A Nigerian man verified as the oldest man in the UK dies at the ripe old age of 101.
The man, Pa David Emere, according to the paper, died in a Manchester hospital on Wednesday, June 8, years after he left Nigeria to seek greener pastures in the United Kingdom.
The Voice wrote that Pa Emare who was born in the Nigerian village of Igbanke in Edo State in 1914, left the country shortly after the outbreak of the First World War, after the death of his parents.
He had trained as a blacksmith in Nigeria, and in his younger age, he sold prayer mats to make ends meet, travelling to Ghana to do so. He later sailed to Britain in search of a new life in 1940, the year after the Second World War broke out.
Despite his lack of a formal education, he found a job at Bradford Gasworks and later worked for a salvage company, Goldberg in Oxford Road, where he worked for 55 years until his retirement, travelling the length and breadth of the UK during that time. Though he never learned to read or write, he was fluent in at least eight different languages.
His youngest grandson, Curtis Mclardie, said of the grand old man:
"Grand daddy was a man with a huge heart, always willing to help and assist. Our family, our community, far and wide, has lost and the after life has gained a humble giant."
Pa Emare met his wife, Alma Howard, through mutual friends in 1958 and went on to have four children with her, namely, Helen, 55; Godwin, 52; Christopher, 50; and Paula, 49; as well as raising her eldest child, Carol, as his own.
He had several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, both in the UK and Nigeria. He had a book about his life entitled 'The Long Journey of Pa David Emare', written by Emmanuel Nwene-Osuh, a community leader in Manchester.
Pa Emare was laid to rest on June 24, at Monton Street Church in Moss Side, Manchester at 11.30am.