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Onyebuchi Ugochukwu Okoli
  • 52 years old
  • Date of birth: Jul 23, 1962
  • Place of birth:
    Nnobi, Nigeria
  • Date of passing: Dec 5, 2014
  • Place of passing:
    Garaku, Nigeria
Looking back with memories Upon the path you trod We bless the hours we had with you And leave the rest with God

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Buchi Okoli

July 23, 1962 – December 5, 2014

On Friday, December 5, Buchi was the front seat passenger in a car that was involved in an accident in Garaku village, Nassarawa State. He was travelling back to Abuja and passed away shortly after the accident.

Buch was born in Nnobi, the last of six children born to Samson and Comfort Ezeokoli. He grew up in Enugu and had his early education there. Buch was a proud ‘old boy’ of the Union Secondary School, Awkunanaw and went on to earn a Law degree from the University of Benin. He completed his Law School programme a year later and has always been happy to be identified as ‘Barrister’.

Buch was a committed Christian and was ordained a Pastor in the International Praise Church, Kaduna. He describes himself as a man with wide interests and these included: legal representation, politics, social justice and defending the cause of the voiceless, the unseen and the marginalised. Family meant everything to Buch and he placed himself repeatedly at services of anyone who was in need; whether they were biologically related or not. He saw himself as the Lord’s messenger, sent to serve the needs of humanity. Therefore he was very very proud of his O+ blood type, which saw him routinely and freely donating blood at hospitals exclusively for the use of patients who could not otherwise find a blood donor. Buchi was a giver; of his skills, his knowledge, his resources and everything that God blessed him with. If you had Buch in your corner in any situation, you were well and truly ‘sorted’. With his ever ready gap-toothed and dimpled smile, one thing was certain; there is no one who ever met Buch and forgot that they did. He was ALWAYS guaranteed to leave an impression on you... 

Buchi is preceded in death by his father, Samson C. Ezeokoli (Ezeudoka).

He is survived by his wife (Uche); sons (Chibueze & Emeka); mother (Comfort); sisters (Joy Ulasi & Uchenna Ezemenari); brothers (Solomon, Chukwudi & Chinedu); aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and many many cousins in Nigeria and the diaspora.

A Service of Songs will be held on Saturday 24th January, 2015 at the King’s Castle Church, 162 Brinkburn Street, Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 2AR. Time: 12noon – 2pm. Family, friends and associates in the axis of the United Kingdom and Europe are invited to join us to celebrate Buchi’s life and give thanks to God for the blessing that he was to us on this side of eternity.

Funeral service and interment will hold on Friday 6th February, 2015 at Samson Ezeokoli’s family compound, Afor Nnobi, Idemili South LGA of Anambra State. Time: 10am

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by chinyere okafor on 6th December 2017

"Buchi you left a vacuum!"

This tribute was added by Jayne Folorunso on 5th December 2017

"In loving memory of Mr Buchi Okoli.
It's three years he went to be with the Lord already .
He will continue to be celebrated until rapture.
May his family and friends be raptuable in Jesus name, Amen."

This tribute was added by olagoke aiyegbayo on 5th December 2017

"My brother we remember you today. Just wanted to let you know what you already know--It is well..God is Faithful."

This tribute was added by Nwadiobinma Ezeokoli on 5th December 2017

"Onyebuchi I remember you everyday and I pray the Good Lord to give you  rest in his fold. I pray that you will arise in his glory.  We shall meet again in the house of the Lord. Amen."

This tribute was added by Chichi Ezemenari on 5th December 2017

"You are forever missed. Continue to rest in the lord onye nkem.. Love u"

This tribute was added by Chinyere Igun on 5th December 2017

"Uncle Buchi You are still very much a big part of hearts we miss you!!!! Your bigness, your jokes your laughter and your no-nonsense persona!!! We rest in Christ knowing that he is well able to fill every void  your departure has made.... He is helping us chart the course of life on earth without you!!! It’s not easy but his grace is sufficient!!!"

This tribute was added by Uche Okoli on 5th December 2017

"The Anchor still holds ..."

This tribute was added by Nwadiobinma Ezeokoli on 23rd July 2017

"Buchi we miss you always. Your absence in our family is noticeable, especially amongst we the Ezeokoli grandchildren  ! !! Bro rest in the peace of the Lord Jesus.  Amen"

This tribute was added by Jayne Folorunso on 5th December 2016

"Can it be two years already? We give God Almighty praise. In memory of a caring & loving husband + father. Mr Okoli's short & wonderful life will continue to be a wonder to us. We miss him."

This tribute was added by Oliver Nwauju on 5th December 2016

"Hi Butch, a couple of years have drifted away since we pumped hands. Ocean waves have come and gone emptying loads of contents but you remain absent. Birds have scanned the skies millions of times over but no news about you, no sign of your flashing smile either. A few times I have seen you but only when am in the state of unconsciousness, when am unable to really share comradery, to actually brief you about the things we used to speak about especially politics in that God forsaken country. To tell you that the two young banana suckers you planted have grown into the most wonderful macho giants you could ever imagine, ready to bear fruits. The Angel you left to guide them has been exceptional. She found unbelievable strength in God Almighty, the same one keeping you safe on His bosom. Everything points to the facts that you have flown far above this universe hence it is time to accept reality that you can't come to us any more but we can meet you  later. If you have the grace, please assist us to walk in the path of righteousness and to always please the King. Butch you were a great brother, a brother from another mother. You were taken early according to our human understanding but the promise of spending eternity together remains unbroken. That remains our consolation. Love from myself and family. Keep resting in the care of Almighty God in Jesus name Amen"

This tribute was added by justice ezemenari on 5th December 2016

"I still remember the first time we met.
your smile and sense of humor I will never forget.
keep resting sir, forever miss you"

This tribute was added by olagoke aiyegbayo on 5th December 2016

"In everything, give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. I Thessalonians 5:18. We take solace only in the Living word of God, as we remember you today, my brother. Your posterity the Lord will establish in Jesus name."

This tribute was added by Chichi Ezemenari on 5th December 2016

"Missing you it's an underststatement.  Today I celebrate you, I choose not to mourn you, because I can see and hear you smiling down at me,  saying "chiiichiiiii"!!!!.  wait a minute am losing some weight  as you always advised.  Hahaha .... Rest in peace my Uncle.  You are indescribable. God is my strength."

This tribute was added by Nwadiobinma Ezeokoli on 24th July 2016

"Rest in The Peace of our Good Lord, Jesus Christ.  Amen."

This tribute was added by Ized Noelle Edorhe on 23rd July 2016

"Those we love don't go away they walk beside us everyday unseen, unheard, but always near. Still loved, still missed, and very dear. Continue to rest in peace Butch."

This tribute was added by Jayne Folorunso on 23rd July 2016

"Today would have being Mr Okoli's 54th birthday, knowing him, the day will just be spent in gratitude, praise to God for his faithfulness. But now, he has gone to be will the Almighty whom he loved so much. May he continue to rest with Jesus Christ the author and finisher of our faith. He will forever be remembered because his memory saturates the presence."

This tribute was added by Astirah Adeoti on 23rd July 2016

"Memories are all that we've got! We will constantly remain thankful for the beautiful moments shared together and hold onto them. No one is promised tomorrow! Rest on!"

