ForeverMissed
(To learn more about the Legacy initiatives in loving memory of Chuka and Uchenna Okeke - Click here )
Chuka Obiora Okeke and Uchenna Ifeyinwa Okeke were taken from us too soon on June 20th 2011. 

In honor of their memory, we come together 10 years to the day of their passing to celebrate two vibrant beings. Chuka and Uchenna are survived by their parents Engr. Sam Okeke and Dr. Mrs. Edith Okeke; their sisters Dr. Mrs. Nnesochi Nnamonu and  Mrs. Amuche Okeke-Agba.

Chuka was known to be very personable, an intellectual, a son to be proud of, a true friend, and all around good guy. Beaming with potential and someone who lived each moment thoughtfully offering kindness to those around him.

Uchenna an Electrical and Computer Engineer, full of life, love, excitement for the days outcomes, and someone with a generous laugh filling any room to the brim. A beautiful and vivacious daughter, friend and sister inside and out, a true joy to be around.

Their short lives touched all of us who knew them in a very special way. We thank God for the blessing of their lives.

We come together on June 20th 2021 to remember Chuka and Uchenna and the special gifts they were to us on earth. May we hold their precious memories in our hearts forever.

Please take a moment to explore the photo gallery, leave a tribute, and include your own photos & stories of our beloved Chuka and Uchenna. An email account has also been created where you may contact us directly at Chuka.Uchenna.memorial@gmail.com, thank you.

With Love,
Okeke Family
In memory of Chuka and Uchenna we are launching 2 "Legacy Initiatives"  - 
1. Scholarship Foundation- We aim to sponsor a scholarship in Uchenna's name at Loyola Jesuit College (her alma mater) and a scholarship in Chuka's name at Bethany Christian Academy (his alma mater)
2. Safer Travel Initiative - We are seeking volunteers to work on problem solving effective actions to improve travel safety in Nigeria. 
Posted by Chiagozie Abobo on June 22, 2021
You were brilliant Uchenna. I always remember how we were always sure that you will take the first position every term in Alama.
I can still remember Louisa's call in the dead of the night to inform me of the accident.

I attended the wake organized for you and Chuka. That was probably the closest contact I had with you after primary school. Life is interesting - one day you are playmates, you grow up and suddenly playmates become someone you used to know.

I hope you and Chuka are resting with the Lord. I pray God continues to bless and comfort the family you both left behind. I cannot imagine how it has been for them these years without you.

Keep resting with the Lord.
Posted by Ebele Okeke on June 20, 2021
Have you ever met someone that the simple act of thinking about her makes you laugh spontaneously? Uchenna was that for me. At 2, she could hold her own in a conversation with adults. I remember thinking that I had never met such a delightful child who could hold my attention in conversation like an adult. Fast forward to 15 years later, she was even more captivating with such a sense of joy that she freely dispensed to all who met her. She was such a loving human that you could not resist her charm no matter how trying your day was. Ifeanyi my son fell hard for his cousin Uchenna and she reciprocated by doting on him. He followed her around, called her constantly and made his first trip to Nigeria just be with Uchenna. We miss you but remain eternally grateful for the way you graced our lives

Chuka, I regret that I missed getting to know the incredibly responsible and dedicated man you were becoming. I do remember your mother's reliance on your strength to manage her affairs and that of the whole family effortlessly. She would often tell me "Chuka will take care of it" about most problems she encountered. You weren't here long but you lived, laughed, enjoyed and loved hard.

Chuka and Uchenna, our beloved children, REST IN LOVE.
Posted by Ezinne Udezue on June 20, 2021
Chuka and Uchenna, loosing you all on that day was such a major heartbreak. It was truly life changing in so many ways, new questions about life emerged, trying to understand what God’s plan was with this, why then, why lives were cut short … the list goes on. I can’t say I get it yet, but I can say loosing you changed me, changed the Seattle crew and put us in so many ways on different life trajectories. All I can say is God knew what he was doing and I simply submit to that.

How two young people shined so brilliantly, cared so much for people, had such joie de vivre and lived so fully in such a short time is beyond belief. I feel grateful to have been a part of your lives for even the short time our lives intersected.

Uchenna, I couldn't wait for you to be a part of my children's life because you were such a beautiful soul. You are remembered very fondly. Focused, determined, ambitious BUT you knew how to live and I was personally inspired by you - you seemed to balance it all … Serious AND fun!

