- 68 years old
- Date of birth: Jun 14, 1945
- Place of birth:
- Date of passing: Mar 27, 2014
- Place of passing:
|Let the memory of Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma - The Owelle of Nibo! be with us forever|
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma Nnama, The Owelle of Nibo!, 68, born on June 14, 1945 and passed away on March 27, 2014. We will remember him forever.
"My adorable uncle Owelle,
I remember you today as always for your love, kindness and generosity - three words that still perfectly describe you. 2 yrs after you left us, i found a piece of fabric in your room and made a dress out of it. My giving uncle, you would have let me have it had you but caught me briefly glancing at it. You remain very much alive in my heart and i am much richer for having known you. Thanks for showing us a more excellent way. Rest in peace Ichie Owelle!"
"Dr. E. C. Nnama' vision, as shared with the world through the year 2000 Nigerian Communications Commission calendar - You too can phone, is now a reality. As one of his associates, I understand several of his visions for the ICT sector in Nigeria that will one day come to reality. He was a great leader and we miss him!!!"
"Owelle it's now 2 years you are gone. I usually miss the actual month but suffice it to say that I will always remember. Your twin brother has also gone to be with you, resting in God's bosom. My husband and I Were in Nibo sometime ago and saw aunty Mercy luckily. The visit reminded us of your gaping absence. You remain unforgettable. Rest in peace dear uncle."
"So much wisdom, ready to share the vision. We miss the excellent perspectives."
"Dear daddy, wow it's been 2 years now. This year the 27th of March is Easter! What a day to remember you! So comforting knowing our Jesus lives!! Because He lives you live in him and we shall all see again! Thank you Jesus! Rest well daddy till we see again!"
"Oh my, it has already passed 1 year! I missed that day but it is now going to 16 months since your demise. Indeed we miss you sorely. That link b/w me and my maternal relatives is slowly being severed because you are no more. Things are happening at Nibo without anyone remembering to keep us informed. You were the person that always kept my mum, your aunt , Mrs Rosa Chinwe Nwerri (née Nnama) informed about goings on at Nibo. Alas, we mourn our loss. It is a big blow, but we are glad you are resting in the bosom of your maker. Rest in peace, dear uncle. I will never forget you."
"Indeed a beautiful one left us. live on Sir. And may the God of all comfort continue to uphold the ones you left behind."
"Owelle The Great! It is already one year but your memories remain evergreen. You were such a humorous and friendly fellow that I find it difficult to believe you have gone forever. I really miss you my Friend, Brother and In-law. Continue to Rest in the bosom of the Lord."
"Dearest Uncle you are still remembered with such love and fondest."
"Today marks one year of your passing, continue to rest in peace Dr E. C. Nnama (Owelle) of Nibo."
"Daddy it's one year already. It is well. We love you."
"Daddy our wedding on the 19th of March in Dubai went so well... Nnamdi walked me down to the altar. It was a fantastic day. I cried a couple of times when that overwhelming sense of your absence would come. All in all we were able to stay joyful and thankful. I look forward to the day we will see again daddy. I miss you sooo much. We love you"
"Daddy almost 10 months counting.I still can't believe you are gone.
Nibo can't be the same without you.
Miss you much much."
"It's been a while since your burial but it seems like yesterday. It is difficult to forget you cos the sweet memories keep flooding in. Your love towards my family was ever so real. My maternal lineage at Nibo centers around you as always! Rest in peace dear one, always to be remembered. Nneka"
"I miss you sooooo much daddy..... hmmmm.... God has truly been our comfort..... some days the weight is sooo much, but "Our faith looks up to thee, thou Lamb of Calvary "....we will see again daddy, we will see and do i have so many stories to tell you!. I love you forever and more."
"I never met Dr. Nnama in person but from the encounter and conversations about Dr. Nnama from my brother, Chidi, he was indeed a great man. A man filled with life, intelligence and charisma. Our consolation is that you left this wicked world to rest at God’s bosom. You will forever be missed by your family, friends and well wishers. Adieu!!! Dr. Nnama. R.I.P"
"Dr Nnama, I never had the opportunity to meet you, but seeing the virtues and morals you instilled on your kids - Nnamdi and Uzo tells me you are a good and God fearing man. May you rest in the bosom of our Lord. And I pray God grants your family the fortitude to bear this great loss."
"I had the privilege of meeting DR Nnama on so many occasions ,and I no for a fact he was a great man....each time I came to visit Lommy,not minding how young and little I was he would always engage me in a conversation,he was interested in everything about everyone,Once your friends with his kids,he becomes your friend.,he was a great role model for a father and touched my life in more ways that he knew. He will be greatly missed but God needs him more now..may his vibrant and generous soul rest in peace with our maker,AMEN....Good night SIR....."
""A Shinning Star is Gone!"
I will miss you Big Uncle! "The memory of the righteous is blessed"- Prvbs 10:7. We shall always remember your exemplary lifestyle especially your spirit of "Nwanne".
I will not forget the first day I met you through my friend and sister Lommy. It was such joy and fun for us to listen as you told us the story of how were are cousins! You were a father to even the friends of your children. You had a special way of making those around you smile!
I shed tears like a baby when I saw the email of your demise. "How could this be?" I asked myself!
May you continue to rest in the Lord's bosom, till we meet to part no more.
Adieu Owelle of Nibo!"
"I never met you in person but I was told we once shared a social gathering. I was at your wake and indeed, you are a great man. I laughed and cried. You will be forever remembered. Your legacy is very much alive in your children and indeed everyone you touched.
I was touched just being at your wake. I now know it is fine to have a vision and strive hard to make it work no matter the obstacles or what people say.
It is said that Nibo has lost a great son but I say, Nigeria has lost a great gem. May your murders and generations of theirs yet unborn, never find peace. Sleep on Doc."
