Dr Idowu Adeshiji Adeboyejo
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Dr Idowu Adeshiji Adeboyejo was born on 11th April 1967 in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria to Pa Adenopo and Madam Adenike Adeboyejo. He attended Itele Primary School and gained admission to Ijebu Ode Grammar School (JOGS) in 1978. He distinguished himself when he sat the WAEC examinations and gained admission to the University of Lagos (UniLag) to study Chemical Engineering in 1984. He achieved his BSc in 1989 and completed his master’s in Chemical Engineering at the same university in 1992. He later travelled to the UK and completed his Doctorate in Chemical Engineering at University of Birmingham in 1998.
He got married to the love of his life Abiola in June 2002 in London and they had two beautiful children, Adeyemi and Adeola.
He worked in several organisations including, Shell Nigeria and the University of Birmingham.
He also ran a tuition centre in Birmingham to prepare children for the 11 plus examinations and GCSE examinations. He enjoyed teaching and mentoring young people, especially children and young people from Nigerian migrant families to be the best and aspire to academic excellence. He was instrumental in supporting many migrating Nigerian families to settle in Birmingham, including many members of his family.
He attended the Father’s Heart Centre; Birmingham and he developed his love for God and his faith through his membership of the church until his passing. His faith in God grew and strengthened throughout his period of illness and we take comfort in the knowledge that he was at peace with God and knew His maker’s love even at the end.
He was an ardent chess player and a fervent supporter of Liverpool Football Club. He adored his numerous siblings and cousins, and he had a wonderful sense of humour and was a unifying force in his family. He was ‘Broda mi’ to many people in Birmingham, the wider UK and in Nigeria. He was ‘Aboki’ to his friends and classmates at Unilag, and ‘Man-noble’ to his classmates at JOGS. He was ‘My darling’ and ‘ID- mi’ and ‘Oko Biola’ to his Abiola and ‘Da—d!’ to his Adeyemi and Adeola.
On 12th September 2023, Idowu was called to eternal glory and is now with his Father in Heaven. He was a brilliant dad, husband, brother, uncle, son, son in-law and friend and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.