Footprints: Timenepre Akpeti - Nigerian who called Jamaica home
Timenepre Akpeti of the Ijaw tribe from the river state of Nigeria, left his country and the lights of Paris, France, where he had gone to study French and linguistics, and came to Jamaica, were he gave 37 years of sterling service to education.
He spent 27 years at Jamaica College, some in the capacity of vice-principal, and 10 years at Queens High school. His wife, and Bob Marley's music are among the key things that brought Akpeti to Jamaica, but his love for teaching and his desire to see his students be successful played a major role in his decision to stay. Although he spoke approximately seven languages including French and German, English was his passion. He was a very good English teacher and was very passionate about teaching. Consequently, he dedicated much time to research, finding appropriate material and implementing different strategies. He believed that knowledge was the gateway to success and tried his best to help his students to be successful. He initiated and implemented several programmes to assist students with study skills and memory development.
Akpeti touched countless lives. He gave good advice and tried his best to assist in whatever way he could. He supported dreams and encouraged persons to dream big. His son, who works in the aerospace industry, recalls that at five years old, he told his father he wanted to be an astronaut.
"He put his full support behind me, got me every book on science and told me that through education and hard work, one can achieve one's dream"." This advice and support was characteristic of 'Tim' as he was affectionately called. Undoubtedly, his deep and unwavering Christian faith enabled him to have such a positive outlook. Akpeti stood tall in stature and character. He was a very firm disciplinarian. The seeds of knowledge and encouragement he has planted will continue to bear fruit. The positive path of his footprints will guide many as they travel along life's road.
So we say marcher bonne (French), laufen gut (German), or walk good, to Mr Akpeti.