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 ***
1. London Farewell Mass & Tributes - May 1st 2021
2. Night of Tributes Abuja - May 30th 2021
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Posted by Odi Nwodo on March 30, 2021
Tribute to a dear friend Dr Joe Nwodo 

Mr Tagbo and Mrs Winnie Onyekwelu 

Independence layout 


Emeka Agunecheibe Nwodo 


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
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

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.

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

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


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.

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

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
Posted by Emeka Nwodo on March 19, 2021

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

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!

Amaechi Ugwele
Posted by Emeka Nwodo on March 19, 2021

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

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”,

Posted by Obiageli Nwodo on March 14, 2021
Daily Post Nigeria
Daily Post Nigeria

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.

Posted by Kenny Chukwuma on March 14, 2021
Rest in peace Chief Dr Joe Nwodo,

May the almighty accept your soul in heaven. You’ve fought a good fight and left a legacy that will endure for generations.
Adieu!!! Agadagbachiliuzo of Ukehe.
Posted by Emmanuel Agbo on March 13, 2021
Daddy, I can't still believe that you have left us. You left us and people are looking for you all over the world, your district nurse came to look for you, She came looking forward to chart and care for you as usual. According to her she said she was happy coming today not just to take your blood sample but to to listen to your ever enjoyable speeches but she couldn't find you and she wept so bitter.

Mr. Ehimua your friend is waiting for you for the Agricultural project you have with him and to receive his congratulatory messages you have started witting for him. You abandoned it on congrats 16 and left.

Dr. Dror is waiting for you in Israel. Dr. Rotanapo is also waiting for you in Philippine. The people that gave you hecters of land can't be left behind. Your wonderful and caring brothers and Sisters are waiting to celebrate you, your lovely wife and sweet children and grandchildren are waiting for you to come back and be with them. Your grandchildren Daniel waiting for you to make him the Nigeria president you have promised him severally. Mama and Papa waiting patiently so you come back and take them to shopwrite. I'm personally waiting for you Daddy to get well and make things turn around for me. Each night I wake up and raise my head to check if your there but I never find you again. Nsukka, Ekwegbe and Ukehe people are all waiting for the help you provide to them and all the promises, same with the Abakaliki and entire Igbo land. There is no single day that passes for you not to talk about how it was your desire to help the poor. Why do you live us all just like that Daddy? I know that it's never your wish to live us this way but God who granted you peaceful death knows the best for you.

Go well Daddy. You brought joy, happiness and laughter to all who met you; you will be sorely missed by everyone.
When a person becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.
May the road rise up to meet you and may the wind be always at your back.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.
Time may pass and fade away but memories of you Daddy will always stay..

Emmanuel Agbo
Your son
Posted by Deolu Tolu on March 13, 2021
My Dear uncle Joe, will indeed be remembered for his good and generous heart. A King, a leader, a father , grandfather, and a friend, who puts a smile on a everyones face. I will never forget, how you inspired me to be a better man that I am today. You led by example, with an extremely humble heart. You were a man of peace at all times. You made us laugh many times, and you spoke words of wisdom, even when it came as jokes sometimes. A genius of intelligence.. uncle joe was selfless Chai!, to both family and extended. I witnessed how you helped many and never took credit for it. To uncle joe "everyone is equal" I will miss you, and I do know you are resting in the hands of our Lord Jesus Christ..your legacy lives on.. Rest in Power my dear King (unclejoe).

Posted by Odi Nwodo on March 12, 2021
The exit of Dr.Joe Nwodo has created a big vacuum in the politics of Enugu State.Though he had a stint in politics,he was disqualified alongside Hyde Onuagauluchi who was also a Gubernatorial candidate under the platform of National Republican Convention in Enugu State.As if that contest was not enough,he slugged it out with Bashiri Tofa,a Kano business mogul under the platform of NATIONALREPUBLICAN CONVENTION,but lost out gallantly in Port Harcourt Convention where most of the Delegates believed he was the best Candidate for the position of Nigerian President.Some of the Hausa Delegates were saying " *Joe Nwodo akwoyi truenchii,baa Quuidi.Dr. Joe Nwodo then,refused to accept any political appointment less than the President and he kept himself out of politics and didn't lobby for any political position. Dr.Joe Nwodo attended London School of Economics where he read Law and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1974.He had LLD in law,with bias in International Law.

Dr.Joe Nwodo was my model as an Expert in International Law of Sea.
May his gentle soul rest in peace.He shall ever be remembered.

The cold hands of death was laid on him after a protracted illness.

P.O.OBUTE LLM,Writes from Abuja.
Posted by Obiageli Nwodo on March 12, 2021
Senator Chimaroke Nnamani Mourns Nwodo,Describes Him As ‘Ebullient Political Leader’

Former Governor of Enugu State and Senator representing Enugu East in the Senate, Senator Chimaroke Nnamani has lamented over the demise of a foremost political leader in the state, Dr. Joe Nwodo.

