ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Nze Fineboy Ekwekwuo - Our father, grandfather, great grandfather, we will remember him forever.
Posted by Maduka Mbogu on April 2, 2021
Chief Barr. Chibuzor Ekwekwuo,

CONDOLENCE MESSAGE

We write on behalf of Isingwa Council of Chiefs and Lolos to condole with your entire family on the transition to glory of your father, Late Okenze Fineboy Ekwekwuo. Isingwa Council of Chiefs misses your late father. Though we can no longer have any encounter with him, it’s a reality that he is dead but has made a transition from this planet earth to a better place of rest. Okenze lived a fulfilled life and the legacy he left behind will continue to make history. His integrity, love, care, prayer, life and his advice can never be forgotten. As he journeys back to his creator for eternal rest. We pray the Almighty would make an alternative provision to fill the vacuum Okenze’s demise has created. May his gentle soul rest in the bosom of the Almighty Lord, Amen.

Signed

Nze J.O. Odokara
Acting Chairman

Chief Chima Nwachukwu 
Acting  SecretaryGeneral

High Chief Okwuchi Ukandu
PRO
Posted by Christian Pentecostal on April 1, 2021
Dear Esther Ekwekwuo and Siblings,

We the management, staff and pupils of CHRISTIAN PENTECOSTAL ACADEMY wish to commiserate with you on the demise of your father NZE F. O . EKWEKWUO. He was a very notable and of good character to us.
We extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family during this period of your mourning.

Signed
CPA management
Posted by Samuel Agu on March 25, 2021
Dear Chibuzo,
We deeply commiserate with you and your family on the death of your dear father, NZE F. O. EKWEKWUO. Though the loss of a dear one is painful, our consolation lies in the fact that NZE lived a sublime life and died at the ripe age of 95 years.

As a renowned administrator, NZE EKWEKWUO had an illustrious career in the Nigeria Railway Corporation. As a business man, his contributions in the business world were very outstanding. NZE was a humanist, philanthropist and lover of his people. He lived a good and exemplary life and left behind indelible legacies for us all.

Please be consoled in the facts that your late father lived a worthy life, had illustrious careers in public service, the business world and his community, and is survived by hard working and successful people like you and your siblings. We join you and your family to wish NZE F. O. EKWEKWUO and all the faithful departed a peaceful rest in the bosom of the Lord.

PROFESSOR SAM AGU & FAMILY.
Posted by Michael Dimkpagu on March 21, 2021
Chibuzo,
That as mortals we shall at an appointed time leave this vale of tears, there can be no question. However, when God calls our loved ones to eternal life, the parting from us is always very painful.

Your loving father has run a good race and what awaits him now is the crown of salvation. We thank God for the lives he touched, for the footprints he left in the sands of time and for his legacy. It is gratifying that he made old bones and that his memory will be evergreen. He will be greatly missed.

We pray God to grant your family the strength to accept this parting and for Him to welcome him into the light of His face.

Please, accept our deepest condolences.

Sir Mike Dimkpagu & family.


Posted by Tochukwu Anaba on March 21, 2021
Not many are so blessed with all the precious gifts of life.

Dee Onuiri had it all.
A wonderful family with the most caring wives and children.

Wealth; enough to take care of everyone, even the poor around him.

Good health despite all life's challenges,
and above all, Longevity!
The most eloquent testimony of a good life and God's love for him.

My memories of him is that of a man who will always leave his peaceful base in Aba to intervene in family and community disputes no matter how complex.

He always preached peace, made peace and remained in peace with all men including those who deeply hurt him.

We thank Almighty God for his beautiful life, knowing He has reserved a place for him in His Kingdom.

Good night Sir
Posted by Sam Erugo,SAN on March 20, 2021
Papa: You lived a long, fulfilled, and peaceful life; you radiated peace and progress, and was cheery, mixing without discrimination, and no grudges; you were an anchor and support, always there for so many that looked up to you for direction and inspiration. You represented integrity, reliability, homogenous sage, and the admirable best of the cultural values of our people. Some of us learnt so much from your candour, wisdom, and cosmopolitan lifestyle, and somehow forgot the transient nature of man. We will miss all these. Your life was a huge blessing to our people, not just your immediate children, all of us, the family and more; and now your memory lives on and will remain a treasure.
Your exit marks the end of an era in our community, and the Church, and there is no doubt that you will be missed beyond words! Taking solace in the long-fulfilled life you lived, we accept that this is nature’s call. The song has ended, and we can only say, bye! Bye Dee Onuiri.
Sam & Uche Erugo
Posted by Maduka Mbogu on March 20, 2021
Papa,
Observing you while growing up sometimes seemed to me like a sneak peek into the life of the wise King Solomon of the Bible. Seeing people come from far and near to seek your counsel, hearing your words of wisdom, and learning about the things you had done in your youth, helped me to understand early on why the wise king declared wisdom to be the principal thing. Your strong family values and home-building example have laid a great foundation for us and is the basis of the love and togetherness we continue to share in our big family. Thank you for the amazing memories, Papa, you will live in my heart forever.
Your grandchild,
Maduka (Onyeomereneche)
Posted by Pius Nwaobasi on March 20, 2021
To Our Great Beloved Uncle, Dede Onuiri or Dede Fineboy

It was with deeply heartfelt sorrow and sadness to be informed of the passing of our beloved , kindhearted , generous Dede Fineboy.

