Valentine Pandy Akinnibosun was born on the 20th of August, 1946 at Ondo town in the present Ondo State.
His father was Papa Yesufu Akinnibosun and the mother's name was Olaronke Raliat Oladapo. Pandy as he was fondly called, started his early life at Okegbogi street, in Ondo town. He was barely 2 years old when his father died. He was the last of three children that the mother had for Pa Akinnibosun before his death. He started his education very late due to certain circumstances. He first of all went to Answer-ud-deen primary school, Iyemaja at Ondo. He later moved to Christ Anglican Primary School, Ogbonkow, where he completed his primary school leaving certificate.
He moved to Independence Grammar school in Ondo as one of the pioneering students when it was founded in 1960. He stayed at the school for 3 years. While there, he was the school football (soccer) captain. He was loved and admired by many as a result of his dexterity while playing soccer. He was also the food prefect captain at Independence.
He later moved to Oke-Ibadan Boys Highschool, Ibadan where he was the captain of the school soccer team for 2 years and they won the Regional Principals Soccer Cup for the 2 years he was there. He also played soccer for the Western Region Academicals under the tutelage of two great Nigerian Coaches: Thunder Balogun and Dejo Fayemi. He started his working career in January, 1966 with the famous Sameday DryCleaning Service at Ibadan.
He was initially employed there as a supervisor and due to his dedication to duties, the expatriate owner of the company, made him a manager within 6 months. He later moved to Lagos in 1968 with the same company. He resigned his appointment to join the Nigerian Navy. He later left the Navy to come to the United States. Before leaving Nigeria for the United States, he got married to his heartthrob, Funmilola Margaret Babalola, whom he met while at Independence Grammar School, Ondo. They got married in 1971 and if not for his death, they would have celebrated their 50th golden wedding anniversary next year. When he got to the United States, he settled first at Washington D.C and his wife came to join him in 1973.
They gave birth to their first daughter in Richmond, Virginia. To further his education he attended the famous Virginia Union University in Richmond. He graduated from Virginia Union University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. He worked most of the time while in Richmond, with Mascot Oil Company. He became a manager before he finally left for Nigeria. The wife had two other sons in Richmond, Virginia too. He relocated to Nigeria in 1983 to join his wife and their 3 children who had earlier left before him. While in Nigeria he did his compulsory National Youths Service with the First Bank PLC, at their investment house branch, on Broad street, Lagos for one year. After the completion of his National Service, he was employed by the Federal Government of Nigeria as an Administration Officer at the Federal Ministry of National Planning, Federal Secretariat in Ikoyi, Lagos.
He worked for some few years in Nigeria before he decided to relocate to the United States due to health challenges that his children were facing. As a matter of fact, the children were almost in and out of the hospital on a weekly basis due to the condition prevailing in the country and the environment that they were not used to. His second coming, brought him to Los Angeles in 1988.. He was a very hardworking man and owned many businesses one of which included a 99 cents store and a limousine company.
He was well respected in the community by his customers and clients, they loved his personality. While in the United States, he had never forgotten his home country and his people back home. He had also said that he would like to retire back home one day. Before embarking on his last journey to Nigeria, he said he was going home to rest and not knowing that he would never be seen alive again. He was one of the biggest Lakers fans and loved watching them play as well as the Washington Redskin Football team. He also loved spending quality time with his wife and grandchildren, being with his family and having fun with his friends. He touched the lives of many people with his generosity and selfless attitude. He was full of life and well loved.
BIG AFRICA, You will be missed!
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We are saddened to announce the demise of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend, Mr. Valentine Pandy Akinnibosun, which sad event took place on the 16th of June 2020 in his hometown Ondo, Ondo State, Nigeria.
He passed away suddenly. He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years Mrs. Margaret Funmilola Akinnibosun, a daughter, 2 sons, grandchildren, 2 sisters, 2 brothers, uncles, auntys, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
May his soul rest in peace.
Sun re o- Daddy Muibi Valentine Akinnibosun.
Sleep in God's blossom
During Valentine’s time on earth he was part of a Nigerian Association called Ekimogun of Southern California.
While in this club Valentine was an active participant in sponsoring the less privileged to change their life for good. Every year he would choose students who qualified for this scholarship from his hometown Ondo State, Ondo and help them further their education by funding their needs for school.
We the family would like to continue his legacy in helping out the less privileged, so that these students can continue their journey in education. If you would like to help further Valentine Pandy Akinnibosun’s Legacy please feel free to donate here.
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Thank You - The Family
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