Most people called me Angel – a name I have been called ever since my toddler days. As I grew older, I preferred to be called Pearl. My facebook name is Anjoh Pearl for that reason.
Pearl was my senior in secondary school. I really admired her. She has been a source of inspiration and motivation. Prior to my demise, I was a Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell. Pearl certainly had an influence on my educational track being an engineer herself.
I was born in Cameroon – the country called "Africa in miniature". I come from a very humble background and I quickly learned the virtues of life. I loved the life I lived and departed with no regrets besides the fact that I didn’t tell anyone I would be gone on June 3rd – that I regret so much and I wish I could let them know that it is because I love them so much.
Being the only sister to my brothers – I was always cared for. So, I learn to care for all alike. They toughen me up – so I learn to do things just like guys would do. In most of engineering courses, I was the only female and many at times the only African American female. The looks and expectations from classmates toughen me up even further – so, I quickly learned to care for myself and be responsible for others, especially for my brothers. That was the beauty of life.
To my parents, I’d always be their little princess. They always had surprises for me. I remain thankful to have been born by them. I know how devastated they are by now, but I know my brothers and the rest of my family will do a good job at taking care of them till we all meet again.
Today, marks one week since I last saw my aunty and uncle and my new born cousin. Awww I miss them so much. They are equally devastated but I know my cute little cousin will continue to give them better reasons to love life.
Although I am gone, I will always miss my times on earth. I miss my UMass Lowell roommates, my school mates, my professors, my colleagues, my cousins, nieces, nephews, aunties, uncles, relatives, friends, father and ultimately my mother.
Most of you – I spoke with the day before my demise - such is life . I wish I could tell you but you would have been more devastated than you are now. Be happy for me – for I now WALK WITH THE ANGELS.
Something to learn
That life is like the flame on a matchstick. When it strikes, it flames up then becomes stable and then slowly burns the stick until it goes off. So brighten the world as much as you can – it is one way we will all make the world a better place for all.
A gentle request
I hope my story inspires you. Please help my family take me home to a resting place where my ancestors have been laid and already prepared a place for me. Any contribution from you will be greatly appreciated. Thank you and don’t forget to brighten the world around you – so your memories can live well after you.
Thank you and I wish you well.
- FEDELIS Arrey
- Honore Yonti
- Ndap Tah
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