This tribute was added by Martin Osahor on 23rd July 2016

It is certain that Uche and the men you left behind miss you a lot. We miss you too but we are persuaded that you are resting peacefully in the bosom of the Lord and so we are comforted."

This tribute was added by Shaquoia Chika on 23rd July 2016

"Happy birthday guy... Keep resting in the lord. I will always miss you .."

This tribute was added by CHRIS CHUKS EZEOKOLI on 6th December 2015

"How time flies, my beloved Buchi,  yesterday marks it one year you  went on a  journey to be with our Lord. You will ever be missed."

This tribute was added by matti Imarhiagbe on 5th December 2015

"Dearest Uncle Buchi the Chief Trooper of the Okoli Clan goodnessss!...... 1 year has passed how we have missed you not a single day or even month goes by without memories of you being brought up in conversation. You truly left a hole in our hearts, but We rejoice because God Himself has been so faithful. Chibz Emeka and Aunty Uche have just been basking in the surplus grace and Love of God. We bless the Lord Always for though we hurt and miss you HE has given us strength to run the race so we will meet one day. Oh by the way the stones you and my husband collected for your garden are still there lol . I guess when it warms up Me and Mike will have to lay them in your memory ... to think you wanted to collect more stones lol hee hee so you can escape to go to Glory and leave us with all the work of sorting them out how i am glad you did not go for more. Oh dearest we really miss you. Even thinking of the stones I can just see your larger than life smile and perhaps a cheeky response to my commentary... Anyway God will continue to give us rest ..

You will never be forgotten, your memory is all around us everyday...It is well..."

This tribute was added by Paul Brown on 5th December 2015

"well it year since buchi   past on  still think times we had house groups and  outreached  and still remember  what he said what do you want to do with your life  make  what you can with it  and i will always  think about  things we would might said in house groups  like  keep doing god work he will help  you"

This tribute was added by Jayne Folorunso on 5th December 2015

"It's unbelievable a year has gone already Mr Okoli passed on to a higher glory. He came to this planet, played his part very well and has gone to be with our Saviour and Master, waiting for the Rapture when we will all be together again. God Almighty be praised forever and ever for his banner of love over his wife and the young men. Hallelujah!!!"

This tribute was added by chinyere okafor on 5th December 2015

"Buchi my beloved cousin. We remember your 1 year transition today with joy and gladness for God has  been faithful to Uche, Chib, Mekus, your mom, siblings, extended families, friends, church, and well-wishers.
By God's grace it is very well with us!!!"

This tribute was added by Olapeju Dafe on 5th December 2015

"A year is gone so quickly! you're greatly missed but thank God for the legacy you left behind,continue to sleep on in the bosom of our Lord.."

This tribute was added by Nelson Enwemadu on 5th December 2015

"Buch! We miss you. However, you are at a better place at the Lord's bossom. You are always in my heart with good memories. Continue to rest in peace"

This tribute was added by Shaq San on 5th December 2015

"We miss you . Rest in perfect peace..."

This tribute was added by olagoke aiyegbayo on 5th December 2015

"My dear brother and friend,trust you are keeping well and reading this. We are reliably informed that Our Heavenly Father is the God of the living. You are very much alive,but obviously relocated. We seriously still miss you down here, but are comforted that you are safe in His bosom. God has remained faithful as Uche and the boys can testify. He is truly the Husband of the widow and Father to the fatherless. His Words remain sure, once I was young, and now I am old--I have never seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed beg bread."

This tribute was added by Astirah Adeoti on 5th December 2015

"Pastor Buchi, it's 1 year already! Your memory will never be forgotten!"

This tribute was added by Okechukwu Eruchalu on 5th December 2015

"Buchi as we remember your departure a year ago,  may you continue to rest in the Lord. Rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Okechukwu Eruchalu on 12th October 2015

"Ezeudoka, may your soul continued to rest in the Lord. Remain blessed."

This tribute was added by Chi Iroaganachi on 12th August 2015

"Buchi,sleep on in His bossom.You left a great legacy."

This tribute was added by olagoke aiyegbayo on 24th July 2015

"You came, you saw and you conquered. Man of God we celebrate you on your birth and your life that has touched countless..
You are indeed forever missed, but certainly not missing.
The Lord will not forget your labour in His vineyard. Your seed shall not go hungry, they shall indeed be mighty on the earth."

This tribute was added by Ifeanyi Ezemenari on 23rd July 2015

"Yesterday, today and forever.
You are immortalized in our heart, hewed with gold. An ever green memory we shall continue to cherish.
Yesterday, today and Forever!

This tribute was added by CHRIS CHUKS EZEOKOLI on 23rd July 2015

"Buchi , you  were  always  in our  thoughts,  remembering  you today,  fills  us with  mix feelings . We would  have  been  celebrating  your birthday today,  but  can't find  you . We all mixed  you, continue your rest in the Lord"

This tribute was added by chinyere okafor on 23rd July 2015

"Buchi my dear, I remember you today thanking God for the good times we shared.  I must say that where you are is really far from me for I have seen you in dream on more than two occasions sitting together yet we couldn’t talk to each other.   The entire ezeokoli family is trying to cope in your absence. Uche and the boys are in God’s care!"

This tribute was added by Hope Nwakwesi on 23rd July 2015

"Bucha cha, yes painful to remember you today on your birthday but thankful to God for his faithfulness in the comfort of the holy spirit.
We love you but God loves you most.

This tribute was added by Hope Nwakwesi on 23rd July 2015

"Bucha cha, yes painful to remember you today on your birthday but thankful to God for his faithfulness in the comfort of the holy spirit.
We love you but God loves you most.

This tribute was added by Chichi Ezemenari on 23rd July 2015

"Onye Nkem. I had a sweet cry again today  , but amidst my tears ,  i found peace and comfort and again i heard the voice saying " why are you grieving  , He is right here with me" you are safe in the arms of Jesus... Keep smiling until we meet to part no more. meanwhile i have lost some pounds like you always advice..Happy Birthday"

This tribute was added by Astirah Adeoti on 23rd July 2015

"We remember you today and always!"

This tribute was added by Nelson Enwemadu on 23rd July 2015

"Buch! Best wishes on your birthday. We celebrate you today and foreever. Enjoy the bosom of the Lord dear friend."

This tribute was added by Paul Brown on 23rd July 2015

"Buchi  you were wonderful person and kind gentle person as well  this year would be your birthday , still remember good times we had house group and on out reach  memories never fade  still think of you on how you say things on house group  god bless all the family  amen"

This tribute was added by Ized Noelle Edorhe on 3rd April 2015

""Indeed, it is sad to see such an immaculate person depart from us. The world will be refined by the good deeds of such a wonderful human being. I feel I have lost something precious. I am left with a gaping hole in my heart, and I wonder why he was taken away from us. Everyday he was on earth was a blessing to my family. I am grateful for the very fact that I met such a wonderful person. We are blessed to have had such a beautiful soul in our lives. The world was privileged to have had such a heavenly guest come down on earth. And even if it was only for a short while, I will take whatever I got and enjoy those memories. RIP Butch! in the hands of God."  Ized"

This tribute was added by malby ulasi on 5th February 2015

"Am short of words. I can't believe that I have to write this. Such a beautiful soul!  My uncle buchi love, who is going to call me ' malby love' or 'my personal person'? That missed call you left me with on 4th december has left a scar deep in my heart. I really wish I picked up that call. I can't believe that am never going to see you again. Oh death, why art thou sting! This hurts me so much. Uncle Buchi, I love u soo much in the life and the next. Thank you so much for being awesome. You are always in my heart. Adieu to my personal person, Adieu to a rare gem."

