Osan Pon Ganrin Ganrin Ganrin Oo Oo
Osan Pon Ganrin Ganrin Ganrin Ooo Ooooo
Mo Doko Me Mo Joloko Jusu Re O
Mo Deti Omi Me Mo Jolomi Ponmi Re O
Orisa Oru Ni Mee Bo O
Ko Wewe Ko Wewe Ko !
Former Rector Ni Mee Bo Oo
Ko Wewe Ko Wewe Ko !
Bunmi Owoso Ni Mee Bo O
Ko Wewe Ko Wewe Ko !
Felix Olukayode Ni Mee Bo,
Ko Wewe Ko Wewe Ko !
Bobasuwa Ni Mee Bo O
Ko Wewe Ko Wewe Ko !
Oko Jokotade Ni Mee Bo O
Ko Wewe Ko Wewe Ko !!!!
Mr Rector and Chairman of the Academic Board, I Hereby Present the Oratorical Citation and Tributes of the Academic Board in Honour of Late Chief Doctor Felix Olubunmi Sunday Olukayode Owoso (MNIM; NIFST, NIG; MIFST, UK; Fellow, NIFST; Fellow, Center for Appropriate Technology, Industry and Development); Former Rector, Yaba College of Technology, Former Academic Board Member, Former Chairman of the Academic Board, between 2001 and 2009, Former College Orator (and to whom I owe my appointment into this office) And Former Comrade of a Most Distinguished Order.
These Tributes Are Presented on Behalf of Engineer Obafemi Owoseni Omokungbe, Rector, And The Entire Community of the Yaba College of Technology, Yaba, Lagos, Nig. At this Valedictory Assembly of the Academic Board On this Wednesday, July 15th 2020.
UNCLE BUNMI’S BIRTH
THE LENGTH OF LIFE
THE PURPOSE OF LIFE
Congratulations to you all for being present at this event.
Today affords us a great opportunity to pay our last respect and honor to one of Africa’s most illustrious sons. As we bid him farewell today, we also take some moments to reflect upon our own lives as we move nearer our own home-call day by day.
When you come to a place where the departed in the Lord are celebrated like this, you may get a chance to reflect upon your own life and decide to turn a new leaf and serve humanity better at your duty post, so we won’t have to tell lies at your funeral. Death is certain. The length of one’s life does not matter as much as the amount of good deeds done while living.
Permit me to digress from the common tradition to inform you that we of Yabatech are not gathered here today to weep and mourn over our former Rector, Chief Dr Felix Sunday Kayode Olubunmi Owoso. Rather, we are here to bear our own testimony of him, of the great life lived by our father, uncle, brother, friend, leader and colleague while he was in the service of Yaba College of Technology. We have summarized his entire life as we witnessed it in these few words:
A GREAT AND SELFLESS LIFE, IN SERVICE TO NIGERIA AND HIGHER EDUCATION IN GENERAL ON THE CONTINENT OF AFRICA.
We bring our greetings to the families as we unite our hopes and joys with theirs in celebrating the Late Dr. Owoso who obviously lived a life worthy of emulation and has now transited to a surer ground where everyone goes in the end to receive his rewards and we are certain that he has gone to a great reward.
That is why we are neither mourning, grieving nor weeping over him today. He lived a full life and he lived a life of kindness, generosity, tenacity of purpose and he made positive impacts in all his assigned duties.
AND HOW LONG, OH LORD!
‘The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength (full of) labour and sorrow’…. Our comrade and compatriot got his own threescore years and ten and with a little extra! As we gather here today to celebrate the victory of Uncle Bunmi as fondly called by many of his admirers and contemporaries, may we all be able to say:
LET ME DIE THE DEATH OF THE RIGHTEOUS AND LET MY END BE LIKE HIS!
THE GREAT VISION
YOUR WORKS ARE RECORDED
(And now, these are the works of Felix Sunday Olukayode Olubunmi son of Late Pa and Madam Owoso, born 23rd October 1949, who later became Rector of Yabatech, who got married and had successful children, male and female.
