ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Dr Augustine Ezeilo. We will remember him forever.

A scholarship fund will be created in honor of Dr. A.E. Ezeilo at his alma mater, the College of Immaculate Conception.   

You may send a donation towards this scholarship fund to:  Nnenna Ezeilo through Zelle (online bank service), -or- with PayPal using the "Send a gift" option.
Posted by Dr. Chris Obidigbo Uchay on April 15, 2021
TRIBUTE TO OUR ERSTWHILE MEDICAL DIRECTOR
DR. AUGUSTINE EZENTA EZEILO

Dr. Ezenta Ezeilo was one of the first Medical Directors of Eastern Nigeria Medical Centre, Enugu after the demise of the Proprietor and founder of the Hospital, Dr. Nlogha Okeke in 2007.

He took over after his retirement as the Director of Public Health Services, Disease Control, Enugu State Ministry of Health, Enugu.

He assumed duty first as a Medical Officer on the 24th of February 2011 and was later elevated to the post of Medical Director in January 2013.

As the Medical Director, he steered the affairs of the hospital with singular dedication and loyalty to the institution.

He had a remarkable and highly distinguished career in Eastern Nigeria Medical Centre and performed his duties diligently with integrity and fear of God. He was highly professional in his official duties and worked diligently and assiduously to uplift the fortunes of the hospital.

He was never found wanting in the discharge of his duties.

He disengaged from the services of the hospital because of his progressively failing health which became debilitating in the later part of his life.

His good works in Eastern Nigeria Medical Centre are a good source of inspiration to others.

He will be greatly missed by the Board of Trustees, Management and Staff of the Hospital.

May the good Lord grant his soul eternal rest.


Dr. Chris Obidigbo Uchay
Medical Director
Eastern Nigeria Medical Centre
Posted by Egodi Igwe on April 15, 2021
Late Dr. Augustine Ezenta Ezeilo lived a remarkable life and left indelible marks in the lives of many. He was one of few men who cherished family over everything. During one of my interactions with him, I did asked him his opinion about his wife's work as a rights activist. He beamed a smile and replies thus "I have a lot of respect for my wife Prof Joy Ngozi Ezeilo. My kinsmen loves her too becuase she has a lot of commonsenstical intenligence. If ever I return back to life after death, I desire to marry her again". What more can I say to a good man? Rest on...Sir.
My prayer is that God grants your kind soul eternal rest and console my dear boss Prof Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, her children and the entire Ezeilo's family.
Amen.
Posted by Oti Anukpe Ovrawah on April 13, 2021
Dear Dr Joy Ezeilo and family,
Remembering you all in my prayers. The holy sprirt the comforter will specially console you all in Jesus mighty name. Amen
Posted by Chinanu Ndumele on April 13, 2021
Dear Prof Ezeilo, I offer you and your family my thoughts, prayers and well-wishes during this dark time in your life.

May the soul of your husband and father who was your rock and a pillar in the society be at peace with our Heavenly Father as he, our Lord brings you and your family the much-needed peace during this sad time.
Posted by Hilary Ogbonna on April 12, 2021
Dear Professor Ezeilo, even though I have never met your husband and the father of your children, I have always felt a connection to your family because of our relationship. During these grieving moments, I want you and your family to know that we are connected and united with you in faith that Dr. Ezeilo has gone to be with the Lord. As Christians, we will mourn him with the hope that death is not the end. May his soul rest in the bossom of our Lord.
Posted by Barbara Sievers on April 12, 2021
It took me some time to find the right words.
Dr. Ezeilo impressed me the first time I met him, him being such a humble person. The second time he helped me in the middle of a serious illness.
His death will leave a void in our lives. But he will live on in our memories.
Posted by Chima Obieze on April 11, 2021
11th April To, 2021

To Prof. Joy Ezeilo,
MY CONDOLENCES
I didn't get to meet your late husband while alive, but through you I came to see the reflection of a gentleman who was easy-going, peaceful and very supportive.

I therefore write today to condole with you and every member of your family on his demise. Death is never desirable; not at anytime but it is a definite end for every mortally. We cannot question God.

Take solace in the fact that your late husband lived a good life and is now finding rest in the bossom of the Lord. Continue to live within the tenets of his core values.

