ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our beloved dad, Engr (Dr) Christian Onwuatu (Osuofia Amawbia). A great man and a true gift to earth. Please share your tributes and stories here. Let the memory of Osuofia be with us forever.
Posted by Sharon Elumelu on April 4, 2021
My grandpa truly was a great man. He was very family oriented and the peace maker of the family. He had this eerie sense of calmness about him. No matter what the conflict and differences were, everyone knew that with grandpa around, there would be no arguments.

I have never met any man who loves his family as much as grandpa did. The distance between us did not deter him from bonding with us and loving us tremendously. From the stories I heard from my mum and aunties, I know that grandpa’s deep sense of family orientation did not start when he became a grandfather but rather it was part of the unique traits that made him the rare gem he was. Grandpa was indeed a rare gem; selfless, generous, and full of love for people.

I specifically remember a family occasion we had recently where 18 of us were on WhatsApp video call and grandpa made us sing all 5 verses of the “oh Jesus I Have Promised” hymn. Half of us were off key and the other half didn’t know the full lyrics and were just mumbling words, but he insisted we sing all 5 verses. We laughed about it and made jest of the situation but it’s a memory I will forever hold dear; the memory of my grandpa bringing the family together. All 18 of us were in 3 different continents, separated by the Atlantic Ocean, and on different time zones yet I still felt a strong sense of unity. We were all there in that moment, together, pledging our lives to the Lord as we sang grandpa’s favorite hymn.

Grandpa was my greatest cheerleader. He was very supportive and never hesitated to share his wealth of experience and lend his advice. Grandpa, you believed so much in me and always told me that you knew I would do great things in my chosen career. Grandpa, you were very proud and excited to see the day I would earn my white coat. You and I talked always talked about two major life stones in my life: my wedding and when I graduate medical school.
It pains me to know that when I do, by God’s grace, achieve these milestones, grandpa will not be there. Or when I walk down the aisle on my wedding day, grandpa will not be there to cheer me on. It hurts knowing that you and I will never get to experience these things together as we hoped and planned.

My heart aches for my grandma who has lost her soul mate and “partner in crime;” for my mum who has lost her hero; for my dad who has lost his best friend and role model; and for me and my siblings who have lost the only grandpa we ever knew and cherished. My only consolation is that I know Heaven has gained an angel; and what a fine angel you will make. I only wish that you didn’t go so soon.

We will always love you grandpa and we miss you dearly. Goodbye for now grandpa. We will all be reunited in the kingdom of Heaven, where we will meet to part no more.

Good night Sir,
Dumeje Elumelu

Posted by Michelle Elumelu on April 1, 2021
Grandpa,
I’m so honored to call you my Granddad. You were such a kind, caring and compassionate man. Always wanted what was best for me. I hope you’ve found peace in God’s arms. I know you are watching over me and our family. I will never stop loving you.

-Love,
Muli (Muanya)
Posted by Oluchi Ikem on March 14, 2021
It’s still very shocking that you are gone. On that very day, 1st of January 2021, when the shocking news of your death came to me, I was dumbfounded. At first I did not comprehend the news, till I put a call through my aunt to confirm.
Daddy I remembered the very last time I spoke to you. You had asked me when I'll come to visit, and I had told you I will come and see you this year and bring my baby along, Little did I know it was going to be our Last conversation.
Daddy, I think of all the great things you've done and how you've touched many lives. You were such a wonderful and unforgettable father 
Daddy why did you leave us?
Daddy who will be giving us those advices you used give to us, I still remember clearly the moment we shared before I left Nigeria.
Daddy who will be calling me ADA JESUS, if I come to Nigeria who will tell me those stories you used to tell me.
Daddy it is true that you gave birth to many children, but you fathered many nations.
The Vacuum you created in my heart is irreplaceable daddy but I can not question GOD cos he knows best.
May your gentle soul rest in the bosom of the Lord
Amen.
Posted by christiana onumejor on March 11, 2021
Osuofia Amawbia! Great man with a humble spirit. Soft spoken and full of wisdom. A man of peace.

You were not only dad to your biological children. You were a dad to many others like me. You called me your namesake. You made me feel welcome in your home. When you returned from work, you'd always ask if I had eaten. You were gentle and funny. You had something to say to bring smiles and laughter. You were also very smart. You always knew when we were up to some mischief, but you were kind and patient. Words would never be enough to convey your personality.

Death is only a physical separation. I know even now you continue to look out for your lovely wife and children.
You ran a good race. Now you rest in the bosom of the Lord. I celebrate the life that you lived. Your memory lives on in our hearts. Adieu daddy.
Posted by Okiemute Olley on March 11, 2021
Tribute to a wonderful Dad!
Oh death! Where is your sting? The news of your demise came as a huge shock to me and I couldn’t comprehend it. But what can we do? we cannot question God. Dad you are a man with few words, full of wisdom, so calm, humble to a fault and fun to be with at all time! I Remember the first day we meet in Port Harcourt, you thought I was Nkechi, you welcomed me smiling and found out that I was not Nkechi but her friend. From that day You took me like your own daughter and fondly called me Nkechi SeniorI will sincerely miss you Dad.
Rest in the bosom of our Lord! May your gentle Rest In Peace.

