In Loving Memory of Bunmi Owoso: We spent hours and hours together, sometimes daily. He was visibly enthused to be at Ilesha in 1972. I was not sure what it was that gave him so much joy at the time. Perhaps it was the fact that he had just put a University degree in his… pocket, and from the highly esteemed University of Ibadan. Perhaps it was the fact the he was enjoying teaching young bright students of St. Lawrence’s Grammar School who took to him like magnet attracts iron. Perhaps it was his Ijesha blood that found a home within home by living in Ijeshaland for the first time in his life. Or perhaps it was just that, as I would know later, whatever he did, Bunmi Owoso put everything into it. He loved doing things and getting results. It was my final year at St. Lawrence’s Grammar School and it was a delight to be a young “friend” of my teacher. I listened in awe to his stories about his time at UI, an engaged university student’s life. I learned to enjoy listening to Isaac Hayes, The Staple Singers, Billy Wright and many giants of soul music at his home in Ilesha. I watched with complete admiration when his friends visited and they discussed their jobs and next steps. I stood tall at home as broda Bunmi (that was what I called him from 1972 till ever) would come to our home to visit and chat with my grandmother, Iya Alakara. And I walked with visible pride when I accompanied him from our Igbaiye street to near Armels Transport where he lived. He was a star, and he made me feel just great. In later years, even when we have not been in touch for a long time, broda Bunmi would send a message either directly or through someone to let me know about his whereabout. I would look for him and he would be there, beaming with smile and pride at how I was making progress in life. We constantly found each other, again and again. I was there in London and went with him to the laboratory where he worked on his master’s degree in food technology. I spent days with him in Kaduna when he lectured at Kaduna Polytechnic… In recent years we were together in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Nairobi. Just this year on Tuesday, March 3 we spent almost the whole day together at his home. We had so much to talk about as usual> Late in the day we decided to adjourn till another date. Alas, how would I have guessed that March 3 would be the last day that I would see you. It was the last time that you would look at me and say, “Do you remember….?” And another story would start. Barely two weeks earlier earlier you were at the meeting of our Lagos Branch of St. Lawrence’s Grammar School Old Students’ Association (LAGSLOSA) where you shone again as the star of the event. It was a surprise appearance that only Bayo Jimoh (my friend and President of the National SLOSA) and I were privy to, and planned with you. Your former students and admirers of 1972 and 1973 were overwhelmed with joy at seeing you again. They said that you hardly have changed. Perhaps true, perhaps their perception. Who cared. You were delighted to see them and they were overjoyed to see you again. You gave a beautiful speech. How I wish that it was recorded. No, we did not record it because it was merely seen as one speech of your expected many future interactions with us. Little did we know…that only the numerous WhatsApp texts that you and I sent each other would remain as memories of the following months. I still read the texts, often. “This young man, broda Bunmi”, I would say in introducing him somewhere in the world, “was my teacher at secondary school.” You should see how people would turn again to take a second look at him. Unbelievable, because he looked so young and we interacted like mates. He would smile and say to the confused folks, “Never mind him, he is my friend”. I would beam with pride at having such a mentor, such a gentle soul, such a pillar of support. There can never be another like you, Broda Bunmi. RIP. Read more “”
Dr Olubunmi Owoso personifies all you could ask for in a brother in-law. I had the pleasure of knowing him for over three decades. During this period, I found him to be a loving husband to my late sister, a devoted father, grandfather, and a distinguished gentleman. You touched so many lives with your kindness,… generosity, caring, loving and peaceful nature. You will be sorely missed. Now that you have joined our beloved sister, may you both continue to rest in the bosom of our Lord. Read more “”
Where do I start? Dr Owoso (or “Bros Bunmi” as he was fondly called) was not just my brother-in-law but also a big brother to my siblings and I. He was a loving and caring husband to my late sister, extraordinary father to his children and treated our late father Pa Abiona as his own… biological father. I will never forget how he showered my late sister Mrs Taiwo Folashde Owoso with genuine love from the onset of their relationship until she was called to Glory on 6th of July 1998. He was a complete gentleman in all aspects of life. His love and affection for his family was unquestionable. “Bros Bunmi” Thank you for the role you played at different stages in my life and for my family. From your love and care for my siblings, to ensuring you were present at landmark events for both me and my children, we will be forever grateful. You left an admirable legacy for your children and grandchildren to emulate. You were respected and loved wherever you went, and by everyone you came in to contact with. You ran your race and you have finished well. While your presence will be missed, your memory will continue to live on. Rest in perfect peace. Read more “”
The sudden and sad demise of Dr. Olubunmi Owoso, has robbed the ancient town of Ijebu-Jesa of one of its most illustrious sons. We were proud of the fact that he never lost touch with his roots despite his constant engagements in the academic and administrative world where he, among others, rose to the position… of Rector of the prestigious Yaba College of Technology, Lagos-Nigeria and the Secretary General of the Kenya based Commonwealth Association of Technical Polytechnics and Universities (CAPA). It is worthy of note that Dr. Owoso was an active member of the Egboro Klub, one of the strongest constituents of the Ijebu-Jesa Unions’ Conference and through which he made financial and intellectually contributions to the development of the town. The IJUC will not only sorely miss Dr. Owoso for these contributions but also for his humility, friendliness and trust worthiness. We commiserate with the wife and children, we commiserate with the Owoso family and we commiserate with Egboro Klub of Ijebu-Jesa. Read more “”
The day my wife Olamide Agbola formally introduced me to her brother, popularly called ‘Buoda Mi’, was amongst one of the happiest days in my life. I got more than I bargained for. He received me very warmly as if we had known ourselves for decades. Within me, I was full of joy in that… I knew I was fully welcomed to the Owoso family. I fully blended with the family even before the wedding ceremony. Dr. Owoso continued to play a fatherly role to me and his siblings for these 43 years. I give glory to Almighty God for leading me to this Christian family ably led by Dr. Owoso. He was a great family man who touched the lives of everyone in the family and extended families. He was a loving, caring and selfless father and grandfather. He loved his family and friends greatly. Truly, a man’s man, a family man and someone I truly looked up to. He has left a great legacy behind which can never be forgotten. He was a dedicated member of Egboro club, Ijebu Jesa, a top social club in the town that focuses on the education of our children through scholarship and annual debate. When I reflect on the life of Dr. Owoso, I am reminded of a passage from Paul’s letter to the Colossians “As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience” Col. 3:12. Dr. Owoso lived out these virtues consistently. What a great man. We will miss him greatly and he will forever live on in our hearts and minds. We love you, but God loves you most. Rest in Peace, My Rector International, My wife’s Baami, Buoda mi. Read more “”
Dr Owoso was a man of few words; devoted to religion and work. We thank the Almighty for his selflessness and excellent long service to CAPA and TVET. My condolences to the family, friends and the people of Nigeria. May God grant them solace in this time
Dear Dad, it is with a heavy heart that I pen down this, to me I have not only lost My Friend & Friend to my father, but I have also lost a Father too.
I worked with him as a Local Organising Chair for Malawi’s 2016 conference and he was a mentor and some who made the meeting to be successful despite the challenges that were there he was a man who could not easily give up even if things seemed too impossible
Dr. Owoso was as great as he was humble. He had a clear vision of where he wanted CAPA and TVET to go. I was privileged to interact with him when we wrote the 2018-23 CAPA strategic plan. The idea of ATUPA came around that time at Qaribu Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya
Your patience, humility, servanthood and professionalism has left and indelible mark on the heart of TEVET in Zambia. Go well champion of TEVET.
Dr Owoso, gone too soon. You were a father, an uncle, a brother and a friend to everyone. Africa has lost an icon of great talent. Your foot prints of a very humble and gentle person will ever remain in our hearts. You did your best raising the CAPA -ATUPA
I’ve never worked with a finer gentleman than you, Bunmi. You made me wish I could stay at CAPA forever. You were/are a builder. Diplomatic, Charismatic, Humble. Rest in Peace, Buddy.
Dr Olubunmi OWOSO, a brother and friend, I vividly remember our Journey of over two decades has been brought into a halt in a jiffy. How can I remember now of this trustworthy man who was full of life, charming, always smiling, adequate, eloquent, witty,
Dr. Owoso was a man of noble qualities. We all learned many things from him. He will be remembered forever
A humble man who called me ^my Director and I called him my SG. DEATH is cruel but it is good to be remembered by Soo many
A pride of Africa, a genius, astute administrator, charismatic leader, full of intellect, innovator, molder of achievers, pacesetter, my mentor, father of technical education, Dr. Olubunmi Owoso, rest in the bosom of our dear Lord Jesus Christ.
A pillar of strength we have lost. I personally will continue with your legacy of hard work
By the time I met with Dr. Owoso on a different path, neither of us ever remembered that we both attended Egbado College. Indeed, we were there together in 1967 &1968. He was in HSC class while I was in classes 2 & 3.
Between 2012 & 2017, our relationship was that of secretary-general/Rector… @ CAPA. An encounter that brought us closer was when I was displeased with the accommodation that was arranged for me by the consultant and he personally offered me a room in his suite.
It was after we have both left CAPA that we met on ecosa platform.
Dr Olubunmi Owoso is fine gentleman always ready to be of assistance to whoever comes his way.
May his soul rest in perfect peace.
Dr Augustus Oluyemi Oke.
