Custom Search 1

Tribute concert at Coventry uni tonight

BEING REMEMBERED: Adeyinka and Olawakunlemi

A TRIBUTE concert is being held tonight (October 27) in memory of two black Coventry university students, one of whom died while on a Christian mission in south America.

Ethan Greer, president of the university’s African Caribbean society told The Voice the society has organized the event, entitled Hope- A Celebration of Life , to honour the memories of Olawakunlemi Teniola, 20, and Adeyinka Sobyejo.

Olawakunlemi, a devout Christian affectionately called Kunle, drowned while taking part in missionary work in Brazil in July. Adeyinka passed away after losing a battle with brain cancer.

The tribute concert, which is also a fundraiser, is being held at Coventry University's Student Union, starting from 6.00 pm.

“These two people were big members (of the African Caribbean Society), and had an impact on a lot of people, so when they passed away, there were a lot of people that had a lot of positive things to say about them,” Greer said. “As it was Black History Month, we felt we should honour their lives and do a tribute to them instead of the usual (people) like Martin Luther King (civil rights icon), because we feel they were just as inspirational.”

The event will feature poetry, live acts, music and entertainment, all with the aim of raising money that would be split to support areas that were close to the deceased students’ heart.

Greer said Adeyinka’s half of the money would be used to raise awareness of brain cancer while the rest would fund the Olawakunlemi gospel ministry, which the group and Olawakunlemi’s family are setting up in his memory.

“Kunle passed away doing what he loved best: helping people,” said Olawakunlemi’s brother Alex. “He was reaching out to the little children, showing them that God still loves them and sees their troubles. We want to carry on his legacy with the Olawakunlemi Gospel Foundation.”

One of Olawakunlemi’s friends, Abigail explained: “Our mission statement is to reach those less fortunate such as orphans, widows, homeless people.

“We’re starting off with a Christmas event feeding homeless people, then we plan to hopefully go back to Brazil where Kunle died, and then touch as many countries as we possibly can. We want to unite all faiths and religions and just share the love and generosity.”

Friends and family of both students said they are still reeling from their deaths even though they treasure the memories they have of both young men.

“Ade was a forgiving person, and he always saw the best in everyone. He was always happy. To have known someone like that is a blessing,” said Joana, one of Adeyinka’s friends.

Of Olawakunlemi, Abigail added: “Kunle was a very loud, lovely, caring person. Everyone in the Uni knew him. He was so generous and he lived his life for other people. He even took it upon himself to go and do missionary work in Brazil, to help people over there, and he literally took his whole wardrobe to donate it to people there.”

His brother Alex added: “I miss him so much. There’s never a day that I don’t think about him. We’re still in shock, and I’m not coping very well. But God knows what he’s doing; I guess he has a plan.”

Subscribe to The Voice database!

We'd like to keep in touch with you regarding our daily newsletter, Voice competitions, promotions and marketing material and to further increase our reach with The Voice readers.

If interested, please click the below button to complete the subscription form.

We will never sell your data and will keep it safe and secure.

For further details visit our privacy policy.

You have the right to withdraw at any time, by clicking 'Unsubscribe'.

Facebook Comments