere for her project. As a faculty member in a tertiary institution, she is now paying it forward just as my uncle did back then.

Reflecting upon the lifestyle of my uncle, I can say that some of his endearing qualities were his kindness, love, humility, and godliness. I’m thankful that God’s grace abounded towards him in fulfilling his God-given dream. As difficult as it is to say goodbye, I am comforted to know that he left us a lot of fond memories to treasure for a lifetime and an example to follow.

Finally, I would like to end with a quote on kindness in memory of my beloved uncle, Professor Folayan Ojo. “Kindness is a language which the deaf hear and the blind can see.” - Mark Twain

Adieu, uncle!!!


With love and fond memories,
Abimbola Adetola (nee Ajetunmobi, niece)

Posted by Atinuke Christiana Olu-Ad... on March 18, 2021
Daddy, you will forever be mieesd! You were such a caring and loving daddy to my family, you took us as your own you always look- out for us in the Church if you don't get see us after close of Mass, you will come down to where i normally sit when serving in the Church to make sure my Son Oluwagbohunmi and I are fine.
I can also remenber when i newly took in, but unknown to you, you noticed my mood and you had to call me to advised me that 'if there is anything that is disturbing me though your house may far for me but i can talk to Mrs. Atiba for advice'.
Daddy, this made me to cherish you the more.
At my son's birth, you came to see us at the hospital, at Island maternity, Love you the more daddy.
At my son's naming ceremony nko, you were there from morning till evening you made the event lively, you danced and also sprayed money.
Once again daddy, i will forever missed you.
Adieu daddy! Good night.
Till we meet to part no more.
Posted by Margaret Dan-Oni on March 18, 2021
TRIBUTE TO A GENTLE MAN AND AN ERUDITE PROFESSOR-PROFESSOR FOLAYAN OJO
Pa Folayan Ojo was a quintessential Professor and a gentle man.
He was meticulous in all his undertaking, principled and firm in his resolve.
A man in the leagues of whom the Yorubas would say "Eni to nfi owo otun ba omo wi, to nfi owo osi faa mora"
Always punctual at occassions, a sterling example to be emulated by all. You were dependable and frank, a person one could count on to nail the matter on the head without mincing words.
Professor Ojo was a kind-hearted man who dedicated his time, talent and interest to the service of God and mankind.
The "kokoro ijo" and the life-line at any social gathering. A man with a contagious smile and an infectious laugh.
Pa Ojo, your adopted children in Egbe Omo Abinibi, the social cultural Yoruba Group that you co-founded and nurtured by your dedicated leadership to perform wonders at St Benjamin's Catholic Church, Olowora, Lagos State will miss you.
You shall always be an inspiration to us to be dogged in whatever we put our minds to, to achieve success and we shall continue to uphold your good work in the Society and the Church.
While we mourn your demise Pa Folayan Ojo, we also take solace that you have completed your earthly assignments and that you are in a better place because "Aiye loja, Orun ni ile gbogbo wa"
We thank the good Lord for you enviable and worthy life and as we bid you farewell, we pray that God grant you good judgment and eternal rest in his bosom.
To Mama, Mrs. Ojo, we pray that God grants you the strength and fortitude to bear this loss.
The good Lord will uphold you, the children and the extended family members our Baba left behind.
God will grant you the grace and wisdom to uphold and build upon Baba's legacy and it is our prayer that the burden will not overwhelm you.
It is well, Odun a jina sira Ma.

Posted by Dumsile Dlamini on March 18, 2021
Prof Ojo rest in power. You taught us a lot in the department of economics, University of Eswatini. You were committed to your work through and through, but you also enjoyed life. You danced, loved soccer, laughed easily, loved children, shared what you had easily with others and cared for your friends and colleagues. Goodnight Prof.....
Posted by Omoniyi Aboloyinjo on March 18, 2021
MRS DORCAS OMONIYI

