The body of the UK Nigerian Diasporan community stalwart Otunba Dr Oladapo Oshun-Williams was finally laid to rest in Sidcup, South East London on Wednesday.
The late Otunba Tayese of Akoko Ondo, Nigeria was buried at a small and intimate ceremony attended by just close family members and friends including Otunba Wale Kalejaiye, founder of the Nigerian Think Tank Group of which Dr Williams was a former Chairman and till his death, a Board of Trustees Member.
The much loved and highly respected leader died of a heart attack on the 4th of August shortly after taking part in a Youth Empowerment Zoom Seminar organised by the “Agba Ko Ni Tan L’orile Oodua” Group.
The death of the highly popular Chieftain and Erudite and Socialite caused great ripples of grief among his many friends and fans, as well as several beneficiaries of his generosity and mentorship.
Chief Dapo Williams popularly known as DW was a high achiever and had several accomplishments to his credit, including the Project Management of the Canary Wharf Building in London, NMC property portfolio management, and Facilities Maintenance and property management for several high profile organisations .
He was a corporate real estate consultant with a deep involvement in the Gas and Oil sector as a forecourt Petroleum products retailer.
He was also the founder of President Buhari Campaign Organisation.
DW was a real community activist who constantly sought to create the spirit of unity, cohesion and collaboration within the UK Diasporan community. That is why DWs popularity transcended the “elitist ” segment of the community. He was “at home” in any kind of event or gathering and his appeal was “universal” without being outlandish or loud. Many have described him as humble, kind, jovial and fashionable.
He is mostly remembered by many community events, initiatives and projects organisers for his incredible generosity and encouraging spirit.
The impact of the sad death of Otunba Dr Oladapo Oshun-Williams will be felt by many especially those who knew him or were close to him for a very long time to come. He definitely left very big shoes that will be hard to fill.
He is survived by his wife Tina, three children, a grandson & siblings.
May his lovely soul rest in peace.
My personal tribute to DW
As a first born child/grandchild, I grew up with very little in terms of older siblings, heroes or role models☹
But as an adult, God blessed me with many older friends whom I call Egbons (Big brother or sister)
Dapo Williams was one of the best of them. He was a true big brother to me.
He was a true diamond geezer. The best big brother from another mother anyone could hope for.
My projects: Sistas & Divas
NEA UK – He supported them all: Emotionally, physically, financially.
Even during my stint as General Secretary of Central Association of Nigerians in the UK (CANUK), and the myriad of tests that came with the post, he was a true backbone.
He was the only one of my friends who blessed my mum with a substantial amount of “Holiday spending money” when she came over for my 50th birthday in 2016.
I have a very special personal bond with Dapo Williams as an encourager, supporter, inspiration and friend. I shall miss him terribly😢
Even my mum is feeling the loss.
A loss that will be hard to replace.
He will always be very fondly remembered but definitely unforgotten.
Rest in Peace, Our Diamond DW and may God strengthen your children, your wife Tina, your entire family & many heartbroken friends.