ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved ones, Dr. Ezeka Eliezer Okafor (1932-2016) of Nnempi Oru West LGA Imo State and his wife, Lady Eunice Nwakaego Okafor (1936-2018) from Ibiasoegbe, Oru West LGA, Imo State .

They were lovers and best friends, two peas in a pod. One cannot talk about Ezeka or Eunice as individuals, they functioned as as two in one. We have placed them here together so you could read of them as "they". That was their method of operation till they left this world.

They jointly established legacies and nurtured many well accomplished individuals including their 5 children and 16 Grand children. With their commitment to God, they served in different capacities in the Anglican church  and other denominations. 

They were both known for their philanthropy. They opened their hearts and home to all that came across their path using their most renowned establishment, "Bex Memorial Hospitals Ltd" as a platform through which they served the world.

They were great parents, grand parents, uncle and aunt, in-laws, cousins and friends to many. They are much loved and we will remember them forever.
Posted by chioma njoku on March 25, 2021
Doc, I was saddened by the news of your death. It was devastating. I have always admired you right from my childhood days, as a brigade boy. And you have been my role model. 
   A man of peace who touched many lives through acts of kindness and saved many through his profession. The church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, the Knights of St Christopher, entire people of Imo state have lost a rare gem. Goodbye Doc, until that resurrection morning!

Kingsley Nnajiuba,
London, UK.
8th September, 2016
Posted by chioma njoku on March 25, 2021
Tribute to Uncle Ezeka
Uncle Ezeka was hatched in a poor but humble family but the grace of God and diligence soared him unto fame and fortune, yet he came down to carry the poor and the downtrodden to greatness.

Adieu Uncle, Adieu “Otaechereoha” ~ He that ate, felt and reserved for others.
          
Mr Gabriel Okafor
(Author of first edition of Dr Ezeka Okafor’s Biography)
1st September,2016
Posted by chioma njoku on March 20, 2021
FUNERAL TRIBUTE FOR DR EZEKA ELIEZER OKAFOR

Dr Ezeka Eliezer Okafor was an extraordinary great man, intelligent, humble and respectful.

A man of the people who really cared for humanity, the poor the rich everywhere and every time.
He gave scholarships to many to further their education, free medical treatment to the vulnerable, and to those unable to pay for their medical care.

Ezeka strongly supported the church, his town and the entire community in which he found himself. He extended his generosity everywhere and any time.
Dr Ezeka was great in many ways, my late mother in-law Mrs Agnes Okoli referred to Dr Ezeka –as “Odi nkenke neme ire”. Ezeka was a very good in-law to Ibiaosegbe people as a whole.
 
A rare gem, socialist philanthropist and dynamic.
He played his part very well.

If all men were like him, surely this world will be much a better place.
“Ogo” you will greatly be missed by man people, but the Almighty God knows the best and is in control. “Ogo” count your blessings, pick them one by one, and you will see how very great God has been to you.

       OGO REST IN PEACE.
FROM  JANET OKOLI
Posted by chioma njoku on March 20, 2021
A TRIBUTE FROM THE HEART TO LATE SIR DR E.E. OKAFOR, THE OZUO-OMEE OF NEMPI.
May your humanitarian and industrious soul rest in perfect peace! One may ask questions to pinch the words from my heart used in describing the rare gem of our time, Sir DR E. E. Okafor. The news of your demise was a peculiar news, in the sense that you lived a fulfilled life which had been inspirational to some of the younger people of our community, including me. Death is inevitable and unavoidable which every mortal must exchange life with. What is significant is the reel of the way mortal lives his or her life on earth. Your dispositions and inspiration will ever remain in my mind as long as I live and, I will ever be grateful.

You proved that destiny was the fulcrum upon which opportunities were adhered. Your history and philosophy were inspirational to my academic career and curiosity. As a younger child, I did not know that Israel we were being taught from the Bible was on planet earth in the contemporary time, until in the ‘80s’ when the video recording of your visitation to Israel on pilgrimage was played before the congregation at St. Barth Anglican Church Nempi and the religious messages taught. I remember vividly the advice you gave me and my younger sister Chioma Nwano Ikeson in 1983. That particular advice gave rise to moulding me a holder of two degrees in different fields (Economics and Law), while my younger sister became a registered nurse by profession. We will ever be grateful.

If death and life were within the dictates of human, I would ensure that your type lived perpetually for continuation of your work of humanity. My prayer is for you to continue to rest in the Lord until the ‘rapture ‘.

BARR. SP A. A. NWANO
ENUGU POLICE COMMAND
9th November, 2016
Posted by chioma njoku on March 20, 2021
A TRIBUTE TO MY FATHER

My Father, My Benefactor, My Mentor… I lack words to describe who you are to me. You gave me life when it seemed that all hope was lost, you gave me the greatest gift in life . . . Education! You gave me back my life.

Daddy, you told me to find time and visit you with my Family, I was ready for the visit but suddenly I couldn’t reach you on phone, then I got the devastating news that you have gone to be with your maker . . . oh what a life!

Daddy, you were what anyone would want in a father, you saw me through school and gave me a better life. It’s unfortunate that I didn’t have the opportunity to say “Thank You”.

I Love you Daddy, sleep on for I know we will meet at Jesus’ feet.

Your God-Daughter
Jovita Eze-Ochulor (Nee Ngobili)
31st October,2016
Posted by chioma njoku on March 20, 2021
TRIBUTE TO A SUPER HERO DR. SIR EZEKA OKAFOR

If we are to choose or say, you wouldn't have died but death is inevitable. It is a debt that we all are going to pay one day. As you have started your journey from this world, my prayer is that the good Lord grants you Eternal rest. Though I met you through my uncle then as a young lady, you have been like a father, a brother, a mentor and an adviser to me.
Your candid advice and words of encouragement will be a source of hope and strength to me. I will miss you till we meet to part no more because you are a good man, and epitome of emulation. You are a father to the poor, doctor to the sick and an Icon indeed. What a great MAN.
Farewell CMD
Farewell OZUOMEE
Farewell Dr. Sir Ezeka Okafor

Uche Nwankwo
Posted by chioma njoku on March 20, 2021
The lives and times of Dr. Ezeka Okafor can neither be exhausted in words nor concluded in speeches. Its an enduring legacy for all to emulate. The history of Nempi ( his native town) Oru, Orlu zone, Imo State, Nigeria, West Africa, Africa and permit me to include the World would be grossly incomplete without the iconic contributions of Dr. Ezeka Okafor. After all, what is the History of the World, according to Robert Schuller, he opines that '' The History of the World is nothing more than the Biography of great men''.

Dr. Okafor is indubitably a 'Great man' in every sense of the word. Everything about Dr. Okafor succinctly demonstrates the assertion above. In his chosen revered and noble profession as a Medical Doctor, he was a Primus inter Perez. As a Statesman, he was a patriot per excellence. As a Community leader, he was overwhelmingly a Part finder and Pace setter.

Furthermore, as an Administrator, he fulfilled the Words of Abraham Lincoln thus: "that the fundamental purpose of Government is to do for the Society or people what needs to be done but can not be done or so well be done by them in their individual or collective capacities". The milestones (works) done by Dr. Ezeka Okafor as the first Executive Chairman of Oru (East & West) Local Government areas surpasses the collective efforts of the past administrators of the council since creation.

More so, as a philanthropist, his selfless services to the children of men are unprecedented, unparalleled and inexhaustible in details. Beneficiaries are all around us. An attempt to make a list would amount to moulding bricks for the building of a castle. As a husband, he was a metaphor of the word in all dimensions. An embodiment of every woman's desire in Marriage.

Subsequently, as a father, he was s perfect example of parenthood. A father that gave to his biological Children and numerous others, more than he did ever received from his own parents and the society at large. And as a Christian and an accomplished 'Knight' he was an outstanding faithful servant. A believer, an upholder and a doer of the Word.

Thus, arising from his practical Christian background, he was a sacrificial giver, a church builder like in the days of Nehemiah, a Counsellor like Prophet Samuel of old and a preacher of the Gospel. What else can be written about Dr. Ezeka Eliezer Okafor than to say that he was such a rare breed that always excelled wherever he found himself.

For those who knew him, no epistle would be too short to capture his influential personality, but for those who do not know him no epistle would be long enough to convey his essence.

Daddy, for me and most other enlightened mind, you are a reference point. Indeed: you came, you saw and you truly conquered.

Adieu Daddy, Rest in perfect peace with your Maker, The God of Heaven and Earth until the resurrection morning. LA Nkoma.

It is Well.

Daniel Nnodim wrote from Portharcourt.
Former staff: Bex Memorial Hospitals, Onitsha and Pioneer Home Manager :Bethany Old Peoples Home, Nempi, Oru West LGA, Imo State, Nigeria.
Posted by chioma njoku on March 18, 2021
TRIBUTE TO UNEQUALED ICON SON OF NEMPI.
DR EZEKA OKAFOR

If there was any way to wage war against death, I am sure that both the old and young of Nempi would immediately, at whatever peril, enrol to claim you back from the hands of death.

You were, the illustrious, generous and philanthropist son, who gave Nempi town a recognition and importance when many neighbouring towns were still not known. You did this by returning from England as a qualified medical doctor, and instead of moving to a big city to focus on your own comfort, you put your people first. After establishing Bex Memorial Hospital at Onitsha, you came home to build a hospital for those who were far from a priority for the government of the time. This made Nempi a land mark town in then Orlu division. It facilitated the delivery of health care to our people and neighbours.

You were a person who crossed the bridge with difficulty and made it wider so that the people coming after you, would have an easier path. In the mid-70s, thanks to the scholarship scheme funded out of your own pocket, any Nempi youth who succeeded in University entrance examinations had their university education sponsored. This program enabled many of our youths to graduate from university while they wouldn’t have seen the four walls of the universities if it was not for you. You were one of the principal funder of St Barth Church Nempi.

