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Husband, father and friend.
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Oluseyi Bickersteth. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Marie-Therese Phido on March 4, 2021
Seyi was a leader of leaders and a boss of bosses. He built people and institutions and let them fly with his gentle guidance. He encouraged and gave you the tools you required to grow and succeed.

His love for Mrs B. was examplery. She was placed on a pedestal, which was communicated to all. He loved his daughters and was a proud father. His family was his pride and joy.

Seyi you have a special place in my life and career. You helped me grow and ensured that I succeeded. Thank you for all you did.

I miss you.
Posted by Femi Sosanya on March 4, 2021
Mr B!!! A true ageless gentleman. May the Lord keep, soothe and uphold the family you left behind. God grant your soul peace
Posted by Olubimbola Adeniyi on March 4, 2021
Rest in perfect peace Mr Bickersteth.

May the lord comfort and keep those you left behind.
Amen.
Posted by Yemi Osilaja on March 4, 2021
I sincerely pray for our good and gracious God to comfort u and the entire family at this time.
Please, accept my condolences.
Posted by Tunde Alao-Olaifa on March 4, 2021
...still can't believe you are gone!
Posted by Ladipo Soetan on March 4, 2021
Shocked at your passing, Mr B. You were a great man with a wry sense of humour. A role model and an inspiration.

You will be missed.

Rest in peace, sir.
Posted by tara feladurotoye on March 4, 2021
Such a beautiful & exemplary Union you had with Mrs B.
Thank you for living well and giving so much of your wisdom to where you served .
We will miss seeing your smile and jests.

Rest on in the bosom of your God
Posted by Udy Ntia on March 4, 2021
Mr Bickersteth, thanks for showing what true leadership is. You were kind and generous. Rest In Peace
Posted by Iyabo Onadeko - Ogunyannw... on March 4, 2021
Sleep well Mr. B......
May God comfort, console and uphold Mrs. B, the girls and the entire Bickersteth family.

E pele pupo o.......
A ku ile de.
Posted by Henry Emeka on March 4, 2021
A great leader. My time in KPMG under your leadership was very awesome. I will really miss you Seyi.
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Posted by Olumuyiwa Olusanya on March 27, 2021
Mr B- a perfect gentleman with strong family values and a great business leader.I pray the Lord comforts you Mrs B and the girls.

May your gentle soul rest in His perfect peace Mr.B.
Posted by Melinda Lamb on March 26, 2021
I’ll never forget how very kind Seyi was to me, when I was going through a bad patch in my life. A compassionate man, I’m grateful to have known him.
Posted by Victor Onyenkpa on March 20, 2021
Seyi had the memory of an elephant. Yes, he did! I doubt he ever forgot someone
he met, no matter how briefly. I certainly know he didn’t forget whatever you said to him!
I remember when OBJ assumed office as civilian President in 1999 and had made a dear friend, Solomon Giwa-Amu (may his soul rest in peace) his ADC. I had casually mentioned this to Seyi in the course of a conversation and promptly forgotten it. You can therefore imagine my surprise when Seyi told me about a year later that...

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his Life

Biography

MR OLUSEYI PESU TOGONU-BICKERSTETH
MY HUSBAND, OLUSEYI TOGONU-BICKERSTETH WAS BORN ON MONDAY 13 AUGUST 1951 IN LAGOS NIGERIA.

HE ATTENDED CMS GRAMMAR SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN(‘72).

SEYI WENT ON TO OBTAIN AN MA FROM YORK UNIVERSITY IN TORONTO(‘76).

AFTER COMPLETING HIS ICAN QUALIFICATIONS (‘82) IN RECORD TIME, SEYI WAS ADMITTED TO THE INSTITUTE OF CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS.  IN DUE COURSE HE BECAME A FELLOW.  AS TAX BECAME HIS SPECIALITY, SEYI ALSO BECAME A FELLOW OF THE INSTITUTE OF TAXATION OF NIGERIA.

SEYI ATTENDED NUMEROUS PROFESSIONAL COURSES IN HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL, CHICAGO BOOTH ET AL.  

IN 1978, HIS COMPETITIVE SPIRIT LED SEYI TO BECOME A FOUNDING MEMBER (009) OF ARTHUR ANDERSEN. HE MADE PARTNER IN 1990 AND WAS MANAGING PARTNER 1999-2002.  AS A RESULT OF THE ENRON SCANDAL IN 2002, ENIGMATIC SEYI CONTRIBUTED TO THE SMOOTH METAMORPHOSIS OF ARTHUR ANDERSEN TO KPMG NIGERIA.  SEYI WAS THE MANAGING PARTNER OF KPMG NIGERIA 2002 -2016.  DURING HIS TENURES AT BOTH ARTHUR ANDERSEN AND KPMG SEYI ENSURED THAT THE FIRMS CONSISTENTLY UPHELD THE HIGH MORAL VALUES WHICH HAD BEEN INSTILLED IN HIM.  HE ALSO DELIBERATELY BRED OTHER PARTNERS AS HE RECOGNISED THAT PEOPLE WITH ASPIRATIONS ARE PRICELESS.  HE SPURRED THEM ON WITH HIS MOTTOS: 

‘THERE ARE TWO TYPE OF PEOPLE IN THE WORLD: THE QUICK OR THE DEAD!’

