Dr. Yakub Adams was a good human being

I first met Dr. Yakub a while back in 2013 as an undergraduate student. He, without doubt, was one of the favorite Lecturers not only in my view but also in the view of most of the students he taught. He was a modest gentleman, a forthright person, and a great teacher.

When Dorine Sambla, a Tanzania based teacher and one of my coursemates in undergraduate asked me to either confirm or dismiss the news sprawling in the streets of social media regarding Daktari’s unfortunate death, I was quick to dismiss it and tell her to ignore the same for Daktari could not be dead. On second thought, I called my teacher Sir John Midega over the same. He was lost of words, only mentioned that he was taken ill three weeks ago then ended the call prematurely.

I decided to navigate social media and I couldn’t help but understand the rumor could not be far from the truth. In Kiswahili, it is said, ‘Lisemwalo lipo’ to mean what is said exists.

My mind stubbornly refused to process the truth.

Life, is, indeed, very, fickle.

A year after completing my undergraduate studies, I badly wanted to pursue my masters in the field of Literature. I consulted a number of individuals among them Daktari. When I finally made up my mind, he encouraged me to fast-track the application for a scholarship at the University of Sheffield in the UK which I had scouted as among the institutions I would wish to join for my postgraduate studies. When the time came for writing a referral, Doc did it passionately. I managed the stages but got stuck where I was told to produce an IELTS certificate. I argued that there was no need for one since I had a Bachelors degree in English. Unfortunately, it ended in premium tears.

Doc was disappointed when he learnt that I missed it merely on account of arguing against an established process and not merit. He, among other teachers of mine were willing to help me pay the twenty thao or so that I found unnecessary and unwarranted.

He, nonetheless, encouraged me thereafter.

Dr. Yakub, as he was famously called was a man of great demeanor, temperament, and faith. He was the go-between person for most students whenever all options had been exploited. He did his work charmingly and would attend to his students even beyond working hours. Besides, he was a man of faith and never shied away from expressing his reverence to God even in an environment where reason appealed to people more than God.

One particular case that will forever remain etched in my memory was when a disabled student had failed an exam because he could not attempt the main question in an exam. The question carried 30 marks and required drawing which was not possible. The course lecturer on the other hand was unaware of the development leading to the disability. After the student formally complained to me, I raised the issue, then serving as the Chairperson of the Education Students organization (M.U.E.S.). Doc called me the very day and shared that the issue had been resolved to the joy of the affected student.

Students and colleagues, both past and present, have thronged social media platforms showering praise to this great teacher, colleague and friend, most expressing anger at death and how picky it isโ€”as it seeminglyโ€”only picks the best.

Maseno University English and Literature Students Association (MUELISA) had the following to say:

Dr. Yakub Adams, Our memories together will keep us going. We feel your presence even though you have gone to be with the Lord. We know that your kind soul is in Paradise watching over us. Till we meet again. Rest in Peace Doc.”

Dr. Benard Kodak, a friend and former colleague had this to say:

Dr. Al Hajj Yakub Adams Wuod Onjiko Kobong’o Ahero Nyando, fare thee well.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

Chrispine Ochieng, a former student posted the following:

These days we merely exist,
See, the world has turned –
Its back on us
Our lives have become utterly fragile
One moment we cruise around,
Filled with life to brim!
Another moment we drop still,
Devoid of life!
Oh, what a cruelty!
Today our hearts are heavy
We roast in anger and agony
We drown in acrid seas of tears,
Knowing that our beloved has departed
Today we smile in pain,
Reliving the pleasurable times
We spent seeing –
Our beloved’s charming smile
We shake our heads in denial,
Knowing we’ll never see it ever again!
And even with knowledge –
Of how futility our efforts and wishes are,
We still curse death,
Hoping that some day,
It dies a painful death too!
Journey well, Daktari,
Journey well, Mwalimu,
Journey well, Rafiki,
Journey well, Ndugu,
Journey well, Baba
Journey well, Yakub Adams!

Kelvin Nyamache, a former student and former M.U.E.S. chair posted:

His voice that once rang out has been stilled by the inexorable power of death. He rests now with the sages.Goodnight Dr. Yakub. We will miss you๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

Bryson Omwalo, a friend and colleague at Maseno University shared:

Let us mourn our friend the best way we can Let us scribble our feelings in whatever way!

