Ikechukwu Aguiyi Enyum Igbo, obituary photo
 
In Memory of

Ikechukwu Aguiyi Enyum Igbo,

July 12, 1947 - January 5, 2018

Obituary



It is with great sadness that the family of Chief (Dr.) Ikechukwu Aguiyi-Enyum Igbo announces his passing after a brief illness on January 5th, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Chief Igbo, the Onye mji emeonu I of Ehugbo, was 70 years old at the time of his death, and will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 40 years, Prof. (Mrs.) Immaculata Ngozi Igbo and their children; Tochukwu, Nnenna and Ikechukwu. He will forever be remembered by his grandchildren; Ugo, Osinachi, Chimamanda, Gabriel and Adennaya, and children-in-law; Ijeoma, Olaolu and Celine. Chief Igbo was preceded...


It is with great sadness that the family of Chief (Dr.) Ikechukwu Aguiyi-Enyum Igbo announces his passing after a brief illness on January 5th, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Chief Igbo, the Onye mji emeonu I of Ehugbo, was 70 years old at the time of his death, and will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 40 years, Prof. (Mrs.) Immaculata Ngozi Igbo and their children; Tochukwu, Nnenna and Ikechukwu. He will forever be remembered by his grandchildren; Ugo, Osinachi, Chimamanda, Gabriel and Adennaya, and children-in-law; Ijeoma, Olaolu and Celine. Chief Igbo was preceded in death by his parents: Omezue Emmanuel Igbo Uka and Princess Janet Ubeyi Eze; his twin sons Uchenna and Ikechukwu Jr. as well as his siblings.

An ardent supporter and champion for the representation of Igbo people universally and the welfare of Afikpo people specifically, Chief Igbo retired after serving in the Ebonyi State Movement which culminated in the creation of present day Ebonyi State in southeastern Nigeria in 1996. Chief Igbo, along with his fellow Founding Fathers, were instrumental in the formation and administration of Ebonyi State and worked tirelessly as statesmen for the equitable distribution of resources for the citizens of Ebonyi State.

Chief Igbo, a native of Ezi Ukwu Ukpa village group in Afikpo attended Presbyterian Secondary School (PRESCO) in Abakiliki where he served in leadership roles such as a General School Prefect and President of Afikpo Students Association. His education was interrupted by the Nigerian-Biafran civil war where he served as leader of an infantry platoon and received field combat promotions to captain in the now defunct Biafran Army. After the war, he matriculated at the University of Nigeria Nsukka, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in Business Education and Administration. His master's and doctoral degrees in the same field were obtained from Century University in United States of America.

With a pioneering spirit, Chief Igbo served as a high level executive in the commercial management of the Nigerian branch of the French automobile company, Peugeot Automobiles of Nigeria (PAN). In this role, he built a national distribution network of more than 350 automotive outlets for Peugeot car sales and servicing. He was also one of the first African participants in the testing of prototype automobiles of Peugeot in the United Kingdom and France. Additionally, he served in government positions including as the General Manager for Imo State Public Utilities where he oversaw delivery of clean water and electricity to over 2 million people (comprised of an area covering the current Imo and Abia States and partially Ebonyi State), and as a representative for Imo state and Nigeria at the World Bank's regional development group for clean water.

Before his ultimate burial in Nigeria, a Requiem Mass will be held at St. Justin the Martyr Catholic Community Church on February 9th, 2018 at 7:00 PM. There will be viewing from 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM at the church which is located at 3350 Ashford Point Drive, Houston, Texas 77082.
A wake keeping ceremony will be held after the Mass at 8PM at Sienna Hall located at 11916 Bissonnet Street, Houston TX, 77099.

Please send any flowers to Garden Oaks Funeral Home at 13430 Bellaire Boulevard, Houston, TX 77083. For any cards or gifts, please contact the family directly at nneigbo@gmail.com for more information or consider making a charitable donation to Chief Igbo's favorite charity, Afikpo Organization, USA (a 501(c)(3)) entity by mailing checks to: AOI, c/o Edward Nwachi, 511 Four Mile Road #1411, Alexandria VA 22305. Please make the check out to AOI, Inc and include In Memoriam of Chief Igbo in the notes section. All proceeds to AOI will fund a medical mission to Afikpo.

Arrangements under the direction of Garden Oaks Funeral Home, HOUSTON, TX.