Born: UMUNAKANU on 04 November 1957

Passed away: ENUGU on 13 October 2017

Aged: 59 years

Funeral Date: 15 December 2017

Service Details

Date: Thursday 14th December 2017
Venue: Cathedral Church of St. Andrew's Ngbo
Time: 10am --- 5pm: Service of Songs at his home Town St. Mathias Anglican Church Umunakanu

Date: Friday 15th December 2017
Venue: St. Mathias Anglican Church Umunakanu, Anglican Diocese of Isi Mbano

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You were a great man. A man full of love and concern. The tears in my heart is more than the ones in my eyes. I have tried to console myself but memories of you kept ringing every now and then. Your attitude of peace and encouragements to me have kept me so long in this ministry hence Okey ogadicha nma a statement that ring and ring in my heart. Your promises and firm words to me (oh! death) are still in my heart and I will never forget. I know if you are alive, you will surely fulfil but the Lord heard your prayers. You were a man that changed so many destines within a period of time. So many rejoiced for your manifestation, hope of the hopeless. A ladder to climb to greatness. A sure foundation. A humble man. Each time you come around, you must tell my Oga, "Okey is my brother" Ima Nwanne eme Biko. I remembered your words of encouragements in 2003 when I was your church Teacher at Okigwe St. Barnabas Cathedral which you crowned with "my brother the Lord will surely see you through in your dreams and ur dream and passion of becoming a priest must surely come to pass" and today, it is true. Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Ewooooo, uwaa enweghi isioooo. Daddy, you are no more but you legacy and the roles you played in our lives will surely speak loud of your name. The Lord you followed will surely grant you eternal rest. Adieu Onye ukwu, odogwu Nwoke, Onye Oma. It's well with you sir. Dedem, Je nke oma. May you gentle soul rest in perfect peace, Amen.
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Mama Esther Ebisike
Anglican Diocese of Ngbo (Church of Nigeria)
Ebonyi State, Nigeria.

December 1, 2017

Our Beloved Sister, Ochiora Esther
The news of the death of your dear husband, Bishop and our beloved brother was so shocking and saddening to us as it was unexpected.
More disturbing is that, we here in America never heard of any health issues with him hence we are so sad and sorrowful, a one death too many.
Notwithstanding the sad loss of a dear lovely husband and caring bishop, we cherish the thought, and are encouraged, that Dr. Chris lived an eventful, outstanding and distinguished life. He could easily be described as a rare gem, faithful person, sincere, erudite, honest Born Again, Spirit filled Christian Bishop and highly patriotic.
Bishop Ebisike was a man, who spoke his mind and whose contribution to issues helped to proffer solution to issues. It is like yesterday when I was with him in his Ngbo Diocese, in Retreat, and encouraging young Anglicans who were ordained into Priestly Order.
My wife and Nwigwe family, whole-heartedly, pray to the “God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort...” to completely comfort you and the family he left behind during these difficult times (2Cor.1:3-4). We will continue to uphold you and your family in prayers by the grace of God.
Your husband, my bishop, was a true Brother in Christ who the people of Mbano will remember in USA, and will miss, till tomorrow. Be fully comforted in Jesus!
Yours Sincerely,
Ven. Emeka & Mama. Nkey Nwigwe Ph.D.,
Archdeacon, ADOTT North East Archdeaconry, (church of Nigeria)USA
Rector, Anglican Church of the Pentecost International New York City.

Ernest Okey


Our very Beloved Servant of God, His Lordship, The Rt. Rev’d Christian Iheanyichukwu Ebisike, PhD.JP, was one of those who helped us in transforming the so called Okigwe-Nothing, (as the then Diocese of Okigwe-North was nick-named), into the Diocese of OKIGWE-SOMETHING. That was why we gave him the preferment of Rev’d Canon and later, that of a Venerable Archdeacon.

