ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Robert Odinkemelu, 59 years old, born on March 31, 1961, and passed away on March 10, 2021. We will remember him forever.


Son of: Late Chief Sir Robert E. Odinkemelu and Lolo Lady Pauline A. Odinkemelu
Husband of: Lady Aku P. Odinkemelu 
Father of: Dr Ndidiamaka Odinkemelu, Mr Sylvester Odinkemelu, Mr Robert Odinkemelu III, Ms Ezinwanne Ukabam 
Brother of: Ms Ngozi Odinkemelu, Mrs Chinwe Okereke, Mrs Nkechi Oguine, Mrs Enyinnaya Okanume, Ms Chinelo Odinkemelu, Mr Ifeanyi Odinkemelu, Mrs Ebere Adigwe 

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Topic: Robert Odinkemelu's  Vigil Mass and Service of Songs  
Time: Apr 12, 2021 06:00PM West Central Africa
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Topic: Robert Odinkemelu's Cancelation & Requiem Mass (Church of Visitation)
Time: Apr 14, 2021 10:00 AM West Central Africa
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Topic: Robert Odinkemelu’s Funeral Mass & Interment @ Awo-Idemili
Time: Apr 15, 2021 08:00 AM West Central Africa
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Topic: Robert Odinkemelu (In-Laws Condolence) @ Awo-Idemili
Time: Apr 16, 2021 12:00 PM West Central Africa
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DIRECTIONS TO CHURCH OF VISITATION ATALI
From tank towers Eneka, drive through Elimgbu, there is a sign post that says Church of Visitation Atali on the right and it is a straight road to the place. You will see Knights in black uniform at every junction with directions.
Posted by Chinwe Okoye on April 15, 2021

Tribute to our friend Ugogbuzuo.
The news of your demise hit us like thunder bolt and till date we have not been able to come out of it.
Bob, you have been my true brother and friend whose charitable activities cannot be rivaled. You were an icon of hope to the less privileged and a generous giver. You were a devoted Christian and served your God dutifully through various platforms. Your humorous talent is second to none as there's no dull moment with you.
Our CMO activities will loose it's flair as Sunny Njoku's and your humble participation will no longer be felt. My last outing with you was when we buried Sunny with your active participation which made it a huge success. I will sorely miss you. As I continue to mourn you with heavy pain in my heart, May our Lord receive your gentle soul and keep it in peace till we meet to part no more. Adieu nwannaa! God will surely preserve Aku and the children.
Chief Tony and Chinwe Okoye Nwanya.
Posted by Sado Theophilus on April 12, 2021
my dear good friend sir Bob your dead is still a shock to me
our last discussion was how we can do good business in this year 2021
your gift you gave to me am still holding it with much value.
Sir Bob I will ever love your family u left behind
may your soul rest in peace
Posted by Ukabam Louis on April 11, 2021
Will love u sir but God no the best. U have been a father to me I don't believe that am doing this, this time but will love u sir. And my lovely mom I pray that God gives you the fortitude to bear this lost because it is a great loss to us all. Take heart mommy. And Isaiah 25:8-9 KJV
He will swallow up death in j victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it. [9] And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
Posted by Arunma Oteh on April 10, 2021
A tribute to Bob Odinkemelu, Aku’s Sweet Heart

It was a shock to learn about the going to be with the Lord, of Aku’s husband, Bob Odinkemelu, a man who brought so much joy to everyone who knew or encountered him.

Thank you Bob for the exemplary marriage you and Aku had. Aku always radiated the type of joy and happiness that a woman exudes when she has a loving husband that makes her always feel special. You supported Aku to enjoy an extraordinarily successful career. You gave so much of yourself to everyone and especially your children and all the children who had the good fortune of knowing you. You valued your immediate family, extended family, friends and acquaintances.

Most importantly, you had a special relationship with God and was active in your service to God and His kingdom.

May God grant Aku and the children the fortitude that only He can give them at this time.

May knowing that you are their advocate in Heaven be a source of comfort.

May your soul rest in perfect peace.

Posted by Chinyere Amanchukwu on April 7, 2021
Bob, you pulled the carpet from under our feet. You had gone through worse and survived. What changed? The thought that you would not make it was not entertained rather I was looking forward to teasing you on your stairs climbing fitness level and of course monitor it.

You were several things :
- A loving husband: How many times did Aku arrive my house in Lagos to realise that she left something she needed at home? You were forever patient as she described the various places she may have left the item, taking your time to search, locate and promptly dispatch same to Lagos. You were a real rock to my dear cousin and friend.
- A wonderful father: I remember my asking you what made you decide to go and pick up Didi for that road trip from Abuja to Port-Harcourt in December 2005 when it would have been easier and more practical for her to fly back to Port-Harcourt.
- A practiced joker:- You had me completely fooled on our sightseeing trip to the Great Wall of China when you took over as my own personal tour guide regaling me with stories that I gullibly swallowed hook, line and sinker!!!!
- ……..

Your passing has reminded me once again that the most important thing in life is our relationship with God and our fellow man.

You have finished your course, the onus is now on us left behind to run our own race.
Our prayer is that God will teach us to number our days and apply our hearts to wisdom.
Adieu Bob, we miss you. Rest in peace.

Chichi
Posted by Ugo Ukabam on April 7, 2021
TRIBUTE TO MY BROTHER-IN-LAW – NOBLE SIR BOB ODINKEMELU

Uncle Bobbiscus Peperempe! How come that on a day that is supposed to be your 60th birthday I am compelled to sit down and eulogize you in death? How did this happen? Where do we turn? Your very last words to me via text, less than 48 hours before God took you were, “God is in control.” And I responded, “All the time. Jisike, we’re all praying for you.” And that was it.

But how can that be it? Who will call me “Effective Babe,” “Effective Child?” From that first day, in 1992, when Aku, my sister, brought you home, you gave me those two nicknames and for the next 29 years, you never called me by my given names.

Late at night on March 9th, which was already early hours of March 10th in Nigeria, Aku sent me an SOS, “It’s a tough night, . . . .please pray.” I called her immediately, she briefed me on your condition, and we said a quick prayer. I texted my prayer group and asked them to pray for divine mercy. Though it was very late, three of my praying sisters were still up and we all started praying simultaneously but individually. Blinded by tears, I reached into my bedside drawer to grab a prayer book. Ironically my hand grabbed the St. Rita of Cascia prayer book which was among the many prayer books you bought for me in 2019 after I completed my pilgrimage to Cascia, Italy and regaled you with stories of the wonders of St. Rita of Cascia. I took that as a sign, and I said, “St. Rita, you are the patroness of impossible causes, please intercede for us.” But, in His infinite wisdom, God decided to call your name within hours.

We are heartbroken and numb. The English language says you were my brother-in-law, but you were my brother, in every sense of the word, plain and simple. You were so caring, giving, kind, humble, generous, and had a wicked sense of humor. You always brought levity to the most painful situations to help alleviate the pain. You never for once sent a driver to pick me up from the PH airport. You always came to meet me yourself, with loaves of Delta bread in the car. Then I would secretly slip you some of your favorite American snacks behind my sister’s back, so she won’t be on your case for eating what the doctors say you shouldn’t eat.