"Dr Emmanuel Nnama was one of the remnants of Nigerians who desired the development of the nation above self, he was a trail blazer and an inventor in a special class, he was one who could bring water out of the rock. Unfortunately, he was largely an unsung hero reflecting the state of the nation where genuine heroes are not recognized. Dr Nnama roundly deserves a National honour and I recommend a post humous honour. May his genuine soul rest in perfect peace."
"OWELLE retires upstairs to Rest.
The OWELLE was an International Telecoms regulator per excellence having been at nearly all ITU conferences on policy and regulations for more than 3 decades from 1974. The continued poor services of the Nigerian telecom Service Providers have been a great concern yo him. The absence of effective policing of the Nigerian a Telecoms industry pained OWELLE so much. This below is how he would usually feel on such issues.
The hefty fines on the none performing and poor quality service telecom operators paid to and enjoyed by NCC is an injustice and dis service to the consumers who lost time and money suffering the poor or even non existing services. NCC has remained a regulator and policeman who will not police or protect consumers from thieving fraud infested Telecom service providers. Nigeria has the highest tariffs for voice, data and multimedia services and yet the poorest quality of service and no one to protect the consumer or make the providers sit up. NCC must monitor the grade of services, promotions, rip offs, low bandwidth provisions, the high tariffs, the charges for no service rendered or consumed because of un availability of service etc. each service provider must have clear mapings of their areas of signal strengths which they should advice the consumers of so they can limit themselves to the zones of good reception and service. The over subscriptions that leave people with crippling slow speeds or no service is a fraud and dis service to the economy as so much executive and prime work time is wasted waiting for sluggish internet services as downloads take ages and your stress and frustrations take their toll on your health and purse. There must be a way to repay the consumers for services paid for and not consumed because of poor services and over stretching of the networks. The spurious and fraud infested advertising gimmicks is another area NCC and the consumer protection agencies must take urgent action. This raping of Nigerians by all comers has to stop. If those given regulatory functions to carry out cannot do their work, try others.
Yes! There may be queries, anger, doubts and shakings. Dere duooo. Atamu kwala. God knows best. Can God be late to a crime scene? No! Only God knows why He allows certain things to happen for reasons best known to Him. In our pain at this time, let us submit and accept that God knows best and was not unmindful of us. Then you will bear, nerves rudely Jared 'll be calmed and you get to survive the loss of physical presence and fellowship. As for ever forgetting the OWELLE, that's not possible. He will be alive and dancing his ijele in our hearts and dreams. Onye obula jisike. Amara zuru gi di."
"Subject:The OWELLE Recall.
On Thursday, April 3, 2014 5:13 AM, Echi <email@example.com> wrote:
The OWELLE Recall.
It was a sad sad" Thursday night. Obu otua ka dimkpa Nwoke madu si na nmuoo?.? Eligwe na uwa na aju ajuju.
Engr. Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma Nnama, the OWELLE Nibo, the grand Prince and don of the great Igbo King with 63 wives in Achebe's Things Fall Apart. The King that ceded to the colonial government much of the crown and government land in Amawbia and Awka. The OWELLE ndi uwa that as an Umuahian was the toast of the Hockey and cricket teams at GCU and ABU as well as the outstanding scout and navy cadet in the 60s. A versatile Electrical Engineering student at ABU, a civil war veteran with inventions and win the war innovations especially in the revolution of domestic refining of crude oil in air cooled systems by deploying the thermodynamics law of entropy. He revolutionized the NPA communications between Apapa and Marina HQ, changed the NPA earnings from Naira to Dollar under Gen Haladu, a vocal and well known delegate on the Nigerian delegation to the ITU for more than 3 decades since 1974. He it was who stopped the ITU meeting proceedings till the ITU parliament accepted to allocate GSM frequencies to Nigeria and other yet to develop nations that were to be bypassed more than 2 decades before the arrival and deployment of the GSM technology worldwide. At the NCC, he stood his ground against the obnoxious un patriotic rogue IT policy that would have ruined the liberalization drive and scared away the investors. It required that all service providers to go through the Funnel of The NITEL international gateway. The feat of that is in the realms of a James Bond classic. The Owelle's 6 months stint at the NCC laid the foundation for the GSM auction and the first ever draft of the ICT convergence law. His prophetic Millennium calendar put paid to the cheeky philosophy that telephone is not for the poor. The OWELLE laughed last on the unbelieving Thomases who in late 1999 could not believe him that Nigeria could in 6 months jump from under 4,000 functional telephone lines go up to 10,000 lines. The rest is history today. He opened the way. He was an altruistic incorruptible public servant. Though proud and articulate, he was never anyone's push over. A socialite and an uncommon man of charity and un surpassing humaneness. Like able, entertaining and positive spirit wherever his presence blessed. Owelle's rude recall at the hands of miscreants of the day is a colossal and inestimable loss. This is an uncommon man who sacrificed and suffered so much to spread national development ideas to all and Sundry without caring for reward or acknowledgement. He goes back to God at this time to receive his heavenly rewards for a life that touched and impacted people and nation. I do sympathies with those who were unfair to him (your case with him will now be decided in the upstairs chambers of the Ultimate Judge) and with those who did not know him closely. The OWELLE lives on in the hearts of those who knew and cherished his great soul. The OWELLE Nibo now rests from his labours. Adieu OWELLE"
"An Iroko has been felled. An uncommon eagle has flown home. The priced bull elephant has walked out of the circus to join the galleries above never to appear on stage again but to watch us continue till our
retirement date. The factory recall for my man - the one and only OWELLE Nibo, the Grand Prince of the Nibo ancient kingdom of the Achebe King with 63 wives, the war dynamo man, the Okigwe bush crude oil refining miracle worker that rode on the Thermodynamic laws of entropy to produce win the war petroleum without water cooling, the pathfinder who sowed the seed for the liberalization of the radio and TV monopoly that birthed private Radio and TV Broadcasting in Nigeria via the papers at the Information, Telecommunications and Media Policy Retreat at ASCON Badagry, the prophet who cancelled the cheeky idea that telefone is not for the poor and in 1999 December revealed in the NCC Millenium Calendar the GSM revolution
and assured Nigerians that the fisherman, the palm wine tapper, the okada rider, the market woman, the cocoa farmer, the groundnut pyramid porter will use a hand held phone very soon, the man who shelled the NITEL godfathers and mafia to submission via the Nigerian Stakeholders meeting of the Muson Center that birthed the people's Magna Carta that liberated the Nigerian Telecoms industry and had NITEL register as ONE of the service providers instead of the holding funnel for all telecom service providers in a Nigeria. That is the dividends of the gsm and liberated Telecoms you enjoy today. He suffered personal losses for it but did not care having achieved his objectives and produced the first draft of the Convergence Law for Information - Radio, TV and Telecoms. The ebullient and vivacious OWELLE ndi Uwa - Engr. Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma Nnama, KSC, Mr.
