Aurélien ‘Omowale Ajala’ Boyer, husband to OAP, Tosyn Bucknor has penned
a heartwarming tribute to his wife’s dad who recently died.
Dear Segun Bucknor, E kaa ro,
I know you but would have loved to know more on the beginning of
your day. You need to tell me a lot about you. I’m sure your youth is
worth a million gists. You made me realize we never ask ourselves enough
the right questions, at the right time: what is a dad and his
importance in life? How did you live through adult age, questions,
responsabilities? How was your family life in Yaba? A million gists… But
you’ve left a million memories people love to share, starting from your
wonderful wife Sola.
Dear Segun Bucknor, E kaa san,
You left a great musical legacy at the afternoon of your life. The
first thing I loved when I discovered Nigeria 5 years ago was afrobeat
music. I am proud to see people’s reactions when realizing you are my
father-in-law. Your daughter will maintain this flame ablaze.
Dear Segun Bucknor, E ku irole,
At the sunset of your life, your 2 beautiful daughters started
building upon & honouring your legacy. Your not-so-impressive
heights. How you compensate with your generosity, authenticity and sense
of humour. Funke keeps your endless energy, friendliness and
willingness to communicate alive. Tosyn keeps your creativity, 10
phones, cute chin & little mouth, naughty smile and…coca cola
addiction alive. You even gave me the most important clue to make my
wife happy: ‘give her what she wants, give her what she needs’, as you
Dear Segun Bucknor, E ka ale,
I am grateful I got the chance to know you for the past 2 years,
before the end of your day. I will always remember your warm welcome to
the Bucknors inspite of the difficulties to engage a long conversation.
Your commandable efforts to drop a few words in French for me. While I
dreaded the potential culture clash, you & Sola made me feel once
and for all more than just an oyinbo in Nigeria. I remember your passion
to communicate against all odds & through all means: language,
social media, SMS’s. And if I had to pick one single memory of you, it
would be that pure joyful smile your when we announced our marriagr. I’m
happy I humbly contributed to your happiness.
Dear Segun Bucknor, Daddy,
O daa bo. Or, I should say, o daa ro.