When you came into our family, it did not take you long to gain my trust; you became an extension of my most loved sister, Aku, who is my confidant, travel companion, and partner in crime. In those early days more than one person wondered out loud if you’d be able to understand and respect the closeness between me and my sister. They had nothing to worry about. You dived in, headfirst and it was like you had been a part of us all our lives. Occasionally, at family events when accommodations were tight, three of us even slept on the same bed, with my sister in the middle. You were so easy going and with no hang ups about my relationship with my sister. Whenever the tides of life jerked me and my children around, you were always there. Every time I shared any life’s challenges with Aku, my next words would be, “please tell Uncle Bobby.” Because I trusted you with my most painful secrets.

Uncle Bobbiscus, who did you leave Aku, Ezii, Dee, Bobby, Sibby, Kachi and all your other children for? Mama Oguguo is still waiting for her son-in-law to come and occupy his empty seat at the head of the table. My sister is devastated beyond words. Your children are confounded. Sister Ngo, your big sis, is in agony. It feels like Ikechukwu has died all over again. My mother is asking God why she should be burying another child at age 91. What a rude joke, that we will lay you to rest on Mama’s 91st birthday and what would have been Ike’s 63rd birthday. Oh death, where is thy sting? On that dark night in October 1999, when Ike’s body laid in state in the family parlor, after everybody had gone to sleep, I snuck out to see if my brother had risen from the dead. I found you there, weeping in deep sorrow, and alone with Ike’s body. My weary and wounded heart once again broke into tiny pieces. Now you will reunite with Ike, but knowing two of you together, I just hope you don’t get into any fights with the angels.

Good night, Uncle Bobby. May the angels of God accompany you on your journey. We will meet again on resurrection morning.

Love, Ugoagha
Your Effective Babe
Posted by Miannaya Essien on April 6, 2021
It is such a shock...there are absolutely no words to describe it. Rest peacefully in the Lord Bob.
Posted by Simeon Ugbaja on April 6, 2021
TRIBUTE TO AN EXTRAORDINARY MAN- Our Bob!
At last, it has dawned on us that the story is real. Our dear brother and friend Sir Robert Odinkemelu has finished his race here on earth and gone to be with our maker. All we have are sweet memories of this quintessential gentleman to last us a lifetime because you will not be forgotten in a hurry, Bob!.
A gentleman to the core- tender hearted, soft spoken, a man of faith- resilient, positive, ever cheerful and ever so appreciative. Bob was a great friend- a man who was as empathetic as he was thoughtful and kind. He was great company to be with, a convener of great minds ,a wonderful husband to our dearest friend Aku and a loving father and friend to the children- Didi, Bobbie and Sibi. We will all miss him- his unassuming personality and great hospitality. Bob, you didn’t die. The Lord called you home and you obediently answered. We will meet again and may God abide with you till then.
We fervently pray that God in His infinite mercy and wisdom will grant us all, especially your closely-knit family, the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.
Adieu Great man! Rest in perfect peace.
Sir &Lady Edward Nwaneri and family
Posted by Anny Ebeze on April 5, 2021
Farewell To My Beloved Godfather, Uncle Bob


Noble Sir. Robert Odinkemelu was a close friend of my parents, specifically my father. One could say they were brothers. Uncle Bob, as we called him, has always been a part of my life since birth, we formed a bond that only became stronger with time, and, currently, as a 20-year-old, that bond has never been stronger. My beloved Godfather was a great man. A man who you could place your trust in, someone who would tell you the truth no matter how much it angered you.
Uncle Bob had so much wisdom and encouragement to share and, though I did not have
as much time as I had hoped to have with him, he was always in my thoughts and I
knew, wherever he was, God was protecting and guiding him. His death was least expected and has filled us all with so much pain. I had hoped no one I knew would be taken during these years of hardship, especially not him. Perhaps I had wished for too much or perhaps the will of God the father was already determined for my beloved Godfather. Uncle Bob, you were a great man and an even greater friend. I pray that your soul rests peacefully in the bosom of God, that our heavenly father will grant you eternal happiness as you have given to your family, your friends, and to me. And to all those who read this. Let the good memories you have of him live on in your hearts as it will in mine. That way, though not in flesh, Uncle Bob will forever be with us.
Goodbye, Uncle. I will never forget you.
Your Godson,
Okwuchukwu Ebeze
Posted by Nonso Ottih on April 5, 2021
Uncle Bob we miss you! Tears incessantly flow down my cheeks as I look through the gallery,but I know you're in a better place.Never in a million years would I imagine this! I thank God for your life,a life you used to please him through various charitable activities.Your humour was gold and could make anyone smile.I remember the riddles you told on the way to catechism class with Bobby,Sibby and Chuchu,the few times you scolded us for "overplaying",the birthday parties,all the visits in portharcourt and the village,the memories go on.Rest in perfect peace Uncle Bob!
Nono
Posted by Chioma Okeke on April 2, 2021
Tribute to Uncle Bob

Ugogbuzuo, mazi ooo!

You preached the gospel of love through your lifestyle.
You were steadfast in your Christian faith.
You were peaceful, humble, loved and accommodated everyone around you.
You were so young at heart, with a good sense of humour.
Your jokes could move a grieving soul to laugh.
Uncle Bob, Christmas in Awo-Idemili was very interesting with you.
We will miss you Uncle!
Farewell my dear Uncle, till we meet again on the resurrection morning.
Posted by Cyril Eziefule Ekpe on April 1, 2021
A TRIBUTE TO A FAMILY FRIEND: NOBLE SIR ROBERT (BOB) ODINKEMELU (KSJI):

A WORTHY AMBASSADOR FOR JESUS CHRIST.

“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ”……(2 Corinthians 5:20).

Noble Sir Robert Odinkemelu, as an ambassador for Jesus Christ, embodied your “call-name” - BOB:

Bold in expressing your Catholic Christian Faith and in doing what is right and just.

Objective in analysing situations and proffering solutions to life’s challenges.

Benevolent in your ways of exemplary leadership of your family and in your love of God and neighbour.
MY SIBLINGS & I STILL HAVE GOOD MEMORIES OF EARLY DAYS IN THE "COAL-CITY" OF ENUGU AND, MORE RECENTLY, YOUR 50TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION IN THE GARDEN CITY OF PORT-HARCOURT.

 Farewell Bob, a worthy ambassador for Christ...now on your final journey to join the Church-Triumphant.
FAREWELL!!

Cyril Eziefule Ekpe (CJ)

Holy Thursday (1st April 2021).
Posted by Ifeoma Thompson on April 1, 2021
Aku,
My sincere condolences to you and your entire family! May the Almighty give you the comfort that only He can give.
The pictures and tributes are testament to the beautiful life you all shared with him. May those memories keep you going.
May his soul Rest In Peace!
Stay strong sis!
Posted by Edward Eresu Deekae on March 31, 2021
In your many admonitions to me, one word that stood out was COURAGE. You insisted that I remained strong and courageous irrespective of circumstances. To face life and its vicissitudes with gusto.

Since the 10th of March 2021, my courage failed. I could not find the strength you spoke about, I did not know there would be a time that the energy and valour I thought I had in abundance will be insufficient.

I could not even put myself together to write about you using past phrases.

It was indeed unimaginable.

I made efforts to set aside the thoughts that you may have finally gone to be with the lord, but the reality is evident in your silence.

Uncle Bob is peaceful!

What a good fellow he was!

We had a long phone conversation days before; you shared same fun moments as usual as though you weren’t on a hospital bed. We recollected on our plans at the beginning of the year when we visited as part of our family routine, with joy and hope we looked forward to your 60th birthday. We also agreed to spend the Easter holidays together.

Your birthday and Easter is here; I have kept the candle burning.

