Monday, May 4, 2009

IN LOVING MEMORY OF MY DEAR MD,GODFATHER AND MENTOR- O.S OSUNDE (MAY 1959 - JUNE 2008)



This is a celebration of life well spent..as its not the number of years spent but what your life represented while on earth....His life blessed those of us that had the previledge to meet him and work with him!...

Many times, we ask God 'why'? when we do not understand things happening to us..Last year, i asked that question, when a man, i dare to call my mentor and father in so many ways passed on..This was a man that was with faults yet faultless! He was so many things to so many people..

I met him the first time in 2003 and since then..i fell in love with his person and what he stood for..i still believe in my heart, he is alive as i talk about him most times as if he is alive and just travelled..yes he travelled to be with the Lord!.."God..I Bow to your supremacy in his matter!..tough for me even now..but the beat must go on!..i run my race everyday..looking forward to seeing him in heaven..because i know that is where he is..as a born again believer and child of God!..The words that has kept me till now is my prayers for him when he was sick..God spoke to my heart....this sickness is not unto death..i held unto that "word" and hoped that he would live for us to write the book we would have launched on his 50th birthday which will be on the 6th of May..The title of the book , i got from his usual mannerism of saying " the truth of the matter is...and then his statement!..lol..when he died..it was as if God lied to me..but when i spoke with another of his protege and a dear biological brother of his..i knew without a doubt that it meant he will not die physically and eternally..but will be with God forever..To live is Christ and to die, gain indeed according to Philipians 1 - 21- 23 .

I still think about him and remember one of his favorite Scripture in Psalm 37-25.."since i am young and now i am old..i have never see the righteous forsaken or his seed beg for bread"..I have this confidence that his family can never suffer lack as this words will stand for them in times of needs and God indeed will be the husband to the widow and a father to his adorable children in Jesus name! Psalm 68: 4 -5

The message here was a message i sent, to the men in "Next Generation of Fathers" group, when we were teaching on self leaderdship, God's way..Hopefully..I will be able to write it as a book and also write my MD's Biography..a book i have titled THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER..according to O.S Osunde..This book will talk about his view on family, marriage, christianity, business etc..I have some notes i was always scribbling in our various meetings..He was a story teller with so much lessons to learn from his story..if i had known he would die so soon, i would have recorded those words on tape...It is well as i know God rules in the affairs of men and like Rev.Chris Okotie said during the service of songs for him at the Household of God church...."God has stepped in to his affairs, just like the case of Lazarus and the rich man..Luke 16-19-31..As in Lazarus case..before his death, it was as if God travelled..but after his death..his enjoyment began in the bosom of Abraham!..God help us all in Jesus name amen!


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Subject: SELF DEVELOPMENT - LEADERS ARE DOERS AND LIVE WHAT THEY PREACH !

A true leader live by example..do as i do as well as i say..Leaders put themselves to lead their people by example..so that as the followers observe their lives..they too end up walking the talk, just like the leader.

My late Boss and Mentor taught me this.. I spent almost five years working with him before he passed on last year 2008.. but i learnt..how to put God first, my client, team mates in business..Here are some things i learnt from this uncommon mentor:

1.The company had a monday weekly prayer meeting where we commit all our operations, staffs and clients to God. He was always at this Monday meeting except when he had a meeting with Client outside or was out of the town..He joined in taking turn to share God's words in the bible with everyone.

2. He always gave to all the financial contributions for staff birthday, wedding etc..and had a policy of the company helping the staff.

3. At the end of each business year..The company sows to various ministries, sharing the profit of the company to bless the work of God and humanity.

4. He was always there for staff members, advicing, being a father,friend etc. He treated Clients with respect..no matter how young they were..he had this principle that the client/customer may not always be right but should be treated with utmost respect..small wonder..clients gave him business to do repeatedly. He truly had integrity with client, suppliers,staff etc.

5.He never tolerated slothfulness or medocrity, He was always pushing us all to go the extra mile and He did so himself..He was the first most times to start carrying work materials to make sure our events were successful.

6. He will call you when you are doing an event, ask all the questions and what you will need, if things are not right..if need be, he sends back up etc.

7. He was a family man to the core..seen in his love for his wife/children,extended family, staff etc..there was no dull moment with him, he would even attend naming ceremonies of drivers.
Note..though being an event planner/ manager meant he was outside his home most times..but when there was no work..he ran home to be with his family and had this policy of going straight home from work to be with them and watch TV/Films..many a times..during football season, i use to call him to tease him, if his club side was winning or losing!..and most times, when his club side, wins or lose..those in opposing/supporting sides will get his treatment..lol..

8. He rewarded hardwork, had a kind word and a smile for everyone..Even when he was angry..he talks to the offender, not attacking the person but the situation..He was indeed a model boss/mentor as he lived what he told us..everyone looked up to him..he teased us, laughed at jokes, will hail people like drivers, gatemen, cleaners as if they were kings/queens..he ate and shared his meals..with the least of staff..so to speak..to him everyone was important..He is gone today but most of the principles i live by today, i learnt from him and to immortalise him forever in my heart and life, i named my only son and baby boy David, his name..Osayande!..he was indeed an uncommon mentor..a doer of what he preached!

Do you know..Your children model your behaviour and not what you say..they do what they truly see you or others do rather than what is said.

Prayer point: Pray for my Boss/MD for life's family that he left behind..His dear wife and three children plus extended family including members of the companies he had..God is in control!

Pray that your helpers will live long and fulfill their destinies and above all live and die in Christ!
(I just added this 2 prayer points to the original message)

Ask God to help you be a doer of His word, and also be an example in your conduct at all times.

NOTE - I have declared the month "MAY" AS MY MONTH TO INSPIRE AND EMPOWER PEOPLE, SO THEY CAN BE THE BEST THAT THEY CAN BE ! ITS DEDICATED TO TWO OF MY MENTORS THAT HAVE INSPIRED AND EMPOWERED ME TO BE THE BEST OF ME: MY DEAR BIOLOGICAL MOTHER AND MY LATE BOSS & MD! THIS IS THE MONTH OF THEIR BIRTH AND I BLESS GOD FOR THEIR INFLUENCE IN MY LIFE..MY MUM CELEBRATED HER BIRTHDAY ON THE 2ND ..WHILE MY BOSS/MD WOULD HAVE BEEN 50 YRS ON D 6TH OF MAY! (My status on facebook).

I celebrate all my dear friends and family members celebrating this month..my dear younger sister and baby girl, my cousin, my friend Richy and so many others..God bless and make this new year of your lives orderly and fruitful in Jesus name amen!

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