This tribute was added by Toyin Jibowu Adedeji on August 8, 2020
A Course Well Run

Uncle has finished his race! He has fought the good fight. He has gone to rest. While we prayed for a different outcome, God called him home to Him to rest and enjoy the gift of eternity. There is a lot of pain, tears and grief, but to my darling friends Ngozi and Adaora, to Aunty, Ikenna and Nnamdi, I say take heart and be proud of the legacy he left behind. He was a great man of Integrity and godly character. I must confess that in the earlier days I was a tad bit scared of him and was on my very best behavior in his presence - minding my P’s and Q’s but as I got older, I found him to be most kind and thoughtful. I enjoyed the stories shared about him and the life that he lived. What a great example he was to his family - children, grandchildren, siblings , nieces and nephews. It was a pleasure to know him and I’m sure of the fact that he is resting in the bosom of the Lord, satisfied that he left a solid foundation for his family to keep moving forwards without his physical presence. Uncle, say hello to my dad and to Funke as you walk the streets paved with gold!!
This tribute was added by Kosiso Nwizu on August 7, 2020

Dear Uncle Ifeanyi. You were always my chubby Grand-Uncle. My Granddaddy, The Very Rev. Nwizu Chike would always tell my siblings and I beautiful and funny stories about your childhood with him. Whenever you come to visit us in Enugu we would be glad. And we prepare for your visit. Then we welcome you with open arms which you embrace so heartily. I always loved your smiles and warmth. I love seeing you whenever u have a joyful conversation and laughter. Though I never spent so much time with you, but the moments I did, it was really memorable
This tribute was added by Ikenna Enechukwu on August 6, 2020
Grand Pa! as you're fondly called by your grand children.

The news of your demise came to me as a great shock, knowing how I joined your loved ones to pray this cup passes; hoping to see you stronger like you have always come out stronger in the past.
I have not spent somuch time with You but the few moments I will surely cherish.

Thanks for your legacy!
Thanks for few times I spent with you!

Do sleep well in the bosom of the Lord. Till we meet to part not more.

This tribute was added by Nnamdi Nwizu on August 5, 2020
By Reverend Chike Nwizu


This is a difficult task for me to perform to write a tribute to my younger brother who was swept away by the heartless Corona Virus. There was not time to say Goodbye. He was at the hospital at Lagos and I was in the hospital at Enugu. I was discharged and I looked forward to his own discharge when we would talk about our experiences and failure of satan to snatch away any of us, little did I know that this would not be. Alas my beloved brother, Nwakaibeya I gave you that name in appreciation and recognition of the love you have for me. We were always together whether you were in Aba or Okirika or Zaria or Lagos or USA and I in Aba or Owerri, or Port Harcourt or London or Enugu, we were always in touch with each other. You would always consult me on anything you wish to do be it your education, post graduate work, employment or even your marriage. You advised your future wife you met in Lagos to see me at Enugu and get my approval for you to marry her which I appreciated. Our father died early and you took me as your father. Yes, we grew up together, we were like twins the age difference notwithstanding. We did many things together even fought as teenagers, learnt driving together, one day we went to Cinema together with the knowledge of our mother, our father locked us out and we slept in a tailors workshop.

If you did not hear from me for two days, you would ring to ease your anxiety when you hear my voice.

Nwakaibeya, what did you do without consulting me or confiding in me? God gave us longevity to be 80 and over when neither of our parents succeeded to be even seventy and to see our children and grandchildren.

Nwakaibeya you were very intelligent, hardworking full of wisdom, a problem solver. You were excelled in your profession. You were General Manager of Texaco, a foreign oil company where you distinguished yourself. You were very kind, generous to all and sundry, you were the pride of our family. Why did you not overcome Covid 19, why should you fall victim to it? The last time I tried to get in touch with you over the phone but could not, you were already battling with Covid19.  I sent you a text message which read “Beloved Nwakaibeya, I can't tell you how many times I have tried to reach you without success, but certainly you have not reached the end of the road, a Christian at times faces trials. But his faith in God should be firm. We will saturate ourselves with prayers. Have increased faith in God". Little did I know that the end has really come, you probably did not read the text message. We prayed all the time, many others also prayed. I understand you were sent to one of the best hospitals in Lagos, yet they could not succeed in saving your life and you could not make it.

Nwakaibeya, we may ask why after burying our only beloved sister on July 2nd, the hand of death would snatch you away only two weeks after. The Scriptures say: “In everything give God thanks”. We thank Him for giving you to Nwizu family. We thank Him for what he has done with you, the memories you have left behind. We thank Him that He is God and knows best. We therefore cannot question Him.

May the gentle soul of my beloved brother Nwakaibeya by the mercy of God rest in perfect peace, Amen.

Nnabude Chike
This tribute was added by Nnamdi Nwizu on August 4, 2020
Dr. Chimezie Nwizu


When I heard you were hospitalized, I was worried; but on a second thought I expected you to pull through because you had always been a dogged fighter. Throughout the time you were in the hospital we prayed fervently for you. The reports we received was that you were making steady progress in recovering. It therefore came to us as a big shock when a few weeks later we received the sad news that you had joined your ancestors. This was very devastating; it is unbelievable that I can no longer chat with you on the phone.