Adieu Dad!

Love from D Olley’s

Mrs Okiemute Olley


Posted by Ijeoma Asuke (Née Nwosis... on March 10, 2021
You'll forever be in our hearts, daddy...
Posted by Catherine Emekwuo on March 10, 2021
January 1st 2021, I had my worst nightmare. Dad, so it is not a nightmare, you are really gone, no warnings, no goodbyes. I am broken. Can this pain ever go away? Dad, you taught us everything to take us through life journey, but you never taught us how to live without you. The emptiness, the loneliness, the lost feeling ; I can't describe.
Can this pain ever go away.
Dad, you were a father to many. Growing up, it felt like we had to share you with everyone. You lived a selfless life, always ready to bless us at every opportunity.

You were proud of all your children equally. You would share all of our achievements with anyone who gave you a listening ear. You loved God and the church. Your morning devotions were extra ordinary.. I just had a giggle dad... you would talk about all your children one after the other during prayer sessions which sometimes made us upset as we felt every visitor in the house would get to know about our plans. Dad didn't see anyone as a visitor. They were all his children and he couldn't hide how proud he was of us all.

September 2018 when I went to see dad at home, after our usual indepth conversation, dad asked me to kneel in front of him, he blessed me like never before, daddy held my boys in his arms and prayed for them. He told them they would be great men. They didn't understand, but grand pa insisted they said Amen.

I miss you dad, can this pain ever heal? We will be strong for mummy and each other. Continue to rest in the bossom of our maker, the almighty God until we meet at the feet of Jesus.

I love you dad.

Jujuju
Posted by Amu Kolawole on March 10, 2021
Daddy was a great man worthy to be emulated. I saw him as iconic figure who touched the lives of all around him positively... I really admire him and mummy ; the calm way they handle things... they are an epitome of divine love, love of all.
Daddy Rest on in the bossom of our Lord
Posted by Nkem Ojiako on March 10, 2021
And my dad sleeps Forever      
No guilt in life,no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life's first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny....
Whatever my lot,thou oh Lord has taught me to say;'It is well with my soul '.
A million tears are not enough as I bid you farewell from the world but not from my heart.
I want to let the world know what an awesome Dad you have been and how that you fathered me and my siblings in a manner that I am grateful for,and to affirm that if I am given a choice to make,I'd choose you a thousand times over.
Every memory of you is precious and cherished,but I just want to relay a few of them here.
I will never forget the love and support you gave me through the difficult times I went through.After God,it was my dad.Dad was solidly behind me;he cried when I cried and laughed when I laughed.Daddy prayed and supported me morally and financially. He kept telling me that I will overcome till he breathed his last breath.He kept blessing me.
Dad went the extra mile to make sure I achieved my goal in life.I recall many Years ago I got admitted to Business School for my MBA,and how to finance it became a challenge as I was already running another Masters degree programme concurrently in another university. Dad paid my tuition for the programme and stocked my library with some of the best authors that i own today.He was my biggest cheerleader.
Dad had a listening ear.He never forced you to do anything;if he advised you on anything and you didn't listen and then you made a mistake,dad will not judge you and say 'I told you'.He would always find a way of redirecting you.
I remember in 2015 when dad was critically ill and was hospitalised in Lasuth for 2months,we had thought that would have been the end,but God came through for us. I had gone to be with him in the hospital. Daddy was pitying and telling me sorry for inconveniencing me and was even empathising with other patients who were not fortunate as he was.
I remember the times when my head wants to go haywire,daddy knew my medicine.He would say to me'okwa idigha gba ha'm okwu?meaning 'you never say no to my words' that statement did the resets in my brain.
Dad was a great dad indeed,So full of love and care.
I recall growing up as a young girl, dad was my super hero. He had answers/solutions to any and everything.He was not a man of many words but always had a plan.
Dad was a giver.He made sure his family never lacked.I consider my mother a very privileged woman at that.I remember as a young girl,I wished that every dad was like my dad.i was so proud of him.
I remember the times when I visited home with so much nostalgia;dad made my stay memorable so much so that i looked forward to any opportunity to travel down again. And when it was time to go,dad must escort me to the airport or motor park to bid me farewell and he would dip hands into his pocket and dash me money for 'ife afia' for the kids.Hmmm!
Dad,It's my time now to bid you farewell.I want to thank you for being the number one dad and my super hero.I cannot love you more than your creator,So I submit and bow to the will of a higher authority,the almighty God who has called you home.Its so painful to know that I will never see you again,but I take solace that you're resting in the Lord.Rest in perfect peace my dearly beloved daddy till we meet to part no more.I love you dad and miss you so much.
Goodbye daddy.You are unforgettable.


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Posted by Sharon Elumelu on April 4, 2021
My grandpa truly was a great man. He was very family oriented and the peace maker of the family. He had this eerie sense of calmness about him. No matter what the conflict and differences were, everyone knew that with grandpa around, there would be no arguments.

