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1) Management & Staff - Aprams Limited

- Funeral Services

- Pallbearers and Dancers

 

2) Alex Orevworuemu (Unique Prints Limited) / +0112348034461030

- Brochures / Postcards / Banners / Programs

- Biography Write-ups.

 

3) Senior Minister & Priests - Saint Peter's & Paul Catholic Church, Ughelli

 

4) Director & Staff - Ufor Hospital Mortuary, Ughelli, Delta State, Nigeria

 

5) Members - Ughelli Kingdom Council of Chiefs, Delta State, Nigeria

 

6) Various In-Laws - The Owumi Families

TRIBUTES - LATE CHIEF JAMES OMATSOLA OWUMI

 

Ever loving and caring husband, father and darling it is like dream, I find it difficult to believe, continue to remember how we sit, discus, pray and share things together how we lived as one how our minds works together.

You are a husband, father among millions daddy you were a courageous, disciplined and God fearing husband.

The only handsome, charming man I ever know. I love you, we lived as one, if I am happy you are happy, if you are happy I am also happy. If am worried you are worried, in short we share our joy and problems we do things together.

You loved peace and lived a peaceable. Lived and passed unto eternal glory peacefully.

Adieu darling Adieu daddy.  Rest in peace.  Your loving wife

MRS. FLORENCE ONOME OWUMI - WIFE

 

Daddy, you have always been a source of inspiration to me. The pillar of strength in the family. A source of encouragement and the fortress of the home. Daddy, you are a blessed man, who is truly gifted, hardworking and God-fearing. You are a blessing to me and your faith and trust in God is worthy of praise and admiration.

You were so great that your demise was felt through the nation. From you I learnt to be strong and to believe that with God nothing is impossible. You taught me to be honest, determined and focused in life.

Every day, I thank God for blessing me with a father like you. Your counseling sessions can never be forgotten. We continue to walk in the good ways that you have shown us.

MR. AUSTIN A. OWUMI - SON

 

Death Oh death, why are you so cruel? You snatched my precious father away like a thief in the night, now who do I run to when the cares of this world gets too heavy for me? Who do i turn to when the wicked people of this world try to bring me down? Daddy, you stood up for me, you were my solace.

I am still in shock at your sudden demise.  Like you knew you would pass on because you called me the day before you slept in the lord and told me not to worry about anything that everything will be okay.

I am happy though that I had the chance to tell you on father's day that you were the best Dad I could ever wish for. I draw strength from the fact that you are resting in peace in the blossom of the lord and will protect and smile down on us your children and family as we grow from glory to glory. You have left a great void in my heart, I miss you so much. Adieu Papa.

MR JOHN A. OWUMI - SON

 

Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult things we can go through, especially when it is a parent. No words can express how I feel. My father was hard working, a Christian and a disciplinarian.

His strictness taught me valuable lessons. And no matter how tense situations got between us, I know he only meant good. Let us all remember everything that he shared with us and be happy that he has finally gone home to our creator. May his soul rest in peace.

MR. ANTHONY OWUMI - SON

 

My daddy my hero! It's difficult to believe that you are no more. Ufuomaefa R’ Ovie, My closest confidant, my mentor, my love and help. You specially filled the gaps between my fingers because you were always there to hold my hands. Though you are no longer around, I still fill your presence. Adieu Papa.

NICHOLAS OWUMI - SON

 

You will forever be in my heart. Daddy, it's not supposed to be like this, at least not yet because there are yet a lot of achievements and celebrations that you should witness. Then just when they are around the corner you were called away from our midst to a better place.

I try to take solace but ever then I wish I had that one last chance to see you. I would miss you terribly and would always remember the good you stand for. I hardly have what to say to express my grief at the reality of losing you because I never imagined a day like this would come as I always want you to be around us.

Your memories will always remain alive in my heart. Daddy, rest in peace with the lord. Love you dad.

MR. GREGORY A. OWUMI - SON

 

Daddy, your death has created a big vacuum in my life. Daddy, I cannot believe you are gone. You were an icon that cannot be forgotten in my hearts. You are a great man, a loving father, a discipline man, a rare gem, a great politician, a visionary and a great patriot.

You are indeed a man of his people, who loved and served them. You have laid the foundation, and we shall always take care to follow your legacy. I loved you daddy, but God loves you most. Adieu Daddy.

