Nnaemeka Stanley Okeychukwu Okpara
by Amaka Okpara
(Newbury, Berkshire, UK)
A Tribute to my loving Brother
Okey, my brother, my friend & for all my young life, my protector
Reflecting back on our life together, the early years…our childhood & on to our young adult lives; I can scarcely recall a day without your towering presence….cheering, comforting, assuring & supporting me through thick & thin.
Okey, my constant companion, As kids, I followed you everywhere and you were always patient & quick to defend me from EVERYTHING, be it school bullies or creepy crawlies…Always appearing at the speed of lightening at my very slightest squeal.
Okey, the perpetual comedian, you always knew how to make me laugh
We played, laughed & fought over the stupidest of things like all siblings do but through it all what always remained unchanged was your incredible capacity for kindness; Your ability to remain calm despite the turbulence; and discern situations with clarity….you were a rock & my calming influence in turmoil.
Okey, to know you is to love you; As many as knew you, loved you….and now, miss you;
All through the years, you touched so many; their loving thoughts & prayers now sustain me;
Together we stand in mourning; we reflect on our loss and we say our farewells.
What more can I say, how now can I hope to move on?
Still, God is faithful, God is infinitely kind; He has promised never to leave us nor forsake us, His Grace is our sufficiency, His words’, now and always, the solid ground we stand on, and in His joy our strength we’ll draw.
So rest, my dearest sweetest brother, in Gods’ loving bosom, until we see again, never ever to part any more;
Your baby sister