Pa Odunukwe, Father of IONE President Passes On

Joyful Transition to Glory

The Odunukwe family of Akabo, Obiofia, Nnewichi, Nnewi, Anambra State, Nigeria announce with the joy of the Lord, the transition of their Patriarch, father, grandfather, great-grand father, uncle, teacher/headmaster/Education manager and in some cases Agricultural officer, historian and mentor, Joseph Anasimeze Odunukwe, which glorious event took place on Friday September 16th 2011, in Toronto, Canada.

J. A. Odunukwe was amongst the first to acquire Western Education in Nnewi and at a very tender age. He was the rear-guard of all his classmates at all levels, all his contemporaries having departed before him. Nnewi and Ndiigbo have lost one of their pioneers in education who influenced very many with his gifts of intellect, humility and service to others.

J. A Odunukwe was also one of the pioneers in the field of Agriculture, specifically the area of horticulture and land/soil management. He attended central School Onitsha, where his record still stands. He went on to Dennis Memorial Grammar School, the construction of which he contributed to, hauling bricks from the brick factory in Fegge, Onitsha with other Central School pupils. He was the oldest Dengramite until his transition. He was one of the pioneer students at the Umudike school of Agriculture, now Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. He planted, grafted and budded many species of fruit plants and encouraged people to plant trees, and manage land properly to prevent erosion and top soil loss. He left a mark in many towns and in his compound which abounds in fruit trees, palm trees and ornamental trees. His love and knowledge of flowers was phenomenal and his life played out like the cycle of the Morning Glory.

Well travelled in his later years, he enjoyed God’s creation to the fullest. He was always in awe of man’s ability to use God-given talents and gifts. Papa experienced the four seasons of the year and understood the full meaning of the changing scenes of life. He lived a fruitful and fulfilled life.

To God be all Glory for a life well lived and a rich legacy left behind.

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Joseph Anasimeze Odunukwe
1 March, 1912- 16 September 2011
He started primary education at Eke Eze Central School Nnewi, and completed it at Central School Onitsha, where he left a lasting record.
Attended Dennis Memorial Grammar School (DMGS) Onitsha, 1930 Set (Oldest Old Boy);
College of Agriculture Umudike, (1932-1933) (Now Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike);
St Paul’s Teachers College Awka, (1935-1937) (Now St. Paul’s University College Awka);
He served as teacher, Headmaster/Education Manager in the following areas –
Ekwuluobia Central School, Anambra State; Mbieri Central School, Imo State; Saint Christopher’s Onitsha, Anambra State;
Oba Central School, Anambra State; Ihiala Central School, Anambra State;
Ase Clan School, Delta State (1946-1948); Ashaka Saint Matthew’s Central School, Delta State (1949-1951);
St Georges School, Igbodo, Delta State; (1952-1957),
St Peter’s School Okija, Anambra state, (1958-62); St. John’s School Eziowelle, Anambra State, (1963);
St.John’s School, Okoh, Anambra state, (1964-66); St Mary’s Central School, Uruagu, Nnewi, Anambra State (1967-1970).
Member Igwe Nnewi Cabinet (Since 1965)
Member Nnewi Zonal School Board (1972 – 1974)
General Manager, Niger Diocesan Agricultural Centre Nise, Anambra State & Oji River, Enugu State (1974-78);
Managing Director J. A. Odunukwe Poultry Farms, Obiofia, Nnewichi
Service of Songs – United States
Saturday 29th October, 2011 – 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Trinity Episcopal Church,
1 Blue Hill River Rd., Canton, Massachusetts 02021

Service of Songs and Laying to Rest Arrangements
Thursday 24th November, 2011 – Service of Songs at his compound, IN GOD WE TRUST, ANASIMEZE VILLA, Obiofia, Nnewichi, Nnewi
Friday 25th November 2011- Laying to Rest at his compound, after church service at St. Joseph’s Anglican Church, Obiofia Nnewichi Nnewi
Sunday 27th November 2011-Thanksgiving Service at St Joseph’s Anglican Church Obiofia Nnewichi Nnewi
Survived By:
Mrs Mercy Akuchukwu Odunukwe (Nee Onyemelukwe)

Mrs Chioma Okafor
Mrs Ifeyinwa Anazodo
Mazi Chike Christian Odunukwe, P.E.
Mrs Chinwe Enemchukwu
Dr Chukwukadibia J Odunukwe
Mr Uzo Odunukwe – Former Senior Partner, Akintola Williams Deloitte, Nigeria
Dr (Mrs) Grace Odunukwe-Anosike
Dr (Mrs) Joy Oraka
Mrs Ijeoma Ubezonu
Udoka Jay Odunukwe – Criminal Defence, Sports & Entertainment Attorney
Ms Susana Chinazom Odunukwe
Numerous Grand Children and Great Grand Children Represented By:
Dr. Chukwuamaka Okafor
Sons & Daughter In-laws:
Dr. Edwin Okafor
Mr. Izuchukwu Oraka
Dr. Somto Ubezonu
Dr. (Mrs.) Nkiru Odunukwe – Consultant, Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, Yaba, Lagos
Dr. (Mrs.) Susan Odunukwe
Mrs. Chinwe Odunukwe
Numerous Nephews Represented By:
Mr. Emma Odunukwe
Mr. Young Ulasi
Brig-General Chukwudi Ben Odunukwe
Numerous Nieces Represented By:
Mrs Mercy Azubike
Mrs. Justina Okonkwo

Uzo Odunukwe, Former Senior Partner, Akintola William Deloitte, Nigeria
234-1-8052090529; 08033005229;
Mazi Chike Christian Odunukwe, P.E.
25 Hartford Street, Natick, Massachusetts, USA
Ph: 617-959-7957, Email:

By: Chike C Odunukwe on Behalf of Odunukwe Family

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