onyekwelu RIP
Onyekwelu Ikenna Mbanefo
  • 40 years old
  • Date of birth: Jul 14, 1972
  • Place of birth:
  • Date of passing: Oct 25, 2012
  • Place of passing:
    Apapa, Lagos, Nigeria
Take your place among the stars and shine Onyekwelu. Watch over the dreams you left with us. Let the melodies of the songs you sang with us linger in our hearts forever!

Service of Songs: holds at Christ Church Interdenominational, Forces Avenue, Old GRA, Port Harcourt at 5pm on Tuesday 6th November, 2012.

Rotary Evening of Songs: will hold on Thursday November 8 at Transit Care Hotel, Presidential Estate, Port Harcourt by 5.30pm.

Funeral Service: holds on Friday 9th November, 2012 at Immanuel Anglican Church, Ugwunobamkpa Road, Inland Town, Onitsha by 11am. 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by andrea Mbanefo on 25th October 2016

"Wow!!!' Four years already! Time sure flies but the pain is still visible. Continue to rest in the bosom of the Lord where you truly belong. RIPP coz."

This tribute was added by Tajudeen yahaya on 25th October 2016

"Hmmmm! Ikenna you are still as fresh as ever in our hearts. may your soul continue to rest in the bossom of the Lord."

This tribute was added by Tajudeen yahaya on 25th October 2016

"Hmmmmm Ikenna! dont ever think that we will let go as easily as you left us o! you are still fresh in our minds. may your soul continue to rest in peace."

This tribute was added by soye opuiyo on 26th October 2015

"3 years since you left without a word. Ever bubbling, you are written like an epistle  in the hearts of Rotarians of PH G.R.A. Rest on Ikenna."

This tribute was added by Smith Nwokocha on 26th October 2015

"You are remembered always, but today is remarkable..REST WELL in the Lord SIR.........May God bless and enrich your family here on Earth always...."

This tribute was added by Smith Nwokocha on 16th July 2015


This tribute was added by Smith Nwokocha on 27th October 2014

"Your legacy is speaking for you.......May God continue to be & sustain your noble Family....REST ON Mentor......."

This tribute was added by Agana Nosakhare on 25th October 2014

"My Friend and brother, Rest and sleep on till the resurrection morning. You are greatly missed."

This tribute was added by Ngozi Enem on 25th October 2014

""Forever missed" rest on in peace, in the Lords blossom..he loves you more."

This tribute was added by Smith Nwokocha on 14th July 2014

"Happy Birthday my MENTOR of blessed memories to your Family, I say may God richly endowe them with all they desire in Life & may they never lack...The Kings you have shall shine through like the Sun and make their Mother a Blessing and she shall be consoled seeing these GREAT BORN GENUISES you kept in her care..God shall sustain your Family..I wish you were here, I would said..GREAT BIRTHDAY TO A HIGH INTELLECTUAL MADE BEING...........IT IS WELL!"

This tribute was added by soye opuiyo on 14th July 2014

"Ikenna 'The Bullet' ,the family of Rotary club of Port Harcourt G.R.A would have been agog to celebrate your 42nd birthday but I am consoled knowing that heaven is celebrating you because you lived right while with us. Continually rest peacefully in the bosom of the Lord until the resurrection morning."

This tribute was added by joan iheaturu on 24th November 2013

"Its over a yr already, yet it seems like it was just yesterday. I know you are already in a better place watching over those you left behind here on earth. The memories of you would never fade in our minds. I miss you friend, rest on. We can never forget YOU WERE HERE!!!


This tribute was added by soye opuiyo on 25th October 2013

"You were young and restless. Fun to be with. Generous with everything you had. I called you Ikenna the bullet. It is so unbelievable how time flies. A year has rolled passed since you left without a word. I miss you dearly so do  the entire Rotary club of PH GRA. You will ever remain fresh in our memories. Sleep on beloved, sleep on till the resurrection morning."

