ForeverMissed
The family will receive, friends, colleagues, neighbors and his extended community to say their final goodbyes on the following dates: 

MEMORIAL SERVICE
DATE: FRIDAY, AUGUST 12th, 2022.
TIME: 11AM
ADD.: 470 Westchester Ave, Crestwood, NY 10707
ATTIRE: SOMETHING GREEN (An article of clothing or accessory - as a representation of his favorite color.)

In memory of our loved one, Ejeviome Otobo, 70 years young, born on October 10, 1951, and passed away on June 23, 2022. He will forever be remembered.

[All music on this page are a part of Ambassador Otobo's long and eclectic selection of musical choices, enjoy.]

FUNERAL DATE (PASSED)
DATE: FRIDAY JULY 22, 2022
TIME: 10AM-12PM
ADD: Westchester Funeral Home
Posted by Anna Ngu on September 4, 2022
It has taken me a long time to accept the fact that you left so soon and up to this moment of taking time to wish you farewell, I still cannot understand why it came so fast. I continue to remember the good times we spent in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the fun time we had with the children. Journey well sir and May the Good Lord find a place for you to rest your head. We continue to pray for all the family members you left behind that God will give them the strength to go through these difficult times. Rest in Perfect Peace.
Anna Ngu
Posted by Esther Otobo on August 12, 2022
A TRIBUTE TO MY DEAR HUSBAND

Mrs. Esther A. Otobo
Wife

Ejeviome Eloho “EE” Otobo it is difficult for me to talk and write about you in the past tense. We met in my hometown, Emevor, at the beginning of 1978 and got married in September of that same year. I remember when my father met you, it didn’t take him long to accept you as his soon to be son-in-law. Few years later, we both found out that while you were praying for a wife, I was praying for a husband and it was the Lord, the divine matchmaker who connected us. I remembered; you fell in love as soon as you set your eyes on me. For you, it was love at first sight because a few weeks after we met, you started introducing me to your friends and colleagues as your fiancée. It took me a little while to fall in love because I thought everything was moving so fast, but as soon as I fell in love, I knew you were the one and God doesn’t make mistakes. By today’s standard, we were both young when we got married. EE, since then, you have been the one and only love of my life, my mentor, confidant, my admirer, my cheerleader, my dance partner and above all my soulmate. EE, if I had to do it all over again, I would marry you in a heartbeat. I was looking forward to our 50th wedding anniversary, but I am still grateful to God for our 43 years of marriage. 

You were a dear husband, a great father who wanted the best for all our children, a big brother to your siblings, a loving uncle and a reliable and trusted friend. 

EE, your middle name Eloho means blessing and though you left a lot undone; because you left us too soon, too sudden and too mysterious, you were able to touch and bless the lives of so many people. You were exceptional, brilliant, talented, compassionate, gifted, hardworking, selfless and above all a sophisticated thinker. You left a huge void that nobody can fill except Jehovah God.

EE as you rest in the bosom of the Lord, note that I miss you every day and you will forever remain in my heart as my one and only EE. My prayer is that the Almighty God will continue to give us the strength to bear your sudden loss. Amen.
EE, the love we shared will never fade. Rest in Perfect Peace in the bosom of the Lord until we meet to part no more.
Posted by Charles Awani on August 11, 2022
We were colleagues in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nigeria. We knew him as a prolific writer and an indefatigable worker. He was a darling of Heads of Department who wanted the best output for their departments. That was the trail that took him to the United Nations Organization where he was deployed to the Economic Commission for Africa and served in Ethiopia, the Headquarters of the African Union and, later, at the UNO Headquarters in New York. He did not serve only his country with distinction, but extended his exemplary work ethic to the world. We are already missing him! May his soul have eternal rest.
Charles and Uzo Awani
Posted by Oheri Otobo on July 22, 2022
On behalf of my family, I would like to offer deepest condolence to Mrs. Esther Otobo and her children for the painful loss of Ambassador Ejeviome Eloho Otobo. Ambassador Otobo's passing is particularly painful to me and my family, not only because the friendship between our two families dates back to 40 years ago when our paths crossed at the Fletcher School in Massachusetts, USA, but also because we were together with Mrs. Otobo in Nigeria during her recent visit when we received the shocking news that her beloved husband had gone missing. While it is difficult for us to understand and accept this painful death, we give thanks to the Lord for His Infinite Mercy and Blessings on Ambassador Otobo for a life well lived and pray that God gives his family and all those he left behind the fortitude to bear the loss.
We lost a true gem in Amb. Otobo. He meant everything to me and my family. He was my boss, my leader, my mentor, my neighbor and above all, my brother. I don't know how to come to terms with this terrible loss.
Otobo lived a fulfilled life with many accomplishments. He was a kind hearted person - a perfect gentleman, and a devout christian, who never hesitated to help anyone in need. Among his many accomplishments in life, he authored several books and articles in reputed journals. He was one of the most gifted writers of our generation, known for his profound intellect and writings. He had most elegant way of expressing himself in writing and in speaking.
We will Ambassador Otobo for his profound humanity and character, but we take solace in the fact that God loves him more and is now resting in the bosom of our Lord. May his soul rest in peace and may God comfort Esther and the family for this great loss.

- George Ogboro
Posted by Oheri Otobo on July 22, 2022
Tribute to Ambassador Eloho Otobo
Onoriode!
My entire family and I have lost a brother and an uncle to our children. Your sudden passing was a shock to all of us leaving us speechless. I have known you since 1972 when you came to join us at the University of Lagos and later the Foreign Ministry.
I knew you to be gentle, humble, and intelligent, only contributing to a conversation when it was necessary. You contributed immensely to Isokos in New York and New Jersey through your active and vibrant contributions to the promotion and enhancement of Isoko culture despite your heavy schedule at the United Nations.
The massive reaction to your passing has shown your contribution to peace and progress around the world. What we now pray for is for the Almighty Father to grant you eternal rest and to comfort the family you left behind.
We miss you. Rest in the Lord.

