It is been a very painful moment since 5th June, 2023 when Professor Opeyemi Isaac Ajewole popularly called Ìrókò passed. Quite an unfortunate incident that has not been unraveled till date by the various security agencies in the country.
The memories of the days shared with him at their former Orogun residence on Tokunbo Ojo Street kept flooding my mind. I learnt Mathematics at no cost from Mama, Aunty Yemisi Ajewole nee Oluleye, ate played, got scolded amongst others.
The ever playful, jovial and lively Baba gone just like that! He was always full of energy, in fact, from his look, he had a hefty build.
It all feels like yesterday that he joyfully took on the role of guardian, driver and co-traveler with my younger brother, Gbenga, when he was lecturing at the University of Ado-Ekiti before he returned to his alma mater, the University of Ibadan.
As the demands of growth caught up with us too, we were some few miles apart but we never forgot those who impacted us for good in our formative years.
Our fallen Ìrókò has gone the way of all mortals! The baby of his parents moved on before any of his four elderly siblings. Ìrókò stood out for us in the forest of humans and nothing will take away his noble qualities!
Ìrókò Bàbá, Ìrókò ni Bàbá Igi, Ìrókò ti ṣe tiẹ̀, ódigbére!