Category Archives: Obituary

Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu: We are heartbroken-Prof Ibe

When I visited you at your country home in Ovim on 30 December 2020 we discussed everything and planned many things without knowing it would be the last time. Indeed it is true when the Bible says that man is like vapour that easily evaporates away.

It is therefore with sadness and grief that I received the shocking news of the transition to eternal glory of our admirable Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu, who until death was Chairman of our Board of Trustees(BOT)

Admiral Kanu was a man among men, a Primus Interpares. In the course of his naval career, It was no mean feat that he became the first governor of old Imo State upon its creation in March 1976. He later moved on to serve as the governor of Lagos State in 1977. While in the military as a naval officer, our Chairman, Board of Trustees would rise to become a Rear Admiral and Chief of Nigeria’s Naval Staff.

To underscore his personality and his pro-stance on human development, while in office as governor of old Imo State, much of what the city of Owerri has become today is as a result of his leadership in town planning , roads construction, expansion of Local Government Areas and the establishment of Imo Broadcasting Service which still broadcasts to this day.

Admiral Kanu upon his retirement from active military service to the nation, led an increasingly active lifestlye as a civilian. He was a man filled with uncommon strength and abilities. Regardless of his professional background as a military officer, he played a leading role in the agitation for pro-democracy and its tenets in the aftermath of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election.

Our now departed chairman successfully ventured into business, occupied leadership positions in corporate organizations and socio-cultural groups, held honourary doctorate degrees from notable universities in Nigeria, a statesman, a leading light and a very vocal voice within the Nigerian polity regarding true federalist practices.

Here at Gregory University, Uturu, Rear Admiral Ndubuisi G. Kanu freely offered us great insights and invaluable contributions in activating and sustaining the growth of our blosoming university. He was billed to hold an interactive mentoring session with our scholars on their return from Christmas break.

Indeed our hearts are broken at this great loss. May the eternal light of God which never grows dim continually shine on him.

Prof Gregory Ibe,PhD, OFR ( Enyi Abia),
Chancellor/Proprietor,
Gregory University Uturu,
Abia State.

BREAKING: Former Military Governor of Imo, Lagos States, Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu Is Dead

Jungle Journalist Media Ltd has just learnt that Rear Admiral (retired) Ndubuisi Godwin Kanu is dead.

The new of his demise broke out this morning from a family source. Kanu was appointed military governor of Imo State of Nigeria in March 1976 during the military regime of General Olusegun Obasanjo.

He was the first governor after the decree that established the state from part of the old East Central state. He was transferred to become governor of Lagos State in 1977, leaving office in July 1978.

42-Year-Old Son Of Transport Billionaire Ekene Dili Chukwu Dies From COVID-19 In Lagos

A son of late billionaire transporter and owner of Ekene Dili Chukwu Motors, is dead.

42 year old Augustine Ilodibe Jnr died in Lagos from COVID-19 complications according to a press release from his family.

It read: “With great sadness we announce the passing unto glory our dear son, husband, father, brother and uncle, Ekendilichukwu Augustine Chukwunonso ILODIBE (Junior) who died this morning from complications of COVID-19 in Lagos.

We pray that his soul rests in peace and the Lord comfort his family and all of us he left behind.

In consideration of the current pandemic, we kindly ask that you respect and maintain safety protocols through calls and messages to the family rather than physical visits.

Thank you and God bless
Mr Obinna ILODIBE (on behalf the family).

Nollywood Movie Producer, Chico Ejiro is Dead

Veteran Nollywood filmmaker, Chico Ejiro is dead.

He died in the early hours of Christmas day from a seizure. He only just concluded directing his new movie on Christmas Eve.

His remains have been deposited at the morgue.

Born Chico Maziakpono in Isoko, Delta State, Ejiro is a movie director, screenwriter, and producer.

Prior to his death, he held the record of the Nollywood director with the highest number of released movies. He says he has produced and directed over 85 movies in his career in the span of three decades.

Ejiro who studied Agriculture in school was drawn into video production because Nigerians would not buy blank video cassettes.

The filmmaker is the younger brother of veteran filmmaker, Zeb Ejiro. He is married to Joy Ejiro and they have four children.

The Olu of Warri Is Dead

Multiple sources in Delta State has confirmed the death of the Olu of Warri, Ikenwoli Godfrey Emiko.

It was learnt that the monarch passed on at the Lily Hospital, Warri.

Details of the death of the monarch are still sketchy, but our sources say his death might be a result of COVID-19 complications as he might have contracted the virus from the Army GOC who died from it recently.

He was said to have met with the GOC not long ago and the strain suspected to have killed the monarch is the same dangerous strain that claimed the life of the publisher of Leadership Newspaper, Sam Nda-Isaih.

Jungle Journalist Media Limited gathered that an official announcement is expected to be made soon by the Ologbosere of Warri, Chief Emami Ayiri, who, as the traditional Prime Minister of the town, is empowered to break the news of the monarch’s death.

NIPSS DG Prof Habu Galadima Dies From COVID-19

The Director General of National Institute Of Policy and Strategic Studies ( NIPSS) Professor Habu Galadima is dead.

A reliably source said Prof Galadima died on Sunday from COVID-19 complications.

His death is coming on the heels of the death of Professor Osakwe of Nigerian Defence Academy, who died on Saturday too from COVID-19.

More details later.

BREAKING: Publisher of Leadership Newspapers, Sam Nda-Isaiah, dies at 58

The publisher of Leadership newspaper, Sam Nda-Isaiah, is dead.

Multiple sources from his family and the newspaper organisation confirmed that he died on Friday “after a very brief illness.”

