SIR P.N. NWAORGU: A tribute to an epitome of humility, an unusual and an distinctive father-in-law… Eze bids farewell to His beautiful and nice father in-law
Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, ezemediaconcept2020@gmail, 08022049770
March third, 2020 will without end stay indelible and unhappy second in my life. It’s because it was the very day when the information of the loss of life of my father inlaw, Pa Paulinus Nkemjika Nwaorgu, hit me like a thunderbolt. For some days thereafter, sleep and urge for food to eat departed from me as a result of I had dreamt of organising a befitting birthday celebration to honour his 95th birthday on 25th November, 2020, just for me to listen to that he has left me with out celebrating this man who raised me out of poverty by permitting me to marry her golden daughter who has carried out every thing a real Angel may do for us to boost a good and cozy household.
As an alternative of celebrating his birthday as he envisaged, we his speedy household resolved as a substitute to have fun on the epochal day of his birthday his legacies and the good impression he made in our lives individually and collectively as an ideal household.
Other than having the uncommon privilege of marrying his first daughter, I had a particular bond with him as he considers me his true son. By this, he accorded me all of the respects and privileges on any difficulty pertaining to his household.
No critical difficulty dealing with him or his household that he didn’t request that my view be sought accordingly to the extent that he referred a lot of the suitors to his different daughters to me for affirmation.
The position this man whom I contemplate as my hero, mentor and instructor needn’t be overemphasized that I attributed virtually 75 per cent of no matter I’m in the present day to him as a result of if not for his foresight and acceptance once I had nothing, I will not be no matter it’s that I’m by in the present day.
MY FIRST ENCOUNTER WITH THE MAN WHO GAVE HIS FIRST DAUGHTER TO A POOR UNIVERSITY UNDERGRADUATE TO MARRY
My father In-law was a person whose inputs in my life can’t be overemphasized. I can vividly keep in mind my first encounter with him on the fateful day of third September, 1987, by 4pm at Umuaku in Ngor Okpala in Imo State as a 300 stage scholar, once I approached him to introduce myself and categorical my curiosity to marry his daughter, then Miss. Henrietta Chioma Ada Nwaorgu, a closing 12 months scholar in College of Calabar.
I all the time vividly recall that very day as if it was yesterday. He had simply returned from Owerri, the place he went for the ordination of the primary Rev. Sister from Uvuru-Ntu; and never minding how drained or exhausted he was nonetheless gave me consideration. In the midst of my interplay with him on that fateful day, he realised that I used to be an abnormal poor scholar who had no technique of finishing his college schooling with none robust monetary background, but he consented to my request, not minding that they had been many creditable and contending suitors that had already approached his daughter for marriage.
By way of God’s particular intervention, I used to be capable of graduate from College of Calabar, not minding all of the challenges.
How this man agreed to my proposal after inquiring and figuring out that I had no technique of livelihood or steady future nonetheless stays a thriller to me.
My shortcomings not withstanding, he picked a lot curiosity in me after discovering out that we each had our Secondary Faculty schooling from the well-known Christ the King Faculty (CKC), Onitsha, now in Anambra State, the place he graduated and obtained his Cambridge Certificates in 1952.
My good good friend, Victor Devlin, with my father in legislation in his thoughts said, “Hear, there isn’t a means any true man goes to let youngsters stay round him in his residence and never self-discipline and train, combat and mildew them till they know all he knew. His purpose is to make them higher than he’s. Being their good friend is a distant second to this”. My father In-law was a born Instructor and a Disciplinarian of notice. Most of his college students who’re in the present day captains of Industries and excessive rating authorities officers can attest to this.
My assembly with my spouse whereas we had been college students at UNICAL was divine and with the permission of this nice man and her siblings, I set my thoughts to justify his confidence in me and I thank God that I’ve, for the previous 28 years I obtained married into this nice household, carried out my finest to show that.
My beloved father In-law, although he left this world on the ripe age of 94 plus and been the oldest man in his neighborhood, I’ll nonetheless miss him passionately. Along with his demise, I’ve misplaced a Hero, a uncommon gem, a particular good friend and a Mentor.
If there may be something like reincarnation, I’ll nonetheless prefer to marry Ada Chioma Nwaorgu repeatedly! Along with her, God has blessed us with six most fantastic youngsters anyone can want for.
WHO IS PA PAULINUS NKENJIKA NWAORGU?
