- 36 years old
- Date of birth: Jul 5, 1980
- Date of passing: Jul 14, 2016
|Let the memory of Oqua be with us forever|
"It hurts badly....this reality,I am yet to accept...."
"Hmmmmmm Reality Bites"
"I'm so sorry for your loss.May the peace from God that surpasses all understanding comfort you during this time.Phillipians 4:6&7"
"Sleep on my friend. Mom, Louise, iyke and i we shall never forget you."
"Wishing you comfort and peace at this time of sorrow. The Bible is clear that someday the hour will come when all those in God's memory will live again John 5:28, 29. May that thought bring you comfort during this difficult time."
"...Oh!, Oqua, you were like the real brother I never had! A great man, even in death! And my consolation? That He has set a time limit for you...; and we all will hope and wait, just as you yourself are already waiting,....And we know He will not fail! (Job 14:1-15). Rest on, dear brother and friend!"
"I'm so proud of you! still proud of you;always will be proud of you! Rest on ....my dear brother and friend."
"Even in death...I still LOVE you"
"Sigh' the one family friend I didn't know, but I thank God that I had the opportunity of sharing one of your best days : your wedding day, may your soul rest in peace"
"It's still very hard to believe, I can't seem to think of any appropriate word to say goodbye, God will grant the family you left behind the fortitude to bear such a great lost. Esiere Ete."
"It is still unbelievable, may ur soul find rest in d bosom of d Lord"
"Rest in the bosom of the LORD"
"A short but eventful life. If everyone's life could be like this, the world would have been a place of awesome experience.
Sleep on, Oqua."
"My deepest sympathy to the family of Oqua Itu.God gives hope to see the ones we lost in death again.what is so remarkable is that Jesus had previously brought two others back to life,also Mary and Martha's brother Lazarus who was one of his best friend,and he fully intend to do the same again for millions of people who are now asleep in death.(John 11:11,23,25).."says yet he gave way to tears "restoring humans to life his no mere procedure for Jesus, his tender and deep feelings as manifested on that occasion clearly indicates his intense desire to undo the ravages of death,so may you all continue find comfort in gods promises and continue to cherish your dearly beloved Oqua memories.you can contact me or visit this website at www.jw.org where you can find many comforting topics about when someone you love dies."
"It is really sad loosing a childhood friend. The days we shared in HOWAD were some of the best days of our lives. You will be greatly missed my friend. Adiue Oqua."
"There are no words that will truly convey all you have been to the ones you loved and those who loved you in return.
Heart wrenching...devastating...death is so cruel.
If wishes were horses, if money could do
We would stake everything just for you
Peaceful, friendly guy, never a dull moment with you.
God's got you Oqua, that's my reassurance.
As I reflect on your life, what more can I say?
"Teach us to number our days Oh Lord
Teach us to live wisely and well"
Adieu my "debate partner", colleague and brother.
Sleep and take thy rest."
"This tribute is added by Bassey Enyeneuno on the 13th day of August 2016.
As you journey to the great beyond, God almighty with protect your wife & kids. Your death, despite being mysterious to many, is within the power of God who knows better. Sleep on je je, rest in peace Etubom till we meet again. Farewell Brother...."
"The news of your death was shocking. I can't begin to imagine the grief of your wife Ekamma, and your children not learning from your amiable nature. We are rather consoled that you've made your home in heaven. Rest in peace brother."
"Words are usually not enough in times like this. I pray for comfort for your family. You had a very easy going disposition and you were loved by many.
One day we will all come to the understanding of the mystery of life and death. But as humans we sometimes wonder what it's all worth.
Rest in peace Oqua. You are now where there's no more pain or sorrow, but here on earth you will be missed!"
"Your relationship with people is a testimony of the life you lived. May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace."
