I met him for the first time, and unfortunately that also
was the last time, in Baltimore, Maryland in 2012 during
NAUSDA Convention, but I have heard the bell his name
had been ringing, especially in the Academic circle and
in our home town, Uromi. Tony Ehimen had introduced
me to him as the President of NAUSDA at the hotel lobby
on the first day of the convention. We exchanged brief
pleasantry and he thanked the association for putting in
place such programs for ourselves and for Uromi. He
looked humble and down to earth. We both agreed to
meet and talk more before the end of the Convention,
but that did not come to pass.
Professor Mike Udegbe devoted most of his life making
positive contributions towards programs/activities within
the four walls of the Ivory tower both at the academic
and social levels. At the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma
in Edo State, he served as Dean of the Faculty of
Environmental Studies; Head of Building Department ;
Member of Committee of Senate , and Member of the
Finance and General Purpose Committee of the same
University’s  Governing Council.  He was a Patron to
many Esan organizations at the University Campus. He
contributed significantly to the admission of many Uromi
sons and daughters into the said University.  He was an
academic mentor and a source of inspiration to many
Uromi, nay Esan students at AAU.
Professor Udegbe also had a consuming passion for issues that concern and affect Uromi and its people. He helped
to oversee the construction of buildings in Uromi for many Uromi sons and daughters in the Diaspora in which he
displayed honesty, accountability and credibility. When the Uromi Community Association in New York, now NAUSDA
local chapter decided, about a decade ago, to renovate the Female Ward at the Uromi Central Hospital, Professor
Mike was there to help oversee the execution of the project.  After the 2012 convention, and based on his exemplary
track record, members of NAUSDA unanimously appointed Professor Mike Udegbe a member of the Ad-Hoc
committee  to oversee the  projects of water supply to Uromi Central Hospital and the Immortalization of Chief
Anthony Enahoro program at Uromi. He was later nominated one of the Honorary Members of NAUSDA by the
association for his distinguished and selfless contributions to the Uromi community. His Investiture was to be at the
Chicago convention in August 2014, an occasion he had promised to grace.
But before the convention, on an unusually chilly morning of April 14th, 2014, the chilling and devastating news
filtered into the Uromi community in the US. Instinctively, I checked the calendar to re-assure myself that, that day
was not April 1st, April fool’s Day. No, it was not. The news was true.  Professor Udegbe was no more. The cold
hands of death had snatched our Professor away from us so soon.  Yes, too soon. A man who still had a lot to offer
to his community and to humanity was gone and forever. His life was transient, like a streak of light from a meteor, or
like the dew on top of the mountain.
Professor Mike Udegbe will be greatly missed by all those who know him, especially the young ones whose lives he
touched immensely at the University within the short period he spent on this earth. We all love you Prof. and though
gone, your memory lives on and will ever remain green in our hearts.  To live in the hearts of those who love you is
not to die.  
Let us all remember his wife and the five children Professor Mike Udegbe left behind in our daily prayers.
Adieu Mike.
By Ben Omon Etiobhio