The burial of late Sir Richard Nwachukwu Okeke, father of Anambra State deputy governor, Dr Nkem Okeke took place yesterday, Friday, June 10, 2016 in Enugwu-Ukwu, Anambra State.
The ceremony was marked with fanfare as the crop of Igbo personalities attended the burial.
Also in attendance at the burial was Chief Emeka Kalu, former gubernatorial candidate for Abia State and chairman of Sterrcoll Engineering Limited, in the United States. Chief Kalu a brother in law to the deputy governor, Nkem Okeke, is to Lolo Victoria Kalu, a younger sister to the deputy governor.
The event took place in Enugwu Ukwu, Njikoka Local Government Area, Anambra State. Nwachukwu Okoeke, an engineer, who is popularly known as ‘Ezuo’, was born on 10th December 1927 and died at the age of 88 on April 10, this year.
An engineer, Chief Emeka Kalu, chairman of Stercoll Energy, in the United States, also brought his kinsmen all the way from Amogwu Village, Bende, in Bende Local Government for condolences to the people of Enuguwu Ukwu and Anambra State.
The event saw several different Igbo burial cultural activities including the presence of ‘mmanwu'(masquerade) dances, musical performances, and other rites.
Those who paid condolence visit to the budding metropolis of Enugwu Ukwu for the burial include teams from Abia State Government House, women from Cross River Government and other top notches from across the South East and South south Nigeria. This is aside the Anambra government and people who came in large numbers.
In his condolence message to the family, Chief Kalu, whose title is ‘Atakata Agbuo 1 of Igboland wrote: “We miss your calls and warm company, phone calls, jokes and also, the name ‘Ezuo 1 of Enugwu Ukwu and Umu Nri kingdom” that reflects your personality and persona. Hope the real tributes to you will be the actions of our lives; we are the testaments of love and lessons you painstakingly instilled in us all.
“Really words cannot express the shock we had in hearing the news that your time had stopped. Daddy, up till this moment our hearts are ridden with grief which is deafening every strength of fortitude to bear your departure. We shall take solace in the wisdom and uncommon sense, love, kindness forthrightness, integrity and forbearance, all of which you bequeath on us.”
Thousands of people came with condolences, and the area was a beehive of activities. They include the Vice President Prof Yemi Osibanjo, House of Assembly Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Chief Justice of the Federation Maumud Mohammed, and former Vice President of Nigeria, Sir Alex Ekwueme.
Senators Sam Egwu, Andy Uba, Barnabas Gemade, Samuel Anyanwu, Mao Ohuabunwa, Obinna Joseph Ogba, TA Orji, Gilbert Nnaji were some of the senators that sent condolence.
Others are Justice Anthony Iguh, former Chief Justice of the Federation, and most deputy governors of the federation. The list is endless, and Jungle Journalist, who was at Enugwu Ukwu, may not be able to list every one or organisation that was represented.
Peruse the many photos from the event.