You were an ardent believer in the word of God as evidenced in your Christian life.

I have accepted that you are with the Lord, enjoying eternal bliss devoid of pains and struggles. You received a glorious call as a man of excellent spirit.

My family and I shall keep and respect your loving memories. No eulogy is enough to summarise your achievements and those loving moments we shared.

Adieu Uncle Bob until we meet on the resurrection morning.

May Your Memory Be a Blessing.

Edward Eresu Deekae
Posted by Dozie Ekeocha on March 31, 2021
In all of my memories of Uncle Bob one thing always stands out: how naturally calm and stilling he was. The epitome of a ‘gentleman’ in every sense of the word.

I remember how much my father admired and respected him, and writing this now I can see how much they shared in common from their poise to the uncompromising love and vision they had for their families. It is impossible to overstate how much this means to me. Today when I think about how blessed I am to have the strong and tightly-knit family network I had since my childhood I think about how Uncle Bob was as critical to that network as anybody else. He was as welcoming, caring, and gentle as anyone I have ever known. He touched a lot of lives in so many ways I'm sure he did not even realize and when I consider what it means to have lived a life worth living that is probably the most important thing.

I will miss him dearly as I know everybody else will but I am wholly thankful to have known him, thankful for the family he helped anchor that became my own family, and thankful for the example he set for all of us who looked up to him.

Rest in perfect peace, Uncle. I know you have been welcomed as a saint in Heaven.
Posted by Odera Ebeze on March 31, 2021
Uncle Bob,

It is still a shock that you are no longer here with us in the physical world. You were more than my dad's close friend and my brother's godfather. You felt more like family. Today would have been your 60th birthday but I write this tribute not to mourn a grave loss, but to celebrate the life that you lived and lives you personally touched.

You lived your life in the service of God and humanity, bringing love and laughter to our lives. I know you're in a better place and also know that we would be reunited one day in the bosom of Christ.

May your soul and the souls of all the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Amen.
Posted by Ebere Adigwe on March 31, 2021
Bubba, I woke up this morning with a heavy heart. I can’t believe that I am not going to call you to wish you a happy birthday as usual. My heart will forever be broken, but I know that you’re having a special day with the angels in heaven. Celebrating and showing them how much of a dancer you’re. Happy birthday my beloved brother. I miss you so much and I love you forever. Till we meet to part no more. Rest In Peace!!!

Your baby sis
Eby ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Posted by Nelo Odinkemelu on March 31, 2021
My dear Bobbinga,

Today, March 31st you turned 60. As usual I would have placed a call to wish you a blessed happy birthday but I can’t.

We celebrate you and your birthday and I am sure you are rejoicing with the angels and saints in heaven.

You’ll be missed FOREVER!!!
I love you❤️❤️❤️❤️

- Chichi Odinkemelu
Posted by Nnenda ERESU Deekae on March 31, 2021
GOOD-BYE UNCLE BOB, A GREAT SOUL!

Uncle Bob, this was not the plan! No, it was not.

We had celebrated the miracle of your healing on Tuesday, so, what happened on Wednesday? We jointly raised an altar of worship and praise in the midst of the storm and I am quite convinced God heard us, irrespective of the outcome of March the 10th.

My ability to manage my emotions and remain calm through ALL situations has failed me! This one was too much for me. I have cried, pondered, got angry, remained silent, questioned and have resolved to be strong and live with the beautiful memories you left behind.

You brought so much joy to the world. You were a doting husband and foremost cheerleader to Mrs. B, an excellent father, a committed friend to many, a true-believer, kind, unassuming, humble and humorous.

I remember our family visit in January when Didi craved Shawarma at 7.30pm. We all discouraged her from going to the Shawarma store because of security challenges. She insisted and you asked if the shawarma craving was a ploy to meet “her guy” out there. We all had a good laugh and you drove her to get the Shawarma. A humorous, loving and caring father indeed!

Our walk with Christ has been our only sustenance through this period and we will hold on to His word as therein lies the peace required to weather this storm. These scriptures and many more have given us hope:

 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18.
 I will comfort those who mourn, bringing words of praise to their lips. (Isaiah 57:19)
 Therefore, you too have grief now; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take joy away from you. John 16:22
 For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end. Psalm 48:14.

We thank God for the good life you lived and will keep with us the good times shared. You have left us peaceful memories! Till we meet again, on God we must rely.

To say we will miss you does no justice for what we feel, no amount of tears can express the pain we feel but then again, thank you for the honour of sharing a lifetime with you.

Today is March 31, your birthday. I see the picture of what the day would have been! 

Uncle Bob, goodbye and goodnight.

Nnenda Eresu-Deekae
Posted by Aku Odinkemelu on March 31, 2021
Bubbles, happy birthday in Heaven! It is so so difficult to contemplate that the 31st of March won’t be heralded by birthday songs, cakes and item 7 in this house any more. Hmmm... Can you believe that our Vero was even hesitant about baking your cake, a task she has undertaken willingly for over 20 years?
My much loved and cherished soul mate of 28 years, your legacies will never go cold as God lives and gives us life... hope you are having a wonderful celebration with your co saints in God’s presence...
It is a sad and tearful day over here but never mind, we trust that God has our backs and this dark cloud will lift by His grace. So long my bubbling Bubbles... till we meet to part no more .
Posted by Ifunanya Nnebedum on March 31, 2021
My one and only big uncle Bob, tears still roll down my eyes as I write this tribute to you. I wish this turns to a nightmare that we'll wake up from and still have you by our sides.
I keep wondering why? Why you?
God knows the best and His decision to take you at this point in life is best known to Him. I know you are in heaven with the Angels and Saints praising God, and interceding for us.
You are still my role model. Your humility, friendly and accommodating nature will still live in the hearts of those that came across you especially me. In all I thank God for giving me the opportunity to have such an amiably, caring and loving uncle like you. You are one in a lifetime.
I pray the Holy Spirit comforts we your loved ones left behind especially my dear Aunty Aku and the children.

Adieu to the brave one!
Adieu to the warrior!!
Adieu to the best of uncles!!!

Compassionate Lord Jesus Christ, grant Uncle Bob rest oh Lord.
May Your perpetual light shine upon him and may his gentle soul and the souls of the faithful departed through the Mercy of God rest in peace. Amen

Nkem Nnebedum
Posted by Roland Odinkemelu on March 31, 2021
Bob,

Today you turned 60. I am sure, up in heaven, the angels are singing with you as they mark with you this day which had begun your journey here on earth.

I join them to sing Happy Birthday. I miss you so much.

Your brother,

Ifeanyi
Posted by Chioma Mogbo on March 31, 2021
GOODNIGHT

Death and really a death so unexpected and painful, makes me to understand the shortness of life.

Mr. B, in death you have taught me a lesson and that is to always appreciate and make out time for my loved ones as I do not know what tomorrow will bring.

The last time we saw, we talked about Mrs. B's time off from banking, you mentioned that she will take some time to rest, little did we know that you will not be by her side as God needed your attention in heaven.

Did you know that your journey here will be short?

Is that why you always had a smile on your face?

Can this explain the humility?

You were never cynical, never pessimistic, operated an open door policy. Welcomed everyone to your home. You loved your wife and children, a very good example of a present dad.

Mrs. B and your children will miss you. We are praying that God will comfort them on all sides as only Him can take away the pain.

It is true that good men also die but death cannot kill your name, We will always remember you.

Do have a good night and see you on the resurrection morning.