On this day you shall be laid to rest...May this day mark the end of sorrow and sadness in your family. We all mourn you with heavy hearts. Your dedication to EVERYTHING you were involved was second to none. You were an asset Oqua...this pill is too bitter to swallow, but we cant question God. I pray that the Almighty comfort your very young family that you left behind. To your Sister, Brother, Parents, other relatives and friends who mourn you, May HE alone be their strength...and in all of these may we in the end look back and have a reason to smile again. Shine on Oqua! Your memories live with us forever!"
"Words have failed me.. Rip my Lion ,till we meet again.."
"A lot has been said this past weeks,about ur demise some people say they can't believe all i have to say is that you have run ur own race and made a name that everyone will continually talk about i will always pray for the repose of ur soul has u rest on Brother.will forever be in our heart Junior"
"It's heartbreaking that you're no more.... Short of words..Rest well Oq till we meet again"
"Words fail me right now. Sleep on dear friend . May God rest your soul Oqua."
"Goodnight Oqua. May your soul rest in peace"
"Dear brother , from the very first day I heard that you slept , I have waited patiently to hear if we will all smile and laugh out loud that Oqua is back, thinking that it's one of those pranks we normally play together ............, hmmmmm, it almost 7:45am today the 13th of Aug your audacious laying in state , sorry I have to go now to see you off finally bro.........go well , sleep well and rest"
"I pray for the young and solid soul of d departed to rest in peace. May the family be courageous for the lord will be their guide and light of the years ahead. May the blessings be..."
"Though your physical body is gone, your memories and legacies sure live on. You were a great guy. My earnest consolation is that you are resting in God's bosom. Rest in perfect peace OQ."
"May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace...amen. Almighty and ever living God, pls grant Qua wife, children and family the grace and fortitude to bear this loss ijn. . . Amen."
"The more i try to comprehend why,the more i feel emotionally drained.You had such a wonderful appetite for life and this came across in your sense of humour,your razor sharp wit,your banter
and your love for your family.We will miss you bro.Rest easy."
"Words fail me,God knows how long I've waited for Kami to ping and tell me It's a joke as It's In her character,i'm not gonna weep,no,not anymore,but, I 'm rest assured you're In a better place (Heaven)....Farewell Oqua, farewell kami's BR..."
"Too young to go Oqua itu..Too young
You left too early
You left without notice
You left everyone in tears and shock
You will be missed foreva
May ur soul prosper in heaven"
"When ever I saw Mr Oqua at church,
I knew I was home.
Words fail me now
But God knows best.
So, Through tears stained eyes,
I pay my tribute.
We will never forget you
Mr Oqua Itu (jnr)."
"my dear cousin oqua i dont know what to say but it is well. may the light of the lord go with you. rest in peace till we meet in heaven and never part again. Good bye lil cousin"
"Oqua Itu Jnr. May the ALMIGHTY GOD grant your beautiful wife, adorable girls your Mom Ln Kate Itu, your Dad PDG Ln Oqua Itu, your brother Charles Itu and sister Mbang Itu and the International Association of Lions club the fortitude to bear this great loss.
Adieu great one. Adieu."
"It is sad to say goodnight to a brother, but i know that God is an all knowing and unquestionable God. From the testimonies of everyone about you, i am confident that you are at rest. May God be with your wife and kids you left behind, God will help them to accomplish their destinies and as you watch over them from above, they will make you proud. Good night my brother and cousin. Jesus loves you Oqua Itu Jr. Adieu"
"We will miss you, but rest in the bossom of Jesus.
God will certainly meet the needs of you immediate family.
To sleep in christ is to gain.Rest friend!"
"Such an Amiable man.May the Good Lord grant your soul eternal rest and give your family the strength to bear this loss...Sleep Well Brother..."
