FEATURE ARTICLE

Prof. Herbert EzeMonday, July 10, 2017
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TRIBUTE TO
LATE CHIEF DR. KENNETH OSITADINMA OKONKWO-AGUNECHEIGBO!


Dr. Okonkwo receiving Staff of Office at Lisbon University College as BOT Chairman from Prof. H. M. Eze

he news about the death of Chief Dr. Kenneth Ositadimma Okonkwo (Agunecheigbo) reached me by text message from Dr. Peter Ahiwe on the morning of 25 May this year. Dr. Ahiwe is the Principal Consultant of Lisbon University College of Management Technology, Ifakala, Mbaitoli in Imo State. Barely two months ago, we were together at the University College during a matriculation event where the Late Chief Kenneth Okonkwo was installed as the Board of Trustees Chairman. I could hardly understand what Dr. Ahiwe was talking about in his text message until he later called and explained.

NEWS FLASH! From Lisbon University College received later confirmed Dr. Okonkwo's death officially as follows: "Sir, with heavy heart, we hereby inform you that the Chairman, BoT of our great school, Chief K.O. Okonkwo is dead on a ghastly motor accident on the 25th of May 201. P/C LISBON." It was sad to know it for sure and, therefore I began to ask of when Chief, Dr. Okonkwo's burial and funeral would be.

The date was 29 July 2017 and the burial/funeral took place in his hometown, Umuawulu in Anambra State. The burial service began at 10.00 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Umuawulu. According to biological record, Kenneth was born on June 6, 1972, as the second child of late Mrs. Caroline Ukamaka Okonkwo, a community organizer and servant per excellence.

He attended Obinwanne Primary School, Ifite- Nibo, Awka South L.G.A of Anambra State where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate. He further attended Community Secondary School, Akpani in Rivers State and obtained his West African School Certificate. At School, he was active in sports, notably football and throwing of discus and javelin. As a student, he did well both in science and arts.

In 2006, he obtained Diploma and Associate Degree in Criminology from the Ashwood University, USA. In 2016, Kenneth graduated from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State with Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.

Before his death, Chief Kenneth Ositadinma Okonkwo was the Managing Director/Superintendent General of Operation Clean and Healthy Anambra (OCHA) Brigade. A fit accorded to him following his successful achievements in the efforts to combat criminalities and overwhelming contributions towards strengthening Anambra's wealth and crime-free status. At OCHA Brigade, Kenneth was diligent and devoted, and his performance level was high.

He was outstanding as a man of extraordinary courage and determination, a man who refused to be pitied. He fended for himself with bonhomie. He sponsored most development- oriented projects in his community and other communities in the state.

Kenneth was the Managing Director/CEO of several companies upon which empire he employed thousands of people, among them are: Model Security Agency Nig. Ltd., Georgia International Security Academy Nig. Ltd.,Verti-gro Agricultural Global Concept Nig. Ltd.,Ocheigbo Tomatoes Nig. Ltd.,Ocheigbo Diaspers Nig. Ltd.,Ocheigbo Entertainment/Production Ltd.

Mr. Okonkwo served in the United states of America Police at the Carver College Police Department after serving in the Nigeria Army's National Guard where he was seriously wounded in active service and retired after years of in and out of hospital with several surgeries. To the testimony of his career, Kenneth served as Police Consultant on Vigilante Matters, with the arrest of several notorious armed robbers and kidnappers in Anambra State as being best illustrated in his enormous achievements.

Chief Kenneth Ositadinma Okonkwo before his death, was a member of International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), USA. A member of Procurement Planning Committee of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka and an Advisor at the National Draw Law Enforcement Agency. He was the Chairman, Board of Trustees of Lisbon University College of Management Technology, Ifakala, Mbaitoli, Imo State.

He was accorded with several Chieftancy titles including Aguneche- Igbo (World-Wide) and Ochi-agha 1 by his home town, Umuawulu. He remained sociable and contended to the end. Chief Dr. Ken Okonkwo is survived by two sons, brothers, sisters, uncles, cousins, etc

Chief Willie Obiano, the Governor of Anambra State sat in the occasion with a lot of sympathy and expressed a deep feeling of great loss to the State, the Umuawulu people and others and particularly the family of Late Chief Dr. Kenneth Ositadinma Okonkwo over his death.

His condolence message as enshrined in the funeral brochure is very inspirational coming from the heart of a great Governor mourning a great son of Anambra who did our State and the nation proud through his accomplishments, character and great courage. Governor Obiano's funeral message is a must read which takes the reader on a non- stop journey till the end.

Condolence Message of Dr. Willie Obiano, Executive Governor of Anambra State

My heart is heavy on writing a condolence message in memory of our Chief Kenneth Okonkwo, Agunecheigbo. Ken was so close to my family and so beloved in my administration that I can scarcely ever find words of consolation for his immediate family, friends, Umuawulu community and close associates. On behalf of my family, the Executive Council members of Anambra State Government and Ndi Anambra, I urge all of us, particularly the Okonkwo family, to accept my heartfelt condolences.

Ken's tragic death in auto-crash that early morning left all shuddering and helpless as to the wickedness of death. Until his last breath, Agunecheigbo was full of life and awesome in his characteristic cheerfulness that seeks to assail all hurdles to our collective success and victory. Among our team his affableness acknowledged no enmity, both to his person and the State. His vivacity and robust style, no doubt, touched so many hearts hard to console; more so, in his Umuawulu community and the entire Anambra State. We will miss him so dearly because he embraced life with enthusiasm and contributed his parts, in inestimable degrees, to advance life in our state for the better. He ran a good race and left enviable records for all to emulate.

