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Sammie Okposo - 45 Days Since You Were Gone


Preserving the legacy of a loved one is an important way of honoring and remembering the special people in our lives. Whether through stories, keepsakes, photos, or memories, honoring their memories allows us to keep them close even after they’re gone.

Stories are one of the best ways to preserve a legacy. They give us an intimate connection to our loved ones, so we can still feel connected to them even after they've passed away. Talking to family and friends, journaling, and watching videos are great ways to keep their stories alive.

I have been repeatedly asked why I have been writing about Sammie for weeks. The answer is now clear. I feel compelled to contribute to works that will preserve his legacy. I recently visited with Sammie's son. The youngster is still grieving the loss of his papa but says he will do all he can to keep the memories of his dad alive. He says he will continue playing football in memory of his dad.

Fejiro Okposo
No matter how you decide to honor the legacy of your loved one, you must do it in a way that brings you peace and joy. Because keeping the memory of those special people in a loving light helps keep their spirits alive.

Sammie's passing has unified many musicians from Nigeria. Groups were formed on social media platforms, and new productive alliances were made. Sammie is still making an impact.

Fejiro Okposo and Uvoh Onoriobe

I got to meet Ayo Vincent through one of the groups formed. Here is her tribute to Uncle Sammie.

I was introduced to the late Sammie Okposo by Minister Aboyowa Godwin. I'd already known of him because I used to sneak into House on the Rock services at Muson center way back to be a part of their praise and worship. Afterward, I would return to my local church because I was also in the choir. I was nineteen years old at that time.

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  I had gotten an invite to do backup vocals for Mike Aremu's album. I am trying to remember the studio's name, but it was somewhere on the Lagos mainland. 

Hillary and Ayo Vincent with late Sammie Okposo

Oh my God, I had never met anybody like Uncle Sammie. For a minute, he was chatty and very pleasant. The moment we got into the studio, he became a different person. Studio time for him was business time, and he was very strict. If we were not hitting the right notes, he would say, "Do you think this is a joke? If you're not ready to work, get out!"

Phew! I had never been spoken to in that manner all my life. He made me sit up for real. He knew what he wanted and was determined to get the best out of us. We sure gave it 101%. That was the first time I encountered him outside of watching him minister with Chosen Treasure. 

It was a wonderful time, and that was the beginning of a relationship, but it was a relationship from afar.

By the next time we met, I had married, had children, released my music album, and started touring.  

We met at events, and Uncle Sammie was always courteous, funny, and kind. 

In 2015 or thereabout, I was invited to minister at  Sammie Okposo's Praise Party(SOPP)  in Lagos.  

Fast forward to 2022. We became members of the same church - The Logic Church. In a few months, our families made so many memories.

It really hurts to know he has crossed over to heaven. My children will miss him.

I remember Min Sammie Okposo as a  colossus, an iconic and legendary worship leader. He was an arranger and composer  cum producer, and music director. Husband to Ozy. He was a father and champion. Someone who would fight for you. Sir, I miss you. I love you. We will see you again.
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Ayo Vincent is also an author. She published her first book STARTING OVER in 2020 and her second, a children’s book titled DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER, launched in February 2022 to wide acclaim, made it to the top 100 bestselling list of Christian children’s books on amazon kindle.
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He has worked as a General Dentist/ Missionary for over twenty years, offering dental services across various communities around the African continent and other parts of the globe. He has had the opportunity to train in various tertiary organizations in the United States.

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It was a tense evening at the Okposo family house in Warri. News had reached Pa Warre Okposo that Sammie had left finally for Lagos to pursue a career in music. Mama Sammie could only pray for God to cause her precious son's dreams to come to fruition. Read more..

At the end of an orchestra performance, if the audience stops clapping once the conductor leaves, he won’t come back onstage. If they keep clapping, he returns for a few more bows and then leaves again. It is beginning to dawn on me that our Maestro, Sammie Sparko has left the scene. Read more

Lagbaja asked the group of guys what name he would introduce them as. I am told Sammie said, "Treasure." The "band" was formed that day. Read more...

As long as I remember, people tell you to take heart when someone close passes, knowing they have gone to a better place. In all my days in church, I have never heard about how to handle grief. People say he/she has finished the race. Read more..


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