Unforgettable
That’s what you are
Unforgettable
In every way
And forevermore
That’s how you will stay
  • 74 years old
  • Born on July 3, 1928 in Nigeria.
  • Passed away on October 13, 2002 in Enugu, Nigeria.

This memorial website was created in memory of our esteemed father, Professor Chimere Ikoku, born on July 3, 1928 and passed away on October 13, 2002.

The man of peace, the diplomatic gentleman

The personification of our family name: Ike okwu adighim

Opuru iche, Unique one

Ezigbo mmadu. Good one

We thank God ALWAYS for ALL of your 74 years

We wish it had been 80 or 90 or even 100 and something!

Your place remains in my heart; Unoccupied, ‘cos you’re Unforgettable.

And in our family, and on the Nigerian stage; Irreplaceable, ‘cos you’re Uncloneable

Wise one, more than first class, ahead of the pack

Ugwu Aro!

Mazi o!!!

Posted by Akin Ojumu on 13th October 2018
A light of truth and righteous was dimmed in our nation the day you passed, rather untimely, from this world. May God continue to heal the mind and comfort the heart of all of those you left behind
Posted by Goomsu Obasi on 13th October 2018
Daddy, I'm so glad we had that last summer together! What a glorious summer, when you scored 3 over 3!!! And I praise God that though they shot at your body, they have no power to harm your soul!!! (Matthew 10:28) Rest, in the bosom of the LORD, of the Resurrection and the Life. Love you every day!!!
Posted by Goomsu Obasi on 11th October 2016
 Fulfilment of the WORD; on October 12th & 13th 2016 Daddy, your family and friends and students and colleagues have started to gather; to honor you at the 1st Professor Chimere Ikoku Memorial Lecture and the joyous Homecoming of the Chemistry Department!!! I know you are smiling down on us all. And my heart is bursting with joy! No more tears on October 13th!!!  “This is what the LORD says and decrees: I will restore/rebuild/reconstruct/regenerate … I will have compassion/mercy/pity … From them will come joyful songs of thanksgiving and the sound of rejoicing/merrymaking/celebrating … I will bring them honor/glory and they will not be despised/disdained. (Jeremiah 30:18-19)
Posted by Goomsu Obasi on 14th October 2015
Daddy, this second flower is for my brother and sister and other family and friends who have called, texted and emailed because they cannot YET visit this site. The pain has not subsided after 13 years! We are all still filled with tears and agony!! We love you, so much!!!
Posted by Goomsu Obasi on 13th October 2015
Daddy, It is thirteen years Yet the pain has not subsided I still cannot fathom why you had to leave Without hint or warning At the hands of two hoodlums Not you The man of peace, the diplomatic gentleman The personification of our family name: Ike okwu adighim Opuru iche, Unique one Ezigbo madu. Good one I thank God ALWAYS for ALL of your 74 years I wish it had been 80 or 90 or even 100 and something! Your place remains in my heart; Unoccupied, ‘cos you’re Unforgettable. And in our family, and on the Nigerian stage; Irreplaceable, ‘cos you’re Uncloneable Wise one, more than first class, ahead of the pack Ugwu Aro! Mazi o!!! My Daddy From your No 1 Baby Girl
Posted by Goomsu Obasi on 3rd July 2015
To my Father - Prof Chimere Ikoku In my estimation, one of the most brilliant minds that ever lived; whose commitment to academic pursuit in particular, and the enlightenment of people's minds generally (Ikoku, 1991; Ikoku 1977), has been my inspiration all my life and kept me at this task to the end. Opuruiche, Mazi, Ndewo! [DEDICATION of University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne PhD Thesis]
Posted by Goomsu Obasi on 3rd July 2015
Daddy, We wish you were here with us on your birthday. But alas you are not! Two hoodlums (and those who sent them) denied me, my siblings, our spouses and your grand-children that joy, thirteen years ago. Yet we chose to forgive, those many years ago. Today, as chief crooner of the family, in the absence of the soprano voice of your beloved Ejighiato Chi, I serenade you; as Natalie Cole serenaded her father, Nat King Cole: Unforgettable That’s what you are Unforgettable In every way And forevermore That’s how you will stay OPURUICHE MAZI The Prof Himself! Ndewoooooo! Your No 1 Baby Girl

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