MRS. CATHERINE IYELE - DAUGHTER

 

It's indeed honor & privilege to celebrate you as a father.

Words are not enough to express our love and deep appreciation for all that you are to us. Your words unveil the reality of the divine life of victory, hard work, prosperity, good health and the supernatural to us.

We are the products of your hard work, prayers and words of prophesy to become greater than you lived. Papa, what a delight to celebrate you as a general to everyone! Adieu papa, rest in peace.

MRS. ANNA UMUKORO - DAUGHTER.

 

Once again it stings like a bee; a dark cloud has befallen the family. Your death will remain painful and indelible in our lives. A humble and just father, very unassuming and kind hearted, he showed love to all, who is going to replace the vacuum created in our heart, you will indeed be missed.

Adieu daddy, I forever love you.

MAGISTRATE MARTIN OWUMI - SON

 

Brother! What a great vacuum your demise has created. Only the Almighty God can fill it up. We your brothers, sisters, children in fact all of us you nurtured, closely knitted together from the day papa left the mantle for you at a very tender age, are shaken to the very foundation of our being.

Oh death, that must surely come. We cannot question God. You believed that God was in-charge, managing the affairs. All things worketh unto good, for those who trust in him. The way of the beatitudes you instilled in us while on earth we shall not deviate from.

For Jesus is our Hope through His merciful heart, as through an open gate we expect to obtain everything promised us in-spite of all our wretchedness. All the Novenas, prayers you offered, will lead us all on, on our life's journey to eternity. Where there shall be no more weeping but Hosanna! Hosanna!! Hosanna to the king of kings. Sleep on Mighty Man of Valor. Good night. Till we meet to part no more.

MR. GABRIEL OWUMI (UK) - BROTHER

 

Olorogun James Omatsola Owumi I pondered myself and found that a vacuum has been created which no one can fill the except Almighty God. Your sudden departure has given me a greater insight to the empty world in which we live. Your sudden death has confirmed to me that we can never know when, where and how death will come. Goodnight dear! Adieu

MR FESTUS OWUMI - COUSIN

 

You lived a life of a good father to all your Children, family and Community. We loved you so much, but God loves you most. My Beautiful father we will continue to miss your words of encouragement. May your Soul in rest in the bosom of the Almighty God. Amen.

MR. JOSEPH DAPO OWUMI - SON


My sweet father you are the best, you provide for us when we are hungry by all means, you are just like a friend to help me anytime I found myself in difficulties.

Thank you for the life you gave to us may Your Beautiful Soul Rest in Peace. I will always miss you.

MRS. AGATHA OWUMI  REDDIN - DAUGHTER

 

Papa, Papa, Papa, what can I say your good legacy you left behind we will follow, I cannot question God. God knows everything. When you brought me into his word you took care of me, you always back me.

You always support us, you mediate in every issue that arises in our life. Papa I will miss you, I love you papa, but God loves you most. Father rest in peace rest in peace I will never forget you Papa

MISS KATE OWUMI - DAUGHTER

 

With all due respect, he was a daddy and a Friend everyone would want to I have. A father who had the interest of children at heart who want the best for his children, A man of substance who had an adequate conception of himself.

Who value the virtue of self. A no nonsense taker who does not take kindly to affront or sarcastic against his personality, but don't get me wrong he was a very good and lovely father you can confide in good time and relayed on in bad time.

He was a sympathetic and sociable father with good temper kindhearted easy and pleasant to talk to. His ways were simple, his path were straightforward. 

MRS. MARY OWUMI-OBI - DAUGHTER

 

Papa, where ever you are come back, you are too precious to lose, mama all ways be with me in one way or the other may you protect me where ever am in trouble you are a caring mother, your fathering love will I never forget in my life you are a history. Adieu Papa

MISS. KESIENA OWUMI - DAUGHTER

 

'This is 'To my father

Papa, Papa, Papa, Sorry! Oh! Death bad death oh! In Any way I miss you and I will never forget you till we met again. Adieu my lovely papa.

MISS MONICA OWUMI - DAUGHTER

 

My lovely father life is not a bed of roses but you took care of me as if there is no tomorrow I remember all the times we were together. All the same I just want to thank you for everything you have done for me. I love you and will always love you PAPA.

Rest in the blossom of the Lord.  A golden heart stopped beating, you hard working hands were put to rest God broke our hearts  to prove to us that he only takes the best. I love you, my father and you will forever remain in my heart.

