By C Don Adinuba

I remember meeting Samuel Chukwuemeka Odinye only twice, but he made such an impression that I have the feeling that I have known him all my life.

The first meeting was during the burial last September of Dr Edwin Onwudiwe, his uncle, an elegant, eloquent and highly knowledgeable former senator.

For some reason, the Master of Ceremonies didn’t turn up, and Samuel took over the role. He made a good job of it, with his trademark smiles.

The second meeting was curiously at the burial of another member of the accomplished Onwudiwe family: Oscar, eloquent, committed to the common good and witty like his uncle, Edwin.

Sam was as courteous and hospitable as ever. He was all over the place, trying to assist.

Very few couples anywhere enjoy the kind of genuine love, affection and understanding between Sam and his wife, whom I fondly call `The Joy Girl.’ Joy extended the deep love to Sam’s mother.

On the 2021 Mother’s Day, The Joy Girl wrote a message, complete with charming pictures of the mother in-law, which she posted on the social media. The tribute was from the depths of her heart.

We pray the Good Lord receive Sam’s noble and loving soul. And may He protect, guide and bless his family, friends, relatives, associates and all those who knew this gentle giant called in the prime of his life. 

“The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away. Praise the name of the Lord’’ (Job 1: 21). (MOI)Mr C Don Adinuba is current Anambra State Commissioner for Information & Public Enlightenment

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