Raso Omunagbe Is Gone

“On life’s journey, faith is nourishment, virtuous deeds are a shelter, wisdom is the light by day, and right mindfulness is the protection by night. If a man lives a pure life, nothing can destroy him.” – Buddha

Last night I got a call from Uncle Ayus telling me that his friend, Uncle Raso, has passed on. But who is Uncle Raso, by the way? Raso, a nickname carved out of Reuben, was a builder of men, with an always curiously positive approach to issues. He was a man of peace.

Although Uncle Raso is no more, I am particularly happy, not just that he was, but especially that our paths crossed. Although his lamp may have been extinguished, his light shines on in the hearts he touched.

And such, dear reader, is the fact of life. The death of Uncle Raso diminishes humanity, for it is not him that passed on but a part of all of us that has. His song may have ended, but his melody lingers on. The truth is that he’s not gone because he lives in our hearts. We will therefore not just remember him for the things he provided for us, but for the inspiration he engendered in us.

Dear Uncle Raso, you’re like a stained-glass window, for you sparkled and shined when your sun was at its meridian; but now your darkness has set in, your true beauty is revealed – because you lived the pure light from within you.

And so, dear reader, let us always be aware of the sacred light with which we are entrusted so that when our time is up our true beauty will be revealed to those we leave behind.

Have A Thoughtful Day!
Did you know? – One Indian man, Jadav Payeng, planted an entire, thickly wooded forest of 1,360 acres of bamboo trees after he witnessed the local wildlife population suffering due to lack of shade. Now the animals have a safer and more comfortable place to live.


  1. My darling uncle, you are indeed a man of peace. Great peace if I may say. It’s very hard to bear BUT we submit to God… Please, rest on. Shalom!

  2. A man of peace indeed. His death was really painful and shocking, but the fact is that he is resting from all the trouble of this sinful world. May his gentle soul continue to rest in perfect peace. Amen.
    We all missed him, especially the Ojah Community Development Association (OCDA) Lagos branch in particular and the general OCDA. A perfect M/C at every occasion.


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