Former Rector & Old Student
Egbado College (66-70 set) Read more “By the time I met”
TRIBUTE TO A SERVANT-LEADER
And they do not know what tomorrow is! What are our lives except a vapour that appears for a little while and vanishes and passes away?
Our own father and brother, Dr. Olubunmi Owoso was indeed a great man! He was a rare gem, an influential man, a benefactor… to many. He was a family man and an administrator per excellence!
Olubunmi Owoso was not infallible, but he was a loving, fine, gentle man. He was uncommonly human, whose humanity was not limited to his family, but extended to his friends, colleagues and the society at large.
Dr Olubunmi Owoso was loved by many who really/actually understood him and what he stood for.
I strongly believe, like what a writer said ”We all thought we knew him, but now we know that we would have liked to have known him even better and had him stay around longer.”
Olubunmi Owoso was a servant-leader who led by example, courage, enthusiasm and discipline.
My first encounter with him was in the year 2003/4 when he had to come in , used his God-given power/office to give me a space in a place.
He did everything in humility, love and sincerity of purpose.
I saw in Dr Owoso a very humble, easy going person whose actions were louder than his voices!
My family and I shall be eternally grateful to the late Dr. Olubunmi Owoso and his family.
May God Almighty continue to grant him eternal rest. Adieu dear brother, rest on till we meet on the resurrection morning to part no more. Read more “TRIBUTE TO A SERVANT-LEADERAnd they”
Life is indeed a stage. Dr. Owoso has played his part and has now exited. Africa has lost an illustrious son. CAPA has lost a gem. May His gentle soul rest in perfect peace!
Was such a fine man, may he rest in peace as his works remains immortal!
I have never seen humility in a person as decreed by the departed. His zeal, dedication and commitment to TVET is unmatched and above bar. We register a big blow to the CAPA fraternity. Nonetheless, I pray that his family finds peace in their hearts
Dr. Owoso was a leader who believed in Africa’s TVET students and their potential to be job creators. We salute you, and may your legacy live on. Rest in eternal peace!
DADDY, YOU WERE A GREAT MENTOR AND SECOND FATHER TO ME; I WON’T FORGET YOUR MORAL AND FINANCIAL SUPPORTS YOU GAVE TO ME DURING MY DAYS AS A STUDENT OF YABA COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY YEARS BACK; I WILL FOREVER BE GRATEFUL AND FULL OF APPRECIATION
Rip,My great Uncle,you’re a more than a professor,no doubts,no apology,with your experience and length of teaching skill,sun re ooo,Omo Onijebu egboro Atiba…
Daddy Owoso was a FATHER figure to our family and a close counsel to my mother, Pastor Mrs. Ariyibi. I met him when I married into the family and since then have admired his care, pleasantness, wisdom, and zeal for the work of God. He is always there contributing to the FGC SOP family. He… and his wife would always go out of their way to support our family even at family events. I am confident that he is resting now in the Lord’s bosom and this is my only consolation. We will miss him! Rest well daddy Owoso. Read more “Daddy Owoso was a FATHER”
You were never too busy to pick up a call, reply an sms, offer advice and sneak in a word of prayer… You were loved by many because you cared and showed God’s love. I’m glad to say I experienced this days before your passing.
Memories of you are indeed blessed, you were a… blessing and will always be.
An example of a believer and a father. You’ve gone Home and we’ll all miss you.
I’ll see you again by God’s grace… Read more “You were never too busy”
Dr. OLUBUNMI OWOSO WAS A GREAT SCHOLAR. WATCHING HIS MEMORIAL SERVICE, I THANK IMMENSELY HIS FAMILY, HE WILL BE MISSED BY HIS ENTIRE FAMILY, NIGERIA, ESPECIALLY, IJEBU-JESHA. THE MARK HE LEFT WAS SO PHENOMENAL AND I PRAY TO GOD ALMIGHTY TO SEND US ,ONE, WHOSE HEART, WILL SHOW THAT HUMANITY THAT DR. OLUBUNMI HAD. HIS… GREAT CARES AND CONCERN FOR HUMANITY WAS SO SUPERB AND UNTIL HIS DEATH, HE NEVER QUAVERED. GREAT JOB. SUNRE O IN UR ABRAHAM’S BOSOM. WELLDONE OUR SON, FATHER, BROTHER, FRIEND ,PARTNER, U ARE SURELY IRREPLACEABLE. AWESOME FUNER AL SERVICE, U SURE DESERVED IT. GOOD JOB FAMILY AND FRIENDS. GRACIAS, SHALOM LOVE
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Dr Olubunmi Owoso: Love personified. Daddy you will not be forgotten in a while. Thank you for all you did for the Lokos. Good night.
Dr. Bunmi Owoso was the reason I became a YCT graduate. Thank you Sir for all you have done. May almighty God rest your beautiful soul.
You came to serve as directed by your maker. You did your best as far as human strength could go. You left indelible marks in the hearts of those who knew you by chance. You left no one in doubt of your capacity to fulfill promises. You did come to bid us farewell by your… sudden appearance at our very last meeting of St Lawrence’s Grammar School Old student’s Association, we did not know.
Adieu my teacher, my brother and my boss. You were indeed everything to me.
Rest in perfect peace till we meet on that resurrection morning. Read more “”
Daddy as I fondly call you. It was so shocking when my Bro told me you were no more. I googled immediately & confirmed it to be true as I doubted initially. I am heart broken that I didn’t get the chance to see you after I left Nigeria for Canada 8yrs ago. However, my… joy & confidence is that you are in heaven looking down on your children & grandchildren & also your friends, relatives & family members. May your gentle soul R.I.P & my deepest condolences to your wife, children & grandchildren. May God grant them the fortitude to bear their loss. You lived a good, memorable life. It was of great privilege meeting you in my life. You inspired me in many ways & am forever grateful. You were very humble, supportive, encouraging & relate with people without setting any boundary or class. You opened up to the poor, needy, less privilege in the society & was always concerned about people’s happiness & well-being. Read more “”
Daddy, May your soul continue to rest in peace.
U gave me hope, U are always there for me, U paid the bills, U counsel me all the time. I am just a boy you redefined.
I can never forget you Daddy.
It’s very painful but God knows why.
Rest in… peace. From Ajao Afeez Adetola (Former Chief Judge, SUG,2007) Read more “Daddy, May your soul continue”
Daddy… i can never ever forget how you resurrected my dashed hope when my name didn’t appear on the 2001/2002 Yabatech Accounting 1st and 2nd lists. Amidst tight security at the Administration block, I summoned up courage, and with the help of your family friend’s daughter, Omolara Akinleye, I was opportuned to meet you one-on-one.… Even though it was brief, it was indeed a privilege meeting the Rector for the first time… and the last time. I remember vividly how you told us the admission was late but said “drop your name with my secretary” and you left. I lost all hope and cried home that day. And then, exactly 3 weeks later, my name came out on the well-respected “RECTOR’S LIST”… What a great honor!!! Daddy, I tried severally to see you again in order to show my appreciation but i never got the opportunity again. You were indeed a father!!! May God Almighty comfort every one you left behind, may He forgive your shortcomings and MAY YOUR GENTLE SOUL REST IN PERFECT PEACE… AMEN & AMEN Read more “Daddy… i can never ever”
Daddy beloved, you were indeed a gracious man…You made everyone feel warm and loved around you. We will not only celebrate you today but everytime our heart brings a memory of you. Rest well in the bossom of our Lord Jesus christ Christ Amen!
I met Daddy through his son Taiwo at a time when I had no where to stay. Daddy did not know me from Adam, did not know my parents, did not know where I was from but housed me for a year that I spent in Nigeria. Fed me, transported me when I needed it.… He was instrumental in me keeping my head firmly on the ground during one of the most important parts of my life. When I was leaving, Daddy even gave me money to see me off on my way – I was shocked to the bone. This man did not know me from Adam. His calmness, his care and kindness, his generosity, his hunger for people – even the one’s he does not know – around him to do well will never be lost on me. Heaven has gained a shining star. He did not need to say a word and I would know that this man actually cared for me as much as he did his own son. Hearing of his passing affected me as deeply as I would have lost my own Father. May his soul rest in perfect peace and may the family he has left behind reap the fruits of his kindness. He will never be forgotten. Read more “I met Daddy through his”
“A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth”. Eccl 7: 1
Words have never been more true for a man with a good name, who impacted lives with your calm mien, your steadfastness in all things good. We are consoled by the words… of God that your days spent here with us was to show us the love of the Almighty in human form. Today, we celebrate you as you are indeed in the bosom of your maker fulfilling His word that your exit date is better. Glory be to God, peace be unto your family and His presence, comfort and peace be with the Owosos. Adieu Read more ““A good name is better”
Dr. Owoso your passage to eternity is a tragic loss to us your family, Ijebu-Jesa and the nation as a whole. Your work on earth said it all. May your Soul Rest in Perfect Peace.
We came to know Dr. Owoso through his daughter who was a classmate of our daughter at University of Lagos in the Faculty of Law. His call to glory was least expected when it happened. Who are we mortals to question God as issues of death belongs unto Him? Also we know that “Precious in… the sight of Lord is death of his saints. Hence, we celebrate today, the life of a servant of God who has gone ahead of us all, the race of life he has won. Your journey of life on this part of eternity has ended; your spirit has ascended claiming the great reward with Jesus. Adieu beloved soldier of the Lord. We commisserate with the entire family and pray that the Lord Jesus comfort you.
