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Soludo, Others Bids Farewell to Late Uzuakpunwa in Isuofia



By Nkechi Ikenwoke

The remain of Late Dr. Ben Anene Uzuakpunwa has been laid to rest in his home town Isuofia in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State at 82.

His funeral was graced by the Executive Governor of Anambra State, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, Management and Staff of the Federal Polytechnic Oko, many associates, in-laws, friends and well-wishers.

Before his death, late Uzuakpunwa popularly known as Ozombandu 1 of Isuofia was married to late Roseline Uzuakpunwa (Nee Okoye) and they were blessed with many children.

He was the former Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Oko and Chairman Governing Council as well as several positions he had occupied both in his community and beyond.

Governor Soludo alongside of his entourage consoled with the family of the deceased and urged them to take solace in the fact that their late father lived a fulfilled and successful life worthy of emulation.

Governor Soludo further showed cordial relationship and love to the children and in-laws of the deceased who stood with him for many photographs.

The funeral of late Dr Uzuakponwa witnessed a murmured crowd of people who described him in so many ways to rate his compassionate life and love towards others.

In an interview, his in-law from Yoruba land, Babatunde Kadiri described his father in-law as a nice and loving person, a Christian and gentle man who personally took him as his own son.

“I am the first Yoruba man that married his daughter. Because of me and the way I behave, he allowed one of his twin daughters to marry another Yoruba man too. He was very loving, caring and down to earth. Baba carried us together and took us as one and I pray that we shall continue to live as one”, he said.

Also speaking, his son in-law, the Former Special Adviser to the Imo State Government on Project Matters to SSG and the Traditional Prime Minister of Dimdi Ihiagwa Autonomous Community, Honourable Stanley Anyanwu said in all the legacies left by his in-law, he learnt to be in peace and love one another even as he also prayed for continuous coexistence of unity, love and God’s blessings in his family.

Chuka Ajene and Pastor Emeka Chidonu said having had a beautiful relationship with the deceased, they prayed that God by his Holy spirit will comfort his entire family and beloved friends.

Chuka Ajene said, “he is an icon, astute politician, a peacemaker, philanthropist, academia, inspirator and a motivator. May God will give us the fortitude to bear his loss”.

One of his beneficiaries, Engr Nnaemeka Nwankwo said that late Uzuakponwa was his uncle and mentor who gave him an employment at Federal Polytechnic, Oko.

In his word, “he is a very loving and compassionate father. I pray that the altimate end which every human being desires to meet our creator, he will have his way and God will accept him in his bossom. I also praythat his family he left behind will maintain his legacy and also go beyond that. May there be continuous and expansion of his dynasty and may God give them the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss”.

The twin daughters of the deceased, Amaka and Amala who said their father love to call them Umuejima thanked all friends and well-wishers for their presence in the funeral of their late father and prayed for God’s guidance and protection in their various homes.

Late Ben Anene Uzuakpunwa was survived by his children, Chinonye, Ogoma, Amoge, Anene, Amala and Amaka, many grandchildren and relatives.

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