ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Taju 'Debby' Adeleke. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Nike Akintoye on May 22, 2021
A rare gem has gone to be with his maker!

Not sure where to start how I felt when I got the phone call.... I recalled I had a missed call from him ....

I call him Daddy Banke/Daddy Dayo, because his indeed a caring, loving family man, who had the foresight, passion, and energy to ensure that his children got the best education even when it was costly to him. I admire his readiness to make sacrifices some men will not bother to do for the sake of their immediate family.

I recall episodes of him entertaining extended family members at the expense of his immediate family as he has a big heart and was very selfless. He taught me acceptance; I recall some of the episodes meant my place became an extension of his place for those that unexpectedly turned up at his door ......
I call him Egbon, he readily gave me advice even when I did not feel I needed one. When we had disagreements and I reflect on what he said, I usually realize that his right. Overtime, I learnt to listen to him, ask him questions and we engaged in stimulating conversations about life, business, politics etc. I have also learnt that I should not be procrastinating…I regret not calling him back when I missed his call.

He wore a smile even when he should be frowning. He was open-minded and treated people with respect. Missing my egbon is an understatement but I know God loves him more.

I pray that God comforts, direct and strengthens his wife and children. I hope they continually dwell on the good memories…
Posted by Bisola Obileye on May 21, 2021
I just feel so lost, I received a call today from Mr Adeleke's daughter today and thought I hope all is well. She said all is well but my mum want to talk with you the flash in my mind told me all is not well. She told me he passed, I screamed. Since we met, he will call for nothing other than to ask after me and the business. I had the mind to call him this afternoon but I was too late by exactly 1 month. Wow, a great man, nice man, a person you need as a friend. I don't know what to say but I pray the Lord comforts the family, and friends alike. Very positive person always reassuring of a good tomorrow. Always has a minute or more to spare, never in a hurry. May his sweet soul rest in peace.
Posted by Ayomide Akindipo on May 12, 2021
To the great and merciful God, we thank you for a life well spent. Even though we didn’t get to have you with us for as long as we would have wanted, we are grateful to God for having experience you on Earth. I pray that your soul rests in the perfect peace of the Almighty. My prayers and well wishes to the family.
Posted by Adeleke Yasser on May 11, 2021
My dear favourite Uncle Debby.

I have never cried from the news of death, I believe life is a journey and we will all alight at different stops. But, Uncle Debby was an exception. Why? I think simply because He was not just an ordinary Uncle, he was my father, adviser, mentor and a very, very good friend.

Uncle debby was a humble, generous (did not know how to say No), hardworking, selfless, measured, compassionate and a dedicated family man.

In fact, and as I always tell him, he sacrificed too much for others at his own detriment but that's how he chose to live his life.

I learnt a lot from him from my over 2 years staying with him in UK and we never for a day had any misunderstanding and I know it is 100% down to his attitude.

Whatever your class, level or age, he will blend with you and if you are intelligent with sound ideas or advise to offer, you will enjoy each other the more.

While speaking with her daughter Banke, I eventually knew the main reason why I cried. While trying to console me, She told me 'Uncle Yasser stop crying, you know, you are my dad's favourite and he loves you so much'. I knew our feelings were mutual but confirming it from her daughter was out of this world.

All in all, I thank God, Allamdullilahi, he lived an impactful life, a life worthy of emulation and I pray God Almighty grant him Aljannah and forgive him all his shortcomings.

Lastly, there is now a big vacuum to fill in his immediate and broader family, because Uncle Debby connects the family together and I hope we all will all step up, tap from his forgiving/matured nature and continue is good legacy.

I have a lot of memories to share about my dear Uncle Debby, the king of boys and will share subsequently.

Rest in peace.
Posted by Rasheed Adeleke Adekunle on May 3, 2021
If only God could heal the wounds.I remembered the times .perfectly rest in peace uncle Debby.
Posted by Prince Adeyemi Atayero on May 1, 2021
Every living being on Earth shall taste death None can deny the fact. May the departed Alhaji Tajudeen Adebola Adeleke souls Rest in Peace in Jannah.
Posted by Olusoji Akindipo on May 1, 2021
Debola,why this sudden departure. If there is anyone to depart from this world,it shouldn't have been you.You don't deserve to go now. Debola,you have left a lot of people,even me helpless. Since your death I look back and asked this question who can carry out ALL these your unfinished tasks.I am NO-ONE.It is such a huge vacuum to fill.Debola,we missed you!!! But the Lord loves you more and He will grant you eternal rest.Please, continued to rest in the blossom of our God until we meet to part no more.
Posted by Adejimi Idowu Orekoya on May 1, 2021
Inna lillahi wa inna illayhi raji’un

Alhaji Tajudeen was a pioneer member of our community who touched so many people’s lives with his sincere financial support to known and unknown members of my mosque in dedication and devotion to serving the Deen of Allah S.W.T.