This tribute was added by Richard Ijomah on 2nd February 2015

"Buchi i was deeply shocked when i had the news of your demised... this is a sad miracle and period now but we shall take solace in God the greatest creature of mankind.... God gives and God takes.... Rest in peace big colleague...."

This tribute was added by Hope Nwakwesi on 1st February 2015

"Bucha cha

Though I never thought I will do it so early in our lives.

You had the grace that holds at bound all those around at all times. They hang you in the memory, as a picture framed you stick to the brain; because you create a spell at a first impression, that make none impossible to ignore or forget. Yes you lived your life for sure like a candle, wanting always to shine but refusing strongly to be blown off.

Many that had meet you had a lot to say as your smile a sticker and your aura a magnet pulled to stick with your cheerful heart mirroring in your soul for all to embrace.

Death is painful,  it is the most distasteful pill which we must all swallow as the taste disappears in time leaving the memories to overtake. The good memories of you will help our heal.

All I see is your smile, as people eulogise your openess to which you gave at will with no reservation.

Bucha cha,like a candle in the wind you have been forcefully blown out in that crash; knowing how fun and ease it is for you to travel around by all modes I stop my regrets, saying "chima" God knows.

I have know you all my life, your candle though off is not burnt out cos as a legend your uniqueness none can reproduce.

You have the grace to give out peace at all cost, standing out to a fight to win when pushed over.

Good bye onye nkem, since my teenage we had a bound that distance was unable to comprehend as we stay to understand anytime seen. As I tear through this, I know for sure "Mama"your mother, Uche my wife and the boys will be superbly great in time because the greatest comforter and lover of our soul has taken over.

In his greatness we will stand especially as I try to smile hearing your call "Hopie"!

In my answer I say, bucha cha good night my brother, we will wake up on the resurrection day to life eternity."

This tribute was added by Cyril Ekuma on 24th January 2015

"Buchi, I couldn't believe the news when I heard you've passed onto greater glory. You left a lasting impression of humility, love, gentleness and cheerfulness when I first met you few years ago. I admired your fervency in the things of God and I was endeared to you by your love for the family of God. I thank God for the life you lived and I believe you have been presented with your mansion in the presence of our God and King. To him be the glory. You will be surely missed but we are consoled that you are in a better place, where all of humanity are striving to go. God bless and goodbye for now."

This tribute was added by Ayodele Aboyeji on 23rd January 2015

"I can't but appreciate God for your life Brother Buchi. Though you departed this world too early the godly impression you've made on my family and I will ever remain. The humility and exuberance that you exude in worship is second to none, your love for justice, humanity and above all for God is there for all to see. I have no doubt in my mind that you have now been triumphantly ushered into the presence of your Maker for your Crown. Continue to rest in the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ until we meet to part no more. May the Father to the fatherless, the Defender of widows watch over the boys and Sister Utchay in Jesus name. Amen."

This tribute was added by sedou Madi on 22nd January 2015

"Buchi, i still can't believe you are gone you were such a caring, attentive, thoughful and a gentlemen person, who always had the right word to say. I am glad you have been our friend and you will be greatly missed and the girls misses you too."

This tribute was added by benedicta mamuini on 21st January 2015

"I am writing this as I believe the time has come to. Uncle Buch I didn't really know you and you didn't really know me but I was in the church long enough to see what a great man you were.

From an outside perspective it was so beautiful and such a blessing to see a relationship, that you had to with Aunty uche and your boys, as something that was so solid and pure.

I wish that I had taken the time out of my shyness to actually talk to you and get to know you. Now you 've been taken to be with the Lord, I know you will be greatly missed. It has been a privellege observing such a caring, loving man.


This tribute was added by Rosemary Onyedim on 21st January 2015

"Butch, what a sad and shocking news when I heard of your passing unto glory. Little did I know that 2013 Easter will be the last time I will see you face to face. The memorable moment when your entire family came to Nigeria and drove straight from the Abuja airport to my house in Kaduna State to spend a few days with me before returning back to your house in Abuja. What a display of love from a love-filled family.

Butch, God used you to fight my battles when I lost my husband.
I pray that God grants Utch & your young men (as Utch loves to call the boys) the grace and fortitude to bear this great loss and move on until we all meet to part no more.

My greatest consolation is that you died in the Lord.
Adieu Butch and rest in the bosom of the Lord.

Tribute by Mrs. Juliana Onyedim"

This tribute was added by Rosemary Onyedim on 21st January 2015

"Butch, what a sad and shocking news when I heard of your passing unto glory. Little did I know that 2013 Easter will be the last time I will see you face to face. The memorable moment when your entire family came to Nigeria and drove straight from the Abuja airport to my house in Kaduna State to spend a few days with me before returning back to your house in Abuja. What a display of love from a love-filled family.

Butch, God used you to fight my battles when I lost my husband.
I pray that God grants Utch & your young men (as Utch loves to call the boys) the grace and fortitude to bear this great loss and move on until we all meet to part no more.

My greatest consolation is that you died in the Lord.
Adieu Butch and rest in the bosom of the Lord.

Tribute by Mrs. Juliana Onyedim"

This tribute was added by Josiah Ogbuka on 18th January 2015

"Nwanne mmadu or GOC or Honey, as we used to address each other, I still find it very difficult and unacceptable to believe that you are no longer with us. I know vividly from daily experiences/encounter that somebody can pass on anytime, but your transition took me out of bearing and emotionally disorientated. I did not accept it when the news was broken, I did not believe it, I did not consider it possible now because as I pondered over the timing, I found it very untimely considering that if death were to be a matter of maturity of age, you were very far away from it. Indeed the testimonies of your sacrificial, selfless and supportive life to anyone that came in contact with you bear witness to the fact that you poured out your life unreservedly for others. You never turned your back from anybody in need whether you knew the person or not even at your utmost inconvenience. You were always available to render service to anybody even at short notice. Can I forget how you & your wife took my family as an intimate and inseparable part of you? From my wedding to child delivery to every significant experience of family life, you were there. As we reflect on your life and times, I am encouraged by your sudden appearance to me in a dream where you called me GOC as usual few days after your departure, beaming with captivating smile saying to me that everything is okay, make sure you give attention to these children. Indeed you will be greatly missed, only God knows how the vacuum you created can be filled. I don't know when and how. In concluding, I want to encourage Uche, Chibueze and Emeka with the words of comfort in the Book of Isaiah 57:1-2. If it has pleased the Lord that it will be so, let His Will be done. May the Lord give us grace and consolation in the hope of Resurrection where we shall meet to part no more. Goodbye Nwanne mmadu! Christ receive you!"

