It was truly the celebration of an icon as family, friends and other sympathizers came together to honour Femi Lekuti, fondly referred to as “Danku Baba Imole”. Venue was his residence, No 5, Lekuti Street, Alexandra, Apata, Ibadan here he resided till he passed on.
Though many tried to keep their emotions in check, some could not hold back the tears. Remi Morgan wore a sober look all through, same for celebrity designer, Bashy Kuti. Niyi Beckley shook his head continuously at the graveside as his friend’s body was lowered.
Dewunmi Adegoke, Dotun Idowu and many of those who had a brother in Femi Lekuti too were there to pay their respects. The Olu of Owode Egba too sent his staff of office and a number of chiefs to the event.
Earlier in the service, Pastor Olamide Joe had advised the gathering on the need to live ready for the last day. “Our brother has finished his race here on earth, we are the ones left in the race now”, he said. He disclosed that death, which many wrongly see as the end is “just the beginning”.
He also led prayers for the deceased’s family after Gbemileke Lekuti had taken the Bible reading which was drawn from 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.
In the tribute penned by Patience, Danku’s wife, who was visibly devastated, she bemoaned having to live without him.
“I wake up every day hoping it was all a dream, a prank or April fool in February. It’s so hard and difficult to believe you are gone, so hard to keep going. I feel so empty without you. If it is possible, I’ll do anything to bring you back to life. My dear, you were the greatest.
Like a cat with seven lives you had survived previous attacks and bounced back stronger. Why then was this different?
Why do I have to pass through life without you beside me, if I had been told you would not see our children grow to be God’s embodiments of glory, I would have cursed that person.
You never stopped to tell whoever cares to listen that you will live to be 98 years old and all the things you will do with your time on earth but you did not wait to accomplish them, you left suddenly when we least expected.
What a life You left me crownless because you were my crown, my love, my jewel, my friend, my sunshine, my heart, the love of my life, my one and only, my bundle of naughtiness, my sparring partner, my extra rib, I wouldn’t have exchanged you for any. I lived my life for you.
My love and dearest, I have not come to terms or know how to handle this emptiness you left behind, looking back to what we shared, our numerous arguments and reconciliations that always bring us together more stronger, the good times and bad times, through thick and thin I cant help but to thank God for being part of your short but eventful life.
Words cannot express how much you mean to me, I’m trying so hard to conceal the pains I feel, it hurts to see you go like a candle in the wind but I thank God you were able to give your dad a befitting burial two weeks before your untimely death. I wish I could turn back the hands of time, hmmmm!
Your memories will give us the strength we need to believe and proceed and I know you are in heaven smiling and watching us pray for you.
I pray that our generations to come will continue the passion and family love you taught and shared with us and I promise that as long as God remains God and a merciful father, I will do my best to bring up our children well, to be successful and source of joy to the glory of God IJN.
Your memories live on in my heart.
Adieu sweetheart and rest in perfect peace”.
Lekuti, a Fine Art graduate and a Commonwealth Games medalist died on February 10, two weeks after giving his dad a befitting burial. He was born on January 1, 1966.
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