ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Nelly Iwenofu, 73 years old, born on June 21, 1947, and passed away on March 17, 2021. We will remember her forever.



In Honour of Our MOM
It is common knowledge that an eclipse should come with night
Yet your shadow casts a light so bright
Though your leaving leaves us in an inconsolable plight
The aura of your love that can never be snuffed out, the glow of who you are/made our pain ever so slight
You nurtured us to a height
Where all we see is your sunlight
To where the angels live you have taken a flight
But with you, Mama, out of sight is not out of mind
We will never forget because memories of all your motherly might
Will hold us your children in an affection ring forever so tight
Your leaving will not leave an agonizing blight Mama, for all that you stood for, for your values and honour, we will fight and fight



Posted by Mbonu Chiamaka on April 1, 2021
A Tribute to my Beloved Grandma:

There is a saying whuch says that life is not about the amiubt of breath that you take but instead about the moments that take your breath away. I am proud to say that my grandma had both in her 74 years of life.
My grandma was strict yet loving. She could be shiuting at you this minute and ask you how you are in the next. When I was young I used to be scared because whenever I saw her, she always shouted at me for one reason or another mostly because I was incredibly slow at everything but now that I'm grown, I remember her being very supportive no matter what my issue was. When I think of my grandma, the first memory that comes to mind is the one where she taught me how to make stew over the phone.
All I really want to say is that I love you grandma and I really hope you knew that.
Posted by Echioma Adegoke on April 1, 2021
Mummy, the news of your passing was such a shock, I had visited the hospital a couple of days earlier and heard you were responding well to treatment. Being told two days later that you had transitioned was very shocking and totally unexpected. You were a great mother and a wonderfully self-sacrificing grandmother. I will never forget how well you cared for your Solarin grandchildren through whom I got to know you. Your memory will forever be cherished ma.
Posted by Steph Amaka Evuleocha-Uwa... on April 1, 2021
Proverbs 10:7 “The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.”

I thank God for the purposeful life you lived, Mama Uju. You positively impacted the lives of so many, especially those of your godly children. While it is sad to learn of your exit to glory, one finds immense consolation in knowing you are in a far better place where you shall never again experience pain and suffering. Hallelujah!!!

My heart goes out to my dear friend and sister, Uju, and the rest of the family. May the Lord of all comfort mend your broken hearts and cause His peace to flood your hearts and minds at this very difficult time.

It is well by the mercy of God! Ndonu!
Posted by Ijeoma Pearl Okoro on April 1, 2021
Farewell Mama Uju Mbonu nee Iwenofu...my class mate at Girls High School Awkunanaw. You lived a good life as attested by everyone...may your soul find absolute peace in the bosom of the Lord....Ebezina Uju, Ozo Emezina.......Lady Ijeoma Pearl Okoro, (ksji Laux), 1984 Set, Girls High School Awkunanaw Enugu.
Posted by Nnamdi iwenofu on April 1, 2021
A TRIBUTE TO MY PEACEFUL & LOVING MUM

Quiet, peaceful, soft spoken, yet great in many ways, a beautiful teacher per excellence. Mama Uju, aunty m, what a rude shock, I will need help to deal with this.

You impacted my life so much right from my school cert to high school in Enugu. You were a great mum, loved all of us equally and made sure I came out with a great result that period. I am eternally grateful to you which is the reason I visited you each time am in Enugu and you made each visit a memorable one. Thanks for all the care, am grateful to God that I was able in my little way to say thank you for all you did during my school days, your were nice even with your rough path with life because of the early demise of your husband, my great uncle VINCENT(OSHA) and the family challenges that raged, you kept a good disposition even with all the disappointment from people who should say the truth and stand by it, you took it all yet forgave them; oh well 'N' uwa ka ogaebi' .

My dearest aunty you fought a good fight of faith and now you rest with your maker, we are all proud of you Ojinwayoo aga NNE m.

