Amaka Josephine Modebe (Nee Obiofuma)

May  11th, 1960 March  18th, 2024
New York
Amaka Josephine Modebe (Nee Obiofuma)

In Loving Memory of Mrs. Amaka Josephine Modebe. Beloved Sister, Wife, Mother, Aunty, Niece, Cousin, Friend and Colleague.


Born into the Obiofuma Family of Ibuzor, Delta State, Nigeria, and married to Mr. Paul Modebe, Amaka Josephine Modebe was a beacon of light in the lives of all who knew her. As the cherished mother of Bukun Modebe, she leaves behind a legacy of love, kindness, and profound impact.

 Amaka's journey through life was one of grace, compassion, and unwavering dedication to those around her. From her roots in Bendel State University, Ekpoma, where she forged lifelong friendships and cherished memories, to her professional endeavors at Hints Magazine, where she touched the lives of colleagues and readers alike, Amaka radiated warmth and joy wherever she went.

To her friends from Marymount College Agbor and Bendel State University, Ekpoma (Now Edo State University), Amaka was more than just a classmate; she was a confidante, a source of laughter, and a pillar of support through both triumphs and challenges. Her presence brought comfort, and her laughter echoed in the halls of academia, forever etched in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing her.

At Hints Magazine, Amaka's passion for storytelling and her creative spirit shone brightly, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of her colleagues and readers. Her dedication to her craft, coupled with her innate ability to connect with others, made her an invaluable asset to the publication and a beloved presence in the office.

Amaka Josephine Modebe nee Obiofuma was more than just a beautiful soul; she was a guiding light, a source of inspiration, and a source of unwavering love. Her kindness knew no bounds, and her legacy will continue to live on in the hearts of all who were touched by her presence.

Tributes and Memories:  This condolence register is dedicated to celebrating the life and legacy of Mrs. Amaka Josephine Modebe. We invite friends, family, colleagues, and all whose lives were touched by Amaka to share their tributes, memories, and messages of love below. Together, let us honor and remember the extraordinary woman who brought so much joy and light into our lives.

May her beautiful soul rest in eternal peace.


April 5th
Date: April 5th, 2024 Time: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Venue: Hartnett Funeral Home Address: 561 Jerusalem Avenue, Uniondale, New York
April 5th
Wake Keeping:
Date: April 5th, 2024. Time: 9:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Venue: Liberty Palace Banquet Hall 130-11 Liberty Avenue South Richmond Hill, NY 11419
April 6th
Funeral Mass: 
Date: April 6th, 2024 Time: 9:30 AM
Venue: Saint Martha's Catholic Church Address: 546 Greengrove Ave, Uniondale, NY 11553
April 6th
Date: April 6th, 2024 Immediately After Mass
Venue: Queen of Peace Cemetery Address: 321 Jericho Turnpike, Old Westbury, NY 11568



Share Your Condolences and Messages in Loving Memory of Amaka Josephine Modebe

April 6, 2024
Rest in the Lord. The news of your demise is quite shocking and devastating. Its untimely and not expected by now but God knows best. Sister the vacuum you left behind can only be filled by God that is all knowing and the perfect solution Giver. You will always be remembered for your uniqueness. Your personality is rare. You were a woman of substance anywhere, anytime and anyday. You were both a national and an internationally piece of refined success. I submit to the will of God who took you to His home above where we shall meet to part no more. Tessy.
Etebiremen Omo-Bare
April 6, 2024
Amaka, what can I say, shocked to hear of your passing. You were a beautiful person inside and outside and willing to go the extra mile to make others feel loved and comfortable. I remember as if it was just yesterday when you and Paul picked me up at the hotel for Chinese food. I will always remember our jokes and laughter. Thank you for being so good to my brother Paul. You are now an angel, watch over them as you always do. Rest in perfect peace and rise in glory.
Fatima Yakubu-Madus
April 5, 2024
Aunty Amaka, I love you and miss you. I miss the warmth of your hugs, the unique rasp of your voice, the wisdom in your words, and the love you emanated. I am grateful to you, for the home you created for me and so many others in your heart and within your walls. I am grateful for the sacrifices you made to make sure we all were okay. I am grateful for the blessing of your care and mothering touch. I can never thank you enough. I can never repay the role you played in my life. I know you will continue to watch over us, fully embraced in the most ultimate peace and love of our Father in Heaven, to whom you always prayed for all of us. I love you so much. While the grief feels heavy, the love for you is so much bigger. Thank you for making me feel so loved in every embrace, conversation, and moment.

Looking through our messages I read something you sent to me that gave me comfort.

