My life with Ojukwu -Bianca


From PETRUS OBI, Enugu

Bianca Odumegwu-Ojukwu, widow of the late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, recently traditionally ended her six months mourning. In an exclusive interview with our reporter in Enugu, Mrs. Odumegwu-Ojukwu, who was recently appointed Nigeria’s Ambassador to Spain, opened up on her marriage to the late Ikemba Nnewi. She recalled memorable moments with her late husband. She also recalled Dim’s encounters with armed robbers on two occasions. Bianca, who was speaking for the first time since the burial of Odumegwu-Ojukwu, also talked about disturbing family issues that have arisen since the death of the Igbo leader as well as the crisis in the All Progressive Grand Alliance. Excerpts:

Who is Bianca Ojukwu?

I am the sixth child of His Excellency, Christian Chukwuma Onoh, former governor of the old Anambra State, and Mrs. Caroline Onoh, who was a principal. I am from Enugu-Ngwo (that is originally) in the present Udi Local Government Area. I started off my education at the All Saints School, from where I went to the Queens School, Enugu briefly before going to the Ackworth School for my secondary education. The Ackworth School is actually a Quaker school in Pontefract, West Yorkshire, England. From there, I went to St. Andrew’s College in Cambridge where I started my Advanced Level, after which I went to the Cambridge Tutorial College, where I concluded my A-levels. From there, I went to the University of Buckingham. I wanted to do a combined honours degree in Politics, Economics and Law. I really wanted a mix of subjects so I was at the University of Buckingham pursuing that degree in Politics, Economics and Law. My father, of course, would prefer that I studied straight Law. I come from a family of seven lawyers and my father made no bones about the fact that he wanted all his children, if possible, to study law. Of course, I granted his wish. I came back to the University of Nigeria, at the Enugu Campus, and that was where I obtained my law degree after which, of course, I went to the Nigeria Law School.

How was it growing up? Did you spend any time in the village or was it an all-abroad thing?

We all actually grew up in the village because my father wasn’t very keen on having us live in town. In Enugu, of course. He had a huge estate and he had multiple houses so we could have lived in a variety of the locations, but it was important for him that we lived in the village. Even when we were transferred to the United Kingdom, because most of my brothers and sisters, after primary school, left to pursue their education oversees. When we come back for the summer, he would send us to the interior part of the village where his uncles and his aunts and so forth lived. Where there was no electricity and he would make us go and spend some days with them. We would go to the stream, we would go with them to farm, we would fetch firewood and we would learn to cook with the firewood. He said it was important to him, that it was important we got some grounding and got an idea of the basis of life, which would help mould character. We would come back to our own home and he would want to know how many people in the village we were able to meet, to talk with and to familiarise ourselves with. It was important to him that we were well grounded in the village and their way of life. He would insist that you know the village barber, the butchers, the women selling tobacco, the akara sellers, by name essentially. He said this is your future because if you don’t have some kind of relationship, if you don’t identify with the life from the cocoon, as he would put it, it’s going to be hard for you to cope in a society that is fast changing. He said you all are going abroad at an early age and that is a disadvantage because you are going to be studying two different cultures. But what is the most important thing in all these is that there is a balance and if there is a tilt in the skill, it must always tilt towards your society and your way of life. So, I thank him essentially for the grounding I have today because when I go down to my village, I feel like I never left and I can identify families, I can identify the local folklore, I know the taboos, I know the evil forests, I know the streams that only the locals can go to and the ones that people who have come to live in the community can go to. The good thing of being in Enugu is that it offers me the opportunity to go home for funerals and for various cultural festivals and a lot of other things that we do at home and it is only later in life that you realise how important that type of upbringing is because the strength we have is in our people. When something happens to you, when there is some kind of tragedy or catastrophe, it is these people who rally round and offer you some kind of a cushion, some kind of solace and you never really feel alone in such circumstances.

And I have tried to do same with my children and that’s the reason my children, apart from my daughter, who is abroad, my sons are here and I have tried to give them the sort of upbringing that I had. I take them down to my village, which is nearer, I also take them down to Nnewi from time to time. I take them to the farms, to the yam barns, places just to identify those basic things that children of nowadays are not familiar with because they don’t have opportunity to go to the village. I take them to normal village square with a lot of sand. When they were younger, they used to go and play with the other children and come home all dirty. Though it’s still a challenge, they are doing better than they would have done had I not put in that effort to ensure that they are not purely urban children raised in the town with no concept of village life and knowledge.

Having qualified as a lawyer did you have time to practice?

My father had a chamber called Rockonoh Law Chambers. As I told you, I come from a family of lawyers. Mostly he was involved in land cases, land disputes. What he wanted essentially was for everybody to graduate and join his law firm and he knew I didn’t really have that passion but I was glad that in order to please him it was a profession that I went into and I don’t regret it today because it has taught me a lot of skills. Most importantly, negotiating skills. I realised very early that it was something I wasn’t really cut out to do. I wanted to go into business, franchising. What I had wanted to do was to set up my own brand of beauty care product so that I would start running company of personal care products. Right now, I am the Managing Director of Bianca Blends Incorporated. We have over 25 different products, essentially beauty products, in our stable. They are mostly geared towards skin care issues and we are doing very well.

How did you get involved in beauty pageants?

I remember when I was in class four at the Ackworth School and every year we would watch the Miss World contest and you will see girls representing every country in the world and I used to watch the contest. We would all hurdle in front of the TV in the common room and watch the contest and I used to say to my dorm-mates: “one day when I go back to my country I am going to contest and I am going to go to Miss World.” It wasn’t essentially a project but it was something I had in my to-do list. Before then…when I went to Cambridge for my A-levels, I had taken part in the Miss Martini Contest organised by the Beverage Coy Martini Rossi. I went into the contest. They were looking for the Martini Girl as it was called in those days. To my shock, I won the contest. The prize was a year’s modelling contract in Tokyo. When I won, I was petrified because there was no way, during my A-levels, I could leave and go to Tokyo and take up the modelling contract. At the time, my uncle was the Deputy High Commissioner in Scotland when Nigeria had a mission then. He called me and said: “are you mad? Do you not know how much your father pays for your school fees and you think you are going to get up and go to Tokyo all in the name of modelling? Go right back to you studies.” So, I had to give up and declined the offer and went back to school. So, after that, with the new-found confidence, I said whenever I got back to Nigeria, I was going to take the next step and that was how I took part in the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria pageant in 1988. My aim was essentially to just get the opportunity to get to an international pageant and I must say I was very lucky because, for some reasons during my year, it was almost like winner-takes-all arrangement. There was just one beauty queen and you were that iconic figure that would go to various countries to represent your own country in beauty pageants and you are treated, literally, like royalty and I had the opportunity of visiting so many countries from Mexico to Russia to places that I never ever would have just woken up and decided that I would go to. Singapore, Taipei, Peoples Republic of China, Hong Kong, Japan. It was just amazing.

