Her Life



Uche was born in Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria, on July 24, 1975, to Mr. Leonard and Mrs. Ebele Ufodike. She is an indigene of Opuno Egbu in Umudim Nnewi, Anambra State, Nigeria. An extremely beautiful, admirable, and virtuous woman, Uche fought a good fight of faith and remained unwavering in her faith in God amidst the trauma of her illness. As she breathed her last breath, the name of Jesus Christ was on Uche’s lips. Ahead of her passing, she informed her family that everyone should hold onto their faith in God because she was going to a better place of eternal rest.

Uche and her family moved frequently during her childhood, as her dad was in the army. She attended University of Ilorin Primary School and Command Children’s School Kaduna, from where she proceeded to Command Children’s School Signal Barracks Mile 2 Lagos. She went to Command Secondary School Ipaja Lagos, and later transferred to Command Secondary School Jos, where she completed her high school education in Plateau State, Nigeria. Her undergraduate degree was from University of Jos, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Geography and Planning in 1996.

Uche got married in 1999 to Emeka (C.I) Ezike-Dennis whom she fondly called love, and they moved to South Africa in 2003. Whilst in South Africa, Uche earned a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education from University of South Africa, Pretoria, in 2006. She specialized in Adult and Continued Education. An astute academic, Uche obtained a Master of Science degree in Geography from the same university of South Africa in 2008, where she graduated cum laude. Her research was in health, GIS, spatial information systems. Not resting on her oars, Uche recently earned a master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Smith School of Business at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, in 2020.

In addition to being academically inclined, Uche loved dancing salsa and singing. She was a multi-talented and anointed music minister. Her love for music started at a young age and she was a choir lead in various churches across Nigeria – in Jos, Lagos, and Port-Harcourt. Her first recording credit was alongside her mother in 1994. Just before her diagnosis in 2020, she released seventeen songs. Her golden voice will continue to be a blessing in various churches and over the airwaves with such tracks as “Make my life count,” “Majestic,” “Without You,” “Not For Sale,” “Nani Jesus,” “Take Heart,” “More,” and other spiritual, inspiring and soul-lifting songs. Uche was also a notable vlogger, with a YouTube channel where she courageously shared the diary of her cancer journey—a legacy that inspires great faith in the face of adversity.

An accomplished professional, project manager, community leader, and woman of great impact, Uche was also the founder and CEO of Mothers and Mentors, a non-profit, youth development initiative based in Calgary, Alberta. A consummate visionary, Uche was Director of Strategy and Innovation at Indice Corporation Inc., Calgary, which she founded to offer strategic consulting services to clients. She worked as Senior Program Manager, Alberta Energy Regulator, Calgary, from 2015 to 2020. She also worked at Husky Energy Inc., Calgary, from 2011 to 2014. 

Uche served her community in Alberta, Canada, at different levels, including as board director at Technology Helps. She was also a board member at Lougheed House (Historic Site and Museum). Uche was a guest speaker at various Project Management Institute (PMI) events, a guest lecturer at Ambrose University Business School and sessional Instructor at SAIT’s School of Business She was also a motivational speaker at numerous events and church programs. More recently, she was appointed as public member of the Mental Health Review Panel by the Minister of Health Alberta.

Uche was a member of the choir of the Fountain of Life Church, Ilupeju, Lagos, for many years, and a member of the choir and home fellowship lead at Centre Street Church Calgary. She was also a member of the New Beginnings Family Church in Calgary. She made being born-again cool. She was a committed woman of faith, serving in various ministries, including churches she co-pastored with her husband C.I.

Uche is survived by her husband C.I, daughter Ifeanyi (Dawn), sons Ikenna and Izunna, parents Leonard and Ebele Ufodike, sister Anuli Ausbeth-Ajagu (Rev Anuli), and brother Akolisa Ufodike. She’s also survived by nieces and nephews: Vanessa Ajagu, Ausbeth Nnamdi Ajagu (JR), Oscar Ajagu, Zara Ufodike, Kodi Ufodike, Kosi Ufodike, Kobi Ufodike, sister-in-law Chioma Ufodike, and brother-in-law Ausbeth Ajagu. She also has numerous relatives, in-laws and friends whose lives she touched in a special way. Uche was a very amiable woman, well loved by her friends.

A faithful wife, loving mother, amazing daughter, compassionate sister, loyal friend, wonderful leader, and all together inspirational woman, Uche Ezike-Dennis has left indelible footprints in the sands of time.

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