Yinka Adeparusi, an award-winning photojournalist, lost his life in a motorcycle accident, which occurred around Karu in Abuja, on Sunday, November 13.
However, just before he was confirmed dead, Adeparusi had been declared missing after the management of NAIJ.com had raised the alarm about his where about, following his absence at work on Monday, November 14.
And after a frantic search by police and goodhearted Nigerians, Adeparusi’s body was found at an undisclosed mortuary in Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Yinka’s brother in the US had helped track his last location through his Glo mobile number and sent the details to one of our colleagues who immediately made his way to Karu Police station, Abuja.
He was ushered into the DPO’s office and had barely explained all that happened before the man said: ‘‘Hold on, there was a bike accident on Sunday and the passenger died in the hospital.”
The DPO called the officer in charge, the woman walked in with Yinka’s ATM card and just like a bomb, Adeparusi was gone!
Colleagues of the late photojournalist have sent their tribute to a man who made an indelible mark in the Nigerian media industry.
Damilare Okunola (Editor) – “He was a dedicated professional to the core, humble and very passionate about getting the very best. The video team will miss him the most. Rest on brother!”
Oladele Hakeem (Editor) – “My heart thudded loud against my rib cage when your demise was confirmed. I felt heavy tears gathered on my eyes as I knew you were no more. Goodnight, the enigma.”
Chinma Ihenacho(Editor) – “One day you’re here, next day you’re gone… Another light dimmed, another dream cut off. We celebrate you, we refuse to mourn. REST IN PEACE Yinka.”
Jerrywright Ukwu (Senior Editor) – “Even as my heart bleeds, I am consoled by the fact that he made an indelible mark in the Nigerian media industry and the outpouring of love so far confirms it. Rest in Peace Yinka Adeparusi.”
Onyiye Muomah (HOD Entertainment Desk) – “Yinka was a great person to work with. Didn’t talk much but always joined in the fun. We in Abuja will miss his quiet presence so much.”
Seun Durojaiye (Entertainment Editor) – “Two kinds of people work the earth; those that live each day like it is a blessing and others who merely exist. Yinka was one of those people who lived like each day was an opportunity to soar. He had a clean soul, the type that taught you gentleness and humility at a glance. It is sad you are gone, almost unbelievable but if death be the next step to your glory then rest in peace my dear colleague.”
Abisola Alawode (Entertainment Editor) – “Yinka, we never met in person but from what I heard and seen, you were a delight to work with. May you always rest in peace.”
Babajide Orevba (HOD Sports Desk) – “Yinka, personally i will miss you. I remembered the drama we had in Kaduna during the Nigeria vs Egypt clash……
“You see a boy means you are a wicked and super striker”- was your last message to me when i told you my wife delivered a baby boy. Great guy…”
Nnenna Ibeh (Editor) – “Nne bekee! Don’t worry na, we will get this done.” That was your smooth way of encouraging and motivating me on assignments to be carried out. You never believed anything could be termed impossible, you were ever prompt in delivering on all the jobs we did together.Just two weeks ago we started “our little” photography class, and of course, you still did not come short of your encouragement… “Soon you’ll be clicking like a pro,” you said to me during our last lecture.Ooo Yinka!! My heart is broken… Like a bright light you pierced through our hearts, stealing the moment and then… slipped away, leaving us all, wondering. You sure know you’ll be missed, Yinka!!! Keep resting, bro…”
EM Nikki (Entertainment Editor) – “Yinkaaa, I remember how much fun I had during my first red carpet event with you. I was there in heels running up and down with you and we shared jokes backstage about the event and how stressed we were. Still, you pushed through like you always do. I remember the thing that happened at Dreams (Abuja) that made me know how great a person you were. There are other good memories that will take too long to say, but just know I remember them all.
“For you, being nice was natural. You couldn’t eat in the office without inviting us and I will always appreciate those moments. Especially the oreos you brought after your leave and we devoured it mercilessly, lol.
“Working at NAIJ was more fun with you and this loss is shocking and too sad. I’m so glad I hugged you as I left the office on Friday (as you spoke to someone on the phone). I wished you a good night and left. Even now, it’s till we meet again and still not, ‘good bye’.
“I trust God has something even better for you planned in Heaven and you are going to have a fantastic time there. I will miss you dear. Rest in perfect peace Yinkaa.”
Henry Igwe (HOD Star.naij.com) – “Let us live like we are short of time, like the clock is ticking so fast the game is almost over for us. We must live life to the fullest, and living to the fullest is an illusion if we don’t stamp our names in the sands of time.
“Let us take pride in the moments we share together here, because despite our differences we have all become like one family. Let’s all be ready, by so doing nothing takes us unawares.
“We have lost one of our own, a gentle soul with an incredible mastery of the art. He came, he saw and he conquered. He was an impeccable figure who put his heart and soul into the craft. As day goes and night falls, as clocks tick, seasons come and go, we will never forget his contributions. And though we are gravely pained, we find solace in the fact that he lived it like every moment was his last… by leaving massive footprints in the sand of time.
“Rest in peace, Yinka Adeparusi. We are in this together!
Helen Ajomole (Entertainment Editor) – “Words fail me! Yinka Adeparusi… Sun Re O.”
Eromosele Ebhomele (Editor) – “It was just disheartening…we waited in anticipation after you were declared missing, prayed and believed that you would return. Then the message came like a bomb. You will truly be missed, Yinka Adeparusi”
Nomso Obiajuru (Editor) – “We just lost a very passionate photojournalist and unarguably one of the best out there. RIP Yinka Adeparusi. I know your soul is resting in the bosom of the Lord.”
Nkem Ikeke (Senior Editor) – “When Adeyinka Adeparusi woke up that fateful day, November 13, he had no idea it was going to be his last. If only he had known…
“Yinka was a calm and very professional individual who took his job seriously. He has ceased to exist in the flesh but his works will live on. May his soul Rest in Peace!”
Ayomikun Bamgboye (Key Accounts Manager) – “RIP Yinka… We love you but He loves you more.”
Michael Abimboye (Senior Editor) – “The song is ended but the melody lingers on… Goodnight my colleague and brother Yinka Adeparusi.”
Akinyemi Akinrujomu (Editor) – “Yinka was the perfect colleague. Soft-spoken, caring and always ready to help out his teammates. If there was anything wrong with him, it is that he was good to a fault. Will miss him.”
Sanusi Sola (Entertainment Editor) – “Yinka Adeparusi, you came, you saw and you left an indelible mark in the Nigerian media industry through your photos. You will dearly be missed but your works lives on. Adieu dear colleague.”
Bayo Olupohunda (Editor-in-chief NAIJ.com) – “Yinka is a true professional, disciplined, hardworking and always available. As a colleague, he is dependable and had eyes for creating great images. Yinka may be physically gone, but his legend lives on.”
Goke Olaegbe (NAIJ.com Country manager) – “We would definitely hold on to the good memories we shared whilst he was alive. His humility, calmness and diligence to duty will be fondly remembered. RIP Yinka.”
Yinka Adeparusi bagged a degree in photojournalism and Cinematography at the Lagos state university.
Among other awards, Adeparusi received the People’s Choice Award for Human Rights Photography in Africa, German Development Media Awards in 2013 and was the winner of the photojournalism award of the 6th Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting in 2011.
RIP Yinka Adeparusi from NAIJ.com team