Born on 30th September 1959, at Ode Omu, Gbongan, Osun State, late Adeboye attended Apostolic Primary School, Odo-Okun Modakeke, Ile-Ife. He later went to the Oramiyan Memorial Grammar School, Ife before attending the Teacher Training College, Ipetumodu.

Gbenga got a job as a ticketing clerk at the Nigeria Airports Authority (now Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN) while still freelancing for Radio Lagos where he started a very popular programme which catered for Yoruba listening audience titled Funwontan in 1981.

This programme was later re-baptised to Gbenga Adeboye in the Mix on Radio Lagos and Gbenga Adeboye in the House on OGBC.

While doing these, he cut over nine albums and put them out on cassette, including Ph. D Beetle, Orosunkunnu 1 & 2, Funwontan 1 & 2, Ijinle Oro lati ori ite mimo 1 & 2. Adeboye’s popularity earned him several nicknames including Alhaji, Pastor Oluwo and Funwontan which stuck with him until his death.

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In 2003, he was said to have personally sent out text messages to his friends announcing his death. Everyone wondered why he sent out that kind of morbid humour.

He was said to have relapsed into coma again while performing on stage and was taken to the Catholic Hospital Oluyoro in Ibadan. It was when the governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu was his predicament that he was brought to St. Nicholas Hospital and diagnosed of renal failure. His condition never improved for the three weeks he spent at that hospital from the time he was taken there until he died on the 30th of April throwing the entire entertainment scene into deep mourning.

Gbenga Adeboye is the pioneer founder of FIBAN in Nigeria, Freelance and Independent Broadcasters’ Association of Nigeria. An independent cooperate body of qualified broadcasters.

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