ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in commemoration   of our loved one, Professor Emmanuel Ezugwu. Collecting your stories and memories here will offer us great comfort. As we plan virtual and in-person gatherings, we will share details here. Please look down the site and drop your condolences and tributes. We will remember him forever.


THE MAN PROF EMMANUEL EZUGWU
Professor Emmanuel Okechukwu Ezugwu, a devoted husband to Patty, his wife of four decades, a loving father to his children Ginikanwa, Emmanuel Jr and Nnaemeka, a caring and supporting brother to the entire UgwuEzugwu Ukwuma family of Amukpa Ogbozalla-Opi, and friend to all who crossed his path, is dead. He died in his sleep in the early hours of Thursday, 17th September, 2020 in his Abuja residence, aged 60.

Prof Emma Ezugwu, mentor to many now successful individuals, a distinguished and widely published academic, the pioneer Provost of the Air Force Institute of Technology, Kaduna, Nigeria was at death a serving Member of the Governing Council of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology, a position he had held since 2015, and visiting Professor to the National Universities Commission, Abuja,. 

Trained at the Federal Polytechnic, Idah, he later obtained a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Warwick in 1986, where he also rose to become a Senior Research Fellow. He eventually joined London South Bank University as full professor in 1993 and became the Director of the internationally renowned UK- and EU-funded Machining Research Centre, London.

He returned home to establish and head Nigeria’s world class centre of learning and research in aerospace technology, the Airforce Institute of Technology (AFIT-Nigeria), Kaduna. As its pioneer provost, he successfully worked for the elevation of AFIT to a degree awarding institution, a feat for which he was rewarded with the naming of the Institute’s main library after him.

His many achievements included the development of self-propelled rotary cutter, for which he received a Meritorious Award from the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology in 2000. A member of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers, Prof. Emma Ezugwu is listed as a Noteworthy Manufacturing Engineer by Marquis Who’s Who. He has published well over 200 academic and research materials in internationally renowned journals.

His humane and philanthropic disposition know no boundaries. A scholarship provider for the less privileged, a devout Christian of the Catholic faith and quiet funder of numerous church projects, robust community leader, counsellor and life coach; settler of medical bills for those who would have been trapped perpetually in the hospital after discharge; provider and hope of hapless widows. The list of his good works is endless, wrapped in his cosmopolitan but unassuming personality. 

Emmanuel O. Ezugwu, forthright, ebullient, humane and unpretentious, will be sorely missed by his immediate and extended families, the entire Opi community, his friends, colleagues and former students  in the academic world and institutions where he had impacted so much on, and indeed all who knew him. Our loss is heaven’s gain.
Posted by Chidi Umeano on October 25, 2020
From Mr & Mrs Henry Ezike

Dearest Prof,

We can't believe you are no more. We can just picture your hearty laughter and loud voice.
You were so full of life, it is so sad that you had to leave the way you did. You had so much to offer to the world, you were willing to share your knowledge at any given time.
We are still in shock that you've passed on, we still can't believe it. The thing that strikes us the most is your humility, you took us under your wings and could discuss anything be it politics, wealth or family. You loved your family and your country hence why you left the comfort of UK, a place where you achieved so much to go back to Nigeria to give back to the community.
You left a legacy and a big shoe which will be difficult to fill but we believe Ginika, Emeka, Obum and your lovely wife Patty will keep the light burning.

Adieu Prof, rest in the bosom of our Lord till we meet again.

Amon and Henry Ezike
Posted by Chidi Umeano on October 24, 2020
From Rev Fr Emmanuel Ugwuoke
FAREWELL MY CHAIRMAN
People will forget what you told them but not how you made them feel. This day for me is a sad one because your absence will hurt. From a simple act of kindness picking me up at a London train station in 1996 our friendship progressed to in our extended families. You won’t be forgotten as meeting you and relating with you all these years was such a wonderful feeling.

It is also a happy day because today, we remind ourselves that you have gone for your reward with our merciful Heavenly Father. You loved people and you were respectful and kind to all who had the opportunity to meet you. How you treated people is all you now have as you return to meet your creator. And so, I, who received from your abundant life is a living witness.

As your priest, I have the impetus to pray for you and your family as I celebrate the Holy Mass.
Rest on Prof and keep your beloved Igbo Nska in mind. As our Chairman in UK during our nascent years, I am sure you won’t forget us in Heaven.

May the soul of Prof Emmanuel Ezugwu and all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.
Rev Fr Emmanuel Ugwuoke, St John’s RC Church, Burnley. England
Posted by Chidi Umeano on October 24, 2020
From Emeka Nwonah & Family.

A Loving Farewell to Prof Emma!

Prof, it's difficult to believe that i am writing a tribute because of your passing. But if this is the last time that i get to say goodbye, then i will do it considering myself blessed to have lived this life as your relative.
You touched so many lives with your selflessness and countless acts of kindness.
Your dedication to a cause distinguished you. For every institution you worked for, you laid the path for others to succeed. Indeed, you've left a void in our family that will never be filled.
While we mourn today, we take solace in the fact that your mission on earth have been fulfilled. We thank God for your life as we bid you farewell till we meet again.
- Emeka Nwonah & Family
Posted by Chidi Umeano on October 24, 2020
From Okechukwu Offie

TRIBUTE TO MY FRIEND AND BROTHER
LE PROFESSEUR EMMA ODOGWU
I and Emma met in the seventies through his elder brother Joel, my classmate in Engineering School at UNN. We bonded very fast. During those our undergraduate years, I and Joel would drive to Idah to see Emma and we grooved together. One remarkable trip to Idah was in 1981 when I and Joel visited Idah to principally convey Emma back to Nsukka after his final exams. While we were there, the news of his outstanding academic performance in his exit exams filtered out. He was liked and respected by his classmates and friends and was popularly called EMMA ODOGWU.
Upon our graduation, Emma went for studies in England while I travelled to Brussels for mine. Emma fished me out despite the constraints in communication then. Our friendship blossomed despite our tight academic programmes. I recall his surprise visits to me in Brussels then when he would always take advantage of the 36 bucks promotion return tickets. He would barge into my apartment while I was away and wait to surprise me. We spent time like friends and brothers and exchanged our plans for our future. I was there at his Doctorate convocation in Warwick University back in Summer, 1986.
Emma took up appointment with the Warwick University thereafter while I returned to Nigeria, but our friendship continued to grow. His appointment as the pioneer Provost of NAFIT, Kaduna brought him closer home and to us his friends and brothers.
Our brotherly friendship blossomed till he passed away. Emma confided in me on lots of issues like a brother does. We were neighbors in Lokogoma for nearly 9 years before he moved to his Asokoro residence late last year. We worshipped in the same church most times he was in town. Emma chaired my daughter’s wedding reception and was close to my family just the way my father and his were close in their days as students back in the 30s.
Coming to terms with Emma’s demise is a big challenge for us all but I pray God will console us.
- OKECHUKWU OFFIE
Posted by Chidi Umeano on October 24, 2020
From Philomena. J. Asogwa

Your Death came as a shock to us and as you sit in the arms of the lord , family ,friends and colleagues mourn your death we still wake up every day hoping this is a dream , and it hurts knowing you are gone forever I wonder who well be there when no one is there God Brooke's our heart to prove to us that he only takes the best, with a very heavy heart we say our farewell your body might be gone from this world but your spirit will live on in our heart forever  you we're an uncle , brother and Guardian to me and today we mourn you with deepest sorrow and sadness I write this tribute to you may God almighty keep you safe resting in perfect peace till resurrection day Amen!!! Audieu
Posted by Chidi Umeano on October 24, 2020
From Dr Kabiru A Olajire
Sad to learn the passing of a very kind person who saw humanity in everyone he came across. Enjoy the company of your Lord, Emmanuel, as you have served His Glory. Adieu Emmanuel. May your kind soul rest in peace and May the blessings of the Lord remain with your family (Amen).

Remain blessed:
Dr Kabiru A Olajire
Posted by Chidi Umeano on October 24, 2020
From Paul Chijioke Ozioko and family.
TRIBUTE TO A PHILANTHROPIST AND BENEFACTOR
It was a blissful and bright Thursday afternoon turned provocatively sad, as the news of your sudden demise filtered the air on 17th September, 2020. Unbelievable! I yelled. Relentlessly I picked my handset and dialed your phone number; it rang but to my greatest chagrin and shock, the call was rejected. With my heart palpitating and hand shaking, I redialed but same thing happened. Sobbing…; it was done on me that all is not well for you have never rejected or ‘busied’ my call no matter how busy your schedule might be. As I was ruminating and hallucinating, AFIT Management confirmed the unthinkable….
An Iroko has fallen! A hero is gone! The hope of the downtrodden is no more! An erudite Professor has gone beyond with his intelligent! Hmm…. I have ceased crying for am certain that you are already seated at the Right Hand of the Almighty God knowing that your good work and life you affected positively while on this cruel wicked world will speak for you; the Holy Bible has assured us that for Charity covers multitude of sins.
Ride on the eyes of many! Your humour is incomparable and unparalleled.
Lado the Philanthropist of our time!
Lado our hero and benefactor!!
Lado Prof. Emmanuel Okechukwu Ezugwu!!!
Keep resting ‘nnam ukwu’ in the bossom of Lord until we live to part no more.

