Exit of Mother-of-All

Prominent Nigerians from all walks of life grace the funeral of Ifeyinwa Comfort Chigbo, a fashion designer, in Umuoji, Anambra State

|  Anayo Ezugwu  |  Feb. 4, 2013 @ 01:00 GMT

SHE was a creative icon whose works cut across many aspects of human life. Ifeyinwa Comfort Chigbo, 76, former staff of the defunct Chase Manhattan Merchant Bank and the proprietor of COONITA gift shoppe, died on December 3, 2012 ,and was buried on January 12, in Umuoji in Idemili North local government area of Anambra State. She was survived by her three children, Emeka, Ifeyinwa and Chukwuma, and many other relations.

Chigbo also worked with the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation, NBC as a part-time broadcaster on the popular Shakey Shakey and Alao television reality shows. Her desire for fashion and design led her to Enugu where she established COONITA gift shoppe and Yasmine Couture, an outfit that brought fame.

Besides, her passion for fashion and design took her to places like Greece, Italy, Hong Kong, Singapore and Indonesia where she traded on jewelleries, handbags, shoes and household accessories. Her fashion outfit, Yasmine Couture, was recognised far and wide. She was known for her creative designs, her attention to details, the quality of her products, perfection, and her sense of elegance. In fact, she won a creativity award for her designs and creations.

Chigbo, fondly called Mama Uwa, (Mother -of-all) by her admirers, attended Holy Rosary Convent School, Enugu and Queen’s College, Yaba, Lagos. After her secondary school education, Ifeyinwa proceeded to the University College Hospital, Ibadan, where she studied nursing. She also earned a certificate in secretarial studies from Pitmans College in Holborn, London.

Prominent Nigerians that attended the burial includes Virginia Etiaba, former governor of Anambra State, Aliko Dangote, president, Dangote Group, Fola Adeola, former managing director of Guarantee Trust Bank, GTB, Margaret Obi, wife of Anambra State governor and Pius Muoghalu, former director of finance and supply, National Youths Service Corps, NYSC.

Nuclear family of Late Ifeyinwa Chigbo at the burial praying for the repose of the soul of the deceased

Nuclear family of Late Ifeyinwa Chigbo at the burial praying for the repose of the soul of the deceased

Pastor Ituah Ighodalo praying for the deceased

Pastor Ituah Ighodalo praying for the deceased

MIC Lagos pall bearers carrying the remains of Late Ifeyinwa Comfort Chigbo

MIC Lagos pall bearers carrying the remains of Late Ifeyinwa Comfort Chigbo

Asue consoling his wife, Ify Ighodalo, daughter of the deceased

Asue consoling his wife, Ify Ighodalo, daughter of the deceased

Oyebode Jide Coker with other mourners at the burial

Oyebode Jide Coker with other mourners at the burial

R-L: Sarah Okagbue, Olojede, Fola Adeola and other mourners

R-L: Sarah Okagbue, Olojede, Fola Adeola and other mourners

Beatrice Kolade and Yinka Ikenze, best friends of the deceased

Beatrice Kolade and Yinka Ikenze, best friends of the deceased

Christopher Kolade (middle), former chairman of Cadbury and the deceased's son

Christopher Kolade (middle), former chairman of Cadbury and the deceased’s son

Chukwuma Chigbo, second son of the deceased

Chukwuma Chigbo, second son of the deceased

Dangote and the Chigbo kinsmen

Dangote and the Chigbo kinsmen

Janine and Emeka Chigbo

Janine and Emeka Chigbo

Pastor Ituah Ighodalo at the burial ceremony

Pastor Ituah Ighodalo at the burial ceremony

Dele Olojede, publisher, NEXT newspaper

Dele Olojede, publisher, NEXT newspaper

Gbenga Oyebode, chairman, Access Bank, at the burial

Gbenga Oyebode, chairman, Access Bank, at the burial

Dangote, president, Dangote Group

Dangote, president, Dangote Group

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