Elder Gabriel Ajayi Omotade
Elder Gabriel Ajayi Omotade

Birth:
Elder Gabriel Ajayi Omotade (aged 63) a.k.a Gonno, Lashilaro, Senior Pastor, was born to the family of Pa (Chief) David Ojo Omotade at Arigid-Ekiti, now Ayebgaju-Ekiti, on 10th April, 1957.

Education:

Elder Gabriel Ajayi Omotade
Elder Gabriel Ajayi Omotade

In 1965, at the age of eight, he began his academic journey at Emmanuel African Church School and passed out in 1971 after which he proceeded to Modern School for three years (1972-1975).
Then in 1976, he gained admission to Ifaki Grammar school, Ekiti.

At Ifaki Grammar School, he was faced with financial constraints and could not afford to stay in boarding house. As a result of this, he lived together with his younger ones; Mr Tunji Oluwaniyi, Mr Moses Ogunleye and Folorunso Ajayi (his son “not biologically”).  Every day, Monday to Friday, they travelled about twelve kilometers on foot, to and from their home; Oke Egun, to Ifaki Grammar school along Iworoko-Ado road.

In 1980, his mother, Madam Rachael Omogbemile Omotade, died at a critical period in his life (he was about to take promotional exams from form 4 to 5).

In 1981, he graduated from Ifaki Grammer school and proceeded to the Polytechnic Owo, now Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, to study Business administration. There, he bagged his OND and HND with a 2nd Class Upper Credit. During his HND programme, he met the woman who came to become his wife in 1986 – Evangelist Alice Bamitale Omotade.

Although he had so much passion for education, there was no sponsor other than his old man LATE Pa {CHIEF} DAVID OJO OMOTADE, who struggled out of nothing to see him through with lots of sacrifices in the form of food fasting and self-denial. However, through it all, he endured.

Later on, in his life, at Owo Polytechnic, elder Gabriel Ajayi Omotade met with his bosom friend, Mr Tunde Owanikin who fondly addressed him by his alias, “LASHILARO”, and they both decided to further their education from the meager salary they earned at the time. According to him, it was a really challenging period for him but his passion for education geared him on against all odds. His friend would say in Yorùbá, “BÍ aà bẹ̀rẹ̀, a kìí parí”, which means if we don’t start, we don’t finish. Thus, they started and got their Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from UNAD, UNIVERSITY OF ADO EKITI now Ekiti State University Ado-Ekiti.

Omotade Gabriel Ajayi graduates
Elder Omotade Gabriel Ajayi Graduates

Work:

He worked as a human resource manager . This gave him the opportunity to help humanity by securing employments for lots of people from different walks of life. He worked with the likes of Late Chief Ghani Fawehinmi (SAN) as his Personal Assistant, after which he became a member of CIPM-Chartered Institute of Personnel Management. He worked as the head of Human Resource departments in companies like: ALIBERT MANUFACTURING LIMITED, PAPILON PLASTICS NIGERIA LIMITED, TIGER VENTURES, KAHAO INDUSTRIAL LIMITED, and OK FOODS, OLAM-NIGERIA before he retired in 2015. Worthy of mention, elder Omotade could speak all the three major languages in Nigeria; Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa.

Religion:

He was a devoted Christian.
In 1999, he was ordained as an Elder in Christ Apostolic Church, C.A.C, Oke Isegun, Aguda, Ogba District Headquarters under the leadership of Late Pastor E.A Adedoyin (AGS). He was the church’s assistant General Secretary until he moved to Ijoko, Ogun state in 2005. He was a man of integrity, good principles and discipline. Following his commitment and steadfastness to the work of God, he was made “Bàbá Èwe” at CAC conference in Ijoko and “Bàbá Ìjọ” at C.A.C Onipetes, Ijoko.