This tribute was added by Maureen Obiekwe on 18th January 2015

"This is one of the most difficult thing for me to do as well as a difficult moment of my life. Severally, have I tried to do this but tears and emotion would not allow me. It is indeed with a heavy heart and tearful eyes that I send you this tribute knowing that I have no choice. Butch, you are a strong man, what happened?  I still haven't come to terms with the fact that you are gone. How come? I am simply short of words but what will I do. You were never a mistake in the live of any man or woman that came across you. You carried people's burden and stayed on top of their issues. Life is a mystery. Your unique and handsome nature, your humor, your show of love and concern, your tease and jokes are all gone, just like that? What a life? I cant stop thinking of your wife and kids and the kind of love and bond that existed between you and them and keep wondering how they will cope.  What a devastation!. In all, I am consoling myself with the believe that God knows everything, sees everything and cannot be queried for anything. Hmm!  So, you mean I can only have past memories of you and not see you again. Life can be cruel oh! It is well. Indeed, it is well with my soul. Since it has pleased the Lord to call you being your owner, who never consulted us when He was bringing you to life and so did not have to consult us when taking you, we are left with no option but to say, GOOD BYE. Rest in the bosom of the Lord."

This tribute was added by Okoye Hypolite on 17th January 2015

"'Ajala', it sounded unbelievable when I heard of your passing on, what will Utchay, Mekus, and Bueze do? But like you always say, God knows about them, and everything! Rest in your Lord whom you knew and served. Bye bye my Brother!"

This tribute was added by Oliver Nwauju on 15th January 2015

"This is one thing I never thought I would be required to do for you. Butch you remind me of my own younger brother Sabinus Nwauju of same resemblance and flashing gap tooth.You were a ready made help for anyone in need, you were very conscious of your heavenly citizenship and worked very hard to preserve it. I feel your presence laughing at me each time the tears starts flowing in the privacy of my corner. You were such a wonderful guy and my entire family miss you so much. God loves you better and we have no opinion over his decision to recall you now. Rest on in the Lord, I love you and we shall meet again, never to part no more."

This tribute was added by Uche Okoli on 14th January 2015

"My brother its hard for me to believe you have departed this world. But who am I, to ask God why such a good man will die?

But as Christians we have an assurance that we would meet again on the day of resurrection to reign with our Lord. For now continue to rest in the bosom of the Lord.

Emeka Okoye"

This tribute was added by Chi Iroaganachi on 13th January 2015

"Where do I start?
I write this with profound sadness but with total submission to Gods will.
I have known Buchi`s family for close to 20 years now.We met during a very challenging situation to his family,and what made him stand out then was his stoicism and loving steadfastness for his wife and family and the total belief that God would take complete control of the situation.God came through and really took control.
Buchi was a complete man,who believed in himself,his vocation,his family and most importantly God.He had a positive ,faith-filled outlook on life and toward other people.
We feel sad he has been taken from us ,but we completely trust God for His plans,protection and guidance for Buchi`s family and loved ones.
Goodbye and Rest in Peace Buchi.You leave a great legacy."

This tribute was added by Pam Raj on 10th January 2015

"The few times we had met, you struck us as a very friendly person always with a big smile. You seemed so gentle and loving and so very humble. You were always so ready to shake hands with us and give us a broad smile. We were expecting to see you in December and were truly shocked by the news of your passing on.  We are glad to know that you knew the Lord well and you are now in His Loving arms. - The Raj family"

This tribute was added by Victor Akhigbe on 9th January 2015

"Uncle Buch! Jesus Christ proved to the world that it is not how long but how well, you lived your life as a great man, a loving husband and a caring father; a friend, a brother, and a great confidant. Your broad shoulders were large enough for all to lean on, your smile was charming and your words were reassuring. Your departure was extremely painful, still can’t comprehend, but we take solace in the fact that you are in a “good Place”, resting in the bosom of our lord Jesus Christ.
Ebubedike!! You fought your fight and you finished your race, above all, you served the lord.  Halleluyah, you have won the victory, to God be the glory."

This tribute was added by Ene Kazalma-Mantey on 8th January 2015

"Barrister Buchi Okoli! Kind, compassionate, and a lot of fun. Your transition was a rude shock to us, but we are consoled by the fact that you are resting in the bosom of our Lord and smiling down from there.  It is not how long, but how well you lived. That is the most important and enduring legacy. Continue to rest in peace in the bosom of The Lord Bar. Onyebuchi Okoli.

  And to Uche and the boys, always remember: Isaiah 41:10 "fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand" ."

This tribute was added by Patience Mabadeje on 7th January 2015

"Oh Buchi, I don't even know where to start. When I heard of your transition, to say I was shocked is an understatement - I literarily went to bed and wished it was just a dream - just can't believe you are not here with us anymore. But I take comfort in knowing that you are at the bosom of our Lord.

You have been such a blessing & delight to be around; your warm smile and "large" laugh have always been contagious and a source of strength. You have been a wonderful husband to my sister & friend. I will never forget your generosity, inclusivity & the way you went out of your way to make people feel comfortable and not left out. I respected you for how smart & intelligent you were & you were really LARGER THAN LIFE.
Good Bye,MY FRIEND & BROTHER!!! Goodbye!!! We really miss you. I trust God to comfort & nurture your family you left behind."

This tribute was added by Iphie Arachie on 6th January 2015

"May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace, Amen.

Uche, please take heart and may the God of consolation be with you and the boys at this time and always.

Regards, Ifeyinwa Arachie (nee Ndigwe)"

This tribute was added by Oladeji Famakinwa on 29th December 2014

"Uncle Buchi! The news of your passing was a shock to me and my wife. We remembered with fondness the times we spent with you. Your tireless smile, wise words and charming personality ensured there was never a dull moment around you.

We miss you but are consoled because you've moved to a better place."

This tribute was added by olagoke aiyegbayo on 28th December 2014

"Oga Buchi, so far and so near. Still coming to terms with your departure. You were larger than life here, wonder what you will be like up there. Precious in the sight of God is the death of His saints. Be rest assured the good Lord will keep your precious ones--He is the husband to the widow and father to the fatherless. One thing is certain Buchi, you will be sorely missed, but you are now part of the cloud of witnesses to encourage us down below on our earthly pilgrimage. Sleep well my brother.

Goke Aiyegbayo"

This tribute was added by chinwe ogugbue on 28th December 2014

"Buch,I was lost for words when i got the text message  that fateful day.Its still like a dream but one thing that  comes to mind at this time is that God sees and knows all.He remains forever faithful.I pray that he will grant you eternal rest on his bosom.Indeed you will be greatly missed.My heartfelt condolences go to my dear sister and friend,Uche and the boys,family and friends.We will all miss you but Gods grace is sufficient.Good night,Buch!"

