– It is heart wrenching’ – YEMISI ADEDAYO
– ‘We are struggling to come to terms with his death’ – PARENTS
+All the burial details
Yemisi, the widow of Bunmi Adedayo (Executive Director of Tastee Fried Chicken) was still in a daze all through the funeral (on Wednesday, October 3 and Thursday, October 4, 2013).
The young woman who has only spent four years in matrimony looked lost and forlorn. No one could share or understand her sorrow, and none attempted or pretended to feel what she’s going through…
At the funeral service, Yemisi in a black lace boubou was calm but very troubled. Her brother and husband’s cousin both stood with her throughout the ceremony.
The young lady who used to work in a bank before she started having her children (Iyanuoluwayimika and Morolaoluwa) wrote a eulogy (published in The Punch of Wednesday, October 3, 2013) to the man she shared four years of matrimony with:
“Oluwabunmi, oko mi, olowo ori mi.
The wind beneath my sail
My anchor and my rock
My lover and friend
My advisor and counselor
My world, my everything
It is heart wrenching to swallow the painful fact that
You are no longer with us, but you
will always be alive and fresh in our lives”
Your wife, Oluwayemisi and
Your adorable angels,
Iyanuoluwayimika and Morolaoluwa
Bunmi Adedayo, born on January 5, 1977, married Yemisi in 2009 and they have two children (Iyanuoluwayunika and Morolaoluwa).
TFC’S OWNERS PEN DIRGE FOR SON, BUNMI ADEDAYO
DISTRAUGHT parents of Oluwabunmi Omotayo Adedayo have penned a dirge for their departed son. The moving tribute, published in Punch (of Thursday, October 3, 2013) captured the pains of Kunle and Yinka Adedayo (both in their 60s).
The owners of popular eatery, Tastee Fried Chicken who lost their only child on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, in Pretoria, South Africa, following complications from pneumonia, are inconsolable.
Those who have visited their Lekki Phase I house (in Victoria Island, Lagos) said the mother (Yinka Adedayo) always clutches her grandson (Morolaoluwa, who is about four months) and never leaves him out of sight.
The arresting dirge stated:
“The only thing we never got a chance to say
(because we never thought we would ever have to)
is that we will miss you
We will miss your smile and laughter
Your eyes dancing with mischief as you
sought to put smiles on other people’s faces
You were a man of peace. You truly are
that gift immensely and redefined generosity.
You had an exceedingly large heart.
As we struggle to come to terms with the fact that
you are no longer physically with us, we thank God
for the rarest gift he could ever
have given us, which is you.”
Tastee Fried Chicken’s staffers joined the list of those who expressed their admiration for the departed young man. In The Guardian of Thursday, October 3, 2013, they wrote:
“Though your days may be short, but they were
not short of great achievements.
You made every moment count. You were dependable.
Your presence invigorated everyone around you.
Your quietness spoke volumes, your silence radiated
wisdom beyond your years. You were a giant, not just in stature,
but in character. We will miss you dearly.”
TIT-BITS FROM THE SERVICES
OLUWABUNMI Omotayo Adetokunbo Adedayo, the only child of Chief Adekunle Adedayo and Mrs. Olayinka Adedayo, TFC owners, who died on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, in Pretoria, South Africa hospital, was buried on Thursday, October 3, 2013, at Vaults & Gardens, Ikoyi, Lagos. But before his interment, a wake-keep and funeral services were held in his honour at Our Saviour’s Church, Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 and Thursday, October 3, 2013, respectively. ENCOMIUM Weekly was at both services.
AT THE WAKE KEEP SERVICE
The wake-keep service started at exactly 5.00 p.m that Wednesday, October 2, 2013. The service was conducted by officiating ministers of the church, family members, friends and staffers of De Tastee Fried Chicken. The three scriptural readings for the wake-keep service were done by one Gbemi, Akin Awodipe and Rev. Canon Iwoka.