Ifeanyi, my brother, was a no nonsense guy. Right from when we were young whenever any of his younger brothers called him "Okpa Obagwu" (bow legs) he would pursue him and kick him fiercely with the obagwu legs.

He combined his no nonsense posture with sharp intellect and hard work. He was one of the few in his secondary school class to obtain Cambridge Certification in Grade One, he subsequently went on to get a degree in Engineering at a time such a course was considered very tough.

Enoch worked in a multinational company where he was widely acclaimed to be incorruptible. The politics of the business was very rough, several attempts were made to eliminate him or side track him. At a point, he was thought by his detractors to have a big deity that was protecting him; far from it. I know that my brother was a disciplined Christian, he never consulted a native doctor in his whole life. Ifeanyi survived all the intrigues and plans to eliminate him to rise to the top of his job. That is the reason for the nickname, "Nwakaibeya."

Ifeanyi loved his wife, family and siblings. He always sort for peace. Whenever there was a knotty issue in the family, he always proffered a solution that did not only solve the problem but also promoted peace.

A great light has been put off. Precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of his saints. For to be absent in the body is to be present with the Lord. (Psalm 116:15 and 2 Corinthians 5:8)

We feel weighed down with shock and grief, but we find hope and consolation in the reality that Jesus is alive and at work in us. Although we still face the heart ache and pain we can well go to Christ to walk with us in our tunnel of grief. He can bring rays of hope to brighten our fog.

We have accepted the loss as the will of God almighty with the assurance that he is resting peacefully in the bosom of the Lord.

Nwakaibeya, my brother, continue to rest peacefully in the bosom of the Lord till we meet to part no more.

Adieu Nwakaibeya!
Adieu Ifeanyi!
Adieu Enoch!
This tribute was added by Okechukwu Nwizu on August 4, 2020
This is a sad and sudden lost. I remember uncle as been very friendly and approachable, when I was much younger, he used to pat my head whenever we saw ( which was kinda annoying). He was a loving brother, husband,father, uncle and grandfather. While we will miss him dearly I believe he is in a much better place now where there is no pain, suffering or disease. A place where we will be forever young.
This tribute was added by Nnamdi Nwizu on August 4, 2020
By Pastor Ilochonwu


Ifeanyi, you worked and lived up to your full Ibo name-“IFEANYICHUKWU”-meaning “For with God nothing shall be impossible” which was what the angel said to Mary the mother of Jesus as recorded in Luke 1:37. Your parents believed in that pronouncement and named you “IFEANYICHUKWU” at your birth. You lived and worked up to your name. Your academic and your career achievements speak eloquently of this. The colour of your skin could not stop you from achieving your destiny.

After your retirement, those who knew you in tennis court can testify that you never gave up. You never gave up until the game was over. To you, “nothing was impossible until it was actually over”.

We, who played the game of “Draft” with you can testify to this. Even when your dinner was ready, you would not stop playing until the end of the round. Sometimes your wife would call you and say, “Ifeanyi and Peter dinner is getting cold” but you would continue playing until the game was over. Your daughters Ada and Ngozi then, under five years old, would come and scatter our game but you would not get up until you see the end of the game. Often I had to stop playing and say, “Ifeanyi, let’s go for dinner”.

Even at the later end of your life, when death kept knocking at your door “you refused to answer until God said “it is over.”

Ifeanyi, I thank God for your dogged determination to fight to the end.                                    
I pray that your soul will rest in perfect peace, in Jesus Name.

Pastor Peter Ilochonwu
This tribute was added by Ezinne Irukwu Nwizu on August 4, 2020
Dear Uncle Ifeanyi Nwizu,

It's really difficult writing this tribute, because you are still existent in my mind, as the vibrant and energetic man i have known, for the 11 years that i have been a member of the Nwizu family.

A peace maker, a very kind and compassionate man, you are and will always be ( because i still don't know how to address you in the past).
The first time i met you was at a family gathering, in your home at Festac, after Nnamdi's wedding ceremony. The image i have of you, till date, is that of a charismatic, loving and caring father, not only to your biological children, but to all who are around you. You got to know that my office was at Festac and heartily offered me an open cheque, to always visit your home anytime i wanted. You never failed to welcome me with open arms on each of those visits to your home, and the warm hospitality you offered, remains one of the indelible memories that i would keep having of you.

I know that this is a difficult time for your family, but our consolation is in the fact that you lived a good life, lived well above the biblical age and made positive impact in the lives of those who came around you.

I part with these great words of the Holy Book ; "But i would not have you to be ignorant brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that YE SORROW NOT, LIKE THEM WHO HAVE NO HOPE" - 1Thessalonians 4:13.

Our hope is on the Almighty God, who has deemed it fit to call you now, to eternal glory, that He would grant you eternal and peaceful rest in his loving bosom, and also comfort those whom you left behind.

Our hope also, is that we shall see you again on that last day, to part no more.

Fare Thee Well Great One!
This tribute was added by Ngozi Agbapu on August 4, 2020
It's difficult to find the right words to comfort Adaora, Ngozi and the entire family on the passing to glory of their loving, jovial and humorous dad. Just this time last year we were cruising, dancing and celebrating with him aboard Symphony of the Seas during Adaora's 50th birthday celebration. One could not believe his 80+ age giving his youthfulness and agility.

