+ His unfulfilled dreams
EMOTIONS ran high on Monday, March 3, 2014, when Oloruntoba Oluwadamilola, the only son of AIT sports presenter and Confederation of African Football (CAF) top executive, Ms. Aisha Falode was buried. A solemn funeral service which preceded the programme, came up at Pastor Ituah Ighodalo’s Trinity House Church, Water Corporation Road, Victoria Island, Lagos.
At 12 noon, the body of the late Oloruntoba, in a brown casket provided by MIC Funerals, arrived the church with a convoy of sympathizers. The procession saw Oloruntoba’s old school colleagues at Atlantic Hall, Epe, Lagos, form a guard of honour for him inside the church. There were hymns, Bible reading and praise and worship. The Trinity House Choir and Atlantic Hall Choir delivered soul lifting performances at the service where almost everyone who came adorned black regalia.
The sermon in the afternoon by Pastor Ituah Ighodalo centered on the essence of life. The body was moved to the Vaults and Gardens, Ikoyi, Lagos after the church service for internment. Tributes rendered in tears characterized the funeral service of the 19 year-old Oloruntoba Falode, who died in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Saturday, February 15, 2014. He was survived by his parents, an older sister, Tolu and other siblings.
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF OLORUNTOBA FALODE
Oloruntoba Oluwadamilola Falode was born on May 15, 1994, to Chief (Engr.) Gabriel Abiodun Falode and Ms. Aisha Falode. He had his early education at Corona Schools, Ikoyi, Lagos. He proceeded to Atlantic Hall Schools in Epe, Lagos where he finished his GCSE in 2011. He went on to do his A’ levels at Bellerby’s College, Cambridge, United Kingdom. He was at Birmingham City University where he studied Media and Communication. His love and passion for music made him transfer to S. A. E Institute, Australia, Dubai Campus, where he was studying Audio and Sound Production in Music before his untimely death.
The late Oloruntoba had ambition to become a great producer, writer, mixer, composer, musician and promoter. He dreamt of becoming a mogul in the music industry.
He was popularly referred to as Tyler Hendrix Fray.
CONFLICTING REPORTS ABOUT TOBA’S CAUSE OF DEATH
Weeks back, when news filtered into town that Ms. Aisha Falode’s only son, Oloruntoba had died in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the cause of his death was reported to be an auto crash.
A week later, another version put the cause of his death as domestic accident. The late Oloruntoba was reported to have been pushed from a 7-storey building by an Arab colleague in Dubai. No one could confirm this to ENCOMIUM Weekly during the funeral service.
‘I am devastated, pained and inconsolable’ – AISHA FALODE
THE grieving mother, Aisha Falode penned a tribute for her late son:
“I am devastated, I am pained, I am inconsolable. I am a mother shattered. Who can console me but God. He knows best, and did they not say those He loves He calls home early? My son, the curtain fell too early for you, for us…Together we walked for 19 years, you brought me joy. You excelled in your academics, you made me a proud mother as you grew into a handsome, responsible, caring, humane and disciplined man. I will forever remember you my son. Those fun times you held me when I was down, like the man of the house which you became so early in life. I am consoled because I know for sure that you are in the bosom of the Lord. I know for sure we will meet again.”
‘I will miss you so much, sweet brother’ – TOLU FALODE, elder sister
“My heart, my love, I will miss you so much sweet brother. I love you more than words can describe. This loss has scorched my soul and a part of me is lost through your death.”
– FOLUSO SAMUEL