I have full confidence that you are both resting well. When I do make it to heaven I’ll definitely come by to check you guys out. I know you’ll both tell me where the cool places are to hang out. :-)

I miss you.
Posted by Adedoyin Adewumi on June 20, 2021
Uche was one of the smartest people I was in class with. When I remember her, it's always with that beautiful smile.
May the good Lord continue to abide with the family.
Posted by Rolly Egbuna on June 20, 2021
Chuka and Uchenna  l have not seen you for ten years but I am ever so comfortable with where you are_HEAVEN, a place GOD has prepared for very special people like you. May I make a special request from you that you pray for us so that GOD will touch us too, especially your wonderful parents.
Sam and Edith that they are in HEAVEN is consoling enough. May GOD in his infinite goodness continue to bless you.
  On their behalf may I say happy father's day.
Posted by Ifeoma E on June 20, 2021
To Chuka and Uchenna,
I am so grateful to God that I had the chance to know such amazing people in this world. You brought so much happiness to everyone.
I know you are with us in everything we do and say. I am at peace because I know you are with God in His home.
I will always love you Chuka and Uchenna.
You will forever live within my heart.
Posted by Bisoye Gofwen on June 20, 2021
10 years like yesterday
Still so fresh and the pain still so raw
I’ve watched your Mum try to live
I’m amazed and happy when I hear her laugh. I never thought she ever would again.
God is good. It’s hard to say, but I know we are almost there, we give thanks to Him even in this.
He has indeed been faithful.
Always loved, always missed, never ever forgotten.
Posted by Ebuka Emetarom on June 19, 2021
The doleful departure of Chuka and Uchenna left me again devastated and confused about the essence of life. Why two beautiful souls with a promising future will be taken prematurely remains obscure. But with faith in the Most High and the happy memories we shared, I am comforted that you both are in a blissful place illuminated in peace and serenity.

Your lives were a blessing and your memory will continue to permeate my mind until we see again.

Shine on Chuka.
Shine on Uchenna.
Posted by Emeka Egbuna on June 20, 2021
Knowing Chuka was an inspiration on how a person can have so much potential to change the world.
Knowing Uchenna was a blessing cause of the light she always brought with her.
Miss you guys ❤️
Posted by Nonso Okeke on June 19, 2021
The Bible tells us to give thanks to God in every situation that we find ourselves. I want to use this opportunity to thank God again for bringing the two of you to our family. Yes, your early departures from this earth was so sudden that it created a vacuum in our lives that nobody else could fill but you, but we take solace in the Lord Jesus Christ because we knew the kind of wonderful people both of you were. There were never a dull moments with you both. Uchenna your smiles were very magnetic. You were both friendly with family members and friends.
Chuka you were determined to be great in life. As a young man, you have never caused any heart break or shock to us unlike what obtains with youngsters.

May the Almighty God continues to grant you both eternal rest in His bossom. Amen.

I miss you both!
Posted by Carol Egbuna on June 19, 2021
Chuka and Uchenna I met and saw them grow right from childhood.
Chuka! The boy was simply good.
A gentleman to the core.
An epitome of respect.
Chuka lived a life every parent admired.

 Uchenna I have never seen without a smile on her. Ever so cheerful, full of life, happy and excited with life in general. No dull moment where ever Uchenna was present.
I do miss you Chuka and Uchenna very much however I know you both are on a happier and better assignment with our Lord. Continue to rest in the bosom of God.
Posted by Nwogo Agbasi on June 19, 2021
Mourning The Gift

I ask....
When shall we stop mourning over what God loaned us for our pleasure and for a season.

It was not ours to start with. It was God’s
He gave and He taketh

Who can fathom how the gifts were made. Whence they comet and where they goeth.

So can we really keep mourning over our lack of knowledge?

Yes, we can cry for a season. It is not a sin. To continue to cry is not to see the gift for the season.

It is questioning the goodness of all knowing God. And that would not bring pleasure to God.

So I say, rejoice for they went back from whence they came. In God’s bosom there is peace and there is joy

The gift was for a season, and a reason and for our pleasure.

Nwogo 6/19/20

And see how far we have come!!!

