BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE TO DEBORAH RONKE APAMPA (DR) By Clem Aguiyi
kevin kesto, [3/19/2023 11:30 AM]
BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE TO DEBORAH RONKE APAMPA (DR)
By Clem Aguiyi
I feel honored dedicating these few words of tribute in honor of my greatest and most amazing friend of all times, Debora Ronke Apampa who on February 4th, 2023 added another year to her age .
Sharing your amazing story with the world is for me irresistible. Your life is a gospel. If there’s anyone who have seen the Lord’s goodness, mercy, love and compassion, that one person is you.
I consider your life journey so far to be inspiring, hence I feel honored to join Kissi, your immediate family, adopted children, millions of friends around the world to wish you love, hope and everlasting joy and happiness as you celebrate God’s gift of life and good health.
For starters, what attracted me to DR isn’t just her personality. Of-course everyone that knew her knows she is absolutely gorgeous, a decent brand, a stunning beauty and brain all rolled in one. Standing at a great height of 6ft tall, she is elegant, beautiful with dreamy eyes, a joy to behold, but still smart, intelligent, humble, cerebral and hardworking.
DR is a lady with unique interest and many sides but most importantly, Holy Spirit filled vessel, a believer and a special child of God. She loves God, loves God’s work and live by His words. Forget the fact that she can be weird at times, but she is awesome to be with, reliable and dependable. With all her modern looks, she works hard, prays hard, love the gospel, chants in tongues and read Holy Books. That’s her life and that what’s thrills her. On February 4th, I thought of a befitting gift for her and I was confused of what to send her that will make sense to her- I sent her a priceless praise and worship and that got her smiling.
Away from the chaos of this mundane world, she loves to sit at home and work quietly. She loves to write and writes very interesting stories of her life changing experience, including stories of her dark days. Her stories which she regularly shares as a testimony of God’s love and compassion has been touching changing lives.
DR, you are blessing to your generation. Your stories including the hardships, betrayals and achievements are amazing and soul- winning. Your life is an inspiration to so many others. You are doing amazing things in the world and would be doing your mentors very proud. Your accomplishments fill my heart with pride and joy. I happy to tell you and the world that I am very proud of you.
It’s amazing the job your charity outreach programs are doing opening doors for young people in all areas including touching the lives of the underprivileged especially the children and teenage young girls you are changing from rust to diamonds.
Dear DR, 04/2 has become a special day in my life too and there’s no better time, more perfect than this period for me to remind you just how amazing, how meaningful and how touching your friendship is to me. I want you to know that you are so much more than just a friend to me but more special than I’ll ever be able to put into words.
I will always be grateful that I am blessed with someone as special as you in my life. I am wishing you the happiest birthday ever with all the love in my heart. You are the greatest friend I could ask for. Thank you for all the good work you put into this world every day. As you add another year to your age. I pray that you will continue to smile and laugh through this life journey.
In 2007, when you were just barely above 20 years, David Ajiboye wrote an interesting opinion about you titled ‘Ronke’s Journey from Catwalk Model to Screen Idol’. That piece by Ajiboye described you as a force to reckon with in the arts, entertainment and fashion industry. Even though you have since moved on to other greater things, a majority of the opinion expressed in that brief article remain relevant hence, I will copiously redact some of them here for the sake of posterity and for those who may not know.
kevin kesto, [3/19/2023 11:30 AM]
‘DR Apampa was the presenter and co-producer of the popular Black Variety Show on OBE TV (Sky Channel 159) in the United Kingdom. The show is the favorite television show for Nigerian and African lifestyle, fashion and arts outside Africa, The Channel broadcasts to over two million homes across Europe’.
‘Born in Ibadan Nigeria, to a father who is a practicing lawyer and writer and a mother who was a registered nurse. The mother though late was also a writer. Guess she took her creativewriting skill from both parents. Ronke is the second of four children. A mother to a sweet and gifted daughter’.
A brilliant student from her Primary school days. Ronke finished High school at the age of 14. Her career started in Nigeria as a young catwalk model and later as a co-host on a teen-oriented television show on Lagos Television. She also had her own column in some Lagos newspapers like Tempo, Prime People and PM News while studying journalism.
Ronke’s modelling took her to Paris for the Nigerian Fashion Show and on her return decided to try television presenting as a career. She soon began featuring in a number of high-profile fashion shows such as the St Moritz Style collection showcase in Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja, and the Nigeria Fashion Show which took her around the country and later on to Europe and America.
Her elegance, poise and professionalism on the runway has earned her, over the years, numerous call ups by such prominent designers such as Mon Ami, Frank Oshodi, Zizi Cardow, Nobel, Jimi Delaja, Adebayo Jones, Yemi Osunkoya and Gureje New York.
DR is a front-page girl any day. She has also been featured in, and on the cover of magazines such as Aspire, Mimi, Guardian Newspaper supplement, Leadership & Lifestyle, Deeply and True Love West Africa.
She travelled to London as a presenter on a show about Nigerians living in London and later got signed to the production and management company, R70 World as the presenter of the show ‘Out and About’ on BEN TV. Because of her warmth and charm on the show, and the unmistakable realness in her unique interview approach, she soon became a not-to-be-missed feature every Saturday afternoon as the presenter of the Black Variety Show; a laid back entertainment show for people of all ages broadcasted live from the heart of London.
The Black Variety Show gave Ronke the exposure that has now taken her to new heights and well sought after for hosting events and photo shoots by African designers. She has interviewed some of the world’s biggest stars in America and has become a recognizable face at Fashion Weeks around the world.
A graduate of Law and a constant traveler to high profile events to record special features for her show, DR took her career to another level when staged a fashion show in Nigeria called ‘Stars On The Runway’ to help raise funds for charity. Like many things she touched, the show became an instant success.
I need not say more than conclude this tribute by applauding and complementing her for being a sunshine in the lives of people she has come into contact with. I cannot thank God enough for her.
Dear DR, may God in His infinite mercy continue to guard, guide and preserve you. May He as the author of life grant you many more years and shower you with many more blessings. Please, don’t go changing. Happiest birthday!!