Nkechinye Onyemalechi Chiedozi

Nkechinye Onyemalechi Chiedozi


October 6, 1970 – July 8th, 2022

TRIBUTE TO CHICHI

Nkechinye Onyemalechi Chiedozi known to most of us as Chichi and Chichi-ly was born on 6th October,1970 in New York City, USA. Two more siblings joined her as the years went by and she mothered them and became the rock we all relied on.

She started her elementary education in New York City and was a beautiful and bright child. She also attended University of Benin Staff School, Benin City, for her primary education and Federal Government College, Ilorin, Kwara State for her secondary education where she made some of her lifelong friends. She attended the University of Benin, Benin City briefly and transferred to Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Economics. While at Ekpoma, Chichi found her love for God and joined the Believers Love World.

Chichi would soon relocate to the United States of America which become her new home.
She worked for Norfolk Southern Railway for many years and made friends from all works of life.
One day, she woke up and decided she wanted to care for sick people.
She disengaged from her place of work and went back to Nursing School.
She was so passionate about her patients I often wished she could come over to Nigeria to care for and nurse my patients.

She continued to grow in her faith and never forced it on anyone. She believed that through love people would come around. She never had a negative word about anyone, rather she always tried to see a different perspective that might explain people’s behavior or attitude. Having worked as a Nurse for a couple of years, Chichi decided to become a Travel Nurse, this way she could travel around as well as care for sick people. California had been on her mind for years even though we didn’t understand it. She moved out to California in January, 2022 and enjoyed working here.

As a family we are mourning our loss but because we know how much Chichi loved God, we rejoice that she is with her Father in Heaven. We will forever have her in our hearts but in her memory, we will ensure that we remain close to God and make it to heaven too; for this was the very essence of her life.

She was a daughter, sister, in-law, auntie, friend, prayer partner, confidant, among others, but above all she was God’s child.

Chichi we love you but God loves you most. Continue to rest in peace in the bossom of the Lord. 

FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS.

ADIEU.                    

Nini Shagaya

A funeral will be held at 10am on Wednesday, August 10 at Allen Mortuary. Burial will follow at Ceres Memorial Park

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51 Comments

  • Uzo July 22, 2022 6:53 am

    Chi. Rest peacefully my dear sister. I miss you more than words can ever describe.
    Your Abungu boy!

  • Nini Shagaya July 22, 2022 8:25 am

    Chichi I love you and I am broken by your loss.
    I will remember to keep saying it is well

    • Oppsy Adebola July 26, 2022 7:24 am

      Chichi…..My dear sister from another mother. You are such a light bearer and a child of God. You helped me in my journey of life and impacted me in many ways. I can’t believe this because we still wished ourselves happy new month in July. God knows better and we cannot question him. You are a beautiful soul and I will miss you greatly. Your kindness is immeasurable and your word of encouragement is unquantifiable. I know you are in a better place. Rest on sister. Love you greatly 😭

  • Gampyal July 22, 2022 6:19 pm

    A light from our household is gone, a voice we love is stilled. A place is vacant in our hearts that never can be filled.

    • Gampyal July 22, 2022 6:20 pm

      I will forever miss you aunty Chichi.

  • michael aninyei July 22, 2022 6:37 pm

    Words cannot express the depth of my sorrow . You were my sister and I was so looking forward to your visit . I miss you so much. I am still trying to understand and come to terms with your departure. I loved you and will miss you so deeply . Lord,please heal the souls of those left behind: Parents, Nneka, Uzomechina and families . Lord , please heal my soul too.
    Rest In Peace my beloved Chichi . You were truly a good and one of the best friends I ever had .

  • Mummy July 22, 2022 6:58 pm

    This morning I woke up in Waves of tears down my cheeks…. I have lost not only a daughter but a loving kind generous friend who i could discuss read laugh at anything with her ….. I have lost Chichily my Pikin Friday my first child a friend!!!
    I can’t conclude or write down what’s in my mind…… I am crying crying nd tears are blinding my view I want to ask God questions nd I know Chichi would not like that but I’m of blood nd flesh!! God will forgive me…. I’m hurting!!!

