So I somehow forgot to post this on father`s day. but better late than never.
I celebrate you today and always, Ogbuenyi Ezediunor Emmanuel Onwumeh. Too often, you are pushed to the background. Not today.
You it was who brought me to this world, using mummy as the vessel. I
still have some of the gifts from my 1st birthday; my Musical Youth
& Lionel Richie 'All Night Long' tapes that you got for me; having
realised I had fallen in love with music just like you. I still remember you waking up the neighbours on Saturdays with the turntable, The Beatles, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding and the Temptations, Peter tosh, Bob Marley and the wailers, Osadebe, Oriental brothers, Earl Klugh, Hot Chocolate, Shalarma, Louis Armstrong, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Donna Summer, Candice Staton, Patti Boulaye, Diana Ross and a host of others.
We dreaded you when we were younger; now, I know for a fact that your bark is worse than your bite. You exemplify the words kindness and generousity. You literally gave
the last shirt on your back for others: each and all comers were welcome
and still are.
You are an inspiration to me and my sisters; we
got our love of literature and books, music and dancing, the
UNREPENTANT love of football and LIVERPOOL FC from you. I watched THE LIVERPOOL STORY, with King Kenny, the man Barnes, Ian Rush, John Aldridge, Peter Beardsley with you as a teeny, weeny, gangly (yes, back then, you thought I`d be tall) child and that transferred your love of the club and town to me. I still remember
UEFA champions league final of 2005, we watched history being made
together. Little Chukwudalu is already a baller and Kopite too, thanks to you.
You probably don't realize how your own brand of 'pep talks'
are enshrined in our hearts. We have not always gotten along; but I know
you will always be there when I need you. I pray the lord keep you; there is so much we are yet to do together. Keep being the father you are to us and everyone.
This one's for you
daddy. Dumebi Jennifer Eze-Okwundu, Isioma Rachel Onwumeh, Ifechukwude
Magdalene Onwumeh, your grandkids and I salute you. HAPPY FATHER's