‘ONLY THE PARANOID SURVIVE!’

‘SPEED KILLS THE ENEMY!’

IN 2015 SEYI WAS MADE THE CHAIRMAN OF KPMG AFRICA  AND WAS THE FIRST AFRICAN TO BE APPOINTED TO THE GLOBAL KPMG BOARD.  HE RETIRED AS MANAGING PARTNER OF KPMG NIGERIA IN 2016 AND FROM THE GLOBAL BOARD IN 2017.

SEYI ALWAYS SAID THAT HE WAS BLESSED TO GET PAID FOR A CAREER HE LOVED! HE LOVED THE INTELLECTUAL BRAINSTORMING AND SPARRING WITH VARIOUS STAKEHOLDERS BUT MOST OF ALL HE WAS PROUD TO LEAD A TRIBE OF THE BEST INTELLECTUALS IN THE MARKET PLACE! 

POST CAREER, SEYI SERVED ON SEVERAL BOARDS INCLUDING LEADWAY, GOOD GOVERNANCE AFRICA, LEAP AFRICA AND NIGERIAN BOTTLING COMPANY.

AWAY FROM HIS CAREER SEYI LED A SIMPLE LIFE.  HE LOVED EXERCISE: WEIGHT TRAINING, CYCLING, WALKING AND SWIMMING.  NATURE WAS HIS HAPPY PLACE. HE LOVED HIS GARDEN IN VGC AND HIS BACKYARD AT ILABERE.  HE MADE TIME TO STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES!

SEYI AND I GOT MARRIED IN 1984 AND WERE BLESSED WITH MELODY OLUSEYI (‘90) AND AMY TOYIN (‘94).  HE WAS A WONDERFUL HUSBAND AND FATHER WHO CARED FOR US DEEPLY. 

SEYI LIVED A FULFILLED LIFE AND LEFT LARGE FOOTPRINTS WHERE EVER HE WENT. 

ONLY GOD CAN AND WILL FILL HIS VOID.
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In memory of "Lord Seyi"

Shared by PATRICK IYAMABO on March 16, 2021
"Lord Seyi”, may the almighty God who gave you the opportunity to demonstrate his majesty here on earth, forever have you seated with him, in the world after.

You have made your mark. You have demonstrated uncommon leadership. You have been invaluable in shaping the lives of so many people and leaders. In the process, you have given this nation an excellent shot at success, despite the odds.

You will be sorely missed, but in a wonderful way, you will also be fondly remembered. The many encounters in the firm, my numerous viewpoints you gladly debated (not minding that you were the Country Managing Partner), the advice you shared at various times and the guidance you freely offered all the way, are all lovingly etched in my memory. You will forever be remembered.

Adios “Lord Seyi” (as we fondly referred to him). May your Soul Rest in Peace - Amen.

A chance meeting....never to be forgotten

Shared by Michael O on March 16, 2021
We met by pure chance, one never to be forgotten....I had a 3 month old baby in one arm,  a pushchair with baby shopping in the seat in the other on a London street, us boarding a bus. The driver says no change and was asking me to get off. You and Catherine appeared behind me. You took the pushchair and wheeled it in, Catherine asked to take the baby and said I could pay using my debit card (which was not widely known then)...and so I did. A simple, yet powerful gesture from a humble and quintesential couple. That was how we got introduced, the rest is history. A gesture never forgotten and never to be. May your gentle and humble soul rest in perfect peace. May the Lord give Catherine and your daughters the fortitude to bear your passing to the glory of the Lord. Rest in Peace sir

A tribute to Oluseyi Togonu Bickersteth

Shared by Joe Uwagba on March 11, 2021
It is with a very heavy heart and profound sadness that I write this tribute to a close family friend, a colleague and a gentleman in the person of Oluseyi whom I have known for over forty years.

I first met Seyi in Lagos at Arthur Andersen & Co. He had joined the firm a little over nine months before I joined in July 1979. Throughout the time I served at AA & Co before moving on in January 1989, I was in regular and constant touch with him as we both worked on many audit assignments before he moved on to the tax division. In fact, Seyi is the only person I know who worked in all three divisions (audit, consulting & tax) of the firm. This is itself a testimony to his cerebral prowess, an aptitude for learning new tricks of a trade and an incredible ability to adjust and adapt to new circumstances. Little wonder he was able to deliver first class and unblemished professional service to all his clients.Undoubtedly, these qualities saw him rise to the very pinnacle of his calling. Although it is a very long time ago now, there is no forgetting the fond and cherished memories of some of the assignments and engagements on which we both worked. Space, not time, limits me to just three of them.