As a teenager nearly 40 years ago when I first met Nwakaibeya at their large palatial home set on that massive plot at Cameron Road, Ikoyi, I was awestruck by the simple, down to earth and humorous man behind the larger-than-life figure of top shot at Texaco! He came down to our level to relate and discuss with me and likewise all other of Adaora and Ngozi friends. It didnt take long for me to begin to feel like "family member "

While Nnena was schooling in Nigeria, herself and my daughter spent their school breaks between my home in Maryland and Grandpa's at Festac. During this time, I saw Nwakaibeya very often and observed this quintessential family man, a gentleman per excellence, a devout practising Christian, a doting husband, a fun loving humorous young at heart grandpa come down to the girls level to relate and teach them the life virtues and values he so engraved in his children. He was really an exemplary father. His love and respect for his wife was visible as one watched them gist, throw banters and laugh so heartily as they sat lounging together.

Everyone whoever encountered you was left with a positive feeling and a " word of wisdom." Indeed a great man has joined the Angels of God in heaven.
I pray for the family and friends that God will give them the fortitude to bear the pain of his departure from earth and fill their hearts with Thanksgiving to God for a life well spent. May his soul rest in peace.
This tribute was added by Ignatius Udeogu on August 3, 2020
Your home call on July 16th, 2020, was a huge shock to me, because for whatever reasons, I could never have associated death with you at the time it came! Within that week, I had compelling urge to call you, but due to my hospital visits, I could not call you. Little did I know you were in the hospital and in pains!

Your life had great positive influence and effects
on everyone that came in contact with you. You were very kind, caring, loving and very compassionate and a truly family man! You were honest, humble, unassuming, helpful and God fearing in your life time. You were a detribalised Nigerian; a quality very uncommon in our environment.

At 84, you lived a good life. You were alive to see your children become adults with their families and highly distinguished in their professions and careers. The party they held for you on Saturday, 20th July, 2016, on your 80th birthday anniversary, was a celebration of your life. I am glad you were able to listen and read what people had to say. I can not but thank your lovely children for being so thoughtful and appreciative of you. I pray for the repose of your noble Soul. You certainly worked very hard to earn a place in God's kingdom. I have no doubts in my mind that you earned it!

To our Mummy, Lady Victoria Ezim Nwizu, my wife and I mourn with you. We feel your pains and can imagine your devastation with the sudden exit of your darling "Ifeanyi" Your voice always depicted the depth of love you had for him. It will definitely be hard for you not to miss him and not to be lonely. But, you must take solace that the separation was beyond his control. He would have done anything to stay longer with you, the immediate and distant families! We are all living to die....the time, we certainly do not know. Looking at your beautiful children around you, and God's blessings on the family, you must take heart and be strong.

To the children, Adaora/Jonny, Ngozi/Emeka, Ikenna, Nnamdi, and daughters in law, please accept our condolences. May our good Lord comfort each of you. Your Dad certainly was proud of you all. I remember him proudly showing me the business cards of Ada and Ngozi! Your respective achievements is a pride to any parent. It was good you celebrated him at his 80th birthday. It was an opportunity well utlised!

To the brothers and sister; Engr. David C. Nwizu (Akalaka Nnewi), Very Rev. (Barr) Chike Nwizu, Priscilla Nwizu, Dr. Sir Chimezie S. Nwizu, Mr. Chukwudum B. Nwizu (Ugonwanne), Engr. Ibe Nwizu, and Mr. Obiora Nwizu, we share the grief of your loss. I can imagine the devastation, considering how you held him and the love and friendship in the family. Please take heart and may our good Lord comfort you at this time.

May the Soul of Engr Enoch Ifeanyichukwu Nwizu (Nwakaibeya) and the Souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace, Amen.



Mr and Mrs Ignatius Ifeanyi Udeogu.

This tribute was added by Uchenna Amaku on August 3, 2020

Nwakaibeya Ifeanyi Nwizu was one of the most important people in my life-even as an in-law. A true definition of gentleman per excellence!

To the best of my knowledge, his health was not failing him, as you would expect someone of that age. No, Nwakaibeya was strong and remained so until date with transition came calling.

It helps me to see that he was able to touch so many people through his family and professional life.

Nwakaibeya Ifeanyi gave so much to his large family and humanity-his first and longtime love.

Whenever he called my name, I felt love. He thought me and everyone around him, the importance of loving and of not being afraid to express and show it.

I think he had a special place in his heart for his family-immediate and extended-including in-laws like me. He had time for everyone.

Here was a man who was a reassuring presence for the great Nwizu family.

It was an honour and priviledge for me to witness a great man live a good life, and then a flight into glorious transformation, and to eternity.

What a man there was!

Nze Uchenna Amaku
This tribute was added by Ngozi Nwizu on August 3, 2020
Da-a-a-di-mu, My Ideal. My Hero!

Your chair lies empty longing for the familiar feel of your warm body. I miss seeing you do the lizard dance while reclining after a satisfying evening meal. When I would often tease you that you are dozing off, you would say you were only ‘meditating’. The sound of your hearty laughter, springing from your beautiful soul, has now been replaced by my soundless cries of agony punctuated by episodic wailing. How I miss you so, so much. I recall seeing you and mummy off to the airport during your last visit in August 2019. I had lingered while you both checked in your luggage. Afterwards, I waved goodbye through the glass partitions and you had waved back vigorously with a huge smile on your face. I had no inkling that would be the last time I would see you in person, otherwise I would have gone back in to hug you tightly some more and never let you go.