A giant amongst men, who always supported the religion.
Hajj Tajudeen will truly be missed by many, he leaves an enormous vacuum in our community, but I pray his lifetime of dedication in the servitude of the House of Allah will inspire all of us and particularly the next generation to follow in his footsteps in serving the Deen of Allah SWT.

May Allah azza wa Jal forgive all his sins, accept his good actions in accordance with his generosity, and build for him a home in Jannatul Firdous close to the Almighty as he made the Masjid a home for the servants of Allah (Aameen).

With sincere Duaa’s.
Posted by Debo Ologunagba on May 1, 2021
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Uncle Debby the ever smiling good man ;
We wrote your name in the sand,
but the waves washed it away.
We wrote your name it in the sky,
but the wind blew it away.
We put your picture as our dp, but eventually had to remove it,
So we wrote your name in our hearts,
and that’s where it will stay, always.
For your candlelight burns FOREVER
Sleep on Uncle Debby.
Debo Ologunagba
Posted by Hajia Remi Solola on May 1, 2021
Innali llahi wahi nalleh rojihuna...who are we to query Allah? may Allah reward you more than your good deed and grant you Aljanah Fridaus.
May Allah continue to give your family Sabr to bear the loss and He would guide and support your family in all areas of their needs In Sha Allah ameen.
Posted by Yewande Adeleke on April 30, 2021
“Cause sooner or later in life, the ones you love you lose”

To my dearest Uncle Taju,

Your time came too soon, and I miss you dearly. Although you are gone, you are still around in my thoughts and memories. At times I get sad, but I know that I am an extremely lucky girl to have had you in my life and for that I am thankful.

I will miss your voice on our phone calls, telling me off for not calling and you asking when next I am coming over to visit, and how you would make a fuss over me when we meet. I doubt I ever said it to you but I am grateful to you and Aunty Laitan for providing us with a home away from home in Grove Park throughout our schooling years.

Workwise, you taught us not to settle for less and to keep developing ourselves. Not only this you took a special interest our other activities, from funding my driving lessons to seeing if I managed to turn a profit on my sewing stall hobby and were always there to offer a helping hand.

From listening to family members speak about you, it is interesting to learn even more about you and your life and things that I wish we had spoken about. I will miss your laughter and hope to continue your legacy of generosity to others.

Loving you always,

Your “Yeye”
Posted by Tola Adeleke on April 30, 2021
…’Se nitori ko ma bami so Yoruba ni oo se pe mi’ - this is how you would tease and challenge me. Who will encourage me to speak Yoruba on the phone and impose a £5 fee for speaking in English. Ooto ni, mo ti gbagbe pe mo je yin pound Mewa. Se e ma dariji mi? (You’ll be happy to know I wrote this myself).

Uncle Taju, Thank you for being an incredible brother to my Mum and Dad, thank you for being an amazing Uncle to my siblings and I. You took care of us, we learnt a lot from you and we continue to learn.

I will miss your smile, your eyes lit up every time you smiled.

I will miss our debates...’but Tola seriously’ is how you would often respond.

I will miss the annual messages in Yoruba:
- Merry Christmas, a se opolopo odun laiye, pelu aliafia ara, ati ibale okan
- Happy New Year, Oluwa a je ki a se opolopo re l’aiye pelu ifokan bale ati alafia ara. 
- E ku ojo ibi oni o. Tola, Happy birthday to you. Oluwa a je ki o se opolopo odun laiye pelu aliafia ara ati ifokan bale.

The truth is there is still a lot we need you for but we will honour your memory by holding on to the promises me made and continue to remember all the good times we shared. Above all we will continue to learn from you.

