- 36 years old
- Date of birth: Feb 8, 1980
- Date of passing: Sep 17, 2016
- Place of passing:
|Let the memory of Kelechi be with us forever|
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Barrister Kelechi Chinaka Umelo, 36, born on February 8, 1980 and passed away on September 17, 2016. We will remember him forever.
"TopG, we really and truly still miss you. Hoping the angels are throwing a party for you, heavenly style. Continue to rest in power my good friend."
"Continue to Rest In Peace Kelechi.... The memory of the righteous is blessed...."
"Continue to Rest In Peace Kelechi.... The memory of the righteous is blessed...."
"Continue to rest in peace."
"If birthdays are fun here on earth, they should be so much fun in Heaven...enjoy your fist birthday in Heaven! God bless your soul."
"Thinking about you on your birthday. May your soul continue to rest in perfect peace."
It's been over 2 weeks now. A part of me was hoping this was all a joke, and because we are all Christians, waiting for our miracle-working God to come through. But we've sent you off in the best way we know how, and it has finally registered that you're gone for good. So many hows and whys that we will never have answers to. We are heartbroken...completely!
I thank God for giving me the opportunity to know you. You made my Lohi so happy. She and Muna loved you so much. Dami and I always teased Lohi that you both were #couplesgoals. I'm sure she told you. You still are! Even when you complained about "Happy Hour" taking over your household (side eye to you for that one...lol...but you know how your wife is na....she will just off phone and say she's busy/having family time if we're disturbing too much). She was so proud of what she had.
All we have now are memories of you. I thank God that they were good memories. Kelechi, look at this page. It is full of people with nothing but good things to say. You were amazing, man!
You were a good husband, a good father, a good son, a good brother and a good friend. Those of us that knew you are hurt, but it will never compare to the hurt your family feels. My heart weeps daily for them.
Kelechi, I don't know what else to say. God only knows why he decided to take you away from us so soon. All I can say is this....and I don't even know why I am saying because this is a no-brainer for you...but please continue to be the protective husband and father you were. Please watch over Lohi and Muna. We down here will ALWAYS be there for the both of them but you're their guardian angel now.
We miss you so so much. We love you, but your Heavenly Father loves you more.
Go with God our dear brother and friend. We'll see each other again sometime.
Amaka & Tim"
I hope in the life after you have access to our thoughts and feelings and know how much we miss you. I have tried to write this tribute several times and each time I am surprised at how much time we spent together and the good memories from each time. From how much fun you made of us in camp to how you had already visualised the growth of the company to it's eventual sale which you would handle.
Your life has inspired me to live more kindly and open my heart more freely to people. You always made me feel welcome and like a part of the family. May God bless you and grant your soul eternal rest in His bosom"
"Though nothing can bring back the fun times, your laughter, your dry jokes, your teases, we will not keep on grieving, rather find strength and cherish the memories created.
When someone becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.
Adieu Kelechi!!! You will always be remembered!!
Forever in our hearts!!"
"My dear Kelechi, I probably haven't seen you in over 12 years and never imagined it'll be under these circumstances. As one of the 7 Umelo kids you were truly the fairest of them all - sweet and kindhearted and always smiling. The Ewelikes' are truly heartbroken and cannot believe that you are gone - Kelechi, you will be truly missed. In the mean time, we will watch over the family you've left behind and love and comfort them. Goodbye my brother, til we meet again."
"It is still so shocking to be writing this but who can question God? You will be remembered for always being a team player, a thoughtful and considerate person who always checked up on people. May the Lord comfort all those you left behind especially your young family. Rest on Kels."
"Kelechi it's still surreal
You were a great friend to me, since we met at lectures for ACCA, always encouraging me, from discussions around my career, to some business or industry opportunity, and to checking up on me personally. Loyal friend!
The last time I saw you was at lunch, U were so happy for me at passing my exams and insisted we must do lunch.
When I heard you passed on Saturday morning I pinged u, because I was sure they were all mistaken because we had still chatted a few days before.