Rev. Prof. & Dr. Mrs. Dapo Longe Read more “We came to know Dr.”
We arrived in Yabatech almost at the same time, but he on a senior level. He was my first boss, as Head of my Department and he remained my boss at various levels till he left. I will never forget a reference he gave about me to visiting lecturers from the UK. He told them… ” Mrs Ajado is not one to sit behind an office desk, but every single one of her lectures, you will find her there. And any duty you give her will be done with dedication.” That reference followed me for many years and opened opportunities for me. Thank you boss. Rest in peace. Read more “We arrived in Yabatech almost”
What a great loss!.
I met Uncle Bunmi in Kaduna some light years ago when I went for my Youth Service.He was very instrumental to my being offered a job at the Kaduna Polytechnic as a youth corper. He was very dynamic gentle,easy going and approachable.It was always such a pleasure meeting him at… family (Ogundare) functions where he would ask after the welfare of everyone.He was a dedicated family man.
Rest on Uncle.May your path be Blessed.
He will be missed! Read more “What a great loss!.I met”
I MISSED A FRIEND, A BROTHER & A CONFIDANT ! These relationships were established in Kadpoly as staff (1977), later traced to early 60s when I discovered that even my primary education was in Bunmi’s home town, IJEBU-JESHA. He was a friend both in need & indeed. A very reliable confidant I never had any… cause to hide anything from, including children bearing. Kemi, Olaolu & Sayo (his 1st 3) are few weeks interval from mine 1st 3 of Folake, Akindele & Bunmi (in the 80s). Usually planned/ discussed at parties when “men were boys”. Just a small intro to our closeness! Your “untimely” departure to the great beyond has left a big vacuum in my LIFE. One day, at God’s own time, we shall meet to PART NO MORE. ADIEU Dr OLUBUNMI OLUKAYODE FELIX OWOSO. (Ijesha parapo). Read more “”
You were an amazing uncle with a golden heart. We will miss you terribly and all our memories of you will never be forgotten. Rest on sir and may the Lord comfort aunty and the children. Amen .
TRIBUTE TO MY ADMIRABLE MENTOR,ADVISER AND ADMINISTRATOR PER EXCELLENCE – DR OLUBUNMI FELIX OWOSO.
My family and I are deeply saddened by the sudden passing to glory of our very beloved daddy Olubunmi Felix Owoso on Saturday 28th June,2020 after a brief illness.This loss without doubt is painful but in every situation we give… thanks to God Almighty.With the demise of our dear daddy,A GEM,FOREMOST VISIONARY LEADER AND SCHOLAR,AND AN ADMINISTRATOR PER EXCELLENCE who kept unalloyed interest in his students,staff welfare and work IS LOST.I had the privilege and honour of working closely with him and being a student of his bosom friend,Dr Philip Olumuyiwa Adegbile ( of blessed memory ) at Kaduna Polytechnic.I still remember vividly how they were there for me;caring,mentoring,encouraging and sometimes pushful to sustain my resilience and to enable me keep up the fighting spirit that helped me thus far.Thank God for the enviable legacy you have left behind.My wife and I will continue to remember and appreciate him. Read more “TRIBUTE TO MY ADMIRABLE MENTOR,ADVISER”
You did your best while here. You served your God and humanity. Your reward is eternal life in Jesus. Amen
Dr. Olubunmi Owoso. You were a sincere friend a true brother a loving husband to my friend an upright man of God a dedicated teacher an astute scholar a blunt but real adviser a dedicated father, an ever ready give an illustrious son of Nigeria a great pride to All. Olubunmi you were highly respected… by those who love you and even those who don’t. You treated and loved my family like your own. Cared for my family like yours. A worthy Ambassador for Christ. Read more “Dr. Olubunmi Owoso. You were”
Yours was a life worth emulating. You had a goal for your life and you did everything to achieve that goal. You arrived Yaba College of Technology as “ordinary” lecturer and you left as CEO, after you have been Head of Department, Director (now Dean) of School, Deputy Rector (Academics) and Rector. You lived a… fulfilled life and I am sure you wouldn’t have wished for anything more. You were a goal-getter and an orator par excellence. Continue to rest with your creator my Oga, Read more “Your was a life worth”
Daddy was a Great Man and will continue to be in our heart. He assisted me to gain admission to HND Accounting in 2007 (when all hope was lost) without knowing me and so did he give a lot of students admission then without knowing them. My parent and I will forever remember him and… his family in our prayers. We love you Daddy, but God loves you more. Continue to Rest In The Bossom Of The Most High. We Lost A Rare Gem. Read more “Daddy was a Great Man”
Dr Olubunmi Felix Owoso, was a man of many parts to different people. He was a great leader, administrator and orator per excellence, an intelligent man, humble, kind hearted, disciplinarian, philanthropist, neat, silent achiever and above all a godly man . We will indeed miss a great man and we pray that the good Lord… comfort his family and grant them the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss. Adieu my great Oga, . May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace. Read more “Dr Olubunmi Felix Owoso, was”
The Great Orator makes a glorious exit. You left indelible marks in the sand of time. Continue to rest in the breast of the Lord. Adieu!
Daddy Yaba as we fondly called you, you are a man with such a big heart, your love and mentorship to us all can not be forgotten.
sleep well in heart of your Lord, and the Lord will bless give the family to bear the irreparable loss.
His gentle approach to matters and charistimatic leadership and the likeness I have for him during and after his tenure as the Rector of Yaba College of Technology made me to name my son FELIX in memory of him. May his soul rest in peace.
Dr. Felix Olubunmi Owoso was an epitome of selfless ambition, a devoted public servant and an exemplary leader. I never knew him from Adam as an Igbo man I am; but he employed me in Yaba College of Technology during his tenure in the office. During his tenure as a Rector of Yaba College of… Technology, he never discriminated among staff.He loved and cared for both the academic and non academic staff equally, staff welfare was his major priority. I remembered an incident that happened when a junior staff had no money to pay for accommodation when the landlord threw him and his family out of their apartment. Dr Owoso gave the staff money to get another apartment. Read more “Dr. Felix Olubunmi Owoso was”
I have heard so much of him, a man with such a big heart for everyone, his love and mentorship to all. I never met him, though I was looking forward to meeting him last year for his 70th birthday, which never happened. However may he sleep in the Lord and may God console all… families and friends. Read more “I have heard so much”
MY RECTOR DR. F. OLUBUNMI OWOSO,. We ended up as brother and sister. Rest in perfect peace. May the Lord comfort your wife, children and all connected to you.
This heartfelt tribute is on behalf of the family of my late father Barrister Lashe Abimbola LLB, (1932 – 1980), who had a very close relationship with his nephew Uncle Owoso. I vividly remember Uncle Owoso playing a major role when my father passed. Uncle Owoso stood out simply and humbly, steadfast with his support… and attention to us all. Unforgettable. Now we hear about all the work that he did all over the world especially in the Commonwealth and we are very proud indeed. Our dearest Uncle Owoso, thank you for your unconditional love for us all. Sun re oo. 🙏🏿 Read more “This heartfelt tribute is on”
May the soul of our erudite scholar, former Rector, mentor and friend, Dr Felix Olubunmi Owoso rest in perfect peace. May light perpetual shine upon him and may Holy spirit comfort his widow, children, grandchildren and the entire family in Jesus name. Amen. Adieu oga.
TRIBUTE TO DR OLUBUNMI OWOSO.
Dr Olubunmi Owoso was a great man. He had a gift that many people do not have and that is” building relationships”. I call it a gift because many people do not find it easy to build a good relationship either in marriage, at community levels, Church level and… even in the larger society. God wants the people of the world to build relationships and that was why it was marriage institution that He first established. The first miracle of Jesus Christ too was at a wedding ceremony at Cana of Galilee. All these are to emphasize the importance of relationship among men and women of this fallen world. If somebody would tell me that it would be this that would take the life of my in-law, I would have bet my life that it can never happen. This man is so conscious of his health to the extent that he buys fresh oven baked bread from bakeries directly. One day he went as usual to a bakery to make his favorite selection and the bakery attendant who wanted to put the bread in a nylon blew air into the nylon to open, my in-law left the bakery without any bread. God Knows why he has called Dr. Owoso to Himself so early according to my human thinking. However the Bible says that ” The secret things belong unto the Lord our God; but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever that we may do all the words of the law”(Deut.29:29). As a child of God I believe that our brother has accomplished his mission on this planet earth and that was why he was called to eternal rest. My prayer is that we shall all meet in the kingdom that our Lord Jesus has gone to prepare for us. Rest in the bossom of the Lord.
Mofoluwake and Babatunji Oluwatominiyi. Read more “TRIBUTE TO DR OLUBUNMI OWOSO.Dr”
TRIBUTE TO DR FELIX OLUBUNMI OWOSO Dr Felix Olubunmi Owoso which I fondly called bros was a very caring, very calm, warm and quite understanding personality. He was always ready and willing to render assistance at even a very short notice. During his life time he had assisted in providing admission, employment and Support in… various forms to many people that came his way.
He took delight in relating with everyone he came across either old or young. And Dr Owoso was a very likeable personality. Some years back he shared with my cousin Arc Titus Ajumobi about his vision for Ijebu jesa community concerning urban renewal programme. He structured a meeting for the three of us to meet and bounce ideas on his vision unfortunately the meeting could not hold because he was always travelling internationally by virtue of his official assignment. I can attest to the fact that he was ready and willing to support any programme and participate actively on anything that involved ijebu- jesa community, and her development.
