ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, John Garah Nengel (fondly called Baba Nengel), who passed away on the 7th of May, 2020. 

Baba was self-made, extremely humble and self-reliant. From his education to his career, from his religion to his worldview, he engaged with the world as a man who would be its master. Baba was proud to be, as he said it, “first and foremost” a Seventh-day Adventist Christian and, then, a historian. Thus, the man who was an icon of history, a great man in the academic world and a mentor cum patron to the myriads of people, young and old, that he drew to him was, to his family, absolutely enigmatic in his principles and their application, in his idiosyncrasies and lifestyle, even in his communication, he was the enigma.

Memories of Baba will always be with us.
Posted by Victor Alei Akogwu on May 26, 2020
HE LIVES ON!
Had I not had the privilege of meeting the Nengels as a family, had I known just Prof and no one else in the home, I would’ve asked God ‘why him’ but this is not the case. I know the children he left behind and even now as I reminisce I see clearly the very traits of Prof in you all as expressed through your collective strengths in living humble God fearing lives.
We will miss him but I am consoled in knowing your all. Lami, Shax, Musollini and Amasa.

It is well.
Posted by Maiyaki Mejida on May 22, 2020
Baba Nengel was a mentor for both those in academia and families. I'm one of the beneficiaries of his mentorship at both levels. Iam a proud doctoral degree holder today as a result of his meticulous supervision. He calls me "my son" when I am with him or via SMS/email. In fact one of my children is named Nengel, after him. Currently, there are two small enlargement of the boy, Mummy and Baba in Baba's amazing house. Live to remember you forever. Adieu Daddy.
Posted by Yakubu Yahaya Garba Chara... on May 20, 2020
The humility, dedication, sincerity, and simplicity made Baba a distinctive personality worth emulating. You will forever remain in my heart, Baba is a legend though laid to rest but not dead, he just rest long!
Posted by Yakubu Nyam on May 19, 2020
This has been a mix of emotions for me!

Thank you uncle for being a great example to me and a host of other people. You have inspired me since I was a kid. I used to picture "oh, I'm at my uncle's house who often works on his computer" to ocassionally using your office space as an undergraduate, yes working on the computer alongside your gentle, humble and accomodating self. Thank you for everything. For the incessant prayers and for the written recommendation for a study. Yes you have sharpened this young man up whenever we meet and I will miss you for these things and more.

When my big sister (Lami) told me you'd passed on, I was at a loss for words losing three fathers within a year from June last year till May this year...
I should go on and on but it is well. I (we) all miss you already and will keep learning from the valuable lessons and precepts you exemplified and will continue to align our lives unto the right path so we can all meet at Jesus' feet.

May the good Lord continue to comfort us all especially my great aunty and siblings.
Adieu uncle, prof, papa, granny... till we all meet to part no more. Amen.
Posted by Jemimah Gada on May 18, 2020
ADVENTIST WOMEN'S MINISTRIES IN NORTHERN NIGERIA UNION CONFERENCE

The news of the death of Baba came to us as a shock. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mama and the entire family as well as the church by extension during this sad and challenging time.
Baba was to us all a wonderful father. He was such a thoughtful and kindhearted person. His devotion to Mama, his family and the church was quite admirable and commendable. A counselor, motivator, role-model, supporter and an epitome of humility in the true sense of it. These are just some of the words that could be used in an attempt to best describe the person of Baba.
Baba has been the wind beneath the wings of Mama in her ministry in the AWM all these years. She traversed the breadth and depth of the then Nigeria Union Mission (NUM) as a national official of the AWM and even to the present time as an ex-officio because of the support of Baba. Therefore, we, in the women's ministries did enjoy the support of Baba both directly and indirectly and we will greatly miss him. Yes, we have lost him in order that heaven might gain him. As the word of God says that the death of a righteous person is gain. Baba you have fought the good fight and have kept the faith. Therefore, rest on until that glorious morning when the trumpet shall sound and the dead in Christ shall be raised incorruptible... Oh, what a great and glorious family reunion that will be!
Until then adieu Baba.

Mrs. Ziri Palu- Amala  Mrs. Jemimah Gada
(AWM Director NNUC).  (AWM Sec. NNUC)
Posted by Jael Yohanna on May 16, 2020
ADVENTIST EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA
ADEASON TRIBUTE ON PROF. JOHN GARA NENGEL.
AN EDUCATOR PAR EXCELLENCE.

