Remembering Deacon Samuel Adewunmi Amune
Lawyer And Community Leader
It has been tributes and eulogies for 78- year-old community leader, clergy, legal luminary and illustrious son of Igarra, Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of Edo State, late Deacon Samuel Adewunmi Amune who recently passed on unto glory.
The community leader, according to his family, started life as a domestic aide to an European in a British firm where he combined his work as an aide with part-time studies to become a specialist in typing and shorthand and later became a qualified lawyer in 1974, thereby becoming the second person to become a lawyer from Igarra.
He had a stint with the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) before moving to the Nigeria Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research (NIMOR) where he served till he retired in 1998.
He was a title-holder in his Igarra land as he was conferred with the title Ozaika of Igarra meaning the outspoken and courageous one by the Otaru of Igarra.
A statement signed by the President and Secretary, Igarra Progressive Union in the United States of America, Anthony Akpeji and Jameelah Ahmed-Akande said the late Amune’s record of real life “open door policy has not been equaled till date. He was very sensitive to issues especially when it concerned staff members and was liked by both junior and senior staff members.
“He helped several Igarra people, Afenmai and other parts of Edo State and beyond in job placement of which some are still active employees. As a result of his astuteness, Chief Amune was appointed a member and secretary of an arbitration committee that resolved a very serious dispute between the management of Cocoa Research Institute and the workers and anchored the secretariat of several committees on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“The memory of Chief Amune fondly referred to as “oremi” (my friend in the Yoruba parlance) will ever remain fresh among those that worked with him. He lived a fulfilled responsible husband; father, brother, uncle, father-in-law and grandfather.”