The teasings to come and join the morning run, the intellectual chats we had, or your humor! My constant jabs every time I saw your daughter's picture and how she's a split image of you.
You were good people! Thank you for being a great friend to me
I pray U rest in God's bosom, and that the Holy Spirit would comfort your family!"
"Kelechi. Words still fail on this night of your wake keeping. Seems surreal that all these people are gathered because of you, that you are gone! Just gone! Death where is thy sting? RIP my friend. I will still look out for you on Saturdays at Lekki bridge. I will see you not but I will cherish those moments we stopped to gist at the bridge. A colleague and a friend. Jee nke oma. Kachifo."
"Kelechi, there is never a dull moment around you. You are jovial and friendly. Rest in peace."
"Rest in peace Kelechi. I pray for your family and loved ones."
"I received the news of your passing with great shock. I haven't seen you in a while but you are one cool brother that I never forgot. In as much as we give all glory to the Almighty and we thank Him for everything, some things remain really hard to accept. God bless and rest your gentle soul. Amen."
"Its hard to express......it's really hard...kelechi you were such a good person looking out for the best of those who you cared about...i really don't know what to say and where to start from..so much memories ..am really gonna miss you Gee"
"Dear Kelechi, it was a big shock to hear about your passing and even though I didn't know you for long, one thing I know for sure is that you were a beacon of light and an inspiration those around you. I pray that God will give Lohire, Muna and all your family the fortitude to bear this great loss. You will forever be missed."
"Hummmmm,Life and its many mysteries...2 yrs my senior back in UNAD...Last saw u about 8yrs ago after we all had left school...You said you were with Pwc and asked about my dad who was your lecturer back in Unad....May your soul rest in peace.. May God Almighty himself console your wife and family..."
"John 13: 7" Jesus answered and said unto him , what I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter"
We will never fully understand or know why until hereafter but are grateful that you touched our lives.
You were always full of sparkle,full of life,zest to keep going and had this winning smile.From your early days in Royal children's dept TREM headquarters till our families met again in TREM Ikota.My husband who was like a big brother and I would always cling to your lovely daugther until your wife and yourself will jokingly threaten to leave her with us. We all called my husband your executive nanny and had lots of laughs about it amongst other things we all joked about. You had a very strong sense of commitment and seriousness in the marriage committee of which we were both members .This was commendable for someone whose marriage was just a few years.You took your ushering job very seriously and was always on your duty post.
We will truly miss you but are comforted by these verses of the Bible Psalm 112:6" Surely he shall not be moved forever: the righteous shall be in eternal remembrance. Revelation 22:12"And, behold , I come quickly ; and my reward is with me , to give every man according as his work shall be."
We know that you have gone ahead to receive your reward from the great rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.Till we meet at the bosom of Jesus Christ our Lord Goodbye-kaodi,odabo,Adieu,Ciao, Hasta Manana, Adios, da-svee-da-nee-ye."
"Rest in peace bro. You will be missed by all of us."
"I've still not been able to wrap my head around the news of your passing. I was not very close to you but each time I'd come to church (TREM Ikota) you'd still make sure to ask how University life was going and also give advice and joke about experiences. You didn't have to but you still did and I remain grateful for it. You were an incredible human being and my thoughts and prayers are with your family. Rest in peace."
"Kk my brother!So many questions which cant be answered anymore. Its a shock that you are gone. God knows best and i know He is in control. Ill miss all your care and advice.you were always there -supportive and strong. You inspire me even in death.Its hard to say goodbye KK .miss you dearly. Sleep on till we meet st Jesus' feet."
"Kelechi, May your soul rest in peace. We cannot question God why you died at such a young age. God will protect your wife and child. I know you are resting in the bosom of our Lord."
"I wasn't very close to Kelechi, but I remember him hanging around Obinna quite a bit when we had to meet up for some "crusader fellowship" meeting or event back in the day at TREM Headquarters. My take from that, he seemed eager to follow in his elder brother's footsteps. The closeness was obvious...