Senator Nnamani said the death of Dr. Nwodo has created a huge void in the political landscape of Enugu State and beyond.

In his condolence message to the Nwodo family of Enugu State yesterday, Sen Nnamani noted that the late senior scion of the Nwodo dynasty was an ebullient political leader with an admirable charisma, intellect and candour .

He added: “Dr. Nwodo was a great scholar and engaging orator. He was an extraordinary intellectual and a renowned constitutional lawyer who stood to be counted when it mattered “.

The former Governor pointed out that the late Nwodo was one of the dependable elder statesmen who worked for the peace, unity and development of Enugu State.

In late Dr. Nwodo , Sen Nnamani noted, “Enugu State and indeed Nigeria have both lost a political colossus and unrepentant nationalist who believed in the sanctity of our unity as one nation under God.”

He urged the government and people of Enugu State to take solace in the fact that late Dr. Nwodo lived an exemplary life and left indelible footprints in the sand of time.

Senator Nnamani added that the only way to immortalize Dr. Nwodo is to uphold his ideals of a peaceful society where equity, justice and fairness remain the guiding principles in all aspects of our national life.

Late Nwodo was a frontline presidential aspirant under the defunct National Republican Convention (NRC) in the ill-fated Third Republic.

By: Senator Chimaroke Nnamani

Posted by Odi Nwodo on March 12, 2021

By: Olisaemeka Iyi

From historical account of not too distant past, came a spectacular sun, arisen from the Eastern corridor; illuminated the entire horizon of our anthropological perspective.

Transformed in the mold of a mere mortal, outshined every other sun that hitherto held sway.

Shined so brazingly like it's true nature, with an overwhelming clutch of uniqueness.

Looked so electrifying and captivating in it's pure and natural form.

Appeared in the most intimidating spectre of some sort.

Iluminated so obviously, dispelling the dark dominance of humanity.

Became an iconic symbol of a true Democrat and template for political humility and patience.

Traversed mountains and valleys spreading words of wisdom in the most dignified representation.

Beamed an array of Hope and fortune to entire human race.

Revolved around the orbit of human creation with his firm smile of pose and poise,

Inhibited and dazzled with a touch of excellence among men in the most soothing relief.

Radiated optimally, showcasing his good intellectual mobility in his shot stint in the political corridor of our dear nation.

Became an oracle of truth and a benchmark for contentment in the face of a materialistic world.

Bluffed every overtures that could have compromised his stance for equanimity.

Alas! the ugly nature of death came calling.

Death in it's raw and unexpected strike took him away from us.

He would have objected to it's fang but he couldn't.

It was his time and there he goes.

His impactful nature shall forever remain like a scar on the bodies of humanity.

As the sun sets, may the angels of heaven welcome you warmly into God's kingdom where you will live for eternity.

Adieu Agada!

Adieu Man of letters

Adieu Great Icon

Rest in Peace!
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Posted by Marika Sherwood on March 10, 2022
Looking at all the photographs and memoirs warm my ancient heart. The welcome I received from ALL the Nwodo family when I visited all those years ago! Their patience with this ignorant Hungarian-Brit! You taught me so much, you took me into a new world - a world that has stayed with me. THANK YOU.
Posted by Ann Okolo on March 10, 2022
Your one year in the bossom of the Lord to us looks like just a day you left us with your ever smiling face and caring for all that associated with you while your sojourn on Earth. Continue to enjoy the company of God and all the saints. You are forever in our hearts , Agadagbachili Uzo
Posted by Ann Okolo on March 10, 2022
You are forever in the hearts of your loved ones. Happy posthumous birthday as you now celebrate with our Heavenly Father and Blessed mother Mary.
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Shared by Marika Sherwood on January 20, 2022
How can one share memories? Mine go back to when Joe was a student  and lived in the spare room in my flat in North London. He was the first Nigerian I met. My ignorance was profound - but he was so patient with me! So I learned, learned. A new, very exciting world - that I visited in 1988! In my diary for 16 July, in I think his writing: 'Dr & Mrs J.N Nwodo, no.3, Anifowoshe Close, off Adebola Street, Surulere'. My first, and wonderful experience staying with an African family!  Again my diary: 5 August: 'John Nwodo 33B Imoke St, Enugu'. Next day: 'to Nsukka with Tina'. I was welcomed by the whole family! Returned in 1994 and have two wonderfully coloured drawings by Oby and one made especially for 'Aunty Marica' by Oby, Buchi and Chinenye,I shall never forget. Nor will I stop saying THANK YOU for welcoming me, for educating me - and for your patience with this ignorant Hungarian-Brit. It was at least partly all I learned from you that led me to do the historical research that has consumed my life.

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