These are the records as contained in the Historical Parchments and Inerasable Scrolls of Yabatech Recollected from the Sacred Custodian by the Order of Mandamus becoming free from all human imperfection from now and for evermore.
And the Angel opened the book and read: Oh Lord God Almighty, Thou hath Eternal Majesty, Your son, Felix Olubunmi Owoso was permitted to live for a total of 70 years, 8 months and 5 days.
You released him to the world via the receptacle of his loving parents on one beautiful Sunday morning. Your Majesty also deemed it best to take him out of the world on another Sunday as well, being the day of the Lord. Oh that his family and friends might take solace in the symbolic emblem of his departure!
And according to the reckoning of the time of man, he was apportioned 25,816 days. These were the days, according to the infallible record bearers in heaven, which were transmuted to 3,688 weeks on the earth.
According to the readings on the hourglass of Ahaz the king of Judah, son of Jotham, Olubunmi Owoso got 619 Thousand 584 hours of lifetime.
Using the Earthly Standard Human Chronometer, he was granted 37 Million, 175 Thousand and 40 Minutes to work with and to make impact on mankind.
Reducing the calculations to the speed of light, the former Rector was allotted 2 Billion, 230 Million, 502 Thousand and 400 Seconds of breath to trade with and to make profits.
For Thine is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory oh Lord, for ever and ever!
GIFTS AND TALENTS
At the turn of the millennium, Chairman sir, the Yabatech Inaugural Lecture Series was conceptualized by Olubunmi Owoso while he was Deputy Rector Academic Affairs. And to show efficient leadership by example, he accepted the challenge of delivering the first Inaugural Lecture. That legacy has remained in the college till this day.
Not only this, it was during his term as Deputy Rector that he composed our now- popular slogan and trade phrase, YABA THE GREAT…THE FIRST IS STILL THE BEST!
Late Dr Olubunmi Owoso was a man of many parts as he was also a jolly good fellow. He was once the Chairman, College Senior Staff Association (1988-1991). He was the National President, Polytechnic Senior Staff Associations from 1990 to 1992.
He was a man to whose name we credit many achievements in the college. He spearheaded the founding of the Centre for Entrepreneurship Development in Yabatech at the time when there were no such centres in Nigerian higher institutions, thus making Yabatech the enviable nationwide leader in that regard.
The college also owes to Owoso’s memory the establishment of the Centre for Applied Research and Technology Innovation (ARTI) which has raised exponentially the status and image and ranking of the college to date.
Being a man of rare wisdom, endowed with strategy and skills, it was not long after finishing his term as Rector that the Federal Government of Nigeria nominated him for the prestigious position of the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Association of Polytechnics in Africa, (CAPA) with their office in Kenya. On that post, he proved himself as a seasoned administrator, well-cultured diplomat, an experienced negotiator, a team player and a fine scholar between 2012 and 2018. He proved to CAPA that indeed Nigerians are top-notch in every worthy endeavour.
STANDING WITH KINGS
See thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men. In the year 2012, Our own Bunmi Owoso stood with kings! As the icing on the cake of all his achievements, he was given the highly coveted honour of the National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) Award which accorded him the privilege of being decorated by the President of the most populous black nation in the world, Nigeria’s Dr Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan, GCFR, GCON.
This wonderful man we are celebrating today, was a sound academic. He had many publications to his credit and he belonged to many professional associations as Member and Fellow up till the moment of his departure
A MAN OF CULTURE
As enlightened, well-travelled and as civilized as Late Owoso was, he never looked down on culture or ever treated traditional authorities with disdain. At every convocation ceremony, traditional rulers were always invited to adorn and add grace and glamour to such events. This practice was also rewarded in due course.
And so it happened that on the 12th July 2003, Mr Olubunmi Owoso was appointed and endowed with a Chieftaincy title as the Bobasuwa of Odoragushin Land by the Oba-in-Council of Odoragushin in Epe Local Government Area of Lagos State. For the information of our guests, Epe is the Lagos community where the Yabatech second campus is located.
