Let’s celebrate in March to honor Prof. Paul Anade Othow’s life history

By Dr Helen Othow*
Posted to the web on March 7, 2008


Prof. Paul Anade Othow was born in Akobo, Sudan, June 12, 1938, to Mr. Okach Othow and Mrs. Ajulu Okoth Othow. He was Christened as Paul in the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Sudan and attended public schools there. He was assisted by missionaries of the Presbyterian Church to attend college in the United States of America, receiving Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Northwestern University in Iowa City, Iowa. He attended the Graduate School of Business at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin, where he met his wife, Helen DeLois Chavis.

They were married in Gambella, Ethiopia, on June 22, 1971. To this union was born a daughter, Ajulonyodier Elisabeth Othow on May 18, 1973. He received the Masters Degree in Business Administration in Durham, North Carolina. The title of his Master’s Thesis is “The Cooperative Movement as a Form of Development in the Southern Sudan.” He taught Business Administration and Accounting at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina and the University of Juba in Juba, Sudan. He also served the Southern Regional Government of Sudan as Minister of Tourism in the Southern Parliament, and as the Minister of Administration in the Upper Nile.

Anade not only loved the people of his ancestral society, the Anyuak of Sudan and Ethiopia, but he also loved all the people of the Sudan, especially the societies of Southern Sudan. When the civil war arose between the south and the north, when he was just twenty years old, he became conscious of the suffering and struggles of his people under cultural and political oppression. During all his life, he portrayed a concern and commitment to the freedom and liberation of his people. He was a member of St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church in Oxford, North Carolina.

 As a result of his love for his people, he was instrumental in bringing 15 of his relatives and countrymen who were refugees to the United States in 1994. They are now being educated and are working in their new homeland. As early as 1973, he sponsored four other students from Sudan and Ethiopia to come to the United States. They are now productive individuals and will return to the Sudan and Ethiopia to assist in development of the war-torn country.

Anade wrote Helen early in January of 1996, indicating that he would return to the United States in June of that year. However, his brilliant and dedicated career came to an end when he visited his relatives in Pochalla, Sudan in March of 1996. He was attempting to bring medical supplies and food to his people and enlighten them on the ongoing struggle for peace. While he was there, the rebel SPLA [the organization which he had always supported and which he represented in the United States as the first SPLA representative when his country needed him], captured him and executed him without a trial. Human Rights organizations, such as, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the Red Cross investigated the tragedy.

We will always miss Anade, but we will eternally remember him as an example of courage, bravery, and charity toward his fellowmen. An Anade Othow Scholarship Fund is being planned for deserving Sudanese students to study in the United States.

Anade left to mourn his wife, Helen, and daughter, Ajulonyodier; a sister Ator Othow of Akobo, Sudan; two nephews, Obang Liem Othow and Omot Liem Othow; four orphaned children who were living in Gambella, Ethiopia; and six orphaned children who were living in Nairobi, Kenya; Mrs. Akir Obongo Ojulu; Mrs. Elizabeth Stephen Ret Chany; Ms. Priscilla Wayat; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Christ leads me through no darker room
            Than He went through before,
And he that to God’s Kingdom comes
Must enter by this door.

           Come, Lord, when grace hath made me meet
            Thy blessed face to see
For if thy work on earth be sweet,
What will thy glory be?

My knowledge of that life is small,
The eye of faith is dim;
But ‘tis enough that Christ knows all,
And I shall be with Him

[An elegy from The Family]

Source and script: Dr Helen Othow, NC, USA.









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