Telecoms has been recalled to the factory to rest and watch us complete the dreams of the Great Nigeria we have dreamed and talked about. Cut down in cold blood by the bullets of an assassin or armed robber in within the walls of his ancestral maternal home in Nibo. The loss is colossal but will not be all in vain. In life, he was a giant of a man. In revolutionary ideas, he was a pace setter and pathfinder, his name opened doors here and there. A man of the people. He will never die to be forgotten soon. He lives on now in glory and in our great memories. Adieu, my friend and partner. On a day like this, all dins are forgiven and all wrongs erased. Our dreams and efforts at national development were not on vain. Ideas ruled the world. Ideas were shared, visions were evangelized and some takers did run with them. For that we praised God. We did have fatigues of expectation. Yes but alas now, Your ultimate rewards awaits your great soul. Do have a good rest. You deserve to rest from your many labours. Good night brother Emma!!! Catch you later later. Owerri 0600 hrs. 290314
The hefty fines on the none performing and poor quality service telecom operators paid to and enjoyed by NCC is an injustice and dis service to the consumers who lost time and money suffering the poor or even non existing services. NCC has remained a regulator and policeman who will not police or protect consumers from thieving fraud infested Telecom service providers. Nigeria has the highest tariffs for voice, data and multimedia services and yet the poorest quality of service and no one to protect the consumer or make the providers sit up. NCC must monitor the grade of services, promotions, rip offs, low bandwidth provisions, the high tariffs, the charges for no service rendered or consumed because of unavailability of service etc. each service provider must have clear mapings of their areas of signal strengths which they should advice the consumers of so they can limit themselves to the zones of good reception and service. The over subscriptions that leave people with crippling slow speeds or no service is a fraud and dis service to the economy as so much executive and prime work time is wasted waiting for sluggish internet
services as downloads take ages and your stress and frustrations take
their toll on your health and purse. There must be a way to repay the
consumers for services paid for and not consumed because of poor services and over stretching of the networks. The spurious and fraud infested advertising gimmicks is another area NCC and the consumer protection agencies must take urgent action. This raping of Nigerians by all comers has to stop. If those given regulatory functions to carry out cannot do their work, try others.
Righteousness exalts a nation and people but sin is reproach any society.How and why has Israel survived till date since Abraham?
The race often does not go to the swiftest or the most intelligent or most hardworking. There is a grace factor and an element of Divine mercy that paves way for one not to get what he deserves but in place gets to have what he/she did not deserve or earn by self effort. The will of God flying the flags of divine mercy and Favour and riding on divine grace calls the results.
Yes! There may be queries, anger, doubts and shakings. Dere duooo. Atamu kwala. God knows best. Can God be late to a crime scene?
No! Only God knows why He allows certain things to happen for reasons best known to Him. In our pain at this time, let us submit and accept that God knows best and was not unmindful of us. Then you will bear, nerves rudely Jared 'll be calmed and you get to survive the loss of physical presence and fellowship. As for ever forgetting the OWELLE, that's not possible. He will be alive and dancing his ijele in our hearts and dreams. Onye obula
jisike. Amara zuru gi di.
Echi Nwogu 0600 hrs 290314"
"Sad sad loss. Obviously a great man, close, and adored by his family. My heart goes out to them. May his soul rest in peace and may those he has left behind find help and succour in God's enveloping and shielding grace. Amen!"
"A tribute to Dr E.C Nnama on the 24th of May, 2014
Uncle Emma Nnama,
The news of your sudden demise was one filled with questions----Why?, How?,Where?,What? and Who?
The answers were not forth coming, but the thoughts of you filled my mind, asking...is this how you have gone to the land of no-return?.
Memories of you flooded my mind knowing that we will never see you again.
I could still remember it as if it was just yesterday, when my phone rang one night.I answered not knowing who was calling until you spoke, you jokingly told me you were coming to my house but after discussing over the phone, you told me you were in London but had to call as you would be travelling back to Nigeria the next day.
As jovial and witty as you were, you told me you will be coming back and that my wife and I should make room for you, we were actually waiting for your visit only to hear of your sudden demise at a young age of 68.
Uncle Emma, you will be highly missed but we know that we should not mourn or sorrow like those who do not have hope( 1 Thessalonian 4:13).
We will meet to part no more, Adieu Uncle Emma Nnama. ."
"None of us lives for oneself, and none of us dies for oneself .For if we live, we live for the lord, and if we die, we die for the lord; so then whether we live or die, we belong to the lord [rom 14:7-8]
Your demise was a shocking news that brought tears to my eyes. And you made me remember what it was like to cry like a baby. On that dreadful day, God decided it was your time, your time to go, so He took your life away. It's harder than I ever thought life could be without you. So the family will always think of you, and we will always know that you'll be looking down on us keeping us safe making sure everything is okay in our lives, making sure that we live an exemplary life just like you did.