We will miss him and his contributions in Egboro klub of Ijebu-jesa (his primary Klub) in particular and Ijebu-jesa community as a whole.
I pray that God will grant ALL of us the fortitude to bear this huge loss. Amen. Engr. Olugbemiga Abudiore
Ijebu jesa Unions Conference (IJUC) Read more “TRIBUTE TO DR FELIX OLUBUNMI”
You are like a river that runs deep, quiet, following its course.
Like a butterfly, colourful, all seeing but noiseless. Fluttering from one plant to another, so you were in the lives that you touched. Deliberately impactful.
You brightened, you glowed, you followed your course. Welcoming, simple, quietly exuding brilliance, few words delivered… like an archer hitting the bull’s eye.
Like a butterfly, the wings flapping, he took his flight, on it went, disappearing from my sight, ascending quietly as he was in life, left with just your memory, oh like a butterfly Read more “You are like a river”
Uncle Bunmi has always been there for us. From the early days in Kaduna to my formative years living with him at YabaTech.
Uncle Bunmi also stood in for my Dad at the Baptism and naming of my kids. He made everyone in the family feel special. A rare breed. We will miss him… greatly. Read more “Uncle Bunmi has always been”
SLEEP ON, “BRODA MI” “Broda mi”. Even though I was not legally one of the “Broda mi” clan, he officially and expressly inducted me into the clan. Soft spoken. He loved peace and endeavoured to make peace. He was very humble and did not have airs about apologising. An arbitrator. Always willing to assist. He… celebrated with us even at a short notice. An undisputed leader and sagacious in our generation, a role he played so effortlessly. Last time we spoke, when I said I owed him a visit, he responded that I visit after the pandemic bit. I subsequently called to discuss with him, he did not pick, he did not return my call. I sent 2(two) messages, he did not reply. Most unlike him. Then the most traumatic news which I will NEVER get over. My Mum called him “Ayinla” and he did not mind when we jokingly did the same. I took it for granted he will always be there. His space forever vacant. Sleep on, my big brother. God loves you more. Read more “SLEEP ON, “BRODA MI”“Broda mi”.”
Tribute to Dr. Olubunmi Felix Olukayode Owoso
Dr Olubunmi Owoso was my Rector when I came into Yabatech and I dare say that he is still one of the best administrators I have encountered.
He was an administrator per excellence. He was a lover of peace even though many people misunderstood him. You… never know the value of what you have until you lose it. The entire Yabatech community has indeed lost a gem.
You have fought a good fight and conquered. Now, continue to rest in the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ till we meet to part no more. Adieu my great Rector. May your soul rest in perfect peace. Amen.
The Rev. Dr. Mercy Adenike Ogunbisi
Department of Chemical Sciences,
Yaba College of Technology Read more “Tribute to Dr. Olubunmi Felix”
My Dearest First Cousin( However referred to as Uncle Bunmi by us all)
Are you really gone?? A part of me is in denial as legends don’t depart. Surely, you will live forever in our hearts.
You came, you saw, and you conquered.
Once again, the family tree is broken, will there… ever be a mending?Leaving us a shoe too big for anyone to fill- the head of our home. Peaceful, humble and easy going, always seeking perfection in all things. I am extremely proud of you and your accomplishments.
Even after life is gone, in our hearts your love remains on ,Even after you have left our sight, in our thoughts your light shines bright, Even after you are gone, in our memories you live forever.
Adieu, Rest in the bosom of your maker .
Bukola ifaturoti. Read more “My Dearest First Cousin( However”
SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO A GENIUS / PATRIOT AND ACCOMPLISHER . It was with heavy hearts that we received the sad news of the demise of our brother, uncle and the worthy son of Egboro land, Dr. Olubunmi Felix Owoso, which occurred early on Sunday morning , 28th June, 2020, after a brief illness. A… devout Christian, Bunmi was born on October 23 , 1949, to the families of Owoso and Kuponiyi (Ogboni Ajigiteri family ruling house of Ijebu-Jesa). He grew up in Ilorin , Kwara State. He attended Ogbomoso Grammar School and the University of Ibadan. He studied abroad for his post graduate education. Bunmi began his teaching career at the Kaduna Polytechnic and was later appointed as Rector, Yaba College of Technology Lagos from 2001-2009. He was the immediate past Secretary General of Commonwealth Association of Technical Universities and Polytechnics (CAPA) from March 2012 – December 2018. He was also a strong financial member of our humanitarian project; Egboro Benevolence Food Bank. In fact, he was one of the first set of people who subscribed to the food bank. A soft spoken, always smiling Bunmi was a well known educationist, an internationally renowned Food Technologist. His intellectual works and publications could be found in many accredited books all over the World. This distinguished him as a genius both within the country and at international fora. Bunmi was indeed a good ambassador of Egboro Land both here in Nigeria and in the diaspora. We will definitely miss this genius, patriot, philanthropist and accomplisher in EGBORO Land. We sincerely commiserate with the wife, children and the entire families of OWOSO and Kuponiyi of Ijebu Jesa. May God grant all his survivors the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. May his gentle soul, through the mercy of God and merits of Christ rest in perfect peace. (Amen). Sunre o, Omo Onijebu Egboro A Sure Fase Banu. Read more “EGBORO BENEVOLENCE FOOD BANK :”
The last time I spoke with Dr. O. Owoso, and his wife, was in the first week of June concerning my request for him to be one of my professional references. He graciously made some valuable edits to the supporting document I had sent for review. I expressed my gratitude for his willingness to be… my reference. You can therefore imagine how horrified I was to receive a forwarded announcement of his demise, less than 3 weeks later. My first thought was that this was obviously a mistake. I immediately called, his wife (“madam” as I call her), and when I heard her voice it confirmed that the announcement was true. I broke down wailing uncontrollably and she began to console me, even in her own pain. I worked closely with Rector Dr. Owoso when I was appointed pioneer director, in 2007, of the Center for Applied Research and Technology Innovation at Yaba College of Technology. For the two years that I served under him, in that position, it would have been a daunting task but for the fact that he gave me free hand to develop the center to achieve all the objectives for setting up the center. He supported all my professional development aspirations including attending SARIMA, INORMS and WARIMA workshops and conferences outside the country.
Dr. Owoso was a kind-hearted man, a man of peace, always ready to support in any way he could. I can’t forget how he traveled all the way to my village in Delta state with his friend, Prof. Ilori, for my dad’s funeral in 2011 and gave a generous financial support. In 2015 he travelled from Nairobi, Kenya to also attend my husband’s funeral, with his wife. More recently, this June 2020, he was enthusiastic to be one of my references for employment.
My heart goes out to my friend, madam, the entire family and his loved ones. I pray that the Lord Almighty will comfort, console and preserve them.
Rest on in the bosom of our Lord, Dr. Olubunmi Owoso. You will be sorely missed. Read more “The last time I spoke”
We learnt with deep regret the demise of our dear brother, Dr. Olubunmi Owoso. What a painful exit ! It’s heartbreaking to now refer to him in the past tense. He was a very cheerful person, full of life and ever so kind. A perfect gentleman, loving husband and dutiful father, he was a Christian… in words and deed. He was a highly skilled administrator of international repute and was loved by everybody around him. He related to people with uncommon humility and was always willing to lend a helping hand. He would be sorely missed by all.
The Bible says in Rev 21.4 – “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away”. We are assured that Dr. Owoso has gone to rest with the Lord. May God strengthen and comfort Sister Joko and the whole family. The Falolas Read more “We learnt with deep regret”
Eternal and continued Rest Oh Lord grant our Brother until the resurrection day when we shall all wake up and it would be like yesterday that we have last met. It would definitely take sometime for this to sink that truly we shall have to wait until then to see you again. Good night dear… Brother. Read more “Eternal and continued Rest Oh”
TRIBUTE ” There are some who bring a light so great to the world that even _after they have gone , the light remains”-Unknown The unknown author of the above quote never knew our dear senior at college, Felix Olubunmi Owoso, however the soundbite aptly described the life of our beloved Senior Owoso, who… indeed had left behind a shinning light and legacy amongst the people who at one time or the other interacted with him while he was here with us in this divide. In as much as we miss him dearly, his memory shall continue to linger in our hearts, celebrate his life we shall, because he lived an accomplished life and impacted on his immediate and larger society. A life without an impact is no life, a positive impact for that matter. And this was his trademark in all his stations of life. Prefect Owoso, as he was widely known while schooling at Egbado College, Ilaro, (1967-68), was a fair-minded,soft-spoken and focused senior student of our noble college. He came to the school for his HSC (Higher School Certificate), course in 1967 from Ogbomoso Grammar School, Ogbomoso, Oyo State, and within his first year in the school endeared himself to the school authorities to have been appointed a prefect in an institution with entrenched traditional values.He discharged himself admirably and lived up to the expectations of the school authorities. As a prefect he was a mentor to many of his juniors and a model to his peers. He was well known for discipline and he would not tolerate errant behaviour from unruly juniors. His spoken English was a showcase whenever he stood up at the dinning hall to address students. Senior Owoso loved ECI with a passion. After graduating from the school he was very prominent in the old students association, (ECOSA).He attended meetings and contributed significantly with his talents and treasure. According to another old student of the college, Rev’d Benny Merriman-Johnson,Prefect Owoso once advised him not to call him “Senior” now that Rev’d. Merriman-Johnson had become a man of God, because he (Owoso) devolved all respects to God’s anointed. What an exemplary show of humility! William Shakespeare, the British bard and literary legend wrote in his iconic book, Julius Ceasar;”When beggars die, there are no comets seen, The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes”. The entire membership of the Egbado College llaro Old Students Association ,(ECOSA),celebrate the life and times of one of us who has gone to be with the Lord with a fervent prayer that his soul be acceptable in His sight and strengthen the immediate family relations and friends with the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. Read more “”
My dearest first cousin ( who truly earned the title) “Uncle” Bunmi, There are many paths and roads that life took you through. You gracefully crossed each hurdle. Many oceans that you crossed on your quest for success, and you took each one ever so humbly and gracefully. You truly valued the word “family” and… you literally became the head and counsellor of our kinship. Your life …was a life of sacrifice… to guide, to teach …. to lead…. and you did it till the last moment. Your loss… unexplainable…. incomprehensible… but we all hold firm to the faith that you lived and believed in …….knowing that you are at rest in the Lord. Rest In Peace…. Read more “My dearest first cousin (“
TRIBUTE TO LATE DR OLUBUNMI OWOSO
BY CHAIRMAN COHEADS , NIGERIA Late Dr. Olubunmi Owoso, Rector YabaTech 2001-2009 and Secretary General, CAPA( Commonwealth Association of Polytechnics in Africa) 2012-2018 was a mentor and father- figure to all Nigerian Rectors at the time of his heavenly transition about a week ago.