Though it had been awhile since I spoke with or saw De Fineboy, he had always been a guiding inspirational presence to us during our formative times. He was also close and helpful as an uncle, second father to most of my Abayi and present generations and evidently during my or our youthful years well before and after I served in the unfortunate Biafran Nigerian war.

My or our fond memory was when he was one of our ardent, strong supporter and ever present cheerleader to our then popular and winning Abayi Village soccer (football) team in the mid sixties and early seventies ( comprising our then greats like late Sunny Anaba, Ikechi and I , Rowland Anaba, Ngozi Akandu, Eric Opulor, Thomas Ogwuma ,Kelechukwu Anyanwu to name a few I can remember. He was always there at our practices/games play field at the then Abayi Qua Iboe Primary School near his family compound, cheering, supporting and encouraging us or our players on and outside the field. He will always be dearly missed. We will always be indebted to him for his compassionate guidance and influencing exemplary life we emulated.

May our Almighty God continue to give his immediate family, the Abayi community and all who know him , the strength, fortitude and comfort to bear his loss.
May the soul of Dede Fineboy Rest In Perfect Peace , IJN, Amen.

Pius Nwaobasi
On behalf of Nwaobasi and families
at home and diaspora

Posted by Obinna Mbogu on March 17, 2021
To, Barr Ekwekwuo.
The information of the demise of your late father, Papa Ekwekwuo came as a surprise to me & my family. I write to you, therefore, not only to express our heartfelt sympathy, but to encourage you to take solace in the ever assuming comfort of the Almighty God, who alone can soothe your aching hearts. I pray that the Almighty God will comfort you & the entire family in Jesus name. Amen. Ven. J. O. Edward Nmerengwa.
Posted by Obinna Mbogu on March 14, 2021
TRIBUTE TO MY MASTER NZE F.O EKWEKWUO
We are celebrating not mourning, a LEGEND FINE BOY BY NAME. A man of HONOUR, a man of INTEGRITY, and a man of SUBSTANCE.
You took me 29 years ago as your Surveyor. Within this period, there was no RED in our Transactions. You gave my family food at that early stage in 1992. Your life influenced so many. You promised to show me a place where I will build my house, which I accepted.
Humanly speaking, I would say that you have fought a good fight, you have finished the race, like every human, you had your challenges but God saw you through them.
However, my faith assures me that death is not annihilation but a transition to a better and eternal life, an entrance to a well-deserved rest.
I pray that God Almighty will comfort your wives, children, grand, great-grandchildren, and every one of us you left behind.
May your soul rest in peace.
Adieu, my master Fine Boy is me,
-IROEGBU (As you normally call me).
Posted by Obinna Mbogu on March 14, 2021
Tribute for Nze Fineboy O. Ekwekwuo
It hurts me so bad as I compose this farewell letter for my brother. Really, great iroko has fallen within the Ekwekwuo’s family. His demise has touched every member of this lineage.
De Oniri (as he is fondly called) was a man with wisdom and strength. My brother is compassionate and philanthropic in nature to the point that he can step out of his bounds with the help of a family member. He is a peacemaker without regard to his health condition. He is a lover of God and respects his fellow human. I pray that God should please help us with a replacement that will have his attributes.
My prayer for the family will be that God should console them and grant the entire Ekwekwuo’s family the inner strength to bear this loss.
Rest in peace our brother, father, grandfather, uncle, inlaw, and friend. May God receive his soul until we meet in eternity.

Deaconess Joy Nkechi Akwarandu.
Sister
Posted by Obinna Mbogu on March 14, 2021
TRIBUTE TO A GREAT MAN OF HONOR
Today we mourn a true Legend of principle, honor, discipline and courage. Nze F. O Ekwekwuo “Dee Fyne” was a good man who lived a descent and honorable life. Dee Fyne, was a good friend of my uncle James Amalaha and a great uncle to me. All my life, I have known Dee Fyne for his great advice and encouragement at the time of need. As an uncle, Dee Fyne’s house at home and Aba was a stopping place for us during our high school days. Though he was many years older than me, Dee Fyne was never shy of having a meaningful discussion with young people just like me. He lived a philanthropic life worth emulating in Abayi. He gave arms when necessary and gives support to the needy. I am very sure that many people he helped will testify to his good deed. Dee Fyne, lived a good and fulfilled life of great achievement with all his children in good positions and we thank God for that. Today you are gone and we are not mourning but celebrating the good life and deed you gave while you are alive. Your existence on earth impacted many lives and that a great achievement. Barrister Chibuzo, Chinasa, the matriarch Mrs. Ekwekwuo and family, take heart and May the soul of Dee Fyne rest in peace.
Chief Ogechi Friday Ukegbu
For the Ukegbu Family home and Abroad
Posted by Obinna Mbogu on March 14, 2021
I write to express my heartfelt condolences over the transition to higher glory of your dear father, Nze F. O. Ekwekwuo, Ugochinyere 1 of Isi Ngwa autonomous community, Isiala Ngwa North LGA, in Abia State, Nigeria.

