•Unknown daughter tops list of children
From PETRUS Obi, Enugu
Controversy followed the late Igbo leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, yesterday, as his much-talked about Will was read in Enugu yesterday, where he named an unknown woman as one of his children. Other shockers were the non-mention of Sylvester Ojukwu, who had dragged the Ojukwu family to court for preventing him from performing the ‘dust-to dust’ rites at the late Ojukwu’s burial, in his Will as well as the willing of only one property, in Umudim, Nnewi, to Emeka Ojukwu Jr.
In the Will, read by the Chief Registrar, Enugu Judiciary and probate registrar, Mr. Dennis Ekoh, Ojukwu apportioned the lion’s share of his estate to his wife, Bianca. He also appointed Bianca, the late Igwe of Oraukwu, Emeka Ojukwu and James Chukwuneme as trustees and executors of the documents. The Will stated that only the eight listed people should be regarded as Ojukwu’s children.
They are: Teni Harman, Emeka Ojukwu, Mmegha, Okigbo, Ebele, Chineme, Afam and Nwachukwu. Bianca, who arrived the Enugu High Court premises in a black Prado Jeep at 8:30a.m, could not hide her surprise when the strange name of Teni was mentioned among Ojukwu’s children, as she started whispering with family members, who were in the registrar’s office with her. She was all smiles later, as the will awarded her Ojukwu’s Enugu mansion ‘Casabianca,’ located at No 7 Forest Crescent, GRA, Enugu, which also was named after her. Also, the controversial position of the late Ikemba, in the Ojukwu Transport Limited, was transferred to her and kids.
According to the Will, “Bianca and her children should take over my place at my transport…She may also wish to appoint somebody to represent her at the board….” Bianca also got two property located at Plot 20 Jabi, Abuja, with Certificate of Occupancy number 4405 as well as another property located at Kuje, Abuja. Ojukwu also willed all personal effects, money and cars to Bianca and her children. He also allotted to Bianca two hectares of land at Umuezeani, Umudim Nnewi, if she doesn’t remarry. Ojukwu’s strange daughter, Teni, was allotted Jubilee Hotels, Zaria.
However, when the codicil was read, it was observed that the hotel had been sold, thus she would receive the proceed from the sale. Ojukwu further willed a hectare of land each to all his daughters. He willed a landed property at the traffic light area, in Nnewi, to Afam and directed that his Nnewi property should “remain a binding legacy to us for generations to come.” He willed all his interest at 56 Onwudiwe Street, Enugu as well as his interest in his mother’s plot at Thinkers Corner, Enugu to his nephews, Tom and Robert Bigga.
The late Ikemba directed that every other remaining property, apart from those mentioned in the Will, should be managed by his trustees, who will have the right to dispose of them, to offset any debt in his name, including debts that may have arisen from his burial. None of Ojukwu’s children was present at the registrar’s office when the Will was read yesterday. Family members were however, urged to apply for copies of the Will as well as the codicil, which was prepared by Barr. Emeka Onyemelukwe on December 16, 2009.
When reporters sought his comments on the content of the Will, Bianca declined comments in some and just said a little in others. When asked for comments about Teni, whose name was listed as one of Ojukwu’s children, Bianca refused to answer questions from newsmen. On her nomination to replace her husband in the Ojukwu Transport Company, she simply said: “God is able.