By Christabel Ejenike
The burial of late Chukwuemeka Hebert Ugona aka “the pillar” will hold on Thursday, April 16, at his hometown in Mmakwum village in Obosi, Idemili North local government area, Anambra State. He was aged 65.
Before the burial, family and friends will pay their last respects to Late Ugona whose remains will lie-in-state in his house in Obosi, before the requiem Mass at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Obosi by 11am.
Interment will follow immediately after Mass and thereafter, there will be condolence visits and entertainment of guests, friends and relatives at the Chuke Memorial School Field, Adjacent St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Obosi. There will also be a Thanksgiving Mass at the same Church on April 18, in Obosi, by 10am.
Late Chukwuemeka was born on the August 29, 1955, to late SPCU Ugona, an engineer and Grace Ego Ugona (nee Ufoeze) in the sub-family of Oliobi family, in the larger Udezuga family of Ire village, Obosi.
He schooled at Saint Theresa Primary School, Apapa, Lagos, in 1962, before the coup of 1966-Nigeria civil war breached his early education. After the war ended, he continued with his secondary schooling in the prestigious government secondary school Afikpo, Enugu, now Ebonyi.
His biography stated that he excelled in both his academic and extra-curricular activities in the school; representing his school in different competitions ranging from: table tennis, football, volleyball, and quiz competitions; winning awards. He graduated from secondary school making an aggregate of eight distinctions in one sitting of the 1974 West African School Certificate Examinations, WASSCE. He furthered his education to the tertiary institution as he was admitted into the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN, to study civil engineering, and graduated in the year 1979.
He served in Ilorin, Kwara state, working with the state housing corporation where he finished his service in 1980 with a national award.
According to his biography, he was a vibrant man that had a sharp, incisive, and clear intellect and also disposed of an aura of disarming casualness and gentle humour. He was a philanthropist while he lived as he helped as many as he could reach ranging from his hometown as a prominent and supporting member of the Obosi Development Union, Port Harcourt branch. He offered scholarships and provided employment to many people in Obosi and was a major sponsor of his sister’s NGO-the Joyful Widows.
He was also a prominent member of his home church Saint Theresa Catholic Church, Obosi, while positively impacted both the clergy and the laity.
He is survived by his widow, Chinwe Veronica, four children, three grandchildren and other relatives.
He left an enduring and solid imprint in the sand of time.
– Apr.15, 2021 @ 15:19 GMT |