  • Jude Emokpare July 22, 2022 7:00 pm

    Thinking of you all during this difficult period and wishing you peace and comfort as we remember Chichi.

  • Nnamdi & Ngozi Ezimako July 22, 2022 7:11 pm

    Chichi meant so so much to us; from picking her up at the Atlanta airport in November 1998 to the day we heard this news, which is still so unbelievable. Chichi was our Dear Sister and Friend. Indeed our comfort is that we know exactly where she is. She lived for the Lord and is resting with Him. Gosh, we had plans for her to vacation with us in MD😥
    Dad, Gogo, Nini, Uzo and the families, only God’s healing hands will ease this pain.
    Shalom, Shalom!

  • Kevwe Regha July 22, 2022 7:42 pm

    My dearest Friend and Sister,
    Your loss is too much to bear. You had a larger-than-life personality and believed a stranger was a friend you had not met. I miss you, dear Chichi. I miss your laugh and your voice. I miss hearing you say “Kevwe, you’ve started with this your crayfish waka again”.

    You’re in safe hands now – absent from the body but present with the Lord. Rest well, child of God…until we meet again.

  • Stanley Okosun July 22, 2022 8:51 pm

    Chi Chi will miss your smiles may your soul Rest In Peace

  • Olisa Chiedozi July 22, 2022 10:12 pm

    Aunty ChiChi-Ly!!!! May your BEAUTIFUL Soul Rest In Perfect Peace …Amen! Saying we miss you is an UNDERSTATEMENT!! Muna cannot get over your loss. Chuma does not understand. Thank you for loving us…….Forever in our hearts !!!

  • Kingsley Oise Momodu July 22, 2022 10:59 pm

    Chichi your thoughtfulness, kindness and serenity will be greatly missed. I remember our last conversation …..the laughter, the humor and the depth. Your life was impactful and you made an impression that will never grow faint. A beautiful soul resting in perfect peace with the Lord. Amen !

  • Alex Otakpor & family July 22, 2022 11:20 pm

    “Ada, oli ukwu efi” a naa! It’s still like a bad dream. Our last communication on June 29 has turned out to be the very last. My family and I will miss your laughter dearly. You were truly a light bearer, warming up evey heart you touched. May your gentle soul rest in peace.

  • Aunty Eva July 22, 2022 11:42 pm

    My Dearest baby sister, your demise came as a shock to all of us but the good Lord whom you loved so passionately and of whom you partner with right from when you were a young girl understands what we can’t comprehend.
    Have a sweet repose Dearie

  • Aunty Eva July 22, 2022 11:44 pm

    My Dearest baby sister, your demise came as a shock to all of us but the good Lord whom you loved so passionately and of whom you partnered with right from when you were a young girl understands what we can’t comprehend.
    Have a sweet repose Dearie

  • Ayo Asuen July 23, 2022 12:25 am

    It hurts. It hurts. It hurts.
    It’s hard to talk about you in past terms. it’s unreal.
    I’m pained.

    As sister-friends, we’ve marched through life.
    We’ve talked about nothing and everything.
    From childhood through adulthood,
    you were just Chichi, my sister-friend,
    whom I’ve known practically all my life.
    Who gave me comfort in your existence of familiarity
    even as the world changed around us.
    You were not supposed to go … just like that.

    How I’ll miss your calls, just because.
    How I’ll miss your voice, your jokes, your laughter, our gossip,
    the pictures and things of interest we shared with each other,
    and the opinions we sought of each other.
    How I’ll miss you just being you.

    I wanted to call you when I heard the devastating news,
    but then I remembered: the news was you.
    Everything has changed.
    God had other plans. Your work here was done.

    Chichi, you will never be forgotten.
    God called. You answered.
    Rest quietly. Rest painlessly. Rest Peacefully.

  • Olisa Chiedozi July 23, 2022 3:02 am

    Aunty ChiChi-Ly!!!!! May your BEAUTIFUL soul Rest In Peace. Saying we will miss you is an UNDERSTATEMENT. Muna cannot get over your loss and Chuma does not understand. Thank you for loving us….We love you forever ❤️❤️❤️. Till we meet again……

  • Felix Egbase July 23, 2022 3:32 am

    Met you once ChiChi and we talked, laughed and shared jokes like we had known each other all our lives.
    You will be greatly missed but wonderful memories will forever abound with us and the family you have left here on earth.
    Rest well sister.

