Hole 19/20 hollers, AGC, IGC Ibadan, Other golffin communities mourn Saki golf captain Gbemileke Akinyemi - SALIENT TIMES ONLINE

Hole 19/20 hollers, AGC, IGC Ibadan, Other golffin communities mourn Saki golf captain Gbemileke Akinyemi

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By Our Correspondent

The Nigeria golfing Community has lost another great golfer of repute, Chief Oluleke  Akinyemi.

Late Chief Oluleke Akinyemi who died  on  Saturday, 11th July, 2020  after a brief illness.was the Captain of Saki Golf Club and  former Captain of Ogbomoso Golf Club in Oyo State and Kadariko Golf Club in Niger State.

According to his wife,  Mrs. Oluwafunsho Akinyemi, her late husband was very active up until Wednesday night before he  developed  Malaria fever and was taken to an undisclosed hospital where he later died.

The deceased until his death was a caring and compassionate man who was loved by everybody around him.

Mrs. Akinyemi  disclosed this  to members of Abeokuta  Golf Club (AGC) and Hole 19/20 Hollers of Nigeria  during a condolence  visit to the family in  their Akute  residents in Ogun state.

She appreciated  the  Club Captain and members for the love shown to the family, assuring them that details of the burial arrangements would  be  communicated  to the Club management  as soon as the  family meets and conclude on the arrangements. 

The delegates were led by the Captain of Abeokuta Golf Club, Mr. Kolawole Adeleye, who on behalf of the Board Of Trustees, Executives and Members, consoles the family,  describing the   late  Saki Golf Club Captain, Chief Oluleke Akinyemi  as a symbol  of  unity and peace  loving Golfer whose legacy and impact would forever remain in the hearts of the golfing communities in Nigeria. 

Speaking with newsmen  the  Co-ordinator of Hole 19/20, Hollers of Nigeria, the golfing group  that was co. founded  by the late Chief Oluleke  Akinyemi, a group of golfers that membership cut across the country,  Com. Dolapo Jinad, said  the death of chief  Oluleke Akinyemi was a great loss and rude shock to the Nigeria golfing community at large.

He said the contributions that  late Captain Akinyemi  had  made  towards  the development of game of golf in Nigeria at large especially south west cannot be over emphasise in the history of the game  and would be greatly missed and remembered by all.

Com. Dolapo  said "I am yet to believe that Chief Akinyemi is late, because he is someone that is always full of life. He called me on phone last week Monday and he spoke with me about the pending Hole 19 /20 Hollers Tournament. Everybody in the golfing circle were still expecting Covid-19 to end and see him  coming out bubbling as a cheerful philanthropist and  golf enthusiast.

The Captain of Ibadan  golf Club and member of Hole 19/20 Hollers Chief Ola Ibironke , said the  deaths of Captain  Akinyemi at this time of his age is a serious lost and the last thing that any one could ever imagine, adding that the deceased was one of the most generous donors in the golfing circle.

His words "still like am dreaming till now. How can a man like Captain  Oluleke  Akinyemi  die just like that?  such a man that was full of life and highly devoted  to  the  golfing  community at large. Despite his relationship  with different golf clubs, and being a member of many clubs in Nigeria, his contribution in all this clubs is very key and noticeable."

Chief  Ibironke prayed to God to be with the wife and Children he left behind. 

Also speaking in a telephone interview,  a childhood  friend and  the  Chairman  of Saki golf club , who is also a member of Hole 19/20 Holler , Chief  Isaac Ishola  , said the death of late Chief Akinyemi  was a  sad and very painful one, especially at a time that he just bowed out of the service of Nigeria Custom Services after 35 years, saying his death would surely bring set back to the development of game of golf in some part of the  country, assurring that late Captain  Akinyemi   will surely be immortalised  by the committee of friends and the golfing community. 

In their separate condolence messages, past lady captains of Ibadan Golf Club,  and members of Hole 19/20 Hollers, Madam Grace Brawn and Mrs. Evenly Oyome, described the late Captain as a symbol of  blissful  golfer and a  perfect  gentle man to the core, saying that his death was a great lost to the Nigeria golfing circle, especially the Ladies sections, been a major sponsor of Ladies'  programmes and would be remembered  for his kind gestures. 

Also commenting on the death of Late Saki Golf Club Captain, one of his close friend Chief Jide Sarayi and other  friends who are Hole 19/20 Hollers members  Mr. Doyin Owolabi , Mr. Jimoh Ogundare, Barr. Toney Gbegbaje in their separate messages expressed gratitude to God for his life, most especially for the opportunity he had to serve the Federal government for good 35 years without any blemish, thanking God for granting him peaceful exit.

The committee of friends urged his wife to take heart and be strong for the children,  praying for God's presence and protection over the entire family.

Late Chief Akinyemi until his death was also the past Captain of Kadariko  Golf Club in  Niger State, member of Abeokuta  golf / Sports  club ,Ikeja, Ibadan and, Tiger Golf Clubs , as well as Ilorin Golf Club, Micron Golf Club Adaa in Osun State among others.