IT was a celebration of life well spent as family members, friends and well wishers from all walks of life gathered in Umuoji, Idemili North local government area of Anambra State, to honour Pius Nwafor Udeka Idemili. Idemili, 81, died on December 22, 2015, after a brief illness and was buried on January 27, 2016, at his home town, Umuoli Village, Umuoji, Anambra State.
Idemili was a retired school teacher and a tough disciplinarian who imparted the lives of many school children that pass through him. He started his teaching career at St. Thomas Aquinas College, ACA, Akure, Ondo State. In 1975, Idemili was promoted to the status of principal and transferred to Okeagbe Secondary School, Okeagbe, Ondo State
He was later promoted to a grade A principal and then, transferred to St. Patrick’s College, Iwaro Oka Akoko, Ondo State. Towards the end of his career, he was sent to St. Ambrose Secondary School, Ondo, where he retired in 1986. He was a dedicated life member of the Catholic Church and a strong member of many religious societies including the Catholic Chrismatic Movement in Ondo.
He held several top executive positions in the Catholic Men Organisation, Ondo Diocese and his church St. Joseph Catholic Church, Ondo honoured him with a Merit award of Father of Faith.
Idemili would be missed by his wife, children, relations and well-wishers. Florence Idemili, his wife said her husband was a man after God’s heart while he was alive. She noted that Nna Chimma, as she fondly call him stood strong with God as his pillar of support and helmet on the day of battle.
Chimdimma Idemili-Chukwuanu, his only daughter, said her father was a rare gem, a great professional and vocational teacher. She described him as a teacher’s teacher, an icon of truth, a disciplinarian to the core and a devout Catholic.
On his part, Kenechukwu Idemili, son, said his father left when he most needed him. “Daddy, you simply left me in a state of confusion. Always day dreaming for you to come back, I’m at cross road. Your counsel, pet, advice and encouragement I can’t get anymore. You have made me a young man in an old man’s body. I promise father to keep your house the way you left it,” he said.
— Feb 22, 2016 @ 01:00 GMT