In retirement he… worked behind the scenes to guide, educate and inform Rectors on TVET(Technical and Vocational Education and Training) issues referred to him or that he came across on his own. In effect he didn’t retire using the tools of the modern smartphone. We remain indebted to him and he indeed lives in our hearts. May his gentle and noble soul rest in perfect peace.
May God grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss with grace. Read more “”
TRIBUTE TO DR. OLUBUNMI OWOSO It was a Sunday evening, around 8.37pm, on 28th of June when I received a call from my younger brother, who has already called me several times on that day as usual that Dr. Olubunmi Owoso has passed on. This is one of the worst news I’ve ever received lately,… it broke my heart to lose you. You were such a good Man, the best among your equals. I grew up to know or hear People call each other my in law, everybody calling each other in-law. But you are very different. You used to call me Brother Wole, which means I am a Brother not an in-law and that’s how you called my Brother and Sisters too. You knew we’re younger ones to your Wife but you still address us as Brother/Sister. You were that humble. It is really hard to come into terms that we will never see or hear from u again, but we will take consolation that you’ve gone to meet your creator. You taught me that the Razor Blade is so sharp but cannot cut a tree, the Axe is so strong but cannot cut hair. Everyone is important according to their own unique purpose. Never look down on anybody unless you’re admiring their shoe. Death is inevitable, it is a journey that everyone must take, the question remains when, where, how. Often times we wish death wasn’t a part of life, we wish we would just stay alive on earth with our near and dear ones not dying. But unfortunately, we cannot. Our prayer is that we fulfill our days on earth and grow old before our time is up. We also pray that your soul will rest in perfect peace. Every Member of your Wife (Jokotade) family mourns you. I do wonder if we can ever find anyone like u again, you left a hole no one can ever fill halfway. To lose you brings so much pain beyond belief, there are no words to ease our pain, our sadness and our grief. Rector, as we always referred you; it is hard to come to terms with the fact that we will never hear from you again. Sweet memories fill me anytime we remember the advice you found pleasure in sharing with us and will forever be cherished. We found consolation in you whenever we got downhearted. Your benevolent smile lifted our hearts anytime you were near us. It’s gone now! Never to come back, oh. How sad we feel until now! You had a healing voice, which was ever heard, everyone admired your wisdom in solving complex issues any time we sought your input. You were a role model, and now we can proudly say that you left footprints in the sands of time. Rector, you were calm even when a situation seemed unbearable. Admittedly, we have lost a precious jewel; if death were stoppable, we would have stopped it coming your way. Fare thee well Rector. You fought a good fight and won the race. You left a legacy that will be read through the generations, current and to come. You left a mark in our hearts, and nothing will ever erase it. It is indelible in our hearts. You were a gem and will remain cherished. Surely Rector, our love for you will remain forever. Already missing you here, till we meet to part no more, GOOD NIGHT SIR. Read more “”
On behalf of Hon. Isaac I.N. Shaahu and the entire Shaahu family, we hereby convey our deep sorrow over the loss of Dr. Olubunmi Felix Olukayode Owoso. This is a great loss not only to the Owoso family, but to all of us and many others he touched in a special way. However, be consoled… that God Almighty who gave him to you knows why it is at this time that he called him home. We pray God grants his soul eternal rest in His Kingdom, and grant you the fortitude to bear the loss. Accept once more, our condolences. Read more “”
Doctor Olubunmi Owoso,
Your death came to us by surprise, you’re such a good, caring, loving, and understanding daddy. You’re also such an honest disciplinarian, which you don’t spare your children when it comes to discipline. E ki gbe ebi fun alare. I will forever miss your fatherly advise, giving ministry and counseling.
… Rest on my daddy in the bossom of you Lord till we meet again at the beautiful shore. Read more “Doctor Olubunmi Owoso, Your death”
We mourn the exit of a rare gem, a brilliant mind and a source of inspiration who impacted many lives. You were a strong pillar and a rallying point, may your kind and gentle soul rest in perfect peace. I pray that God grant the entire family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
A TRIBUTE TO A GOD LOVING GENTLEMAN; DR OLUBUNMI OWOSO Olubunmi, in course of my first meeting with you about 10 years ago, I recalled the story of the Greek philosopher Digonese of Sinope, who was said to have held a lantern in the faces of men mid-afternoon in Athens claiming he was searching for… men of integrity and honour. How rare it is to find men of integrity and honour and of a loving heart like you. It gladdened me a few times I was opportuned to talk about you in close circles in your immediate past life. Yes indeed, you were not an angel, yet I scan the horizon in vain in search of words to convey apt description of you other than I would an angel in human body. Olubunmi, you were a good man, disciplined, and transcended the binds of social consciousness. You held on to your personal values and did not look away from the face of God. Your actions, smiles, voice tones and measured words and language structure uplifted all around you. Little wonder your world is a happy and cheerful environment. The gaze of your eyes conveyed sincerity and love. You were exemplary. The immediate family you left behind, and friends remain confident and assured you would have an enabled passage in the inner worlds where you now belong. Adieu! Our dear friend. Read more “”
BUODA MI….. DADDY YABA, DADDY RECTOR, BAAMI, these and many other appellations, we call you, its quite sad, painful and devastating that you are gone.
You lived and spent your life in service to God and humanity to make life worth living for others.
You will be sorely missed by all of us.
… /> Omo Eki l’ade gbo, o f’isu modi, o f’ogede s’ogba, o fi esuru s’ana.
O ni ri hun mu k’ana re k’ia r’oko agaun.
Ewure ile Eki roko agaun, aguntan ile eki roke igbaye lasun,
Omo eki d’ade eki jagun.
Omo Onijebu Egboro,
Ka to rerin odigbo.
Sunre, we love you but God loves you more.
Unforgettable, that is what you are…
To live in the hearts of those who love you is to live forever.
Good night Sir. Read more “BUODA MI….. DADDY YABA, DADDY”
I have known Daddy Owoso since I was a teenager, what I loved most about him was his humility and good parenting skills, he brought up his children in the way of the Lord, also in Church he was a mentor to many youths and teenagers, he pushed us all to strive for greatness, he… was also a cheerful giver, one who gave to the things of the Lord and to people in need around him. The world and Church has lost a great gem but a reward to heaven. You will be greatly missed but I know we will see again at the feet of our Lord Jesus Christ Read more “I have known Daddy Owoso”
TRIBUTE TO OUR DEAR FATHER, BROTHER, FRIEND, MENTOR AND BOSS.
The news of the demise of an Icon, Dr Olubunmi Olukayode Owoso from this ephemeral world on 28th June, 2020 shook us like a ‘ tsunami’ which none of us envisaged. An astute Administrator, erudite scholar and God’s servant. Many of us are yet… to get over the rude shock!
The Bible teaches us to number our days and apply our heart to wisdom( Psalm 90:12). This you did very well in your life’s sojourn, taking each day as it unfolded and making your impact felt everywhere you stepped. He was a good listener, mentor, adviser, tolerant and loving.
Never met until one evening in December 2003 when a call came in and the person introduced himself as the Rector of Yaba College of Technology, before I knew it he had already located my house . It was during our day discussions that evening that someone called him that he should stay away from the College because some students were protesting and planned to abduct the Rector that same evening. He later told me that that was the reason for his urgent visit to my house.
Never seen an Administrator and a technocrat so humble and passionate like this in all my life. This made me to report in January 2004( on sabbatical leave) at Yaba College of Technology to specifically assist with Security. The Rector gave me all the necessary supports for this herculean task that led to the success of the task. Against all odds, he was ever ready to stand by his subordinates which made peace to reign in the College.
