is definitely foreign to many people. This is because Dakota is a state
in the United States but the subject of this blog is human, humane and
enigmatic. Isaac Akinola Oluwafemi Olamilokun is best remembered as
Dakota by his peers at Obokun High School and later Ilesa Grammar School.
Friends and Family still called him by that name. The name even
transcended his own era as many of his peers referred to his brothers and
sister as Dakota Kekere. He was my brother and would have been 73 on 29th
August 2017. I wrote this on my Instagram and I am reproducing it
Akinola Oluwafemi OLAMILOKUN. We remember you today as always. You left the
juicy Lagos to work at your hometown. You laid the solid foundation of passion,
diligence, integrity and candour. You epitomised loyalty and professionalism.
As the General Manager at International Breweries Limited you displayed
absolute commitment to the cause of your staff and company. On the spiritual
level you became an elder in your home church Araromi Ilesa and you worshipped
there. You loved and guided your siblings and family with passion. You still
live in our hearts today as always.
has treated, superficially, the subject of DAKOTA. I hope to concentrate
on the meat of the story in my memoirs. In 1985 during the long vacation,
Tomi and Toba cruised from Ilesa to Port Harcourt for a holiday with me under
the care of Mrs Abimbola Mercy Olamilokun. We drove in my Volkswagen
beetle. It was phenomenal and a demonstration of confidence, faith and love of
my brother and the wife, Mrs Helen Mosunmola Olamilokun, on our capability to
serve as father and mother respectively to these young ones. There were no
mobile phones in those days so they couldn’t monitor our movements. Yet they
had faith, unshaking faith that all was going to be well. Toba went with
me to the office at NNS AKASO, Naval Base Borikiri. I was then the Base
Education Officer and the Training Officer for the Basic Seamanship Training
School. Toba was lucky as there was no rain. When it was the turn
of my daughter to go the following day, the heavens came down heavy and Tomi
was soaked. She, shivering like a beaten chicken, was shaking but joyous.
She warmed up later to hot tea and still enjoyed her turns in the school. They
would follow me later for a game of squash at Shell Club Squash Court. May be
SLt Edward Ikiere was my partner or Mr Dejo Odeyinka. After the holidays,
Tomi and Toba went with us to Ilesa again in joyous mood. I wonder how
many of our present day fathers and mothers can release their children to their
aunt and uncle for such a long trip. It was faith and love on display and
that epitomised my brother, IAO. He still lives in our hearts.
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