Death is a debt we all owe to life. Therefore, I am persuaded that Agunecheigbo has fulfilled destiny and deserves a place of good rest in the Lord's sweet bosom. We cannot but thank God for availing Anambra, particularly my government, of the services of so great a soul, who until his tragic end, superintended over the establishment and successful operations of Operation Clean and Healthy Anambra (OCHA) Brigade, with remarkable achievements for all to see.

As we pay our last respect to one of our own, may I urge us all to be ceaseless in prayers for the peaceful repose of his active spirit in Jesus name. Amen

The Board of Trustees of Lisbon University College of Management Technology and the entire management, Staff and students hereby join the Governor of Anambra State to commiserate with Ken's family, his home town, communities he touched, Anambra State, including all his friends and well- wishers both in Nigeria and abroad. The Late Chief Dr. Kenneth Ositadimma Okonkwo was the Chairman Board of Trustees of Lisbon University College until his death and will remain in our memory and his name immortalized in our school.

Tribute from Lisbon University College of Management Technology

We give our God Almighty praise and glory for allowing Dr. Ken to add his name in a very significant way at Lisbon University College as our Chairman Board of Trustees (BoT) during the short period he was associated with us. May his soul rest in perfect peace. Adieu Agunecheigbo!, Adieu Ochiagha 1 of Umuawulu! Adieu Chairman Board of Trustees (BoT) of our great institution!

Tributes and condolences were also received from the following people and institutions recorded below during the occasion as acknowledged by the deceased family during the occasion.

1. Dr. Nkem Okeke, Deputy of Anambra State

2. Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu, Secretary to Anambra State Government

3. Rt. Hon. Barr. Rita Maduagwu, Speaker Anambra State House of Assembly

4. Rt. Hon. (Barr. Chief Sir) Harfold I. Oseke, Deputy Speaker Anambra State House of Assembly

5. His Royal Majesty Igwe Joel M. Egwuonwu, Eze Udo II of Umuawulu

6. Mr. Kelvin Okonkwo, Brother

7. Mr. Cletus Okonkwo, Brother

8. Mrs. Perpetua Okoye, Sister

9. Mrs Veronica Uwa, Sister

10. Ven. Alfred E. Nweke, (Rtd), Uncle

11. Mr. Georgia A. C. Nwolisa, Cousin

12. Mr. Emma Nweke-Oma, Cousin

13. Prince Gaddy Nwolisa, Cousin

14. Nze Ernest Ike Nwufoh, Kenneth's back-door Manager

15. Barr. C.L. Chukwuma Esq, Steve Unachukwu & Co. Awka

16. Lisbon University College of Management Technology, Owerri

17. Chief Ikechukwu Ayo Aduba CP (Rtd), Operation Clean and Healthy Anambra (OCHA) Brigade

18. Officer and Men, Operation Clean and Healthy Anambra

19. Mr. and Mrs Maduka Obiefuna, Donbishop International Company Ltd., Lagos

20. Catholic Women Organization of Nigeria (CWO), St Benedict Zone, Enekwasumpu, Obosi

21. Enugwu Youth League, Enugwu - Umuawulu

22. Awka South Rural Women Association, ASRWA Secretariat, Awka

23. Building Material Dealers Association, Ogbunike

24. Chief Walter Chinyelugo, Awgbu/Lagos

25. Alhaji Bukar Hasan, Bukam Group, Anambra

26. Prof. Joseph E. Ahaneku, Vice Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka

27. Comrade Nwabufo Nwankwo, Government House, Awka

28. Mr. Chikwuo Okonkwo, Cousin

29. Prof. Emmanuel Osuh, EINSCAN Management Consultancy, UK

30. Mr. Paddy Ezeala, Head Corporate Corporate Communication , Premuim Pension Ltd., Abuja

31. Oraezue Microfinance Bank, Onitsha

32. Polythene and Allied Dealers Association, Ogbunike

33. His Excellency Dr. John Mary Ibeke, International World Peace Advocate, Anambra State

34. Dr. Emma Okoye, Department of Psychology, NAU, Awka

35. Hon. Obioma B. Nnabe, Ime-Obi, Nibo

36. Dr. Tochukwu Ogbuegbe, Department of Psychology, NAU, Awka

37. Obinwanne General Assembly, Urungwu, Nibo

38. Yam Dealers Association, Woliwo, Fegge, Onitsha

39. C P Anambra Police Command, Command Headquarters, Awka

40. Directors DSS - State Headquarters, Awka

41. Commandant NCDSC, State Headquarters, Awka

42. St. Joseph Catholic Church, Umuawulu

43. Management/Staff - Ocheigbo Group of Companies

44. Sir. Kelvin Chukwumaobi, Apams Ltd., Onitsha Unit

45. Mr. Osita Eze Nelson, Rise and Shine Production Ltd., Onitsha

46. Nawfia Vigilante Unit, Nawfia

47. Umuawulu Vigilante Unit, Umuawulu

48. Kenneth Jnr. & Emmanuel Okonkwo - Sons of Late Chief Dr. Kenneth Okonkwo

Together and with many others whose name are not in this list we pray that the Almighty God will grant everlasting peace to his soul. Adieu! Adieu! Adieu! Chief Dr. Kenneth Ositadimma Okonkwo ! Ochiagha 1 of Umuawulu ! Agunaecheigbo!

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