Mi o ni gba gbe yin
Pelu gbo gbo Ife, Tola x
Posted by Sunkanmi Komaiya on April 30, 2021
Goodnight forever my childhood friend. My old school and classmate wayback 1975 at Ibadan Boys's High School. Oke Bola.Ibadan.Oyo State.Nigeria.
May God almighty bless your soul.
Posted by Akeem adeleke on April 30, 2021

It is a sad thing that I have lost a gem my uncle who has impacted the family both here and abroad.
He was a substance that can be remembered forever
Uncle I am going to miss you real badly.
May your gentle soul rest in peace.
Posted by Kofo Adeleke on April 29, 2021
Thank you Taju for your life of continual generosity, your warmth and genuine love. It is a lesson for me.
From the day we first met you have been a wonderful friend, a complete pillar of strength to me as a brother in law and uncle to my children. Nothing was ever too much for you; material and immaterial support never ended, and I will forever owe you a debt of gratitude.
Taju's work ethic was second to none; he consistently strived to get others to value and demonstrate hard work and diligence.
I am going to miss you so much but the beautiful smile you always greeted me with will never leave me.
Posted by IBHS Ibadan on April 29, 2021
It is really painful to lose "TJ" or "Debbie" as we know him in the 1979 set of IBHS old boys association. He was one of our pillars and we can not quantify his contribution and his support. He was always there to add value. We will greatly miss him.

Kola Adewole
Posted by yanga temidayo Celestine ... on April 28, 2021
hmmm when it's time for me to benefit Baba Alhaji Adeleke God of ressurection visited him unstoppable God blessed your name.may his gentle soul rest in peace ijn
Posted by Segun Remi Adejumo on April 28, 2021
Mr Tajudeen Adeleke Adebola a man with a great heart. He had a great interest and was so passionate about the growth and development of our alma mata. He had singlehandedly sponsored various projects towards our school. In fact, he was the reason why I do most of the things for our institution. My very first project for the students, he was the one that advised me to go for it and he even gave me the link of the contractor and he made sure that the man did not rip me off. He stood by me when I was accused of mismanagement of our alumni’s account. He said and I quote, “Segun even if truly you spent our money, I believe in you and your passion for this association.” He was there for me. I remember the time I had no job, he was on top of my case, he wanted to establish me in his business, not to employ me but to empower me. But been the type of a person I am who doesn’t like to bother people, I decided not to show up or accept the offer. I believe I can cope with the little in my house. Only a few people will do that though. My first time of visiting him at his residence, when I saw him I was shivering and asked brother what’s happening? He said, Segun just thank God for my life, I’m even far better now. Brother Taju came, he saw and conquered. “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:55-57.
What an irreparable loss to the family and to the entire IBHSOBA Worldwide.
We love you but God loves you most.
Adieu brother TAA. Sun re o!!!
Posted by Issa Adetona on April 27, 2021
Alhaji Tajudeen Adeleke is a special human being of our time. It's very difficult to offend him. To the best of my knowledge and the short period I know him. HE IS A PEACE LOVING AND A TRUE COMFORTER TO ALL PEOPLE ARROUND HIM. MAY HIS REST IN PEACE. AAMEEN.
Posted by Bashir Alao on April 27, 2021
Goodnight, charismatic, faithful and merry soul mate; Soul on the wings of compassionate Angels. 

Every soul shall have a taste of death: and only on the day of judgement shall you be paid your full recompense. Only he who is saved… and admitted to the garden will have attained the object (of life). For the life of this world is but goods and chattels of deception. Al Imran v 185. 

We appreciate the mercy of Allah (SWT) for his guidance; for it is only Allah who has the capacity to guide humanity onto the straight path.

"Praise be to Allah, who hath guided us to this (felicity): never could we have found guidance, had it not been for the guidance of Allah. indeed, it was the truth, that the apostles of our Lord brought unto us." And they shall hear the cry: "Behold! the garden before you! Ye have been made its inheritors, for your deeds (of righteousness)." Ar Raf 7 verse 43

All Praises and Glory belong to the Almighty Allah (SWT) for his guidance, love and blessings on our brother, father, husband, mentore, friend and uncle Alhaji Tajudeen Adebola Alabi Adeleke.

Adebola Tajudeen was a unique person of inestimable worth to everyone. His unconditional love and commitment to his immediate family, extended relations, friends, and acquaintances was unfathomable.