MR. GEORGE OWUMI - SON

 

Words alone cannot express how much I will miss your memories of you will always remain in my heart. Papa you thought  me how to love, humble oneself and relate with people I love you, rest till we meet  to part no more.

MRS. JUSTINA EGADEGA - DAUGHTER

 

Adieu papa you build and left legacy that will be forever remembered may your soul rest in the bosom of the Lord God.

MISS CLARA OWUMI - DAUGHTER

 

Papa, Faith in God is your watch word, love is your action, trust is your anchor, we  miss you greatly sleep on in the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ Amen.

MR. JEROME OWUMI - SON

 

Papa, you are really a great father, you lived well and die well. Rest in perfect peace. Amen.

MR SAMSON OWUMI - SON

 

Papa, Father of all fathers you really tried in taking care of your children. May Almighty God grant you eternal rest. Amen                           

MISS OKE OWUMI - DAUGHTER

 

Papa, you have always been a good man, caring father, I pray to God to grant you eternal life. Amen.

MISS BRIDGET OWUMI - DAUGHTER

 

Papa, the greatest pride in me is that I have you as my father, I will always love you and your memories will forever live on. Adieu papa.            

MR. PETER OWUMI - SON

 

Papa, your words of wisdom are evergreen in my memory. Adieu papa rest in the bosom of our Lord  Jesus Christ. Amen.

BARR. FELIX TEJIRI OWUMI - SON

 

Papa you made your mark here on earth. The irrefutable evidence is there you are now in better hands. Rest well.                     

MR FELIX OWUMI - SON

 

Papa was a very kind father to me. He stood for only the truth since I married his Daughter he told the truth in every matter brought to him. no Doubt, he will be greatly missed by all of us.

MR. FRANCIS IYELE – SON-IN-LAW                      

 

My dear father in law, you acted like my own father all the time, I will miss your fatherly love. But God loves you best rest in the bosom of the Lord.  Adieu papa 

MR. AUSTIN EGADEGA – SON-IN-LAW

 

You lived a very worthy life. As a young man growing up, I yearned for a life like yours; one that would always be a key-post for younger generations. May your soul rest in perfect peace.

BEN ORU

 

For the life well spent, we say good bye and your soul rest in perfect peace. Amen.

AGBI'S FAMILY

 

The Iroko has fallen, it is a great pain to us the entire Olomu kingdom and Olomu traditional council of chiefs, Papa is a shade to all as children. Rest in peace. U have done exploit.

H.R.H. PRINCE INNOCENT M.O. OGBON

 

Daddy, you are a man of honor, you are a man of honor, you have contributed to Onofame family home and aboard, Eruemukokwarien community and entire Ughelli kingdom. Sleep well daddy. May your soul rest in peace.

MR AUSTIN O. OYIBO

 

The children cry not. Your father has settled with God Almighty. He will meet God in the air when the appearance son of man. Our lord Jesus. We all shall see him again.

IHEME CLIFFOED ALOME – TENANT

 

Uncle was a very strict disciplinarian, a good catholic and a successful farmer. May his soul be welcomed at the right hand of the Lords, Amen.

SIR A. B. ALELE

 

You are a hero and a pillar of the Onotame family and Eremukokwarien in general. You fought for the victory of your father land. Your name is a terror for the opposition. May your soul rest in perfect peace. Amen.

MR JONATHAN  UVIESHERHE

 

When great men die, it is not the mansion etc. left behind that matters but they leave IDEAS that impart men positively for generation to come, so  that God is glorified. That is Chief Omatsola Owumi.

I recalled how you lead the delegation that freed those UQCC boys when the fed fort said they planned a coup with Diya” in 1997; from Asaba, Agbor, Oghwashukwu prisons. Rest in the Lord Chief . Adieu we shall work in your ideas of justice, equity and peaceful consistence among people live on!!!

OGBORE IDY.O

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Indeed he is father, but God knows the best. May your soul rest in the blossom of the Lord. Amen. Catholic Mission Ughelli. The Peace And Enactory Of The Resurrection Christ.

REV FR.  CHRISTOPHER OGAGA

 

We pray specially for the respond of his soul. Amen.

MEMBER OF ST JOSEPH / ZONE SS PETER/PAUL CATHOLIC CHURCH

 

Daddy we lost you, but God need you most. Your soul will rest in bosom of our Lord Amen.

