FINAL OFALA “FAREWELL” THE LATE IGBO I & ONYENDU NDIGBO OF SOUTH AFRICA

FINAL OFALA “FAREWELL” THE LATE IGBO I & ONYENDU NDIGBO OF SOUTH AFRICA

Late Onye Ndu Ndi Igbo South Africa fought for the rights of common man in the streets of Johannesburg; he was always available to respond to the distress calls of our people.
He used his Security company : “Desert Eagles Security” to save the lives of many of our people.
It was based on his genuine commitment to the affairs of our people that I went to his office and appealed to him to come out to lead the newly formed Ohaneze Ndi Igbo South Africa.

This was because the aims and objectives was being derailed and reduced to the status of a social club by the interim leadership then. After some resistence, I convinced him and he accepted to come out to contest in the first election which did not take place due to irregularities.
After that he led the group who insisted that “WHOEVER THAT DO NOT HAVE LEGITIMATE MEANS OF LIVELIHOOD CAN NOT LEAD OHANEZE SOUTH AFRICA”.
When I registered Ohaneze Ndi Igbo South Africa as a non profit organisation, I did not have the money to pay for the cost of registration. I went to him to assist me financially for the registration and he agreed and paid for it even though I did not put his name as one of the Directors.
The use of “I” may sound so selfish, but this is because when I wrote letters to 22 different community association of Igbo origins calling them for a meeting to form an umbrella organisation that will unite Ndi Igbo in South Africa, most people were still confused and the decided that since I am the one who came up with the idea, that I should go on doing things to ensure that Ohaneze is established based on the objectives which I presented to them.

I chose the names of the initial directors: which were: ABIA – Mazi JN Ukonne and John Obunda; ANAMBRA – Joseph Ebigbo and Azubuike Okpara; DELTA – Chukwunyem Okpuzo; EBONYI – Sylvester Chukwu and Celestine Ekechi; ENUGU – Udeji Ndubueze J and Uche Demian Obisi; IMO – Cyrain Chigere and Joseph Anodere; and RIVERS – Charles Job.
It is regrettable that the spirit of Onyendu would be turning in his grave to see some individuals who have nothing to offer to our community buying their ways to different positions just to answer some useless names.
On the 3rd of November, we shall honour him and bid a final farewell to an iroko whose positive footprints will remain on the sands of time among Ndi Igbo in South Africa.
May his revolutionary soul continue to rest in peace. Amen!

Jonas Udeji

 

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