TFC STAFFERS EVERYWHERE
It was certainly a glorious end for late Oluwabunmi Omotayo Adedayo, Executive Director of TFC, when all the staffers of TFC, closed all their outlets in the city of Lagos to honour him in death. The staffers did not only close shops for their late executive director, but were present at all the services held for his funeral.
At the wake-keep service, some of the staffers were dressed in white or black T-shirt with Bunmi’s picture on it and the inscription: “Forever in our Hearts, Olubunmi Adedayo, January 5, 1977 to September 25, 2013” written on it.
For the funeral services, it was black T-shirts for all the staffers.
PAMELA VOICES OF TEARS
Pamela Voices is the choir group of De Tastee Fried Chicken. The group was at the wake-keep service and gave a song or was it a dirge that brought tears to many people’s eyes. Some were even wailing loudly. The lead vocalist of the group made the situation more tearful for some people with her dirge that chastised death for being wicked to have taken away their executive director at such a tender age.
Friends, family members and colleagues paid glowing tributes to Oluwabunmi Omotayo Adedayo during the wake-keep service. To open the flood of tributes was Numawon Bababunmi, Yinka Adepoju, Tunde Sokoya, Tope Iwashokun (brother in-law), Seyi Adedayo (cousin), Bukola Adubi and Mayowa Ogunnusi (cousin).
Tunde Sokoya spoke on behalf of TFC staffers. He said TFC staffers, usually called late Oluwabunmi, ED Baba. He described him as a gentle giant.
Yinka Adepoju described him as selfless, joy provider and that he impacted people he met in a special way.
Tope Iwashokun, the brother of his wife, Oluwayemisi described him as a good man. He said Oluwabunmi lived a good life. He concluded his tribute by saying that “we are not guaranteed how long we would live but it’s what we do while alive that matters.”
Seyi Adedayo, his cousin, described him as a cousin, brother and a friend who treated everybody well.
Bukola Adubi said she had known Bunmi for 10 years and described him as a gentle soul. And to his wife, she said, “We cannot feel what she is feeling right now. All we can do is pray that God will see her through this as well as her children.”
Mayowa Ogunnusi, another cousin of Bunmi described him as an epitome of humility and entrepreneurship. He said despite getting an honourary doctorate degree from London Graduate School, he preferred to be simply called Mister. He said Bunmi was someone who realized that family was more than blood ties.
Two ladies gave renditions of two different songs at the wake-keep service. They are Rev. Gbemi Olaleye, who gave a special rendition of “God eyes are on the sparrow.” While Bukola Bekes gave a special rendition of Ijoba Orun lere Onigbagbo (Heaven is the reward of a good Christian), which drew another round of tears from some people in the congregation.
Oluwabunmi Adedayo’s burial also brought some uniqueness into it. The candlelight procession which is normally done outside the church was done right inside the church for Bunmi. Immediately after the closing hymns was on, the light inside the church hall went off and the candles which had earlier been given to the congregation was lit as the closing hymn titled, Abide with me: Fast falls the even tides was going on.
THE TAKE-AWAY PACKAGE
Even though the TFC family were mourning one of their own, they were still compassionate enough to give take-away package which consist of snacks in some or rice with chicken in others. This was done as people were coming out of the church.
ANOTHER SERVICE AT HOME
It is a taboo in Yoruba culture for parents to attend the burial service of their children. The Adedayos are certainly not willing to break the taboo. So, as wake-keep and funeral services were going on at Our Saviour’s Church, Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, both on Wednesday and Thursday, October 2 and 3, 2013 respectively, services were also being conducted at the Onikepo Akande, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos residence of the Adedayos. The services were also conducted by clergy men from church. Amongst the dignitaries that graced the home funeral services were Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Lateef Adams a.k.a Latris, Shade Aleshinloye, Abba Folawiyo, The Phillips family, Abimbola Dada, Prince Gbolahan Dada, Chief Sofola, Otunba Solomon Oladunni, Professor Adebayo Williams and Hon. Otunba Yomi Ogunnusi and many others.