Once again, on behalf of my family and the good people of Ezeagu Constituency, i condole with you and i assure you that we share in your grief at this time.

Rt. Hon. Barr. Chima E. Obieze
Member Representating Ezeagu Constituency
Chairman, House Committee on Works, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development, ENHA.
Posted by Uchechukwu Okwuosa on April 5, 2021
The news of your demise sent shivers to my spine.Doc it is with heart felt gratitude we give thanks to God for the wonderful life you lived. You lived an exemplary life worthy to be emulated.I commiserate with the entire Ezeilo family to bear your loss and pray that God gives them the fortitude to forge ahead even stronger.Rest on great man in God's bosom,you'll be forever missed.

Okwuosa family
Posted by Vivian Efem-Bassey on April 2, 2021
It was with shock that we received news of the passing of Dr. Ezenta Ezeilo (Ezeudo), husband of Prof. Joy Ezeilo a sister and partner in the advancement of women’s rights in Nigeria. We will remember him for his unflinching support towards his wife’s vision and ambition which has translated to her outstanding achievements, a rear attribute seen in the average African man today. We will also not forget his outstanding professionalism and contributions towards developmental progress in the healthcare sector in Enugu State and Nigeria as a whole. We pray that his soul rests peacefully in the bosom of our LORD and that the Lord grants our Sister and her entire family the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss. - Ene Obi, Country Director, ActionAid Nigeria.
Posted by Ijeoma Ezeude on April 1, 2021
Adieu to a phenomenal husband of my able mentor Prof Joy Ngozi Ezeilo (OON) The sorrows and vacuum associated with the death of a loved one is huge and can never be washed away.Nevertheless, we take solace in the Lord and the fact that during his sojourn on earth he was a replica of his name " Ezeudo'" meaning "peace" we are therefore assured that he is at peace with the Lord and he is in a better place where they will be no more pains nor sufferings.Take heart Prof! Requiestat in Pace Ezeudo!
Posted by Ayk Onwudiwe on March 31, 2021
Dr. Ezeilo was a good man and a lot of people benefitted from his good deeds including my mother. When my dad passed away, Dr. Ezeilo visited us to pay his condolence and noticed that something was not right about my mum. He took her to the room and checked her blood pressure which he discovered was high. He drove to the pharmacy and bought some medications for her. That happened so many years ago, but we have not forgotten!

“Every time you do a good deed you shine the light a little farther into the dark. And the thing is, when you're gone that light is going to keep shining on, pushing the shadows back.”
― charles de lint

Doc, Jee nke oma!
                                                                       Aykolysis!
Posted by ayogu eze on March 31, 2021
Prof,
Accept my sincere condolences on the passage to eternity of your beloved husband. May God console you and your family in your moment of anguish and mourning. It's well with you.
Posted by Ayo Olukanni on March 31, 2021
Prof Mrs Ezeilo, condolences on the passing away of your dear husband Dr Augustine Ezeilo. His was truly a life of service and a life well lived exemplified by his passion as a life coach to so many. A fitting tribute in his memory will be for the immediate and extended family to continue the tradition of excellence and service he laid down. In the words of the Scripture"He certainly fought a good fight, finished the race and kept the faith. May his soul RIP.

Amb Ayo Olukanni
Former High Commissioner of Nigeria to Australia
DG Nigerian Association of Chambers Industry Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA)
Lagos Nigeria
Posted by Frank Enih on March 30, 2021
I am glad I talked briefly with you January 3rd. Life can be tricky. I know your spirit is with our Lord but your heart and soul will always be with your loving family. I will always cherish our friendship. As a final year student from the north to CIC in Enugu to take my WASC exams, I did not know we were from same Owa till I met you at Olie market. We developed a deep friendship through the years. All is well Ezenta Adieu my brother and friend. May God receive your beautiful soul in peace.
Frank Enih






















