WRITTEN BY OZO UCHENNA EZEANI
Ichie (Sir) Comrade Cyprian Enukora Ezeani, (Ozo Ezeani Ezedinaobi) was born into a non-Christian family of late Mr. and Mrs. Obuvudu Ezeani of Nkitaku village, Agulu in Anaocha local government area.
He lost his father at a very tender age, thus he was raised up by his mother who was a petty trader.
Ichie’s mother ‘Eye’, as she was fondly called, could hardly feed her children from the little money she made. Despite her financial handicap, she made sure that her son, Cyprian, went to school. Even when it meant borrowing, she had to take Ichie along to some wealthy persons for loan to pay for his son’s education.
Ichie spent only four years in primary education as he had double promotions twice at Practicing School Agulu, completing his primary education in 1955. But due to financial constraints, the young Ichie had to assist the mother in her business and also conducted private lessons for primary school children from where he saved some money to further his education at Teachers Training College, Nsukka, graduating with Teacher grade two. With the certificate, Ichie gained teaching appointment.
He later studied at the University of Lagos and Anambra State University of Science and Technology (ASUTECH) now, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka and graduated in 1994 with a B.Sc. Degree. Ichie was happily married to late Lady Camilla Chinwe Ezeani (Okwesilieze). Their union was blessed with nine children, six boys and three girls, all of whom are University graduates; and are all happily married with children.
Ichie Cyprian Ezeani started his teaching profession with Saint Michael’s construction school Enugu till the outbreak of the civil war. He was conscripted into the Biafra Army. After the civil war, Ichie rejoined his teaching carrier in Enugu. With the creation of state in 1991, Ichie came back home to Agulu. His first school in the new Anambra state was Igwebueze Primary School Awka and Ezinato National Primary School, Awka, where he retired from active service in 2001. Ichie was elected the NUT Awka South Chairman and held the NLC Awka South Chairman for years before his retirement. Ichie Cyprian Ezeani was instrumental to the regularization of the primary schools teacher cadre and passing into law by the State House of assembly and the raising of ceiling of primary school teachers carrier progression from Grade Level 14 to Level 16.
On retirement, Ichie went into politics and became an Iroko. He was appointed as the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Primary Education from which position he facilitated the Teachers Enhancement Allowance. Added to this, is the overhead cost granted Headquarters of every school monthly and the general upliftment of the general welfare of teachers.
Ichie Ezeani was one of the early converts of the early missionaries that first came to Agulu. Thus, he was instrumental to the conversion of his entire siblings and mother to the catholic faith. He died a Knight of the Order of Saint John International. Ichie Ezeani personally drafted the history of Umuodum kindred when he was the chairman and wrote the history and organized the meeting of Umuezeokweghi family of Nkitaku village, Agulu.
Ichie Cyprian Enukora Ezeani was a member of Ozo Ezeani Dunikpe and Ozo Ezeani Ebenato of Agulu and initiated all his six sons into the Ozo group. Ichie’s philanthropy stretches from payment of school fees to the less privileged children to paying hospital bills. While the number of people he gave jobs both in the Federal, State and Local Government Public Service are numerous.
Ichie Ezeani passed on in the night of August 2, 2017 after seeing all his children and grand children, one after the other. He is survived by; children, grand children, sons and daughters-in-law, numerous in-laws, sister, uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews. Vigil mass holds today at his Nkitaku Agulu compound. He will be buried tomorrow after a requiem mass at Madonna Assumpta Catholic Church, Agulu. Adieu Ozo Ezeani Ezedinaobi.