"I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW YOUR NAME! I only bumped into you some months ago during school runs at KIDS N' US and your amiable nature silently won my heart. I said to myself "cool guy". I called u chief, exchanged pleasantries each time we bumped into each other, listened with rapt attention to your debates while we waited at the school reception and you best described gentility and humility. I remember That moment when I was told of your death, since I didn't even know your name, I wasn't too bothered. But when they showed me your picture and I noticed it was you, my heart sank. How could it be? This was someone who wasn't prepared to die in the next ten years, why him? A man full of life. I had looked forward to doing many more school runs and bumping into you over and over again but how sad......IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN. One thing is sure though; your legacy lives on. Your daughters will grow up to learn more wonderful things about the man who constantly showed others what family was all about. You meant everything to them and I pray that the almighty would be their strength in this darkest hour of pain and grief. Rest on Chief! It should be easy saying goodbye to someone u barely knew but your case is different. You just taught me that it's not how many times or years you meet a person that matters, it isn't really what you do for them that counts, one SMILE or a WARM HANDSHAKE can do the magic. FOREVER in our HEARTS."
"I am completely speechless. Oqua Itu ; You , mehn I don't know what to say. I can't question God. I can only imagine what your family is going through right now trying to deal with this huge loss. You were always a good example, God fearing, humble and discipline. Sojourn well Oqua. RIP."
"Sleep well brother. You were amiable and gentle. Always wearing a good smile. A total gentle man. God will keep you in his bosom till we all meet again on resurrection day.Adieu Oqua"
"Heard about the sad news, still doesn't sound real. It's well because we know you lived a good life and you're surely with your Heavenly Father.Rest in perfect peace Oqua. I pray the Holy Spirit comforts your family."
"Angels come by rarely into our lives...you indeed have been an Angel in the lives of those you met. How do we carry on without you? we don't know but we know you are with he LORD. Adieu my brother till we meet to part no more"
"Oqua Itu...I remember you so vividly..it is well..Life is transient and it is truly not about how long we live but how well..You impacted your world and are greatly loved and cherished. Your memory is blessed..May your beautiful family find the strength and grace to carry on..Adieu dear Brother."
"Hmmmm!!! What a painful one Oqua. The good Lord knows why and who are we to question him. Rest in peace Oqua till we meet to part no more and may God give your wife, young kids, your parents, siblings and the entire family the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss....gone way too soon Oqua. You'll be sorely missed!"
"The song is ended but the melody linger's on. i shot ur wedding a few years ago but never knew this will come so soon. Oqua, ur end is endless. Ur memories will forever remain in our hearts. Kami, say not in grief that he is no more but say in thankfulness that he was. RIP Oqua-Itu"
To live in the heart of those you love is never to die...
I know you are having the best of your time with Jesus.
Rest in peace forever."
"I never met you, but I'd heard the name Oqua Itu from Mbang my friend and ofcourse from other people in our small calabar town! I wish I did meet you, everyone has nice things to say about you! You obviously touched lives, and that's one of the most important assignments here on earth! Thank you for the joy, laughter, smiles you brought! Even heaven couldnt wait for you!! Rest in Peace Oqua Itu...."
"I am still waiting for the surprise anniversary gift you promised me...you dying was not part of the plan...."
"A good man gone. You were one who always encouraged your contemporaries and age grade in various spheres of careers they belonged so long as you could help or provide a referral for.
Your demise is been shocking has left me in sober reflection about this life we find ourselve.
Rest in Peace Oqua."
"Oh Oqua, words fail me each time I try to do this. Few days to your demise I sent you an happy birthday message on Facebook and few minutes later you liked the comment. I have worked with you and you are one of the best person that influenced me positively. Your passing away still feels like a dream. I have no doubt you are with the Lord. Adieu Oqua Itu."
"Rest in peace brother..though I never met u but knew kammy from when we were adolescents so I can't even begin to imagine what she is going through losing her Hubby four years into her marriage...may u continue to rest with the greatest of men in the bossom of the almighty...kami take he art cos words have failed me...may u find the strength and fortitude to bear this great loss...rest in peace my friends hubby till we meet to part no more"
"Oqua, why so soon? How do we come to terms with this? We are all passing through this world, but when it happens like this… Though I know God is never taken unawares, the questions linger still.