OLUWABUNMI Omotayo Adedayo, the only son of Chief Adekunle Adedayo and Chief (Mrs.) Olayinka Adedayo, owners of Tastee Fried Chicken (TFC), who died on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, was buried on Thursday, October 3, 2013, at Vaults & Gardens, Ikoyi, Lagos.
Before his burial, a wake-keep was held in his honour at Our Saviour’s Church, Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos. ENCOMIUM Weekly was there and talked to some of his friends and colleagues in TFC who paid him glowing tributes.
ABIODUN SHOWUNMI, Head of Administration, TFC
“I worked directly with him. I reported to him daily. I have been in Tastee Fried Chicken in the last two years but I was appointed Head of Administration in the last one year. For about 11 months, I worked directly with him. He was a leader, a visioner. He was someone that believed in the youths. He believed in hard work. He was a soldier because when he gave you an assignment you must deliver with military precision.
“I will miss a lot about him. I learnt a lot under him. I thought I had enough experience about the job until I met him. He had a lot of experience that I learnt from him.
“He built the company, he ran the company and had passion for the job. He loved all of us. Every member of Tastee Fried Chicken (TFC) had direct contact to him. You could call him anytime. His office was opened to everyone including the cleaners.”
“We heard the news of his death on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, the day he died because I work with TFC and I am also his friend. He was a good friend. He was caring and inspiring. He was cool headed, you always want to be with him. As a boss, he was always encouraging us to do our best. He was always there for you.
“I am going to miss everything about him as a friend, a boss and a brother. He was my mentor and a role model. This is somebody that I will forever miss. We worked together for 12 years.”
“He was a friend and I used to supply him IT equipment. I have known him for over 10 years. He was a gentleman, humble. Whatever your background he will not discriminate against you. He was a problem solver to many. I was receiving calls from many of our friends from America and all over. I was wondering why were all these people calling, it was actually a pathetic one. To an extent, I was not aware he was sick. It was not that I didn’t know he was sick but I did not know it was this severe. I just thought it was just normal cold and catarrh. I will miss his person, his totality, his smile, his advice, most important his heart for everybody. He brought so much joy and comfort to so many, particularly his friends. For a guy that was so supportive and helpful to so many, we will miss him for a very long time.”
SAMUEL BANKOLE, Deputy Manager, Quality Control TFC
“He’s very amiable, a gentle giant. He was a good leader. He was a director in everything. He was someone who knew how to manage men, material resources. He’s a father to the fatherless and someone who gave to the less privileged.”
“I was startled when I heard of his departure. I was so surprised. I couldn’t believe it. Here in this world, anything can happen at any time but in all we give glory to God. He was a nice man. I saw him personally as an easygoing man who had the heart to attend to anybody, irrespective of your level. No matter who you are, he had time to attend to you. If you had any issue with anybody he would make sure that the problem was resolved. We would continue with the legacy he left behind.
“I will miss him. He was a good and nice man who always encouraged his staff so he went around visiting outlets and by so doing, gave us a handshake in form of encouragement or financial support. Apart from that, whenever you had any personal issue apart from company’s issue, he acted like a father to us. He was there to support, be it financially, socially, morally. As far as he could, he was always there for us so we will miss him for that.
AKIN AKINWUNMI, Human Resources Manager of TFC
“I was devastated when I heard the news of his death. It was a shock not only to Tastee family but as a matter of fact, to the world. He was a leader, he was a gem. The lives that he impacted, the people that passed through his leadership tutelage, they’ve been very, very privileged. It has been a very devastating blow. We pray that his soul rests in perfect peace.”
“He was a such a nice man, somebody that would motivate you. I can remember the first day I went for interview, as in the fear in me. I was thinking this man, the kind of person he will be. But to my greatest surprise, when I got in there, what I was thinking was not what I saw. The interview was so easy. He’s such a man that lived a good life. I just pray that we all can live the kind of life he lived because he brought himself low to everybody. Whenever you called his attention, he would be there and listened to you. He’s a very nice man and I pray that his soul rests in peace.
