Uwakwe Michael Esse
We often ask, what’s in a name? The life and times of Ekeoma Anyim Eme Ekeoma provide an insight. My friend for more than 40 years now and still counting, I testify that nothing but grace has spoken for Elder Ekeoma. Plus he has manifested the meaning of his name in all areas of his life and living!
Ekeoma wasn’t born with any obvious, special and specific skills, privileges or advantages. Nor is he a “silver spoon” from a linage of wealth. No.
Only the grace of God and the deep spiritual identity of his parents, the import and meaning of his name that can explain the extraordinary successes and the meteoric and gargantuan rise of this ordinary, rustic boy.
At birth and by divine revelation, he was christened Ekeoma, meaning, good, extraordinary, fruitful, wealthy, prosperous destiny. His first name is same as his last name. Meaning double anointing, double blessings, double portions, double honours!
His father’s name is Anyim, meaning, big, deep, expansive sea. An ocean. An eternal, limitless and endless supply of living resources in good health. All these speak to Ekeoma’s enduring and very impressive resources. Eme, his middle name, means doer and that’s why Ekeoma is a talk na do! He puts his wallet where his voice is.
Time to marry, he married Ngozi, meaning, additional, blessings! And see how far and well they have come and what they have grown and built together!
Grace speaks and is still speaking for this guy! Ekeoma’s meeting and eventually marrying his wife, Ngozi, was divinely arranged and approved! But that’s a story for another day. And from inception and continuing through the marriage till date. It’s been grace!
Before this eldership reign, Ekeoma and I played hard, we “parried” hard. We mixed, blended and trended very well in all social circles. Ekeoma knew the best and trending hangouts, nightclubs and casinos. With ears for good music, he knew the best DJs in town. Plus he considers himself a good stepper (dancer)! Ekeoma taught me a few “social things.” Be it in Igbere, through to Owerri, Ile-Ife or Lagos, boy, we sure do have some stories and memories between us. But let’s leave those to where they belong, in the distant past.
My dear friend and brother, I am happy for you and I rejoice and celebrate you and with you on this milestone.
Happy 60th birthday Epete ngaga! May the Grace of God never cease speaking and manifesting in all you do and all that concerns you.
Happy birthday, Elder Ekeoma Anyim Eme Ekeoma!
•Esse wrote from Lagos