You offered a listening ear made the time for those who came to you both old and young. I had my own encounter with you as a young student. I came to your office with a complaint when the Postal Agency at Aji closed. I expressed my dismay about our town not having a post office while you were the chairman of ORU Local Government. Instead of walking me out of your office for my effrontery, you encouraged me for my boldness and promised to build a post office for our people. The post office of Nempi was shortly built and commissioned. What else could Nempi ask of you?

You showed love and care to your people and you knew that Nempi loves and appreciates you. You told a story of how young people rallied and carried your car out of a muddy water pothole once they saw you as they exclaimed “Oh! O doctor be anyi”. ( he is our doctor).

You lived an accomplished life, made the best out of the opportunities you had and, most importantly, made sure that your people, your local Government, your church and the humanity benefited from your spell on earth. Unfortunately, you had to rest and, to my knowledge, Nempi hasn’t got another you standing.

You did more than your bit.   Rest in peace

Dr/Mrs Elizabeth Onugha Mike-Eze
Posted by chioma njoku on March 18, 2021
TRIBUTE TO MY MASTER, MENTOR, UNCLE, FATHER, DIRECTOR AND ALL IN ALL DR. SIR ELEAZAR EZEKA OKAFOR.
The man filled with wisdom, he was Bezabel of our time according to Exodus Chapter 31:1-4. God gave Ezeka all good gestures that brought Nempi Community to lime light with peace, harmony and unity. What can I say? Your words are flashing in mind; the Philosopher Dr. Sir Ezeka told me that a boy who could not serve his master should not be a master. He went on and taught me to make my wife my best friend because a time shall come when he would not be found for advice rather my wife would be there.
Infact the vacuum your demise created would be hard to fill. However Ecclesiastics Chapter 3:1-2 spilled it out and as such it is a generational handover. Since it pleased God to call you home, no one can ask questions; rather we believe that you are with Christ in heaven that is our wish and prayer.
My noble adviser may the almighty God grant you eternal rest in the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ Amen.
Adieu My Master, Motivator, Director and All in All. Good night.

SIR AND LADY STEPHEN OBODOZIE & FAMILY.
Posted by chioma njoku on March 17, 2021
A TRIBUTE IN HONOUR OF LATE DR EZEKA OKAFOR

(FROM THE FAMILY OF LATE MR FIDELIS EZEYI, MBOSI, ANAMBRA STATE)

The late Dr Ezeka Okafor’s exceptionally kind, homely and humble wife had introduced her husband to the family of late Mr. Fidelis Ezeyi of Mbosi Anambra State when the new couple was still in England.

The relationship started well before Doc physically met Fidelis. Prior to that time, the late Mr Fidelis Ezeyi had by coincidence acted as the guardian of Doctor’s future wife, during the time the young lady was training as a nurse at Obudu Cross River State.

As soon, he got introduced to Late Fidelis, Dr Ezeka Okafor become so generous and caring to the family of the late Fidelis Ezeyi (our father), to the extent that one could easily have concluded that Doc, was very closely related by blood to the Ezeyi family.

When Doc came back to Nigeria, which was about the period of the Biafran Civil War, he and his wife got physically in touch with the family of the late Fidelis Ezeyi, and did a lot to provide for the welfare of the Fidelis family who were at that time refugees from Obudu.

Immediately after the Civil War, Doctor, voluntarily, and happily, rehabilitated our late father, Fidelis Ezeyi and ensured that Fidelis returned back to Obudu which was his pre-war abode.

In view of the hardship that was a consequence of the civil war years, Doctor Ezeka Okafor literally took over the training of Fidelis Ezeyi’s oldest child (Engr Ambrose Chuma Ezeyi). Doctor Okafor took the young Ambrose as his own and ensured that he got university education.

History rather reversed itself, for whereas late Fidelis Ezeyi acted as a guardian to Doctor’s wife in her youth, Doctor himself acted as a very kind guardian to Ambrose, Fidelis’ son. In fact, Ambrose (Engr Chuma Ezeyi) Bernedette (Sr Bernedette), late Victoria, Innocent, Fidelia and Dorathy, all children of Late Fidelis Ezeyi benefitted in varying degrees from the benevolence of Doctor
Okafor and his amiable wife.

Doctor Ezeka Okafor was so humble and appreciative that he consistently and frequently narrated the role Mr. Bex ( District Officer of the Orlu Province) had played in his ( Doctor’s) life and how profoundly grateful he was to Mr. Bex for literally made him the Doctor Okafor we knew.

We, the children of late Fidelis Ezeyi cannot sufficiently express our gratitude to Doctor Ezeka Okafor and his wonderful wife. We very deeply mourn the demise of a very benevolent, kind, open minded, humble and God fearing
man. Doctor had a great sense of humor and those of us who lived with him could attest to these intrinsic qualities of his.

Adieu Doc. And may God bless you. We pray that you and our Late parents have reconnected in the Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Our hearts are jointly commiserating with Mrs Okafor , Martin, Chioma, Ezeka Jr, Ugonna, all relatives, relations and friends of the Okafor family.
Posted by chioma njoku on March 14, 2021
TRIBUTE TO NWAKEGO OKAFOR (AKA) MISS

Death where is your sting?
Who would believe l would be the one to write a tribute to the life and times of amazing Lady Nwakaego Okafor popularly known among her peers as MISS. She was the ever soft but firm spoken wife of late Dr. Ezeka Okafor, founder of Bex Memorial Hospitals Nempi & Onitsha.

Do not be fooled by her gentle outward appearance, for deep inside the appearance was a great woman of honour, strength,  wisdom, courage, hardwork and epitome of Bex Memorial Hospitals. She was the pillar behind the successes and giant strides of late Dr. Ezeka Okafor whose memories live on in our lives today.

I met Mrs. Nwakego Okafor in Onitsha in the early 70's after the Nigerian civil war. Coming from the vagaries and wastes from the war, Nwakego Okafor took it upon herself to rally all Orlu women living in Onitsha to form OTU -UDOKA women Association.
OTUDOKA became the voice of Orlu women and in time they launched the celebrated Udoka Cultural dance that was the talk of Orlu for several years.

Nwakaego was a women of many firsts. 
She was one of the first Orlu Nurses to be trained in the United Kingdom.
She was the first woman to lead Orlu women for several years and many other firsts too numerous to mention.

A doting and caring wife to her late husband, a compassionate mother to all her children, a true friend and sister to many women of her generation including me.

Aka na Akpu Ego 1 of Nempi, you have fought a good fight, you have finished your race. It is time for you to rest in the bosom of our Lord who you served diligently in the Anglican Church all through your active life as Lady Knight Auxiliary of St Christopher.

Naa Na Udo, Jee Nke Oma where there are no troubles and sorrows.
To those you left to mourn you, my prayers is that they work and live with your light that is shining brighter and brighter unto a glorious morning.
ADIEU MISS! ADIEU NWAKAEGO OKAFOR.

By Ochiora Amooo Ukachukwu (wife of Late C N Ukachukwu)
18th January, 2018
Posted by chioma njoku on March 14, 2021
When you are opportune to come across certain people in life like Dr Ezeka & Mrs Eunice Okafor, they imprint a great memory in you.

From a humble beginning . Went from Iyienu hospital, Ogidi, to setup a hospital at Oguta road and finally to their first class hospital complex at Owerri Road, Onitsha. I had my secondary education at Onitsha so I should know! It is the height of hard work and dedication!

I cannot forget the lunch I always had with Doc. each time I come around.
Even with his tight work schedules he will insist we have lunch at the hospital canteen. I willingly accept not only for the food but also for the cracking jokes, wisdom and encouragement from him. On one such occasion we had water melon on our table and he asked me if I knew why God made the melon. I said no sir. He said it is for those who don't have water.
This couple stood out as a role model and they have touched many lives positively. Even this day their memory stands tall.

Dr Chukwuma Nnadi (Architect)
13th March, 2021
Posted by chioma njoku on March 13, 2021
TRIBUTE TO A MENTOR, BOSS AND FRIEND: DR SIR EZEKA ELIEZER OKAFOR.

I must begin by giving glory to God for a life well lived, the rare privilege to come in contact with you, and to say it was indeed an honour to have served you in the capacity that you took me.

Every moment with you was like a time in the lecture room - always ready to teach, correct and inspire humorously.
Observing closely, you were a total package of a man - loving husband to your wife Lady Eunice Okafor, a great father to your children who couldn't ask for more, happy grand Pa, and a naturally born Medical Doctor-cum-Administrator.

As Founder and Chief Medical Director at Bex Memorial Hospitals Limited Nempi and Onitsha, every employee (foreigners alike) was your child, and must know/taught the right/smart approach to work. You abhorred mediocrity and was never tired of directing us aright. You are appreciated Sir!

A prima-facie and Doctor par excellence, you towered supreme among your pearls - evidenced by the numerous seemingly hopeless cases of illness God cured through your miracle hands, the leadership positions you held, as well as your contributions to the field of medical science in Nigeria, communities and the Church at large.

A man of the people: your own Nempi people called you "Ala-eze" because of the impact your life-style made in their lives and your daily life typified Ala-eze.
Your love for the things of God was out of this world. You and your wife single handedly built Churches and contributed immeasurably to the course of Godly works locally and globally.

Above all, you assisted me and myriad of other poor people who thronged to you daily to attain our educational dreams - "it is God that did, it my child, ewoo, we thank God", you would say when thanked.

I pray God Almighty grant your entire family the grace and fortitude to pull through this time and life - it is well!
Ozuo Omee Nempi!
Ebube Dike Orlu!
Oke Nnam-ukwu!
Onwa netiri umu ogbeye!

As you return to your creator, I know your favourite morning devotion theme "I will enter his gate with thanksgiving...", is being echoed by the Heavenly Hosts.

May your gentle, loving, ever-caring and brave Soul rest peacefully in the Lord and rise in Glory, Amen.
Adieu Sir!
With Love,
Mr. Uche Abagha & family.
16th October, 2016
Posted by chioma njoku on March 13, 2021
CELEBRATION OF A COLOSSUS
The earth has lost an asset, a colossus, a philanthropist, a compendium of knowledge and an icon extraordinaire. The heavens have gained an upright man, a man after God's own heart. The storms roar and the thunders clap as its very own transcends to great beyond, to the warm embrace of the host of Angels and the Almighty God. We the humans celebrate a life worthy of emulation.

