Dad 1
Obioha Mackena Obioha
  • 57 years old
  • Date of birth: Mar 9, 1959
  • Date of passing: Jun 8, 2016
Let the memory of Obioha be with us forever
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Obioha Obioha, 57, born on March 9, 1959 and passed away on June 8, 2016. We will remember him forever.
Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Ngozi Nwafor on 15th August 2016

"Doc, your demise was unexpected and too sudden. Its still quite unbelieveable to me that you are no more. Why now that you should be enjoying the fruits of your labours. Its really so painful. But we can't ask God why He allowed it to happen. But I am consoled in the fact that you died in the Lord. You practically demonstrated your faith and commitment towards our Lord Jesus Christ. To Him be all the Glory.  I will always miss your wise advice and encouragement. May your gentle soul rest in peace, Amen. Adieu Doctor! Adieu Nnabuenyi!!"

This tribute was added by Ngozi Nwafor on 15th August 2016

"Doc, your demise was unexpected and too sudden. Its still quite unbelieveable to me that you are no more. Why now that you should be enjoying the fruits of your labours. Its really so painful. But we can't ask God why He allowed it to happen. But I am consoled in the fact that you died in the Lord. You practically demonstrated your faith and commitment towards our Lord Jesus Christ. To Him be all the Glory.  I will always miss your wise advice and encouragement. May your gentle soul rest in peace, Amen. Adieu Doctor! Adieu Nnabuenyi!!"

This tribute was added by Esther Moore on 6th August 2016

"Dear brother, words still fail me at the news of your death. I continue to pinch myself every now and then to ensure it’s not a bad dream.

Memories of your wedding and your return back to Nigeria after your PhD flash back as  if it was yesterday.

Our A&M University of Texas Professor, the news of your death was tough to reckon with and still is, but God Almighty who sees and knows all things has the answer to your early departure.

Farewell dear brother, rest peacefully in the bosom of the Almighty God where there is no sickness or pain.

Addio dear brother!

Your Loving Sister"

This tribute was added by Christopher Ejike-Ukah on 6th August 2016

"My Friend, My Brother... Those are the words my Dad always called My Uncle. He is My Uncle, and My Father. The two families are one. The loss you feel, we feel the pain too. Words cannot describe the lives My Uncle has touched and the positive way he led his life as an example to everyone. On behalf of the Family of Ejike-Ukah Christopher, We offer our heartfelt condolences on your loss and We stand strong and in prayer with you... In the loving Memory of our Father,our Friend, and our Brother, Obioha, Mackena Obioha."

This tribute was added by Chukwudi Amadi on 29th July 2016

"“The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better” (Robert F. Kennedy). In his lifetime, Dr. Obioha affected the world for the better. He was the perfect role model who has shown the rest of us that we can make a difference in this life, one person at a time. His devotion to God and his family cannot be overemphasized. He was successful in every facet of the word, be it spiritually, academically, emotionally, financially and business wise. But he also taught his family how to be successful – that is work hard and pray hard. Today, these principles are indelible in the hearts of his children and the family that he left behind. This is to say that although he is no longer physically with us, we (each of us) carry a little bit of him, which he has deposited in us.  

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 5:16). The light that Dr. Obioha brought into this world shined so bright that it illuminated not just the path of his family, but also that of many whom he came in contact with. I was privileged to be one of those many, and that light shines even brighter on my path today.

Growing up as a young boy in primary school, I was a brilliant student; but my parents did not have enough money to send me to the secondary school. At this time we were members of Assemblies of God Church, Nigeria, and so my family decided to ask the local churches for help. It was in 1996, and on one of those occasions, we visited the local church at Umungasi Aba where Dr. Obioha and his family worshipped. The pastor introduced my case and asked the church members to give an offering to help alleviate my financial need. Many gave offerings on that day – but Dr. Obioha saw that as a unique opportunity to help a person in need. Instead of giving an offering, he gave me his business card, which had the words ‘visit my office tomorrow’ written at the back of it.

From that day forward, Dr. Obioha treated me as though I was one of his children. He paid my school fees throughout my secondary school years. He did not stop there. When I got admitted into the University, he paid all my tuition fees throughout the five years of my university education. What a heart full of compassion and love he had. He introduced me and my family to his lovely wife and his family too. He created a great relationship between the two families and an atmosphere of love, generosity and kindness. After my university education in Nigeria, He encouraged me to not give up on my dreams. God willing, I gained a scholarship to study my MSc in the United Kingdom. This year (2016), I completed my Ph.D program in a University in Canada, and still looking on to greater things. The fact is that, I would not have been able to reach this height had Dr. Obioha not come to my help. He was my destiny helper! He helped make me who I am today.

“It's the action, not the fruit of the action, that's important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there'll be any fruit. But that doesn't mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result” (Mahatma Gandhi). Dr. Obioha may not have lived long enough to see the fruit of his good works, at least in full. As much as that makes our hearts bleed, we also know that he did the right things during his life and made a difference in this world. As long as the fruits of his labour are here with us, we will never forget him. The story of Dr. Obioha’s good works will be told to the coming generations and shown as an example of a life well lived. With God’s help, I will continue the legacy that Dr. Obioha left behind by helping at least one person who is in a similar condition as I was in 1996. I will transfer the little bit of Dr Obioha in me to the coming generation.

“The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me' (Matt 25:40). Dr. Obioha lived a Godly life full of effectiveness, and his works will not only be remembered by us men, but also by God. Today, we can take solace in the fact Dr. Obioha has received the inheritance prepared for him in God’s kingdom. He was one of the few who did more than needed to make this world better of us all. More than caring for people’s needs, he helped. More than believing in God’s love, he practised it. More than being fair to people, he showed kindness. More than dreaming about what to do, he worked. In short, Dr. Obioha did not just come to this world to do well, but he also did good.