So, it was a very tedious period for me. I got the opportunity to…right after winning the Most Beautiful Girl pageant, I left to go to the Miss Africa Pageant, which took place in Gambia, the same year 1989 and to my shock and horror I won that pageant. I said then, there is hope. I came back home for Christmas. By the time I had won the Miss Africa Pageant, my father, who was not very keen on my participating in the pageant, was a little bit more agreeable so that by the time I now went for the Miss Charm in Russia, he was so accommodating and he was so proud. One day, he came back and said to me: “do you know I was at the airport, my staff brought me my ticket and somebody walked up to me and said: ‘Onoh, are you Bianca’s father?’ You know that is one thing your father prays for. You pray that there will always be a light in front of you.” He was particularly proud. He was always in a position where people say are you the former governor of Anambra State? But this time, it was ‘are you Binaca’s father?’ So, he came back and called some of his friends and said: ‘can you believe, look at this little girl, somebody had the nerve to come and ask if I was her father. But I knew really that it was a proud moment for him. He supported me.

When I went to Russia for Miss Charm, he gave me money, he gave me the moral support and also when I went to Singapore, so that by the time the Miss Intercontinental Pageant came up, he was the one providing funding for my wardrobe and other accessories that I required. He would say: “whatever you want, just let me know.” And by the time I won the Miss Intercontinental, then the sky was the limit and I got the opportunity of going for Miss Universe, which I found tremendously enjoyable, and from there I was able to get some modelling investments for fragrance, for holiday villas, for some beauty care products.

And your marriage to Ojukwu?

I think that I made the…in fact, I consider myself the luckiest woman in the world. I made a very good choice of a husband. He was a very charismatic figure. He was a very enigmatic figure. But most of all, he was a very kind man and so many things endeared me to him. When I met him, he wasn’t particularly wealthy, but he was very proud to always tell you: ‘you know my father was a very rich man, I did not follow in his footsteps, I chose to be a revolutionary.’ But he would always make it clear: ‘you know I did not invent my circumstances, they fell on me and the life that I live today is a function of what I have had to inherit from the burden of history.”

There were too many things about him but most of all his empathy. He was a man that you could only really predict in one thing and which was his total lack of tolerance for injustice and so many incidents would come to mind. One day, I would say that really I was so touched, I was in a car with him and his driver was taking us somewhere. By then we were not married. We got to a junction, there was a woman crossing over. She clearly had gone to the market. She was carrying quite a lot and there was a little child that she was holding unto, trying to cross the road and the driver just blared the horn. As the woman was rushing out to the road, he blared the horn and was not ready to give a kind of accommodation for the woman to cross over. Ah! My husband was so incensed and it was a miracle we didn’t have an accident that day. He tugged the man from the back seat and said park. So, the driver had to park the car. He said: “step down from the car, go to that woman, apologize, take what she is holding across the road and then come back.” So, the woman looked bewildered and as the driver started walking towards her, she almost started running away but the driver called to her to stop and walked to her, took her bag. There was a moment struggle and then he explained to her and took her and the bags across the road. He came back to the car and my husband said to me: “Nne, do you have any money in your bag?” because, of course, he hardly ever carried money. So, at that time, I looked, I had some notes, not very much, and he said: “please let me have it.” I tease him and said: “you are always borrowing money and you never paid me back.” So, I gave it to him, he said to the driver: “go back to that woman and give her this money and I hope you have apologised.” He said, yes. The driver went back, gave the woman money and then came back. When he came back, my husband said to the driver: “hand me the keys,” which I thought was very strange because I had never seen him drive. He said to the man: “You are sacked.” I tried to intervene, to beg him…I said: “who is going to drive us? I’m certainly not going to drive.” He said: “I will drive.” I said: “you haven’t driven in so long, why do you have to do this? I know you are upset, I know you are angry.” He said: “well this man will not drive me.” He took the keys from the man, got into the car because the man must have believed he was joking. He got into the car and started driving. When I tried to approach the subject, I was a little bit afraid because I did not want to distract him. So, we drove to our location in silence. Yes, he was driving a little slower but at least we got there. So I could establish that he could drive quite well.

When we got there, I said to him, don’t you think you were a little bit severe in your response, particularly as you have made him go do this, offer some kind of restitution. He said to me, you know if he had done that to another man of his size or another man slightly bigger than he is, it’s easier to forgive. But what kind of man would see this pathetic-looking woman with her child struggling just to cross the road and want to intimidate her by shooing her off the road in panic? He said there are certain things that are reprehensible and this is one of those things. He should pick on somebody his own size and he must have a reason to go home and reflect on why he lost his job. Once he is able to establish that, the next time, he would have more empathy towards anybody in that sort of situation. Much as I didn’t understand it at that time, when I look back, I say yes he was right. He was a man who hated any kind of injustice and he would never sit still, he must react. I am sure his friends always have a lot of stories to tell about him. There was a similar incident where a policeman was kicking a teenager on the floor on a side street and people had gathered but nobody was saying anything. He just jumped out of the car, I have never seen…you know for his age you don’t expect that level of agility, but he was really able to get there, disarmed the policeman and said to him: “what gives you the right to exhibit this sort of brutality?” He took him by the collar and everybody there started hailing him. He was so upset and he said to the people: “how can you all stand back and watch this sort of thing happening? What did this boy do? If he is guilty of a crime, take him to the police station but I will report you to your superiors.’

