her Life

Elesie Ukanwa Precious Kalu (nee Echeme Emole)

Elder Elesie Ukanwa Precious Kalu was born on 27th July 1966 in Enugu in the then-Eastern Region of Nigeria to Chief Echeme Emole, CFR, and Elder Mrs Nneji Nwannediya Emole; the fifth of their six children. She attended Shalom Nursery School, Enugu, had her primary education at Ekulu Primary School, Enugu, and attended Federal Government College, Jos (1977 to 1982) for her secondary education. She was one of the top two candidates in the Federal Government College National Entrance Examination and bagged a full scholarship for her secondary education. She then entered the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where she graduated with an Honors Bachelor’s of Science degree in Food Science and Technology with a 2nd Class Upper Division ranking. While at UNN, she was on the Dean’s List for demonstrating academic excellence. She followed up her formal education by taking classes at Emporia State University, Kansas, and Auburn University, Alabama.


Both in Nigeria and the United States, she worked in various establishments, including the following: In Benin with Coca-Cola Nigeria Ltd. as Quality Control Supervisor during her National Youth Service. In Ikeja and Aba, respectively, as Process Control Supervisor with 7-Up Bottling Company Ltd. from January 1990 to December 1991. In Beaumont, Texas, with Hilton Hotels from December 1995 to August 1996. In Emporia, Kansas, for the 2001/2002 and 2003/2004 sessions, respectively, as Substitute Teacher of the Kindergarten to 12th Grade classes. In Wichita, Kansas, with Consumer Directed Services from November 2005 to 2006.  And in Montgomery, Alabama, with Barranco, Inc. from October 2006 to July 2010.

Elesie was very active in extra-curricular activities throughout her educational career and even thereafter. In primary school, she was a member of the cultural dance group; she featured in the Junior Opinion Program of NTA, Channel 8, Enugu, anchored by Mrs. Esther Umeadi and also in the Tortoise Club Program of NTA, Channel 8, Enugu, anchored by Mrs. Edna Izuora. While in secondary school, she attended a number of holiday camping activities, and at university, she was an executive of the Abiriba Students Union, UNN Branch. She was Secretary of the Abiriba Communal Improvement Union, Women of North America branch.


Elesie was also involved in church activities from an early age at Saint Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Uwani, Enugu. She was a member of the Girls' Brigade, participated in a host of Sunday School activities such as singing and drama skits during several children's services, and was a member of the choir during Elder Uche's tenure as choir master.


A life-long member of the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, Elesie was a great woman of God. While living in Aba at the dawn of the 1990s, she worshipped at the Living Waters Church of the Living Word Ministries, Aba, where she became born again and began a ministry of service to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. After committing her life to Jesus Christ she became completely involved in activities of the Living Word Ministries. She was a staunch member of Unique Women Fellowship, and the Off Brass Prayer Cell led by Sister Esther Ehiemere of Living Word Ministries.


Elesie was married on 28 December 1991 in Abiriba to Professor Kalu Ndukwe Kalu of Auburn University, Alabama. God gave them a gift of a baby girl in 1996 in the person of Renee Elizabeth Aluba Kalu.


Elesie was a woman of great faith and of prayer. When she moved to Lagos, she was involved in the Ministry of Dr. Chris Kwakpovwe of Our Daily Manna by (ODM); and attended training programs run by the Ministry. She remained involved in Dr. Chris Kwakpovwe’s ministry till she traveled abroad. As a prayer warrior team member, she ministered to so many people in Nigeria and overseas, especially in the United States of America, by praying for and encouraging them. She was ordained an Elder in the church she attended in Montgomery, Alabama: Divine Touch Deliverance Ministry.



Elesie died peacefully in her sleep in the early hours of the 9th of January 2014 in Montgomery, Alabama. Elesie is survived by her husband, daughter, brother, sisters, mother, numerous relatives and friends and countless well-wishers.


Elesie was absolutely a tremendous spiritual presence in the Echeme Emole family and beyond and connected many to the power and faith of our Lord Jesus Christ. Her labor of love and work of faith and patience of hope are indelibly written in the hearts and minds and souls of the countless number of people whose lives she touched in a significant way. We miss her immensely; however we do not question God’s will in any manner whatsoever.


May her soul rest in perfect peace. AMEN.

Barrister Chijioke Emole Echeme Emole