I struggle to find words to adequately describe you…. you were God-fearing first and foremost. Growing up, you were usually the first to rise in the morning and would wake the rest of us up to gather in the family room to praise and worship God, read the bible together and pray. You used these opportunities to mold our character and teach us so many important life lessons. After you got home from work, like clockwork, you would sit at your desk in your bedroom and have your own personal bible study time and then prepare for our next morning family devotion. How reassuring it was for me to know you covered each of us with prayers every single day. We learned so much from you, too many examples to recount. You taught us to always remember a good name is better than riches (Prov 22:1) and that Godliness with contentment is great gain (1 Tim 6:6). We learned from you to appreciate the simple things of life. As I write this tribute to you, I can hear in my spirit, you singing one of your favorite songs, “Count your blessings name them one by one and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.”

Da-a-a-di mu, you were an incredibly rich example of what an ideal father should be. You were an excellent provider who understood the true meaning of sacrifice, constantly putting our needs above yours. I felt very safe and protected growing up because I knew I could always depend on you no matter what. I knew you to be a person who makes a promise and does not break it, even if hurt by it (Psalm 15:4), for you deeply understood commitment. I never had to wonder about who you truly were or what you stood for because you consistently lived by example. You loved us deeply and it showed in your eyes and in so many ways. You were always a great encourager and made us believe in ourselves. You were quick to celebrate each of us and always chose to use positive affirming words no matter what.

You had no air or graces about you. I recall an incident that happened when I was about 10 or 11 years old. Someone had gotten into an argument with you in my presence. Once it was over, you immediately sat me down and apologized on behalf of both parties for arguing in front of me. You also consistently treated people from all walks of life really well, whether they were deserving or not. This was borne out of your deep conviction that “anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen, (1John 4:20).” So you often allowed yourself to be cheated in your dealings with people. I watched you pursue the path of peace innumerable times whenever there was conflict of any kind, while holding firm to your values and beliefs.

Your wholesome character has left an indelible impression in my mind. I knew you to be even tempered, unbelievably resilient. You were incredibly patient, enduring all kinds of hardships and mistreatment without complaining. I observed how sometimes people would take advantage of your kind-heartedness. Sometimes I became angry, felt you were too weak ……... only to realize later in life that all along you were acting from a position of great strength, not weakness. I found out it actually requires a great deal of inner strength and maturity to exercise restraint and resist the urge to not pay back or lash out, and go on to do good and be a blessing, regardless.

I also saw how you doggedly pursued your career with a passion. You were a highly disciplined person with a strong work ethic. This reflected in how you discharged your official duties and rose to the pinnacle of your professional career. You made a conscious decision to live above board at home and at work, and although that firm decision caused a lot of difficulties for you, you remained resolute in your decision.

I never quite understood the immense privilege of having you as my father until I grew up and realized you are really one of a kind, a cut above the rest (Nwakibeya). I thank God for the beautiful and fulfilling life you lived. God blessed and rewarded you with a family that loves you fiercely and with longevity, so you could see all your children well settled and doing very well. He allowed you the opportunity to be blessed by your children in return and reap the fruits of your labor. God also gave you the opportunity to travel widely with the wife of your youth as your constant companion, from visiting Yankari game reserve in Northern Nigeria, through many other cities in Nigeria. From the plains of Senegal in North Africa, through Ghana and Ivory Coast in West Africa and Cape town and Zambia in Southern Africa. From Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe to Niagara Falls in Buffalo. I recall you both once ate at a floating restaurant in Germany that only served egg dishes and at another time had a fabulous trip to Brazil. You and mummy also toured many countries throughout Europe and many places in North America. You created so many beautiful, memorable moments with your wife, children & spouses, grandchildren, extended family members and close friends. In your latter years, God blessed you with greater wealth that ensured you lacked nothing, and kept you of sound mind and body so that you could blissfully enjoy a life of ease.
Daddy m’, I want you to know that it has been easy to understand and relate to the Almighty God as my Heavenly Father (Abba Father), because of how you have modeled fatherhood. As a result of these incredibly beautiful and joyful experiences of you as my earthly father, and God as my Heavenly Father, I am blessed beyond measure and very secure in who I am and have a great sense of my own self-worth. I know who I am and whose I am, for my life is hid in Christ in God. Therein lies my true identity. This has given me the confidence to go out into the world and to be the very best that I can be.

I know I speak for the rest of my family when I say we are exceedingly proud of you and the honorable life you lived. You were the archetype of the man described in Psalm 37:37: “Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace”. You have left a lasting legacy for us that we will carry through for generations to come. Although a huge void has been created as a result of your sudden transition, mana anyi ma na i jelu nkeoma. Though we are extremely saddened by your departure, our mourning is tempered by the hope we have beyond the grave. 1Thess 4:13. We are comforted by the fact that it is not goodbye forever, for we will certainly see you on Resurrection Morning.

Kachifo, Ezigbo Nnam.

