ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Chief Dr. Joe Nnabuchi Nwodo, the Agadagbachiriuzo1 of Ukehe aged 77 years. 
Dr. Nwodo completed his earthly race on the 10th of March, 2021, at a hospital in the United Kingdom after a protracted illness which he battled indefatigably.  He lived a very fulfilled life.
He was one of the most notable politicians to emanate from Nsukka cultural zone also known as Enugu Senatorial zones, and indeed Nigeria.
He was once a Presidential aspirant of the defunct National Republican Convention, NRC, when he showcased a political style and flair that was second to none. He was a social phenomenon.
A man who wrote the most brilliant and sesquipedalian speeches. Gigantesque in size and in intellect. Many referred to his intellectual and literary ability as “a gift,” inborn”, “a knack”, “a talent”.
One thing was certain, Joe Nwodo operated on a literary frequency higher than most, one that could only be compared to a supernatural being, “god-like”.
He was indeed a rare breed. A mastermind, and genius of our time.   He was a lover of the poor. “Ochendo umu-ogbenyi”.
His love and ambitions for the great people of Nsukka was unfathomable as it was immeasurable.    
He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, and the great people of Nsukka who remained embedded deeply in his heart, mind and lips even at the point of death.    
Farewell to the incomparable legacy, the Enigma, the Legend, that is Joe Nwodo, Ochendo, Agadagbachiriuzo 1 of Ukehe. 
Ochendo lives on!

*** Burial details will be communicated by the family in due course ***
For tributes and further information, kindly get in touch via this web portal or via: joenwodotributes@gmail.com
Posted by Ehia Akhabue on April 18, 2021
May your soul rest in Peace. Leaving at this time was not the best for Nigeria; but we cannot query our God, who knows better than all of us. May God comfort his brothers, sisters, wife, children and friends he left behind.
Posted by Faidat Ojemeni on April 15, 2021
Chinenye's dad was one of the nicest people I ever met. I remember meeting him for the first time when I was 10/11 years old. He was so wise and had a great sense of humor. He was jovial, kind, and attentive. I could tell that he was a great father whose kids meant the world to him.

He was a wonderful man and will be deeply missed. Our condolences, thoughts, and prayers are with the Nwodo family during this time. May God, the Divine Comforter, comfort you all.

May your soul rest in perfect peace, Sir. Amen.
Posted by Chinenye Ifunanya Chinny on April 15, 2021
Emeka, the demise of Ochendo is a great loss and vacum to all African Patriots. He was rigorously schooled in the norms and doctrines of Rule of Law and Good Governance. He introduced new concepts and ideas for the actual practice of Democracy. His unique manifestoe for the Presidency of Nigeria was the first of it's kind since the history of Nigeria. He possibly replaces The Position of The Best President Nigeria never had. His Agricultural Revolution Program still remains the fountain of the future mainstay of Nigerian Political Economy. We shall detail some of Ochendo s novel ideas about African Economic Emancipation, in the tributes and texts we shall churn out later. An intellectual Colossus of our time, has exited to our utter dismay and disbelief. The great Ochendo oo. God knows the best. Emeka, please accept my sympathy and condolences. Sincerely yours OZO Ferdinand Anikwe PhD KSJI JP Ndoo
Posted by Obiageli Nwodo on April 15, 2021
EXIT OF AN ICON – DR JOSEPH NNABUCHI NWODO (OCHENDO)

BY: Prof Ofili Ugwudioha

God has taken away one of the greatest leaders of our time. Dr Joe Nwodo was an icon, a role model and a father, not only to his immediate children but to many of us. His advice was motivating, pivotal and immeasurable. His intellectual and literary ability were inspirational, unequalled and worthy of emulation.
 At national political scene, he created a land mark in Nigerian political arena when he contested for the presidential ticket of National Republican Convention (NRC). He was visionary, democratic with a political flair which was second to none. Had Joe Nwodo been given the opportunity to rule, he would have transformed Nigeria to a better nation.
He also made an indelible mark in Enugu state politics where he contested and almost won the governorship election which would have ushered him in as the first Executive Governor of Enugu State but that election was cancelled, while he and his opponent were disqualified. Because of his political style, he then encouraged his junior brother (Dr. Okwesileze Nwodo) to pick the ticket of the same party.  It could be recalled that it was his campaign that helped his junior brother (Dr. Okwesileze Nwodo) to win the state governorship election as there was no time for Okwesileze to campaign when he emerged as the candidate.
While he was in sick bed, his mind and plans were on how to alleviate poverty in his area through agriculture. He prayed that God should extend his life so as to enable him to actualize his dream of empowering his people through agriculture. He then assembled some of us (the professionals) to prepare feasibility studies and production plans for the company (Adada Holding Ltd) for rice, cassava and live-stock productions. The company collaborated with foreign investors and acquired 30,000 hectares of Land in Enugu and Ebonyi states. Unfortunately, this establishment was still at embryo stage when he joined his ancestors. Ochendo told me that even if he dies that I and other members of Adada Holding should ensure that this vision does not die. Ochendo, we promise you that we shall continue from where you stopped and your vision will not die.
You were the best mentor I ever had, as you were always there for me any time of my need. You have left an indelible legacy that most of us are working hard to emulate.
May the almighty God grant the immediate family the fortitude to bear this great loss and may your gentle soul rest in perfect peace!

Prof Ofili Ugwudioha
 
Posted by Wordshot Amaechi Ugwele on April 14, 2021
REMEMBERING DR. JOE NWODO

I still remember the white NRC conference bag I got from the National Republican Convention delegates conference in Port Harcourt. I was not a delegate but was in good terms with some young Turks working in the political office of Rufus Ada George who eventually got elected as the governor of Rivers State where the convention held. Then, as a year one student of the University of Port Harcourt who was being led into activism and politics by the troika of Hippolytus Onah, Ibuchukwu Ezike and Chris Ezugwu, all my well respected seniors, such gatherings held endless appeals to me.

I was so proud to carry it around the campus then singularly because of the stellar performance of Dr. Nwodo at that convention. He was so eloquent that he had sent the delegates, well respected men and women, all screaming and at the edge of their seats like a bunch of youths under the spell of a rockstar in a well delivered concert.

Dr. Joe Nwodo was phenomenal. Some of us from our part of the state had barely known who he was until he emerged. And when he came, he had come like a ruffle. But before one could form any impression of what he was like, he had built up into a gale force wind that soon swept out his boastful but very strong opponent, Dr. Hyde Onuaguluchi, like paper in a tornado. Dr. Joe Nwodo made Hyde to hide, although after a fierce and very blistering intra party contest.

I still remember when he visited Ohodo on a campaign stop over from his trail. I had not yet encountered him at the Port Harcourt convention. I was just a lad who was privileged to have been assigned to serve them at the high table. I remember I wore a white long sleeved shirts with a tie that was particularly long, as it was the fashion then. I had flipped it over my back as I bent to pick up the bowl of kola nut to pass round. It suddenly came lose and dropped into the kola nut.

I froze in embarrassment. Dr. Nwodo looked at me, smiled and gently said, "young man don't worry. I think your tie is both clean and beautiful! Just pass it round." I still remember that reassuring, gentle nods of his head as he looked through his dark rimmed thick specks as our eyes briefly met. Of course, he wore that his characteristic dark safari suit, with the diagonal white strip across the shoulder. He looked exactly as he appeared on his campaign posters, if not better.

Apart from being struck by his huge frame, I had also found his flawless skin and well groomed hair very appealing. He looked aristocratic, healthy, very trustworthy and charismatic that when he addressed the people, charm just issued forth. He spoke the Ukehe dialect with perfect local cadences that rendered his oratorical prowess very much wholesome to our ears. His few English language sentences of course gave me some quotable quotes I had in my bag for years.

