In memory of Chijioke Ndiwe (CJ), family and friends held a service of songs for the 35-year-old who died of hepatitis B on May 4.
The Service of Songs was held at 321, C Close, Festac Town, at which family, friends, residents, and church members attended to honor a man who lived an exemplary life.
Many described Chijioke Ndiwe as a man after God’s heart who was committed to serving God and doing his will.
He was also described as a loving, jovial, peaceful, humble, and selfless man who stood up for friends, family, and those he barely knew.
Chisom Cynthia Ndiwe, sibling, said, “He was actually a church person.” He spent more of his time in church and with family and the few friends he had.”
Chidinma Esther, who had been friends with Chijioke for almost a decade, spoke highly of CJ.
“CJ was an amazing fellow, everybody’s favorite, and he was the life of the party.”
She said, “Like I always call him, he was the clown of every moment.
“He was always clowning and, above all, he loved God. He was always active in the service of God, and he was one person who would stick out his neck for anybody and everybody he called “friend or family.
“He knows how to sacrifice. One thing I admire about him is how he picks his words. When there’s a dispute, he tries to make sure that the quarrel is settled and everybody is happy again.”
For Fred Chinedu Onyebule, Chijioke was a friend he could call a brother. While he struggled to express his feelings, he said, “CJ is like a brother to me. He’s no longer a friend; he’s like a brother to me, and I love him so much. It’s so painful that we lost such a lovely soul and a gentleman.”
He said, “He’s a very jovial person, a very nice person.” You can’t say anything bad about him. It’s a big loss for us, his friends and family. I pray he rests in peace and I know he’s going to a good place. I know that.”
CJ’s cousin, Chinedu Darlington, described CJ as a good man to a fault and everybody’s man.
“CJ is a good man to a fault. He’s so selfless. I still see us in the same room. He’s my cousin, and the only thing we don’t share is boxers. Till tomorrow I will still cry, till next month I’m still going to cry.”
Chinedu claimed he had become a better version of himself due to Chijioke’s influence. Chinedu is also hurt that he didn’t spend enough time with a cousin he loved dearly.
The funeral will be held on May 12 in Chijioke’s home town, Orlu, Imo State.