Love you so much daddy

Ọ mu, Ngor gi
This tribute was added by Nduka Agada on August 2, 2020
Uncle Enoch Nwizu was my golfing partner and my wife and I were fond of him. During his last visit to London, I enjoyed our usual round of golf with him and a friend of mine; and not withstanding his 80+ age, he trounced us round and square but kept on encouraging us on how to improve our game.

He was magnanimous and down to earth, a complete gentleman. He was such a great human being – so strong and jovial.

We are honoured to have known him and glad for the time we spent together and the jokes and laughter we shared with him. May his soul rest in perfect peace.
This tribute was added by Titi Adenuga on August 2, 2020
Adaora got her sense of responsibility and her sense of humour naturally, she inherited it from you. I hope you know how dearly you are loved. You have left behind a gapping void and despair. But it is my fervent prayer that from this despair springs forth new shoots of comfort, Joy and peace.

Titi Adenuga (QC)
This tribute was added by Charles Onunkwo on August 2, 2020
Kind smiles and deep good natured guffaws are my earliest memories of uncle Ifeanyi. 
His positive impact on people around him drove them to greater aspiration. He prompted us to be the best versions of ourselves.
Even though he has embarked on his final journey his legacy endures.
His wise counsel, calm temperament and genial nature will be sorely missed.
Adieu Uncle Ifeanyi
This tribute was added by Gerald Smith on August 2, 2020
I was very saddened to learn that my dear friend, Enoch, has passed away. He and I worked together for Texaco Nigeria Ltd. during the years 1978 to 1985. As the General Manager, he was most accomplished, an inspiration to all who worked with him. Enoch's dedication, honesty, and integrity made him truly special. These characteristics extended as well to his family life, being a wonderful husband for his wife, Victoria, and his four children, Adaora, Ngozi, Ikenna, and Nnamdi. Enoch will be sorely missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known him. I will now close with a "farewell until we meet again" to a most special friend.
This tribute was added by Emmanuel Onwuegbuzie on August 1, 2020
Dear Pa Nwizu,

It is with great shock and despair that I write this tribute after I heard of your passing. I know no one will live forever but we still never want to let our parents go.

I met you when I was a little boy visiting my friend, your son Nnamdi on exit days from boarding school at King’s College. You were always welcoming, jovial, full of wisdom and fun to be around. You lived a successful, blessed and accomplished life.

You may not know it, but you were one of my inspirations to study Engineering at Ahmadu Bello University. I used to think you where a Chemical Engineer that’s how you got to work in Texaco. So I had an ambition to study Chemical Engineering after I graduated from Kings College and also get a job in Texaco too or even Chevron. But alas, my path was to be different from yours. I did study Engineering at Ahmadu Bello University but it was Civil and not Chemical. But the twist was that Nnamdi and I found ourselves in the Banking Industry.

I shall always remember you as one of my great mentors in life. We love you Pa Nwizu but God loves you most. May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace with the Lord.

This tribute was added by Roseline Igbokwe on August 1, 2020
Oh my God!! May his soul rest in perfect Peace. What a sad news this morning!! He was one of the greatest men I ever met in Texaco. I earned a place in his heart. He was an inspiration to me - he mentored me, fought for me, spoke on my behalf, protected me from the hands of wolves in sheeps’ clothing and helped me grow to become a respectable young lady. Ultimately, he became my role model until he retired. He was someone I could always talk to in confidence about men who wanted to push personal and ethical boundaries and forget the main purpose of why they were working for the company. He was a father to many, including myself. Oh why, why? May his humble soul truly rest in the bossom of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
This tribute was added by Anthony Ohomele on August 1, 2020
Late Mr Nwizu was an enigma; meant different things to different peoples. One thing though that he stood for was excellence built around intergrity and character.
He was indeed a man at the workplace.
May his soul rest in a verdant place, full of light, peace and eternal bliss!
This tribute was added by Okechukwu Ahuchogu on August 1, 2020
Mr Nwizu was an amazing friend to my Mum and Dad. I remember when as a young boy I told my Dad I wanted to be a magician. That became my name forever for Mr. Nwizu. Every time he saw me he called me Mr. magician....a wonderful Uncle. May you rest in perfect peace in the bosom of the Lord
This tribute was added by Chikezie Okereke on August 1, 2020
A most memorable man. I spent 1 week on a cruise with him and felt like I had known him all my life. I had expected to meet and spend more time with Daddy. Alas it was not to be. I accept that God knows best and that Daddy is presently in a special place the Great Lord has created for him. No doubt we will meet again. Rest in peace Daddy.
This tribute was added by Nneka Jefferson on August 1, 2020
It was an honor to have known you. You were an examplary family man. You were a hardworking father and put your family first in all you did. I am grateful to have known you and to have felt your impact. Ije oma . ka chukwu ne du gi mgbe ni ne.
This tribute was added by Nnamdi Ahuchogu on August 1, 2020
Mr Nwizu was a great friend and support to my mum and dad. Especially to my mum after the passing of my dad. He gave me my first ever job when I worked briefly as an apprentice in his printing works company. I met him last at my mums 80th birthday celebrations in November 2018 and he was as I always remembered him, a very jovial character, full of wit and very kind hearted. You will be sorely missed Uncle, rest in perfect peace and thank you for all your support and kindness!
This tribute was added by Godwin Omar Atsimene,jnr on August 1, 2020
You were a great uncle and a great father to my friends Ikenna and Nnamdi. You-were so fun to be around. Whenever I visited you I was met with a big hand shake and a warm smile. You were kind, hospitable, loving and generous, and we all loved you very much. You provided for your family and raised four children. You fought your sickness to the end and now you are in a better place. May the Lord be with you and with your spirit. I’ll miss you a lot.
This tribute was added by Chioma Udu on August 1, 2020
May Your gentle soul Rest In Peace sir!! You lived a fulfilled life surrounded by love and peace! May God grant your soul eternal rest and his perpetual light always shine upon you.
This tribute was added by Chukwuma Mozie on August 1, 2020
My memories of you will last a lifetime.
So many years ago when I was stranded,
You welcomed me and let me stay under your roof.
Like a son, you took me in, and taught me life lessons.
Using your own experiences, you showed me how to live.
At no point did you cease from letting me tap from your wealth of experience.
So you touched my life, and inspired me more.
You created much love and affection within the circle of your family,
And extended it to those outside of it, who crossed your path.
Your life was so true to the words of Abraham Lincoln,
That it is not the years in our life that count, but the life in our years.
Your own years was filled with life, and you lived a fulfilled one.
Now you have returned to the very source of life,
Fare thee well Papa!
Until the last breath, you'll always be remembered.