The other event that I will never forget was the day of the NRC gubernatorial primary elections. I was visiting an uncle at 9th Mile Corner. He had won. And as his victory party drove down from Enugu to Ukehe House, I excitedly jumped onto one of the open vans that conveyed supporters. As the long line of supporters got to Unity Hospital, along the old road, he ordered it to a stop. He came down and went in to see two young men on admission there. They had been attacked by Dr. Onuaguluchi supporters during a campaign visit to Achi a few days back.

He offered his words of comfort to them and also expressed his appreciation for their sacrifices and support, pledging these would never be in vain. As I watched from the window where I had crept up with a handful of others, to look at his huge figure protectively loomed over the boys on the beds, I somehow wished I had been one of them!

Well, we saw how it all ended, in the grossest deprivation and violation of one's political rights as was carried out against him and some other Nigerians by the military junta of General Ibrahim Babangida. However, one of the most beautiful moments of the time was seeing Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, his younger brother, rising from the ashes of the premature termination of his quest to find his true calling in politics. It was like Joe had given him some breath of life, in addition to the campaign dress he wore to everyone's admiration and sentimental attraction.

Dr. Okwi, like from nowhere, became the Governor of Enugu State. But before then, he was able to most effectively upon replacing his brother, sell himself to Enugu people as he was recognised to also possess the legendary Nwodo political savviness and oratorical prowess with which he had smothered Gbazuagu Nweke Gbazuagu on all the debates they had. We have come to see how Okwi's political trajectory would go on to curve even higher up, leading to his occupying many more high profile positions in his career that has remained active to this day.

So, as Dr. Joe Nwodo's heartbreaking disqualification had fortuitously opened the door of success to his younger sibling to become a governor, he also made our people in Enugu North to know that, yes, we can do it. A lot of our people who are today doing well for themselves in politics are of that generation whose Dr. Joe Nwodo's emergence into the scene had inspired to discover and nurture themselves into different leadership positions.

Rest in peace Agadagbachriuzo! Adieu the gentle giant who was a trail blazer!

By Wordshot Amaechi Ugwele
Posted by Chinenye Ifunanya Chinny on April 14, 2021
Joe, the Cicero of our time. He lit up the political space then, with his infectious passion and an unusual alchemy of gravitas and charisma. He compelled people to look his way when he entered a room and made them listen when he spoke. He was one of a kind. As you rightly said, a light of extraordinary brilliance is forever dimmed. May his soul Rest In Peace
Dr Chimaroke Edeoga
Posted by Chinenye Ifunanya Chinny on April 14, 2021
Today I mourn and grief for a friend, the Joe I knew and remember as a man mountain, literally. Dr. Joe Nwodo was a giant in academics, letters and the law that shaped a needy society.

Dr. Joe had a large heart, and was magnanimous in his thinking, ideas and creativity. He knew how to live and actually enjoyed the good things of life.

He will be missed by many who came in his contact and within his sociopolitical influence. He would be fondly remembered as the Agada Gbachiluzo, Eze Onyimonyi, Ana EgbuAchala Achala Ana Efu, Atakata Agbuo, Ojii MpuAtu Aghu Mmanya, etc. and so many titles and aliases too numerous to recount.

I miss and grief for the Joe I travelled with, for thousands of kilometers, seated side by side in a single vehicle, through thick and thin and the vagaries of Nigerian politics.

I miss and grief for Joe, who as we fought our political battles, in the attempt to win the war, we together traversed most of the 545 wards in the old Anambra state (Formerly Enugu and Anambra States combined), and beyond to Akwa Ibom, Jos Plateau, Damaturu Yobe, Bauchi Bauchi, Umuahia Abia, Owerri Imo, PH Rivers etc. During some of those trips, Agada and I shared the privacy of his ancestral Ukeh family home, staying up very late, till the wee hours of the morning, talking and strategizing endlessly, and he would breakout dancing that late. He was full of life and a joy to be with, as I recall his unique dance steps.

I miss and grief for Onyimonyi, a great man of sensible and mesmerizing grandiloquence, he spoke in very clear and digestible terms that garnered devoted and loyal followership. He was charismatic, kind, and a man of tremendous and limitless enriching ideas, an admirable development plan he expounsed for the economic and social emancipation of the poor and least in society.

I miss and grief for a good friend who given the opportunity could have done more for our society and left indelible people-centered legacy and opportunities, although his familial, professional and personal achievements are remarkable and significant.

Adios Dr. Joe, to be loved is not to die and fade away! God gives and God takes, therefore So long and Goodbye to the greater glory, Dr. Joseph Nnabuchi Nwodo.

May the immediate and greater Nwodo family find solace in God’s glory as you rest peacefully in the bosom of our Lord. RIP!
Afam Nwandu
Posted by Odi Nwodo on April 13, 2021
*Mgbo na Nshi Egbe*...

We all sat around his footstool & imbibed strategic lessons in political engagement, leadership, sacrifice, empathy, sincerity, humility, empowerment and perseverance.

He lectured us on the virtues of politics without rancour & bitterness.

He showed us that intelligence and intellect was better than bravado, showing us the footpath to greatness...!
And we excelled...
All of us... !

He was larger than life, but humble; gregarious yet with a spirit of conviviality & strong convictions. We were his followers, disciples & apostles !

*We have come of age & we are mourning* !

*We shall meet again, in the after life* !

by Emeka Odenigwe
Posted by Odi Nwodo on April 13, 2021
A TRIBUTE TO AN IROKO:

A GREAT IROKO , DR, JOE NNABUCHI NWODO IS GONE . HE WAS VERY LARGE IN PERSONALITY, INTELLIGENCE, WISDOM, ELOQUENCE , ACADEMICS AND LAW. JOE, THE LEGAL LUMINARY HAD ONE OF THE BEST FLOURISHING LAW FIRMS IN LAGOS. HE TOUCHED MANY LIVES WITH HIS GENEROSITY AND UNPARALLELED PHILANTHROPIC GESTURES.

SIR JOE AS MUCH AS I KNEW HIM HAD THE MILK OF HUMAN LOVE. HE WAS A FATHER AND A BROTHER WHO LOVED HIS SIBBLINGS . HE COULD FIGHT AND SACRICE ANYTHING FOR THEM ESPECIALLY KEEPING THEM STRONG AND UNITED.

HE WAS VERY MUCH LOVED BY PEOPLE FOR ALL HIS POSITIVE CHARACTERISTICS, INTEGRITY AND GOOD WILL TO ALL MEN.

MAY HIS GENTLE SOUL REST IN PERFECT PEACE AND MAY GOD GRANT MEMBERS OF HIS FAMILY AND CLOSE FRIENDS THE FORTITUDE TO BEAR THE IRREPARABLE LOSS. 

ADIEU, SIR DR. JOE.

by Mr Chidi Nwachukwu
Posted by Odi Nwodo on April 13, 2021
The pain of his loss will linger for a long time. He was ebullient. He was humanistic. Above all, He was a man of the people. May God give him a befitting place in His heavenly kingdom.

Prof Mark Anikpo.
Posted by Odi Nwodo on April 13, 2021
TRIBUTE TO DR JOE NWODO


By Justice A. N. Nwankwo CON, FCIArb

Rt. Cheif Judge of Ebonyi State


Dr Joe Nwodo was a quintessential leader and an uncommon politician whose politicking was devoid of bitterness and rancour.

He was very principled and was as pragmatic as he was dynamic with a rare capacity of converting any unfavourable situation to an advantage culminating in his epitomizing the banning,unbanning and banning syndrome of the IBB transition era.

He was and remained a loyal party man even as he was shortchanged in his presidential bid in the the NRC.

Aside politics which he was enmeshed in,he remained a courtroom titan and a great businessman.

His love and commitment to his Ukehe nay ,Nsukka people was legendary as he not only enjoyed the company of folks from as bantered and discussed everything under sky in their local drawl.Indeed there was really nothing within his powers he would hesitate doing for the Nsukka man and had remain the vanguard for quest for the creation of Adada state.