For me, those were the aspects of him that I find intriguing. He never for a moment thought about the danger to himself in coming to the defence of others. And surprisingly, I don’t think that he placed much value on his own life and that’s why a lot of the times I told people that he wasn’t difficult to be married to because he never really would want to give you much trouble because everything around him…I mean there were lots of challenges that he had to grapple with. But him as a person, you’d have to force him to eat. He will never say to you I’m hungry. If he is sick, he will be in so much discomfort, so much pain but he will never say it. You will basically have to drag it out of him if he’s got a headache. Lots of time, he would say to you: “Don’t worry about me, it would come and it would go.” So many times, pain was his companion and he took it quite well. I used to say to him: “look, I need to know how you feel at any given time so that one can gauge on days you don’t feel too well so that you take things a lot slower.” But he always believed that…he would say: “what is this life? When your time comes, there is not very much that you can do.” He was very philosophical about life.

Ojukwu’s encounters with armed robbers

On two occasions, he had been unfortunate enough to be stopped by armed robbers. The first encounter, there was a blockade and they made them clear to the side of the road and with their heavy weapons approached the vehicle. There was a policeman that was in front of the vehicle who, by this time, had disrobed himself. He had removed his uniform and was only wearing his singlet. One of the robbers, a very thickset man, as my husband described him, approached and said everybody step down from this vehicle. Everybody stepped down from the car, including the driver and my husband’s friend and the policeman. But my husband refused to step down from the vehicle. So, the leader of the gang was so incensed, knocked, opened the door and said: “Step down! Why are you still sitting in that vehicle, do you want to die?” My husband said in a calm tone, “I will not.” The man said, “eh, I will show you. Who do you think you are?” He made to activate his weapon and my husband replied him, “I am Ojukwu.” The man brought a torch, shown the torch on his face and started screaming “Ah, na Ojukwu, na Ojukwu; na our oga, na oga!” His accomplices rushed out from the bush, about eight of them. They all rushed out and they came to the car. By this time, he had opened the door but he was still seated in the car and they all took turns in shaking his hands. And they said to him:  “Oga, what are doing on the road by this time and you know some of our group members are operating further up. What are we going to do now?” They immediately ordered a pick-up  van that drove out from the bush, about three of them jumped unto the back of the pick-up van and they said: “ok we will accompany you. We will take you all the way to Enugu.” And they accompanied him. They were shooting in the air until they got to the tollgate in Enugu. They came out again shook his hands, turned and went their way. That was how my husband came home. The driver had to be admitted in hospital for shock. The policeman had to offer thanksgiving mass. My husband’s friend tells the story up till this day. He said it was amazing. So, in the course of our marriage, each time he upsets me, I would say to him “oga ndi ori” (oga of thieves), which he found very amusing.

A similar incident also happened because he used to travel often very late at night. They had a similar encounter. They just stopped him but once they realised it was him, they were so excited. They came, shook his hands and waved him off. So, I think it was just a measure of how comfortable he was around people. Even men of the underworld appreciated how selfless he was, his service to the people and how anything that involved injustice, especially to Ndigbo, really was a great cause of concern. He was never tired of telling people about the sleepless nights, about the many phone calls he made regarding the Apo Six and it was a cause of regret for him until the day he died.

How has life been without Ojukwu?

It will be contradictory to say that one has ‘finished mourning.’ You can never finish mourning such a man because he is irreplaceable. Yes, the external, the mourning attire can go, but it’s still a very raw pain and it’s a wound that will take quite some time to heal. Because it’s not just a function of missing him, there were so many aspects that he dominated. He was like glue. He was like a stabilising factor. He had an answer to anything. Any challenge that you are faced with, he could almost dissect and give you a sensible way forward and he was very accommodating of other people’s views. He didn’t believe he had a monopoly of wisdom. These are the qualities that very few people possess. These are the qualities that he will be remembered for a long time.
He was a wonderful father to our children and did most things that a lot of fathers didn’t have time to do. Even days when he didn’t feel too well and I am going to their school to visit them, he would always want to go and personally buy gifts for them on their birthdays. He would sit with them, tell them stories, teach them songs, he would come down to their level and he was always worried about their welfare. He was a gentle giant. He was good with the kids and they miss him, I’m sure, even more.

We learnt that there are some family issues trailing the death of your husband. Would you like to talk about them?

It’s something that has been there for a while. The only sad aspect is that my husband and his brothers are directors in their company and they have a management ration in the management of their companies. The eldest brother manages all the properties about nine of them here in the East. They also manage 12 of the properties in Lagos. My husband manages five of the properties. So, they all had their agents managing these properties. Each person had his individual agents managing the properties on his behalf. Of course, with the demise of my husband, I have found that without consultation with me, one of the sons of my husband’s elder brother just turns up, decides that he has become a director of the company, which we are not aware of, and has decided that he wants to take over the properties being managed by my husband in addition to the properties being managed by his own father. This, I find strange because I have been in Ojukwu family for 23 years and I have never met him. The time I met him was when my husband died, during the funeral, and after the funeral when he came up to me asking about my husband’s will and of course, I informed him that he has no right to ask about my husband’s will. My husband has children and has brothers. He only just happens to be a son to one of the brothers. So, he has absolutely no locus in what he is doing and I think it’s nothing but a plan to cause mischief. I have told them severally that their actions are very premature. In Igbo custom, you wait at least six months before you start broaching issue like that and then my husband’s will is yet to be read. When the will is read, then hopefully, the will should be able to provide a pointer as to who replaces his interest in the company. But in the absence of all that, they are too keen to jump into the fray and annex the properties he was managing. I think it’s very wrong that they chose to do so through the backdoor. In any case, I have refused to join issues with them. I have informed them that as his widow, I have rights as his children also have rights. So, they cannot plan on negating those rights. But it would be prudent for them to wait until his will is read and at least give some grace. We had had an ugly incident when he was in the hospital early in 2011, when a rumour filtered in that he had passed on in London. His younger brother invaded our residence in Lagos with thugs, ostensibly to take it over. It took the intervention of Chief Ralph Uwazuruike to restore some kind of order. He had to ask him: “Why do you have to rely on rumours? You hear that your brother is dead, your brother who is in London, whom you have never gone to see for one day in hospital and then you decide to invade his house.” He told him that it was an abomination in Igbo culture and that such an incident should never repeat itself. So, these are things that are part and parcel of certain family situations. But I am hoping that these are things that will be resolved amicably, because these properties, when the time comes, you leave them and go. In all honesty, the Ikemba himself was a very fair man and he didn’t try to lord it over his brothers. He was always very accommodating. I see no reason they should try and take advantage of the situation just because he is no longer there. Yes, he is their brother, but they have no right to inherit what is his. He has children and they should wait for the will to be read.
What is your view on the ongoing crisis in APGA? Don’t you think the internal wrangling could destroy the party your husband nurtured while he lived?

