The reality of the passing on of popular entertainment industry lawyer, Efere Ozako brought many to tears, as the man was being interned yesterday, at the Vaults and Gardens funeral home, Ikoyi, Lagos. The storm of tears had gathered the previous night, during a tributary session at the MUSON Center, where the several good deeds of the deceased were being relayed by family members, friends, entertainers and barrister colleagues, including Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola.
Anne, the widow of Ozako, had maintained a steady smile, the previous night, as everyone eulogized her late husband during the Service of Songs. She probably chose to be engrossed in the beautiful testimonies from outsiders who had not spoken to her about her husband before. But as the body of her late husband was being lowered at the morgue, whatever courage she had gathered as a reason to live on failed her momentarily. In a flash of the moment, she gravitated towards the tomb, and only had to be held back by many. She cried uncontrollably, clutching her two kids; Omaina, a teenage girl and Omanesi, her younger brother.
Anne’s expression of her agony steered emotions at the morgue. The artistes wept behind dark glasses, and so were several others whose connection to Ozako was only imaginable. Any opne who was at the tributary night knew how much the late lawyer had affected positively, the lives of people who crossed his path.
His sister in-law, Bose Gloria Ozako said he was protective of her to a fault. She said her husband would never think of cheating or misbehaving to her. “Efere would take the next flight to Warri.” She mustered amidst tears.
For Federal Government College Warri Old Students Association, he was a rallying point for members. Few weeks before his demise, Ozako was said to have donated generously to the widow of a late member, and had urged others to do the same. To the Bikers Association, he brought innovation to the club by forming the cruisers sub wing, saying that riding was a bit too fast and risky. To the entertainers, Ozako, according to Richard Mofe Damijo, Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta State, was at the center of some of the successes they enjoyed today, by fighting for performers’ rights. To the lawyers, Ozako was a man who reduced the boredom in the practice and interpretation of law, through creative articles.
The late Ozako was prominent for his law magazine, named Takkai. He was also well known in the entertainment industry for his workshop series; Wetin Lawyers Dey Do … Sef?. He started the workshop series in 2006, through Dtalkshop, an agency he co-run with Kaine Agari, his cousin. The workshop was meant to awaken filmmakers and musicians to the possibilities of earning well from their artistic endeavours. Ozako in his life time frowned at the activities of pirates and similar right infringers. He died on April 18, 2013, at the Havana Hospital, Surulere, of a stress related ailment.
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