Emeka Dillibe's Biography
Chukwuemeka Obiora Dillibe was born on Friday, January 26 1973 to the family of (late) Engr. Sir and Lady E.C. Dillibe. He was the fifth of six children and the only son. Growing up in Aba, he left primary school and proceeded to Command Secondary School, Kaduna. Thereafter, he left for the United States on scholarship to study for the International Baccalaureate Diploma at the Armand Hammer United World College, in Montezuma, New Mexico. He went on to attend California State University, Los Angeles from where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Computer Information Systems.
After working in Health and Human Services industry for a while, Emeka, the enterprising young man that he was, set up Careprovider.org and Careprovider Children and Family Services– a human and social services resource centre. With a few dedicated staff and uncommon perseverance, he grew the organization over the past decade to become the highly renowned establishment that it is today. Careprovider was Emeka’s pride and joy, so much so that his wife Chika referred to Careprovider as “first wife” and to herself as “second wife”. You can read more about Careprovider by going to http://www.careprovider.org
Emeka will be remembered mostly for being a ‘man of the people’. Mature far beyond his 36 years, even as a youngster, he always found friendship within groups that were considerably older than he was. On the other hand, he had a unique gift for working with the youth; a gift that made his group homes for troubled children quite successful. He also employed this gift extensively in his leisure activities as a successful soccer coach for the U-14 female league in Claremont, California. He was a selfless and generous spirit, constantly representing and promoting the interests of the defenseless and the voiceless. He was a member of the Covina Sunrise Rotary Club where he served as Director, International Services and played a very active role in rendering humanitarian services.
He lived to enrich the life of all he came across and made even casual acquaintances feel like they were family. He had the most amazing smile and could always be counted on for a generous dose of laughter and mischief. Yet, he never compromised on excellence and integrity and could always be relied upon to keep the ship on course. His generosity extended as well to his hometown where he single-handedly embarked on a number of community projects to give a facelift to the village school and the Anglican Church. Every member of Emeka’s extended family will bear testimony to his giving spirit as he was always quick to support all in one way or the other.
Being the only boy amongst five sisters, Emeka was highly domesticated and a family man in every sense of the word. Even though he left home at a considerably young age, he never lost sight of his roots. He remained true to the values he was raised with; willing to support anyone referred to him from ‘home’ to establish themselves and find their feet in the US. The lives that have been blessed by his generosity still bear witness to this gem of a fellow. He was not titled ‘Ukpaka n’agba n’udu mmiri’ for nothing.
In May of 2005 Emeka met Chikam, as he fondly called her, in Atlanta Georgia through their mutual friends Okem and Chika Akwiwu. After a short heated romance, they got engaged on September 17 2005 in Paradise Island, Nassau – Bahamas. Shortly thereafter, on November 28, Emeka and Chika said “I do” at a civil ceremony in Montclair, California and followed up with a church wedding on June 16, 2006. Anybody who knew Chika and Emeka knew that it was a match made by God. They were so in love with each other and that love outshined everything else.
Emeka fully appreciated himself. He loved his life and loved to take care of his body – inside out. Not given to destructive excesses, he paid close attention to maintaining a high profile of health and well-being at all times. It was therefore an understandable shock when, late last year, a few weeks after he began to feel unwell and tests were run; he was diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer. There was no reasonable answer to the obvious question, “How can this be?” But God, in His mercy, opened doors to apex medical institutions and personnel across the US and various lines of action were being developed to address the situation. Unfortunately, even before family members could digest the news and come to terms with the distressing development, and before any meaningful medical intervention could commence, his condition began to deteriorate at an alarming rate. Finally, on Monday, January 18 2010, in the presence of his wife and a few close friends, Emeka, the crown prince of the Dillibe family passed on to glory. He was just 8 days shy of his 37th birthday.
He left behind a completely dazed family: including Chika – his beautiful wife of just over four years; Janine – his lovely daughter; Tobenna – the baby prince; Emeka Jr. – his yet to be born child; his mother and four sisters; as well as in-laws, other relations and a vast circle of influence spread out right across the world. Emeka was preceded in death by his father and older sister.
Emeka’s death is a painful tragedy. Yet, the loss is not total. He was a committed Christian and therefore, we are assured that he is now with his Father, father and sister in heaven. What else can we say? May the God of all comfort minister His comfort to our hearts and souls as we face the rest of our days with the void created by Emeka’s shocking exit.
Let the fallen leaf whisper to the living…………
A memorial fund has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank to support Chika and the family during this difficult time. The account details are as follows:
Bank: Wells Fargo Bank
Address: 112 Plaza Drive , West Covina , CA 91790
Telephone: 1 800 869 3557
Account Name: Emeka Dillibe Memorial Fund
Account Number: 6198047117
Account Type: Checking
Making Deposits at Wells Fargo Bank , Routing Number : 121042882
Wire Transfer Within the US , Routing Number : 121000248
Wire Transfer for International, Swift Code: WFBIUS6S
Kindly make all donations to the above mentioned account; please be sure to include account name of Emeka Dillibe Memorial Fund when making your donation. If you make a donation to the account, please send an e-mail with your full name, address and telephone number/e-mail to email@example.com, so we can track donations and allow the family to send their appreciation at a later date.
Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Emma Chukwuma @ 310-944-4313 or Ugo Ukabam @ 612-840-6097. Thank you for your time.
TRIBUTE To The Best Father in The World by Janine Dillibe
My dad was the best dad in the world. He was my soccer coach, my father and my friend. He always cheered me up when I was down. He helped me with anything I needed. He was the best dad that I could ask for although he always put other people before himself.
It is very sad and hard to see him go. He’s in a much better place now with the Lord in heaven.
I love him very much and he will be missed very much by all his family and friends.
Janine “Nini” Dillibe
Click below to see Covina Sunrise Rotary's website tribute to Emeka:
Information About Emeka's Memorial /Funeral Services
February 5, 2010
Viewing - 2pm - 3pm.
Memorial Service - 3pm- 4pm.
Held at Faith Community Church
1211 East Badillo Street West Covina CA 91790
Repast Following Memorial Service - 5pm - 10 pm.
Grand View Ballroom, Diamond Bar Community Center
1600 South Grand Ave Diamond Bar CA 91765
February 11, 2010
Funeral Service - Anglican Church, Eziagu
Interment His Home Town - Eziagu, Anambra State