Nkem Atah Waobikeze (’89)

Ike Nkem Atah Waobikeze hailed from Omoku in Rivers State, Nigeria. He was born in Enugu, Nigeria on July 16, 1962 to the union of Chief Allen Atah Waobikeze-Woko and Olive Okpara. He was the third born but second son to the union. Ike grew up in Port-Harcourt, Nigeria; he was one of the original Port-Harcourt boys. Ike graduated from County Grammar School, Ikwerre Etche in Rivers State Nigeria in 1980 and proceeded to United States to further his studies. Ike arrived in Murfreesboro, Tennessee in 1982 after briefly attending University of Science & Technology (UST) in Rivers State Nigeria. He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, in 1989 from University of Houston and proceded to Texas Southern University renowned Thugood Marshall Law School where he received his Juris Doctor degree in 1997. He started his law practice, Waobikeze & Associates, in 1998 where he practiced successfully until his death. Ike was a caring and wonderful son, husband, father, brother, uncle, cousin, in-law, and a friend to all. Lovingly referred to as “The People’s Lawyer”, Ike enjoyed helping people and his mission was to mentor, inspire, and do right by others. He enjoyed life, always with a smile on his face and a hilarious story or joke on hand. He had a big heart and was always ready to support others with his loving and an easy going personality. Ike was married to his wife, Hope Obika Waobikeze for 29 years, their union is blessed with four children: Max Nkem (27), Hope Adaobi (24), McAllen Atah (23), and Hailey Chinyere (15). To Ike, family was everything and his top priority. He invested in the lives of his wife and children, and played vital roles in their success. Ike enjoyed time in the African community’s social arena. He was a prominent member of many organizations including the Peoples Club of Nigeria International (Houston Branch), Rivers Men Association, Friends Link, and Umuogba USA. He was the staunch legal adviser of these organizations until his death. Ike was loved by many and is survived by his wife and 4 children, his mother, Olive Okpara, his step-mother, Kate Waobikeze and his siblings, Ure Wariboko (Tex), Isioma Waobikeze (Kari), Stella Eguma Ogbonna (Chris), Okwuchukwu Allen Waobikeze (LaToshia), Chioma Waobikeze-Gray (DeMarco), Kilechukwu Waobikeze, Chiuba Waobikeze, Ikpeazu Waobikeze and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father Chief Allen Atah Waobikeze-Woko and his elder brother Ifeanyi Waobikeze. Ike transcended home to God on July 7, 2020. Heaven’s gain!” Service will be Livestream via Facebook Live Instructions: You will not need to have a facebook account to view the live stream. Go to https://www.facebook.com/ForestParkWestheimer/ and the service will appear Live at 2pm on the day of the service.

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