Over recent years, the time we spent together seems so fleeting, busy with life and all its encumbrances. Who would have thought that the brief time you stopped over with your family a couple of weeks earlier would be the last time… Your life, though brief, has touched many, through your love and service to God and your fellow man.
I will always be grateful to have known you, my dependable friend and brother. I am persuaded that the Lover of your soul has called you home. My prayer is that God uphold your family and loved ones through this trying time as only He can. Rest my brother."
"PLEASE, DON’T LEAVE ME
(For my widowed friend: Mrs Atim Oqua Itu)
My heart reaches out to you,
For what you’re going through;
We are praying for you –
May God take care of you too.
An unripe plantain is never cut down,
So who cut down my unripe plantain?
I have just lost you
And the agony is hard to bear.
I will have to go through life
Knowing you're no more there,
I want to know what to do
Or where to go.
Please, don’t leave me.
I sit here and remember all the lovely times we shared,
The vicissitudes of every one who cared.
I am told the pain will ease in time,
This is hard to believe,
In our clime,
There will always be tears,
And life won’t be the same without you here.
You were my world and guiding star,
My only earthly avatar,
Just kiss me softly on the cheek and tell me where you are –
Please, don’t leave me.
I sit alone now in the darkness of despair
And cry silent tears;
The darkness frightens me,
As I see shadows climbing our wall
And I hear footsteps walking down the hall;
As I curl into a ball –
Shedding bitter tears
And missing you.
My heart is broken;
I want to be awakened,
From this dream that seeks to leave me naked –
Please don’t leave me.
An unripe plantain is never cut down,
So who cut down my unripe plantain?
I have just lost you
And the agony is hard to bear.
I will have to go through life
Knowing you're no more there,
I want to know what to do
Or where to go.
Please, don’t leave me.
I can’t comprehend how sad you must feel,
For the loss of someone you love.
This sorrowful time must still feel unreal
And you’re looking for strength from above;
God will guide you through this lonesome road,
Until these dark times begin to fade.
Orok Otu Duke
"It's sad but true that good things don't last... but God is never too late for a miracle....he is always right on time..."
I cant believe I am posting this. This is just not fair. Too early....... but God knows best.
God will preserve your family. This is not easy to bear at all... You were a wonderful person. It will not be the same anymore
You remain in our hearts."
"Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.
For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. (1 Thessalonians 4:13,14 NIV).
You made an indelible impact bro. Till we meet again, rest on in the bosom of our Lord."
"Great men don't die, they live forever! Journey well bro. God's grace be with you. Amen"
"Kaii, Oqua Itu this blow is hard, it's so hard to believe u're gone! U'll be greatly missed my Childhood friend! My constant Prayers are with ur pretty Wife and adorable kids!! R.I.P."
"I remember the day I met you at First Bank,marian branch.You were trying to get something done for your fam.member but you were out to assist me.Is someone attending to you?How's your husband?You asked!Very few people are bothered about the welfare of their customers.I hadn't seen you in years but just that day and then the sad news.May God grant your family the fortitude to bear the loss.Rest in Peace Oqua Itu!"
"Ekamma pls be consoled, God knows best. Sleep on Ebe Ufan mi!"
"Today is you are gone,
But you know what they say,
God only takes the best.
Everything happens for a reason,
Even if we may not agree.
Just promise to look after us,
And if you can,
Save a spot up there for me.
The thought of never seeing you again brings tears to my eyes,
And even more so,
Because all of this was such a surprise.
But we should never question what God has planned,
Sometimes it's not meant for us to understand.
So as we sit here and mourn the loss of a beloved friend,
We have to keep telling ourselves that we will meet again.
"I'm still Speechless..So much pain@the news of your death,Oqua.. R.I.P.P...Ekanma,Jehovah has your back,just lean on Him.."
"Oqua!!!..... I called you Itu Baba Ita.You were more than a colleague,more of a Brother.This is one passing way too many. SLEEP ON MY FRIEND.You will be missed Oqua Itu."
