Chief Akinlabi Olusoji Awobamise

October  4th, 1953 July  1st, 2024
Lagos, Nigeria
Chief Akinlabi Olusoji Awobamise

"If you live each day as it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right."

― Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc.

Obituary

It is with deep sorrow and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Chief Akinlabi Olusoji Awobamise, a distinguished environmentalist and cherished patriarch, who departed this life on July 1, 2024. Chief Awobamise, who dedicated his life to the stewardship of our environment and the betterment of our world, passed away surrounded by his loving family.

Born on Sunday, October 4, 1953, in Minna, Niger State, to Pa Jonathan Omojola Awobamise of the great Apoti warrior lineage of Ipetu Ijesha, and Madam Clara Olufunke Collins, a princess from Abeokuta, Akinlabi's early years were steeped in rich cultural heritage and values.

He attended Ipetu Ijesha Grammar School and pursued his Higher School Certificate at the Federal School of Science, Victoria Island Lagos. His academic journey continued at the University of Lagos, where he studied Botany from 1975 to 1978. Upon completing his NYSC in Bauchi in 1978-1979, he furthered his education at the University of Bangor, North Wales, UK, earning a Master's degree in Marine Biology.

Chief Awobamise's remarkable career began in 1979 with the Federal Ministry of Industry, later moving to the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, where he rose to the position of Chief Scientific Officer. His early work included significant national environmental surveys and beautification programs that shaped the landscape of state capitals across Nigeria.

In 1990, Akinlabi's expertise was recognized with his involvement in the establishment of the ECOWAS Dump Water Program. His rise through the ranks saw him taking on pivotal roles, including Head of FEPA’s Eastern Region Zonal Office and later the Northern Region Zonal Office. He was instrumental in developing FEPA’s criteria, guidelines, and assessments for oil spill clean-up operations, promoting environmental compliance, and spearheading environmental management initiatives.

Akinlabi's illustrious career also included his tenure at the Federal Ministry of Environment and later NESREA, where he held various senior positions. His work extended beyond national boundaries as a technical expert on the institutional aspects of the African process for developing and managing marine and coastal environments in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Chief Awobamise was not just a civil servant; he was a scholar, a mentor, and a prolific author. He published numerous articles in esteemed journals, ensuring his vast knowledge and experiences were shared with future generations. His memberships in prestigious bodies such as the Nigerian Environmental Society (NES), Society of Environmental Managers and Planners (SEMP), Institute of Biology, and Marine Biology Association, UK, highlight his commitment to advancing the field of environmental science.

Beyond his professional achievements, Akinlabi was a man of integrity, wisdom, and compassion. His contributions to environmental conservation and his dedication to nurturing young minds will leave an indelible mark on all who had the privilege of knowing him. His certifications, including those from Harvard University and various international environmental organizations, underscore his commitment to lifelong learning and excellence.

Chief Akinlabi Olusoji Awobamise is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren brother, and sisters, who will continue to cherish his memory and uphold his legacy. His passing leaves a void that can never be filled, but his spirit will forever remain in the hearts of those he touched. As we mourn the loss of a great man, we also celebrate his remarkable life and the enduring impact of his work.

Rest in peace, Chief Akinlabi Olusoji Awobamise. Your legacy will continue to inspire and guide us.

Timeline

1953
October 4th
Birth
Chief Akinlabi was born on Sunday, October 4, 1953,
1978
Completed BSc.
Graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Lagos
1979
Joined the Federal Ministry of Industry
Started his career with the Federal Government of Nigeria
1979
Completed his National Youth Service Corp
Completed his National Youth Service Corp in Bauchi State
1982
Got Married
Married Kofoworola Blaize
1984
Graduated with a MSc. in Marine Biology
Graduated from University of Bangor, North Wales, UK with a Masters of Science degree in Marine Biology
1994
Rose to position of Head of the Eastern Region Zonal Office, FEPA
Continued his career with the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (FEPA) 
1995
Became the Head of FEPA’s Northern region Zonal Office
Continued his career with the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (FEPA) 
1996
Became the Assistant Director, Environment Technology and Research Department
Continued his career with the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (FEPA) 
1997
Became Zonal Director (South-West) FEPA
Continued his career with the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (FEPA) 
2004
Became the Deputy Director Soil Erosion and Control at the federal Ministry of Environment
Continued his career with the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (FEPA) 
2007
 Joined the National environmental Standards and Enforcement Regulations Agency (NESREA), as Di
2012
Rose to the position of Director of the North West Zone
2013
October
Retired from the Federal Civil Service
Retirement
2024
July 1st
Passed on
Dad died on July 1, 2024 at the age of 70