  • Bisola Ogar July 23, 2022 3:42 am

    Chichi dear,
    It is so hard to accept that you are no longer here. I keep going over some of our conversations in my head. The only comfort I have is knowing that you are with the Lord. Rest in peace, dearest cousin.

  • Auntie Tilly July 23, 2022 6:38 pm

    I wish I could wake up and say I had a very bad dream. But I realize it’s true, our Chichi is gone. I can’t stand the thought that she’s gone, and gone forever 😭😭😭 It’s VERY difficult for me to accept. But I am happy for the fact that maybe she did not suffer. I wish I could say “It is well” It is not well😭😭😭 But deep down in my heart I know Chichi is happy with the Lord. 2 Timothy 4:7 explains my Chichi girl😭😭 May her soul rest in eternal peace. Will ALWAYS love her ❤️ 😭😭😭

  • Doite Owi July 24, 2022 3:00 pm

    Its been challenging talking in the past tense about Sis Chichi,She was a woman of integrity, full of the holy ghost and willing to share her wealth of Knowledge and resources. You won on every count.You lived well.May your soul rest in peace in God’s bossom.You’ll be greatly missed.

  • Hassan Jatto July 24, 2022 3:48 pm

    Sister Chichi, Words alone cannot express how much pain I felt when l heard of your passing on to glory. I remember the last time we saw you in Abuja, Nigeria you were so full of life. My consolation is that I know you are in a better place now with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Will greatly miss you Sis.

  • Austyn Ogannah July 25, 2022 3:31 pm

    This one really hurts. Still cant get over it. 😔 😟 Rest well my dear sister. You will always be remembered my dear Chi-Chi 🤗🤗

  • Ify Chiedozie July 26, 2022 5:30 am

    I wasn’t previledged enough to have known you earlier while growing up, but when I finally did, the lasting impression u made was that of a sweet soul. It’s sad that we get to loose the good ones early. I know u r in a beta place with our savior. Rest on sis. Miss you.

  • Yinka Rufai July 26, 2022 7:13 am

    Adieu Chichi, I will miss your vivacious and
    ever cheerful personality.
    “Yinka how now?”which is always your first greeting when we catch up keeps coming to mind anytime I think of you. Tears spring to my eyes as I write this just thinking about the fact that I will no longer see you or hear your voice.
    We are sad that you are no longer with us but we do not sorrow as those who have no hope simply because you knew and loved God with every fibre of your being.
    We have lost an angel but our loss is heavens gain.
    You have fought the good fight, you have finished the race and kept the faith. Rest peacefully in His bosom beloved child of God.

  • OlaSule July 26, 2022 9:09 am

    What a loss!
    ChiChi you brought so much joy back in the day when I lived with your cousins, Yinka, Iyabo, Dipo and Bisola.
    I looked forward to holidays as I knew you’d be around and there would never be a dull
    moment. From your lectures about skin care ( you really were a girl before your time!) to our silly dancing competitions.
    Thanks for so many happy memories.
    Rest in peace 💐

  • Emeka Enechi July 26, 2022 4:10 pm

    Ada Ojogu. The Surgeon’s Fingers. Intelligence is your name, were you born of Urhobo stock. Obi Dim, were it to be. Providence knew you were too good.

    Your commitment to friendship. Your loyalty to love. Your resolve to love in blindness. Your ever will to help. Your sincerity, even in most difficult circumstances. Your patience and understanding. Your uncanny ability to forgive. Your laughter. Your wit.

    Not even death can take these away from me.

    While we are sleep in the here now, Congrats for waking up to the wonders of eternity.

    I do not miss you, for you are not gone. You just traveled to await us in the City of Gold streets.

    Thank you for the beauties you showed and gave. I know you will give even greater when we all gather in the city of gold streets.

    Caesar no longer seeks praise, He has finally been buried. I can now smile, knowing you are laughing.

