Your indelible impact in the lives of many will live on for generations
I remember visiting you in Dschang years after we had moved to the USA with the children to join Jonathan and we had a great conversation that extended to the wee hours of the morning. It was a very rewarding conversation full of wisdom and insight into various matters of life. You reminded me of the promise you made to my late mother Mrs. Joana Ane at the time Jonathan proposed to me. She had told you she was not familiar with the Agwes but who she knew from Tugi was you. She made you promise that by handing over her daughter in marriage to a man from Tugi through you, you would make sure that she was well taken care off. As she passed away before the wedding took place, sure enough you did. You kept to your word beginning with your presence at the solemnization of the marriage in the capacity of witness and chairman at the reception party. 25 years later, you joined us in Mbengwi for the 25th wedding anniversary in the same function to testify to the goodness of God in our marriage. You even went to the extent of seeing that a descent house was built in the village under your supervision for the family.
Two months before your untimely demise, Nyorh (our oldest daughter) and I called you with such excitement when we stumped in the house on one of the many books you wrote, “why poor people remain poor.” Nyorh mentioned to you that she planned to gain some wisdom and knowledge from that book and you were excited as you encouraged her to. Thinking back on that phone call, it appears it was a final resounding message you were passing on to the next generation. Africa and Africans don’t have to stay poor because we are very resourceful and can develop these resources to build wealth from within and not necessarily from the diaspora, with your life being a typical example of a success story from home. You delivered the message before leaving so rest assured that it fell on good listening ears and was well received.
You have finished the race, you fought a good fight and as for the many lives you've touched, the sweetness of the fruits of your labor will be evidence of your hard work and it will be enjoyed for generations to come. You will be greatly missed. Our heartfelt condolences are with the family.
Dr. Jonathan and Dr Eveline Agwe