To me you're more than an Uncle, you’re truly a great friend. Someone I could pour my thoughts out to knowing you'll cherish them to the end.
You've made me laugh, when I wanted to cry. You’ve made me stronger, when I felt so weak.
Day by day I think of you, how can all of this be true? can't believe you're really gone,
I still can't accept it, even after so long.Just the thought of you makes me cry,
I never even got the chance to say goodbye. I never imagined you'd ever be so far away.
You were my brother, and I loved you like no other. In my heart you'll always be,
I’ll never forget your kind voice and your selfless generosity.
So now I guess this is my goodbye...
Rest in Peace ICHIE OWELLE NIBO. A GREAT ICON.
Written by Prince Uche Nnama and Family."
"I remember Uncle Emma leading family devotions in Nibo. My dearest friend and sister Lommy invited me to spend Christmas with them some years ago. It was filled with Joy, laughter, stories, and trips to other villages. Uncle Emma and aunty Nene took care of me and I will always remember that. May God be with the family."
"Wow Uncle Emma! I am still in shock but memories of you leave me with smiles. You were kind, fair, witty and sooo fun to be around. I always wondered how you were able to so effortlessly have a banter with your kids friends. You would be sorely missed but God knows best!"
"May he rest in perfect peace and may God grant strength to al those who love and cherish him. Amen."
"My heartfelt condolences to the entire family on the passing of Dr. Nnama. His passing has left an immense loss for his loved ones, especially those of us who knew of him through them (in my case being Uzo). No words can substitute for his tragic passing. However, an eternity of memories that he has left are symbolic of the great man he was and the incredible achievements he realized throughout his life. His values and conviction will resonate in the spirits of his loved ones, close friends, associates, and all those who had the privilege of getting to learn of him or interacting with him.
May his soul rest in eternal peace."
"I had the privilege of meeting you once in Lagos, when I came to visit Uzo. Even though I was pretty young then, I remember vividly how you made me feel welcome in your home.
May the all Almighty grant you eternal rest . Sleep well."
"TRIBUTE TO A GREAT BROTHER, FRIEND AND FATHER
Ichie Owelle, my Ichie Gbam-Gbam Dum-Dum, I lack words to express the excruciatingly painful sense of loss and heartbreak I feel as a result of your shocking demise. Words truly fail me.
In my early years of marriage, the worry and anxiety that usually greet most new wives were doused because of your love and wise counsel to me. I experienced acceptance from you like none other. You, in your very own subtle, sweet and unique way always trivialised all those turbulence that came my way, assuring me always that all would be well. I trusted you, and trust me, all indeed truly became well, to God’s Glory.
Owelle, you were much older than me, but in you I found true friendship. In a land that appeared foreign to me at the time, you became my brother and father with your genuine show of undiluted love and care. You made me feel so much at home. You single-handedly made it much easier that it actually was.
Everyone who knows me well knew about you and how very dear you were to me, because I talked about you with so much pride, love and appreciation. I am deeply saddened and heartbroken that I was not able to reciprocate this love in a way that would have given me great joy before this cruelty befell you. However, I would do my very best to honour you by upholding everything good that you taught me and stood for. The vacuum that your demise has created, no one can fill; we can only try. You have gone to be with the Lord, that is right, but I know that you will always be with us in spirit.
Rest in the bossom of the Almighty, my dearest Brother, Father and Friend, until we reunite to part no more.
TOCHI ORJI–NNAMA (Your Tochy)"
"Several weeks on and I am still in disbelief of events that unfolded that lead to the loss of a beloved uncle.
Uncle Emma was the first action hero i ever had the good fortune of meeting. While there is a void that can never be filled following his passing, the memories he has left in all our hearts are bound to become legendary.
From a hard childhood, loss, and separation from family, he managed to carve out a meaningful life for himself. He was academically astute (a trait passed on to all his kids), athletic, energetic, very wise (even in his youth) and full of life. Despite several lows, he managed to come back from the abyss several times. In one lifetime, its almost impossible to achieve.
While we may all still be seething with anger in the manner of his passing, i am thankful that we all managed to meet an extraordinary individual. There are very few who he hadn't helped or left a lasting impression on. I am also thankful that he managed to see his grand kids and they got to spend time with their grandfather. It does still anger me though that future grand kids have been denied the opportunity of meeting an incredible man.
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints” (Ps. 116:15).
So when my last breath
Shall rend the veil in twain
By death I shall escape from death
And life eternal gain. —Montgomery"
"This tribute was added by Chief Oji Nnama 10/5/2014
Ichie Owelle my uncle, my father and my brother what can I say, there is no word or sentence good enough to describe Owelle the man of the people, every one that new you or came across you have great things to say, you where ahead of your generation, you where always the pace setter in all you do, they only killed your flesh but you’re spirit and footprints on earth will live forever. You inspired generations after you owelle we are going to miss you because there can never be another Engr. Dr. E.C NNAMA ICHIE OWELLE OF NIBO THE COME ONCE IN a LIFE TIME.
They said is not how long you lived but how great you lived, do we are not happy how the men of evil snatched you away from us but as Christian we are thought not to ask question.
OWELLE NNAM WITH DEEP SORROW IN MY HEART AND TEARS IN MY EYES I SAY REST WELL IN THE BOSSOM OF THE LORD UNTIL WE SEE TO PART NO MORE.
I SAY ADIEU TO THE LORD ANOINTED."
"A TRIBUTE BY SIR CHIEF CHRISTIAN EMENIKE. DURU-OMERE MORIE III/ONONENYI OKWELLE
It is with heavy heart I write a tribute in respect of our own Eze Omenka of Okwelle. You were several things to so many people. You were an institution moving on a very fast lane and miles ahead of several of your contemporaries. You left without a sign that you were embarking on a journey of no return.