Posted by Patricia Ukwu on March 29, 2021
TRIBUTE
With a heavy heart but thanksgiving to God for a life well lived in the service of God and humanity, I write this tribute to a man I can unequivocally refer to as a ‘’Man of Peace’’ 
Doc,(as I fondly call you) ,you were was such a rare person, caring, loving, peaceful and very considerate. You tried to carry or at least share in other people’s burdens. You were a mentor par excellence, ever looking for a way to add value to someone’s life. I have not forgotten that fateful Tuesday morning at UNTH, Enugu where you worked. You invited my father (of blessed memory), a great man at his own time) for counseling on my gaining admission into University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus.
An uncle had told him that he might not be able to train me in the University because it would take 10 people wealthier than him to do so. Doc, you vehemently opposed the claim and advised my father that if he could be setting aside N10 every day, he would conveniently achieve that feat and that what happened. With that you made me.
You lived a fulfilled life and spared nothing in attending to the needs of your siblings. Largely, you had fulfilled your purpose on earth. You impacted lives and helped all around you attain their goals. I had thought you would live very long, going by your disposition during the 2020 Christmas celebration. Nevertheless siblings. Largely, you had fulfilled your purpose on earth, you will be remembered by the great legacies you left behind.
I find it difficult to say goodbye, but they are inevitable especially under this circumstance. We may not see you again, but I will forever cherish you in my heart. We take solace in the fact that you had gone to a better place resting in the Loving Arms of our good God. Hallelujah.
Adieu Doc.
Adieu Man of Peace.
It is well with your soul.
Patricia Ozonwuama
(Nee Ozonwuama)

Posted by Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim Di... on March 29, 2021
TRIBUTE TO A QUINTESSENTIAL COLOSSUS

It is with a deep sense of sorrow but with total submission to the will of the Almighty, that I received the news of the passing of Dr. Augustine Ezenta Ezeilo (EZEUDO), JP, whose demise occurred on the 2nd of March, 2021 at the age of 72.

We at the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) are saddened to hear about the death of the “King of Peace”, whose elderly counsel to his children and grandchildren shall be greatly missed. He was a selfless, kind-hearted, honourable, easy-going and a wonderful person who has always been a great asset to his community and the country at large, having worked meritoriously as a talented Class Teacher, and then rising up to become a brilliant Medical Doctor and Public Health expert who saved a lot of lives before his retirement and consequent call to glory. 

On behalf of myself, and the entire staff and Management of NAPTIP, we condole and sympathize with the family of the demised, particularly his intelligent and adorable wife, Professor Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, OON, over this great loss. May God give you and your family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

It is my firm belief that, the exploits of the late Dr. Augustine Ezenta Ezeilo shall keep reverberating in the annals of history to be rendered as a veritable tool that can be deployed for the purposes of knowledge impartation for posterity.

Adieu Dr. Augustine Ezenta Ezeilo!
Posted by Obinna Edeh on March 28, 2021
I have had the opportunity to interact closely with few members of your immediate family. I can testify sir, that you raised great children. It is not usual, in our clime to see a family where everyone exhibits a high level of kindness and charity towards humanity. From your wife, who has positively changed the narrative in protecting the rights of women and girls in Africa to your last child, your family is a poster card and reference point of Love and Kindness. You are a great man and you left a beautiful legacy. May the Holy Spirit console the ones you left behind and may the Lord grant you eternal rest. Amen!
Posted by Chima Ilo on March 26, 2021
Your footsteps is too faint to hear right now we know..But the good works you left behind is still very load in our ears...
Rest in peace sir.
May the Good Lord console the family you left behind..

Engr. Ilo Chima 
Posted by christopher Christopher O... on March 25, 2021
Prof. It is undoubtedly true that the death of such a worthy and loving husband and father as Dr. Augustine Ezeilo is disheartening and devastating, but you are encouraged to take solace in the fact that Ezeudo lived a fruitful life worthy of praise to God. From all testimonies about him, it is believed that he has run his race well and will be rewarded with the heavenly crown. May God grant you and all who mourn the demise of this great man the fortitude to bear the loss and his soul eternal rest. Amen. Otti Chris. DVC'S Office, UNEC.
Posted by Patrick Etim on March 24, 2021
You will be truly missed, My condolences to my dear Classmate, Prof Joy Ezeilo.
Posted by julius anozie on March 24, 2021
My condolences, it is with heavy heart i write this.
This is quite an unexpected news but who are we to question life and death.
Even though I met you briefly, your gentility was very obvious.
I pray that your family will receive the comfort of the Holy Spirit at this time.
May the peace of Christ be with your family and loved ones.
Posted by Nkechi Ilochi-Omekedo on March 23, 2021
I join family and friends to mourn your death- Dr Ezenta Ezeilo, you were a father, friend and adviser to many of us.