Joe was an embodiment of uncommon kindness and humane disposition spewing out charity to one and all,he wasn't one to stay aloof when another was agonizing.Way back in 1980s days,one of his close associates,now deceased, was being hunted and harangued by then Awote panel for an alleged misappropriated sum of about a quarter of a million,Joe had on hearing this, despatched a cheque in that sum in lieu of the money and by so got that his friend the hook

Joe,a good Christian had lived an inimitable virtuous life as most of  his associates and those who had tasted his milk human kindness will readily attest to,and this guarantee him repose in the blossom of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Adieu Agadagbachiliuzo 1 of Ukehe

Adieu Ochendo Nigeria.


Justice A. N. Nwankwo CON, FCIArb 

Rtd CJ of Ebonyi State
Posted by Odi Nwodo on April 11, 2021
The news of the demise of Dr Joe Nwodo of the great Nwodo dynasty was a rude shock. My family and I condole the Nwodos especially my worthy brother, Nnia (ksji).His death certainly is a great loss to sane politicians, and a greater asset in heaven where he'll assist his likes to sanitize the African political sphere,especially Nigeria. Rest in the great Agadagbachiri uzo na Ukehe.

Hon.Sir Barr. Ray Akanwa
Posted by Odi Nwodo on April 11, 2021
May God grant him eternal rest, amen. We spoke on phone severally in the last two years.

Mike Ozekhome
Posted by Odi Nwodo on April 11, 2021
The most sincere Political Iroko has fallen in the South East and Nigeria. The most sincere, humble, the best orator and legal luminary has gone. Uncle I was with u b4 u left for London but u never came bk again. May Almighty God receive ur soul and RIP in Jesus Mighty name Amen.

Willy Ezugwu
Posted by Odi Nwodo on April 11, 2021
The ICONOCLASTIC, AGBOGIDI, AGADAGBACHILIUZO! Dr Joe Nwodo was a man after the hearts of many. A great man of excellent words and deeds. He epitomizes humanity as he loves all. His oratory was descriptive of physical reality. He examplified leadership erudition that endeared the Prince intimately to his people. He was a leader, mentor and a teacher. The faith that kept us in the political doldrums was the originator faith that was merciless which prevented him from becoming the pioneer Governor of old Enugu State and perhaps the leadership of Nigeria. He was the hope and indeed the faith in living even in the worst of times. Meet him any time and he would be smiling and eagerly enlivening his environment. Father, Father! Uncle Joe we shall miss you dearly and for a long long time. Ka Omesie!

Cheif Ezeanyanwu
Posted by Odi Nwodo on April 11, 2021
Dr Joe Nwodo was a household name when he ran for Governorship Primaries under the platform of National Republican Convention (NRC) in old Enugu State. He was disqualified by the Military Government of IBB in a very undemocratic manner. His smartness and dexterity was aptly demonstrated as he put the very shirt (a black safari with white design) which he used in his campaign poster on his younger brother - Dr Okwesilieze Nwodo, who later became the governor of old Enugu State. Joe was a good friend to my dad - HRH Eze Chibueze Agbo and they understood each other political. We saw him as the back borne and father of the Nwodo family. He was a role model. Very calm but forceful and strong. He presented the best manifesto and speech when he ran for the presidential primaries also in the defunct NRC. Ndigbo and indeed Nigeria has lost a colossus. May God grant his soul eternal rest.

Prince Chibueze Agbo
Posted by Odi Nwodo on April 11, 2021
Agada gbachiliuzo, Dr. Joe Nwodo was a very impressive figure. A man of great intellect, an orator, a man of the people, gregarious and engaging. He was not someone you easily forget after meeting him. May the Almighty Lord welcome him to peaceful rest.

Bart Nnaji
Posted by Odi Nwodo on April 11, 2021
One body, one mind, one spirit and we took the first Enugu State by storm and produced the 1st elected Governor. God bless the twin brothers of new Enugu and Ebonyi states.May the good Lord console the Nwodo Dynasty in a special way. God bless the soul of Agada Gbachiriuzo whom He used to make that great achievement leading the old Enugu State possible by a team of vibrant youths. May the soul of this great founding father of Enugu State rest in the bosom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Amen.

Dr Steve Ikengwu
Posted by Odi Nwodo on April 11, 2021
May his gentle soul rest in peace. I first met him at his western house Lagos office in 1980s. I was the head of chemical marketing at unipetrol Nigeria limited at Saint Nicholas House Lagos. He was thinking of industrial chemical business and had invited me over to discuss the prospects of chemical business venture. He was an intelligent man.

Sir/Chief William Ngene.
Posted by Odi Nwodo on April 11, 2021
A gargantuan iroko had fallen.
A scion of the ancient Odo Nwokolo-Owegu kingdom of Igbo Etiti and the Patriarch of Nwodo Dynasty has joined his ancestors.
A great son of Nsukka land, a recognized citizen of the world, an acknowledged man of many parts.
A legal luminary, an orator, highly cerebral politician, a celebrate humanist, a man of candour very eminently endowed with great traits of charity and a businessman.
I join the world to mourn his passage. And I pray the lord Almighty to grant his gentle soul a peaceful repose.

Chief Ralph Ugwu Kpakpando Nsukka.
Posted by Odi Nwodo on April 11, 2021
TRIBUTE MESSAGE TO LATE DR, JOE NWODO (Agada-gbachiriuzo 1 of Ukehe)

We, the entire family of late CHIEF J, C, ODOH (Oforbuike 1 of EHA-Amufu) love you but OUR ALMIGHTY GOD loves you most, HIS eternal life being prepared for us in heaven has become truely a sign of peaceful place of eternal life of our dear DADDY, Good-bye our political icon, a founder of a ruling political party (National Republican Convention) under the military regime of PRESIDENT IBRAHIM BADAMASI BABANGIDA between 1989 and 1993.
DR. LAWRENCE EMEKA ODOH
Posted by Odi Nwodo on April 11, 2021
Learned comrade Nwabueze Ugwu thanks for this great idea of yours,creating this platform. The news of the demise of Dr Joe Nwodo of the great Nwodo dynasty was a rude shock. My family and I condole the Nwodos especially my worthy brother, Nnia (ksji).His death certainly is a great loss to sane politicians, and a greater asset in heaven where he'll assist his likes to sanitize the African political sphere,especially Nigeria. Rest in the great Agadagbachiri uzo na Ukehe.

Hon.Sir Barr. Ray Akanwa
Posted by Odi Nwodo on April 11, 2021
*DR. JOE NNABUCHI NWODO THROUGH MY LENS*
_The Hon Nwabueze Ugwu (member-emeritus, Enugu State House of Assembly)_

It was a devastating thunderbolt whose direct and ripple effects had turned the lush greenery into a vast wasteland, manifesting a desertification - one that is in disagreement with the forces of nature. Rightly so, natural disasters are usually occasioned by climatic fluctuations. However, conventional torrents follow the due signals: in human life as in the vegetation and weather around us, some persons are so created and positioned to give essence to human conviviality and advancement; call them leaders if you will, this genre of persons, who are in the minority, dot the social environment. Their visions drive the community where they are located; to the eldorado or to the precipice of disintegration and extinction. As a matter of fact, their actions and antecedents situate them on the social spectrum, either as leaders or as villains, and it caterpaults them further, if not into the political space, then to the dungeons of history. 

The foregoing captures vividly and in a positive light the life and times of Dr Joe Nwodo, the Agadagbachir'uzo of Ukehe, the Ochendo of the _hoi polloi_ , scion and patriarch of the royal Nwodo family of Ukehe, Igbo Etiti Local Government Area of Enugu State. He shares paternity with the former governor of old Enugu State who also became the National Chairman of People’s Democratic Party, PDP, from where he took a bow a decade ago, Dr Emmanuel Okwesilieze Nwodo; and the mercurial two time Minister of the Federal Republic, who just handed over as President-General of Ohan'eze Ndigbo, and now holds office as President-General of Southern Nigeria and the middle belt, Chief John Nnia Nwodo Jnr, as well as a sister technocrat, Mrs Grace Obayi. Ochendo, as indeed all his siblings, were real chips of the old block, initiated by their illustrious sire, HRH John Nwodo Snr, erstwhile Minister of the defunct Eastern Nigeria.

