ForeverMissed

This memorial website was created by  IJAW FOUNDATION. 

 In  the memory of our beloved son, COL. GODFREY OKORO (RTD), 64 years.

Born on April 2, 1948 and passed away on June 13, 2012.


We will remember him forever

Ijaw Foundation Inc Condoles the Families of Late Col. Godfrey A. Okoro:   Ijaw Foundation the apex body of all Ijaw Organizations in Diaspora received with shock the news of the untimely death of our amiable Ijaw Nationalist – Col.  Godfrey Okoro.   On behalf of the Board of Directors and Members,  we commiserate with his  immediate and extended family for the great loss. The entire Ijaw Nation grief over  the demise of Col. Okoro   We urge the family, friends and entire Ijaw nation to take heart as God alone has answers to anything that befalls us at any time.   No doubt the sudden passing to glory of Col Okoro is a great loss to Ijaw Nation at a time when his services and experiences is very well needed.  We take solace in the fact that he lived a good life which positively impacted on our people. He was a great man who committed his life for peace, unity, love and emancipation of the Ijaw race.    We pray God Almighty to  continue to comfort the  family he has left behind and entire Ijaw Nation.   May his gentle and kind soul forever know peace!   Signed:   Dr. Rueben Jaja -  Chairman,  Ijaw Foundation.  Dr. Ransom Douglas - Secretary, Ijaw Foundation  
Posted by Oyintarela Okoro on June 13, 2022
Uncle! I didn't believe you had passed on until the evening of my birthday ten years ago when I didn't receive a call from you. I love you and I miss you.

Rest on good uncle
Posted by Daerebo BROWN WEST on June 13, 2022
10 years is like just yesterday.
Your foot marks still speak volumes on earth.
Continue to rest in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Dein Na Sime!
Posted by Dr. Ebenezer OKPOKPO on June 13, 2022
Colonel,

