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BIOGRAPHY OF AN ICONIC FATHER RT. HON. CHIEF CELESTINE UKANYIKWA MADUMERE, JP, (UGOCHINYERE, ONUNAEKWURUOHA)
According to Williams Shakespeare “A good reputation is the most valuable thing we have – men and women alike”.
Rt. Hon. Chief Celestine Ukanyikwa Madumere, JP, was born in Ndiagbo Ogube Ihube Autonomous Community, Okigwe Local Government Area of Imo State on 31st December, 1935 to late Madumere Ogodoka and Ukanwa Madumere, both of blessed memory. He was the third child and only son of his parents.
He had his primary education in many schools namely St. Christopher’s Catholic School Ihube, St. Gregory’s Catholic School Ngodo Isuochi, and St. Theresa’s School Okigwe were he manifested an exceptional intelligence and brilliance.
After his Secondary School education from Holy Ghost College, Umuahia in 1961, he took to teaching to enable him assist his mother in the family. His ambition for further education made him to enroll in Rural Education Centre Umuahia (what is today known as, Michael Okpara Federal University of Agriculture Umudike), before proceeding to the University of Lagos where he bagged a Degree in Education in 1972, thus making him to be one of the first Imo indigenes to gained admission into the famous University.
Upon his successful completion and graduation from UNILAG, he returned back to his teaching career as “Nwa teacher” which took him to several places before returning back to Ihube Girls from where he was appointed the Senior Supervisor of Schools in Okigwe. In 1990, he retired from the Imo State Civil Service after 35 years of meritorious service.
After his retirement, he proved not to be tired even though retired. He was very much active in community services which was top on his list of reasons why he acquired university education and as such functioned as the Secretary General of IPU, Secretary General of Ihube Social Club of Nigeria, Secretary General of Nzuko Umu Ikenga, President General of Ogube/Amagu Ihube Development Union, Auditor Otuobibuike Development Union, Pioneer Financial Secretary Amato Ogube Progressive Union, State Secretary Imo State Association of Supervisors of Schools, Member Okigwe Local Government Boundary Peace Committee, Member Finance Committee, Good Shepherd Parish Ihube and Aku, Member Police Community Relation Committee, Okigwe LGA among others propelled his overwhelming emergence through an election in December 5, 1998 as the Councilor for Ihube ward.
To cap it all, he was elected by his worthy colleagues as the Leader of Okigwe Legislative Council in 1999 which was the grassroot foundation of the present democracy in the country today.
C.U can be described in many fitting flowering words – a man of truth, justice, incorruptible disciplinarian and upright husband, father, grandfather, mentor, and community leader.
A quintessential hospitable persona, devout Catholic and millennium merit Awardee of the Okigwe Catholic Diocese, alter ego of the Good Shepherd Catholic Parish Ihube and CKC Ogube.
In the words of Oscar Wilde “The death of an icon is a minus for humanity and a signal that the age of great men is passing”
While an Italian poet, Francesco Petrarch once said “a good death does honour to a whole life”. He lived well and has fulfilled his mission here on earth. He left a good legacy for his family, the people of Ogube and Ihube clan in general. There is no doubt his demise will greatly be felt by everyone. We know he is in heaven – a place without pains. We pray God to grant him eternal rest.
Adieu Ugochinyere Okigwe
Adieu Onuleakwuruoha Ogube
Adieu Great Man
Adieu Man of Peace
Adieu Leader Emeritus
Honourable, Gaa ije gi nke oma!