As freshmen in accounting and audits, we were severely challenged when we worked at TOPCON, the exploratory arm of Texaco in Nigeria. The accounting terminologies were far from the routine exposures during the rigorous training sessions we had had. The technicalities of oil & gas accounting were, to say the least, exasperating. Even though we did not want the client staff to perceive our ignorance, most of us on this assignment were often moody as we had to wade through a confusing maze of accounting jargon and an unwieldy system. However, as daunting as the task was, Seyi managed to have a smile on his face all the time. He was not unduly fazed by the very long hours we had to put in. Indeed, Seyi got on with the client’s staff so well that they all felt at ease with him whenever he came asking questions and probing with the typical forensic disposition of auditors.

Then, there was the time we were shipped off to the Detroit office with two other colleagues for basic training in the firm’s Management Information Consulting techniques & methodologies. We found ourselves in the deep end of a pool – learning how to code in some obscure computer language in order to work on a major new assignment for the firm in Lagos. All four of us were often in a state of quandary. We had to do this coding stuff which was basically writing in dots and strokes. Whilst we were trying to find our feet, Seyi quickly grasped the nettle and within a relatively short time, he too started to speak using weird symbols, dots and strokes. He even had some time to spare for watching his favourite sports: football (not soccer!) and basketball. Sadly, we were not able to put our newly acquired skills into use. By the time we returned to Lagos, the contract for the project in question had been “pulled”. Much to our collective relief, we were re-transferred to the audit division.

Seyi and I worked on many other assignments and projects in Lagos, Warri, Kaduna, Maiduguri, Port-Harcourt, Abidjan and Dakar. But the most exciting and thoroughly exhilarating assignment we both enjoyed was a yearly one week stint auditing the accounts of a client at Mkar, some five miles north of Gboko in Benue state. We were the only ones in the office who ‘volunteered’ to go to this outpost, the local branch of a Utah based missionary organisation.It was a hardship location in every sense. The assignment was more of an endurance test than a professional challenge. We would travel to Makurdi by air, then to Gboko by taxi and thereafter to Mkar by mini trucks. Upon arrival at Mkar, our first task was to go to the local village market to do some food shopping for the week. We were responsible for preparing our meals throughout our stay. Our bedrooms were not the safest abodes as we were constantly advised to be on the lookout for deadly poisonous snakes that may crawl in at night, creep through the bed sheets and inflict their deadly bites. I recall Seyi aways joked that at Mkar, one must be able to sleep with one eye open.

The books of account at Mkar were more of a challenge to our linguistic abilities than our accounting / audit skills. The trial balance was partially in Tiv language. This had to be fully translated into English and properly coded before we could proceed to the tasks at hand. We tried to not ruffle our clients by asking too many questions. The staff was very polite and quite helpful. As always, Seyi was very fond of them – joking, back slapping, teasing and even playing pranks. By the end of the week, it was obvious that his vocabulary of the Tiv language had been enhanced. For many years after and as recently as a few weeks ago, Seyi and I started our conversations in customary Tiv greetings.

The news of Seyi’s sudden death is one of the toughest and shocking matters that I have had to grapple with in all of my life. I just could not process it.Coming so soon after the burial of his sister, Kehinde, I found myself asking and wondering if this was a morbid or cruel joke. Alas, it is true. So I am tempted to join in the mournful wailing and shedding of tears. But I do not want to do that. Rather, I want to dwell on the notion that it is not how long we live that matters. It is how well. Seyi lived a full, happy and fulfilled life in ALL its ramifications. With Seyi around, there was always laughter and fun.Wherever he was, Seyi uplifted the mood in his own special way. He was a thoroughly compassionate, caring, kind-hearted and loving individual and family man. There was nothing that could stand in the way of him being in touch with the three girls in his life – Catherine, Melody and Amy. Our daughters have mournfully remarked that Uncle Seyi was the first person they knew as an uncle – well before growing up to know the real meaning of that word.

Seyi was not one to burden others with his problems. He was not one to allude to innocuous and nebulous “ethical standards” in a way that was pretentious or even hypocritical. He strived to live what he preached – Peace, Love and Happiness. Even the way of his departure was without any fuss: quietly and peacefully; in his sleep.



A certified Life Coach, Rob Liano tells us: “the sorrow we feel when we lose a loved one is the price to have had them in our lives”. My thoughts are with you, my dearest friend. Your memories linger. Your smile that cared; your listening ear, your goodness shared. My wish is your restful eternal peace.

Adieu my good friend, Oluseyi.