A Tribute from Paul Chijioke Ozioko and family.
Posted by Chidi Umeano on October 24, 2020
From Dr. and Mrs. Frank Iloeje, ESUT

TRIBUTE TO A MAN OF THE PEOPLE, A SAINTLY SOUL – PROF. EMMANUEL EZUGWU
Times without number I tried to pull myself together to get started with this tribute, but for some unknown reasons, I couldn’t just do so. I found myself asking so many questions which no one could proffer answers to. But then, it dawned on me that this world is actually like a scene, in which everyone plays his/her role and vacates the stage for the next.
There are people whose departure from this earthly abode, although a huge loss to us mortals, is to the high heavens, a triumphant entrant of a saint. Professor Emma Ezugwu lived a saintly life worthy of emulation. A good man, they say, is known by the content of his character. He was, indeed, a good man, an erudite, distinguished and accomplished Professor who always remained resolute when convinced about any good and just course, and ready to fight to finish, if that is what it will take, to ensure justice prevailed, no matter who was involved.
The world of academics has lost a brilliant scholar, a genius, an academic warrior, a perfectionist, a doyen of Manufacturing Engineering, an academic giant, and a Godly gentleman. Emma, we will miss you, we will miss your wise counsel, we will miss your humane disposition, and we will miss your usual prompt interventions at critical moments.
Fare thee well my bosom friend. The holy angels can’t wait to have you in their outstretched arms to take you straight to your creator. Goodbye.
Dr. and Mrs FRANK ILOEJE
ESUT
Posted by Chidi Umeano on October 24, 2020
From Sam Ugwuoti, Ph.D.
Sunset at Dawn. Prof represented all the celestial bodies. As Sun, he shone so brightly that even the blind was able to see. As Moon, he showed illumination for all to find their way. As Star, he twinkled ablaze but petered out suddenly when everybody needed him most. May Christ Jesus admit him into one of the many rooms in His Father's palatial House. Mmmmh, this world a stage! Sam Ugwuoti, Ph.D.

Posted by Chidi Umeano on October 24, 2020
From All Saints Abuja Zone
Prof. Emmanuel Ezugwu.
What a loss!!!.
A loss of an erudite scholar,
A philanthropist,
A sociable prof and above all,
A humane/ cultural bridge builder, connecting both far and near.
The news of your demise came as a shock to us.
We prayed and wished it was a fake news.
But alas!, who can question God?.
He gives, He takes at will, yet none of us can question Him.
Well, Prof. our consolation is that not how long one lives here on Earth matters but how well.
We know you lived a life worthy of emulation, no doubt about it.
Members of ALL SAINTS ABUJA ZONE need you as one of her most cherished patrons, but heaven needs you most.
On behalf of All Saints Abuja Zone, we say adieu! Prof. Nwaezugwu, until we meet again to part no more.
May your soul rest in Peace...Amen.
Signed;
Eze Ozioko Eze Sunday.
Chairman, All Saints Zone Abuja.

Posted by Chidi Umeano on October 24, 2020
From the family of your God son (The Igwes)
The news of your death was so heartbreaking. It's unbelievable that we will not see you again. So much unfinished business. Kelechi, your Godson was waiting for your guidance and this happened. You were such a remarkable man, one with extraordinary passion for life, friends, family and humanity. You were so down to earth and ever available to provide support when needed. I was shocked to hear about your demise.
At this point, I can only thank God Almighty for the life you lived and pray that you are in His bossom forever.
I pray for Pat and your lovely children that God will comfort them at this very difficult time. I pray for the entire Ezugwu family for strength to bear this devastating loss.
ADIEU THE GREATMAN OF HONOUR.
From Uchenna Ngwu-Igwe, Kelechi and Kesandu Igwe
Posted by Chidi Umeano on October 24, 2020
From Mrs Pedro Salama
You have been a father and a friend to me and my family,a mentor, hero and a pioneer. He will always advise me to pursue my education no matter what it will cost me. You opened many doors and gave many a life time opportunity to smile again. You will be greatly missed. We love you Prof. Continue to rest at the Masters feet until we meet again.
Posted by Chidi Umeano on October 24, 2020
From Dr Emeka J Oloto mbbs, fwacs, frcog, ffsrh

IN MEMORY OF PROF. EMMANUEL OKECHUKWU EZUGWU
ARAPA 3 OF OPI
Writing a tribute to Emma, as I fondly call him, is one of the hardest things I believe I have ever had to do. I made a start several times but stopped as I struggled to fight back the tears. I asked myself repeatedly whether there are any words good enough to speak of my dear friend, Emma, who I prefer to call my brother. Eventually I found some words but realized that they cannot express the pain I, and all those that love him, feel about his untimely loss. Knowing Emma as I do, I feel he would have been overwhelmed by the love of, and the pouring of emotion and grief by, his friends, colleagues, and members of his family.

Emma and I were classmates at St. Theresa’s College, Nsukka where we left 44 years ago in 1976. We were to re-unite again in 1991 when I joined him in the United Kingdom. He was then a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Warwick and I had arrived to continue my postgraduate training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle Upon Tyne. Since then, we have been inseparable and have been there for each other through thick and thin.

Receiving the devastating news of Emma’s loss on Thursday the 17th of September 2020 was too hard to bear. My wife and I were weeping uncontrollably while at the same time hoping that the news was not true. Emma, our last discussion and plan on 22nd August 2020 is now a dream on your part but I will see it to fruition, God willing. Sadly, you never had the opportunity to say anything to anybody as you were snatched away from us at your sleep.

Emma was such a perfect gentleman, he was a very sociable person, he had many friends, he was well liked and respected by his seniors and juniors alike, he was someone you could trust and rely on, someone you could confide in and ask for advice, and someone I consider myself lucky and privileged to have known. If Emma was ever in a situation where he had the choice between ‘the right way out’ and ‘the easy way out’, the right way would always be the path he would take. It takes someone of extra special strength and character to say something, to mean it and then to stick by it. That was Emma, personified. His patriotism and desire to help others will be sorely missed forever.

Emma, it is very difficult for me to bid you goodbye. It is even harder for your family but together we must give thanks to God for an accomplished life and celebrate it, our heavy hearts notwithstanding. Emma distinguished himself in Engineering and in Administration. He was a loving and kind husband, father, brother and uncle. He had a lot of plans, some of which have now turned into dreams, but most would be fulfilled by those he left behind. Only God alone knows why he has called Emma to his side at this present time. The Lord will comfort his family and give them the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.
Adieu Emma.

Dr Emeka J Oloto mbbs, fwacs, frcog, ffsrh
Consultant Gynaecologist & Specialist in Sexual and Reproductive Health
Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Leicester, United Kingdom

Posted by Chidi Umeano on October 24, 2020
From CEO, Edu Brazil Air Cargo Limited

Everyday I think of you Prof. I still can’t believe that you are gone, you didn’t even give us chance to repay you for all you have done for us.
  You have worked so hard for us to get where we are today my Erudite.
  You taught me a lot that I will never forget in my time of being with you. You are indeed a Hero Prof. Your contributions in my life is an unforgettable one, you assisted me, you stand for me and gave me all the support I needed to Excel but now you are no more to witness your good deeds. I never though of you leaving us at this time.
   Prof. Your memories will remain in my heart forever. GOOD BYE ERUDITE!!!

Chinedu Agbougwu.
CEO Edu Brazil Air Cargo Limited (World wide Logistics)

Posted by Chidi Umeano on October 24, 2020
From Dr VGA Goss., PhD, MA, MSc, BEng, MIMechE, SFHEA, LCGI
9th October, 2020
I remember Emmanuel developed that machining research centre from almost nothing. His research focused on the wear of machine tools in the aerospace industry - cutting edge as one might say! He worked closely with Rolls Royce, and Emmanuel ensured that those contacts carried across to the benefit of the students, and to the development of our engineering programs. 

Emmanuel supervised a number of PhD students during that period, and it would be good if you were able to contact them. I am afraid I never got to know them very well, for the machining centre was in a different part of the university. But I recall that they all worked hard and were affable and accommodating - like Emmanuel.

Best wishes,
Geoff.

Dr VGA Goss., PhD, MA, MSc, BEng, MIMechE, SFHEA, LCGI,
Associate Professor, Nonlinear Dynamics,
School of Engineering, London South Bank University, London SE1 OAA.
Posted by Chidi Umeano on October 24, 2020
From Prof Titus Olaniyi
Dear Family and Friends of Prof Emmanuel Ezugwu,

I read with sadness the passing of a Boss, Brother and Friend, Professor Emmanuel Ezugwu.