  • Iyabo July 27, 2022 6:12 am

    I’m still in shock and can’t believe you’re gone from this world. I check your WhatsApp “ last seen “ date and that is now a constant reminder of the reality of your departure.
    You were always so full of life,jovial and never a dull moment with you. You loved and doted on the family especially your nephews and nieces. You also loved the Lord and your faith in Him was unwavering.
    Your last gesture to me was sending me a personalised gold neck chain during my 50th birthday. I was touched and moved by your kind gesture even though we hadn’t been in touch for awhile. Looking back now….. it feels like a last parting gift.
    Chichi…. My dearest cousin and sister… I will forever miss you. You may be gone from this world but you’ll never be forgotten. Your memory lives on in our hearts and minds. Rest in the bosom of the Lord almighty.

  • Dipo Rufai July 27, 2022 10:55 am

    Hearing of your passing was heart breaking. You were not just a cousin to me, you were also a big sister too Remembering your NYSC days with us at Ikoyi, you were such a fun, caring and loving person and your love for God was not in doubt. I take solice that you lived for God and we know you are resting in his bosom. We thank the Lord for the time we spent with you and the impact you had in our lives. Continue to rest in the bosom of the Lord dear Chi Chi.

  • Comfort ladong July 27, 2022 8:34 pm

    Aunty, oh my dear aunty 😢. You won the battle aunty. Today I thank the almighty God for your life and the beautiful memories you left with us. Rest well aunty until we meet again.

  • Ronke Rufai-Olufowobi July 28, 2022 7:36 am

    Chi-Chi,we love you but God love you more than us,may your soul rest in perfect peace. Good night.

  • Uche July 28, 2022 7:24 pm

    Dear ChiChi

    I last saw you in Benin all those many years ago when as a young child. I would visit in company of my mum. You were beautiful through and through and had a smile that drew people in; a smile which I see remained through the years. I wish I were writing this under completely different circumstances but, I am thankful that in the midst of our sorrow and pain , we can find comfort in the fact that among your many accolades, achievements and relationships as a daughter, a sister, an aunty, a confidant and a friend; you were “…above all, God’s child”. Rest in the bosom of our Lord Jesus, big sis, xx

  • Nkechi Agoh July 28, 2022 8:40 pm

    ChiChi, may your soul rest in perfect peace with the Lord, Amen❤️💐🕊

    To the Chiedozi’s, the Lord is your strength🙏

  • Jc nwariaku July 29, 2022 5:57 am

    Wow, chichi.
    This is unbelievable. I remember when we were fresh from NYSC and you were full of encouragement when we were job hunting. You took me to cell fellowship then and helped me get a new perspective on things. You were such an optimist. I stayed with you at stone mountain when I visited the states way back. Even though I was a friend to your cousin ,you treated me like your own friend. You were so bubbly and took setbacks with a comeback in mind. You indeed are a rare gem. Your optimism and love for prayer were so infectious. You are now in the blossom of our heavenly father, I am sure you are looking out for us. Adieu

  • George Onokwai July 31, 2022 7:18 am

    Chichi, the news of your transition was very sad, unbelievable, devastating and heart rendering……you left indelible marks in the sands of time as all who knew you or have heard about you and what you represent are at pains to understand and accept the reality that you have left this sinful world. The pain is really hard 😭😭😭😭.but as painful as it is, we cannot question but accept God’s will. May God be merciful to you, forgive you your shortcomings and grant you fair judgement. May He grant your soul peaceful rest in His bossom. May your soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in perfect peace,Amen 🙏🏾🙏🏾.
    We are consoled by the legacy you left behind and pledge to uphold same.
    We love you but God loves you more. ADIEU Chichi until we meet again on resurrection day. ( George O. Onokwai)

  • Aunt Patricia July 31, 2022 6:48 pm

    Your demise shock me to the bones, its like a dream. Our Father Jehovah knows what happens to each and everyone of us. Rest in perfect peace in the bosom of our Father Jehovah. Adieu my Love, Chichilai.