This tribute was added by Tajudeen yahaya on 25th October 2013

"You were a brother, a solution provider, a peace maker as well as a trouble maker! how do i discribe this multi-talented man or boy? anyways, ur impact is to monumental that ur demise will leave a big vacum not just on earth but also in the heart of so many! its a very big loss but God knows best. sleep on brother until the resurrection morning. Rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Tajudeen yahaya on 25th October 2013

"Ikenna Hmmmm! what a world! so this is true? we are really not going to see, yab and laugh at each other again hmmmm! well, that your smiles, solution seeking attributes,sence of humour and countless virture is always remembered means you actually left the world haven impacted the world. The story of our world will never be complete without a mention of you bro! We miss you. RIP"

This tribute was added by Smith Nwokocha on 9th October 2013

"Is now a year since you departed from the world,but is just as if is yesterday.Your gap is felt deeply..hardly replaced..because you were just a genius.We MISSED you greatly my Mentor, Sir as I usually call you (Dr. Ikenna Mbanefo)..But, I know your resting in the bosom of lord,but my happiness is that you left a LEGACY that will never die..God will continue to bless your Wife & Kids.Amen!"

This tribute was added by Nkiru Ayalogu on 2nd October 2013

"It has taken me almost a year to write my own tribute to a wonderful and well missed inlaw. I still can't believe ur gone uncle. I take consolation that u r wiv GOD. Rest on Ogo m."

This tribute was added by Nwira Mbanefo on 24th November 2012

"My love, my second best friend, I still can't believe you are gone. Its almost a month already. The boys and I miss you so much. You were a breath of fresh air in my life. Baby, it is well. God knows best. Kai, life is transient. My love rest in peace. Its really shocking. God shall console us."

This tribute was added by Victor I on 18th November 2012

"God saw you getting tired. So He put His arms around you and whispered "Come to Me." With tearful eyes we watched you, and saw you pass away. Although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hardworking hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best."

This tribute was added by Smith Nwokocha on 16th November 2012


We@MARKETING QUEST SERVICES mourn with the Family, friends and well wishers of late Mr. Ikenna Mbanefo, the ICON, MOGUL, EXPERT, PROFESSIONAL and GURU of different SPECIALTY….He is for us KNWOLEDGE PERSONIFIED and obviously a KNOWLEDGE TANK…..

We will MISS you greatly-Sir- as I usually call you.., but one thing is sure, you’re IMPACT and VALUES will forever remain alive! You a"

This tribute was added by Theodora Evans on 16th November 2012

"...the fact that we're leaving doesn't mean the end of life, this is just a little country and distance matters not, just keep in touch till we meet, give ma a call and thanks for the space"...those were your farewel message in my slum book as we grduated for Command Jos, in 1989.  I thank God for ur achivement, may God console ur lovely wife and children."

This tribute was added by Mabel Nnadi on 13th November 2012

"Your demise is still like a dream but the mark you have made in our lives can never be forgotten. The mercy of God will keep you at the feet of Jesus, who himself overcame death. Sleep on until you awake at the marriage feast of the Lord to die no more. There will be 'chickenwu'. The Lord keep your boys and succour your wife."

This tribute was added by Olaide Oluyemi Imarenezor on 10th November 2012

"Rest in peace ikenna, my prayers are with your wife and kids."

This tribute was added by Leonie Nwidadah on 9th November 2012

"Rest in peace dear friend. The news of your death came as a great shock to me, though u left sooner than we could ever imagine, we are consoled by the fact that u are resting at the right hand side of God. Adieu!!! my friend, sleep on.........."

This tribute was added by joan iheaturu on 9th November 2012

"The one thing that always come to mind is why? You know, they say;  'good friends are hard to find and even harder to loose'. RIP dear."

This tribute was added by Chijioke Mbelu on 8th November 2012

"Ikenna is so sad that you have to leave this world at this time and in this manner, so tragic and at your peak after years of toiling and touching lives, without respite to reap from your good works,you are gone.Is so sad, i pray that the Good Lord grant your soul eternal rest in his bosom Amen. Life is a mystery, no mortal can comprehend, ours is to live well.You lived well my brother. Adieu"

This tribute was added by temba akaa on 7th November 2012

"Ikenna, I'd left Command Jos when you came. By the umblical cord of COJOSA we are a family. The tributes of you enkindles my hope for a chance to live a good life of giving to the society that which Almighty endows you with. You never Ananias and Saphira God's graces, hence the tributes.
You are Raptured! RIP. TER AKAA '82"

This tribute was added by Kay Udobang on 6th November 2012

"It is always shocking to loose someone so young. We can be consoled that you are resting with the Lord. May your family and everyone you were involved with find comfort in having had you in their life. I pray the Lord grant  your family the strength in this trying time. Rest in perfect peace."

