CHIEF Onuora Nzekwu, a teacher, novelist, journalist and culture documentarist will be 82 on February 19, and would in June, be marking the 50th anniversary of his marriage to his one and only wife, Mrs. Osoenyi Justina Ogbenyeanu, daughter of Isaac Aniegboka Mbanefo, Odu II of Onitsha.
The Nzekwus, according to a statement made available to Vanguardâ€™s arts, plan to mark their anniversary with The Complete Creative Works of Onuora Nzekwu in preparation of 50 years of his penmanship in 2011 when he hopes to roll out the drums in a big literary celebration.
Born in 1928, he debuted as a novelist in 1961 with, Wand of Noble Wood, followed by Blade Among the Boys in 1 962 and Highlife for Lizards in 1965. He, however, achieved literary fame through his novella for children: Eze Goes to School (1964) and later the sequel, Eze Goes to College (1988) which he co-wrote with Prof.
Michael Crowder. He has also written and produced plays such as: Okumefuna and Onye mebie ani and has a yet to be published war novel: Troubled Dust as well as some works in culture documentation in Nigeria magazine (1956 â€“ 1966) and books such as The Chima Dynasty in Onitsha (1997), Faith of Our Fathers (2002) and a just concluded manuscript on the genealogy of the Onitsha people. He was in 1991 inducted into the ancient and prestigious Agbalenze society of Onitsha, Anambra state.
Onuorah Nzekwu has taught in many schools as a teacher in eastern Nigeria and Lagos City College, Lagos; has been housemaster and choir master before moving into print journalism with the then very prestigious Nigerian Magazine before being asked to set up the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).