Your Dad was like a father to me. Even though I met him in the regular course of transactions with the Nigerian Railway Corporation (from which he retired meritoriously after a several decades-long, much garlanded, fulfilling career) over time, we developed a warm father/son relationship. For years and till his death, he never failed to reach out to me regularly and vice versa. Despite the wide age difference, he often consulted me on matters of importance to him and reposed a lot of confidence in me. He was a very honest, straightforward, kind, pleasant, charismatic, and dignified fellow, whose word was always his bond. He was indeed a great man and his type would be hard to replace. We all who knew him undoubtedly feel a deep sense of loss at his passing. He would be sorely missed.

May our almighty God grant you & his entire family comfort, solace, strength, and the courage to forge ahead in unity and love. May his soul find eternal & peaceful rest in the Lord's bosom.

Sincerely,
Mazi Sweet Asouzu.
Posted by Jane Kelechi on March 5, 2021
A CHEERFUL,LOVING AND CARING FATHER

With a sincere and deep heart of gratitude,it is hard to say goodbye to a cheerful,loving and caring father.De onuiri my second father who will call and advice us like know one,His memories will forever remain in our heart.De onuiri as you fondly called,you were the father we knew on earth,your departure kept us speechless but we won't question god for her has called you to be with him.
   De onuiri we say rest on....we miss you

    ELDER/DEACONESS,M.C ONUGHA/FAMILY
Posted by Vivienne Ihejirika on March 5, 2021
TRIBUTE TO DEE FYNE

As Elisabeth Kubler-Ross rightly stated "Death is a graduation. When we're taught all the things we came to teach, learned all the things we came to learn, then we're allowed to graduate."
The words above rightly befits the life of Dee Fyne who I met as a child in Aba many many years ago. My late father (Samuel Isinji Amalaha) was a very dear friend to Dee Fyne and his lovely family. I grew up enjoying the company of this wonderful family at their railway quarters in Aba especially with his daughter Okwukwe (Faith). 
Dee Fyne was an epitome of kindness and stood solidly behind my family (mother, myself and brother) when the cold hands of death took my beloved father away in his prime. 
Dee Fyne was so passionate about education and made sure that his children received the best from him. 
May God give the whole family the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss. Good night Dee Fyne and may your soul rest peacefully in the bosom of our Lord.
Vivienne Ihuoma Ihejirika (Nee Amalaha)
Posted by Chinenye Okoye on March 1, 2021
Dear Papa,

It has been 86 days without you on this day that you are being laid to rest. The head and the neck are no more. Our steady rock and patriarch.

Good father, with kindness, laughter, loyalty, and love, you built our family. You celebrated our achievements, good grades and every good news and you stood solid with us in sad times, filling a void created by the loss of our father, meeting numerous needs, and comforting. Oh, how we looked forward to visiting you as kids during our breaks from boarding school and later on in life. How nice it was to hear your jokes each time we talked on the phone and to hear you chatting with your great-grand kids. You welcomed your in-laws and made everyone to feel like a part of the family. You cheered us on even until the end. We miss you greatly Papa, we love you and will cherish your memories forever!

May the angels watch you with great care because we really wish that you were still here with us.

Rest in Power!

From Fenna, Kamdi, Nenye & Kingsley Okoye
Posted by Akachi Mbogu on February 28, 2021
A TRIBUTE TO MY AMAZING GRANDPA
Papa was a jolly good fellow who loved & cared for both family and strangers as Christ has admonished us. Papa lived a good life, and he was a very peaceful man if you ever met him.

Whenever I recall my phone calls to you to check up on you, your response to " Papa, how you are doing" will always be- "isi na olu di ya". Today, you no more live on earth with us; instead, you sit in heavenly places with Christ. Thank you for all that you did for us. Thank you for spending Christmas with us, praying for us all. Thank you for all the memories you created with us- we will forever cherish them.

I miss you more than words can ever say. You were so much more than just a Grandfather-you were my father when I lost my dad; you were my hero, our spiritual giant, and a living legacy. In the years to come, I may not remember many of the words you spoke, Papa; but the memories of what you conveyed without speaking a word will stay in my heart. I am delighted today that God has you in his arms while I will continue to have you in my heart. Papa, the virtues you have instilled in us; we will live by them.

