Ibemaduabughichiya Ndubisi Wachuku, Ibeabuchi or Ibe as he was best known was a man of foresight who lived before his time. Despite his humble means, he was a man with a very large heart, he would give a limb and a hand for family and friends and was fiercely loyal - to a fault and many times to his own peril. He was never moved by money and was never afraid to confront injustice - no matter who was involved. If he believed in a cause or someone, he gave his all. He was a lover of nature and flowers. He literally turned everywhere we lived to a mini garden of Eden. After building my then home in Abuja, we had agreed he would visit to turn my compound into this beautiful mini "Eden" but unfortunately, the cold hands of death took him before he could. Papa used to say he would be missed more in death than in life, and Oh, how very true this is! Papa, ochonma madulile, many times I have lamented your absence and said to myself, "Oh, I wish Papa were here"! Sleep on Sir, sleep on Ibemaduabughichiya!! It is well!!
Mommy, You were very much loved.. I wish we had more time together and you had gotten to know all your grandchildren. This event will solidify tthe memory of their grandmother in their lives and memorialize for ever the great woman that you were and how much you beleived that we could be and do anything we wanted. Your grandchildren will sing songs of your greatness and humility and will carry your legacy of love , service and excellence forward.
Aunty Uloma was indeed a woman of many parts, a trail blazer among the womenfolk of Ngwaland and a compassionate woman with a heart of gold. She was a go getter who encouraged all around her to aim for the skies and for the best. I got to know Aunty Uloma fairly well when I was in Law school. An enduring recollection I remember was when I visited her on one occasion with a lady friend. After a few minutes, Aunty Uloma pulled me aside and severely reprimanded me for dating someone she considered beneath a Wachuku! She berated me for even having the temerity to bring such a person to her home. She then gently but firmly counseled me to aim for an equal, nothing less! I never forgot that conversation. That singular encounter shaped my views on who to date and who not to as that lady was the last person in that "beneath a Wachuku" category that I ever dated! No wonder, I ended up marrying a professional colleague! That was Aunty Uloma for you, a visionary, a heroine, a true mother!