Ijeoma
Posted by Bob Anyanwu on March 31, 2021
Our dearest Uncle Bob, your humility and the warmth around you can never go unnoticed.

Your Big Brotherly love and compassion you showed to All here on earth remains indelible. You are always there for those in need both in times of joy and times of sorrow. We will carry on your legacy of humility and compassion for humanity.

Yes indeed, we'll truly miss you our great Uncle Bob.

May your gentle and kind soul rest in perfect peace. Amen

- From your Lil'Namesake.
Posted by Adamazi Oge on March 30, 2021
Tribute to Uncle Bob

I have tried to remember when I first met you but I cant, probably because you have always been in my life. My childhood is filled with fond memories of you,from spending long vacations in Port Harcourt to spending my midterm breaks in your home. You always welcomed us into your home and made us feel like part of your family. I still have memories of you dancing to dynamite by Ayo Trey when you visited us in Regina. I’ll never forget the Christmas we visited you in Awo and we were received like royalty. Thank you for always being the jovial uncle. Uncle, your death has created a huge vacuum in our lives. We will miss you dearly, thank you for everything.
Rest In Bossom of the lord Uncle.
Oge Ukabam
Posted by Chizoba Onyiuke on March 30, 2021
If I close my eyes, I can see you sitting on my couch and asking when we can have a party in my flat.
If I close my eyes, I can see the whole family jump up in joy and typical noise to greet you when you landed for Mama's 90th birthday celebration.
If I close my eyes I can see us trying to corner a four year old Didi as she runs through the house refusing to have her bath.
If I close my eyes I can see you navigating a pitch dark road as you took me on yet another trip to the airport for school holidays as we swapped stories and stayed alert in the early hours of the morning.
And if try really hard, I can close my eyes and remember when Aunty Aku brought you to meet us for the first time in Yesufu Sanusi and NEPA took light so I struggled with a single lantern to see the face of my Aunty's sweetheart with the melodious voice and bright smile shining in the dark.

Uncle, why must it be that I have to close my eyes to see you like that again? Why have you gone so soon? This was not the plan. We miss you so much. The grief is like a heavy cloak around our shoulders. Please look out for us and we promise to take things one day at a time, remembering your love of life and the Lord. Rest in Peace Uncle Bob.
Posted by Eberechi Ebeze on March 30, 2021
Sleep on Ugobuzuo, the perfect peaceful gentleman.

The news of your sudden death caught us all totally offguard and unprepared. You have always been a part of our lives. The big brother, friend, confidant, buddy. How do we compress years of friendship into a few words? I can't say all you have done for me and my family. But I will not fail to mention the most important one, the peace my home now enjoys from your brotherly, christian advice. And your final act as a brother was to ensure Anny joined the KSJI. I can only say Thank You.
We cannot question God, only pray for His comfort for Aku, Didi, Sibby, Bobby and the Odinkemely family.
Rest in peace Ugobuzuo, Noble Knight, until we meet to part no more.
Posted by Donald Arinze Nnaek on March 30, 2021
TRIBUTE TO SIR BOB ODINKEMELU

Bob, I never thought the curtains would fall so soon with you. We received the news of your demise with shock. You slipped away so quietly and without warning sign.

You were a rare gem, humble, kind hearted and generous. Never believed in dull moments. Frankly speaking, we have lost a great mixer who possess the rudiment of radiating love and care towards those he came in contact with. You are so irreplaceable, an Iroko has indeed fallen.

However, I take solace in the fact that you left behind a good legacy. You are sadly missed. I pray for your wife Aku and the children, the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss.

May your gentle and kind soul rest in perfect peace.
Adieu my brother.

Mrs Anthonia Nnaekezie
Posted by Roland Odinkemelu on March 29, 2021
Tribute to Bob (From Richard Adigwe)

Oga B as I fondly call you. It saddens my heart that such a lively, bubbly, and endearing personality is no more. But who are we to question the will of God.
Oga B from the various short visits we had from when I visited PH to when I got married to your baby sister, and Didi’s white coat event as well as all our phone conversations. It seems like I have known you for a long time.
Certainly, I know you touched so many lives in your short stay on the face of this earth, and to God be all the glory.
Oga B you are greatly missed and will always be remembered.
My family and I will keep lifting up your awesome family Aku, Didi, Sibby and Bobby in our prayers.
I am also praying for your siblings because I know it’s not easy loosing a sibling or a loved one.
Oga B we give God the glory for sharing you with us. I pray that you will Rest In the bossom of Our Heavenly Father until we meet to part no more.
Adieu Oh Jolly Good Fellow.

Richard Adigwe
Posted by Ify Ben on March 29, 2021
JEE NKE OMA DEAR UNCLE BOB!

The good ones indeed go too soon!

Uncle Bob, your sudden demise left us all so heartbroken and speechless but what else can we do but to trust God?

The last conversation I had with you towards the end of January was a promise from me to ensure that the twins (your birthday mates) came around to celebrate with you on March 31, so what are we going to do
about that now, Uncle Bob? You had also teased me about my "Eko-Style dress" and everyone had a good laugh!

Your death was the last thing on anyone's mind especially not at this time uncle! You and Aunty were only just coming into your time and place of rest and like a dream, our heavenly father chose to call you home. It still feels like a nasty joke but God's ways are not the ways of man.

Uncle Bob was one of the most graceful and gracious acquaintances I had come to know in this very interesting journey called life. He was a most distinguished gentleman through and through! so full of life and mirth.

Uncle Bob was so dedicated to the Catholic faith. He exuded uncommon warmth and camaraderie which made everyone feel very welcome and at ease around him.

Uncle Bob was such an amazing husband, father and a pillar of support for his family, but to live in the hearts of those we love is never to die. God in His infinite wisdom has called you home so early but you will live in our hearts forever, never to be forgotten!

I pray also that our good Lord comforts and sustains your wife, children and family now and always. May He grant you perfect peace in His bosom until the resurrection morning, Amen!!! ADIEU UNCLE BOB, Jee nke oma!

Ify Okoye


Posted by Chizoba Nnebedum on March 29, 2021
Bob, (Nnukwumadu "the gaint", the living Saint as i used to call you). I am still in shock, but all the same GOD has the final say. You lived a saintly life. You were loved by everyone. You took the joy in reaching out to everyone- young, old, rich, poor. Humility was your second name. Your creator called you at the point HE found you spotless, so as to wear you the crown HE kept for people like you. As you are resting in the bosom of the LORD GOD, please keep praying for us so that we will join you when the Most High God calls us and the other host of Heaven to praise the Ever lasting King.
BOB, YOU WERE ONE IN A BILLION. ADIEU.