“ I just wanted to tell you that I love you. The way everybody’s life has been cut short , you never know when it could be one of us. And if it is one of us I want to at least let you know that I loved and cared about you. “

You lived your life making sure we all felt loved and cared for. To love you and be loved by you was a gift. I know we will continue to feel your love and light forever.
Gracious Obiofuma
April 5, 2024
What can I say!!!!
It has been very difficult to believe that Joejoe is no more. It has been even more difficult to write this tribute.
Joejoe and I were friends and classmates at Marymount College and after we graduated, we all went our separate ways. I remained in Agbor and she left to Lagos where her family resided.
We reconnected when I met her in company of her late dad along the corridors of LUTH. He said to me"she hasn't changed, has she and we roared in laughter. That encounter began another phase of our friendship with my frequent visits to her home in Surulere especially when the family moved to Bassie Ogamba.
We became inseparable and went everywhere, Festac, Abule Oja, everywhere. I met her friends and family and mine became hers.
It wasn't a surprise that she became my chief bridesmaid when I got married. After marriage my home became hers and she was always available to babysit my young children. She became their second mother. And then the "gap" of almost 10 years but when we reunited amidst tears, prayer and counselling, an important phase began which I thank God for.
Amaka was a sweet, down to earth, frank, no guile personality. She was kindness personified, a prayerful woman, family oriented. I will miss her childlike innocence, laughter and gold heart.
I sent her a message on the Saturday before she died, I didn't worry when there was no response as I thought it was her usual work schedule. But alas she was gone and who are we to question God. I extend my condolences to uncle Paul her beloved husband, to Ibukun and the larger Obiofuma family.
Joejoe may your soul find eternal rest with the Lord my dear friend and sister.
Adieu Amaka!!! Heaven gained an angel.
Dr Nneka Nnachetta
Dr Nneka Rita Nnachetta
April 5, 2024
It is very sad to hear of Amaka’s passing. I was very warmly received at her home on Long Island NY not too long ago little did I know it was going to be the last time. She is an FGCK sibling and so this has touched home. I pray that God will grant the family the fortitude to bear this irreparable and untimely loss. Rest in perfect peace.
Ifeyinwa Ukpabi-Akujobi
April 5, 2024
Still in shock. My beautiful cousin ( Physical and Soul). The last time we met was at my daughter's wedding where you played your role as a big Sister. I just can not believe you are gone but who are we to question God? Love you but God loves you best. Rest in peace until the resurrection morning. Sleep on Sis.
Prof. Antoinette Ofili
April 5, 2024
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Margaret Olele
April 5, 2024
The day I heard about the death of Jo jo started like every other normal day until I saw the text message from my elder sister, Lizzy. "Please call me.. it is very urgent". My heart sank as I knew something very bad had happened. I took a quick inventory of the loved ones around me - my mother who just turned 90, my children.. nieces et. al, but my thought never went to Jo jo. There are some people who are so full of life, so vibrant that death is not what you associate with them, but eventually the call happened and she just said it is Aunty Amaka... Jo jo. . My heart sank and for the first few minutes reached out to my cousins but each one was enveloped in their buckets of pain.. so I moved around like a zombie all day. Jo jo was at least seven years older than me, but had this almost child like inner beauty better and beyond her obviously very beautiful face that made me want to sometimes protect her even when we were growing. Can still hear her rich laughter, see her constant cleaning up of the sides of her mouth and the soft voice as she sometimes called me mama Abule - name they called my mother and their aunty. Jo jo was a frequent visitor to our Abule Oja family home drawn there purely because of love for family nothing.. else. One thing I will never forget was her ironing my wedding dress... Jo jo was the big sister who will roll up her sleeves to do all kinds of work for you.... a very kind soul....
Margaret Olele
April 5, 2024
*Brilliant, Bolstered, and Beautiful!*

It is a privilege to write this tribute to Amaka—a friend, colleague, wife and mother.

I first met Amaka in Benin City in 1989, just as she was deepening her career at HINTS Magazine. She sold her Magazine to us all at the Bendel Broadcasting Service and her Sales abilities and charismatic personality were readily apparent that when she asked me to join her at HINTS Magazine in Lagos, I said yes! Her outstanding career in customer service and her prominent personality at her job in Lagos marked the beginning of our longstanding corporate, professional friendship and collaboration.

She was the Quintessential Queen of Customer Service and she was always supporting everyone on the team without hesitation. As Manager, Corporate Affairs, I gleaned so much from her gift of innovative thinking, visionary spirit, and unwavering patience required to successfully lead her meaningful stay at HINTS.

In addition to her devotion to her work, Amaka always found time for her colleagues, his friends, and his family and that was huge camaraderie and magic.

