A Tribute To YOU


I remember waking you up that Monday morning to share with you the dream I just had about you passing on. I remember being upset with you that we did not pray long enough to reject the dream from becoming a reality. I remember you telling me it’s not the length of a prayer that determines whether our FATHER will answer. I remember your calmness amidst my worry.

I remember getting the call few hours later that morning. I remember sitting by your side around 11am with oxygen tank and drips attached to you. I remember you telling me that you came back momentarily to tell me to let you go because your time was up. I remember being too shocked to cry and I am yet to cry the way the world expects. I remember that Monday morning was not the most prophetic and exciting way to start the week. I remember the criticisms, feedbacks, rebukes and advice I received all because I didn’t cry or react the way normal people react when things like this happen. I remember the counsels of psychanalysts, the admonitions of psychologists, the analysis of psychiatrists, and the gossips & gists of every other unqualified ‘gists’. But all the talk was said either because they didn’t know you the way I did or they didn’t understand this perspective of the God we serve.

You’ve been gone 996 days (not that I’ve been counting). You passed the torch to me with 3 angels to care for. Your departure gave me enough reasons to ask HIM why HE took you so soon yet I’ve refused to ask HIM those dreaded-but-well-deserved questions that start with WHY… You’ve been gone but yet I’ve been comforted knowing very well you’re in HEAVEN.

Since you’ve been gone, my relationship with the FATHER has gotten to another level for good. Since you’ve been gone, my understanding of your unconditional LOVE has been clearer. Since you’ve been gone, my definition of WORSHIP has been redefined. Since you’ve been gone, the revelation of what Mary felt when her firstborn was being crucified…. Forgive me, let me get a tissue, I’m getting a little emotional here. Since you’ve been gone, my LOVE for you has grown exponentially.

Sometimes your youngest son, Murewa, asks after his dad and I don’t know what to tell him. Sometimes your firstborn, Fiiresayemi, says he can’t remember your voice anymore and I try to play our wedding video for him. Sometimes your only daughter, Foyinsayemi, just wants to go for a walk down the street to buy groceries with her father but I’m left to be your representative.

Though it’s been 2 years, 8 months, and 10 days (really, I’m not counting) you’ve been on your vacation, I remember today – November 29, 2017 – as the day you would have turned 40 years old. I had planned this day years ago and never envisaged I would witness it in your absence, but then again you’re still present. I would have almost given up, had God not sent an enigmatic photographer my way to celebrate our family in pictures. The ONE that told me He had a hand in all that happened also told me your LIFE WAS A SEED that needed to die so that many will come to the consciousness of HEAVEN.

My prayer is that many will be encouraged to remain in the KINGDOM of this FATHER that makes all things work together for the good of them that love and seek him. My prayer is that many who have lost loved ones will find unexplainable comfort and undeniable peace like I found in the arms of the one I call OLUTUNU. My prayer is that many that see these HEAVENLY pictures that we took together will be reminded of the FACT that there is a place of peace, rest, and joy where those that pass on (I still don’t believe you’re DEAD) abide if they had a relationship with JESUS on this side of eternity.

As you celebrate your 40th birthday in HEAVEN and as we remember today the time you spent with us in years past, may God use these pictures and the blessed memory of you to heal the millions of hearts that see this. Like the unremovable birthmark we all have on our bodies, the memory of YOU & the God we serve will forever be engraved on our hearts. With TEARS in my eyes and joy in my heart, knowing very well that you’re reading this, I want you to know from the depths of my being that I LOVE YOU…. I ALWAYS HAVE AND ALWAYS WILL

Happy Birthday SWEETHEART. Keep resting in the bosom of your LORD.

Eternally Yours,
Your Beautiful Wife,
Funmi Afolarin



  1. adehgeorge · November 29, 2017



  2. MATILDA · November 29, 2017

    I see the way you worship God sis Funmi and all I want to do is be a worshiper on that level… Never looked like you lost anything and its soo amazing… It’s like you see God when u worship and it’s so evident with the new praise words that come out from ur heart…words that directly describe the way u feel for the father… new words that directly describe who the father truly is…hmmmnn.
    I never met him but happy birthday brother…your wife is a blessing and I am soo glad I knw her..
    Sis Funmi God bless u.


  3. Anonymous · November 29, 2017

    So blessed , lord continue to use you for his glory


  4. Bolanle Adelekun · November 30, 2017

    Sis Funmi. God bless you and the kids he left behind. There is an assurance you will meet again in eternity. This is so touching, I had tears in my eyes reading this tribute. Thank you Seun for sharing.


  5. Emdee Tiamiyu · November 30, 2017

    This is super emotional and thanks for the creativity my Mentor.


  6. Busola Ajala · December 1, 2017

    Blessed be the name of the Lord.
    We thank God for the comfort He sends us but more importantly for the strength and capacity He gives us to walk through moments of grief and come out stronger and better.
    The Lord will continue to strengthen you, watch over you and your children and give you everlasting joy and happiness.

    I heard of the great works God for through you in the lives of the children in the Junior Church. The heaven is celebrating today.
    Happy 40th Birthday!


  7. NikkyOduks · December 2, 2017

    Too deep to know what to say, but our Comforter will continue to uphold you and the children.

    Your life is indeed an inspiration. Yours is like Job’s who said ” though He slay me, yet I will trust in Him”.

    May His Joy continue to be your strength.


  8. Anonymous · December 5, 2017

    Heart Felt Image And Story So Excellent


  9. Tonia · December 6, 2017

    Wao I read this so so touching
    God is still God and He ll never live you
    I thank God for you
    God ll continue to keep in his love
    Continue in your worship to God. Is all you need now
    Bro Seun. God ll bless you for this piece put out


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