The sudden passing of Dr E. C Nnama will remain one of my greatest personal losses of a loving, unassuming and brilliant brother and friend. You were, of a truth, a real friend!
Your untimely exits will no doubt, a great tragedy to all the good people of Nibo and institutions where you had your sway like NPA, NCC and the Telecomms world at large.
I am deeply distressed by the demise of this erudite scholar who has become my close associate and brother for several decades. You were a solution in the defunct Biafra, in NPA, you piloted the dollar scheme, in NCC, you brought CDMA cum GSM at a time when others perceived that telephone was for the rich only. You were an innovator to our generation.
I condole with my aunt, Nene, for the huge pains your exit will cause her. You were indeed her closest friend. And to his children, we have lost a great man; whose companionship had made a remarkable impact on various people.
Sleep in the bosom of the Lord."
"Ichie Owelle our huge Iroko tree, you stood tall and proud above us all showered us and many others with love and affection. A great man of the people, your sudden departure has left us in shock. I am lost for words. My daddy rest in the bosom of the Lord till we meet at the end of times. I miss you."
"A TRIBUTE TO A VERY DEAR FRIEND AND COINLAW-OWELLE NIBO: ENGR. CHIEF EMMANUEL NNAMA.
(From Emma) My in-law/ Coinlaw-friend brother/ sister! Good evening! Once again, it is with deepest regret but with due gratitude to God for a great & fulfilled life lived by Mrs. Rebecca Ezekwe (Mama Chike, Prof (Mrs) Eneanya of Unizik, Barrister (Mrs.) Carol Ndaguba (Late Ikenna’s wife), Patricia (formally Mrs. Maxi Ukuta) Ejiofor Ezekwe ex- MD ACB, Dr. (Mrs.) Nkechi Ogbuagu of W.H.O, NY & Mama Mrs. Uzo Didigu, Head of Legal Ecowas Commission, a great dota of great Onyiuke Ruling House / Family of Nimo & wife of my Late mum’s immediate junior brother. Dr. P.V.N. Ezekwe (1929 Pioneer Student of Government College Umuahia, Yaba Medical College, Chief Medical Adviser to the Federation in mid 1960’s) that I am duty bound to inform you of her transition to glory at about noon today. Burial will be announced later by the immediate family. May her gentle soul rest in perfect peace! Amen! Engr Dr the Honourable E.C Nnama, Ichie Owelle of Nibo.
(From me) My special friend, schoolmate and broad- the great Owelle of Nibo and by extension of Igboland, I salute you. My sincere sympathy goes to all affected by the great loss. I await for details of the burial as they unfold. Always yours – Iduu Ugwumba of Ihiala.
(From Emma) Thanks a lot! I will keep you posted! The burial may afford you the chance to know my home (Last resting place!). I already know yours. Is Adadioramma still in USA? Do give her my regards while I remain as ever your own Owelle of Africa & all the Archipalego surrounding it!! Please laugh aloud because Solomon said in the proverbs that “pining” shrivels the bones while laughter is the best medicine! Good night my brother! Your own Emmanuel.
The above texts and oral telephone conversations were exchanged between my good friend and I on 24th March, hardly did I have the premonition that it was his parting gift to me. I am saddened! I shall come to see “your final resting place” with tears in my eyes and sorrow in my heart. Finally, what can I say than to echo the words of William Shakespeare, when in Macbeth – the Prince of Denmark he mused “Out, out brief candle, life is but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets upon the stage and is heard of no more” – A story told by an idiot full of sound and fury but signifying nothing!! What an irony of fate that the roaring lion has been tethered. Owelle, you are alive in the hearts of us who love you, you merely exited into the next room. Adieu......... till we meet again on the resurrection day.
Iduu Ugwumba, Arc I.A.C & Adadioramma Bridget Ifeanyi of Ihiala"
"Dr. E.Nnama, I met you only once, when Mayowa's parents and I went to Nibo to knock on your door in respect of your daughter, Dr. Nkiru. Your charisma completely won my heart.You were a man of the people.You left too early, but our consolation is that the legacy you have left in your children and the entire community will never die! Good night Dr. Nnama."
"Ichie Owili!! As I fondly called him as kid, Owelle!! as I understood more about tradition and culture. Mostly with his help, enthusiasm and guile with which he commanded the traditional dance troops. From point rd, to marine rd, Ezilowo haven our homes away from home. Who didn't look forward to summers in lagos? Limitless thrills at Apapa club. Our memories are filled with moments of oratory and magnanimity. With tears in my ears and aches in my heart, I say adieu uncle, till we meet to part no more. Laa na Udo!!! Okosisi a daa!! RIP Owelle Nibo"
"Uncle Emma Nnama where are you!!!!!!!!!! So this is true, it was a shocking news when I got the sad news from Nigeria, tears and sorrow filled my heart, I still don't know how to tell your Aunty my Mum this sad new, I always know you as a very good Uncle, Man is Evil and wicked , They have killed the flesh but your great spirit lives on. God knows the best, May your Gentle Soul rest in peace Amen........."
"" When beggars die there are no comets seen; The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes"...... Doc, I reckon I met with you only once, exactly two decades ago....but the memory still lingers, I'd longed to see you again, my contact with your princess, Chinelo, availed me the great privilege of meeting you......how so unfair, life sometimes plays..... It is a big shame that you had to go in such an under served manner.... My soul weeps deeply not just because I was denied the opportunity to meet you again at this time I'd thought I was mature enough to appreciate your virtues better.....Nigeria could not shield you....for us..... Adieu, great one Adieu, the unspoken voice of Ndigbo....."
