Ifeanyi Chidubem Prince Anyoku, of Port Harcourt in Rivers State, Nigeria passed away on Saturday, August 5, 2023. A sophomore in the Blount Scholars Program, Ife was majoring in Biology and served as a Resident Assistant with Housing and Residential Communities. In addition to being a serene and inspiring presence in Blount’s curricular and extracurricular activities, he was actively involved in the African Students Association and Al’s Pals. The students in the Blount Program have created this page both to give voice to the penetrating sadness with which we have received Ife’s death and to express our gratitude at being touched by his remarkable spirit.
You’re listening to “Na Gode” by Yemi Alade ft. Selebob, which Ife submitted as part of the playlist on his Blount application, along with the caption “This song made me reflect on a few bad things going on in my life and still want to dance.” The lyrics can be found at this link. If the audio isn’t working on your device, or if you’d like to view the music video, you can visit this link.
Ife’s “voice” can be heard in his portfolio for his Spring 2023 composition course with Professor Kelleher.
The University held a memorial service for Ife on 8/10/23 in the Student Center. The video of the service, including tributes from the African Students’ Association, First Baptist Church of Tuscaloosa, Al’s Pals, Blount, the Honor’s College, and Circle K, can be viewed here. At this service, attendees left cards as tribute to Ife: Ifeanyi-Anyoku-Memorial-Cards. The Capstone International Center created an article in honor of Ife, which can be viewed here: link to article.
If you would like to donate to Ife’s family, you can do so here.
The Blount Scholars Program will hold its own memorial for Ife on August 29th at 5pm in OB.