Tribute to the Late Dr. Iyayi Efianayi

Tribute to the Late Dr. Iyayi Efianayi

By Hon. Josef Omorotionmwan Thursday, March 21, 2019. Today’s Service of Songs at 4:00p.m, marks the beginning of the homeward journey of this business guru. Those who know us will find this Tribute rather sparse. It is by design. There will be space enough for necessary expansion in this legends biography that will come in

By Hon. Josef Omorotionmwan

Thursday, March 21, 2019. Today’s Service of Songs at 4:00p.m, marks the beginning of the homeward journey of this business guru.

Those who know us will find this Tribute rather sparse. It is by design. There will be space enough for necessary expansion in this legends biography that will come in due season:

In my human frailty, I write this Tribute with a sense of loss; and a sense of trepidation, thinking perhaps, that Dr. Iyayi Efianayi should have lived forever. But who am I to question the will of the Almighty God?

It is not life that matters but the courage we bring into it. Dr. Efianayi was one man who brought tremendous courage into life. Rather than live for himself, he lived for others, in the process of which he represented everything good to every good person. This was one man who could have willingly died so that the rest of us would live.

He was a humane human and an exponent of human kindness who did good to humankind without counting the cost. In every circumstance, he applied justice to all with universal equality.

Dr. Efianayi was a principled man – a man of stoic discipline. At the inception of our relationship, I failed his test of integrity but he quickly forgave me. He gave me a wife. On the list of items required for the traditional marriage, he stated, “STRICTLY NO ALCOHOL”. In my misplaced attempt to impress, I sneaked in one cute bottle of very exotic brandy brought to me from the US. On arrival, he personally inspected the items. Pointing to my very expensive brandy, he said, “Take that one away”. I felt humiliated but that was Dr. Efianayi for you. Again, that’s the price that wealth pays for wealth.

He was born with a wooden spoon in his mouth. He exemplifies the movement from the plantation to the ghetto and ultimately to stardom, all through the dint of hard-work and self-application.

He is gone but not forgotten. We are consoled in the fact that he lived a good life; he ran a good race; he fought a good fight – the fight of faith; and he finished his course. We are further consoled that, like the great Apostle Paul, a crown of righteousness already awaits him in the bosom of the good Lord.

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