Continue to rest in the bossom of the Lord till resurrection morning.
Posted by Chinelo Ezenekwe on March 20, 2021
I received the news of your demise with great sadness but gratitude to the almighty for the life you lived.A perfect gentleman and doting loving father.Extremely supportive family man.i recall those wacol days whenever he called with a message from madam he spoke of her with such pride and love.my wife this.my wife that.He was so proud and fond of Aunty joy and supported her vision and passion and was never threatened by her many successes.He invested in human development and loved his family so much.Doc may your peaceful loving soul rest in perfect peace.Aunty joy.chidu.nnenna and onyinye kasienu.ndonuu.Your husband and daddy was a good man.Let the many fond memories of good times shared console and encourage you all.
Posted by Ifeoma Ogbologu on March 20, 2021
In memory of Dr. A.E. Ezeilo

With a heavy heart, I hail a Peaceful Soul. It is still hard to believe and a struggle to comprehend that we've lost a "Great Gem".

I say a little prayer to all who mourn him especially Aunty Joy, Chido, Nene and Onyi. Can I just say from my experience; nevermind the void, pain, fears and tears, for I know they are all transient. Though your hearts are broken; surely, they will be mended.

And for you "Ezeudo"! Rest in perfect peace, Honorable Leader. Just know you will be dearly missed, but always remembered.

Lots of love:

Ifeoma Ogbologu (Nee Anya)
Posted by Dorothy Iruaku Oleka on March 19, 2021
                    Finest Gentleman
It's sad people seldom find the opportunity to tell those they hold highly - personally or in life time what they represent to them. 
For me, Dr. Augustine Ezenta Ezeilo was one of the finest gentleman of Igbo extraction I know and a man of honour; BUT MORE, an epitome of the status HUSBAND as intended by God in life of every girlchild who left behind her family and name to assume his family name.                                                                          

* Dr. Augustine Ezenta Ezeilo, even as you return home, may all lives you touched directly and indirectly continue to live out a piece of your beautiful heart!
* Sleep on okpotokpo nwa ndi Enugu State; Nukwu donkinta and pride of his own till the trumpet sounds!!
* Fare thee well backend support of Women's Human Rights Cause!!!
* Rest in Peace good man!!!!
Posted by Aku Odinkemelu on March 18, 2021
I just remember Doc as a very supportive husband, a doting dad and a warm and caring big brother to his beloved Joy’s friends, colleagues, class mates and associates! Above all a peace loving and accommodating man!
I recall with glee the many times we stopped by his Enugu home either for some hours or days depending on which particular ‘event, mission or project’ we were on with Joy, he was always at hand to ensure everyone was well taken care of and comfortable! I can never forget the baskets of my favorite succulent Enugu mangoes ( yummilicious! none like those ...) he would fill our trunks with and his ever so quiet and kind mien while at it!
Joy girl, we mourn with you as I struggle with the loss of my own husband barely a week after Doc! Chido, Nnee and Onyii, I know exactly how heavy it is! Guess what? Our loss? Heavens gain ... Relish the fond memories, keep his legacies aglow as he birthed and nurtured exceptional children, built a formidable family and left in a blaze of glory! So Doc, Ezeudo lives on... be consoled !
May his very kind and peace loving soul sleep supine in Jesus!
Adieu great man, till the Resurrection morning!
Posted by Ijeoma Uzoeshi on March 16, 2021
TRIBUTE TO A PILLAR OF SUPPORT

"The end of a matter is better than the beginning thereof..." Ecclesiastes 7:8
"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." Psalms 116:15