Long after our careers at HINTS ended, I met Amaka again in New York when my brother, Paul Abolo and I, and unknowingly to me, visited her home in Queens, New York. I was shocked to find our HINTS HERO married to my friend, Onochie, and believe me, the amazing essence and the giving spirit of Amaka, and her selfless generosity we're still evident. She treated us to a sumptuous, soulfully served meal and we laughed all day. Words, even the very best of words, cannot pay my tribute or truly capture the sense of loss I feel. To live in the hearts of those you love is not to die. Adieu Amaka and Commiseration, my friend, Paul Onochie Modebe! Chukwu ka mali, Nwenem!
Osita Aniemeka
April 4, 2024
You left us so soon. This is sad. We will continue to miss you.
May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace.
Enahoro Ogolo
April 4, 2024
Amaka's husband who is my first cousin grew up together. Amaka whom I always referred to as my wife and rival, still cannot believe you're gone. You were beautiful, a star, peaceful, hardworking, always smiling and you've got a heart of Gold and a wonderful housewife to my cousin Paul.
My children couldn't believe you've gone because they still remember the time we all came to spend two weeks holidays with you guys and we were very well taken care of by you.
I will never forget those beautiful smiles from you anytime we chat on the phone and on video and Paul will remind you that we are rivals.
Still like a dream.,!! Heaven has gained another beautiful Angel, I miss you but God loves you more and it's hard for me to say Good night and may your gentle soul rest in peace.
To my lovely cousin Paul and children, I am sending healing prayers and comfort during this tough time. May your happy memories give you peace and comfort during this challenging time. Take care and God bless.
Helen Sholanke Lewis
April 4, 2024
Amaka's husband, Paul,whom I often call pawpaw is my first cousin. We share the same maternal grandfather.
Amaka, whom I used to call my darling wife, because she gave pawpaw a very Happy life. She was a burbling wife full of energy, face always beaming with smile. No dull moment. She was a very caring and loving wife. She over pampered me when I was in their home for a short holiday.
Amaka,the memory of my brief stay with you can never be forgotten. You were very warm, jovial and kind.
You have completed your God's assignment here on earth and have to return to your creator, so I bid you good bye,till that Resurrection morning when we shall meet and to part no more. Sleep and rest well in the busom of the Lord. I love ❤ you but God loves you more my darling wife Amaka.
Dame Margaret Orendo EHIMIKA
April 4, 2024
Amaka's husband Paul Modebe is my husband(Patrick Bare)'s nephew. I had the privilege of knowing her and Bukun her daughter when my husband and travelled from Houston and spent some days with Paul and his family in New York.
She welcomed us and entertained us very well. We related with one another as if we had known for ages.
Brother please take heart and be strong for Bukun.
May the Almighty grant her eternal rest. Amen.
April 4, 2024
Jojo’s exit to the great beyond , was so sudden and unexpected. I was shocked and still in shock. The loss is immeasurable, so also, is the love she left behind. Death leaves a heartache, no one can heal, and love leaves a memory, no one can take away. Jojo definitely left an indelible impact . May God uphold her family and friends at this painful time. May he give us all, peace and comfort as we mourn the sudden death of our beloved Jojo. May her precious soul continue to rest peacefully in God’s bosom. She lives forever in our hearts.
Esedebe Beatrice
April 4, 2024
Dear Mrs Modebe,
We never met but your husband is like an uncle to me and was a mentor and great support to me and my family growing up in Lagos. I know you enriched his life and built a great home and family together and I pray those memories will bring some solace in due time.
May your soul rest in God's perfect peace. And may God give your family and love ones the strength to bear your loss.
Perpe Egbodor
April 4, 2024
It was hard for me to believe when the news of your passing filtered in.My consolation is in the promise we have in the scripture 2 Timo 4:7. You fought a good fight,you finished your race according to God's plan for you and you kept the Faith.
April 4, 2024
To my dearest Aunt, my cherished "Mum" in every sense of the word. Your love embraced me like a warm blanket, your wisdom guided me like a shining light, and your laughter echoed in my heart like a timeless melody. Though you may have left this earthly realm, your spirit remains ever-present, heaven truly gained an Angel. With each passing day, I am reminded of your kind words, and the infinite love you gave me. Your memory will forever be a beacon of strength, resilience, and boundless love. Rest peacefully, Mum, knowing that your legacy lives on in the hearts of those who were blessed to know you.
April 3, 2024
Heaven just got another Angel back! Aunty Amaka, epitome of beauty in all ramifications, your beauty came from within and translated into love, compassion, humility ,kindness and gentleness. You loved unconditionally and without bias. I still cannot believe that you are gone. It was hard for me to understand uncle Pee's message that fateful morning not because the message was complicated but because I was in denial. I will not hear your sweet voice calling me Iyami Iyabo anymore. I will not hear your gentle laughter and all those beautiful stories and counsel anymore but I will cherish the memories.
May the Lord grant you eternal rest and may perpetual light shine upon you ✨️ 🙏🏽
Iyabo Somuyiwa
April 3, 2024
AJ Modebe.i will miss your wise on
Joseph Ezemonye
April 3, 2024
Napheesyn, as l fondly call you. I lost words but may your smiley self now rest. Thank you for loving the Lord first. We have now turn to God to receive the grace to embrace this great loss,grieve it, and receive strength from Him alone. Sleep well love!
April 3, 2024
Dearest Josephine,