I was fortunate to have worked with Prof Ezugwu at the London South Bank University, United Kingdom and I later joined him at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) Kaduna, Nigeria. Not only have I worked under the leadership of Prof Ezugwu, but also lived with him for several months at AFIT.

Prof Ezugwu was highly knowledgeable, kind and supportive amongst many other positive trademarks. I trust that he is a fulfilled person, given his many international achievements in academia and elsewhere.

I stand to state that his passing unto glory is a great loss to humanity but God knows best. I pray that his soul rest in perfect peace and may the Almighty God give the family and friends of Prof Ezugwu the strength to bare his loss.

Regards,
Prof Titus Olaniyi
Posted by Chidi Umeano on October 24, 2020
From Nze (Barr) Greg Obiweluozo (London)



TRIBUTE FOR PROF EMMA EZUGWU

Little do we knew that the Almighty God was going to call your name.
In life, we loved you dearly, in death we do same.
It broke my heart to lose a friend that I call a brother, having shared a lot in common right from our formative years at the famous St Theresa’s College Nsukka, Enugu State to the United Kingdom where we finally consolidated our brotherhood.
How can I forget the beautiful and wonderful memories you left within our esteem social-economic association, Pro-7, in the United Kingdom? As one of the founding members, you brought into group dignity, respect, and excellency.
We will miss you more that words can magnify.
Our family chain is broken, but one day as God call us one by one, the link will be back again.
I pray to Almighty God to give your loved ones, especially your wife, Patricia, your children, and your siblings, the strength and resilience to bear the irreplaceable loss.
Adieu, my good friend, The Erudite Professor of Engineering, Emma Ezugwu,
The Arapa 111 of Opi
Nze (Barr) Greg Obiweluozo (London)
9th October 2020
Posted by Chidi Umeano on October 24, 2020
From Adi Okpara (Ohonya)
TRIBUTE TO A BELOVED FRIEND


Arapa Eze III, my beloved friend, words fail me, but I feel a strong sense of obligation to pen this short tribute.

Our paths crossed in summer of 1993 when you paid a chance visit to my house with a bunch of jolly buddies at midnight after I had gone to bed, which if it were in Nigeria I would have run for my dear life. Thereafter, however, we were like we had known each other since birth, joined along the hips, co-joined. Your ebullience was the draw!

On 17 September 2020, London quaked, and a furious wind with the energy of a force 5 hurricane blew all that knew you. Life stood still and the curtain came down. Social media was awash with a breaking news that we all refused to believe; phones rang and messages exchanged, yet we all chose to bury our heads in the sand because you, the subject, was deemed too much a giant to succumb to even the accepted inevitable; not at this time, not at this time my chum! In an utter state of shock I muttered, no, not him, tell me you’re kidding, tell me it’s a big joke! It wouldn’t sink in. I was confounded because I had just spoken with you not long before, during which you asked me to see to something for you, which I did but was waiting for you to call for feedback.

We often joked we had this eerie meeting of minds that was sometimes unbelievable. In 2010, I had gone to Nigeria and travelled to Kaduna for the first time. As I arrived in Kaduna, I called Joel, your brother, to tell him I was in the country but in Kaduna at time. He asked me if I had spoken with my friend, I said no. With a bit of surprise in his voice he said, but he’s in Kaduna. I was shocked. I called you and true to it you were in Kaduna and lodged at the same hotel I had just checked into. It felt like an apparitional moment. You told me where you were and invited me to come over. When I arrived, you came out to meet at the reception and asked me to wait; that you were there to attend interview for the post of Provost of Air Force Institute of Technology. I didn’t know it was to be a five hour wait.

Very often we may not have spoken for a while but in a moment of pure telepathy I would call to check on you, but not once, twice or trice, the reply would be: I’ve just landed in Heathrow, I’m in the baggage hall or I’m in a taxi on my way to the house. Such was the meeting of minds that we had, which will be no more because death has dealt you a bad hand; a really bad hand! Death has taken you so cruelly at the peak of all.

Your free living, man of the people kind of life, masks the seriousness with which you approached everything else. Only a few people really understood you, many thought they did but didn’t, and I’m glad to be one of them that truly did. For those who knew you, you were a bunch of fun. You had no time for mediocrity and didn’t suffer fools gladly. You were first among equals! Yours was a life well lived. You accomplished all, the most that many can wish for, and the envy of many.

You were a jolly good fellow. Your towering presence could not be ignored because you stood like an iroko and lighted up the dimmest of occasions. If I may use a typical dog whistle metaphor, I would confidently say; Presidential has an empty seat, 805 has an empty seat, Canaan has an empty seat, Coal City has an empty seat, Pro-7 has an empty seat, many others have empty seats. They are so because your presence breathed life into the dullest of places.

Arapa Eze III, you have left the gang of three to be with the angels, we will miss you so badly. We will miss your towering presence.

May your soul rest in peace in the bosom of the Lord.

Adieu! Shalom!

Adi Okpara (Ohonya)

Posted by Chidi Umeano on October 24, 2020
From Ven. Prof. Chinedu Nebo, CON, NPOM, FNSE, FNMS, FMSN, FNAEng.

A TRIBUTE TO MY DEAR FRIEND AND PROFESSIONAL COLLEAGUE

When the shattering news of the passing of my dear friend Prof. Emmanuel Ezugwu got to me I was totally flabbergasted. Here was a man so full of life and energy and having such zest for life and an optimistic outlook towards life. The cold hand of death has dealt a terrible blow to us all by snatching Prof. Ezugwu away when we least expected it.

Prof. Emmanuel Ezugwu was a delectable gentleman with an amiable personality. He always exuded confidence, hope and a can-do attitude. He was a professional engineering academic and an astute administrator. He was always full of ideas about finding solutions to the myriad of problems bedeviling Nigeria. Whenever he had an opportunity, he readily shared his views about how best to move Nigeria forward with regards to technological development.

Prof. Emma's demise leaves a huge vacuum in the academic circles. He wasn't the type to balk in the face of challenges. He actually enjoyed challenges, since he felt they were opportunities to prove his mettle.

My wife Ify and I deeply commiserate with the entire Ezugwu family - his dear wife, children, in-laws and others. We pray God to grant them all the grace and fortitude to bear the painful loss.

Ven. Prof. Chinedu Nebo, CON, NPOM, FNSE, FNMS, FMSN, FNAEng.
Former Minister of Power
Former Vice Chancellor of UNN and FUOYE
Posted by Chidi Umeano on October 24, 2020
From Mazi Emmanuel Ogbonnaya (Mazi Nnaekpe)
MAZI EMMANUEL OGBONNAYA (Mazi Nnaekpe)
8, Idowu Dada Street
Ogudu, Lagos.


7th October 2020

Barrister Ginika Ezugwu-


Dear Ginika,

CONDOLENCE MESSAGE

My wife and I received with rude shock the transition to glory of our brother and friend, Prof. Emmanuel Ezugwu; with deepest sympathy, I write to commiserate with you and your family particularly, Mrs. Emmanuel Ezugwu (your mum) for this irreplaceable loss of a man full of life and endowed with disposition to meaningful friendship. At the emergence of the news of his demise, it was difficult to come to terms with that message as my memory immediately rekindled the intimate friendly relationship, I had with my name sake. I remember my last meeting with him in the company of our friend, Prof. Sunny Nwankwo at his Kaduna based Airforce Polytechnic where he was a Provost. I also remember that he and I had conversation on phone on my arrival in London at the peak of the coronavirus in April this year; little did I know that it was to be our last live conversation. 

Memory of our closeness during our working lives in London will be exceedingly difficult to erase and I will ever remember him as a natural and very enthusiastic friend and a brother. I will continue to remember his unassuming and down-to-earth nature.

His death will continue to exhume painful feelings without a doubt, but be consoled by the fact that Prof. Emmanuel Ezugwu lived a fulfilled life and will ever be remembered by those he was instrumental to giving a platform for completion of their educational pursuit and this bears eloquent testimony to many who have come from far and near to pay their last respect to this illuminous and inspirational individual who has written his name in the sand of time.

Arapa (as he was fondly called), will be sorely missed by those who knew him and mostly those who have had opportunity to interact with him. We console with you and the entire family of the late Prof. Emmanuel Ezugwu. Our thoughts are with you, your siblings and, your mum; we pray that God will give you and your entire family strong heart at this painful time and the fortitude to bear the loss of your father our friend. 

We would have to remind ourselves a passage of the scriptures that warns us of the imminent coming of the time: the time to be born and a time to die" (Ecclesiastes 3:1). As he has been called out of this life of vanity, may God grant him eternal rest in His bosom.

May God continue to protect and guide you and the entire family Prof. Emmanuel Ezugwu.

Sincerely yours

Emmanuel Ogbonnaya Nnaekpe


Posted by Chidi Umeano on October 24, 2020
From AVM (RTD) John Oshoniyi

Late Professor Emmanuel Ezugwu served as the Provost AFIT during my watch as the Commandant AFIT, between February 2011 and October 2013. I found him to be a collosus, a great team player and a goal getter.