My dear brother, the news of your death broke my heart and the thought of it remains unbearable for me ever since. If tears could bring you back, you would have been awake so that you can remain with us. I remember our beautiful childhood days together at Okelapa and the fond memories of impactful life you had with all your relatives. Thank you for your love for the family and the unifying role you played in it. Indeed, Your death has left a big vacuum in the family for ever.
You will forever hold a place in my heart that no one could ever fill. ''Omo olode okuta, Omo abuoke di e soogun, Omo iroro Agbo ti mbi kooko ninu. Omo gbe Ile Iya ati baba e Niyi. Sun re o''
Adieu my brother. Till resurrection Morning.
Posted by Babalola Sunday on March 17, 2021
Your life time on Earth was impactful, you live for God and humanity. Personally, your influence upon my life was tremendous. You gave me life to be whom I am now. Your departure from this clime is a great loss but certainly heaven's gain. Forever will your memory live with us. Adieu Baba
Posted by Oluwole Amusan on March 15, 2021
TRIBUTE TO PROF FOLAYAN OJO

Professor Folayan and I first met in 2001 at University of Swaziland (now University of Eswatini), Kwaluseni when he joined the University as a Professor of Economics. Since then, we were in contact until his passing. We and members of our families used to visit each other when we were in Swaziland. I thank God that I had the privilege of testifying of the caliber of his person in Volume Two of his autobiography.
Prof Ojo, an eminent scholar of international repute had many sterling qualities which I believe he must have developed right from his childhood. By the time he joined the University of Swaziland (UNISWA) he was already a renowned Professor of Economics of many years of experience. At UNISWA he brought his wealth of experience on broad providing the needed academic and administrative leadership not only in his faculty but at the university level.
His humble and humane dispositions were displaced by the way he provided academic leadership to both staff and students in his faculty. His calm demeanor, calibre and academic status soon became very obvious to all, and he was saddled with great responsibilities at faculty and university levels.
He served diligently on virtually all key committees of the University, including the Council, Senate, Deans Committee, Research Board, just to mention a few. He was the Editor of UNISWA Research Journal which was one of the two journals published by the University. He brought in a lot of innovative ideas when he acted as Pro-Chancellor of the University in 2006. He was the first and only expatriate to occupy such an esteem management position in UNISWA. He was a resource person on many occasions at both local and international conferences, seminars and workshops which the University hosted. He provided academic leadership as the Academic Coordinator for the 2009 World Trade Organization (WTO) Regional Trade Policy Course (RTCP) hosted by Swaziland. RTCP was a three-month trade policy course jointly mounted by WTO and UNISWA for governments and academics from English-speaking African countries. His appointment as the Academic Coordinator for RTCP was a clear testimony to his international stature as an astute scholar. He was a worthy ambassador who did Nigeria proud.
Professor Ojo was surely a great statesman of high integrity and moral values. He contributed immensely in other areas of life from his vast experience but I am limiting this tribute to the period we worked together in a foreign country. However, I must comment briefly on his family life.
He was a good family man. Our close interaction outside academics afforded me the awareness of his deep love for his nucleus and extended family, who certainly shall miss him more than any of us. May God grant his wife, children and grandchildren comfort and fortitude to bear his departure to glory.

Prof Oluwole O. G. Amusan


Posted by Dolapo Ayilola on March 15, 2021
I'm so very sad that the family has lost one of it's TRUE examples of excellence, and even though we mourn this loss I thank God for the life you were able to live.

I thank you for always wanting the best for me and my brothers and always checking in on us to see how we were progressing in life. I'll never forget when you spent some time with us some years back and everything you showed me in your book and all your experiences.

I will always cherish those times and keep them close to my heart. Your legacy will continue to live on in the generation that you have helped nurture and you will never be forgotten. I appreciate you uncle. May you forever rest in perfect peace.
Posted by Omoniyi Aboloyinjo on March 15, 2021
PASTOR MRS FOLUKE OLAYEMI

Daddy Prof. as i used to call you, you left us suddenly though at the appointed time of God.
Your impact on the entire family is immeasurable. Personally, you had a huge impact on me. I was the first of our family members that joined you and mummy immediately you came back from Canada. You took me as your daughter , taking me everywhere you had to go including bar beach. You send me to school and finally secured me a job where I worked till my retirement recently.

