6 Things You Should Learn From The Sudden Deaths Of Stephen Keshi And Amodu Shuaibu

In the early hours of Wednesday June 8, 2016, the whole world was shocked by the news of former Super Eagles captain and coach - Stephen Okechukwu Keshi.

Stephen Keshi was one of only two men to win the African Cup of Nations as a player and a coach.

According to family sources, the 54-year old Nigeria football legend, who buried his wife Kate five months ago, had complained of irregular heartbeats and pain in his legs. He was rushed to a nearby hospital in Benin City, capital of Edo State in southern Nigeria, but he died on the way. He died of a suspected heart attack.

After 3 days, we were bombarded with another shocking news of another former Super Eagles Coach, Amodu Shuaibu. The four-time coach of the Super Eagles, who had earlier signed Keshi's condolence register, was reported to have complained of chest pains on the night of June 10 and died in his sleep on June 11, 2016. His body was deposited at the Stella Obasanjo hospital in Benin, where Keshi's corpse was also kept. He was later buried the same day in his home town, Okpella, according to Islamic rites. It was reported that the 58-year old Amodu was hypertensive and had been on medication.

While we continue to mourn the two sports gurus, here are some lessons you should learn from their deaths.
1. Repent now because death can come knocking on your door at any moment

Death does not know if you are young or old. It does not care whether you are rich or poor. It can come without signs or warnings just like the case of Stephen Keshi and Amodu Shuaibu. Amodu after signing Keshi's condolence register never knew he(Amodu) would be the next in line.We should all be ready and prepared for death always. Quit sins and embrace righteousness. 

2. Go for regular medical check ups, especially, for blood pressure

Have your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels checked regularly. High/low blood pressure is a silent killer. You may have it and still feel like you are healthy until it finishes you. It is estimated that 1 out of 5 people with high blood pressure are not aware that they have this major risk factor for stroke and heart attack/cardiac arrest which killed Stephen Keshi. High blood pressure can blow your kidney, destroy your heart, damage your eye, brain and every organ in your body. Regular medical check up is necessary to know your health status and control measures to take to maintain good health. You must not wait until you are about to die before you remember hospital.

3. Eat healthily

Increase your intake of lean protein, fiber, fruits and vegetables while reducing or avoiding the consumption of alcohol, processed foods, foods rich in salt, sugar and fats. Coronary arteries that supply the heart with blood can slowly become thicker and harder from a buildup of fat, cholesterol and other substances, called plaque. This slow process is known as atherosclerosis. If the plaque breaks open and a blood clot forms that blocks the blood flow, a heart attack occurs. 

4. Make the much achievement you can in life as early as possible

Goodluck Jonathan and Stephen Keshi
In Stephen Keshi's words, "people don't have to believe in you for you to succeed. You work hard, when you succeed they will believe". Your good works and achievements are what you will be remembered for. The memory of Amodu and Keshi are not that which can be easily erased from the minds of Nigerians. Because of their achievements in sports, their names have become household names in Nigerian football in particular and Africa in general. What would you be remembered for when you die. Stop wasting time. Move into action and excel as early as you can because you never can tell when your time would be up.

5. Enjoy life to the fullest everyday you see yourself alive

Life is too short for one to spend it in worry, anger, sadness, jealousy, envy, wickedness, quarrels and many other negative mental attitudes. When awake in the morning, thank God for life and be happy. Enjoy every second of your life. Don't wait for a better day. See every day as a good day no matter the challenges you face. Some people rumoured that Stephen Keshi was worrying too much about his wife's death. Worrying about what you can't change will forever be the biggest waste of your time. Be cheerful always and try to make people around you happy. Party, merry, dance, laugh, play and have good fun. That is your right. 

6. Show love to someone now he/she is alive

Many of us become kind and nice to someone only when the person is dead. Condolence visits, messages and gifts are all useless to the dead. When he was alive, suffering and seeking for help, did you help? But when you heard that the person is dead you became kind and nice overnight. Coach Amodu Shuaibu's cousin, Ankari Afegbua, a lawyer said he believed Amodu died out of frustration as he was owed by NFF and the Edo state government. Imagine, some people who criticized Keshi and Amodu or owed them when they were Super Eagle's coach are today calling then football legends and giving gifts to their families. We should change this bad lifestyle and rather help and show love to people when they are alive. Take care of your parents now and not when they die you cry and do big burial ceremony for them. Now is the time to show love to that brother, sister, kid, elder, teacher, poor beggar and so on because they won't need your help again when they die.  

We pray that the souls of Stephen Keshi And Amodu Shuaibu rest in peace.

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