As the pioneer Provost AFIT, he brought his wealth of experience from the diaspora to contribute to the rapid development witnessed by AFIT during this period and even beyond. Due to his exemplary interpersonal relationship and ingenuity in external relations, AFIT was able to establish relationship with Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica in Brazil. This relationship resulted in the grant of scholarship up to doctorate level for NAF personnel in related engineering courses.

Professor Ezugwu also attracted resource persons from the academia and aviation industry that enabled NCAA to grant Approved Training Organization (ATO) status to AFIT to commence training and conduct of Aircraft Engineers Licence Exams for qualified NAF personnel and civilians.

As the Head of Academic Branch, he also closely supervised the design and production of UAV Amebo 2 and Amebo 3, which were successfully test flown.

Undoubtedly, AFIT earned great recognition locally and internationally during his sojourn at AFIT. I therefore commend the current NAF Leadership for deservedly naming the AFIT Library in his honour during his lifetime.

Adieu, Prof, my Provost and my friend till we meet to part no more in the bossom of the Lord. Rest in perfect peace, amen.

AVM (RTD) JOHN OSHONIYI
Commandant AFIT (Feb 2011 to Oct 2013)

Posted by Chidi Umeano on October 24, 2020
From Carol 'kaego Obayi PhD (Adaafutaihe)

Tribute to a Great Friend

It is with a heavy heart that I mourn the demise of a great friend, a colleague in the immediate past Governing council of ESUT, an intellectual of great repute yet abundant in humility,an amiable soul,a man of great foresight, vigour and vision, a charismatic cum task-oriented leader, a pacifier and an uncompromising devotee of Our Blessed Mother Mary - Late Professor Emmanuel Okechukwu Ezugwu. EMMAN, as I fondly called you, your death is too much for me to bear, I am still in a big shock and can write no more. Fare-thee well Prof. You were one of the best. Rest in perfect peace and may SHE who you adored dearly as mortal, envelope your kind soul on HER bossom . May the wife, children and the entire Ezugwu family bear the death honourably. Knowing that HE who giveth also taketh.

Carol 'kaego Obayi PhD (Adaafutaihe)
Posted by Chidi Umeano on October 24, 2020
From Chidera Abonyi

It feels like I have known Prof. Ezugwu all my life, this is because of his influence and impact on me since the first time I met him in Opi as a 17 years old college kid. He truly cared about my development and invited me to visit him in Kaduna for the holidays. I could remember while in Kaduna, he once took me to his office to experience the working environment of the “Air force Institute”, he then paid me for my visit to his office saying since I came to work with him that I should be paid for the day.

Despite his busy schedules, he never missed my birthdays without sending a message to me and checking up on me. He was my friend and in many ways like a father to me. He was the only one I know in the family that I could go to for professional engineering advice and mentorship and he was always there to answer my questions.

The last time I was home in Nigeria, he sat me down and we went through an essay I wrote for an application; he took time to correct my grammatical errors. I am so grateful that I got to have those little moments with him - helping him set up his home desktop, his email account...discussing Nigerian politics and the future of academia in Africa. I am sure he is in a good place. Prof. Ezugwu lived for impact and I am a shining example of his impact. Every single moment he spent on earth was filled with impact as he inspired a generation in the process. I miss him already. Rest in Power Nna m Ukwu. We will meet again and perhaps then, I will have better stories to share with you about my adventures - one which you largely influenced.❤
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BR,
Chidera Abonyi
Posted by Chidi Umeano on October 24, 2020
From Okey Ugwueze


SLEEP WELL SOUL MATE

How does one begin to write about an enigma like Professor Emmanuel Okechukwu Ezugwu? To start is difficult, but to stop is even more arduous.

For once I am averred to interrogate the essence of writing tributes. Is it to the departed or for those left behind?

I guess the intent includes, in part, to recall the virtues and lessons from the life and times of the departed for the benefit of the living and posterity.

From my “twin” brother Emmanuel, there is a lot to learn and embrace for the betterment of humanity. Yes, Emma lived for humanity, a life of touching lives, building communities and institutions. 

Though he departed Nigeria at an early age for the UK where he blazed the trail, becoming a professor under 40 at one of their prestigious Universities, and lived the better part of his life there, his mind, heart and soul never really left.

In the UK, he became the rallying point for Igbos, nay Nigerians. Every Nigerian in and around London was his bosom friend and brother/sister and yet his connect with home was completely intact. He was chief host to anyone visiting; either for studies or for permanent residence.

Inspite of his early relocation to, and over three decades in foreign land, Prof never lost his identity. With the Europeans he would effortlessly speak in their accent, but back home, in impeccable igbo, while his command of Opi dialect was flawless, even though he never really resided in his hometown.

Emma’s life was about community building and empowerment. While in the UK, I was a conduit for remittance of series of contributions for the building of our Church and sometimes to Ekwueme age grade and others.

In all his years there, he maintained unbroken membership of the age grade, which on his return he virtually single handedly “internationalized” first by facilitating the extension of membership from his Ogbozarra to other autonomous communities in Opi, and then to Nsukka cultural zone. Ekwueme remains the only age grade that I know with such colouration/spread. That’s vintage cerebral broadmindedness of the man, Okechukwu Ezugwu.

His relationship web had no boundaries. Emma was at home with the high and mighty all over the world as he was with the most lowly in the remotest of villages.

Emmanuel remained in the forefront of support for any developmental and progressive initiative in Opi and any environment he found himself.

Over the years he had maintained an ever regenerating stream of “adopted” dependants whom he saw through their educational and vocational pursuits. Many of these have become “Orphans” with his sudden passage. He simply had a heart much larger than his kingsize frame and at all times exhuded friendship and camaraderie that was infectious.

Though Prof was an accomplished academic, family man as well as materially, he had unfulfilled dreams. One of his greatest unfulfilled dreams was headship of the great University of Nigeria Nsukka. He dreamt so big for the University and for decades we fought for a chance to unleash his global academic tentacles, to make it world class. He needed none personally therefrom, but was prepared to give his all. That was not to be, sadly.

Emma was not prepared for death. Not yet. Rather, he was preparing in ernest to live the ‘real life’ in retirement at our Opi home town for which he had limitless love. He had acquired a massive piece of land at Kpokpo which he had just erected a fence of royalty around. In his last days Prof had romanticized so much about this dream home and was just putting finishing touches to preparations to commence construction .

Indeed my last telephone discussion with him about 11pm on 9th of September dwelt much on his plans on design modifications. Metaphorically, Emma said he had decided to scale down on his earlier design, given that as we approach two three scores and ten, our needs would naturally begin to ebb. When I asked about how he would be climbing the staircase in the next twenty years, he told me the design already has his bedroom on the ground floor and we laughed it off.

He was planning to generally rethink the size of the structural development in view of certain realities and we agreed to concentrate a little more on sports facilities and greenry.These and many more positive plans I imagine were on Prof’s mind as he turned in on the fateful night of 17th September 2020.

News of his sudden demise was the most devastating moment of my life. Till date it has remained a nightmare that refuses to go away. As the reality of the irreversibility of the situation gradually begins to sink in, we will try to find solace in the belief that his many good deeds on earth would earn him a place with the Lord in paradise, where we shall reunite for eternity.

It is bye for now twin brother, soul mate, sparing partner, confidant, advisor, teacher and lots more. May the good Lord grant the many bleeding hearts, particularly the immediate families the fortitude to overcome the deep trauma of the sudden passage of Professor Emmanuel Okechukwu Ezugwu.

Adieu soulmate.


OKEY UGWUEZE

Posted by Chidi Umeano on October 24, 2020
From Air Commodore Maduabuchi Nick Orjiude (rtd) fss psc (+) fndc

MNO/04/ARAPA                                    
Plot 57 Independence Layout                                     
Enugu
Email: nickorjiude@gamil.com
The family of Late Prof Emmanuel O. Ezugwu
Kpokpo Amuka
Ogbozalla Opi-Uno
Nsukka
ENUGU STATE                                   

6 October, 2020

Attention: Mr. Nnaemeka Ezugwu    
Dear Sir,
LETTER OF CONDOLENCE

With a sense of personal loss, pains and grief, I write on behalf of my family to deeply sympathize and condole the immediate family and the Greater Ezugwu families of Opi on the death of their father and illustrious son ; late Professor Emmanuel Okechukwu Ezugwu. My family stands by you and shares in your pains as you mourn my bossom friend , ‘the Great Arapaeze na Opi, an erudite scholar, a global citizen as I fondly called him.

