Somber Memorial for Doris Chibuko

Clockwise from top left: Efanye Chibuko and his daughters, Chioma, Ifeayinwa and Chiemelie. Presiding minister Rev. Kwame Assenyoh and concelebrants; Rev. Samuel Oppong-Nkansah, Rev. John Offor, Fr. Ray Ogbemure and Rev. Chikere Ugwuanyi. Speakers at the memorial: Rev. Nnamdi Onwuzulike, Dr. Emma Obiesie, Sir. Edmund Achu, Doris Chibuko’s uncle. Photos by Steven Brooks, Jr., Collage by Adam Turner.

By Adenrele Iposu Nigerians from Enugu and Anambra states  and other Nigerians from the Bay Area turned out in large numbers April 28 to celebrate the life of Doris Chibuko, one of the students killed by a gunman at Oikos University in Oakland, An overflowing crowd of mourners and friends attended the memorial service held at the ILWU Hall in Oakland. The presiding minister was Rev. Kwame Assenyoh, assisted by Rev. Samuel Oppong-Nkansah, Rev. John Offor, Fr. Ray Ogbemure and Rev.Chikere Ugwuanyi. Rev. Assenyoh called on mourners and friends to “fight for change against the culture of violence,” that took the lives of Chibuko and and six other students on April 2. Speakers who shared their memories of Chibuko included Sir Edmund Achu, Joseph Udeh, Dr. Emma Obiesie, Rev. Nnamdi Onwuzulike, pastor New Birth Church in Pittsburg, Calif. and Ifeakandu O. Oruruo. Staff of Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Oakland City Councilman Larry Reid presented letters of condolence to the Chibuko family. Chibuko leaves behind her husband, Efanye Chibuko; four children: Ngozi, 14, Chioma, 8, Ifeayinwa, 5, and Chiemelie, 3; her mother, Mrs. Victoria Achu; and sisters, brothers, uncles and aunts.
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