“Only a moment you stayed, but what an imprint your footprints have left on our hearts”. You embodied and expressed unique leadership traits and made remarkable difference in every endeavour. Your magnanimity, steadfastness, unwavering commitment to your family, the service of our faith and community will always be missed. You shine in our hearts and minds.

For almost 3 decades Debby was like my twin brother. We were inseparable in our thoughts, opinions, commitments and more. His approach to life was pure, generous an unforgettable expression of human kindness anchored by Islamic ethos.  He Chose to put humanity before himself, the path to greatness opened itself to him. Alhamdulillahi he took that part, as a result he bequeathed indeliblefootprints in the sand of time. His life was the epitome of integrity, kindness, humility, , compassion and warmth and  His easy to get along with nature endeared him to everyone.
Debby led a life of modesty, humility and restraint. Albeit, he had the means to be flashy, he chose to be modest and frugal, almost like an ascetic; a worthy legacy found in his adult children. 
Debby is not one who will be found wanting in difficult situations, you know where he stands and he is ever ready to put his head above the parapet in support of his belief, friend or cause.
Debby was the delight of fund raisers; he was well known for his magnanimity, he enjoys giving, supporting the needy, providing succor to the vulnerable and poor; such are the beneficiaries of his   self-denial mantra.  

Like most rightly guided believers, Tajudeen  combined matters of the spirit and that of the body; the whole of him was often felt in all his endeavors. he was a deeply passionate person. His absolute belief in the Almighty God was exceptional; he openly condemns all kinds of lip service and outlandish claims. He avoided all forms of superstition, myth, and sacred commitment to clerics of all faith.  His total belief, utterances and practice of the omnipotence of God put most charlatans to shame. Debby talks the talk and walk the walk of absolute monotheism. He was fond of saying “None can harm or benefit me or any human being except with the permission of God” paraphrased “La aula wa la quwata, illah be llahi” and he often concludes by subconsciously saying “Mo gb’Olorun gbo” meaning “I believe in God” Thus his famous sobriquet to his intimate friends is “Mo gb’olorun gbo” 

“We might not be the ones to change the world. We might not belong to the few that “put a ding in the universe.” We might not be something the whole world would celebrate. But...In the little corners that we live; in the lives that we’ve played a part in, we should be nothing but unforgettable.” We thank Allah (SWT) for Debby’s life, a remarkably unforgettable characterised with laudable achievements, sacrifice, altruism and unblemish worship of Allah (SWT). He left indellible marks in our hearts, especially his lovely children, mentees and kinsmen. 
The journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. May your unrelenting worship of God, evident in your service to humanity. Through your wife, children, kinsmen, friends and community be rewarded with Al Janna Firdaous. May Allah (SWT), in His Amazing Grace release your soul unto the wings of Angels of Compassion. To ease your transition. To Shower you with His Abundant Mercy and Blessings. To make comfortable your dispensation. To accept you into the fold of Saints. To enrich your eternal rest with ultimate tranquillity. And to endow you with the most supreme of the facilities of Paradise.

May your treasured soul rest in peace; adieu my charismatic, faithful and merry soul mate.

Indeed, Inna lillahi wa inna illayhi rajihun.
Allahu Akbar. Allahu yar amuhu, Allahu yag firihu, Allahu yab asuhu fi asani suari. Allahu Akbar!   