My last visit to you in Enugu before the ITO OGBO you were dancing with joy when I presented your uniform, you thanked God that my parents will be part of the celebration and prayed that God will grant you good health to be part of the celebrations, little did I know that it was going to be your last visit to Obosi. When you finally arrived Obosi, we went for our in- laws wake/ burial and you were looking strong only for me to check on you a few days later and I realized that you were sick, you told me it was your normal health issues and you had your routine medications so I left only for me to take food to you on the ITO OGBO evening since you couldn't make it to the celebrations and I was told that you haven't been out since morning; that was when I insisted that the door should be forced open before you eventually came out; that was the beginning of this painful journey that has left me shattered. I took you to hospital and you responded well to treatment, you were strong to even make the journey to Lagos for further treatment without help and you promised that you will be fine soon; aunty m odizifu mma? you left without a word on a journey we started and believed God together that you will pull through. Well, my consolation is that you knew your LORD AND MAKER JESUS CHRIST, lived a decent Christian life which was great and eventful. I am sure you have gone to be with The LORD.

Goodnight Abadagu, Mama UJU Ezigbo mmadu, kachifo.

We will meet on the resurrection morning Aunty m.

Nnamdi Nelson Iwenofu
Posted by . . on March 31, 2021
A tribute to my treasured Grandma:

I just lost my beloved grandmother who passed away on 17th March 2021 after a brief illness and I will miss her terribly.
She was one special lady and the loss of her is felt deeply by many, especially me even though she lived a full life.

The love of a grandma is unique. God must have given grandmothers to us to liven up our lives, to make our lives more complete, to make us well rounded and better human beings. She played a big part in my childhood and I can remember so many times her cooking for us and also teaching us Mathematics or English or even assisting us with our assignments when we come back from school as little kids. and tasting the dishes. She taught me a lot about love and the meaning of family.. She has never been just ‘my grandmother’, but my guardian, my friend and my inspiration.

Still, we can’t believe my lovely Grandma was taken away from us . We will miss our Grandmother, but her spirit and strength, lives on in each of us and in the lives that she touched. She lives on in me and in all those who have been touched by the love, strength, conviction, wisdom, and beauty of her soul.

Love you grandma – You truly were a special, special woman! You may have passed on, but your memories would always live on within us. Thank you for your sacrifices, your care and concern, your love and everything that you have done for me. Wherever you are, I know you are in a much better place. I will be forever grateful and thankful that you are my ‘grandmother’.

Rest in Peace Grandmother...we will never forget you and
we will always love you forever...

Oluwaobasegun Chukwudumebi Solarin
Posted by . . on March 30, 2021
Grandma, from my beginning until your end,
You were by my side, my first best friend.
I never expressed it when you were here
Though my love and admiration were sincere.
Not a day goes by that I don’t think of you.
You taught me more than I ever knew.
You gave me reason to continue the fight,
Saying a better day comes after the night.
Where would I be were you not around?
Likely adrift in the sea of life, drowned.
I am forever grateful for your love,
And I know you’re looking down from above.
by Mofope Solarin
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Posted by Oge Dieobi on May 7, 2021

Dear Aunty ,
I cannot remember my childhood without mentioning your name .
You were beautiful, elegant , outspoken, intelligent and loved by all.
I was shocked and saddened to hear of your passing . It seemed unreal . I kept on contacting people to confirm the news.
I hadn’t seen or spoken to you since I left Independence Layout primary school but that is not to say that you were ever forgotten.
As God would have it on your last birthday on earth a number of us ( your students) called you on that day to surprise you.
I was so shocked how you remembered me and every member of my family. You just sounded the same after so many years . It was a very pleasant conversation. I was all over the place after that call . Little did I know that would be our last conversation on this earth.
God knows best and I remain grateful for that day .
I pray that the good Lord will console Adaobi , Nnamdi and their older siblings .
I know you will be watching over them from above
Adieu Auntie . Rest in peace Ma . Amen

Oge Dieobi nee Okeke
Posted by Valerie Ezinmo on April 28, 2021
To my dear teacher Late Mrs Iwenofu,

Your departure from this earth came as a shock. Your impact in my early years was huge and will never be forgotten. You helped mould me into the woman I am today. I say thank you. I wish to have said this to you whilst you were alive, hoped to, but unfortunately, that never came to pass.

I remember you so fondly, black beauty, confident, beautiful smile and passionate about what you did. I didn't particularly like Maths but you made it clear that I had to learn it as Maths is one of the core subjects in Primary and Secondary education.

