By Eze Chukwuemeka Eze
The news of the passage to glory of Chief Elder Clifford Nwachukwu Ndubuizu ULASI alias Nwachinaemelu came to me as a rude shock. A man I have accepted as my Pillar, benefactor and Mentor based on the great role he played both in my education and Christian life.
I came into contact with this great man of God on 16th November, 1979 (38years) ago when he led Brother Ndukwe Duru, late Elder Chikelu, late Elder Joe Onuegbu, Brother Godwin and others to witness to me about the resurrected Christ at my uncle’s house in Enugu few months after graduating from Christ King College (CKC) Onitsha. Until I gave my life to Christ after this encounter, Elder C. N. Ulasi has been a special inspiration to me and family.
A principled, a rare gem and a man who does not give to too much talking but if he talks, he will ensure that the purpose of such talk is achieved. A workaholic, honest, trustworthy, an embodiment of christain virtues, a respecter of christain family law and father to three Angels (Chinelo, Ngozi and Princewill) all well established in their various fields and families. He was a grandfather and a great husband to one and only mother of his children, Chief Matron, Deaconess Elizabeth Ulasi
An example of a patriotic Nigerian though fought during the Nigeria/Biafra war on the side of Biafra, has done everything immediately at the end of the war to preach love, equity and peace and advocate of virile and one united Nigeria until he gave up the ghost on 2nd August, 2017 by 12am.
The impact of Elder Ulasi in my life and lives of those that cross his path need not be overemphasized as he is bound to make a positive impression in such a person’s life.
Under his tutelage, he ensured and contributed immensely towards my university education and whatever I may have achieved in this life. He was there with me during the burials of my father, mother and Senior brother. He was a source of joy and strength to me and my family.
My initial reaction when my kid sister, Mrs Ngozika Amalachukwu Offiaeli sent a text to me to convey the sad news of his death was that of shock and unbelief because it wasn’t long that I spoke with him when he assured me that he will find time to visit my family to ascertain and greet my wife who went for a surgery some months ago and for me to receive the message that he was dead is to me unacceptable and that was why I was quiet for some time in order to reassure myself that my kid sister wasn’t playing a fast trick on me.
Now that it is a fact that our father has truly gone home to meet with our God, we his children, associates and family will console ourselves with the fact that he died not necessarily a believer but died as a true soldier of Christ. In this regard, we thank God for accepting and granting his soul eternal rest.
The challenge before us is to endeavour to live out his principles and virtues. This is the only debt we owe him pending when we meet with him during the rapture not to depart from each other anymore. Elder Ulasi who died at the age of 71+ lived a fulfilled life worthy of emulation.
Awards, Service to God and Humanity
He has tried in his own little way to contribute his quota to the development of his community and outside his community; to that effect his community has given him two awards at different times. One was on 24th December, 1999 for his selfless service and contributions to his community Ndiakwu Otolo.
In 1977, he was ordained an Elder of the church – Christ Disciples Church by then late Bishop J.A. Elioku. As well he was ordained a Chief Elder by the present Bishop of Life Dominion Christian Assembly – Rt. Rev. E.I. Moses on 26th November, 2015.
Nnewi Christian Brethren Inc. Nigeria also honoured him with an award in appreciation for his contributions towards the propagation of the ideals of the fellowship. He equally received an award from the Board of Directors and Management of National Salvation Printing and Publishing Company for his services to God and humanity in 2011.
On Nov. 28, 2015 he was blessed with two awards. One was from Aflame College of Bishop. He was given an award of “AMBSSADOR OF PEACE” (AP). As this was going on at the Headquarters of Life Dominion Christian Assembly Akwuzu. He received information that his family Ulasi Ezeanyika Family living in Lagos had given him an Award in recognition and appreciation of his outstanding contributions to the growth of the extended family. These were going on simultaneously at Akwuzu and Lagos.
His birth and early life
Born on 9th of February, 1946 and the 7th child of 9 siblings to late Mr. Benedict Ndubizu Ulasi and late madam Chirstiana Akuba Ulasi (Nee Umenwke) from Ezeoguine Royal family Ndiokwu Otolo Nnewi in the present Nnewi North LGA, Anambra State.
Elder Clifford Nwachukwu Ndubuizu Ulasi celebrated his 70 years birthday with his children and associates on August, 7th, 2016 at the historical and ancient city of Enugu where he has spent good number of years of his life.
Some of us never knew that will be the last public outing of this great soldier of Christ.
As much as we can’t query God over this at least we thank God that our father made Heaven which is the ultimate goal of any Christian.
He is survived by his wife, Retired Chief Nursing Officer – Deaconess Lizzy Chinyelu Ulasi, three children – Mrs Chinelo Uchenna Blossom Obiejezie, Mrs. Ngozika Amalachukwu Offiaeli and Master Princewill Okwudili Ulasi. He is blessed with seven grand children.
According to the funeral rites as announced by his family, his friends, brothers and associated gathered at his residence in Enugu on Friday 22nd, September, 2017 to offer Service of Songs in his honour to the Almighty of God. On Thursday 28th, 2017 they will also gather in another Service of Songs this time around at his home town compound, Otolo Nnewi in Anambra State while his interment will take place the next day, 29thSeptember at his compound. His funeral rites continue on Saturday and thanksgiving on 1st October, 2017 at Life Dominion Christian Assembly (LDCA) situated at Akoboezem Uruagu Nnewi, Anambra State.
Adieu Father and sleep on until we meet never to part again.
Eze Chukwuemeka Eze is a Public Commentator and Analyst based in Port Harcourt and can be reached through firstname.lastname@example.org