Children of Ezinne Chinyelu Dallah, accompanied by family members, in-laws, friends and well wishers buried their mother recently in their home-town, Iruowelle in Awkaetiti.
The outing church service which was conducted at St. Mary’ Anglican Church in the community drew people from within and outside the country who came to condole with the Dallas on the passage of their matriarch in October 2019.
So many recalled her benefit to people through her wisdom, passion for peace and love of self as they referred to her as a virtuous woman, beautiful, good natured and a wonderful cook.
According to her children, their mother was a rare gem who can never be forgotten in hurry as she devoted her life to her children. They affirmed that she resigned her teaching appointment and assumed al full – scale housewife just for the purpose of giving her children and husband undivided attention.
They further said that their mother was the reason the Dallahs are known today as a very strong knitted family and they were groomed in various home etiquette which has been one of the pillars in raising their own children.
They recalled how their mother had been a good cook and generously fed all and sundry who visited the home.
Late Ezinne Dalla, who died at the age of 81 is survived by her children: Obi Dallah, Ifeanyi Dallah, both based in U.S; Uju Okafor, Prof. Chinyere Ukaga, Professor of Parasitology and Public Health, Imo State University (IMSU), Owerri; Mrs Chizzy Orji based in London; Mrs Chinelo Ezenwa, Mrs Anuli Austin Gary and Mr Ikenna Dallah.
According to IFEANYI DALLAH, 3RD CHILD AND 2ND SON, who resides in USA, “growing up in Nsukka, I got a little bit of whipping because I did a lot of crazy stuffs so I always got the cane on my back. Her death has taught me that death is inevitable – anybody can die but the thought of losing one’s mother to the cold hands of death is very painful.
But when that happens you got to face reality that she is no longer there. We will all come and go. You just try to live your life. I will remember how she called me – I miss her voice. She taught me respect and I have carried that along with me growing up”.
PRINCE AZUBUIKE EZENWA, SON-IN-LAW, “When mama was alive she took us as her special children and again she is so caring, making sure that we always say the truth and also be contented with whatever we have. I really miss her. One spectacular thing I will miss about her is the meal”.
CHIZZY, fifth child and the 3rd girl based in London, “my mum was a very calm person. A woman that was so lovely, she welcomed anyone who visited our home. Our house then was always full of people because of her hospitality. She never discriminated or treated her children specially. Everyone was treated fairly”.
ANULIKA GARY AUSTIN, last daughter and seventh child, “she has taught me to be a dutiful wife and all I need to know about marriage. My mum was a very quiet woman. She never raised her hand on me but she could use her eyes to communicate the message”.
GARY AUSTIN (Esq.), son-in-law, “I have been close to mama and her family for over 35 years. A quintessential woman; She was, she is and she will be an epitome of goodness, love, compassion and understanding – a rare wise woman”.
UJU OKAFOR, first daughter and second child, “my mum was a special woman and a gift from God. She taught me so many things, firstly, to know who God is and secondly to be disciplined. When she was alive she loved decency. She was with me till death”.
CHINELO EZENWA, fourth daughter and sixth child, “my mum is indescribable. I can’t just use words to describe her because if I start talking about her it will take me to writing a book about her. Most especially she is a woman everybody will love to have as a mother. She was a virtuous woman. My growing up was very memorable”.
IKENNA DALLAH, last son and last born, “I will remember mama the way she cared for me. As her last born everything she does I must be aware like something is bugging her she must call me or if I have a problem she will console me, she will give me advice on how to go about it.
We thank God for everything. The turnout was so huge and we thank Him for the enablement to provide for all that came for the burial. I thank God for a life well spent.
I was there when she departed in peace. Before she left I could sense her praying for God to console us. I could sense the aura of peace that her death exhumed”.
MRS NGOZIKA DALLAH, daughter-in-law, “mama meant everything to me. We used to visit her every weekend. Whenever we are going we will buy her some fruits. She loved eating fruits like afufa and oso oji. She was even the one that introduced me to her son. The first time I met her I got attracted to her. She was so peaceful, calm and neat”.
ENGR STANLEY UKAGA, son-in-law, “mama was a kind, caring, loving and ever cheerful woman, who bore everything with pride, stoism and humour. Throughout her illness she still expresses a calm mien and never complained of any inconvenience. She was a child of God and a child of
destiny and am sure she is resting in the bosom of our Lord. We were all happy that we have given her the honour she deserves; a befitting burial. Am sure where she is, she is happy that we are bound together in unity and love”.
OBI DALLAH, first son and first child, “my mum was a great soul, number one thing am going to remember her for is prayer; she was a very prayerful woman, so kind, and very strong. She was the disciplinarian; my dad was also. They brought us up in strict disciplinary principle.
My mum was rare, a beacon of hope to everyone. The burial went well. At the beginning we were not sure but things finally took shape. We appreciate family, friends and those who came from long distance”.
MRS CHINYERE UKAGA, third child and second daughter, a professor of parasitology and public health; director of academic planning in Imo state University,
“mama imarted in me everything I am. She was so full of love, accommodating, hospitable, a wonderful cook. You just name it. She was one who sacrificed her life for us. She was working until she got to stop her work so that she could take care of the children.
She taught me to always put God first; you cannot do anything without Him. We are not crying again. We have cried before. She was a unifying factor for all of us.
When she was alive we would just come from our different places to Awkaetiti eat with her, play, laugh and go back to our respectively homes. I think she will want us to continue that culture”.