what a moving story about a decent and great man, men like your dad are now rare breeds in the world today and even rarer in nigeria. thanks for sharing his memories and keeping it alive as well.may he continue to rest in peace
A very interesting human interest piece. I beleive that many of us that were fathered and mothered by civil servants in those days can see ourselves in the life times and death of your father. I think Nigeria has lost its innocence with the passing of that generation.
Okey, Welcome to my world - the world of fatherless people. Mine died in 1971. He and Mama married after the harvest period of 1941. They did not have the opportunity of going to School so as to either be Postal Clerk or Teacher.They were Cocoa farmers snd were very successful. They loved each other so much but my father would not tell my mother everything he was told or knew about.Generally, Yoruba husbands/elders of those days won't tell all things to their wives as precautions that womaen can't keep certain secrets or rather because they considered women to be more emotional than men. We were seven in all. Four boys and three girls.We should have been ten altogether but the first three boys died before I was born even towards the end of 1940s. Father put us all through School and I carried on his project of educating all my siblings even before he died. Oh yes, Okey, some memories won't go away and the memory of my late father is no exception, from 1971 till this present moment. Weep not, child, for your father had died. How can I stop you from crying over such a wonderful father as you presented him to us? Only see to it though, that each time that his dying day come calling let not tears be streaming out of your eyes,afterall you and I were not conditioned to keep our loved fathers with us here till the end of time. Mazi Ndibe, sun re o!
I AM MOVED BY THE ENTIRE STORY. I CAN IDENTIFY SAME QUALTIES FROM MY LATE PARENTS WHO WERE MURDERED BY THE PEOPLE THEY TRAINED, NURTURED AND IMBIBED THE CHRISTIAN DOCTRINES IN.
HOWEVER, I AM TOCHED BY YOUR FATHER"S INSISTENCE ON MARRYING THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE. GOD HAS PROVEN TO YOUR FATHER'S RELATIVES HOW WRONG THEY COULD BE. THE FACT THAT THE MARRIAGE NOT ONLY LASTED BUT WAS NURISHED WITH THE LOVE THE TWO SHARED ENERGIZES ME. I AM GOING THRU THE SAME FROM MY HATEFILLED, OCCULTIC RELATIVES WHO ARE DOING WORSE THAN YOUR LATE DAD'S.