The calmness and firmness you exuded even on your hospital bed before your departure is a testimony to affirm that you lived with understanding of your mission and you accomplished them before taken a bow. Each time I hear your wife (my amiable Boss) appreciate your support, i am usually filled with much admiration for a man who jettisoned patriarchy for the value he placed over others especially his immediate family. You are indeed a pillar of support and will be greatly missed with much fondness.
Having you alive is something no one will want to negotiate but God is unquestionable in the mystery of life and death. Your wife and children and all your admirers will always have you alive in our hearts.
Sleep on Ezeudo until you arise in immortality on that bright and cloudless morning.
Laa nke oma.
Adieu Ezeudo!
Posted by Daniel Emekekwue on March 16, 2021
Dr Ezeilo was my first brother in- law, he was indeed a honourable man and man of intergrity, he taught me mathematics when I was a young man growing up, he coached and mentored me, his leadership skills are the best I have ever seen, he is always seeking peace in every situation. Time and time again he will treat patients in his clinic for free because they don’t have money, he is a very kind hearted man. The time I have spent with him has definitely helped to shape whom I have become today. He will be greatly missed.
But I know he is resting in heaven.
Farewell my best brother in-law. Ijeoma.
To God be the glory. Amen.
Posted by Chido Ezeilo on March 10, 2021
The memory of the righteous will remain a blessing [Proverbs 10:7]

CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF A LOVING, PEACEFUL & HONORABLE MAN.

Dr. Augustine Ezenta Ezeilo made his heavenly transition on March 2, 2021 in Enugu, Nigeria after a brief illness. He was aged 72 years. While his family are saddened by his sudden departure, we are consoled by the impactful and exemplary life that he led.

Dr. Ezeilo was the first Medical Doctor in his community of Imezi-Owa, Ezeagu LGA, Enugu State. He had an illustrious career as a General Practitioner providing compassionate and competent care to family, friends and communities both rural and urban. Subsequently, he obtained a Master’s in Public Health and served honorably as the Director of Public Health Enugu State from 2001 up until his retirement in 2009. Until his death, he was the chairman of Umudim Imezi-Owa Council of Chiefs

He was a selfless, honorable, affable and good-natured man, which was reflected in his chieftaincy title of “Ezeudo.” He championed education, along with personal and professional development; thus, he was a mentor and life coach to many, whom he counseled and gave salient advice. He was approachable, humble and well-liked by those who were opportune to know him. He was privileged to complete a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, where he visited Holy Sites central to the history of Christendom.

Dr. Ezeilo is survived by his wife Professor Joy Ezeilo (Professor of Law) and his three children – Mr. Chidulue Ezeilo, Dr. Nnenna Ezeilo and Ms. Onyinye Ezeilo. He was blessed with two grandchildren - Ezra and Adaeze. He is also survived by a daughter in law Alena Ezeilo, his sister, two brothers, several nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Farewell to a caring, diplomatic, amicable and accomplished man. His family looks forward to having relatives, friends, colleagues, and well-wishers join with us in celebrating a life well-lived. Ezeudo, we will strive to carry on your great legacy, especially that of integrity, kindness and humility.

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Posted by Dr. Chris Obidigbo Uchay on April 15, 2021
TRIBUTE TO OUR ERSTWHILE MEDICAL DIRECTOR
DR. AUGUSTINE EZENTA EZEILO

Dr. Ezenta Ezeilo was one of the first Medical Directors of Eastern Nigeria Medical Centre, Enugu after the demise of the Proprietor and founder of the Hospital, Dr. Nlogha Okeke in 2007.

He took over after his retirement as the Director of Public Health Services, Disease Control, Enugu State Ministry of Health, Enugu.

He assumed duty first as a Medical Officer on the 24th of February 2011 and was later elevated to the post of Medical Director in January 2013.

As the Medical Director, he steered the affairs of the hospital with singular dedication and loyalty to the institution.

He had a remarkable and highly distinguished career in Eastern Nigeria Medical Centre and performed his duties diligently with integrity and fear of God. He was highly professional in his official duties and worked diligently and assiduously to uplift the fortunes of the hospital.

He was never found wanting in the discharge of his duties.

He disengaged from the services of the hospital because of his progressively failing health which became debilitating in the later part of his life.

His good works in Eastern Nigeria Medical Centre are a good source of inspiration to others.

He will be greatly missed by the Board of Trustees, Management and Staff of the Hospital.

May the good Lord grant his soul eternal rest.


