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EULOGY TO A TRUE MENTOR


It is normal and often a cliché for people to address their fathers as mentors, role models and a source of inspiration. This sometimes is not always true especially when the values and philosophies of a father are not reflected in the son who claims is a protégé. The Igbo tribe call it different names- Enyinnaya (a friend of his father), Omekannaya (a true reflection of his father), Obinnaya( the heart of his father) and many others.

For me I have actually been mentored, pampered, scolded, molded, instructed, cared for by this man whom I have grown to love and admire.

  • A man would have me sleep on him all through the night.
  • One who would always come to pick me up in nursery and primary despite the schedule of a father.
  • One who would help me suck out the mucus in my nostrils
  • This same man has taken the pain of sending me to the best schools anyone would ask for.
  • This man has brought himself so low at one point that my siblings and I would have the best in life.
  • A man who would allow me sit with him on the driver’s on our way to the village.
  • One who shouts on me and comes back the following morning to apologize to a 5-year-old.
  • Who carries me to bed each time I doze off in the sitting room.
  • This same man made out time to teach me how to tell the time with our wall clock.
  • Interestingly the signature I append today on documents, this same man drafted it for me.
  • A man who took me to secondary school and tertiary institutions on my first day in school, stayed with me until I was finally registered.
  • He still came all the way from Eastern Nigeria to the capital city of Abuja for my visiting days.
  • It is because of this same man that I have been privileged to be who I am today.
  • The lessons and values I learnt from him are now what drive and I instill same in my three lovely sisters.
  • To crown it all this same man is still the same and has not changed one bit.
  • This same man made out time to teach me how to drive, what a man?
  • In fact, he has taken the pain of trying to find a help meet for me, please don’t laugh if you grab… *straight face
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Irrespective of all these I am not irresponsible, spoilt, or without focus either, so he is indeed a mentor, a friend, confidant and a father, who never laid a finger on me. As he marks another year of his birth, please join me and celebrate this man of integrity, love, care, a leader of people, an indefatigable fighter, an ever-loving husband (my mum has never bought a phone and she is not a housewife ooh, just a tip), and an inspiration to myself and siblings.

Do me a favour and reach him on these lines and tell him how much we (Mum, Nneoma, Ifeoma, Chiamaka) love him-08037239195, 09037457961, 08084344505,08050274844 or on [email protected].

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO Chief Nicholas Ej. Azubuike Osuagwu

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On his chieftaincy installation in December 2014… he earned it by purposeful contribution to his people.

 

This piece was first was published on www.leadershipwithcda.com and on the Nation Newspaper on the 15th of April 2013


About Chukwuemeka Azubuike

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