RETROSPECTING THE CELEBRATION OF LIFE OF A GONE LEGEND, AN IROKO OF HIS TIME, AND FATHER TO THE RENOWNED ERIC OPAH, AN ILLUSTRIOUS SON OF ABIA STATE

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by Ubani Newman Ubani

One of the greatest desires of a father is that he has a successful child at his death that can take care of the family he has left behind and the society at large and give him a befitting burial – most of all, to keep his legacy alive with honor and dignity.

Chief Eric Opah

Even as the pain of the loss of a father, a hero, and an illustrious son of Abia, ravaged the family. Chief Eric Opah, the first son of Late Nze Joseph Azubuike Opah, understanding the responsibilities now resting on his shoulders, rose above the pain and sorrow to do what every true son of Abia State would do: Honor the desires of his father.

Chief Eric Opah, the President/CEO and founder of Fortune Global Shipping and Logistics Limited, the current Chairman, Nigeria-America Chamber of Commerce, Abia State Chapter, an Associate Member of the Institute of Directors of Nigeria (IODN), the President of Eric Opah Foundation, Founder/President of Mbubo Transformation Group, and son of Late Nze Joseph Opah, rose up to give his father a burial befitting of the extraordinary life he lived as he crosses over to the great world beyond.

Chief Eric Opah with his family arriving at the Thanksgiving Service after the father’s burial

Eric Opah, a man of honor and grace like his father, is well respected and renowned for impacting his community. A man who has helped reposition the freight forwarding business in Nigeria by opening up opportunities to instill confidence and integrity as his fundamental business values. He rose out of his despair to honor his father, his family, the people of Abia State, and his cherished home, Isiala Ngwa, with a burial, befitting Late Chief Joseph Azubike, his family, and the great people of Abia State.

Chief Eric Opah with his wife at the Thanksgiving Service

Eric announced that the burial of his father was a celebration of the life, impact, and times of Late Chief Joseph Azubuike Opah (Akaekpuchi Onwa), born in 1930 and passed away in 2021 at the age of 90, a man who died leaving a legacy of wisdom and honor – a giant shoe for Eric Opah and the family to fill. He eulogized his father in the following words: “Heroes get remembered, but legends never die.”

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