By Adebayo Fajinmi
He wasn’t only a riveting intellectual and captivating philomath, but also an incredible philanthropist. A huge-minded man who was fanatically honest and uncommonly loyal to his community, Igbajo and Nigeria at large.
Prof. Ademola Adesina, former Minister for State for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Federal Republic of Nigeria was a paragon of compassion who stoutly and magnanimously ruled his world without any tinge of splash on his identity.
On June 14,1997, death, the grim reaper came; it whacked him and he changed mortality for immortality. Who would ever believed it’s 24 years that he flew unannounced!
Time, like an ever rolling stream, bears all its sons away; they fly forgotten as a dream dies at the opening day.
Today, Prof. is no more, but the memory sired by his legacy have uncompromisingly and dispassionately snared us like a fly in the skein. His death has personally made me skeptical on what the greatest playwright, William Shakespeare once said, “The evil that men do live after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.”
On the contrary, the good deeds, hugely done by Prof. did make our humanity to be hurt, but they are still living after him. Professionally, humanly and psychologically, his death took a lot of essence away from us. There’s no place you can go to in Igbajo, Boluwaduro Local Government in Osun State, in the academia and among his colleagues that you wouldn’t see the traces of thorny handshake that his exit gave us. The ‘nostalgic phrase’ “had it been Prof. is alive” that people are still uttering unceasingly, rings true of the candour of this highly cerebral, humble man; one sired in the true tenet of African virtues and values.
As though he had known he would leave so soon, he, therefore, religiously lived in humanity such that when death came, it only took mortality away from him. His humility and generous acts which he wore impeccably were true reflections of his spirit.
Prof. Ademola Adesina belonged to Jean Paul Richter school of thought; a school of thought with the belief: “Never part without loving words to think of during your absence. It may be that you will not meet again in this life.” While alive, every moment with him was appealing and hilariously baptised. His comical sense was huge,and capable of winning a star prize in Hollywood.
As an influential man, he was friendly, especially, to his subordinates in the society where influence and affluence have been erroneously and stupidly used as elements of oppression cum exploitation.
He was a great family man; an accomplished and sensitive manager of men and materials who didn’t suffer fools gladly. Amazingly amiable. Effective. Efficient. Courteous. Coordinated. Civil. Organized. Cultured. Cultivated. He was an exemplary Omolúàbí and unrepentant disciple of Jesus Christ. Yes, he totally practised the ethos of Christianity which include: joy, peace, patient, kindness, goodness and faithfulness.
Socially, he was an ultimate Renaissance man-enigmatically phenomenal. An exquisite socialite with delectable sartorial elegance. A panoply and panache of style.
In the academia, having scaled dizzy frightening heights and leaped across yarning gulfs, he showed like a star. He went to train in the United States of America and came back to Nigeria as an egghead. Fortunately, his eggs touched the ground and books were humongously born. Those works, obviously encapsulated ideas that unchained the mind and relished in wisdom that tame the terror of mediocrity.
Who could imagine his impacts on earth? No wonder he was mourned and is still dearly remembered as a peerless statesman and refined hero.
After several years of reflections, we can’t but agree that his work was done. Though, when he left, we thought the sun would never rise and warm the world again; it does. It felt like the half moon will never be a full moon again; it still becomes full. The truth is that he didn’t die.
It’s 24 years today that he left this world. But certainly, his wife, Dr.(Mrs) Caroline Adesina; your heir, Arc.Dapo Ademola-Adesina, other children and the rest of us you left behind are not grieving like those who have no hope. Our beliefs have been solidly etched in Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, chapter four and line fourteen, “For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.”
Daddy, continue to take your rest till the resurrection morning!
Adebayo Fajinmi is Web and Bulletin Editor, TOS TV NETWORK, Abuja.