"Terrible news to deal with.
You were always cheerful, funny and jovial. Always ready for a good laugh. Great times we all had with Ini and Idara. Those are my most vivid memories of you (State Housing) and those I will keep. You will be terribly missed.
May the good Lord strengthen your family at this time and always."
"Like a sound in the dark, with no trace of its source. But its solemn melody lingers in the ear of the hearer. So have you left this world, but your memory lingers in our hearts. March solemnly to your creator my brother. Osea e, Ada Oqua, mmoni Ete Oqua Itu. Yen tebede. Adieu my beloved. (Ukpong Itu)."
"Rest on, my brother. Words have really failed me. Right here, our love for u will never die. Adieu!"
"I couldn't sleep well last night cos I was still in disbelief about this,it's still unacceptable to me. I can't bring myself to say goodbye to Oqua . Please God you need to do something for Ekanma this is too much for anyone to bear or go through. Ékanma please I can't even call you cos I don't know what to say, but am sending you a hug and hope it helps. Oqua is in a better place but we dint want him there just yet. They say God knows best,am just so devastated at this. Rest in peace Oqua"
We little knew that morning
God was 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 beautiful memories,
Your love is still our guide,
And though we cannot see you,
You are always at our side.
Our family chain is broken,
and nothing seems the same,
But as God calls us one by one,
The chain will link again
Oqua you were such a kind gentle man
A dotting father to Iris and Zina
You always bring Iris to the salon
Play and pamper her, you loved your family
Dearly... May God almighty console and strengthen your lovely wife especially...
Goodnight till we meet to part no more
"My colleague, my brother in law, my neighbour at work, your death is still a mystery to me. It's hard to believe you are no longer here with us. Life is as fleeting as a candle light. Your last post to your family shows how much you loved them. Rest on jolly good fellow. Ekanma be strong for your kids, God will strenghten you."
"Ekamma my friend, at this time, i pray God alone to be your strength... RIP Oqua"
"Ekamma be STRONG for your children!"
"Had it been I knew,i wouldn't ve open dis last night I saw it,i couldn't sleep all thru d night. Imagining d pains of dis young man's family. I couldn't withhold my tears,death why??? Chai! What a lost. I kip praying His grace will be sufficient 4 ur family at dis moment of pains and may ur soul find eternal rest in his bossom. Adieu Ekanmma BUNNY RABIT!"
We will continue to nurture the memories..."
"Oooh Death Is So Cruel, Why fulfilling Ur Wicked Desire Of Death Is Compulsory Meal for Everyone,It May be Cool or Hot On Our Brother, ,
Rest In The Lord!! And May Your Family be Console Permanently.
May The Almighty God Grant Us Lion's Family and His Biological Family Strength to Bear this Great loss!!
We Should Accept My Heartfelt Condolence"
"...words fail me. Rest on."
"Oqua if only words & tears could bring you back, you will be here with us. You have left a vacuum on earth. Your death is so so painful to say the least. Remembering when we first met during my remedial year... A very warm, calm, sweet, caring consistent friend. Always there and always smiling warmly. Death why Oqua??? I can't question your maker... It's still surreal....My eyes filled up with tears as I heard the news...I will rather focus on the joy you brought us all...We all will try to replace the tears in our eyes with a smile because you lived..
I still want to ask God why you didn't stay on to raise your beautiful daughters but I am confident that God has a better place for you....and he knows your heart desires for them. May Almighty God console your loving wife, Rest on Dear Friend..."
"Death is harsh, death is unfair. Death might take away your loved one when he/she is most needed, but it can never snatch away their memories. I wish Ekamma Itu & family strength and courage to get over your sorry times. I can understand your loss."
"Hmmmm..... Oqua, I am short of words..... I prayed 'night and day'; hoped u'd wake up. Couldn't imagine ur BEAUTIFUL FAMILY without u in it...... Thou I neva knew or met u, I knw d world was lucky to know u and ur family was blessed to have u.
