The celebration of Life and the Funeral Ceremony for the late Dr. Ombo Jim Lawson, who passed on November 21, 2019, at the age of 75 years were held on the 28 and 29 of February 2020 at Maryland, USA. Below is a brief and photos shared by Ms. Daerebo Brown West, who attended the event.
Dr. Lawson, affectionately known as President of Kalabari Association (KASA) Washington-Baltimore Metropolis, USA., was born on October 25, 1944. Dr. Lawson was the son of Chief Olu Jim Lawson, a Kalabari prominent businessman and the leader of the Ogari War Canoe House in Buguma. And his mother, Madam Sokariba Olu Jim Kio Lawson, was an entrepreneur. He attended the prestigious Kalabari National College (KNC) and soon after worked for the Department of Agriculture in Rivers State Government and was subsequently made the head of the Yenagoa sector. His leadership and knowledge of the field gained him a passage to study in the United States, where he obtained his BS from the University of Nebraska, MS from Southern Illinois University, and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. He lectured at the University of Maryland before joining the United States Department of Agriculture for 25 years and retired in 2017. Some endearingly described Dr. Lawson as having tentacles akin to an octopus in the context of his selfless and relentless support for social and cultural causes. Amongst his myriad of achievements is a founding member of KASA, Kalabari National Association (KNA) USA, Buguma Community USA (BCOM), and Rivers State Forum.
Dr. Ombo Jim Lawson is survived by:
Tamunoemi O. Jim Lawson (son)
Dr. Jimba Lawson-Alade (daughter)
Diepriye O. Jim Lawson (son)
David O. Jim Lawson (son)
Daniel O. Jim Lawson (son)
May His Soul Rest In Peace!