The Ezechukwu Family of Amesi, Aguata Local Government Area, Anambra State, has formally announced the death of High Chief Aloysius Uchenna Ezechukwu, Onukwube 1, of the ancient town.
The announcement was made after due consultation with the Igwe of Amesi-in-Council by Chief Oliver Ezechukwu, Ezeebunafo Amesi.
Chief Ezechukwu joined his ancestors on Friday, February 26, 2021 in Abuja, Nigeria, aged 67.
Born on February 15, 1954, Chief Uche Ezechukwu was a 1979 First Class Communication Studies/Modern Languages graduate of the University of Nigeria, UNN, Nsukka.
He was a well-respected journalist, reputable columnist, publisher and media consultant. He contributed over 2,000 articles, reports, essays, commentaries to all media genres in Nigeria and globally.
As a Polyglot, Uche Ezechukwu wrote and spoke fluently in English, French and German languages. He also had working knowledge of Spanish and Hausa languages.
Chief Ezechukwu had a successful career that spanned over four decades in journalism, media management, re-branding and reputation management that took him across Nigeria and internationally. He established newspapers and magazines as well as managed many hitherto ‘untouchable’ political organisations and individuals and turned the tide in their favour.
At various times, he wrote weekly columns for many newspapers, including The Satellite, Leadership and The Sun newspapers.
His incisive “Ikenga Notes” column in the Nigerian Tribune, earned him commendation from the Awolowo Dynasty some years ago.
Onukwube, as he was popularly called by friends and colleagues, was also a member of the Editorial Board of Daily Trust and The Union, and chairman of Editorial Board of The Authority newspapers.
Chief Ezechukwu was also the author of several books, including but not limited to: Abacha, The Man and The Myth (1997); In God’s Hands (1999); The Land of The Risen Sun (2008); Ojukwu, The ‘Rebel’ I Served (2012).
He was a nationalist, patriot and bridge-builder who deployed his skill, talents, network and energy to forge frontiers of unity, inclusiveness and progress of our dear country Nigeria, as well as a strong voice for the Igbo people of Nigeria.
A member of the Igwe-in-Council, Chief Uche Ezechukwu held the traditional title of Onukwube 1 of Amesi, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State.
The funeral programme will be announced in due course by the family.