This tribute was added by Ugo Ben on 6th November 2012

"Had hoped to meet you in person. From all 'am told by Dan, Mary, Mike, Taju and Brendan, you were more than just a wonderful Commando. Great husband, father & friend. You affected lives of so many positively and I know your gain of eternal rest will not only live a big void within the alumni community, but in the hearts of those who personally knew you. My sincere prayers to your family."

This tribute was added by Azubuike Ayalogu on 5th November 2012

"My brother, I and Eka prayed with you on Sunday before this sad event & even then, your face still lit up the hospital even on your sick bed. Never thought this day will come.  I will really miss you. Only God knows what happened. I promise to help Nwira and the kids to pull thru. I will never forget you. Thank you for everything, our laughs, our talks, our good times. I remain loyal bro."

This tribute was added by olu adeoye on 5th November 2012

"i cannot begin to imagine the depth of ur loss,May the Good Lord grant your soul eternal rest!"

This tribute was added by Yussuff Adesola on 5th November 2012

"Snr Ikenna I thank God for ur life though short but spent to the Glory of God and service of humanity. Ur death is a rude shock to us all especially COJOSA family all the same we give Glory to God cos he knows best. May God Almighty grant u eternal rest in his bossom and comfort ur family. R.I.P."

This tribute was added by Erasmus Harry on 5th November 2012

"A kind hearted,humble ,jovial and full of glamour and not materialistic.I pray the LORD will grant your soul eternal life in HIS Bossom Amen."

This tribute was added by Adesanya Adeyemi on 5th November 2012

"May the good lord grant your soul eternal rest dear friend and brother.

Rest on dear friend and brother!"

This tribute was added by Bridget Davies on 5th November 2012

"Ikenna you were a blessing to your generation. It is unfortunate you had to leave so early, but your good deeds are a legacy for your children they will reap the reward of all the good seeds you sowed while on earth. I know God will keep your family because He is Faithful. Rest in Peace!"

This tribute was added by Mary Odogwu Halim on 4th November 2012

"Ikenna Mbanefo May the angels of God take you to paradise and may God grant you Eternal Rest Amen.Adieu and Sleep well"

This tribute was added by Godwin Okpe on 4th November 2012

"The words of the people can attest to your commitments and dedication to the noble cause of COJOSA and humanity. May your soul find peace in the bosom of God, and all your purpose brought to bare in the lives of all the loved ones you left behind.

Sleep on bro and may you rest in peace"

This tribute was added by Ibrahim Kadiri on 4th November 2012

"My Heart is very heavy with deep grieve. I remember when you called and encouraged me about my marriage.You have always been a big brother to me.
May God grant you eternal rest. The Good Lord will not sleep over your family.
Auvoir Sir."

This tribute was added by Obiesie Ayalogu on 4th November 2012

"My own bro-in-law....my chairman...I'm still shell-shocked n gobb-smacked over here...
The champagne u brought for my induction....the love u have always shown....
Ur kids have always been n will always be my kids....
Rest in peace big bros......"

This tribute was added by Vivian Iya on 4th November 2012

"It still like a dream that you are gone. Sleep on till we meet again. You will be surely missed."

This tribute was added by obi onyinye on 3rd November 2012

"Big bros i still don't understand why you left us but as usual we can't question God. The life you lived was one everyone would forever remember though it was short but the memories of how well you spent your time on earth is something that would forever be in our minds.  I guess i'll just be patient until the day comes when i can talk again with you. Farewell dear brother!!!"

This tribute was added by soye opuiyo on 2nd November 2012

"Though short was your life, you lived to put smiles on the faces of people who never would have told you thank you. You serve humanity with humility. You were a true Rotarian. A friend always to all. Never a dull moment with you.When you step in a place every one would know you have arrived. You were a special breed with an angel's heart. sleep on Ik, sleep on. I will miss u forever."