Great and eminent men have monuments in bronze and marble set up for them, but this man of divine fire managed in his life-time to become enmeshed in millions of hearts, directly and indirectly, so that all of us became somewhat of the stuff that he was made of, though to an infinitely lesser degree, though I pray to attain such an enviable height.

As i look back at the yesterdays of your fond memories; you are remembered for your great sense of humour, for your flamboyant generosity, for your unequivocal fatherly dispositions, not only on your children but to everyone. Your death griped us all with a saddened yet a happy heart, because you have left a huge impact in the lives of thousands. I can't but smile, knowing your success have produced worthy successors as seen in your children, friends, society and the world at large.

We miss you for the love you gave us all, for your laughter shared; we miss you for friendships forged; we miss you in the defiant moments when you stood your ground - resolute in your faith and purpose...and we miss you, each of us in our own personal ways, for all the special intangible ways that you touched our hearts, ways that cannot be defined by words.

You are not dead, but you transcended. In ages to come, centuries and many millenniums after us, people will think of this generation when this colossus bestrode the earth and will think of is who, however small, could also follow your path and probably tread on that holy ground where your feet had been. Let us be worthy of you. Let us always be so.

Rest well...A well-deserved rest.

MR. ALOZIE EMMANUEL
(SECRETARY/NHIS DESK OFFICER BEX MEMORIAL HOSPITAL ONITSHA)
23rd October, 2016





Posted by chioma njoku on March 13, 2021
THE FAMILY OF LATE SIR DR.E.E. OKAFOR
Your father will be terribly missed. He was loved by all of us. He impacted positively on our lives and forever be cherished in our memories.
Our prayers is for God to grant you the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.
May our prayers guide him to our heavenly Father
Please accept our condolences.
Best Regards,
Sir Kenneth Onyebuagu and Family.
September 29, 2016
Posted by chioma njoku on March 13, 2021
Uncle, I’m still in shock as I write this tribute to you, did not know this would be coming so soon. Words fail me to really capture whom you were and what you stood for.
You were my late father's best friend, both of you shared very similar backgrounds and were just the two people awarded the scholarship in the old Orlu division with you leaving for Dennis Memorial Grammar School (D.M.G.S) and my dad for Christ the King College Onitsha (C.K.C).

This relationship found expression in the role you played when my immediate younger sister ACP Nneka Anyasinti Ejinkeonye was getting married in 1985. Today that relationship has outlived the two of you.
I have not forgotten your pieces of advice to me whenever i visited you from my base in America. You were a man of sterling qualities, a devout Christian, a politician cum medical practitioner per excellence.

As we bid you farewell, we pray that your humble soul finds peace with your creator and the good lord whom you served waveringly will continually protect the lovely family you left behind. My brothers and sisters Martin, Chioma, Uche, Ugonna and Obiorah. These are trying times but God knows best.
Jisie nu Ike.
Obi Kingsley Anyasinti
Houston TX.
(On behalf of Aloysious Anyasinti family of Amorie Ubulu
Sep 28, 2016
Posted by chioma njoku on March 13, 2021
The Agubokwu family join friends and well-wishers to express our profound sympathy to the Okafor family for the passing of a great man.

As we mourn Dr. Ezeka Okafor, it is instructive for all to remember his many accomplishments and the role he played in so many people's lives.
He epitomized an ardent Christian, great family man, role model, philanthropist, leader and so many roles he played to many. He will be greatly missed.
Dr. Okafor exemplified what a leader should be caring, honest, giving and service to mankind. His kind is definitely hard to find. We pray to Almighty God to receive his gentle soul in Jesus name, Amen.

Vin & Julie Agubokwu
Maryland, USA
Sun, Sep 25, 2016
Posted by chioma njoku on March 13, 2021
A TRIBUTE TO MY UNCLE

To call you an uncle is just to follow English nomenclature and biological laws.
You were more than an Uncle to me.
You were a father to me. You were not my father but you fathered me.
You were not an educationist by profession but you thought me the value of education early in life. You were not too rich by worldly standards but humanity, including my very self, enjoyed your philanthropic gestures.

You were a professional physician with a difference, to the extent that even a touch of your hand often made some patients to be cured of their sickness.
You were not God but a mention of “Mnde” as you were fondly called by your late younger sister (my mum) used to spring hope and relief to my mother and her children.

One of your last statements to me was that “there is time and season for everything under the sun; a time to be born and a time to die”.
And with such a comment from you, I knew that you were prepared for the eternal journey. May you find eternal bliss in the bosom of the Almighty God!
Adieu, My uncle, My Dad.
Professor (Mrs.) Uloma Eucharia Onyeka
Professor of Food Chemistry and Nutrition
Posted by chioma njoku on March 13, 2021
DADDY

Doctor, as he was fondly called was mighty in the Lord. A compassionate and humble gentleman. A medical expert, an astute politician, an erudite scholar, a meticulous administrator cum businessman and above all a God fearing philanthropist who sees other people’s problems as his and delight in ensuring that any who comes to him with a burdened heart left light and lifted up.

Those of us whose lives he touched as youths call him Daddy and truly that is what he is. Innumerable are the beneficiaries of his philanthropic gestures which continued even on his sick bed.
His humility is unparallel just as is his humour and openness. His patience and generosity are limitless. Happily these virtues he did impart on his children.
Since life here is temporal, it is necessary that he transits into eternity to receive his well-deserved reward.

Today as we mourn him, we must console ourselves in the knowledge that he lived long and fulfilled his mission on earth. I have no iota of doubt in my heart that he is with our Father in heaven and I know that the love of God “to a thousand generations of those who live him” is certainly on his children.
GOODBYE DOCTOR
Emeka Nwalusi
For Egwuatu – Nwalusi’s Family
Posted by chioma njoku on March 13, 2021
ADIEU ESQUIRE
ADIEU DR. EZEKA E. OKAFOR: NWOKE OMA

OH! Dr. Ezeka Okafor is gone to the Lord. Esquire, as your friends and Old boys called you.
We shared the same building with your family during the war .Your life showed us Matthew 5 v 8 which says “ Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God “.You have no guile in your heart .
You are humble, loving, caring and unassuming all your life. A man of all ages.
Your benevolence was always exhibited to innumerable people that interacted  with you, even those unfamiliar with you. Bex Hospital has been a Bethesda for the poor.

Dr. Esq. E. E Okafor you were an epitome of philanthropy and Christianity. You gave our family this wonderful benefit of a father, and filled the gap of your friend late Egwuatu Nwalusi. This spirit of philanthropy also earned you lots of recognition at National, State, and Local Community levels, where you worked for God and humanity.

Your love and devotion to God endowed you with the Divine blessing of an amiable wife and blessed children and grandchildren. We thank God that I was able to visited you and your wife last December on return from the USA, and you prayed for us again not knowing that was the last of seeing you. The Almighty God has accepted your soul for you served the Creator.
Happy banquet before the Throne of God.

Adieu Esquire, Adieu Dr. Ezeka E Okafor: Nwoke Oma
Rest in perfect peace Amen
Beatrice Egwuatu-Nwalusi.

Posted by chioma njoku on March 13, 2021
Uncle onye udo,
Daddy anyi,
Doctor Ezekanamadu Okafor,
We the children of late Lawrence Okatta and our mother find it difficult to write this tribute because it’s not our intention now. We were saddened to the passing away of our uncle and father, but we give thanks to God for the life he lived. We count ourselves lucky to have him as friend, father and uncle.

Daddy your death came when we the children of lawrence uwaoma okatta needed you the most. Our consolation is in the scriptures that there is time for everything, time to be born and time to die. Nobody lives forever.
For those who lived with you, they value that the value they have lost is irreplaceable.

For those who just interacted with you, in the course of life, they know whom they are missing.
For those who happened to hear about you but never got to know you, their imaginations and curiosities will remain indefinitely.
Those of us who lived with you and around you have lost a caring, loving, listening uncle and kinsman, an uncle, father and friend extraordinary. A trail blazer, a beacon of hope with resounding religious background and tenets.

You were such a man with amazing gifts and incredible achievements. You touched so many lives in Nempi and beyond positively with peaceful nature and love of mankind. You were a vessel of inestimable value to all who interacted with you. You were one in a million.

Thank you for living such an exemplary life. We love you and will miss you immensely. The lord loves you and has called. We are prayerful that a peaceful and loving Christian like you will rest perfectly in the bosom of our lord Jesus Christ.
Adieu uncle!!
Adieu our daddy!

Master. Izunna Uwaoma-Okatta
On behalf of entire late Lawrence Uwaoma-okatta family
Mon, Sep 12, 2016
Posted by chioma njoku on March 13, 2021
Someone rightly said “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honourable, to be compassionate, and to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well".

So true it was for our amiable and iconic in-law, brother and friend, Dr Ezeka E. Okafor, who was an epitome of grace,humility and love for humanity.
We cannot forget your ever willing and cheerful heart to give yourself, your time and resources so radically without expecting any accolade or payback.
Your faith in God and marriage was manifested in all your commitments while here on earth especially in your love for God, your dear wife- Eunice Nwakaego and her children. -- YOU LOVED TILL THE END.

Sleep well in God's loving arms as God comforts your family and all you left behind. You will always be in our hearts.
REST IN PERFECT PEACE.
ADIEU "OKE OGOM".
GOODBYE.
Dr.(Mrs) Ngozi Nzomiwu nee Okoli
Posted by chioma njoku on March 12, 2021
My tribute to Dr /Lady Ezeka E Okafor of the Blessed memory.