From the early years of his services as teacher with S.D.A Primary Jengre to the peak of his service with the University Jos he blazed the trail by illustrating nobility as a hallmark of a true teacher. This was shown by teaching by example through firmness in discipline and gentleness in giving instructions. This he did because he only gave what he learnt from Master teacher our Lord Jesus Christ.
As an Adventist Teacher he has shown by example that “ True education means more than the pursuit of a certain course of study. It means more than a preparation for the life that now is. It has to do with the whole being, and with the whole period of existence possible to man. It is the harmonious development of the physical, the mental, and the spiritual powers” and also a preparation for eternity. This he had shown in various capacities as an educator.
As a pioneer member of ADEASON he gave us the unflinching loyalty and unreserved support. As a Patron of the association, He stood with us through thick and thin with the loving guide of a father. The strength of his love was manifested in the close and keen attention he gave to the growth of the association, this he did by never failing to attend our conferences despite his age. He was always there for us in times of challenges, one among many is, even when other Church departments and associations split according to their Unions, ADEASON remained as one National body his warm fatherly figure has been a wind beneath the wings that kept us as a body.
Baba died in active service for the Lord the despite even after retiring from active public service.
We mourn his absence because we shall miss his thoughtful voice in wise counsels, and his warmth of a father and a sage.
But we are ever grateful that he left us with evergreen memories of his
persistent prayers, sincere rebukes, gentle words of assurance, warm embrace of love, a look of trust and confidence that today’s supplies are assured because we have a risen Saviour Jesus Christ.
Our heartfelt sympathies goes to his wife Dr. Sarah Nengel, his children and descendants.
We are all consoled that; For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with athe trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 1Thess. 4:16. We shall see him, embrace him and never part again.
Let us be comforted by this hope and assurance.


Dr. Jael .A. Yohanna Elder D. O. Nwaejike
President Secretary

Posted by Michael Popoola on May 15, 2020
Baba Nengel (as we fondly called him at Babcock University) was indeed an epitome of christianity. He was very humble, dedicated, open minded and commited to his Christian Faith. His life of contentment made him to eschew materialism. This virtue was transparently evident in him everywhere he went. He worked with us at the Department of History and International Studies, Babcock University for a few years, first as a professor on sabbatical and subsequently as a visiting professor. While serving as a visiting professor, he had to refund the prorated salary that he was being paid monthly for the month of September 2010 precisely, to the University. He premised that action on the fact that he did not visit Babcock at all that month and so he would not take any payment for the month. That is to demonstrate the impecable integrity of the man who we have lost. We invited him to Babcock University again for an assignment in April 2019. When he was to leave us after some days we had to talk him into receiving the honorarium which the University paid him. As a commited member of the Seventh day Adventist Church, he always believed that he was a stakeholder in Babcock University and he was usually ready to render his services to the institution even without any financial benefit. We were planning to tap into his reservoir of knowledge in September this year(2020) for the take off of our PhD programme in History when the rude news of his demise got to us. Baba left when the younger generation needs most, his tutorial about the uncommon virtue that is called integrity/honesty. May the Almighty God continue to comfort his family and all of us that are missing him.
From Michael Popoola for the Department of History and International Studies Babcock University, Babcock University.
Posted by Ulu Abimiku on May 15, 2020
BABA has been a mentor to many, I personally emulate his humility, gentleness and smiles.
The Holy Scriptures said that the righteous are been called home and no one seems to understand that the Lord is preventing them from calamity that will befall them.
We shall truly miss you Papa.
Continue to rest in the bosom of our Lord.
Sai mun zo!
Posted by Udaa Mato on May 14, 2020
You have lived a fulfilling life, Baba!
May God be with you till we meet again!
Posted by David Daniel on May 14, 2020
MILAN DAVID writes;
Hai... this one hit me real hard
Professor Nengel I've always looked up to you since growing up till this point. You always wanted me to study and I remember how proud you were of me when I passed my O'level and gained admission in the University of Jos,you always tutored me about the academia,my most influential person in the system also but yet your humility was contagious[you preferred to be called 'Mallam Nengel']...oh Prof.
I remember last we met was about three weeks ago and we had our normal gist Daddy. Who knew? Who knew I'd wake to a sad news like this about your demise?.
Rest In Peace Professor John G. Nengel ;you will be greatly missed Sir.

Posted by Akintomiwa Obisanya on May 14, 2020
Prof Nengel was a father to us during our work at S D A Hospital Jengre.
He prayed and spent quality time with us. My wife worked with Papa Dariya his father in law and Prof Mrs Nengel became my wife's special friend.
Prof's office was our office where we were able to do internet links with loved ones abroad in the early days when internet connection was rare.
We will miss him till the RESURRECTION MORN.
Posted by Istifanus Adamun Simon on May 14, 2020
From the onset I met baba the very first time I was at ASF Unijos, It was your lovely smile, humility and accommodating gestures that lured me, coming close to you, Baba as an individual one thing I pray to God to give me your heart of humility and cheerful giving. Rest awhile till the resurrection morning.
I will personally miss you baba.
Posted by Elisha Zakariya on May 14, 2020
Baba Nengel was an epitome of humility, we really missed You baba. We believe that we shall see you soon on the resurrection morning when we shall all meet to part no more.
Posted by Ayuba Zamaguni on May 14, 2020
  FROM LATE IDI ZAMAGUNI'S FAMILY.

