ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Michael Nkemdiniru Egbeni. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Beatrice Mordi on April 10, 2021
Pastor Charles, I join you today in the celebration of life of your father; Paa Egbeni  Who has answered God’s call to come home in heaven and rest for the work well done on earth and for accomplishing all that God assigned him to do on earth with a crown. He is seating at our Lord’s right hand.
Paa, will be highly missed but heaven is rejoicing not only because he has finished his race with a crown, but because they have in their mist another Warrior, another army to sing hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.
Pastor Charles, please accept my condolence and May the Lord strengthen you and your entire family in Jesus Amen .
Posted by Grace Egbeni on April 5, 2021
Tribute to my beloved husband

The swiftness of your demise remains a shock to me, I wish it wasn’t so but I know one thing that God who owns your life and mine has called you home to a better place.

You were a loving husband, a father, a people’s person, loved by many. Your children round the world yearn for presence and advise.  You fought a good fight of faith on earth, you were a bigger star in you own right ( nke ju afo’r).

You showed unconditional love until God called you to his glory. My Joy is that I take solace in John 14 verse 1 & 2 that Jesus has another place in view for us.

You loved unconditionally, you believe in sharing and caring even for those who you shew you hatred, you held unto the word of God and never let down the principle of Christ-life.

I cannot forget the day before your demise how we danced and jollied to the God’s praises in the parlour giving him thanks for good life so far.
Oh death where is thy sting , oh grave where is thy power...... Philippians 1 vs 21 to die is gain in Christ and life is to live for Christ.

Ike, you have lived for Christ and so your death on earth is gain to God, therefore sleep on in the blossom on of the Lord till we meet Christ in heaven.

Adieu, we meet on the resurrection day!


Evangelist Grace Egbeni (Wife)
Posted by Pstr Lawrence on April 4, 2021
PANEGYRIC FOR MY FATHER, CONFIDANT, ADVOCATE AND BEST FRIEND
BAR M.I.N EGBENI
“Daddy simple” as fondly called by many was a down to earth loving soul who through thick and thin
groomed me and made me what I am today. Daddy’s love for his children is overwhelming as I testify to
it, how he had to sacrifice for me, travel miles to give me solace, encourage me when I was in my lowest
ebb, showed me fatherly love, provided beyond my needs even from his meagre resources.
Daddy taught me the tenets of patience, in his words “Chuchu relax, God doesn’t call results in the
morning”. Daddy didn’t wait to see the results.
I am pained.
Yes, daddy calls me Chuchu as my pet name. I remember when I was a little boy how he would carry me
on his head running around and playing. Daddy was a strict but calm man, he taught me how to
command attention with encyclopedic English if am giving any speech. At our Saviour’s Anglican Church
Children Bazaar in 1987 November, daddy wrote for me an outstanding speech that stood the entire
congregation up and made me popular amongst my peers.
A GREAT MAN I truly would miss for the rest of my life.
Even with the pen of a ready writer, words can’t explain how graceful I feel to have such an enduring
father so rich in wisdom, knowledge and patience.
Daddy was an all-round accomplished man, a righteous man, a composer of sweet simple songs like
“son of man”, “slow and steady”; a prayer warrior, a leader of morality with a pious heart for the
Almighty God.
Daddy was unique in everything he did, he was first of many sorts, which is why he groomed me to be
first in all my exploits.
I miss you Dad;
I am a fighter because you taught me resilience;
I never gave up because you taught me never to give up;
I understand love because you taught me to love;
I lambano because you taught me resilience;
I am me because of you;
You are my pride;
You taught me how to use my words;
Now I speak with grace;
I profoundly love u Dad. Then I prayed ‘’Dear Lord please give me back my Dad for just one more day’’ (my desire)…….You will
live forever in my heart.
For this cause I will invigorate and emulate fond memories of you in our foundation and daily lives.
Evelyn, Zoey, Uriel and Yohan loves you and misses you.
Rest on Daddy till we meet to part no more
Posted by Joy Egbeni on April 4, 2021
Tribute to dad

My daddy, my hero, fondly called “dai-dai“ by your grand-daughter was the greatest gift that would linger for the rest of our lives.
That day, 16th Feb 2021 was a horrible day for me, little did I know I would see you no more, I watched you on videocall danced and praise God in your style just a day before you passed on. Daddy, you will remain your daughter's first love, whether on earth or in heaven above.

Daddy, your heart was always kind. You taught us love, kindness, tolerance, forgiveness and patience. This is the memory I cherish from your character- and will take with me forever. Your kindness and generosity will be remembered by all who had the pleasure of knowing you.

