07/15/1957 - 10/07/2021
Service Date: 11/06/2021
Service Time: 10 AM
Service Location: Gilbert Memorial Park, 2100 East Queen Creek Road Gilbert, AZ 85297
Visitation Date: 11/05/2021
Visitation Time: 5-7 PM
Visitation Location: Gilbert Memorial Park
Interment: Gilbert Memorial Park

Link to the livestream: Charles Umana Celebration of Life Live Video Stream

Just before dawn on October 7th, Nwamulunamma Charles Akosa Umunna— aerospace engineer, chess-champion, world traveler, and Ozo title of Ogboli-Olosi village of Onitsha Ado, Nigeria— passed away in Mesa, Arizona in the United States. Charles was the oldest son of five children. His parents, Nnabuenyi and Amlunwaeze Umunna, raised him and his siblings (Gladys, Ifeanyi, Violet, and Florence) to pursue their interests and dreams. As a result, even as a child, Charles was active and entrepreneurial. He attended primary and secondary school in Enugu, Nigeria, and then moved to the United States where he accomplished an engineering degree at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. During his time in Ogden, Charles discovered passions for music, engineering, the game of chess, photography, and cinema. He also fell in love and married Sonja, the woman who brought his daughter, Precious, into the world. 

After finishing college, Charles established a career in the Aerospace industry and traveled the United States using his unique design expertise to craft manufacturing tools for advanced composite structures for US military and commercial aircraft on behalf of companies such as Lockheed Martin, Bombardier, Gulf Stream, and Boeing. His grandest dream was to export his aerospace wisdom to Nigeria to support the growth of the aviation industry and, ultimately, one day retire to the Onitsha Ado village he loved, where he could feel the breeze of the river Niger in the evenings. 

Nwamulunamma Charles Akosa Umunna is preceded in death by his parents, Nnabuenyi and Amlunwaeze Umunna; and his siblings, Florence Umunna-Ejiogo and Gladys Umunna-Arimah. He is survived by his daughter, Precious Umunna-Williams (Jairus); his grandchildren Essence Williams and Jair Williams; his brother, Ike Ifeanyi Umunna; his sister, Violet Umunna; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other loving relatives and friends. 

To you, Nwmulunamma, we say Dalu-o (Thank you) for your generosity, guidance, wisdom, and loving spirit. Ije awele (Safe Journey), brother. We will miss you dearly.

There will be a visitation Friday, November 5, 2021 from 5-7 PM at Gilbert Memorial Park, 2100 East Queen Creek Road, Gilbert, AZ 85297. Funeral services are Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 10 AM, also at Gilbert Memorial Park. To livestream the service, please click on: Charles Umana Celebration of Life Live Video Stream


  • Fare well my dearest old friend. It feels like just yesterday if I could remember the early 60s & 70s were the.most memorable years that we grew up together playing & messing around as boys should at Enugu, in Nigeria & again in the States we had a brief hookup at Los Angeles, California. It all felt like yesterday. My friend I’ll miss you greatly till the end of time. ADOUS MY OLD FRIENDS. MY YOUR SOUL REST IN PERFECT PEACE IN THE LORD. TILL WE MEET AGAIN. SAMMY IKPA

  • Ben UD Anyaegbunam

    As i say goodbye to Akosa Umunna ,I remember the good old days in Enugu during our high school days. I remember the times we spent growing up in the states. I remember the time we spent in my village eating the traditional ofe onugbu..He was a very good friend and I will always miss him. May his soul rest in perfect peace

  • Cordy Umeh & family

    May you continue to rest in Perfect Peace

  • Osegbue obiageli ohambele

    May his soul Rest In Peace in Jesus name, Amen

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