GOOD NAME: The Legacy, Our Heritage, My Pride

By: Hon. Great Ebojie

Aba (owanlen) “what were you doing when your mates were making money.

See Olu’s father, he is setting him up for life. Giving him a car and a flat for
his marriage. You will be preaching to us. Who preaching help?”
Baba looked at his son. The words cut into him. Was he now a failure?
Had he done wrong. He had given his best to his family but it seemed
“My son, I have not failed you. I have given you what I have to give. If I
had money, I would have given it to you. No one can take that to
heaven. It is a good thing to give children inheritance. You have one.

Years back in government, I had the opportunity to steal as a civil servant. Do you know
what stopped me? The name. Your grandpa gave me a warning on his
death bed. He said to me, “our family name is your biggest inheritance.
Do not mess it up. Our family is one that is recognised for service and
honesty. It will do more for you than wealth”
I did not believe him. I thought it was an excuse because he had few
material things to give us. It was as I grew up that I realized the value.
When doors opened for me. When people would ask if you are the son
of .. ? When I had chosen the path of service, I did not want to soil it.”
“My son, I hope the values I have tried to imbibe with you also serve
you in the time of need. The strength of character and the value of faith
in your abilities. You might one day find that more valuable than
money. I am not able to give you a car. You will buy that from your
education. As you will build a house from your engagements.
The little I have you will inherit. I hope you find no use for them. That
they are but a seed to start your life”

The son remembered this conversation 12 years after the old man
joined the ancestors. He had been in a difficult situation where money
was useless to him. His name and character gave him leverage.
He made a resolution. He would preserve the name. But he would work
to leave wealth behind. He reasoned if he built character and imbibed
values to his children, they would prosper.

It is good to leave wealth for children, it is great to leave them with
more than money.Finally, it’s not all about what we leave for our Children but what we leave in them.
Good name: the Legacy, our heritage,my pride….

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