This tribute was added by Vincent. Ade. on August 1, 2020
Dear Daddy, you were a father to all of us and your love cuts across all tribal barriers. You took me as a son and i mourn your departure as my father. i stand with Mummy, Ikenna and his siblings at this difficult time but i am rest assured that you are looking down from heaven smiling and interceding for us all. Adieu great man and a true father. Vincent Dotun Adegbotolu
This tribute was added by Christiana Obuka on July 31, 2020
Dearest Uncle
Generosity is a virtue and you are filled with it. The aura of joy,love and happiness radiated from you to all around you will never be forgotten. You will be missed a lot. Rest in perfect peace Amen
This tribute was added by Sam Ogonna on July 31, 2020
Only the goods die young. Rest in peace great achiever.
This tribute was added by Vivian Zems on July 31, 2020
There are no words
to alleviate your grief
So my prayer for your family
is for God to make his comforting peace
felt as he keeps you and holds
you all closer than ever before
This tribute was added by Azubuike Okeke on July 31, 2020
These past few days I often find myself exclaiming a bit aloud at the passing of this great, honourable, kind man. It is hard to accept your transition but you certainly touched many lives in a very positive manner. I personally remember how you helped me in numerous ways - Texaco work experience, holidays, advice, my Dad's burial arrangements etc. We definitely miss you a lot but I am sure you are completely at rest. Great salute to a distinguished general!
This tribute was added by Ronke Asielue (Obaro) on July 31, 2020
My memories of Adaora’s Dad are of a unique gentleman who had a very loving relationship with his family, and notably, with his grandchildren, with whom he clearly enjoyed a close and jovial relationship despite the age divide. He would always welcome my family and Adaora/ Johnny’s other friends warmly whenever he (and Mum) visited them in London. There were no airs and graces around him notwithstanding his phenomenal professional achievements .... he was always ever so down to earth and jolly. He loved the outdoors, and enjoyed a good barbecue, and it is indeed an honour my family and I hold dear, to have had the privilege of hosting the last barbecue he attended here in the UK. Dad ran an awesome race and has now gone home to rest. May his soul rest in eternal peace
This tribute was added by Tosin Mustapha on July 31, 2020
May your soul rest in perfect peace.Amen, sir, Daddy Nwizu.
This tribute was added by Felician Banji on July 30, 2020
Dear Daddy Nwizu,
I write to let you know the huge vacuum that your untimely passing has left. We know life does come to an end, but the abruptness of your death was not only inexplicably heartbreaking but was also an ultimate catastrophe. What about us Daddy? Did you think about our welfare? What about Mama? You’ve left her all alone! After all those loving years. Daddy why did you do this to us? It’s not fair at all!!
I remember you as a kind, wise, soft spoken welcoming and loving dad. Each time I came to teach your grand daughter, you would always call,“Chiemelie, your teacher is here “, and when the parents were not there, you would intently listen to the feedback I gave about progress made and advised “Chiemelie, listen to your teacher”.I still vividly remember our discussions regarding how Ibos were welcomed to Zambia during the Biafran troubles. I also remember how we talked about our KIA cars and how reliable they were. We compared my Sportage and your KIA Sorento and marvelled at how Koreans had advanced so quickly while we were still struggling in our countries, yet we had similar starting points.
Daddy,I was anxiously awaiting for a next encounter so I could draw more from your wisdom, and now you’re gone! Why daddy why?  This will take an enormously long time to come to terms with.
We are only consoled in the knowledge that you lived a purposeful, selfless and God fearing life, therefore you’re with the Lord.
For us, consolation comes from Romans 8:28 which reads...
“And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Good bye Daddy. I will eternally miss you. May your soul rest in peace. Until we meet again..God bless your soul...
This tribute was added by Chinwe Ugwu on July 30, 2020
I've known Daddy for a while now and truth be told, I can only find good words to describe such a man of good repute. Though I never met him personally, he has been quite influential in the life of my very dear friend, Nnenna. He had a very altruistic and accommodating nature so much so that one could easily mistake Daddy for Nne's biological father, indeed she did time to time again refer to him as daddy. The world has lost one good person but all we can do is to celebrate the puous life he led and reflect on the golden words, there is a reson for everything, Daddy you will be dearly missed. Adieu
This tribute was added by Tosin Osunkoya on July 30, 2020

It’s really sad to see you leave us but the light smile(this still resonates with me vividly) always on your face whenever you come in to visit us in the office or whenever we see you at a family gathering validates you indeed lived a fulfilled life, one that is rare to many. The character and reputation of your children exemplifies a great father you were.