Our candle was blown and a severe blow dealt on us by this unfriendly visitor when, 7/5/2020, dark clouds descended on the family and alas deleted a figure whose life has always inspired hopes and words reassuring. Your presence has been greater than riches, this far from 11/5/1996 when your cousin, our father, late IDI ZAMAGUNI answered this divine call, you have majorly upheld us by actions and words in diverse ways words cannot mention and imagination cannot explain. We thank GOD for the privilege of meeting you in our life and appreciate our relationship with you in no small measure. You and your deeds remain permanent in our hearts forever. We are sure of meeting you again if we continue the race of life your way, for you conquered life and overcame the world with humility, determination, sincerity, devotion to GOD, love for humanity and patience. Good night our gentle giant, we miss the powerful prayers you always say each time we meet and connect to the blessings we always received from you DADDY, see you on the resurrection morning
Posted by Solomon Obidah Yamma on May 13, 2020
Rest in peace Baba Prof. John Garah Nengel. You were a giant of our faith and the academia. You endeared yourself to a lot of people with your enamoured character. You found it easy to be humble despite all your achievements in life. You knew clearly the futility of vainglorious life. So you chose the high road of sound character, love, peace and devotion to serving God; expressing all these virtues with unassuming persona. I will personally miss you, Baba
Posted by Emmanuel Madugu on May 13, 2020
TRIBUTE TO ELDER JOHN GARA NENGEL

The very first time I met Baba Nengel, he exuded an aura of kindness, gentleness, humility and patience that were akin to the Biblical fruit of the spirit. I was also quick to discern that underneath those virtues lay a mind budded with intelligence.
Baba's punctuality to all church services and other meetings were a source of encouragement to all of us at SDA church UNIJOS. He was a diligent and dedicated Bible student and often illumined difficult Bible passages with simplicity and ease. He had a listening ear and a sympathising heart.

Baba Nengel was an erudite scholar who contributed immensely to documenting the history of his people, the Buji, and also other ethnic minority groups in central Nigeria viz the Anaguta, Afizere, Jere, Amo, Kurama, Lemoro and many others.

Late Baba Nengel's most striking qualities were his PATIENCE, HUMILITY and KINDNESS. They were the hallmarks of his simple disposition that earned him respect and endeared him to many people.

People like late John Gara Nengel are very very few in this world. He was undoubtedly the quintessential sage of our time.

Though separated from us by the sleep of death, his memory will linger in our hearts until the resurrection morning when the trumpet of the Lord shall sound... we shall see him and other sleeping saints because the grave can no longer hold them. Until then brethren, lets remain faithful to the end.
Mike Abednego
SDA CHURCH, UNIJOS
Posted by Prof. Friday M. Mbon on May 13, 2020
*A TRIBUTE TO ELDER (PROFESSOR) JOHN GARAH NENGEL (1947 - 2020)*

His name says it all.
What's in a name?
Much, a lot!

"A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches..." (Proverbs 22:1).
"A good name is better than precious ointment..." (Ecclesiastes 7:1).

*Elder (Professor) John Garah Nengel* had a good name.
The 15 alphabets in his name acronymize
his true character and personality, viz:

*J - Joyful* _(always cheerful, smiling)_
*O - Outspoken* _(also speaking the truth in love)_
*H - Honest* _(to a fault)_
*N - Nice* _(to everyone who came across him)_

*G - Godly* _(displaying the Fruit of the Spirit: Galatians 5:22-23)_
*A - Amiable* _(extremely friendly to all)_
*R - Rugged* _(firm in matters of good conscience and principles, determined, no shaking!)_
*A - Admirable* _(in character and personality)_
*H - Humble*

*N - Noiseless* _(but vocal in positive actions)_
*E - Empathetic* _(always wearing other people's shoes in order to understand their feelings and situations)_
*N - Natural* _(not pretentious or hypocritical)
*G - Gentle* _(in spirit and with people)_
*E - Energetic* (always active and lively)
*L - Loving and Lovable*

This was the man *John Garah Nengel,*
an epitome of *"the greatest want of the world":*
*"... men who will not be bought or sold, men who in their inmost souls are true and honest, men who do not fear to call sin by its right name, men whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole, men who will stand for the right though the heavens fall."* 
E. G. White, _Education,_ page 57.

That was *Elder (Professor) John Garah Nengel,*
my beloved brother, my bosom friend,
a man of God,
whom the Lord called to rest
on that perfect *(7th)* day in May, 2020.

By God's grace, may all of us who mourn over his death today
meet *John* again
in the glorious Resurrection Morning,
to part no more.

Let us, therefore,
comfort each other with this Resurrection Hope (1 Thes. 4:16-18).
AMEN!


By *Professor Friday M. Mbon*
Written on Wednesday, 13th May, 2020.
(as the burial ceremony was on going.)
Posted by Allan Simon Number on May 13, 2020
Mallam, as I used to address you ,rest on with the lord. Your life reminded me of saints of old. You taught me how to be humble by always reminding me of my late grandfather and father goodness to you. You were an epitome of humility as you portray the traits of heavenly beings. May we learn to be like you in our earthly journey and may all who had encountered you be transformed for God's service. Adieu my mentor
Posted by Abala Cleff on May 13, 2020
   I must say that I am grateful that God made you Baba Nengel to impact me positively in your short stay in this world.
Blessed be the name of the lord for gives and take away. Baba Nengel you are gone but your legacies will live on.
   Life indeed is very brief, even in it's best is like the fallen of a leaf. You were a hero Baba.
   I pray that we'll all be in that number on the resurrection morning when the last trumpet shall sound. Adieu Baba, my History Mentor.