CMO OF ST JOSEPH / ZONE SS PETER/PAUL CATHOLIC CHURCH

 

Daddy, Mimi and I miss u so much. Rest in peace. Amen.

MERCY OKOLOKO AND OKOLOKO FAMILY

 

Daddy, rest in the bosom of the lord.  We pray that God give u eternal rest as we live to find a cover to the vacuum you left behind. We love u papa but God love you most. May you rest well (Amen). 

MUSTAPHA IBRHAIM S

NTA BENIN, EDO STATE

 

Chief James Owumi, he was the second person in council of chief in Ughelli clan. He lived a holy life. He was a business man, a catholic man till death. May God help him and bless his children to emulate the living of their late father. Amen.

CHIEF AKPOFURE P.E

 

Chief James Owumi, may God grant you eternal rest and may your soul be with him in heaven Amen.

UMEH N. JACINTA

OKPIDI HOSTEL ABRAKA

 

Chief James Owumi, my father, may your soul rest in peace. Amen.

EMMA OTURUHOYI

 

Chief James Owumi, It is only God that rewards all your efforts service to humanity. May God rest your soul in his blossom. Amen.

ANTHONY ANENENE


Oh most loving and disciplined Dad, the memory of living the rest of my life without you is better imagined than experienced. You have brought us up to belief in God and look up to him for all our needs but at this moment I wonder if I can. Papa you belong to him and he has called you at the right time and since you have gone to rest with the Lord we shall work out our faith and met you in his kingdom.

Dad, how wonderful and loving, cheerful and caring amiable and dogged, repository of Christ. I am virtue and astute pillar of the Owumi family. Papa you are the engine room of the noble and humble family. I know you are living on although in another form which we may not be able to behold but my consolation is in the fact that we shall meet again to part no more.

Sleep on father who has affected the generation of the Eruemukowharien & Ughelli community. Sleep in the great political and hard-working farmer. Sleep on the confident of many.

Each time I remember your love the spirit of sorrow fill my heart but I am convinced that you are with the lord I shall meet you one day and we shall all rest  in the boson of the lord.

MR. MIKE EJIRO OWUMI - SON

 

Our father was until his death a respectable man. We always knew him for his smile and kindness whenever we visited. He was a man full of vibrancy and life.

MISS. PRECILIA OWUMI- DAUGHTER

 

My late uncle OLOROGUN JAMES OMATSOLA OWUMI was a disciplinarian.

He contributed immensely to a solid foundation on which I build today. Though growing up in his care as a child, there were times I felt he was severe rather than strict. But looking back now, those were the mere thinking from the rebellious mind of child. You never know what you don't know, not until you are face with the stark realities of life.

OLOROGUN JAMES OMATSOLA OWUMI was more to me than just an uncle He was a coach and a mentor. May his gentle soul rest in the bosom of the Lord, Amen.

MISS VERONICA OWUMI - NIECE

 

Daddy you led a good life worth emulating. Our wish is to see you live longer but God will for you have to be done. Though you are gone physically but your spirit and memory are still alive to inspire us the children and families you left behind. Your great and gentle soul rest in peace. Amen.

MR NICKSON OWUMI - SON

 

The Ufuomaefe R'Ovie of Ughelli Kingdom. A man who allowed all his Children to express themselves. A man who valued his peers. A man who respected tradition. A man who bowed out with a smile on his face. A man worthy of acclaim. Adieu, my Dear In-law. May the Peace of the Lord be upon your soul--- In The Name of The Father, and of The Son, and of The Holy Spirit. ..

MR REDDIN (USA) – SON-IN-LAW

 

The late OLOROGUN JAMES OMATSOLA OWUMI was a unique argumentation, civil right crusader and a leading exponent of the rule of law and community order he epitomizes.

He was a disciplinarian, an astute professional teacher, an eloquent orator emeritus and a dogged fighter per excellence r the restoration of the fundamental human rights of the underprivileged. The family, Ofuoma community, Ughelli Kingdom and Nigerians would miss him. May his gentle soul rest in peace.

ERUEMUKOHWARIEN - UGHELLI COMMUNITY COMMITTEE

 

Tribute to a wonderful father in-law. The news of your death was shocking. No one expected it just like that; however life is a stage where everyone takes turn by turn.

