It was two years ago yesterday that Ngozi Agbo, popularly known as Aunty Ngozi by her admirers, especially campus journalists she took under her wings, died. These journalists that cut across higher institutions nationwide, who she fondly referred to as “my children”, pay tribute to her. OLUWAFEMI OGUNJOBI (Language Arts, Obafemi Awolowo University) writes.
Sweet is the remembrance of the righteous.” This biblical verse aptly describes the feelings of students, who passed through the tutelage of the late Mrs Ngozi Agbo (Nee Nwozor).
Yesterday made it two years that their mentor and pioneer Editor of CAMPUSLIFE died. To them, the time they shared with Aunty Ngozi, as she was fondly called, remains fresh. To the students, she lives on.
The late Mrs Agbo, according to them, left a platform for youths to pursue their dreams. Through her weekly Pushing Out, she reached out to them, counselling them to be responsible citizens.
Two years have gone, but the tributes have not ceased coming.
Aunty Ngozi left us two years ago, but her memory cannot be erased from our mind. Her absence cannot make us to forget her values and legacies. We believe she is not dead because the platform through which she reached out to us is still intact. We are also proud of CAMPUSLIFE because it promoted and is still promoting good governance, transparency, and accountability on campuses. We acknowledge the role the platform played during the last Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike; indeed, there is no way we can talk about CAMPUSLFE without mentioning Aunty Ngozi.
Taiwo Isola, 300-Level Anatomy, University of Maiduguri
Indeed, great men die but death can never kill their names or erase their impact. Really, Aunty Ngozi’s brief stay on earth was a blessing to us. She touched and impacted the lives of youths within the short period. She promoted good virtues and detested vices. She was a motivator par excellence. Through the CAMPUSLIFE, I developed passion for writing, and each time I put pen on paper, I remember the person who encouraged me to do so. That was Aunty Ngozi.”
Hammed Hamzat, 300-Level Educational Administration, University of Ibadan
For me, CAMPUSLIFE represents hope because of the quality of young people it is breeding for the nation’s future. Personally, it gave me the opportunity to contribute my quota through writing to develop my university.
Hannah Ojo, NYSC, Delta State.
Aunty Ngozi remains that gallant heroine who bridged the generational gap by advocating a forward-thinking Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) through the annual workshop being sponsored by Coca Cola System for students in higher institutions. She saw a need and she gave her all to ensure that young people are moulded in character and good values. For me, writing for CAMPUSLIFE was not just an experience in campus journalism; it taught me journalism with social responsibility, value, character and the quest for excellence.
Msonter Anzaa, 300-Level Medicine, Benue State University
Since I joined CAMPUSLIFE, I have never had cause to regret because it is a network of young leaders, who are writing to make Nigeria a better place. While I really wished Aunty Ngozi lived longer, we must not lose sight of her immense contributions to this country. I firmly believe that in the years to come, when the story of this nation is told, people will remember that Aunty Ngozi was a significant part of it.
Dhikrullah Akinola, Political Science Graduate, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife
My biography cannot be complete without the mention of the late Aunty Ngozi. This is because she influenced me to write. Apart from the fame my writing skill gave me on the campus, Aunty Ngozi taught me morality and selflessness through her weekly column. She mentored many of us to the extent that some of us are being celebrated within and beyond. However, we must take solace in the fact that someone has been able to maintain the platform. We are happy that one of us continued from where Aunty Ngozi left it. This means that Aunty is not dead; she’s alive and with us.