Ga ije gi nke oma!

your granddaughter
Akachi (Iheoma m) Mbogu
Posted by Obinna Mbogu on February 28, 2021
Papa, as you fondly call me Iheanyi when we visit you. You were a noble father and grandfather. I recall my father telling me so many good things about you and how you have helped the family, provided for the family, and even helped to provide jobs and opportunities to outsiders. We will always remember you, Papa because there will never be another one to replace you in our hearts. We love you, Papa. Rest in God's safe hands.
Your grandson,
Chinalurumogu Ekwekwuo
Posted by Obinna Mbogu on February 28, 2021
Although we cannot hear your voice or see your smiling face, we know that you have not left us deep down in our hearts. We will surely miss you, but your legacy lives on.
Rest on, Papa. We love you.
Your granddaughter,
Ngozichukwuka Ekwekwuo
Posted by Obinna Mbogu on February 28, 2021
Grandpa, I will always miss you. But I have so many wonderful memories to hold on to. You were a role model to us all. Gone but never forgotten. Rest in God's care. We love you.
Your granddaughter,
Chinoluloa Ekwekwuo
Posted by Obinna Mbogu on February 28, 2021
Papa, you left a mark on every one of your grandchildren, and Papa, we will sorely miss you. Thank you for working hard to give our parents, and consequently us, the life we are very fortunate to live. May your soul Rest in Peace.
Your Granddaughter,
Ganiru Ekwekwuo
Posted by Obinna Mbogu on February 28, 2021
My Amazing Grandpa
Fine boy Ekwekwuo...was the best Grandpa ever. He was loving, caring, and hardworking. I look at him as if he was my father, he was the best, he was a good adviser, he was kind, gentle, amazing, and wonderful. I don't know many amazing names to praise him with. He was a great man; I wish he was still here for me to tell him face to face.
I love you so much, Grandpa. May your soul rest in peace

Nmesoma Ken-Osuh
Posted by Obinna Mbogu on February 28, 2021
Grandpa My Money Machine
My Grandfather was the best Grandpa. He was so caring and hardworking, he provided for me in the time of need and he also advised me on what to do. I love you, Grandpa. May your soul rest in peace.

Nzubechi Ken-Osuh
Posted by Obinna Mbogu on February 28, 2021
Death isn't the end we have hope that papa we will see you one day In the house of the Lord
But for now, it's a time of celebration not mourning for u lived a long prosperous life
We love u and miss u papa
Jeddy
Posted by Obinna Mbogu on February 28, 2021

When we die we are not always remembered for all the cars we had or the millions we made and spent but we are remembered by the lives we touched and the people we made an impact on
Papa was rich in love and virtues of life. Even though he is gone his legacy still stands in his place for us to follow.
today the lord has gained ur blessed soul and the earth has lost a legend but we all see u walking up to heaven on those white stairs and this assures us that we will see again that death is not the end
we love u papa and we miss u dearly

Fortune
Posted by Obinna Mbogu on February 28, 2021
As you go to be with the Lord, we promise to carry along what you love doing. Although my grandfather did numerous things in his life, one of the things that he was proud of was raising such a beautiful and lovely family. We will miss your presence grandpa. From the way you pampered us, you will remain in our hearts forever grandpa since there will never be any other person who can replace you in our hearts and souls and the great love we have for you.
 Adewunmi Chinonso Koledoye
Posted by Obinna Mbogu on February 28, 2021
Since the day you went away. It has gotten harder and harder, seems like yesterday that we were together. Then I opened my eyes to realize you were gone, gone forever. It will slice our hearts away to know you are not here with us for the rest of our lives.
Family parties and dinners won’t be the same because you won’t be there.
There is going to be that empty chair and no one to ring the bell during Passover nights.
You are a man that gave us inspiration and courage to achieve our goals.
You told us our rights from wrong and most of all you put others before you.
You are not going to be with us, but you will be forever in our hearts.
It is going to feel like we are together, but apart.
You were my only granddad, I am proud to be your granddaughter, and I hope you are proud of me too.
I want you to know,
I will never let you go.
I know you loved me too.
My heart will always be with you.
Now it is time to say goodbye,
Until I see you again.
Your dearest
ZARA                                                           Adebimpe Chizaram Koledoye
Posted by Obinna Mbogu on February 28, 2021
A heart that is made of pure gold has stopped beating, one of the most hardworking hands has been put to rest as one way of God, showing us that he is interested in only the best.
Even if we searched the entire universe, we are sure that we will never find a grandpa who is as loving and caring as you were to us. You are not genuinely gone since your memories will live on in our hearts and minds because we loved you and we will never forget about you.
As you go to be with the Lord, we promise to carry along what you loved most, waking up early, so enjoy the sunrise which you loved, and we loved it as well.
We will miss you dearly grandpa
Rest in peace grandpa❤️❤️❤️❤️

