GUY GARGIULO: CELEBRATING THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF AN ICON BY Senator Donald Omotayo Alasoadura ’67 Hon. Minister of State, Niger Delta Affairs

  1. GUY GARGIULO: CELEBRATING THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF AN ICON

With this epitaph, i celebrate the passing into eternity of an exceptional icon, teacher of teachers, moulder, counselor, discoverer of talents, a compassionate man and a philanthropist, Chief Guy Gargiulo, whose exceptional brilliance and contributions towards shaping lives and humanity remains incomparable.

The former principal of Ajuwa Grammar School Okeagbe, Akoko, GG as fondly called, was a great man. He was a man whose life was in strict compliance with core values of life

He worked strictly for the development of man and his environment. He was a lover of sports. He was the one who honed my interest in football, making me to play in the school’s Mosquito Team, Intermediate Team and for a brief spell, the Senior Team. What are we to say about Swimming, Basketball, Volleyball e.t.c

I commiserate with the students, staff, the Old Students Association of Ajuwa Grammar School, Oke Agbe Akoko and the good people of Oke Agbe where he lived the large chunk of his life on Planet earth and left a strong legacy of service to humanity.

I remember a lot of things about GG the compassionate. He gave me double promotion from the first Form to the Third Form as evidence of his talent development and I didn’t disappoint him. Woe betide you if you are singing in the choir and you don’t open your mouth wide and with a smile on your lips.

He was an educationist per excellence, a father to all his students and a super community relator.

To my dear teacher, as you embark on this homeward journey, ride on the wings of angels for you lived a life deserving of a triumphant entry into His kingdom.

I cannot thank you enough for the opportunity you gave me despite the fact that my parents couldn’t afford my school fees and for your kindness and attention to details which eventually moulded my journey in life so far and i wouldn’t trade that memory for the world.

You touched so many lives like me. You produced a messenger in me and later a Chartered Accountant, a CEO, a Commissioner, a Senator, and now a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Adieu my dear teacher and mentor –

Senator Donald Omotayo Alasoadura ’67
Hon. Minister of State, Niger Delta Affairs

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