BreakingNews-2 29/3/2014 - An Iroko, Amb. Raph Uwechue Has Fallen

[ Masterweb Reports: Chuks Ibegbu reports ] – Amb. Raph Uwechue, the Ogwuluzamme of Ogwashi-Uku , Delta state, astute diplomat and former President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo died recently in Abuja. The Pan-Africanist, Nigerian patriot and Igbo champion was the first Nigerian Ambassador to France when the civil war broke out in the 60s. He was posted to the far East because of his Igbo root but Amb. Uwechue rather joined his kit and kin in Biafra.
 
 
He became the soul of Biafra in France and Europe for a long time. Due to his diplomatic dexterity , the former President of Nigeria Chief Olusegun Obasanjo made him the Nigerian special envoy on conflict resolution in Africa. He contributed immensely to the resolution of the crisis in several West African countries especially Liberia and Cote d'Ivoire.
 
 
He was one time Presidentilal candidate of the defunct SDP. Amb. Uwechue loved his Igbo people so much that even against some influences, he contested and won the position of the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo which he led for four years creditably. His death has robbed Ndigbo of a man of courage, a pan-Africanist, a simple, humble, humane and proactive visionary.
 
 
May his soul rest in perfect peace. Amen.
 
 
Note , a pre-burial lecture would be held for him in the second week of April at Enugu, the political capital of Igbo land.
 
 
If you are interested in reflecting or analyzing the works and times of this great man please send your papers before then . Every Nigerian and Igbo man is cordially invited to the event. Details of the venue, date and time of the lecture will be made known in the next couple of days.
 
 
The theme of the lecture is: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF AMB . RAPH UWECHUE, THE IGBO PATRIOT AND NIGERIAN STATESMAN.
 
 
CHUKS IBEGBU
FORMER SENIOR SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO AMB. RAPH UWECHUE, THE OGWULUZAME OF OGWASHI-UKU
AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE WORLD IGBO LEADERSHIP , EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL COUNCIL (WILECC)
 
 
 
*Photo Caption – Late Amb. Raph Uwechue -Left; Chief Charles O. Okereke, Publisher, Nigeria Masterweb -Right
 
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