Wednesday, July 21, 2021 marks the tenth year remembrance of one of Nigerian society’s most outstanding patriarch and business moguls, Igwe Chief Paul Ofodile Nkoloenyi (Enyi Kwo Nwa).
His family and close friends will host prayer sessions in his honour today, in Nigeria and the United Kingdom.
Fondly called Nwa Kalu Nnia by his loved ones, Igwe Nkoloenyi died on July 21, 2011, in Lagos.
He was aged 68 years.
His wife, Lolo Ngozi Nkoloenyi, one of Nigeria’s most formidable matriarchs and style icons, and children paid tribute to him on his 10th remembrance.
“Exactly 10 years today, July 21, 2011, the cold hands of death took our irreplaceable father, grandfather and sweet husband. It has been a decade since he left us, but time has not healed the wound that his sad departure inflicted on us. However, we have surrendered to the will of Almighty God.
“We miss him more than words can express. We pray that his soul continue to rest in perfect peace,” the family wrote.
In her tribute, Lolo Nkoloenyi described her husband as a legend and good man. She added that the wound caused by his death, is yet to heal.
“My husband, Paul Nkoloenyi, was a legend. He was a very nice man; his legacies are still speaking, even ten years after his death. This is a man that trained about 20 people from primary school up to university level. Even in his community, they cannot forget him. Since he departed, they have not been able to install an Igwe,” she said.
Indeed, if the will power of man could hold Igwe Nkoloenyi back, there was enough love and goodwill to keep him back. His funeral ceremony, which drew thousands of dignitaries, who came to bid him farewell and share in his family’s grief, bore eloquent testimony to this fact.
Igwe Nkoloenyi is survived by his wife, Lolo Ngozi Nkoloenyi (Ezenwanyi), six children – Obi Nkoloenyi (Gentle Giant), Chin Nkoloenyi (Chicolina), Ogechi Nkoloenyi Ude (Mama), Uche Nkoloenyi (Chairman), Joan Nkoloenyi (Daughter-in-law) and Nnamdi Nwakwesi Ude (Son-in-law); and seven grandchildren – Kenechi Ude, Usochi Nkoloenyi, Zinachi Nkoloenyi, Chibunna Ude, Anaya Nkoloenyi, Zitelum Nkoloenyi and Chizara Ude.
An accomplished fashion designer and businesswoman, Igwe Lolo Nkoloenyi is the chief executive officer of Bloomingale, an upscale fashion company. It has a subsidiary, La Valerie, which stocks all fashion items – fabrics, shoes, hats, jewelry and other necessaries.
Since the death of her husband, the fashion maven has been occupied with raising her children, running the family business and playing the dotting granny to her grandchildren.
A well-travelled lady and an avid reader, Lolo Nkoloenyi is one of the most admired matriarchs within the Nigerian social establishment. She bagged her first and second degrees from the University of Lagos.