This tribute was added by Tador Didi on 2nd November 2012

"''I still find it difficult to believe you are truly no more with us. I call you my mentor also, you never allowed me sit quietly, u always found away to make me giggle. You can't just leave like this Ikenna, how can this be? You shown more than a star. ADIEU IKENNA,  My Mentor. Rest in God's bosom, till we meet again
Miss you... Vivian.''"

This tribute was added by Jude Ayalogu on 1st November 2012

"How do I start? What can I say? Why did you have to go? You made the whole world light up with your amazing laugh & Jokes.
I smile when I remembered some of them.
''Parting is such a sweet sorrow''. You will be surely missed by all you left behind & your dreams will forever be alive. My Brother & In-law Rest in d Bossom of d Lord"

This tribute was added by Eberechi Asonye on 1st November 2012

"Still shocked by this loss. Our own amiable Ikenna; there was never a dull moment with you. I will miss you. This is not God's will........"

This tribute was added by Chibuogu Nyananyo on 1st November 2012

"Ikenna...Ikenna. I'm relieving the last time we saw-you pinched me on my wedding day and made a joke of it.Only you would have done that.
"Chief Mbanefo" my in-law,rest in peace.You were full of smiles and jokes and laughter.God will keep Nwira and the boys,and cradle them in His arms.We love you,I wish we had more time together... Chichi"

This tribute was added by Barbara Okor-Manuel on 1st November 2012

"Its was a shock to hear that you had passed on and remain speechless... I know you are with the Lord and pray you continue to rest in peace. You will be dearly missed by all who knew you because you were a gentle soul filled with hopes and aspirations and it hurts that you had to leave so soon but God knows best. Rest in Peace, Ikenna. Rest in Peace!"

This tribute was added by Bamidele Ajibola on 1st November 2012

"Still not well composed to put in a tribute that you well deserve Senior.
Wish I wouldn't have to write a tribute to your honourable self till you have lived to be a 100 years of age, or even more. But God knows best. The life you lived, though short, will leave a long remembrance of you in the hearts and minds of people you have touched.rest on Senior"

This tribute was added by Ekpechi Nonny on 1st November 2012

"" I know that when a loved one checks out, there isn't any one word long enough or big enough to describe it. I could talk about it and i could go on and on filling the pages of a book but but even an entire book cannot replace an entire life"
M ka gana elote gi Ezi nwannem lue mgbe anyi ga afu ozo,
Jee ije gi nke oma!"

This tribute was added by Ijeoma Okoro on 1st November 2012

"I am still terrified Ikenna, to think that we were all together on Saturday at Nnokwa and by Monday you had an accident. We all danced and shined in our blues. Even at the hospital in Lagos, you never stopped being hillariious . Your accident and eventual death changed my  understanding of human existence . I am deeply pained and fixated. Goodbye and God  be with you till we meet again!"

This tribute was added by Emmanuel Asido on 1st November 2012

"Calm, focused, straight forward, honest, hardworking and kind hearted...attributes every man wants to have and be remembered for. Ikenna had all of these and more. Good bye my friend. We will miss you...RIP"

This tribute was added by nekka ofili on 31st October 2012

"Rest in peace Onyekwelu!!!! I pray that God comforts the family & friends you left behind. May the good lord send his angels to carry you up to his bosom . Na nu udo!!!"

This tribute was added by Nina Osifoh Bako on 31st October 2012

"Ikenna, i was deeply  saddened by your death. You were such a kind soul, who will be greatly missed by all who knew you. I pray that your family and friends take strength and comfort from the memories you shared. May your gentle soul rest with the Lord.
Sleep on my class mate.

This tribute was added by Ani Ekweogwu on 31st October 2012

"Onyekwelu Ikenna Mbanefo , your work for Jesus Christ was done, your earthly trials have ended and your crown in Heaven won!!... .We love you but God loves you most my beloved cousin.....God's speed!!!!!!"