- Odih Ewoterai
Posted by Oheri Otobo on July 22, 2022
I was shocked to learn about the passing of Ejeviome Eloho Otobo. Mr Otobo was my Deputy when I was Director at the Office of the Special Coordinator for Africa (OSCAL) in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and was Chief of Section, reporting directly to me when I was Director at the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) at the United Nations Secretariat in New York, from 2000 to 2004. He later went on to be Director at the UN Peace Building Office.

When the UN New Agenda African Development in the 90s came to an end, there was some effort to abolish an office for Africa at the UN Secretariat in New York. We had to fight hard to retain such an office to support the New Agenda for the Africa’s Development (NEPAD) I recall how both of us were involved in heated negotiations to the wee hours of the morning to get agreement of a GA resolution, which led to the creation of the new office for Africa, OSAA, reporting directly to the United Nations Secretary General.

He was a very intelligent and hardworking colleague, who worked harmoniously with colleagues and Member States representatives, as we stove to focus attention on peace and development in Africa. He combined his hard work with dedication to his family and friends.

He was a prolific writer with a profound knowledge of all aspects of African development and has published widely on the subject including OpEds in the Guardian and a book “Africa in Transition: A New Way of Looking at Progress in the Region” was published in 2017. Africa has lost a true treasure.
My Heartfelt condolences to Esther, their children and all his family and friends.
May His Soul Rest in Perfect Peace.

- Yvette Stevens
Posted by Oheri Otobo on July 22, 2022
TRIBUTE TO A RARE GEM - AMBASSADOR EJEVIOME ELOHO OTOBO OF NDC OZORO 1968 GRADUATING CLASS.

*Ambassador Ejeviome Eloho Otobo :* How do we say Goodnight and Goodbye? Your death has been difficult for us to comprehend and accept. The suddenness of your death is shocking and tough to explain. Ambassador Otobo was intelligent, smart, careful and very organized. How did death creep into your fortified space to take you ?
The National President and Entire Members of Notre Dame College (NDC) Ozoro Old Boys Association Worldwide miss you. You were supposed to hold and coordinate an already agreed meeting of North America Branch of the Old Boys Association (NODACOBA) with members via Zoom, when suddenly the news of your mysterious disappearance June 15, 2023 from your abode in New York, United States filtered to our ears. We were worried, but trusted God was going to bring you back to your family and our fold. And so we fasted and prayed as a group, believing and trusting in God for His Divine intervention, but unknowing to us as mere mortals, He had another plan for you......

Ambassador Ejeviome Eloho Otobo's love for his Alma Mater - NDC Ozoro and the Old Boys Association (NODACOBA) was boundless. He was quintessential, amiable, awesome, team player, motivator, a leader, unassumingly loving, articulate, jolly good fellow and down to earth.

Late Ambassador Ejeviome Eloho Otobo, a distinguished and retired career and foreign diplomat was at a time one of Nigeria's top and finest personnel in the United Nations Headquarters in New York, United States haven worked in several countries as a Diplomat representing the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He was one of the initiators and founding members of NODACOBA North America Branch. Before his demise he was the Interim Chairman. We shall no doubt miss his immeasurable role to our Alma Mater and the Old Boys Association of Notre Dame College Ozoro.

The National President and Entire Members of Notre Dame College Ozoro Old Boys Association (NODACOBA) Worldwide commiserate with OTOBO family and humbly say AMBASSADOR EJEVIOME ELOHO OTOBO, sleep well in the bosom of the Lord, till we shall all meet to part no more.

Adieu AMBASSADOR EJEVIOME ELOHO OTOBO !

Goodnite !!

Sir. Emmanuel Enahoro Ekwerigbe, KSC
National Secretary General

Sir. Leonard Oke Onogberie, JP, KSC
National President

For and On Behalf, the National Executive Council and Entire Members of Notre Dame College Ozoro Old Boys Association (NODACOBA) Worldwide.
Posted by Oheri Otobo on July 22, 2022
Tribute to Ambassador Eloho Otobo.
My wife and I extend our deepest condolences to Esther Otobo and the immediate family members on the passing of our friend Eloho Otobo. His sudden passing came as a deep shock and remains heartbreaking for all of us who knew him over the years. He was a perfect gentleman, an erudite scholar, and a loving husband and father. The devastating and sad loss is still difficult to comprehend and accept.
The deluge of reactions to his passing is a testimony to the deep impact he has left behind and the many lives he touched during his journey through life. May the Almighty Lord continue to grant his bereaved family and numerous friends the fortitude to withstand this great loss. He will be sorely missed.
Adieu Eloho. May the Good Lord grant your soul eternal rest.

- Shola Omoregie
Posted by Oheri Otobo on July 22, 2022
It’s with profound sorrow and a deep sense of loss, that I convey on behalf of my family our heartfelt condolences and prayers, on the sudden transition of Amb. Otobo to eternal glory. Our deepest sympathies are with you and the entire family at this period.
Indeed, we are yet to come to terms with the shocking news. The finality of his demise is painful and very difficult to comprehend. Truly, only the Almighty God who knows why he allowed it to happen, can really console you and the family. As we share in this collective grief, we are however, comforted that he left behind a rich legacy as a fine and easy going gentleman, an astute Diplomat and a good family man. We also reminisce with contentment that he impacted positively on the lives of so many people, who came across him. My family will miss him.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time and we pray that God be with you all and grant him eternal rest.