Elder Gabriel Ajayi Omotade - the devout Christian
Elder Gabriel Ajayi Omotade – the devout Christian

Up till his death, he was a core member of Club-009, also a senior Pastor at C.A.C HABITATION OF SALVATION founded in his house at Sango-Otta, Ijoko, Ogun state alongside his wife – Lady Evangelist Alice OMOTADE.

Philosophy:
As a man of integrity, he hated “LIES” and, over the years, he has lived an exemplary life worthy of emulation.

Family:

Parents of Elder Gabriel Ajayi Omotade
Parents of Elder Gabriel Ajayi Omotade

His father was the great Oniran, Pa (Chief) David Ojo Omotade: 1892 – 2017. (Click here to read his biography)      
His mother was Madam Rachael Omogbemile Omotade: 1922-1980. (Click here to read her biography)

Elder Gabriel Ajayi Omotade and wife - Lady Evangelist Alice Bamitale Omotade
Elder Gabriel Ajayi Omotade and wife – Lady Evangelist Alice Bamitale Omotade

He was married to Lady Evangelist Alice Bamitale Omotade and their marriage is blessed with six children namely:

Omotade Isaac Adekunle
Omotade Victoria Adewunmi
Omotade Victor Adedayo
Omotade Oluwanifemi Adedapo
Omotade Comfort Taiye
Omotade Samson Kehinde
Click here to see their pictures

Death:

Elder Gabriel Ajayi Omotade's lifeless body
Elder Gabriel Ajayi Omotade’s Lifeless Body

At exactly 9pm, on Tuesday, 7th July, 2020, his life was cut short by heart failure after having struggled with its complications for several years.
Till he breathed his last, Elder Omotade Gabriel held unto Jesus.
Burial:
His lifeless body was put in the ground the day after he died; 8th July, 2020. Final burial ceremony scheduled for 20th August, 2020, around 10am at number 10, Ganiyu Adejare street, Onipetes, Sango-Otta, Ijoko, Ogun State. However, it is strongly believed that the good man’s spirit lives on and his legacy exists forever.

Family Pictures of Elder Omotade Gabriel Ajayi (click to view)

Elder Omotade Gabriel Ajayi
“Goodnight Daddy. We love you but God loves you more. Your effort to give us the best in life will never be in vain. You remain our role model, our super star. We’ll forever remain your number one fan, your Legacy we’ll upload” – Children.

Pay your tributes and condolences in the comment section below.

MISTIRAL; be remembered.

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Comments (31)

  1. Jadesola

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    I WILL CELEBRATE YOU EVEN AT DEATH DADDY💀 ⁣
    It is sad to see you go 😢⁣
    I wanted you beside me exactly like this on my wedding day spraying me that naira and dollar currency (see as I bend pick the 💰)⁣

    I wanted you to lay your hands 👐 on my Champ @disaac_artist and I on our engagement day, giving us more of your blessings⁣

    I wanted to you to carry and cuddle your first grandtwins (Pride & Praise) and see how cut they look 😍 ⁣

    I wanted you to also give the twins a name⁣

    I wanted you around for many years more⁣

    I wanted more of your knowledge and wise word⁣

    I wanted so much more but you had to go and rest⁣

    I have cried and cried but I will not anymore because I know you are in a better place now😁⁣

    You lived 63 years of an examplery life that is worthy of emulation⁣

    Your mantra has always been hardwork, discipline and integrity⁣

    We will continue your legacy Daddy ⁣

    To me you still LIVE ON because you have imprinted your footprint 👣 in the sand of time.⁣

    I LOVE YOU NOW AND ALWAYS ELDER OMOTADE⁣

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    • Ashmiyu Musa

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      Though I did not have the opportunity to meet with him personally but I heard a lot of nice things about him, especially his dedication to educational excellence. I do recall back then in school anytime he calls baba mandy, you can easily hear the passion in his voice encouraging Mandy and the rest of us to put in more effort in our studies.
      Pa. Omotade is a good man that prioritize diligence, discipline and hardworking. He believe charity begins at home and that is why all the good qualities in him resonates in all of his children and people close to him.
      Pa. Omotade is a good man and he will be missed dearly.

