It’s still like a dream. Since I got that phone call on that black Saturday, I have been wishing every morning as I wake that it goes away like every bad dream, but it’s like this is a reality. Are you really gone Chichi? Tell me. You were a great woman, a lioness, so brave and audacious. You were my second mummy and guardian, very protective and possessive of me and our younger sister. You were our comrade-in-struggle.
You mean you departed without saying good bye to us, especially to me your only brother. Why? This is very unfair. You loved and treated me like your first son. You monitored my well-being as if I was a child. I will miss all these now – those your prophetic counsels, affection, warnings and insights. You always see ahead and beyond the present. You were very vocal and forthright and the world doesn’t like these.
You were a great lover and extremely generous. You were kind and friendly to a fault. You loved and even help and defended your enemies. You fought for the oppressed. You trusted everybody. You trusted, dined, lived with and always gave them your best and I also think that that was your weakness. But God blessed you because he that waters must be watered. You were always ready to share your little and last with everybody. But who is this people’s princess?
Lillian Chichi was born in August 24, 1972 to the family of Onowu Prince and Mrs. Patrick Ifeanyi Agbo of Amechi, Awkunanaw in Enugu State. Her father was the immediate past traditional prime minister of the town. She is a double princess. Her paternal grandfather Chief Mathias Agbo was the traditional ruler of Amechi and her grandmother Princess Uzo Nwanbanta Agbo the daughter of the famous Chief Mbanta; the wealthy and influential paramount ruler of Amodu Awkunanaw. She was traditionally named after the Princess Uzo, our grandmother.
She attended WTC primary School and City Girls Secondary school Enugu. She taught in several schools including Success Gate Primary and Secondary, Peace Academy School, Alagbado, Lagos, and was in the process of establishing her own school. She also was a teacher in Fountain of Glory Church, Alagbado. She loved education so much and pressed to establish a good school to raise good future leaders. In fact, she was already in the process of establishing her own school. This was her burning dream. Will this dream ever come to pass again? Maybe now, memorial school in her name? She is survived by her husband, two sons, three daughters, a grandson, a daughter-in-law, brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, uncles, aunties, mother-in-law and others.
Now Chichi, why did you leave at the time of harvest? We labored together, we wept together, we were betrayed together, we were scorned together and we hoped together. Why did you choose to go at the point of reaping? I thought the bible said that those that plant should also reap? Who will reap all our efforts with me? Well, I thank God for you. You came, you saw and you conquered. As if you knew that you were about to be translated, few days before you departed you brought your kids together and were lecturing them on forgiveness. You told them to forgive no matter the depth of the offence.
Thank you for being my sister. Thank you for all you did for us. Thank you for all you love and kindness. Thank you for holding forth even when and where the bravest men will give up. We are celebrating you. Chi baby you did well. I am very proud of you. Go and rest in the bosom of the LORD my kid sister Princess Lillian Chichi Duru (nee Agbo). We will see again as our great God and Savior – Jesus appears. Till then, goodnight!
Your brother, Gabriel
. Agbo is the author of the book power of midnight Prayer. E-mail: [email protected] Tel: 08037113283. Website: www.authorsden.com/pastorgabrielnagbo.