‘I rode a bike from Ile-Ife to Ibadan to buy meat pie’ –Rtd DG, Agbesanwa


Celebrator, between his mother, Mrs Olufunke Agbesanwa, left, and wife, Abiodun.

‘I rode a bike from Ile-Ife to Ibadan to buy meat pie’ –Rtd DG, Agbesanwa

By Dupe Olaoye-Osinkolu

Being a charming and humble friend and colleague to all of them, people from all walks of life gathered in honour of his invitation on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 to celebrate Mr Ayodele Omotola Agbesanwa.

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Agbesanwa with Wife, Abiodun and friends

It was a double celebration for Agbesanwa, newly retired Director General of Lagos State Sports Commission, who bowed out gracefully from the Lagos State Civil Service on attaining the statutory retiremement age of 60 years.

Agbesanwa with friends and colleagues

Agbesanwa, 4th from left, with friends and colleagues, General Manager, Traffic Radio, Mr Yinka Adagun, 2nd from right and Mrs Agbesanwa, extreme right.

The dual celebration, held at the Chapel of Christ the Light, Alausa spoke volumes about people’s love for the retiree cum birthday celebrator. Almost all the guests had one nice thing or the other to say about him.

He however stunned them when he was invited to give testimony of his life and career. Agbesanwa among other experiences, recalled how he rode on a bike from Ile-Ife, as a student of the then University of Ife to Ibadan, and back, to buy meat pie at the Kingsway Stores.

He said, “I appreciate God for his love and protection over me… I have witnessed his love on many occasions in my life, especially on an instance that my mother never heard about, which she would be hearing for the first time today. I travelled from Ile-Ife one day to Ibadan on a bike, just to buy meat pie from Kingsway…

“You know, back then, friends would say, how many minutes is Ife to Ibadan? Let’s go… so we just got on the bike and went to Ibadan…”

Agbesanwa also appreciated his wife for being exceptionally accommodating and understanding. He said she never gave him any cause to regret their relationship. And that her full support at the home front also contributed to the success of his career.

Appreciating God for making her witness such a glorious event, Agbesanwa’s mother, Mrs Olufunke Agbesanwa was very happy, dressed in sky blue and silver patterned lace with matching silver aso oke headtie, she was the first to rise when her son was invited with the family for thanksgiving.

Born on the 28h of September, 1956, little Ayodele was enrolled at the Methodist Primary School, Obele Odan in Surulere area of Lagos. He later attended Molusi College, Ijebu Igbo for his secondary education and got his Higher School Certificate, popularly called HSC back then, at C.M.S.Grammar School, Bariga, Lagos.

He later proceeded to the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University where he bagged his bachelors degree (B.Sc) in Social Sciences. Agbesanwa did not stop there, he capped his education pursuit with a Masters degree (M.Sc) in International Relations from the Political Science Department, University of Lagos, Akoka.

The Presiding Chaplain, Ven.Femi Taiwo said Agbesanwa and his family were very close to God and were ever present at all the church’s programmes including vigils. He wished the celebrator more fruitful years on earth and prayed that God open new doors of opportunities for him, even in retirement.

A subordinate colleague, Ifejola Otun who shares birthday with Agbesanwa said about him. “Oga is a very nice and considerate man. We thank God for his life, and also wish him the favour of God that he rightly deserve in his retirement.”


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2 Responses

  1. Demola says:

    I guess the quality of the meat pie made the adventure worthwhile. No meat pie is worth that risk nowadays

  2. Agbebi says:

    Am so glad for the grace the Lord gave you sir ,enjoy your retirement life sir .

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