This tribute was added by Shelley Odina on 28th December 2014

"Buchi though we did not meet you personally we heard so much about you from your wife and mother inlaw, who is our family friend .we were happy when we spoke to her in october while she was in your house in New Castle , and she said she is happy that you and other sons inlaw are playing the role of a son and are standing in for Emeka her only son that died in califonia .so your death was a great blow and shock .well no one can question God .May he protect and provide for all you left while you RIP"

This tribute was added by Frank Ofoezie on 28th December 2014

"The number of lives you touch is truly an indication of the quality of life you've lived - you truly touched many sir. Uncle Buchi, you were an embodiment of the verse that urges us to express our faith through love. You always had a smile on your face, a welcoming presence and were always fun to be around. Although there are loads of 'whys' and 'hows', the most important thing is that you've definitely gone to a better place. A place of eternal rest and worship to the Almighty. We miss you! Enjoy the singing!"

This tribute was added by James Ebere on 27th December 2014

"Sometimes words don’t make up for the feeling we have and speech is limited in itself. My joy comes from the fact that you made everyone special and never stopped from bringing a smile to everyone you met each day.
I remember your coming to Sunderland to visit on my daughter’s birthday and it felt like you knew we may not see till the Lord comes or I go to join him. You surprised us all with your visit and since it was a birthday we still have pictures you joined us in taking. I still remember how you teased me for not remembering names and the wonderful time we all shared.
My brother and friend, we miss you and know you are with the saints above as you watch our journey here on earth. Till we meet again abide in his rest.
James, Uche and family"

This tribute was added by Michael Imas on 27th December 2014

"When I heard the news I felt sick deep inside of me and to say now that I accept the reality of things that you are gone is a massive understatement uncle Buchi. I am overcome by emotions every time I picture your smiling face and larger than life presence and that is how I went to remember you uncle Buchi. The last time you visited us in Newcastle I picked you up from the airport not knowing that will be the last time I will ever pick you up from any airport wow wow wow!!! Two weeks before you went back to Nigeria you were in my car and we went to get gravel for the back garden of the house. We talked about a lot of things as we always do; jokes and all. You not only impacted me but also inspire me in a lot of ways. As I slowly begin to accept that you are gone; things will never be the same without you. As Christian I have hope and that hope gives me peace. I will miss you my friend,larger than life character, uncle and above all my brother, ......."

This tribute was added by Charlotte Addai on 25th December 2014

"Gone too soon - it's so hard to understand that you're not with us anymore. Not long ago I was at your house talking to you and your mother in law - we talked a lot about Ghana and Nigeria and had a laugh. During the conversation, you said you were trying to bring your business here to be with the family. Little did I know that I wouldn't see you again. I know you'll be missed by everyone who knows you especially your wife and children. May you rest in the arms of the heavenly father until we see you again. Rest in peace my brother. From Charlotte.Addai and family."

This tribute was added by Tabs Olutula on 24th December 2014

"Man of God, as I fondly called you. When I first heard the news, my mind went back to the 40th birthday party of a mutual friend where we sat together for about an hour and had the most interesting conversation. I can't believe you are gone... The assurance that we have as Christians is the knowledge that you have gone to a better place. You shall be missed, but it is well.. Adieu "coz""

This tribute was added by Astirah Adeoti on 24th December 2014

"Pastor Buchi, you are sorely missed...."

This tribute was added by justice ezemenari on 23rd December 2014

"We used to chat on fb and even though you haven't met me in person at that time you related with me well. The first and last time I met you was at Igbo-ukwu at Aunty Chinenye's traditional wedding. You were just awesome that day, I admired the way you related with everyone, you made everyone feel relaxed. When I met you, you spoke and played with me like we'v know each for long. Just during the short conversation we had, I discovered that you had  a great sense of humour. The morning I heard of your demise I couldn't believe it. I was like, its not true, Uncle Buchi is full of life, how can he die just like that?? But I later woke up to the reality and accepted the fact that you gone. Rest In Peace, you will forever be missed."

This tribute was added by Martin Osahor on 23rd December 2014

"My Barr, bro, pastor and friend. Words are inadequate to express the loss I feel. Another moment of mystery as to the brevity of our sojourn here on earth. You trod the right path through life and therefore I have no doubt that you rest in the Lord. Drawing on that strength I trust that Uche will stand strong and that we all will remain strong marching towards the day of re-uniting with you in the Lord. Rest In Perfect Peace."

This tribute was added by Chinyere Igun on 22nd December 2014

"Uncle Buchi,
Who will call me Ceceee when I arrive church for praise and worship? We had Omugwo plans in place...... You were an encourager, a friend, a brother and a true uncle. You were a blessing to our home. I will miss you dearly but I take solace in the knowledge that you knew the Lord God and that we will indeed see again.... I cant say much because you dont prepare to write such tributes. Know that you were greatly loved and will be greatly missed."

This tribute was added by Tola Omoniyi on 22nd December 2014

"Uncle Buchi! I can't believe you're gone! Met you a number of times back when I lived in Newcastle and you always had a massive smile on your face and you were so kind and supportive to us students back then! You have left behind a strong and amazing wife and kids but we know God was ready for you! May you always be in our hearts and your family in our prayers..."

This tribute was added by CHRIS CHUKS EZEOKOLI on 22nd December 2014

"Bros Buch, all along i was still believing am in a deep slumber and will wake up to shake off this horrendous nightmare . Days has gone by " 5th - 22nd " Dec and it has now dawn on me , that it's real . Bros still can't get over it that you've gone , an iroko has departed , a bridge , a ladder and balm that heals .
   where will people now finds solace , you are a mentor and guardian angel to many , you are joy to be with and fun at it's very best . you were loved at first sight and were appreciated by many that came across you
   Bros , in your short life , you demonstrated that life among mankind is all about what impact you had on people and what legacy you leaves behind . Be rest assured Bros that no one can denies you these attributes , for well ahead of time you knew that your sojourn in this world will be short and that is why you selflessly i mean selflessly tried to impact on who ever that came your way .
    Bros i love you and will miss you more than i can describe , though you are my first cousin but i say of you to my friends that you are my cousin brother .
   Bros you are so dear to me  , your demise has traumatised my person but in consolation of the hope the Bible holds out , that we will have the prospect of seeing our dear loved ones again " by means of resurrection hope ; 1 thessalonians 4. 13-14 , John 5. 28-29 " i only can say is well , is well , IS WELL WITH OUR SOULS can't question GOD
   UC , BUEZE & EMY , my prayers are always with you , that God in His infinite mercy shall strengthen your inner man , same goes to Mama and the EZEOKOLI'S who has lost " Ababa nwa " a great son , EZEOKOLI of the EZEOKOLI'S , the string that binds , "uto nwanne" ,
   I promise you , though gone but  will  be remembered , till we meet again
   ADIEU BROS ......."

This tribute was added by Omokova Attah on 21st December 2014

"Buchi, met you a few times in Newcastle. When you came visiting your wife-uche. Most of what I know about you I heard from her. How Uche loves you! She tells of all the times you stood by her. During her surgery, when you guys just got married and went visiting to the village, even during the period she was studying for her masters degree.  She always held you in high esteem. However, I can never forget your height -you were a giant! And your voice. You will be greatly missed. Adieu dear one."

