A few months after his death, the grieving mother shared a picture with a heartbreaking note via her Instagram page. She wrote:
“22nd August 2017 was the day God’s precious child and son, the amazing blessing God blessed me with that made me to be a mother, traveled out of this earth.
“5th September 2017 was the day his fleshly remains was committed to mother earth.
“5th December 2017 was the day it cumulated three months of my mourning him, for the purposes of observing rites of culture/ tradition.
“Raymond Joshua Chimaobi Chimnonso Ekwu, your mummy is absolutely distraught without you still. Our home is so silent now without you. Every time I still peep into your room to see if you’re there. When I drive back home, I long to see your smiling face radiating that joy of seeing me back. Cooking has lost it’s joy, because you’re not there to ask all those questions: mummy what are you cooking now? What’s that? Why do you put that? Mummy please can I stir the contents of what you’re cooking? Can I get a piece of meat? No more will I hear you say: mummy my sleep mode is not activated yet, when I say : Chimnonso go to sleep right now! No one to ask me: mummy how come am getting pimples on my face and you don’t have? And I have to answer: Joshua, you’re in your puberty years and becoming a young man?
“Aaaaah my son, my baby, the most considerate child, my six feet four inches ( 6ft, 4 inches tall) adorable giant, I miss you oooooooo .
“Be that as it may, I want to use this medium to wholeheartedly appreciate God, the eternal rock of ages, the all knowing emperor of the universe, the pillar of my life, for it all.
“THE GREAT I AM THAT I AM, I THANK YOU, I BLESS YOU, I HONOUR YOU, I GLORIFY YOU LORD – 1 Thessalonians 5 : 18.
BuzzNigeria recalls that after Raymond’s funeral in September, the actress thanked her late son for making the world call her a mother and for making people know about Jesus. Her words:
“You were the best gift that God gave to me and I love you with all my heart, soul, spirit and body.
“Thank you for making the world call me mother, but above all, I want to say thank you for making people know about Jesus.
“I know you have gone, I’m totally broken but I rejoice because you loved Jesus with all your soul, spirit and body.
“I also want to use this opportunity to tell everyone out there, every parent – Daddy and Mummy together, the best gift that you can give to your children is to tell them about Jesus. It’s all about Jesus.”
Eucharia Anunobi and her ex-husband, Charles Ekwu, had Raymond who was born with Sickle Cell Anaemia in 2002.
The couple got married in 2000 and the marriage lasted for six years before complications began to set in. The union became a subject of controversy after Eucharia moved out of her matrimonial home and accused her husband of infidelity, among other allegations.