Rest In Peace Dapo!
The current and past members of the African Students Association are saddened to announce the passing of our beloved friend Oladapo “Dapson” Atitebi following a battle with cancer. Dapo was an integral part of the ASA and wider Columbia family and as news of his passing has spread, we have been overwhelmed and touched by the outpouring of loving messages and remembrances about him, from his deep bellowing laugh and pitch-perfect imitation of Mufasa from The Lion King, to his incredible intellect, wisdom, and kindness which he shared generously with us all. He made every ASA meeting a joyous and thought-provoking occasion, supported and encouraged us in our academic and extracurricular pursuits, and inspired us with his dreams and passions – from coding to playing guitar, from entrepreneurial plans to epic games of Mafia.
A death is never easy to hear about, but the death of such a beautiful soul who embraced life so wholeheartedly is especially difficult to bear.
We know that Dapo would not want us to remember him with grief, and so with our tears come smiles and laughter as we reflect on how he lit up our lives. We are beyond grateful for the time he spent with us and will always honor and celebrate his life and spirit.
Dapo was not only an amazing friend to us, but also a loving and devoted son to his mother. A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise funds to see her and his family through this difficult time, and support of any kind is deeply appreciated: http://www.gofundme.com/6sct6s.