Arapaeze na Opi! Arapa na Opi!! Arapaeze na Opi!!! Imagine, Imagine. I am yet to come to terms with your exit to the great beyond since the unfaithful day of 27 September 2020. The dead-shock I had at the news of your death devastated me to say the least and the emotional agony has continued unabated. It has been nightmarish and extremely difficult for me to reconcile and address you as ‘late’. I cannot hold-back my tears and anguish; You certainly know why! Both of us have shared mutual, supportive and beneficial relationship since our union at St. Theresa’s College Nsukka in 1974. Ever since then, you were a brother, a pillar of support, my confidant, a friend a boss and a lot more …!
Arapaeze, life is not how long a man lived but his enduring humanity and positive legacies. I salute your uncommon drive for excellence and achievements- a professor at 36 years old, your strength of character and above all, your warm humble personality and humanity laced with deeds of common good that transcended the social strata. Your footprint at the Nigerian Air Force Institute of Technology Kaduna, North-West Nigeria would remain an indelible worthy legacy. Your native home church (St Charles Opi) mourns you including many underprivileged students you mentor and support as your community development efforts. We cannot thank you enough for all your kind works for humanity.

Nnnaemeka, Obum, Ginika and my dear Arapa’s wife Pat, please accept our condolences. Your husband and father left enviable positive legacies of honesty, integrity and hardwork. He was a family man who loved, cared for his immediate family, siblings and humanity. I encourage you to uphold his legacies as your guiding principle.
Finally, Arapaeze na Opi, the global citizen, as you are interred to the mother earth today, I, Ogbuefi Orjiude, Ikiriko Akpu Enyi na Mmaku, in an evergreen memory, bids you farewell till we meet on the resurrection Day. May His perpetual light shine upon your noble soul. Goodnight my friend. Rest in Peace. Adieu, Professor Emmanuel Okechukwu Ezugwu.

Posted by Chidi Umeano on October 24, 2020
From Johnny Nnamdi Ozuzu Dubai

The tragedy of your death has left a deep wound in my heart. Professor Emmanuel Ezegwu, Your memories will never be forgotten! You are a great Man, I appreciate you so much like my own father, It remains an honor to have been associated with you Sir, No words can describe how deeply sorry I am for your untimely yet shocking Demise. I am so much broken but I will pray for your departed soul in every moment of my life. Good trip ODOGWU!!! the Lord will rest your soul. Amen.

Johnny Nnamdi Ozuzu
Dubai.
Posted by Chidi Umeano on October 24, 2020
From Pharm. Ejikeme Omeje


TRIBUTE TO LATE ENGR (PROF.) EMMANUEL EZUGWU
Your untimely exit has made life uninteresting for those of us you left behind and your demise has increasingly made death a preferred option, if only we had the powers.

In death ,I revere you for so many things you stood for ,while on earth. As a toddler, I knew you as College student at Idah College of Technology that eventually metamorphosized to Federal Polytechnic Idah.
Upon graduation you left us for London to further your studies. And for years ,due to distance the name was only ringing a bell in every corner ,mainly because of your exploits, up and until your return after your sojourn abroad as a Professor in your field of study.

Your return was with a loud bang ,because you chose to give back FPI , books worth over N2million to enrich their scanty library then.
Little after that was your appointment in Kaduna in the Airforce institute as the Provost . Where you served for Eight(8) years meritoriously and exceedingly. Testimonials from your stay, speaks volume of your exploits and achievements.
Just recently, we reunited in Abuja during the Covid lockdown after a long while and you exhibited overwhelming love for me and my younger ones. We related joyfully and bonded more than ever before with so many stories to reminisce.
Every moment with you was so remarkable and unforgettable and at a point ,you became the ideal company to keep ,because every meeting was a blend of intellectual discuss, social and political discuss spiced with jokes and cheering gists. 
While, I still observe that I can’t ask certain questions, I wish your soul eternal rest in the bosom of the Lord.
While ,we will continue to take solace in what you stood for and represented in your life time
Adieu!

Pharm. Ejikeme Omeje
Posted by Chidi Umeano on October 24, 2020
From Prof. Osita Ogbu, FNAE, OON  

Prof. Osita Ogbu, FNAE, OON
     [Oshimiri Nsukka]
   Oshimiri Garden Court, Opposite Ikenga Hotel, off Ogurugu Rd, Nsukka
                    Email: ovoko@yahoo.com
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Tribute to Prof. Emmanuel Ezugwu
It was a dark Thursday morning when I got a phone call from an Airforce Officer who informed me of Emmanuel’s death. He was also condoling me, knowing that he was a friend and a brother. The phone call didn’t make sense. When I recollected myself, I called the Officer to be sure that he was certain of what he was saying. It was then that the weight of the sad news sank in. It still did not make sense. I, therefore, refused to share what I heard with anyone. How can it make sense? I was with Prof. Ezugwu on August 25-26 in Enugu where he chaired an Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) Council sub-committee meeting. He was ebullient, efficient, strategic and lucid throughout the meetings. There were no signs of distress. On August 29, he came to visit me at my Nsukka home where we continued our conversation about ESUT, distilling his very creative ideas and the partnerships he thought we could build to elevate and reposition the institution for greater glory. He remained engaging, thoughtful, happy and relaxed. We spoke many times thereafter. He remained enthusiastically rooted in the future and plans for years to come. Death has robbed us of an Iroko.

Prof. Emmanuel Ezugwu started early. He obtained a Ph.D. at the age of 27, a rare feat for an African. He married early and had the good fortune of seeing his children well established. Having washed his hands thoroughly, he had the opportunity to dine with the mighty at an early age. He was an acknowledged and recognized global scholar, teacher, researcher and mentor. In spite of his global status, he remained rooted at home. His ability to traverse the globe and return to build strong friendships with his secondary school classmates, ordinary people in the village, and his senior brother’s friends is unique and appealing. He was able to achieve because he was focused, determined and had no room for lazy thoughts. He built lasting relationships across all classes of people because he was humble, authentic, accommodating, amiable, generous and inspiring.

Emmanuel will be missed because he continued to teach, till his last day, the act of possibilities. He never accepted nor condoned mediocre performance. His drive and passion were infectious. He represented the best in us. Lately, I began to see these emotions expressed as he immersed himself in the work of the ESUT Council where his authoritative voice and wise counsel will be missed. He will be missed because while there are many workers, there are only a few with his level of knowledge, exposure and experience. And there is even fewer willing to use these skills generously for service to humanity.

His legacy is assured through his works, achievements and his brilliant family. We thank God for his compact life of purpose. We take solace that he died a good man with huge lessons for the living. My family and I have lost a great friend, brother and associate. May his gentle soul rest in peace.          

  - Osi Ogbu –
[Okeosisi Enugu]
Posted by Ik Ugwuegede on October 22, 2020
Engr (Professor) Emmanuel O.
Ezugwu – In Death, Life.
A Tribute By Engr I.N.A. Ugwuegede