Opiyo Odongo, famously known as “Shakespeare” and the immediate former Somu President had the following to say:

Life is indeed too short. My Lecturer Dr. Yakub Adams has left us with the unit halfway….Maseno University has lost a very dedicated lecturer. May your sould rest in peace Japuonj

Words can not capture with exact precision how impactful Dr. Yakub was to his family, students, friends and colleagues. There are many accounts of his goodness, most of which may never be shared. Doc was a honourable gentleman, a good human being and a great teacher. Nind gi kwe Daktari.

Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. Indeed, to Allah we belong and to Allah we shall return.

13 thoughts on “Dr. Yakub Adams was a good human being

  1. Dorine Sambla says:

    It is indeed sad and death picks only the best๐Ÿ˜ข

    …death be not proud for you will also die one day!

    1. Barack Wandera says:

      Very sad indeed

  2. MARPE Gideon says:

    This morning, I woke up to some terrible news. My benefactor and mentor Dr. Yakub Adams who hugely shaped my view on life, work, and many other things, has passed away. Iโ€™ve never met someone as equally impressive, smart, and grounded as he was.

    It is not that common at this stage of our careers to have professors who shape our intellect, interest, and life in general. But my mentor did that.

    While we were originally brought together for academic purposes, I soon began to learn from his views and perspectives and his wealth of knowledge. That will always be fundamental for my understanding of the world.

    I hope that everyone, when such people cross their paths, never take people like my mentor for granted. I certainly never did, and never will.

    For Dr. Yakub
    โ€œ *You carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.โ€*

    Rest Easy Sir!๐Ÿ’”

  3. MARPE Gideon says:

    There might never be a magnitude to say about how a legendary, passion-led-leader, a great man, and a selfless person who has no wishes but best for your family, friends, and students you were.
    Rest in sovereignty Doc.

  4. Lida Marculate Akinyi says:

    Dr. Yakub was a man who words alone can’t explain. He was such a cheerful lecturer,a joyous person, loved and liked everyone. He never chose who to talk to and who to give a chance in class to speak,he was such a open minded person who accommodated all students as his own children. He gave everyone a room of expression and student’s wish was always his command. He was a dedicated lecturer,a generous human being and above a person who saw potentially in everyone. I’ll forever miss you my great man, fare thee well Japuonj ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

  5. Masasi Brian says:

    Maseno university has not only lost a legend but also a dad to most of us his students. I feel the emptiness left but his presence will forever be with us. Dr. Yakub, am just out of words May your soul rest in eternal peace papa. Till we meet in heaven.

  6. Muye says:

    Looks are deceiving but yours were real….. Such a kind and humble creature to all.
    In our hearts we will miss you,
    In our minds we will keep you
    In our thoughts you will remain
    Safe travel Dr Yakub
    Find peace…. Rest easy.
    Fare thee well!

  7. Cornellius says:

    Your wise words of insight will never be forgotten Dr. .having friends that are going tp influence is one thing am going to do in your remembarance. Just as you used to advise us.

  8. Ladeah Magdalyne says:

    From ashes we rise and to ashes we return.. Processing the news of the demise of our own D. r Yakub Adams is an art i still have to master.. Death is harsh, death is cruel. Your goodness will be rewarded by the High Deity
    Dine with the angels Daktari..

  9. Cornellius says:

    Your wise words of insight will never be forgotten Mwalimu. Having friends that are to influence my life positively is one thing am going to do in your remembarance sir. Rest in Power Dr.Yakub.

  10. Benter Achieng says:

    RIP doctor you have fought the fight you have finished the race. No amount of words can explain the pain and the gap you have left behind ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ.
    Rest easy daktari

  11. Yeko says:

    My heart felt condolences to the family and friends of the fallen hero๐Ÿ˜Ÿ ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ,. Rest easy Dr Yakubs

  12. Eunice Ng'ong'a says:

    RIP my supervisor at The Catholic University of Eastern Africa ( C.U.E.A) Kisumu campus, till we meet again you were such an aspiration to me.

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