May Allah (SWT) grant the entire Adeleke family the wisdom and fortitude to bear the transition of Alhaji Tajudeen Adebola Alabi Adeleke. May Allah (SWT) comfort, protect, bless and endow them with the wherewithal to bear this irreplaceable passage.
There are no goodbyes for our loved ones, as they live in our hearts eternally.
Posted by Gbenga Olayinka on April 27, 2021
Uncle Debby, your demise is another validation of the fact that we all have expiration day! Your untimely death is particularly challenging for me because of the gap it creates. As an ultimate bridge builder, you always preached non-conflict resolution even when it was apparent that may not be the best option for your personal interest. You were a role model for us growing up seeing you making moves and demonstrating the gains of hard work. I am comforted knowing your legacy thrives on in the quality of kids you raised, believing you are enjoying the eternal rest you so well deserve and your body feels pain no more. Continue to rest in peace, King of Boys. I miss you sorely.
Posted by Adetokunbo Sanni on April 26, 2021
I am still not myself..I got to know about this on Sunday 25th...we spoke 3 weeks ago and like always I learnt and gained a new thing or two every time I talk to him..wow..we were to meet later in the year,like he came to meet with me and my family when we visited 3 years ago..A Great Guy..we drove out,we laughed,talked business, family ..we ate,drank,...Great guy with a large heart.. sleep well my good friend..it is well
Posted by Oluwaseyi Leigh on April 27, 2021
"The Tajudeen", that's how I was addressing him whether formally or informally. We were School mates during our secondary school days at Ibadan Boys' High School.
I used to know him then and his late Brother, Nasiru. Some years ago when I joined the IBHS 74-79 set WhatsApp platform, I learnt of a yearly project undertaken by the group which was to produce exercise books for the boys in the school and this we were doing regularly until it was rested and other projects were picked.
The Tajudeen will always be willing to pick up the outstanding contribution to make up for the payment of projects embarked upon by the group.
There was also a time that he just reached out to me privately after observing that I've been quiet on the platform. He asked if I was facing any challenges and how may he help.
When I said nothing was wrong with me, he took it in good faith.
He was a family man to the core, because in the last few months, he'd broached with me the need to write a Will, and that he was waiting to retire from work and then set things in order for his Family.
But he never got round to doing that. I sensed that he was battling with some illness, but I never asked him and he too never said anything to me.
Indeed, the straight tree does not stand for ever in the forest (Igi tó bá tó kìí pé nínú igbó).
Adieu, Dear Friend, Brother and Compatriot. May God Almighty grant you sweet repose in His Aljannah, Amen.
Posted by Onifade Adeleke on April 26, 2021
Death is inevitable and every mortal will surely taste it once.It is with deepest sorrow and sadness that I write this tribute to you.Uncle Debby you were an harbinger of love and apostle of peace.Your last chat with me on WhatsApp on 13th April,2021 is still fresh in my memory.Your advice and words of encouragement on my profession can't be forgotten.Oh Death why uncle Debby but we can't questions God who knows the end from the beginning The Almighty Allah will repose your soul and grant you Aljina Fidaus and comfort all.Adieu
Posted by Azeez Saka on April 26, 2021
Our last conversation was about the family and that of his health. I tried to convince him to come home for trado-
medical treatment,hoping it will cure his ailment. He said to me with strong conviction that we should leave everything to Almight Allah not knowing that was a farewell message.
Adebola! It's only Almight Allah that knows who could fill the vacuum your demise has created. This time last year,you assigned I and Alhaji Lawal on the distribution of palliative tagged *Rojuade Foundation* of which people are still awaiting this year's. Alas! Deby your death is a great loss not only to the family but Nigeria as a whole. My dear cousin! Adieu!!!
Posted by Kunle Adeleke on April 26, 2021
ANOTHER GOOD MAN GONE.
Adebola Tajudeen Adeleke (Uncle Debby)
My brother was good to a fault. His kindness is unprecedented. His last assignment to me was still an act of kindness.
He called me few hours before his death and said ' Kunle i called the painter you introduced to me and he said he was in the middle of a naming ceremony, Please give him N25,000 on my behalf for the new baby' (He never met the painter before)
I called one of his younger associates (His circle of friends cut across all ages) to inform him about his demise, Habeeb broke down and cried uncontrollably. He has been doing business with Debby for more than 12 years without seeing him in person all transactions on phone.
Habeeb was very devastated and i could hear his mother crying and wailling in the background.

All his tenants were weeping and sad when they heard about his death. Most never met him in person. One was like 'when i was about to move in, there was an outstanding electricity bill of N165,000 incurred by the previous tenant,i called to inform him, he sent the money to me and told me to clear the bill even when i told him the former tenant still have stuffs to carry from the compound ' To him since he was unable to pay even rent he did not want to stress his life with the bill.
That was my brother for you. kind good man, bridge builder, family man. Hard working till the last minutes.
The family will miss him and I will personally miss him because of our special relationship .
Uncle Debby, till we meet again, Good BYE.
Kunle.
Posted by Oluwatosin Thompson on April 26, 2021
I prayed that Almighty Allah grant him aljanah fridaos because he was a very nice man to me during his life time, I could remember very vividly during 1998 in Asalatu Rahman, I went to ask him for financial assistance and he did not hesitate to render the financial support and being a woman, he did not even for one time asked me out. He was such a kind hearted and God fearing man.
Posted by Dayo Adeleke on April 26, 2021
"Listen, and listen well... “, I can’t count how many times my father uttered these poignant words over the years. He was not only a father to me but a teacher to myself and many others. I thought I was a master of the English Language, but my dad had a vocabulary in his arsenal that made me sit back and admire him. I will never forget the day I realised he could speak Italian - he lived like an ordinary man, but he was extraordinary.