The journey of life for us all presupposes that
we acknowledge the inevitability of death.
Indeed of all the evidences of life we were
taught in school – locomotion, reproduction,
reaction to external stimuli, etc., - one that is
not often mentioned, or at least discussed as
frequently, is death. All living things suffer
death. And only living things die. This latter
statement may require some elaboration for it
can be easily countered that inanimate
concepts, ideas, for example, may exist for a
while but they do come to an end. Perhaps
that is so, though it can be equally rebutted that the ideas do live on, irrespective of whether the
practices they espouse continue or not. But, either way, that is not the concern of this piece. I
am concerned with the finality of death concerning my friend Emma Ezugwu, and the things
about him that live on despite the demise of the corporeal body that he inhabited. Yes, Emma
passed on in the early hours of the morning of Thursday, 17th September and we can be with
him no more. The rational part of me knows and accepts that fact. But there is some part that
still communes with him, that knows him yet, that feels him. I converse with him yet. Anyone
who knows Emma to more than a passing degree will almost always correctly predict his
reaction or answers to any given situation. In that manner we do still therefore feel him and
hear him. He therefore lives.
It is not my brief, nor do I have any inclination, to proffer his biography here. There are others
more properly disposed and equipped to that, though every person can only speak from an
aspect of the man. A man of many parts, his story as a loving and caring husband and a doting
father to his immediate family, paint but a slide of him; his students, teachers, colleagues in the
academic world also know but another side of him only too. Those he met with socially and
interacted with in less formal situations also can attest to yet a different aspect of him. Emma
was many things to many people. A person of consistent and dependable character and
disposition, he was able to interface with a very wide variety of society and remain at home
with them all. The consummate intellectual, he was up there at the highest levels of academia:
the headship of tertiary institutions of great repute, one of which he nurtured from birth.
Emma was the accomplished engineer and as head of the Machining Research Centre of the
South Bank University, he was at the literal cutting edge of the metallurgy and machining
industry in Europe and the world. I was once privileged to visit with him at the Centre, at a
time when he had just won some accolade from the Rolls Royce on account of the research
work carried out under him by the Centre for the aeronautics industry. His very busy schedule
on that occasion of my trip did not prevent him from making out time to take me to one of his
haunts in Old Kent Road, London, where he had arranged a hanging out for me in welcome tothe UK. He made me thoroughly appreciated and insisted on showing me all the Nigerian
restaurants and friends of his on that occasion. Ebullient as could be, he was wont to order his
favourite ale speaking to the hapless waiters in a pure Nsukka dialect. Right there in the centre
of London. And why not, he would ask you; the waiters, according to him, ought to know that
Bia nwokem, nyem Heineken could only mean a request for the beer.
For me, Emma was a friend and a brother. Freely and easily he related. He sought for,
supported and encouraged what later became a torrent of Nsukka and Opi indigenes to the UK
and Europe. He was mentor to many of these and I know that not a few are in dire straits on
account of his passing. When our daughter was to go and study in the UK, it was to his alma
mater, the University of Coventry that she went, and he remained supportive of her stay there.
He took us to his home in Croydon to enjoy the cuisine and hospitality of Patty, his dear wife
who had been his ever faithful and dependable crutch at his side from Idah days. (Yes I also
knew of those days. With his elder brother Joel, we in Nsukka were somehow part of the
Shambala phenomenon in Idah spearheaded by Emma! If I do not explain this in full, it is
because Emma smiles right now and tells me to go easy on the tales of the past. Indeed he
lives.)
Our relationship with Emma Ezugwu and family was three dimensional, full and fulfilling. We
were free to impose on Emma and the family in London all the way from Nigeria for messages
and information and contacts and the like. Freely asked, freely given. When occasion
demanded, Patty took turns with us in taking care of our ill daughter including spending the
night there in the hospital in London where life-saving procedures had been carried out. I had
gone to the university with Joel and shared a classroom and hostel with him for years, knowing
each other’s foibles and mannerisms. At a time when there were very few of us from Opi in the
university, just the two of us in the faculty of engineering and a total of six or so as
matriculants that year, we, Joel and I, definitely grew close to each other. And so I was a
welcome presence at their Enugu road residence where we met with Emma and all his other
siblings, under the ever vigilant eyes of their mother who was always more than the handful
that growing young men could easily become.
Beyond that I was particularly situated to have called their mother Mama. Chairman of the Opi
Foreign Women Association, as we playfully christened the group of non-native Opi wives, a
group to which my mother, she a Princess from Obimo, belonged, Mrs Ezugwu was a
matriarch with a heart of gold. She took my sister, Joy, and I as hers and regaled us, my sister
particularly, with tales of old and songs and virgos for all occasions. It was not uncommon for
her to be on a long telephone call with Joy relating the lyrics and tune of one song or the other.
Onw'o m, onw'o m, A ya d’m onw'o m ek'ri onye? This popular Nsukka song was one of many
relayed between my sister Dr Joy and Mrs Ezugwu, and made popular for it. She took an even
more motherly position where we were concerned especially after 1999 when our dear mother
passed on, and remained steadfast and insistent at my sonship all through till her end. When
she fell terminally ill, Emma called me and informed me so. Bia, Abonyi, eshi a’d’kwa’g Mama.
We all rallied round her and stayed beside her till she went to answer to her maker. We did not
mourn, as Christians say, like persons who have no hope. She had fallen ill, we had done much
to alleviate her pain and illness and had, even unknowingly, prepared ourselves for the worst.
We therefore accepted her death with equanimity. And mourned her in praises.
Can I honestly say the same for Emma? Is it sufficient that “it is not how long but how well” a
life is lived? How do we not become heart-broken? What do we use to assuage the pain? Howlong is long enough and how well is well enough? What are the indices of judging whether it
was well or not. And dare we judge, really? Who are we, mere mortals, to judge? For on the
temporal plane, it would appear that the race was yet unfinished, the job uncompleted. For our
friend and brother, the erudite academician and distinguished engineer, it seemed the best was
yet to come. On sabbatical leave at the Nigerian Universities Commission, fresh from the Air
Force Institute of Technology, AFIT, Kaduna, he was eager, willing and poised for more
challenges. I know that he was a research fellow for one of the academic Trust Funds and was
poised to begin an assignment for them. We were all awaiting laurels again from him, similar
to what he had done at the Air Force Institute, lifting the institution beyond their dreams in
verifiable academic standards and getting them in their very first decade of existence to become
a degree awarding institution, a feat for which the grateful institution named their Library
Block after him. We did not know whether he would once again seek the headship of the
university that once sought him and invited him to apply for its headship, an exercise that
unfortunately showcased the extent of the departure from the vertical that the spires of the
ivory tower had suffered. In that exercise, the laws of simple arithmetic were stood upside
down to ensure that Professor (Engineer) Emmanuel Ezugwu did not emerge as the Vice
Chancellor for they, the so-called powers that be, were in awe of his credentials and rather than
be excited by the potential that he showed, they were afraid that the light from his leadership
would shine on their inanities and inadequacies.
How then do we rationalise and accept this sudden death of our champion? How do we help our
grief so that we do not grieve like the hopeless? Perhaps the good book will help us.
Hebrews 12:1-2: “[1] Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the
race that is set before us, [2] Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.
Though there is a wealth of wisdom in the meaning of this and the following verses, the
snippet I take, and that is sufficient for me in this circumstance, is the issue of The race that is set
before us. Life is a race, a heavenly race ultimately. And what is set before us is different for each
and every one of us. It is on this premise that I can begin to reconcile that Emma has served
and has returned to He who sent him. His own race is over. He has run it well. The trophies of
the race he ran are there for us all to see. They are in his family, wife, children, brothers and
sisters and others. They are in his friends and students and all who became better persons on
account of him. And so I begin to say to He who took Emma to be with him, thank you Lord
for the time you gave us to be with him. It was a privilege and of your will and power. We shall
forever remember him and be consoled by the life he lived. In our grief, we weep; permit our
tears, manifestation of our struggle to come to terms with the reality of his absence.
Emma, to live in the hearts of those you love is not to die.
Fare thee well brother and rest in the bosom of the Lord.

Ik Ugwuegede
For the Ugwuegede family.
Posted by Chidi Umeano on October 22, 2020
A tribute from Prof. Jude Udenta Dean of Student Affairs, Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT).

TRIBUTE TO PROFESSOR EMMANUEL EZUGWU

ESUT has lost a gem of immeasurable worth. This is a position which only the Chairman of the Governing Council and other members of the ESUT Governing Council fully appreciate.

Yes, men are not indispensable. However, they are not auto-replaceable. He who feels it, knows it! But what can we do? We must move on.

Back to Prof. Ezugwu, Prof was a man of sincerity. He was sincere about his convictions. He was sincere about his race. His nationality, His nativity. His profession. He believed in institutionalised conduct. My time with him in the ESUT Governing Council provided me with such substantial insight and understanding of him. This accounted for the sound and fury and sometimes the palpable silence that heralded his entry into the arena. He was a vivacious person. He was a proud Nsukka Man! He was equally a proud lgbo Man! He was loved by many at Home and Abroad!

The Bishop, NnaAnyi - trusted him. In short, "depended" on him. Although he was viewed with suspicion by the rest of us. He was a dependable character - firm and rocky! A paraphrase of Shakespeare and Macbeth about him should say "There should have been time for this". But which time? Who dares question God? Nke di YanmaK'ona-eme!

We all, great and small alike are His servants and His case, No Appeal! It is sealed! As we bid farewell to our brother, Prof. Emmanuel Ezugwu, we earnestly pray God to grant him Eternal Rest and with His special sustained presence comfort his spouse and children. Amen.

Adieu,Prof. Emma Ezugwu!


Prof. Jude Udenta
Dean, Student Affairs


Posted by Kevin Ugwujah on October 13, 2020
A TRIBUTE TO LATE ENGR PROF EMMANUEL OKECHUKWU EZUGWU: A BROTHER, KINSMAN AND BENEFACTOR

Life is indeed a mirage and a fleeting experience. Man is replete with a plethora of proposals and propositions but it is in the power of God to bring into fruition, the desires and aspirations of man as He pleases. A virtue of prime importance in life is therefore the disposition and inclination to adding value and sowing kindness into the lives of fellow human beings. Engr Prof Emmanuel Okechukwu Ezugwu understood this so well and exemplified it while alive. I'm among the witnesses.

Blessed with an unquantifiable stock of intellectual resources added to an intimidating giantly stature, you will be amazed at Prof Emmanuel Ezugwu's rock-bottom humility and amiable personality. I first met Prof Ezugwu in 2018 at the interview hall of the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) Kaduna where I was being interviewed for the post of Deputy Registrar that I had applied for.

His uncommon humility and typical "wawa" charming reception naturally radiated after he was introduced as my brother and kinsman by the then Commandant AVM Udeagulu, were no small invigorating tonic to me. I instantly listed him in my prayers list and later among the persons I was indebted to appreciating their benevolence. Thus when the marriage function of his child was announced, I looked forward to identifying with him only for it to be put on hold because of Corona virus. It is unfortunate that I didn't have the opportunity to appreciate him alive because of the wicked hands of death.

Engr Prof Emmanuel Okechukwu Ezugwu - a Professor of Engineering Systems was a practical engineer who professionally distinguished himself internationally with his legacies including the design and supervision of the construction of special military fighting vehicles at the Air Force Institute of Technology Kaduna, which were named after him thus doing Nigeria, the Nigeria Air Force, Enugu State and people of Nsukka zone a great pride.