I did not have the chance of knowing or meeting you, but I can tell you that the sad news 10 years ago came as a wild cold and chilly surprise to all of us, but like the song rightly expresses, you left too soon. I took it as God's will. However, I wish to thank you for your contributions to Ijaw Nation, Ijaw people and our struggle for emancipation and achievement of our collective aspirations. We shall for ever remain proud of you. Continue to rest peacefully in our Lord's hands.
Posted by Ben Okoro on June 12, 2022
Ten years have gone since your departure. I will never forget your memory, your care for people and the warmth and positive presence you carried with you always. You are missed beyond measure Bros!
Posted by Anthony H. Otokito on April 3, 2022
Continue to RIPP, our big bros.
Forever in mind. Always
Tony Otokito & Family
Posted by Ben Okoro on April 2, 2022
Dear Bros, you are always on my mind. Do rest on in peace!
Posted by Daerebo BROWN WEST on April 2, 2022
Another year of remembering your great and unreplaceable walk on earth is here. Indeed, you showed the path for others to follow. 10 years is like yesterday.
Continue to rest in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Bro. Col. Dein Na Sime
Posted by Daerebo BROWN WEST on June 13, 2021
You are ever fresh in our memory.
We missed you always.
RIP!
Posted by Anthony H. Otokito on June 13, 2021
I join broda BenO & the entire Okoro family in continuous remembrance of our ever loving indefatigable big Ijaw Icon, late Col Godfrey Okoro. May your gentle soul continue to rest in perfect peace
Tony Otokito & Family (London uk)
Posted by Ben Okoro on June 13, 2021
Bros,
You are always on my mind. We miss you!
Rest on in Perfect Peace.
Posted by Ebikedoumene Gbafafe on April 26, 2021
There's always something that points to your presence around me. The push to be a better person, the advice to live a responsible life, the empowerment to be economically independent etc.. So much I can only express and wished that u were here..... I find solace in God with the hope that u are at peace with Him your Creator. Rest on fighter. A soldier goes home.
Posted by Oyintarela Okoro on April 3, 2021
I miss you so much uncle. Continue to rest in peace
Posted by Anthony H. Otokito on April 2, 2021
Continue to rest in perfect peace our indefatigable big broda, Col. Godfrey O. You’re forever missed but always forever remembered.
TonyO
Posted by Daerebo BROWN WEST on April 2, 2021
We thank God for your life on earth.
You are remembered today for your birthday and always.
Dein Na sime!
Posted by Osagie Olaye on July 25, 2020
Bros G
When I remember you one word pop’s into my mind. SELFLESS. How you found time for all the work you did was a mystery to me. Deceptively humble and unassuming, always primed to give a helping hand, I sometimes wondered if you ever found the time for proper sleep as you operated in different time zones from that computer in your study. Sleep peacefully now in Elysium. It was an honour knowing you as closely as I did.
Posted by Daerebo BROWN WEST on June 13, 2020
You are always in our thought~
~RIP~
Posted by Esther Boro on June 13, 2020
Rest on my Talknado Brother!
Posted by Ben Okoro on June 13, 2020
Alamakruga my Big Brother; it is 8 years today that you left this world. As always, we miss your charm. Continue to Rest In Perfect Peace!
Posted by Ebitimi Posibi on April 5, 2020
COL. You are forever in our memories.Rest in peace.
Posted by Anthony H. Otokito on April 5, 2020
Your fantastic legacy remains indelible.
Continue to rest in perfect peace, big bros.
Posted by Ali Omoniyegha on April 3, 2020
Godfrey, rest on, in the bosom of the Lord. Your legacy INF will outlive all of us. May the good Lord continues to uphold and bless your family. It will be well with them
Posted by Daerebo BROWN WEST on April 2, 2020
Hello big brother,
We do remember you always, especially today being your birthday on earth before you exit mother earth.
We missed you so much.
We can imagine how you would have been checking and motivating everyone to stay safe during this period of COVID-19.
Our trust is on God.
Continue to rest in the Lord Jesus!
Dein Na Sime~
Posted by Ben Okoro on April 2, 2020
Bros, It is another one of those special dates. You will continue to be in our minds forever. We miss you!
Posted by Anthony H. Otokito on June 13, 2019
Continue to rest in perfect peace, our indefatigable big bros. Continuous blessings to your family too, especially at this time of each year when sweet memories of your passing on come flowing through their veins. Devine guidance always.
Posted by Oyintarela Okoro on June 13, 2019
Uncle,
I just got a reminder on my mail that it's seven years today you left.
Men come and Men go but good deeds are not forgotten.
I will always remember you.
Continue to rest in peace!
Posted by Ebitimi Posibi on June 13, 2019
You are forever green in our memories.The legacy you left behind is a constant reminder of your vision for the Ijaw Nation.Rest in peace great leader.
Posted by Daerebo BROWN WEST on June 13, 2019
Your passion for humanity lives on!
You still speak in our life today, because of the foundation you lay.
Tamuno-Dein!
Rest In Peace!
Posted by Ali Omoniyegha on June 13, 2019
With the legacy you left behind you are always in our minds
Posted by Elaye Otrofanowei on June 12, 2019
Your legacies live on. Continue to Rest In Peace man of Peace!
Posted by Ben Okoro on June 12, 2019
In a few hours, it will be 13th of June and it is going to be seven years since you passed on. It seems as though it was yesterday. We continue to miss you big time, even with the passage of time.
Continue to rest in peace bros.
Ben
Posted by Tony Otokito on April 3, 2019
Continue to rest in perfect peace, our big bros.
Posted by Ben Okoro on April 2, 2019
Bros, I know we would have been rumbling in a big laughter on your Birthday today. We miss you!
Posted by Daerebo BROWN WEST on June 14, 2018
Your are always in our memory!
RIP
Posted by Ben Okoro on June 13, 2018
Bros,
We miss you and your style big time. Continue to Rest-in-Peace.
Ben
Posted by Femowei Braye on June 3, 2018
Continue to live on sir as your legacies endureth for ever .
PIB .
Posted by Odede Jessica on June 15, 2017
Continue to rest in peace uncle and may God give your immediate family the fortitude to bear your absence. Forever missed,gone but not forgotten.
Sleepon
Posted by Chief Victor Egukawhore on June 13, 2017
We will forever have you in our memories, continue to rest in the bosom of the Lord.
Posted by Ebiere Helen Fumudoh on June 13, 2017
Our brother, our Champion who connected ijaw nation on a virtual forum, making Ijaw families 'without borders', giving every Ijaw person brothers and sisters everywhere on planet earth, you will be in our memories forever.
Posted by Daerebo BROWN WEST on June 13, 2017
5 years already!
We do miss you!
Continue to rest in the Lord Jesus!
Dein Na sime!
Posted by Paul Toun on June 13, 2017
You left a shining light behind. Your work speaks volumes for you. Keep resting in the Lords bosom. Forever missed.
Posted by Oyintarela Okoro on June 13, 2017
Uncle, i miss you so much. Continue to rest in peace.
Posted by Ben Okoro on June 13, 2017
Dear Bros,
It is hard to imagine that you left us 5 years ago. How time flies!
You are forever in our minds and we will continue to miss you. Rest on in Perfect Peace!
Posted by Ben Okoro on April 2, 2017
Bros, Happy 69th Birthday Posthumously. You are greatly missed. Continue to rest in perfect peace.
Posted by Daerebo Brownwest on April 2, 2017
We will always miss you
Continue to rest in the Lord Jesus
Posted by lauretta okoro on June 13, 2016
I feel so sad whenever I remember that uncle Godfrey is no more with us, he was a storm calmer and an ardent lover of peace. You will forever remain in my heart uncle.
Posted by Daerebo Brownwest on June 13, 2016
Your memory remains ever fresh!

RIP
Posted by alioune seck on June 13, 2016
rip in peace colonel okoro; you were a true african elite officer.
from senegalese colonel (retired) alioune seck(class 1993 naval post graduate school ,monterey california , usa)
Posted by Ben Okoro on June 12, 2016
Time sure flies by as four years seems like yesterday. We remember you today as we try to keep your legacy going. Continue to rest in peace Big Brother!
Posted by Hosiah Emmanuel on April 2, 2016
You are forever missed. A great man!
Posted by Anthony H. Otokito on April 2, 2016
Forever remembered and beloved. Continue to rest in perfect peace our indefatigable big brother.
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Posted by Oyintarela Okoro on June 13, 2022
Uncle! I didn't believe you had passed on until the evening of my birthday ten years ago when I didn't receive a call from you. I love you and I miss you.