He was very bold and down to earth, not a pretender at all, always speaking the truth in love at all times. He was a detribalized African and loved people of all faiths. Even after my official assignment at Yaba College of Technology, he was still ready to assist and ask after my family wellbeing.
May the Lord keep and protect all his loved ones in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
Sleep on in the bosom of your Creator. Read more “”
News of your death came as a shock. We cannot question God but can only pray that your soul finds rest in His bosom. Rest In Peace Sir.
Uncle Bunmi was more than an uncle to me and a great number of us in the family circle. There is no member of the family that he has not come to his/her aid at some point in time. He was a very likeable person. He received favors and he gave favors to many, both… family and friends. He was the strong father and pillar of the Owoso dynasty and was there for everyone. His leaving us now leaves a huge hole in our hearts and lives that is irreplaceable. We will miss him greatly. Read more “”
TRIBUTE TO A BOSS AND A FRIEND by Dr. Mrs. C. O. Akindele This World is not our own…we are just passing through – how very true this saying is. If only we can always remember this. Dr. Olubunmi Owoso believed this. He came and he conquered. His achievements not only showed this….his rapport… with people, his humility, his support when in need, his mien and the love he shared with all and sundry testified to this. He was one of the little percentage of people who made the world a better place. I have known him for close to 40 years since when he was married to my late ‘sister’ Folashade. I was a regular visitor to their home. Two instances to show how he cherished relationships in his life which I can never forget. The first was when the first daughter, Kemi, was to get married. He was my Rector at the time. He called me to his office and said: “Sister, (humility) I’ll appreciate if you can help me to take complete charge of the wedding plan as Fola would have done”. God took control and it was a big success. He was very appreciative. The second – his full support during the sickness and eventual passing of my husband between 2007 and 2008. It is indeed when one is in need that you know who your friends are. I thank God for blessing him with a partner who loved him and who stood by him to the end and children who are well-trained and Godly. I pray that God holds them strong in His Palm, comforts them and provides for their spiritual and material needs now and forever. Amen. Dr. Owoso, your death has left a void in many people’s lives. You will be sorely missed. May your precious soul rest in the bosom of your Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen. Read more “”
TRIBUTE TO A BELOVED FRIEND It was not only shocking but unbelievable when I heard it whispered to me on that Sunday, 28th of June 2020! “No”, I said. “It cannot be”. I picked up my phone and called and it was confirmed that it was true. Ah! A loving and caring friend had… walked the sands of times and left his footprints. 28th June is a day I will always remember for so many reasons until I breathe my last breath in this valley of tears. Our last conversation on WhatsApp was a deep hearted prayer session when we prayed for our children. I should have sensed it…… Bunmi prayed deep down and I felt it that day. Death is an inevitable end and to God be the glory for the grace to accept what we cannot change. May his loving and caring soul rest in perfect peace through Christ Our Lord. Amen Read more “”
TRIBUTE TO MY ADMIRABLE MENTOR, ADVISER AND ADMINISTRATOR PER EXCELLENCE – DR OLUBUNMI FELIX OWOSO. My family and I are deeply saddened by the sudden passing to glory of our very beloved daddy Olubunmi Felix Owoso on Sunday 28th June, 2020 after a brief illness. This loss without doubt is painful but in every situation we… give thanks to God Almighty. With the demise of our dear daddy, A GEM, FOREMOST VISIONARY LEADER AND SCHOLAR, AND AN ADMINISTRATOR PER EXCELLENCE who kept unalloyed interest in his students, staff welfare and work IS LOST. I had the privilege and honour of working closely with him and being a student of his bosom friend, Dr Philip Olumuyiwa Adegbile ( of blessed memory ) at Kaduna Polytechnic. I still remember vividly how they were there for me; caring, mentoring, encouraging and sometimes pushful to sustain my resilience and to enable me keep up the fighting spirit that helped me thus far. Thank God for the enviable legacy you have left behind. My wife and I will continue to remember and appreciate the encouragement and mentoring offered by our late daddy and surviving lovely and loving wife – Mummy Jokotade Owoso. To our beloved mummy, Jokotade Owoso,be rest assured that God Almighty,by His Spirit, will continually abide with you and sustain you and the family daddy has left behind. God grant the entire family and loved ones the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss in the mighty name of Jesus.Amen. Though painful,be consoled that he has passed on IN THE LORD and resting in His bosom; and that God helping us, in His love and compassion, at RESURRECTION, we shall meet to part NO MORE. Please accept our heartfelt CONDOLENCES. Read more “”
Brother Bunmi, it’s painful you left so soon, but it’s eye opener to the word of God that says “I must work the work of Him that called me while it’s day because night cometh when no man can work”. Glory be to God for the time spent on earth, which was a serviceable time… for God and humanity. Rest on in the blossom of the Lord. I pray God to give us your family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss in Jesus name amen. Read more “”
DR OLUBUNMI OWOSO – Thank God for a life well spent in the service of God and humanity. The Dr. OWOSO we got to know about two decades ago was an easy going gentleman that knew what he wanted out of any situation/person and pursued such until he achieved his goal. He was a very… humble and peaceful person. He gave due respect to anybody he came across irrespective of age and status. He was kind and very generous even to the very end which was depicted on 28th May 2020 when we were in house without a prior knowledge and we left him with envelope for each of us. Dr OWOSO was a child of God per excellence, lover of God and brethren. He was love personified with his immediate and extended family. The heaven gained a lovely soul while we are counting our losses here on earth. Sleep well in the bosom of your creator till the resurrection day. Read more “”
Dr.Olubunmi Owoso, the man i fondly referred to as my ‘Oga at the top’ was a mentor and role model per excellence. He was many things to many people, but to me he was a talent hunter, goal getter, wonderful administrator, kind and perfectionist. Above all he was an Omoluabi. Adieu till we meet to… part no more. Read more “”
TRIBUTE TO LATE OLUBUNMI OWOSO FORMER RECTOR YABA COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY YABA LAGOS.
I was speechless when the news of the demise of the late Rector Olubunmi Owoso was broken to me through one of his closest Associates and brother Dr Toriola coker because it was so sudden without prior awareness about nursing any… ailment. I worked and benefited immensely while he was at the helms of affairs as Rector. As an alumnus and friend and one of the contractors serving the college. He was a gentle man to the core. Fun loving to be with for his administrative and oratory skills. He served his country Nigeria and the continent of Africa meritoriously as an accomplished scholar and administrator. He has left a big vacuum behind and i can only wish him eternal rest with his lord. We would surely miss him.
Adieu my dear Rector and brother Olubunmi Owoso.
Sun ree o. Read more “”
One of the best boss i’ve had so far is Dr Olubunmi Felix Owoso. Not only did he teach me about administration he allowed me to learn from my mistakes to become better on the job. He helped me grow and develop in my personal, professional and academic endeavors and supported me in deciding what… kind of person i desired to be. My time with him was and always will be a significant part of my life as i gained the tools to be able to deal with most, if not all difficult situations, as well as gaining a friend for life. Loyalty is paramount in Life. Significantly my encounter, relationship and friendship with Dr Olubunmi Felix Owoso was characterised by the highest level of loyalty and a virtue that is commendable in human and spiritual realms. Rest in the blossom of your LORD as you embark on another unreturnable journey till ETERNITY. Read more “”
Tribute for my Namesake I really can’t express in words how shocked and saddened I was when I heard the news . The only thing that gave me comfort was that you had passed on to more glorious things than we could ever see or imagine on this earth. Whilst I got to know you… later in life it was as if I had known you all my life. I recall the first time we spoke (your baritone and soothing voice just tripped me!) and when we finally actually met each other we clicked instantly. Since then you have been not only my uncle but also my brother and certainly my friend. We have shared so many literally hours on the phone. We spoke about so many intimate things as well which you shared. You are kind generous respectful and caring yet you didn’t seem to realise this. You always seemed to see others as better role models than yourself but that was not the case. You gave the upmost respect for my parents and insisted on sharing them. You said you wanted to shower them with the love and respect you were unable to fully give to your parents.. You certainly went out of your way to do that. There is so much I could say about you but you know my mind already because you’re already seated in the place of all knowledge. My only regret was not coming to see you in Kenya and missing the safari you promised to take me on. And the trip I was supposed to make when your next posting was confirmed. Sadly this didn’t happen but I know your current posting is far more spectacular…..so enjoy! Finally I remember my last deep conversation with you and it haunts me now as you called me out of the blue and asked me to take special care of your son Laolu and the reasons you had for this. Don’t worry our very loved son will be even more special to me as I do my best to keep my promise to you. It’s only God’s grace that will help me to do this and it’s only God that will not let him down. Rest in peace my darling Namesake and I truly am sad that I will never hear you call me that name again. Read more “”
Omo Ijebu egboro, omo awure fase banu…., omo eki lade owo, omo eki lajagun……,sun re oooo.
Daddy I will miss you for ever.