It is my sincere prayer to God that He will grant the entire Prof Emmanuel Okechukwu Ezugwu's family the fortitude to bear this impromptu parting. It is equally my prayer that God will make his family members adorn the ideals, excel the legacies and ascend above the levels at which Prof operated.

Adieu! My brother, kinsman and benefactor - Engr Prof Emmanuel Okechukwu Ezugwu.


Pst (Dr) Ugwujah Kevin Uchenna
(Students Affairs Unit, Registrar's Office,
Air Force Institute of Technology Kaduna)
Posted by Kevin Ugwujah on October 13, 2020
A TRIBUTE TO LATE ENGR PROF EMMANUEL OKECHUKWU EZUGWU: A BROTHER, KINSMAN AND BENEFACTOR

Life is indeed a mirage and a fleeting experience. Man is replete with a plethora of proposals and propositions but it is in the power of God to bring into fruition, the desires and aspirations of man as He pleases. A virtue of prime importance in life is therefore the disposition and inclination to adding value and sowing kindness into the lives of fellow human beings. Engr Prof Emmanuel Okechukwu Ezugwu understood this so well and exemplified it while alive. I'm among the witnesses.

Blessed with an unquantifiable stock of intellectual resources added an intimidating giantly stature, you will be amazed at Prof Emmanuel Ezugwu's rock-bottom humility and amiable personality. I first met Prof Ezugwu in 2018 at the interview hall of the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) Kaduna where I was being interviewed for the post of Deputy Registrar that I had applied for.

His uncommon humility and typical "wawa" charming reception naturally radiated after he was introduced as my brother and kinsman by the then Commandant AVM Udeagulu, were no small invigorating tonic to me. I instantly listed him in my prayers list and later among the persons I was indebted to appreciating their benevolence. Thus when the marriage function of his child was announced, I looked forward to identifying with him only for it to be put on hold because of Corona virus. It is unfortunate that I didn't have the opportunity to appreciate him alive because of the wicked hands of death.

Engr Prof Emmanuel Okechukwu Ezugwu - a Professor of Engineering Systems was a practical engineer who professionally distinguished himself internationally with his legacies including the design and supervision of the construction of special military fighting vehicles at the Air Force Institute of Technology Kaduna, which were named after him thus doing Nigeria, the Nigeria Air Force, Enugu State and people of Nsukka zone a great pride.

It is my sincere prayer to God that He will grant the entire Prof Emmanuel Okechukwu Ezugwu's family the fortitude to bear this impromptu parting. It is equally my prayer that God will make his family members adorn the ideals, excel the legacies and ascend above the levels at which Prof operated.

Adieu! My brother, kinsman and benefactor - Engr Prof Emmanuel Okechukwu Ezugwu.


Pst (Dr) Ugwujah Kevin Uchenna
(Students Affairs Unit, Registrar's Office,
Air Force Institute of Technology Kaduna)
Posted by Gabriel Ozique on October 12, 2020
I am still in shock, at the news of the death of Prof. Emmanuel Ezugwu.

I knew him through a mutual friend whilst he was a Prof. In London. We jelled immediately we met. We were both Engineers and spent the time discussing how we would contribute to the progress of our homeland: Nigeria.
Shortly after, he relocated to Nigeria. He “walked the talk”. The rest is history.
Emma, we miss you but are comforted in the knowledge that you are in the bosom of the Lord, Jesus Christ.
Rest in Perfect Peace my friend.
Posted by Chidi Umeano on October 12, 2020
A tribute from Dr Leburn Rose (Lee) - aka Chukwuemeka).

My Dear Prof Ezugwu, Friend and Brother,

It was with great sadness that I learned only late last night (6th October) of your most untimely passing from this world into the next. Paulette and I are this morning reeling as the enormity of this news begins to take hold. However, my Dear Prof, the sense of grief and loss we feel is nothing as compared to the pain and anguish, which your beloved wife, Patricia and your three cherished offsprings, Ginikanwa, Nnaemeka and Obumneme must be experiencing at this time. We wish to convey our thoughts, sympathy and heartfelt condolences not only to your cherished family unit, but also to the wider and no less significant extended families of the Ezugwu’s and the Umeano’s.

Dear Prof, your untimely passing will now and henceforth impact all our lives in at least three highly significant ways: it is and will be personally, professionally and internationally felt. For in you, we have lost a man - a stalwart - whose passion for family, professional integrity, thirst for learning and flourishing and whose individual drive to contribute to the technical and academic development of Nigeria and other nations, will not be surpassed.

Dear Prof, as a friend, brother and fellow academic, you will always be missed.

May you rest in internal peace.

Dr Leburn Rose (Lee) - aka Chukwuemeka)
Former Head of the Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Foundation Studies at London South Bank University
Posted by Rev Fr Emmanuel Ugwuoke C... on October 9, 2020
FAREWELL MY CHAIRMAN
People will forget what you told them but not how you made them feel. This day for me is a sad one because your absence will hurt. From a simple act of kindness picking me up at a London train station in 1996 our friendship progressed to in our extended families. You won’t be forgotten as meeting you and relating with you all these years was such a wonderful feeling.
It is also a happy day because today, we remind ourselves that you have gone for your reward with our merciful Heavenly Father. You loved people and you were respectful and kind to all who had the opportunity to meet you. How you treated people is all you now have as you return to meet your creator. And so, I, who received from your abundant life is a living witness.
As your priest, I have the impetus to pray for you and your family as I celebrate the Holy Mass.
Rest on Prof and keep your beloved Igbo Nska in mind. As our Chairman in UK during our nascent years, I am sure you won’t forget us in Heaven.
May the Prof Emmanuel Ezugwu and all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.
Rev Fr Emmanuel Ugwuoke. Cm
St John’s RC Church
Burnley. England
Posted by Ade Fadare on October 9, 2020
This is very difficult for me. Never did I think that Emma will leave us so soon, so young. I am pained. I vividly remember that day in September 1985 when I met Emma on the grounds of Warwick University. As it happened we lived on the same floor in Tocil flats in the University. I count myself very lucky to have met him. Emma was a brother, Emma was a mentor, Emma was always cheerful and always positive, the jokes we shared still ring in my head, just as the joyous times we had in 1986 when he completed his PhD. I remember Emma coming to my room and he was kind to let me read his Doctorate thesis before he went for the Viva. I watched TV in his room and we enjoyed British humour together.
Emma was a very good friend and I shared good times with him and his family, with Pat, with then little Ginika and when the twins were born. All these memories rush back at me.
I am missing a good friend. Emma was good to everyone. A forthright person and a person who saw the good in everyone he met.
May God almighty give him rest and bless the family he leaves behind.
Nigeria has lost a very fine person, a brilliant engineer and brilliant academician.
God bless you Prof Dr Emmanuel Ezugwu
Posted by Uchenna Maryrose Ngwu on October 9, 2020
Prof, The Great Man

The news of your death was so heartbreaking. It's unbelievable that we will not see you again. So much unfinished business. Kelechi, your Godson was waiting for your guidance and this happened.
You were such a remarkable man, one with extraordinary passion for life, friends, family and humanity. You were so down to earth and ever available to provide support when needed. I was shocked to hear about your demise.

At this point, I can only thank God Almighty for the life you lived and pray that you are in His bossom forever.

I pray for Pat and your lovely children that God will comfort them at this very difficult time.
I pray for the entire Ezugwu family for strength to bear this devastating loss.

ADIEU THE GREATMAN OF HONOUR.

From Uchenna Ngwu-Igwe, Kelechi and Kesandu Igwe




Posted by Emeka Oloto on October 8, 2020
‘An Iroko has fallen and we are mourning’

I suspect I was speaking for thousands, if not millions, of people when I proclaimed that AN IROKO HAS FALLEN as I received the painful news that Emma, as I fondly called him, had passed to the glory of the Lord on the 17th of September 2020. We are mourning because we have lost a man who had touched many lives in different parts of the world and who continues to live in the hearts of men and humanity. That man was Prof. Emmanuel Okechukwu Ezugwu. It is difficult to find appropriate words to express the pain I, and all those that love him, feel about his untimely loss.

Emma and I were classmates at St. Theresa’s College Nsukka, where we left 44 years ago in 1976. He was a very likeable character who will go the extra mile to establish and to maintain friendship. We were to re-unite again in 1991 when I joined him in the United Kingdom. He was then a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Warwick and I had arrived to continue my postgraduate training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle Upon Tyne. We became inseparable since then and had been there for each other through thick and thin. It is difficult to believe that our time together in Abuja on the 3 February 2020 was to be the last.

Emma was such a perfect gentleman, he was a very sociable person, he had many friends, he was well liked and respected in many circles, he was someone you could trust and rely on, someone you could confide in and ask for advice, and someone I consider myself lucky and privileged to call my brother.