"Emma nwannem, my human mind can never comprehend why this should happen this way to one of the most beautiful souls on earth. Indeed, you were so loving, so caring and so meticulously considerate. As your name so aptly says, soso Chukwuma. But I also know that God is alive and that evil can Never triumph over good. Emma, you ran your race, and like St. Paul, you won the prize.....what with the superb family you formed.....your exquisite wife, your wonderful children and amazing grandchildren among others. You also knew how to nurture friendships and hosts will miss you. Rest in peace, my brother, and may your legacy live on, in Jesus' Name."
"Every seed you brought forth grew to be a tree
We see them, they stand tall and strong..
Prospering where you shot them to as arrows..
Indeed, your seeds (your children) show clearly your greatness
I may not have known you intimately
But I remember your boisterous attitude
I remember your hearty welcome each time we arrived your home
You will be missed, no doubt!
Still! I am glad for the opportunity to have known you
You have left a memory of how to love family and friends
And for this I rejoice in God!
REST IN PEACE Sir."
"Dear Sir, I remember you as a jovial and boisterous man who livened up the greyest places. You will indeed be missed! Rest well in the bossom of our Lord. Love always..."
"It was a night of gloom, shock and deep grief when the news of your demise came to me that I write to express formally my condolence and sympathy over the sudden transition of my boss, my leader, my mentor, Prince Engr. Emmanuel Chukwuma Nnama of Ezilowo Haven, Nibo. As I commiserate with the family, I sympathize with myself because there cannot be another Owelle (like you) in the history of Nibo; to fill the vacuum your transition created in my life. There can never be another Engr. Dr. E.C. Nnama, bold enough to do what you did for NPA, NCC and at large, Nigeria.
I loved Owelle…..
- You were a man of the people. You never worked without a team, delegation, consortium, just to be a blessing to all;
- You were known for discipline, integrity, diligence, dedication, strength, self-confidence, focus, and you were passionate for what you believed in. You were brilliant and an organizer who was worthy of emulation.
- We will always remember the memory, but forgetting is hard. May The Almighty God grant you Eternal rest, and may God also grant us all the fortitude to bear this untimely transition. Amen
I will not forget you in a hurry!
"Great father of Great Children!,Dr.Nnama ,your life was not taken because who could have? It was given back to your maker because only Him can allow it happen.Your kindness has surpassed any form of wickedness that can be. You continued shine brighter and brighter .As daughter, Lommy's friend ,you treated like I was yours anytime we met.You will single me out and proudly introduced to your prestigious circle at any of those occasions. Remembering every detail of my background including my place of origin , my hopes and aspirations. Oh what a memory,what a loss,death where is your sting ?The great warmth you exudes has been captured by your family that you loved and was proud of.
To Lommy and her family, may the Lord comfort you.You are in our prayers, keep his legacy light burning,he will be forever missed indeed!"
"I remember how lively you were, your thunderous voice and your presence which would always envelope anywhere you appear in.Your exceptional children and their zest for life(just like their father).I also remember your mark in the telecommunications sector.I remember Omenyi's Birthday, I remember the days in Barthurst, I remember a lot but what I remember most is that you are a very family oriented man.I am sure your children will continue burning the flames.Farewell Sir."
"To a great man, Dr. EC Nnama, whose vision was to make Nigeria great. We had spoken a day earlier about the solar project and how it would sustain manufacturing and SMEs across the country, only to get the sad news!!!
I had no reason to doubt you because I still remember you vision that every Nigerian must have a phone - this was illustrated in the calendar of Nigerian Communications Commission while you served selflessly as Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive.
Wonder what becomes of the solar power vision as well as others we continuously discussed.
I remain grateful, that since you left the Nigerian Communications Commission, you found me worthy to be your associate. I have benefitted immensely from your wisdoms and cherish the opportunity to know you.
"Uncle Owelle... all i know is i'll miss you. You were a big part of my life growing up, up until now. Looking forward to seeing you in heaven."
"It is so so sad and shocking. My big egbon as i always call him will be missed by his beautiful sister! I pray God gives the entire family fortitude to bear this irreparable loss . May his gentle and caring soul rest in perfect peace. My deepest condolences. Amen."
"My deepest condolences to the family of Dr. Nnama...I have to come to know you all, though we are yet to meet, thorugh your lovely daughter and sister, my friend and colleague Uzo. I felt the pain and loss when the news got to us in Tunis! In my Rwandan culture they say you can tell so much about people from the children they raise. I learn so much about your loving father through Uzo and I can confidently say his spirit lives on through you all! Be comforted that he is smiling down on you! Love, Davinah"
"His demise reminds me of how my dad passed. I pray the family receives strength in times like this."
"Its so sad how this death of a thing is inevitable; its however sadder where it is brought on a loved one too abruptly for anyone he touched their lives in one way or the other to get to say a sincere ALL pride-free 'thank you' to one most deserving of it......DR. Nnama was exemplary; i met him properly as a fresh secondary school leaver&that meeting carved him in my heart for always.
You know that lovely feeling you get when a man 'supposedly' larger than life in a kid's heart comes totally down to the kid's level; so much that by the time you leave his presence, you could almost talk about him like you are on 1st-name basis.
You raised an exceptional kid too sir, Dr Nkiru's life in school made the kind of man you turned out to be so believable!
Goal-getter,knowledge sharer,smile giver&humility personified....All i knew about biafra before i became an inquisitive lawyer; you told me!
Good night on of our set's icon daddy.
Your memory stays with us!"
"Never met you, Owelle, but I've met your kids and like they say, "the fruit doesn't fall far from the tree"...#GREATMan #MADEMan #CandleInTheWind #Trailblazer #Unforgettable #RIP"
"May God almighty grant him everlasting rest. My condolences to the entire Nnama and Ezekwe families."