You did not bid us farewell. You were strong and healthy. What went wrong what happened? How can we explain it? It is painful, very painful that you had to leave us so suddenly on this side of eternity. Nevertheless there is one thought that cheers me and makes my heart glad; you won’t have… to cross Jordan alone for at this moment you are walking hand-in-hand with Jesus, your Savior and Lord who has chosen to take you off at this time, to walk on the streets of gold with Him. For Him to have taken you at this time meant that two things have happened: your mansion in heaven is ready (John 14:3 NLT) and you have finished your assignment here on earth. You have lived a fulfilled life. You have done that which you came here to carry out. On our part, we will miss you. We can’t forget your contributions and interventions at crucial moments on the ‘Make Nigeria Better’ group. You believed in Nigeria and how it can and must be made better. Yes we will miss you. We will miss you in Church too. It is well because you have only gone to sleep here; free from the hustling and bustling of our earthly struggles, to wake up on the other side of eternity. While here you were a light that the Lord God Almighty allowed us to luxuriate in its brightness. Adieu my brother and friend. Be rest assured the Lord Jesus will take care of your family. Read more “You did not bid us”
Dr Owosho has joined the saints! Such a humble and cheerful neighbor! My last memory of him was when I saw him and he mentioned his wife had travelled and I promised to pay them a visit upon her return but sadly I never did. It was our esteem pleasure to know you great Sir!… May you rest in perfect peace. Adieu Read more “”
Tribute to ‘Brother Mi: Brother mi, I find it extremely difficult to understand what happened but I know, according to the scripture, I will understand by and by. Brought up together by our grandparents in Osogbo, I grew up to know you as my only brother, hence I personalized you as ‘Brother mi’, adopted by… some others including our mum till date. Our grandparents taught us and lived out love, hence we love naturally, genuinely and deeply, very fond of one another. There are many things we shared that will remain alive in my memory. We were together at our mum’s 88th birthday on March 12, 2020 with your darling wife, no inkling that was to be the last time I would see you. On the 18th of June, I felt an urge to speak with you, we were on the phone for about one hour, talking specifically and generally, little did I know that was going to be our last discussion. I will live by your counsel, God helping me. Brother mi, I am very proud of you. You lived an exemplary life. You have surely left a vacuum which only God can fill. My consolation is in the fact that you are a child of God and taking your desired rest in His bosom. Please sleep on till the resurrection morning. Good night Olubunmi Olukayode Ayinla, omo Owosowoye. Sun re o. Your sister Read more “”
My brother from a different mother.
It’s hard to explain with words what a special person you were.
A special person to laugh with me and help me find my way.
A special person who listened when I didn’t know what to do.
A special person who gave advice… and helped me make it through.
A special person to those you know, helping when there’s need.
A special person to All my children and my mother too.
A special person married to my special sister and friend.
You never said goodbye, maybe I didn’t hear. That was unlike you.
Always painstaking and articulate in all you did. Never taking people for granted. You loved me like your own sister and my household attests to this.
In our hearts you hold a place of honour and pride.
I’m proud to call you my brother in life and even in death.
You live on through the lives of those you have touched (and we are many).
Someday we shall see again in the bosom of Christ.
Adiós OLUWABUNMI omo OWOSO. Read more “”
Dr Olubunmi Owoso – My Boss
The great orator of Yaba college of Technology- you wonder- orator? That is the man Dr Bunmi Owoso – man of many parts- who takes any assignment seriously and executes rationally and responsibly to the admiration of all. Dr Bunmi Owoso became my boss directly in 1987 after… the completion of my M.Sc in the department of Food Technology and Catering studies. He was a man who respects all his staff but expects you to deliver all deliverables on time and without any blemishes. He always worked to change systems for improvement; this led to the excise of Catering studies from the amalgamated department. His love for the profession of Food Technology from inception, led to the department accommodating many sub sections. Hence the employment of staff of various areas of specialization. He coordinated the first NBTE accreditation for the department. It was with this focused vigor that he addressed any situation for success till the time of his exit as the Rector of the institution. With his style of leadership, he worked to straighten a functional relationship between the different sections of the College with delegation as the pivot for assertiveness, control and mentorship. I express profound and deep heartfelt gratefulness to him for the care and moral support he gave me during the period of adjusting to my amputation. Dr Bunmi Owoso was diligent, focused and committed to making positive contributions in any position he found himself.
May his soul rest in peace. Read more “”
TRIBUTE TO BODA BUNMI OWOSO
Boda Bunmi you were a rare senior brother and friend You gave me opportunity as your junior brother without conditions You were free with me and advised me on cordial relationship with my siblings. You were excited about the progress I made. I am deeply pained by the loss… of the privilege of your counsel. I NEVER IMAGINED I WILL NEVER SEE YOU AGAIN. BODA, MY WIFE AND I WILL SORELY MISS YOUR COUNSEL. This is one loss only comparable to the loss of my father. I have lost a counselor I missed in my biological father and it really pains deep in to the bone marrow. Who will fill this vacuum? I look unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. Read more “”
TRIBUTE TO MY RECTOR: My brother as I call you, the news of your demise came as a rude shock. I reached out to your wife on June 24th to invite both of you to my Zoom 70th Birthday. Unknown that you were sick I requested her to tell you I want to feel you… on WhatsApp even if we don’t see and she said okay. What can I say! My last memory of you encompassed everything you were to me humility personified, practical generosity, respect and appreciation of hard work and professionalism as well as a peace maker. Many will be surprised at my Tribute as our relationship started on a sour note. You went out of your way to make peace with me. I saw your good side when you became the Rector, you ensured my acting appointment was confirmed and created a conducive working environment for me. You gave me due respect and made sure I enjoyed the benefits of my office. There was hardly any request I made for myself or Registry staff that you did not grant. You gave me the opportunity to attend Conferences/Workshops of Commonwealth Association of Polytechnics in Africa (CAPA) in Kenya and Swaziland with attendant benefits. You spoke highly of me that at the end of my tenure as Registrar, the Council approved your recommendation and appointed me as the first Director, Special Duties in the College. With appreciation I recall the respect you always accord my husband and your travelling to Ede, Osun State to attend the Burial of my in-law in addition to the cash gift. As time went on we knew each other better that we call each other brother and sister. I am eternally grateful to you for giving me a soft landing at the end of my tenure as Registrar. I was looking forward to seeing you again and now this, God knows best. You made sure I will not forget you by passing on my birthday. My sincerest condolences and prayers go to the wife, children and the entire family. May the Lord grant them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. Read more “”
O that the Lord will teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom. One wonders why treasured persons go so soon. Dr Olubunmi Owoso was first a brother, a friend and ended up being my boss To think that so soon, we would miss your eloquence, your dedication and… commitment to excellence is an amazement though absolutely inevitable. Otherwise we would have appealed to heaven to spare your life. You were hardworking ensuring that we all worked our hearts out till I left the College. I pray the Lord preserve your lovely family left behind. May the God of all comfort soothe their pains as he meets them at every point of need. Sleep on beloved brother and boss. Read more “”
We are greatly saddened to receive the news of the demise of our family friend for over 45 years. Dr Olubunmi Owoso was a reliable colleague, a committed academic and administrator. His wise counsel will be greatly missed. May the Lord comfort and console his family. May our Merciful Father continue to strengthen his family… always. Rest in peace, Bunmi my friend and let His perpetual blessings remain with you forever. Read more “”
“Uncle Bunmi “ as we fondly called him will be remembered for his kindness great humility, love for God and everyone who knew him. Uncle Bunmi was a pillar of strength for me and my family when I lost my husband. I can never forget him. He will forever remain in our hearts. May God… give his family fortitude to bear this great loss Amen. Read more “”
As an in law to my Uncle, Engr. Bola Agbola, I knew Dr. Owoso on the family front; As co-members of Egboro Klub of Ijebu-Jesa, I knew Dr. Owoso on the social/humanitarian front and as a journalist who handled media engagements for his administration as Rector of Yaba College of Technology, I knew Dr. Owoso… in the public service arena. From all these fronts, I could attest that Dr. Owoso was blessed with a rare combination of the gifts of humility, contentment, calming disposition amidst storms, disarming smiles, distaste for materialism, respect for fellow human beings irrespective of age or background, focus and commitment. A good and great Nigerian is therefore the one we mourn and thanks to CAPA for organising this memorial session of tributes. While his sudden exit remains painful, we take solace in the fact that his good deeds shall be indelible on the pages of history. RIP. – Lanre Arogundade, Executive Director, International Press Centre, Lagos and Secretary, Lagos zone, Egboro Klub. Read more “As an in law to my Uncle,”
There exists a gap between birth and death. What matters in eternity is what we choose to fill in the dash/gap in between birth and death.
All honour and glory to HIS HOLY NAME that my brother Dr. Olubunmi Owoso filled his gap with memories and legacies worthy of emulation, especially, by the people… he came in contact with.
Dr. ‘Bunmi Owoso was somebody who had a mind of his own and loved constructive criticism. He always respected superior arguments.
When a friend vanishes out of our sight, the familiar form is seen no more. The voice of tender love is heard no more. The quiet, gentle intervention ceases. We then look up to GOD for solace.
I therefore commiserate with the entire family and pray that God will grant us all the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
OMO OWA, OMO OBOKUN, OMO IJEBU EGBORO……………………………………………….
GOOD NIGHT MY DEAR BROTHER AND FRIEND.