You will be fondly remembered for your Simplicity, Humility and Advisory role. You were a mentor to all who are ready to learn. Big daddy, as my children call you, I pray the Lord gives you eternal rest. Adieu!

MR. MICHAEL OGBEVIRE - SON-IN-LAW

 

As we are all aware, life is a stage. There is time to be born and time to die.  Though Papa left when we least expected, we must take solace in the fact that he lived well.

Apart from being humble and kind, he always had a word of advice for everybody that cared to listen.

MR CYRIL OWUMI - SON

 

Adieu Papa! You led by example and your greatest legacy is your high sense of honesty. Rest in Bosom of the lord, Papa.

MR. AWENAYERI OWUMI - SON

 

Papa was a father in every sense of the word, a disciplinarian, bold, frank and authoritative. We will miss his wise counseling.

This papa's sleep is so deep that it makes all weep, however rest in peace till we meet in that place where there is no death, no tears and no tributes to be written anymore. Adieu, Papa.

MR. BRIGHT OWUMI - SON

 

I have this to say. I felt bereaved, it came as a shock. The lessons you instilled in some of us will forever be green in our memories. You defined responsibility to us and we cherish it when you are with us. You passed on without seeing us again adieu".

MR. MUDIAGA OWUMI - SON

 

Daddy you are a great leader who never set himself above his followers except in carrying responsibility. Daddy life does not seems to be funny when people die, I can't imagine life without you sharing your lost with heartfelt sympathy, removing happier times cost me more than entire life to forget them.

Daddy, there is grief like the grief which does not speak, any man can be a father but it take some special to be a dad, daddy, cheers on your special duties and days you played on us before your departure.

We promise to accomplish your mission and vision in which you have for us daddy ... Believe it God is never late so also you are never late to us. With heart full of appreciation I wish to express my gratitude to you daddy for your indelible act of kindness and deeds I will always remember you and keep your memory alive as we journey beyond             May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace as you rest in the bosom of the Lord.

MISS URUEMU OWUMI – DAUGHTER

 

OLOROGUN JAMES OMATSOLA OWUMI was a strict and upright man who stuck to his beliefs to the end.  It is no surprise that his forthright grip of issues is already being missed by all.

His absence will be felt by all.

CHIEF JOSEPH OWUMI - BROTHER

 

An amazing jewel: a vibrant and principled dad that only those with focus mind could understand to cherished. It pains me that he lived such a brief life. Nevertheless, in God I take solace. Dad, sleep on…

MR. OSHEVIRE OWUMI - SON

 

Daddy was a very courageous man. He was disciplined and straight forward.  He encouraged hard work both in education and all fields of life. In fact, he wanted the success of all.

MR. OGHENEGARE OWUMI – SON

 

Dear Uncle, Your leaving us created a vacuum that will be difficult to fill but by the grace of God we will keep the good name you have left behind. Rest in Perfect Peace.

MRS. PAULA OWUMI-OGBEVIRE - NIECE

 

To our wonderful father, who we will miss dearly, we know that you are resting with God and are no more in pain. May your loving, kind and gentle soul; rest in perfect, peace, our beloved papa.

MISS. MAGDALENE OWUMI - DAUGHTER

 

Papa you were indeed a role model your legacy lives on, and I shall not cease to remember your wealth of words of advice, sleep well in the Lord until we meet again to part no more.

MR. MESHACH OWUMI - SON

 

If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again. Rest in peace, papa.

MISS. MALTIDA OWUMI - DAUGHTER

 

It was like a dream, just like that, without a word. I did not have the opportunity to say goodbye, I wish it was a lie, but it was not. Daddy you are gone! Oh, but my Catholic faith tells me that you are at peace with the lord.

I have questions but I will not ask anyone. You stand for value and integrity has always been my guide and inspiration. Indeed, life is not measured by its duration but by its donation. You have lived a fulfilled and inspirational life. I am proud to be your son and I know my brothers and sisters feel share the same sentiments.

Adieu Papa OLOROGUN JAMES OMATSOLA OWUMI, Adieu UFUOMAEFE 'R OVIE OF UGHELLI KINGDOM, Adieu UNU R' OVIE OF ERUEMUKOHWARIEN

I love you and I will always do!

DR. ALEXANDER OREVWORUEMU - COUSIN

 

Looking back now at all those years I spent under your roof.