Ambassador Emma & Lady Nkechi Okafor
Posted by Oheri Otobo on July 22, 2022
My "Ambassador " as I fondly called him, was a family friend and neighbor in the same housing estate where we lived. He was a caring man and always had the interest of his fellow neighbors at heart. He made sure everything works well and everyone is happy.
We will surely miss him!
Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord!
May Light Perpetual shine upon him. May His gentle soul rest peacefully on the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen 
I pray for his beloved family he left behind that God will grant them the fortitude to bear the loss.
To his wife my sake, as I call her, be comforted! God bless you and strengthen you in this trying period of your loss. It is well with you all in Jesus mighty Name. Amen

- Esther Udo-Utun
Posted by Oheri Otobo on July 22, 2022
Death may take away the one person we adored but cannot take away the memories that we shared as they are just for us to cherish.we will forever miss you.A great soul has departed, but the memories shall never fade. Your loss is huge, and I can only share your pain. May the soul that has gone, rest in peace. Keep faith and courage.

- Christian E.
Posted by Oheri Otobo on July 22, 2022
My sincere condolence dear Esther and the children. No amount of words of comfort is enough at this moment of loss. I pray for strength for the family and also that God in heaven may rest his soul in peace.

- Hakullu
Posted by Oheri Otobo on July 22, 2022
My sincere condolences to your family. There are no words for the legacy Mr. Otobo has left. His shining and vibrant personality will live on in our hearts. He made a difference in so many lives.
May God give you peace and comfort that surpasses all understanding.

- Juliet Mugambwa
Posted by Oheri Otobo on July 22, 2022
Oh death! What a great shock and a loss to a dear friend, Big brother and Neighbor. A great man indeed who never for once looked at me as a younger person and who will always engage me in economic and financial conversations. He was so passionate about the economy situation in Nigeria. We will surely miss him and his positive contribution in our estate meetings back home in Nigeria. Incidentally we share one thing in common that is our wives have the same first name ‘Esther’
Adieu Ambassador Otobo and May your soul rest in perfect peace. Amen

- Prince Basil Udo-Utun
Posted by Oheri Otobo on July 22, 2022
My most sincere sympathies to the Etobo family. May the good Lord have mercy on his soul and may he rest in eternal peace in paradise. Praying for the family’s peace and courage through this very difficult time. Lots of love,

- Georgie
Posted by Oheri Otobo on July 22, 2022
May God in His infinite mercy grant Brother Eloho's gentle soul eternal rest and comfort his dear wife and children. Amen

- Damola Ifaturoti
Posted by Oheri Otobo on July 22, 2022
May the Lord grant eternal rest to our dear brother, Eloho. He is greatly missed by his brothers of the Holy Name Society. And may the Lord grant peace and spiritual consolation to Eloho's family during this difficult time. They are in our prayers.

- Damian Wach
Posted by Oheri Otobo on July 22, 2022
You are a great loss. You will be greatly missed. May God open the gates of heaven and larger life to you, receive you into the joyful service and share with you the joy of eternal victory

- The Soyeju Family (George & Titi)
Posted by Oheri Otobo on July 22, 2022
Rest in Peace with the Lord, Ambassador Otobo. Your transition took us unawares. But we take comfort in the knowledge that our God knows what's best for His children. May He comfort your family and those who share their pain at this difficult time. Amen.

- Ozichi Alimole
Posted by PAIGAS PAIGAS on July 22, 2022
From Ambassador Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi.

It is with a deep feeling of pain and sorrow that I write this tribute, on behalf of my wife and children, in honour of our dear friend and brother Ambassador Eloho Otobo aka Agbanikakus-a-um.

Your passing, in the circumstances and time that it happened, remains a mystery and an enigma to us all.

For all the decades and years we shared our excellent relationship, love and fraternity, you were a star-brilliant and unblemished. You stood out as an examplar: intellectually, diplomatically and spiritually.

It is my earnest prayer that the Good Lord will rest your soul in peace and grant your family and loved ones the grace and fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.

"O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?" 1 Corinthians 15:55

AD MAIOREM DEI GLORIAM.

AMBASSADOR MARTIN IHOEGHIAN UHOMOIBHI.
Posted by Yvette Stevens on July 22, 2022
Yvette Stevens
I was shocked to learn about the passing of Ejeviome Eloho Otobo. Mr Otobo was my Deputy when I was Director at the Office of the Special Coordinator for Africa (OSCAL) in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and was Chief of Section, reporting directly to me when I was Director at the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) at the United Nations Secretariat in New York, from 2000 to 2004. He later went on to be Director at the UN Peace Building Office.

When the UN New Agenda African Development in the 90s came to an end, there was some effort to abolish an office for Africa at the UN Secretariat in New York. We had to fight hard to retain such an office to support the New Agenda for the Africa’s Development (NEPAD) I recall how both of us were involved in heated negotiations to the wee hours of the morning to get agreement of a GA resolution, which led to the creation of the new office for Africa, OSAA, reporting directly to the United Nations Secretary General.

He was a very intelligent and hardworking colleague, who worked harmoniously with colleagues and Member States representatives, as we stove to focus attention on peace and development in Africa. He combined his hard work with dedication to his family and friends.

He was a prolific writer with a profound knowledge of all aspects of African development and has published widely on the subject including OpEds in the Guardian and a book “Africa in Transition: A New Way of Looking at Progress in the Region” was published in 2017. Africa has lost a true treasure.
My Heartfelt condolences to Esther, their children and all his family and friends.
May His Soul Rest in Perfect Peace.