I have never met any man who loves his family as much as grandpa did. The distance between us did not deter him from bonding with us and loving us tremendously. From the stories I heard from my mum and aunties, I know that grandpa’s deep sense of family orientation did not start when he became a grandfather but rather it was part of the unique traits that made him the rare gem he was. Grandpa was indeed a rare gem; selfless, generous, and full of love for people.

I specifically remember a family occasion we had recently where 18 of us were on WhatsApp video call and grandpa made us sing all 5 verses of the “oh Jesus I Have Promised” hymn. Half of us were off key and the other half didn’t know the full lyrics and were just mumbling words, but he insisted we sing all 5 verses. We laughed about it and made jest of the situation but it’s a memory I will forever hold dear; the memory of my grandpa bringing the family together. All 18 of us were in 3 different continents, separated by the Atlantic Ocean, and on different time zones yet I still felt a strong sense of unity. We were all there in that moment, together, pledging our lives to the Lord as we sang grandpa’s favorite hymn.

Grandpa was my greatest cheerleader. He was very supportive and never hesitated to share his wealth of experience and lend his advice. Grandpa, you believed so much in me and always told me that you knew I would do great things in my chosen career. Grandpa, you were very proud and excited to see the day I would earn my white coat. You and I talked always talked about two major life stones in my life: my wedding and when I graduate medical school.
It pains me to know that when I do, by God’s grace, achieve these milestones, grandpa will not be there. Or when I walk down the aisle on my wedding day, grandpa will not be there to cheer me on. It hurts knowing that you and I will never get to experience these things together as we hoped and planned.

My heart aches for my grandma who has lost her soul mate and “partner in crime;” for my mum who has lost her hero; for my dad who has lost his best friend and role model; and for me and my siblings who have lost the only grandpa we ever knew and cherished. My only consolation is that I know Heaven has gained an angel; and what a fine angel you will make. I only wish that you didn’t go so soon.

We will always love you grandpa and we miss you dearly. Goodbye for now grandpa. We will all be reunited in the kingdom of Heaven, where we will meet to part no more.

Good night Sir,
Dumeje Elumelu

Posted by Michelle Elumelu on April 1, 2021
Grandpa,
I’m so honored to call you my Granddad. You were such a kind, caring and compassionate man. Always wanted what was best for me. I hope you’ve found peace in God’s arms. I know you are watching over me and our family. I will never stop loving you.

-Love,
Muli (Muanya)
Posted by Oluchi Ikem on March 14, 2021
It’s still very shocking that you are gone. On that very day, 1st of January 2021, when the shocking news of your death came to me, I was dumbfounded. At first I did not comprehend the news, till I put a call through my aunt to confirm.
Daddy I remembered the very last time I spoke to you. You had asked me when I'll come to visit, and I had told you I will come and see you this year and bring my baby along, Little did I know it was going to be our Last conversation.
Daddy, I think of all the great things you've done and how you've touched many lives. You were such a wonderful and unforgettable father 
Daddy why did you leave us?
Daddy who will be giving us those advices you used give to us, I still remember clearly the moment we shared before I left Nigeria.
Daddy who will be calling me ADA JESUS, if I come to Nigeria who will tell me those stories you used to tell me.
Daddy it is true that you gave birth to many children, but you fathered many nations.
The Vacuum you created in my heart is irreplaceable daddy but I can not question GOD cos he knows best.
May your gentle soul rest in the bosom of the Lord
Amen.
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Service of Songs - March 27, 2021 @ 12 noon

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal...

Please join us for a Service of Songs to celebrate the beautiful life our dad lived, @ Bishop Tugwell Memorial Anglican Church (BTM), 7/11 Sheteolu Street, Beside Nitel, Odunlami Street, Off CSS Bookshop, Lagos Island.


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Shared by Ijeoma Asuke (Née Nwosis... on March 10, 2021
Where do I even start from? Chai!!! Onwudinjo!!! I met Daddy in the year 2000. I was introduced to his family by my best friend, his daughter Lynn. From the day of the introduction till date, I was accepted unconditionally and became a part of the family. Daddy and mummy saw me as their own daughter, and as such, treated me like one. Whenever they went on holiday trips, they would always bring back a gift for me, whether I was present or not. The love daddy had for me as a daughter also emanated from other members of his family. Daddy was the greatest adviser of all time, but he would never force his opinions on anyone. I remember some time ago when I experienced some challenges in my undergraduate studies in Medicine, daddy was there for me. He offered me his candid opinion whenever I sought his advice, but never failed to reprimand me whenever I fell out of line. He was a devout Christian, both in words and action; a man of peace, soft-spoken, but so full of life and energy. You could even see it in the way he related with his wife and us, his children. He lived an exemplary life in all ramifications, especially in his marriage. He loved his wife so dearly, that it radiated to everyone around. Daddy, you lived a good life, and this is shown in the legacy and memories of you, which are imprinted in our hearts. We can't question God because HE knows best. We are certain that you are resting peacefully in the Bosom of our Creator. We love you dad, but God loves you most. Jee nke oma, ezigbo nna.