I never dreamed, nor could I imagine that I would get to this day. A day when my heart would be broken because you’ve transitioned to a better place.
A symbol of grace, strength and tenacity. You were a warrior, a fighter, a queen, with a heart of gold and a spirit so keen you touched every soul.
You played a different role in so many lives: You were a mother, a sister, a treasure of a friend but most of all a caregiver with a love that knew no prejudice.
You were a leader, a beacon of faith, a guide, with such joy that shone so brightly from the inside.
You were a spark, a flame, a light, a rose, a stargazer lily, an enchanting bloom, with a beauty that will forever be etched in stone.
You were a treasure, a rare gem, a work of art, and in your presence, I always felt so full at heart.
You were a balance of fire and ice, and everything in between.
You helped others compassionately and you lived your life passionately.

No matter what, the love everyone has for you is one. Ask anyone, they'll tell you the same; you brought joy when there was pain. Your strength and love held us together even now more than ever. What you’ve given to this world is irreplaceable.
So, here is to you, amazing woman of grace. A symbol of love and power.
May your light continue to inspire, and your memories be cherished forever.
You have showcased your bravery and resolve in the face of adversity.
You didn’t live a life that mattered accidentally. You chose to be a phenomenal human being.
So, cheers to you for being exemplary.
Salute to you for leaving a wonderful blueprint of humility and courage.
I pray you can inspire the rest of us to do the same.

Always in our thoughts, forever in our hearts. Sleep in heavenly peace.

With All My Love,
Your Angel DJ
Ms Johnson
April 3, 2024
Hmm...Dunno where to start from...I keep thinking it's a bad dream..Jojo as you are. Called...this news messed me up...I was wondering why you never returned my call...
I will never forget the times we shared in school..long nights with lots of Gist and laughter in the will be greatly missed...I will never forget you....
Farewell my friend..Thank you for the life we shared..I will hold on to the good memories...your smile and laughter brightens the day I miss you's so hard to say goodbye...
Timi oki
April 3, 2024
Jojo, as you were popularly called, I received with great shock, the news of your sudden departure to the great beyond. It was a Big blow, difficult to comprehend, unbelievable but, true. Today, I thought of you With love, but, that is nothing new, I thought about you, yesterday and the days before that too. I think of you in silent, I often speak your name" Jojo. All I have are memories, and the beautiful and elegant pics of you. Your memory is my keepsake, with which, I will never part.
God has you in his keeping, we have you in our hearts. Sleep on Beautiful Jojo.
Sadly missed, never forgotten, always in our hearts.
Esedebe Beatrice
April 3, 2024
GOODBYE BEAUTIFUL JOJO, as we usually called you.

The news of your passing to the great beyond, came as a severe shock. We never dreamt your death so near.Only those who love, can feel the pain of parting with you, without a farewell.You were gentle and
meek, but, strong and tough, steadfast and courageous. You were a God fearing person, beautiful in and out, loving, friendly, and generous. I will always remember how we talked about old times, family and fashion. Ho, how I will miss all that and more. You were a Nugget of pure Gold.You were always so full of joy, and you brought so much love to everyone around you.
The battle is fought ,the victory won. Faithful servant of God, enter thy Master's kingdom.
We will forever miss you and cherish your memories.
Fare well our Nugget of Pure Gold.
Sir Mike & Lady Beatrice Esedebe
Beatrice Esedebe
April 2, 2024
Hmmm its so, painful when i, heard you left this world i cant still imagine if is real, or not i, just have to accept that God knows is all. We love you but God love you more. RIP madam Amaka
Olawuyi victoria
April 2, 2024 your gentle soul rest in peace, Amen. 🙏🏾

I met her in 1989 as a young Ast Marketing manager at Wiggin Teape in Agbara when she wanted to order some wedding cards. I was solely responsible for that transaction and we became friends because I was able to get her a deal and we delivered on time. She was an editor back then with Hints. Then I moved to run our family business Osiquip Nigeria Limited the foremost Office and Banking Automation Company in Nigeria before leaving in the mid 90s for the US and we never saw again. Great woman with a beautiful soul. Our loss, Heaven's gain. She will be greatly missed. Be comforted my brother Chudi. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.

