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This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Dr. Bedford Umez, 62 years old, born on February 18, 1958, and passed away on January 25, 2021. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Eric Umeh on February 26, 2021
Dr. Bedford Umezulike: The end of an era

        Remembered by Eric Umeh
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January 25th, 2021 left an indelible mark in my memory and a big dent in my psyche. It was like no other day. It was a day I lost a dear friend who was also my mentor, and my confidant to whom I am well pleased to call my dear brother. It was a day Dr. Umez died in my hands as we rushed him from Houston Texas to a cancer specialist in Dallas, Texas. It was a day I felt like a boxer who was knocked down in a fight and never to get up again. It was like a sound of a bell that went off and never to come back again. “What a day! What a day! What a day!” I have cried like a wounded lion and I have equally tried to move on but each time I moved one step forward the wound hurts even more and I cry again and again.

Bedford was a guy I admired and adored over the years during our childhood village life at Akpugoeze town. We were four years apart in age but we hung out like equals because Bedford was a very down to earth person. From the village Bedford and I moved to Onitsha where he taught at Chukwurah high school while I attended high school at Christ The King College, CKC Onitsha. We then moved to Lagos where Bedford worked for First Bank of Nigeria and I worked for NAL Merchant Bank Ltd. Later, Bedford moved to the US to study at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, in Durant. Few years later, through his encouragement, I also travelled to the United States to study in the same university.

He graduated before I came to Southeastern but he waited to make sure I was well situated in the school before he went to the University of North Texas in Denton for his graduate programme. Later, I joined him at UNT for my graduate programme too. We were roommates in Denton, Lewisville and Dallas Texas. In 1994, I was the best man in his wedding and in 1995, I was the godfather to his son Bedford Jr. Nor was this all, in 2000 Bedford was the best man in my wedding.

Figuratively speaking, Bedford and I could take bullet for each other. Suffice all these to say that Bedford and I established a bond that only death could break but even at that we ignored death like it will never come, but here we are today.
What a loss ! What a loss ! What a big loss!! What a big loss!!

Enugu State and Akpugoeze town in particular have lost a voice. A voice that speaks the truth. A voice that says it the way it is no matter whose ox is gored. A voice that respects others but still gets his points across each time. In his works, he spent a lot of time challenging us to “Liberate the African minds”. Particularly he confronted the African Leaders and asked them to eschew corruption, invest in African countries, create jobs, and feed their people. Dr Umez was an ambassador of peace and he left a crispy legacy for us to emulate. For details please go to umez.com

Dr Umez was a legend. He was larger than life. His death was one death too many and too soon. He will be very dearly missed for his kindness, his love for humanity, his humour and his honesty. He was a quality gentleman extraordinaire. His academic brilliance and determination to succeed in anything he puts his mind into is unparalleled and equal to none.

Nigerians and Africans in diaspora have lost a true gem and a true son of the land. He loved his people. He projected issues that concern us. He was never afraid to speak up. At the time of his death, he left an unfinished business of bringing a Nigerian Consulate to Houston, Texas to serve Nigerians in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and its environs. He argued that these areas have the largest concentration of Nigerians throughout the United States and as such, bringing a Nigerian consulate in Houston will alleviate the problems encountered by Nigerians in the aforementioned areas. Dr Umez was a true leader, a humanitarian and an embodiment of hard work, dignity, resilience, uprightness, fair-mindedness, gentle but tough love through discipline, advocacy, justice for all and dedication to family and community. 

It will be unfair for me to conclude this tribute without expressing a deep sense of appreciation to Bedford’s wife, his love, Ema who took care of him especially in the last four months of his life. Many people may not know what Ema went through or what she has done for Bedford but I know, and Bedford knew too. On December 1st, 2020 Bedford called me and told me to leave everything I was doing and come to Houston to see him. I came to his house that evening. He told me the bad news that he was diagnosed with cancer. He asked me specifically to thank Ema for all that she has done for him. I bowed down for a moment, as I pondered, it was not lost on me what a daunting task it is to take care of a loved one who is sick; especially sick to the point that he or she cannot do basic necessary things for himself or herself. It’s a special blessing when you have someone who can take care of you in that situation, and that was exactly who Ema was and exactly what Ema did.

As I reminisce his death, it hurts. I am still in shock, in disbelief and breathless to think that Bedford is no more. I have decided to surrender all to God, but the thought that I will never see Bedford again weakens me as if a straight punch was delivered with anger and savagery under my ribcage. 

Bedford, we will never forget! Dust though your body has become, your ideas and wisdom live on. My brother rest in peace until we meet to part no more!!