He loved to share knowledge and engage in stimulating debates about philosophy, politics, finance, business, education, and much more. He was a master of all trades, a passionate, humble yet bold man, wise beyond his years. His style and poise were impeccable. He sacrificed so much of himself so that others could run - family, friends, acquaintances and strangers alike all enjoyed the fruits of his labour. That was just the man he was, he put others first. He was a man who loved to love. His infectious laugh and endearing charm could light up any room. He remained graceful and warm even after his passing - I wish all of you could have seen the gracious smile he had... Heaven had just welcomed a new angel.

He once said to me, “Dayo, I am not your dad. I am your friend first, please talk to me about anything…”.This is something that I was really at odds with. I grew up thinking that there was a distinction between father and friend, and there were certain things you just couldn’t share with ‘daddy’. Little did I know this was the type of relationship any son would want with his father. And I am glad I did come to share my innermost feelings with him.

Words can’t describe how much you have shaped the man I am today - I thank you dad for this and know you are still by my side guiding me. You will be missed ever so deeply but I take comfort in the fact that you are not gone. You are still here with me, you will never be forgotten, your dreams, visions, and plans shall live on. If I become half the man you were, I would have lived a wonderful life. There's so much more that I could have written about you daddy, the words I have written today are just a small fraction of the impact you have made on the lives of me and many others.

For all you have given, it’s now time for you to rest. Until we meet again daddy - much love, Dayo.
Posted by Oluwatoyin Gbadamosi on April 26, 2021
Hmmm words fail me but I will try to put something together. I have known you for over 25 years and you have been a regular presence in my life always looking out for me and just being so selfless. I was shocked to receive the news of your passing because we have been in touch regular and little did I know you had not fully recovered. We have no choice but to accept the will of God knowing He loves you more than we do. My prayer is that the Lord should forgive all your sins and grant you the rest that you so much deserve. May the Lord be with your family and grant them the fortitude to beat this irreparable loss. You are sorely missed. Love from all of us. xxx
Posted by Adekunle Abeeb on April 26, 2021
Deeply in sad and sorrow for missing u my my mentor, my dad, my best friend, my lord, the pillar behind my success, i don't agreed dat u've pass-on until i confirm by ur daughter miss Banke after bros kunle adeleke had early call me to tell me u've pass-on, the sorrow fill my heart. But all i knw is DAT u've worked tiredness to to be in good place in heaven and i pray Almighty Allah will never disappoint u sir bcs u are an ICON, the servant of God, in fact a word is not enough for me to explain who u are sir. I prayed Almighty Allah to forgive and forget any little of ur sin sir. And I prayed all what u leave shouldn't spoil @ur back sir. I Abeeb snail and my entire family miss u sir. May Almighty Allah accept ur short coming bi jahi rosululahi. Continue rest on sir. Seriously crying as am writing this tribute sir. Is only God can wipe my tear  
Posted by Oyedele Togunde on April 26, 2021
I actually grew up in a family setting with Taju. All the time we were together until each of us were separated by quest for greener pastures and troughout our temporary separation, the report I heared from people who came across Taju were ohooo " Taju is generous, Taju is hardworking, Taju is kind, Taju is a complete gentleman etc etc". Nothing less is expected from a person raised in humility, discipline and nobility of birth. But GBAM!!! a permanent separation is now a reality. Dear Taju,you have come and left your marks
on the sands of time. May Almighty Allah accept your soul into eternity and console the families left behind. Adieu dear brother.
Posted by Adesipo Kayode on April 26, 2021
Uncle Debby as fondly called by me,I still can't believe I am writing a tribute because of your passing,you were and will always be an inspiration to myself,the entire family and anyone who worked with you.You are the one who teach me not to put all my eggs in one basket,that I should add business to salary and you have a saying (ise reeeee omo alase je ,owo re omo alase la).You have left a void in the family that will never be filled,Your death comes as a shock,but we believed you are resting in peace
Posted by Bayo Adeleke on April 26, 2021
Tajudeen, My dearest brother, the one who loves and understands me. The selfless one who wants the best for me. You know the feeling is mutual. The most affectionate, my love for you is deeper than you know. Our relationship is electric, effortless, simple, yet complex.
How and where will I find the energy to carry on without you, my No. 1 cheer leader, my guiding moonlight and guardian angel?
Your thoughtfulness, humility, loyalty, empathy, kindness and legacy of generosity will be the beacons of hope and tranquility for my future without your physical presence.
I am indeed fortunate to have you as my brother. I’m exceptionally proud of your work, kindness and good deeds to others in your life time.