OLUWABUNMI Omotayo Adetokunbo Adedayo was born on January 5, 1977 at 1.31 a.m at Cook County Hospital in the city of Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A to Adekunle Adedayo of Ila Orangun and Olayinka Pamela Adedayo (nee Ogunnusi) of Ijebu-Ode. He was the only child.
Oluwabunmi was nurtured in a Godly home, grew up under strict discipline and was taught the importance of good family values, honesty, integrity and hard work.
At age 5, he started his primary school education at Corona Primary School, Apapa, Lagos, from where he proceeded to the Nigerian Navy Secondary School, Ojo Town, Lagos for his Senior Secondary School Certificate which he obtained in 1993. Oluwabunmi later went back to the United States to further his education. He attended the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where he obtained a Bachelors degree in Biological Sciences in 2001. Oluwabunmi was on his way to becoming a Medical Doctor but his keen interest in business and entrepreneurship led him to have a change of heart. In later years, he enrolled at the Lagos Business School (Pan African University), where he attended the Chief Executive Programme, during which his business senses became more aroused and led him to enroll for the Executive MBA to further hone his business skills. He is an alumnus of the Lagos Business School (Pan African University) and an honorary Doctorate Degree holder from the Commonwealth University at Belize (Albion College London Graduate School).
Whilst he was at the University of Maryland, Oluwabunmi’s ardent love for music made him take up a job as an on-air personality/disc jockey at the university radio station. He was known as ‘D Enormous One’. He also worked as a janitor whilst in school. Little wonder he was able to identify with everyone regardless of their social strata. Upon his graduation, he worked with Credit Trust Bank in Baltimore. Prior to that, he had taken up a few jobs like working at Burger King eatery as a front office staff, and he also worked in Payless store as a Sales Assistant in Chicago. All these formed the bedrock of his sound work ethics.
In 2002, he returned to Nigeria to join the family business. He started out as the Manager, Special Duties but before his confirmation, he went through all the rigorous rudiments of the business. He underwent training in the organisation’s production department, working in the kitchen, lobby and stores units. He was a hard worker and possessed an unrivalled passion for the business. He put all his time and energy into the business and performed excellently well in his capacity as the MSD. He later rose to the position of the Executive Director of De Tastee Group. A position he held till he departed. During his tenure as the Executive Director, the company grew in leaps and bounds in terms of product innovation, brand recognition, branch expansion and business process re-engineering. He made the company a trail blazer and a pace setter in the industry and this made the company the envy of the industry. He took the company to greater heights, winning her many awards such as the West African Tourism and Hospitality Awards (Platinum and Gold for three consecutive years), City People Awards, Capital Finance International just to mention a few. Oluwabunmi Adedayo was the face of the Tastee brand.
Oluwabunmi Adedayo was a selfless giver. He was involved in a lot of charity work, and found joy and fulfillment in making other people happy. He was a cheerful giver and never desired any recognition for his good works. He possessed a strong calm spirit. Many that have crossed his path had come to know him as an amiable father to the needy, one with a soft soul and good listening ears. He was definitely a unique individual known by relatives, friends and business partners as a strong willed hard worker who strived to achieve laudable goals no matter the challenges he faced.
He met his beloved heartthrob and devoted wife, Oluwayemisi Oluwatoyin Adedayo (nee Iwashokun) in the year 2008 and they got married on Saturday, January 05, 2009. Oluwayemisi was a God-sent wife to Oluwabunmi Adedayo, their love grew and their union blossomed. He was the proud father of two children, Iyanuoluwayimika and Morolaoluwa.
Olubunmi Adedayo was a disciplined businessman, distinguished gentleman, cousin, uncle, husband and father who touched so many lives till he departed.
– Culled from the funeral programme
– TOLANI ABATTI and DAMILOLA SHOLOLA