August 01, (THEWILL) – Mrs. Sylvia Ataga, the mother of the slain Super TV Chief Executive Officer, Usifo Ataga, has shared intimate memories of her son who was buried on Friday at Ebony Vaults in Ikoyi, Lagos State.
According to Sylvia, her heart bled whenever she remembered the death of her son saying that it was painful she could not monitor his last moments.
Usifo’s wife and children also paid their tributes to the deceased.
Some family members and friends of the bereaved declined comments at the burial ground.
However, Usifo’s mother, wife and children paid tributes to him in a service of songs and the funeral programme.
In her tribute, the mother reminisced about his birth and growing up saying that he is a loving, caring and peaceful son.
She wrote, “As an adult, he became so caring that I would hesitate to tell him that I was not feeling well. He would either hop on the next plane or send me funds to go and see a doctor. And monitor me for days. My pain is that I could not monitor him in his last week.
“God knows he did not deserve what those people did to him. My heart bleeds any time I remember. He was generous to a fault. It took his death for me to know how loved he was. He has been robbed of the joy of seeing a project he spent seven years working on.
“He has been denied the joy of seeing his children grow up, go to university, get married and make him a grandfather…. Not to worry, Usifo has found glory with his Maker. I know one day I will hold my baby boy in my arms again.
“Usifo, you were taken from me at your golden age; a day before your golden birthday. That makes you extra precious; my golden son who gave me so much pleasure; quiet and loving….It broke my heart to lose you but you didn’t go alone, for part of me went with you the day God called you home.”
The wife, Brenda Ataga, stated that she and her daughters were looking forward to marking Usifo’s milestone in a lovely way before the news of his death scattered their plan.
Brenda stated that her late husband was a man with a “heart of gold” who led a godly life saying that she had yet to come to terms with his death.
She said, “The girls and I were looking forward to seeing you, to celebrate your milestone. I had imagined how surprised you would be when you walked in to see a place set up for you. I had imagined your infectious smile.
“Now we’re in this nightmare. I’m yet to comprehend the stark reality. That your life was cut short in your prime; at a renaissance of all you had toiled for…I’m lost for words.
“Our daughters were your pride and joy. You were always there as my backbone supporting as we shaped them. What a proud father you were…. You were a man after God’s heart! How can I forget our fervent prayers for the children; your faith that birthed our first child? Nor can I forget the corporate fellowship you led.”
THEWILL recalls that Usifo was found dead with multiple stabs on June 16 at a short-let apartment on Adebowale Oshin Street, Lekki Phase I area of Lagos, where he had checked in with his lover, 21-year-old Chidinma Ojukwu, a 300-level Mass Communication student at the University of Lagos.
Ojukwu was subsequently arrested on June 23 in her father’s house in Yaba and paraded at the Lagos State Police Command headquarters in Ikeja.