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BIRTH AND PARENTAGE

Akparawa, Deacon, Dr. Godwin Gabriel Umoh was born on June 20, 1953 into the humble family of late Chief Gabriel Umoh, and late Mrs. Regina Gabriel Umoh, both from Ikot Uyo Nsit Atai Local Government Area, in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. He was the second child, and the first son of seven children: five brothers and two sisters. Dr. Umoh grew up under the nurture of his parents who imparted discipline, honesty and integrity, all of which served as pillars for his success in life.

EDUCATION

Dr. Umoh’s education began at Ikot Uyo Primary School, where he received his First School Leaving Certificate (equivalent to Elementary school Diploma), and subsequently graduated from Methodist Secondary School, Odot in 1972 with a West African Examination School Certificate.

Academically, the sky was the limit as he had an insatiable desire for higher education. After briefly working for the Ministry of Labor and Survey in Cross River State Government, he migrated to Italy in 1976 to further his education. Challenged with a new language, he enrolled in the University of Perugia where he completed a certificate in the Italian Language, and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting.

He started medical school at the University of Siena and eventually transferred to the University of Bologna where he completed a Doctor of Medicine degree in 1988 and specialized in Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN) and Infertility at the University of Modena in 1991.

MARITAL AND FAMILY LIFE

After spending several years schooling in Italy, Dr. Umoh was finally able to make a trip back to Nigeria in 1981 to visit friends and family. While in Lagos, he met his future wife Uduak Daniel Jacob, and they married in 1983. The new couple started their life together in Modena, Italy and were blessed with 3 children, Idaresit, Uwemedimoh, and Idongesit. Eager to provide a better future for their children, the family relocated to New York, New York in 1999. Dr. Umoh was a devoted husband, father, and dedicated his life to the betterment of both his immediate, and extended family.

CAREER

While in Italy, Dr. Umoh worked several different jobs from farming to cleaning in order to pay his way through school. Once his education was completed, he worked as a Gynecologist at the Policlinico di Modena, General Hospital. He also took special interest in infertility, and helped several couples achieve their dream of conceiving a child. He perfected his craft for several years until he relocated to the United States with his family.
While in New York city, Dr. Umoh started a career in polysomnography, where he used his background in medicine to help his patients. He is remembered by his patients as a man who went out of his way to help them by any means possible.

CHRISTIAN LIFE

Dr. Umoh was a devoted Christian who was known for his easy-going spirit, and while in Italy, he was a member of the Catholic Church for several years. After relocating to New York, Dr. Umoh continued in his Christian life and joined Christ Disciples International. He provided substantial financial support towards the acquisition of the church building, and also spent much of his time giving back to the community by distributing food during the weekly food pantry program. He later joined Voice of God Ministries International, Inc. where he remained until his passing. During his time there, he was made Deacon, and took great pride in studying the Word of God in order to teach during Sunday school.
Until his passing, Dr. Umoh maintained a strong faith in the Word of God and encouraged his family and others around him to always walk in the right path.

SOCIAL LIFE

Regardless of the several years spent outside of Nigeria, Dr. Umoh was devoted to his culture and to the progress of his homeland, Akwa Ibom State. He was a member of several cultural organizations, and never turned down an opportunity to assist in any way possible.
While living in Italy he saw a lack of a means for Africans to come together, so in 1990 he founded the African Catholic Union. Reverend fathers joined from different African countries to conduct mass, and today, this organization has grown nationwide with members all over Italy. As the Nigerian and Akwa Ibom communities continued to grow, Dr. Umoh founded the Akwa Ibom Association in Modena, and the Nigerian Association in Modena, organizations that today have spread beyond the small province of their birth.

Even after migrating to the United States, he made his presence felt in the community. He was an active member of the Akwa Ibom State Association (AKISAN), New York, and in 2012 his desire to help his hometown of Nsit Atai lead to the creation of Mboho Ima Ndito Nsit Atai, North America Inc. (MINNANA, previously known as Nka Ima Ndito North America). Among it’s many missions and objectives, MINNANA was created to offer medical and educational assistance to the underprivileged people of Nsit Atai. This objective was met through 2 medical missions that took place in 2013 and 2016 in Odot, Akwa Ibom. During this historical event, thousands of people were able to receive medical treatment, operations, and health education, completely free of charge. The inception of MINNANA was one of Dr. Umoh’s greatest accomplishments, and it fulfilled his dream of giving back to his homeland, while inspiring others to do the same.

In 2017 he joined the Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio USA/Canada Association and served as Secretary for the Commission, and Vice Chairman of the New York Chapter until he was selected to become the High Commissioner. During his tenure, he helped the organization grow in membership, which resulted in the inauguration if the Dallas Chapter in 2019. Dr. Umoh was passionate about promoting and preserving the Ibibio culture, and devoted much of his time towards fulfilling this goal.

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Dr. Godwin Umoh, 67 years old, born on June 20, 1953, and passed away on March 8, 2021. We will remember him forever.

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