"Quite sad to hear the passing on to Glory of our dear twin friend. He knew how passionate I am for the Twin multiple birth. I am crazy about Twins, being one myself. Dr Nnama was a selfless and hard working leader, who believed in God. No doubt, our families world-wide will miss a great Twin !!! Blessings !!"
"Our Most Valued In-Law, as we fondly call ourselves, your 'SUDDEN EXIT' just leaves a message for us all, to learn to number our days and apply our hearts to WISDOM. ...................................No............No..........
No time for a last word or chat, parting word or your cherished smiles.
I refuse to believe that you are 'for-ever-missed' because there is the hope of meeting at the Feet of our Master Jesus Christ! & there we meet to part-no-more, we therefore need to run this Race with all perseverance and focus on Jesus Who is the Author & Finisher of our faith."
"To a great Leader! you will foever be missed! May God grant your soul Enternal Rest! Rest In Perfect Peace Sir!"
"It is unbelievable, yet believable that Owelle the great (as I call him) is no more. I spoke with him on the 26th March and on the night of the 27th, I got the unbelievable news of his demise in the hands of useless criminals. Owelle the great, you were a brother, friend and in-law. Our family will forever miss your amicable relationship. Only the Almighty God knows why this should happen to you. Rest in the bossom of the Lord till we meet to part no more. Adieu great man!"
"Met him only twice.
A father to my very good friend.
First time I met him he said he had a dream that every Nigerian would one day own a phone. At the time this was unimaginable but the seed he planted then is being reaped by us all today.
His family should be proud in the fact that he did his part to build the nation and a great family.
God remains in charge"
"ICHIE GBAM GBAM DUM DUM!!! AKPAKA N'AGBA N'UDU MMILI!!! ANU NGA NGA MPU!!! OFU ONYE N'ESHILU ORA!!! OFU ONYE ANA ASHI UNU ABIA!!! OKE MMANWU IGBO NINE!!!"
"Rest in peace Ichie Owelle of Nibo (ikwunne Nnam) You'll be missed. To my dear friend and brother Ozo Oyibo, please take heart, God giveth and taketh no matter how it happened. We mourn with you all the way in Michigan."
"Owelle Nibo was a great leader whose memories who live forever in our minds. The Awka axis has lost a worthy son. Rest in peace. We will surely miss you."
"It is painful. It is like a dream. It just cannot be true...... Alas it is! You cannot doubt the source the shocking news came from. My mum & I just saw you four days before your passing. Where do I start to tell your story or the way you impacted lives positively. You were a good friend of my late father. You took genuine interest in the well being and welfare of others. I only wish I had expressed my appreciation to you more in your life time. Rest in peace Owelle."
"Ichie Owelle of Nibo!! A great icon, A super hero with a smile that charms anyone that came close to him. You will never be forgotten, the "Ikenwes' miss you greatly. RIP OWELLE!!!"
"Owelle as you are popularly called, you left us so soon, my special birthday mate, you will be greatly missed. May your soul rest in peace and may God comfort your family. Adieu"
"I was fortunate to have met Dr Nnama a few times through my dear friend, his daughter Uzoamaka back when we were in University together and on the occasions he visited my family home in Amaifeke, being good friends of my father, Chief Achike Udenwa and held in high regard by him. I remember him as a man who always exuded warmth and a genuine interest in the welfare of people. I pray God grants the Nnama family the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss. And may his soul rest in eternal peace. Adieu Owelle Nibo!"
"TRIBUTE TO UNCLE OWELLE
The news of your death was shocking to me. It brought tears to my eyes because you called me two days before your death and your text messages are still in my phone- message box. I will miss your kindness, an uncle who never counted money before " dashing" out. The defender of our family, who made many people rich, who gave out cars as gift, who built houses for the people, who employed many in NPA and who trained many people in Nigeria and America.
As my boss in Nigerian Communications Commission, you took your job very seriously, your passion in Telecommunication made you the Executive Vice chairman of NCC.The regulator of Telecommunication in Nigeria. A person who represented Nigeria in many world conferences.In the office, you worked so late crafting the plateform for GSM we all enjoy now in Nigeria. A very rare breed of person who defended the masses with captivating speech and very good sense of history. You were a mobile encyclopedia.Your death brought fear to us because we have been asking "Why our Owelle"?
O' God, we ask for strength this difficult time, you alone know the pain in our hearts. Please, surround us with your holy spirit and convert our fears in to faith in you. Amen.
EMEKA NNAMA ( IGBI )"
"Ichie Owelle 2 of Nibo i greet you, i hail you, i salute you, 3 gbosa for the man when sabi.... gbosa, gbosa, gbosaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.... But Ichie nor be so we plan am oooo i still have plenty recharge cards to give you, so you can continue making calls, sending text msgs as usual checking on all your loved ones around you before death kpai you but anyhow anyhow, i know say you dey with baba God... You fought a good fight, you ran a good race, you alone was like a community reaching out to those that have nothing and putting smiles on their faces just the way your face is because you are always smiling...You were indeed a great lecturer, never a dull moment with you.. we love you and misses you plenty plenty, but baba God naa him love you pass ooooo.... Sleep tight! Adieu! Tode! Aurevoir! Odaro! Kachifo! God be with you till we meet again........"
"Iche Owelle! You were a great man and I will miss your ever welcoming smile anytime I was with your family. Your memory will always be with us. Rest in Peace Sir till we meet again."
"Uncle Emma,it was a pleasure meeting you in Hanover.My family and i will always cherish every moment we spent together.Your great smile and humor will continue to resonate in our hearts.We will miss you greatly.Rest in peace my namesake."
"RIP Ichie Owelle, you were indeed a great man."
"Ichie Owelle!!! This is the biggest shock i received in a couple of years. So unexpected. It was the last thing I could possibly dream of.........you went too soon Owelle. You were always the life of the party. Always had a smile on your face. Always had a story to tell us.