Akusun Abalas.(MNIM)
Posted by Amin Zaigi Ngharen on May 13, 2020
My father, my mentor, my friend and icon. You left without saying a word to me. We had arranged to meet but for the lockdown. My heart is very heavy, my hands are trembling and I wish it was just a bad nightmare I was having. But this is for real since mama called me herself to tell me it's true.

I remain eternally grateful to God for positioning you along my path in life. I met you when I came to University of Jos as an undergraduate in 1987. You immediately took me as a son. You taught me, opened your house to me and declared again and again that I am your first child.
You deliberately chose to be my project supervisor. You used the long essay period to drill me and teach me how to do research as a historian. You sent me twice to the National Archives, Kaduna.

Again you graciously supervised my PhD thesis. You supported me so much and I remember how proud you were when I had my Viva voce which you said was defended excellently. You were so proud of me, you loved me so dearly. You believed so much in me and saw me more as a Pastor. You supported my calling and never hesitated to oblige me any requests.

We shared so many things in common,
We had periods to pray together. We shared so much faith and spiritual stuff. People saw me as your disciple and truly I am proudly one but they will never understand the several other interfaces we shared. You were my pillar of support, you happily read through whatever I felt needed you input. You believed in me so much and never hesitated to tell everyone you met that I was not only your first son but also your academic heir.

Baba, as I fondly called you, you left without saying a word to me. When mama called to inform me I trembled badly that she had to counsel me. You have left, but our bond as a family will remain intact and stronger.

My father, my father, the chariot of Israel and the horseman thereof. Honestly, eyes are covered with tears as I struggle to type this tribute. I still can't believe that I am doing this tribute for you.
You were resolute, resilient, determined, a warrior for Christ, a true father and mentor. Rest on with the Lord, we will join you in the morning. Adieu Baba

Associate Professor Amin Zaigi Ngharen
Federal University of Lafia
Posted by Innocent Emmanuel on May 13, 2020
May 13, 2020

Baba Nengel.

HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN BABA

He earned the name "Baba",
Not from the graying of his hair,
Nor the feebling of his bones,
He had always been Baba,
For he was a father to everyone.

He lived a life of benevolence,
Caring for all he came across,
Kindness flowing from a fountain,
Ushering peace like a river,
Calming nerves in a hurty world.

He has always been Baba,
From the welcoming gestures on his face,
To the language of his body,
That draws all close to him,
To a heart of genuine care.

He has always been Baba,
With a care that transcends borders,
Reaching all shades of people,
Across strata of society,
What a love with no conditions.

He has always been Baba,
For he shows Us to the father above,
As he radiates the attributes of haven,
Giving warmth to hearts of many,
With an unequalled shiny glow.

And a handshake with him is sure,
As the last trumpet sounds in glory,
Oh that we may be faithful,
And work on the path he threaded,
For he will always be Baba.

...a tribute to late,
Baba/Prof. J. G. Nengel. ...
written by:
Dr. Innocent Emmanuel.
Posted by Innocent Emmanuel on May 13, 2020
Baba Nengel.
HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN BABA

He earned the name "Baba",
Not from the graying of his hair,
Nor the feebling of his bones,
He had always been Baba,
For he was a father to everyone.

He lived a life of benevolence,
Caring for all he came across,
Kindness flowing from a fountain,
Ushering peace like a river,
Calming nerves in a hurty world.

He has always been Baba,
From the welcoming gestures on his face,
To the languange of his body,
That draws all close to him,
To a heart of genuine care.

He has always been Baba,
With a care that transcends borders,
Reaching all shades of people,
Across strata of society,
What a love with no conditions.

He has always been Baba,
For he shows Us to the father above,
As he radiates the attributes of haven,
Giving watmth to hearts of many,
With an unequalled shiny glow.

And a hanshake with him is sure,
As the last trumpet sounds in glory,
Oh that we may be faithful,
And work of the path he threaded,
For he would always be Baba.

...a tribute to late,
Baba/Prof. J. G. Nengel.
...written by: Dr. Innocent Emmanuel.

Posted by Mike Abednego on May 13, 2020
Thev very first time I met Prof John Gara Nengel, he exuded an aura of kindness, gentleness, humility and patience that were akin to the Biblical fruitage of the spirit. I was also quick to discern that underneath those virtues lay a mind bued and budded with intelligence.

His PATIENCE and HUMILITY were the
hallmark of his simpke disposition which earned him the high esteem and respect I had and still have for him.

People like Prof John Gara Nengel are very very few in this world. He was undoubtedly the quintessential sage of our time. Adieu Baba Nengel.
Mike Abednego
SDA church UniJos
Posted by Vrenzak Dawap on May 13, 2020
May God who chose to call you now reward you with paradise and console the love ones you left behind. Rest in the bosom of our Lord. Amen
Posted by Ibrahim Magaji on May 13, 2020
Spiritual, gentle, soft spoken, unassuming, humble, prudent, genuine care, meticulous, kind, helpful, timely, ever-learning, experience and so much more...we were friends, not father/son. I'll miss you dearly.