I thank God for giving me a father that help define my identity, forge my character, build my manhood, and implant a strong sense of work in me.

Children learn from what they see. I learn to be a Man, a Strong Alpha Male, by watching you.

As a father today, I remember the lessons you taught me and I am using them to be a better father to my children. Thank you for those lifetime and priceless gifts. Thank you for giving me life. Rest in Peace.

ENGINEER JUDE SUNDAY OWUMI - SON

 

CHIEF JAMES OMATSOLA OWUMI FAMILY

 

CHIEFT JAMES OMATSOLA OWUMI IS SURVIVED BY..

A Wife, 40 Children and Many Grand Children

Amongst whom are:

MRS. FLORENCE OWUMI                         -           (WIFE)

 

MR. AUSTIN A. OWUMI                            -           SON

MR JOHN A. OWUMI                                 -           SON

MR. ANTHONY OWUMI                            -           SON

MR. NICHOLAS OWUMI                           -           SON

MR. GREGORY A. OWUMI                       -           SON

MRS. CATHERINE IYELE                         -           DAUGHTER

MRS. ANNA UMUKORO                           -           DAUGHTER

MAGISTRATE MARTIN OWUMI            -           SON

MR. JOSEPH DAPO OWUMI                    -           SON

MR. JUDE SUNDAY OWUMI                   -           SON

MRS. AGATHA OWUMI REDDIN          -           DAUGHTER

MISS KATE OWUMI                                 -           DAUGHTER

MRS. MARY OWUMI-OBI                       -           DAUGHTER

MISS. KESIENA OWUMI                         -           DAUGHTER

MISS MONICA OWUMI                           -           DAUGHTER

MR. GEORGE OWUMI                             -           SON

MRS. JUSTINA EGADEGA                      -           DAUGHTER

MISS CLARA OWUMI                             -           DAUGHTER

MR. JEROME OWUMI                             -           SON

MR. MIKE EJIRO OWUMI                       -           SON

MR SAMSON OWUMI                             -           SON

MISS OKE OWUMI                                  -           DAUGHTER

MISS BRIDGET OWUMI                         -           DAUGHTER

MR. PETER OWUMI                                -           SON

BARR. FELIX TEJIRI OWUMI               -           SON

MR. JEFFRY OWUMI                              -           (DECEASED)

MR FELIX OWUMI                                 -           SON

MR NICKSON OWUMI                           -           SON

MR CYRIL OWUMI                                 -           SON

MR. AWENAYERI OWUMI                    -           SON

MR. BRIGHT OWUMI                            -           SON

MR. MUDIAGA OWUMI                       -           SON

MR. OSHEVIRE OWUMI                      -           SON

MR. OGHENEGARE OWUMI              -           SON

MISS. MAGDALENE OWUMI             -           DAUGHTER

MISS URUEMU OWUMI                      -           DAUGHTER

MR. MESHACH OWUMI                      -           SON

MISS. MALTIDA OWUMI                    -           DAUGHTER

MISS. PRECILIA OWUMI                    -           DAUGHTER

MR. SIMON OWUMI                            -           (DECEASED)

BIOGRAPHY OF OLORUGUN JAMES OMATSOLA OWUMI

 

Late Chief Olorogun James Omatsola Owumi was born on the 5th day of Oct. 1932 into the popular Chief JOHNSON OWUMI OTERI dynasty of the great ONOTAME ROYAL FAMILY of Aka Street, ERUEMUKOHWARIEN-UGHELLI in UGHELLI NORTH LGA of DELTA STATE and the late Mrs. Akokoma Owumi Oteri (Nee ADEGBITE) of Ijuosun town in Irele LGA of Ondo State.

He attended both St. Thomas catholic primary school ERUEMUKOHWARIEN and local authority primary school, Otorwodo Ughelli between 1940 and 1946, where he obtained his standard 6 certificate.

He later improved his literary standard by engaging in rigorous private reading and church activities which prepared him adequately for his later engagement in business, social, political and traditional affairs.

On completion of his basic education, he proceeded to Lagos to seek for the proverbial greener pastures following in the footsteps of his immediate senior brother, the late Chief Josiah Dietadjevberuo Owumi, who by then had established a flourishing merchandising business there. He stayed with him a while to stay the ropes, after which he left his brother to be on his own.

