By Charles Kumolu
RENOWNED Niger Delta leader and immediate past Chairman, Itsekiri Leaders of Thought, Pa J. O. S. Ayomike has described the late former Managing Director of Daily Times, Mr. Onukaba Adinoyi-Ojo, as a man that exuded brilliance and self-confidence with a desire to make a difference.
In a tribute to Adinoyi-Ojo, Pa Ayomike said: “I have met all sorts of people: the brilliant, dumb, pleasant, wicked and like they say the good, bad and ugly.
“For some strange reasons, the day I met Onukaba Adinoyi-Ojo remains indelible in my mind.
Late Dr. Onukaba Adinoyi-Ojo
“At his relatively young age— I am about 90 years old— we were both involved in a project that meant that we got in touch with each other frequently. He was a good man.
“I called Onukaba’s office on Monday, March 6, only to be shocked by the response that he passed away at the weekend. Needless to say that I was taken aback, and upset by the news that the young man died in a motor accident.
“At my age, nothing surprises me anymore, but Onukaba’s death hit me the wrong way.
“I knew him as the former Managing Director of Daily Times and a prolific writer. I, being a writer, we naturally crossed paths on some projects. The one that sticks in my mind is the Nanna Natural Museum in Koko, which we have both worked on.
“It is painful the manner young, good and promising seem to depart this world untimely. I, however, taking solace in the fact that the good book says we should give thanks to God for everything.
“I pray to God to grant his soul eternal repose and grant his family, friends and well-wishers the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.”