You are one of the strongest and bravest people I know. Your outlook to life is amazing. You bring out the best in the rest of us. My sister, as I call you, you inspire me, challenge me in life. You really seem to know who you are, I admire that, and I know others do too. You became our teacher, you have taught us so many beautiful things – you teach us about Bible and Jesus, our Lord. You have the best sense of style; you have an amazing creative personality. You are a gift to everyone you meet. Whenever we make mistakes, you fix it and always forgive us. You comfort and guide us. You’ve got great leadership skills, we are so blessed to have you in our lives. We thank God. We appreciate you – you are the best. We love you, always happy, stay blessed and healthy.
I met Chinasa about 15 years ago in a TV studio during the recording of Patito’s Gang. It was her high intellectual disposition, her care for people and nation that brought us together. She believes so much in African cum Nigerian culture which made her to become a promoter and champion or what I may call a culture ambassador. I make bold to call her Nigeria and Africa culture ambassador. She is also an intellectual salamander. She is one person that believes in respect for human dignity or human person and the exercise of the rights of the citizens. I have also interacted with her in the work place and I found her very diligent, ethical, hardworking and knowledgeable. It was her love for advocacy that led her to establish an NGO to empower the young and less privileged in the society. I’m proud to serve on the board of that NGO she set up. I celebrate you as you move on to the next phase in your life, from a meritorious service to your organization in particular and Nigeria in general. The world awaits your kind heartedness and intellectual sagacity. Congratulations!!!
I am really delighted to have been a good friend of Mrs. Chinasa Jonathan-Ojei for over twenty years. ‘Nasa is a great woman with many parts. She is a great Leader and a dependable Team player. We have worked together in several committees of Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria. She has high degree of integrity, responsibility and very proactive. Her Communication skills is superb. She is dependable, responsible, and honest with sound family background. Chinasa as HR expert mentored and coached many young people to success. She is a writer, a great event planer/executor, wonderful mum to her twins, a great sister, a loving friend who loves so unconditionally. She is indeed a woman of substance. Chinasa also has great sense of humour and there is no dull moment when she is around, very friendly and hospitable. Above all she is a devoted child of God. She loves the youths and always has a place in her heart and itinerary for teenagers. She has touched my life as a friend and she became a sister. Her advice and counsel have led to making me who I am today. She is indeed a rare Gem.
The adage says “your clothed nakedness is nothing but the human value” This is what I have experienced in the Mummy Nasa I know. About a decade ago, I met this fine woman, not knowing her, I still went ahead to open up myself to her, telling my crises at the time when she barely knew me too. “Kayode, I believe God will do it great” she said. From that moment, Mummy Nasa will not care about my background, will not care to know whose son I am, will not care to know where I’m coming from, will only care about how to push Kayode beyond the limit. The Mummy Nasa I know will beg you to please ride on her back “if only you children know how long I begged to get these people, you will never joke with these opportunities” she’ll say when any household name comes around. Personally, if in 11 years, I have gone through a rebirth by a woman who believes she can close her eyes and trust that I’ll deliver in any task saddled with, A woman who allowed God use her to lift me away from asking “what will the nearest future hold for me?” to “hi! How may I come in so we can solve this problem?” When everyone said there was no need, Mummy Nasa believed in God for me; When I was in the middle of a 10-hour battle between Boko Haram and the Nigerian Army, it took just her to consistently call, despite network failure. Mummy Nasa used the push and pull factor to grab me 3 scholarships, but why? Integrity personified: She was asked, “How much should you get from this?” She responded “please give him everything ooo…” I said, “Mummy, the distance is much!” Then she said “Kayode, start coming! You don’t know what God wants to do!!!” Mummy Nasa has groomed me, salvaged me, mentored me, mothered me, encouraged me and placed my hands on goals, mind on purpose and eyes on vision… she has my interest at heart. I, Olukayode Benjamin Ogedengbe will both in my closet and public space, never cease to rate this illustrious woman of stature, radiant and savvy, elegant and poised, dignity personified with integrity as a watchword, mother of teens of high quality and I pledge my continual indulgence to her course and vision. I celebrate the grace of God upon you, Mamma You will continue to remain a valued cloth over my nakedness, a figure of value and a gemstone I cherish. This milestone journey will only but end in a great posterity in Jesus name.
I call her my mother of no regrets. A lot of people pass through our lives and sometimes we are blessed to have gems go through life with us. 30 years after high school, she is still a timeless treasure. She has grown from being my friend to the ‘grandma’ of my kids. Her energy is unequalled and she has a passionate heart for God. She is a strong warrior but also a soft and loving woman. Her versatility makes her as rare as precious stones and her beautiful heart would always inspire me. I will forever celebrate her and the world would watch her shine like the star that she is.