We will certainly miss you!! RIPP daddy!!
This tribute was added by Adaora Mozie on July 30, 2020
I am heartbroken.

My dearest daddy – Enoch Ifeanyichukwu Nwizu – Nwakaibeya!

I had always dreaded the day that I’d have to write a tribute to you. I knew it would be a very difficult thing to do and had prayed and believed that it would not be for many more years to come.

Nwakaibeya you were truly a cut above the rest; set apart from your contemporaries. You were a peacemaker, gentle, warm, kind and compassionate man. The void you have left will be very hard to fill.

I learnt so much from you. You taught me to be hardworking, honest, patient (I’m still working on that), sacrifice, love, commitment and to be fair. You sacrificed so much for your immediate family, extended family and friends. You were a great sounding board, an incredible listener and was always available to guide us.

You played a pivotal role in all our lives, dedicating so much of your time to ensure your grandchildren excelled in their studies. You patiently tutored them and helped them with their revision in preparation for their exams. I recall when Johnny and I made the decision to send Nnenna to secondary school in Lagos. We could only make that decision because we knew you were there to take care of her. You never missed a visiting day, you attended all the parents teachers meetings and made sure she lacked nothing in school.

I recall the many BBQs we had in our garden which you enjoyed and insisted BBQs were not complete without chips and chicken nuggets.
In your later years, you lovingly cared for mummy after she had her two knee replacement surgeries.

You had the ability to develop and maintain deep relationships at all levels. Our friends became your friends and often visited our home to spend time with you even when we were not there. My children adored you and constantly teased you. They teased your choice of clothing, choice of TV programs and your ability to sleep with the remote control beside you but then always waking up whenever they picked it up to change the channel.

Oh my dear father, how I’ll miss you. Your departure is so painful and timing so unexpected. I love you beyond words and miss you so so much. I long to hear your voice again as you fondly said “Ada kedu” with so much tenderness whenever I called you. I’ll forever treasure the time we spent and the memories we created. I could not have wished for a better dad.

You loved God with all your heart and worshiped Him till the very end. The only consolation in your passing is that you are with the Almighty. Heaven has gained an angel.

Sleep well daddy as we pray that the God of comfort will give us succour and help us learn how to live with this pain.

Your loving daughter
This tribute was added by NKechi Eneli Madiebo on July 30, 2020
My memory of Ikenna's dad is that of a generous and caring man. His house was open to my sisters and I when we moved to Festac. May his soul rest in peace
This tribute was added by Uchenna Isiadinso on July 30, 2020
A unique man

He was the loveliest man one could meet. I never saw him raise his voice. He was a very kind man that I met in my formative years, influencing without bullying. Explaining without overwhelming. I still remember the rasp of his voice through the years. A small word here and there. A word of encouragement. He and his wife were like one and two. There was so much to learn from him, from them. And they didn't have to even talk much. Would leave me thinking for days. He was such a wonderful man. When I remember him, I can contemplate that he could only have been created by God.
This tribute was added by John Mozie on July 30, 2020
How can I say goodbye, Dad?

If I could, I’d ask you why you had to go, and knowing you like I do, you’d smile that simple, enigmatic smile of yours and say, “Johnny, it was time. You need to let go”.
It is hard to imagine you not being here. It is so hard. You made me the luckiest man on earth when you not only welcomed me into your family, but treated me like your son in all ways, bar none. You never were a father-in-law, you were my father in all ways than I could imagine. You counselled me, laughed with me, celebrated me and loved me in a way that befuddles me to this day. My father, my buddy, my confessor, the voice of my conscience.
Dad, you were special and completely irreplaceable. Neither time nor prowess, can fill the shoes you left behind. These tears will fall forever.
Perhaps that is why I feel so broken, a sense of loss that cannot be replaced by tears. How do you capture the joys of thirty years in a few lines of tribute? I could never do you justice. You are in my heart and it weighs so heavily. Even as my beard turns grey with age, I cannot stop the tears from flowing. I know you had to go. Nwakaibeya. My Lion. Not for you the mortal frailness of the impaired life, no. Nor would you accept the caging of limbs slowed down by age. You were a lion, king of the pack, born to roam free and live life on your terms. And go, you had to, because it was time. Trouble is, I still was not, nay, I am not, ready to say goodbye.
You were an enigma dad. Stoic, proper, irredeemably traditional. For you there was a proper place and a proper protocol for everything life had to offer. But then, you had more compassion, affection and kindness than anybody else I have ever known since my own mother. How was that? You never tired of supporting, comforting, seeking peace, even as age ran headlong towards you, and quietened that incredible physical strength of yours! Nwakaibeya! Who do we turn to now?
I will miss hearing the excitement in your voice when I call. I will miss our arguments across the generations. I will miss hugging you and watching your pathetic attempts at taking your medication. I will miss your reviews of my writings, your WhatsApp messages on current affairs, and I will miss our visits to the pub, just you and I, for lagers you generically termed ‘draught beer’. I will miss you dad, even in knowing you are now free and in glorious happiness in heaven. I will miss you.
Rest in eternal peace dear dad, until we meet again. May the Angels hold you in their wings and welcome you home. And please continue to watch over us.
And thank you for being my father. I will always love you.
John Mozie

