My encounter with this amazing person way back in April 2012, a few weeks before he passed away.
My first encounter was about 2 months prior to this where he personally requested me to visit him again and I am glad I did. He took so much of trouble and time to explain to me most of the works he had done, his designs, agricultural equiments and farm tools, Bamboo works and finally presented me a Bamboo Zarü (a flat basket for winnowing rice)
Sadly S. Ayim Longkumer passed away on 15 May, 2012.
Here is an excerpt from Nagaland Post:
Though he did not have much of a formal education, he went on to become a renowned craftsman, a traditional medicine practitioner (Kobiras), an Ayurvedic specialist and a resource person as he imparted trainings on handicrafts at various workshops.
His works are evident in his home as numerous crafts are displayed. During his lifetime, late Impokyimba received some well known awards including Governor’s Gold Medal on 15th Aug 2005.
The 58th Ao Students’ General Conference held at Merangkong in Jan 1994 named him ‘Local Scientist’. Besides these, a certificate of vocational Award was also given to him by the Rotary Club of Mokokchung on 20th Oct 2003. He was a man of example and he proved this through his life.
His works, his advices and his guidance will be remembered by those people who have come across him in his life time. He is survived by his wife Kitimenla, five children and eight grandchildren.
Late Ayim was a recipient of ‘AKM Local Scientist’ commendation who was awarded in the year 1994, during its 58th general conference at Merangkong village.
He was a true son of the soil with the knowledge of innovative ideas; he modified many tools which was a huge contribution to the society