Dr. Chris Obidigbo Uchay
Medical Director
Eastern Nigeria Medical Centre
Posted by Egodi Igwe on April 15, 2021
Late Dr. Augustine Ezenta Ezeilo lived a remarkable life and left indelible marks in the lives of many. He was one of few men who cherished family over everything. During one of my interactions with him, I did asked him his opinion about his wife's work as a rights activist. He beamed a smile and replies thus "I have a lot of respect for my wife Prof Joy Ngozi Ezeilo. My kinsmen loves her too becuase she has a lot of commonsenstical intenligence. If ever I return back to life after death, I desire to marry her again". What more can I say to a good man? Rest on...Sir.
My prayer is that God grants your kind soul eternal rest and console my dear boss Prof Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, her children and the entire Ezeilo's family.
Amen.
Posted by Oti Anukpe Ovrawah on April 13, 2021
Dear Dr Joy Ezeilo and family,
Remembering you all in my prayers. The holy sprirt the comforter will specially console you all in Jesus mighty name. Amen
his Life

A MAN OF INTEGRITY HAS GONE BACK TO HIS CREATOR

BIOGRAPHY OF DR. AUGUSTINE EZENTA EZEILO (EZEUDO), JP

Dr. Augustine Ezenta Ezeilo made his heavenly transition on March 2, 2021 in Enugu, Nigeria. He was born on January 31, 1949 as the third child of Late Mr. Josephat and Mrs. Marcelina Ezeilo of Umudim, Imezi-Owa Ezeagu LGA, Enugu State. While his mother was a homemaker, his father was an Entomology Technician with the Ministry of Health, who was prudent in the pursuit of education for his children. Thus, he received his primary education at St Patrick’s Primary School Enugu from 1954-1961. Then, he completed his secondary school education at the renowned College of Immaculate Conception [CIC] Enugu from 1962-66 and attained a joint West African School Certificate and General Certificate of Education in 1966.  Due to the Nigerian-Biafran Civil war from 1967-1970, there was disruption in all spheres of society in Southeast Nigeria. His father Josephat died shortly thereafter, making him an orphan since he lost his mother Marcelina in late childhood.

In the years after the war, Dr. Ezeilo worked to support himself and younger siblings: he worked as Science Teacher in Kogi State for a year and also spent another year as a teacher in Nsukka, before joining the Audit Department at the Ministry of Finance Enugu. Through this all, he harbored a dream to become a Medical Doctor. Eager for proximity to medicine, he secured a position as a Medical Laboratory Trainee at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital Enugu. At this UNTH Lab, his supervisor noticed his intelligent, hardworking and meticulous nature and strongly encouraged him to pursue a higher calling in Medicine. As the saying goes, “luck favors the prepared.” Likewise, he successfully passed the competitive admission exam and was accepted to study Medicine at the University of Nigeria Nsukka [UNN] in 1975.  He graduated from UNN in June 1981with an M.B., B.S. (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) degree; he also became the first doctor from his hometown of Umudim, Imezi-Owa.  

After medical school, Dr. Ezeilo concluded a one-year internship at UNTH in 1982.  Next, he was accepted into the UNTH Residency Training Program, where he trained as a resident doctor in the Department of Anaesthesia from July 1982-Feb 1986. He also contemporaneously fulfilled the requisite National Youth Service Corps from July 1982 – July 1983. Then, he was granted a transfer to the State Civil Service as a Medical Officer with the Ministry of Health, Enugu in March 1986. Subsequently, Dr. Ezeilo became a General Practitioner, who had an illustrious career providing compassionate and competent care to family, friends and serving communities both urban and rural.  Initially, he began as a Medical Officer rounding at different government hospitals including the General Hospital Udi. He rose to the rank of Principial Medical Officer and oversaw the Cottage Hospitals in Egede, Iji-Nike and Olo respectively, all rural communities in Enugu. Concurrent to his civil service, he also operated a private practice “JOMEC Clinic and Maternity” in his old neighborhood of Coal Camp Enugu, where he provided primary care, maternity care and performed surgery. As a true son of the soil, he also held outreach clinics to Iwollo and his home community of Imezi-Owa.  

