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            Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu. Mrs Bianca Ojukwu is the wife of the late Biafran warlord, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu. She is also the  former Nigerian Ambassador to Spain.

          Recently,  Mrs. Bianca Ojukwu revealed what Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu told her.  She recalled how she asked Ojukwu why  he was always referred to as the most ‘misunderstood’ Nigerian in the media.

           His answer was instant and incisive-“Do not worry, my dear’, he said philosophically, ‘in Nigeria, you become better understood once you are dead and harmless”. She said this at Silverbird Award Ceremony held over the weekend in Lagos.  The award was in honour of late Dim chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu. Moreover, at the ceremony, Odimegwu Ojukwu  was honoured with a Posthumous Award.

          Below is what Bianca Odumegwu Ojukwu  shared on Facebook yesterday. ” I once asked Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu why he was always characterized and referred to in the media as the most ‘misunderstood’ Nigerian. His answer was instant and incisive…’Not to worry, my dear’, he said philosophically, ‘in Nigeria, you become better understood once you are dead and harmless’… vintage Ikemba”!

And so it was over the weekend when Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu was honoured with a Posthumous Award at the Silverbird Man of the Year Award Ceremony.

It was a glamorous and well attended event and was a fitting occasion to celebrate and pay homage to Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, General of the People’s Army. Odumegwu Ojukwu was the quintessential Man in the Arena.  A man who rode the thunder and quelled the storm. The man who saw tomorrow.  And fought valiantly for the survival of his people.

He was always  in fierce defense of their rights in their quest to be treated as equal partners in the Nigerian project. And whenever we are  called upon to receive an honour on his behalf, we are reassured that history will favour him. Most importantly, we, his devotees, together with millions of the people of the Land of the Rising sun, in whose cause he spent his life are once again reassured that his place in history is assured. Nevertheless,  that place will never be with those who have never known great devotions.

The triumph of high achievement or with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

My thanks go to all those who joined me at this occasion in receiving this award. Most especially,  His Excellency, The Governor of Anambra State and Leader of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Chief Willie Obiano.  Chief Sir Victor Umeh, (OHAMADIKE), the Newest Distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Senator 109).  And also to the National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance Ozonkpu Victor Oye who sent a powerful delegation of Party.


My profound appreciation goes also to His Excellency Governor Willie Obiano and Her Excellency Chief (Mrs) EbeleChukwu Obiano.  They  hosted a Sumptuous Celebration Dinner for us all after the event, at their beautiful home.

Ikemba Nnewi,  Dim Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu  lives….because our hopes live on and our dream shall never die.

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