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July 13, 2024
Baba Awobamise, one of the foremost Nigerian marine scientists trained abroad (Poland)… you were the National Expert at the time, and working with you on the UNIDO project to develop the National action plan (NAP) for the gulf of guinea west Africa coast was a great privilege...you spoke to me of the possibility of your post-retirement plan to UNILAG to revamp their Marine Biology department including the installation of a mega-aquarium to educate the public about marine ecosystems and conservation efforts... You were really a great scientist and meeting you was a great orientation for me..... Adieu baba Awo
Adeosun Adewale
July 13, 2024
Today, we gather to remember and honor the life of Awobanise Akinlabi Olusoji, a beloved landlord and a truly wonderful person.Akinlabi was more than just a landlord; he was a pillar of the community. His kindness and generosity were evident in every interaction. He treated everyone with respect and compassion, always willing to lend a helping hand or offer a listening ear.Akinlabi's dedication to his tenants and his community was unparalleled. He ensured that everyone felt at home and that their needs were met, often going above and beyond what was expected. His warm smile and friendly demeanor made it easy for everyone to feel comfortable and welcomed in his presence.Beyond his role as a landlord, Akinlabi was a man of great integrity and character. His unwavering commitment to doing what was right and his genuine concern for others set him apart. He touched many lives with his selflessness and his ability to bring people together.As we mourn his passing, we also celebrate the impact he had on our lives. His legacy of kindness, generosity, and community spirit will live on in our hearts. Though he is no longer with us, his memory will continue to inspire and guide us.Rest in peace, Awobanise Akinlabi Olusoji. You will be deeply missed, but never forgotten.
Joy Akpude mummy precious and peace
July 13, 2024
The AWOBAMISE FAMILY have been a very close family friend years back till date.

Chief S. A Awobamise, A Quintessential and Highly accomplished Scientist who distinguished himself in his Chosen Profession was like a brother and a father.

Daddy Awobamise a Silent Achiever Indeed A very Simple ICON.
Your Life was a Blessing , Your memory a treasure , You may be gone from Our Sight but You are never gone from Our Hearts.

This hit so hard but who are we to question God for this unbearable loss.

May God comfort the family in all spheres and grant you all the fortitude to bear the loss.

May God grant his soul eternal rest.

Kindly Accept our deepest condolences.

God knows best.