Manny Osifo.
Los Angeles, California.
Manny Osifo
April 2, 2024
Mrs AMAKA JOJO MODEBE the purest soul I ever met.
Amaka was beautiful in and out, she was honest, unpretentious and unassuming. Amaka's Smile/Laughter can melt even the hardest of hearts.
Amaka was fun to be with.
A subtle prayer warrior.
I know yours is a Transition to Heaven because you were an Angel. God bless your soul Amaka my sister,my friend and my gist partner continue resting in the Lord until that Glorious morning when we shall meet to part no more. You are forever in my heart and I love so much even in death.
Uche Onya
Uche Onya
April 2, 2024
I remember going to visit Aunty Amaka at her hints office with my mum. Anytime my mum tells me we are going to visit her I am always so happy cos she buys me food and I go home with a gift. As I grew she was one of my mum's friends who would constantly check up on me. Wish me happy birthday, Valentine's Day, Christmas, New Year, no occasion just check on me and tell me she loves me. Oh how I will miss you Aunty you are truly special and I hope you knew that before you left. I love love love you and miss you. May your sweet and loving soul rest in perfect peace. I love you so much Aunty Amaka
Belinda Onya
March 30, 2024
Ladies and gentlemen, friends and family, we gather with heavy hearts to bid farewell to a remarkable woman, Aunty Amaka or Ojodu, like we fondly called her. Her sudden departure has left us all reeling with disbelief and profound sorrow. As we come together to celebrate her life, let us remember her with love and honor.

Aunty Ojodu was more than just a sister-in-law; she was a beacon of light in our lives. Her warmth, kindness, and unwavering support touched everyone she encountered. Her infectious laughter filled every room she entered, bringing joy to those around her.

She was a pillar of strength for her family, always there with a listening ear and heartfelt advice. Her love knew no bounds, and her generosity knew no limits. Whether it was lending a helping hand or offering words of encouragement, Aunty Ojodu always gave her all without hesitation.

Her absence leaves a void that cannot be filled, but her memory will live on in our hearts forever. Let us take comfort in the cherished moments we shared with her and the legacy of love and kindness she leaves behind.

Though she may no longer be with us in body, her spirit will continue to guide and inspire us. As we mourn her loss, let us also celebrate the beautiful life she lived and the profound impact she had on all who knew her.

Aunty Ojodu, you may have left this world too soon, but your spirit will live on in the hearts of all who loved you. Rest in peace, dear sister, knowing that you will be deeply missed and fondly remembered for eternity. Heaven gained an angel.
Maureen Obiofuma
March 30, 2024
Frank Talk with Amaka

The date has been set and the posters are out. The reality of the devastating news hits even harder. And they say it is time to write a few words of is so hard.

Amaka was a large part of my life as we worked together - evolving a new reading culture in Nigeria while cultivatng relationships that were as tight as blood ties. Amaka was my friend ... and for over three decades, with the seas and oceans between us and communication rather epileptic lately,  she still remained my greatly loved friend.

In those our years of working together, I admired her, enjoyed her company immensely and like everyone that really knew her, I loved her deeply. She was my confidante and a huge support system. She made True Tales a home and fostered camaraderie while we did business. She was beautiful, full of life, full of laughter and quick to pay compliments... please she even told me that I have beautiful legs; that could only have been seen through thick goggles of love. She was like that.

It is sad that what I pen now is a farewell  but it is the way of life and we accept it.

Words are not enough to say how terribly the news of your demise hit me Amy. I always expected a time of meeting, to share updates with loads of gists and laughter. To reconnect as we always do.


Go on peace my darling. May God comfort all of us who love you. May He tenderly tend your family. May He provide the succour they need and favour them abundantly... so you will rest well there.

Farewell Amy...heaven has gained one great person, again.

Chidinma Awa Agwu
March 28, 2024
God knows best. I never connected Amaka Obiofuma of Hints Magazine to Chudi.

I remember with nostalgia my visit to Hints where i had friends like Toni Kan, Reginald Ebere, and Sonny Okim. During those visits, I was struck by the grace and confidence of the beautiful MD of Hints.

Now, as you journey to meet your maker, I offer my condolences to the Obiofuma and Modebe family. May your soul find peace in its final rest.
Fidelis Duker
March 27, 2024
Madam Amaka,
I remember you with fondness and I am saddened by your passing. Na nu do!
Toni Kan
Toni Kan
March 27, 2024
My Dearest Cousin,

Shock is an understatement on the receipt of news of your death.

