Inmemory of Neiliezhü Üsou

7 Jul 1941
30 Jan 2009
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Neiliezhü Üsou (7 July 1941 – 30 January 2009) was an influential Baptist preacher and Church musician from the North-Eastern state of India, Nagaland. He belonged to the Angami Naga tribe and hailed from Nerhema Village in Kohima district, Nagaland, India. He was well known for his interpretive skills, powerful sermons and involvement with the State Government.

Neiliezhü Üsou, son of Putsolie Üsou, GB (Gaon Bura), Nerhema village, in Kohima District, was born on 7 July 1941. He did his early schooling from the village Lower Primary School. He came from a Non Christian family but was inspired to become a missionary by witnessing B. I. Anderson, an American Missionary, and his wife playing Piano Accordion during their visit to Nerhema Village Baptist Church in 1951 led by Kenneth Kerhüo. He took water baptism on 13 March 1953, from Rev. Kevizelie.

Rev. Dr. Neiliezhü Üsou conducting Eastern Theological College (ETC) Choir, 1962.
He joined the Naga National Movement and went underground for sometime. He resurfaced and continued his schooling in Government High School, Kohima. He joined Eastern Theological College (ETC), Jorhat, Assam and did his Bachelor of Theology (B. Th) from 1960 to 1964. Seeing his interest in Music he was sent to Leonard Theological College (LTC), Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh by an American Missionary, Dr. Frederick S. Downs,where he did his Religious Education in Church Music from 1964 to 1965.

Üsou joined Baptist English School, Kohima as teacher for sometime and married the youngest daughter of Rev. Zhapuzhülie Sekhose, Rüülhou-ü, on 18 December 1965, at the age of 24.

Rev. Dr. Neiliezhü Üsou and his wife Rüülhou-ü have seven children: three sons and four daughters.They have two daughters-in-law, two sons-in-law and eight grandchildren. Most of the children are involved in Christian Ministry.

Üsou died on 30 January 2009, at Naga Hospital, Kohima. His mortal remains was kept for two days in his residence enabling thousands of mourners from all walks of life to pay their respect. His Funeral service took place at 2:00 PM IST on Sunday, 1 February 2009, in his Church (MHBC) and was attended by thousands. His demise was mourned by the then Governor of Nagaland, Shri. K. Sankaranarayanan, the then Governor of Maharashtra, Shri. S. C. Jamir, Naga Hoho, different organizations and Churches in Nagaland and the United States. Speakers at the Funeral included the Chief Minister of Nagaland; representatives from NBCC, ABCC, NPC, KBPF, ANBPU and several others

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