This tribute was added by chinyere okafor on 21st December 2014

"Testimony in Honour of My Late Dearest Cousin

Onyebuchi?  Meaning who is God? Of a truth no human is God.
Your swift departure out of this life shook me to the roots.  I thought and talked ‘like people without hope’ for almost two weeks.  Of course it was more difficult for me to understand because your late uncle Jerry who would have summarized your death in one word/phrase and given me solace has gone before you.During your life time late Uncle Jerry looked at your life and in admiration refers to you as “Buchi bu muo” in your absence and “Buchi muo k’ibu” in your presence.  He saw you as a son endowed with many talents.  

I moaned and mourned until I came to my senses and began the play-back of your journey on earth, it dawned on me that sincerely your transition time to the other side of life was due only that we (family members and friends) were multi-blinded by your talents and good deeds.  Buchi beayi, (as you were fondly called by many of us in the family) you are indeed my first cousin but our relationship is more of a senior brother and junior sister.  We had wonderful relationship which I will always remember and be grateful for.

In the family, Buchi and I operated a mobile court.  The court can hold anywhere as far as Buchi and I were there.  Although he was the learned Barrister but I admired him because he trusted and would take my unlearned judgment.   Below is example of one of our cases.

Buchi: No we are going to do this and that………….
Chinyere:  Buchi you are always in a hurry, wait, let us take it gradually
Family member:   Is what I wanted to say oooo
Buchi: Chinyere, tell me what and why we have to wait
Chinyere:  Buchi, wait, what I am saying is……………..
Buchi:  I don’t agree because …….
Chinyere:  You don’t agree? Listen Buchi, what I am saying is ……… so that before God and man we will be justified (with this I have gotten him)
Buchi:  Okay, alright, now what are we going to do?
Note:  Buchi’s idea may be very good but he was always on speed!  He will always say nkemelu ogaa (if you do it, it will pass).  I think my gentle approach complements his speed.

Social Relationship:  Buchi has friends that cut across age, gender, tribe, race and colour as a result can tell you good morning in the east, good afternoon in the west and good night in the north.

Errand Boy and Helper: (I utilized him in this regard).  Buchi can communicate messages and convey loads virtually and physically. Buchi never considers his comfort when others are in distress.  He will go the extra mile to assist.  At times I will say Buchi you need to rest you have run around too much.  Buchi’s response “Nne as if you know I need rest, am going to rest”.  The next day when you call Buchi he has left Abuja to Lagos.  I remembered when I had a terrible accident with my family on our way from home to Abuja.  I sent a text message to Buchi just like few others. Buchi called immediately and asked if he can start coming to the scene. Buchi was more than willing to make almost 5hours journey to come and take us from the accident scene not minding that we can charter another car and go back home about 2 hours journey or proceed to Abuja.

Expert Eater:  Buchi eats so well that he maintained the first position in the family from bachelorhood to manhood.  We stayed together for 1 year during his law school days as a bachelor and always together even when we married.  We enjoyed this skill because I like cooking and he likes eating and I can’t remember which food he doesn’t eat.    I kept telling him that am on the look-out for eating competition because such a great talent cannot just be wasted. The good thing about this talented eater was that right from infancy he subdued his stomach and body to food that they cannot betray him.  

Buchi Was Always a Boy:  Buchi was according to an Igbo adage (okokpa umuazi) meaning adult children.  Even as adult man he prefers behaving like a boy and at times we use to joke over that. When you tell Buchi that he behaves like a boy, he responds with ‘aja eme agha’ (what will man do).

Buchi was a Joker: Buchi’s jokes can change the gloomy.  At times something you hold as burden, Buchi’s jokes takes them away.  I stayed with Buchi during the first trimester of my pregnancy and this wonderful ‘brother’ was comfortably taking care of 3 pregnant women simultaneously.  Among 3 of us I wasn’t finding it funny that time but Buchi was always there for me.  

Buchi beayi, no one is God really.  I must confess I had wonderful relationship with you although would have loved to continue, however I am not God neither is any of us.  You came for a swift purpose and that I think you have accomplished if not my God who spared your life (a traveller) during this 52 years would have spared it on Friday 5th December, 2014.  It is very hard but with faith my senior brother, rest in peace till we meet at the resurrection morning.  

Chinyere Okafor
(nwunye okosisi)"

This tribute was added by pamela harrison on 21st December 2014

"Till we meet again, gentle giant, thank you for saving me from the fireworks! God Bless you and yours."

This tribute was added by Jayne Folorunso on 21st December 2014

"When I received the text informing me of ONYEBUCHI Okoli's transition, my initial reaction was un belief, when his wife confirmed it, I was shocked, livid, upset with life to say the least. This was a husband and father relishing going to spend the Xmas period with his family. How can that be? What went wrong? However my spirit just said to me, he has gone home. How relieved I was. Mr Okoli, as I used to address him was every thing to those of us who met him in his short and very fruitful life. He was a trained lawyer, brilliant, and humble. Beside being a barrister, he was a counsellor, supportive, kind, with a huge sense of humor. He never leaved you the way he met you. Above all, he loved God Almighty with all his being. A devour worshipper, loved to praise God. Hence he named his Chambers - Praise Chambers. He hated in justice in the society, very compassionate and caring. I remember when I saw him in the National Hospital in Abuja , Nigeria in 2007, when I asked what he was doing there, he told me, I came to donate blood for my Sister in law. That was Mr Okoli for you. He was so proud of his wife and the boys. I know God will never leave them or forsake them. Jesus Chirist becomes the husband and father to them. How wonderful. My prayer is for God to comfort his wife, Uche, the boys, his Mother and the entire family. We are just separated for a while. The Master is coming back soon. I will miss his gap toothed smiles. I sincerely thank God Almighty for knowing ONYEBUCHI and for his life here on earth. In loving memory........"

This tribute was added by Ifeanyi Ezemenari on 20th December 2014

"Just then, my phone rang at 1:45am precisely. " Uncle Buchi is dead" she said. I was speechless, spasm of fear ran down my spine as the words continued to echo. Uncle when i heard of your death i was too shocked to cry, not until now i write this tribute. We were at Enugu and Igbo-Ukwu previous two weeks, i even insisted i must take your wristwatch before you travel back to U.k by January and you agreed and we laughed. At first it was like a mirage but yet a reality that you are gone. As i starred at the little me in your wedding pix as the pageboy at your wedding i had always thought you will be there at my wedding too someday.
Nnam ochie as i fondly call you, you laid a legacy for the family, an indelible footprint on the sand of time. What more can i say than to take solace in 1Thess 4:13-18. For when the trumpet shall sound Buchi shall be raised and mortality shall be swallowed. And then shall it be said "Oh death where is thy sting?" For the worst tragedy of life is not death but an eternity without God. For to be absent in the body is to be present with the Lord. So Uncle Buchi lives, just asleep.
Farewell Uncle until the sun of resurrection is dawn.
Forever in our heart"

This tribute was added by matti Imarhiagbe on 20th December 2014

"Uncle Buchi of the Okoli clan....i have no words just the pain and difficulty to accept this as the fact, finding it difficult that you are gone... God knows all . I shall be back with the full tribute when the penny drops, this makes no sense to me, i cannot just understand so this is it? God truly knows all, you are sorely missed ...."

This tribute was added by Bolaji Docherty on 20th December 2014

"I find it difficult to believe that you,ve gone, but we thank God for a life well spent. we shall meet again at the feet of our lord.."

