It has been said that
a tree is best measured when felled. The same is true of Chief David Gbadebo Sokoya
who departed this world having attained the ripe age of 86 years. Pa Sokoya was
a highly principled, quintessential and unique gentleman of impeccable
A distinguished Community Leader who
had a cosmopolitan worldview. Pa Shokoya was always ready to explain his
convictions without necessarily being disagreeable! Politicians and Public Administrators
of this generation have a lot to learn from the life and times of Chief Sokoya.
Words cannot express the emptiness his absence has created in the lives of his
loved ones. But he was celebrated with a heart full of gratitude and
appreciation of God because he lived an accomplished life, a life that was a
blessing to many. Those who are close to Chief Sokoya told us that he was a man
with a large heart, a heart that accommodated all around him, caring and loving
to a fault. He integrated sincerity, honesty and sensitivity with his
He was an affectionate father,
grandfather and a beacon of light for all. In addition, he was a man of fine
taste, a true man of the people and committed Christian, who would be
remembered for his utter devotion and generosity to mankind.
The ancient town
of Sagamu in Ogun State, South West Nigeria came alive and played host to eminent
personalities who had come from far and near to join Dr. Taiwo Afolabi , Group
Executive Vice Chairman, Sifax Group and his wife, Mrs. Folashade Afolabi
(daughter of the deceased) with other family members to celebrate the life of
the great man.
There was a soul-lifting funeral service to set proceedings in
motion and the Man of God who took charge noted that Chief David Sokoya came, saw,
conquered and lived a life worthy of emulation. The Man of God explained that
the tears shed by members of the family should be that of joy rather than
sadness because Chief David lived in the vineyard of the Lord before his death.
Noting that the deceased had not only gone to rest but was safely in the hands
of the Lord.
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