You were firm but gentle, you were strong but never over bearing, you were warm and likeable. May God in His infinite mercy receive your gentle soul in His bosom and may He grant all your loved ones the strength to bear this irreplaceable loss Amen.

Forever in our hearts,
Ijeoma dear auntie,
Adieu!

From your student,
Nkechi Ezinmo (nee Okeke)
Posted by Nonye Ejikeme on April 26, 2021
Nee lkeh
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Biography of Mrs. Nelly Uzoamaka Iwenofu

Mrs Nelly Uzoamaka Iwenofu was born in Port Harcourt, into the family of late Mr Lawrence Obiekezie and Mrs Roseline Nwabialu Ikeh of Umuokwasalu clan, Umuota village of Obosi in Idemili North LGA of Anambra State on the 21st of June 1947.
Even though they were eleven children in the household, she was the third child of the eight biological children of her parents as three of her cousins were raised together with them. They all had respect for one another. Having a father who was a disciplinarian, every child in the household knew to behave well and perform their chores. She carried on with this sense of duty and responsibility with her siblings after the death of their father.
Mrs Nelly had her primary school education at Obosi Central School between 1954 and 1960. At some point, she lived with her maternal aunt, Mrs Afamefuna, a teacher at Central school Obosi. When Mrs Afamefuna relocated to the United Kingdom to join her husband, she moved to another aunt from her paternal side, Mrs Eliza Onwuemelia. Before enrolling in secondary school, she returned home to her family.
Mama had her secondary education at the Umunya Girls’ Secondary School from 1961 and was known to be a quiet and peaceful person, a good sprinter and played volleyball at school. It was during her secondary school education that she got  married to her now late husband and her education was briefly interrupted.                                                              
She got married on the 24th of December 1966 to Late Mr Vincent Nnaemeka Iwenofu of Umuezeagu clan of Umuota village of Obosi. God blessed the union with five children- 3 boys and 2 girls, all happily married today. Mum spent a good part of the early days of her marriage nurturing her children. After her fourth child, a trifecta of resilience, focus and a supportive husband made her go back to school to complete her secondary school education. Afterwards, she moved to Jebba in Kwara State with her husband where he worked at the Nigerian Paper Mill, and in 1976, they moved back to Enugu when he got a job at the Project Development Institute (PRODA). This was when she decided and chose teaching as a career because she believed it would give her the time to look after her growing children and her husband at the same time.
Mama began her teaching career after attending the Women Training College (WTC), Enugu. She taught at Army Barrack Primary School (1979-1981) and Independence layout Primary School from 1982 till she had to transfer to Awka following the creation of the state.
Not one for resting on her oars, her deep quest for knowledge propelled her to obtain a distinction in Associate Certificate of Education (ACE) from the University of Nigeria Nsukka in 1987. Following this, she signed up for a sandwich and pursued a university degree in Education in the same university while three of her children were studying various courses in tertiary institutions. Mama had grit and quiet determination to get to the top of her career and missed getting a first-class by a few points!!
Mama distinguished herself in her teaching career. She loved her job, especially Mathematics, and determined that every pupil she taught would like the subject too. Due to her national recognition as one of the outstanding Mathematics teachers of her time, her extra class lessons (the popular Mrs Iwenofu’s lesson) drew people from all walks of life, and they brought their children, especially to prepare for common entrance into federal government colleges.
Mama barely worked in Awka for a few months and stopped after her husband retired. They travelled to the United States of America for a holiday at the instance of our aunt, Mrs Ngozi Okagbue. It was while on this holiday, her husband after a brief illness passed on to glory on the 10th of February 2000.

Consequently, she moved in to live with her first son Emeka in his new house at Emene and took up a teaching position at the City Primary School where she became the headmistress of the school till her final retirement in July 2009.

After the demise of her husband, her relationship with God became stratospheric! She got involved in fellowships, prayer meetings and church activities. In addition, Mama took time to nurture her grandchildren, especially when one of her daughters had to travel to further her education.

Everyone around loved her, both young and old. Her patience, ability to listen and the ease of confiding in her endeared her to many. 