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      • Kehinde R. Emmanuel

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        Rest on Pa Omotade. May the spirit continue to be with you in your journey beyond. Adieu papa!!!

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    • Mustapha Adekunle

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      I met the Late Elder Gabriel Omotade during a visit to his house at Ijoko. He welcomed me warmly and treated me like his son.
      The Late Elder Gabriel Omotade was a selfless and kind man.
      He was a disciplinary and a man of integrity. He is no more today but his imprint lives on.
      May his soul continue to rest well.
      GOODNIGHT DADDY.

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    • OLAWALE DANIEL OLALEKAN

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      Your demise was a rude shock to me but God knows better, you were a rare gem!!!
      Elder knew something about everything be it politically, socially, religiously, educationally, either past or current affairs… No dull moment with him.
      Elder was a generous, I remembered the pounded yam with efo riro I was served with on my first visit to his permanent residents at ijoko area in otta-ogun state and I didn’t leave empty handed while leaving his house on that day.
      Elder collected my phone number on my first visit and since then, he never ceased to check up on me at least once every month. We love you, but God loves you more.
      Keep resting in the bossom of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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  2. ONAFUWA, Ayodele

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    I met the late Elder Gabriel when I visited the family at their permanent place of residence. At first glance, he took a keen interest in me and was willing to share that little space with me and I was greatly relieved at his approach. Back to my visitation- Mandy boy, sorry, Mandela already shared my story with his dada and mehn,he took it upon himself to be selfless and willing. He gave me another opportunity to pull my weight among the very best. He solicited on my behalf to ensure my desires and applications were met and granted.
    I want to say, your dada was an epitome of godly father and everything right about a father. Very sincere,loving, polite godly, friendly, astute, immenseful, graceful and above alll he was a father . I pray for repositioning in the family and that the almighty will bless his ward even after his departure .

    May his gentle soul rest in peace, Amen.

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  3. Reply

    I met Mr. Omotade for the first time when Mandy and I went to market handheld vacuum cleaners at his office while he was head of human resources at Olams. He was very warm and encouraging. I have since then had other opportunities to share moments with him. Mr. Omotade will be remembered for his resourcefullness and kind heartedness. May your soul rest in peace and may God almighty forgive your shortcomings, amen. Rest on Daddy, till we meet again

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  4. MAKINDE Wasiu

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    I met Late Elder Gabriel through his son Isaac in his office. He knew I was a fresh graduate and after brief discussion with him, he recommended me for my first job after NYSC at Olam Nig LTD. He was part of my journey. He was kind hearted, peaceful and he hates idleness .May his wonderful soul rest in perfect peace. May God protect, guide and bless all his family and give them the fortitude to bear the loss.

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      Its rather unfortunate that I only got to know the elder after his demise. However, his son, Mandy, exemplifies what a good father and human he must have been.
      The body dies but the spirit lives on… May your spirit rest in peace. Bye sir.

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      • Karimot Lateef

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        Its quite unfortunate that someone like him had to leave this world within a twinkle of an eye.

        His death really struck me hard to believe.

        I got to know him at Polymer Packaging Ltd. Sango-ota when he recommended me as a contractor. Throughout his stay in that company, he always contacted me for supply though he put his company first.

        Hmmmm! What a demise. Continue to rest in the bossom of the Lord. God will be with all he left. Sun re ooo

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  5. Adeleke Eunice Temitayo

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    Daddy is all I can ever ask for as a FATHER.. Aside being a family friend, he was all in one; a buddy, a father, an advicer and a wonderful friend.. Growing up under his tutelage way back in CAC OKE ISEGUN was d best memories I will forever cherish. He was always there if not physically, spiritually. He got me my I.t placement at OK FOODS LIMITED and always cater for my lunch during my stay. How I wish you could wait a bit longer to pray for me as I would be walking down d aisle soon.. I miss you NIGERIA DEY GO as we do call you. God rest your soul papa

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  6. Reply

    The first time I met him was when I went to meet him at OK foods with the hope of securing a job, he was so welcoming and friendly with a kind heart. He was a man that would not let you leave without giving you advices to see you through life. He will surely be missed. I pray the good Lord will grant him eternal rest.