Born from a humble parents in a community called Nempi in Oru West LGA Imo State. An Anglican product, but Interdenominational. After his academic, as our first graduate in medicine, he returned home to celebrate God's grace upon his long academics process.
At my first glance on him, was love and compassion for his people .He refused to be Lord nor portrayed himself with pride / arrogance, instead the burden of his people consumed his life. He went out like David unto Goliath by attacking illiteracy. Hence his massive scholarship from primary to university cut across his town Nempi, annexed to Bible theological school.
He blessed his community and across with a clinic which he later upgraded to full Hospital, as charity begins at home. Community development, he was the architect!

I’m writing about this legend who refused to be Alpha and Omega of Nempi .Go to Nempi you would discover that every family has up to five graduates’ .Dr Okafor who refused to be the only graduate and medical doctor, your good works of love and compassion speaks for you and your beloved wife.
I learned from you the practical meaning of, for better for worst....
You are a Genius. You shall ever be green in our hearts
Nempi Love's you.
Continue to Rejoice in the presence of the Lord till we meet to part no more.

Revd Dr Patrick Okonkwo
10th March, 2021
Posted by Chris Ukachukwu on March 10, 2021
I always remember Dr Ezeka and lady Eunice Okafor with a smile and i consider them a special gift from God to humanity. Their life was a bible that many read, for they lived a Christ like life worthy of emulation. They touched many lives positively, including mine. Even though they are gone, their memories remains for ever in our hearts.
Posted by Kene Menakaya on March 10, 2021
I will always remember the kindness mommy and daddy showed me, always inviting me for lunch whenever am around. They will forever be in my heart. Adieu.
Posted by Obinna Obiekweihe on March 10, 2021
Dr. (Sir) Ezeka and Lady Eunice Okafor though have passed on to eternal Glory, yet memories of their selfless service to their Local communities and humanity at large lingers on.

The works of good people immortalizes them at death and so they have both immortalised themselves by their vision, kindness to people in need, their immense contribution to the delivery of medicare services particularly to native land and contributions to social development projects.

If it was possible, we would have preffered you stay with us forever, but since it pleased God to call you back to him, may His wish be exalted and may He grant eternal rest unto both of you and let perpectual light shine upon you two. May your souls continue to rest in peace, Amen.
Posted by Leo Okezie on March 9, 2021
Dr. Sir. Ezeka and Lady Eunice Okafor were my 'second' parents. They loved me unconditionally. They were my guardians while I was in secondary school at CKC Onitsha.

I will be forever grateful for their tenderness and great inspiration and insight to the issues of life.

Dr. Okafor was the quintessential role model. And it was said that: "if you learn nothing under Dr. Ezeka Okafor, you will never learn again"

May they continue to rest in the bosom of the Lord.

Amen...
Posted by Ifee Menakaya on March 9, 2021
Mummy and Daddy were so kind and caring. The love they both shared, they extended to everyone that came in contact with them. Unique Parents indeed, excellent role models. You made my friendship with Ugonna so special and today we're like sister. I often pass by the residence in Onitsha which was my second home and each time, the moments we spent together always brought back good memories of both of them. And we look forward to meeting again at the resurrection morning. You're Forever In Our Hearts.
Posted by Blessing Siya Ukpabi-Wil... on March 9, 2021
Daddy and Mummy as I called you; you are both very special people I have ever come across. Your love and care towards me when I last visited Onitsha with your daughter Ugonna, who happens to be my friend, continues to linger on. I was shocked to hear of your demise but I am ever grateful to God because you are resting in a better place from all your toil. May your souls rest in peace in Jesus name. May Your good deeds imprinted in the sands of time continue to speak. Forever missed! Adieu
Posted by Edward Odimegwu on March 9, 2021
Not really easy to forget two great and loving souls like my late in laws, Dr and Mrs Ezeka and Eunice Okafor. Memories of them are always fresh in occasions like this. May their gentle souls continue to rest in perfect peace, Amen.
Posted by ashley minas on March 9, 2021
I am Dr Ashley Minas who worked as the Specialist Gynaecologist at Bex Memorial Hospital from 1986- 92 and then had another stinct at BMH from 2008-13, as the Director Of Medical Services! Dr Okafor and madam Eunice Okafor were like mother and father and DrOkafor my mentor during the long years I had the pleasure of working with him! He was a great man and I pray his gentle soul rest in perfect peace with his wonderful, kind, enterprising wife by his side! RIP champions of life!
Posted by Kenneth Orimma on March 8, 2021
Loving Daddy and Mummy, your memory street will never grow old in our hearts and the hearts of souls you have touched in one way or the other through your journey on this earth. Remain in the blossom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ until we meet to depart no more. Adieu Dad and Mum, we miss you dearly.
Posted by Canon Dr Onyema Okenyeka on March 8, 2021
Oh...they flew away
They lived their lives like a candle in the wind. Storms and wind could not quench their flames.
Their memories still live among us, too hard to forget. Their voices are heard at every gathering of the church. With little or know introduction, every new comer in the the church will see their impact
We must continue to mortalise them for the next generation to know that it pays to serve God.
Like angels they have flown away...but their memories live on
Posted by Ada Chi on March 7, 2021
Dr. Okafor and mummy Eunice was truly a blessing to all who knew them and we will forever miss them, but take comfort that good souls ascended to heaven, continue to rest in peace.
My most heartfelt condolences to their children.

From Barr. Chinyere Odimgbe
Posted by chioma njoku on March 5, 2021
My Dad
We'll always remember
that special smile,
that caring heart,
that warm embrace,
you always gave us.
You being there
for Mom and us
through good and bad times
Martin. June 3, 2016
Posted by chioma njoku on March 5, 2021
MESSAGE OF CONDOLENCE FROM NEMPI AUTONOMOUS COMMUNITY TO THE FAMILY OF LATE DR. EZEKA OKAFOR.
This world is truly a temporary plane of existence. With very heavy heart and a deep sense of loss, the traditional ruler, executive and the entire members of the above mentioned autonomous community sympathize with the family of Late Dr. Ezeka Okafor. We know that death is an inevitable end to all mortals but it is sad and painful that the Late doctor died the time he supposed to reap the fruit of his labour. We equally acknowledge the vital role he played in the community at large. The demise of our mentor has created a very big vacuum in Nempi Autonomous and the entire Nempi Ancient Kingdom. His philanthropic life and historical antecedents to the community should not be forgotten. We implore the entire family of late Dr. Ezeka Okafor to be condoled and to take solace in the Lord. May his gentle soul rest in peace. AMEN
Signed
Engr. Paulinus Okolie
P.G Nempi Autonomous

Mr. Anthony Ohadimma
Acting secretary

Hon. Ikechukwu Ononiwu
Youth Leader

H.R.H Eze A.M Obiekweihe
(Ogbuehi II of Nempi)
Posted by chioma njoku on March 5, 2021
Daddy, I miss you afresh every day. I still can’t imagine how people count years when it feels like you just left this morning. I love you so much. The only thing that has changed is that I am not crying as much anymore. I rather smile when I think of you and mommy, I think of the best life any child could ask for that I had on a platter of gold without asking. You were the best couple, parents, and friends yet. Your records are outstanding indeed. 
Ladyu247 May 14th, 2019
Posted by chioma njoku on March 5, 2021
A TRIBUTE TO MY HERO
(LATE DR. (SIR) E.E. OKAFOR)

I never imagined it this way
Your death was unbelievable to me
The day has broken in the middle of the night
The tree that shelters the birds has fallen

It sounded like a mirage to me when I heard about the shocking demise of a man I called my hero.
Your works and contributions to humanity [especially Nempi Development Union (N.D.U.)] both home and Diaspora will not be over emphasized.
My solace is that you laid down unforgettable legacies, and in Gods bosom you are dwelling.
RIP my hero!
Sleep well DR. (SIR) E.E. OKAFOR.
Hon Evang. Ikechukwu Ononiwu
(Osisioma Jesus)
Mayor/Chairman of PMAN (Orlu Zone)
Former Community Liaison Officer (C.L.O)
Present Youth Leader of Nempi Autonomous Community.
Posted by chioma njoku on March 5, 2021
Lady Eunice Nwakaego Okafor, – Matron- as she was popularly called, was the fibre and fulcrum around which the Ezeka Okafor family revolved; a true life depiction of a veritable human anchor. While Dr Okafor with an ever sagacious mien opened the vestal for all and sundry, and built an estate anchored on humanistic ethos, it was Lady Eunice Nwakaego Okafor that ensured that those successes endured beyond the immediate environment. She stood behind her husband with unparalleled devotion to business and enduring love, spurning the yarn and ensuring that their blessings – a life’s mission- stretched to the limits of their reach.

As a Matron, she was an administrator per excellence, whose abhorrence of profligacy provided the steeled resistance to wastefulness, and the prudence that guaranteed optimal resource control, a tonic for any successful endeavor, be it family or public business enterprise. Mrs. Eunice Nwakaego Okafor strove positively to shape her world with little room for chance; indeed a success based on “solid personal achievement”. A connoisseur of knowledge, ever willing to lend an ear and stretch a hand to uplift the under-served in accordance with her husband’s principle of service above self.

Lady Nwakaego, though soft spoken, was determined and dedicated to her children; she remained a beacon to her heirs and advocated unmitigated pursuit of excellence. A mentor who groomed nurses and midwives in the best ethics of her profession, a Christian whose compassion remained boundless with outstretched arms to many in need. Lady, Matron Eunice Nwakaego Okafor shall be remembered for her vision, entrepreneurial spirit, compassion and excellence in all her devotions.

As a benefactor, her marks remain indelible in my heart; May her gentle soul rest in perfect peace in the Lord, Amen.
Sir Basil Njoku, KSP, JP
New Rochelle, NY, USA
Posted by chioma njoku on March 5, 2021
TRIBUTE TO EXAMPLARY ICON, DR. E.E.OKAFOR BY Hon. Egwuagu Nnanna

The mournful looks worn on our faces today indicate grief, that something grievous has befallen us in the death of our own gem and icon of our time DR. ELIEZE EZEKA OKAFOR.

This departure signifies sunset in Nempi. I have said this because death and the consequent burial is a long night that will never find day.