The APGA crisis is a testament to the fatherly role that Ezeigbo played in making sure that, as the national leader of the party, in all that time, we didn’t have trouble brewing. He was a unifying factor. As I said, he was a stabilizing factor and he was a very patient man and more than anything, he was tolerant. If it were not so, this party could not have survived. He was not in any way a godfather. He gave everybody their own independence to run the party and he accommodated every view. More than anything, he was willing to sacrifice, subjugate his own interest for the survival of the party. It’s sad. I think he will be quaking in his grave to realise that these people he left the party in their hands, have not done well to nurture the party. And, of course, the blame should be evenly distributed. I think that he more than anything tried to ensure that the party should be run in the way any national party should be run. He was desirous of making the party a formidable force in the South East reminiscent of the old NPP days. He was also not happy about the fact that in the Board of Trustees, you know major organs of the party, were not peopled. He was anxious about the fact that the Board of Trustees has only two members – himself as the chairman Board of Trustees and Dr. Tim Menakaya. Till the time he became sick, he would always ask that the party be expanded, that more people be allowed into the party and that organs of the party needed to be functional. And that he was very concerned about the concentration on Anambra State. He wanted the party to diversify and he wanted the party leadership to essentially make in-roads into other states, especially in the South East. So, the restructuring of the party has always been a major issue, which was not undertaken…as a matter of fact, we found that as the days run by, party offices across the federation were being closed down and there seemed to be a concentration of party activities especially around Anambra State. He was also very apprehensive that the party was losing a lot of goodwill at the grassroots. So, it became imperative, after his death, that this situation had to be looked at once again because we were losing our members, we were losing elections, I mean we were fast running out of time. Of course, he was the party’s lucky mascot. We lost him and we could find that a lot of things the party could hide under were now brought to the fore.

That’s why we have been asking stakeholders for a little more internal democracy, a little more transparency in the ways things are done and an inclusion of foundation party members and other members at the grassroots because we had a situation where the interest of our party members were being subjugated in favour of people who recently arrived from other parties, that would just use the party for the elections but in soul, they were of the parties they left to come and join us. Members of our party were not happy and we felt that these issues were discussed within a larger congregation of party members so that we could chart a course and that’s really the genesis of the problem that we had because our chairman was not keen about enlarged gathering for party members to discuss these issues. I also felt that the governor himself was too involved in the business of governance that he didn’t make sufficient efforts to be acquainted with the only functional organ of the party being the National Working Committee. Certainly, no other member of the party appointed members into the NWC. If you have 29 members and all of them are appointed by one person, it’s certainly not going to be a democratic arrangement. Ezeigbo himself has no appointee in the National Working Committee and it’s a situation that is regrettable and the governor himself was not well acquainted with the members. He was too busy with administration and the chairman was totally in control of the party. That type of recipe is what gives rise to the problem that we are facing today. Yes, we are undergoing a crisis, but I am hoping that it is a crisis that will strengthen the party.

Can one describe your appointment as Nigeria’s ambassador to Spain as a step into politics?

I was born into politics, as you well know and the position is not essentially a political position. It’s a diplomatic assignment. I am going to be representing the interest of Nigeria and the interest of Nigerians in the host country.

There are feelers that you have political ambition and may contest election in 2015. Are you thinking in that direction?

Well, I certainly haven’t got those feelers you talk about.

Okay then, let’s put it this way: do you have political ambition?

Everybody has certain ambitions, but essentially, I believe that those ambitions are realisable if your people want you. If they don’t, well it’s a pipe-dream. But most importantly, anybody who has any intention really of running for political office, has to bear in mind that they must fulfill the interest of their people in such a way that they trust them enough to put their future in their hands.

I thank Nigerians for their support during the burial. I want to thank Ndi-Igbo for the tremendous support they offered our family, not only just during the illness of Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, we had so many goodwill messages, so many get-well messages from Nigerians from all over the world. If there was ever any doubt that Ndi-Igbo love him, that was the period that they chose to show it. And, of course, during his funeral, they were absolutely magnificent. All the traders, in the northern, western and eastern states that shut their shops in solidarity, especially on the day of his burial, all the various communities. I mention the communities because he spent a lot of his life on mediating between communities, brokering peace in various communal crisis. He really spent time in pursuit of peace and a lot of those communities had the opportunity to mourn with us when he passed on. I give the credit to our people. They were magnificent. They really showed the deep love they have for him in the ceremonies leading up to the burial proper. It was like a full month of funeral ceremonies and everyday they turned out in very large numbers to mourn with us. They staged one event or another and I must thank them. I must thank so many people that identified with us. So many people that provided succour, that provided aid. Of course, I can never thank enough the President and the First Lady. Once they got wind of the fact that he had suffered a stroke, as you know, the President himself came down to see him, sat with him, prayed with him and throughout our stay in hospital when we were in the United Kingdom, he would send people from Nigeria to come and see how he was doing. He would always call to find out. The First Lady also offered a lot of support. Also, what happened during the burial, he ensured that Dim Ojukwu was given burial unprecedented in this part of the world. So, I thank the President and his wife, I thank the governors of the South East, South-South, Niger State, Rivers State, Akwa Ibom, FCT, all the governors who contributed immensely towards the burial and Nigerians were amazing. Ndi-Igbo were absolutely amazing. So, I would like to use this opportunity to thank them all.