Pa Paulinus Nkemjika Nwaorgu was born on the 25th day of November, 1925, to the household of Mr. & Mrs. Nwaorgu Ogbuokiri of Umuaku – Ntu, Ngor Okpala, of Imo State. He was the sixth little one and the final within the household of six. His brothers and sisters of blessed reminiscence embrace: Mr. Joseph Nwaorgu popularly often known as Papa J., Ekeogbede, Mbekeogbede, Nwaobiara, and his little male brother that died at delivery.
His mom’s identify was Martha Mgberenwenu, a local of Umuawuka Umuowa in Ngor – Okpala, Imo State.
Pa Paulinus Nkemjika Nwaorgu attended Saint Patrick’s Central Faculty, Ntu, the place he had his Customary 1 to four. He then proceeded to Saint Filnbars, Okpala in 1945 the place he did his Customary 5to 6.
On the completion of his Customary Six, he proceeded to St. Patrick’s Umuekwune the place he was employed as a probationary instructor from 1946 – 1947.
He obtained admission into the favored CKC Onitsha in 1948 the place he obtained his Cambridge Faculty Certificates in 1952.
He attended Bishop Shonahan Lecturers’ Coaching Faculty, Orlu, within the then Jap Area (now in Imo State) from 1952 – 1954.
After the completion of his lecturers coaching, he was given appointment as a Pivotal Instructor in the identical Bishop Shonahan TTC Orlu. He later taught at Kirigani, Rivers State, for a month from the place he was transferred to Holy Household Umuokanne as an assistant headmaster. He left Umuokanne and went to Umuagwo as a headmaster from 1958 – 1959. He additionally taught at Holy Trinity Obuozor Umuokpara in Aba.
His zeal and like to impression information in youngsters and all that got here round him in the middle of his instructing profession was fiery and led to his taking on a instructing appointment with Owerri Grammar Faculty, Imerienwe, in 1959 beneath the in a position Proprietor and Principal, Dr. Basil Nnanna Ukaegbu. His mastership of Latin Language endeared him to his college students incomes him the identify “Agricola” amongst others! He additionally taught and imparted information to college students in Amala/Ntu Sec. Faculty 1977 – 1985, and Eziobodo Technical Sec. Faculty 1985 – 1986.
He formally retired in 1986; however nonetheless very energetic, determined to take up a instructing publish with Baptist Excessive Faculty, Umuohie, Ngor – Okpala, the place he additionally served because the Dean of College students. He lastly retired in 2006.
He obtained married in 1958 to Miss Celine Adanma Nwauzoma Ekenwachukwu of Umuohie Ngor and their Union was blessed with 9 youngsters – 5 boys and 4 women, all alive in the present day to the Glory of God.
On the 18th of February, 1982, The Amazon of a lady, spouse, mom and sister of many, Mrs. Celine Adanmma Nwaorgu, handed on to glory leaving her husband and tender youngsters within the cautious and non-failing arms of the Almighty God.
Pa Paulinus Nkemjika entered into one in all his darkest moments with the sudden exit of his beloved spouse. It was a interval of tears, isolation and deep thought, and burden. He was misplaced in his ideas however God was there to consolation, console and direct him. And God actually did. To you be all of the Glory, our God.
He mourned his beloved spouse for seven sorrowful, agonizing, and lonely years; and later obtained remarried to Ms. Philomena Nwaehujie Nwake from Umuaturu Etche, Rivers State, in 1989.
On his retirement, Pa Paulinus Nkemjika Nwaorgu, a great Christian, held a number of posts in Umuodagu Ntu Catholic Church Parish. He lived a easy and modest life. He on a number of events rejected honorary titles till the event of the 2008 CMO Day when he was honoured with the title of “Particular Father of the Parish” (St Paul’s Catholic Parish, Umuodagu Ntu). A peaceable and beneficiant man, nice disciplinarian, in appreciation & recognition of his excellent position and contributions to the appearance & Development of the Catholic Church in Umuodagu Ntu; providers to God & Humanity was given a Centenary Award of Excellence by the Parish on July eight, 2012.
Pa Paulinus Nkemjika Nwaorgu was very energetic in sports activities in his youth/grownup years and left glorious footprints on the sands of his time. He was a observe blazer within the 440, 880 and mile races throughout his faculty days. He competed within the fashionable and wonderful “Fishers Defend” Competitors and gained a gold medal and gold pen for rising the general finest.
