| By Ishaya Ibrahim |
JULIANA Ugoye Omaliko, also known as Ugobueze, 95, a native of Orofia, Ogbu Abatete in Idemili North local government area of Anambra State, who died on December 5, 2012, was an inspiration to her family. She lost her father after her birth and had to go through very difficult times as a young village girl to survive including working in the farm and serving as a housemaid. In 1936, she got married to Leonard Okwundu Omaliko, a policeman, who was then living in Lagos. She moved with her husband to different locations where he was posted including Badagry, where she learnt to speak Yoruba language and Pigeon English fluently.
She returned to her community after her husband voluntarily retired from the police force in 1949. There, she started petty trading in Onitsha, dealing in tobacco and fish and made a huge success of it. She was a devout catholic and a community leader. She was instrumental to the formation of women groups both in her village and Onitsha where she lived.
Omaliko is survived by 11 children including Mike Omaliko, who works for a multilateral organisation in Nigeria, and many grand and great-grandchildren.
She would be buried January 25, in her hometown.
— Jan. 28, 2013 @ 01:00 GMT