When I lost my husband, your encouragement and financial support were extremely helpful. You were so kind prof and your love of family was legendary. You made sure you touched almost all segment of the entire extended family.

You left a wide vacuum which only Christ can occupy...Sleep well at the bossom of our lord ABA MI OWON...

PASTOR MRS FOLUKE OLUWAYEMI
Posted by Toyin Falebita on March 15, 2021
Hmm still can’t comprehend this great loss. Daddy, Uncle to me and us. You stepped into our lives when we lost our parents. Always calling me, sending me WhatsApp messages and emails checking on me and my immediate family. You were the only one i had and i was close to on my Dad’s side of the family. Who will check on me now? Rest in power and you will surely be missed Sir. You lived a good and exemplary life what a consolation. 
Posted by Omoniyi Aboloyinjo on March 15, 2021
OLUFUNKE SAMUEL

My dear prof, your death comes to us as an irreplaceable loss to the entire family because you were a father to all of us. You and my father, Pa Olayinka Aboloyinjo were only cousins, but you took me as your daughter.
Without you i would be nothing today. When you were appointed state commissioner, I was one of the first beneficiary of that appointment. You did not only secure employment for me at the state civil service, you offered me accommodation at your official quarters before i later secured my own place. I'm still a civil servant till today.

When I lost my husband too , your encouragement and kind support would never be forgotten.

I must also thank you for the love you showed to my Father. You would not fail to see and say hello to him anytime you visited Ijero no matter how difficult your schedules.

How can i forget to thank you for your tremendous impact on my junior brother, Omoniyi Aboloyinjo who you took early enough as your own son.

Infact, your impact in the whole extended family will for ever remain eternal.

' kato ri erin o digbo, kato ri ekun o di odan
May God grant your soul Eternal peace.