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  1. We have to respect the dead, and so it is highly detremental for Punch to put this article in the public domain. While Ojukwu may have been celebrate while alive and dead.. all the young ibo men who died during the war have been forgotten…. I remember working with a chap in Imo who told me how he regrets eating ***** flesh during the war…..
    The pain that they carry until today is not helped by this kind of celebration and article…… Just my opinion

    • @loochap, I think your comment here misses the point. An interview was granted by Dim’s wife… and she used the opportunity to show grattitude to Nigerians particularly the Ndigbos for their support towards the successful burial of one of the greatest sons of Nigeria and here you are digressing. Oops, to say the least. Please learn to flow with the tide.

    • @loochap, I think your comment here misses the point. An interview was granted by Dim’s wife… and she used the opportunity to show gratitude to Nigerians particularly the Ndigbos for their support towards the successful burial of one of the greatest sons of Nigeria and here you are digressing. Oops, to say the least. Please learn to flow with the tide.

    • Believerinheaven on

      Obviously, you are only being jealous! and that can not get you anything nor diminish the man’s status.

  2. thats what i’m talking abt. Ojukwu fled while the rest suffered & died – painful death for a war he started for a just cause though because no grp of pple shld be tht marginalised in their country. but he who runs away ………. now he’s celbrated & Nne? too is parading him as a thin god not mentioning all those innocent souls tht suffered & obeyed his command to their detriments. those are the poor souls tht shld be celebrated. tht is why i have vowed in my life, no one will just command me to do anything ( i dont care who tht person might be) i have to fully understand why & wht are tht consequences. may the souls of the biafran soldires & pple who died during tht war rest in perfect peace. i celebrate thm today & always. the next time anyone wants to remember the leader, pls take time to honor those he commanded to their death. they deserve remembrance too. hopefully the day will come when thay all shall be fully remembered.

  3. Dim OJUKWU lives in our hearts. May the love he showered on people be reciprocated to you and the little children he left behind. I am sounding as if I am paying a last respect. The issue here is Ezeibo was loved by many across the Niger. If we understood his dream for Nigeria after the coup, Nigeria would have accommodated all ethnic nationalities under an umbrella to suit all of us. Banca for Governor of Anambra state come 2015. But I can’t vote. Wishing her the best of future political eldorado.

  4. prince chuma ojukwu on

    Ojuwu: a dogged fighter of inestimable value. May his soul whose destination is in heavens, rest in perfect peace. Amen!

  5. Queeneth Nkiru nwodo on

    May God give you the strength to fudge ahead and clear any obstacle standing on your way to achieving success in your duties…u are really an inspiration,

  6. he is my role model, I love and miss him so dearly, the only man that saw the future of nigeria, ada eji eje mba, umu igbo are solidly behind you.

  7. Onwubiko Ndubueze on

    You worth being Ezeigbo gburugburu wife nd widow.You re addressed among other titles as “Ugoeze Igbo gburugburu” I wish you well.

  8. It’s a pity Christ’s Gospel (not civilization) has not been able to take out some nasty things from the Ibos. And it seems they are enjoying it. O Lord send a fiery crusader, a trailblazer.

  9. Nne Di Ora Nma,Bianca Ojukwu we the entire Igbos appreciate you and your effort throught those Months our great Father Late Odumegwu Ojukwu was sick.I use to see you in Aknuibiam Int’l Airport Enugu wen you will lead him by his hand to enter Flight with him and it was realy amusing.God will continue to bless you Mrs Bianca Ojukwu.(My mobile:+2348038499183)

    • Stine chykee or whatever ur name is, are u dropping comment or looking 4 contract by pasting ur fone number, does this column looks like advertorial board? Abi u wan marry Bianca? Hence ur number, stupid scavenger.

  10. Too bad dt within six months dat some greedy pple are already fighting over ikembas poperty,nawao,Ukwu ejiala agu,mgbada abia ya ugwo.

  11. ugwu onyedikachi on

    Nne take heart, chukwu wetelu chukwu ewelugo! I still much believe that his death will serve and give a freedom to Ndi igbo ( i . e ) Biafra.

  12. Despite the fact that i lost my father and several relations in the carnage,Ojukwu remains my hero.I loved him and still do.My only regret is that the shoes he left behind is quite over sized for any living or dead Igbo man to put on.He is truely a legend !

  13. Bianca.I believe that God will take adequate care of all those challenges in the family circle as well as the political future of APGA. Human beings are really unpredictable and will always disappoint even themselves. Lets trust God and ask for His deliverance in Jesus name Amen. May the revered soul of Dim…….. rest in perfect peace Amen ES

  14. London boy, u are here again in sun news with ur battered english, what is “JESUSU”? U better go back to punch, sun news column are for elite, not for BOMBOCLATS.

  15. My prayer is that just like Elisha in the Bible was bestowed with Elija’s double portion, at least one of Ojukwu’s sons shall be bequeathed with Dim Odumegwu Ojukwu’s double portion. May his great soul rest in perfect peace. Amen.

  16. Ejimkonye okechukwu on

    And eze igbo gburugburu dim ikemba emeka odumegwu ojukwu agu na eche mba one of igbo land lives on.iron lady Bianca don’tallow the legacy he left behind to tarnish,God will see u through.

  17. Ada umu Igbo gburugburu, we all hv our own ideas of what death might be. For all we know, death could be de greatest gud dat could happen to us. CICERO said, “de life of de dead is placed in de memories of de living”. De love we feel in life keeps people alive beyond their time. There isn’t a day de legacy Ojukwu our father lived aren’t with me, in my memories, and in who I am. Anyone who has given love will always live on in another’s heart. infact, i thank u Bianca for nothing for not knowing y u thank us for something. Take heart, Take charge and Take control for those who Take care doesn’t go anywhere.

