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Tributes to a Sage, Senibo Allwell Brown: Success with succession

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Africans beget so much in children such that they say if they beget you, you beget others. So, success without succession (descendants) is failure. Senibo’s biggest successor is his wife of 63 years, Helen.

At his death, the wife exclaimed: Sen, as I always called you; you are no longer physically here with us, but I know your spirit is very much with us. We spent 63 long years together, married for almost 61 years; but now I see them as 60 SHORT YEARS! So where have the other years in- between gone? It seems like just yesterday when I said “I do” to you at the alter in St. Teilo’s Church in Cardiff, Wales.”

In an era where most children scatter and even square up against each other, the wife testified thus: “Sen, you were a husband and father who deeply loved his family and kept his family together for all these years. You were everything a man should be – principled, disciplined, very humble, cared about people generally, honest, accountable for any and everything that came your way, and hard-working, to name a few.”

Most Africans believe its best for a hero’s wife and children to mourn him, not the other way round. The wife thus stated: “You were a good husband and father, and I am very proud of your achievements in life before you passed on into the next phase of life. Wow, 60 years is almost a lifetime! We will all miss you and I will always love you.

Adieu my darling Sen. Rest in Peace till we meet again.”

Napalia Allwell brown, apparently the eldest daughter, in her tribute, said: “He was a constant source of strength and wisdom in my life; guiding me through every stage of my life with unconditional support and love.

“From early memories I remember your gentle smile and kind eyes; always encouraging me to be better and not judging. He taught me the value of hard work and perseverance, and showed all this through his own actions, that integrity and honesty are the foundations of a meaningful life. He was not only a provider, he was my mentor, my father, my husband and my strength. Thank you for being the incredible father that you were. I will miss you.”

One striking tribute, the daughter Tumini, and her husband, Tony Iyeuwa. Tumini stated that her dad worked so very hard to provide decent necessities for his family, and in fact, worked hard and late in his office till his last moments; all as a chartered accountant, chairman, director, business man, landlord, elder, big uncle, small daddy, etc, etc. “But to us, he was simply ‘Daddy’”.

She gave more hint; “My Dad was a very resourceful man and kept growing and acquiring. He showed me who and what a man should be.”

The couple believe that he showed honesty, even in his areas of fault.

His other beloved daughter, Atonye, poured out her heart: “As I sit here, reminiscing about the countless moments we shared, my heart overflows with gratitude and love for the man you were. You, were more than just a parent to me; you were my guiding light, my rock, and my pillar of strength.”

The principle of hard-work with honest living seems to run through the family and all of them deeply appreciated it. The son, Opubo Senibo Allwell-Brown declared: “My father was not just a man; he was a beacon of strength, wisdom, and unwavering love. He taught me the value of hard work, integrity, and compassion through his actions, not just his words. His guidance shaped me into the person I am today, and I am forever grateful for his influence.

“He was a man of principle, standing firm in his beliefs yet always open to new perspectives as well as leaving other to make decisions.

“Dad, you were not just my father – you were my hero, my mentor.”

His other daughter, Awoibim, would greatly miss her ‘business partner’ her dad. Hear her: “Maybe I should talk about how you listen to my plans and two or three days later you tell me your take on the issue.”

Sodienye recalled how her dad called her his ‘Last Card’. She could hardly be consoled, saying: “My beloved father, who left us in April, 2024. A month, already tinged with sorrow, now holds even more profound sadness for me.”

The grandchildren including Justin Brown, Roberta Tunde Aiyewumi, Reuven T. Justin Brown, Xavier Aiyewumi, and Arya Aiyewumi, said they knew no words that would do justice to their feelings. They did not fail to capture the fact that their grandfather was a man of quiet dignity, “Yet, his impact resonated far and wide.”

Tyra Iyeuwa: Grandad, where to start.. You loved big, lived a large life, and left a lasting legacy. You were one of my biggest inspirations; you shaped my life by inspiring my career.

Following your footsteps to become a fully qualified Chartered Accountant is one of my biggest achievements and I have you to thank for that. A principled man, a great Grandfather, a hard worker, – yet always full of high spirits. It is an honour to be the Granddaughter of such a kind, generous, hardworking, and accomplished man. I am truly grateful. I will hold on to the wonderful, happy memories I have of you. Rest peacefully. Love you always. Your Granddaughter.

Jenelle Lewis-Allago: You were more than just a guardian; you were a guiding light in my life, a pillar of strength, and a source of unwavering love. From the days of my early childhood in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, where you watched over me and my sister with such care and devotion, to the momentous occasion of my graduation in Leicester, you were always there, cheering me on with pride and joy. Your presence, wisdom, and kindness have shaped me into the person I am today. Your determination and success as a respected accounting professional serve as a beacon of inspiration for me to follow in your footsteps and make you proud. I will forever cherish the memories of our time together, the lessons you taught me, and the love you showered upon our family. Your nickname for me, Juju!, will always echo in my heart as a reminder of your playful spirit and the special bond we shared. Though you may no longer be by my side, your legacy of love and strength will live on within me, guiding me through life’s journey. Rest in peace, dear grandfather, knowing that you are deeply loved, greatly missed, and forever cherished in my heart. With all my love and gratitude.

Conclusion:

Death loses its sting when a man’s values climb above the pains of departure and smoke of the mountains.

Journalists may weep, friends may wince, but the family alone would know what it pains most.

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