Igbo Group Set To Immortalize the late Dr. Dozie Ikedife

….Describes him as a true Igbo Patriot worthy of immortalization

IN MEMORIAM: Igbo socio-cultural organization, the Anambra Central People’s Forum (made up of well-meaning Professionals of various calling, Traditional Rulers, the Clergies, Presidents-General, Youths and Captains of industries), has commenced the process of post-humous recognition and immortalization of late Dr. Dozie Ikedife, OON(Ikenga Nnewi).

In a Press Communique made available to journalists in Awka, and signed by its Chairman, Achebe Chris, Esq., the reputable Igbo Group described the late Sage as a “champion of unity, love and sacrifice”, who deserve to be immortalized, especially in Igboland to build sacrificial bond of unity, love and brotherhood, added that such noble cause will elevate the status of Igboland as a nation where hardwork and distinction are recognized and celebrated. Stressing that virtues exhibited by the former President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo World-wide of the blessed memory, is “a veritable source of inspiration to the younger generations”.

Therefore, “in line with the time-honoured Igbo culture of gratitude, it is our intensified resolve to immortalize the late Sage with an annual memorial Igbo essay competition titled: “Dr. Dozie Ikedife Annual Memorial Igbo Essay Competition For Secondary School Students in Anambra State”, the statement noted.

Continuing, the Chairman of the prestigious Igbo socio-cultural organization declared that with this Dr. Dozie Ikedife Annual Memorial Igbo Essay Competition for Secondary School Students in Anambra State, the late Igbo Icon and accomplished Igbophile has been re-assured of the gratitude of people he lived and died for, added that it is gratifying therefore, to finally see the true meaning of the line in our national anthem that says , “The Labour of Our Heroes Past Shall Never Be In Vain”.

On his part, a staunch supporter of the worthwhile immortalization cause and respected APC Stalwart in Anambra State, Chief Okey Udeze, described him as extraordinary man who he had spent time with in the company of his son, Dr. Dozie Ikedife, Jnr.

According to Udeze, the late Dr. Ikedife was a true Igbo statesman whose principles, remarkable integrity and enduring legacies, will continue to inspire current and future generations.

Also speaking, the erstwhile President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Anambra State chapter and former Assistant National Vice- President at various times, High Chief (Engr.) Prof. Philip Nwabueze Atanmo, expressed gratitude to the Organizing body, Anambra Central People’s Forum, for finding the late Dr. Dozie Ikedife, OON, deserving of this laudable post-humous honour. He described the late
elder statesman as one who treasured Igbo language and culture, and was unwavering and uncompromising in his commitment to the advancement of Igbo heritage.

Atanmo challenged his son, Dr. Dozie Ikedife, Jnr., and other successors of the deceased to be courageous enough to keep alive his illuminating legacies for posterity, especially in a society like ours where people are easily forgotten and consigned to the dustbin of history no sooner than they are gone.

Lending his voice, the Most Revd. Prof. Godwin Okpala (JP, OON), Emeritus Archbishop of the Niger Province and Bishop of Nnewi (Anglican Communion), extolled the remarkable virtues of the late quintessential Igbo Patriot, outstanding dogged achiever and harmonizer of diverse interests.
This is as he described him as a purveyor of superior morals who led the Igbo people with unassailable exemplariness, courage, moral rectitude and tenacity.

Meanwhile, the Organizing body noted that the date for the commencement of Dr. Dozie Ikedife Annual Memorial Igbo Essay Competition for Secondary School Students in Anambra State would be announced shortly, added that it is not for nothing that the United Nations decided in the Year 2000 to inaugurate the International Mother Language Day, which is now celebrated annually around the world on the 21st of every February.

The Igbo group consoles the immediate family of Dr. Dozie Ikedife and Ndigbo, at large for this irreparable loss.

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