This tribute was added by Nnamdi Nwizu on July 29, 2020
A Tribute by Theo Oji:

Nwakaibeya Engr. Enoch Nwizu and I have been very close friends for 62 continuous years until his very sad demise.
We met in 1958 at the engineering course at the then Nigerian College of Arts Science and Technology, now Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. Being classmates, Shell Oil Company Scholarship holders and keen lawn tennis players, was how it all started. After four years and graduating in our courses, he in mechanical engineering and I electrical, we found ourselves living close to each other at Surulere in our early working careers. There the friendship graduated to a higher scale. We socialised and played our lawn tennis regularly. Thereafter he and I went overseas for further training, he to USA and I to Sweden.

Upon return to Nigeria a few years later and progressing in our careers, he in TEXACO and I in CHEVRON, we again saw ourselves living close to each other, this time in Victoria Island. Both of us now married with children, the friendship went up steps higher, including our families. We remained very close till we both retired from service and both found favour in a new sport, golf. We have since been playing the game every week for the past 25 years. He was a founding member of our VETERANS GOLFERS GROUP at the Ikoyi Club and was instrumental in my joining the group. We also had many golfing outings in London over the years. We also had some common health issues and experiences which we shared. He and his wife Vicky visited me and my wife Mary after my surgery in London. Similarly we visited him in London after his own surgery.

So, we have shared both joyful times and painful times together over the 62 years of our friendship. Now it has pleased our Creator to call him home and take him from us. We thank God for the glorious time He gave him on earth and pray for the happy repose of his soul and for abundant Divine consolation for Vicky and the children, grandchildren and the entire Nwizu family.

Nwakaibeya, farewell, farewell, farewell.

Your very close friend, Theo Oji.
This tribute was added by Ada Amaku on July 29, 2020
My irreplaceable Uncle:

The news of your death dealt a devastating blow to me and made me shudder at the fickleness of life. It is so saaad that our peacemaker is no more. Nwakaibeya, our great uncle was a very benevolent man, compassionate and practical. A man that meant so many things to different people, he was a voice of reason in every situation, he was our rallying point all year round.
Nwakaibeya, the vacuum you have left maybe too difficult to fill. I know for sure that we cannot take a fight to God's doorstep, but can only pray that God receives your beautiful soul in his bosom and give auntie Ezim, Adaora and Jonny, Ngozi and Emeka, Ikenna and Nwando, Nnamdi and Nnenna , your grandchildren and all the Nwizu's the strength to bear this great loss.
For me you will always be in Festac, goodnight dearest Uncle Ifeanyi.

Ada Amaku - (Nee Nwizu)

This tribute was added by Bidemi Jerome on July 29, 2020
Rest in the bosom of your maker dad. I believe he is smiling with the angels and hanging out with my dad who left exactly a month today. Take heart Nnamdi, I pray the holy spirit comforts you all
This tribute was added by Ona Ndu on July 28, 2020
My dearest Uncle Ifeanyi,
Nwakaibeya bee Nwizu,
Nwakaibeya bee Ezeana Onyejiaka,
Nwakaibeya na Nnewi,
Papa Adora ( Johnny), Ngozi( Emeka), Ikenna ( Nwando) na Nnamdi( Nnenna),
Di Aunt Ezim,

You have left a void in our family. You were our buoyant uncle, our Peacemaker whose laughter would always reverberate from your Terrace in Nnewi. I could here your laughter from my room( at least 2 blocks down from our house) . I remember how kind you were to me anytime I spent time with my cousins in Festac. You kept family gatherings in Lagos regular. You kept and encouraged closeness.

I can't believe you are gone but I know you are in the arms of Jesus.
Blessed is my peaceful Uncle Ifeanyi for you are a child of God and you are back with him. I know you are playing Golf in Heaven . Please say hello to all our departed.

Jee Nkeoma my uncle Ifeany!

O munwa na Ifunanya mgbenile,
Oo Nii AA ( Ona Ndu( nee Nwizu)
This tribute was added by Nnamdi Nwizu on July 28, 2020

Not sure where to start. I prayed, hoped and even cried and begged God to see you through like the other recent medical scares. Alas, it all turned to despair. People tell me that you lived to a ripe old age of 84 and some say that God knows best. Truth is that I was not prepared for this. I can only try and keep the fond memories alive, such as You at my house drinking red wine and sitting on the white seat, or coming to spend time with your grandchildren, or teaching me how to be the patient peacemaker. I learnt so much from you dad. My siblings have always said that I behave a lot like you and that makes me so proud and happy. My only comfort is that I know you are in a better place, as no one deserves it more than you.

Till we meet again dad. Send our love to Jesus


This tribute was added by Chiagozie Nwizu on July 28, 2020
Uncle, I will keep the fond memory of you. You will be remembered for the influence of your good values and lives touched by your beautiful soul.

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