Usoro Mourns Orakwusi, Pens Emotional Ode

 By Babajide Okeowo
Usoro Mourns Orakwusi, Pens Emotional Ode
Left: Late Margaret Onyema-Orakwusi and Mrs Mfon Ekong Usoro at a function with warmness that defines true friendship


The President, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, Mfon Ekong Usoro has disclosed that the maritime industry is missing Mrs Margaret Onyema-Oraekwusi whose sudden death on the 28th of April jolted the industry.

Usoro in an emotional tribute titled “An Ode to Princess Margaret N. Onyema-Orakwusi” described how the late Oraekwusi hit the maritime industry with a bang noting that her willingness to serve in non-profits endeavours were legendary.

“Princess Margaret hit the maritime industry with a bang. A well-achieved entrepreneur, she revealed herself to the wider maritime industry stakeholders after making her imprint in the industrial fishing industry as the owner of a thriving fish trawling business and the first female president of the Nigerian Trawler Owners Association. She offered her knowledge and financial resources by volunteering to serve in various capacities in multiple maritime industry associations.

Her eagerness to serve in non-profits was legendary, propelled not by the need for self-development because she was already and quietly very well achieved. For Margaret, it was an opportunity to pay back, to mentor and invest in the growth of others and of the maritime industry.

And yes, the industry did embrace her with open arms. She was honoured with several awards and recognition. Margaret was a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and participated in the activities of the Institute”.

Usoro noted with pride how the Late Oraekwusi would broker no idleness and that her upbringing was imbued in her principles, which in turn, guided her worldview and lifestyle.

“Characteristic of the hugely successful, there was no room for idleness in Margaret’s life. After conquering or shall I say subduing a challenge, Margaret would move on to another project or challenge with the vigour and passion that guaranteed success. She admired success and worked to succeed in any endeavour that she committed to. We admired her for her courage, tenacity and commitment. She had style and was ever so proud of her upbringing that imbued in her principles that guided her worldview and lifestyle”.

She further noted with nostalgia how devoted the late Oraekwusi was to her children while praying for strength for the children to be able to bear the loss.

“Margaret was so devoted to her children and would, at the drop of a hat, abandon everything to attend to the needs of her children. She cherished each of them and was proud to speak of them and share stories of their exploits with her friends. She loved her brothers and sisters and exhibited her pride and happiness to be surrounded by siblings that truly love and care for each other. It is difficult to find words that can comfort her children, siblings, and extended family at this time.

“What we can do at this time is to pray that God comforts you, Ezinma, Binyelum and Ody, her children and the family. She was a strong believer so let us have faith that God will guide and help you walk through this period of grief and guide you as you learn to navigate life without your dearest mum and sister. She left you a legacy of friends and we will be there for you.

“There is so much to say about Princess Margaret that cannot be contained in a page. We will continue to reminisce about the moments that we were privileged to share with her.The maritime industry misses you. Your friends miss you” she added.

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