Angela Njoku

Obituary of Angela Ngozi Njoku

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NJOKU, Angela Ngozi Nnenne, Halifax, NS – It is with great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Angela, 53, after valiantly battling Sickle Cell Anemia. Angela was born in Accra, Ghana, on September 10, 1970. The oldest child of four, Angela and her family moved to Halifax on December 23, 1976. In 1995, she earned a degree in Computer Science from Dalhousie University, which she put to great use in the Nova Scotia Public Service. After working for the provincial government, she brought her organizational expertise to the Franklin Graham Festival as a member of the paid staff to bring the three-day event to Halifax. Angela possessed a boisterous and sparkling personality that would not be quelled. Her happy disposition and gifts in drawing, painting, music, and writing were evident even at an early age. She authored several children’s books and wrote and produced a gospel album. Angela had an appetite that seemed unfathomable given her tiny stature. She loved food, especially Nigerian and Korean dishes. Angela loved the heat of summer and of Nigeria. Over the past decade, she returned to her family’s homeland multiple times, soaking up the sun and love of her many uncles, aunties, and countless cousins. These trips to Nigeria renewed and restored her—body, soul, and spirit. Angela touched everyone who met her with a generous smile and an open countenance. She possessed a quick and kind wit and deep intelligence. She was generous with her time and money. She loved Jesus and showed others how to love Him, too. When her health was strong, she and her friends traveled to Christian retreats in Canada and the US, dancing, laughing, and worshipping the whole way through. Angela manifested the joy of the Lord. If ever a scripture could describe a life, consider this as hers: “These trials have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory, and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” 1 Peter 1:7 There is no end of gratitude for the nurses and doctors at the Victoria General Hospital, 8th Floor, Haematology Unit, who helped take care of Angela for many years. Special thanks to John Pelton, who became an invaluable friend in so many countless ways. There are so many others who made up this team of helpers over the decades; you know who you are. Angela leaves behind her mother, Catherine; brother, William; sister, Monica; nephews, Jackson, Jarvis, and Jediah; uncles, aunties, cousins, nieces and nephews, her grandmother, Angelina, and spiritual sons and daughters. She is predeceased by her father, Lawrence, and her younger brother, Lawrence. A celebration of Angela’s life will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2024, at 11am. in St. Agnes Catholic Church, Mumford Road, Halifax, NS. Guests are asked to wear full or shades of turquoise and your favourite most blinged out jewelry as this would have made Angela very happy. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sickle Cell Foundation of Canada. Please consider donating blood, as those living with sickle cell rely on blood transfusions to live.