Daddy, you were the most selfless person I know. I really can’t talk about you without mentioning your constant, quiet, selfless acts of service to God and to all around you. You continually put others first whether or not you have for yourself and family. You humbly showed care, love and support to your extended family in diverse ways and even friends of near and old. I witnessed the grace God had on you that shadowed us to adulthood. You fought for us all in one way or the other and for me you gave your best ever.

You taught me never to give up in all I do and I grew up knowing I could be anything more than I want in the eyes of my dad. You gave us all a sense of “ok-ness" in a world that is always asking for more.

You always stand for truth, hated bribery and stood for justice and peace at all times “Micah 6:8”; this never changed until your demise.

I value all the times spent with you, your sayings, characteristics, qualities and love would reflect in my dealings with issues of life.

Well, Dads never die,  they live forever as the knight in shining armour in their daughter's dream. The best daddy in the whole world no matter where I am, your loving and kind spirit  be beside me.

'' As it has come now a day when we cannot be together, May each tear and fond memory be a note of love rising to meet you on rapture day.
My educator, my giant care bear
I celebrate your successes
I celebrate your value for hard work
I celebrate your good judgement
I celebrate your courage and integrity
I celebrate your accomplishments
I celebrate a life well spent

Adieu Nnam!!!
Daughter & Granddaughter.
Posted by Children in Freedom Schoo... on April 3, 2021
On behalf of Children In Freedom Int. School s world wide.
Tribute to my Father- Bar. Michael Ikechukwu Nkemdiniru Egbeni
My Dad passed away on Monday 16th February 2021. Even though I knew it was looming, I didn’t know it would come so soon. I was hoping I would have more time to get acquainted with the idea of death and what it means for those of us left behind.
Now I am beginning to understand just how naive my existence was before I was forced to confront death’s discourteous blow!
While I hope you never have to experience such a life-altering loss, the truth is, we all will. Death is a part of life, and once it strikes someone you so dearly love, your existence will never be the same. I know the pain of losing my Dad will perhaps never leave me. I imagine it will ease with time as I process and get through it, but I suspect I will never get over it. How can I? How can you get over a person who has been there since before you were even aware of yourself? His life, his influence, his energy is inextricably linked to mine and I now take comfort in that. I take comfort in knowing that my Dad is no longer in pain. That suffering is no longer something he has to endure. My Dad, Bar. Egbeni, will forever be in my heart until the day it stops beating. I am grateful that I am becoming a more fully realised human being, a more caring, compassionate, and empathetic person because of my Dad. Still, I would forfeit any wisdom for the sake of having him back.
What is the measure of a man? Is it the amount of money he has? The possessions he owns and the power he holds? Is it the professional success he has achieved over the years? I do not believe it is any of these things. The true measure of a man is how much love he gives; how selflessly he shares whatever he can to help others; how consistently he lifts up those around him with a kind word, a funny joke, a compliment, a humble ear or the very shoes off his feet. Daddy was this kind of person and much much more. My father was a very kind, loving, considerate and selfless Christian man.
By this measure, my Dad was immeasurable!
I have lost my Dad. But only in body, not in spirit. This is by far the most painful, heart ripping and life-altering experience I have ever endured. But I do my best to remain grateful and comforted knowing how much my beloved Dad positively affected the lives of others. He was the most sincerely altruistic person I have ever known with no attachment to material things — he would literally give you the clothes he was wearing. All you had to do was mention you liked something and he would immediately insist on giving it to you.


My Dad loved to dance and loved to make people laugh!
All he ever wanted to do was make other people feel comfortable and make sure they were not feeling left out. I know it is because he knew what it was like to feel left out. He grew up poor and had to borrow clothes from the school’s lost and found. He was teased, he was even bullied by his own people but this did not deter him. As he got older, he always rooted for the underdog because he knew what it felt like to be that person.
Daddy was known as Ike Simple, he was a very simple person that loved integrity and truth. He also told us that education is the key and we should never chase money but chase knowledge, that knowledge will attract wealth. Daddy would trek to work just for us to have a good education and some money for our family to eat. My Dad left an impact on every person he met, even strangers - who didn’t stay strangers very long because he was just so damn friendly! That he even agreed that his junior sister live in his house until her death is a real example of his selflessness. The love my Dad spread on this Earth continues to grow and will live on, and that is the ultimate measure of any human being.
There are no words to describe how Daddy was; he has left a great legacy in my life which has really helped me in my life and business!
Dad I promise to keep making you proud. I promise to ground my life in all the ethos and values you exemplified. I am so grateful to God for choosing you to be my Father, I am beyond blessed. Glory to God in everything! I love you, Dad. Now and forevermore

Sincerely From Me and Wife, Iyesha and Isabelle


Engr. Dr. Oku & Dr. Utheri Kanayo Egbeni
Posted by SYLVESTER EGBENI on April 3, 2021
Dad is known to me as a disciplined man. He strived to make sure we are all educated to a level where we could stand on our own.
He thought me that integrity really matters! Hard work really matters! Believe really matters! Prayer with Hard-work really matters!
Financial discipline you thought me have really saved me from hard times.