Dr. Joe Nwodo, the Agadagbachir’uzo of Ukehe, was a wordsmith, whose forthrightness and debt of Knowledge of the problems of the Nigerian state earned him the sobriquet, “Ochendo”. He was later to take it as a chieftaincy title. During the hey days of the self-styled military president of the country, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, he did introduce into our governmental lexicon, a political formula that goes thus: banning, un-banning and banning again. It became the lot of Dr. Joe Nwodo, but he had actually conquered the governorship stool of the old Enugu State. And like Prof Abidoye Babaola described the strength of the elephant in his poem, “Salute to the Elephant”, published in “A Selection of African Poetry”, edited by K.E Senanu, where the professor described the elephant as, “a _demon who snaps tree branches into many pieces and moves on to the forest farm_ ”, Dr Nwodo, after he had got the governorship firmly loaded into his jumper pocket, simply pulled off his jumper, put it on his younger brother, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, and moved inches to the Presidential seat of Nigeria via Port Harcourt where he dissected the problems and solutions of our country, ostensibly for the Presidential party nomination through the same political vehicle as that of the governorship, the National Republican convention(NRC), one of the two political parties decreed into existence by the AFRC (Armed Forces Ruling Council), with Babangida in the cockpit. History records that Dr. Joe Nwodo, a grammarian, so much dwarfed his main contender that if the delegates owned their votes, they surely would have given it, _en masse,_ to him.

In the wake of the scramble for Africa, our colonial masters developed chloroquine which turned the continent of Africa from “ _the white man’s grave_ ” that it had become, to _“the_ _white man’s paradise”_ that it has remained. However, the cash crops that they came with, supposedly to “enrich” our dietary menu, also implanted in our soil, certain diseases that has no cure, one of which is Diabetes – a dreaded disease. As Dr. Joe Nwodo is soon to be gathered to his fathers, I simply say, juxtaposing the words of Mark Anthony in his funeral oration at the graveside of Caesar in William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, _“I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him_ .”

Perhaps two phrases stand out in the description of Dr Joe Nwodo: “humility”, and “his deftness for converting every single occasion into speech making exercise”.

Welcome to the Whatsapp platform that warehouses the views of some personages in Nigeria who want to air their vista on the life and times of Dr. Joe Nnabuchi Nwodo. I salute you brethren. I welcome you.

Hon. Nwabueze Ugwu (Member-emeritus, Enugu State House of Assembly).
Posted by Ann Okolo on April 9, 2021
    What a shocking news about the demise of Dr Joseph Nwodo, Agadagbachiru Uzo, Ochendo from the Royal family ol late His Royal Majesty & Lolo John U Nwodo of Ukehe, Igbo Etiti Local Government of Enugu State. You were a great man who struggled to print a memorable foot prints on the sand of time. You fought gallantly to live on but God says you must come back to Him our creator. I join the numerous friends of of the Royal family ol the Nwodos say farewell to our late Jewel. Thanks be to God for the British life you lived. Farewell as your gentle smile alone will remain in the minds of those who interact with you and your lovely family in particular and the Royal family in general. May all the Angels welcome you as arrive happily in right hand of God.

Posted by Ann Okolo on April 9, 2021
    What a shocking news about the demise of Dr Joseph Nwodo, Agadagbachiru Uzo, Ochendo from the Royal family ol late His Royal Majesty & Lolo John U Nwodo of Ukehe, Igbo Etiti Local Government of Enugu State. You were a great man who struggled to print a memorable foot prints on the sand of time. You fought gallantly to live on but God says you must come back to Him our creator. I join the numerous friends of of the Royal family ol the Nwodos say farewell to our late Jewel. Thanks be to God for the British life you lived. Farewell as your gentle smile alone will remain in the minds of those who interact with you and your lovely family in particular and the Royal family in general. May all the Angels welcome you as arrive happily in right hand of God.

Posted by Emeka Nwodo on April 8, 2021
Tribute to Chief Dr. Joe Nwodo.

By: Ambassador & Mrs Maurice. B. Ekpang.

It is with deep sorrow and sadness that we received the devastating news of the passing to eternal life and glory of our dear in law, Chief Dr. Joe Nwodo.

Dr Nwodo was a man for all seasons decked in all the colors of the rainbow.
An orator, an intellect, a jolly man, full of life, filled with exciting, interesting and captivating stories to narrate. He had a lofty stature that beamed with benevolence.

Great men of history close eras and epochs; they do not inaugurate them. He left a huge vacuum, which will be hard to fill. Dr Nwodo was a genius - well ahead of his time and remains the President Nigeria never had. He was born before his time and remains a Jewel in the Crown of the Nation. A great man indeed!

He found out the real message he had to convey to his community and did so without equivocation, even if it meant coining new words in his adopted language. The people loved it..they enjoyed it..they applauded him!

The root of his art of integrity is firmly planted in his own soil and that soil had given him everything - he may have gained the whole world, but he did not lose his soul because of his Christian values, his humanity and love of humankind.

It is not surprising that he passed on peacefully in a London hospital surrounded by his loving & caring family members spread over the world - thanks to the advance in technology and to providence.

He will be sorely missed; and I recall with fondness our insightful conversations from his sick bed.

May the Lord grant the entire family the fortitude to bear the pain and irreplaceable loss of a great son of Nigeria.

May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace in the bossom of our Lord God.

Ambassador & Mrs Maurice. B. Ekpang.

For the Family.
Posted by Anthony Nkemakolam on April 4, 2021
A tribute to Dr Joe Nwodo.

It is terribly sad that we did not physically meet, notwithstanding we acknowledge your kind and gentle nature.
As the Lord has called you home, you will be leaving a great and mighty legacy to all those that knew you and beyond.

We pray that your soul will rest in eternal peace and that God will fill the empty void left behind.

You will be forever missed and remembered.

From

Mr & Mrs Anthony Nkemakolam and family.
Posted by emmanuel bolade on April 3, 2021
Rest on Sir.

I didn't have the opportunity to meet you but knew your children. Their excellence in all areas of life fully represent your values and principles.

Thank you for creating an awesome legacy
Posted by Odi Nwodo on March 30, 2021
Tribute to a dear friend Dr Joe Nwodo 


Mr Tagbo and Mrs Winnie Onyekwelu 

Independence layout 

Enugu 


Emeka Agunecheibe Nwodo 

c/o joenwodotributes@gmail.com


My dear Emeka,


Condolence Message Re. Your Late Father, Chief Dr. Joe Nwodo.


It is with profound shock and sadness that Winnie and I received the news of the passing of your dad and my bosom friend, Chief Dr. Joe Nwodo, Agu as we called each other. We are bereft and lacked wisdom to understand why, in midlife, Joe had to face so much debilitating health challenges. As lionhearted as he was, Joe fought hard with optimism, did all he could to find solutions, but the Lord had a different purpose for him. 


Today we are thankful to God Almighty for Joe’s fulfilled and accomplished life. His integrity, honesty and enthusiasm for good- governance will remain inspirational to our Youths for a long time. Joe will be remembered as an ardent promoter of efficient utilisation of local resources /materials for industrialisation. He was an untiring advocate for fairness and equity in wealth generation and allocation. Our country would have, arguably, advanced to developed nation status had his bid for the presidency succeeded. To God be the glory for all of Joe’s achievements. May the soul of Chief Dr. Joe Nwodo rest in peace in Jesus Name.


Joe and I were acquainted early in his LSE days and it developed to a full blown friendship during the Civil War. 


At the time, Joe and I spent countless evenings in London discussing the Utopia that would be Biafra after the war. Joe had a great passion for developing Nigeria and was never without grand ideas for achieving them. In recent years Joe consulted with me to actualise some of his development visions but was unable to take them beyond “Feasibility Studies”. I have no doubt that he would have succeeded on a few had he not been handicapped by ill health. 


