I first met Sam, last year (2020), through my friend, Biggie, who suggested that the three of us should put our skills and gifts together and start a social media business. I had been doing social media account management for close to two years by that time and Biggie had been doing something similar, too. Sam, we brought on board, mostly for his numbers brain. We needed someone to balance out me and Biggie’s creative side and Sam was the perfect fit.
The first time that I met Sam, I was so excited about our new business- LoveWork- and all the things we were planning to achieve. Sam just had this way of dreaming really really big and then breaking the dream down into bite-sized pieces that you can achieve one step at a time. He spoke with such zeal, and so much passion. It was impossible not to feed off of his vibrant energy. He always spoke with excitement. If you were listening to him, you had no choice but to be excited with him; even if you didn’t even know what he was excited about.
A little later in the year, I found out that Sam was battling sickle cells when Biggie mentioned it to me this one time that he’d been in hospital for a while. It was one of those things that just takes you by surprise, because wow, he looked super healthy all the times I’d seen him, and so full of life. It was hard to imagine that he had this battle that would occasionally draw him away from the world that he was so happy to be a part of and added value to every day.
And he lived his life as though he had nothing to worry about and absolutely no limitations- health or otherwise. He had daily goals, weekly goals, and a number of big, inspiring, long-term goals. He most definitely had a healthy mind, full of big plans and ideas.
Through all the hardships and difficulties that Sam went through with his health, he never gave up hope. He always dared to dream, and dream big. He was constantly pursuing growth and career advancement. He was always so energetic and full of life when I saw him; and he spoke with so much passion and excitement- always. Sam was a true Champion of Hope, as he liked to call himself. He never walked around with self-pity or a defeatist mentality, and I celebrate him so much for that.
Him and Biggie, went through a leadership course last year (the one I’m currently doing), which required them to write books by the end of the year. Sam went through the course and came out an author. Amidst all his nights in hospital, in the middle of trying to complete his Master’s research, and in the middle of many other challenges, I’m sure, because this life is full of those. But Sam persevered and pushed through and is now an author of a book that talks about resilience, determination and hope- the epitome of his life story.
Besides the book he wrote, Sam made it to his 30th birthday; against many odds. Several doctors told him that he wouldn’t make it to 30, and yet God got him there. Isn’t that such a great testimony? He has really lived a life of resilience and defying several odds.
Sam went to be with the Lord 2 weeks ago; on the 7th of April. As much as I’m sad that he has left us, and that his energy and passion are gone from this world, I am also super grateful that I got to be his friend, to spend time with him, to be impacted by him, and to run a business with him as well. He taught me many things about life and business, which I will carry with me for a long time.
Thank you, Lord for the opportunity to interact with such a great man. Thank you, Sam for all the lessons you taught me. Rest in peace, my friend. Till we meet again in glory.