Otherwise my take in that is that we shall not mourn and even if we do, not like those who have no hope. To leave so many legacies like DR. Okafor did to answer the supreme call, which, by the way, is inevitable, is not to die, for he continues to live in our mind and memory.

Many have attested to his good deeds that it bears no repeating to avoid reproducing his biography here. However, one thing beggars repeating, he did much, did enough, achieved a lot that he did. not only left his footprints on the sands of time as the cliché goes, but the footmarks point to the right direction acting as a guide to us all.

A lot may have been written and will be written in eulogy on this awesome man.
I can however, provide a unique and useful insight into his humanness, humility, generosity of spirit as well as his enviable social, Christian and family life.

What is DR. Okafor’s driving philosophy? As one very intimate and close I make bold to say that his driving philosophy was based on Christianity because scriptures say that the righteous would shine brighter and brighter. And to this brightness there is no end until God says stop.

Let no man think that DR. Ezeka Okafor started off in life as Medical Practitioner and founder of Bex Memorial Hospital we see today. Nor was he born with silver spoon in his mouth. The truth is that he was not born into power and privileges in both traditional and modern spheres. It was just by dint of hard work and the Grace of Almighty God that he attained very enviable height in all aspects of life, I dare say.

He was at each juncture well focused and never allowed his background to keep his back on the ground. That way he overcame all limitations and overran all hindrances and impediments to sower. And in his true characteristics and nature, and apparently to show gratitude to his creator showered unwavering empathy and commitment to the poor and voiceless.

Need I say more, instead of morning let us celebrate our exemplary icon and showcase his achievement samply documented in his Biography launched a few years back to celebrate him at 80 years.

By this we encourage his children in particular and Nempi people in general to put up a foundation that will continue to billow the fire of his good works and may be, his intentions.

Yes his intentions. Here was a man who never slowed down but was showed down only by age and debility. Even at that he had an eye in whatever is being done, his advice taken seriously. Why?

All of us who were opportuned to have a closer interaction and observation of the man Dr. Ezeka Okafor know he thinks deep, thinks strategically, utter statements on community affairs diplomatically, he positioned situation in such a way one does not make many mistakes.
A philanthropist and leader per excellence.

I stop. Let me first justify these uncommon virtues which he amply demonstrated in his deeds and works for our Nempi community by listing just a few.

1. Formation and founding of Nempi development union way back in December 1963.

2. Ensuring our children started (restarted) primary education early post Biafran war through levy collected by NDU.

3. Deployed his medical expertise and facilities (by way of Bex Memorial Hospital, Nempi) at his roots at the most auspicious period to save his people from the ravages of war and poverty.These facilities were made accessible by endowing foundation in various names and style to cater for the less privileged.

4. Offered scholarships more pronounced at tertiary education level to indigenes of Nempi (even beyond). At my last count there were seventeen beneficiaries of University Scholarships in Nempi alone.

5. Post Office: Dr. Okafor single handedly built an ultra-modern Post Office at Nempi.

6. First elected Local Government Chairman of the large ORU Local Government Area (i.e. the present ORU East and West) in 1976 – 1979.

7. Church Matters: Trained Priests of Nempi extraction for the Anglican Communion. I am sure of at least four presiding at various locations in Nigeria.

- Championed the building of medium sized church at St. Barth’s Anglican Church Nempi (1977-1979) and before his demise spearheaded conception and financing in the building of an ultra-modern and gigantic church housing St. Barth’s Archdeaconry inaugurated just a few days back.

- Built and donated to the Anglican Communion, Our Saviour Church, Eleh.

I have forgotten I said just a few, so let me stop again.

For reasons of the above and many more like the first ever tarred road crossing Nempi, modern market in Nempi, first few electricity poles seen in Nempi, he was honoured as we do in this clime with various titles – Ebube Dike of Orlu 1987, OzuOmee of Nempi.

I mean, I left out all his academic honours,honours from religious circles, honours from such circles like Rotary and other Clubs, honours from professional bodies and associations.

They were as numerous as they were earned and deserved.

Honestly this man is in a class of his own. A complete gentleman, humane and humble. Unblemished career, very generous for private and corporate causes. We lost a colossus, one in a million. His memory will remain evergreen in our hearts.

I sincerely commiserate with the family of Dr. Elieze Ezeka Okafor and console ourselves on his death, albeit at an appointed and ripe age of 84 years.

May your soul, my mentor and benefactor rest in the bosom of our Lord. Amen.



Hon. Egwuagu Nnanna
Posted by chioma njoku on March 5, 2021
MY TRIBUTE TO A WONDERFUL MATRON.
She was kind. She was soft. She was godly . She was generous. She was so humane. Here lies the matron of our famous BMH Limited. She laboured with her husband, the Medical Director to save lives, often times free. Life is a passage. You come, you play your part and you leave. Bye, great mother. Rest in peace and rise in glory. From Rev and Mrs C.O.C.Okafor. for Godwin Okafor's family. (Akatta).
Posted by chioma njoku on March 5, 2021
Uncle,
We are sad you are no longer with us, but rejoice that you are now
resting in the presence of our Lord, whom you so faithfully served.
We just want to publicly say "thank you" for the love and care, you and auntie showed us and our mom, Clara, over the years.

Uncle, you were one of the few that stood by us during our mum’s illness and at her her funeral. You and auntie were our silent guardians, Dalu.

To our siblings from another parent, Martin, Chioma, Uche, Ugonna and Obiora "Jisike". May the friendship, love and respect shared by our parents never cease with us, we mourn with you 

With love and utmost respect,

Chioma , Ndu, Kene and Ogo Menakaya
Posted by chioma njoku on March 5, 2021
Tribute to a Great man of Honour and Integrity- Dr. Sir Eliezer Ezeka Okafor

It is with a deep sense of loss but with gratitude to God Almighty that we, the members of Okorogu family received the shocking news of the passing on of our indefatigable mentor, Dr. E. E. Okafor, the founder of Bex memorial hospital.
You were a great leader, a master planner, an organiser, an achiever, an inspiration to all and sundry and an epitome of love.
You lived a wonderful, healthy and Christian life. You led an exemplary life of dedication, honesty and hard work. As you march on with the saints triumphant, we pray that the almighty God will grant you eternal rest.
Adieu. Adieu. Adieu, Pa Ezeka Okafor
From Mr. Dennis Okorogu and family
Posted by chioma njoku on March 5, 2021
A TRIBUTE TO MY BELOVED UNCLE BY LADY, MRS CECILIA OKOLI (NEE ANYASOR)

“Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure, you are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure”

When I received a phone call that my uncle died, I was dumbfounded. I cried out in a loud voice, “How are the mighty fallen.” DEE as I fondly call him touched my life so dearly when he returned from London where he spent some years, studied and became one of the most famous Medical Doctors in Nigeria and all over the world. My uncle was given the warmest welcome by the entire men, women and children in Nnempi. He was known as Dr. E. E. Okafor. He was very caring, loving and highly loved by everybody.

My uncle demonstrated his love for education and his town by offering a scholarship fund to two Elementary school scholars in Nnempi, one person from Ihite-Nnempi and one person from Ezioha – Nnempi. In this exercise, I passed the set examination with the required standard and became the beneficiary from Ihite- Nnempi. Through his scholarship, my school fees for Elementary Six at St. Barth’s CMS School, Nnempi, now known as Western Nnempi was paid in 1963. From this time he started calling me “Ada m nwanyi” my adopted daughter and I call him “DEE.”

He had great influence in my life as a growing young girl in my town – Nnempi.
In 1972 after my Secondary School Education, my uncle employed me to work at Bex Memorial Hospital at Oguta Road, Onitsha as his Typist, Book-Keeper and Receptionist until later 1973 when I went to Teacher’s Training College, Ogbunike. At that time, my benevolent uncle gave another Scholarship but this time it was for anyone who could gain admission into any named University. This exercise was a great opportunity and favoured a lot of young boys and girls who had quest for university education in Nnempi. I learned a lot from the way you lived your life by helping those in need.

DEE, you are a great philanthropist. Your love for God and service to humanity can never be over-emphasized. You built Bex Memorial Hospital Nnempi Branch so that the old men and women in Nnempi Community and the neighbouring towns can receive proper medical attention at little or no cost. You also built Post Office and good roads to mention a few, for the convenience of all and sundry.

DEE, you played a vital role when I was getting married at Amadehi-Ubulu. You handed me over to my husband, Sir Benjamin Okoli on my Wedding day at Emmanuel Anglican Church, Ubulu Oru-West LGA, Imo State. Your last Word to my family is that we should live in Peace. You recently dropped this message to one of your daughters and she rightly delivered it to me in U.S.A, where I live with my family. We will never forget you!

My family and I love you so much but Almighty God loves you most. He knows why he called you now. May you rest in the bosom of God Almighty and in perfect peace. We will miss you, Dee! Adieu, until we meet to part no more.

LADY, MRS CECILIA OKOLI (NEE ANYASOR)
Posted by chioma njoku on March 5, 2021
EULOGY FOR A GOOD DAD BY NOEL ADIMIKE

Way back in 1973, the city of Onitsha like the whole of Igboland was just recovering from a devastating three years of massive destruction called the Biafran War. It was in this ruin that I arrived Onitsha as a fresher in Dennis Memorial Grammar School.
One of the earliest friends I made in DMGS was Martin Okafor, the son of Dr. Sir Eliezer Okafor. We were in the same class and hostel and our bonding was seamless and effortless.

As I got acquainted with the city, I quickly discovered that even in the ruins, some hospitals had sprang up. I also discovered that most of these hospitals had as their Medical Directors, old boys of DMGS such as Bex Memorial Hospital – Dr. Sir Eliezer Okafor, Toronto Hospital – Dr. Walter Eze, Menax Hospital – Dr Tim Menakaya just to mention a few and of course the General Hospital had Dr. D.B.A Ofomata as the Senior Medical Officer. I was like come on, is it only medical doctors that are produced by DMGS?

