Today I write with great sadness, an aching head, red eyes, running nose and a heavy heart. Which is weird because yesterday I had typed up and was about to post a happy post and share my joy. In an instant that changed. Yesterday June 20, 2011, I lost my dear friend who went to Secondary school with me, we were bed partners in dorm for at least 3 years. As most Loyola alumni, once you get in, a bond is built forever and we are tied into one family. She was also a very very close friend to my twin. Today, I do not write to solicit condolences, I'm writing from a place of great realisation and to share what an amazing person, Uche Okeke
It might sound cliche because everyone says this but Uche was actually an intelligent person. Throughout high school, she came first in every single test and term. Which was pretty annoying come to think of it. But it a battle ensured to overthrow her, that was successful maybe only 4 times. Uche went on to University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona and interned at Microsoft. She was working at Microsoft in Seattle when she decided to go back to Nigeria for her sister's wedding. After the traditional wedding Uche, her brother, Chuka along with a driver and two of the bride's friends were in a car accident and died instantly.
The details may vary slightly but this is the information I have so far. As a collective community, Loyolans have been grieving together all over the world since yesterday. We honestly cannot understand the loss. Death seems so far, like a mystery till it knocks on the door right beside you and stops you in your tracks. It could have been anybody. Whether we want to blame the hit and run driver, or the lack of good roads in Nigeria, or the car that burt into flames, the reality remains. Uche and Chuka are gone to meet our Heavenly Father and we need to direct prayers of comfort to her family.
Uche was supposed to start at Harvard this year. So it begs the question, what plans are relevant? I'd say the love you show to the people around you, those you may have to leave behind and the memories they will have to clutch tightly to. That is our legacy.
Here's a video just to show that I am NOT kidding. Uche was an amazing person. Her family, Her friends, Loyola, Nigeria and the world has lost a potential game-changer.
Rest in Peace Uche and Chuka and the other people who died in the car accident.
May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen