Ode to a princess: Adeline Oruigoni (1954-2019)

 
Sat Nov 30th, 2019 - Akwa Ibom
 


Life is a marketplace, where sons and daughters of Eve come and go as traders. Come what, the Prince and the beggar must depart the land of sojourn to account for their transactions at the marketplace. So it was for Mrs Adeline Noah Oruigoni (nee Jeremiah), a great daughter, Princess,born in 1954 to the Royal family of the late Chief Jeremiah Emmanson and the Late Mrs Abigail Umoette Jeremiah of Udoinyang Nko kindred, Idung Akpayita in the then Inen Ikot Unah of Ekpuk Nto Udo Akpan, now Inen Ekeffe in the present day Oruk Anam LGA of Akwa Ibom State. She died at 65 after a brief illness, and began her final journey on Saturday November 30, 2019 to mother earth at her country-home (Noah Azuibuike Oruigoni’s Compound), Galille Avenue, Ottoni Ama, Nkoro Community in Opobo/Nkoro LGA of Rivers State. Daragogo, as fondly called by her children and family members was a vibrant, sincere, hardworking, home-builder, peacemaker and above all, a faithful Christian and selfless woman.

During Mama’s early years, the girl child education was not really important in the overall scheme of things, although the male child had an advantage. Not that their parents and guardians were poor. For Late Mrs Oruigoni and as applicable to every girl child then, the extremely awkward position in the society on western education was bad influence on her early days’ development and the entire future. She could not proceed beyond primary education at Qua Iboe Church Primary School, Inen Anwa Attat, now Primary School, Inen. Given the situation, we believe our Late Mother was lucky and opportune to have broken the taboo and achieved such feat, having born into a family with a blue blooded background.

Daragogo who was endeared with humility, respect and foresight still had the zeal and desire for further education in spite of all odds, and enrolled for her post primary studies at the Holy Trinity State School (UNA), Aggrey Road, Port Harcourt even as she had already given birth to five children. To say the least, Mama was a woman of wit and intelligence, the qualities that empowered her to stand out among her peers; investing invaluable sacrifices to ensure her children got the best of education because education is knowledge – the only heritage that parents can bequeath unto their children.

 
 

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source: Guardian