I am who I am because of who she was
Though I knew this day was coming, I was no less devastated when it happened.
I still remember that night in August 2019, when she called me and said that she was not sure of making it alive by daybreak. I jumped on the first available flight to Enugu in the morning and by God’s grace, I met her alive. Not only that I met her alive that morning, God preserved her life for another 27 months which happened to be the best times of our lives together.
I watched helplessly as her health degenerated despite the A-team of health professionals, therapists and caregivers battling to keep her alive. Even with the pains she went through, she still manages to smile at me and “apologize for putting us through so much stress” with her failing health, even though we never complained.
Her last wish was to see me. Unfortunately, she passed on before I got to her. I have never stopped wondering what she would have told me but I am comforted by the fact that we spent quality time together especially in her last two years on earth.
Ezinne was much more than the woman who gave birth to me. I will forever be grateful for the grace and wisdom that this mighty woman instilled in me.
I have never met any woman who is stronger or more resilient than my mother. Widowed and orphaned at a very young age and with two little children to cater for, she did not allow her circumstance to determine her future. Without a secondary school education, she engrossed herself with home studies and extra lessons. And within 2 years, she cleared her GCE Cambridge “O” and “A” Level subjects with distinctions. That enabled her to get direct admission into higher institutions and as they say, the rest is history.
I am who I am because of who she was. She was my greatest inspiration. She raised my sister and I to be champions and superstars. And after she was done raising us, she turned to her younger brother’s children all of whom she also molded into champions.
I’m not perfect but anyone that has come across me or done business with me must have felt her imprint. She ingrained INTEGRITY in my DNA. And anytime any of my kids is singled out as the best behaved in school out of hundreds of others, the credit rightly belongs to my Mum. To me, that’s her greatest LEGACY.
For as long as I live, I will never stop working to make EZINNE MARIA IFEOMA UZUEGBUNAM proud.
As we mourn her passing away, I wish to express my deepest gratitude to all her siblings for standing by her and with her. Even though we only have her twin brother, Engr. Simon Okafor as the last man standing, I want us to remember her other siblings who had gone to be with the Lord earlier. From the eldest, Late Mrs. Theresa Nwobi, to the second set of twins; the one and only Late Sir Peter Okafor (Ezeamalu) and Late Mrs. Josephine Nwosu. We remember all of you in prayers.
Ezinne, here is wishing you a smooth transition to paradise.
Frank Chukwunedu Uzuegbunam