It has been a week since the will of the late Ikemba of Nnewi, Chief Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, was presented. The will was read by the Chief Registrar of the Enugu High Court, Dennis Ekoh and was witnessed by Bianca, the Ikemba’s first cousin, Val Nwosu and Mike Ejemba. It is well known that Ojukwu’s widow got the lion share of his estate.
The former beauty queen was bequeathed with landed property in Enugu, Nnewi and Abuja. She also inherited her husband’s shares in Ojukwu Transport Limited, his money and all his personal belongings. The former Biafran leader’s first son, Emeka Jnr. was given the family house in Nnewi. The hitherto unknown daughter, Tenny Haman got the Jubilee Hotel located in Zaria, Kaduna State.
Though, Bianca who is Nigeria’s ambassador to Spain, expressed surprise over the existence of Haman, she was pleased with how her late husband shared his inheritance. “It is a fair will. This time around he did not disappoint us,” she said. But it has become clear that Ojukwu’s widow is the only beneficiary of the will that is happy with it. Emeka Jnr. has declared the will as fake, the same thing with Sylvester, another son of Ojukwu.
Barister Emeka Onyemelukwe who Emeka Jnr. accused of preparing the “fake” will has replied that the document presented at the Enugu High Court is authentic. The interesting thing about the disagreement over Ojukwu’s will is that it has gone beyond the family. In the social media, Nigerians have exchanged harsh words over the Ikemba’s sharing formula.
Some gave him kudos for considering his widow and providing for her upkeep especially as her children are young. On the opposing side are the conservatives who argued that Bianca was highly favoured and that Ikemba should have allowed his first son to manage his estate on behalf of the family. The social media isn’t only the place Ojukwu’s will is being discussed; members of the high society have also been talking about it.
Though, Bianca is not much of a socialite, most female celebrities Uptown spoke to were of the view that the Ikemba did well by providing for his wife.