Bishop Ebisike served the Diocese of Okigwe- North very well in the field of Mission and Evangelism, in the then Okigwe, Okwelle and Umuduru Archdeaconries and also as our Clerical Synod Secretary. That was why we seconded him to the Diocese of Abuja, when His Grace, The Most Rev’d Jasper Akinola, D.D., C.O.N. wanted us to second to him one of our best Archdeacons. He also served him very well. Those services made the house of Bishops to elect him the first Bishop of the Missionary Diocese of Ngbo.

Bishop Ebisike and his wife Lady Esther were very sociable, friends of all the people of God. That quality made the people of God, especially of the Diocese of Abuja to help them in transforming the Missionary Diocese to a very strong Diocese. They built a good Cathedral, a magnificent Bishopscourt, Secondary Schools both in Izza-Ngbo and Nkalagu and they planted many churches. That quality, made Eze-Ngbo to give them a very large area of land for Bhopscourt and a Secondary School.
For all these good works, may God comfort Lady Esther and may the soul of BISHOP CHRISTIAN IHEANYICHUKWU, my name-sake, REST IN PERFECT PEACE.AMEN!!!

Signed: +ALFRED IHEANYICHUKWU & LADY ESTHER CHINYERE NWAIZUZU.(NNE-DI-OHA-NMA). Retired Bishop, Diocese of Okigwe-North,(Now Diocese of Isi-Mbano).

Ernest Okey


It is not an easy task to write a tribute on someone who has been very close to you. But still, it is a compelling duty to do so. We were really disturbed in mind when we were informed of your demise in my office. Your exit from this planet was a big loss to the family, Ngbo Diocese, Enugu Province, Church of Nigeria and to the entire Anglican Communion at large. Our friend and brother bishop, the great iroko tree where many birds’ perch for guide, satisfaction, counsel and unity has finally fallen, what a world. It is a pity that your health challenge which had lingered so long did not allow you any longer to continue in the work of the kingdom which you were doing committedly.

Your stay in Abuja Diocese under the former Primate, Most Rev. Peter Jasper Akinola DD(Rtd) spoke volume of your capacity for socialization, inter personal relations and adaptation to changing socio-cultural cum environmental situations: hence you were made the pioneer Bishop of Ngbo Diocese. Your stay in Abuja was instructive as it immensely exposed you to important dignitaries across the globe that in return has helped you in the work of Evangelization in Ngbo Diocese.
To the glory of God, you left outstanding achievements in Ngbo Diocese. You planted many churches, built Bishop’s Court and was vigorously pursuing the completion of the Cathedral before your demise. You were extremely hardworking; a highly committed Anglican Bishop who commanded great respect among his priest, assisted by your beloved wife formulated your Diocesan policy directions which bother on the beauty of striving for values of integrity and hard work. You believed that good character is far above depraved and corruptly acquired personal wealth, thoroughly bringing up your Diocese and workers within the doctrines of Anglicanism.
Your life was filled with goodness, kindness, humility, simplicity, gentleness and love for others. You were really a sincere spiritual father to many. The Anglican Communion has lost a great man physically but gained in heaven spiritually.
You lived your life as a committed Christian and an excellent leader of flocks committed to your charge. A true believer of the Gospel who stood on the side of the truth, equity and justice. You will forever be remembered for your unquantifiable services to God and humanity. Your last outing during your 10th year Anniversary was great and we never knew it was going to be the last.
We thank God for your beloved wife and Children who stood by you in times of ill health. The Lord will reward their care, concern, labor of love, prayers and console them in time like this.
People of God, today we bid farewell to a Great Leader, dedicated laborer in God’s Vine yard, a prolific writer, gentle reformer and a social bridge builder, a gallant soldier of Christ, Rt. Rev. Christian Ifeanyichukwu Ebisike Ph.d. You are gone but your legacies are here with us.
We love you but God loves you most. Good night Gallant Soldier of Christ
Sleep well.

Most Rev. Dr. E.O Chukwuma (OON)
Archbishop & Bishop of Enugu
Anglican Communion

Ernest Okey


Ernest Okey