TRIBUTE FROM HIS FIRST SON, PROF O.G.B. NWAORGU
Based on Prof Nwaorgu (Professor of ORL,HNS) in his tribute to his father he said, “I keep in mind and proceed to recollect and cherish all. He got here, he noticed and left indelible marks.
The decision got here! It was about 07.23am, March three, 2020. Papa has gone to be together with his maker, aged 94years three months 6days. The patriarch of Nwaorgu’s household Pa Paulinus Nkemjika is not any extra, leaving a vacuum too massive to be crammed!
Papa, the vacuum which your exit has created could be vastly felt. Phrases can not categorical how a lot we are going to miss your fatherly presence that made you so endearing to everybody you got here throughout.
You raised us with good values instilling in us the qualities of humility, integrity, hardwork and honesty. We thanks for guaranteeing that we had good schooling; instructing us the virtues of persistence, respect and tolerance. You thought me that I ought to NEVER promote my conscience for earthly items/pleasure; be forthright and principled, and be a person of my phrases. Certainly an ideal man you had been; with nice foresight.
You’ll absolutely be missed by us all: you had been an ideal affect within the society you left; your youngsters, household, in-laws, the church and all who ever got here involved with you. You had been a kind-hearted and mild disciplinarian with nice sense of humour and soothing smile! You radiated love and care to all. We’re certainly grateful to God on your impactful life right here on earth. The condolence messages, eulogies, phrases of mouth and disposition of individuals since your exit attest to the legacy you left behind. We love you papa however God loves you extra.
Papa, we your youngsters really feel privileged and honoured to have had you as our father and can by the particular grace of God, proceed to uphold your worthy legacies. I, alone half, guarantee you that I’ll proceed to maintain shining your mild of Christian religion as a real Catholic in my life.
Could your mild soul relaxation in excellent peace till we meet to half no extra! Adieu Papa” By Dr OGB Nwaorgu, (rofessor of ORL,HNS).
TRIBUTE BY HIS FIRST DAUGHTER, MRS. EVANG. ADA CHIOMA EZE
Based on this Amazon of a lady in her tribute which she titled, ” Tribute to my father, extraordinary good friend and Confidant ” she highlighted, “Papa, it’s with blended emotions that I write down the next in your honour. Once I spoke with you on the Tuesday three/03/2020, I knew one thing had gone fallacious and about to occur as a result of your distinctive “Golden Voice ” was grossly absent and also you had been weak to proceed my dialogue with you. On the fateful day of your exit, my hand was positioned on the important thing to name you when a name asserting your departure got here.
Papa, you lived a fulfilled life with a great identify. Your finish was certainly far significantly better than your starting. Congrats Dad! Ecclesiastes 7v1 – A very good identify is healthier than a great ointment .And the times of 1’s loss of life higher than the day of 1’s delivery.
Papa, you lived an upright and peaceable life. Accountability, transparency, decency, punctuality, diligence, dedication had been your attributes. Issues of God got particular house in your days of energy and vigour. You imparted lasting and monumental ethical values to all that got here round you. Your act of self-discipline formed the lives of most individuals that had the chance of coming your means.
ISAIAH 57V2: those that stroll uprightly enter into peace, they discover relaxation as they lie in loss of life.
My Father loved extraordinary favour from the Almighty God and due to this fact was by no means forsaken by God all through his earthly sojourn. He aged graciously and handed the Biblical prescribed age. The age he ascended when earlier than his exit amazed these round him but it surely was the good thing about righteousness. It was the Lord’s doing that was actually marvellous within the sight of males. PSALM71V18: So even to outdated age and gray hairs O’God don’t forsake me, till I proclaim your would possibly to a different era, your energy to all these to come back.
PSALM90V10: The years of our life is seventy (70), and even by the explanation of energy eighty (80), but their span is however toil and hassle, they’re quickly gone and we fly away..
Nmpa, regardless of your age, you had been stuffed with energy and humour . Anyone that visited you sad left your presence with laughter. Prayer earlier than and after consuming was your every day routine.
Papa, you’re a good father. In your later years, I by no means noticed you indignant not minding the disagreeable elements that surrounded you. You select to not be indignant however wore the garment of happiness on a regular basis since you knew that whoever succeeded in making you indignant had positively DEFEATED YOU. REV14V13: And I heard a voice from Heaven saying “write this -Blessed are the useless who die within the Lord now on…. “Blessed certainly ” says the Spirit that they might relaxation from their labours .