Posted by Victoria Obiozo on June 19, 2021
Chuka and Uchenna are with our eternal Father who love them. In every situation we give thanks to God the Almighty father who is all knowing.
Continue to rest in peace my children.
Posted by Mbayer Abunku on June 19, 2021
DMC (De Man Chuks)!!!! My pal and classmate Chuka!!! You are so fondly remembered my friend! You were a great friend, loyal and dependable. Always up for a good time and willing to go all out for his friends.
Smart and beautiful Uchenna, you are fondly remembered!!! Did not get to know you much but i heard only wonderful things about you.
You both lived inspiring lives and may those of us still here continue to live lives that will inspire others. Love and light!!
Posted by Manasoko Tebu on June 18, 2021
Chuka and Uchenna! " You have never been forgotten and you never will.....We hold you close to our hearts till we meet again at the feet of Jesus"
Christ in you, the hope of Glory! Col 1 vs 27
Posted by Chiko Swiney on June 18, 2021
When I left Nigeria to move to the UK Chuka was still a toddler who grew up to be a handsome, kind person. A good friend, a brother very loved by his sisters and a dependable son his parents were SO proud of. A young man full of potential.

I spent time with Uchenna when she came to Tucson to go to college. She was such a joy to have around. So full of life. A beautiful person inside and out. She had such a beautiful smile and an infectious laugh. We spent Thanksgiving and Christmas' together. We went hiking. We hung out and had stimulating and deep conversations. I miss her.

They were both taken from us too soon. We thank God for the time we were blessed to have them in our lives.

May the good Lord continue to comfort and console the family.
They will both live on in our memories.
God Bless.
Posted by chinedu obikili on June 18, 2021
My most striking memory of Uchenna was one of those holidays when she came home and I went to the house to visit. I wore a striped shirt with a striped tie, and she said don't I know that you don't wear a striped shirt with a striped tie? That striped shirts go with plain ties and plain shirts with striped tie. And that your belt and shoe need to be the same color.

I had no clue about these fashion tips and till today, those are probably the only fashion tips I am aware of and follow.

With Chuka there are tons of memories from childhood till 2011. I remember particularly when I was really ill and he gisted me that when he knew s**t was real was when they were at home praying for me to survive

He said, it wasn't let Chinedu get well soon but it was 'God please let the boy survive'

Well, I survived, and for reasons I'll never understand he didn't.

I remember the moment I heard the news of their demise, i can remember almost everything as accurately as it was yesterday, I was in my room during housejob with a friend and my classmate who was doing house job at Plateau Hospital called me and told me what happened and that their parents and my parents were there crying.

I remember the exact pathway I walked around in shock. It's almost burned in my head and I'll Never forget that day.

We had just been planning the bachelor's Eve for Amuche's wedding and I had scheduled my leave to attend the wedding that weekend.

Unbelievably I visited for a wake keep instead. It's easier for me with Uche because she was in the US for many years before the event so it's easy to be in denial and act like she's just somewhere else like before

But with Chuka it was harder, because he was such a correct guy and part of our daily lives. He was like the glue in the family and after he left the family bond couldn't be the same.

It is very clear that there is something missing in our lives. We will always miss them, we can never really feel complete without them.

But I am glad I met these two awesome people and we have an abundance of wonderful memories with them.

It's a pity we can't make more but we'll always be grateful for the ones we had

Continue to rest on my dear brother and sister.
Posted by Robin Strickland on June 16, 2021
Ephesians 2:4-6
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions-it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus...

2 Corinthians 5:1
For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.

Uchenna - What an honor it was to be your teacher, and your friend. You are a beautiful person, an exemplary student and a woman with a deep abiding faith in Jesus Christ. I miss you very much, but I will meet up with you again some day, as these Bible Verses say.
Posted by Olumide Makanjuola on June 5, 2021
Chuka and Uchenna- May you always be vibrant in our memories, lasting in our conversations and forever present in our hearts. 

We miss and love you!

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Posted by Chiagozie Abobo on June 22, 2021
You were brilliant Uchenna. I always remember how we were always sure that you will take the first position every term in Alama.
I can still remember Louisa's call in the dead of the night to inform me of the accident.

I attended the wake organized for you and Chuka. That was probably the closest contact I had with you after primary school. Life is interesting - one day you are playmates, you grow up and suddenly playmates become someone you used to know.

I hope you and Chuka are resting with the Lord. I pray God continues to bless and comfort the family you both left behind. I cannot imagine how it has been for them these years without you.

