I remember the day in 2007 I walked into the office of Late Prof Dora Akunyili with the very lofty idea of inviting her to my art exhibition and for some strange reason I believed I could do it even when every single person told me I could not. Not only did she receive me with so much warmth and motherly love; she believed in my dream and supported me. Little did she know what difference that made to my confidence as a woman. She was a giant who accomplished so much in her very short time on earth. She was a pharmacist and governmental administrator who gained international recognition and won several awards for her work in pharmacology, public health and human rights.
Not only did she honor my invitation when all I had was a firm belief in my art, She made the Nation take notice. Our sojourn on this earth is but a very short one, very little gestures often go a very long way to making all the difference in someone's life.
And as in her own words "The best is yet to come in my life as an Artist"
Rest in peace, Prof Dora Akunyili. It was a pleasure knowing you.