Mr Akilapa, fondly called ‘Grandpa 201’ by his family and his numerous admirers died recently in Lagos after a protracted sickness.
A devoted family man and youth’s motivator, he initiated so many educational programmes to enhance youth development in his Festac area community of Lagos, in Lagos State.
A devouted husband and great family builder, he extended his family value not just to his immediate family setting, but also to members of his vast and extended family of Taiwo- Akilapa.
As a youth motivator, he was also a father to many who he was never related to, demonstrating his unflinching love for all inn his community.
Mr Taiwo was a man full of life zeal and zest; it is therefore understandable why the news of his sudden passing on to glory came as a big shock to his community, the entire family friends and old working colleagues. He was a complete gentleman.
Adebisi was born on the 25th May 1939 to Taiwo Akilapa a successful farmer at Mowo Badagry in Lagos State.
His mother, Abiodun Akilapa (nee Opesha of Mowo Badagry ) was a doting housewife and a very successful business woman whose motherly commitment shaped the life of her children so positively- a trait that really lived with the deceased who spent most of his life serving many families around him as a happy family and cultural value campaigner.
He lived his life in complete Chritianity as he was born into a Christian family.
He grew up in Badagry, Lagos State and was trained as an adult by his uncle, Raheem Akilapa, a renowned merchant in Badagry, in Lagos state.
He grew up under the influence of this late Uncle who was a renowned merchant in Badagry town.
Adebisi started his primary education in Badagry at an Islamic school, the Young Ansar-Ud-Deen primary school in Badagry.
Thereafter he entered E.A.D.C.SecondaryModern school at Ajara Badagry and completed his secondary education at Ansar-Ud-Deen school Ajilete Ogun state.
His zeal for humanitarian charity shaped his mind to pursue a teaching career which he commenced as a student of the Teacher’s Training College Ota, Ogun state.
He later proceeded to Protestant Teacher Training College Idi Araba in Lagos where he obtained his Teacher’s grade II certificate.
Leaving the Teachers’ college he served as a teacher at Ansar-Ud-Deen primary school isolo and gave his best into teaching for 14 yrs at the school.
Grandpa was reputed as a meticulous, dedicated, honest and highly discipline teacher, love by all students and teachers alike.
He served briefly at Estate Primary school Isolo before finishing his teaching career at Festac High school (1980-1985).
He served under school management committee of that school for several years.
He lived a truly fulfilled life as a human career initiator serving as advisor to many youths around him.
At the point of his retirement, he was always joking that retiring was essential to create opportunity for those coming behind.
He was an apt sportsman. His favourite sports included swimming, Table-Tennis and football. Mr Akilapa was very friendly, amiable and generous.
A friend who was mourning his death once remarked:” he was always ready to engage in any issue with the courage of a man who is ready to defend what is right and just at any time even to his own hurt”.
He was a pillar of support to so many family members and others giving goodly counsel and leadership as needed. He came and served humanity.
“Grandpa” claimed he found a true life in 1991 when he gave his life to Christ , and ever since living and serving within the Christ family.
He was a committed Christian and an active member of Redeemed Christian Church of God.
His passing left a painful vacuum that will be too hard to fill. He is survived by his wife Veronica Ijaduola, his children, Oluwole and Omolara Owojori( nee Akilapa), Olatunde and Abimbola Makanjuola.
Others are Oladipupo and Ibidunni Idowu-Sode, Oluwaseun and Solabomi Taiwo , Olatunji and Taye Taiwo.
His grandchildren include Oyinbobola Owojori, Jesufunmiloyin Owojori, Opemipo Idowu-Sode, Semilore Taiwo, Jesukanyinsola Owojori,Sefemi Idowu–Sode and Gbemileke Taiwo.A
“I was both fortunate and humbled to have had one and the very best of them. My daddy, my best friend”, claimed Oreanuoluwa Abimbola Makanjuola, a daughter of the deceased
He will be seriously missed by the family and his community. May his soul rest in perfect peace.