Olufunke Samuel.
Posted by Agostino Zamberia on March 15, 2021
It was with profound sense of loss that I got to learn of the passing of my dear friend and colleague Prof. Ojo. I met and got to know Prof in 2001 as a colleague in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Swaziland. His family and mine remained closely associated for the period they lived in Swaziland, and we thereafter kept in touch via email, WhatsApp and an occasional phone call. It is these connections and the shared moments we had that my family and I will treasure regarding this truly remarkable man. Prof was a gentle, kind and humble person with a sense of humour that reflected the joy that he always felt to be with others, to support and uplift them, and to give them the feeling that life is about being happy, social, and of service to others. Even at work, Prof had the the unique capacity to tap into the strengths of those he worked with, and provide them the guidance that brought out his caring qualities and his profound sense of duty. I feel fortunate to have been closely associated with Prof and to have benefitted from his selfless mentorship. His life and accomplishments can indeed be summed up as ‘A Dream Fulfilled’, the title of the second volume of his autobiography. I will miss this exceptionally kind and great human being: ‘Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen’. 
Posted by Ajibola Sonubi on March 15, 2021
"My Prof" as I often call you, your death came suddenly in a shocking manner through an SMS and I cried. Sir, you were one in a million. All through your stay in Swaziland you were like a father to me and you imparted so many values in me. You lived a fulfilled life with mummy your virtuous wife. We love you but God loves you more.
Rest in perfect peace sir, till we meet again in the bosom of the Lord. Goodnight.
Posted by OLUFUNKE AJOJE on March 15, 2021
Prof, my brother who unconditionally loved me throughout his lifetime, right from my youthful days, you protected me like a hen would shield its chicken. In my choice of a spouse, you were not left out. You never failed to show your love for me and my family. You were my husband’s friend and were there for me as brother, and father. Immediately my husband passed on, you took up the role, provided everything I needed for me and took care of me like a baby. You got me my first grinding machine which became a regular source of income for a very long time and brought ease to my family. At times, my children would even laugh at me and as they kept wondering what manner of man you were that loved his sister like this. You made available everything you felt I would need ranging from matches to used newspaper to cooking pots. We talked about anything and everything. You never stopped calling the name Ajigbo and making people realized how much you loved me. When I started having children, you took all of them like yours and all my children lived with you at one time or the other. You have been the rallying point of all the extended families. You were a strong unity point among all your step siblings and all the extended families. I can go on and on. It is an understatement that I am missing you but I cannot mourn but celebrate your good legacies. Your legacies gladden my heart and I pray the Almighty rest your soul. Egbon mi atata, I really wished there was no death and we would have been together forever.
Sun re o. Afolayanka Omo Olure, omo oluroko gogorogo kii lopon nigeru.Uroko ki loriire kan suwe akun i han. uroko ki loriire kan seso i un lule uwe. Omo olopon ude kan we tirigin. Omo ojumu odo, omo oloni gboran ora re.omo olode okuta. Omo amule oti gboungboun. Moba Otun omo olorogbo. 
Ajigbotola Ajoje (Nee OJo)
Posted by OLUFUNKE AJOJE on March 15, 2021
THANK YOU DADDY
Yes! We called you daddy because you were a father to us. Thank you for your mentoring which guided my choice of profession till today. Thank you for your support when I was in UNILAG Economics department. I remember how happy you were when I made a second class upper and you patted me at the back and said “Iyabo, well done”. You were a source of inspiration. Thank you for teaching me how to organise myself and do so many things within a limited time. Thank you for the monthly upkeep while I was with you. Thank you for taking me and my siblings like your children. One of the thing I learnt from you is that giving will never make anyone poor. You were a silent philanthropist. Thank you, thank you and thank you daddy.
Iyabo
Posted by Oladapo Feyisetan on March 14, 2021
I was blessed to have Prof Ojo as my Father-in-law. He was a kind, supportive, thoughtful, good humoured gentleman. He was firm in his beliefs but would not impose them nor himself on anyone. He had a deep rumbling laugh that invited you to join him. He was always fair. He called/FaceTimed every weekend and birthday without fail (outstanding memory).
He was a Man. United fan when he clearly should have supported Arsenal (but no one is perfect).
He made the world better by making a difference in whatever patch of earth he occupied- as a commissioner, private scholarships, in church, Ekiti organisation, to name a few.
A gentleman, through and through. It was an pleasure and honour to have walked part of the way with him.
I will miss you Daddy Ojo.
Posted by James Ayilola on March 13, 2021
I want to start by thanking you for everything you have done for your family and your community. You have always been a pillar to Whom we can always seek wise counsel. You've been there for me since the beginning, helping to raise me and teaching me the fundamentals that I've kept with me throughout my entire life. I've always looked up to you and try to follow your lead as my older brother. I'm happy that I've been able to make you proud of what I've also accomplished.

Even though losing you hurts, I will always cherish the numerous memories that we've had throughout life. In this season of mourning I know God will get us through it.

Your legacy continues to live on in bot only our lives but the lives of everyone you have touched. I can and will never forget you brother. I will continue to strive for the best as you would have always wanted. Thank you again for everything you have done. May your soul forever rest in peace and may you continue to watch over all of us here.
Posted by Osunmuyiwa Yinka on March 13, 2021
It is hard to believe that 'my Prof' as I used to call him has passed on. He was a humble, hardworking free minded with high integrity. He inspired me in so many ways. He touched positively lives of so many people.
He was our 'Chief Ekuulu-ilu nunn' group
during his time in Swaziland. Ekuulu was a group of like minded people who used to gather together to make themselves happy...the Owambe.
Prof was our Chief dancer. We loved you but God loves you most that is why he has decided to call you back home. And I know that you are dancing on your way to Him.
May God comfort and strength your family.
May your soul rest in peace Prof.
Posted by Capt. Ojo Omotade on March 13, 2021
We missed an icon, though we will face the same one day but we will forever miss you and your legacy is still alive speaking about you though, the body has gone but the legacy is a spirit in which it can never die that's the beautiful impactation you have made on earth sir. You made our name OJO proud sir. We loved you but God loves you most. Rest on sir
Posted by Ore Masah on March 13, 2021
My Grandfather, Professor Folayan Ojo was a man of respect and honor, he was a mentor not only to me but to many others. Although we are saddened by his death we know that Heaven has gained an Angel. Rest in perfect peace Grandpa.
I love you
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