I am indeed saddened but grateful to God Almighty that on this day 15th of June, 2018, Wale Aboderin aka D Chair, Chairman, Punch Newspapers who was a good friend, boss and mentor, will be committed to mother earth. He died on May 30, 2018 at 6.05a.m after a heart surgery at
The book of Ecclesiastes chapter 3 vs 1-2 (NKJV) reads; to everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: A time to born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted.
These verses of the Holy Bible are indeed true to every human being on earth, a time will certainly come when we will all have to say good-bye to this world. The biggest questions afterwards will be:
- Where would you spend eternity?
- How would you be remembered?
This gentleman who spent 60 years on planet earth will be remembered for the thousands of lives he touched and all the good he did. He was a man of the people who treated everyone irrespective of age or class with utmost respect.
I wrote a more detailed tribute that was published in the Punch Newspaper.
Three weeks before D Chair passed away, he sent me a message at midnight asking me to see him the following day. How can I forget his very last words to me that fateful day, as I was about to take my leave? He said “CFA, I don’t know how much you believe in yourself but I believe so much in you.” I smiled and replied, thank you D Chair.
Honestly, now I am blaming myself in a way, why was I not sensitive enough to understand that the sudden, unplanned meeting was Wale Aboderin’s personal farewell to me? I am convinced that this good man of a rare breed, who lived to see others happy wanted to give me one last dose of inspiration, that is the type I’d always remember.
Rest on D Chair for you imparted not just my life but thousands of others whom you met along your journey on Earth and your blessed memory lives on. I knew you personally for only a short time but these will remain unforgettable years in my life.
May the good Lord comfort the Wale Aboderin family, The Punch, Dolphins Female Basketball and all those that you left behind and grant everyone grace to attempt living a richly rewarding life like you did, Amen.
A good man is laid to rest today!
May his good memory live forever in Jesus name, Amen!