My gentle giant has fallen asleep: Johanna Iyambo

31 May 2019 18:40pm
WINDHOEK, 31 MAY (NAMPA) - The widow of the late Dr Nickey Iyambo has said she hoped to have more time with her husband, but her “gentle giant” has fallen asleep.
Iyambo died in Windhoek on 19 May at the age of 82.
In a letter written by Johanna Iyambo and read on her behalf at her husband’s memorial service on Friday, she described her late husband as an exceptional man with a good sense of humour and said there was never a dull moment between the two of them.
She wiped away tears as the letter was read during the memorial service held at Parliament Gardens in Windhoek.
“My heart is broken after losing you. You did not go alone as a part of me went with you,” the widow said.
She also recalled their morning greetings as being “unique and beautiful”.
“You were an early bird and while I was still asleep, I would hear your sweet soft voice say: ‘Good morning my dear wife’ and I would respond ‘Good morning my dear husband’,” Iyambo wrote.
She said the late Iyambo taught her patience, guided her and never left her side.
“We shared a special love of peace, understanding, gentleness and calmness,” Iyambo wrote.
The former vice president’s son, Hage Iyambo, also paid tribute to his father.
Iyambo, who is named after President Hage Geingob, said his father was more than an inspiration and was the ideal man that they all looked up to.
“Our father and grandfather, Dr Nickey Iyambo, was a man that greatly impacted the lives of so many,” Iyambo said.
He said his father had kindness and compassion for his country and tirelessly pursued a future that seeks better for the children of Namibia.
“To lose someone is a feeling that decentres the grounds. How do we continue when our beacon is gone?” Iyambo said.
He added that they will find comfort in the path he led and “legacy is the lighthouse to guide us”.
Furthermore, the family said they will not only remember Iyambo’s heroic deeds for the country, they will also remember that he always shared the little he had with his family and community.
The former minister’s friends described him as their personal cheerleader who was honest and honourable.
“He is alive in every one of us with our amazing memories of him to share,” Dr Solly Amadhila read in a message on behalf of Iyambo’s friends.