From your confidant, Eric, Eric [as you fondly call me].
Posted by Charles Hix on February 11, 2021
my name is dr. charles hix, dc. Dr. Umez was one of my all time favorite instructors. I was his student at Lee College in 1995; taking pre-requesites to enter Chiropractic college. I was very interested in government as an eager to learn 30 y/o newlywed & army vet but not looking forward to another "boring gov't. class". To my surprise, Dr. Umez made governement so interesting. So, interesting in fact, i would spend a couple of hours a week after class discussing all sorts of gov't. issues. I learned so much. He sparked an interest in me for governmental issues that still burns today. Not only what he taught me impressed me but how he handeled his business and himself. I've been teaching A&P at LC for almost 15 yrs. How i operate in the classroom & deal with students is greatly influenced by my experience in his class 25 yrs. ago. If i make half the impression on my students that he made on me, i will consider my job to be successful. I always looked forward to seeing him at the start of the year convocation; smiling. I am truly saddened for your loss & pray you find peace in knowing that he was truly loved and respected. I am so sad; my heart is broken for the family.

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Posted by Eric Umeh on February 26, 2021
Dr. Bedford Umezulike: The end of an era

        Remembered by Eric Umeh
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January 25th, 2021 left an indelible mark in my memory and a big dent in my psyche. It was like no other day. It was a day I lost a dear friend who was also my mentor, and my confidant to whom I am well pleased to call my dear brother. It was a day Dr. Umez died in my hands as we rushed him from Houston Texas to a cancer specialist in Dallas, Texas. It was a day I felt like a boxer who was knocked down in a fight and never to get up again. It was like a sound of a bell that went off and never to come back again. “What a day! What a day! What a day!” I have cried like a wounded lion and I have equally tried to move on but each time I moved one step forward the wound hurts even more and I cry again and again.

Bedford was a guy I admired and adored over the years during our childhood village life at Akpugoeze town. We were four years apart in age but we hung out like equals because Bedford was a very down to earth person. From the village Bedford and I moved to Onitsha where he taught at Chukwurah high school while I attended high school at Christ The King College, CKC Onitsha. We then moved to Lagos where Bedford worked for First Bank of Nigeria and I worked for NAL Merchant Bank Ltd. Later, Bedford moved to the US to study at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, in Durant. Few years later, through his encouragement, I also travelled to the United States to study in the same university.

He graduated before I came to Southeastern but he waited to make sure I was well situated in the school before he went to the University of North Texas in Denton for his graduate programme. Later, I joined him at UNT for my graduate programme too. We were roommates in Denton, Lewisville and Dallas Texas. In 1994, I was the best man in his wedding and in 1995, I was the godfather to his son Bedford Jr. Nor was this all, in 2000 Bedford was the best man in my wedding.

Figuratively speaking, Bedford and I could take bullet for each other. Suffice all these to say that Bedford and I established a bond that only death could break but even at that we ignored death like it will never come, but here we are today.
What a loss ! What a loss ! What a big loss!! What a big loss!!

Enugu State and Akpugoeze town in particular have lost a voice. A voice that speaks the truth. A voice that says it the way it is no matter whose ox is gored. A voice that respects others but still gets his points across each time. In his works, he spent a lot of time challenging us to “Liberate the African minds”. Particularly he confronted the African Leaders and asked them to eschew corruption, invest in African countries, create jobs, and feed their people. Dr Umez was an ambassador of peace and he left a crispy legacy for us to emulate. For details please go to umez.com

Dr Umez was a legend. He was larger than life. His death was one death too many and too soon. He will be very dearly missed for his kindness, his love for humanity, his humour and his honesty. He was a quality gentleman extraordinaire. His academic brilliance and determination to succeed in anything he puts his mind into is unparalleled and equal to none.

Nigerians and Africans in diaspora have lost a true gem and a true son of the land. He loved his people. He projected issues that concern us. He was never afraid to speak up. At the time of his death, he left an unfinished business of bringing a Nigerian Consulate to Houston, Texas to serve Nigerians in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and its environs. He argued that these areas have the largest concentration of Nigerians throughout the United States and as such, bringing a Nigerian consulate in Houston will alleviate the problems encountered by Nigerians in the aforementioned areas. Dr Umez was a true leader, a humanitarian and an embodiment of hard work, dignity, resilience, uprightness, fair-mindedness, gentle but tough love through discipline, advocacy, justice for all and dedication to family and community. 

It will be unfair for me to conclude this tribute without expressing a deep sense of appreciation to Bedford’s wife, his love, Ema who took care of him especially in the last four months of his life. Many people may not know what Ema went through or what she has done for Bedford but I know, and Bedford knew too. On December 1st, 2020 Bedford called me and told me to leave everything I was doing and come to Houston to see him. I came to his house that evening. He told me the bad news that he was diagnosed with cancer. He asked me specifically to thank Ema for all that she has done for him. I bowed down for a moment, as I pondered, it was not lost on me what a daunting task it is to take care of a loved one who is sick; especially sick to the point that he or she cannot do basic necessary things for himself or herself. It’s a special blessing when you have someone who can take care of you in that situation, and that was exactly who Ema was and exactly what Ema did.