  • Wendy Adaeze Gregory Josephat July 31, 2022 11:54 pm

    My dearest Chichi. I’m pained and really numb. I honestly don’t know what to write or where to start from but I miss u so much. I’ve wanted to call you so many times to tell you one thing or the other. I even wanted to tell you about you. Then it dawned on me again and again I’m comforted that you are definitely smiling and overjoyed being with Jesus. So much to say , Chichi. You are irreplaceable. Thank you for being. Thank you for the brief time you spent with us. Brief yet soooo impact-full. We will continue to relish in the memories we created while you were here (can’t believe I’m talking in past tense). Rest on Sis. I’m so glad CHICHI LIVES ON!

  • Anthony Nwaozomudoh August 1, 2022 8:51 pm

    Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints – Psalm 116: 15

    Chichi dear, I never expected in my worst nightmare that I’d be writing this piece about you. I was in denial when I heard on the phone ‘Uncle Tony, brace yourself, my dad wants to tell you something sad’ and I was informed of your shocking exit. This morning, many days later, I thought that not writing this tribute could make it seem like you never really left, that you’re still here, and somehow all of this was a mistake.

    When you sent Muna’s picture years ago and we celebrated, I assumed you would be around long enough to showcase your relationship with the Lord for her benefit.

    I have kept a brave face in public since that phone call, but it’s been a different story in private these past three weeks. If God (Who loves you more than all of us) had sought our opinion on the matter, a selfish part of me would have kept you here still. Yes, I know where you have gone to, on the authority of scripture, but I actually wondered after the phone call, if we accepted the news too soon. You were a praying woman, Chichi. Could our prayers on behalf of a praying person not have made a difference? Who knows . . . ?

    In the pain that we struggle with over your sudden exit, I am consoled that you ran your race well, and finished strong in the LORD. When the trumpet sounds, I expect to see you with no more health challenges, as we truly celebrate the ultimate victory on that day.

    Rest from your labours, ada. It is well !

    UncleTony

  • Aunty Tamuno August 1, 2022 9:56 pm

    My dear Chi Chi.
    The last time I saw you, a beautiful, exuberant young woman, was in Broad Street, Lagos, at the premises of the then Savannah Bank of Nigeria. That chance meeting was after many years away from Benin City, where we all lived and I would visit your mom and share meals with you and your siblings 😀.

    It was a huge shock to be informed of your passage😭

    These three weeks I have been unable to resist asking the question “why”? albeit, a rhetoric question that offers no answers. It is not fair that you should be taken from us, beautiful soul, at the prime of your youth and beauty.

    Our comfort is the legacy you left behind. You kept a perfect testimony that runs through the lines of the tributes paid to you, by those who were closest to you these last two/three decades of your life, — that you are “a child of God”. There is no argument about that.

    We would have liked to still have you with us, BUT we submit, painfully, to the will of Father, to recall you at this time. Your memory leaves on in our hearts.

    May your beautiful soul find its rest in eternal peace. We miss you and we love you.

    ❣️.

  • Louisa Ojogwu August 1, 2022 10:05 pm

    Gone way too soon!!! Chichi, may your beautiful soul rest in perfect peace with the Lord🙏.

    You will be missed 💞

  • ANTHONY NWABUZOR August 1, 2022 10:30 pm

    Chichi my wonderful and ever cheerful Big Sis. Your passing on really shocked me and I will surely miss you. I can still remember our last conversation over the phone a few months back and how you prayed for me… May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace with the Lord. . Amen 🙏

  • Kanene August 4, 2022 8:43 pm

    Big sis, words fail me. You were such a beautiful person and I will miss you and our chats.
    Rest in peace, Chichi.

  • Grace Umejei August 5, 2022 6:47 am

    Beautiful flower, beautiful bloom, short stay. Chi Chi hard to deal with, hard to believe you are gone but a solid reminder that this is not our home. I believe you are with The Father and you are finally free. Keep the praise on baby until we meet on resurrection
    morning.