“Yes, it is true. I was just told now,” a family member told our correspondent on the telephone on Friday evening.

When asked if he had been sick, the source simply said “yes, but very briefly.”

The deceased was aged 58.

He was born on May 1, 1962.

A trained pharmacist, Nda-Isaiah was a politician and newspaper columnist.
A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, he was one of the party’s presidential aspirants for the 2015 election.

He alongside former Vice President Atiku Abubakar; former Governor Rochas Okorocha and former Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso among others lost the ticket to Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) who later won the election by beating the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Goodluck Jonathan.

As of the time of filing this report, the deceased’s family and the Leadership newspaper are yet to issue a statement on his death.

PHOTOS: Arthur Nwankwo begins final journey home with service of songs in Enugu

Dr Agwuncha Arthur Nwankwo’s final journey home began yesterday, 8th December, as family members, friends and well wishers gathered in his Enugu home for a service of songs, in tribute to the late Igbo icon.

Nwankwo, who died on Saturday, 1st February, 2020 at University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH, Enugu, was well known for his activities in politics, human rights defence, publishing.

In attendance were the Ohaneze President, Chief Nnia Nwodo, former minister, Osita Chidoka, The Chairman of Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria, MOBIN, Barr. Emeka Emekesiri, Prof. Amb. George Obiozor, and Madam Rita Anigbogu (MOBIN DG).

Others include the Provost of ATCOI College of Education Enugu, Comrade Zulu Ofoelue, wife to late Biafran leader, Mrs Bianca Ojukwu, and a host of others.

Late Nwankwo will be finally laid to rest tomorrow in his hometown at Ajalli, Anambra State.

Below are pictures from the event:

Obaseki, Okowa, Wike, others pay last tribute to Makinde’s mother, Abigail

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki; his Delta, Rivers and Akwa Ibom States counterparts, Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa, Nyesom Wike and Udom Emmanuel respectively, on Friday, joined other eminent Nigerians to pay their last tribute to late Mrs. Abigail Makinde, mother of Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde.

Other governors who graced the burial ceremony of Mrs. Abigail Makinde in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital are Dr. Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Mr Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), Mr. Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Alhaji Umaru Fintiri (Adamawa), Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto) and Mr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu).

Some of the dignitaries from Edo State at the event include Chairman, Edo State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Anthony Aziegbemi; National Vice Chairman, PDP South South, Chief Dan Orbih; former Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Matters, Chief Osaro Idah and former Senator, Edo Central, Senator Odion Ugbesia, among others.

The governor, who commiserated with Governor Makinde and the people of Oyo State, celebrated the governor’s mother for the indelible legacies she left behind.

Obaseki noted: “Mama was a wonderful woman and anytime my brother, Governor Seyi Makinde was in Benin City, I got to speak with mama; she was a prayerful woman.

“She was a mother that believed in love and attention to her children. She epitomized what a true Christian should be. She was a caring mother and gave so much of herself to the community, which is why you see the number of people here today. It’s not because her son is governor but because she lived for her Community.”

In his sermon at the occasion, the Bishop of Ibadan North Diocese, Anglican Communion, Rev. Segun Okubadejo, urged the congregation to bear in mind that they would be remembered for their actions.

Okubadejo called on the people to see their attendance at the funeral service as another opportunity to reflect on their lives and their relationship with God.

The cleric extolled the virtues of the late Madam Makinde, describing her as a devout Christian while on earth.

Earlier in his tribute, Governor Makinde said that he and his siblings would forever remember their late mother. He noted that the deceased taught him how to be disciplined and contented, even though it was tough at the time.

Madam Abigail Makinde, who died on October 15, 2020 at the age of 81, was born into the family of Pa James Omoregie, a renowned rubber farmer from Benin City, Edo State.

She attended St. Thomas Primary School, Akure before proceeding to Anglican Girls School, Benin City, where she completed her standard six. She worked in several states including Western Region, where, as a Civil servant, she worked as a telephone operator.

The governor of Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde is the fourth of her six children.

Dr Law Mefor Buries Mother Jan 5

The family of the Late David Chigbogu Okafor-Mefor of Umudunu Agbaja Abatete, Idemili North LGA, Anambra State, has announced in a statement by Dr. Law Mefor for the family and released in Abuja, the passing of their matriarch, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, mother-in-law and aunt, Mrs. Celina Ifesinachi Okafor-Mefor (aka Nneokwukwe, London, Ononaenyi). She died a few weeks to her centenary celebration, aged 99 years.

A devout Catholic, Mrs. Celina Okafor-Mefor lived a remarkable practical Christian life and was conferred with the title of ‘Nneokwukwe’ i.e. Mother of Faith, by St. Dominic’s Catholic Parish, Abatete, Onitsha Archdiocese. A humanitarian and one who always worried about the welfare of the poor, she was among the few who shared palliatives to the less privileged in her home town during the COVID-19 lockdown earlier this year.

Mrs. Celina Okafor-Mefor will be buried on January 5, 2021, when her sojourn on earth will be 100 years, in her home town, Abatete, Idemili LGA, Anambra State, after the Requiem Mass at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church, Agbaja Abatete, where family, loved ones and well-wishers will gather to bid her farewell. Condolence visits to her family will continue after her burial till 6th January, 2021.

She is survived by 7 children, several grandchildren and great grandchildren, among who are: Rev. Fr. John Ifeanyichukwu Okafor-Mefor, Order of St. Augustine, Jos Archdiocese, Mrs. Uju Anthonia Okoye (nee Okafor-Mefor), Seattle, Washington, USA, and Dr. Law Mefor, Abuja-based renowned Author, Journalist, Forensic/Social Psychologist and Human Rights activist.

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