Moboluwaji Olaseinde Makinde
January 14, 1951 - October 08, 2021
Moboluwaji Olaseinde Makinde, the eldest of 10 children, was born in Ondo City, Nigeria, on January 14, 1951. During his formative years, he attended Oyemekun Grammar School, where he regularly achieved high marks.
A natural-born leader and trailblazer, he was the first member of his family to attend university. He graduated from the University of Ife in 1975 with distinction and a degree in agricultural engineering. A top student, his studies took him worldwide, including stints abroad at Mississippi State University (Starkville, Mississippi) and Western Illinois University (Macomb, Illinois).
Never one to follow the crowd, he always took the lead in all areas of life, and this was no different when he encountered the message of Jesus Christ while in college. Enraptured with the radical message of grace and love, he became a fervent and passionate follower of the gospel mission to spread the good news of Jesus anywhere and everywhere.
Entrepreneurial to the core, he helped form and spearhead a movement comprised of other young believers in Nigeria that came to be known simply as "The Brethren." Through this ministry, he would meet his bride and eventual wife of 39 years, Stella. Moved by her wit, selflessness, beauty, and passion for Christ, Bolu and Stella fell in love. They were married in 1982 and began growing their family.
Acting on prayerful foresight, they moved permanently to the United States in 1986 after the birth of their 3rd child. The decision was not easy as they both left the familiarity of a home country for the unknown but hopeful promise of life in the United States.
Once settled in America, they continued expanding their family, eventually raising six children, all of whom would continue the legacy of their Father by obtaining college degrees.
As for Bolu, he continued his entrepreneurial pursuits in the states, founding Covenant Construction Company, which he ran for over 30 years. However, all the while, his faith in Christ continued to drive him in good times and difficult ones. He shared the love of Christ in ministry by penning books, poems and starting a worldwide online network (Sons of God Forum) comprised of thousands of men and women from hundreds of countries who desire to become more 'Christ-like".
Bolu was a father figure to many. His siblings and extended family members affectionately called him "Big Daddy" for the way he led and gave of himself to keep the entire family connected.
The attributes that defined him remained the same throughout his life: serving and giving. He always preached a message of service to God and others, which he felt were one and the same. His love for his family was shown in the way he sacrificed. He set aside his wants, dreams, and desires to ensure that his entire family was better off.
His love, laughter, and generosity will be dearly missed by all who knew him. He is remembered by his family, including his wife Stella, his six children, nine siblings, seven grandchildren, and countless cousins, nieces, and nephews. He is a role model and Father figure. His giving heart, charismatic charm, and love for the Lord Jesus Christ will never be forgotten.
What motivates me to give? I love being a giver.
"It is more blessed to give than to receive."
I love to help and make a difference.
I can only give what I have.
God gives to me so I can give.
So I give and give and give. I can never outgive the Lord.
My supply source will not run dry.
I need to enlarge my ability to receive, my barn must be enlarged
to receive all the harvest I'm expecting.
My barn is not made of wood, or soil, or stalk, no -
My barn is people, the people of God and any person in need.
My barn is my neighbor.
3/9/1997 (6:35 am)