Written by koledoye uchechukwu
Posted by Obinna Mbogu on February 28, 2021
My father why did you die?
Why did you leave us?
We are so proud of you
You took us everywhere and we love you
Goodbye, sleep well till we meet again
Obioma Favor Ekwekwuo
Posted by Obinna Mbogu on February 28, 2021
Death, why did you take my father away from me? He was caring, friendly, generous, smart, confident, straightforward forward and most of all, he loved God. He always said, “help as many people as you can, and never expect nothing in return”, and that is how he lived his life.
Your shadow is all I see everywhere, father like no other, man with a heart of gold, a man with no regrets, bravest and loveliest of men, a great man of faith.
Shine, shine, shine where you are
Shine for the Lord, shine for the Lord
Shine where you are for the Lord
May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace.
Esther, Daddy’s girl.
Posted by Obinna Mbogu on February 28, 2021
A peace-loving, compassionate, and devoted Christian has gone home to join the saints
Papa as I used to call you, will never forget the words of wisdom and the word of faith you rendered to me, you protected and provided for me and my children. I miss your fatherly advice.
You lived an exemplary life, you are the epitome of goodness…… to all who crossed your path, you impacted their lives positively in many ways. You were very kind and peaceful, you spoke, stood, and remained consistently firm on the truth
My earnest prayer is that God will give us the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss and grant your soul eternal rest in the bosom of the Lord.
Adieu man of peace
Your lovely wife, Ozy.
Posted by Obinna Mbogu on February 28, 2021
De, your death came to me in a shocking and unexpected way, but to God be the Glory. Now it is as if I am alone, very empty without you. What can I say? What can I do? Who will ever call me Olubaby as you do, meeting you was the best thing that ever happened to me, marrying you was a dream come true. You loved me, you were my personal teacher that taught me the ways of life and how to live in peace with everybody around me, you never did anything that hurt me, so selfless – always considering yourself last. With you, I had all that I ever needed, A man of all, darling to all.
With you, we were always sure and never failing to trust for a moment. God was so faithful to us, together we walked in agreement. Your death seems so unbearable, but in your children, you have given me reasons to live on.
I promise to hold on to my God as you taught me. As you always say, “God is in charge” and “prayer is the key”. You laid the best foundation anyone could ever wish for. Today I say goodnight to my child, my one and only husband. I will be standing on resurrection morning with you to that beautiful land where we will never grow old ever again…… that’s where we belong.
Husband like no other, a man with a good heart, a man with a heart of gold, a great man of faith.
Being with you was like heaven to me, if I have another opportunity to live on earth, I will like to have you as my husband again.
Adieu Presiding
Adieu British man
Adieu man of peace
Adieu man of faith
Adieu nwanne m

Oluchi Fineboy Ekwekwuo
Posted by Obinna Mbogu on February 28, 2021
Tribute to my late husband, Fineboy Ogaranya Ekwekwuo

Dear, is the name I fondly called you in our early marriage years, which later became “Nnaanyi Ukwu” in our later marriage years. You lived an honorable life, a man of peace. You were an amazing father, a role model, and a quintessential man. You have been a part of me for many years, and you adopted my brother and sisters’ children as your own children. It is only an authentic man of faith, love, and peace that can be the person you were to me, my children, and my extended family.
You were godly, dutiful, and you ensured we executed our “Amala” responsibilities at the village. I will not forget how you always helped me execute my village's responsibilities, even in my absence. You ensured timely payment of our dues when I moved to Abuja. As a titled man, you fulfilled and executed your roles and responsibilities with all diligence. You cared for the people and the community and ensured everyone maintained peace. The entire Isingwa community will always remember you. My children are exceptional today because of your outstanding leadership.
As you have left mother earth today, I bid you farewell; go in peace. May God receive you and grant you eternal rest, Amen.
Your Wife,
Chief (Mrs) Christiana “Oduagu” Ekwekwuo (Akajiulo 1 of Isingwa)
Posted by Obinna Mbogu on February 28, 2021
My father was my biggest fan and my greatest role model. I could call him at any time and he always has a solution to my problem. Life is different without him, but I am grateful I got to call him my father. My father was my hero. He was the most courageous and resourceful man. I never questioned if he loved or cared for me because he made it so obvious. I still feel him with me each day and I am living life for the both of us now. Farewell Pa
UDOKA
Posted by Obinna Mbogu on February 28, 2021
TRIBUTE TO MY GRANDFATHER
The first thing that comes to mind when I think of grandpa is wisdom. Among many other things, grandpa was the epitome of wisdom. He is your ‘go-to’ when it comes to making tough decisions in difficult times. Grandpa was kind, generous, compassionate, and selfless, not forgetting very peaceful. Need I say more? Papa was a man of integrity and stood for truth at all cost. He was a true leader, respected by all and sundry.
Papa loved his family and instilled in us love and unity. Papa’s love for God was second to none. He was very active in the things of God. He daily recited the chapters of the book of psalms which was his best book of the bible. No wonder his wealth of wisdom.
I will miss your humorous response of ‘Isi la olu ndi ya’ whenever you were asked how you are. Although we will miss you so much, we take consolation in the good feelings of our memories. Even when you are gone to be with the Lord, you will be in our hearts forever.
It is hard to say goodbye, nonetheless, I am grateful for the privilege of having you around for three decades of my life.
Sleep well, Papa. Till we meet again.
Uju (Ginikamgaemerechi), Peter & Jidenna
Posted by Obinna Mbogu on February 28, 2021
Papa,
Observing you while growing up sometimes seemed to me like a sneak peek into the life of the wise King Solomon of the Bible. Seeing people come from far and near to seek your counsel, hearing your words of wisdom, and learning about the things you had done in your youth, helped me to understand early on why the wise king declared wisdom to be the principal thing. Your strong family values and home-building example have laid a great foundation for us and is the basis of the love and togetherness we continue to share in our big family. Thank you for the amazing memories, Papa, you will live in my heart forever.
Your grandchild,
Onyeomereneche (Maduka)
Posted by Obinna Mbogu on February 28, 2021
Fineboy is his name, and truly he was fine in all ramifications.
His service to God, service to humanity.
A gentleman that always stood for what is right, he was very intelligent, astute in business.
Though his sight waned later when he aged, he still had a great listening ear, a sound, and a discerning mind, his problem-solving skills were second to none.
In fact, which qualities do I talk about and which do I leave out?
It is such an arduous task compressing all his qualities on paper.

