Odumegwu Ojukwu was a Nigerian military officer, statesman, and politician. He was head of the secessionist state of Biafra during the Nigerian civil war. He died in 2011 and here is his biography and other things to know about him.
Who is Odumegwu Ojukwu?
Odumegwu Ojukwu, widely known as Emeka, was born in Zungeru, northern Nigeria. His father was the transport millionaire Sir Louis Ojukwu. Schooled at King’s College, Lagos, and Epsom College, Surrey, Emeka studied history at Lincoln College, Oxford. Graduating in 1955, he returned to work in the eastern Nigeria administrative service
Full name: Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu
Date of birth:4 November 1933
Day of death: 26 November 2011(78 years)
Occupation: Soldier and politician
Education: CMS Grammar School, Lagos King’s College, Lagos Epsom College and Lincoln College, Oxford University
Wives: Bianca Odumegwu-Ojukwu, Njideka Onyekwelu, Stella Onyeador
Children: Emeka, Mimi, Okigbo, Ebele, Afamefuna, Chineme and Nwachukwu
Net worth: Undisclosed
The death at the age of 78 of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, former leader of the breakaway Republic of Biafra, removes a charismatic, larger-than-life figure from the Nigerian political scene. Although deeply controversial in his lifetime, he will be missed in Nigeria far beyond his own Igbo people. President Goodluck Jonathan’s tribute spoke of Ojukwu’s “immense love of his people, justice, equity and fairness which forced him into the leading role he played in the Nigerian civil war”.
In the long perspective of history, the failure of the Biafran secession, which lasted from May 1967 to January 1970, helped decisively to consolidate the unity of independent Nigeria. And if after Odumegwu Ojukwu’s pardon and return to his country Ojukwu never made the political breakthrough he had sought, the myth of Biafra that he did so much to create still lingers, even while there is no prospect of recreating it.
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