See you soon, Amen.
Posted by Kyura Wakkias on May 13, 2020
Good byes of this sort are always the hardest to say. Unplanned for, unwished for. You were the definition of humility and your silent demeanor always spoke volumes to me. You were one person I greatly admired from our first meeting over 20 years ago when you helped me research for my GST.Ever since, you became a mentor to me, unknown to you but you always were to me. I know you're definitely resting in our Lord's bosom and when Jesus returns oh what a day of rejoicing that will be. You lived well Sir, and now all that remains is to hear Him say to you good and faithful servant!! You will be sorely missed. Rest in peace Baba.Amen.
Posted by Mariana Nasamu on May 13, 2020
The memories of you from ASF, University of Jos; efforts you made to see that all your members (especially students) never lacked spiritually, will never be forgotten. I pray we all continue to emulate your humble life style.keep resting BABA.......
Posted by Ayuba Zamaguni on May 13, 2020
From that dark morning of 7th May, 2020 when the news broke that Professor JOHN GARAH NENGEL has departed this terrestrial branch, everyone has struggled with identifying the right words to define you. You meant alot to everyone, to me, you are the personification of relentless, GODLY, decent and successful life. From the family level, you inspired us to a successful life without controversy. The general society tries to define you as a gentle, humble, intelligent, GODLY, passionate and compassionate man. Combination of all the testimonies and events preceding your shocking departure convinced me you were a human angel that simply accomplished his assignment and left at the appointed time. When politicians write their names on papers, buildings and mountains, DADDY ! You wrote your name in the hearts of men, you conquered life without a weapon.
I wish you had stayed a little longer, but can't contest GOD for reposessing HIS property. Thanks for your role in our lives DADDY. Good night my hero, my warrior, my gentle giant. See you on the resurrection morning.
Posted by Ameh Angyo on May 12, 2020
Rest on Baba till we meet at Jesus' feet.
Posted by Jemimah Babi Annagu on May 12, 2020
Baba... Even though I didn't know you so well because I met you only twice, during our pre-wedding visit to Jos and on our wedding day in Keffi, but my lovely husband Alex Annagu will always tell me how a father figure you are in his life and always want his home to be like yours. In honour of your memory and by the special grace of God, I will support him to build that desired home. See you at the resurrection Baba..!
Posted by Agang Magaji on May 12, 2020
You did stoop to conquer. Accepted with much love and corrected with strong EQ. Accepted life's calling and did your best while helping all. Ever gentle and fondest love will forever be remembered, while we hope to live the dream you had for us all.
Never got anybody to pronounce my name the way you did with much pride; my father, mentor and above all; surest friend
Posted by Jummai Apata on May 12, 2020
You impacted the world by pouring into your biological and spiritual children who are in turn impacting generations after them. You will be missed on earth but heaven has gained a saint. May the Holy Spirit comfort your family that you left behind. Rest in peace with the Lord sir.
Posted by Virginia Mahama on May 12, 2020
Baba may the light of God shine on your path in the inner world. Taking you safely to that special place reserved for you with the Maker.I remain grateful and thankful for all your help to my son Omar Farouk as a student In Jos. You will forever remain in our hearts.
Rest In Peace with the Lord Baba.
Posted by Grace Alheri on May 12, 2020
Forever in ours hearts Daddy Dearest.
You lived an exemplary life worthy of emulation. May God comfort your beloved family and give them the strength to cope.
Till we meet on the resurrection morning.
Rest well Baba
Posted by Yetunde Alozie on May 12, 2020
TRIBUTE WRITTEN ABOUT LATE PROFESSOR JOHN GARAH NENGEL

On behalf of the Education Department of the Eastern Nigeria Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and all her institutions, I write to commiserate with the immediate family of Late Professor J. G. Nengel, Adventist Educators Association of Nigeria (ADEASON) and the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Nigeria over the demise of an erudite Scholar, Mentor, Teacher, administrator and brother per excellence. The news of Prof. Nengel's death came to us a rude shock. He was a committed Seventh-Adventist Christian, a caring leader, patient listener, soft spoken adviser and a competent educator.

Late Prof. Nengel, was an amiable, humble and unassuming person.
He was a committed Seventh-day Adventist who upheld and showcased the core values of the Seventh-day Adventist philosophy of education. Prof. was very active in ADEASON, the Adventist Educators Association of Nigeria. He never missed any conference or gathering of the Association even when the young ones make excuses. He mingled with all, no matter your tribe or tongue and was a motivator and mentor to many. 

Recently, late Prof. Nengel accepted to contribute his wealth of knowledge and experience to the nurture, growth and development of the Department of History and Diplomatic Studies of our own dear Clifford University, Owerrinta, Abia State but death has terminated our expectations.
 
