This was not the plan. It is now 7 days after.This still feels so surreal. Ah! Ibidunni, this one hit me bad. So much has happened ,yet I still can’t articulate my thoughts. Tee A mourns.
He continued “We had met on campus (Unilag) around 1996 ,and then one fateful night while I was trying to run out of newest hall 2, where I had come to check some friends, we met by the staircase and you asked if I knew where you could get an Hausa Fulani costume to rent, before I even asked what you needed it for, you said you where going for a beauty pageant and needed it.
I laughed in utter disbelief !
You Ibidun ! Beauty pageant ? Considering how quiet and private you have been even around campus.
You explained that it’s not “that kind of pageant “ rather it was to be the face of Lux beauty soap.
Wow…. wait a minute, they have contracted me too to perform a stand up comedy set at the event oo!
That night ,we scattered the whole campus looking for Fulani costume.
The day of the pageant came, I finished my performance but waited for you to be crowned because you were the crowds favorite and many saw beyond the beauty of your face.
Our Omo Iya journey began that day and all through University and till date .
Ibidunni….This was not the plan.
You set up Elizabeth R, after school and grew it from that small shop at the back,beside double4 then,
into a big time event services company.
I remember us moving the office to dolphin and you asking me to recruit and develop the office structure, all those young girls then ,are now proud CEO’s of their own companies and will never forget the role you played in their lives.
You loved and lived your life for people! Kilode !
Nothing was too big or expensive for you to share or give away .
All anyone just had to do ,was ask and you have released it. “Omo Iya it’s just bag ,it’s just money or it’s just clothes” that’s all you will say.
In that solemn voice of yours .
You are a fighter, a go getter and a very rare gem.
Very comfortable in your own lane and just happy to be in the company of your few “personal people “.
We went through a lot ! If only people knew that beyond your ever present smile,you had your own genuine issues.