Odubela family bereaved, as Legendary Icon, Chief Julius Bukun Odubela a.k.a JB passes on - Paul Ukpabio's Blog


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Friday, 4 December 2020

Odubela family bereaved, as Legendary Icon, Chief Julius Bukun Odubela a.k.a JB passes on

The Odubela family of Ikenne Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria, has been thrown into mourning since the Legendary Icon, Chief Julius Bukun Odubela a.ka. JB, passed on in the early hours of November 22nd 2020 after a brief illness.

But then again, for the family, it is not all about mourning; it is also a celebration of life. Pa Odubela came, saw and conquered. “It is the exit of a disciplinarian, entrepreneur and a goal getter,” said one of his sons.

Chief Julius Bukun Odubela (JB) was born on the 5th of march 1942 to the family of late pa Amos Gbadebo Odubela and late Chief Mrs Dorcan Sikuola Odubela. He had his early education at wesley school Ikenne where his mother was a food seller at a point in time. The father was a devoted Methodist that worked with early Methodists missionaries to Remo land in particular Rev Mellor. 

He worked with Nigerian Provident fund and later Shell BP in warri before returning back to Lagos to join International Business Machines IBM as sales executives. This also allowed him some foreign exposures.

He retired and went into active business spanning agriculture  manufacturing. trading and software development.

He was also known for his famous advertisement and publicity company, ‘Kayode Gbadebo Enterprises Ltd’ which printed caps, t-shirts, banners and many other products for multinational companies including Benson and Hedges, Nigerite, International Breweries to mention but a few.

“He was also a producer of Adire and Ereke Shoe Polish. I was from 1983 to 1986 the Manager of the company and I travelled the length and breadth of the South West to sell its products. Our customers mainly were in Gbagi Market in Ibadan and Ile-Ife. 

He also ventured into the business of producing flower pots. In fact, daddy was among the first set of manufacturers of those fanciful flower pots which adorned every nook and cranny of Lagos around 1982,” said one of his sons who is today a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

It’s obvious that Pa Julius Bukun Odubela was indeed a super entrepreneur of many parts in his lifetime. He was known to be generous to a fault. A dedicated, pious man, he held various positions in the church and was so dedicated that in the early 80s to late 90s before he relocated to Ikenne, he used to travel with his family to Ikenne to attend the Sunday service at Methodist Church. He is the founder of Egbe Alafia and a patron to many of others groups in the church.

Ceremonies marking his final home call, will according to the family, commence on Wednesday with a Service of Songs by the Men’s Fellowship on 9th December 2020 at his residence 45, Kehinde Sofola way, Ikenne, Remo at 5pm.

That will be followed by a Christian Wake Keep on Thursday the 10th of December 2020 at Aud Primary School, opposite Idowu Sofola House also at 5pm. The Funeral Service will take place on Friday 11th December 2020 at Methodist Church Nigeria, Ikenne starting 11am.

Among his children are: John Olusegun Odubela a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (his nephew), Rev Dr Kayode Odubela who is a Vetenary Doctor and Presbyster at Methodist church Ikenne, Dr Gbenga Odubela, a medical doctor based in Jigawa state, an entrepreneur, Engr Femi Odubela and other children.

Pa Julius Bukun Odubela died at the age of 78.

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