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Ijeoma Obidimma published a tribute 3 years ago.

Uncle may your soul rest in perfect peace. Your loss has caused a huge void in the lives of the people who loved and cherished your presence, but God has called you home and we cannot question him. It was a shock to learn of your passing and still is a shock. You were like a second dad to my siblings and I. You always cared about our family and treated us all as part of yours. Always looking out for everyone's welfare. I still cannot wrap my head around the fact that you are gone. You will be dearly missed. I am asking God to give your lovely family that you left behind the comfort and strength to bear your loss. You will be celebrated everyday as the sunshine that you were in the lives of a lot of people. Rest on Kpakpando. There can never be another of you. May you rest and find solace in the bosom of the Lord.

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Dr Vicki Radel published a tribute 3 years ago.

Unoma’s Father’s memorial April 3, 2021
...Even though I personally missed the pleasure of meeting Benson I feel as if we were connected in the great 1.2 million extended family of Rotary. He served as District Governor in Nigeria, during the same year that I served as President of my Rotary Club of Redondo Beach under the theme of “Be a Friend”. And he was a friend indeed to all who knew him and modeled it for his 9 children. Benson was held in such high esteem in his community and Rotary that he was awarded the RI highest recognitions: The Citation for Meritorious Service; the Distinguished Service Award and the “Service Above Self” Award. What a Rotary hero and as a glimpse into his beautiful heart and mindset I am compelled to share something he wrote on the occasion of his installation as DG. (I will read…

”I am a Rotarian because I love people…etc.) WOW, what a humble, sincere and impressive message !

I first met Unoma, when she enrolled in our Peace Conversation Facilitator training course a couple of years ago. I remember that day clearly because she was wearing a beautiful Nigerian native dress and matching head wrap when she arrived as the representative Peace Chair, of her Carson/Gardena/Dominguez Rotary club.

She was enthusiastic to become certified to lead conversations on delicate topics such as: human trafficking; is Religion an obstacle or a path to Peace? immigration; community tribalism; Homelessness; Erase Hate and foster acceptance in LBGTQ community, Forgiveness and most recently our global dialogues on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion based on, none other than, Rotary International’s official statements. Unoma will be a facilitator with the team later this month when we deliver the program to 4 Rotary Districts in the UK.

She is one of the over 70 Rotarians we trained as Peace Conversation facilitators. A program created because a major challenge today is the need to create and maintain civil rapport and urge that all voices, whether we agree or not, need be heard to empathetically honor the dignity of ALL CONCERNED! A higher calling perhaps because we are “equipped, empowered and sent to sow the seeds of (God’s) peace in all our spheres of influence.”

Unoma, embraces the same philosophy of her father who once sold the shirt off his back at a Rotary fundraiser for Peace. She believes that all voices have a right to be heard, not in an effort to necessarily reach agreement on all issues but because we respect the right of diverse opinions and the dignity each individual in a discourse and that’s why she registered for our training. We were so impressed with her passion to be of service in the world and the loving impact that her father had on her throughout her life. In fact, during the training event at the Church in Westwood and she passionately shared a story about faith and truth that she had learned from her father.

I’d like to pass it on to you today as a tribute to Benson:

According to a 19th-century legend, the Truth and the Lie meet one day. The Lie says to the Truth: "It's a marvelous day today"! The Truth looks up to the skies and sighs, for the day was really beautiful. They spend a lot of time together, ultimately arriving beside a well. The Lie tells the Truth: "The water is very nice, let's take a bath together!" The Truth, once again suspicious, tests the water and discovers that it indeed is very nice. They undress and start bathing. Suddenly, the Lie comes out of the water, puts on the clothes of the Truth, and runs away. The furious Truth comes out of the well and runs everywhere to find the Lie and to get her clothes back. The World, seeing the Truth naked, turns its gaze away, with contempt and rage.

The poor Truth returns to the well and disappears forever, hiding therein, its shame. Since then, the Lie travels around the world, dressed as the Truth, satisfying the needs of society, because, the World, in any case, harbors no wish at all to meet the naked Truth.

We certainly see the sage legend played out time and again today, don’t we friends? And that’s why we need Rotary’s 4 Way-Test question #1 more than ever and to develop our critical thinking skills to truly discern:

“IS IT THE TRUTH?” When we read or hear things that seem so absurd!

Unoma earned her PCF certificate then when the CoronaVirus hit last March I was asked by a colleague to offer support system zoom calls on Rekindling Your Resilience Unoma called in weekly and shared openly. With the brutal murder of George Floyd, our calls then morphed into Societal Resilience themed discussions with Rotarians and non-Rotarians across the US calling in from at least 12 different clubs. Unoma, has been a sincere loyal caller, whenever she isn’t working and when her father became ill and she went to Alabama to be with him.

In July of last year, when my doctor sent me for a Covid-19 test, due to some odd chills yet no fever and low energy symptoms, I mentioned to my Sunday callers that my pulmonologist had advised me to rest, to meditate daily, go for safe walks outdoors, wearing a mask and of course to consume good nutrition. Unoma, a medical care front line caretaker, nurse reached out personally, she called me, to offer support and re-enforce my MD’s advice. Just like her father Unoma knows how to “Be a Friend” !

The overall message that Unoma asked me to convey to you today is her belief that: “God the maker uses Rotary to give Peace to others and by Joining an organization like Rotary you can help us all work together to achieve greater Peace in our communities and the world.”

My friends please let’s all honor the memory of Benson, the Chemical Engineer and Poultry farmer from Nigeria who at the time of his passing when 75 he was an Endowed Major Gifts Advisor and Member of the Rotary Peace Centres Committee. A man who literally Gave the shirt off his back for Peace; someone whose actions inspire us ALL to do our part for Peace in his honor as well…

Benson, May you rest in glorious peace knowing your daughter is carrying on your legacy…

Unoma, I sincerely believe that your father, is smiling down on you, your mother, and siblings, now blessing you

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Obiageri Ekeh published a tribute 3 years ago.

May your soul Rest In Peace and Power sir!
Chineme my friend, it is well with you and your whole family! God is with you

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Nonye Madu published a tribute 3 years ago.

Dr. Aghazu, may your beautiful soul Rest In Peace. May God who had deemed it time to call you home, comfort and strengthen your family during this difficult period. Sister Unoma, take comfort in knowing that your dad ran a good race and I’m sure he is with our Lord in heaven🙏🏾.

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Uche Inyang published a tribute 3 years ago.

May your wonderful soul rest in peace with our dear Lord. The father who brought an awesome daughter, my bossom friend Chineme to this world. May perpetual light shine on you.

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Ngozi Oledimma published a tribute 3 years ago.

May God Comfort You and Yours. It's Well.

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Jonathan Majiyagbe published a tribute 3 years ago.

Ben ,the man in white was a great Christian and great Rotarian. My thoughts and prayers are with his widow and other members of the family .May God comfort you all

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