Soon after finishing all works, we proceed to Your reckoning, oh Lord, the Almighty Allah. My brother has finished his. Please forgive his sins and grant him your mercy.

“Which then of the favours of your Lord shall you deny.” - Surah Ar-Rahman (The Merciful Quran Chapter 55)

Yours profoundly, Bayo

Posted by Saeed Oladimeji on April 26, 2021
I meet and talk to him only one time and since that day, he’s left a good impression of the kind of person he is in my heart and I would never forget that. Such a nice, humble and gentle uncle he is. Ever generous man. May almighty Allah forgive his short comings and protect, guide those he left behind.
Posted by Banke Adeleke on April 25, 2021
To the man we had the privilege of calling our dad, truly one in a million.

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Posted by Nike Akintoye on May 22, 2021
A rare gem has gone to be with his maker!

Not sure where to start how I felt when I got the phone call.... I recalled I had a missed call from him ....

I call him Daddy Banke/Daddy Dayo, because his indeed a caring, loving family man, who had the foresight, passion, and energy to ensure that his children got the best education even when it was costly to him. I admire his readiness to make sacrifices some men will not bother to do for the sake of their immediate family.

I recall episodes of him entertaining extended family members at the expense of his immediate family as he has a big heart and was very selfless. He taught me acceptance; I recall some of the episodes meant my place became an extension of his place for those that unexpectedly turned up at his door ......
I call him Egbon, he readily gave me advice even when I did not feel I needed one. When we had disagreements and I reflect on what he said, I usually realize that his right. Overtime, I learnt to listen to him, ask him questions and we engaged in stimulating conversations about life, business, politics etc. I have also learnt that I should not be procrastinating…I regret not calling him back when I missed his call.

He wore a smile even when he should be frowning. He was open-minded and treated people with respect. Missing my egbon is an understatement but I know God loves him more.

I pray that God comforts, direct and strengthens his wife and children. I hope they continually dwell on the good memories…
Posted by Bisola Obileye on May 21, 2021
I just feel so lost, I received a call today from Mr Adeleke's daughter today and thought I hope all is well. She said all is well but my mum want to talk with you the flash in my mind told me all is not well. She told me he passed, I screamed. Since we met, he will call for nothing other than to ask after me and the business. I had the mind to call him this afternoon but I was too late by exactly 1 month. Wow, a great man, nice man, a person you need as a friend. I don't know what to say but I pray the Lord comforts the family, and friends alike. Very positive person always reassuring of a good tomorrow. Always has a minute or more to spare, never in a hurry. May his sweet soul rest in peace.
Posted by Ayomide Akindipo on May 12, 2021
To the great and merciful God, we thank you for a life well spent. Even though we didn’t get to have you with us for as long as we would have wanted, we are grateful to God for having experience you on Earth. I pray that your soul rests in the perfect peace of the Almighty. My prayers and well wishes to the family.
his Life

A generous man who left an everlasting mark

Tajudeen Adebola Alabi Adeleke

Taju, lovingly called, 'Uncle Debby' by many family members and friends was born in Saki, Oyo State, Nigeria on October 15th 1960. 

He started his education at Isia Local Authority Primary School in Saki finishing at Victory Primary School Ibadan, he later attended Ibadan Boys High School. He soon developed a love for photography and photographic services.  Taju joined the family business and travelled widely in pursuit of its development; he also went to Italy to train in specialised techniques.  For this he had to learn Italian and became proficient in Italian. He then returned to Ibadan where he managed Fotocare, which was then the leading colour photo processing company in Ibadan.

