Olaoba Frank Arasanyin
(1954 - 2012)

Olaoba Frank Arasanyin

Ondo, Nigeria
October 10, 1954

Virginia, United States of America
February 10, 2012


The Life and Times of Prince Ojo Frank Arasanyin (1954-2012)

Professor Frank Olaoba Arasanyin was born October 10, 1954 at Afa, Okeagbe, Ondo State, Nigeria to the Royal family of His Highness late Ezekiel O Arasanyin and Princess Salamotu Arasanyin nee Alilu (deceased). Both parents were Christians of Anglican faith.

Frank was the 6th child in a family tree of numerous children and was the first to receive any form of western education. He started elementary school at the Local Authority (LA) Primary School Okeagbe in January 1960 where he obtained the first School-Leaving Certificate in 1966. He proceeded to Ajuwa Grammar School Okeagbe, the only high school in the area at the time, for his post-primary education between 1967-1972. He passed with good grades and then moved to Lagos, Nigeria's former political and still commercial nerve center of Nigeria. He gained employment at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) where he worked for sometime and rose in rank quickly.

His unquenchable quest for knowledge propelled him to seek admission for further education. In 1975 he secured admission to the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium where he obtained a B. A. in Germanic Philology/Literature in 1979. In 1981, Frank earned a M.A. in Germanic Philology/Comparative Literature with a Terminal Thesis focusing on the Cognitive Approach from Université Catholique de Louvain. Subsequently, he moved to the United States to continue his studies at Northwestern University, Chicago where in 1986 he received his Ph.D. in Linguistics with specializations in Semantics, Sociology and Psychology of Language. In 1991, Frank completed a M.L.S. (Masters of Library Science) in Library and Information Science with a specialization in Automation and Acquisition from Rutgers University.

In 1980 Frank went to Nigeria briefly to see his parents and returned in 1986 to hold the position of Lecturer and Director of Curriculum in Languages and Applied Linguistics in the Department of Languages and Linguistics, University of Jos, where he met his long life partner and wife, Victoria Okeke. He was there 3 years before he left for Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA, where he was a Senior Lector in African American Studies as well as African and Ethnic Studies. While at Yale, Victoria and Frank were blessed with two beautiful children, Folasade and Olufemi.

From 2001-2010, Frank was a member of the Writing and Linguistics department at Georgia Southern University, where he rose from assistant to associate professor while serving as the Coordinator of Curriculum and Program Development. In 2010, he joined the School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication at James Madison University at the rank of Professor. In 2011, he was appointed Director of the Graduate Program and Chair of the school’s Curriculum Committee. Under his leadership, and with the support of colleagues, the School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication accomplished a complete overhaul of its curriculum.

Frank published widely in his field. His books included a Yoruba-English Living English Dictionary (Yale UP) and Shifting the Center of Africanism in Language Politics and Economic Globalization. He also published dozens of articles, gave even more conference presentations, and wrote several successful grants. From 2002 through 2012, he reviewed grant applications for the U.S. Department of Education.

Frank loved life and had a charisma that people admired. He valued and respected everyone he met regardless of their position in life or educational qualifications. Despite his numerous educational qualifications and achievements, he was very humble and he feared God. His faith in God and Jesus grew stronger with the passing years. In 2007, he was diagnosed with cancer, stage 4, and was given a few months to live.

With faith in Christ, with loving family support and with medications, Frank surprised everyone by his strength and courage. He never quit teaching until January 2012 when his health started to deteriorate. He fought to stay alive for the love of his family. He never complained.

Finally, on February 10, 2012 around 12 a.m., the Lord took him home. This is very painful for all those that love him but also glorious, for Frank had a vision of where he was going after earth. We give God praise and glory for letting us enjoy Frank on this earth.

He will be greatly missed by his beloved family, church, friends and colleagues. We dare to include Frank's advice to all, "Please get colonoscopy at age 50 and have faith in GOD." It is not "goodbye" but "goodnight Frank." We will meet again in God's glory, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

ORIKI(Oratorical Praise)
Omowa omoekun
Omo Agbogbomoja
Omo ajiwajiwa ileke, sekeseke adodo, Omo Alade merindinlogun
Omo alabe kon isasi, Omo a fadodo seye
Omo arira denu okun yinbon kekekeke
Omo o pegede abi e ra pegede? O pegede ooooooo


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It has been 3 years that our beloved Dr Arasanyin passed on to Glory to be with Jesus.We fondly remembered the little time we got to know him,our only consolation is in 1Corinthians 15:51.
May God presence and peace keep and be with the children and Victoria.

