It's been two days since my father in law, Chief Joseph Olayiwola Afolabi died, at the age of 80. We received a phone call on Monday morning at 7.00am from Nigeria that my husband had lost his dad.
Unfortunately I and my son never had the chance to meet him and my husband felt really hurt at the news. My husband told me a lot about his father. He told me how great his father was in business and that he was a very prayerful Christian man. I wish I had the chance to meet him but unfortunately I didn't. My husband was planing to go to Nigeria this year because he wanted to talk to his father about several things which he wasn't chanced to discuss.
The Late Chief Afolabi had a very busy and eventful life. He was an entrepreneur extraordinaire who strove from the depths of poverty to great success. My husband was always seeking his attention as a child but rarely got it, however, he has learnt many positive lessons from his great father. Chief Joseph Olayiwola Afolabi was an astute businessperson who owned several businesses such as Ogo Oluwa Kitan Records, Ogo Oluwa Kitan Oil, Ogo Oluwa Kitan Motors amongst many others. He is credited as being one of the pioneers who helped develop Nigerian music. He at one point promoted the likes of King Sunny Ade, Late Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, Dele Abiodun, Late Fatai Olowoyo, Ayinla Omowura, Pastor Joseph Adelakun aka Ayewa and many others.
But I don't just want to write about his success in his life, I think the Nigerian newspapers and other news websites have done that. I just want to say Good Bye to this great man whom I nor my little boy never met. I know that my little boy will learn so many virtues from the life of this great African icon.
May his soul rest in perfect peace!
Chief Afolabi and his son Gbenga Afolabi, London 2008
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