Yvette Stevens
Posted by Mosunmola Sanu on July 21, 2022
I am truly saddened by the passing of a
beloved uncle, Ambassador Eloho Otobo.
He will be sorely missed.
Uncle was very erudite and well read, with
many notable achievements on a national
and international level. He had a great
reputation and professional standing, while being a caring family man.
I will always remember him and aunty Esther for the love and kindness that they showed my family and I. They went out of their way to show hospitality and be a blessing.
May God uphold and comfort aunty and the children and give them beauty for ashes. Uncle, may your soul rest in perfect peace and your legacy live on.

Mosun Sanu
Posted by Harmony Oma-Djebah on July 22, 2022
Tribute To Ambassador Otobo
Words really fail me, heaven’s gain. I will miss the intellectual debate and and your big laugh my wonderful friend. May the good Lord console and comfort Aunty Esther and your children. God knows best and we cannot question God. Rest on my husband’s adviser and our family friend. Good Night.
Posted by Lola Abudu on July 21, 2022
We were deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Ambassador Eloho Otobo. A huge loss to the family and all who knew him.

Uncle was a kind, generous and caring man. He was a great intellectual, passionate about the development of Nigeria and Africa on the international stage. A close friend and confidant of my father late Amb. E Olu Sanu, his love care and loyalty were unwavering. He, Auntie and the family hosted and supported and assisted my Father on his research trips/ holidays to inform the production of his autobiography Audacity on the Bound: A Diplomatic Odyssey. In his latter years, visits by Mr Otobo and Auntie were a source of immense pleasure for my Father. The friendship they shared was deeply valued.

We thank God for Uncle's life and the huge contributions that he has made to Nigeria, academia and the individual lives that he has touched. We pray for his eternal rest in the bosom of our Lord. May the God of all comfort, comfort sustain and strengthen, Aunty Esther and the family as they navigate the days ahead.

Love from Lola and Segun Abudu
Posted by VREMUDIA DIEJOMAOH on July 21, 2022
The sudden and untimely passing of Ambassador Eloho Otobo has come to us all with shock and bewilderment. It is little comfort that God gave him the biblical three scores and ten years.But then God know best even though we very much wished and expected him to have more glorious years, for his life has been GLORIUS. We pray that the ALMIGHTY God in his infinite wisdom will provide every succour and support to his entire family and give them the Necessary strength and courage to bear their IRREPARABLE loss.
We have known Ambassador Otobo for some thirty years from when he joined the services of the united Nations in Addis Ababs where we were his colleagues But the relationship went far deeper and turned into a life long family friendship.From this vantage point we were able to observe Eloho as we fondly called him, in many DIMENSIONS.
We can confirm that he was truly an exceptional person.His life and accomplishments speak volumes, from his services to the Nigerian Government, to the United Nations, and to his community, it is one story of EXCELLENCE.
At the human level he was a very devoted family man, a devotion he carried over also to his friend. He knew many a people in all walks of life from the lowly to the high. He knew people and was known by people and friends at the highest level of national and global governance. He has quit the terrestrial stage at a time the ovation for him,was very loud.while this might provide some solace to his family, AMBASSADOR ELOHO OTOBO WILL BE SORELY MISSED.
MAY THE ALMIGHTY GOD GRANT HIS GENTLE SOUL EVERLASTING PEACE
VREMUDIA DIEJOMAOH AND WAMBUI KARANJA
Posted by Lola Abudu on July 21, 2022
Ambassador Otobo was a man with a very large heart, a friend indeed and a friend in need. I really cannot recall where he and my late husband Amb. E Olu Sanu first worked together but I know that they got on very well. In 1985 our daughter, Mosun, graduated from Leicester University as a lawyer and returned to Nigeria in 1986 for the one year Law School Programme. Amb. Otobo was living in Victoria Island at the time. When my husband asked him if he and his wife could accommodate Mosun, he without hesitation agreed for her to stay with them.

The bond of friendship between our families continued to deepen over the years. Whenever we went to the States he and his caring wife would visit with us and entertain us in their home. The relationship between him and my late husband was so great - he waited in March 2020 to celebrate my husband's 90th birthday with him and got stranded in Nigeria for several months during the COVID19 pandemic. He was a great, dependable and faithful friend to have. May God comfort his family and may his soul rest in perfect peace.

Mrs Irene Abayomi Sanu
Posted by Odi Bosah on July 21, 2022
Dear Uncle,

I still can’t believe you’re gone. Some of my best life memories are of my time as a young kid in Addis Ababa, constantly spending time together with our families. We had so much love which continues to last decades on.

You were such a blessing and a brother to my parents. You and aunty were always there through the good and bad, and I am forever grateful. I can’t express how devastating it is that I’ll never hear your voice again, but I take solace in knowing that you are resting in peace with the Lord.

I pray that God continues to give my dear aunty and my siblings the strength. You all will continue to remain in our prayers!

Odi
Posted by Lucy Opedun on July 20, 2022
At loss of words to express my sincere heartfelt sympathies to Esther and the whole family.

I witnessed the traffic in PBSO of the people who had confidence in Mr. Otobo to assist in anything within his purview. And, indeed he delivered, where possible. He was a genuinely descent and kind human being.

May the Almighty God give you ALL the strength to deal with this loss.