Late Prof. J.G. Nengel will be greatly missed by ADEASON, all of us in the Education Department of ENUC, Clifford University and Seventh-day Adventist Church in Nigeria,

Our hope is that on the glorious morning when the trumpet shall sound, the clouds rolled back like a scroll and the dead in Christ arise, May we all be there to meet Prof John Nengel at the Saviour's feet.

May the Lord grant us all the comfort of His Holy Spirit and fortitude to bear this great loss.

Good night dear Prof until the glorious resurrection morning.

Dr Yetunde Ezinwanyi Alozie
Education Director, ENUC
Posted by Patience Kolade on May 12, 2020
Baba, your wealth of knowledge will be missed!! You were a true epitome of humility, gentility and a scholar to the core!!. Your contributions and style of mentorship is unequalled!!. The Historical society and the academia has indeed lost a rear gem!! Rest on baba. My consolation is that your legacy will live on...... Thanks for the impacts you'll be remembered for.
Posted by Eric Yakubu on May 12, 2020
Late Prof. John Nengel~ an epitome of humility. My contact with you were on few occasions, cortesy your son-in-law & daughter (Mr & Mrs Joe Anuga), but so deep an awesome impression you will always leave in one's memory.
May your gentle soul & the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace~ Amen
Posted by Victoria Yango on May 12, 2020
Thanks Daddy you touched my life in many ways and lived an exemplary life.You will forever be missed.Until then.
Posted by Joy Nehemiah on May 12, 2020
Baba, we can't question God but it's so sad you left and i wish it were all but a dream. Your memories will forever linger in our hearts because we have learned from you directly and indirectly.Continue to rest with the Lord until we meet to part no more. 
Posted by Omar Mahama on May 12, 2020
Baba, though you have left us all, you surely are in the bosom of The Lord. I had been blessed being your student over twenty years ago. You had encouraged me to take a graduate program which I did, and continued to a postdoctoral level. You have left an indelible mark in my life, and though we never met in my many years abroad, my promised dedication as a mentor, guardian and godfather to your son Amasa has been carried out and shall remain so. Baba, Professor, Daddy, you have touched the lives of many. Rest In Peace.

Posted by Joel Dakama on May 12, 2020
Baba,the intelligent and humble Professor. You taught many history and today history shall remember you for all the legacies u left behind. We are still in pains for ur demise but we are forever greatful to God because you lived a life worthy of emulation and have emptied yourself for humanity,we believe you have gone to rest with the Lord Jesus until we meet at His feet. You will forever be in our hearts. Adieu, Sir. I love you.
Posted by Andrew Sylvester on May 12, 2020
Dad!! Though your gone but your legacy continue lives on. I remembered my first contact with you while I was at home for visit, you had a brief talk with Dongee. as a dad your humanity for a father to a Son’s chat kept me off my feet. I asked my friend Dongee if that was his Dad he replied yes from that moment I knew some Dad could be as good as a saint.

While your on earth Dad you lived a life of God, you showed us how enjoying and fun serving God could be. Your mentorship speaks volumes to everyone who had encountered you. God used you to bless this world sir and us all. While I was in Ujay your family and house was my second home away from my home, we were all treated as yours.

The life of your children is an indication that God truly works and they are indeed a blessings from God for being who you are. Words can’t be enough to describe you Dady. You are a father To all not just your kids.
Our consolation is that We are happy your with the lord watching over us all again. Rest with the lord sir till we meet again . Adieu Dad!
Rex.
Posted by JAMES UKOHA on May 12, 2020
Baba Nengel was a great father with large heart, an epitome of humility to the core. I remembered the first day I met with him during the Mid-week prayer as a fresher, his encouragement and prayers made me strong. Rest till we meet to part no more.
Posted by Methuselah Jeremiah on May 12, 2020
AN ACADEMIC AND A GENTLEMAN: TRIBUTE TO PROFESSOR JG NENGEL
News about the death of our father, teacher, mentor and role model shocked the Kurama Traditional Council, Federated Kurama Association (FKA) and Akurmi Studies Group. We the Kurama people cannot forget the great contributions of Prof. Nengel, J.G to the development and reconstruction of the history of the Akurmi community through his intense research as he traversed the length and breath of Akurmi land piecing together the ubiquitous, but ironically, scantily documented history of our people. Part of this research culminated into a thought provoking paper which he presented in the first National Conference organized by the Akurmi Studies Group in 2012, the logistics of which he heavily moderated and fine-tuned. Some of the papers of this conference were subsequently published in a book entitled The Akurmi People of Central Nigeria: Their Heritage and Hope in 2014.
Baba, when you were alive, you were a cerebral academic and a stickler to details, especially more so given your academic background as a historian. We admire your humility, indefatigable mentoring spirit and contribution to knowledge.
Finally, we extend our deepest condolences to the family, church and academic community. Let us all be comforted that Baba lived a fulfilled and impactful life.
Thank you.
Sign
(FKA/Akurmi Studies Group)
Posted by Alex Annagu on May 12, 2020
As young undergraduates in University of Jos, we were welcome into Adventist Students' Fellowship and nurtured by Baba. His then house in University Staff Quarters became our home and we were accepted like family. Baba lived a fulfilled life and will forever be missed. Adieu Baba
Posted by Luka Magaji on May 12, 2020
Thanks for all the memories Daddy. Rest In Perfect Peace.
Posted by Annagu Ikya-Andersar on May 12, 2020
Baba, A Perfect Blend Of Divinity & Humanity!

