London Socialite, Prince Bayo Gbadebo, 47, dies in ghastly car crash

Prince Bayo Gbadebo
Prince Bayo Gbadebo

London frontline socialite, Prince Bayo Gbadebo, the Publisher of Prime Magazine, a London based social glossy publication is dead.

He died following a ghastly road accident  in the early hours of  Saturday morning, presumably coming from a social gathering.

He was aged 47 years.

The car in which he was travelling was said to have rammed into the back of a stationary trailer truck on Sunday morning.

The news of the frontline social activist death broke out in the early hour of Sunday briefly after the accident  and within minutes; it was sending terrible sympathy feelings across the city.

Bayo Gbadebo  during one of his outings with his son.
Bayo Gbadebo during one of his outings with his son.

Sources claimed that the news was broken to his wife after she was persuaded to leave a wedding party she was attending in London South-East on Sunday morning. The news of his death was broken to family members by his Church pastor.

Our source claimed after Prince Gbadebo’s wife was persuaded from the party on Sunday morning, the party was brought to an abrupt ending.

The amiable Londoner,  also a dedicated Church activist only left London for Nigeria last few weeks and had only spoken to a friend about his intention  to relocate back home soon.

The plan however had made him in recent times to shuttle between United Kingdom and Nigeria.

According to information reaching EMNnews, the witty, jovial and delectable personality met his untimely death when his car rammed into a trailer in Lagos. Another source claimed the accident occurred on Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

Attempts to revive him back to live  proved abortive as he was said to have suffered serious inuries following the accident.

The news of his death has shaken London where he had established as a frontline Church activist,  business man and popular socialite for almost twenty years.

He is a member of board of trustees of Celestial Church of Christ, (Covenant Parish, in Crystal Palace, South East London. He is also a founding member of the Church which he held dearly to his heart.

A Church member who spoke to Emnnews said Evangelist Gbadebo was a father to all the Church Children and notable generous personality who takes the interest of his family dear to his heart.

His company, Prime News International produces Prime Social Magazine, a personality profile and pictorial News periodical which had gained ground  for several years both in United Kingdom, America and Nigeria.

‘Prime Social Magazine’,  his brain child  is produced with the help of his wife Bunmi, a respectable very humane and easy going dedicated Church goer, who has a journalism background.

He is survived by  the  wife, Bunmi whom he married 1992 and three children, Emmanuel, Raphel and Gabriel,

Prince Gbadebo hailed from one of the Royal families in Igbajo in Oshun State and  before his foreign sojourn attended African Church Grammar School In Ibadan where he completed his Secondary School education.

He arrived in the United Kingdom in the late eighties to early nineties and had ever since  settled in the country.

Bayo Gbadebo  during one of his outings with his son.
Family man Prince Bayo Gbadebo during one of his outings.

He graduated as a criminologist from Birkbeck University of London in 1994.

In 2007, he completed his Law course from the University of East London where he obtained his  LLB.

A source from the committee of friends said his body would be laid to rest in Lagos on July 10 this year.

” His family will ever remain inconsolable because he remained a dedicated family man till his death and takes the interest of his three children very dear to his heart”, said a family source.

May his soul rest in perfect peace.

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  1. What a sad news and a great loss in the Nigerian Society (UK) and I am sure Nigeria as well.
    I saw him last at his graduation party in 2007 (I think).
    Bunmi, I pray that the Lord keep you and your children. God will console you and heal your pain. I cover you all with the shield of God. AMEN

  2. Its so sad.its a big loss, he was indeed a rare Gem..a pillar in CCC Convenant Parish London. A father to all,always there for people.
    Adieu Sir, Praying that the lord will strengthen and comfort your wife/kids and family @ church, most importantly that you rest in his bossom..Sleep with the angels.


  4. my heart goes with u Bunmi and the boys, may God wipe ur tears away and grant prince eternity. The news is still a big shock to me but who are to we ask God questions than pray for his soul to be accepted. R.I.P

    I pray to God to console his family and friends and give them the fortitude to bear this loss, especially his wife and chidren. Celestial Church has again lost a warrior.
    Rest in the bossom of the Lord because you fought the good battle.