My wife and I mourn a great and revolutionary President that Nigeria didn’t have, and pray God to console his family and loved ones.


Yours sincerely 


Winnie and Tagbo Onyekwelu 

Posted by Grace Nwafor on March 30, 2021
Oh how are the mighty falling? So it is true that our amiable and ebullient Chief Dr. Joe Nwodo (Ochendo Umu Ogbenye) had passed on. Ochendo, if it were possible to circumvent death, probably you would have, for you confronted your travail with exceptional bravery and gallantry but the hard fact is that when the Almighty speaks, no one challenges His Authority. Therefore, we totally submit to His will. As we bid you goodbye with painful tears, we pray that the Almighty grants you mercy and forgiveness for your earthly shortcomings, so that your journey to Paradise would be seamless. Ochendo, may your soul rest in perfect peace. Amen.

Agadagbachiruzo, you will be greatly missed not only by your family, loved ones, friends and associates, but more especially the poor masses whose cause you had stoutly defended and who over the years had found in you a reliable shoulder to cry on. As the defender of the Poor masses, you had a big vision for them. I understand that your robust plan for an agricultural programme which has the underprivileged at its center stage was cooking. It is my humble prayer that your vision be kept alive through people of like minds.

Ochendo, I give God all the glory for the day you were born and the manner you were raised by your beloved parents, late Igwe Chief J.U. Nwodo and Chief Mrs. J. Nwodo. Evidently you grew up in a family of Legends and intellectuals, of Political giants and Power brokers, of Eloquent speakers; a family with good sense of humor, kind and compassionate, bold and industrious; a family of intimidating achievements. All these not withstanding, you were raised in a family with underlying humility which you evidently potrayed.

Ochendo was a husband, father and grand father par excellence. He loved and doted on his wife and special partner Augustina, his children and grandchildren. He maintained a peaceful and disciplined home and never failed in his duty as the head of the house. Ochendo was also very fond of his siblings. He bonded very well with them and proved to be worthy and dependable. He was a good mixer and reached out to all manners of people, the high and mighty, the rich and poor, the old and young, the beautiful and ugly. His loss is monumental but I pray that God grants us all the fortitude to bear it and may his family and loved ones find consolation in the good times they shared together.


Ochendo ran a good race, and left his imprints in the sands of time. May his good works speak for him and may the doors of heaven open up for him too.

Farewell Ochendo. Rest in the Lords Bosom. Amen.

              Mrs. Grace O. Nwafor (nee Obayi)
                  In Law.
Posted by Chief George Uwechue SAN on March 26, 2021
TRIBUTE IN MEMORY OF LATE DR JOSEPH NNABUCHI NWODO THE AGADAGBACHIRIUZO 1 OF UKEHE 
On behalf of my family and law firm (G.N. Uwechue & Co), I convey our deepest condolences to the family of late Joseph Nnabuchi Nwodo, the Agadagbachiriuzo 1 of Ukehe and to the larger Nwodo family of Ukehe on the demise of their patriarch on the 10th of March 2021 at the age of seventy seven.
My first contact with “Joe”, as l fondly called him, was in 1965 when he came to register as a first year student for the LLB degree at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSC) at a time I was in my third and final year at (LSC) for the same course. While I subsequently returned to Nigeria to attend the Nigerian Law School, Joe stayed on and obtained his LLM and PhD degrees in law at LSC.
Joe and I reunited in 1974, when he joined my law firm as the first associate in the chambers after his call to the Nigerian Bar. Within this period, Joe immensely improved the quality of research in my chambers, particularly, in the areas of immigration, exchange control and taxation laws, before he eventually set up his own chambers at Western House, Lagos.
Meanwhile, late Joe and I established such a good relationship that at the time he got married in 1978, I proposed his toast. Indeed, his younger sister, Dr. (Mrs) Valerie Azinge, SAN, later served out her tenure of the Nigerian Law School attachment in my chambers.  
Joe’s great endowment with eloquence, particularly in English language, greatly enhanced his legal practice and his subsequent achievements in politics, when under the platform of National Republican Convention (NRC) he was a Presidential aspirant and also a Gubernatorial aspirant of the old Enugu State.
Joe lived a good Christian life and I commend his soul to God of Infinite Mercy and pray that He grants his widow and the entire Nwodo family of Ukehe, the fortitude to bear this loss. May his soul rest in peace. 
- Owelle George Uwechue
Posted by Ann Okolo on March 25, 2021
What a shocking news about the demise of Dr Joseph Nwodo, Agadagbachiru Uzo, Ochendo from the Royal family ol late His Royal Majesty & Lolo John U Nwodo of Ukehe, Igbo Etiti Local Government of Enugu State. You were a great man who struggled to print a memorable foot prints on the sand of time. You fought gallantly to live on but God says you must come back to Him our creator. I join the numerous friends of of the Royal family ol the Nwodos say farewell to our late Jewel. Thanks be to God for the British life you lived. Farewell as your gentle smile alone will remain in the minds of those who interact with you and your lovely family in particular and the Royal family in general. May all the Angels welcome you as arrive happily in right hand of God.

Posted by Obiageli Nwodo on March 25, 2021
BY: DR. ORJI UZOR KALU

Former Governor of Abia State and Chief Whip of the Senate, Dr. Orji Kalu has commiserated with the government and people of Enugu State over the demise of one-time presidential aspirant under the platform of the defunct National Republican Convention (NRC), Dr. Joseph Nwodo.

Extolling the virtues of the late patriarch of the Nwodo family, Kalu noted that the political ideology of the deceased was people oriented and pro-masses, adding that the deceased left behind good legacies for his family members and associates to uphold.

The former Governor, stressed that Nwodo, was a rare breed,who contributed immensely to nation building in various endeavours. In a condolence message, Kalu emphasised that the statesman and philanthropist was forthright, versatile, patriotic, urbane and selfless. He said, “The passing of Dr. Joseph Nwodo,  Agadagbachiriuzo of Ukehe is a huge loss to Enugu state and Nigeria.

“The deceased was a consummate politician, statesman and philanthropist of repute.

“His political ideology was anchored on probity, transparency and accountability. “As a people’s person, he used his resources to champion the welfare of the masses. “The late politician carved a niche for himself in all spheres of life including legal practice, politics and philanthropy. “The deceased lived a remarkable and purposeful life dedicated to the service of humanity. “His impeccable character and worthy personality will continue to speak for him.

“No doubt, Nwodo’s demise has left a big vacuum in the political space” Kalu, while admonishing the Nwodo family to emulate the good deeds of their late patriarch, prayed to God to repose the soul of the politician and give his family the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.

Source: https://www.sunnewsonline.com/kalu-condoles-with-nwodo-family-over-patriarchs-demise/
Posted by Zara Sana on March 24, 2021
May Chief Dr. Joseph Nnabuchi Nwodo's soul rest in peace. I pray that his sins are forgiven by Almighty God and He accepts him as His true believer.

I have never met Dr Nwodo, but knowing his baby girl daughter (Odi), I knew for a fact that he will be a man larger than life with rare gem like traits.

Reading his tribute and story brought me down to tears. What an incredible, selfless, kind hearted legend he was. It wasn't his time to leave this world. At the age of 77, gone too soon. But they say the day you are born and the date of one's death is destined and planned by God. We will keep remember him in our prayers.

The legend has left his legacy behind from his personal to professional life.

Odi is an epitome example of his finest qualities passed on to his children.

She is graceful, intellectual, independent, kind, well mannered, well spoken. Her vocabulary is to another level. I now see where she has been blessed with these treasures.

The family has lost a legend. But remember he will live on forever in your hearts.

He has his people's prayers and blessings. Most importantly he has touched the heart and soul of the needy and poor.
I'm sure his Lord will place him in heavens due to his lifetime of good deeds.