The Sabbath Baba Washed My Foot For Holy Communion, I Felt Like It Was God Himself That Washed My Foot Because I Instantly Felt This Heavenly Peace Within Me.
#GoWellBaba!
I'll Miss You,Your Intellectual Guidance Towards My Intellectual Growth, Your Fatherly Love & Above All, Your Prayers For Me, My Family & All Of Us Always..!

God Bless Your Soul Prof, Amen!
Posted by Martin Mato on May 12, 2020
Baba left us a godly example. To God be the glory.

Baba, we look forward to seeing you again, when every tear will be dried.
Posted by Sati-Satmer Dapel on May 12, 2020
Baba was the humblest and meekest man I knew after Moses in the Bible.
He was
An epitome of humility,
An ambassador of Peace,
A bundule of Smiles,
An ICON to reconed with,
An example for the godly ,
An encourager,
A blessing to many.
A father to Many
A mentor to Me
Rest on Baba

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Posted by Victor Alei Akogwu on May 26, 2020
HE LIVES ON!
Had I not had the privilege of meeting the Nengels as a family, had I known just Prof and no one else in the home, I would’ve asked God ‘why him’ but this is not the case. I know the children he left behind and even now as I reminisce I see clearly the very traits of Prof in you all as expressed through your collective strengths in living humble God fearing lives.
We will miss him but I am consoled in knowing your all. Lami, Shax, Musollini and Amasa.

It is well.
Posted by Maiyaki Mejida on May 22, 2020
Baba Nengel was a mentor for both those in academia and families. I'm one of the beneficiaries of his mentorship at both levels. Iam a proud doctoral degree holder today as a result of his meticulous supervision. He calls me "my son" when I am with him or via SMS/email. In fact one of my children is named Nengel, after him. Currently, there are two small enlargement of the boy, Mummy and Baba in Baba's amazing house. Live to remember you forever. Adieu Daddy.
Posted by Yakubu Yahaya Garba Chara... on May 20, 2020
The humility, dedication, sincerity, and simplicity made Baba a distinctive personality worth emulating. You will forever remain in my heart, Baba is a legend though laid to rest but not dead, he just rest long!
his Life

Burial Arrangements

Professor John Garah Nengel will be buried in a Private Interment on Wednesday, 13th May 2020 at the Family Residence in Farin Gada, Jos.

In keeping with the guidelines for gatherings during this period of the COVID-19 pandemic, this will be a private family event. We appeal to everyone to kindly understand with the family and the decision at this time to have only a few participants at this private event. As soon as the country returns to normalcy, another date will be scheduled to have a full service of songs and tribute ceremony in honour of Baba Nengel.

Thank you.

EULOGY TO AN ENIGMA BUT ONLY A DAD

We, the family of Professor John Gara Nengel, appreciate the fact that we lack the capacity to write the biography of a man that was born, lived and died as an enigma. Moreover, there is such an emphasis on the enigmatic nature of our dad, husband and brother that even the thought of eulogising him is truly awesome. The one thing that is and shall ever remain true however, is the fact that he is physically departed from us but his love and memory shall never wax cold until the resurrection morning when we shall all be fulfilled in Christ.

On the night that Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed in 1968, Bobby Kennedy, tried to ease the pain of black Americans by quoting one of the poems of the ancient Greek poet and father of tragedy, Aeschylus,

In visions of the night, like dropping rain,

Descend the many memories of pain

Before the spirit's sight: through tears and dole (grief)

Comes wisdom o'er the unwilling soul-

A boon, I wot (think), of all Divinity,

That holds its sacred throne in strength, above the sky!

Yes, indeed, it is somehow true that in our sleep the pain, which we cannot forget, falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, brings wisdom through the awesome grace of God.  

Father was self-made, extremely humble and self-reliant. From his education to his career, from his religion to his worldview, our father engaged with the world as a man who would be its master. Father was proud to be, as he said it, “first and foremost” a Seventh-day Adventist Christian and, then, a historian. Thus, the man who was an icon of history, a great man in the academic world and a mentor cum patron to the myriads of people, young and old, that he drew to him was, to his family, absolutely enigmatic in his principles and their application, in his idiosyncrasies and lifestyle, even in his communication, the man was the enigma. However, overall, he was,   

Only a dad,

With  a tired face,

Coming home from the daily race,

Bringing little of gold or fame

To show how well he has played the game,

But glad in his heart that his own rejoice

To see him come, and to hear his voice.

Only a dad,

Bearing the whips and the scorns of life,

With never a whimper of pain or hate,

For the sake of those who at home await.

Only a dad,

Neither rich nor proud,

Silent, whenever the harsh condemn,

And bearing it all for the love of us (them).

