Death is a horizon and a horizon is nothing but the limit of our sight. The diminished presence and loss of Oladipupo Egbedeyi aka Niggydip aka Omogidi aka The Goat of Gambia is in us, not in him. As we mourn, there are angels on the other side watching and their voices taking up a glad shout ‘there he comes!’ Recently engaged to Miss Seye, #Niggydip was jogging (moving forward in life) when death came…the irony is, he was my inspiration when I begun jogging. For me, it is a bittersweet feeling to know he died doing one of the things he loved. I once lived with Dipo in UNILAG, at Ozolua, and in those mornings we were usually semi-awoken by the tune of Chiddy Bang’s ‘Get Up In The Morning’ as early as 5am, as #Niggydip got dressed for work. I was not the closest to #Niggydip, the elder brother to my friend Dayo, but in our own unique way we shared a brother like bond. I shared my audacious ideas with him, always trying to get him to invest in them and he always listened patiently with a discerning mind. He never invested, but never did he shoot me down either, he encouraged me rather with constructive advice and when I begun writing during my extra year in 2013, the positive words he told me helped me find purpose in a dark period. I guess that’s what set him apart from others: he found a way to connect with everyone. Driven, generous and energetic, #Niggydip was to us (Engineering class of 2012) in our undergraduate years a vital influence academically, but most especially, through his lifestyle he reminded us not to settle for less or mediocrity, but to always have an enterprising ‘can do’ spirit and a cheerful heart. The way he got the job at Oando is a testimonial to the ideals #Niggydip lived and died by: he was visiting a friend, stumbled on a job interview, found courage to take the chance and he got the job. His colleagues at Oando say he ‘bossed the job’.
#Niggydip no longer belongs with us today; he now belongs with the ages. Testimonies of his good deeds will remain evergreen in our memories. He would be missed sorely by everyone who was impacted by his life, hustle (NYSC consultant) and work ethics. Even more so he would be missed by all who never had a chance to meet him during his short, purposeful dash here on earth. Yemi, Dayo’s roommate along with #Niggydip sometimes and me at other times, said in his tribute “Dipo was running so fast and heading so far in life.” It is for this reason that everyone who knew him intimately and from afar celebrates his life and wishes his destiny permitted him to be with us much longer. The Goat of Gambia has flown to eternity, but forever he’ll remain in our hearts as we talk about his life, the stunts he pulled, the people he helped, the memories he left, sometimes it’ll make us smile, sometimes sad and sometimes, hot tears may flush our eyes, but we should remind ourselves that some birds aren’t meant to be caged; their feathers are just too bright. And when they flyaway the part of us that knows it was a sin to keep #Omogidi’s shining halo trapped in this world rejoices but still, the place we live in is so much more colorless and empty now that he’s gone to bless heaven with his light-hearted presence. We’ll miss our friend, Seye, #Niggydip’s lover, will miss her fiancée and I’ll miss my mentor, but the Egbedeyi’s have lost their son, brother, blood and “the pride of their clan” as his elder brother Funsho aka Dr. Praz, said. In times like this, we can only ask God to grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change and essentially, we pray the Egbedeyi’s find courage to press forward being reminded that “this corruptible must put on incorruption, and when this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in Victory.” (1 Cor. 15: 53-54)…immortal Niggydip lives on, forever in our hearts!
In esteemed memory of Oladipupo Samson Egbedeyi 1985 – 2015.
His burial takes place on 27 October at Ikoyi Vaults and Gardens by 10am
For all who loved him, was impacted by him and wished they met him #Leaveacomment4Niggydip here on his online registry in the comment zone…till we meet to part no more.. Sun re o (RIP)…Omo gidi of Lagos, Nigeria.