Rest on good uncle
Posted by Daerebo BROWN WEST on June 13, 2022
10 years is like just yesterday.
Your foot marks still speak volumes on earth.
Continue to rest in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Dein Na Sime!
Posted by Dr. Ebenezer OKPOKPO on June 13, 2022
Colonel,

I did not have the chance of knowing or meeting you, but I can tell you that the sad news 10 years ago came as a wild cold and chilly surprise to all of us, but like the song rightly expresses, you left too soon. I took it as God's will. However, I wish to thank you for your contributions to Ijaw Nation, Ijaw people and our struggle for emancipation and achievement of our collective aspirations. We shall for ever remain proud of you. Continue to rest peacefully in our Lord's hands.
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BIOGRAPHY OF LATE COLONEL GODFREY AMBAKIDERIMOH OKORO

The late Col. Godfrey Ambakiderimoh Okoro was born at Jalingo in present day Taraba State on 2nd April, 1948. He hails from Patani in Delta State. He passed on 13th June, 2012 leaving behind his wife, Stella Olachi Okoro and five children.

He had his early education in the old Bendel State where he attended Government College (formerly Saint Brendans College), Bomadi. Upon graduation from secondary school, Godfrey attended the Federal School of Forestry, Ibadan and obtained the Laboratory Technicians Certificate in 1968.  He had a brief stint, working at the Federal School of Forestry, Ibadan thereafter.

Faced with a number of challenges, including education of his siblings, Godfrey enlisted in the Nigerian Army by attending the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna as Emergency Commission 8 (EC8).  He was granted Emergency Combatant Short Service Commission in the rank of Second Lieutenant in 1969 and deployed to the 3rd Marine Commandoes at the war front in the Aba/Owerri axis.  He was later converted to Regular Combatant Commission in 1976 and rose to the substantive rank of Colonel before eventually retiring from service in September, 2001.

The late Colonel Okoro held a number of command and staff appointments throughout his years of service with the military and he  performed his duties meritoriously.  He served in a number of military formations across the country including 82 Infantry Division, Enugu and the Army Headquarters, Lagos.  He was also an instructor at the NDA and a directing staff at the Command and Staff College, Jaji. He also served as a staff Assistant at the Ministry of Defense, prior to leaving for the USA in January, 1993.

While in service, he attended several relevant educational and professional courses and obtained a number of certificates, including a Certificate in personnel management from the US Army AG School, Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana, USA, in 1973, a Bachelor’s degree in Geography, and a MBA in Management from the University of Lagos, and the  University of Nigeria, Nsukka respectively. He also enrolled as a student in the Resource Planning and Management for International Defense Curriculum at the US Naval Postgraduate School at Monterrey, California, USA in January, 1993 but he did not complete the course due to a change in circumstance at that time. 

Busy as he was in the pursuit of his military career, he still hard time to think of his roots to the extent that he was very relevant in the creation of the Patani Local Government Area during his days at the Ministry of Defense.

Even in far away USA the late Colonel Okoro never stopped thinking of his roots. He was President, Council of Ijaw Associations Abroad (CIAA) that spoke up against the injustices meted out by the Nigerian government in the late nineties during the ethnic crisis in the Niger Delta and the period prior to, and after the invasion of Odi. He also actively participated in activities of the Ijaw National Alliance in the Americas (INAA).

He created and formalized the Ijaw Nation Forum (INF), an  internet-based discussion platform or list service in 2001, for Ijaws to exchange ideas and discuss issues of common interest to Ijaw people, the Niger Delta and Nigeria in general. He moderated the forum until his death on 13th June, 2012.  The INF exemplifies a passionate, creative and dedicated man who enabled the very practices that define harmony and justice for all in a society.  Many Ijaws worldwide have been connected into the “INF family”, and a number of networks been developed from his original idea. 

Godfrey was an officer, and a gentleman whose sense of humor and smile is infectious.  He was loved and admired for his efforts as a uniting force within a progressive Ijaw Nation.  He also believed in unity and that as a people much can be achieved peacefully.  He was not just an idealist, but a pragmatist whose efforts shape the way Ijaws collaborate in pursuit of the common goal.

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Shared by Oweibi Tare on June 23, 2012
I did not meet this great man of character and honour but from interactions and ideas we shared together in a forum moderated by him, i am more than convinced that he was a man of great honour and passion for his people. Until his passing i could not really fathom how i got subcribbed to that great family of his but when i enquired as an incquisite mind, he reminded me of my root and asked if i am in doubt of it. Shy and excited as i was it was a defining moment in my life because it gave me a sense of belonging and an identity i was proud of. Though we never meet i was glad he found me worthy to be part of his family and i looked up to him as a father because of the many similarities with my biological father who himself has gone to the lands beyound since the year 2001. Coincidentally that was about the same year i was subscribed to that great forum of his. The legacy you left behind will always inspire me. Oweibi G.T.