Keep resting with the Lord.
Posted by Ebele Okeke on June 20, 2021
Have you ever met someone that the simple act of thinking about her makes you laugh spontaneously? Uchenna was that for me. At 2, she could hold her own in a conversation with adults. I remember thinking that I had never met such a delightful child who could hold my attention in conversation like an adult. Fast forward to 15 years later, she was even more captivating with such a sense of joy that she freely dispensed to all who met her. She was such a loving human that you could not resist her charm no matter how trying your day was. Ifeanyi my son fell hard for his cousin Uchenna and she reciprocated by doting on him. He followed her around, called her constantly and made his first trip to Nigeria just be with Uchenna. We miss you but remain eternally grateful for the way you graced our lives

Chuka, I regret that I missed getting to know the incredibly responsible and dedicated man you were becoming. I do remember your mother's reliance on your strength to manage her affairs and that of the whole family effortlessly. She would often tell me "Chuka will take care of it" about most problems she encountered. You weren't here long but you lived, laughed, enjoyed and loved hard.

Chuka and Uchenna, our beloved children, REST IN LOVE.
Posted by Ezinne Udezue on June 20, 2021
Chuka and Uchenna, loosing you all on that day was such a major heartbreak. It was truly life changing in so many ways, new questions about life emerged, trying to understand what God’s plan was with this, why then, why lives were cut short … the list goes on. I can’t say I get it yet, but I can say loosing you changed me, changed the Seattle crew and put us in so many ways on different life trajectories. All I can say is God knew what he was doing and I simply submit to that.

How two young people shined so brilliantly, cared so much for people, had such joie de vivre and lived so fully in such a short time is beyond belief. I feel grateful to have been a part of your lives for even the short time our lives intersected.

Uchenna, I couldn't wait for you to be a part of my children's life because you were such a beautiful soul. You are remembered very fondly. Focused, determined, ambitious BUT you knew how to live and I was personally inspired by you - you seemed to balance it all … Serious AND fun!

I have full confidence that you are both resting well. When I do make it to heaven I’ll definitely come by to check you guys out. I know you’ll both tell me where the cool places are to hang out. :-)

I miss you.
his Life
"When life gives you lemons, make lemonade"

Chuka
aka DMC was an avid soccer player and Arsenal fan, as any happening "guys-guy" would be! He was a passionate, kind, and extremely mature man far beyond his years and someone you could count on. A constant supporter and source of encouragement he had a ton of friends. He was considered the mentor among all, the word of wisdom, and a natural born leader. Chuka had a love for Nigerian music and is known for doing anything he could for friends and family a true "Brother/Sister's Keeper"! 

Bethany Christian Academy | University of Jos | CBN

"The sky is not your limit, you can go higher"

Uchenna
aka Chen-Chen was a joy to be around, a bubbly spirit, beautiful, compassionate, sharp and full of life. Anything she put her mind to she would achieve, leaving a little trail of sunshine along the way. She took pride in her spirituality and found purpose in striving to become the best version of herself everyday, winning souls for Christ! A lover of Nigerian and Gospel music she took on big goals with style and was successful each time. Uche was truly the best of us and gift from God! 

Loyola Jesuit | University of Arizona | Microsoft
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Shared by Chike Agba on June 20, 2021
Chuka, we discussed how you had packed up the drinks that were left over from the trad for us to continue the "groove" in Jos.

Uchenna, we discussed that you wanted us to pass through Awkuzu to pick u up to drive down to Jos together.

Those were my last discussions with both of you. I constantly replay them in my head.

10 years on, and it still seems like yesterday. Since then, I have tried to make sense of the events of that evening to no avail, so I constantly seek out rays of hope to grant me solace in the fact that you are all in a better place. Time has not healed the wound; whosoever said that "time heals all wounds" obviously lied. Some wounds do not heal; you just live the rest of your life pursuing ways to live with them.

On a more positive note, what has happened since then:

Chimdi is a big boy! And I mean this in every sense. He is growing fast (you will not believe how tall he already is), intelligent, and developing into an excellent footballer. I'm hoping we push the Arsenal route, but his dad doesn't rate us (Gunners) anymore. You would both be proud of him.

Ralunna and Kasiemobi are maturing into independent and brilliant young girls. You can’t miss the “Okekeness” in them.

Esomchi and Chizulu are the fireworks you would expect them to be. They are a handful! 