The LAWAL FAMILY
Mojisola Lawal
July 12, 2024
Dearest Daddy, We love you but God loves you more. I remember how happy you were when we had Tanny, thank you for being an amazing Grand Dad. We will all miss you. Rest in peace Daddy
Dolapo Awobamise
July 12, 2024
Commiserations on the loss of Chief Akinlabi Awobamise. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time. May he find peace with his creator.
Chief Akin. Ojo
July 12, 2024
Just last year, we talked about revisiting this particular bar and restaurant as soon as you recovered. But now, this has happened.
I am a brother-in-law and also an adopted child of the Awobamise family; I called him Daddy. Living with Daddy was an adventure, filled with a mix of laughter, candid conversations, love, anger, and reconciliation.
Daddy enjoyed eating "swallow" at home but occasionally preferred grains (like rice) when dining out. He also had a fondness for sweaty-green bottles. He maintained good relationships with his friends from his youth, and together we visited some of them in Mushin, Surulere, and Apapa.
Daddy loved to play loud music in the house and sometimes in his cars, and I enjoyed his spontaneous sing-alongs. He was passionate about car performance and loved driving himself. He had a great smile.
I celebrate the remarkable life Daddy lived.
Yemi Blaize
Yemi Blaize
July 12, 2024
Hmnnn! Brother Sunday!
We never knew we would be writing a tribute on you so soon.
We visited you at Babcock UniversityTeaching Hospital, Illishan. You told us you would be discharged soon.. Truly you called us to inform us that you were discharged.
You told us assuredly that you would be alright! You indeed wanted to and fought to live.
Brother Sunday, we are short of words! You came, you saw and you conquered. You were a great family man. You loved anyone called Awobamise. You were always willing to associate and identify with us. You made your home at Games Village, Suru- Lere and your permanent place of abode at Berkley Estate, Lagos open to my husband and I. You mentored us. You were there for us when I got married. You supported and travelled with us to Ipetu- Ijesa when my father(Late Pa Olatunde Awobamise) passed on.
Brother Sunday, how can we forget you? You have fought a good fight of faith, you have finished your course, you have kept the faith. There is laid for you up for you a crown of righteousness which the Lord shall give you....2nd Timothy 4:7 & 8....." We pray that the Lord will take care of your wife, Babajide, Ayodeji, Abimbola, Oluwatobi and your immediate and ²extended family. Rest on Brother Sunday, until the resurrection morning when we shall meet to part no more. Rest on,omo Apoti, olu'ja ona! Adieu, our Brother!
Demola & Bolanle Sontan (For: Late Pa Tunde A
July 12, 2024
“Uncle Sunday” like we fondly called him but had to defer to calling him Uncle Akin, his preferred name……

I remember growing up when he would come to visit our Mum (whom he fondly called Sister Mope - Uncle would ask us to massage his toes. There was something about the toe massage that he seemed to enjoy at the time.

Uncle had quite a hearty laugh & was full of life. May God comfort us all - family, friends & all; and may we all leave lasting legacies in Jesus name. Amen
Kemi Iyaomiye
July 12, 2024
I loved the handshake that we did every time I entered his house, and it was just simple ,me and him just used our Pinky finger and a normal handshake. It was so normal that I was always excited go to his house because he was kind and I always wanted to do the handshake.
-Toju (Grandson}
Seyitoju Awobamise
July 12, 2024



Good night aburo

My dear brother my father's first son the pride of Jonathan Awobamise left us after a long struggle to live on the first of July 2024
Akinlabi l love you and will always remember your love and care for me you wept bitterly the last time you came to my house and you saw my condition not satisfied you sent Late Hon Bisi to check on me and to show me some medicines which l refuse because l was fine
Your love and concern for your children was just like my father's own .Thank God just like his it yielded good fruits because all your children are doing great.
Thank God you took communion and confess Jesus Christ as your Lord
Adieu my brother l love you and miss you. Rest in the bossom of Christ.

Pastor Olufunmilayo Aiyelabola JP (senior sister)

Pastor Olufunmilayo Aiyelabola JP
July 12, 2024
Sweet is the memory of the departed one. He has faught a good fight. May his soul continue to rest in bossom of the Lord. May the Lord comfort the immediate and the extended family members and especially Professor Mopelola Ọmọegun that stood by him while in the hospital just before the home call. May the sweet soul of chief Akinlabi Awobamise rest on in peace.
Dr Mrs Olubukola Longe.
Dr Mrs Olubukola Longe
July 12, 2024
What a great man! He lived a life of impact. His contributions to humanity are overwhelming. May his gentle soul rest in peace and may God comfort his immediate and extended family members. They sure will miss him a great deal. Such a phenomenal personality!
Patience Nnene
July 12, 2024
Chief Akinlabi Olusoji Awobamise, a man of integrity and honour straightforward,diligent honest and God fearing. All these attributes l have imbibed from you as your Subordinate in the Civil Service. You exposed me to sound Administrative and Technical Training that have been of immense benefits to me. Your demise is a vacuum but God knows best. May your gentle soul rest in peace amen . Adieu my indefatigable Boss.
Adeleke Ajani
July 12, 2024
A great man has left us. Akin was a committed environmental guru. Quiet but focused. Warm and friendly. He excelled in any assignment. His legacies in the Environment sector in Nigeria will remain forever.. May his great soul rest in perfect peace. Distinguished Prof Babajide Alo, FNES, FAS
Prof Babajide Alo
July 12, 2024
I am one of Uncle Akin's many nephew i stayed at his residence yr 84 till 88 at pilot crescent surulere i he loved sports i actually watch my 1st World with him Mexico 1986 .he was strict . Fun loving discipline Uncle... I must confess the years i spent with him is partly what has made me the man i am today at 51. Because when I relocated to UK at the age of 18 in 1991 i rely on the general displine and street smartness i picked up whilst i stayed so with that i am grateful..Uncle Akin you are gone but never forgotten ..Rest in eternal peace.

