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Memorial created 01-26-2016 by
Olayemi Gbadebo
Dr. Olawunmi Olaitan Ogunkelu
April 15 1980 - January 21 2016

 I'm Free


I'M FREE Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free I’m following the path God has laid you see. I took His hand when I heard him call I turned my back and left it all. I could not stay another day To laugh, to love, to work, to play. Tasks left undone must stay that way I found that peace at the close of day. If my parting has left a void Then fill it with remembered joy. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss Oh yes, these things I too will miss. Be not burdened with times of sorrow I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My life’s been full, I savored much Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your hearts and peace to thee God wanted me now; He set me free.






 Do not stand at my grave and weep

I am not there, I do not sleep

I am a 1,000 winds that blow

I am the diamond glints on snow

I am the sun on ripened grain

I am the gentle autumn rain

When you awaken in the morning’s hush

I am the swift uplifting rush

Of quiet birds in circled light

I am the soft star that shines at night

Do not stand at my grave and cry

I am not there; I did not die.

By Author Unknown




Remember me when I am gone away, 
Gone far away into the silent land; 
When you can go no more hold me by the hand, 
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more day by day 
You tell me of our future that you planned:
Only remember me; you understand 
It will be late to counsel then or pray. 
Yet if you should forget me for a while 
And afterwards remember, do not grieve: 
For if the darkness and corruption leave 
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had, 
Better by far you should forget and smile 
Than that you should remember and be sad. 

Christina Rossetti




Book of Ecclesiastes - A Time For Everything

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboreth?
I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it. He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.
I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life. And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labor, it is the gift of God. I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.
That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.

The Bible, King James Version



Look for me in Rainbows

Time for me to go now, I won't say goodbye;
Look for me in rainbows, way up in the sky.
In the morning sunrise when all the world is new,
Just look for me and love me, as you know I loved you.

Time for me to leave you, I won't say goodbye;
Look for me in rainbows, high up in the sky.
In the evening sunset, when all the world is through,
Just look for me and love me, and I'll be close to you.

It won't be forever, the day will come and then
My loving arms will hold you, when we meet again.

Time for us to part now, we won't say goodbye;
Look for me in rainbows, shining in the sky.
Every waking moment, and all your whole life through
Just look for me and love me, as you know I loved you.

Just wish me to be near you,
And I'll be there with you.

Music and lyrics: Conn Bernard (1990). Vicki Brown



So go and run free

So go and run free with the angels
Dance around the golden clouds
For the lord has chosen you to be with him
And we should feel nothing but proud
Although he has taken you from us
And our pain a lifetime will last
Your memory will never escape us
But make us glad for the time we did have
Your face will always be hidden
Deep inside our hearts
Each precious moment you gave us
Shall never, ever depart
So go and run free with the angels
As they sing so tenderly
And please be sure to tell them
To take good care of you for me

Author unknown.