You were an embodiment of inside and outward beauty. You were such a caring person, and I will never forget your visits to me in the university once you were in the vicinity. Your interest in making sure I secured a good job and your encouraging words of telling me I had all it took. Yes, your kindness cannot be forgotten I cherish my last personal physical interaction with you at your home when as always being thoughtful you invited the entire family to have lunch at your home after a family wedding in New York which I flew in for. The memories will remain with me forever, your laughter, jokes and ensuring we all had so much to eat and drink. My deep condolences to your dear husband and daughter as I also ask God to console them and those of us you left behind. May Angels lead you home to rest externally in the Bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ. You are greatly missed but I trust you are with the Lord. Continue to rest in Peace. From Lizzy Idigbe
Lizzy Idigbe
March 26, 2024
Dear madam Amaka,
You were that to me, and a formidable boss! You were a force by sheer presence, yet you were a girly girl, whose laughter was rich and heartfelt and whose smile lit up a room.The last time we spoke, l saw another side of you. You were just a mum and a friend, exchanging stories of Motherhood. You couldn't imagine life without your little one. Your joy was palpable! It is with great sadness and shock that l receive this news of your passing! My heart goes out to your closest and dearest but l know you lived and loved to the fullest, left a legacy of love that will sustain them in your absence! You live on in the hearts of many! Gone but never to be forgotten! Remembering you with fondness,
Grace Obi(Orji)
March 26, 2024
I received news of Amaka's passing with great sadness as images of her irrepressible personality loomed rapidly before me. And it seemed unbelievable.
Three epithets come to me as I recall our days in Hints: Effervescent, Vivacious and Soulful. She was like a cherry blossom in open display: you could feel the soulfulness with which she laughed and poured out her emotions even many metres away.
Surely, we'll miss your ringing laughs, most especially those to whom you were closest. But we'll be comforted as we remember you by the joy you so easily radiated.
Adieu, Amaka. May heavenly hosts receive you with open arms into the matchless beauty of heaven. Amen.
Chim Newton, writer and morality advocate.
Chim Newton
March 26, 2024
Good night Madam Amaka, As you were fondly called in the ‘’Hints Family’ May your soul rest in peace
Angela Ogbebor
March 26, 2024
Tribute to an Amazing Woman-Amaka

Our paths crossed way back in February 1989 at Inabere Street,Lagos.

Gabriel Uwem Akpan and I went to join other newly recruited staff of True Tales Publications Ltd, publishers of Hints and Chanelle magazines. That was my first visit to Hints magazine's office.
I had my reservations because I the office was tucked in the popular Isaleko neighborhood. Immediately we got to the reception, I saw an extremely delectable beautiful young lady who sat at as though she was the receptionist. All my doubt about the organization disappeared. That was the power of Amaka's personality. It is sobering to say the least, that I am writing a tribute to our beautiful Amaka. This once more underscores the temporal nature of our existence. Life is indeed a fleeting moment.

However, during my five years stay as a staff, our relationship was more of adversarial than cordial. Albeit this, I came to appreciate her warmth, her kindness, friendliness and child-like nature.

When my mother died, it was the company policy for staffers not to use official vehicle for private purpose. She was then the Managing Editor, she approved and allowed me to use my official vehicle.
When I resigned from TTPL, Amaka was on my case, she encouraged me to keep pushing and approved for my firm to be the official freight agent for TTPL.
We related very well after I left Hints.
Amaka was extremely, a loyal friend. She believed in the efficacy of friendship, she helped and supported her friends. She would stick out her neck and go the extra mile to help her friends.

She was vivacious, gregarious and playful, if she considered you a friend.
Amaka was a workaholic, she did extremely well as the head of advert department. She had presence. She used her personal charm and the enchantment her beauty bestowed on her to pull magical figures for TTPL.

Even though I have not seen her for a long time, I have always asked after her and looked forward to seeing her, alas, not any more.
We will miss her compassion, her friendship, her laughter and camaraderie.

I console the Modebe family, her son and indeed, the Obiofuma family.

John Ekeanya
March 25, 2024
My beautiful sister aunty ojodu, words fail me. You were beautiful inside and out. Your laughter and smile brought a lot of sparkle and joy. You were a great source of happiness and hope. I know you are at because you loved peace. May the good Lord keep you safe until we meet to part no more. You will surely be missed. Your love and faith will be our . I miss you so much. Good night my beautiful sister friend and in-law. We love but God has his plans for us. 🙏💔
Carol Okeke
March 24, 2024
In the vast panorama of life, we encounter myriad souls, each leaving an indelible imprint on our journey. Among this multitude, certain people touch our lives in profound ways, their memory outliving the tick-tock of time. One such soul was Amaka Josephine Modebe (Nee Obiofuma).