MAY MR. EJEVIOME ELOHO OTOBO'S SOUL REST IN PEACE.
Posted by Joe Umo on July 20, 2022
We received with shock, the news of the demise of our great friend Amb. Eloho Otobo.May the Lord of Mercy grant peace to his gentle soul.
Eloho was my student at the University of Lagos in the early 1970s.
After graduating in Sociology in 1975, Eloho joined the Nigerian Foreign Service.
He later enrolled for a Master's degree programme in the famed Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Public Policy. He graduated with MPA, and later joined the UN service.
He was posted to The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa(UNECA) at Addis Abbaba where we met again as I resumed work with the ILO.
Eloho thanked and reminded me of the lecture on "The Paradox of Thrift' which I gave.and how this motivated his interest in Economics.
The Professor-student friendship kicked off as our two families got together on a regular basis up to New York where he was later transferred and my family stayed in nearby New Jersey.
Ambassador Otobo was an astute scholar as shown his publication of excellent books and contributions of insightful pieces to national and international newspaoers on various development issues.
He was a devoted family man to his wife Esther, and the children.
Eloho will be greatly missed not only by his family but the global community and the people whose lives he touched.
We pray the God of Grace will open the doors of Heaven to embrace him and that He will console the family and friends he has left hehind.
Eloho, Adieu, until we meet to never ever part again.
Joe & Atim Umo & Family.
Posted by Ogbaudu Phil on July 20, 2022
Ambassador Blessing Eloho OTOBO my dear brother, the news of your death came to me as a huge shock and I am yet to come to terms with the stack reality that you have gone to rest in the bossom of our creator and our father in heaven. It is well with your soul, rest in perfect peace. We will surely miss you so much as your demise has created a big vacuum. You are heaven's gain. Continue to rest in bosom of the Lord until we meet again to part no more and may God in his infinite mercies grant your beloved wife, children and family the fortitude to bear this huge loss.


From: Barr & Mrs. Felix Ogbaudu

Abuja Nigeria.
Posted by Obinna okamgba on July 19, 2022
Ambassador, ambassador, ambassador …can you not hear me? Please answer and tell me that this is all a bad joke!

I cannot believe that you are gone, that we will never hear your voice and laughter again or benefit from your wise counsel ….it’s incredibly difficult to comprehend and accept!

You have been such an inspiration to me and so many of us over the years. It’s not only your intellectual prowess but your kindness that has endeared you to so many. From the many receptions at your home to you traveling across NY to visit when my first daughter was born or lending advice when I tried to follow in your footsteps in Addis, Boston or New York - you were always patient and kind when imparting advice. Thank you!

Oh ambassador- I cannot believe that you are no longer. We all miss you already and pray that our almighty God grants your wonderful wife and children the fortitude to bear this incredible loss.

May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace. Until we see again.
Posted by Pat Tambu on July 16, 2022
Will be sadly missed. You were a father figure to me, a dependable colleague, a genuine mentor, and a humanly human being. There are not many with those qualities. We are all poorer without your wisdom, wit, intellect, and friendliness. Gone to far too soon. May your good souls rest in eternal peace.
Posted by Bunmi Makinwa on July 16, 2022
Remembering Ejeviome Eloho Otobo

I do not recall where we met or how we met. Eloho was my friend since we met wherever and however. It was friendship that was built over years of initial casual interactions that became qualitative exchange as we discovered our shared interests.

In New York we would run into each other on the streets around the United Nations offices and at Grand Central Station. As often happened among busy friends in our kind of work, we would promise to meet for lunch or just coffee many times and it would not happen as frequently as we intended.

Our interactions changed after I lived mostly out of New York and would only visit from time to time. Eloho and myself exchanged emails on several issues, discussed our articles after publication and brainstormed on policies and politics. We would agree that we needed time to sit and talk some more.

Having lunch or coffee together in Manhattan happened more regularly.
What courteous person and gentleman Eloho was. In various conversations, he would struggle to find the appropriate words and go in a roundabout way to explain why he differed with me on an issue, not because the English vocabulary ever failed him. But he wanted to make sure that his position was couched in as gracious a manner as was possible.

On online platforms that we jointly belong, Eloho reacted frequently to articles posted and would yield further insights and his thoughts. His writings reflected his extensive reading on international affairs and politics in various parts of the world – past and present.

I could not just read through an article that Eloho would send directly to my email. His message would include that he wanted to know my thoughts on the subject. I had to send him my reactions. Hence I often read and re-read the articles, spent time to reflect, and then wrote back to Eloho. Sometimes, the exchange would go on several times.

I shall miss Eloho’s generosity in sharing knowledge, his ever-ready disposition to share time with me, his kind demeanour at all time, and that initial shrill excitement that we display when we meet after a long while.

His deep reflective capacity, knowledge of African and international governmental relations, and intellectual depth have generated a harvest of books and articles that greatly enriched the world and established his legacy permanently. RIP

Bunmi Makinwa. New York. July 16, 2022
Posted by Aghogho Otobo on July 13, 2022
There is a saying that the good die young and though my father may have seemed older to some, he was truly young at heart. I may never know why my dad was taken from us so quickly, but I am glad for all the life lessons, educational experiences and sound words of advice that he gave us. I would not be the person I am if it was not for his constant motivation and pushing us, his children, to be even more successful than he was. Even though I have not accomplished half of what my dad has in his lifetime, I know his spirit will continue to guide me and my siblings to achieve excellence in our own unique ways. Thanks for all you have done for us daddy. You will truly be forever missed. May your soul eternally Rest In Peace and your legacy spread for generations to come ❤️❤️

~Elo~
Posted by Oheri Otobo on July 12, 2022
Sir Isaac Newton once said “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” My father was that giant, he blessed this family to see as far as we have, and will continue to share his legacy forever more. Love always and forever grateful, the second Oheri.

