Omoba Adebayo Olufemi Akanbi Adebowale joins His Ancestors
It was a great event as families, friends and the people of Ijebu Ode gathered together to celebrate the demise of a rare Gem Omoba Adebayo Adebowale on Saturday 9th of September, 2017.
Late Adebayo Adebowale was born on 5th April, 1939 to the family of Ayoola Adewunmi Adebowale of the Ita-Osu, Abasi Street, Ijebu-Ode who belonged to the ruling family and Theodosia Titilola Adebowale (nee Payne) of the (Gbelegbuwa ruling family) Iyanro quarters, Ijebu-Ode.
He attended SDA School Oke-Bola, Ibadan and Ijebu Ode Grammar School where he finished in 1958 with excellent and brilliant grades he proceeded to Great Britain in September, 1959 where he attended ConCord College, Tunbridge, Wells, Kent as the only black student amongst other foreigners.
He was a good friend to Late Segun Awolowo who also studied Law in Britain. He later proceeded to Durham University to study Medicine and for some diabolical reasons, he took ill and had to be brought back to Nigeria by Late Mrs. H.I.D. Awolowo. The Principal of Concord College described him as “an excellent memory, a logical mind and good reasoning power”.
Still unfulfilled academically, he sought to become a Civil Engineer. He left the shores of Nigeria in 1973 to Newark, New Jersey, United States of America where he stayed with his friend Prof. Bankole Okuwa, who was an undergraduate at Rutgers University as at that time.
Late Omoba Adebayo Adebowale worked at Radio Communications Engineering with the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporations that later metamorphosed into Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) and was confirmed as a staff member on 18th September, 1968.
Late Adebayo Adebowale was married to Mrs. Rachael Wuraola Adebowale (Nee Kilani) who he found while being a member of the church where she was the Choir Leader.
Abebe was a proud Ijebu man to the core; He was deliberate, methodical and measured. The ancient Greeks call such a man; “Anthropos kales anatrophes,” the man of high breeding.
“Omo Bankole” truly loved his wife, children, siblings, cousins and after fighting battles and wars too many, we are glad he surrendered his life to Jesus before His demise and he passed on successfully in his sleep at the early hours of Tuesday, July 11, 2017.
He is survived by wife, Children and Grand-Children.
In attendance at the events are family, friends, well-wishers and dignitaries.