He raised such a special family (to all he gave a name and remembered till he left), he hammered home the importance of togetherness (onye ahala nwanne ya)
These tenets we pray God to help us uphold and to pass unto the younger generations and the ones yet unborn
Yes, he was the only Grand Father I knew, and
I feel lucky and privileged to have known him.
Thank God for giving us such a gift.
Thank God, we have a plethora of memories to keep us going
Memories he conveyed in his admonitions, his actions, his dealings, even the ones he conveyed without speaking a word – these we will treasure and keep close to our hearts.

Though you have moved on into the mist of ever after, you will forever live in our hearts
From
Jaram, Zina, Zita and Obinna (Ekwekwuo) Mbogu
Posted by Obinna Mbogu on February 28, 2021
Dear Papa,

It has been 86 days without you. The head and the neck are no more. Our steady rock and patriarch.

You were the definition of a good father. With kindness, laughter, loyalty, and love, you built your family. Laying foundations of peace, love, and togetherness. You left this world better than you found it. Going places and doing things that not many would dare to do.

Countless words of wisdom, countless stories of your lifetime. All these we now condense into memories. You loved to invest in people and things and watch them grow. Yours was a good life and your legacy will last for a long time.

Dear Angels, please watch him with great care.
For words cannot fully express how much we wish that he was still here.

Rest in Power,
From Fenna, Kamdi, Nenye & Kc.
Posted by Obinna Mbogu on February 28, 2021
Growing up, we were always very excited when we hear we are going to visit Grandpa, because you never failed to express how much you loved us and how proud you were of us.
You were not a distant Grandpa, you always wanted to be a part of everything that was going on with us. When Daddy died, you ensured we would not lack in any way. Your love for life was infectious. Whenever I spent time with you, I always left uplifted, challenged and optimistic, I believe it was the same for most people. You were kind to all and sundry and always shared your wisdom to all around you.
I miss you Papa and will treasure the memories forever. 
Akunna (Igbeaku) Mbogu
Posted by Obinna Mbogu on February 28, 2021
Papa, you were born great, lived great and ur departure was great.
He was the best father any daughter would wish to have. He taught me a lot but what stood him out was his wisdom and giving nature.
As a child, I recall the saying that God created many of one's type but in your case, I can confidently say, God uniquely created you. Your life was unique, so were your values and approach to doing things. You took life so simple and made it interesting that nothing seemed to bother you, even when you are unhappy about a situation, you managed it in a manner that the offender goes away smiling.
You radiated so much love that anyone that comes near you with anger eventually drops it and becomes a friend. Papa, you were simple and gentle, yet you made a great impact in the life of everyone that comes in contact with you.
I hold firm the strength that your words of wisdom have given me.
You didn't take us unawares. You prepared and blessed us.
I am forever grateful to God for your life well spent. A ripe old age signaled that the night was drawing near.
I will forever miss you my amazing and fashionista papa.
Adieu, papa.