Mama never took her siblings and the affairs of her father’s house lightly and always stood up for her family in all circumstances. In the last few years, she put away her quietness and became vocal to ensure justice and fairness ruled. She played this role so well that it earned her the moniker ‘Nwanne ma Nwanne’.

Mama was firm yet loving, calm and very meticulous. Neighbours and children who lived around her fondly called her Grandma. She moved to her apartment in No 4 Joseph close by Ozubulu Street Independence lay-out after her son relocated to Canada. She was involved in church and was a part of the Cathedral Church of Good Shepherd community, Jesus wives group, and the love group fellowship in the church.

Mama is survived by her children, grandchildren, sisters, brother, in-laws, cousins and friends.




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Shared by Chichi Ejikeme on April 29, 2021

I remember the visit to PRODA Enugu when I was still a child. I remember calling her "Grandma" because everyone did that and I did not want to be the odd one calling her "Aunty". We took walks, visited people, fried garri and I remember learning lots of things like how alum is used to treat water. Yes, she taught me that.
"How was your result?", "Kedu ihe igbaa?" These were the questions that followed after she asked; "How are you?". I remember avoiding visits to her house when my result wasn't good enough.

I remember my time in secondary school; how I would take weekend exeats and go straight to her house, sometimes unannounced each time I got tired of staying in school. If you knew Aunty well, you'd remember how meticulous she was, especially how she always kept her house neat. I always had a mental struggle choosing between staying in school and doing weekend hostel chores or going to Aunty's house and brushing the rug everyday. I went for the second option because I ate a lot of good food; she made sure of that.
She never failed to scold me every time I did something wrong. I remember thinking she disliked me at the time until I realized she was nudging me in the right direction.
 
I remember everytime she came to my house we made "ofe nsala na azu ndu" and she would eat every bit of it to the bone! We teased her a lot; "Ndi Okwasala na anu" "Okwasala ejiro anu na azu egwu egwu" and then we would all laugh together.
On different occasions, she refused to sleep over even when when my mum pleaded. She always preferred to stay in her house. Even if she did spend the night, she'd be up first thing in the morning, all packed and ready to go home.

We got closer as I grew older. She never failed to call me on my birthdays, she would pray for me and bless me. On her birthdays too when I called and prayed she always found a way  turn it and pray for me "Ana m ayo Chukwu ka o kaba aru debe mu ndu ruo agbamakwukwo gi" and I'll always say "Aunty oche iga ano di n'iru", and we laughed.
On the 2nd of December 2017, I caught the bouquet at my cousin's wedding and the MC was asking if anyone wanted to take me off the market. I remember she stood up and took the microphone from him and told everyone how old I was.  " She's just a child" she said, incase anyone was thinking about it.
In 2020, when she visited we talked, we joked, we laughed and we went on walks. I remember on one of the walks we took, she  told me stories about the good old days, we talked about how much of a disciplinarian her Dad was. Coming back, she told me to run and I was a bit confused. She had spoken about how much weight I put on in the early hours of that day. I thought she was joking, she picked a stick and she chased me. I ran and ran, I looked back thinking she had stopped but she was right behind me. She made sure I ran until I got home.

I remember the night of the 9th of January 2021, that was the last time I saw her. She didn't want to leave me alone because it was late. She waited with me after the wedding until my brother came to pick me up. We walked her home that night.
She loved me very much and I REMEMBER every way she showed me.
I might not be able to write it all down but I REMEMBER EVERYTHING!! 
Shared by Oby Anowi on April 2, 2021
I m still in shock and pain over your passing. You took me in as a daughter and funny enough I later became family. You provided a safe get away through my teenage age till now. Always soft spoken and ready with your wise advices to redirect us. Aunt I miss you and regret not seeing you before Jesus took you home. Thank God for your life and the legacies you left behind. May God rest your soul aunt and give Snr, Emeka, Obi, Ada( my friend and sister) and Nnamdi peace that passeth understanding at this time and always. Love and miss you. 

A life well spent!!

Shared by seyi abolude on April 2, 2021
Granma was a person of discipline who loved God. I will personally miss her. I remember speaking to her over the phone & she felt accomplished,  fulfilling purpose.
Rest on Granma!!! Stay comforted Family