Nmpa, Thanks for blessing me a lot of the instances I visited you. I settle for, declare and imagine in your pronouncements. You probably did honor your promise to our mom to do all inside your enablement to empower us your youngsters academically .
Thanks Papa! If it was in your energy, you’ll have cherished to stay on however God’s will was sacrosanct and ideal on your return to your Maker. Job14v5: Since his days are decided, the variety of his months is with you. And his limits you’ve set in order that he can not go .
PSALM 89v48: What man can stay and never see Loss of life, or save himself from the ability of Grave?
Papa, I do know you’ll be questioning the place you’re for the previous weeks now that you haven’t heard my voice once more. Nmpa, you’ve gone to relaxation .You might have been separated by loss of life from me, out of your different youngsters, from my every day calls, greetings and jokes.
I sincerely miss you Papa. Relaxation in peace within the bosom of the Lord Jesus Christ. Adieu.” – CHUKWUEMEKA-EZE HENRIETTA ADA CHIOMA.
FAREWELL TO MY AMIABLE FATHER-INLAW BY ENGR. MADUFORO HIS SON INLAW
“The oldest establishment instituted by God Himself introduced us collectively within the month of December, 1991.
Daddy since then until your loss of life, you accepted and handled me not solely as your son in-law, but in addition like your organic son.
As a younger man that had simply misplaced his father seven years again then, assembly you rapidly introduced the recollections of my misplaced father right into a closed hole. All of the fatherly roles I misplaced and likewise wanted had been instantly regained and supplied for.
For the reason that time we met till your heavenly residence name, you lived and remained principled, sincere, kindhearted, love and above all, peace loving and peace-maker. The legacy you left behind shall be tough to be beclouded. I’m eternally grateful for being your son in-law.
Daddy as you sleep within the bosom of our good God, we hope to be reunited once more on the second coming of Lord Jesus Christ.” – Elder (Engr.) Agharanya, Maduforo.C
four. TRIBUTE BY PROF I.E. AGU HIS SON-IN-LAW:
Based on this seasoned academician who married the third daughter of this nice man, Dr. Mrs. Chimebere Evangelista Agu with two of his youngsters additionally lecturing in a Federal College, in a tribute he titled, ‘Tribute to a father in 1,000,000’ said and I quote, “When my organic father died in December 1969, I believed I might by no means name another man NNA M. However God had different plans. He took me to Gongola State in 1989 for the necessary NYSC programme. There I met a beautiful brother and good friend, Eze Chukwuemeka Eze who in flip launched me to his father-in-law, Papa P.N.Nwaorgu. Papa in his attribute method adopted me as a son not only a son-in-law. For the previous twenty and three years, you gave me good causes to deal with you as NNA M. You lived a fulfilled life. So, on behalf of your lovable daughter, Chimebere my Achala Ugo and the six fantastic and clever youngsters, I say Jee nke oma NNA M” -Professor Harmless Ejimofor Agu
5.. TRIBUTE BY THE GRAND CHILDREN OF SIR. P. N. NWAORGU THROUGH HIS FIRST GRAND CHILD, LADY MONICA CHIDINMA ADA EZE
In her tribute, Girl Monica Ada Eze, a Media Chieftain and the TA on Media to Indefatigable Governor David Nweze Umahi of Ebonyi State on behalf of the grand youngsters of this nice man said, “The information of the demise of our Grandfather got here to us as a shock within the sense that we had been hoping and trusting God that he was to see extra years with a view to bless his nice grand youngsters however what can we are saying or do as we can’t query God who determined that that is the fitting time to name him residence.
Most of us that noticed him final Christmas would admit he was lively.
Grandpa was an ideal grammarian, disciplinarian and a person stuffed with humour.
He was a person of peace. He was type and hospitable. He had an unprecedented forgiving spirit.
He forgave all who borrowed lump sum sum of money from him and whilst he was battling together with his well being they swore to not pay him again as a result of they lacked conscience. Due to this extraordinary character, God granted him additional favour of including extra years and energy to him.
Our Grandpa severally cheated loss of life and made mockery of it. For a very long time individuals anticipated to listen to what they’re listening to now however by God’s considerable Grace, he continued to stay whereas tolls of deaths had been being recorded in different quarters.