Now, that was the setting when I first came in contact with Dr. Sir Eliezer Okafor. Martin and I were in Lugard House and our house was situated along Oguta road, the same road as Bex Memorial. The junior boys were as of duty meant to go weekly to our campus in Obosi to keep the environment clean because the campus was meant for very senior students preparing for their A’levels. Owing to this, we had ample opportunity to visit Bex Memorial as we trek to and fro Obosi.

One thing that struck me each time we visited Daddy was his very calm mien, he was so gentle that you can’t fail to notice it. As he speaks to us, I will feel like my own Dad was talking to me. He had this aura of a guardian angel that was there to shepherd, protect, and provide for us. Of course, as little boys then, the purpose of our weekly visits was to replenish our pocket money and which Doctor never failed to do. Doctor had a good heart and was a natural Dad.

His life style epitomized and exemplified humility, compassion, empathy, forgiveness, courage and his philanthropy was unparalleled. He remained an active member of Dennis Memorial Grammar School Old Boys Association and participated especially in the Golden Jubilee celebrations in 1975 which made a deep impression on some of us that today we have kept the light shining.
Doc you will be fondly remembered and I thank God for a fulfilled life and may He grant you eternal rest. Amen.

Noel Adimike
Posted by chioma njoku on March 5, 2021
A TRIBUTE TO MY FATHER

My Father, My Benefactor, My Mentor… I lack words to describe who you are to me. You gave me life when it seemed that all hope was lost, you gave me the greatest gift in life . . . Education! You gave me back my life.

Daddy, you told me to find time and visit you with my Family, I was ready for the visit but suddenly I couldn’t reach you on phone, then I got the devastating news that you have gone to be with your maker . . . oh what a life!

Daddy, you were what anyone would want in a father, you saw me through school and gave me a better life. It’s unfortunate that I didn’t have the opportunity to say “Thank You”.

I Love you Daddy, sleep on for I know we will meet at Jesus’ feet.

Your God-Daughter – Jovita Eze-Ochulor Nee Ngobili
Posted by chioma njoku on March 5, 2021
Chief Martin Okafor, the family of Late Chief Sabastine & Georgiana Odenigbo of Amorie Ubulu commiserates with you and your siblings as you bid farewell to your father Dr. Ezeka Eliezer Okafor.

Our parents had a very nurtured and healthy relationship with your parents. To say that Dr. Okafor was a visionary, will be an understatement and to say that he was a philanthropist will not be an exaggeration. He was a true son of Nnempi, a good Christian, a man of few words whose humility radiates every room that he enters. 

His enduring courage to set up Bex Memorial Hospital in his home town despite the environmental challenges at the time must have accounted for saving many lives’s in our Local government and the state at large. He was not just a physician but a Caregiver both in intrinsic and practical sense. He never turns patients away because they could not afford to pay.

As you bid farewell to your father be rest assured that his journey on earth was purposeful and as you lay him to rest, he is just completing the phase of our physical existence.

He left a lot to be remembered for; therefore, you and your siblings must do all that you can to carry on this wonderful legacy.

May his soul rest in peace.

Signed: Odenigbo family

The Family of Late Chief Sabastine & Late Georgiana Odenigbo
Aguluobionu Logde
Amorie, Ubulu Oru West LGA
Posted by chioma njoku on March 5, 2021
I am honestly short of words in expressing my feelings about your death. We love you but God Almighty loves you more. The legacies you left behind will continue to speak for you. My prayer is that your soul will find eternal rest.

Igwe C. Igwe Esq.
5 Sep 2016
Posted by chioma njoku on March 5, 2021
TRIBUTE TO A LEGEND
I received with shock the sad news of the death of your father and a great son of Nempi. His death is really a pain that is felt where a soothing touch cannot reach. The death of this great Nigerian whose life touched many is a great loss to your family, Nempi in particular and the nation in general.

The record of his excellent services to his people in particular and humanity in general is illuminating. My entire family and I share your grief and send our deepest heartfelt condolences. It is our prayer that the Good Lord comforts and guide you and the entire family. May He give you the grace & courage to bear this irreparable loss with christian fortitude.

He will be greatly missed by so many people.
May his gentle and indomitable soul rest in perfect peace.
Adieu Ezeka!
Goodbye Nze Ozuo-Omee!!
Ka-emesia Dr. E. E. Okafor!!!

Signed:
Hon. VinSmooth Nwaigweh
Osuofia
6 Sep 2016

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Posted by chioma njoku on March 25, 2021
Doc, I was saddened by the news of your death. It was devastating. I have always admired you right from my childhood days, as a brigade boy. And you have been my role model. 
   A man of peace who touched many lives through acts of kindness and saved many through his profession. The church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, the Knights of St Christopher, entire people of Imo state have lost a rare gem. Goodbye Doc, until that resurrection morning!

Kingsley Nnajiuba,
London, UK.
8th September, 2016
Posted by chioma njoku on March 25, 2021
Tribute to Uncle Ezeka
Uncle Ezeka was hatched in a poor but humble family but the grace of God and diligence soared him unto fame and fortune, yet he came down to carry the poor and the downtrodden to greatness.

Adieu Uncle, Adieu “Otaechereoha” ~ He that ate, felt and reserved for others.
          
Mr Gabriel Okafor
(Author of first edition of Dr Ezeka Okafor’s Biography)
1st September,2016
Posted by chioma njoku on March 20, 2021
FUNERAL TRIBUTE FOR DR EZEKA ELIEZER OKAFOR

Dr Ezeka Eliezer Okafor was an extraordinary great man, intelligent, humble and respectful.

A man of the people who really cared for humanity, the poor the rich everywhere and every time.
He gave scholarships to many to further their education, free medical treatment to the vulnerable, and to those unable to pay for their medical care.

Ezeka strongly supported the church, his town and the entire community in which he found himself. He extended his generosity everywhere and any time.
Dr Ezeka was great in many ways, my late mother in-law Mrs Agnes Okoli referred to Dr Ezeka –as “Odi nkenke neme ire”. Ezeka was a very good in-law to Ibiaosegbe people as a whole.
 
A rare gem, socialist philanthropist and dynamic.
He played his part very well.

If all men were like him, surely this world will be much a better place.
“Ogo” you will greatly be missed by man people, but the Almighty God knows the best and is in control. “Ogo” count your blessings, pick them one by one, and you will see how very great God has been to you.

       OGO REST IN PEACE.
FROM  JANET OKOLI
his Life

Dad's favourite quote was taken from Alexander Pope's, Essay on Man

Greatness
Alexander Pope (1688–1744)
From “An Essay on Man,” Epistle IV.


 HONOR and shame from no condition rise;
Act well your part, there all the honor lies.
Fortune in men has some small difference made,
One flaunts in rags, one flutters in brocade;

The cobbler aproned, and the parson gowned,         5
The friar hooded, and the monarch crowned.
“What differ more (you cry) than crown and cowl?”
I ’ll tell you, friend; a wise man and a fool.
You ’ll find, if once the monarch acts the monk,
Or, cobbler-like, the parson will be drunk,         10

Worth makes the man, and want of it the fellow;
The rest is all but leather or prunella.
Stuck o’er with titles, and hung round with strings,
That thou mayst be by kings, or whores of kings;
Boast the pure blood of an illustrious race,         15


In quiet flow from Lucrece to Lucrece;
But by your fathers’ worth if yours you rate,
Count me those only who were good and great.
Go! if your ancient but ignoble blood
Has crept through scoundrels ever since the flood,         20


Go! and pretend your family is young,
Nor own your fathers have been fools so long.
What can ennoble sots, or slaves, or cowards?
Alas! not all the blood of all the Howards.


*        *        *        *        *

Who wickedly is wise, or madly brave,         25
Is but the more a fool, the more a knave.
Who noble ends by noble means obtains,
Or, failing, smiles in exile or in chains,
Like good Aurelius let him reign, or bleed
Like Socrates, that man is great indeed.         30


Dr. Ezeka and Lady Eunice, Two Peas in a Pod

Dr. Sir Eliezer Ezeka Okafor
Dr. Sir Eliezer Ezeka Okafor was born on the 6th of June 1932 to Chief and Lolo Ezerioha  Okafor Nwaichi "Pa Johnson" of Nempi in Oru-West Local Government Area, Imo State, Nigeria. 

He started primary education at St Barth’s CMS School Nempi. In 1941, he moved to live with his God father, Mr Samuel Njoku, a missionary teacher from where he passed the ‘Standard VI’ Certificate Examination at St Silas Central School Ihiala in 1945.

In 1946, he went to Dennis Memorial Grammar School(DMGS) Onitsha with an Anglican mission scholarship. There, he was an exemplary student whose academic performance,  skills and courage inspired other students. His extracurricular activities included photography, carpentry, writing, hockey and social service. Eliezer often reminisced on his years at DMGS, and frequently quoted a maxim from Epistle 1 of Alexander Pope's famous poem, An Essay on Man, which he learnt there: “Honour and shame from no condition rise. Act well your part, there all the honour lies”.

During the holidays, the Principal, Rev. E.D.C. Clark, led the Social Service Society on social works to clean hospitals and renovate homes for widows and the elderly. It was during one of such outings that he developed an interest in medicine. The Society was at Iyi-Enu Hospital, Enugu for a clean-up exercise when a woman who was crying from labour pains was brought in on a stretcher and rushed into the emergency room. After delivery, she looked happy and relieved. He knew from that point that he wanted to be part of those people who had trained to bring such relief from pain and distress to others. He prayed that he would become a doctor. 

In 1950 he excelled with a first class in the Senior Cambridge School Certificate, and was exempted from the London Matriculation Examination.

Eliezer earned another scholarship from the Orlu District Office to study at the University College Ibadan. On September 12, 1951, the Orlu District Officer, Mr Frank Bex, wrote to confirm Eliezer’s scholarship and ended his letter with: “I take this opportunity to wish you every success and to express the hope that you will make the best use of this chance which you have have earned.” This finishing remark stirred Eliezer’s determination to succeed and became a driving force; he was later to coin his biography, Making the Best Use of a Chance, from it.  