U lived buh a short life, u may not hv achieved all ur dreams, ur family, parents, siblings, friends, relatives, colleges, and d world @ large may not hv had enof of u, buh it pleases the Lord to take u; He now has u all to himself.
May ur precious soul find eternal rest. Adieu Oqua Itu.... God will take good care of ur wife and daughters, He'l comfort all those u left behind...."
"Oqua!, with shock and utter disbelief we took the news of your demise. Though fate kept us apart, you were that stable friend, then the good sense of humor brother.
Too painful you left early...but who are we to question The Almighty and his works.
We pray God grant us all, most especially your family the fortitude to bear your untimely demise.
Rest in peace Oqua - my friend and brother."
"Oqua Itu..Oqui.. I can't forget the shock I felt as Menku woke me up from sleep that you had passed. I thought it was a joke so I went to your facebook page to read your post that morning.. And I've been going to your page a million times daily to see if there has been a message of your safe return. But I saw this memorial today and reality has hit me Oqua that you're really gone from the earth. I can't stop crying for the ten years I've known you, you've been a consistent amazing guy.
But today i will meditate on the words in the Bible in Psalm 116:15 "The death of Gods faithful ones is valuable in the Lords sight." May you remain ever valuable in the sight of God, your family and friends. It was a priviledge knowing you dear."
"Oqua may the good Lord bless your soul and grant you eternal rest in his bossom. No amount or volume of words can be measure to the emptiness & space you left behind for your love ones......... Who are we to question God on this your sudden peaceful departure? Non of us can await or stand the response, rest on Oqua. Rest fully in peace"
"Wow Oqua!!! It's still difficult to believe or accept that you're gone so soon!!! We grew from being friends to brothers. All the times we shared still very fresh in my memory; the chess games, monopoly, video games, hanging out together and the honor of being one of your groomsmen at your wedding. This is so sudden!!! You were always a pleasure to be around and a jolly good fellow too. It's hard to say good bye just like that, but I guess we can't question God for choosing to call you so soon. You will forever be in our hearts and minds. Rest peacefully with the Lord until we meet again my dear friend and brother."
"Koko! Oh my Brother! So soon? My heart is heavy. Thinking about you brings so many memories to mind. Only God can fill this emptiness. It is well with your soul."
"Earth's loss, heaven's gain. I know you are with the cloud of witnesses. I pray strength and grace abounds towards your family."
"I never met you personally but everyone i have met who knew you had nothing but wonderful things to say about you, and that in itself, is a testimony to your legacy. I pray our good Lord who has called you home from this sinful world comfort your family and friends in this time of grief. Rest in perfect peace."
"Every day since your demise, I think of all whom you've left behind and how they have to figure out a way in the haze to live without you. I think and I don't know they will do that. I don't even know the words that will comfort or console them best. I only can pray they receive grace to know that only God, in his infinite wisdom and ways we can never understand, can be all they need at this time. Rest with the Lord Oqua."
"Damm It, Can't Still Believe You Are Gone. Adieu Oqua Itu"
"Yours truly is a loss that is still hard to believe when it comes to mind. Your cheerful spirit and kind heart. You were such a team player, a great support source to many that were blessed to come in contact with you. We bless God and we do not question Him as hard as it is not to. Can't imagine what your family is going through, especially your precious wife Ekamma. I pray God gives You all the strength to bare this loss and carry on with life. And to your Children, I pray God will be the father they no longer have, may they grow and remain under Gods wing. Rest in peace Oqua, you will be missed!
"Eternity will forever echo your name
In our hearts, memories of you will forever remain
Do I question why?
And you'll return to us with a smile
This ferryman has come too early
We still have plenty to do yearly
Your footprints will continue to remind us
Of what a blessing you have been.
Rest on my friend and brother
A true HOWADIAN lays to rest.