Years later, He's left His own mark, blazed a trail all His own, and touched not a few lives, hence all the tributes...
Reflecting on this makes me more aware of the fickleness of this life, the brevity of our time here on this side of the eternal divide, and most of all, our need to make the most, nay, the best of our sojourn...
From our perspective, perhaps we'll say, "gone too soon" But to GOD we should say, thank YOU for the opportunity, however brief, we had to encounter YOU through Kelechi... Showing different sides of the wisdom, beauty and gentleness of GOD through Him.
Rest now Kelechi"
"Dear Kelechi, It has been very hard to come up with a proper tribute. I still can't...is this not the person I shared boli with the other day in the office? You truly took us as your family not your in-laws. You always had a smile and a joke...you will truly be missed. Sun re ooooo"
"Still can't reconcile with the reality of your passing, seeing your photograph shocks me still. I met you only twice but it's as though I've known you a long time, that I can call you friend. Thank you for being in our midst, bless you. God will give your family and we your friends the fortitude bear this loss as it's great one. Adieu"
"Kelechi, God bless your soul.
You guided me through my first tax computation assignment. You were patient and very forgiving. May God comfort your family."
"I am still short of words. May God console your family. TREM Ikota will sincerely miss you, Gosh, so no more cheery 'hi-fives' before and after service from The only 'Tall fair and Handsome Usher' and that arrogant smirk, strange sense of humour... I'm sure you are in a better place now, that is our only consolation but it doesn't take the pain and hurt of not seeing you again... God bless your soul Kelechi..."
"When i heard this shocking news on 19/09/2016, i was literally in shock. Utter disbelief! In my 14-month brief employment at PwC Tax, this great man was one senior colleague i looked up to. He was always full of life, very jovial, genuinely concerned about new hires like me, reasonably opinionated and amazingly smart. I feel so sad that i never expressed these words to you in person while you were still here on earth with us. You really made an impact in so many lives... we miss you bro! May God console your family at this time. Rest in peace Kelechi Umelo."
"Kelechi Umelo...Even though I did not come in contact with you one-on-one, but I saw you in your brother Obinna Umelo way back in TREM HQ youth department. Rest on in His presence brother till we meet to part no more. R.I.P Kelechi Umelo.
Father God, please grant his family the grace to bear this loss...."
"Kelechi....im lost for words.you were such a great guy in school then.jolly good fellow.infact i cannot get over it,wish someone could wake me up.this is such a painful exit.May you rest in peace brother.Goodnight."
"The news came as a great shock to me. Rest in peace Kelechi."
"Kelechi I didn't know you personally but the few times I was around you in church (Trem)You were very pleasant .Tochukwu(Kelechi's younger brother) Losing someone we love is nothing easy, but knowing that we have been able to be a part of the life of that person, we can realize that we are blessed to have been able to share in his life before he went to rest in eternal salvation. Tochi my condolences to you During this difficult time in your life, I pray that God will grant you and your entire family the serenity and peace that you need to get through this. Stay strong and know that you are remembered in my thoughts and prayers."
"Dear Kelechi, Life is indeed flighty. One can only pray that they have lived a life of purpose and that their memory lives on. You live on in your daughter, your wife, your family and your very many friends. You were taken too soon. Rest dear friend.... Rest"
"OUR LAST CONVO:
"Anty how far
Happy ram Sallah
How's Anty and baby
we are cool, how is hubby?
He is blessed
Longest reply ever
Lol...yeah...almost one week old
How is the job search?
Send your cv again though...want to send to another friend..."
That is how we roll. Our conversations transcend all spheres of life. Just before that, we spoke extensively on how easy or hard marriage can be depending on the foundation...then I learnt you are a marriage counsellor. Just before then it was a career talk on how I needed to make sure I started my career on the right pedestal, with the right company that will give me the requisite exposure. Just before that was our long business talk when you came to Abuja on how having an online platform was a lucrative business. Before that was…that is how we roll.