As a very hard working, versatile and highly ambitious young man, it did not take him a longtime to establish himself in the business life of the highly cosmopolitan city of Lagos which was them the capital and commercial Nerve Centre of Nigeria as a whole.

Having settled down in Lagos, he established a flourishing merchandising concern as his late brother did, while also exporting processed rubber and importing clothing materials. He was also into the importation of cars and accessories which made him one of the then leading car dealers in Nigeria. That was when he established his first registered company (Owumi sons & brothers) at porter street, Idumota, Lagos.

As an astute businessman, he also ventured into Real Estate business, hospitality business etc whereby he built houses in Lagos, Ughelli, Eruemukohwarien, and other commercial centers in Nigeria.

He was also into AGRO-ALLIED industry. He established a multi-million naira integrated farm in his home town for poultry, piggery & fish production, form where other small scale farmers, dealers etc. and without the present Delta and Edo states. He was a big time farmer.

One other company he established during his life time was JAME OMATSOLA CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, but which could not perform to its optimum due to his illness and eventual death.

He was a great community leader during his life time. He was chairman of ERUEMUKOHWARIEN town during which time a lot of development strides were made in the area of infrastructure, peace and unity. He was kind, generous and philanthropic.

It is to his credit that he built the first ever two story building at Otor-Iwreko Street, Ughelli, nay the entire college, the said building was the first to have a giant LISTER Engine generator that provided light, in the whole of the town then.

The late elder Chief OWUMI OTERI came to Otor-Iwreko to bless the house and his son, the late Chief, with the following words “OYOVWI KEWE OMATSOLA VWOKE IRUO NANA” meaning may GOD BLESS YOU FOR YOUR GOOD WORKS.

His approach to life was simple. He believed in live and let live. He was a stout defender of the weak. He was a very determined person, dedicated to a cause, patient to a fault. He was appreciative of every atom of kindness. He took the education of his children and siblings very seriously. The word Discipline was his name and abhors criminality in any form or shape.

He was a great son of ONOTAME who stood firm in the successful struggle to reclaim and re-establish the family's ownership of ONOTAME LANDS wherever the existed.

The late UFUOMAEFE believed in the adage that travelling is part of education”. Hence he visited many countries in Europe such as U.K, Germany, and the USA etc. during his life time for business and as well as for pleasure.

It is also on record that he was one of the builders of St. Thomas Catholic church Eruemukohwarien, an undertaking he took with his late brother, Chief Josiah Owumi. He was undoubtedly one of the defense pillars of Eruemukohwarien and of Ughelli kingdom in general.

He was honored with a chieftaincy title “UFUOMAEFE R'OVIE” of Ughelli kingdom by HRM, the Ovie of Ughelli kingdom in 1978, for his selfless and philanthropic activities in the area.

He also brought honor and respect, to his own later father, Chief JOHNSON OWUMI OTERI who himself was a great titled chief of Ughelli Kingdom during his lifetime. He was the 2nd oldest chief in Ughelli.

He was into politics during the 2nd Republic, when he contested but lost the House of Assembly election for Bendel State House of Assembly under the platform of the NPP in 1979.  He was known to have practiced politics without bitterness during his brief entry into politics. Politics did not alienate him from his town people or friends. He was very sociable and focused.

It is the gainsaying that the late Chief James Omatsola Owumi was a detribalized Nigerian. He made friends from the Igbo, Isoko, Yoruba, Hausa, Urhobo and other ethnic group without discrimination.

He equally had so many white friends. He was a man of the people and greatly loved. However there might be a few who did not get on well with him. To them we offer over apology to forgive and forget, in accordance with God's Order.

He had wished that reconciliation should take place amongst all the feuding individual and parties, both at the family level and as well as the town itself as a tribute to his memory because he was unable to do this due to the devastating illness which eventually took his life. He begged all aggrieved persons to bury the hatchet so that together, the family will move forward.

It will be difficult to recount that as his deeds but to God be the glory that as his glorious exit was getting close by the day, Ufuomaefe R'Ovie, as a catholic faithful rededicated himself with prayers to GOD almighty and started taking the Holy Communion at his bedside, administered by the Rev. Fathers. He kept his Rosary handy even at the last hour.

He will be greatly missed by all including his children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters the entire community and people of good will

He is survived by a wife, many children and grandchildren, brothers and sisters, etc.

May his great & gentle soul rest in the blossom of the Lord - Amen.