This tribute was added by Olapeju Dafe on 20th December 2014

"You were such a great person,full of life and impacting lives.The few times we met you surely will say something that will make me laugh.This is still hard to take in but we thank God who is there for us all and especially your lovely wife and children,the Lord continue to comfort them at all times and grant them the grace to bear your loss...
You are truly forever missed."

This tribute was added by Amigo Odina on 20th December 2014

"Commiserations to the Okoli's and Dilibe's for this great loss.Buchi has moved on to a better place to be with the almighty.I pray that our Lord will console you and give you the heart to bear the loss in Jesus Name.Amen."

This tribute was added by Dara Adekoya on 20th December 2014

"My dearest uncle, father and friend.  In such a short time of knowing you, you took me as your own and you have been a blessing to me and my entire family. You were a man of virtue and integrity. I remember how you always knew how to make me laugh even at odd times. You had so much love to give and you were willing to share it with as many as possible. It's still hard to believe that I will from now on refer to you in the past tense.  We love you uncle Buchi, but the Almighty God loves you more. Rest on in the bossom of the Almighty."

This tribute was added by Chichi Ezemenari on 20th December 2014

"D uncle as I fondly call you, I have been glancing at this page wondering on the exact words to use to describe you, still this page has not enough space for me to tell of your impact in my life. You were only 20 when I was born and my mum your sis told me  how much you were  there for her at that point of my birth to the point that throughout her childbirth years immediately its the D day - buchi will appear from school to take her to the hospital and be there for her. From knee high I know you have always loved me SPECIALLY till all through the years of my life , till your death. Just like yesterday you were there to give me out to my husband whom who showed brotherly love and calls "my guy" , you signed as my witness during my court wedding on 30-10-2014, we were together ever since we came back to abuja from the east ,we slept on same bed , cracked jokes and watched Scarface with obum, before you embarked on your trip to Lagos - Makurdi. I saw you on 1-12-2014 we joked as usual, we chatted till 4-12-2014 and on 5-12-2014 my world came crashing over your demise. The only eye in the family that watches over us like a mother hen, the only uncle that cares, my friends and neighbours are still asking "why uncle buchi" they felt your impact as well. I remember when crying one night , the holy spirit assured me he will console us, I can see that magical promise. Mama is doing fine gradually , aunty is strong Bebez and Baby Naks.(the boys are fine)(Thank you Holy spirit) You are larger than life, always there to fight for me and to help me through- thinking about all our plans and your promises , i can only say indeed Death you have lost your sting... I  know you are resting in the Bossom of the lord where there's no pain, struggle, wickedness and pressures of life. Farewell the prince himself, farewell EzeUdoka lI, uncle you are forever remembered as i still feel your presence all the time. ...#BuchiLives. Thank you Holy spirit."

This tribute was added by chidiogo nwabunwanne on 20th December 2014

"Buchi a very lively, friendly and Godly husband of Uche. It was with great shock I heard of your demise. It's been a while I saw you, Uche and the boys. Since your family moved from Kaduna, Nigeria to Abuja also in Nigeria. However I remember vividly like yesterday when Uche your wife had a surgery which went bad, you were not moved even when doctors report looked hopeless because of your faith in the Lord and the Lord showed mightily. My consolation is that God whom you served with your life and your substance will give rest to your soul and peace and provision to Uche, the boys, family and all those you left behind. Rest on the sweet gap toothed Buchi"

This tribute was added by Nelson Enwemadu on 19th December 2014

"My Brother. Words cant explain your departure. I still cry daily. You came back KD on Dec 1st and insisted we see. Told you i was so tired and lets see on Fri the 5th, when you return from Makurdi. You insisted i come over even for a minute, that you missed my jokes. I did! We had drinks together. Asked of your family and you said you just got off the phone with Uche. I left you to study your Briefs at midnite. We planned on connecting on friday the 5th, when you get back to Abuja. We chatted on 2nd and 3rd and whatsapped on 4th. Called your phone on 5th but it wasnt connecting. Got a text on 6th, that you have moved on. I am still shocked. We met last year and you introduce yourself to my friends as my best friend. We do share alot of similarities and i have learnt alot from you. I find solace in these words;

What Is Dying - Bishop Brent -
I am standing upon that foreshore, a ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean.
She is an object of beauty and strength and I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come down to mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says, "there! she's gone!"
"Gone where?" "Gone from my sight, that's all", she is just as large in mast and spar and hull as ever she was when she left my side; just as able to bear her load of living freight to the place of her destination.
Her diminished size is in me, not in her.
And just at that moment when someone at my side says, "there! she's gone!" there are other eyes watching her coming and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, "here she comes!"
And that is dying.

Death may indeed be final but love we share while living is eternal – Don Williams jr

For certain is death for the born. And certain is birth for the dead; therefore thou shouldn’t grieve – Gita

"I'll see you forever. For you are a part of me. And I myself a part of thee. Inseparable in God. There is no tomorrow now. Though sun may rise and set. And sleepy eyes may slumber, still. Eternity now is set. It's stamped upon my heart and yours. It's seal : the Love of Christ. Which willingly I have received. And cherish more than earthly life. This soul awaits a body that will not die-. This soul awaits to see Him with it's eye-. This soul awaits our meeting in the sky-. For faithful is our God. Who once did die , but now's ALIVE : We'll see Him forever." David Severy"

This tribute was added by Mobola Atobatele on 19th December 2014

"I kept going back and forth this page wondering what I will write about the impact Bro Buchi had on my life. My oga Buchi as I fondly call him, darling Aunt Uche's husband, a lovely couple I met during my Masters at Newcastle. Oga Buchi was my main man, ever bubbly, my uncle to harass. I remember  when I moved back to Nigeria and had no car to use, he readily offered to borrow me one, not hesitating that I was based in Lagos not Abuja. Although logistics didn't allow me use the car eventually but the fact that he offered to give me, a non-relative, a car to use touched me. Everyone in my house knows Oga Buchy. Is it the hilarious road trip we embarked on from Port-harcourt to Abuja when we were returning from Dormene's wedding or our brief but always impactful encounters during my quick visits into Abuja that I will talk about? I'm pained I didn't get to see you during your last trip to Lagos. I saw the RIP posts on Facebook and broke done in tears in my office. Aunty Uche and the boys (as I call them) my prayers are always with you. It is well...Keep being strong...Jesus is Still lord!!!"

This tribute was added by ifeanyi nwankwo on 19th December 2014

"The best business man is God, the best game changer is God, the best world planner is still God and GOD is always the winner!
Life is God's business ,he changes your location to win his game
Whether you like it or not...
Buchi moved to heaven for God to win
Buchi lives on...
We miss you here..."

This tribute was added by Nwadiobinma Ezeokoli on 19th December 2014

"O bro m, Prince Onyebuchi Ezeokoli,  till date I am still speachless and wishing somehow that I will wake up from this dreadful nightmare.  Nnobi and Ezeokoli royal family has lost the single binding cord that held us together. A fearless but a gentle warrior, extrovert, friendly, social and like Obialukashanma my late mum said " Mmadu ora, ma ka esi eme nwanne". Buchi may the good lord grant your peace. Your are a true gem of immense value to everyone who came across you and in the Ezeokoli royal family. You were there in Abuja when we lost our sister Chinyelu Ogike (nee Ezeokoli).

