9yrs After, Foremost Ubulu-Uku Historian Emma Ikem Still Lives.

It was in the early hours of this day 10th of December 2009, that the shocking news of your passing first broke and was whispered like an abomination.
"Oko ooo-oko ooo!
Alụ é mé nị oooo!" the hushed voices progressed into a loud cry.
As the voices started to gain prominence it was indeed "Ajọ okwu ama ntị ụ́lá," as it soon became news that
"Emma nwa Lazarus, nwa Ikem a nwụ."
That was 9yrs. ago but to lovers of history, Emmanuel Ikemefuna still lives.
According to a quote from one of his books, "Only your words will tell how and when you passed through this planet. These words will keep you alive in the hearts of your children, relations, friends and generation yet unborn."

Emmanuel Ikem May have suddenly passed on at 67 but he lived a fulfilled life.
He was born on 31st of March, 1942 to the family of Late. Pa. Lazarus Nwokolo Ikemefuna of Ụmụ Ezenalia lineage, Onitcha-Ukwu Qtrs. Ubulu-Uku and Mrs., Comfort Nkem Ikemefuna of Idumu-Ojudo lineage, Udo Qtrs., Ubulu-Uku.
He started his Primary School Education at Christ Church CMS School, Onitcha before joining the CMS Central School Ubulu-Uku, where he was granted double promotion for academic brilliance from 1950-1953.
Later, he proceeded to St. Luke's CMS School, and finished as one of the best graduating students in 1954. He was immediately employed as an Auxiliary Teacher under the Anglican Mission. He would later be transfered to CMS School Ukwunzu from 1957-1958 and Holy Trinity School Asaba from 1958-1959 before he returned to CMS Central School Ubulu-Uku in 1960 as a grade II teacher.

In 1961 as Nigeria gained independence, he gained admission into St. Peter's  Teacher's College, Asaba and finished with TC III in 1962.
In 1966, he acquired a TC II and was Awarded as the Best Graduating Student in that academic year.
In 1967, he emerged as the first Ubulu-Uku Student to make at least 8 Credits in G.C.E "O" Level and 4 papers in G.C.E "A" level.
He was rewarded with a teaching job at Anglican Grammar School Ubulu-Uku from 1967-1968.

In 1968, he landed admission to study History at the prestigious University of Ibadan.
After his graduation from U.I in 1971, he was transfered to St. Pius' Grammar School, Onicha-Ugbo from 1972-1972; Anglican Grammar School Akwukwu-Igbo from 1972-1973; St. Anthony's Model College Ubulu-Uku  from 1973-1977.
From 1978-1980, he was a Vice Principal at Adaigbo Secondary School Ogwashi-Uku before leaving to Usugbenu Grammar School Irrua where he served as the School Principal.
In 1986, he served in thesame capacity at Okiti Mixed Secondary School Ubulu-Okiti.

He was transfered to Pilgrim Baptist Grammar School Issele-Uku as Principal from 1988-1989 before he retired in 1991 as Principal (Special Grade) at Isheagu Mixed Grammar School Isheagu.

He delved into politics where he joined the Action Group and unsuccessfully ran for the post of Council Chairman of Aniocha South Local Government Area.
The famous quote "Nee áká m jị je Action Group" (these are the hands with which I joined the Action Group) is attributed to him.
It is now now a popular cliché used to express that one didn't succeed in one's vision or plans.

Interestingly, he would later be appointed as Vice Chairman of the council in 1998.

In 2002, he was appointed as Judge at the Customary Court Ubulu-Uku.
Emmanuel Ikemefuna was a prolific writer.

Below are some of his published titles:

1. Question And Answers In History Of West Africa.
2. Aspects of Ubulu-Uku Culture (Co-author).
3. Sociology Of Ubulu-Uku (Co-author).
4. History Of Ubulu-Uku (Co-author).
5. Ubulu-Uku Who Is Who (Co-author).

He was a community builder and lover of culture and tradition.
He was the brain behind Ubulu'82 (Ubulu-Uku Branch) and the Pioneer Secretary of U.D.C.
He was listed in the title "Ubulu-Uku Who Is Who" which he Co-Authored.

He was married to the quintessential teacher and former headmistress, Late Mrs. Maria Onyemaechi Ikemefuna (Nee Chijiutomi).

This day and forever, we pray for perpetual light to shine upon him and may his soul continue to rest in peace. Amen.

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