From ‘Dele Aluko
Yaba College of Technology
Yaba. Lagos Read more “There exists a gap between”
It feels strange to be writing about Mr. Owoso in the past tense. When I was younger. I spent so much time at the Owosos’ and Mr. Owoso accepted me as a part of his family. He was a very generous man, and so put together. We called him Brother B as a sign of… our respect. Because he was so cool and put together. He had swag before we even knew what the word was. As time passed, and we all went our different paths, I saw less and less of him. But on my wedding day, he showed up and in hindsight, I shouldn’t have been so surprised. Despite the numerous things that called for his attention, Mr Owoso was always there. This is a difficult loss for everyone, but I can imagine, most of all for his family. Mr. Owoso was a great man. He has earned his stripes and has now been taken home to the father. He will be missed, definitely not forgotten. Read more “It feels strange to be”
A Farewell to my Primary School Classmate – Dr. Olubunmi Owoso
Your death came as a rude shock to me. There is lot to say about you and I could write a whole book about you, but space and time will not permit me, so I have no choice than to be brief.
… We met in All Saints Primary School Osogbo in 1956 as new intakes into Primary One. Mr. Ofrey was our Headmaster and his son too was in our class. We were about the youngest and smallest in the class. We were “running mates” with respect as to who would come first at the end of each term. But we lost contact in December 1959 when I had to move to Akure to complete my Primary school Education due to family obligations.
I recall in exact detail what happened when we met again face to face in Yaba Tech after so many years when you were the Rector there. I came for NBTE program that took place in Yaba Tech because I was also working at The Polytechnic, Ibadan and was Dean Faculty of Science. The first statement you made while delivering your speech as the host was to welcome your long-lost classmate. I was highly elated when you told me about my progress in life since we parted in 1959. You were an incredible personality. We kept in touch ever since and you remained my loyal friend throughout. You sent me personal messages in all the land mark events that took place in my life while you outside the country.
I say without mincing words that you made a success of your tenure as Yaba Tech Rector and Secretary General of CAPA (Commonwealth Association of Technical Universities and Polytechnics in Africa). Your leadership style coupled with your high sense of humour and humility remains a challenge to those of us still alive. You were a bundle of humility and joy. No one could be sad around you because you always radiated joy that came from within and nothing about you was artificial. The memory of your simple, unassuming life of truth and integrity remains indelible. You left your own mark on the sand of time.
We love you but God loves you best. Sleep well, dear classmate and brother till we meet to part no more at the feet of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. May the Almighty God grant you eternal rest and look after your children and widow.
Adieu Olubunmi. Farewell classmate!
Prof Mrs. Adenike Osofisan Read more “A Farewell to my Primary”
Dr Olubunmi Owoso was my boss for a period of 7 years having served as a member of his extended management team. He was also a personal friend and a Christian brother. He loved his job and did it with excellence anything short of that was unacceptable to him. Despite that, he was humane. I… remembered vividly in 2007 when I was critically ill and was to fly out of the country, Dr Owoso showed up at the airport to give me his financial support. Little did I know the last time I would see him was at the celebration of his 70th birthday.
I commiserate with his family on this loss and encourage them to take solace in the fact that their father’s good work will live after him and they will reap it.
Goodnight my brother, on the resurrection morning we will meet to part no more
Dr Ajibike Itegboje Read more “Dr Olubunmi Owoso was my”
On reading the announcement of the passage of Dr. Bunmi Owoso, I really felt devastated. Not quite a week ago going through my archives I stumbled on pictures taken about ten years ago when I invited him as a guest speaker at the official inauguration of a motivational series for secondary school students tagged; ”… Your Tomorrow Starts Today” which held at the school assembly hall of Abeokuta Grammar School, Abeokuta, Ogun State.He was a close friend to my late elder brother (Wale Adeyemi). He extended that bond to me and he actually added some intellectual flavour to the event which went successfully throughout all the secondary schools in Ogun State. He refused the honorarium we offered .He was at the time the Rector of Yaba College of Technology. Such a good man. Ready to offer support to up and coming aburos. I feel very sad about this. My condolences to the immediate family, the ECOSA family and all friends and relations he left behind. Boda Bunmi, may your soul find repose in the bosom of your maker. Read more “On reading the announcement of the passage of Dr. Bunmi Owoso”
Oh, what a sad news, what a shock, what a pain to read this! COVID-19, the murder of George Floyd and the consequent upheavals have kept me so busy and away from this platform. Indeed I have just taken a break to answer a phone call and to my shock a message popped up on… my screen- something on Prefect Owoso, so I very curiously explored, and my heart broke! Thanks to the ECOSA platform I got reconnected with Prefect Owoso, as I used to call him, after more than 50 years. Once I came onto the ECOSA platform, saw his name, I reached out. I called him on the phone little knowing it was my last conversation with him. So busy have I been that I had not gone back to him except that I sent him a Father’s Day greeting which I have just observed he did not reply to. Perhaps he was already sick then. So sad, so painful for me. Prefect Owoso was one of the few prefects I admired a lot as a young high school boy at ECI. I learnt a lot from him, including English vocabulary. It was from him I learnt the word “frivolous” which he used in addressing an erring student (name started with N). Prefect Owoso had asked him to mount the dining table as prefects did in those days. Oh, Prefect Owoso, if only I knew it was going to be so, I would have forced myself to squeeze out time to chat with you one more time. I had promised to visit you when next I visited Nigeria. Sadly, that is not be. Prefect Owoso, nice gentleman, soft spoken yet pungent and fair-minded senior with a beautiful control of the English language. That is my memory of you. May you rest in the peaceful bosom of your creator, IJN. Amen!🙏 Read more “Oh, what a sad news”
Dr. Owoso, visionary and decisive leader, friend, and inspirational son of Africa, StartUpAfrica (www.startupafrica.org) celebrates your life for believing and standing with the African TVET students. Because of you, the Talent Innovation Competition for TVET students was inaugurated last year during CAPA Conference in Kigali. That seed you planted will live on, and the legacy… to inspire Africa job creators will be achieved. R.I.P. in Eternal Peace! Read more “Dr. Owoso, visionary and decisive leader”
We thank God for the life and times of Dr. Olubunmi Owoso. He is a Father who cared for all. He an exemplary life of yieldedness to God in all things, he loved, feared and served God. As if he knew that his journey here will soon end, lately he did things as if he… was in a hurry. We know that though will miss him, he is a gain to heaven. The family of God in The Sanctuary Of Praise will definitely miss him. We shall however continue to operate the legacy he left behind Read more “We thank God for the life and times of Dr. Olubunmi Owoso.”
We are privileged to have welcomed Dr Bunmi Owoso into our family by marriage.He is remembered with great warmth and will be sorely missed. He indeed had a way of positively touching the lives of the people he met. May God give his family, friends and colleagues comfort and strength to bear this loss. Rest in… perfect peace with the Lord brother Bunmi. Read more “We are privileged to have welcomed Dr Bunmi Owoso”
My friend and brother since 1981, Dr Olubunmi Owoso! God knows why he had to leave us all so unceremoniously. It confirms the love for him he held so dearly. I still remember when early this year he narrated to me so movingly, how memorable his stay was at CAPA and how he was humbled… to have been asked to stay on for an unprecedented extra year in the Secretariat! May his soul rest in the bosom of the Lord Jesus Christ and may God comfort his family at this moment and going forward, in Jesus name. Read more “My friend and brother since 1981, Dr Olubunmi Owoso”
Dr Owoso was a brilliant administrator. He was an administrator whose use of carrot and stick was unequalled. He will be greatly missed.
We regret the passing away of Former Rector of a Yaba College of Technology, Dr Olubunmi Owoso. He passed on yesterday, Sunday 28th June, 2020.
This was a man that loved and served our Alumni Association with passion. The Rector that gave the Association the pride of place within the College and beyond. It… was Dr Olubunmi Owoso who so much believed in our Association to the extent of giving a parcel of land to the Association to build the Alumni Building in spite of contempt and criticisms from various quarters. He also stood by the Alumni Association during the fundraising struggle to construct the Alumni Building. He was ever ready to release vehicles and other resources for the use of the Association as and when requested.
Even after he served and left the College, Dr Olubunmi Owoso remained one of the backbones of the Association in many respects. From his base in far away Kenya, Dr Owoso was ever receptive and readily available with the impetus to be of service to the Association.
On behalf of the President, National Executive Council and entire members of Yaba College of Technology, we hereby express our shock on the unexpected demise of an illustrous and charismatic academician, courageous optimist, seasoned administrator, and the BEST FRIEND our Association has ever had.
He was not an Alumnus of the College, yet the record of his service to our Alumni Association may not be surpassed in the foreseeable future.
DR. OLUBUNMI OWOSO, MAY YOUR SOUL REST IN PERFECT PEACE. Our Association shall be eternally grateful to you. We pray that God will grant your family the fortitude to bear this loss.
The National Executive Council,
Bldr. Yemi Osibajo Read more “DR. OLUBUNMI OWOSO DEPARTS”
To my friend and colleague Dr. Owoso, I vividly remember when you walked into my office in Nairobi one afternoon in 2018 with a condolence card after you learned of my sister’s loss. I remember when, in 2015, you actively participated in establishing the African Society of Association Executives. We will live to celebrate you.… Thanks for being a great friend and big brother. Your humility and kindness were out of this world. May you find eternal peace in the Lord whom you never shied from proclaiming His Glory. Rest In Peace buddy till we meet again. Read more “To my friend and colleague Dr. Owoso”
Dr Owoso will be greatly missed by many of us for so many good and wonderful reasons. He stood for the oppressed, he was kind, soft hearted, and a loving father. A man of excellence, a great leader who touched so many lives, he touched my life greatly for good. Our consolation is that we… shall meet again. Read more “Dr Owoso will be greatly missed by many of us”