Grandpa remained sportive till his loss of life -getting up from the mattress by himself and refusing to make use of strolling stick as a assist when strolling. He by no means suffered from the widespread aged individuals’s Parkinson’s illness. He had no imaginative and prescient impairment for he may learn and pronounce phrases accurately, signal his signature with out a lot drawback, rely cash accurately and inform you the quantity.
Our Grandpa was an astute finance supervisor and recorder. He believed in accountability and burdened with out reservation the ‘want of saving for the wet day’.
Beloved Grandpa, thanks for the lasting virtues you’ve inculcated in us straight and not directly. You continue to stay as a result of you’ve us.
We pledge to maintain the hearth aflame. We is not going to solely construct on the present basis and enviable legacy you left behind however we are going to maintain, enhance on them and immortalize you by being pacesetters because the Almighty grants us the enablement as a result of with Him all issues are attainable.
We’ll deeply and passionately miss you. Good evening Grandpa and should our Good Lord grant your mild and compassionate soul everlasting relaxation” – Girl Monica Chidinma Ada Eze.
PA P. N. NWAORGU IS FONDLY REMEMBERED BY his spouse, Mrs. Philomena Nwaorgu, his youngsters: Prof. OGB Nwaorgu, Sir Rommy Nwaorgu, Mrs. Ada Chioma Henrietta Eze, Mr. Martins Nwaorgu, Mrs. Ulu Mary Madufuro, Girl Ndidi MaryCollect Nwaorgu, Mrs. Chimebere Agu, Mr. Henry Nwaorgu and Mr. Chilee Faustinus Nwaorgu.
THROUGH HIS GRAND CHILDREN:
A: Chief & Evang. Mrs Eze C. Eze (In-law)
1. Monica Ada Chidinma Eze
2. Alfred Kelechi Eze
three. Pysch. Celine Chinyere Eze
four. Pharm. Eunice Nnenna Eze
5. Henrietta Chioma Eze (Jnr)
6. Grace Chinweatu Eze
B: By way of Mr. & Mrs. Collins Madufuro (In-law)
1. Stanley Chisom Maduforo.
2. Rita Adaoma Maduforo
C: By way of Prof. & Mrs. Harmless Agu (In-law)
1. Onyinyechi Harmless-Agu
2. Onyekachi Harmless-Agu
three. Ekenedirichukwu Harmless-Agu
four. Chinemeremma Harmless-Agu
5. Nneamaka Harmless-Agu
6. Chinazaekpere Harmless-Agu
D: By way of Prof & Matron OGB. Nwaorgu (Son)
1. Uchenna Ayomide Nwaorgu,
2. Olufemi Chigozirim Victoria Nwaorgu
three. Chimdinma Adedoja Emmanuella Nwaorgu
E: By way of Mr. & Mrs. Martins Nwaorgu (Son)
1. Ikechukwu George Nwaorgu.
2. Chukwuemaka David Nwaorgu.
three. Chiamaka Henrietta Nwaorgu.
F: By way of Mr. & Mrs Henry Nwaorgu (Son)
1. Victor Chukwudumebi Nwaorgu
2. Christabel Chimemetam
three. Nwaorgu Fesochukwu Mirabel
My father inlaw is an Administrator/Educationist Par Excellence, an astute Neighborhood Chief, an inspirational human, a beautiful mentor, and a person of substance and ethical rectitude whose impression within the spreading of Christ’s Instructing wherever he discovered himself needn’t be overemphasized. He was a pacesetter, a reference level by way of humility, selflessness and integrity whose mental prowess and dedication to the betterment of our society stay unparalleled.
We thanks our God as a result of you’ve turned not solely our father’s mourning to laughter and pleasure however our darkish and hungry days, you’ve turned to laughter and merriment.
As we have fun this excellent and inspirational father whose life impacted on us positively, let me conclude this tribute by thanking all those that have assisted us by prayers and assist to make the burial of this man whose impression in our lives will ever stay indelible.
Adieu papa, and should our Almighty Father whom you trusted a lot grant your mild soul everlasting relaxation and ideal peace. Amen!
Eze Chukwuemeka Eze is a Media Marketing consultant based mostly in Port Harcourt and may be reached via ezemediaconcept2020@gmail, 08022049770