A lady of unparalleled beauty, inside and out, Amaka was the Managing Editor and CEO of True Tales Publication—one of the creative minds behind Hints Magazine, Chanelle Magazine, and Hints Thrills and Boom Non-Abridged Magazine. She was not just a colleague but a friend, a confidante, a beacon of inspiration who illuminated the path for many of us at TTPL.

Amaka graced the inaugural edition of Hints Magazine as a model, not by virtue of her position but solely due to her radiant beauty. A testament to her humility and grace, she wore her achievements like an unseen crown, letting her work speak volumes about her persona.

Often misunderstood, Amaka was the epitome of compassion, friendliness, and love. Her kindness was as infectious as her spirit was indomitable. As a senior management member alongside her, I, Dotun Olukoya, had the privilege of witnessing her finesse and dedication firsthand. Our roles intertwined us in the intricate dance of meeting the relentless demands of magazine publishing in an analog world, and our camaraderie was a constant source of strength and motivation.

Three decades may have passed since our paths diverged, but the news of her untimely departure left me engulfed in a profound sense of loss. Though our paths had not crossed in recent years, the memory of her remained as vivid as it was during our time at TTPL, where I served as the Group Design and Production Manager.

Amaka's departure is not just a loss, but the end of an era. Her legacy, however, continues to inspire us. She may not be with us in person, but her spirit is forever etched in our hearts. To say she will be missed is an understatement.

In remembrance of Amaka, let us celebrate her life, her journey, and the woman she was. Let us honor her memory by carrying forward the values she stood for. A tribute to her is a tribute to the essence of humanity—a celebration of love, kindness, and resilience.

Rest in peace, dear Amaka! You have left this world, but you will never leave our hearts.

- Dotun Olukoya
Houston, Texas
March 24, 2024

I Learnt with shock and sadness the transition of Amaka Josephine Modebe,Nee Obiofuma . Since settling down to the reality of that happenstance I have clung on to a few descriptive phraseologies to allow me understand why God would call back Amaka so soon and so suddenly.

First was that it was a TRANSITION. It had to be nothing else. She was transiting to heaven with the blessings God imbued her with. On earth she was by attitude and soul an ANGEL. Angels don’t die, they transition to a higher plane. And most times they transit young not old.

Second was the word HOLY. Her transition happened in the holiest of periods in the Christian calendar .. the pre ultimate week to Easter and God must have chosen her specially to accompany Christ on this year’s anniversary of that holy voyage of transition

Third was the word ANGELIC. For all who interacted with Amaka, family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances , we all
Got enamored by the purity of her soul, the honesty of her disposition, the clarity of her thoughts and actions, the unpretentiousness of her friendships ,the loud crackles of her laughter , the simplicity of her beauty and the totality of her commitment to any cause she chose. She was indeed an Angel.
In 1989 when I assembled a crop of young talents to premier what became the most celebrated romance and soft sell publication of that era her leadership and collaborative skills shined like a million stars . She became the leader and chief executive officer at a very young age and helped grow a collection of young leaders who became stars in their own rights.

Today that pool and many more who knew Amaka mourn her.
Finally the word IMPACT. It is often wisely postulated that it is not the number of one’s years on earth that matters but the impact of one’s presence here that matters. And that’s so right. If anyone ever met Amaka in her life time and didn’t feel the impact, then such one lacked impact receptors in their body biology. Amaka made an impact on everyone she met , no matter how brief that meeting was.
So on the occassion of her transition we all,
friends ,family and acquaintances should Ofcourse MOURN our loss, for it is a monumental loss; but above all we should CELEBRATE her life, an exemplary life at that.
May God lead her safely home.

Prof ibe kachikwu SJD Harvard, DPhil, DBA
Former Minister of state Petroleum Nigeria
Former President OPEC , APPO,

Prof Ibe Kachikwu
March 24, 2024
Jo - Jo (as you were fondly called),

You were beautiful in and out. You lit all interactions with your lovely smile.

May your soul rest in God's loving arms.
Esther Ulegede (née Okwoche)
March 24, 2024
Amaka, was a lovely and beautiful soul. May her gentle soul rest in perfect peace. Amen.
Mike Anwuzia
March 24, 2024
Dear Amaka,

Goodbyes are not forever... Goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean you'll be sorely missed till we meet again.

With throbbing nostalgia, I recall our days at HINTS magazine, when your mere presence often lit up the corridors and offices and also evoked infectious joy and excitement.

You were a beacon of love, joy and hope.

If there is reincarnation, please be my friend and colleague again. For now, journey well...

