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Brandon Joseph Nowamakbe Efianayi

February 24, 2002 ~ August 19, 2019 (age 17)

Brandon Joseph Nowamakbe Efianayi of Manchester, beloved son, brother, friend, writer and avid anime and manga reader--Passed away unexpectedly on Monday, August 19, 2019.  He was raised in Manchester and attended local schools. Brandon was 17 years old and going to start 12th grade this fall.

Born on February 24, 2002 to Sonya and Victor Efianayi.  Brandon was known for his quick wit, dry humor and love of family. He was kind, caring, friendly and always ready with a smile. His sensitive, sweet and gentle nature made him loved by all who knew him. 

In elementary school, he enjoyed building with legos and playing with trains--especially Thomas the Tank Engine.

By age 10, he began to enjoy reading and could read two or more books a week.  In middle school, he found an interest in writing poetry and robotics. By age 15, he was enrolled in AP classes his freshman year and continued his love of reading and writing.

Teachers and students enjoyed having Brandon in their classes because he was articulate, helpful, opinionated and would eagerly participate in class discussions.  He excelled in all his classes and was always willing to help other students.

As a young man with passion and an intense sense of empathy,  Brandon was diagnosed with both anxiety and depression. He battled this illness valiantly, always hopeful and eager to find a cure for this disease.  Sadly, Brandon gave up his fight after a long, difficult and seemingly hopeless battle with depression, he decided to take his own life.

Brandon came into this world spreading happiness into the hearts of everyone he met.  His love and special presence with family and friends will never be forgotten or replaced.

In Brandon’s untimely passing, he leaves behind his parents, Sonya and Victor, step-mother, Patience Akuge Efianayi, brothers, Gregory and Justen; younger sister Rhoda, his maternal grandfather, Nukilwa Taquilaya, Sr., his paternal grandmother Maria Edebiri, paternal grandfather, Felix Eboigbodin, Aunt Tawnyetta Taquilaya, Uncle Nukilwa (Nick) Taquilaya, Jr. of AR, David and Mary Efianayi of FL, Mrs. Mercy Iloh of MD, Friday and Kate Efianayi of GA, Monday and Bene Efianayi of CT, Dele and Helen Edebiri of MA, Najmah and William Gaddy of NC and a host of family and friends in CT, across the US, Europe and Nigeria.  

Donations may be made to:

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Connecticut Chapter
P. O. Box 333, Plainville CT 06062

Yale Child Study Center, Office of Development
Box 7611, New Haven CT 06519-0611
Tel: 1-203-436-8559

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