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Oluwa, (Lord)
Oluwa wa, (Our Lord)
Olorun, (God)
Olorun wa, (Our God)
Oluwa awon oluwa, (The Lord of Lords)
Olorun awon olorun,
Kabiyeesi, (The King)
Oba awon oba,( King of Kings)
Olodumare,( The Almighty)
Arugbo ojo,(Ancient of days)
Olorun agbalagba,( Ancient of days)
Adagba ma paaro oye,(Unchanging God)
Olorun ti o yipada, (Unchanging God)
Olorun kan lailai,( The only God)
Ikan lana,(Same yesterday)
Ikan loni, (Same today)
Ikan lola, (Same tomorrow)
Okan titi aye ainipekun, ( The same forever)
Oba ti mbe nibi gbogbo nigba gbogbo,( the ubiquitous God)
Metalokan,( The trinity)
Olorun Baba,(God the Father)
Olorun Omo,(God the son)
Olorun Emi Mimo, (God the Holy spirit)
Olorun Abrahamu, (God of Abraham)
Olorun Isaki, (God of Isaac)
Olorun Jakobu, (God of Jacob)
Olorun owu,(The jealous God)
Olorun ti kii s’enia ti yio paro, (God that is not man that could change)
Alewilese, (He that can Speak and Act)
Aleselewi, (He that can Act and Speak)
Owibee sebee, (He that Speaks and Acts)
Awimayehun, ( He who Speaks and does not change His words)
Asoromaye, (He who prophesize and comes to past)
Onimajemu,( Covenant keeping God)
Olulana,(The wonderful way maker)
Olorun oro (Word), (The God of spoken work)
Oba to ti o gbe oro Re ga ju Oruko Re lo, (The God who exalts his word mor= that his name)
Olutoju wa, (Our Keeper)
Onibuore,(God whose barn is full of blessing)
Afunni ma s’iregun,(The God who blesses without asking for reward)
Adanimagbagbe, (The creator who never forgets the created)
Oyigiyigi, (Great and Mighty)
Alakoso orun at’aye, (The God of heaven)
Atogbojule,(Dependable God)
Alagbawi eda,(Defender)
Alagbada ina, (He that covers Himself with fire branded robe)
Alawotele oorun,(He whose underwear is Sun)
Asorodayo,(The god who give joy)
Oba t’o mu ‘banuje tan,(God who puts end to sorrow)
Ogbeja k’eru o ba onija,(God who fights for the defenseless)
Jagunjagun ode orun,(The great warrior of heaven)
Olowogbogboro,(God whose hand is long enough to reach at any length)
Olorun awon omo ogun,(The great warrior)
Aduro tini bi akoni eleru,(The faithful God)
Eru jeje l’eti okun pupa,( The Most powerful by the red sea)
Oba t’o mu iji dake roro,(God who commands the storm, peace be still)
Alaabo,(Our keeper)
Oluso,(Our guard)
Olupamo,(Our keeper)
Oludande,(Our deliverer)
Olugbala,(Our saviour)
Olutusile,(God of freedom)
Oludariji,(Our forgiver)
Oba t’o se’gun agbara ese, (God who delivers from hold of sin)
Oba t’o san gbogbo ‘gbese wa,(God who pays the price for our sins)
Olorun ajinde,(The resurrected Lord)
Olutunu,(Our comforter)
Olufe okan wa,(My lover)
Oba t’o yan wa fe,(God who has predestined us)
Olusegun,(The conqueror)
Ajasegun, (The conqueror
Gbanigbani ni’jo ogun le,(Our defense in time of war)
Ogbagba ti ngb’ara adugbo,( The Protector)
Oba t’o pin okun pupa n’iya,( God who parted the red sea)
Olorun t’o mu Jodani sa niwaju awon omo Re, (God who parted the river Jord=n)
Oba t’o bi odi Jeriko wo,(God who fell down the walls of Jericho)
Olorun t’o kolu Egipiti l’ara awon akobi re,(God who killed the first born=of the Egyptians)
Oba t’o ju gbogbo orisa lo,(The almighty God)
Olorun t’o tobi ju gbogbo aye lo,(Greater than all the earth)
Oba t’o da monamona fun ojo, The God who created lightening for the rain)
Aimope ani oje,
Oba to j’ewe at’egbo lo,
Oba to ni owa t’owa,(The God who commands)
Oba t’oni olo, t’olo, (The God who commands)
Oba t’oni k’owa, t’owa, (The God who commands)
Oba t’oni k’omasi, ti o si si mo,(The God who can close a door and no man=can open)
Oba t’ao ri, sugbon t’ari ise owo Re,(The unseen God but we can feel his=impact)
Olorun t’o n gbo adura, (God who hears prayers)
Oba t’o n dahun adura, (Prayer answering God)
Olorun t’ape t’o n je,(The God that you can call and he will answer)
Oba t’o n dahun adura pelu ina,(God that answered by fire)
Akoda aye,(The first among all things)
Aseda orun,(He established the heavens)
Oba t’o fi’di aye s’ole s’ori omi,( He who established the earth on waters=
Oba t’o mo wa (The Potter),
Oba t’o mo wa ( He that knoweth us),
Oba t’o mo ohun gbogbo,(The all knowing God)