  • Dad August 5, 2022 12:05 pm

    Chichi, on October 6, 1970 when you
    were handed to me just after you were born, I was greatly elated, for you had just made, for the first time, a proud father. Over the years, you remained a wonderful and loving daughter. You captained your siblings so well that we, your parents, were presented with the most caring and most considerate and the best children in the world.
    It tears my heart to think that I am writing an obituary for you instead of you writing one for me. It fills my heart with tears and dismay trying to accept that you have joined the ancestors before us, your parents.
    Good Lord, Our Creator, it is your Will to call Chichi home ahead of her parents, so I thank you for giving her to us for almost 52 years. Please Father, she went through some really difficult problems while on this side of life. With a firm trust in You, she overcame most of them. Please bring into your eternal garden of peace and happiness. Please give us her mourning family the healing courage to bear her passing away.
    Chichi your memory will remain evergreen in our hearts.
    Ada Chiedozi, kachifoa.

  • Iyamah August 5, 2022 2:45 pm

    Dear Chichi, we will miss you so much. we are happy you are in paradise. May your soul rest in peace. Sir & Lady C Iyamah

  • Grace Berezi August 6, 2022 6:39 pm

    Sister Chicihi Rest In Peace i will miss you but I know you are in a better place where there is no pain I remember when you were teaching us songs in the Church choir and when we went to Houston for church programs you so sweet and kind to me

  • Tony & Tolu Oni August 6, 2022 9:12 pm

    Always will remember your smile and unique laugh! Really missed for the joy and light you shared so freely and gracefully in every season. Your faith and optimism a constant.

    The brief phone contact on July 4, may have turned out our last on this earth, however, only for the time being, as God’s love and abundant grace, gives us hope, faith and the certainty that we will see you again someday at the bosom of Jesus Christ.

    No doubt your life was impactful to all you crossed path with, including those who knew you well. You were a dear sister and a true friend to us…caring, loving, giving, and hospitable, just to name a few.

    A couple decades ago, though feels like yesterday, when you ministered the song “Great is thy faithfulness” at our wedding in Atlanta. You touched our hearts then and you continue to even now, beyond your passing. We never hear that song without remembering you making that day extra special for us.

    Our dear Sister Chichi, you will forever be lovingly remembered. Rest in Perfect Peace.

  • Uchenna Nwosu August 8, 2022 10:14 pm

    Oh my dear ChiChi! I kept avoiding this because of the fear that it would bring me to tears but I need to share with the everyone what you meant to me and to others around you.

    You were such a sweet, funny, happy, kind, positive, intelligent person and most of all a devout christian. I am so happy I got to meet you during our uni days and we built a solid friendship and sisterhood, you were a breath of fresh air. You had a funny perspective to almost everything and it was so hard not to laugh whenever you were around even in my angriest moment. ChiChi, you had a deep side to you with abundant wisdom which surprised some people who didn’t know you well, I am happy to have benefited hugely from your wise counsel on so many occasions; I remember how you had a way of using rhetorical questions to help me make decisions.

    ChiChi, I remember how I used to tease you about telling me a full 1 hour long story when I needed only a ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ answer to something that you did; I am laughing so hard now remembering those funny moments. You will be missed so much.

    I remember the times when you would give all the money in your pocket to someone who was hungry or needed to pay for a bike ride to campus and to my shock there was nothing left for you to use. What a selfless human being!

    I remember the play you organized at uni to help get people closer to Our Lord God Almighty and the roles we both played. What a rare gem you were.

    Over the years when we reconnected after uni, you were still there for me to confide in. Your departure has taken us by surprise as we knew how strong you were but we cannot question Our Lord God Almighty for wanting you back with Him.

    I feel blessed, honored and privileged to have known you ChiChi and you will always be in my heart. Rest in peace my darling friend, sister and confidant, I love you and always will.

  • Selbien August 8, 2022 11:42 pm

    Words can’t explain how much I miss you more and more everyday aunty. I love you but God loves you more. Rip aunty chichi

  • Iyabo Ogundipe August 9, 2022 8:27 pm

    I just can’t believe it Chichi, Lord ,you raised the dead fo life, give to our daughter Chichi eternal life. Comfort us in our sorrows at the death of our daughter; let our faith be our consolation, and eternal life our.consolation. Rest In Peace Chichi

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