Another sad story

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By Donu Kogbara
I wept when I heard that Tunji Okusanya, the distinguished undertaker, perished in the Associated Airlines crash, alongside his son and four employees, en route to the funeral of Olusegun Agagu, the former Governor of Ondo State. I didn’t know Tunji well. But I will never forget him for two reasons:

My darling cousin, Mrs Cordelia Agboti, recruited Tunji to handle the burial arrangements for her uncle – my father, Ignatius Kogbara, in 2002. And he came all the way from Lagos to Port Harcourt and was a fantastically efficient and emotionally supportive pillar of strength to my family in our darkest hour.

When my pal, Senator Ama Iwuagwu, passed away in the United States a couple of years later, I joined a small handful of mourners who went to AbujaAirport to receive his coffin. And it was an immensely traumatic experience.