Notwithstanding his very tight schedule as Rector, Bunmi Owoso still never forgot his old ambition of becoming a Doctorate holder in his lifetime. So, despite his two Master’s degrees, he still registered for and pursued to conclusion a Doctorate Degree in Management Science at the Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomoso, Nigeria.
Precisely one year after completing the programme, he attained the mandatory age of retirement from the Nigerian Civil Service system, and he retired meritoriously in 2014.
At this point, the Reckoning Angel who had been reading about Bunmi Owoso from the same Book of Memories of Men turned to face the Almighty God and said, Your Eternal Majesty, I bear witness that it is recorded on the earth that, Olubunmi Owoso, son of man, served diligently, faithfully, courageously and with love and gratitude in his heart towards the Lord Almighty without pride, without arrogance and without self-righteousness.
He was greatly praised by the college community because he led the College in exemplary ways and registered indelible achievements.
In all the years of his employment and service to the college and to Nigeria and to Africa, he had the following recorded on the pages where his name appears in our Books.
He was faithful, he was virtuous, he was hardworking
He had compassion, he had empathy, he had humility
He demonstrated boldness, fearlessness and fairness.
He was friendly, he was firm and he was kind.
And above all, in word and in deed, he was God-fearing.
“And after that I looked, and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of testimony in heaven was opened”, “And another Angel blew his beagle!
And a great star fell!
I knew a man in Christ, born about 71 years ago, whether in the body, I cannot tell, or whether out of the body, I cannot tell. Only God knoweth.
Such a man was caught up to the heavens to dwell among the Church Triumphant, and he was given the palm leaves of the Victorious!
And God will wipe every tear from their eyes.
And they shall no more know pain, nor death, nor sorrow, nor crying, for the old things are passed away.
And… as they beheld him, he was lifted up. And the clouds received him from their sight!
E wajanaku to sun bi oke,
Erin ti wo, erin o le nde !
E womi to dake roro bii pe ko lee gbe ni lo
E wodo ti n woni sii bi enipe ko lee gbeeyan.
Aah, a se bayi niku ohun ri?
A se o dara ka gbele aye se rere,
A se ere mbe ka huwa pataki ni duniyan!
Owoso ni ki n wi fun yin pe:
Eyin to ku kee mura
Awa to ku kaa mura
Uncle Bunmi ti goke odo, o ti fise le wa lowo
Awa to ku kaa mura.
Olubunmi Owoso o,
Je n fese kan ki o dele baba re.
Eyin nijesha osere,
Ijesha Osere, Omo eleni ateika,
Eyin lomo eleni ewele.
Ijesha Oshere, Arogunyo
Arogunyo ni gbogbo awon omo Obokun.
Han-an moo mowo kanmo ujesha
Han-an moo mowo kanmo Obokun
Awon lomo olobi kan owowo-tiri-wo
Awon lomo olobi kan owowo-tiri-wo
Ihe koba feni a ho seru oni
Ihe kee ba feni, a ho sinu ugbo
Eye buruku laa mu je.
E sihun o fogede ii se lale Ujesha
Eye lasan lee je o.
Ujesha meji ni mo mo
Okan didu, okan pipa.
Ujesha didu legbon o,
Ujesha pipa laburo.
Me mo a lese ihan omo Ujesa,
Me mo a lese ihan Omo Obokun.
Eeee ! In yaa gbo o,
Me mo ra ki Jesha, ki mi mo mo dele Owa o
Owa Ajaka Ogiri Gbedu
Omo Amugun lila rubo Keru ba diye
Omo Amugirigiri lila rubo
Keru a bagba itoo
Omo amomo rubo ki yeye re ya dupe ana o
Ujesha ree, arogun yo,
Arogun yo ni won o, omo Obokun….
Written by: ALFRED ADENIYI, FATUASE