My deepest condolences to entire Nwodo's family.
May his soul rest in peace.
Posted by Olisa Agbakoba on March 22, 2021
I was saddened to learn of the passing of Dr Joe Nwodo, one of the truly great lawyers Nigeria has ever had. In Joe, a political career, traced back to the Illustrious political family of the Nwodo’s of Ukehe, he was simply unrivalled in rhetoric eloquence and brilliance. May the memories of Dr Joe Nwodo be a blessing to us all, in particular his family. Perpetual light shine on him. Amen.
Posted by Dr Sonny Folorunso Kuku on March 21, 2021
Dr Joe Nwodo was so very special to me.He was one of my closest friends counting the fingers of one hand and so was his family.A truly remarkable man,he was ebullient in all ways-in size kindness generousity loyalty love for all around him and more.Intellectually he was prodigious talking law like he invented it.He was a political titan way ahead of his time.He was in the proverbial language one the best Presidents Nigeria never had!
Joe,you will be sorely missed.Rest in Perfect Peace.Our Titan is dead.Long live the Titan.
The Olor’ogun Dr Sonny F Kuku OFR FAS FAcadMedS
Posted by Odera Unaogu on March 21, 2021
*TRIBUTE IN HONOR OF DR. JOSEPH NNABUCHI NWODO (OCHENDO)*

It is with deepest sorrow and sadness that I write this tribute in honour of a quintessential, humble, kind hearted man and a father to all, Dr Joseph Nnabuchi Nwodo (Ochendo),

Death is inevitable!. Often times we wish it wasn’t a part of life. I still can’t believe I am writing a tribute to your demise. You touched so many lives by your selfless and countless acts of benevolence .Your dedication to a cause was what set you apart at every institution you worked for .You were an erudite scholar, your eloquence and fantastic command and mastery of English language was your hallmark. You laid  the path for others to succeed.

The benefits of your hard work is a living testimony for so many people you took under your wings at a professional and personal levels.

You were and will always be an inspiration to all. 

You never took anything for granted. You showed appreciation for the love and care shown to you by family and friends.

You have left a void that can never be filled. While we mourn we also take solace in the fact that your mission on earth has been fulfilled. You fought a good fight and finished well.

Ochendo we will miss your wise counsel, your songs, your jokes and above all your hospitality.

Adieu Agadagbachiriuzo!!
Adieu A man of the people!!!
Adieu Ochendo!!!

Rest in peace in the bosom of the Lord where he has prepared for all Saints.

Dr. Mrs Ijeoma C Unaogu Ph.D , mni
For and Unbehalf of Chief Dr Laz Unaogu's family.
Posted by John Ahukannah on March 19, 2021
Chief, little did I know that the last time I came to tend to you in your Abuja home was going to be the last I would see you. In that short while that I looked after you, I came to appreciate you, the ideals, finese and the impactful life that you lived. Knowing you impacted so positively on me, widening my horizon in life and making me wish I had known you much earlier. You fought your battle bravely, but God knows best. We all are certain you are now resting away in God's bossom. I join your beloved wife, children and the entire Nwodo clan of Ukehe, Nsukka to bid you farewell. Rest on my very respected Senior friend till we meet to part no more.

Gozie John Ahukannah Dr.
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Posted by Odi Nwodo on March 19, 2021
To the Nwodo family,


It is with great sorrow and sadness ,I receive your massage on the passing of such a great man and patriot Dr. Joe Nwodo my friend and partner for the last 10 years. I was fortunate to know him through our common friend and associate the late Dr. E.C. Nnama when we were joining force to bring new technologies from Israel to Nigeria. I found Dr. Nwodo to be a very great patriot for his state and country . He always acted in full integrity and honesty which along side to his vast knowledge of his profession and his country allowed all the people who were lucky to work with him ,to love and cherish his wisdom and guidance. He always thought about the welfare of his countrymen and Nigeria and it is a great loss to learn on his passing away. We spoke frequently over the phone during the last year when he was hospitalised in London and we ware praying for his recovery so we can meet in Nigeria to fulfill his plans to bring better technologies and prosperity to his country. May God bless his soul and may his memory last  forever not only among his family but in the hearts of all the people who knew that great man. I pray that he will rest in peace under the wings of the almighty.


Dror Weinstein
Posted by Obiageli Nwodo on March 19, 2021
A TRIBUTE TO DR. JOSEPH NWODO

BY: ALIU ASIPITA ABDULMULUKU

I was fortunate to have nursed him at some point while he was sick. I remember my conversations with him last year, specifically on the 6th January, 2020. They were deep, reflective, inspiring and intellectually elating. He told me two things that will linger and steer me for all time. "UNTIL NIGERIAN LEADERS LOVE OUR PEOPLE, NIGERIA CAN NEVER BE BETTER. IT IS WHEN YOU LOVE YOUR PEOPLE THAT YOU WOULD WANT TO MAKE LIFE BETTER FOR THEM"...

"RUN FOR PRESIDENT. YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES". No one has been that blunt and straight with me. He engaged my young mind on a number of national and global issues. He raised the bar for me intellectually.

He said a lot of other things, especially with respect to the political situation of the Nigerian State, but these personal words of his will forever be etched in my heart. I'll forever hold them sacred and run with them.

I'm honored to have come across such a leader of inestimable value. Each time I remember him, I would always remember to aspire to the greatness he sees inside of me.

God bless Dr Joe Nwodo.

May his wonderful soul rest in peace.

ALIU ASIPITA ABDULMULUKU
Posted by Obiageli Nwodo on March 19, 2021
BY: Chief (Sir) Ben C. Ezugwu (KSJ)
    (AKACHUKWU Na Nsukka)

Dr. Joe Nwodo remains my greatest human encounter. His intellectual capacity is immeasurable and unquantifiable. He is love for the down trodden is amazing. He is verse and versatile in all shpere of life. He has deep and profound milk of human kindness. Never a dull moment in his life. Even on the sick bed he exposes unimaginable intellect and pragmatic ideas to contemporary issues confronting humanity.

Dr Joe Nwodo a political colossus and irrepressible of our time. He has played his part on this earth with dignity, respect and love for humanity. Every encounter with Dr. Joe Nwodo is a lecture class of life and experience.
Above all he is a bridge builder, intergenerational anchor man. But I admired mostly, his immeasurable capacity to navigate through any political challenges. He is a very rare genie of our time. He's vocabulary is thunderous and intimidating.

Dr. Joe Nwodo, I am addressing in present tense, because it still seems to me that your not yet gone. Especially, when I remember our outstanding projects including the write up titled CONFLICTS IN THE PRESIDENCY, which I assisted you to produce. The agricultural revolution which you planned to execute. Your telephone discussions were always lecture class. Waaahooo,

Dr. Joe Nwodo, Agadagbachiriuzo, Ochendo, Anaegbuachara and most recently UDORGBURUENYI ie the rope that dragged away the elephant.

Dr. Joe Nwodo, God has blown the final wistful in your earthly life and we cannot question God's authority. However, I pray that God will accept and grant your soul eternal rest in Jesus name Amen.

We came from Eternity and back to Eternity we shall go. Aduie, my father, my leader, my friend and my strongest ally.

Yours sincerely,
Chief (Sir) Ben C. Ezugwu(KSJ) AKACHUKWU Na Nsukka.
Posted by Obiageli Nwodo on March 19, 2021
BY: CHIEF SUPO SHONIBARE
    (AFENIFERE CHIEFTAIN)

We often had daily banters & exchanges a few years ago- I meant daily. He often would quip being able to engage on the phone for longer periods with me than our other mutual friend - Late Nicholas Peter-Okoye, who refused to be digital age complaint!! He would often  in discourse on National issues throw in jovial banters.
Such a stragetic thinker, a truly unrepentant Nationalist for a devolved functioning Federal system. Spent his time , energy & resources in championing the emergence of a United Southern & Northern progressive coalition. One of the last of that diminishing breed of Legal Practitioners, who engaged in law practice with integrity & ethics propriety tradition. Scion of that great Nwodo political dynasty.

May his soul RIP.