To further his professional development, Dr. Ezeilo obtained a Master’s in Public Health in 2004 on a WHO scholarship at the School of Post-Graduate Studies at UNN; he also attained a Diploma in Health System Management in 2004 at the Galilee International Management Institute, Israel. Thereafter, he became a Chief Medical Officer and worked primarily in health administration, serving as the Director of Public Health Enugu State from 2001 up until his retirement in 2009. He is fondly remembered by community stakeholders in Enugu as being prompt and efficacious in spear-heading the response to public health concerns throughout the state, whether this was an outbreak of Cholera or Meningitis and the eradication of Polio from Enugu. As a dedicated lifelong learner, he attended many healthcare conferences on far ranging topics for maternal mortality, HIV/AIDS care, improving immunization and poverty alleviation programs. After his retirement from civil service, Dr. Ezeilo returned to full-time clinical practice and also served as the Acting Medical Director of Eastern Nigeria Medical Center.  Despite pulling back from formal clinical practice, he continued to provide medical advice and referrals to both family and friends, who trusted his expertise, integrity and diligence to their health concerns.

Dr. Ezeilo had a professional and classic sense of style, reflected in his choice of suits: he had on a suit and elegant tie for every workday except for the occasional “traditional clothes” Fridays. Even when he visited with Dr. Marius and Mrs. Eunice Mokwe in Chicagoland USA in 2016, he had gone to see an American Ophthalmologist, who took notice and commented on his sharply dressed patient. He also loved to read and learn more about the world at large. His favorite journalist is the internationally acclaimed Christiana Amanpour. He encouraged his three children to listen to the international news and learn about the world. He enjoyed his working trips to Ethiopia, Burkina Faso etc.  While in Israel, he completed a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, where he visited Holy Sites central to the history of Christendom. He also enjoyed personal trips to the United Kingdom and the United States of America. He loved music as well and enjoyed listening to the British musician Phil Collins and resonated with the song “To be a Man” by the Nigeria musician Flavour.

Dr Ezeilo was selfless, kind-hearted, honorable, affable and good-natured. Therefore, it is unsurprising that his ancestral hometown of Imezi-Owa bestowed on him the chieftaincy title of “Ezeudo,” which means King of Peace. He was the chairman of Umudim Imezi-Owa Council of Chiefs until his death. He was also an incredibly disciplined and determined man. As a long-time diabetic, he maintained a strict low carbohydrate diet and abstained from alcohol; he also kept a low cholesterol diet, avoiding eggs and meats, for his cardiovascular health. Even in sickness, the Consultant Doctor remarked to Dr. Ezeilo’s oldest daughter said that he had excellent kidney function despite his long history with diabetes and hypertension.  He obviously did not know Ezeudo.  Dr. Ezeilo was a proud alumnus of CIC, an all-boys Catholic School, where he made lifelong friends such as Dr. Chike Akunyili, Engineer Raymond Okenwa, Mr. Emmanuel (Santos) Alor, Pharmacist Theo Ijenwagu, Dr. Uchay and Professor John Ogbazi, just to name a few.  Embodying the CIC college motto of “Semper Fidelis,” these CIC old boys remained “always faithful” to one another. He was active in the CIC old boy’s association.

Dr. Ezeilo championed education to many who were fortunate to know him: firstly, his three younger brothers, then his nephews, his children and innumerable mentees, whom he coached, counseled and gave salient advice. He was a devoted father and extremely involved in the education of his children. He knew most, if not all, of his children’s teachers at their Primary and Secondary Schools in Enugu. Dr. Ezeilo was a talented teacher by nature, so he kept up with his children’s classwork and homework, while emphasizing Math and Sciences at home. He personally tutored them for entrance exams and Junior and Senior WAEC (West African Examination Council) exams respectively. His children were a source of deep pride to him: his son became a Software Engineer; his first daughter an Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeon, while his second daughter studied Economics & International Development up to Masters.

Dr. Ezeilo married now Professor Joy Ngozi Ezeilo (Professor of Law) in 1986 and he was a supportive husband throughout their marriage. He was grateful to have a life partner who shared his passion for family and vision for actualizing excellence.  They had three children: Mr. Chidulue Ezeilo, Dr. Nnenna Ezeilo and Ms. Onyinye Ezeilo. He was blessed with two grandchildren - Ezra and Adaeze Ezeilo. He is also survived by his daughter-in-law Alena, sister, two brothers, several nieces and nephews and his cousins. He was pre-deceased by his parents and three brothers.

The family of Dr. Ezeilo would like to express their deepest appreciation for our extended family, relatives, friends, colleagues, associates and well-wishers, who have rallied to their side during this challenging time. While his family are saddened by his sudden departure, we are consoled by the impactful and exemplary life that he led. We will strive to carry on Ezeudo’s great legacy. 