On passing the ‘2nd MB’ Examination in 1955, the Nigerian Government awarded him a scholarship to continue his studies at the Manchester Royal Infirmary in England where he passed the MB. BS (London) examination in 1959 and became a fully registered Medical Doctor with the British Medical Council. He thereafter worked at various hospitals in England before returning to Nigeria to continue his medical practice at the University College Hospital(UCH),  Ibadan.

In 1963, Dr. Ezeka Eliezer Okafor travelled back overseas for a postgraduate Diploma in Tropical Medicine (DTM & H) at the School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, and Edinburgh, Scotland with a Federal Government scholarship. He graduated in 1964 and was inducted into the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) the following year. During his stay, he worked at the Baguley, and Park Hospitals in Manchester; Tropical Diseases Centre, Sefton General Hospital Liverpool, Kirkcaldy Hospital Scotland, and Wigan Hospital England.

Before his return to Nigeria in 1965, Ezeka got married to his soulmate, Eunice Nwakaego Okoli, with whom he was to build the family enterprise, BEX MEMORIAL HOSPITALS. The delightful wedding ceremony took place at St. Martin in the fields - Trafalgar Square, London on September 12 1964; with a wedding reception at the Royal Banquet Hall - Royal commonwealth society Trafalgar Square London, which hosted 100 guests. The happy couple left the same day for their honey moon at Livermead Hotel, Torquay, Devon England.

From that point, Eunice became a perfect complement for her husband, at home and at work. She was an affectionate mother in the family, and a dedicated Matron at Bex Memorial Hospitals. Dr. and Mrs. Okafor’s family remains exemplary to their friends and community. They were blessed with two ladies and three gentlemen namely: Martin, Chioma, Uchenna, Ugonna and Obiora; who are all happily married and blessed with children.

Lady Eunice Nwakaego Okafor
Lady Eunice Nwakaego Okafor was born in Ihiala, Anambra State, Nigeria to Chief John Okoli and Mrs Agnes Okoli of Ibi in Oru West Local Government Area of Imo State on October 20, 1936.

Her father, Pa John Okoli “John cook”, was a reputable caterer employed by Reverend Father A. Bindel of the Catholic Church Ihiala to cook for the expatriate priests serving within the Parish. Madam Agnes Okoli “Singer woman”, her mother, was a trader with United African Company (UAC). She was a woman leader and politician with the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons (NCNC).

She attended The Holy Rosary convent school Ihiala and Uli girls’ school in Ihiala local government area of Anambra state.

Miss Eunice pursued education with vigour wanting nothing but the best and her parents encouraged and made her education a priority. In 1957, she travelled to England to train as a nurse at a time when only few Nigerians could find their way there.

She proved her mettle by successively clinching the State registered nurse (SRN) in 1960 from Stepping-Hill Hospital Stockport, Cheshire and State Certified Midwife (SCM) in 1962 from the Group Hospitals Freedom - Fields Hospital Plymouth. She thereafter became a fully registered nurse and certified Midwife with the British Nursing board.

Recognising her natural nursing skills, the Group Hospitals inspired her to study Theatre Nursing, to enable her become an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP). She took up the offer and obtained a Post Diploma in Theatre techniques, Th.TD. at Hither Green Hospital.

She had her post registration experience at Hither Green Hospital Lewisham and several other hospitals in England where she served in different roles; and was promoted to a Theatre Nursing sister. She thereafter worked in the Orthopaedics, General surgery and other departments within the theatre.

Back in Nigeria
Dr and Mrs Okafor returned to Nigeria in 1965 and worked hard to establish themselves. Eliezer practised with General Hospital Lagos as specialist doctor while his wife worked as Theatre Nursing-Sister-in-charge at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), where she enjoyed giving Theatre support to Prof. Thomas and Dr. Alex Eneli of Eko Hospital Plc.

Dr. Eliezer’s work was challenging and required him to travel between eight different hospitals in Lagos. It however created unique opportunities for interaction with some highly placed political detainees at the Kirikiri Maximum security prison at the time such as Chief T.O.S. Benson, Dr. K. O. Mbadiwe; with whom he eventually forged enduring friendships.  

The Civil War (1966 – 1970)
The onset of Nigeria/Biafra civil war forced Ezeka and Eunice to leave Lagos and return to Nempi, Eastern Nigeria where they exhibited love and selfless service to mankind, in spite of the upheavals and travails of that period.

Dr. Eliezer Ezeka Okafor was appointed Member of the Orlu Provincial Assembly directly responsible to the Head of State of Biafra at Enugu from 1967 to 1970. Their family home was used to house refugees, and after the  war, it became an Out Patient Clinic until they were able to build an Out Patient Department (OPD) for the Bex Memorial Hospital, Nempi in 1971.

Appalled at the ravaging effect of Kwashiorkor on women, children, old folks and refugees; he treated these patients and in 1968, published a book titled, ‘Kwashiorkor, A Preventable Disease’ and established a 50-bed Kwashiorkor Sickbay with committee nominees from the Anglican and Catholic Churches.

He rendered free medical service at the Iyi-Enu hospital, Ogidi, for three months before he secured employment to continue as specialist doctor. There, he was happy to make the acquaintance of Sir Louis Mbanefo, the first Lawyer in Igbo Land, first Nigerian at the International Court of Appeal at the Hague, Chancellor of the Anglican Diocese on the Niger, Chief Judge of Eastern Nigeria, and Chairman Board of Governors, Iyi-Enu Hospital.

 When the expatriate doctors left the Iyi-Enu hospital because of the War, part of the hospital was transferred to Okija, where Dr Okafor was made Hospital Superintendent. He resigned his appointment with the hospital in April, 1972 to concentrate on his private practice. 

Bex Memorial Hospitals (BMH) 
Dr. Ezeka and his wife Eunice, established Bex Memorial Hospital (BMH), at Oguta Road, Onitsha in 1972 as their own contribution towards addressing the healthcare needs of the region after the devastation of the Civil war.

The hospital was named BEX, in memory of Mr Frank Bex, the colonial District Officer who facilitated Ezeka’s scholarship in 1951. BMH became very successful and a new building was officially commissioned at Onitsha in 1983, by the Honourable Minister of Health, Chief D. C.Ugwu. 

A well managed health facility, BMH boasts an enviable roll of medical professionals from various parts of the world. It continues to provide employment and compete favourably in patient care with the best known private hospitals in Africa.

Bethany Home – A Charity Rehabilitation Home for the Elderly
Bethany home is the charitable arm of BMH which runs a rehabilitation service for the elderly. BMH also runs a “poor patients’ fund”, a charitable purse for poor patients who are unable to pay their medical bills at BMH.

Dr Okafor’s Humanitarian Services to the Communities, the Church and the Nation
Dr Okafor founded the Nempi Development Union (NDU) in 1962; a forum where the Nempi community deliberated on roads construction, markets, schools and hospitals. Under his Chairmanship, NDU transformed the Nempi village to an modern town.

He provided scholarships for various students at all levels of education. He was Chairman of the Board of Governors of various schools; sponsored sports projects and donated school equipment. He was the Secretary of the Nigerian Medical Association, Onitsha Zone from 1972 to 1977.

Dr and Mrs Okafor built the Nempi Post Office and Civic Centre. They built new classrooms, stores and teachers’ quaters for the Nempi Community. They also donated generously to the Orlu Cheshire home and championed the propagation of Christianity by building new Churches and Schools; and sponsoring the education and training of priests.

Dr. Okafor was elected Chairman of Oru Local Government Council (1976 to 1979). During his tenure, he built two Local Government Secretariats and embarked on water schemes. He constructed roads, schools, health centres and maternity homes.

Dr. Okafor made five crucial publications in his life time; received several awards, religious honours and titles. He was ordained a Lay-Canon of the Diocese on the Niger in 1976 and became a Knight of St Christopher, KSC, in 1989.

A former Nigerian Health Minister, Dr Tim Menakaya, once described Dr E. E. Okafor as “A man who has done so much for his profession, his beliefs, his people and his country. Indeed, Dr E. E. Okafor abundantly made the best use of the chance which he earned.

Lady Eunice and Dr. Ezeka: made for each other
During the war Lady Eunice worked with Iyi-Enu hospital, where her husband was specialist doctor and later superintendent, as ward nursing sister (Surgical ward). She was promoted to Assistant Matron under Nursing Sister Mrs Grace Ifeka from Onitsha. At the time, all the expatriate medical team including Mrs Baunty (Principal of nursing school) had gone back overseas as a result of the war.

In 1971, she made changes to the school and re-established   the Nursing training school curriculum in partnership with the Nigeria Nursing Council.

When Eunice and her husband Ezeka establish Bex Memorial Hospital in 1972, she had to multi-task as the Nurse, Midwife, pharmacy- dispenser, receptionist at the out patients department, and the hospital staff trainer.

The tasks were so herculean that both husband and wife worked round the clock without for social activities. Baby deliveries were on average of 10 a day. Yet, she infused vigour, enthusiasm and dedication into all she did.

In 1977, she gave full support to her Ezeka who was running for the position of the first elected chairman, Oru local government area. She took control of the Hospital affairs and with the support of capable and dedicated staff, including Dr.(Mrs.) Obiora, an expatriate from Finland, the hospital continued to flourish to the extent that the facility had to be upgraded in response to the need for expansion in various departments of the hospital.

On June 17, 1983, a new Bex Memorial Hospital complex was built and opened its doors to patients at km 1 Owerri road, Awada Onitsha, Anambra state. A purpose built complex with a 3-level facility  incorporating state-of-the-art medical facilities to reflect the spirit of excellence and innovation with which it was established. The commissioning was attended by many dignitaries. On that day, Ezeka and Eunice unveiled the hospital Plaque which reads, “service to humanity”.

Tall and firm like an Iroko but calm, calculating, elegant, soft spoken and humane, Lady Eunice, like her husband, was not the flamboyant and boisterous type. Where other ladies of her status and accomplishments would be bossy, throwing their weight around, Eunice moved about the Hospital with smiles on her face, caring and supporting patients as well as coaching nursing staff on care, planning and patient management. She made in- house training a priority and till date, her influence on nursing care delivery in the private sector across the Niger still remains.