Aunty Vero Nnebedum.
Posted by Chizoba Nnebedum on March 29, 2021
Uncle Bob, your death was a huge shock to us. I have known you as someone who would conquer sickness to stay alive and healthy to fulfill God's purpose in your life. You have reached out to so many and your humble nature won the hearts of many. I believe in everything that happens, God has a purpose. I believe God saw you in an absolute state of grace to attain Heaven without passing through purgatory, thus He called you to Himself to join the Angels in singing hallelujah.
I remember seeing you at the airport during one of my official trips and had to call out to you "Uncle Bob"..I wanted to show you off to my colleagues, that I had a huge, well built and good looking uncle . In fact, your humility at the airport won their hearts...You were one in a million uncles...I believe you are resting in Heaven with the Lord.
I pray the Lord to continue to comfort and strengthen Aunty Aku and the children...You will be missed amongst us here on earth.... Adieu Uncle Bob.
Chizoba Ani (nee Nnebedum)
Posted by Roland Odinkemelu on March 29, 2021
Tribute from Eby Adigwe

Bubba, as I fondly call you. How can all of this be true? I can’t believe you’re really gone and I never got the chance to say goodbye. Am I really writing a tribute to you? My heart is aching terribly as I pen down a tribute to you. Bubba, you’re a brother like no other. Yes! I am using the present tense because you live on. You were a remarkable human being who touched many lives as well as mine in so many ways. I counted on you every inch of the way. If I needed a bit of simple advice, a shoulder to lean on, or an empathetic ear, you were there for me. Bubba, you were such a peaceful and kind-hearted man. I can’t believe that I will call you and you will longer answer. I will not hear your voice when you say Eby, what’s up? It is a very difficult time for me, but I know that you would want me to pull myself together and trust that God will heal this hole in my heart. I will find succor in all the memories, the laughter, joy, and happiness we shared. Growing up, I looked up to you. You were my big brother who was always protective of me. I remember when I was in FGC, P.H after school closes for a holiday, and you would pick me up from school. My classmates, some of who were boys would come to say bye to me. You would ask me if any of them were being mean to me. I would say no, and you would emphatically say “Good”. I remember one of those days in Amakohia, Owerri when I attempted to cook egusi soup for you even though I didn’t know how to at that time. In your words, “Eby, do you know how to cook? I answered yes. When I presented the food to you, and you took one bite, I still remember vividly the scream “Chai, Eby nwanne m nwanyi egbuola m oo”. You laughed so hard and warned me not to cook for you again unless I learned how to cook well. This was definitely a motivation for me. Thank you, Bubba. As I reminisce all these memories, I feel a slight smile forming on my face. Bubba, you are a brother like no other and I will always love you. I miss you with all of my heart, but I know you’re always on my side. As difficult as it may be to say goodbye, I guess this is my goodbye.
Rest in Peace my loving brother, Bubba!
Posted by Rosaire Ifedi on March 29, 2021
... Until you can't anymore. Writing forces me to confront the unavoidable.
Sistam, Aku Nnem, I have no words. Your heartthrob, the gentle distinguished Bob, has gone ahead of you. Your rock, mirth, and partner in love and mischief. Nnen, my heart is so heavy for you. You're in my heart and I'm praying for comfort for you, Didi, Bobby & CB ( the boys and gals) and entire family. Be comforted in the Resurrection.
Bob, Sleep on Fine Man!
"Whether we are awake or asleep, we live together with Him"1 Thessa 5:10.
Posted by Francisca Isuo on March 29, 2021
We, the entire CWO Mater and the CWO Mater Medical wishes to extend our heartfelt condolences to our dear sister, Lady Aku Odinkemelu, on the demise of her husband, Sir Bob Odinkemelu. Our sister, please, be strengthened. May our Lord grant you and the children the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. We pray you will be encouraged by the fact that he lived a life of complete service to God and humanity. He really fought the good fight of faith and we are confident that his glorious reward awaits him. We share in your loss. May perpetual light shine upon him and may his gentle soul rest in perfect peace, Amen.

Signed:
Noble Lady Ngozi Isiwu
CWO Mater President

Chief (Mrs) Uju Anajemba
Initiator

Dr (Mrs) Francisca Atte Isuo
Secretary
Posted by Arinze Onwuzulike on March 29, 2021
My dearest Auntie Aku,

                        MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCE
The news of the death of your dear husband and my good friend, Noble Sir Robert Odinkemelu KSJI, who I fondly call Uncle Bob, came to me as a rude shock. I am still struggling to fully come to terms with this huge loss. I can then only imagine the depth of emotional toll his death must be taking on you, your children and the rest of the Odinkemelu family. 

Getting to know Uncle Bob, you, and the children, more than 15 years ago, as parishioners of Mater Misericordiae Parish, Port Harcourt when I served there, was among the most precious gifts God allowed me to have. Particularly, encountering Uncle Bob reveals a gentle, industrious, soft-spoken, wise, caring, and loving husband, dad, brother, friend, and community-oriented person, whose love for God and people was radiant and unmistakable. Uncle Bob was a living treasure who very unassumingly served God and everyone with his presence, kind words, actions, thoughtfulness, and material blessings. He will be greatly missed by all.

Auntie Aku, as we mourn his loss, I pray that you find strength in the words of the Eucharistic Prayer of the Mass for the Dead which offer us the following reassurance “Lord, for your faithful people, life is changed, not ended. When the body of our earthly dwelling lies in death we gain an everlasting dwelling place in heaven”. It is that everlasting dwelling place in heaven that Uncle Bob has gained in being called home by God, whom he so dutifully served with his whole life, while his short but fulfilled earthly dwelling lasted. May these words of our faith provide you, your children and the entire Odinkemelu family with the needed hope and healing to cope with the pain of his physical absence.

Jee nke oma Uncle Bob, and may your gentle soul and the souls of all the faithful departed – through the mercy of God rest in peace – Amen.


Rev. Fr. Arinze Onwuzulike, CSSp
Ottawa, Canada
Posted by Lily Ejebe on March 28, 2021
Dearest Aku,
How do I console you? What can I say? Only God will take you in his arms, wipe your tears, comfort you and give you the strength on carry on.

Bob truly lives on in you his darling wife, his beloved children and all the family and friends he touched in this life.  The beautiful memories he created is in the hearts of those you had the privilege to know him. The testimonies of his goodness will continue to echo here on earth. He lived a good life and left a lasting legacy.  May his Knightly soul rest in perfect peace.
Posted by Roland Odinkemelu on March 28, 2021
A TRIBUTE TO A DEAR BROTHER AND FRIEND (From Sister UK Odoputa):

It was very hard to believe that you’re no more but it seems to be true. How has the mighty fallen. Well, we can’t question God. May the good Lord whom you have served diligently in this world reward all your good works on earth abundantly. May He grant you eternal rest in the bosom of Abraham.
With a heavy heart and tears in my eyes, I say: Adieu beloved brother; Okey, laa n’udo; Ugogbuzue, Rest In Peace till we meet to part no more.
Your sister UK
Posted by Walter Ofodum on March 28, 2021
Ugogbuzuo as i fondly call you, my good friend that I always call a brother. I am still to believe you are gone but the reality is continously staring at me. You left without notice. The last we had happy evening together before this untimely death of yours, you were full of love and your very good self. Full of fun and always making people forget their sorrows. A noble night of the church you were. Always ready to serve. Your friends and I will surely miss you. What can one do than to ask God to receive your soul in peace. May God grant all of us especially your nuclear family you left behind the fortitude to bear your loss. Rest in peace my dear brother.

Walter Ofodum
Ezenwachinemelu Igboukwu.
Posted by Nelo Odinkemelu on March 27, 2021
TRIBUTE TO UNCLE BOB (From Tobi Umeh)

Dear Uncle Bob,
 I miss you so much each day. You have always been a person to bring laugher and fun into each of our lives. You are so such a kind, caring, and a helpful person. Uncle Bob you are such a peacemaker and loving person. It is so so so sad to know that you are no longer here with us. I wish that I had gotten the chance to meet you and experience all these wonderful attributes of you in person. It is extremely heartbreaking to take in that you we can no longer talk to each other. You are with the Lord almighty looking down upon each and everyone of us. You are now in Heaven with grandma and grandpa. Thank you for being the pillar of the family. You will forever be missed. I love you so much Uncle Bob. Rest In Peace with the Lord almighty.