Your words of wisdom is something that i wake up with everyday. I really miss you and the kids also miss you with fond memories.

Live on and watch over us.


Dr. Sylvester Egbeni
Posted by J.E Charles on March 30, 2021
Eulogy to my Dad, Barrister Michael Ikechukwuka Nkemdiniru Egbeni, from Chukwudumebi Chukwemeka

Saying goodbye to my father is one of the most difficult challenges I’ve ever faced. Yet, in my heart, I know my dad lives on. Not only in heaven, but also in the lives of those he left behind. My father, M.I.N. Egbeni, spent his life serving others, leaving lasting fingerprints on everything he touched. If there is one word that described my father’s life, it would be “legacy.”

My father’s legacy began well before his birth on July 28, 1931. I’ll share that story in a bit. But first, let me introduce myself.

My Immediate Family

My name is Chukwuemeka the firstborn son of M.I.N. Egbeni. After marrying my mother, Evangelist Grace Onianwa, my father strongly desired to create a heritage through children. When I was born, he named me Dumebi, which means, “Please come and live with me.” I cherish this tender expression of his love. By God’s grace, more children followed for a total of six boys and a girl. My dad was dedicated to his seven children, seeking out the best for us in all ways. In 2nd grade, dad started us with extra tutoring during the weekends so we could excel in school and life. This lasted until I left for college to study engineering.

What drove my father to care so much for his family and others?

Past Influences

The story begins with my father’s great grandfather, Obi Igwelli, the African leader responsible for allowing Christianity to spread to Asaba and flourish in the 18th Century under British Imperialism. Had my great, great grandfather Obi Igwelli refused to allow Christianity to come to our homeland, my father’s life story would have been quite different. It was under this godly influence that my dad gave his life to Jesus Christ, making it possible for his legacy to continue on to this day and forever.

My dad’s astounding character

Because of his Christian heritage, my father was a man of astounding character. Duty, decency, reliability, honor, dignity, respect: these are all qualities that my father not only held in high esteem, but practiced every day during his time on this earth. He was a serious and disciplined man, but he was not so serious that would resist the opportunity to have a laugh with friends and loved ones, given half the chance.

To me, Dad’s finest quality was his patience: an inherent ability to listen, to absorb and to offer a point of view based on quiet, measured wisdom. I’ll never forget the time when I asked him what I should do about having to move into marketing for my career after my MBA: “Do what you feel, what you believe is right. Follow your gut, your heart, and you can’t go wrong.” This advice eventually led me into pastoral ministry.

Not only did my dad demonstrate character in his life, but he loved to help others build character in their lives as well. He always reminded us that “Patience is virtue,” encouraging us to be patient with others and with God’s plan for our lives. Dad also lived by the principles of harvest and reminded everyone that “You reap what you sow.” He encouraged us to sow seeds of righteousness so we could reap the promised rewards.

Dad’s career

My father was a dedicated provider to his family. He began his career in insurance but fell in love with Law. After graduating from law school, Dad became an accomplished Barrister, using his position to advocate for justice in the public, private, and religious sectors until he passed onto glory.

Dad enjoyed his Hobbies

My dad also enjoyed his hobbies. Even with these, he did things that mattered, whether it was building a shed, tending to the garden, or fixing one of his cars. He was a self-professed building contractor and loved nothing more than building houses and collecting cars. He loved cars.

Travel was another activity my father enjoyed. He used his overseas travels as an opportunity to serve his fellow man by sharing both legal and fatherly advice with those in need. His trips to the United States were especially meaningful to me.

Passing Down Sage Advice

When I got married, moved out of the home, and started a family of my own, I began to understand my father in a new way, especially during his last visit to the United States. We were able to find time to sit and discuss what it means to be a parent, particularly in a modern world that’s fast-changing and very different from the one in which either of us was born. Dad gave sage advice on everything from teaching my kids manners and responsibility, to the other important area of family life: keeping one’s partner happy and the marriage healthy and alive. My father wanted to instill as much wisdom in his children and others as possible.

His sound advice will continue on for generations.

My Final Thoughts

Dad lived a long and happy life, at 90 years old.