RIP Oqua Itu"
"This is one I cannot explain.. God knows best.. Rest in the bossom of our Lord Oqua... God grant your family (Kami, Rainbow, Sunshine and the rest of us) the fortitude to bear this loss..."
"I am so sorry Ekamma...I cant find the words...but I Know the good Lord will hold it down for you and the kids."
"Sad to see a promising young friend leave so soon....who are we to question God?
Heaven knows best....!
Continue to Rest on.....it is well....!"
"My dear brother. I am short of words. Still a dream . I still hope. I am silent. Rest on Papa. Rest"
"Rest in the bossom of the Lord. Short of words but who are we to question God. Pray he grant your family the fortitude to bear this loss."
"You left too soon!!! The vacuum you have left will not be closed in a hurry.. The questions I have asked, I have had no answers. Do the kids even understand what is going on? when they wake at night to look for you, will you be there watching over them? unable to touch or play with them? yours is a great loss to the Nation, Your Family, Lions Club International, Calabar will not have another like you. Adieu Oqua.. though you did not stay for long, you have lived a good life."
"Your passing was unexpected, unforseen, at best a rude shock. Even more shocking for your young family. I pray for God to grant you eternal rest in heaven as much as I also pray for consolation and peace which only the Lord can give to your wife, Ekamma.
"so sad to say good bye my dear brother. But God knows better. Adieu Oqua. May your soul rest in the bosom of the Lord Brother."
"I didn't know you personally but I am friends with your sister Mbang so I share in her pain..Your family and friends speak so well of you. You may be gone but never forgotten..May you forever rest on in the bosom of the Almighty. You will be remembered always by the ones whom you've left behind and love you dearly. RIP Oqua."
"Waking up happy on the 14th of July which happened to be my birthday, with calls of felicitations and goodwill. I pick up the phone to call my brother and friend Charles to also wish him a happy birthday as usual......alas! he was cold, broken and short of words. In his state of speechlessness, he said "as unbelievable as it sounds, its true...he is gone". Oqua...... You were a gentle, amiable, hardworking and a loving husband and father to your wife and kids, although this all still feels like a dream, we pray God rest your soul eternally and give your family the grace to bear this great loss. Until we meet to part no more, rest on brotherly."
"Oqua!! It bleeds my heart to find out that ure no more! I remember how we joked bout u getting married before me an that I will emcee ur wedding...oh well, I did and I had so much fun that day.
We can't question God! But all we can say is 'rest on in his bossom' till we meet to part no more.
Adieu, my friend!"
"Never knew you, never met you. I'm Mbang's friend. She only has wonderful things to say about you. She misses you. I guess we all do.
Rest well Oqua, you are dearly missed"
"I grew up admiring both Oqua and Itu, the older brothers of my good friend Mbang. They were decent boys and well brought up.
Oqua was very social and welcoming. Treated everyone with respect,loved his family, was the sister my friend didn't have. He lived a good life. While his family lost a great son, brother, husband and father, Heaven gained a worthy soul.
May his family be consoled by God, May his earthly sins be forgiven and May his soul rest in peace."
"News of your death came to me with great shocked... I just wondered if it was a joke or a dream but the reality is what I still can't believe that you are no more alive. I believe God knows everything under the sun and reasons why he allowed this sudden demise of our beloved Oqua. Words can't express the vacuum, sorrows, tears and pains your untimely demise has brought to us and your family. I know you have kept your faith and run your race with God and your crown of glory is with God to live in eternity with him. I pray God in heaven to comfort your wife and family and give us all the fortitude to bear this great lost. Rest in peace Till we meet again on the last day. My deepest condolences."
"WORDS FAILED ME TO EXPRESS MY FEELINGS TOWARDS THE DEATH OF LION OQUA ITU(JNR). SUNSET @ NOON....COULDN'T HOLD MY TEARS.....WHAT A LOSS .......CAN'T ASK GOD WHY?.....YOUR GENTLE NATURE I WILL MISS..... MAY THE GOOD LORD GIVE YOUR FAMILY,FRIENDS AND RELATIVES THE FORTITUDE TO BEAR THIS LOSS. MAY YOUR GENTLE SOUL REST IN PEACE."