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Posted by Anna Ngu on September 4, 2022
It has taken me a long time to accept the fact that you left so soon and up to this moment of taking time to wish you farewell, I still cannot understand why it came so fast. I continue to remember the good times we spent in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the fun time we had with the children. Journey well sir and May the Good Lord find a place for you to rest your head. We continue to pray for all the family members you left behind that God will give them the strength to go through these difficult times. Rest in Perfect Peace.
Anna Ngu
Posted by Esther Otobo on August 12, 2022
A TRIBUTE TO MY DEAR HUSBAND

Mrs. Esther A. Otobo
Wife

Ejeviome Eloho “EE” Otobo it is difficult for me to talk and write about you in the past tense. We met in my hometown, Emevor, at the beginning of 1978 and got married in September of that same year. I remember when my father met you, it didn’t take him long to accept you as his soon to be son-in-law. Few years later, we both found out that while you were praying for a wife, I was praying for a husband and it was the Lord, the divine matchmaker who connected us. I remembered; you fell in love as soon as you set your eyes on me. For you, it was love at first sight because a few weeks after we met, you started introducing me to your friends and colleagues as your fiancée. It took me a little while to fall in love because I thought everything was moving so fast, but as soon as I fell in love, I knew you were the one and God doesn’t make mistakes. By today’s standard, we were both young when we got married. EE, since then, you have been the one and only love of my life, my mentor, confidant, my admirer, my cheerleader, my dance partner and above all my soulmate. EE, if I had to do it all over again, I would marry you in a heartbeat. I was looking forward to our 50th wedding anniversary, but I am still grateful to God for our 43 years of marriage. 

You were a dear husband, a great father who wanted the best for all our children, a big brother to your siblings, a loving uncle and a reliable and trusted friend. 

EE, your middle name Eloho means blessing and though you left a lot undone; because you left us too soon, too sudden and too mysterious, you were able to touch and bless the lives of so many people. You were exceptional, brilliant, talented, compassionate, gifted, hardworking, selfless and above all a sophisticated thinker. You left a huge void that nobody can fill except Jehovah God.

EE as you rest in the bosom of the Lord, note that I miss you every day and you will forever remain in my heart as my one and only EE. My prayer is that the Almighty God will continue to give us the strength to bear your sudden loss. Amen.
EE, the love we shared will never fade. Rest in Perfect Peace in the bosom of the Lord until we meet to part no more.
Posted by Charles Awani on August 11, 2022
We were colleagues in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nigeria. We knew him as a prolific writer and an indefatigable worker. He was a darling of Heads of Department who wanted the best output for their departments. That was the trail that took him to the United Nations Organization where he was deployed to the Economic Commission for Africa and served in Ethiopia, the Headquarters of the African Union and, later, at the UNO Headquarters in New York. He did not serve only his country with distinction, but extended his exemplary work ethic to the world. We are already missing him! May his soul have eternal rest.
Charles and Uzo Awani
his Life

PROFILE OF AMBASSADOR EJEVIOME ELOHO OTOBO

EJEVIOME ELOHO OTOBO was born on 10th October, 1951, the first of five children of Chief JOHN H. OTOBO (1924-1998) and Mrs. Fanny Onogbeta OTOBO (1930-2015). He grew up in Otibio-Owhe (land of coco-nut in Owhe) which name was changed in December, 2008 to Otor-Igho (land of money), one of the towns that make up the Owhe clan in Isoko North Local Government Area of Delta State. He attended St. Peters Primary School in Otibio-Owhe from 1958-1963.

Ejeviome (as he was fondly called by the maternal grandmother from Ozoro, who gifted him that name) had his secondary education at Notre Dame College, Ozoro from 1964 to 1968. On completion of his secondary education, he travelled to Burutu, Delta State, where he spent 1969 with his uncle, Mr. Simon C. Otobo, who was working as a Fire Fighter at the Niger River Transport Company, a subsidiary of the United African Company (Nigeria) Limited.  He worked briefly at Niger River Transport Company as a Clerk. Uninspired by both the working and social environment in Burutu, he left at the end of 1969 and returned to Otibio-Owhe, where his father encouraged him to find a clerical job in the Midwest government.

In early 1970, Eloho (as he was named by the mother) travelled with his father to Benin-city, then capital of Mid-West state, to take the examination for clerical officers of the Mid-West government. Following his successful performance in the examination, he was hired as Clerical Officer and posted to the State Government Treasury at Ughelli, Delta State. He was subsequently elevated to the position of Treasury Cashier.  It was during his stay at Ughelli that he prepared for the Advanced Level examinations by reading books written by Nigerian authors, rather than enrolling in foreign correspondence tuition courses, a prevalent practice at that time, in Geography, Government and Economics. Of these three subjects, it was only geography that he had studied at the secondary school level. He passed the Advanced level examinations at the first attempt in 1971 and was admitted the following year to University of Lagos, where he enrolled for the Bachelors of Science degree in Sociology and graduated in 1975, at the Second Class-Upper Level. 

By the time, he graduated from the University, the National Youth Service Corps had been created in 1973 and he served in the third batch from 1975-1976. He was deployed to the North-West state, reporting to Argungu, in present Kebbi state for orientation course in August 1975. Subsequently, he was posted to the Ministry of Social Affairs Office in Kontagora in present Niger State. During the youth service corps, he interviewed for  jobs in the federal public service and in a management research institution. He initially settled for the position of Management Assistant at the Centre for Management Development (CMD), then at Ilupeju, Lagos. That job came with the promise that he would be sent abroad to do his MBA after completing two years.  However, after working at CMD for a month and half, he, in company of three colleagues who were also working at CMD, visited the Federal Public Service Commission at Independence Building in Lagos to check on the outcome of the interview for the position of Foreign Service Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  To his pleasant surprise, he found that he had also been successful in that interview. He left CMD and joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 10th  August 1976.


Following an induction course for newly recruited foreign service officers, Eloho was deployed to the African Affairs Department of the Ministry. Soon thereafter in November 1976, he was posted on attachment to the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Attachment is the diplomatic speak for internship to enable young officers to learn the diplomatic practices and gain insights into the conduct and management of foreign policy. He returned from attachment in early 1978. At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he was assigned Second Secretary for Commonwealth Matters in the European Affairs Department.  His first priority on return from attachment was to get married. It was during this period he met his would-be wife, ESTHER ARUORIWO UROGHOME, from Emevor, in Isoko North Local Government of Delta State, who he married in 1978. At that time, Esther was teaching at the Primary School in Uruovo, (now Otor-Owhe), about 5 miles from Otibio-Owhe.