  18. our leader Ezeigbo,we missed u ,n ur memory wil stil lingerin in our heart….Ezigbo nwanyi oma.,we appreciate u make us(ndigbo) proud. Dim oduemegwu may ur soul and the soul of my beloved father Ezinna Cosmos Dozie (ichie nnanna) who fought 4our igboland rest in bossom of our lord

  19. I tell you sincerely, whenever i read anything that has got to do with my hero mentor, Late Dim Ojukwu, i always let tears flow from my eyes. If i was to be a woman, i would have fought with Lady Bianca over my hero. but while i had him as my hero, i also love Lady Bianca so much that i would have also want to die loving her. today, she is my screen saver. infatuation you may call it but i tell you it is a thing of the heart. I love you my lady Bianca the wife of my hero. May God be with you and your family always. alex Ogwo.

  20. I respect ojukwu for 2 clear reasons,1stly,he was human & lastly he was a revolutionary,but like every past historical figure,we must learn 4rm their mistakes inorder 4 us not 2 repeat history again(and Ojukwu flaw was his inability to reach out & connect with non Igbos). This is y I will always respect him,but can’t & will never ever celebrate him(that’s left 4 Igbos to do).


  22. Nne, u are truly a pearl. Having read through this note, i now understand why the Ikemba insisted that he will marry you against all odds. you have got wisdom. thank God. Pls don’t mind those vultures dragging properties of the late Ikemba, your knowledge of your law now comes to bear. just deal with all of them harshly if they disturb you and your children. You now see why Chief CC insisted you must study law. GOD IS WITH U.

  23. it’s her responsibilies or duties to her husband as a wife, nothing is special about of what she have done to Ikemba.

  24. ojukwu was a great man.and i urge our elders to lean from the hospitable characters of Ikem-nba 1 of nnewi.We must always be our brothers keeper..The question is, WHO CAN FIT THE SHOE THAT OJUKWU LEFT IN IBO LAND.? WHO CAN STAND 4 US WITHOUT BETRAYAL ?

  25. Believerinheaven on

    Waooh! you are truly the daughter of Late Chief Onoh, nwangwoh! the wife of Late Ikemba, the Eze Gburugburunile of Ndi Igbo.
    The words were just falling out as if they were reharsed ! Great.
    You truly sucked your mother’s breast and have the blood of the Igbo in your veins. Thank a million.

  26. Ezigbo Nwanyi. You are really a wife material. Thanks to ur father who gave u a sound footing so that u can adapt urself to any class u encounter. The care and attention u gave to Ezeigbo really helped to prolong his life. Take care of ur children and God will see u thru.
    We are proud of U. Chetanne Ndigbo is proud of u. Keeping moving.

  27. Mrs Bianca Ojuku, am humble by your love for this great HERO Ojuku. Thank you on how you elucidate on a well boloved husbank. May your seeds and your tribe increase greatly for ever in Jesus name… Amen

  28. Well i wil lik to thank U for ur understanding, but bear in mind dat politics do exist every whr. Our problem always is fighting for our children and so, ar dey cripple,blind,deaf n dumb etc. Live n let live dnt live urs and live for ur children.

  29. Rev. Fr. Eliseus Ibeh,msp on

    Ikemba is not dead. He lives in every Igbo man and woman who is ready and willing to continue the fight for our liberation from this mistake of 1914.Ikemba is now an ancestor looking after us from heaven.

  30. Stine Chykee or what ever ur name is,why drooping number here,u want to beg her for money right.Igbo una too like money,seeing her in the airport when her husband was sick,are u now her friend?Mumu.

  31. no wonder the goodman married u madam. Ur narrative is as clear and interesting as d conviction in “arrow of god”. And “things fall apart” . Nna gi muru gi. Ur marriage to ikemba was not accidental. God prepard u for him. Udo

  32. I dnt hav much to say, bt i wil only say God almighty wil reward our great leader Dim Ojukwu. U ar in our heart, “Nigeria has size Biafra not to exist but Biafra is off in mind” these were ur words. Bianca -Biafra we de Igbos luvs u bye!!

  33. God bless you Bianca for being alive to share this moments with us all. We will all live to love u and cherish u the same way we all loved the Ikemba. A selfless man indeed.

  34. Uzoh From Lagos on


  35. Like in the days of our fore bearers when the strongest takes the most BEAUTIFULLY. Ur marriage to Eze- Igbo is a re-enactment of Igbo believe system. Thanks for bearing the burden of history with all equanimity.

  36. May the Souls of the departed Hilary Njoku Akano and his War Lord Onwanachari-Igbo of ISU Ancient Kingdom, Dim Chukwu Emeka Odumegwu rest in perfect peace, until we all meet to part no more .Bianca take heart death is inevitable. Take care of your Brothers in Diaspora it shall be well with you mother General.

  37. Thanks Bianca but be ware and keep away from facebook predators like Dozie Eronini, alias Eronini Dozie Aham, alias Eronini Chinedozie, alias Hurrican_Flawless, alias ClassLLess, alias Kenny Wallace. Eronini is a fraudster and cultist who prowls the facebook network soliciting and fleecing unsuspecting married women. Eronini is a wolf in a sheep’s skin. Whatever as intelligent as you are Bianca, you can not be deceived by this facebook vulture and scavenger Eronini. Eronini can only scam the naive shallow minded women.

  38. sir nwendu ezike on

    Bianca my only joy for u,.is that you did not mess urself up because of age gap beteween you and ojukwu. i thought u would have left him to look for young blood,but now i know that u are a real woman 4 ikemba.God will seeu through and your kids +8613825056252

  39. Tin Tin nabulations. on

    The man justling for acquisition of properties is otherwise ‘ike–uno’ , the ‘unoka’ of Things fall apart.

  40. I am happy to be an igbo man. I am happy to withness the life and depature of the man, Ikemba Odimegwu Ojukwu. We igbos cant forget you. the world cant forget you.

    Bianca is dear to us igbos as much as his late husband was.

    Just as your husband fought injustice anytime it surfaced, all the injustice ur inlaws are bringing ur way will be fought by people you least expected and justice will be urs.

    Take care ada igbo gburu gburu

  41. a rare amazon of the igbo race!such couples now exist in romantic fairy tales.ojukwu’s life was a radiating mirror.i pray that God should keep on visiting mankind with these species!