I remember my early encounters with you in the 70's when you were in Apapa and we came for a holiday in lagos. How you kept us thrilled on the speed boats from apapa to marina, shuttled us around lagos, made sure we visited everybody.
You were and amazing person who touched lives everywhere you went.
i know you are rejoicing with the angels yet we are sorrowful because we miss you.
Rest in His peace"
"Dr. Nnama was one of the most humble men i have ever known so devoted to his family and committed to his chosen carreer. Its so sad he has left us and gone to the world beyond. I still remember those days in the early 90s while in FGC Enugu how he used to come around and hand us gifts. May his soul Rest in Peace. Till we met to part no more."
"Father of two of my sisters, Chinweoke and Chinelo, beloved Grandfather of my daughter's dear friend, Nesochi Nnama. A man with a big laugh and an even bigger heart. Your daughters loved you like you were their boyfriend, only more. You have left a legacy no robber can take away, a love in your children that time can never erase. May your memory be blessed; I trust you are enjoying heaven...in the arms of the One who loved you most!
Rest in Peace, amen."
"When I heard the news, I was shocked but immediately remembered your laughter and energy. May your soul rest in perfect peace. Amen."
"CHUKWUMA!How can any mortal being know the mind of The Almighty?
He alone knows why it had to be this way.
The thought of your demise leaves me bewildered.
Where does one start and with what words can the hollowness be expressed?
You were unique in everything you engaged.
There can never be another Owelle.
EzeOmenka Okwelle,jee nke oma"
"I saw you during my growing up days but your name as "Owelle Nnama" was so known, and i grew up to know that you were a very wonderful Nibo son. Nibo lost a great son, who does not have a replacement. May your soul rest in peace."
"An Ode to a Great Man!
To express the feelings that beleaguered me at the news of your departure will be inundating.
I clearly remember the day I spent hours with you in the car in front of GS building, UNN, waiting for Nnamdi to finish his exam. Priceless is the best way to express the amount of knowledge and experience you shared with me, reminding me of the your good old days and the need for we younger ones to work hard. Also, Less than one year ago, you were at my wedding, I recall your embrace and prayers, how sad can this be?, I feel at sixes and sevens each time I think of this sad exit.
Owelle!, you were like a father to all of us, you are a Great man and your legacy lives on.
Rest in peace."
"It was the shocking news that brought tears to my eyes when I receive the message on my phone. And you made me remember what it was like to cry. On that dreadful day, God decided it was your time, your time to go, so He took your life away, “Man is wicked”. And everyone felt the pain, the pain that you suffered. It's harder than I ever thought life could be without you. So the family will always think of you. God decided that it was your time to go and we cried as the rain fell that day.
I remember when you visited us in our village “Ohiya”, in Umuahia South LGA, It was fun sitting with you as a family.
Owelle we miss your jokes
Owelle we miss your stories
Owelle Nnama we miss your smiles
Rest In Peace “Amen”
From: Nwamarah Uche"
"We know you are in a better place . ..May your soul rest in perfect peace, and May God comfort and bless your Family in this time of sorrow, Amen."
"A great man has passed on. He left a legacy for so many and we are deeply saddened by the circumstances that took Owelle away. He was a dad to me and I am forever grateful for being part of his life. Owelle you will always leave on in our hearts. God knows best."
"I met Dr Nnama a few times but those few times with him seemed like I had known him for a lot longer. He was such a fatherly figure, truly engaging and always found time to show interest in my little sewing hobby which I was pursuing under his wife and his daughter; Lommy (my friend). His smiles, warmth and good nature endeared him to anyone that met him. Standing tall not only physically but also as a pillar for his family and community. Indeed, Okosisi adago! But for those you have left behind, the thought of you resting in The Lord will heal their sorrows...Go in peace Owelle!!!"
"Can it be? That never ever!
I loved that he remembered everything about me - where i wanted to go, what i wanted to become, how far my plans had gone and the little details of my life such as the name of my village!. He was a father, not just to his children, but a father, also, to their friends as well.
I really have no words, I can only say God sees beyond what we see and though i know only in part, and somewhere in me its hard to believe that this is real, still, I thank God because thats all thats left to do.
May you find rest beyond here as God receives you."
"A rare gem m a great man. Sleep well our hero. We love u"
"I never met Dr Nnama in person but met an exemplary father in the extra-ordinary daughter he raised, Dr Nkiru Nnama. The value of a man can be seen in his offsprings. You have lived well, now rest beautifully in God's bosom. Adieu Owelle of Nibo."
"I never met Dr Nnama in person but met an exemplary father in the extra-ordinary daughter he raised, Dr Nkiru Nnama. The value of a man can be seen in his offsprings. You have lived well, now rest beautifully in God's bosom. Adieu Owelle of Nibo."
"My dearest Uncle Emma! Your bright witty jovial personality is really being missed! You were one of the greatest Men that Nibo has ever produced. I have stories that I could tell about just how great you were but one thing I can say is you made Nibo the place to be! You are one of the reasons why I love our village and I bet you and my dad, your great friend and brother are having a grand time in Heaven! Uncle Emma, I can imagine God shaking His Head as He watches you both laughing at your jokes!!
To the Nnama family, this loss is big really big. I love you all dearly and I pray God continues to strengthen you all for He is your comforter!
Uncle Emma...Rest in Peace!"
"I see pictures which tell of a rich full and memorable life. May God grant your loved ones the fortitude to bear this loss, and the grace to celebrate your life amidst mourning. Rest in peace Sir"
"I never had the privilege to met him but the pictures tell a lot and I see a man devoted to his family amidst a wonderful career. In most of the pictures, I see wide joyful smiles. I am sure his hopes, dreams and joy is seen in his family. Rest in Peace."
"Dr Nnama was a great leader, wonderful Father and role model. We will truly miss him"
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