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  7. AJAYI DEBORAH OLOLADE

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    Hmmm. Dad was a great icon indeed. I’d forever cherish his love, care for the Ajayi Family at Ogba and Ijoko- how you visited us often , prayed with us, even played with us. I was shocked at the news of your demise. Though you are not here with us physically, but I know you are in the bossom of our father(God). I MISS YOU SIRE.

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    • Ayo Ajayi

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      I’m so short of words to describe how I felt hearing of your demise. The memories of your fatherly roles are still fresh and we will continue to make you proud even as you rest with the Almighty… We love you dad but God loves you more… Rest on papa

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  8. PROPHET Timothy Olalekan

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    Daddy, there was a day you surprised me when I had no kobo while I was coming from a prayer mountain and you sent me money unexpectedly… May God be with your family you left behind sir!

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  9. Adewale Omotade

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    I grew up thinking he was my father’s son (Olushola Omotade) S/Sergeant Rtd. His language capabilities came from following him to all states where his postings took him.
    He was the first family corps member I knew. He inspired my drive for higher education. He taught me to pray with my family day and night. He will usually tell family and friends how I independently financed my higher education. He gave me link to my first job. Talking about his MBA at then UNAD. I recall that I was living with him when he returned one day and said he was going to resign and use his entitlement to fund his master’s degree because his employer was not willing to give him loan. His wife wept and said how do we survive if he resigned. Then I joined them in prayers as was his custom, and God answered. The loan was approved and it was with zero take home at month ending. I and his wife covered the gap and the rest is history. He always ensure that he reconcile warring family members when it comes to his knowledge. The last was the one between me and Rufus, my younger brother, at Ayegbaju . He settled the scores at Uncle Toba’s daughter’s wedding. Permit me to also add that there was a time when things were really rough for me. Although we prayed but we never told anyone. As if he knew he just called and handed over a bag of rice to us. He was loving and love to show it. Like Jadesola puts it . He has gone to a better place.
    Rest in God’s Bossom where we will all meet to part no more… Here we are just like vapour… Like grass … But in that city of gold we will die no more.
    Adieu Uncle Gab. Omotade!

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  10. Pastor Pius Ilukoyenikan, Abuja

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    Elder Gabriel Omotade was my classmate at the Polytechnic, Owo now Rufus Giwa Polytechnic from 1982-1988. We met briefly in Lagos after our graduation. I relocated to Abuja in 1990. About 5 years ago, we connected back. He always sent his Church’s weekly and monthly prophectic word to my whatsapp. We always chatted together until his demise.
    Omotade Gabriel was a quintessential gentleman. An epitome of humility, hard work, resourcefulness, and unassuming individual . I have lost many friends in life , but yours was unique because of our closeness. I still find it difficult to come to terms that you are no more. Awe I miss you. The consolation I have is that you died in Christ. We shall meet to part no more one day. Till then, rest in the Lord my friend and brother. May the good Lord grant your family and friends the fortitude to bear the loss.

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  11. Tunji Bello

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    Hmmmm Good night the best Human resource manager… May your soul rest in peace… We love u but God loves you more…

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  12. IKOTUN BABAYEMI

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    GOD FEARING MAN. VERY HUMBLE TO ALL MAN AND IN ANY SITUATION. I MISSED YOU GREATLY. REST IN PERFECT PEACE BABA.