Evelyn & Kayode
Kayode Ola (Friend)
February 10th, 2015
Today 2/10/15 is the 3rd year of our beloved husband, father and friend Dr.Frank Arasanyin departed. We miss him so much, words cannot describe. Thanks to everyone for all your encouragements. Our faith in God and the remembrance of the vision Frank had and spoke of before his departure comforts us. I want to share this vision to honor my late husband Frank.
He described the vision as standing at a place where on his left was a wide dark evil pathway(hell), uncountable number of people were going towards this route and he wondered to himself why should anyone choose this path. He turned to His right and there was a narrow way with a light shining and "the most beautiful music playing" and only few people were on this path (Heaven). As he pondered the events before him, he felt a presence. He turned and there was Jesus Christ, he said Jesus was the most powerful man he had ever met and yet when he looked into His eyes, it was an "ocean of love". He said he had never felt such love before. Jesus asked him "why are you afraid?, don't be afraid and keep walking towards the light". He asked Jesus who is the tall man standing besides him, and He replied " that's the angel that has been with you since you were born". Then he woke up, I was astounded and also very sad, Frank unknowingly described the event in Mathew 7:13-14 in the Bible, and the fact that he may be leaving us broke my heart. This vision occurred approximately a month before his departure.
But now this vision comforts us so much knowing he made Heaven as a person that believed and received Jesus Christ before his departure. It also encourages us to be steadfast as believers in Jesus Christ. We give thanks to God for all He has done for us amen.
My family and I pray this vision will also help and encourage others in their faith in God.
Victoria Arasanyin (Wife)
February 10th, 2015
May his gentle soul continue to rest in peace and may the grace of GOD Almighty rest upon his family.
Francis Abayomi
April 7th, 2014
Dr. Frank, as we fondly called him, was my teacher for just a year at the University of Jos, Nigeria.It was a short, but memorable time that we spent with him and we never stopped thinking and talking about his teaching style and all that we learned from him (after he went back to the US).I am shocked and heavily saddened to know of his passing only through this website.
May he rest with the Lord!
We pray that God grants his wife, 2 children and family the courage to bear his loss and all that he stood for. He had a lot to offer his students and is greatly missed!
Joan (Former student)
January 10th, 2014
I just learned of Frank's passing today through this website. I grieve he is no longer with us sharing our lives. He was a warm and giving person, generous in his friendship, time, advice, and support. He was a great friend to my late wife, also taken by cancer. My heart goes out to Victoria, Olufemi and Sade.
Seth Segall (friend)
December 12th, 2013
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"Sis Victoria, May the Lord bless and keep thee. May he lift his countenance upon you, OluFemi and Shade and give thee peace. It is well with you. You are always in our thouhts"
Evelyn & Kayode Ola
February 10th, 2015
"My beloved husband Frank, today 2/10/15 is 3rd year of your departure. We miss you so much. Your testimony of the vision of Jesus Christ of the broad and narrow way (Mathew 7:13-14) comforts us. We have faith to see you again in Jesus name."
Victoria Arasanyin
February 10th, 2015
"Sleep on dearly beloved Professor.May God comfort the family,Just getting to hear about his demise now."
September 11th, 2012
"Our brother Frank is now absent from us but present with the eternal and living God in Christ Jesus. God has given us "...exceeding great and precious promises; that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature..." (2 Peter 1:4)."
William and Marian (Tabi) Amponsah
March 3rd, 2012
"Victoria, We are truly sorry for your loss,but we know it is heaven's gain. We are praying for you and your family. God will see you thru this time in your life. We love you, and we will see Frank in heaven. Pastor Wayne Swanson & Jean"
pastor Wayne & jean Swanson
March 1st, 2012
"Uncle Frank didn't believe that anyone should be simply handed victory out of pity; he valued the process of earning it. He certainly earned his way into our hearts and has no doubt earned a great spot in the afterlife."
Rotimi Sekoni
February 29th, 2012
"We know you are resting in the Lord and we ask that your love of your family keeps them through all of these because they believe."
Ropo & Banke Sekoni
February 28th, 2012
"We pray the love of God enfolds you during your difficult times and he helps you heal with the passage of time."
Yemi G
February 27th, 2012
"In your short time here, you wiggled your way into many hearts. I miss your smile and your chuckle. I rejoice knowing I will see it all again in time. I pray peace for your loved ones left behind. LB RMH Cancer Center"
Labreeska "LB" Long
February 24th, 2012
"Frank was an outstanding and decent human being. He was a tower of hope and inspiration to all he met in his honest and transparent journey of life. We miss him dearly, but we know he is in God's arms. Rest in Peace, dear friend."
Saba and Renata Jallow
February 22nd, 2012


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