"Itu my guy. Words eludes me. I still remember our gist, jokes and laughter in Asaba. My loving thoughts and prayers will accompany u as u journey home to our heavenly father ."
"Was hoping that you will personally debunk the news and qualify it to be a rumour. But with the daily unfolding, it can't be a rumour. With so much hurt, I bid you farewell a worthy Lion that was soft spoken and kept to his words. I can't question the creator and I also know that it did not happen without his consent. RIP worthy Lion and may God give those you left behind the fortitude to bear the loss. Esiere"
"I attended the Cabinet meeting at Calabar last Lions Year and you invited me to your gala later that night and ever since then we became friends and kept in touch. At owerri we had a long discussion on how to improve on the leo and Lions programmes and we shared thoughts. I never knew you will not be alive to actualize those plans of ours. Adieu My dear Friend, A president of my time, We take solace that you died after making some impact in service to humanity. Rest in Peace Oqua Jr"
"Such a sad day it was..keep resting in the bossom of the most high God..God please console his young family"
"A life lost, but many may have lived because of his service."
"As shocking as it could be, my only wish was for the news of your death to be a rumour this didn't happen. What a great loss! Words failed me, it's hard to say good bye may you rest in the bosom of the Lord. Adieu Oqua."
"Still can't imagine you're no more. We spoke at length the last time we met... I never knew that would be the last discussion we will ever have. Your calm, quiet and simple nature endeared you to many. Memories of you we will always keep. Farewell Lion Oqua"
"Rest in the bosom of the Lord."
"Like a candle in the wind you disappeared,Oqua rest on bro we love and we will miss you greatly.
"Oqua, Words fail me as I write this. You were more than a friend to me. I could count on you at anytime cause I knew you would always come through for me. You are (can't use were cos u still live) an epitome of patience. You never saw anyone's weaknesses but their strengths.
I could never really picture you without a smile on your handsome face, a face that reflected what was within "a beautiful heart".
We had great times together, those memories and even pictures I would continually cherish. Your openness was overwhelming, you were always Willing to lend a helping hand even at your own inconvenience and discomfort. You are indeed an ANGEL.
I would never forget our last conversation in Owerri and all our plans in Abuja during District Governor presentation. I remember when you told me goodbye little did I know is goodbye forever.
You are greatly missed. I thank God for making me know you and I know you are in heaven smiling down.
I Love you my friend but God loves you more. Looking forward to seeing you again when we shall meet to part no more.
Adieu my dear friend!!"
"Life is a candlelight in the wind! So sad ur light has been put out so early. I'm sure you're smiling down at us! I know you would have a better view watching ur kids grow from up there! Goodnight Koko!"
"Oqua. .......trully I lack words but all in all,rest in peace. I pray for grace and comfort and His overwhelming love for everyone you left me behind. I pray you get a place to sing with the saints."
"I thought d story wl change, thought it was a fake news of an unconfirmed story, though still hard to come to terms wt dis. In case it is confirmed, RIP my brother, we wl miss u forever. Luv u so much my cousin of life. In case u happen to stumble on my twinny mercy Azu (mamarosa), my cousin Oqua Bassey Edim, etc pls tell dem I missed dem so much. Good bye brotherly"
"Oqua was my friend, and I can boldly say, he lived a good life and there is nothing to mourn about, that young man achieved miles stones that many even with 70 and beyond years in life didn't even dream about. I shed a tear because I would miss him, but I wipe my eyes and celebrate this young man who didn't need forever to make his mark. Thank you Lord for the life and times of oqua itu.. Rest in peace dear friend."
"Words have failed m.Never would I have imagined it will b this soon.such an amiable,warmth,peaceful and life touching soul.the little I knew about you left an indelible prints.i pray for d repose of your soul even as u remain evergreen in our hearts.Adieu Oqua."
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