Later that year, he was posted to the Embassy of Nigeria in Jakarta, Indonesia. At the Embassy, he served as First Secretary (Economic Affairs), with responsibility for monitoring and reporting on economic trends and development in Indonesia and prepared policy briefs on economic relations between Nigeria and Indonesia. At the end of that year, he was posted to the Embassy of Nigeria in Beijing, People’s Republic of China, where he served from January 1981 to October 1983 as First Secretary (Political Affairs). His responsibilities included monitoring and reporting on political trends and developments in China as well as the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea –to which the Ambassador in China was concurrently accredited. During his tour of duty in China, he accompanied the Nigerian Ambassador or visiting official delegations from Nigeria four times to North Korea and once to Vietnam. 

It was during his tour of duty in Beijing that he sat for the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examinations which are pre-requisites to graduate management schools in the United States of America.  By this time, he had made up his mind to seek admission to some of the elite universities in the US. On his return to Nigeria in 1983, he submitted an application form for admission to the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, to which he was admitted in 1984. He was accompanied by his wife.  He likes to joke to his friends that he enrolled at Harvard Kennedy School expecting to earn a paper certificate --the masters’ degree in public administration (with specialisation in international political economy). In the event, he also earned a human certificate: After graduating from Harvard, he returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and he was assigned initially to the African Affairs Department and, shortly thereafter, to the Policy Planning Department (PPD), which serves as the In-house Think Tank for the ministry. By this time, he had attained the rank of a Counsellor. In September 1986, he was posted to the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations in New York, as Senior Counsellor (Economic Affairs).  His tasks included preparing briefs, speeches and background papers on economic matters, for the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations on issues before the United Nations General Assembly.  

Two years later, in August 1988, he was promoted to the rank of Minister Counsellor and Head of Economic Affairs at the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations, New York. In this capacity, he provided leadership for the Nigerian Economic team to the United Nations; represented Nigeria in meetings of the Economic and Financial (Second) Committee of the UN General Assembly; and represented Nigeria at major international economic negotiations within and outside New York. That same year, he was elected Vice Chairman of the Second (Economic and Financial) Committee at the 43rd Session UN General Assembly. In 1989, he served as Co-ordinator and spokesman for the Group of 77 negotiations on external debt of developing countries. From 1987-1989, he served as the Co-ordinator of the African Group of Economic Experts in which capacity he led the negotiations with other regional groups on a wide range of issues of interest to the African Group of the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly.

Towards the end of his posting at the Permanent Mission in New York, he joined the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1990. At ECA, he served in many roles. Initially as Project Expert for the Special Action Programme in Administration Management (SAPAM) Regional Project, Economic Commission for Africa. From 1993-1999, he served as Programme Analyst in the Programme Planning, Finance and Evaluation Division, Economic Commission for Africa.  In that position, he coordinated the preparation of various policy reports to the annual meetings of the Commission (the Conference of African Ministers responsible for Economic and Social Development and Planning); served as the focal point for several of ECA’s activities and initiatives, including the International Conference on Reviving Private Investment in Africa held in Accra in 1996; participated in the design and implementation of major institutional reform efforts initiated at ECA since in the mid-1990s and helped in the articulation of  the document titled Serving Africa Better: Strategic Directions for the Economic Commission for Africa” (1996) which provided the framework for policy priority-setting, programme restructuring and managerial reforms at ECA from 1996-2005. He represented ECA in a number of inter-Secretariat Working Groups on policy issues pertaining to Africa. He was one of the members of the ECA-OAU (precursor of the African Union) Joint Secretariat Task Force on political and economic integration of Africa formed to develop ideas on the implementation of the 1991 Abuja Treaty on the establishment of the African Economic Community. 

In 1999, he was promoted to   Chief, Policy Planning and Programme Development Section, Office of Policy Planning and Resource Management, Economic Commission for Africa., a position he held till March 2002. He performed four main functions in this position:  the managerial leadership, strategic planning, programme development, and policy co-ordination for the secretariat of the Commission. During this period, he was a member of the ECA team that supported the process of articulating the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and also led the ECA Team to the First Technical Preparatory Meeting in 2000 for the African Heads of State Summit on Health which adopted the 2001 Abuja Declaration, committing African countries to allocate at least 15 percent of their annual budgets to the health sector. While at ECA, he was invited, in his personal recognition, to deliver lectures at the African Development Institute of the African Development Bank and the Joint African Institute (of the ADB, IMF and The World Bank), Abidjan in the Seminar series on Governance and Growth. In all, he spent twelve years at ECA in Addis Ababa.

In April 2002, he transferred on promotion to the Department of Economic and Social Affairs at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, where he held the position of Principal Affairs Officer in the Office of the Special Coordinator for Africa and the Least Developed Countries (OSCAL). Following the folding of OSCAL into the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa at the United Nations, New York -- established to support of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), he was transferred to that office as Deputy Director, Policy Analysis and Monitoring Unit.  The highlights of his tenure in that Office included serving as the ex-officio Secretary to the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Panel on International Support to NEPAD, representing and reading the speech on the behalf of the UN Secretary General at the 4th July,  London African Business Conference held  preparatory to The Gleneagles G8 Summit in 2005; and being part of the UN Secretariat delegation to the African Union Commission in September 2006 to discuss the UN-AU Ten Year Capacity Building Programme.  That discussion paved the way for the signing of the Declaration on Enhancing UN-AU Cooperation: Framework for the Ten-Year Capacity Building Programme for the African Union in November 2006 signed by Kofi Annan, then UN Secretary General, and Alpha Konare, then Chairperson of the African Union Commission. 