Bros Buchi with tears in my eyes and a heavy heart I say " o bro m ka emesia, ka Chineke nabata gi na ndokwa nke ya"."

This tribute was added by Esther Egbo on 19th December 2014

"I still can't believe you are no more, its indeed a big lose. You were a man with a difference, kind, generous and humble. You took me under your umbrella and never for once made me feel like a stranger in your home though I was not related to you. You were a man with a big heart. So sad you will not be here to eat the fruit of your labour. You will be greatly miss. Good night Uncle Buchi"

This tribute was added by Paul Brown on 19th December 2014


This tribute was added by Ben Adams H K on 19th December 2014

"(Philippians 1:21) For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
I am yet to accept the reality that you are gone!"

This tribute was added by Chibueze Okoli on 19th December 2014

"My father was a very helpful and kind person to everyone that he ever met in his life; even those he only met once. Those who have heard of him were touched and deeply saddened by his early departure to heaven to be with the Lord. At first I couldn’t take in the word ‘dead’, but after a day or two it sank in. I had written a rap album and wanted him to be there when I recorded it and performed it,. After his death, I wrote a new song and dedicated it to him. He was the best dad anyone could ask for; especially to me, Chib, his first son. He is one of many who have inspired me to be the rapper that I am. He will dearly be missed and not forgotten. R.I.P Dad. Miss you always. I’ll see you later...  Your son, Chib."

This tribute was added by Tochukwu Okeke on 19th December 2014

"Barr. Buchi, RIP. I met you just once in your lifetime and you left on me imprints of a gentleman who loved life, family, learning and people. The news of your demise devastates. Our solace is in the risen Lord, through whose resurrection we have conquered death. May the angels of God lead you to the most merciful Lord till we meet again in the resurrection morning."

This tribute was added by Ossom Ossom on 18th December 2014

"'Buch', a firm, dogged, selfless and dependable ally. Ever willing to make personal sacrifices, peradventure an importuned folk will, as result of his  self-denial find a platform to mount up and attain a meaningful and better life.
His transition brings us grieve and a great sense of loss but we are consoled by the fact that he has now attained a better life, having gone ahead to a better place. Nevertheless, he remains in our hearts, still a loving and true friend, a unique and amiable gentleman."

This tribute was added by uche ume on 18th December 2014

"Buchi, we meet last at Chi Chi Weeding last month and i promise to visit you people in UK from Germany when Chi Chi joins his husband Frank next year, i can't believe that your no more. Even my Grand Ma Mama IGBO-UKWU is still waiting for you to come nextyear as u promised. I keep asking God why is it that GOOD people dosen't last, but i know for sure that God will give u enternal rest, ADIEU ONYEBUCHI"

This tribute was added by chijioke ogbogu on 18th December 2014

"Uncle Buchi it still feels unreal. I just saw you in October and it was filled with lots of laughter as usual. Aunty Ify teased you, and you ended up making a proper English breakfast for me. I quite enjoyed the privileged treatment i received, thinking back now it was really God's plan for me to visit NewCastle then to see you for the last time. My friend i came with can't forget Uncle Buchi cos you always leave a lasting impression. I can't question God but I've chosen to remember all the memories, your numerous advice to me. You were an amazing Uncle. I keep on praying for strength for Aunty Bebe, Chibueze and Emeka. Continue to sleep in the Lord until we all meet again."

This tribute was added by Diane Lewis Ignc on 18th December 2014

"I never met you Buchi worked with your wonderful wife. She spoke of the love and pride for you and your sons.
Sleep well your work is done. My husband passed in August and your lovely wife was there to look after me. God has two wonderful men at his side
God bless you and thanks be to god for your wonderful family."

This tribute was added by Nnenna Ojigbani on 18th December 2014

"You were larger than life, always smiling, witty and an all-round interesting person. I enjoyed our banter whenever you were around to visit.
The news of your passing shook me deeply and I had and still have a lot of questions. Why? How?
I find solace in the fact that you knew your saviour and now rest with him. Sleep well, dear brother!"

This tribute was added by Ina Obasi on 18th December 2014

"My brother, it's a shock to hear this. A lot of pain in the air on your unexpected exist. We have seen and cried enough. I know your Good soul is with the Amighty. We shall remain strong as this is what you will want. God, please have Mercy. The tears are Dry. We only have Solace in you and Only you we Trust. RIP my brother. Ije Oma. Kachifoo."

This tribute was added by onyinye Ifeanyi on 18th December 2014

"Well finally I know what it feels like to truly loose a loved one...suddenly. Without goodbyes and preparations. At first, I asked God why. Cos you honored your parents more than any other and going by the Bible" Honor thy father and mother that your day may be long" I was so sure you'd surpass your dad in age. But God has proven to us he has different ways of showing love to his own. Including if he had to take them suddenly so they could share in the everlasting joy he has prepared for us. You were an epitome of a large heart. Who isn't leaning on you all over the universe? Cos you carried every one's issue like it were yours. Chichi's wedding brought us all together...didn't know it was for the last time though. Saying "We miss u" isn't enough cos its an understatement. I could right a whole book and still not enough to describe you. I was favored to come across a book you were writing titled "And God heard" where you described your life experiences with your wife esp as regards the birth of Chibueze-Your miracle and I understood the more the loving husband and father you are. Nobody can take that place in your wife and kid's life except God. Again, God has different ways of showing us love. He took you home at the best time he feels...so you'll be HOME. We love you and miss u. Too bad you won't be there to watch my kids Zizi and Jaden grow. Too bad they won't meet you.
You lived only for a while
Your presence we enjoyed for a while
Your legacy endures for life time
Your journey just a beginning of a life we'll all get to share
Our broken heart God will mend
Our tears God will dry
The vacuum none can fill
The emptiness none can fill
Your life tho for a while yet touched multitudes
Till we meet to part no more Uncle Buchi
Rest on


This tribute was added by Ene Sefia on 18th December 2014

"You were a pastor, friend and brother.....thank u for being you and reaching out even when it was not convenient.....I remember when you went with my family and I to bury my father in far Upu London and how you always make fun of the name of the village. I can't remember any charitable service back then in Int. Praise Church that you were not a part of......it came naturally with you. It's really not easy to forget you! I guess when a good man dies, his works outlive him.....May God Almighty console Uche and the boys and may they never lack help all the days of their lives. Rest on Onyebuchi Okoli, your goodwill will speak for your family."

This tribute was added by tasa igun on 18th December 2014

"My Uncle Buchi i can't  believe  i am writing  this and i have not come to terms yet. I was really  looking  forward to seeing you before christmas as agreed. I really  really miss you. You always had the right words to say in any situation. My wife and i always looked up to you and aunty uche. You would  be truly  missed by everyone.  I will be back when i come come to terms. We love you"

This tribute was added by Hope Nwakwesi on 18th December 2014

"Bucha cha I am still speechless, you know how great I can be to give the right words in a situation like this; bros me am yet to find a word, phrase or the tale right enough for you in this. But guess what, I will find it and be sure I will tell it to the world."

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