As I reminisce his death, it hurts. I am still in shock, in disbelief and breathless to think that Bedford is no more. I have decided to surrender all to God, but the thought that I will never see Bedford again weakens me as if a straight punch was delivered with anger and savagery under my ribcage. 

Bedford, we will never forget! Dust though your body has become, your ideas and wisdom live on. My brother rest in peace until we meet to part no more!!

From your confidant, Eric, Eric [as you fondly call me].
Posted by Charles Hix on February 11, 2021
my name is dr. charles hix, dc. Dr. Umez was one of my all time favorite instructors. I was his student at Lee College in 1995; taking pre-requesites to enter Chiropractic college. I was very interested in government as an eager to learn 30 y/o newlywed & army vet but not looking forward to another "boring gov't. class". To my surprise, Dr. Umez made governement so interesting. So, interesting in fact, i would spend a couple of hours a week after class discussing all sorts of gov't. issues. I learned so much. He sparked an interest in me for governmental issues that still burns today. Not only what he taught me impressed me but how he handeled his business and himself. I've been teaching A&P at LC for almost 15 yrs. How i operate in the classroom & deal with students is greatly influenced by my experience in his class 25 yrs. ago. If i make half the impression on my students that he made on me, i will consider my job to be successful. I always looked forward to seeing him at the start of the year convocation; smiling. I am truly saddened for your loss & pray you find peace in knowing that he was truly loved and respected. I am so sad; my heart is broken for the family.
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Shared by Emaeyak Etim on February 25, 2021
I met Dr. Umez for the first time during Mboho Ndito Ibibio National Convention here in Houston Texas in June of 2017. I remember noticing Professor Umez as he walked into that convention arena to represent the Nigerian Foundation as the President of that organization at the time, as he got recognized to speak at the event, I couldn't help but noticed his great command of English, his baritone voice, his charisma, and his charming look which I believe was quite noticeable by most people at the event. To sum it all, he had all the right words to say when he gave a short speech before making his donation on behalf of the Nigerian Foundation, (an organization which he graciously represented). In less than no time, I soon realized that Dr. Umez was our very own Annang son-in-law, which drew me even closer to him. From his relationship with my sister, (his widow) Mrs. Emaido Umez, I came to know a true legend, a true gentleman, a great teacher, a great husband, a great father, a dependable friend, a selfless humanitarian whose love for others knew no tribal boundaries. "Oh, death! where is thy sting" Little did I know that I would write a tribute so soon in memory of someone as young and as vibrant as my dearest handsome brother-in-law. Since the news of Dr. Umez's untimely death broke, I have been in denial, it has been so surreal, I have tried to wish it away, i have tried to wake up from this nightmare but soon realized that death is so inevitable and it's one call of nature that, none of has the power to control its cruelty. Dr. Umez, your sudden death, has thought me how fragile life really is, you were a true matriarch and you have left a scar in our hearts which no one can fill. You will forever be missed because if it's not "Prof, it can never be like Prof". Adieu, my handsome brother-in-law "ukot Annang ajid" till we meet to part no more. 

DR. BEDFORD UMEZ

Shared by Timi Ogun on February 18, 2021
I met Professor Bedford Umez for the first time in 2014 or 2015 during the Nigerian Foundation meeting where he was the President. I came to know him as an honest, extremely hardworking and dependable leader. A man of integrity with so much humility and it was an honor to serve as Secretary and later Vice President of the Nigerian Foundation under his able leadership.

Professor Umez over time became a brother and friend. He had a great sense of humor. What can I say about this great man. I cannot question God but to express my gratitude to God for giving this world, Professor Umez. As a Christian, I strongly believe that Dr. Umez was sent to us by God for a purpose and God called His son back to Himself upon completion of that purpose. 

My dearest brother, I miss you so much. The pain of your unexpected departure is so palpable. It hurts so much but I know we shall meet again one day to part no more. Continue to rest at the bosom of our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. I LOVE YOU MY BRBUT GOD LOVES YOU MORE.

Dr Umez

Shared by Balo Freeman on February 13, 2021
I rejoined The Nigerian Foundation after Dr Bedford Umez became the President.   It was purely because of his honesty and determination to get things done the proper way without minding the consequences. I figured that due to the person I knew him to be, if he couldn’t fix the inherent problems inside TNF, no body else would. I was right because not only did he fix the problems by sacrificing his money and image over an ill advised legal issue against him and the Organization, he came away victorious. He restored the image of TNF and today the Organization’s flags are flying high again. I can go on and on singing his praises but because of space and time, I will stop here. I still find it difficult to believe that my friend has gone to heaven but God knows best. Good bye my President and Professor. MAY YOUR SOUL CONTINUE TO REST IN PERFECT PEACE, AMEN. 

HC Balo Ngumezi.