Celebration of my life-long friend, husband and lover
Femi (Vincent) was an astute Accountant, policy maker, lover, father, and my friend of 25years. Femi was a goal getter, pacesetter, an achiever, loved setting goals and surpassing his goals, lover of God, great worshipper, trusted God with all his life even to the point of death.
Femi meant the whole world to me, I met him 25 years ago in our small city in Nigeria, and he told me point blank the first day he met me that he was going to marry me. It was love at first sight. We started out as friends and later became lovers and eventually got married 19 years ago. Indeed it was 25 years of bliss, mutual respect, love, peace, harmony, loving you and living with you Femi had been awesome. You had acted to me as a father, friend, lover, husband, coach, encourager and my laughing partner, nobody can replace you in my heart. You are my heartbeat, my soul mate, my entire world.
When I’m quiet, Femi could read my mind and tell me my thought pattern. He knew me inside out. Femi was a very compassionate man especially to the downtrodden. He started giving out scholarships to students in his community even at the time that we are still struggling ourselves, He will always tell me “as many that you could liberate from poverty the better the world will be.” Even though he started in his own little way, as times went on this scholarships touched many lives.
Femi accomplished everything he had set his mind on, career wise and educationally. He started his career in the banking sector where he rose to the position of an Assistant General Manager. He also had a short stint with Shell Nigeria where he rose to managerial level. Afterwards, Femi migrated his family to Canada in 2006. Academically, he bagged first class in Accounting in 1994 from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, Nigeria, followed by a distinction in Master degree from University of Sterling, United Kingdom. He later proceeded to Harvard University, USA in 2008 and graduated in 2009 with an MPA degree. Immediately, after his MPA degree, he was offered an admission at University of Calgary, Canada for his PhD. He completed his PhD in record time (2013).
Femi usually told me that if he dies today, he will die a fulfilled man. Femi, indeed you died as a fulfilled man, there was nothing you put your mind in that you have not achieved. You have accomplished, you have seen and you have conquered, even death cannot hold you down. The greatest mistake death made was thinking he had won the battle. No, Femi death can’t even hold you down.
I love you my life, ife mi, Idunni mi, if there is marriage in life after, I will marry you over and over again. You are a rare gem, my guiding angel, my king. Femi you had made your mark and your name had been written in GOLD. Your children and I will carry on your legacy. Love you forevermore, my king, my hero, and my guiding angel. Until his death, he was a Director with Government of Alberta.
Vincent will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Esther as well as three sons: Emmanuel, Daniel, and Victor and many friends and family.
A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, February 24, 2017 at Ellerslie Road Baptist Church, 10603 Ellerslie Road, Edmonton with Interment to follow at Rosehill Cemetery, 1605 141 Street, Edmonton.