This tribute was added by Ngozi Enem on 31st October 2012

"RIP Ikenna, a young aspiring man and  very well spoken of, snatched away by death. Very painful indeed. The only comfort is knowing Ikenna is resting with the Lord. Rest on in peace, Ikenna, as you sleep well in the Lords  bossom.  My sincere condolence to the family & prayer is that the Lord will give his family the strength to bear this sad loss."

This tribute was added by segun oni on 31st October 2012

"Great Commando! We never met Senior Ikenna. You have been described as a good person in so many ways. We pray that God grants the entire family strength at this time and fill the vacuum. May your soul find eternal peace in the bossom of God. Amen"

This tribute was added by adewunmi shaw on 31st October 2012

""Ikenna, word can't describe how precious you are. I do remember your smile and how calm you are. sleep well my friend until we meet again."

This tribute was added by andrea Mbanefo on 31st October 2012

"Onyi my cousin! How could this be? You light up the life of everyone you meet. Growing up was fun! Like a candle in the wind, you left too early. Though you are gone, you will not be forgotten. I will see you again 'cos you never really left. Take care and continue to brighten heaven."

This tribute was added by George Odiong on 31st October 2012

"Earth recedes as Heaven beckons, your Creator summons thee to a place of higher calling. It is well my brother, GO, for HE alone knows why. We'll miss you,

George Asuquo Odiong"

This tribute was added by Kofo Owojori on 31st October 2012

"Sleep on beloved,sleep on and take thy rest... The life you lived and those that you touched during your life is a confirmation that you are resting in the bossom of the creator...it is not how long but how fulfilling ,yours was indeed an eventful  one with no dull moments...gone but not forgotten your legacy lives on dear Ikenna Goodnight and journey well dear brother xxx"

This tribute was added by Grace Mogbo on 31st October 2012

"Onyekwelu!,Onyekwelu!, My heart is greatly broken, cos l searched  high and low, but nevered got the chance to speak to you till your passing away. Oh Onyekwelu!, you left a big hole in my heart, because you were a very good classmate, funny, jovial. We sat close to each other, remember Uche Owontiaka?. I had wanted us to share how we had gotten married, kids, aspirations. Adieu my friend."

This tribute was added by Mary Tombiri-Ero on 31st October 2012

"The love that Commandos have for you Ikenna is stronger than death, even though it can't stop death from happening, but no matter how hard death tries it can't separate people from love. It can't take away our memories of you either. In the end love and life are stronger than death. We love you, God be with you till we meet again Ikenna."

This tribute was added by Frances Emembolu on 31st October 2012

"Onyi...I know you are with Jesus and Mary. I love you and I miss you."

This tribute was added by virginia major on 31st October 2012

"Onyii It is hard to believe i will never hear your voice. Your family at the Rotary Club of Port Harcourt GRA is devastated & we all know it will never be the same. We miss you so much Ikenna. You were the very best of the best & we cannot forget the sincere warmth, love & laughter you brought into our lives. Sleep on dear Ikenna assured that we wont forget your dreams. Virginia Major."

This tribute was added by Ahmed Tijjani Abubakar on 31st October 2012

"Dear Ikenna,Words cannot begin to describe the pain that I feel about your early exit from the world .The reason for your early transition to a higher realm is best known to God Almighty ,and I strongly believe HE will keep an eye on your loved ones.May your soul find eternal peace in the bosom of God. amen"

This tribute was added by Adebowale Oriaifo on 31st October 2012

"My Ikemba, oga himself.  I greet you!  I hope you are spreading the love and joy you gave to we earthly beings over there to the celestial ones.  Remain some for us oh, so we dont look like paupers.  See you later Bro!  O di well!


This tribute was added by Daba Esekody (Nee Igoni-Wicox) on 31st October 2012

"The memories I have of you goes as far as while we were in School in Jos! You will be greatly missed Onyekwelu!

May the Good Lord grant your soul eternal rest!
Rest on dear friend!  . . . Rest with the Lord!


This tribute was added by Daniel Opolo on 31st October 2012

"Sleep on, my friend and brother. Take your place among the stars and continue to watch over us. Be rest assured all of your dreams will be fulfilled in the family you left behind, especially in your sons . . .

You will be missed surely . . .

Daniel . . ."

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