The Nwachi family of Umuosole, Umuokoro, Umuariam Obowo in Imo State has announced the glorious exit of their husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, Ezinna Marcellus Onuigbo Nwachi at the age of 99.
According to a statement released by the family, Ezinna Onuigbo Nwachi, who had a distinguished military career spanning 27 years, will be laid to rest on Friday, January 5, 2024 at his Compound, after a Funeral Mass at Christ the King Catholic Church, Umuokoro Umuariam Obowo, at 11:00am.
Before the internment on Friday, there will be a Wake-Keep/Vigil Mass on Thursday, January 4, 2024 from 5:00 pm at his Compound in Umuokoro Umuariam, and a Thanksgiving Mass on Sunday, January 7, 2024 at Christ the King Catholic Church, Umuokoro Umuariam at 6.30am.
Already, condolence messages have been pouring in to the family from far and near from relatives, friends and associates in honour of the exemplary and impactful life that Ezinna Nwachi lived.
Ezinna Onuigbo Nwachi is being mourned by many all over the world who he positively touched in one way or the other. The departed great man will, indeed, continue to live in the hearts of all those his life blessed.
Ezinna Marcellus Onuigbo Nwachi was born on 24/07/1924 to the family of Late Mazi Nwachi Ejimogu & Lolo Agwawumma Nwachi of Umuorihe, Umuosole, Umuokoro, Umuariam Obowo in Imo State. He died very quietly and peacefully on 06/09/2023 at the age of 99 years.
Being the first son of the four children of his parents, his father did not allow Onuigbo to go to school but insisted that he joined him in his farm work and Palm wine tapping business to support the family and take care of his three younger siblings. Though he yielded to his father’s prescribed trade of wine tapping for a few years, his burning desire to go to school and the determination to improve himself academically propelled him to get enrolled for his primary school education at Agbaghara-nsu in Ehime Mbano shortly after his father’s death. He later moved to Avu-na-ariam/Seat of Wisdom School, Umuariam Obowo where, through self help and intense personal efforts, he completed his Standard six education with such an outstanding performance/result that earned him automatic teaching appointment with the then British missionary in charge of schools. He was posted to the then Regina Celi School Ehunachi, Obowo where he taught for a few years before joining the Nigerian Army on July 16, 1955.
Upon successful completion of his military training at the Depot Nigeria Army Training School, Zaria in Kaduna State, he was drafted and deployed to the Nigeria Army Signals Corps as a communicator/radio operator.
In 1963, he was moved to the Republic of Congo where he excellently served as part of the Nigerian Army Contingent for the United Nations (UN) Peace Keeping Operations in the then troubled land.
At the outbreak of the Nigerian Civil War in 1967, Ezinna Marcellus Onuigbo Nwachi fought on the Biafran side against the then enemies of his people. This he did so gallantly and brilliantly that it earned him many commanding positions/veteran’s medal awards. At the end of the 30 months civil war in 1970, he was immediately recalled back to the service of the Nigerian Army Corps of Signals by his then boss and late Head of State, General Murtala Mohammed, due mainly to his avowed sterling qualities and outstanding performance of his military duties.
While in the army, he also enrolled and earned his Army Certificates of Education popularly know as AC3, AC2 and AC1 respectively.
Ezinna Nwachi diligently and loyally served the Nigerian Army till April 30,1979 when he voluntarily retired to pension after 27 years of fruitful military service. Though retired, Ezinna Marcellus Onuigbo Nwachi still proved himself not too tired to render services to humanity as he later worked with the JDP Construction company as the Chief Security Officer in the building/establishment of the Owerri Concord Hotel, and thereafter, he served with the Imo State Cabinet Office as well as the Imo State MAMSER, Owerri.
Ezinna Marcellus Onuigbo Nwachi was married to Late Mrs. Francisca Nsomma Nwachi and much later, to Mrs. Cecilia Chiamaka Nwachi and was blessed with seven children, many grand children and great grand children. He was a devout Catholic Christian, a loving husband and a caring and dedicated father till the day he peacefully passed on to glory. May the good Lord grant his gentle soul eternal rest in heaven – Amen 🙏🏻.