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Zik’s first son, Chukwuma, dies at 75

By Vincent Ujumadu

Awka—CHIEF Chukwuma Bamidele Azikiwe, the first son of  first President of Nigeria, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe is dead. He was aged 75.

* Chief Chukwuma Azikiwe
* Chief Chukwuma Azikiwe

He passed on at the Borommeo Hospital, Onitsha, a missionary hospital just a stone throw to his Inosi Onira country home, Onitsha in the early hours of Sunday.

A family source said last night that Chukwuma had been battling protracted respiratory ailment for some years, which had kept him out of public view.

Chukwuma until his death was the Owelle of Onitsha,a traditional position he inherited from his late father in 1996 . As Owelle, Chukwuma was sixth in the title  ranking in Onitsha.

He had, in 1991, aspired to govern the old Anambra State and after that unsuccessful bid, he never contested for any other public office.

According to a family source, details about his funeral would be announced later in accordance with the Onitsha customs and tradition.

 


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