After several years, in the business where he successfully trained many others, Taju decided to broaden his horizons and develop other opportunities and moved to the UK.  He took various courses and very quickly settled down, got married and began family life. Taju was a born businessman and he was very successful in building up many different ventures, including import/export businesses. He was able to do all of this while working full time at an Adult Education Centre, where he gave unbroken loyal service of over 25 years and was still working from home at his job right up until the end.

He valued education and self-improvement, which he felt should be achieved through hard work, and this was something he instilled in his children. One of his primary objectives was to ensure that his own children got the best educational opportunities he could give them, and happily he was able to witness their excellent academic achievements and other successes.

To discuss Taju’s philanthropic activities both in UK and Nigeria would take several pages. He was particularly concerned about the welfare of children in need. He was a leading member of his mosque and contributed much to its foundation and future development.

He was a true ‘people person’, he believed in friendship and had a very warm easy manner and natural engagement with people from all walks of life. As a son, brother, uncle, husband and loving father, Taju was cherished deeply because he made everyone feel so loved and special. For family, friends and many others, the extent of his generosity is now legendary and inspirational.

A generous man who left an everlasting mark. 
Truly one in a million.
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Shared by Nike Akintoye on May 22, 2021
Uncle Derby had that charm about him that was welcoming to everyone one...

I recall an episode in which one of his extended family member came but no-one was home. So I got a knock on my door to see someone whose face that I was not quite sure of. Long story short, I called Uncle Derby to know when he or anyone else will be back home as I was wary of letting the person stay in my place....the sudden visitor coming straight from the airport made me have compassion and from chatting with the person, I discovered that we went to the same university.. Uncle Derby showed me that his place was open for unexpected visits..

I recall another episode in which he came to say hi to my mum which was meant to be a brief visit but ended up talking with her for hours..

Egbon was a wise man and liked to share knowledge.
Shared by Veronica Degraffenreidt on May 6, 2021
Taju always made me feel welcome.  When I came to England with my sisters he treated us with respect and kindness. He made it known on so many occasions that I was family. Thank you for that. WIth all my love RIP Big Brother - you will be missed.
Shared by HARIAT ORIMOLOYE on May 5, 2021
Hmm Uncle T, where can one start this tribute from, is it the way you smile when welcoming folks, or your mischievous jokes and batter, wow this is hard to bear but oye oluwa, who are we to Question ALLAH........
You were a family man to the core, you go out of your way to assist and give without expecting anything in return, when Yasmin gave birth, Hakeem reached out to you regarding the naming ceremony, and you made sure you organised an Imam for the ceremony, Hakeem recently told me that you once told him off for buying an expensive car, when that money can be invested in a property, you drove him to areas in London when he can invest, and he invested thank you. Even on your sickbed you still managed to make sure my sister and l received a big bag of giant snails, hmmmm oye oluwa
We neither call nor see often, but whenever we do, a stranger would have thought we last chatted a few days ago, that is the kind of man you were putting people at ease. My Mother loved you, you made her your second mother, and you got on because you are a talker as well.
The first time l saw you after soooo many years, (at Tola's 30th), we just picked up from where we left, laughing and the jokes oh the jokes, you love holding court, no uncomfortable silences around you, we laughed till our ribs could not take it anymore, and we became "in-laws" again a newfound inside joke.
The second time again was at the Hospital, l was shocked, upset but had faith you will get better and you said so yourself, the moment we walked into your ward, your started cracking jokes, calling me the "inlaw" l laughed considering.... all you talked about was business ideas with Kola, and how he should be investing in Nigeria, l left the Hospital with a heavy heart and made sure l WhatsApp you regularly.
You so much looked like Uncle Bayo, the mannerism, the laugh l actually thought Uncle Bayo surprised Tola on her birthday until l moved closer.......another silent philanthropist, l digress...... 
l truly hope you knew you were loved by so many, the truth of the matter is you left us so early but we thank Allah you left a great legacy behind, the act of giving with a cheerful heart, so we pray something  good must come out of your sudden goodbye to us,

"He is the One˺ Who created life and death in order to test which of you is best in deeds. And He is the Almighty, All-Forgiving. (Quran 67:2)"

Eh sun re o Uncle T
So much love
Tumi