Mrs. Faith Ken Osuh (daughter).
Posted by Obinna Mbogu on February 28, 2021
Tribute to my Papa.
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Papa, you were a father like no other. I have met no one else like you, and that is why I am proud of you. We will forever remember you for all your good and generous deeds. You rather talk firmly but never hurt. Like all fathers, you had a cane, but you never beat me once with it (at least not that I can remember). I thank God for your kind and forgiving spirit. You did not dwell on conflict, a very peaceful man indeed. You always let go of issues that did not contribute to harmony. I never for once witnessed you misbehaved even when others hurt you. Instead, you prayed for understanding. You were a peace seeker and never imposed yourself on anyone, communities in the railways, Abayi village, and Aba town.
You thought me how to work hard and how to be prayerful at all times. You were always listening, understanding, accommodating, and friendly with people of all ages, tribes and, religions.
You loved children, and you hurt no child. You did not even know how to hold a cane. Your gentle counseling approach worked for me. Up till your last breath, all your children were sleeping in the same room with you.
I fondly remember my growing up with you in the railway quarters. When you go to the railway clubs and receive your share of Suya and beer, you will send for me to take your share to our quarters. When you returned, you will share the drink and Suya with us. You did not drink outside. You always come home to share with your family, old and young. Another intriguing memory that stood out for me was your immense wisdom. I recall occasions when Dee Paty and co. (who were addicted to playing football pools) will excitedly bring numbers for you to Palm 1from 2 daily for a week. You never argued with them, and you will call me to take the prescribed amount as if you were going to bet. As usual, I will collect all the forecasts for the week. When pool results are out on Saturdays, your friends started lamenting, saying “chei” nearly,; ‘chei’, promising to win next week. And when they left, you will call me to ask how much you have saved for the week.
When I bring the amount out, you say that it is our “WiN” and then asked me to buy fresh fish and snail from Amaogbonna to make a delicacy for us to enjoy. I will sit by your side, eat with you from the same plate and share a bottle of beer. That’s how we were winning our pools. I must not fail to mention your calmness; a gentle Lion, you were. These legacies must live on among us. Journey mercies PAPA, see you on resurrection day.
From your daughter Chiko - as you fondly called me.
(Chikaodinaka Patie Koledoye)
Posted by Obinna Mbogu on February 28, 2021
        TRIBUTE TO OUR BELOVED FATHER- ‘RARE GEM’.
Let me start with the words of Simon Sinek, which says: ‘’Stand for people. Not a product or service or metric or number. If we stand for real, living, breathing people, we will change the world. Our father in his wisdom understood the above and stood for this philosophy all the days of his life. As your name Fineboy, Papa you were fine in most of your ways. Though no human is perfect, you lived a good life, touched numerous lives in your environment and communities. Papa reverenced and served God and humanity from youth till death, as many are witnesses. A humble, patient, unassuming gentleman. You were kind, compassionate, generous, peaceful, loving, and forgiving. And to many, you were a counselor, advisor, helper, comforter, father of the fatherless/orphans, an advocate of widows, lover of progress, and a home/church and community builder.
Papa cherished education, worked hard to support his children’s education, as well as encouraged people around him. Papa loved, cherished, and nurtured his children, and others alike. His best moments were, when we all clustered around him, make a joyful noise, eat, and worshipped God together. Papa and Mama instilled discipline, respect, moral and cultural values in us their children, laying important foundations without which we could not have become who we are today.
Papa was an industrious, clean- man, visionary leader, seasoned Civil Servant, farmer, a trader from youth till death, always trying diligently to make something out of nothing (creative). He related well with people across board in his service career, socially, religiously, and traditionally. He stood for the truth, fairness, and justice.  Papa was an independent man that believes in his efforts and his God. He worked hard tirelessly to pursue his dreams. Retired, but not tired man, till death. A man of no doll moment. Your age and visual disability were no excuses. A very articulate, strong, systematically-organized man. A historian, wise-man as some called you, and a leader to whom people resort for wise counsel and advice on virtually all matters. He mentored many people that came his way and helped them too, in his own little way to stand or achieve their dreams.
Papa, your children are so proud of you. You loved, impacted strength, and your attributes to us all your children. You made me personally from childhood to be strongly built, followed you up in all that you do for a living, never distinguished roles for me as a girl. Encouraged me to be focused, and compete favorably with boys as well as girls, in my early years. You told us many stories of hard times of life and the key to success, which impacted so much to what I am today, able to withstand most odds. You took my late husband as a son, stood by me and my family firmly during my life trials, and helped us build confidence, hope for the future. We are fortunate and grateful to be your children and we cherish you so much and had wished you lived longer, to be able to show you more love.
Papa, when I look back at the rugged paths you had trodden, struggles in life, and your later life, I say nothing but thank God. Your life is an example of the effect of God’s grace, favor upon His chosen ones. May God grant us your children, the grace also to follow your good legacies and the will of God, while we live here on earth.
Papa, though we mourn your demise, God loves you more and has called you to rest. To God be the glory for your life and glorious exit. A great man of value, we miss you but your legacies linger in our minds for life.
ADIEU PAPA! ADIEU!!, till we meet on the resurrection morning. A RARE GEM INDEED. May your humble soul rest in the bosom of the Lord. AMEN.
YOUR FIRST DAUGHTER.
Florence Chinasaokwu Mbogu (Adanne, as you fondly call me).


Posted by Obinna Mbogu on February 28, 2021
A true father, Papa Fineboy! A tribute to my father-in-law.
He was patient, kind, gentle, longsuffering, slow to judge, humorous, wise, and sensitive. He felt things deeply but knew how to manage emotions and channel his thoughts and ideas effectively.
So many things stood out about Papa….A humble man, who attained great heights and always downplayed his achievements; still, his wisdom was not to be downplayed, (the wisdom he was blessed abundantly with, openly displayed in a lot of his words AND actions, and which he shared generously with family and friends. He possessed a love and value for life and family. As a daughter by marriage, I always felt comfortable, seen, heard understood, and accepted. Because he took the time, he made the effort, his wisdom crossed the aisle of generation, education, culture.
He was a true father. A father of many. He loved children. And this love is typified in the way he always surrounded himself with young ones…as our savior did, he lived the words, “ …Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me”: (I guess because he truly believed …->“for of such is the kingdom of heaven”. I found this admirable, along with his dry wit!!!
He led, he led, he led his family with love and wisdom, and was deeply loved by his family and many others. He was a true guiding light in his immediate and extended family and all communities that he was part of, even in the face of significant obstacles.  And, he persevered, endured, and triumphed.  Thank you for your devotion to family, the example you set for the family of which you were patriarch, and for adopting my own family.
It was an honor and a blessing to know you Papa, to love and feel loved by you. Abayi shall NOT be the same without you…..Umunya Street shall feel so empty in your absence. You shall surely be missed. Rest on in power, till we meet again, by His Grace.
Adieu.
Faith Ekwekwuo