  42. Ezeigbo may your soul continue resting in the bossom of the Lord.its quite unfortunate that the legacies you left behind are now being rubbished,our party is now at the brink of collapse due to selfish interest of some individuals.please interceed for the unity of our party,for it is one of the legacies you left behind

  43. Onwa 1 Onicha-Ugbo Anioma, Delta state on

    Ada di Ora Nma Ndi-Igbo, we thank and appreciate all that you did for our Leader Ikemba. Again, thank you.

  44. I hope u won’t attend bed meeting wit ur boss Badluck Jonathan? B’coz dats Igbo lifestyle after d death of their husband they would look 4 who wil oil their engine…lolz dats their culture anyway!

    • Look at the kind of rubbish you posted. So the only thing you can think of is her engine, are your people cursed with that thing between womens legs, and when somebody calls you an interlectual dwarf you take offence. An Aboki will always remain an Aboki.

    • you must be a very stupid man to make such comment. Well, you MUST have been talking out of experience from your people coming by your name “MUSTAPHA”. That ojukwu is dead does not mean that names like yours should rise to celebrate it. Ask people like Umaru Dikko who tried it to tell you what they saw.

    • Mustafa you nko? No be man or goat men from ur tribe prefer? I think you want jonathan for yourself that is why you are messing up this page. Go back to the desart and find a camel. is better for you. fool.

    • mustapha, u are an animal to have made that kind of derogatory remark about Igbo tribe. u are not exposed at all. u are too timid. u are not worthy to talk where Igbo man is talking. Remember that u are not up to any Igbo man standard anywhere. your tribe men are illiterate poverty stricken etc. Its just that there was a mistake that brought us together with u people as a country.

    • Shut up, you envious nonentity, are you saying the Sun news paper is stupid for granting her the interview. Your family can never have an Ojukwu in a thousand generation. Try and do somethink worthwhile while you are alive so that you will be remembered like Ojukwu when you are dead.

    • so call manofgod you care or you will not be sufering in internet cafe waiting for network to post dis comment. All of us care or we cannot be here paying 100 naira for 1 hour. Lady B, Ada Igbo gburugburu God will safe you from dis greedy brother of our great Ikemba. We Igbo are behin u all de way. Ada Igbo oma.

    • Man of Satan, read all the other comments and u will find out that if don’t care about the story above, a lot of other people cares. . May d souls of Mr Paul Marire who fought for Biafra and and that of Odumegwu Ojukwu rest in perfect peace. Bianca, u are a good woman, a role model for other women. keep it up. we are proud or u

  45. Even the armed robber’s tremble and salute still at siting the true man of justice sent by Almighty God to His people Ndi Igbo…
    Indeed, Ikemba Odumegwu Ojukwu is a true hero and a real fearless Child of Almighty God Whom recognizes that HE that is in him, is greater than he that is in the world.
    Ndi Igbo is really awesome and a blessed people of God!!!

  46. Elendu S I David on

    Ada ejieje mba, Mrs Bianca Ojukwu, you ever have the support of the majority. You are blessed. Ride on the good Lord is with you.

  47. @Mustpha u are a very big FOOL! aboki lama like u, U should be with ur lama not on this page ewu gambia like u what Hausa women that start 4rm 9yrs to f***k around? is that one not ur culture?


    I am sure Mrs.Bianca Ojukwu is far too intelligent to even think about those 2x idiots/little losers putting those hurtful comments here.They only do it to get noticed through your achievements. Again I am loving the fact that all these ‘outraged’ shaps cant even spell small words let alone big ones. Ride on Her Excellency.

  49. Solo Nwachukwu ( Boston USA) on

    Thank you so much Lady Bianca. Igbos and in fact Nigerians in Boston, USA showed the whole world that a Hero passed on.Speeches, songs, cultural dances includung MMONWU of the highest order were displayed. Yours sincerely not only took my young children to see a documentary on EZEIGBO but I also gave them the history of this Enigmatic ICON called Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu.Daalu Nwanyi oma. Ndi Igbo Kwugi nazu.Your interview was simply Biancafully delivered.

  50. Mustapha you are an incurable fool who did not suck her mother’s breasts but cow’s dirty udder.U and your tribalism will die….Fool,that is wha you are.

  51. May the gentle soul of Ikemba rest in peace, Amen. by the way Bianca or what is your name, where did you mourn our hero as the tradition required, In London/America or Spain? Men should learn very quick from history,

  52. Bianca Ojukwu (nee Onoh) you’re a true princess of Igboland, Ndigbo are very proud of you. and I’m sure ready to protect their priceless pearl anywhere,any time. for those fighting for properties, it is only a betrayal of their low level of mentality and ignorance, otherwise they sould’ve realised that, a living tigress is more dangerous and powerful than a dead tiger, finally to mr Stan chykee, what is the meaning of ur phone number? or ar u sm onukwu or efulefu jobless man? If u want to apply as gateman, cleaner or driver in the palace of a Queen, don’t u have the common sense to make it formal in writting and follow the appropriate route,instead of making a fool of urself on the pages of newspapers.

  53. MMADUABUCHI N. Umeh on

    I ve always sort to compare the beauty of Bianca Ojukwu (even at her present age) with that of any beautiful lady I ve ever come accross and I found out that there is non. So I hd concluded that there could not ve bn any man fit to marry her than OJUKWU. And conversely, there would not ve bn any better gift or reward well derseved to a HERO MAN(as was the practice in old Igbo traditional wrestling culture) than BIANCA for OJUKWU. And I hd thought it was only beauty, but now u are a wise Ada di ora mma gburu gburu nke ndi Igbo. Pls keep Our Hero ever alife by leadimg his values.