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  13. Reply

    A hero is gone.
    When I heard about your death I was so heartbroken. You were so kind to me. I could remember when I wanted to write my first gce exams you were the one that afforded it.

    You are the best among my family.
    May your soul rest in perfect peace.

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  14. Ibikunle Ayodele

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    I knew him more than I’ve met him(twice or thrice). He was humble, generous and an exemplary father figure. He took and treated his son’s friends like his. The world would be a better place with people like Daddy filled with it.
    I know he’s in heaven smiling down on us.
    Continue to rest well Pa.

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  15. ONIKOYI SAMUEL OLANREWAJU

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    IT STILL FEELS LIKE A DREAM…I WISH I CAN WAKE UP. ELDER OMOTADE, I WILL FOREVER REMEMBER YOU.
    I MET YOU SOME YEARS AGO AND EVER SINCE, YOU INSPIRED ME.
    WHEN THINGS WERE TOUGH, WHEN OTHERS REJECTED ME, WHEN ALL HOPE WERE LOST, YOU GAVE ME A RAY OF SUNSHINE IN THE DARK. YOU ARE LIKE THE ABRAHAM OF OUR TIME, FATHER OF MANY CHILDREN, BECAUSE YOU IMPACTED A LOT OF LIVES. I HAVE WITNESSED YOU A COUPLE OF TIMES, GO OUT OF YOUR WAY TO EXTEND A HAND OF HELP TO PEOPLE AND THIS INSPIRED ME. IT FURTHER BUTTRESS MY PHILOSOPHY ABOUT LIFE WHICH IS “HELP TO OTHERS IS THE RENT YOU PAY FOR LIVING ON THIS EARTH”.
    MY RESPECT FOR YOU WILL NEVER SIEZE.
    REST IN PEACE SIR.

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  16. Okunola Mayowa

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    How you enjoyed talking with my siblings and I comfortably, giving us timely words can not be overemphasized. You loved children and we are grateful for time well spent
    I knew the meaning of Awé(friend) through you
    Daddy I believe you are resting in God’s bossom
    Keep resting in Peace Sire.

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  17. Abby Adekayaja

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    Rest in the bosom of the lord ! 🕊🕊 You’ll be forever remembered.

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  18. OLASOJI TEHINGBOLA

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    Gabriel, you are epitome of Love and care. You cared for family unity and gave your best to it. Your unwavering love for the Tehingbola’s family cannot be quantified … rest on my brother, my friend till we meet to part no more.

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  19. Pastor Okunola

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    The only National and International friend in all ramifications, I don’t know how to describe the pains but i know you can’t imagine what it means to miss someone am talking about. He was all there than when is really needed.
    My dearest brother. Friend and reliable adviser. Rest in perfect peace. A very good night indeed.

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  20. Engr. Adeniji A.B.

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    I could honestly say that l have not met you while on this side of the divides, despite this limitation. Interactions with one of your children professionally (Isaac), convinced me beyond reasonable doubt about your quality of life via, disciplines, integrity, uprightness and hardworking, which l stringly believe are your hallmarks in raising your family and testaments to your good life.May your Good works continues to live on in the life of your children. Adieu Elder Gabriel Omotade.

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  21. Okunola Damilola

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    I would have loved to say this to you if you had just waited another year(s), but that’s what we’d keep saying till our eyes are closed.
    Life is so ironic that it takes sadness to know happiness, noise to appreciate silence and absence to appreciate presence.
    You loved me too and extended it to my family.
    I’m so glad I was able to pray by your bed side even when all I could do was trust God in that state.
    How can I forget our political talks😩 and the names you gave me which automatically turns to the name everyone calls me in your house😁.
    Now all I’m left with is memories.
    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal and loves leaves a memory no one can steal.
    Thank you for taking me a your special daughter.
    Your Damiyaya will miss you always😭.
    Rip Daddy Omotade (baba okfoods)
    Thank you for the sweet and biscuits you send in my name even my absence.
    We love you❤

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