It’s difficult to imagine life without my father being around, and I’m not sure how we will all cope. The grandchildren, Chidinma, Ike, and others will miss him dearly. It’s strange to think that I can’t just give him a call or pop around to have one of our good old yarns.

As we gather here today to remember and commemorate my father’s life, let’s bid him farewell as we mourn the loss of a lively, dignified soul. A soul that brought joy and fulfillment to many, and whose legacy will live on forever.

I love you, Dad, and know I will see you face to face once again and we can sing your favorite hymn together. “Even so, it is well with my soul.”

SIGNED

J.E Charles and Family

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Posted by Beatrice Mordi on April 10, 2021
Pastor Charles, I join you today in the celebration of life of your father; Paa Egbeni  Who has answered God’s call to come home in heaven and rest for the work well done on earth and for accomplishing all that God assigned him to do on earth with a crown. He is seating at our Lord’s right hand.
Paa, will be highly missed but heaven is rejoicing not only because he has finished his race with a crown, but because they have in their mist another Warrior, another army to sing hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.
Pastor Charles, please accept my condolence and May the Lord strengthen you and your entire family in Jesus Amen .
Posted by Grace Egbeni on April 5, 2021
Tribute to my beloved husband

The swiftness of your demise remains a shock to me, I wish it wasn’t so but I know one thing that God who owns your life and mine has called you home to a better place.

You were a loving husband, a father, a people’s person, loved by many. Your children round the world yearn for presence and advise.  You fought a good fight of faith on earth, you were a bigger star in you own right ( nke ju afo’r).

You showed unconditional love until God called you to his glory. My Joy is that I take solace in John 14 verse 1 & 2 that Jesus has another place in view for us.

You loved unconditionally, you believe in sharing and caring even for those who you shew you hatred, you held unto the word of God and never let down the principle of Christ-life.

I cannot forget the day before your demise how we danced and jollied to the God’s praises in the parlour giving him thanks for good life so far.
Oh death where is thy sting , oh grave where is thy power...... Philippians 1 vs 21 to die is gain in Christ and life is to live for Christ.

Ike, you have lived for Christ and so your death on earth is gain to God, therefore sleep on in the blossom on of the Lord till we meet Christ in heaven.

Adieu, we meet on the resurrection day!


Evangelist Grace Egbeni (Wife)
Posted by Pstr Lawrence on April 4, 2021
PANEGYRIC FOR MY FATHER, CONFIDANT, ADVOCATE AND BEST FRIEND
BAR M.I.N EGBENI
“Daddy simple” as fondly called by many was a down to earth loving soul who through thick and thin
groomed me and made me what I am today. Daddy’s love for his children is overwhelming as I testify to
it, how he had to sacrifice for me, travel miles to give me solace, encourage me when I was in my lowest
ebb, showed me fatherly love, provided beyond my needs even from his meagre resources.
Daddy taught me the tenets of patience, in his words “Chuchu relax, God doesn’t call results in the
morning”. Daddy didn’t wait to see the results.
I am pained.
Yes, daddy calls me Chuchu as my pet name. I remember when I was a little boy how he would carry me
on his head running around and playing. Daddy was a strict but calm man, he taught me how to
command attention with encyclopedic English if am giving any speech. At our Saviour’s Anglican Church
Children Bazaar in 1987 November, daddy wrote for me an outstanding speech that stood the entire
congregation up and made me popular amongst my peers.
A GREAT MAN I truly would miss for the rest of my life.
Even with the pen of a ready writer, words can’t explain how graceful I feel to have such an enduring
father so rich in wisdom, knowledge and patience.
Daddy was an all-round accomplished man, a righteous man, a composer of sweet simple songs like
“son of man”, “slow and steady”; a prayer warrior, a leader of morality with a pious heart for the
Almighty God.
Daddy was unique in everything he did, he was first of many sorts, which is why he groomed me to be
first in all my exploits.
I miss you Dad;
I am a fighter because you taught me resilience;
I never gave up because you taught me never to give up;
I understand love because you taught me to love;
I lambano because you taught me resilience;
I am me because of you;
You are my pride;
You taught me how to use my words;
Now I speak with grace;
I profoundly love u Dad. Then I prayed ‘’Dear Lord please give me back my Dad for just one more day’’ (my desire)…….You will
live forever in my heart.
For this cause I will invigorate and emulate fond memories of you in our foundation and daily lives.
Evelyn, Zoey, Uriel and Yohan loves you and misses you.
Rest on Daddy till we meet to part no more
his Life

BIOGRAPHY

Having lived a long and fruitful life serving Christ and his fellow man, Bar. Michael Ikechukwu Nkemdiniru-Egbeni (Bar. M.I.N. Egbeni), age 90, entered into glory on February 16, 2021, at his home in Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria. He passed away in his sleep into the presence of his Lord. Bar. M.I.N. Egbeni enjoyed dancing, dining, and sweet fellowship with his wife before taking an afternoon nap from which he never awoke.