Olorun t’o le se ohun gbogbo,(God who can do all things)
Oba ti ohun gbogbo nbe n’ikawo Re,(God who has the whole world in his hand=)
Oba to joko soke orun to f’ile aye se itise Re,(He makes the heaven his se=t and the earth his foot stool)
Oba ti ntu won ka nibi ti won nti da’na iro,(He who causes confusion in th= camp of the enemy)
Atererekariaye,(He spreads out across the earth)
Eletigb’aroye,(The great hear that hears all over the world)
Alatilehin,(Our succor)
Alaanu,(Merciful God)
Oba ti aanu Re duro lailai,(God whose mercies endureth for ever)
Oba alade alafia,(The Prince of peace)
Oloore ofe,(The gracious god)
Olorun ife,(The God of Love)
Olorun ayo,(The God that gives Joy)
Olubukun,(The blessed God)
Onise iyanu,(Miracle worker)
Onise ara,(Wonderful)
Onise nla,(Great God)
Mimo, Mimo, Mimo,(Holy! Holy! Holy)
Oba t’o ninu mimo,(Righteous God)
Oba alaya funfun,(Immaculate God)
Ologo meta, (The Trinity
Olotito,(The Truthful)
Olododo,(The Truthful)
Aduro gboingboin lehin asotito,(Defender of the Truthful)
Imole ninu okunkun aye,(The light in darkness)
Alagbara l’orun ati l’aye,(Mighty in heaven and on the earth)
Oba ti nyoni kuro ninu ofin aye,(God who rescues from the dungeon)
Atofarati,(Our defense)
Atogbokanle,(The trustworthy God)
Atofokante,(Our Confidant)
Adunbarin,(Worthy to walk with)
Adunbalo, (Worthy to follow)
Adunkepe,(God you can call on)
Apata ayeraye,(The rock of ages)
Atobiju,(The Almighty)
Atofarati bi oke,(Our support and defense)
Apata wa,(Our rock of Ages)
Odi wa,(Our shield)
Alabarin aye wa, (Our companion)
Olupese,(Our provider)
Olugbega,(The lifter of our head)
Oluranlowo,(Our help)
Ireti wa,(Our hope)
Olu aye,(God on earth)
Olu orun,(God in heaven)
Oba ti gbobo oba nt’owo Re gb’ase,(Kings from whom kings take directives)
Adakedajo, (He who Judges silently)
Adajo ma fi t’enikan se,(The just Judge)
Oba ti kii s’ojusaju,(The just God)
Oba t’enikan o le pe l’ejo,(The king that can not be judged)
Oba aseyiowu,(Unquestionable God)
Oba tii s’agan d’olomo,(The god who opens the womb of the barren)
Abiyamo ode orun,(The great mother of heaven)
Atorise,(God who can turn bad situation to good)
As’oloriburuku d’olorire,(God who can remove the inadequacies from ones li=e)
Arinu r’ode,(God who sees the visible an the invisible,)
Olumoranokan eda, (He who sees the intent of the heart of man)
Oludamoran (The Great adviser)
Baba wa,(Abba father)
Ore wa,(Our friend)
Ibi isadi wa,((Our refugee)
Aabo wa,(our protector)
Oluwosan,(the healer)
Asoku d’alaye,(He who brings the dead to life)
Olorun alaaye,(God of the living)
Oba ti n p’ojo iku da,(God who can change appointment with death)
Oba ti emi gbogbo enia wa l’owo Re,( He who has the keys to our existence)
Oba ti nti t’enikan o lesi,(He who shuts and no one can open)
Oba ti nsi t’enikan o leti,(He who opens and no one can close)
Awamaridi,(Unsearchable God)
Abetilukara bi ajere,(God who is all ears)
Aiku,(Living God)
Oba ti ki sun, ti ki togbe (The king that neither sleeps nor slumbers)
Oba onise nla,(The great worker of good)
Onigbonwo wa, (Our sponsor)
Olorun pipe,(Perfect God)
Olorun rere,(Good God)
Akiri s’ore,(He who goes about doing good)
As’ore kiiri, ,(He who goes about doing good)
Gbongbo idile Jesse,(The root of the tribe of Jesse)
Oba t’o f’oro da ile aye,(He that created all things by his spoken word)
Oba to ti wa k’aye o towa,(He who was in existence before creation)
Oba ti o ma wa nigba t’aye o ni si mo,(He who will remain at the end of al= things)
Oloruko nla,(The great name)
Ologojulo,(The glorious God)
Emi ni ti nje Emi ni,(I am the I am)
Oba t’oni gbogbo ope,(He who deserves all praise)
Olorun t’oni gbogbo iyin, ,(He who deserves all honour)
Oba ti ko ni pin ogo Re pel’enikankan,(God that does not share his=glory with any man)
Oba t’o ti wa, t’o si wa, ti o si ma wa lailai, (The God that was, that is=and that will remain for ever)
Ibere ati opin, (The Alpha and omega)
OBA AKIKITAN, (Eternity will not be enough to praise and honour you, O Lord).

Oriki Olodumare Olorun:
Names of God in Yoruba Language, Praise Names, God’s Names in Yoruba (Oruko ati Oriki 



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