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This tribute was added by Jeffrey Polana on 14th February 2016

"Six months Peter, and it's still hard to fathom your loss". Everyday I think of this tragic loss as a dream, but not to be!
You truly made an impact not only in my life but so many others... It has to be, that with all you did and how you touched so many-many lives in your short 26 yrs of life, you were sent as an Angel of God. There is nothing less to believe.
What a blessing to have met you, and share your joy of life!

Still my dream to visit your grave one day and say "THANK YOU" for being you!!!! I look to the heavens and see your smile daily Peter, and remember your calls and visits together in the states so vividly.

My peace I give to you Peter Bello, my peace leave with you for all eternity!
Gods speed buddy"

This tribute was added by Gabby Okulaja on 20th November 2015

"Junior Bello!
It's been like 3 months already? I can't believe it !
I dreamt about you last night.
Honestly, I don't remember where we were or where we were walking to but we spoke for a really long time and you looked happy and you made me feel a whole lot better.
It felt good.

Through all of that, I forgot you had passed away. It all felt so real.
The second I realized you were dead, you weren't beside me anymore.
Then I woke up.

I believe you're resting in peace and you're happy up there.
You've been missed but God knows.
Continue resting with Jesus.
Love you!"

This tribute was added by Joy Tanimowo on 5th September 2015

"I just summoned the courage to pay this tribute to an enigmatic yet humble young man. I learnt from your short yet fulfilled life what it means to be selfless. Rest on in the bossom of the Lord and May the good Lord comfort your loved ones. You will be sorely missed"

This tribute was added by Ufon Ekemini on 1st September 2015

"I know you can't read this Peter but I share in the pain that your loved ones are feeling. Am short of words to say. I never knew you but your works and deeds have spoken greatly for you. God knows best and we cannot question him. Sleep on dear friend till we meet on the resurrection morning."

This tribute was added by Rume K. on 28th August 2015

"Peter…what happened, man? We were supposed to take over the world..
The last thing you said to me was “Don’t worry, Rume, I got you. This is my town. Last last, I will sleep on the floor somewhere”. Selfless…

This tribute was added by Rume K. on 28th August 2015

"Peter…what happened, man? We were supposed to take over the world..

The last thing you said to me was “Don’t worry, Rume, I got you. This is my town. Last last, I will sleep on the floor somewhere”. Selfless…
I first met you taking pictures of banana bread (Seye Bakes) at AAF in 2010. “I guess everyone has a camera now” I thought. “Plus, this dude’s pants are waaaayy too tight.” I later found out we served at the same company. My initial hasty judgment (skinny-jeaned hipster faking a deep voice) soon gave way to my deep respect for you and your constant inspiration to me. You were always forthcoming about your goals, honest and brutally generous to those around you. Extremely talented and unfathomably humble, you were always deferential to the point of absurdity (That “Egbon” nonsense…”) And the photography. THE PHOTOGRAPHY! I take good pictures, but you were an artist behind the lens. I remember getting angry FOR you when I heard what some people would try to pay you. Even when I took you on gigs with me, or you helped me with edits when my workload was too much, it was clear how talented you were. You will live forever through the images you blessed the world with.

From NYSC to Master’s to Pilot School, I was excited by the path you chose, and looking forward to what you would become. Your calm demeanor and fearlessness made sure I would never second-guess your new path whether or not you would return to us whenever you took off. The day of the crash happened, I made a mental note to call you later, and check to see if you had lost any of your colleagues. I arrogantly neglected the fact that it could have been you flying. No answer…I’ll try Peter again tomorrow. I received a panicked call the next morning asking if I knew anything about PETER KAYODE’s whereabouts. “Wait, what? You mean Peter Bello?” Only then did the panic set in. I couldn’t concentrate at work. My calls to your sister and your colleagues remained unanswered. I panicked and hoped. 4 dead, 6 hospitalized, 2 missing. More hope. I knew, but I hoped the hope of a child that still believes in Santa or Father Christmas. Peter was strong, he was built like the Incredible Hulk, if the Hulk did yoga and cardio. Surely he swam to Cotonou, and we’d all celebrate the miracle of his survival, no? A sad peace waited for me, as it was finally confirmed that you had left us.

The last conversation we had was which hotel to stay in for Ajoke’s wedding. I would have said more. Told you I was proud of you one more time. Sorry I never got to visit your new place in Omole…in my mind I had all the time in the world.

Thank you for the gifts. Thank you always checking in. Thanks for sharing your art with me. Thank you for teaching me how to out-humble somebody. Thank you for showing me your hometown in a way that I would never have experienced otherwise. Thank you for the hospitality. Thanks for turning up with Crazy Patrick at anything I threw at the house. Thank you for introducing me to your amazing family, your sisters are now my sisters.
Unforgettable. Irreplaceable. Inspirational.

Captain, my Captain…my brother, my friend: I love you, and you will be missed immensely."

This tribute was added by Esther Ikpeme-Etim on 27th August 2015

"Oh Peter! Your passing has made us ask all kinds of questions of ourselves, of others. We have begged God, bargained, made promises, cried endlessly but none of that will bring you back, sadly.

Junior, your life was short, too short but you've left the kind of legacy some can only dream of in decades of living. If we had a say, we would have told God, not yet.

We are however thankful for the life you lived. You touched lives while you lived and even in death, you have touched and inspired so many more. From you I have learnt that indeed it is more blessed to give than receive. You had a way of leaving memorable impressions on the people you met.

Until we meet again, cuz, rip"

One thought on “Tributes

  1. Uzoamaka Ukegbu

    Every time i’m in an aeroplane, every time i hear one pass me by, every time i look up and see a helicopter, i look up and smile. You’ve inspired me in a way bigger than my imagination. I still celebrate you, I’ll never stop.

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