TRIBUTE TO PROF. FESTUS NWAKO, EMERITUS PROFESSOR OF SURGERY, A TEACHER/SURGEON PAR EXCELLENCE BY PROF. J. I. IKECHEBELU

The entire staff and students of the Faculty of Medicine were all in shock and disbelief on hearing the breaking news of your death. We would have wished you stayed on…… if wishes were horses….. but we bow to the will of Almighty God who has called you home in peace.

We cannot capture all you mean to us in words, however, Obata Obie as he is commonly known will be remembered for his

  • Indefatigably in training and pursuit of excellence
  • Persistence in molding positive characters
  • Unparalleled commitment and dedication to the teaching and practice of medicine.
  • Master class status as a researcher.
  • Extraordinary ability to turn “goats” into great physicians and surgeons
  • Excellent and transformative administrative skills.
  • Charity

Your death is like the fall of an institution, the eclipse of an era but we are consoled in your own words that your ‘goats’ who have become ‘humans’ will keep the flame aglow. Rest in peace our exemplary mentor.

Prof. Joseph I. Ikechebelu

Dean of Medicine

From Unizik Bulletin, March 3, 2014 (Vol 7 No 9, pg 3)

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