-Tobi Umeh
Posted by Roland Odinkemelu on March 27, 2021
Tribute from Chinwe Okereke

God looked around his garden and he found an empty place. He then looked down on earth and saw your tired face. He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest. God’s garden must be beautiful he always takes the best. He knew that you were suffering. He knew you were in pain. He knew that you would never get well on earth. He saw the road was getting rough, and the hills were hard to climb, so he closed your weary eyelids and whispered “peace be thine” It broke my heart to lose you, but you didn’t go alone, for part of me went with you the day God called on you. Rest in the bosom of the lord. I will miss you always.
Posted by Linda Asiabaka on March 27, 2021
                Tribute To Uncle: Sir Bob Odinkemelu

Uncle Bob, you were a nice uncle to me and also my marriage sponsor. You lived with a great deal of joy, love and wisdom. You could make the most boring situations interesting with your beautiful sense of humor. You inspired me with your lively personality to see the beauty in living in a tough world while not taking oneself too seriously. You also did a lot to influence and contribute to society.

Your love for Aunty Aku is captivating. I remember when I started my career working for Aunty Aku in GTBank. I observed that she was addressed as Mrs. B and I quickly got to understand that as Mrs. Bob. She was so proud of your love and support that she was happy to talk about it. I recall a south-east divisional meeting, when Aunty Aku livened it up by making us laugh and the revitalized conference room echoed “Mrs. Bob!”

As I work through my shock and grief on your loss, I cannot imagine the void you have left in the heart of Aunty, Didi and all her siblings. We mourn you because we will miss you terribly. I take solace in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14, knowing that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.

Uncle Bob continue sleeping in God’s peace. Adieu.

By Mrs Linda Asiabaka (Nee Nnaekezie)

Posted by Uzo Akpele on March 27, 2021
Okey, words cannot tell the sorrow in my heart as I write this, yet I thank God for you -- for all the Kindness, Fun and Laughter you brought into our lives; for good, down-to-earth advice that made any situation seem simple; for being our big brother, and yes, for teaching me how to play chess.

You were simply one-in-a-million and your place in my heart will never be replaced. Rest In Peace. Sleep tight in our Lord. May He grant you eternal rest in Paradise (where I am sure you will have everyone laughing very hard). 

Uzo Ode Akpele
(and the rest of your Teresa Ode cousins -- Chinwe, Ngozi, Uche & Kachi).
Posted by Nelo Odinkemelu on March 27, 2021
TRIBUTE (From Chief John Utasi)
        THE MAN ICHIE UGOGBUZUOO

ENG. OKECHUKWU ODINKEMELU was born to the family of LATE HRH DR. ROBERT ODINKEMELU 59 YEARS AGO. He was the chairman of UMUCHEKE PROGRESSIVE UNION EDE-UKWU IN AWO-IDEMILI ANCIENT KINGDOM.
    He has piloted the affairs of this union for the past 7 years. In 2017 as the chairman of Umucheke comprising of 3(three) kindreds, he organized a peace and reconciliation party after settling the problems in one of the kindreds. He donated 3 cows for this reconciliation and invited Umudiala and Umuada and everyone participated fully.
    He was the vice chairman of Awo-Idemili stakeholders forum, and has always assisted me as the chairman in all our programs and activities. At a very short notice he comes down from his base in Port-Harcourt to Awo-Idemili to attend to community issues. He was the leader of my team that comprised 11 prominent sons of Awo-Idemili ancient kingdom named by his ROYAL HRH EZE DR II OKOLIGWE as the first eleven(11) that went and dominated the passage of the constitution of the Confederation of Awo-Idemili Clan Communities (CACC) in the year 2017.
    In February 13 he came from Port-Harcourt and shared an expanded EXCO meeting of Umucheke Progressive Union and treated all the recommendations from the panel he set up in the last week of January and also recommended reconciliation (Igba-Oriko) in one of the hundreds which is still ongoing. He also fixed annual general meeting of the village for the 2nd week of June.
- He is the chairman of the CACC Committee on Banking
~ A member of CACC Board of Trustees (BOT)
~ An ichie of Eze in council ( cabinet member)
~ An Nze na ozo title holder in Awo-Idemili Clan.
    Ugobuozoo the wings that I use to fly has been clipped by death.
    Your exit has created a big vacuum in our community. It was a very painful exit but God knows best. May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace. Bye my beloved.
          
                     HON. CHIEF JOHN UTASI
                          ( EBUBE-DIKE)
Posted by Nelo Odinkemelu on March 27, 2021
Tribute to my beloved brother Sir Bob Okechukwu Odinkemelu

My dearest brother,

I just can’t believe that I have to write this. It is so difficult for me. I was discombobulated when I got the sad news. How can all of this be true? Each day I gaze at my phone reaching out to dial your number and hear your soothing voice.

Day by Day, I think of you my big brother
I can’t believe you’re really gone.
Obi agbawaala m, Anya mmiri m na-ejupụta (My heart is broken, my tears are overflowing)

Every picture, every laughter, makes me think of all of the times we spent growing up. We played the game of Chess and you cracked all the jokes.
You loved everyone and I mean EVERYONE.
You have a sense of humor, humble and a peaceful gentleman. You are a great man.

When dad and mom passed away, you became the pillar that held our family together. With God’s wisdom, you guided us “Umu Ogbuagu”.

In my heart you’ll always be
I miss you with all of my heart
I miss that I won’t hear you call me “Chichi”
I wish we never had to part
I wish you didn’t have to go so soon
I know you’re always by my side
I love you and you’ll FOREVER BE MISSED

So now I guess this is my goodbye
I wish you sweet sleep my dearest brother;
Rest In Peace my beloved brother;
Till we meet to part no more.

Ugogbuzuo!!! Rest in the bosom of our Lord.
Jee nke oma!

Chinelo Odinkemelu
Posted by Roland Odinkemelu on March 27, 2021
Tribute to my darling brother Bob (From Enyi Okanume)


My heart wails, and my logical consciousness demands answers but my faith instructs that I must not question God.

In man’s limited understanding of creation and living, we measure entrance into and exit from this space called earth, putting a timeline on existence, and qualifying it within parallel definitions as either, ‘short life’ or ‘long life’.

In eschewing these constraints, *Bob*, your memories will live forever, coming to life in all those who you left behind, breaking free from the confines of timelines, and stretching timelessly into eternity.

Your passage through life can never be erased. It is permanently etched in the hearts and minds of your loved ones.

Your gentle spirit has become ubiquitous, seeking to dispel emotions of sadness and sorrow in your wife, children and your siblings also, being their guardian angel. You will forever be missed...I love you
Rest In Peace Bob
Your lovely sister EnyiiDaddy
Enyii Okanume!

Posted by Roland Odinkemelu on March 27, 2021
TRIBUTE TO MY BELOVED BROTHER (From Ngozi Odinkemelu)

My beloved, brother, father, friend and confidant. Nothing I write here about how i feel will make you come back. Nothing I do henceforth will change this horrendous story! It hurts so bad, yet thinking about you recalls all the good times we had together. You gave me strength in everything, Bubba!
You were an excellent brother to all your siblings, family and friends. Every where you set your feet, they was bubbles. You made people happy, invested in people, made people feel great and valued people.
You were a social phenomenon, a notable politician, a noble knight of the order KSJI, a man who talked and walked peace ☮️ in size and intellect.
One thing was certain, Engr. Bob Odinkemelu operated on a peaceful frequency higher than most people. He loved his family, clan and kindred, his love and ambition for people was unfathomable and unmeasurable.
Robert Okechukwu Emmanuel, the incomparable legacy, the enigma, the legend, "Touch and Go", Ugogbuzuo of Awo-Idemili Ancient Kingdom lives on!
If I were to live life again in any realm, I will choose you to be my brother. As I wait until we meet in God's presence, I'll forever cherish your memory as you live on, Ugogbuzuo.