-Kayode Ajala, ex HINTS.
Kayode Ajala
March 24, 2024
This news is really shocking to me this hot afternoon. What really happened? That my MD, Amaka is gone is unbelievable. Charming, loving, lively and ever cheerful, Amaka combined her beauty with brains as a writer and managing director of True Tales Publications Limited, publishers of Hints magazine, Africa's most widely circulating title then. One could see a friend, colleague and leader in Amaka, never a boss. Amaka, all I can say right now is that may your gentle soul rest in peace. Goodnight.
Sunny Okim
March 24, 2024
Aunty Amaka, you are a sister from another mother to me. Though we are not blood related, you treated me like a brother. I remember Uche and I’s youthful exulberate years. You accepted and encouraged us to be a the man we are today. You are a woman of substance, your achievements speaks on. Your light will never deem because you have left your mark in the hallway of time.
Rest on in the bosom of our Lord my sister from another mother.
Tony Odiwe
March 24, 2024
Jojo,, I'm truly saddened by the news of your demise. May God grant your soul eternal rest ant those you left behind the strength to bear this loss🙏🏿
Paul Oga-Okwoche
March 24, 2024
Ever cheerful... Amaka was a beacon of leadership and friendship combined. Our time together in HINTS Magazine with Dotun Olukoya, Kayode Ajala, Hetty (Henrietta) Ajayi, Chidinma Awa Agwu, and host of others too numerous to mention, and under the able leadership of Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu remain indelible in the annals of my sojourn in journalism.
So sad to bid you farewell but who are we to question His work and time?
Adieu Amaka Modebe (Nee Obiofuma).
Hammed Akewusola
March 24, 2024
Dearest Amaka (Jojo), your dem8se has left the entire Okwoche family in shock! To me personally, you were not only a big sister but a friend and mentor. I pray that God welcomes your soul and grant you rest.
Peter Okwoche
March 24, 2024
Aunty Maka as we fondly call you. It was a rude shock. Am speechless. I still can’t believe it. I spoke with you and you consoled me so much that I should stand strong when my husband died. Aunty Maka who will I be calling to be consoling me. I am seriously broken. I don’t know what to say or do. I am going to miss you greatly my gist partner. I love you but God love you more. Rest in the bosom of God
Nkechi Franklin
March 24, 2024
A rude shock.
I have lost a sister and a kindred spirit. This wasn't the re-connection I had envisaged after so many years. I'm going to miss that warm smile, telepathic touch/compassion, all round radiating goodness.
You ran the race, you kept the faith. God be with you, Amaka.

Rest in peace, in the bosom of our Lord.
Ben Enemoh
March 24, 2024
My Dear Aunty Jojo, I cherish all the childhood memories I have of you, so unfortunate we weren't destined to meet again before your passage. You will forever be in our hearts.
Dibeashi Jennifer Buchi
March 23, 2024
My dearest Aunty ❤️ forever in my heart.
March 23, 2024
In Loving Memory of My Beloved Sister, Amaka

My dear sister, Amaka, was not just a presence in our lives; she was the very heartbeat of our family. Her unwavering love, boundless compassion, and tireless dedication to ensuring the well-being of everyone around her were the cornerstones of her beautiful soul. Amaka had a remarkable gift for nurturing those she loved. Whether it was through her comforting embrace, her soothing words of wisdom, or the countless acts of kindness she performed without hesitation, she had an innate ability to make each of us feel cherished and valued.

She carried the weight of our family's joys and sorrows with grace and strength, her warm smile a beacon of hope even in the darkest of times. Amaka's presence was a constant source of comfort, her love an ever-flowing river that nourished our spirits and souls. The void left by her absence is unfathomable, for no words can adequately capture the depth of the loss we feel. The warmth of her embrace, the sound of her laughter, the gentleness of her touch—these are treasures we hold dear in our hearts, now and forevermore.

Though she may no longer walk beside us, her spirit lives on in the countless lives she touched with her kindness and love. Her legacy of compassion will continue to inspire us to be better, to love harder, and to cherish every moment we are blessed to share with those we hold dear.

Rest in eternal peace, my beloved sister. Your absence leaves a void that can never be filled, but your love will guide us through the darkness until we meet again. You will be missed more than words can express, but your memory will live on in our hearts forever.

With all my love,
Chudi Obiofuma


Please join us at the Funeral Mass for Amaka Josephine Modebe (nee Obiofuma)

We will come together to remember and pay tribute to Amaka Josephine Modebe, our dearly beloved wife, sister, mother, aunt, friend and colleague.

While we mourn the loss of our dear Amaka, we also aim to cherish the moments shared and the joy brought into our lives. Your presence would mean a great deal to us during this time of remembrance and reflection.

Mr. Paul Onochie Modebe
For the Family
Saint Martha's Catholic Church Address: 546 Greengrove Ave, Uniondale, NY 11553
April 6th, 9:30 AM

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