Jameela Dirrean-Emoni Barber
May 21, 2002 – April 25, 2020
My adventurous journey began May 21, 2002 at 12:04 AM. My mom remembers the date vividly, because she didn’t want me to be a Gemini. I was named Jameela Dirrean-Emoni Barber for my late great-uncle James and my grandmother Dirrol Ann. My nickname was Meme. To tell the truth, I didn’t like being called Meme until my baby sister said it for the first time. She sounded so cute. I loved it. I was born to two awesome parents Jekena Barber and Aremu Michael Aromaye. The day I was born, I grew impatient waiting for the doctor. So, I decided to enter this earth on my own. Mommy held me by the shoulders as we were wheeled into the delivery room. She knew at that moment, I would be a handful. My daddy loved having a baby girl to spoil. My big sister Jabria was excited to have a baby sister. She couldn’t wait to love me, spoil me, and boss me around.
I was a busy little girl. I loved to sing, dance, play pranks, and to make up my own stories. I didn’t like school very much when I was younger. I gave my parents a headache at homework time. There were other things to do at home, and I was always distracted. I could charm my dad into letting me do what I wanted. Mommy didn’t give in that easily.
If you really knew me, you’d know I was a “SUPER FAN” of Justin Beiber and Ariana Grande, (I know everyone is nodding in agreement right now). Well, two of the most memorable moments in my life, was when my parents surprised me with Justin Beiber concert tickets for my birthday. Then, my mom surprised me again when she took me to an Ariana Grande concert. I told you my parents were awesome. I loved music. I got a keyboard for Christmas once and taught myself how to play. When I was 12, I got the best Christmas gift ever a little sister, Jeniyah. I loved being a big sister. Jeniyah was my shadow. I got to boss her around too.
I spent most of my free time drawing, playing keyboards, playing video games, on You Tube, or TikTok. I also liked to try to fix things, or at least I’d try to figure out how to. I loved playing pranks on my family. There was never a dull moment when I was around. Art was my favorite subject in school. Then, I went to high school and found JROTC. I learned self-discipline and structure in JROTC. I learned to set goals. My grades improved. I made the honor roll and was looking forward to being inducted into the National Honor Society. My dream was to attend Prairie View University.
Saturday, April 25, 2020, I completed my last high school assignment. I didn’t attend the National Honor Society induction ceremony. I won’t graduate from Lancaster High School, or attend Prairie View University. You see, I earned my wings that Saturday afternoon. Now, I’m drawing, making music, and performing JROTC routines, and TikToks for God. Every routine I do is PERFECT!
Mommy and Daddy, I know I left you too soon, but you taught me to pray and ask God for whatever I wanted. I asked God to take away my pain and He answered my prayer. I feel wonderful; no more pain. So, don’t cry for me now, I am free. I have wings to fly, and I’m watching over you with a smile. I love you, Meme
I leave to cherish my sweet memory my parents: Aremu Michael Aromaye (Asabi) and Jekena Barber- Brown (Henry); sisters: Jabria and Jeniyah; brothers: Kulle, Brian and Ranti; grandmother: Dirrol Ann Barber and grandfather John Adams; aunts: Charmaine and Jantelle; uncles: John Jr., Christopher, Jonathan, Ajane, Saliu, King Najeem, and Lukumo; a host of extended family: nieces, nephews, great-uncles and aunts, cousins, and many friends.
Thursday, May 21, 2020
Friday, May 22, 2020