Posted by Obinna Mbogu on February 28, 2021
A TRIBUTE TO THE FINEST DADDY
It is exactly a quarter of a century ago when I met Papa for the first time. As a suitor to his beautiful daughter, I had expected heaven to fall. But, Papa was calm. He sat majestically on his big chair, said little, but said a lot. He received me, broke Kola, and bided me farewell without betraying his true feelings. When I didn’t see Chika for weeks thereafter I feared the worse. I wondered if she had been mercilessly beaten to a pulp. However, when Chika eventually surfaced, she calmly told me, Papa and I have prayed and fasted over your matter and the final decision is up to Papa. Twenty-five years on I witnessed Papa as a positive force and a strategist. He said little yet said a lot. Walked slowly yet faster than an Olympic runner. Looked as if he was not focused, yet he saw through everyone and every situation. A man of tradition and abundant love. When I had exhausted my energies harassing my children to conform to my perception and feared I was losing the battle, I will send the offending child to Papa. When the child eventually returned I would feel psychologically relieved and when I asked the child what happened, he/she will gloat about praying and enjoying Papa's company. When we had we shared whatever we could afford with Papa and when we didn't, Papa was the first to ask about our well-being and offer to send money to us. Papa never discriminated against anyone. He extended his warmth love to all, young and old, black and yellow, tall and average. We were all welcome by his side.
So when on the 16th December Chika called and said talk to Papa, my heart sank. Papa asked, Segun how are you and my children? I replied, "fine". Then he asked again, “how is Lagos". I said fine. Then he said, "Segun, Aba is not fine”, “When are you coming with the children to Aba, are you coming tomorrow? My heart dropped, I nearly choked, but summoned courage and replied, "Yes Papa". Eventually, when I arrived, and saw him lying on his bed majestically, ready to depart on his terms, and with all of us by his side. I thanked God that I met a unique being in my short journey on this earth.
There is an adage among the Yorubas, which states "Only a temperate elder has a home and a family. Papa's legacy is a testament to how we should relate to one another so as to uphold the beautiful family and love Papa has bequeathed us. As we bid Papa farewell, please join me to sing his favorite praise song, thus: "Obodobo aka Jehovah di Obodobo na-aru m. O di Obodobo etc.
Adieu, the finest of all Daddy.
Segun Koledoye

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Chief Barr. Chibuzor Ekwekwuo,

CONDOLENCE MESSAGE

We write on behalf of Isingwa Council of Chiefs and Lolos to condole with your entire family on the transition to glory of your father, Late Okenze Fineboy Ekwekwuo. Isingwa Council of Chiefs misses your late father. Though we can no longer have any encounter with him, it’s a reality that he is dead but has made a transition from this planet earth to a better place of rest. Okenze lived a fulfilled life and the legacy he left behind will continue to make history. His integrity, love, care, prayer, life and his advice can never be forgotten. As he journeys back to his creator for eternal rest. We pray the Almighty would make an alternative provision to fill the vacuum Okenze’s demise has created. May his gentle soul rest in the bosom of the Almighty Lord, Amen.

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Nze J.O. Odokara
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Dear Chibuzo,
We deeply commiserate with you and your family on the death of your dear father, NZE F. O. EKWEKWUO. Though the loss of a dear one is painful, our consolation lies in the fact that NZE lived a sublime life and died at the ripe age of 95 years.

As a renowned administrator, NZE EKWEKWUO had an illustrious career in the Nigeria Railway Corporation. As a business man, his contributions in the business world were very outstanding. NZE was a humanist, philanthropist and lover of his people. He lived a good and exemplary life and left behind indelible legacies for us all.

Please be consoled in the facts that your late father lived a worthy life, had illustrious careers in public service, the business world and his community, and is survived by hard working and successful people like you and your siblings. We join you and your family to wish NZE F. O. EKWEKWUO and all the faithful departed a peaceful rest in the bosom of the Lord.

PROFESSOR SAM AGU & FAMILY.
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Dear Chibuzo,
We deeply commiserate with you and your family on the death of your dear father, NZE F. O. EKWEKWUO. Though the loss of a dear one is painful, our consolation lies in the fact that NZE lived a sublime life and died at the ripe age of 95 years.

As a renowned administrator, NZE EKWEKWUO had an illustrious career in the Nigeria Railway Corporation. As a business man, his contributions in the business world were very outstanding. NZE was a humanist, philanthropist and lover of his people. He lived a good and exemplary life and left behind indelible legacies for us all. 

Please be consoled in the facts that your late father lived a worthy life, had illustrious careers in public service, the business world and his community, and is survived by hard working and successful people like you and your siblings. We join you and your family to wish NZE F. O. EKWEKWUO and all the faithful departed a peaceful rest in the bosom of the Lord. 

PROFESSOR SAM AGU & FAMILY.