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Farewell High Commissioner Onoh

Published:Friday | September 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMJody-Anne Lawrence
From left: Andrea Francis shares lens with Deputy High Commissioner of Nigeria Ibrahim Zanna and Ruth Mwale.
Dean of the Diplomatic Corps Dr Jose Tomas Ares and Acting High Commissioner of Nigeria Lilian Onoh toast the end of a great term.
From left: Andrea Stevens and Nekesa McCloud share lens with Lilian Onoh and Deputy High Commissioner of the Nigerian Embassy Ibrahim Zanna.
From left: Roberto Alvaresz, from the Chilean Embassy; Sybil Ntoutoume, and Argentinean Ambassador Ariel Fernandez out to bid farewell to Onoh.
Chargé d’ affaires of the Venezuelan Embassy Luisa Gutierrez smiles for our lens.
A toast between Charges d' Affaires at the US Embassy Eric Khant and permanent secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Marcia Gilbert-Roberts.

It was a night of mixed emotions as the diplomatic corp but farewell to another 'family member' - Acting High Commissioner of Nigeria Lilian Onoh.

With just a few hours left in the country before she departs for her new assignment Nigerian High Commissioner to Namibia Onoh was saying good bye to the country that was her home, and the people who were her friends for the last two and half years.

It was an intimate ceremony at the office of the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps Dominican Republic Ambassador Jose Tomas Ares last Tuesday evening. Ambassador Ares gave a heartfelt speech noting that she was not just his colleague, but also his friend.

Onoh, in her speech, mirrored his sentiment. She concurred that Jamaica had indeed become her home, and her colleagues did not just become friends, they became family, and sometimes psychiatrist. She emphasised that they were there for each other during the toughest times, and she appreciated the counsel they gave.

After the formalities, there were warm hugs, kisses, and kind exchanges. Some even took photographs as personal final mementos. Guests also enjoyed fine wine, cocktails and appetisers as they shared memories with their friend one last time.