Although the news of your departure came as a shock to us, we know that you are now in a better place. We will never forget you and all that you have been to us all. After this life, we also know that we will be able to spend a much longer time with you on the day of our Lord’s coming.

Live on Dr. Obioha Mackena Obioha."

This tribute was added by constance nwafor on 28th July 2016

"My beloved nephew Obioha, It has now really dawned on us all that you are no longer here with us.  Shall I now say that our endless remembrance of our younger years and the contagious laughter that went with it is gone?   We cannot query our almighty God whom you solemnly worshipped and adored but take it that eternity is your home and now sleeping in the Lord with the hope of rising again.  Well done Obioha for all your earthly achievements. Wishing you all the best on your journey to eternity.
Rest in Peace
Adieu
Big Aunty Adaobi"

This tribute was added by Uju Obii-Obioha on 12th July 2016

"Uncle Obi, it is so sad that you are no longer with us and only God knows best. My last memory of you was in June 2015 in Houston at your son's (Grant) wedding. I remember you beaming with smiles and admiration as you watched your son transition in to the next major phase of his life. I recall shaking hands with you a bunch of times at the wedding reception because you were happy my brother and I were able to attend the wedding. You were a gentleman in every sense of the word. My most vivid childhood memory of you was seeing you drive in to my dad's house in Aba with your lovely dark blue Mercedes SUV (it had a distinct sound because of its diesel engine). Uncle, you will surely be missed and constantly be remembered. May your humble and gentle soul rest in perfect peace in the bosom of our lord Jesus Christ!"

This tribute was added by Oby Nwankwo on 10th July 2016

"Tribute to my In Law Dr. Mackena Obii Obioha – Beloved Father-In-Law of my daughter Ral

I write this with a very heavy heart, on behalf of the Victor Nwankwo family. I recall our first interaction with Dr. Obioha, the day of the traditional ‘iku aka’ to seek Ral’s hand in marriage to his son Grant.  My first impression was of a perfect gentleman, of gentility, kindness and peace personified. This remained my impression of him until his demise last month. He was very traditional and held tradition in very high regard. He exuded love and peace. He loved Ral with a passion and did not mince words on his acceptance of Ral as an additional daughter. I was happy that Ral had found another father. Unfortunately this was not to last. We miss you Doc., as I fondly called you. I hope you will meet your in law, Victor and you two, with similar demeanour will strike off a relationship there. Give our love to him.

It is an understatement to say that your darling wife, Edith and beautiful family will miss you. My family, your inlaws, will miss you greatly.  I pray for a peaceful repose of your kind and gentle soul. I pray for God’s comfort for your family and for the fortitude for your family to bear this irreparable loss. Rest in perfect peace until we meet to part no more."

This tribute was added by Nze Lawson on 8th July 2016

"I used to see you regularly at IELC/DISS doing what only good dads do best. The last time I saw you was at Ral & Grant's wedding beaming with joy and excitement. How can we reconcile that you are gone so soon??

There are treasures we find in times of great loss that wouldn't otherwise have been revealed. In the midst of our sorrow we discover the riches of authentic joy in the memories we've made through all of life's seasons, sharing love, laughter, beauty, grace, and the anchoring journey of faith. RIP, Sir."

This tribute was added by Maxwell Ikebudu on 7th July 2016

"This death story has come as a big surprise & shock to me.
Usually, i would be the one to be silent on any news on Facebook, but I felt deeply saddened on this one and think I should reach out to the family.
I remember my days at school in aba seeing him driving his kids to school every morning in his Mercedes Benz and I always thought what a Dad! You didn't have to check twice to tell he was a devoted father to his children. He was a man who gave off a very modest & calm atmosphere.
Look the hour of death is very unforeseeable. No one can prepare for it.
One way or another, you will always be remembered Mr. Obioha.
My heart, thoughts and prayers goes out to Amauche, Grant and the rest of the family. Take comfort in knowing that there is now an additional Angel in heaven to watch over you!!"

This tribute was added by Tony Okoye on 7th July 2016

"Prayers and fond memories are what we have to
remember our dearly departed. My most heartfelt
condolences...to you and your family in this dark time."

This tribute was added by kingsley Osuji on 7th July 2016

"Its not the same when you’re not around. If we had the power in our hands to overturn death, you’ll probably be smiling and enjoying the moment with us right now, but we do believe the Almighty knows best, He giveth and only Him taketh; Words will not be enough to show how much you meant to us while you were on earth, but that’s why we have the memories of you with God to give us the fortitude to proceed, We shall forever miss you Sir. Till we meet again, Adieu…"

This tribute was added by Aniagu Blessing on 7th July 2016

"The undeniable fact of life is that everything with a beginning must have an end. Life os a stage and we are all actors playing our individual roles. You sure did play your part and you did it well as it is evident in the legacy of greatness you left behind. I know you are in a better place. God will give those you left behind to bear your loss.Rest in the bosom of God. Farewell sir.."

This tribute was added by Kenechukwu Udechukwu on 6th July 2016

"We little knew that morning that God was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly; in death we do the same.

It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone.
For part of us went with you, the day God called you home.

You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide,
And though we cannot see you, you are always at our side.

You are the head of your family chain  and it's broken!.... nothing seems the same,
But as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.

Farewell Solider!  Farewell Champion!! Farewell Obioha Mackena Obioha!!!"


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