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This tribute was added 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)
This tribute was added 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)
This tribute was added 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.
This tribute was added 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
This tribute was added 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
This tribute was added 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
This tribute was added 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




This tribute was added 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
This tribute was added 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.
This tribute was added 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.
This tribute was added 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
This tribute was added 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...........



This tribute was added 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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