Nelota is the baby of the house. Feed her, change her, and do not disrupt her flow – with these, you will find peace with her.

Chuka, Arsenal has gotten worse. It's bad o!!! From our steady "Top 4" to not making Europe at all.

Uchenna, Lebron put the Lakers back on the map with another championship last year. This year was a bit of a write-off, he is obviously older now, and the injuries are starting to pile up. Hopefully, we can still get two to three more "great" years.

We miss you guys. It is still very tough, from wondering what could have been done differently on the day to imagining the people you could have been today. It is what it is, I guess.

We'll see you when We'll see you. Say hi to Cathy and Nkiru for me.



Chike Agba



Shared by Nneka Chime on June 13, 2021
Chuka….
It started off a nice day.. I was heavily pregnant with my second child (Zara). I decided to drive to town and pick up some stuff. The federal road safety stopped me on Ahmadu bello way and insisted I showed them my licence. (Which I didn’t have on me then) they also decided I was going to follow them to the their office which was very far from town. It was really frustrating for me.. I was really emotional  (I blame it on pregnancy hormones). But I kept crying, I was thirsty and felt dizzy .  and then I called my husband. Chuka happened to be in his office when I called. I heard Chuka say “she’s crying?” Nnamdi don’t worry I will go. Chuka drove to where I was and took absolute control. Took me to his car, got me a cold drink and did what I called magic with the Officials who were previously very harsh. Chuka had this calm and friendly demeanor.. I sat in his car and watched them laugh and shake hands with him. He came back n gave me his keys, asked me to drive his car back to my hubby’s office. Said he will meet me there. He left everything he was doing, sacrificed his time and did it so lovingly. My eyes were swollen I was a mess but Chuka still gave me compliments.. when I remember Chuka I remember him saving me on 2 different occasions and giving the most compliments.. Chuka would hail your outfit, in his words (wow nne, lovely dress) compliment your hair and say the nicest things. He was so kind.. an amazing being. We miss him and Uchenna so much . when we were much younger , I would stop by  to see Amuche often, Uchenna always gave the best hugs and always wanted to know what we were up to. Her laughter, many questions and constant giggles all very hard to forget.,She made me constantly wish I had a kid sister, very beautiful chenna with the best laugh. May God keep them in the warmt of his love and continue to console all they have left behind. We will never forget.❤️

Uchenna - my dear sister

Shared by Chisom Obiora on June 12, 2021
My dearest Uchenna,

I could go on and on with stories about you and how full of life you were. Some of my earliest memories of both of us include playing together at the back of the house in Rock Haven, climbing the trees there, riding bikes, lessons with Mr Ralph . I still remember that we always wore the same style (and in most cases color) of dresses for Christmas and family parties. We always wondered why we couldn’t get the same style as our bigger sisters …lol… or go to the same places/parties with Amuche. When I think about you, I’m sure you know how often this is, I always remember your full bellied laughter, the type you make when you get surprised and it kind of bursts out of you. In public you’d typically follow that with putting your hand over your mouth and looking around as you observe heads turning in your direction. Another memory that always comes to mind …is your signature dance move … you would typically stand…put up your right hand, tilt your head …lol…and then sway from side to side and shout “that’s my soooooooong”. In your mind you were like a hot stepper sha …lol.

Do you remember all the shopping trips you went on for me in Seattle? I think you kind of hated them … but you always went gladly…taking pictures, trying on dresses. But that’s you, always there for the people you loved and who needed you. For my wedding dress you must have tried on over 20 dresses and even when I wanted to give up, you refused. We did find the perfect dress and the perfect maid of honor dress which I never saw you rock. We had so many plans for that your trip to Nigeria. Finally we were old enough and working class girls and could be independent and do our thing. I couldn’t wait for you to touch down in Lagos. I still remember many of the deep conversations we had on that your trip to Nigeria …starting with the very first night you arrived. Did we even sleep? We had always been really close but on that trip we were inseparable. My colleagues at work knew you, I had talked about you so much and the day you came by the office so many came around to say hi to you. Later so many followed up with me to get your number …*wink wink.

I’ll stop with the stories now and wrap up by saying…thanks for all you were and still are to me. You were my confidant, my sister, and even though younger, you gave me so much wise counsel. Such a kind heart. Super smart and beautiful in and out, God took His time when he created you. I love you, and miss you so much.

Chisom