Chief Supo Shonibare
Afenifere
Posted by Emeka Nwodo on March 19, 2021
DR JOSEPH NWODO, THE NOBLEST NDIGBO OF US ALL

By: Chief Ferdinand O. Orbih

This was the noblest Ndigbo of them all.
An Iroko tree has fallen and all the trees in the forest are shivering.

What a man. He was an intellectual, orator, politician per excellence and philanthropist. In fact in the words of William Shakespeare, “the elements mixed so well in him that Nature might stand up and say to all the world, ‘This was a man’.”

Eternal Rest grant him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his Soul and the souls of all the faithful departed Rest In Peace. Amen.
May the Almighty God grant the great Nwodo family of Nsukka the fortitude to bare this irreparable loss. Amen

Chief Ferdinand O. Orbih,SAN, FCArb
Posted by Emeka Nwodo on March 19, 2021
REMEMBERING DR. JOE NWODO

By Wordshot Amaechi Ugwele

I still remember the white NRC conference bag I got from the National Republican Convention delegates conference in Port Harcourt. I was not a delegate but was in good terms with some young Turks working in the political office of Rufus Ada George who eventually got elected as the governor of Rivers State where the convention held. Then, as a year one student of the University of Port Harcourt who was being led into activism and politics by the troika of Hypolitus Onah, Ibuchukwu Ezike and Chris Ezugwu, all my well respected seniors, such gatherings held endless appeals to me.

I was so proud to carry it around the campus then singularly because of the stellar performance of Dr. Nwodo at that convention. He was so eloquent that he had sent the delegates, well respected men and women, all screaming and at the edge of their seats like a bunch of youths under the spell of a rockstar in a well delivered concert.

Dr. Joe Nwodo was phenomenal. Some of us from our part of the state had barely known who he was until he emerged. And when he came, he had come like a ruffle. But before one could form any impression of what he was like, he had built up into a gale force wind that soon swept out his boastful but very strong opponent, Dr. Hyde Onuaguluchi, like paper in a tornado. Dr. Joe Nwodo made Hyde to hide, although after a fierce and very blistering intra party contest.

I still remember when he visited Ohodo on a campaign stop over from his trail. I had not yet encountered him at the Port Harcourt convention. I was just a lad who was privileged to have been assigned to serve them at the high table. I remember I wore a white long sleeved shirts with a tie that was particularly long, as it was the fashion then. I had flipped it over my back as I bent to pick up the bowl of kola nut to pass round. It suddenly came lose and dropped into the kola nut.

I froze in embarrassment. Dr. Nwodo looked at me, smiled and gently said, "young man don't worry. I think your tie is both clean and beautiful! Just pass it round." I still remember that reassuring, gentle nods of his head as he looked through his dark rimmed thick specks as our eyes briefly met. Of course, he wore that his characteristic dark safari suit, with the diagonal white strip across the shoulder. He looked exactly as he appeared on his campaign posters, if not better.

Apart from being struck by his huge frame, I had also found his flawless skin and well groomed hair very appealing. He looked aristocratic, healthy, very trustworthy and charismatic that when he addressed the people, charm just issued forth. He spoke the Ukehe dialect with perfect local cadences that rendered his oratorical prowess very much wholesome to our ears. His few English language sentences of course gave me some quotable quotes I had in my bag for years.

The other event that I will never forget was the day of the NRC gubernatorial primary elections. I was visiting an uncle at 9th Mile Corner. He had won. And as his victory party drove down from Enugu to Ukehe House, I excitedly jumped onto one of the open vans that conveyed supporters. As the long line of supporters got to Unity Hospital, along the old road, he ordered it to a stop. He came down and went in to see two young men on admission there. They had been attacked by Dr. Onuaguluchi supporters during a campaign visit to Achi a few days back.

He offered his words of comfort to them and also expressed his appreciation for their sacrifices and support, pledging these would never be in vain. As I watched from the window where I had crept up with a handful of others, to look at his huge figure protectively loomed over the boys on the beds, I somehow wished I had been one of them!

Well, we saw how it all ended, in the grossest deprivation and violation of one's political rights as was carried out against him and some other Nigerians by the military junta of General Ibrahim Babangida. However, one of the most beautiful moments of the time was seeing Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, his younger brother, rising from the ashes of the premature termination of his quest to find his true calling in politics. It was like Joe had given him some breath of life, in addition to the campaign dress he wore to everyone's admiration and sentimental attraction.

Dr. Okwi, like from nowhere, became the Governor of Enugu State. But before then, he was able to most effectively upon replacing his brother, sell himself to Enugu people as he was recognised to also possess the legendary Nwodo political savviness and oratorical prowess with which he had smothered Gbazuagu Nweke Gbazuagu on all the debates they had. We have come to see how Okwi's political trajectory would go on to curve even higher up, leading to his occupying many more high profile positions in his career that has remained active to this day.

So, as Dr. Joe Nwodo's heartbreaking disqualification had fortuitously opened the door of success to his younger sibling to become a governor, he also made our people in Enugu North to know that, yes, we can do it. A lot of our people who are today doing well for themselves in politics are of that generation whose Dr. Joe Nwodo's emergence into the scene had inspired to discover and nurture themselves into different leadership positions.

Rest in peace Agadagbachriuzo! Adieu the gentle giant who was a trail blazer!

*IamWordshot*
Amaechi Ugwele
Posted by Emeka Nwodo on March 19, 2021
TRIBUTE MESSAGE FOR DR. JOE NWODO

By: Senator Chuka Utazi

Hard to believe that Ochendo has actually transited. Humanity has lost a man with a heart of gold.A man that was as large hearted as he was in size. A man that espoused meritocracy-three things in one. A man who preached a brand of Democracy that recognized merit/ competence, while ensuring that the Federal Character principle/Quota System as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution, as amended, was not sacrificed. A man who begged to no avail, that I be allowed to take the Igbo Etiti/Uzo Uwani House of Reps Ticket in 1999.A man who, as far back as 2007,proposed and projected me to run for the Governorship of Enugu State. Who did this? Sunset at dawn. The first proponent of 'Ka foto onye Nsukka kobe na Enugu State Government House'. A man who used his wealth and oratorical skills to galvanize a revolution in Nsukka Zone to dare and to conquer, presently lacking in Nsukka Zone. A man who can conjure and move weaklings into action by engaging in a feat one thousand able bodied couldn't attempt. A man who knew no guile, forgave without count, and even gave excuses on traducers' behalf to explain their shortcomings.


Senator Chuka Utazi
Posted by Emeka Nwodo on March 19, 2021
TRIBUTE MESSAGE FOR DR JOSEPH NWODO

By: DR. CHUKWUEMEKA EZEIKE (Okwadike)
Former Governor Anambra State

I do not know a greater man. His soul will rest in perfect peace. Our relation is best seen in the following event: we were competing for the governorship of the old. undivided, Anambra state. I drove to where he was campaigning, stopped, took the microphone from him and said: "vote for me, not this man, but if, for any reason, I am not available, vote for him". We embraced and I left!!!

Okwadike, Dr C Ezeife
Posted by Obinna Mamah on March 17, 2021
Dr Joe Nwodo,an ebullient nsukka politician, a great man, a true lover of his people has left us. May the perpetual light shine upon him, may God welcome him into eternal peace, where there is neither anxiety nor pain.
Posted by Marika Sherwood on March 15, 2021
What feels like a century ago I shared my flat in London with a student named Joe Nwodo. I knew absolutely nothing about Africa - so he had much to teach me!. We kept in touch when he returned home. I began to do some research on the presence of Africans here in the UK, so had to visit archives in Nigeria. I stayed with Joe and Tina and their children in Lagos - and was invited to visit his family in Nsukka! As a Hungarian-born woman I was sure I would not know how to behave with a real - not urbanised - Igbo family. But they welcomed me, accepted me! Again, I learned and learned. Thank you very much, dear Joe! I would not have become a historian without you!
Posted by Obiageli Nwodo on March 15, 2021
RAMFAC chairman mourns Dr Nwodo

MARCH 15, 2021

ZARA NWACHINAEMERE writes that Chairman, Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission, Engr. Elias Mbam, Friday, commiserated with the family of Nwodo over the death of Dr Joseph Nwodo.

