Sir Oyaseh Ivowi sits in front of a poster of two of his three boys. Olume, the older brother, hovers over Isi; both wear traditional Nigerian dress. Underneath are the words: “Gone too soon, but not forgotten. Olume Godfrey Ivowi, 7 November 1973 to 10 April 2020. Isi Benjamin Emitsemu Ivowi, 17 November 1985 to 19 April 2020.” Olume, 46, and Isi, 34, died in Luton and Milton Keynes respectively. Their passing made headlines because it was so shocking: two brothers killed by Covid-19 in such a short space of time. A third brother, Osi, also caught the virus, but has recovered. “It is not easy to lose two children in nine days,” Oyaseh says now. “As a Christian, whatever happens, we give glory to God, but it is not easy.” Oyaseh is 80, wise and accepting, but his pain is obvious, even over Zoom. He is at home in Benin City, Nigeria, and says the poster is there for the visitors who come to offer condolences – to make them feel at ease. They can sit in front of it, and don’t need to explain why they have come. When he talks about his sons, he veers between the… Read full this story
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