  54. I want to apprecioate Bianca for jer discipline humility and lovve. Born in a previledged home, Schooled abroad,miss Nigeria,daughter of a former governor, beautiful but yet reacheable and accessable to her villagers,both her father,s and husband’s. I witnessed when she came down to Nnewi during the last election, and had to use her car to drop some old women home. Such a virtrue should be learned by all Igfbos especially these illitrates that do not speak Igbo to their children because they are living in town. The educated, the wealthies like ojukwus, Onnoos and good others do send their chidren to their home villages to be in touch with who they are. A great lesson indeed. My children must know and visit their village regularly, they must associate with their folks in the village to must offcourse speak Igbo fluently with proverb so that they would more importantly add value to others and achieve gratness. Great people know and speak their language

  55. Anti-injustice on

    Mustapha or wateva u choose 2 name urslf.mind ur language n d way u post filty coments here.dnt b warned.

  56. Madam I like all u hv just said here i want to believe that our party men and women will reason the same way u do , let the light shine up , i also want my governor Mr peter 0binna to work with u on the area of peace at our state and party , present a good man comes next election ,somebody like soludo who loss election and congratulate Mr 0bi as his elected winner . Not those who cross burden with a foreign party to disintegrat us . Bring soludo to Apga party just like we did to owelle of imo state .

  57. Ifechukwu Chukwuemeka.frm Nnewi. on

    Bianca,u have said it all.You truely entailed your dealing with d late Igbo supremo.Keep on emulating his foot steps by being a patroitic woman 2 d entire Igbo race.We love u so much.Dont mind what some fraudsters are saying here.Rest in peace,Ikemba Nnewi.

  58. Nwankwo Stanley on

    Mrs. Bianca, please allow us to do the weeping. We ar now like without leadership. We d Igbos are really d ones passing through trauma now, just because our father is dead!

  59. @obinna u just said it all, we need someone like Soludo to come to Apga n take over from Okwute d great. By so doing anambra will be a transformed state. I love anambra, I miss my Hero Ezeigbo, Okwute I hail u, mother general of Ndi igbo Bianka well done. Anambra adibago mma

  60. Chief Okemiri Acha on

    It is regreatable that Bianca will be granting interview to the press on our hereo Ikemba Nnewi Ojukwu ndi Igbo on the issue of draging properties after his demise. Igbos has tradition. Nnewi has traditional rulers has she complained to them? should stop this cheap popularity for Ikemba to rest in peace. he is my idol.

  61. Ada anyi….take heart ok…only what we need from you is just to take every igbo man as your sons and daughter ..continue from were your beloved husband stop..we know that he is resting in the bosom of our Lord with the Angels

  62. Chibuzo (Rt Hon) on

    Odoziaku Ezeigbo Gburu! Gburu!! You really sucked ur mothers breast. Ikemba is and will forever be my role model. I pray that God wil give me the courage and wisdom to be able to contribute my own quota towards the Emancipation of the Sacred Race (NDIGBO). God is our strength.

  63. Ihekwoaba Paul E Esq. on

    Man of greed for i take exception to calling u man of God. U’v nothing good frm ur generation no wonder u can never c anything good another person. instead of allowing envy to envelop u arise frm ur ancient slumber&laziness so dat ur generation may be somwot remembered. cos ojukwu rmains an enigma of all time if ur not comfortable wt it u kiss a pit toilet

  64. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.He tried to save his people from injustice,oppression and other degrading things in the country.He was truly Eze-ndi-Igbo,a gentle giant etc…GA NKE OMA!

  65. Bianca,you are an African Queen of beauty and I hope that you will transfer it to serving the Naija the right way.Be a true nwa ada!

    Sir Mysticoh-Ghana.

  66. Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    The Igbo man with money matter! Ojukwu’s brothers should let the widow mourn her hubby for Allah’s sake’s

  67. Ojukwu was no doubt a good man. The story of Bianca will teach parents to let their daughters marry whom they please and that age-difference (older man, younger woman) is no big deal! Afterall, marriage between age-mates is no guarantee of success or happiness.

  68. You are a true representation of Igbo woman. The Igbo nation is proud of you. Please continue to walk in great path of honor established by your husband. Pursue justice and fairness as he did. Do not forget that you have the great task of making another Ojukwu from among your children.

  69. Chief Okemiri Acha on

    It is unfortunate and regrettable that Ikemba can not be allowed to rest by his family he left behind especially Bianca who is busy granting interviews to the press. Igbo nation has a tradition. Nnewi is a highly respected town in Igbo and have respected traditional leaders including Igwe Orizu . Has Bianca complained officially to Igwe Orizu? if not should do so and stop cheap popularity in the press. Adui Eze Igbo gburugburu

  70. obieguo maxwell on

    ADA DI ORA MMA, Ndigbo are behind you and our God will always protect you and family,So concetrate on your job and JESUS who is the author and finisher of your faith.

  71. Mrs Bianca ojukwu, you have spoken well. Indeed your late husband was a gentle giant. For your husband’s brother son who is stepping your husband’s properties without your consent, I know for sure you are going to give them a good legal battle.

  72. Mrs Bianca ojukwu, you have spoken well. Indeed your late husband was a gentle giant. For your husband’s brother son who is stepping into your late husband’s properties without your consent, I know for sure you are going to give them a good legal battle.

  73. Bob G,what’s ur problem,why are u jst attacking people unneccesarilly,pls stop that is not fair,ojukwu is a man who had lived his life for people,and bianca was dedicated to him when he was alive as well,so any thing she feels like doing now,let her go ahead,she wil ave my support 100%,I didn t even knw dat she is as.humble as the way she ave proving to be from her interview,she must ave learn so many good thinghs from ikemba,so to me I believe dat she I’ll make a good leader jst like the husband ,lady bianca,what am saying in essence is dat ur coming out in 2015 for governor of Anambra state nd u ill win ok,believe me,I wish u well in all ur doing,pls make sure dat there is peace amoung u and ojukwu family at large,that is supose to be one of his no1 legacy ok,pls so dat where ever he may be,he can be happy.

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  75. Nnukwu nwanyi, a gusilum okwu onu gi, mwee malu na ibu Esther ndi Igbo. Rapu ndi na-enye gi nsogbu O! Ekwela ka ha kpasaa gi anya. Kwado maka oru Chukwu ga-eji gi ruo n’uwa gburu gburu. Mgbe mhuru gi, akowaram gi ofuma. Chukwu ga-eji gi me the world a better place in Jesus Name.

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