Mbam, described late Nwodo, as a man of wisdom and unparalleled intellect, whose vast knowledge of constitutional law was evident in his works and speeches and was deployed in his struggle for a Nigeria where everyone, irrespective of religion, tribe and status were equal before the law and equal beneficiaries of the entity that is Nigeria.
In his condolence message to Nwodo’s family of Enugu state, Friday, he noted that the late political Colossus carried himself with great candour, dignity and respect.

He said: “I learned today of the demise of our dear brother, Dr. Joe Nwodo, with grave sadness and deep felt melancholy especially as each time I remember Dr Nwodo, it is with fond memories of a man of unrivaled wisdom and unparalleled intellect.

“Dr Joe Nwodo was one Nigerian politician whose intelligence was as gigantic as his stature, and who unreservedly utilized this God-given talent in pursuit of a peaceful and united Nigeria.

“I recall with nostalgia that as a frontline political aspirant of the defunct National Republican Convention, the late Dr Nwodo, carried himself with great candour, dignity and respect, and earned a place in my young heart and indeed in the hearts of many Nigerians, no wonder his younger brother, Chief Okwesilieze Nwodo won the Enugu gubernatorial election in 1992 after he was disqualified in the NRC primaries.

“That Dr Joe Nwodo will be sincerely missed is a certainty but I enjoin the Nwodo family, the good people of Enugu state and indeed the entire country to take solace in the knowledge that he’s left lasting legacies, and that Chief Nnia Nwodo and Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo are siblings of the late colossus who are as equally gifted and are ever ready to contribute to national discourse and to the pursuit of a better Nigeria.

“May God rest the soul of Dr Joseph Nwodo and grant him the best place in paradise. Amen”,

Source: https://authorityngr.com/2021/03/15/ramfac-chairman-mourns-dr-nwodo/
Posted by Obiageli Nwodo on March 14, 2021
Daily Post Nigeria
Daily Post Nigeria
NEWS

Buhari reacts to death of Joe Nwodo

Published on March 14, 2021
By John Owen Nwachukwu

President Muhammadu Buhari has extended his heartfelt condolences to the Nwodo family on the passing of their patriarch, Dr Joe Nwodo.

A statement signed by his Spokesman, Garba Shehu said the President joins the government and people of Enugu State, the Royal Family and friends in mourning the loss of “a truly remarkable Nigerian and one of the strongest voices on unity in diversity.”

”Dr Nwodo played a crucial role in shaping the political landscape of the country in the nineties and the murky waters of politics, he clearly understood what it means to bring people together and inspire them to give their best,” the President said.


President Buhari prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased and comfort for family members including former Governor Okwesilieze Nwodo of Enugu State; the immediate past president of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo and their sister, Valerie Janet Azinge and all who admired his disposition to cooperation, reconciliation and justice, as an integral part of nation-building.

Source: https://dailypost.ng/2021/03/14/buhari-reacts-to-death-of-joe-nwodo/?amp
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Posted by Ehia Akhabue on April 18, 2021
May your soul rest in Peace. Leaving at this time was not the best for Nigeria; but we cannot query our God, who knows better than all of us. May God comfort his brothers, sisters, wife, children and friends he left behind.
Posted by Faidat Ojemeni on April 15, 2021
Chinenye's dad was one of the nicest people I ever met. I remember meeting him for the first time when I was 10/11 years old. He was so wise and had a great sense of humor. He was jovial, kind, and attentive. I could tell that he was a great father whose kids meant the world to him.

He was a wonderful man and will be deeply missed. Our condolences, thoughts, and prayers are with the Nwodo family during this time. May God, the Divine Comforter, comfort you all.

May your soul rest in perfect peace, Sir. Amen.
Posted by Chinenye Ifunanya Chinny on April 15, 2021
Emeka, the demise of Ochendo is a great loss and vacum to all African Patriots. He was rigorously schooled in the norms and doctrines of Rule of Law and Good Governance. He introduced new concepts and ideas for the actual practice of Democracy. His unique manifestoe for the Presidency of Nigeria was the first of it's kind since the history of Nigeria. He possibly replaces The Position of The Best President Nigeria never had. His Agricultural Revolution Program still remains the fountain of the future mainstay of Nigerian Political Economy. We shall detail some of Ochendo s novel ideas about African Economic Emancipation, in the tributes and texts we shall churn out later. An intellectual Colossus of our time, has exited to our utter dismay and disbelief. The great Ochendo oo. God knows the best. Emeka, please accept my sympathy and condolences. Sincerely yours OZO Ferdinand Anikwe PhD KSJI JP Ndoo
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Shared by Ozichukwu Chukwu on April 3, 2021
TRIBUTE:

THE ICON OF UKEHE:

JOSEPH NNABUCHI NWODO, LLB(Cantab), MSc, PhD(Lon), BL
***** OCHENDO*****

Ozichukwu Chukwu 

Along the rough road in the sleepy town of Ukehe 
Where the gods test their powers,
Spirits of spirits confer
In this cluster in Zik's maternal home 
Domain of the brave and brilliant 
Was born an OCHENDO 

His heritage is dynasty
The canopy of a golden age
A convergence of words and actions 
That cries when the nameless do
Providing life where hope is absent 

Lone star of a lost era
Intentional, strong, positive and certain 
Loved people more than life 
Brought them to fame 
Not playing games

True shepherd made scapegoat
Bent that all will stand on his shoulders 
The Iroko where Eagles perch
Birds hung nests and sing sweet melodies 
Animals feed on the leaves
Woodpecker drums its warning, 
And humanity takes shelter 

Bigness was your tribe, wholesomeness your destiny.
You planted the trees of bountiful harvest 
Made no mistake a second time 
Symbol of the past, re-echoing history 
Identity for the future, live wire of the present 
Lived in truth and open heart,
Noted for respect and warmth in every encounter 
Quintessence of purity,
Giving hope to all and sundry.

You made friends from enemies,
Managed relationships with love unbounded, finesse and grace. 
Sacrificed victory that peace may reign 
Love is all you have 
To you, it's love that matters 

Today you've translated to eternity, 
Today you live above conjectures and obscurities 
In the midst of the beatific vision 
Today you're decorated with the insignia," Doyen of the League of Legends"
that humanity will take records;
Primus of a proverbial dynasty 
The domain of myths and marvels.
With the rhymes of Hope and History.

Daddy's Speeches

Shared by Odi Nwodo on March 14, 2021
I feel these would need a whole website or book of their own.

Daddy has such an expansive vocabulary. Many a time, I had to google many words he used in his speeches, emails or even said to me

With so much grace, confidence and a fantastic aura, daddy loves public speaking. Ochendo 1! Always READY for a speech, whether at a podium, the dining table or on a hospital bed.

#OchendoLivesOn
#AgadaLivesOn

Daddy & His many Nicknames

Shared by Obiageli Nwodo on March 12, 2021
Daddy had the gift of giving classic nicknames... let's see a selection of some names given to family members:
1. Nkiru: His first fruit he fondly called her 'kiki-dodo'
2. Emeka: His first son he fondly called 'Mekus', 'Emenkö'.
3. Buchi: His 2nd son, he fondly called 'Bubu'
4. Chinenye: His 2nd daughter, he fondly called 'Anye-nye'... he would say this with a high pitch voice.
5. Obiageli: His 3rd daughter he fondly called  'Biscoco Bisco, Biscoco Bisco' ...this was sung with so much happiness on his face
6. Odinaka: And his baby girl, he fondly called Donké pronounced 'dun-keh', 'A Don Don don'....
7. Junior: His nephew, he fondly called Mr. Fridge / Mr. Dynamite 
8. Baby Adaeze : His grand daughter he called 'Woman leader'

Please friends & family feel free to write fond memories / stories from this Great Man and Father of ours.