By Chimaobi Nwaiwu
Elder Statesman and first Republic Aviation Minister Chief Mabazulike Amechi, on Tuesday, announced the passing of his wife Iyom Chinelo Priscella Amechi.
A statement on behalf of Mbazulike Amechi Family, signed by Tagbo Amechi, said they are announcing with deep regret the death of Iyom Chinelo Priscella Amechi (Lolo Odiuko).
According to the statement “She is survived by her husband, Chief Mbazulike Amechi, (Dara Akunwafor) and many children and grand children.”
The family said that further announcement on the death and burial arrangements will be made later.
However, answering questions from newsmen, Chief Amechi, said his wife, Iyom Chinelo Priscella Amechi, died on Friday 23, July, 2020 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, NAUTH, Nnewi, Anambra State, after a brief illnesses.
She was 91 year old. According to Amechi, she took ill and was taken to NAUTH, where she was hospitalized for ten days before she gave up.
According to Chief Amechi, his wife was from Umuoji in Idemili before she was married to him, and she studied at Ugwu Oba, Enugu State, and then proceeded to London and Belfast for further studies where she qualified as a nurse.
“She retired as Chief Nursing Officer in the Anambra State Ministry of Health, where she headed the Nursing Department at the then Mpuri General Hospital, Nnewi, which was later handed over the Federal Government of Nigeria and now, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, NAUTH.”
Asked if his wife played any role for Nigeria’s independence, Chief Amechi said, “As a nationalist in the Zikist Movement, we swore not to marry until Nigeria became independent, so I was one of those who kept to that vow, so for that I did not marry her until December 1960 after independence, and we only met in 1960 when she returned from London.
“We met and had our courtship about ten months or thereabout, and Bishop Aniogwu weeded us at the Holy Trinity Onitsha, now Basilicas of Holy Trinity Onitsha.”
Chief Amechi described his wife as a very peaceful and caring woman, who never gave him trouble in any way. “Since my mother died she was a mother wife and friend to me.”