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Chief Meppi Kehinde Durosimi Jarrett

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My father chief of Araromi Obu in Ondo State Nigeria and my hero who be natural selection passed on his genius to me Entered 10/10/1917 and Exited 10/10/2013. I love you Papa emi o ni bo


Papas Renault 4
Papa’s Renault 4

This is my dad’s Renault 4 that he used to transport bull cows from Ibadan to his farm in Araromi Obu in Ondo State.

Papa's Renault 4
Papa’s Renault 4

22 thoughts on “Chief Meppi Kehinde Durosimi Jarrett

  1. My condolences to you and your family.

    1. Thank you I appreciate you

  2. my condolences to you and your family…amazing he left on the same day the 10th–as he arrived…

    1. I sincerely thank you

  3. May his soul Rest In Peace.

    1. Thank you Moji

  4. So sorry to hear of your loss. He reached a grand age.

    1. Thank you so very much

  5. My dad took this family portrait using a timer and developed it in his darkroom at home. My dad was an avid photographer and hobbyist documentary filmmaker shooting the people, landscape and events in Nigeria and Cameroon in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s on 3mm film.

    As a kid I could not wait for my dad to come home from his road trips so I could watch footage of his adventures on white screen, this was my way of seeing other parts and peoples of Nigeria. I believe my dad shot everything he came across from road construction, children playing, remote villages, tea parties with friends, soccer games, his kids, plants, flowers etc. He would usually operate the movie projector and narrate the scenes as they were usually silent movies.

    I remember one particular footage he shot, he had come across a truck that jumped off a bridge on the Benin to Ijebu Ode road so he set his camera on a tripod and kept it rolling while he went down to help. As a kid I was puzzled as to how he got in the shot. When I asked him how he did that, he did not tell me right away he had me figure it out.

    My dad was also an avid motorcyclist, tennis and soccer player. He headed the Nigerian palm oil, kernel and rubber plantations in several outposts in Nigeria and Cameroon until he retired in the mid 70’s. He would set up and manager soccer teams wherever he was stationed. When he is with my son he would take him in the backyard to teach him soccer technics. He would take my daughter out in the yard to smell and teach her the different names of flowers.

    As part of the British colony siestas and tea breaks are part of the workday in government establishments but my dad substituted an afternoon nap for a game of tennis or riding around the plantation and villages on his motorcycle meeting the locals. He got to know practically everyone personally and they the same.

    My dad retired to his farm in Araromi Obu where he was made a Chief. He added a poultry to the farm with a hatchery and started supplying the major department stores like Kingsway and Leventis chicken and eggs. My dad was a thrill seeker, he had come down to Ibadan to buy a bull for his farm but could not find a truck to transport the bull back to his farm so he proceeds to have a full grown bull tied and strategically stuffed in the back of his Renault 4 van. Soon enough it became his usually way of transporting his bulls it was not a strange scene in my household to see a bull in my dad’s car.

    Thanks for reading I could fill the pages with stories of my father.

    1. hmmmm a real nice story, i could imagine how your Dad looked while i read your post.

      1. Thank you

  6. Nice read 🙂 thx. 4 sharing!! You look the same in the above family pic!! My condolences in your loss.

    1. Thanks Nicole

  7. Touching memories of your dad. He will surely be missed, but his influence lives on. My condolences.

    1. Thank you so very much

  8. So sorry to hear of your loss. Your dad was obviously an amazing person! From looking at your wonderful blog, it’s easy to see what a great influence he was. I loved the story about him putting a bull in the back of his van! It could catch on! Thanks too for posting about my new blog about the lives of the people who come to our London food bank in need of help.

    1. Thank you so very much. I truly appreciate you taking the time to write your kind comments. Thank you

  9. Thanks for “liking” my blog post on appreciating our treasures and in so doing,introducing me to your great blog. Sounds like your father was one of those great treasures to long appreciate!

    1. Thank you

  10. Wow, incredible blog, and my condolences. Thanks for liking my blog post about my facebook admirers.

    1. Thank you

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