Tayo Fanoiki
Tayo Fanoiki
July 11, 2024
Chief Akin Awobamise, fondly called Awo, was a nice man who cared a lot for his family. He treasured education and made sure that all his children were well educated. He was frank, honest, and fun to be with..
He rose to the pinnacle of his career at the Federal Environmental Protection Agency by dint of hard work and dedication.
He was always cheerful and had several jokes at all times.
We thank him for being a brother and a friend and for sharing his passion with us.
May his soul rest in peace
Mr. and Mrs. Ademola Costa
July 11, 2024
Continue to rest in Peace Sir 🕊️
Anu
July 11, 2024
May his soul rest in peace. My condolences ❤️
Oreoluwa Collins
July 11, 2024
Your departure has left us deeply saddened. As the father-in-law of our daughter, you graciously embraced us into your family with kindness and love. Your acceptance made us feel like valued members of your family, rather than just in-laws. We considered you not only a relative but also a dear friend. Your absence has created a void in our lives, but your love, wisdom, and influence will always be cherished in our hearts. May you find eternal peace and rest in the bosom of the Lord.

Mr. & Mrs. Oladipupo Sonibar
Mr & Mrs Oladipupo Sonibare
July 11, 2024
Gone but not forgotten; although you have gone to rest in the Lord, your memory will live on in my heart forever. I will miss your perspective and gentle words of advice. Rest in peace, Uncle Akin.
Olusola Collins
July 11, 2024
He would always give us fatherly advise whenever he came visiting his son at the university.. We were encouraged to sit with him on a drink during which we would engage on a wide variety of subjects.
He was always encouraging young men that came his way to be resourceful, hardworking and committed to success.
I can only thank God for his life and family he has left behind..I pray that God grants him eternal rest..Amen
OLUWAFEMI AKINWANDE

Family tree

Chief Aran Awobamise
Felicia Omijola
Chief Caleb Koleoso(Collins)
Princess Adelani Dosunmu
Jonathan Omojola Awobamise
Clara Olufunke Collins
Kofoworola Awobamise
Modupe Fanoiki
Fumilayo Ayelabola
 Abimbola Awobamise-Oni 
 Ayodeji Awobamise
Tobiloba Awobamise
Babajide Awobamise
Mopeola Omoegun
 Bolarinwa Awobamise
Modupe Fanoiki
Fumilayo Ayelabola
Mopeola Omoegun
 Bolarinwa Awobamise
Kofoworola Awobamise
 Abimbola Awobamise-Oni 
 Ayodeji Awobamise
Tobiloba Awobamise
Babajide Awobamise
Chief Akinlabi Awobamise

Favorites


What was dad's favorite saying?
- Ori iya mi lorun sanu fun mi
- se ko easy ju?
- a child is born with a fully developed brain
- so if your friend tells you to jump from a story building, you too will jump?
Fun fact about Akinlabi:
Dad had travelled round the world. I know he had travelled to at least 100 countries before I lost track.
What was Akinlabi's favorite Music / Song?
He was a lover of all good music. The only criteria was it must sound good with the volume all the way up.

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We will come together to remember and pay tribute to the wonderful person. While we mourn the loss of our dear dad, grandfather, brother, and uncle, we also aim to cherish the moments shared and the joy brought into our lives. Your presence would mean a great deal to us during this time of remembrance and reflection.
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