  6. Atanda Erin, a rare breed of human beign. I can not miss you enough, may the Host of Angels welcome you with joy.
    The almighty God will give your family His light to guide them, His power to strenghten them and His courage to sustain them at this lonely and sad time.

  7. Oh Lord but why? I never knew him but saw him on Sky TV channels. He was a very handsome man and his kids are very cute. I really pity his wife. Madam, please take heart. Your husband lived a fulfilled life. That is what really matters.

  8. Iku Sheka Omu Eni Re Lo! Erin nla lo nigbo! Araba nla lo niju! Kato ri Erin o Digbo, Kato ri Efon o di Odan, Eye bi Okin o Sowon Nigbo, O di Arin na Ko, O di oju Ala ka to Ri Ra, Iwaju to Dojuko a tu Okan re Lara, Eyin too fi Sile Ko ni Dibaje. May your Gentle Soul Rest in Perfect Peace.

  9. Prince Bayo was a friend and a business associate of my sister Queen Isimot Abake Abiola, a waka singer. I spent well over 4 hours with him in his Sounthend-on-Sea home few weeks ago before he left for Nigeria, I never knew he was waiving me bye bye when he saw me to the car and I drove away from his forecourt in the early hour around 4am. He will be terribly missed by everyone. He was a gentleman and a complete family man. May his soul res in peace.

  10. What a shocking news on a Father’s Day!! CCC-CONVENANT PARISH has just lost a WARRIOR. Prince Adebayo Gbadebo will 4ever be remember & i pray that your soul will rest in the bossom of the LORD.

  11. We all come and must go back one day. It’s just too sad that prince got to go very soon. What can we say but thanks to God for a life well spent. We love you but God loves you most. Sun reo Omoba Gbadebo.

    My condolence to the wife and entire member of his family L’oruk Jesu Odun a jina si’ra. Olorun koni see ni telentele amin

  12. It is not only sad but a great loss to many of us who are close to you and family members to hear of your untimely death. My sincere condolence goes to your family both here in UK, and the world over.
    May your souls rest in the blossom of our almighty saviour and Lord.

    Gbolahan Babalola

  13. Prince Gbadebo was a nice man and active in the church. God know why he took him now. Well i pray God will coutinue to be with the family. Is a sad news for all members of Celestial church members in UK.

  14. A gift for such a little while,
    Your loss just seems so wrong,
    You should not have left us,
    It’s with loved ones you belong.
    Perhaps they are not stars in the sky,
    but rather openings
    where our loved ones
    shine down
    to let us know they
    are happy.

    Those who mean the most to us
    Are never really gone.
    For in our thoughts and in our hearts
    Their memory still lives on
    So may you find that passing time
    Can somehow help to heal
    Those memories will ease the loss
    And sorrow that you feel

  15. Prince Bayo Gbadebo, I still find it difficult to believe that you have gone but who are we to querry God? The Bible says “The secret things belong to God”.
    You shall live in the hearts of those who loved you and will thus never die or be forgotten. May your soul rest in peace.

  16. What a sad news and a great loss in the Nigerian Society (UK) and I am sure Nigeria as well.
    I met him last at planet Nollywood in LOndon during Diran Odeyemis .
    My heart goes with u Bunmi and the boys, may God wipe ur tears away and grant prince eternity. [amen]

  17. May the wonderful soul of our departed Nigerian brother rest in perfect peace. May God comfort and abide with his wife,children,relatives,friends and all those left behind. Adieu a great Nigerian Achiever . We ought to help to find solutions to road accidents in Nigeria and improve medical and ambulance services,so that we should stop loosing precious lives unneccesarily. God Help Nigerians

  18. It hurts when l heard d news in new- york, d last time l saw him was nov. 2008 on their harvest day (ccc covenant parish) . Prince, your sudden call to glory is still a shock to me especially when l remember those days when you orgarnised a first- class social club named ARK CLUB INTERNATIONAL UK since 1992. You will be terribly missed . I pray God to comfort bunmi and the children. MAY HIS GENTLE SOUL REST IN PERFECT PEACE . (AMEN).

  19. prince, went on the internet and google you so that I can chat with you. Never knew that that wicked death has taken you away so soon from us. I pray your soul rest in perfect peace. Amen