Following the establishment of the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) in 2006, as part of the reforms approved the UN World Summit of 2005, he was appointed as the first Director and Deputy Head of PBSO, where he also acted as Assistant Secretary-General from February-August 2009.  At PBSO, he led the Office’s efforts in assisting the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) to develop peacebuilding strategies, including supporting governance reforms and reconciliation processes,  for countries on the agenda of the PBC (Burundi, Central African Republic, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia and Sierra Leone); supervised the work related to the follow-up, monitoring and periodic reporting on the implementation of the peacebuilding strategies; and formulated benchmarks for monitoring  progress in the implementation of peacebuilding strategies. On 28 September 2011, he was appointed as Ambassador-in-situ, by the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in recognition of his contribution to Nigeria’s diplomacy and the foreign policy. He retired from the United Nations in October, 2013. 

In November, 2013 he was appointed as a Non-Resident Senior Fellow in Peacebuilding and Global Economic Policy at the Global Governance Institute, Brussels, Belgium-- a position he has held since retirement. From 2014-2016, he served as a member of the External Experts Advisory Board of the Informing Conflict Prevention, Resolution and Response: The Role of Media in Violent Conflict (INFOCORE) Project funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration.  

Since retiring from the United Nations, he has worked as a consultant for the UN Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) at United Nations Headquarters in New York on the preparation of: The Secretary General’s Biennial Reports on the review of implementation of the commitments made towards Africa’s Development (2014-2016);  the  Report on The Role of Early Warning in Silencing the Guns (2017);  the Study titled Assessment of the Conflict Prevention Capabilities of African Regional Economic Communities (2018). He served as a consultant for the African Union Office to the United Nations, New York on preparation of the Common African Position on the 2020 Review of the United Nations Peacebuilding Architecture (2020) and, in 2021, he is working as the Lead Consultant for United Nations Development Programme Regional Service Centre for Africa (UNDP-RSCA) on Re-imagining Governance and Peacebuilding in Africa.

 The African Development Bank has twice invited him to contribute to its flagship reports: The 2007 African Development Report -- Natural Resources for Sustainable Development in Africa and the 2001 African Development Report -- Fostering Good Governance in Africa.

Ambassador Otobo’ articles have been published by The Guardian, Thisday, The Nation, Premium Times, The New Diplomat, Prime Business Africa in Nigeria; as well as  Jeune Afrique (Paris) and Financial Times (London). He is a member of the Editorial Board of both the New Diplomat and Prime Business Africa 

Ambassador Otobo has guest-lectured at the City College of the City University of New York; the New School University, New York; Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, New York; The Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia; the University of California, Berkeley; the Global Affairs Division of Rutgers University, New Jersey; and the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College of the City University of New York.

Ambassador Otobo is widely published and his areas of research interest and writing include peacebuilding, public service reforms, institutional development, governance, regulatory policy and management, and international trade. He co-edited African Development in the 21st Century: Adebayo Adedeji’s Theories and Contributions (2015) as well as authored Consolidating Peace in Africa: The Role of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission (2015) and Africa in Transition: A New Way of Looking at Progress in the Region (2017). The book Africa in Transition: A New Way of Looking at Progress in the Region was nominated for the Grand Prix of Literary Associations Award, 2018 in the Research category.  

Ambassador Otobo was as active in local community and Church affairs as he was in international affairs. He served as Vice President of the Isoko Association New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut from 2009-2013 and was a member of the Isoko Action Committee of the Isoko Association of North America, which played a peace advocacy role for the political solidarity, economic development and social progress of Isoko people in Delta state in Nigeria. He served as the Secretary of Holy Name Society of Annunciation -Our Lady of Fatima (Catholic) Church in Crestwood/Scarsdale from 2017-2022*, (original v. read -"2024") 

Ambassador Otobo was married and has four children.


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Recent stories

The Great Debate

Shared by Oheri Otobo on July 12, 2022
One of the fond memories I have of my dad (though it may not have been fond at first), was one weekend my dad asked myself and a friend (Rediet) to debate. The debate was to be about a cartoon we had just been watching, Batman. We were each to pick a character and debate why we liked the character we picked, and in true child like fashion I fussed and whined; after-all, few kids rarely care to debate about a cartoon the just watched, let alone to their parent. 

After reluctantly fleeing to the room to come up with our debate character and pointers, we returned to share our tantalizing 6 year old theories. Rediet was up first, he picked the Joker and gave a sensible argument on why he supported him.  It was so compelling in fact, that I remember thinking to change my choice... but no I had spent too much time and effort convincing myself about why Batman is better.

It was my turn to share a compelling 6 year old argument, and convince my dad why the protagonist was more noble than some Joker. This was going to be easy, except for the fact that it wasn't. In fact after sharing my two points of how Batman is good and batman wants peace or something like that. I was fresh out of ideas and started stumbling my words... then, that's when it happened. My dad bursted out in hysteria, laughing at my lack of preparation for such a simple argument. "Yoyo!" he said, "what were you doing all that time? You spent all that time in your room just to tell us Batman is good and wants peace?" he exclaimed while laughing.

My head hung in embarrassment, it was a tough pill to swallow. I wanted to show my dad why he should trust that I picked the right candidate, but I let him down. Then my dad called me over and sat us down, he took his time to break down how although, my friend (Rediet) had the challenge of defending the antagonist of the show, Rediet made clear and convincing points as to why the Joker was a better choice. My dad would then ask if we had any questions and would always make sure we understood what he was trying to teach us.