It is very difficult for me to bid you goodbye, Emma. It is even harder for your family but together we must give thanks to God for an accomplished life and celebrate it, our heavy hearts notwithstanding. Only God alone knows why he has called Emma to his side at this present time. The Lord will comfort his wife Pat and his children Ginikanwa, Nnaemeka and Emmanuel Jnr and give them the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.
Adieu Emma.

Dr Emeka Oloto, UK
Posted by Uloma Umeano on October 8, 2020
Farewell Prof

At the end of the day, life is really just a mist, here today and gone tomorrow.

May Patty and your children be forveer consoled by the Holy Spirit, our ever present God.
Posted by Emeka Nwonah on October 8, 2020
A Loving Farewell to Prof Emma!

Prof, it's difficult to believe that i am writing a tribute because of your passing. But if this is the last time that i get to say goodbye, then i will do it considering myself blessed to have lived this life as your relative.
You touched so many lives with your selflessness and countless acts of kindness.
Your dedication to a cause distinguished you. For every institution you worked for, you laid the path for others to succeed. Indeed, you've left a void in our family that will never be filled.
While we mourn today, we take solace in the fact that your mission on earth have been fulfilled. We thank God for your life as we bid you farewell till we meet again.

Emeka Nwonah & Family.
Posted by Patricia Chukwudinma on October 6, 2020
A Painful Exit of a fine Unassuming Gentlemen.

Professor Emmanuel Ezegwu’s untimely death is a deeply painful one to me and my family. Emma, his lovely wife and family became our family friend’s following their relocation from Coventry to London years back. Since then our two families enjoyed a mutually beneficial family friendship which has endured harmoniously to date. Within this time I came to find Prof to be a profound gentlemen who is selflessly kind, caring and hugely dependable. He was ultimately a fine gentlemen. A good measure of his enviable nature is evident in his ability to demonstrate these qualities in disarming manners. When I processed my application for my LLB program he was not only on hand to offer me valuable advice on how to organise myself for the course, but also wrote a beneficial reference recommending me for the same. He was a regular comforting voice to me during the 13 years my husband was bedridden with illness. When my husband died he made a point of duty to be present at the burial from his new base in Nigeria. When I attended a memorial service not too long ago with him, little did I know that it was be our last. In that event he made a point of making sure that he looked after me so kindly collecting and serving me a meal ahead of himself. His humility in doing that was so admirable and hugely impressed me as a demonstrable sign of the modest man that he was. He excelled eminently in his field of endeavour wherever duty call took him. It is so sad that society has lost such a valuable stickler to academic excellence, at such a prime age. He surely made his mark in the sand of time. My deepest sympathies and prayers are for my dearest friend –his wife and their lovely children at such a difficult time. May the good lord give them the fortitude to bear his painful irreparable loss. May his gentle soul rest in eternal peace and may his memory be a blessing to us all.

Mrs Patricia Chukwudinma
Posted by Priscilla Monu on October 6, 2020
Beyond Tears.l Wasn’t Ready to say goodbye

My dearest brother in law Prof Emma Ezugwu that has special pet names for my siblings was married to my baby sister Patricia at a very tender age.A marriage made in Heaven
Your life was a blessings ,your memory a treasure .You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure
Prof as we fondly call him was larger than life .A colossal with unbelievable cerebral greatness.But the beauty of Prof lies in his big heart and personality .A jolly good fela who had accomplished much in a short time.and still has so many plans but gone too soon .You never said l’m leaving .You never said goodbye .You were gone before l knew it.And only God knew why Losing you is one of the greatest losses of my life .l pray and hope that your memories will bring peace comfort and strength to your beloved wife Patricia (Your Uka) as you fondly call her.your beloved daughter my neice Gini and your talented gentle sons my nephews Emma Jr and Emeka
and to us all that you left behind
Adieu my dearest brother in law until we meet again...........



Posted by Eve Mainoo on September 29, 2020
You came into our lives - Eve / Fiona / Kobbie and our little Jesse
Like a whirlwind - gone too soon; memories shared and better ones still to share with your beautiful children - Ginika, ‘Meks and Manny - and of course your longing and wonderful life Partner and wifeee - Patricia
ha ha - how cruel is this - oh Commander go then to yr maker and rest well until we all meet on that beautiful shore / what tales we’ll share ....

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Posted by Chidi Umeano on October 25, 2020
From Mr & Mrs Henry Ezike

Dearest Prof,

We can't believe you are no more. We can just picture your hearty laughter and loud voice.
You were so full of life, it is so sad that you had to leave the way you did. You had so much to offer to the world, you were willing to share your knowledge at any given time.
We are still in shock that you've passed on, we still can't believe it. The thing that strikes us the most is your humility, you took us under your wings and could discuss anything be it politics, wealth or family. You loved your family and your country hence why you left the comfort of UK, a place where you achieved so much to go back to Nigeria to give back to the community.
You left a legacy and a big shoe which will be difficult to fill but we believe Ginika, Emeka, Obum and your lovely wife Patty will keep the light burning.

Adieu Prof, rest in the bosom of our Lord till we meet again.

Amon and Henry Ezike
Posted by Chidi Umeano on October 24, 2020
From Rev Fr Emmanuel Ugwuoke
FAREWELL MY CHAIRMAN
People will forget what you told them but not how you made them feel. This day for me is a sad one because your absence will hurt. From a simple act of kindness picking me up at a London train station in 1996 our friendship progressed to in our extended families. You won’t be forgotten as meeting you and relating with you all these years was such a wonderful feeling.

It is also a happy day because today, we remind ourselves that you have gone for your reward with our merciful Heavenly Father. You loved people and you were respectful and kind to all who had the opportunity to meet you. How you treated people is all you now have as you return to meet your creator. And so, I, who received from your abundant life is a living witness.

As your priest, I have the impetus to pray for you and your family as I celebrate the Holy Mass.
Rest on Prof and keep your beloved Igbo Nska in mind. As our Chairman in UK during our nascent years, I am sure you won’t forget us in Heaven.

May the soul of Prof Emmanuel Ezugwu and all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.
Rev Fr Emmanuel Ugwuoke, St John’s RC Church, Burnley. England
Posted by Chidi Umeano on October 24, 2020
From Emeka Nwonah & Family.

A Loving Farewell to Prof Emma!

Prof, it's difficult to believe that i am writing a tribute because of your passing. But if this is the last time that i get to say goodbye, then i will do it considering myself blessed to have lived this life as your relative.
You touched so many lives with your selflessness and countless acts of kindness.
Your dedication to a cause distinguished you. For every institution you worked for, you laid the path for others to succeed. Indeed, you've left a void in our family that will never be filled.
While we mourn today, we take solace in the fact that your mission on earth have been fulfilled. We thank God for your life as we bid you farewell till we meet again.
- Emeka Nwonah & Family
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The Burial Programme for Prof Emmanuel Ezugwu - 23rd October 2020

Prof Emmanuel Ezugwu, Arapa 3 of Opi, was laid to rest in his Country home in Kpokpo Amukpa Ogbozalla Opi-Uno on Friday the 23rd of October 2020.
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Dear Prof, as a friend, brother and fellow academic, you will always be missed.

Shared by Chidi Umeano on October 12, 2020
My Dear Prof Ezugwu, Friend and Brother,

It was with great sadness that I learned only late last night (6th October) of your most untimely passing from this world into the next. Paulette and I are this morning reeling as the enormity of this news begins to take hold. However, my Dear Prof, the sense of grief and loss we feel is nothing as compared to the pain and anguish, which your beloved wife, Patricia and your three cherished offsprings, Ginikanwa, Nnaemeka and Obumneme must be experiencing at this time. We wish to convey our thoughts, sympathy and heartfelt condolences not only to your cherished family unit, but also to the wider and no less significant extended families of the Ezugwu’s and the Umeano’s.

Dear Prof, your untimely passing will now and henceforth impact all our lives in at least three highly significant ways: it is and will be personally, professionally and internationally felt. For in you, we have lost a man - a stalwart - whose passion for family, professional integrity, thirst for learning and flourishing and whose individual drive to contribute to the technical and academic development of Nigeria and other nations, will not be surpassed.

Dear Prof, as a friend, brother and fellow academic, you will always be missed.

May you rest in internal peace.

Dr Leburn Rose (Lee) - aka Chukwuemeka)
Former Head of the Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Foundation Studies at London South Bank University

Prof, The Great Man

Shared by Uchenna Maryrose Ngwu on October 9, 2020
The news of your death was so heartbreaking. It's unbelievable that we will not see you again. So much unfinished business. Kelechi, your Godson was waiting for your guidance and this happened. You were such a remarkable man, one with extraordinary passion for life, friends, family and humanity. You were so down to earth and ever available to provide support when needed. I was shocked to hear about your demise.
At this point, I can only thank God Almighty for the life you lived and pray that you are in His bossom forever.
I pray for Pat and your lovely children that God will comfort them at this very difficult time. I pray for the entire Ezugwu family for strength to bear this devastating loss.

ADIEU THE GREATMAN OF HONOUR.

From Uchenna Ngwu-Igwe, Kelechi and Kesandu Igwe