The death, a few days back of Dr Olubunmi Lar, who until her death was a lecturer at the Law Faculty of the University of Jos has again proven the fact that man, however good or bad must die some day.
Writing an elegy for one’s younger ‘sister’ isn’t a thing of joy. But Bunmi stood and towered above many others and indeed makes her passage noteworthy. A star has indeed fallen.
Born 1st November, 1975, Bunmi had her first second and PHD degrees in Law. She rose to become a lecturer and an Associate Professor in the same University where she started it all. Perhaps more remarkable was the way she touched the lives of all in the University Community where both students and colleagues attested to a lecturer who dared to be different.
She always had this smile playing around her cheeks that you would be tempted to ask whether she would ever get angry. Her achievements in International Humanitarian Law stands even as this star dims. She wrote and wrote even on her sick bed she still got a book out.
According to a colleague, ‘ despite the fact that Bunmi battled heart ailment from infant, she went to Primary, Secondary and university reaching the highest peak of PhD. She trained and went though about 43 International institutions abroad for courses on Law without recourse to the University or government for financial support. Some healthy people without health challenges may not have achieved much.
Apart from law books she published and received from publisher on the 21st June 2017 before the stroke in June 22nd September 2019 she started writing another book because the stroke did not affect her intellect. She was on chapter 5 before her demise.
Unknown to many she was planning discreetly to open a law resource centre to accommodate a library and e- learning centre computer for Ikare her fathers place’.
She was simply unpushdownable. She fought various health battles. Not many knew this but at 44, she was a success given the health challenges she had even from childhood.
As a wife and a mother, Bunmi lived fulfilled. Bunmi was ever supportive and understanding. She was the wife and mother many wished they had had.
To siblings, she was the calming voice that offered assurances. And to many others, she offered much more than a shoulder to cry on.
To many who knew her as a colleague and friend, she was not just that woman, that lecturer or that friend. She left marks.
We will miss her. But our hope is in the life she lived and how she touched our lives. Though short, she touched us with so much warmth and left lessons even for those older and younger.
We will surely miss her.