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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.

[caption id="attachment_3074" align="alignnone" width="640"]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[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3077" align="alignnone" width="640"]Pastor Ituah Ighodalo praying for the deceased Pastor Ituah Ighodalo praying for the deceased[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3089" align="alignnone" width="640"]MIC Lagos pall bearers carrying the remains of Late Ifeyinwa Comfort Chigbo MIC Lagos pall bearers carrying the remains of Late Ifeyinwa Comfort Chigbo[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3079" align="alignnone" width="640"]Asue consoling his wife, Ify Ighodalo, daughter of the deceased Asue consoling his wife, Ify Ighodalo, daughter of the deceased[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3075" align="alignnone" width="640"]Oyebode Jide Coker with other mourners at the burial Oyebode Jide Coker with other mourners at the burial[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3078" align="alignnone" width="640"]R-L: Sarah Okagbue, Olojede, Fola Adeola and other mourners R-L: Sarah Okagbue, Olojede, Fola Adeola and other mourners[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3080" align="alignnone" width="640"]Beatrice Kolade and Yinka Ikenze, best friends of the deceased Beatrice Kolade and Yinka Ikenze, best friends of the deceased[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3081" align="alignnone" width="640"]Christopher Kolade (middle), former chairman of Cadbury and the deceased's son Christopher Kolade (middle), former chairman of Cadbury and the deceased's son[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3082" align="alignnone" width="640"]Chukwuma Chigbo, second son of the deceased Chukwuma Chigbo, second son of the deceased[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3083" align="alignnone" width="640"]Dangote and the Chigbo kinsmen Dangote and the Chigbo kinsmen[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3087" align="alignnone" width="640"]Janine and Emeka Chigbo Janine and Emeka Chigbo[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3076" align="alignnone" width="640"]Pastor Ituah Ighodalo at the burial ceremony Pastor Ituah Ighodalo at the burial ceremony[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3085" align="alignright" width="194"]Dele Olojede, publisher, NEXT newspaper Dele Olojede, publisher, NEXT newspaper[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3090" align="alignright" width="201"]Gbenga Oyebode, chairman, Access Bank, at the burial Gbenga Oyebode, chairman, Access Bank, at the burial[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3106" align="alignright" width="194"]Dangote, president, Dangote Group Dangote, president, Dangote Group[/caption]

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