Mr. Chidulue Ezeilo

Dr. Nnenna Ezeilo

Ms. Onyinye Ezeilo

Prof. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo (OON)

Order for the Celebration of Life of Dr. Augustine Ezenta Ezeilo (Ezeudo)

(1) Vigil Mass: Monday, 12 April, 2021 @ 5pm at Holy Ghost Cathedral, Enugu. 
(2) Wake keep on Thursday 15 April @ 5pm at his Umudim residence, Imezi- Owa, Ezeagu LGA. 
(3) Funeral Mass and Internment @ 10:30am on Friday, 16 April, 2021 at his country home. 
(4) Outing Service:  Sunday 18 April, 2021 by 8am at St. Charles Catholic Church, Umudim, Imezi- Owa.

Recent stories

Fond Memories of my Dad

Shared by Nnenna Ezeilo on March 23, 2021
I had put off writing this tribute because this meant I had to accept that I will never get to hug you again or hear you call me "Nnem o."  I learned today that I passed my Oral Board Certification exam and have become a Diplomate of the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery; yet it feels so bitter-sweet because I do not get to share this milestone with you. 

I still remember your elation when I got my white coat and matriculated into Indiana University School of Medicine. You indulged my requests and attended all the family orientation events for medical students and their families. While I was away on campus, you carefully looked through my library to make sure I had good textbooks for my medical school courses.  You walked around my apartment building then in Indianapolis and inspected the gated parking lot, and were pleased with its security.  You have always been a devoted parent.

I still remember you driving us (Chido, myself and Onyii) through the hillside roads of Ngwo while listening to Phil Collins; we were usually headed to visit with Dr. Ani and his family.  Some mornings, you would let Onyii and I pick up the ties you would wear to work and this made us happy. Then, there was 12 year old me gleefully telling you that you had homework just like me since you were in your MPH program; you responded with robust laughter.

I fight back tears as I think about your passing. It has been painful for us all. We (Mom, Chido, Onyii and I) will strive to find solace in the memories we've made together.  Daddy, I love you and I miss you.

Tribute/Condolences

Shared by Prof. Josephine Alumanah on March 20, 2021
Dr. Ezeilo's departure was sudden, but having lived and touched many lives in very special ways, we are consoled.
Ezenta was an accomplished husband and father. He was a great husband to a great wife, and a great father to his children.
Dr. Ezeilo's care and counsel to all will forever remain indelible in our hearts.
May God Almighty grant his soul eternal peaceful rest, and give the family the courage and strength to bear the irreparable and irreplaceable loss.
May God Almighty bless and keep you in the hollow of His mighty hand. 
We bid you farewell, Ezeudo, but your legacies and values continuously remain with us.



The compassionate caregiver

Shared by Chido Ezeilo on March 14, 2021

The day i realized why so many people love and respected my father..

It was about 9:15 on a thursday or friday night [hind sights 20/20 but memory isnt]. We were just heading out of my dads clinic and i was very much looking forward to a nap on the ride back home, as i was completely spent from a long, hot & arduous day. My dad would usually take me to his clinic in the evenings after school to teach me complex mathematical concepts in between seeing patients. No sooner had my dad unlocked his car before a hysterical woman with a semi conscious child besiged him. Being the consummate professional he was, my dad led her back to the clinic, even as she was in tears and inconsolable. I on the other hand was doing a poor job of concealing my displeasure at the unwelcome interruption. After some questions and the obligatory doctors check, my father diagnosed her son to have a severe case of typhoid fever, a news he delivered with the tenderness of natural born healer.

What really stunned me was my fathers reaction when she informed him that she had no money and couldn’t even afford to buy the prescribed medication. With the efficiency of one who had been through similar scenarios, my father waved off her concerns and instructed his nurse to provide her with the needed medication. The lady wept and effusively thanked my dad as she went on to tell him that this was the third clinic she had been to that night, as no one would help her.

It suddenly struck me, like a bolt of lightening on a open field, why my dad was so loved and respected by many people. His compassionate care and unflinching devotion to the aching souls that looked to him for a respite from their many ailments.

I miss watching the compassionate caregiver at work