I love you loads Bubba.
Your sister, Ngozi Odinkemelu
Posted by Nkechi Oguine on March 27, 2021
HELLO BOB
In your odyssey from planetary life to eternal life, you were great in more ways than any tribute can capture. You were my brother-in-law but much more fundamentally, you were a great friend. I, all along, have unwittingly deluded myself that you were exceptionally good to me because of my strength of character and more so, my peculiar calm ways of being, which we seem to share in common. We seemed like birds of identical plumage flocking together. Not even in age were we different. We were just one month apart. Well, I have realized since your transition that the way you cared and loved me was not a response to anything about me but, indeed, a veritable expression of the content of your character. I have listened to wonderful testimonies shared by those whose paths crossed with yours, and they were symmetrical in their characterization of the essential content of your person.
Nonetheless, I am led to write about the Bob I experienced even though I know it is going to be a tall order capturing your heart and the lessons I learnt from your ways of being, in a few short lines. Our path crossed in 1992 when I fell in love with your immediate younger sister and the force of love brought me to your family house in Awor-Idemili. Right from the onset, your smile was inviting in an extraordinary fashion, and that marked the genesis of a wonderful friendship that was cut short on the 10th of March, 2021 by circumstances beyond our control. Your sister who later became my wonderful wife introduced me to you. In a manner that wasn’t quite common, you took a special liking for me, and you were later to become the bridge through which I rode smoothly into the family. 
Bob, you cared much more than words can ever describe. We did a lot of things in common. We shared a lot about life, varied encounters, family structures and management, career, business, et cetera. I also had course to sleep over in your house on one or two occasions. The reception, led by your amiable wife Aku, was exceptional. The bond of love between you, your wonderful wife and exceptionally wise children was a school by itself.
Thank you for being a great friend. Thank you for being a supportive in-law. Thank you for being a bundle of humane energy. Space will not permit me to write about your commitment to God but your fruit showed who you were in Christ. Your life was short but you fought a good fight, you finished your course, and you have kept the faith. Henceforth, there is laid up for you a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give you at that day: and not to you only, but unto all them also that love his appearing (2nd Timothy 4:7-8). I miss you but we will meet again to part no more.
Solomon Oguine
Posted by Nkechi Oguine on March 27, 2021
TRIBUTE TO UNCLE BOB

My dear uncle Bob,

I wish I spent more time with you now that I am older. I wish I was able to speak and see you more often. Uncle Bob, I miss you. I miss having fun with you. You were a great man. You were loving. You were very caring and kind. Though you were taken from us too soon I know you are resting with the Lord God in heaven. I love you, Uncle Bob.

Benjamin Solo-Oguine
Posted by Nkechi Oguine on March 27, 2021
TRIBUTE TO ENGR (SIR) BOB OKECHUKWU ODINKEMELU

Ugogbuzuo! My beloved brother! You were full of grace and laughter. You will forever live in my heart!

You had been the pillar that held our family firmly together since we lost our parents (Daddy in 2003 and Mommy in 2005). You guided us with God’s wisdom, knowledge and counsel. Your favorite words “Nkechi, cheregodi” when counseling me still ring in my ears. You lived an exemplary life. Your character and goodwill speak even now. You loved us with the Love of God. You kept no record of wrong, very forgiving, patient, and kind. Well done!

Our Dad named you Ugogbuzuo (Ugo gbuzuruegbuzu) and rightly so. You assumed your role and carried it out effortlessly with the Grace of God upon your life. And now, it seems like there is a vacuum but THERE IS NONE. You groomed each of us well to fill your absence. You deposited yourself in us. And now, you live in our hearts. You are not absent but present in each of us.

You understood our graces, highlighted, and affirmed them. Thank you, my beloved brother! You made each part needful to the point that the eye (a part) cannot say to ear (another part) “I have no need of you”. Indeed, you built a strong family - “Umu Ogbuagu” as we fondly call ourselves. Well done!

Finally, Ugogbuzuo! I miss your salutation. Each time I call, your first words were “Nkechi kedu!” Your salutation will forever be in my heart.

I love my beloved brother. You will forever be my brother, coach, mentor, and father.

Ugogbuzuo, Engr. (Sir) Robert Okechukwu Odinkemelu. Ijeoma!!

Nkechi Solo-Oguine
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Posted by Chinwe Okoye on April 15, 2021

Tribute to our friend Ugogbuzuo.
The news of your demise hit us like thunder bolt and till date we have not been able to come out of it.
Bob, you have been my true brother and friend whose charitable activities cannot be rivaled. You were an icon of hope to the less privileged and a generous giver. You were a devoted Christian and served your God dutifully through various platforms. Your humorous talent is second to none as there's no dull moment with you.
Our CMO activities will loose it's flair as Sunny Njoku's and your humble participation will no longer be felt. My last outing with you was when we buried Sunny with your active participation which made it a huge success. I will sorely miss you. As I continue to mourn you with heavy pain in my heart, May our Lord receive your gentle soul and keep it in peace till we meet to part no more. Adieu nwannaa! God will surely preserve Aku and the children.
Chief Tony and Chinwe Okoye Nwanya.
Posted by Sado Theophilus on April 12, 2021
my dear good friend sir Bob your dead is still a shock to me
our last discussion was how we can do good business in this year 2021
your gift you gave to me am still holding it with much value.
Sir Bob I will ever love your family u left behind
may your soul rest in peace
Posted by Ukabam Louis on April 11, 2021
Will love u sir but God no the best. U have been a father to me I don't believe that am doing this, this time but will love u sir. And my lovely mom I pray that God gives you the fortitude to bear this lost because it is a great loss to us all. Take heart mommy. And Isaiah 25:8-9 KJV
He will swallow up death in j victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it. [9] And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
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BIOGRAPHY OF NOBLE SIR ROBERT OKECHUKWU EMMANUEL ODINKEMELU



Robert Okechukwu Emmanuel Odinkemelu, fondly known as Bob, was born on March 31st, 1961 to HRH Sir Robert Odinkemelu and Lady Pauline Odinkemelu (both of blessed memory) in Ikom, Cross River State, Nigeria.

The third of eight children, he completed his primary education at Santa Maria Primary School, Enugu. He went on to the prestigious CIC (College of Immaculate Conception) secondary school in Enugu and graduated in 1977. He remained a proud member of the CIC alumni community all his life, contributed immensely to its development and continued growth, and served in various capacities as executive up to President of the CIC Old Boys Association, Port Harcourt Chapter. Upon completion of his secondary education, Bob joined two of his older siblings, Chinwe and Ngozi, in University of Delhi, where he studied Physics and subsequently transferred to Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana USA to study Civil Engineering. In 1985, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, topping his class in Fluid Mechanics. This would later earn him a role at Baton Rouge Municipal Council as an engineer. Bob returned to Nigeria in 1986 to help advance the family business.