I had always known you were my cousin but I met you closely for the first time in 2012 during one of my summer breaks. I knew there was someone else in the house apart from myself and UD, I just never woke up early enough to meet the person. One day, out of determination, I woke up early and asked mumsy ( Aunty Ngozi) to please call you. You came out sleepily and stared down at me (jizz, the height difference was enormously clear). I stretched my hand as if we were business partners and said “Hi my name is ChiChi, and am your cousin”. You were too amused. That was the commencement of a wonderful relationship, cos from that day, you became more than a cousin to me… you were my adviser, helper and my mentor. Apparently, it was no secret cos I got two calls on the 18th of September, and both callers called to tell me that “your MENTOR is no more”…
No death has hit me like yours. Your death is a close and personal one. I honestly still can’t believe you’re gone. With your death I have come to properly understand that the quality of one’s life is not how long you live but how well. I barely knew you for more than 5 years (personally at least) yet I could write a series of books on lessons learnt from you... Now that’s a good life!!! Even in death you have once more inspired me to cherish each moment in life and never procrastinate, reminding of the ephemeral nature of life and the need to be deliberate at all times. I can literally hear you tell me to never forget to invest in people for therein lies the greatest investment in life…like you did in mine.
You have transited, but your legacies remain with me, with us. They are green memories.
I love you, will definitely miss you but you have left us some comfort- a life well spent, and eternity guaranteed…rest on Sir K. ADIEU!!!"
"Rest well Kelechi, you will be missed"
When i heard of your passing on Saturday, so many questions bubbled in my mind. However, I'm so much comforted knowing that you were a man of Faith. So Daddy wanted you back.
I have so many fond memories of you (*i'm smiling as i type this*)You were, one of my "go to" people, always ready to help whenever called on. i remember our last conversation, you promised to visit my office to start up some transactions...i was really looking forward to the meeting, as it had been months we talked faced to face.
You always reminded me about my business plans which i had shared with you. I remember our ACCA paroles, exam preps couldn't start for me until Kelechi had landed in CBA surulere. Thanks for being a part of my PwC and ACCA life. After those 2 parts were done we kept in touch constantly and you were always willing to help and advise.
I know that our God will never let your family down, he will SURELY provide for (in every way) those you left behind.
Lohi, the GRACE of God will surely surround you and Muna always. In Jesus name, Amen."
"It is difficult to believe, the dearest brother of my friend and a son to my caring deacon is gone, With all the testimonies about you, and all I know about your parents, I know u have gone to rest, though it is hard to accept, we take solace in the Lord that one day we shall see to part no more, Rest in His presence my brother, till we meet at His feet."
"1 Corinthians 15:54-57 When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Psalm 116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.
Romans 8:38-39 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Find it difficult putting down this tribute for fear that this is a rumor, Still hard to believe this. That last hug was the last????
I can only wish you eternal rest till we meet again!
RIP Kelechi Umelo"
"When I saw this face my memory race to TREM OBANIKORO.Kelechi what happened my brother?you were one of the best cool guys I met in that church.Imagine for this long years lost One has not seen you,this is the news am getting.may God keep the family strong while we meet you in heaven someday"
"Hmmm I'm short of words Kelechi. Though we were not in touch since leaving UNAD, never thought I'll be reaching out to in death! Yes I met you through my friend Lola when I was in 100 level and immediately you called me Anu Kuti! You said the Anu you knew was 'Anu Kuti' and you called me 'Anu Kuti' each time you saw me till we graduated! I remember your email id then 'Kcmelo'. My friend Yewande sent me this link for tribute, she's so messed up right now. I pray God consoles your wife and all your loved ones."
"Dear Kelechi, i heard about your passing on today and it was quite shocking. All through the years, you were an easy going person so full of life and energy. May your soul rest in perfect peace."
