Family, friends bid late Pa Leonard Onyegbosi final farewell
By Lawrence Nwimo
The life and times of late Pa Leonard Iheziriezi Onyegbosi was a tale of testimonies to the entire family and friends of the octogenarian who passed on on January 4, 2021.
Born to the family of Umuokpara Amadehi in Etiti Ubulu Community, Oru-West Local Government Area, Imo state, late Pa Leonard was married to three wives before his demise and was blessed abundantly with children.
Conception never posed a challenge, as his three wives gave him an army of seventeen children, albeit, twelve vibrant men and five ladies, all in their marital homes.
As narrated by the sons and daughters of the deceased, late Pa Leonard was a good man who lived as a trader and engaged in a plethora of businesses across the country. According to them, he lived a glorious life worthy of recollection and emulation.
The deceased, to most, ranked among the strong men of Etiti Ubulu community, and was known for his disciplined character and sense of humor. Late Pa Leonard “was so principled that he abhorred drinking publicly.”
Orient Daily gathered that late Leonard lived as a successful businessman in the city of Aba for over forty years where he built his house through interstate trading. He underwent surgery at the age of 53 before relocating to the village in the twilight of his age.
Charles Iheziriezi Onyegbosi, the first son of the deceased, told Orient Daily that his father was a commissioned officer who fought in the Civil War on Biafra’s side and lived a peaceful life, believing that people should do good things to make a good name for themselves.
Similarly, late Leonard’s daughters, Clara Chikezie and Mrs. Augustina Ukwoeze, noted that their late father was someone that loved and cherished loving people. “He was a cheerful giver who could give even when he had little. The family will miss him and the words of advice that he gives at every point in time,” Mrs Ukwoeze said.
The deceased’s sons and daughters were full of testimonies for the life lived by their father, praying that his glorious and peaceful nature would remain in the family even after his death.
Godwin, Kelenna, and Kinsley (sons) said: “Our father had a natural urge to help. His advice alone were sources of motivation to people.” They disclosed that even though late Leonard married three wives, he raised all his seventeen children to be united as one family.
Contributing, sons-in-law to the deceased, led by Mr. Ogbonna Chikezie and Pastor Elijah Enwezuo, recalled their late in-law’s simplicity and friendly attitude in giving out his daughters for marriage. According to Chikezie, “he told me that marriage is not easy but that I need to follow things step by step without a rush. He was well known for his simple lifestyle and politeness.”
Another in-law, Nze Romania Nkeonye of Umeezeala autonomous community said he had been good to him since he became part of the family, describing him as an embodiment of wisdom who lived a good life worthy of emulation.
Speaking in the same vein, Mr. Onyemaechi Enyioha noted that late Leonard played a vital role when he married his late daughter named Chioma. He said his In-law was a source of encouragement ever since his wife died in 2016.
Likewise, the brothers of the deceased, Raphael, Odiriugo, and Felix Onyegbosi, while describing late Pa Leonard as a true Christian, pledged to coordinate the sons and daughters of the late octogenarian to ensure they are not misled into quarrels and enmity.
Commenting, the widows, Lilian, Grace, and Rose told Orient Daily that they lived in peace and harmony with their late husband and attributed his death to the will of God. They said he would be remembered for his sense of humor and jokes.
Orient Daily reports that the late Leonard Iheziriezi Onyegbosi is being buried about now, today, Friday 9th April, 2021 after a funeral service in his compound by New Covenant Anglican Church, Amadehi Ubulu in Imo State.
Among the seventeen sons and daughters surviving late Leonard Onyegbosi were: Charles, Ogochukwu, Chinyeaka, Godwin, Augustine, Gilbert, Kingsley, Kelenna, Uzoma, Onyinye, Ikechukwu, Chidimma, Chizoba, Chimaobi, Chibuike, and Chinanu.