It was English Novelist George Eliot who mentioned; “Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them”. Death is certainly the ultimate cease for each man however what makes people immortal is the nice works they’ve engaged in whereas in flesh and blood. Their frantic efforts on earth throw them into the consciousness of many, passing their fond recollections to generations unborn. For Jude Rudolf Solomon, whereas he was alive, he performed a major position as an astute businessman and beneficiant philanthropist who lived life in step with the teachings of his creator.
He might need gone on a sojourn of no return however his indelible footprints won’t ever be forgotten in a rush. More cause the Intercontinental Hotel- Grand African ballroom, on the twenty third of October, 2021 was a location full of rising feelings as family and friends converged in disbelief. Those who by no means believed the information of his surprising demise additionally got here to make clear and in addition bid the jolly good fellow a farewell. With tears dropping like rainfall, the Ballroom was stuffed as much as the brim as many sympathizers thronged of their giant numbers to pay homage even in dying. Eulogies and candy testimonies of his humane facet rented the air as many who’ve had a justifiable share of his generosity confessed that such an amazing man shouldn’t have died.
Born on the first November 1978 to Lebanese immigrants whose household migrated to Nigeria in 1913 and adopted Nigeria as their house nation. Jude acquired his early training on the Lebanese International School, Lagos and proceeded to Lebanon for his tertiary research.
After finishing his tertiary training, he determined to return again to Nigeria a spot the place he discovered consolation and peace. When lots of his friends thought he wasn’t making a smart choice on returning again to Nigeria, Jude noticed alternative flowing in Nigeria. He was rewarded for following his coronary heart and instinct. That choice set him on the trail of greatness laced with excellent achievements and successes. However, regardless of residing a brief life, his impeccable accomplishment whereas on earth can by no means be ignored with a wave of the hand. That’s why many have continued to have fun him even in dying for his selflessness, loyalty, generosity and sincerity.
Through exhausting work and doggedness; he was in a position to climb the ladder of success in life when his path crossed with the founder and chairman of Zenon Petroleum and Gas Limited, Femi Otedola. Their assembly was fairly an fascinating one as Jude in his regular factor dazzled and swept the billionaire oil mogul off his ft along with his confidence and oratory prowess and his extremely cerebral presentation. Their assembly paid off when Otedola pleaded with Jude’s uncle to influence him to work with him at Zenon Petroleum & Gas Ltd.
After Jude agreed, the remaining is historical past. Within a short time within the firm Jude proved himself to be the proverbial swizz knife. He was merely distinctive. He was multi-dimensional and huge in his method to work and scenario. He is an issue solver and a group participant in his supply and discharging of duties. This helped Zenon rise astronomically above its opponents as he additionally rose to the place of Head of Sales and Marketing Zenon Nigeria.
After working and constructing the Zenon model for eleven years, Jude lastly set forth on a brand new problem in 2009. He left Zenon to pursue his pursuits within the vitality sector and actual property growth. He additional remodeled these seeds right into a thriving enterprise he managed efficiently till he was visited and brought away by the grim reaper on 13 September 2021. He was not solely profitable on the enterprise entrance; he was equally a devoted household man and a lover of animals. He married his spouse Maricel in May 2011 and the union was blessed with two great sons – Jason and Kevin aged 9 and seven years respectively.
When the information of his surprising demise erupted, his former boss and mentor, Femi Otedola couldn’t conceal his emotions as he put pen to paper scribbling a tribute on his encounter with the magic working marketer. Otedola averred that; “Jude was one of the finest gentlemen I have ever come across. I have known him for 22 years of his life. He worked with me for many years learning the rudiments of business He was there for me at very significant periods in my life and business. We spoke every morning, severally during the day and last thing at night. He was fiercely loyal, sincere and extremely honest right to the end. He was selfless and always thought of others before himself. He was deeply spiritual and an excellent father and husband. His dedication to family was absolute. ‘Jude, your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure, you are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure. Rest in peace beloved brother……you are now happily in Heaven with your Creator”.