The situation at hospitals is not always pleasant. Tragedy is a common occurrence and she was able to manage difficult situations with families and patients by going through their darkest moments with them, providing comfort and helping them manage their grief, a skill most of her patients’ relatives cherished.

She was a great ambassador for Bex Memorial Hospital and would go to any length to make contact with relatives of accident victims hospitalized at Bex. This was an onerous task at a time when telephone penetration was still very low and services were poor across the country.

At the Orlu Anglican Diocese, she was an executive member of  spiritual units as well as adviser to the women under the leadership of Mrs Eboh, wife of his Lordship, Bishop Eboh.

She was chairperson of St. Barth’s Anglican Women Association(Home and Abroad meeting) from 1967 until 1993, when she was also elected the President of Nempi Development union (women wing).

Due to her transparency, honesty and uprightness, she was financial secretary for the Association of medical Doctors’ wives (Onitsha, Anambra state); and Vice President, ‘Kwuba aka gi oto’ women society, under the leadership of Mrs Joe Anyasinti from Ubulu in Oru west local government. She was a member of All Saints Cathedral Onitsha and held the position of Assistant Leader of Women Group in her prime years. She was also a member and Treasurer of Young Women Christian Association (YWCA).

A member of the Evangelical Fellowship in Anglican Communion (EFAC) and the Full Gospel Businessmen's   Fellowship International Executive chapter, GRA Onitsha, Lady Eunice was a bundle of humility and an affectionate mother.

Just as she gave quality attention to her nursing career, so did she to her family, church, farming projects and maintaining her flower lawns at her residences in Nempi and Onitsha. Not one for indolence, she spent her spare time farming and gardening.

Although her fame as a nursing practitioner overshadowed her agricultural exploits, Eunice was an accomplished farmer. She operated Ego Farms, an enterprise comprising a poultry farm at her residence in Onitsha, and Rice fields at Omor and Abakaliki .

She also farmed yam, corn, plantain, and cassava and was always busy during the harvest season. She processed Garri and at harvest time, gave some, along with other farm products, to the less privileged and to friends of the family.

Her Poultry units had enormous production capacity for automated cage farming. They produced table eggs and were the source of lay-birds for upcoming poultry farmers. She also raised broiler birds to meet seasonal demands. Additionally, she was an authorised distributor for Pfizer livestock feeds Ltd.

At her rice fields in Omor and Abakaliki, she worked in partnership with indigenous land owners within over 10 hectares of land. Leaning heavily on the wisdom and cultural approach of the locals, she achieved yields of up to 32 -45 tonnes of processed rice per season .

Eunice was one of the pioneers of aquaculture in the eastern region of Nigeria. She established fish ponds at Nempi where she stocked catfish and tilapia. Her piggery were of land race breed.

Lady EuniceNwakaego Okafor was also an accredited distributor to breweries-Golden Guinea, Premier and Life Breweries; and Limca.

The success of her farming activities played a significant role in the development of Bex Memorial Hospital complex at Onitsha. No wonder Dr. Tim Menakaya wrote in his citation of Dr & Mrs. E.E Okafor at the commissioning of BMH: " You both, Ezeka & Eunice are wonderfully complementary both at home and in the work place”.

It would be incomplete to write about Eunice without talking about her fashion sense as she was essentially a fashion icon from youth. Whether it was for weddings, funerals, royal visits or traditional occasions, she was always well turned out, allowing a splash of colours. She actually inspired manyfashion trends through the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Her defining style suited her exhausting schedule of engagements. She was always Clean, Crisp, and Classic. Lady Eunice could be described as ‘Elegance and style in perfect harmony’.

The fear of God, the appreciation of goodness and the determination to succeed against all odds were the hallmarks of Eunice. She remains an inspiration to many whether in the field of nursing, at home as a wife and mother, or in the fields as an entrepreneur. She was also recipient of many awards in her lifetime.

No doubt, Eunice and her husband Ezeka were compatible and together, they surmounted turbulent waters in life. Each day saw them more united and committed to God. In her husband’s words,  "Eunice makes up for my deficiencies.”

Angel Voices Ever Singing


Song by by Simon Johnson
Angel voices, ever singing,
Round thy throne of light,
Angel harps, for ever ringing,
Rest not day or night;
Thousands only live to bless Thee,
And confess Thee
Lord of might.
Thou who art beyond the farthest
Mortal eye can scan,
Can it be that thou regardest
Songs of sinful man?
Can we know that thou art near us
And wilt hear us?
Yea, we can.
Yea, we know that thou rejoicest
O'er each work of thine;
Thou didst ears and hands and voices
For thy praise design;
Craftsman's art and music's measure
For thy pleasure
All combine.
In thy house, great God, we offer
Of thine own to thee;
And for thine acceptance proffer,
All unworthily,
Hearts and minds and hands and voices,
In our choicest
Psalmody.
Honor, glory, might and merit,
Thine shall ever be,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
Blessed Trinity!
Of the best that thou hast given
Earth and heaven
Render thee.
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A Tribute to an Icon of Humility

Shared by chioma njoku on March 25, 2021
The news of the death of uncle, Dr Ezeka Okafor, came to me as a great shock; shock in the sense that the last I saw him, he was full of life and humour. Life is inestimable, death has no cure, and it has been destined to us that life has an earthly end but spiritually, it is not so. Death is a ‘translation agent’, for without it we cannot meet our Creator; so uncle has gone to be with his Maker that he so much loved!

The name Dr Okafor of Nnempi as he was popularly known in Oru, rang bells as a child until 1990, when I met him in person as my marriage guarantor. Going on, he became a father, mentor and a friend. In honour, I championed his Biography in 1995 in order to preserve his rare legacy and history.

A true purist who can best be described as a symbol of humility, a democrat of our time and unassuming technocrat, one man that brought hope to everyone that has met him.

Above all, uncle in all respects and by every standard distinguished himself in several ways as a patriot, his immense generosity and nobility of spirit inspired and influenced me. From him, I learnt to serve others; uncle, your shining example has served to sustain, and encourage me through some valleys of life. You will be fondly missed by everyone but I miss you in a unique way. I pray that God grants you eternal rest, till we meet again beyond.

Dr Uche Magnus Mbanaso – Ohakpu, Oru west, Imo State.

1ST September,2016

Dr. Ezeka Eliezer Okafor: A Prototype of Humanity​

Shared by chioma njoku on March 20, 2021
The lives and times of Dr. Ezeka Okafor can neither be exhausted in words nor concluded in speeches. Its an enduring legacy for all to emulate. The history of Nempi ( his native town) Oru, Orlu zone, Imo State, Nigeria, West Africa, Africa and permit me to include the World would be grossly incomplete without the iconic contributions of Dr. Ezeka Okafor. After all, what is the History of the World, according to Robert Schuller, he opines that '' The History of the World is nothing more than the Biography of great men''.

Dr. Okafor is indubitably a 'Great man' in every sense of the word. Everything about Dr. Okafor succinctly demonstrates the assertion above. In his chosen revered and noble profession as a Medical Doctor, he was a Primus inter Perez. As a Statesman, he was  a patriot per excellence. As a Community leader, he was overwhelmingly a Part finder and  Pace setter.

Furthermore, as an Administrator, he fulfilled the Words of Abraham Lincoln thus: "that the fundamental purpose of Government is to do for the Society or people what needs to be done but can not be done or so well be done by them in their individual or collective capacities". The milestones (works) done by Dr. Ezeka Okafor as the first Executive Chairman of Oru (East & West) Local Government areas surpasses the collective efforts of the past administrators of the council since creation.

More so, as a philanthropist, his selfless services to the children of men are unprecedented, unparalleled and inexhaustible in details. Beneficiaries are all around us. An attempt to make a list would amount to moulding bricks for the building of a castle. As a husband, he was a metaphor of the word in all dimensions. An embodiment of every woman's desire in Marriage.

Subsequently, as a father, he was s perfect example of parenthood. A father that gave to his biological Children and numerous others, more  than he did ever received from his own parents and the society at large. And as a Christian and an accomplished 'Knight' he was an outstanding faithful servant. A believer, an upholder and a doer of the Word.

Thus, arising from his practical Christian background, he was a sacrificial giver, a church builder like in the days of Nehemiah, a Counsellor like Prophet Samuel of old and a preacher of the Gospel. What else can be written about Dr. Ezeka Eliezer Okafor than to say that he was such a rare breed that always excelled wherever he found himself.

For those who knew him, no epistle would be too short to capture his influential personality, but for those who do not know him no epistle would be long enough to convey his essence.

Daddy, for me and most other enlightened mind, you are a reference point. Indeed: you came, you saw and you truly conquered.

Adieu Daddy, Rest in perfect peace with your Maker, The God of Heaven  and Earth until the resurrection morning. LA Nkoma.

It is Well.

Daniel Nnodim wrote from Portharcourt.
Former staff: Bex Memorial Hospitals, Onitsha and Pioneer Home Manager :Bethany Old Peoples Home, Nempi, Oru West LGA, Imo State, Nigeria.

My most abiding guardian...

Shared by Victor Okezie on March 18, 2021
I knew Dr Ezeka Okafor first as my father’s friend, brother, brother in-law, and highly respected family friend. Along with his lovely wife, Auntie Eunice of blessed memory, they both accepted me and my younger brother as our loving guardians when we attended Christ The King’s College Onitsha. As a young man, I often wondered how they both could be so calm and accommodating even in the most challenging circumstances. Their control over peace and calm taught me a great lesson that has guided me till this day. Growing further into a young man, I became more humbled by their philanthropy, their love for everyone that came their way, and I remember especially Aunty’s comforting and warm encouragement when my father, Chief Patrick Godwin Arinze Okezie of blessed memory passed.
You two will always remain in my heart forever and ever, and I will continue to pursue the deep peace and calm which you ever so lovingly imparted.
Contine to rest in Celestial Peace