Valentine Ozigbo’s Moving Tribute to Late Youth Leader, Kamsi D’Mode Okonkwo

Valentine Ozigbo’s Moving Tribute to Late Youth Leader, Kamsi D’Mode Okonkwo [MUST READ]

By Valentine Ozigbo on April 15, 2021
candle, Binta Bhadmus, pwc, calabar

Dear Kamsi,

Today is another day of sadness and grief for your parents, your family, your friends, and for my wife, my children, and me.

We paid our respects to you and committed your remains to Mother Earth amidst tears, anger, and regret. This morning, I asked for a sign from God to tell me you are with Him and that you are at peace. He gave me more than I asked for.

Kamsi Okonkwo
Kamsi Okonkwo

Despite the anguish of losing you so tragically at such a young age, I could sense hope in all the people I met at your parents’ home. Though we are all mourning, we have faith in God and are comforted by the scriptures in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14.

I saw so many of your friends, young and full of life just like you were, as they pledged to be sons to your mother today. In every one of them, I could see that spirit of service that you demonstrated in the few months that we were privileged to meet you.

Then, there was this inexplicable peace. Often when young people die tragically, their funerals reflect the trauma, confusion, and anger the community feels about their death. But yours was different. The atmosphere had a certain calm, there was a kinship amid our mourning, the feeling of connectedness and community pervaded Nibo. We were all united behind your memory.

So I asked for a sign, and God gave me three. I saw and felt the three things I remember you for – hope, peace, and service, and as I left your home this evening, the realisation that your gentle spirit was here with us today.

Kamsi, I know you are not dead. You have only returned to God, the Divine Source from where you came. The outpouring of grief and testimonies from your friends and family shows that you touched many lives positively. I am grateful that for the brief period you were with us, you left only good memories.

We are all certainly going to miss you. I am comforted because I know you are with the Father, at home, and at peace.

We love you, Kamsi, and we will take care of your mum.

Yours truly,


Valentine Ozigbo is an award-winning global CEO, a change-maker, and a champion for continuous improvement. He is on a mission to change the world by raising the consciousness of humanity. He is the immediate past President and Group CEO of Transcorp Plc, a conglomerate with interests in hospitality, power and oil and gas. He is the Chairman of Feet ‘N’ Tricks International, the largest promoter of freestyle football in Africa and the Founder of Valentine Chineto Ozigbo Foundation, a non-profit focused on youth empowerment and building future leaders.

The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.


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