Tribute to Mr. Ayatu Momoh
I could not believe my eyes when I saw the update on someone’s status breaking the news of his death. I decided to put my ears to test since my eyes could not verify the fact. I put call across to a lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication to confirm, what I heard was exactly what I read. Simply put, Mr. Ayatu is dead.
To me, Death should not be a shock anymore. I had heard about death, I had slept in the same building with the dead. I read news about death in large figure on daily basis and I know that death is always on duty. But my series of experience about death was just a mirage; Mr. Ayatu’s death was more than shocking, it hits like a bullet.
Mr. Ayatu was born on 25th of June 1978 in Igalamela-Odolu LGA of Kogi State. He had is primary education at Qua-Iboq Church of Nigeria Primary School, Ugwolawo, his hometown between 1986 to 1991 and proceeded to Community Secondary School, Ugwolawo Idah between 1993 to 1995.
As a man who so much developed interest in education, he followed his brother who is a police officer to Offa, Kwara State. He joined the Federal Polytechnic Offa with his secondary school leaving certificate as a printing attendant in year 1999. While working in the Polytechnic, He obtained his National Diploma in Department of Mass Communication between year 2002 to 2005 and had his Higher National Diploma between year 2007 to 2009.
Fortune smiled at late Ayatu and was converted from printing attendant to Technologist in July 2011 shortly after he bagged his HND in mass communication. Through his great zeal, dedication and commitment in the department, he was assigned as an exam officer in year 2011. Mr. Ayatu’s thirst for knowledge led him to Joseph Ayo Babalola University with some of his colleagues in the Department to obtain B.sc in Mass Communication between year 2013 to 2015. After his B.sc, Mr. Ayatu never relent. He knew what he wanted against all odds and pursued his career further to obtain M.sc in Mass Communication at Joseph Ayo Babalola University. Mr. Ayatu was re-assigned as an exam officer in 2017, he was the manager of polytechnic printing press till his death, he belonged to Association of Communication Scholars & Practitioners of Nigeria ( ACSPN).
Mr. Ayatu died on Sunday, but on Sunday before his death, he attended a meeting of his kinsmen in Offa, he wrote the minutes of the meeting as the secretary, he gave the closing prayer and called it day on the spot; he embarked on eternal journey just like that.
He chatted his project supervisees on Sunday morning talking about meeting them on Monday, that Monday meeting had been postponed till resurrection day. He had traveled to his final home, the home we all belong, willingly or unwillingly.
Had Mr. Ayatu fought anyone before his death, such person will be labelled and held responsible, ‘Ijaodola’. Tell the one that holds grudges to embrace peace. Everyone is ‘aniku lapo’ and no one is ‘kuti.’
His death could not only be described as painful exit but a big loss. Losing a very simple, easy going, approachable, calm, friendly lecturer like him would forever etch in our memories.
Death is a lesson for the living. Mr. Ayatu’s death had taught us another lesson that tomorrow is not guaranteed. No one could ever imagine Mr. Ayatu’s death in the next five, ten years. He was agile, active but God’s plan supersedes ours. God has staged his death as a surprise. He took him away without any notification. God is wonderful!
The legacy he left behind is worthy of emulation. He’s always ready to help, always ready to impart knowledge, always ready to listen to his students and he took life in its simplest form. Tell the one who holds life in high esteem to calm down. Death is real; life is vanity.
Good night to the amiable lecturer per excellence. May God be pleased with your soul.
Condolence to the family, the Polytechnic, School of Communication and Mass Communication Department at large.
Written By Busy Brain