Only a dad,

Nevertheless, he gave his all

To smooth the way for his children (and humanity),

Doing, with courage, stern and grim,

The deeds that his father did for him

This, therefore, is the line that for him we write,

Only a dad, 

But, the best of men.

(Adapted from Edgar Albert Guest)

That is exactly how we feel about our departed father

Baba's Life

John Garah Nengel was born to the family of Sarkin Busa, Alwaye Garah and Aninmai Nengel, on March 15 1947 at Jejin Fili Gurum Village in Buji District of Pengana Chiefdom, Bassa Local Area of Plateau State. He abandoned his half traditional and half Christian parents and the government primary school at Mista’ali and opted for the Seventh-day Adventist church and primary school at Jengre in 1957. From there he proceeded to the Seventh-day Adventist Teachers Training School at Ihie, Mbawsi in the then Eastern Region, in 1964. When the civil war broke out in 1966, he was forced to return and complete his teacher training at Toro. On finishing at Toro, he proceeded to the Federal College of Education at Zaria where he read History as his teaching subject.

On completing his NCE programme at Zaria, he took over from Mr. Onesimus N. Kakwi as Headmaster at his former school, the Seventh-day Primary School at Jengre. A short while later, he sought and obtained admission at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, where he obtained his first degree in History in 1977. After his Youth Service, he secured appointment with the University of Jos as a Graduate Assistant in the Department of History. He obtained his Masters degree from Andrews University in Britain and later, his Doctoral at the University of Jos.

He got married to Sarah Dariya on the 5th of August 1973 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Jengre. Their life together produced many children and eleven happy grandchildren.

His resume grew in such proportions at the University that it would be preposterous to try to squeeze it here. Suffice it to say that he reluctantly allowed himself to be pushed to submit his wrings for Readership and later, Professorial upgrading. Indeed, Professor Mallum, as Vice-Chancellor of the University, virtually ordered him to submit his papers for upgrading.

Baba was not only an Adventist to a fault, but an ardent disciple of late Bala Usman who was a true Marxist. It did not therefore come to us as a surprise when he always would return the left-over of monies given him for official assignments.

He retired fully from his lecturing job at the University of Jos in 2018.

A strict disciplinarian who subjected himself to such disciplinary life-styles that often left us worried and, on a few occasions, even scared.   

Before and quite a while into his retirement, he was visiting Professor of History in a couple of Universities – Babcock University and the University of Nigeria Sokoto.

His writings included, inter alia,

  • Precolonial Intergroup Relations in the Kauru and Pengana Highlands of Central Nigerian Highlands 1800-1900,
  • Peter Lang, 1999; Plateau State: The Heritage and Hope, Plateau State Publishing Company, 2001;
  • History of the Chawai of North-Central Nigeria to 1932, A.B.U. Press, Zaria, 2002;
  • History Research and Methodology in Africa: Essays in Honour of Professor Charles Creswell Jacobs, Aboki Pubishers, Makurdi, Abuja, 2007;
  • Several articles in national and international journals.
  • Until his death, he was the Editor-in-Chief of MANDYENG, Journal of Central Nigeria Studies, A Publication of the Department of History and International Studies, University of Jos.
All we can say for now is, he was a great man to the rest of the world who knew a lot less about him than we did. Still, the world shall miss him very much. How we shall miss him is best imagined.

Adieu DAD!!!
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A tribute to late Kaka J. G. Nengel

Shared by Udas Samuel on May 13, 2020
 13th May 2020
Kaka Nengel
Late does not mean the seize of breathe. It means the impact you have made in the life/lives of people in recent past. 
You become late when your life is not making any impact to people around you. Thus, there are people who are "alive"but are "late".
You lived for Christ. Humble, prayerful, hospitable and kind. 
Kaka J. G.Nengel's breathe has seized but the life of impact you made is indefinite. 
You are "alive"....
To Late Kaka Nengel

By: Mr. Udas Samuel Kukut. 

An erudite scholar par excellence.

Shared by Peter Ortese on May 12, 2020
  • You took time to teach your students the basics of Nigerian History. You entertained every questions posed in class by students,always with laughter. You were vivid  and honest in marking our CA and scripts.This helped to mould all your students into responsible ,intelligent and efficient people in various careers, homes and offices ,world over. May the Lord reward you with eternal rest in heaven. May your family be consoled - Prof Peter Terfa Ortese ( History Class of Set 89-Unijos)

A TRIBUTE TO A LOST ICON

Shared by Benjamin Yemson Nuhu on May 12, 2020
I met you at the time your petals were fading yet, it was as if the dew just dropped on the bud and you sprout around me with sparkling rays of hope. I met you for the first time in my life in Babcock when you were the HOD of History and International Studies. Since then, you've been an icon of hope to me. Every time we meet, you always leave me with a ray of hope. Our last meeting with you at the burial of late pastor Luka Daniel, is still very fresh in my mind as fresh as today. I've benefitted from your share humility truthfulness and fear of God. This medium will not be sufficient for me to express my feeling of shock, yet thankful to God, and to you. Rest on my Great Luminary, my icon of humility, a man full of truth and fear of God. Rest on  Baba.