“I Did it Dad”: An Open Letter to My late Father, Pa Peter Oluwafemi Omotoso About Accomplishing My Promise of Graduating as his father’s day gift
It devastates me to know you won’t be here to see me receive an additional certificate of achievement conferred on me at Humber College, Ontario, Canada, after all the work you did to help me reach this point.
When my father passed away almost at the end of my short certificate course at Humber College, halfway through my final exams, I truly wasn’t sure I would ever be able to continue on, to continue the academic bridging program in IT Infrastructure at the prestigious college, not to mention even finish the program. My father, P.O Omotoso Oluwafemi, the originator/author of the famous primary school rhythms “I’m P.O.O, P.O.P.O, I’m P.O.O….”, this was a song composed over decades ago. My Dad was the happiest man I ever knew. One of the reasons for this was his singing faith. He loves music and was a music coordinator/Director at Yaba College of Technology, Igbobi College, where he bagged his Higher National Diploma in Accounting with Distinction (Reason for my passion for education). He was a brave man, straightforward, highly uncompromising, and a true Christian. To feel the significance of this, you need to understand that he was a fundamentalist. That’s not a bad word in my vocabulary. And he’s the reason. Fundamentals are worth dying for and fighting for. But that fight has killed the Song in the hearts of many people.
It’s been slightly more than 9 months since I last saw you, touched your hand, hugged you, or just sat in your presence. I miss you! I really, really miss you. I miss the sound of your voice, how you’d call me Ife lo to ayo bayi (you’re still the only person who called me by that nickname). I miss your hugs. Despite the circumstances surrounding my exit from Nigeria in 2018, coupled with the pursuance of academic advancement, I still find time to visit you last year. Your exit is painful at this time but who are we to blame God.
I’ve decided not to take any legal action against the pharmacist (General Hospital Iyin, Iyin Ekiti) who administers a wrong drug to you as against doctor’s prescription. I hope He (Governor Kayode Fayemi) will reposition the health sector in Ekiti State by ensuring a good total quality management system is put in place.
Unfortunately, today, the 21st of June is another Father’s Day. I could remember how I planned your last Father’s Day gift together with my friend in South Africa, Durojaye Omoniyi. I wanted to surprise you on Sunday during the Father’s Day service with a Toyota Corolla Car, but the car dealer didn’t deliver it until two days after the event. In my head, I already have your gift for this year, have the day planned, and mommy and I are in cahoots to keep it a surprise for you, but then reality is stone cold. You’re not here anymore and I don’t get to do anything exciting for you. Not just on Father’s Day, but on your birthday and every other day of the year.
You’ve always taught me that graduation is only a concept. In real life every day we all graduate. Graduation is a process that goes on until the last day of our life. You made me realize I could make a difference if I can grasp that concept.
I dedicate this wonderful achievement to almighty God and my late Father, Pa. P.O Omotoso as his Father’s Day gift for this year. A certificate of achievement in IT INFRASTRUCTURE at Humber College, Ontario, is not a small thing.
I pray almighty God to see me through my doctoral degree study before the end of the year.
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To everyone graduating, congratulations, you did it. And to myself in the words that I think my father would tell me, “You did it Ifetayo.”
“Happy Father’s Day Dad.”