The one-year mandatory youth service would bring him back to Cross River, where he was born. There he completed his youth service with Cross River State Ministry of Works and Housing. After his youth service, Bob started his engineering career with Maxolan Consultants, Owerri, where he worked as a supervising engineer. It was there that he cut, honed and sharpened the managerial skills set that shaped his authentic leadership style! Until his untimely death, he was the MD/CEO of Meko Nigeria Ltd, a construction company founded by his late father, HRH Igwe Robert Ekezie Odinkemelu but grown, diversified and nurtured into a go to establishment that handled various projects for oil and gas companies, banks, hospitals and federal and state government agencies.

Bob met, fell in love with and subsequently married Aku Ukabam on the 12th of April 1993. Theirs was a very solid and stable relationship that attracted the admiration and respect of many. Kuku and Bubbles as they fondly called each other from the onset put God at the core of their union and took the “for better, for worse” injunctions of married life very seriously. They gave unalloyed support to each other in good times and bad, in sickness and in health and were thus able to build and maintain a very happy home filled with fun, love and laughter in the company of their God given children Ndidiamaka Odinkemelu, Sylvester Odinkemelu and Robert Odinkemelu III, as well as Ezinwanne Ukabam, a niece they raised from age 3 to postgraduate status. Bob and Aku were deeply devoted to one another, family and their Catholic faith.

Bob was God fearing, humble, and extremely compassionate. Like his father, he was a great conversationalist and a peoples’ person, which allowed him to connect easily and build rapport effortlessly with people from different walks of life. His sense of humor was legendary, and he always had a story to regale one with; most of his stories would make you burst into a paroxysm of laughter; and he would laugh more, thus dissipating tension. It didn’t matter which stage you were in life; Bob knew how to get your attention. Once he had it, he would tease you with such brilliance. He made friends with great ease, even those who had met him once had something sweet to say about him with a smile, of course. When you needed a friend, he was there. When you needed a brother, he was there too. He was someone important to everyone who crossed paths with him. It is thus not surprising that his sudden death has left many broken and grief stricken! The steady flow of sympathizers to his residence, each with one story or the other about how Bob touched their life has been a source of consolation to his nearest and dearest.

Bob lived out his Catholic faith with great zeal and gusto and was quite passionate about propagating and defending the faith. A Noble Knight of the Order of St John International, he served in various roles, including as District Commander and Worthy President of St Mary’s Commandery #460 PH. He really loved KSJI and all it stood for and continually sacrificed time, talent and treasure towards the growth and progress of the order. He was also the pioneer National President of Catholic Action Nigeria which saw him traveling to various parts of the country to inaugurate, set the pace and encourage members to buy into the ideals of the group (set up to encourage Catholics to participate in politics in a way that would be in sync with catholic doctrines) up to the penultimate week before he passed. We have been inundated with calls and messages from CA-N executives nationwide who have such inspiring stories and experiences to share despite the brevity of their time with him.  He was active in several other pious societies and groups in the Church.

Ugogbuzuo was also a proud and illustrious son of Awo Idemili, he piloted the affairs of the Umucheke Progressive Union for the past 7 years, served as  chairman in 2017,and more recently as vice chairman of Awo Idemili stakeholders forum. Prior to his demise, he organized a peace and reconciliation party for the 3 kindreds of Umucheke.  He was ever willing to come home to Awo from his Port Harcourt base to attend to any community issues that required his attention. He was part of the team of eleven, selected by Royal HRH Eze Dr. Okoligwe, that spearheaded the passage of the constitution of the Confederation of Awo-Idemili Clan Communities (CACC).  Gbuzuo was a member of the exalted Ndi Nze title holders in Awo Idemili and a member of the Igwe’s cabinet till his transition to greater glory. He was also a political animal and keenly enjoyed political exploits and forays. He contested elective positions at various times and would never miss an opportunity to talk politics or engage in political permutations.

Words will never suffice to describe Bob, a man of many parts, a friend to the lowly, a man of peace, beloved and loving husband of Aku, doting dad of Didi, Bobby, Sibby, and Ezii who was larger than life itself. We are deeply saddened by his sudden passing, yet we take solace knowing that he led an exemplary life and is now safe in Jesus’ arms where there is no sorrow or pain! Laa n’udo ezigbo nna anyi, nwoke obi oma! Chukwu biko nata mkpulu obi daddy anyi! Amen.

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Farewell Uncle Bob

Shared by Kingsley Iheanacho on April 13, 2021
The news of the passing of Uncle Bob was a rude shock to us .This is because he was always full of life and exuded the energy only seen in youths. In our interactions, he was a good listener, calm, humble, cheerful and ingenious.
His humility was such that even though he had friends and associates amongst the high and mighty in the society, he was not known to be discriminatory towards people based on their class in the society or affiliation.  He was a simple man , very sociable and amiable. In fact, he was a great motivation for many.
We were together at the 2019 Fidelity end of year party/Customer appreciation event and also at the Birthday of the wife’s mother at Aro Ndizuogu.
He was a youth at heart and enjoyed the events with us despite our numerous gists, some funny and some boring.....
We pray that God in His infinite mercy will grant his soul a peaceful repose in the bosom of our Lord and to his lovely family the fortitude to bear his irreparable loss, Amen
Ogechi and Kingsley Iheanacho

The visit of district 48 in your country home.

Shared by Peter Claver on April 13, 2021
So sad to know that a good friend and brother is gone, I remember the warm reception you gave us at your country home at Awo Idemili when we came to bury one of the brother , his smiles and jokes trilled me, we were well welcomed with open ❤️, I never new that , that was to be our last supper with you Bob, know one ever met in contact with him that will not fall in love with his cheerful smiles he was indeed a good fellow. May his gentle soul rest in peace. Amen.

Sad but Strong

Shared by Arinze Onwuzulike on March 29, 2021
My dearest Auntie Aku,

MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCE
The news of the death of your dear husband and my good friend, Noble Sir Robert Odinkemelu KSJI, who I fondly call Uncle Bob, came to me as a rude shock. I am still struggling to fully come to terms with this huge loss. I can then only imagine the depth of emotional toll his death must be taking on you, your children and the rest of the Odinkemelu family.  

Getting to know Uncle Bob, you, and the children, more than 15 years ago, as parishioners of Mater Misericordiae Parish, Port Harcourt when I served there, was among the most precious gifts God allowed me to have. Particularly, encountering Uncle Bob reveals a gentle, industrious, soft-spoken, wise, caring, and loving husband, dad, brother, friend, and community-oriented person, whose love for God and people was radiant and unmistakable. Uncle Bob was a living treasure who very unassumingly served God and everyone with his presence, kind words, actions, thoughtfulness, and material blessings. He will be greatly missed by all.

Auntie Aku, as we mourn his loss, I pray that you find strength in the words of the Eucharistic Prayer of the Mass for the Dead which offer us the following reassurance “Lord, for your faithful people, life is changed, not ended. When the body of our earthly dwelling lies in death we gain an everlasting dwelling place in heaven”. It is that everlasting dwelling place in heaven that Uncle Bob has gained in being called home by God, whom he so dutifully served with his whole life, while his short but fulfilled earthly dwelling lasted. May these words of our faith provide you, your children and the entire Odinkemelu family with the needed hope and healing to cope with the pain of his physical absence.

Jee nke oma Uncle Bob, and may your gentle soul and the souls of all the faithful departed – through the mercy of God rest in peace – Amen.


Rev. Fr. Arinze Onwuzulike, CSSp
Ottawa, Canada