Olatunde “Chief” Charles Oniya

Olatunde “Chief” Charles Oniya

Olatunde “Chief” Charles Oniya, born September 2, 1991, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family and friends, April 19, 2020, at the age of 28.

Chief was born in Houston, Texas to Olufunke Ann and Chief Titus Kolawole Oniya. He graduated from the University of Houston in May 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology. While at University of Houston he met Alicia Adams and they had their son, Mekhi Oniya. From the day of Mekhi’s birth, Chief prided himself on being an amazing father and loved spending time with Mekhi working on cars, go-carting, playing basketball, swimming and creating everlasting memories.

In the summer of 2017, Chief met the love of his life, Essence White, in Houston, TX. Since the first day they met they were inseparable and did everything together. They created tons of beautiful memories over the years from traveling, sporting events, new restaurants, movie nights, and attending Hope City Church. They looked forward to building an empire together.

Chief was an accomplished entrepreneur from an early age, in high school he sold candy, hosted parties and fashion shows. In college and until his passing, he was a personal trainer helping other achieve their fitness goals.  His sales experience was the foundation of his real estate career. At the age of 26, he was the youngest and first African American in Houston Business Journal Top 20 Agents. In 2016, he was ranked #19, in 2017 he was ranked #16 and in 2018 he was ranked #12 out of 32,000 agents. Chief took great pride in mentoring and inspiring those around him, his hard work and success motivated the generations to come. In only 3 years as a real estate agent he accomplished more than some have in their lifetime; he was featured in magazines, tv shows, radio interviews, and won dozens of awards. He was a true visionary and had big plans for The Oniya Group take over the real estate market.

Chief had a strong love for cars, motorcycles, working out and spending time on his boat. He took pride in motivating others and living a life built on determination and achieving what he set his mind to. He gained to embrace the saying #HustleNowSleepLater, for he believed in working hard, living life to the fullest and not making excuses.

Chief is survived by his parents, Chief Titus Kolawole Oniya, Olufunke Ann Oniya, his son Mekhi Oniya (6), his siblings; Steve, Chris and Wyande Oniya. His girlfriend, Essence White, his best friend, Fareed Mian and a host of uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins, extended family and friends. 

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Olatunde Oniya Livestreaming for Thursday evening

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  • May 1, 2020 Reply

    I knew Chief from the Houston Racquet Club. Although I did not know him well, he was always friendly, kind and very knowledgeable. My condolences to you.

  • May 1, 2020 Reply
    Jonathan Meley

    I’ve only got to meet you a handful of times but it has been a honor knowing you! Chanell and I had a blast when we came to visit you and Essence in Houston and you showed us nothing but love from day one. After our trip I spoke to Chanell and told her I really liked Cheifs vibe and he’s a great person at heart. It deeply saddens me that we didn’t get a chance to see you again but we both know you are in a better place. You will always be in our hearts!
    – Jon

  • May 1, 2020 Reply
    Amaechi Okori

    Please accept my sincere condolences. I did not personally know Chief Olatunde Oniya, but I found out about him recently through Instagram in these past few weeks, following his posts daily and his journey as he ferociously battled cancer. I followed along and prayed along with him and for him hopeful that he will recover, only God knows why he was taken too soon, but please have solace in the fact that he is resting well in heaven. I am so glad he lived his life to the fullest and he was such an ambitious person. I have learned so much from his life. May God comfort and strengthen you all, and may his soul rest on in perfect peace in Jesus name, Amen.

  • May 1, 2020 Reply
    Shannon Higgins

    It was a pleasure and honor to meet this young entrepreneur in our brokerage at RE/MAX Legacy Living. I truly admired his work ethic and how he encouraged those around him. He was truly a great inspiration to us all and I’m sure we all strived to be just like him. Prayers and condolences to his family and yes he will truly be missed.

  • May 1, 2020 Reply
    Cara Jordan

    Essence we love you and we are all praying for you and Chief’s family.

    • June 26, 2020 Reply
      Asif Shaikh

      Chief and I did business together and it saddens us to see his departure from this world. Our prayers are with his family.

  • May 2, 2020 Reply
    Steve Oniya

    As Tunde’s oldest brother I must say the love and support from everyone is greatly appreciated by our family and friends. He lived his life to the fullest. And made a positive impact on so many as we saw these past days and throughout his 28 years of life. Many will learn positively from his experience. The Oniyas.

  • August 5, 2020 Reply
    Latosha Thompson

    First, I would like to send my heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. I had the pleasure of taking a Real Estate course that he offered. He was the type of person that you would NEVER forget. He was nice guy filled with tons of knowledge and willing to share it all. I thank God for allowing him to cross my path because he was definitely inspiring.

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