By Theodore Opara

The Nigeria Automotive Manufacturers’ Association, NAMA, on Monday, commiserated with the Maduka family over the death of his wife, Mrs. Charity Maduka.

Executive Secretary of the association, Mr. Remi Olaofe, told Vanguard that the association was pained by the death of the wife the president of Coscharis Group.

He said, “it is indeed a very sad moment and we are still in shock. Dr Maduka has lost the jewel he loved so much. They were very close as husband and wife.

“He does not hide it. You can even see that from the coinage of the name of the company Cosharis which represents ‘Comas and Charity’.

“This is another separation of two great auto legends by death just like it happened when Daddy Michael Ade Ojo and Mommy Elizabeth Ade-Ojo Elizade were separated by death.”

He said the association will pay respects to Mrs. Maduka at their meeting next week and pray that God gives the husband and children the strength to bear the irreparable loss.

“I am just imagining how Dr. Maduka would be feeling now. He is a man we respect so much in the auto industry and his wife as well.”

The Executive Secretary who noted that his first contact with Mrs. Maduka was when he was working in the bank said that the woman was an admirable character.

“We met few on occasions and she was a warm character. Her husband speaks eloquently of her too,”he said.

“You need to hear him speak of her. I have heard him say that the woman was the only person who can sign a cheque in his company without limit. What does that tells you?

“I can’t just imagine how Dr Maduka is feeling. I pray for him and his family,” he stated.

Mrs Coscharis

Mrs Charity Maduka, died at her family home in Nnewi, Anambra State on Saturday, November 27.

Coscharis Group announced her passing in a statement by its General Manager, Marketing and Corporate Communications, Abiona Babarinde, yesterday.

According to Babarinde, “She died peacefully in her family home in Nnewi, Anambra State, on the evening of Saturday, November 27.”

Confirming her death, the daughter, also called Charity, said: “I can confirm that she passed away Saturday evening.” 

Born Charity Nchedochukwu in Jos, Plateau State, in 1958, she hailed from Otolo, Nnewi. Her father, Frederick Ikedife was a farmer, while her mother, Janet, sold Akara.

The sixth of 10 children, Charity got married to Cosmas in 1978. Their marriage is blessed with four children — Cosmos Jr, Jonathan, Peter and Charity.

A trained teacher and caterer she attended Teachers’ Training College, Nsugbe, Anambra State(1979 to 1981) and subsequently, Consertum Institute of Catering and Hotel Management, Idi-Araba, Lagos State(1983). Charity got a job to support her husband.

However, when he started his importation business from Japan, Charity would stay in the shop and sell what came in from Japan.

When Cosmas returned from Japan, he would collect the proceeds and return to Japan. In 1982, Cosmas parted ways with his business partner, Dave, and set up Coscharis — coined from ’Cosmas’ and ‘Charity’.

While Cosmas was President/Chief Executive Officer, Charity, the second-in-command, was in charge of the administration of the Group, as she was better in administration.

Other positions she held at Coscharis Group were Executive Director, supervising administrative, legal, works /maintenance, export, technologies teams(1984 – 2003); Executive Chairman /COO of Coscharis Beverages Limited and Coscharis Properties Limited, respectively(2005).

Earlier, she had taught at Akamili Central School, Umudim, Nnewi (1981) and Tolu Primary School III, Tolu Village, Ajeromi Ifelodun / Apapa, LGA, Lagos(January 1982 to January 1983).

Vanguard News Nigeria

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