Bar. M.I.N. Egbeni, born July 28, 1931, in Umunkwo Village, Umuezei Quarters, Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria, was the overall firstborn son of Ogbueshi Joseph Nkemdiniru-Egbeni (Olikeze 1 of Ahaba) and Madam Nkemdiniru-Egbeni nee Onwuka. His grandfather was the overall firstborn son of Obi Igwelli, the man responsible for the spread of Christianity in the Ibo land west of the Niger under British Imperialism.

On July 29th, 1969, Bar. M.I.N. Egbeni wed the love of his life, Evangelist (Mrs.) G.U.N. Egbeni nee Onianwa. Together, they were blessed with seven beautiful children. Bar. M.I.N. Egbeni was a wonderful, loving father and husband, extending financial, moral, and legal advice far beyond his nuclear family. He was a father figure to his younger half-siblings and an educational sponsor to his half-siblings, nieces, nephews, and in-laws. Barrister Michael. Ikechukwu. Egbeni always encouraged people to live morally upstanding lives, to do right, and turn from wrong, reminding them that they will reap what they sow (either good or evil). One of his favorite sayings was “Patience is a virtue.” And he demonstrated that quality throughout his life.

Bar. M.I.N. Egbeni was a hard-working man up until the day of his passing. He began his professional career in 1954 at the British Insurance Company. In 1972, he moved to the Bendel Insurance Company, Ltd, where he contributed his own ingenuity in the development of insurance and sports, rising to the position of Assistant General Manager and Associate Director. However, Bar. M.I.N. Egbeni’s true passion was Law. He obtained his LLB degree from the University of Benin and BL degree from Lagos Law School, where he was called to the BAR. He was a highly respected advocate and solicitor, serving for a time as the family lawyer for the Enzeni Family (especially in matters of land). He used his influence to bring good to the public, private, and religious sectors until the day He entered heaven. Through the years, Bar. M.I.N. Egbeni earned many accolades and was a member of several prestigious organizations, including the Nigerian Bar Association, the Institute of Chartered Insurance Brokers, and the Asaba Development Association. Despite his many accolades and accomplishments, Egbeni identified as a simple man, gaining him the moniker Ike Simple.

Most importantly, Bar. M.I.N. Egbeni loved Jesus Christ. He became a Christian as a child thanks to the influence of his great grandfather, Obi Igwelli, who opened the door for Christianity to come to Asaba in the 18th Century and flourish. Bar. M.I.N. Egbeni was passionate about winning souls for Christ to the praise of God. He worshiped and served at Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministry until God called him home to worship face to face. 

Bar. M.I.N. Egbeni loved to travel. He toured the USA, providing legal and fatherly advice to professional men and women of African descent, and was honored by the Asaba Development Association. He also spent time touring Europe and the United Kingdom. He was fond of tourism and used it as an opportunity to serve others. You could say that Bar. M.I.N. Egbeni was a jolly good fellow.

Bar. M.I.N. Egbeni was greatly loved on this earth, and his legacy lives on through all the lives he has touched. Many friends and family rejoice knowing that Bar. M.I.N. Egbeni received a joyful welcome from those who preceded him in death, including his beloved son, Patrick Onyeluka Egbeni. Plus, many people will rejoice to reunite with Bar. M.I.N. Egbeni one future day in heaven. 

Bar. M.I.N. Egbeni is survived by his beloved wife Mrs. G.U.N. Egbeni nee Onianwa, his six children Pastor Charles J.E. Egbeni, Christopher Isioma Nkemdiniru-Egbeni (Esq), Victor Kanayochukwu Egbeni, Pastor Lawrence Chukwudi Egbeni, Obianuju Joy Egbeni, Dr. Sylvester Izukachukwu Egbeni (and their spouses), many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, half-brothers, half-sisters, nieces, nephews, in-laws, and cousins. The family of Bar. M.I.N. Egbeni will hold a virtual wake keeping with songs and memories on April 10, 2021, service songs on April 15th m 2021, followed by an interment service on April 16, 2021.

Bar. M.I.N. Egbeni will be greatly missed by his friends and family. Yet, they rest in the words of his favorite hymn “It Is Well With My Soul” by Horatio Spafford, knowing that his faith has now turned to sight:

And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul. 
His friends and family patiently await that day that they will meet him again in glory.


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