"My dear friend, words cannot express the shock and hurt the news of your passing brought. I keep thinking of your hearty laugh and how you keep teasing that I’m now a married woman. You called before my wedding asking what I wanted. The gesture surprised me more than the gift. I hope you know u were truly appreciated. I remember how I would tease your complexion saying your hand & feet were almost transparent, not Yellow and you will always say the word is fresh Kemi, lol. So many memories…
Why Kelechi? I keep asking myself, but there can never be an answer to that. We can only take solace in the fact that God must have wanted you close that’s why he allowed it. Your family now have their own personal angel. I pray that God strengthens and comforts your them. I celebrate your life. You were a great human being.
You would surely be missed. Sleep well my friend"
"I screamed in shock and pain when I read my sister's chat bearing the news...and I immediately placed a call to her, late Sunday night, hoping that what I'd just read was a typo!!!
Alas! It was true...my dear friends brother had been "stolen" from us.
My favorite twins "fair, handsome, tall and brilliant big brother", the one whom Tochukwu regaled my ears while growing up, with stories of adoration and tinged with loving sibling rivalry; he was indeed gone.
I find comfort in the fact that you left behind memories of true love, companionship, mentorship and genuine friendships. Yes, your family and friends will miss you dearly, but there is solace knowing that you have arrived in your eternal home and Heaven has added another angel!
To your lovely wife and beautiful daughter, as well as the entire Umelo clan, I leave you with Isaiah 57:1-2 which says:
"The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death."
Keep shining down on us, Kelechi...Enjoy your peaceful rest until we meet again."
"It still seems so surreal. I find myself staring at your pictures in utter disbelief. I pray God comforts your family, friends and loved ones. "In Christ, there are no goodbyes...so we will hold on to Jesus with all that we have, to see you again." Rest easy Kelechi..."
"...I remember speaking to Tochukwu about a business idea I had and based on the issues I brought up, he suggested meeting and talking to you Kelechi. Our meeting was brief but you were warm and helpful. I spoke to Tochukwu later and joked about you being more handsome and he was quick to state 'he is married o'. Lol. I remember we saw once or twice after that... Hhhhhmmnnnnn, I might not have had the pleasure of being your very close friend but I truly appreciate your help. Rest on Kelechi."
"Dear KC, it's really sad and shocking to know you're gone and we will never see you again. You were such a nice, friendly, jovial and warm person. You always lit up our meetings at Moyi's and it's so devastating that we will never have the honour to laugh at your jokes and banters. Memories of you will always be in our hearts. You loved jogging and encouraged everyone to run....really sad this happened. Life is so transient! May perpetual light shine on you and your good heart. Rest in perfect peace dear and may God comfort your entire family and loved ones. Greatest Unadite!!!"
Is this real? When I saw you at about 0520am on Saturday(Sept 17th, 2016) as the Road Warriors (RW) were gathering for their run near the Stanbic Bank, we talked about our meeting later in the day. You said 12noon works for you and we scheduled to meet at the Road Chef in Lekki. You joked that my new RW running shirt was truly "tear rubber" when JF asked me to slowdown so he could remove the sticker because I just got the shirt from the Chair that morning and it still had a sticker on the back with "Sir Geoff" written on it. At St Saviours where the group stretched, you joked so much that Affi was asking if you were the one leading the stretching. Due to an 8am appointment, I ran only 16K and went for my meeting which lasted until 10am. Got home and slept off. My wife woke me up at12:45pm. Immediately I started calling you to apologize for not showing up on time but you didn't answer. I texted and called on Whatsapp but no response. As I was about to leave for the Road Chef, I looked at the RWs running blog and saw messages that something really wrong had happened to you. Confused, I asked if Kels was Ok. One of the RWs called me with the SAD news. Kels, you touched many lives in beautiful ways. We, the RWs will miss you GREATLY. May the LORD comfort your families and friends. Rest in the bosom of the LORD
Geoff Nwankwo(Sir Geoff) Road Warriors running group, Lekki, Nigeria"
"May your gentle soul rest in peace. Amen"
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