Nnamdi Ugwuanyi: Tribute to an uncommon brother and friend

Nnamdi Ugwuanyi

Nnamdi!!! Since your sudden and painful death on 16th January, 2019. I have tried to capture our moments together over 50 times but each time I tried, I end up weeping uncontrollably.

Nnamdi!!! I had dreams and plans of things I will do for you, but none of them involved making arrangements to send your corpse home from Lagos, having to make plans for your burial or writing you this tribute.

You were more than a brother to me, you were my motivator, my knight and shining armour, my go-to guy any time any day, my confidant, my best friend and my role model all wrapped in one and most of all my big brother. We fight always but now all I do is fight to hold back tears.

I wanted to do everything you did because I wanted to be just like you, now I sit here wondering what to do because there is no one to replace you.

My biggest regret is that I never told you how much I love you and what you mean to me. I wish we could start all over and I promise I will tell you how much I love you every other day.

Nnamdi!!! Your untimely demise has dug a chasm in the lives of everybody that has crossed path with you. You where diligent, visionary, gentle, humble, wise, passionate, compassionate, mature, a perfect gentleman, a leader and brotherly. Little wonder you where nicknamed MR. UNCLE by your peers.

Oh death, why did you have to take him? You should have allowed him to get to 70 maybe 80. I am bereaved, I am confused, you were the rallying point in our family even though you where not the eldest. You were a unifier, a convener and a leader amongst your many clique of friends and every group you belonged.

Somebody please console me because I am still in shock, I’m in pains. Who will bring you back? Who will look me in the face and tell me I am wrong like you do? Who will scold me? Who will motivate me? Who will push me? Who will I tell all my secrets? Who will have my best interest at heart like you? Who will have my back like you? Who will love me like you do? Who will be my best friend? Who will be my big brother? Who will be my anchor man? Nnamdi, you are simply irreplaceable.

Mr. Unkl!!! Words can never be enough to express what we shared or what you mean to me. I can go the whole hug just to have one more day with you. I can give all I have just to see you again.

You will always be on my mind for the rest of my life, I promise to honour you by imbibing and practicing all the virtues you taught me.

Your death is the biggest pain I have ever suffered in my life, but I take solace in the fact that I gained an angel in losing you, my prayer for you is that you find eternal peace in the bosom of our Lord, till we meet again to part no more.

I will never ever forget you, Mr. Uncle. May your soul rest in peace.

Your beloved brother,

Barr. Ejike T. Ugwuanyi

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