Tributes to Enitar started pouring in as soon as his death, even at his prime age of 58, was announced on June 4, 2022.
Enitar was one of the tested and reliable Financial Journalists at The Guardian Newspapers, and had been bedridden since 2011, before he finally gave up the ghost.
He was buried on June 25 2022 at Umuchagwo, Edem-Ani, Nsukka in Enugu state.
There was service of songs for him on June 17, 2022 at the local Assembly, where he used to worship at, The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Emmanuel’s Sanctuary, Abulegba Lagos.
It was an evening of eulogies all through, of his generosity, benevolence and love for God’s work by members of the church and professional colleagues who turned out enmass to give final respect to their departed colleague and as well console the family.
At the solemn assembly, at st. John’s Anglican church, Edem-Ani, before he was intered, clergy, family members, representatives of his local assembly and professional colleagues from Lagos, took turn to share their condolences and memories of the ‘army of the Lord’.
Pastor Usoro Usoro of the Touch of Light Faith Assembly, Nsukka and representative of RCCG, Lagos testified to the display of ‘hunger for service to God and humanity’ ever demonstrated by Enitar while he was alive, urging the living to remember that they could only be remembered by good works and service to God, as well as being passports to spending eternity with God in heaven.
The ocassion was punctuated intermittently by wailings as tears flew uncontrollably.
Some of the documented tributes were also rendered:
Tribute To My Late Husband, by Ifeoma:
I had the rare privilege of being the wife and partner of a wonderful, loving, kind and God-fearing man.
I never though I would be writing 5his so soon because I believed that your faith would keep you alive. You were a free-spirited person, you mingled with new people and kept good relationship with them. I was really looking forward to our 20th wedding anniversary next year. Before you fell sick 12 years ago, I was living 2very woman’s dream. You showed me what true love is.
Tribute To My Loving Dad by Ada, First daughter:
My dad was a strong person. While i was growing up, he was my favourite person because he never said no to me. My dad was a nice person because he made friends easily as his energy was contagious wherever he went. My dad would give his last penny to whoever he thought needed it most. He was a smart person especially when it came to politics or anything English related. I used to bring my composition assignments to him because i hated writing essays, but my dad taught me how to write them perfectly. He was a very optimistic person because he would always see the good side of everything.
A Rare Gem Is Lost by Chidera, Son:
Your death shocked me to the core. No words can describe the heartache I felt. You left a huge impact on my life. You were a good husband, a caring father, a good son, a dependable brother, a smart teacher, a friend and a role model. You were a generous man who would give an arm and a leg if it were to help somebody.
My Tribute To My Daddy by kamsi Heavenly, Daughter:
My dad was a selfless man. He always cared about other’s feelings more than himself. He was a honest man with a good heart and exceptional attitude. He was also concerned about I and my siblings. He also taught me a lot of things and brought out the best in me.
We Make Mark’s Through Our Actions And Activities, By Dr. & prof. Mrs. Ezema, senior sister:
Day-to-day events in life teach us about futility of life; that we are only but pencils in the hands of our creator. These pencil marks can be erased by God at His appointed time, our feelings not withstanding. At community secondary school, Isienu, you displayed your talent as a footballer, hence you were one of the players in the school team.
As a journalist, you displayed high level of reportage on stocks in The Guardian newspaper, hence your pen name ‘Enitar’
Socially, you touched the lives of many individuals you had contact with, be it at your place of work or areas of operation. You were exceptionally generous to people that came your way before you took ill many years ago.
Tribute To Enitar By Pastor Niyi Olujimi-
“I have known brother Ernest Ugwu for quite some time even before I became his pastor. Since then, I could only see a man who loved God and trusted in God for His miracle of healing. He remained committed to God and consistent in his service when he could walk down to church. Always present in all weekly services. Bro. Ugwu loved God till the end. I’m sure he has slept in the Lord and we shall see him again on the resurrection morning.
Enita’s Tribute, By Ayo Aminu:
It’s a pity we lost Enita.
He was a friend, confidant, trustworthy person, and one you could bank on as well as a colleague.
If he tells you ‘No’ it’s a capital NO and if he says ‘YES’, his Yes is Yes.
A man of few words, I am going to miss him and do will be the industry. Rest my brother, REST till me meet again!
A Tribute To My Brother And Friend By Daniel Onyemulu
We are thankful to God for the time you spent with us!
You were a true demonstration of love for God without reservations such that even in your infirmities, your greatest pain was your inability to be part of every church program. Just as king David I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the Lord, your joy knows no bound each time you had the opportunity to be part of the gathering of God’s people. I became close to you when the church needed to establish a new house fellowship centre and you volunteered your house for a centre, every gathering was a time to share, pray and charge ourselves. You loved the Lord with all your heart and cared for everyone around you. We prayed with you on every fellowship day believing the Lord to heal you, but His ways are not our ways, and we know He has taken you to a better abode where you are beyond the reach of any form of infirmity.
For you, we sorrow not because whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die we belong to the Lord Romans 14:6.
Good night beloved and see you on the other side.
A Tribute To ‘My Team Mate’ By Mrs. Charity Omachonu:
Team mate as we fondly call each other since my wedding in 2001, which you played pivotal role, your exit was painful. But God knows the best. I recall some of your comments on several ocaddions you visited us or even on phone before coming. I could still remember when you will ask me, whether there was one (corn flour swallow), even on phone. You fought gallantly like the Lord’s army, for which you were till the end.
Adieu my Team Mate!
A Tribute To My ‘Eni T.’ By John Omachonu
Eni T as I used to call you while you were calling me Danjuma, your departure was so sudden and a great loss to my family and I.
You were my ‘best man’ during my wedding on September 29, 2001, and you were with me in my town, Idah, all through the period. Since then, you and my wife started calling each other ‘team mate’ and the team had grown stronger so much that, even when you were not very active, we were visiting you and your family every time.
I can’t remember any week that passed, all through these years, that we did not either see each other or speak on phone.
“Danjuma, what’s happening in the economy and generally, and please keep praying for me “ were usually your opening comments…
We kept encouraging ourselves and prayerfully too, expecting God’s mercy and that you would jump up very soon and begin ‘pushing pen’, but here I am today, writing ‘farewell tribute’ to a brother, friend and colleague.
God knows the best and I can only say ‘Good Night’ till we meet on the resurrection morning.
You were a jolly good fellow.
Our prayer is that God will continue to comfort and sustain the wife and three kids left behind.
Tribute From Akin Olumuyiwa
Enitar Ugwuuuuu… as i fondly call him was a jolly good fellow. Even while he was away from The Guardian, he will always call me and ask if ‘Gbalamu’ still dey flow. I feel guilty each time because i am the one who ought to call him. His sense of humour was next to none. He had a loving heart and would always lend a helping hand. Enitar, we miss you. Its goodnight but not goodbye. Sleep on beloved.