- 70 years old
- Date of birth: Dec 25, 1940
- Date of passing: Oct 8, 2011
|Let the memory of Dr. Barrister D. A. be with us forever|
"Oct 8, 2011 will forever remain the day I got the worst news of my life. I remember a few days leading up to that day, something didn't feel right. My dad was supposed to make a trip to the States, but was waiting for me to close on my house. After months of going back and forth with appraisers and the bank, I finally closed on the house. He was one of the first people I called. And he said, Ok. I should be there sometime in October. But come October 5th, he called to tell me he was sick, thinking it was the regular malaria(Yes. Unfortunately, malaria is regular in African countries). But on Saturday, Oct 8th, him and I had a great conversation, and he told me in his ever so reassuring voice that he was going to be ok. So, off I went for a shoot(about Halloween). A few hours later, I got that call. The call that forever changed my life.
The voice still rings in my ears, "Oby, your father just took his last breath." "What do you mean he just took his last breath?" Next thing I knew, myself and my cell phone were both on the ground, and my cameramen were pulling me up. *exhale* *arrrggghhh* I said to myself that I wasn't going to get in this mood this year, but it's one of those things you can't help. My tears won't let me type any further.
So with that said, I want to use this day to remember an honorable man. Father to many. A Biafaran soldier. A man who fought, and was the voice of the people. One of the very few that would never give a policeman in Nigeria a bribe(LOL). The man who did pro bono cases for people who couldn't afford to pay him. He cared more about people than money. By running his own law office for 25yrs, he taught me the value of owning a business. My biggest cheerleader! The man who instilled indelible values in me. The disciplinarian himself(lol). The person I learnt from at a very young age that hard work can and will get you far..... I can go on and on about this man.
I salute you, Dad! I know you are interceding for my brother and I in your typical Nwaogbe fashion. Carry on, Sir!! May your legacy continue to live on, Ekweghi Ekwe1 of Ngwaland!"
No words can explain the excrutiating pain I feel, knowing that you are no longer here. 10yrs ago was when I saw you last, and was hoping to see you again this month(October), but God knows best. Rest in Peace, Daddy."
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