The Nwodo family of Ukehe in Igbo Etiti local Government Area of Enugu State has released the burial program of their patriarch Dr Joe Nwodo, the Agadagbachiriuzo1 of Ukehe who died on March 10, in a London Hospital at the age of 77 years.
According to a statement from the Co- Chairman of the Burial Committee, Prof Epiphany Azinge, there will be a night of tributes on Sunday May 30, 2021 at JD Leisure Center, Kashim Ibrahim Way, Maitama in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The Abuja program is intended to bring top political, economic and professional associates of the Nwodo family to give a deserving farewell and honour to one of the country’s outstanding professional, lawyer and politician.
It is expected that political exploits of late Joe Nwodo in the still born third Republic in the defunct National Republican Convention, NRC, will be remembered by his associates who are expected to grace the great night.
In Enugu on June 1st, 2021 there will also be another night of tributes at Chris Hall, Amodeo Event Center, behind Elim Plaza, off Ebeano Tunnel.
And on Thursday June 3rd, there will be a valedictory Court session in his honour at the Justice I.A. Umezurike Auditorium, Enugu High Court.
Burial and funeral ceremonies will be in Ukehe on Saturday June 5, 2021 with a funeral mass at St Peter’s Catholic Church, Ukehe and interment immediately after mass at Dr Joe Nwodo’s Residence, Ukehe House.
Dr Nwodo completed his earthly race on the 10th of March, 2021, at a hospital in the United Kingdom after a protracted illness which he battled indefatigably.
He lived a very fulfilled life. Was one of the most notable politicians to emanate from Nsukka cultural zone also known as Enugu North Senatorial zones, and indeed Nigeria. Was once a Presidential aspirant of the defunct National Republican Convention, NRC, when he showcased a political style and flair that was second to none.
He was a social phenomenon. A man who wrote the most brilliant and sesquipedalian speeches. Gigantesque in size and in intellect. Many referred to his intellectual and literary ability as “a gift,” inborn”, “a knack”, “a talent”. One thing was certain, Joe Nwodo operated on a literary frequency higher than most, one that could only be compared to a supernatural being, “god-like”. He was indeed a rare breed. A mastermind, and genius of our time.
He was a lover of the poor. “Ochendo umu-ogbenyi”. His love and ambitions for the great people of Nsukka was unfathomable as it was immeasurable.
He is survived by his wife, children grandchildren, brothers, sisters, that includes the former Commissioner of Education in Enugu state, chief Mrs Grace Obayi, former Governor of Enugu State, Dr Okwesilieze Nwodo, the former Minister of information and immediate past President General of apex Igbo organization, the Ohanaeze Chief John Nnia Nwodo and the great people of Nsukka who remained embedded deeply in his heart, mind and lips even at the point of death.
Co- Chairman, the Burial Publicity Sub Committee