Posted on Sat 26 Dec 2020, 10:09 PM

One of the over 125 elders that will be honoured during the Ito Ogbo Obosi 2021 is a man who is known as ‘Bursar’ due to the many years he spent in managing the finances of schools while working as a civil servant. 

He was born into the family of Samuel and Bernice Okoye of Ikwelebo family of Umuezeagu kindred in Umuota village on the 11th of September, 1942.

After his early education, Geoffrey Emeka Okoye, joined the Eastern Region’s Ministry of Finance in 1965. His journey through schools as a bursar began in 1978 at the Anglican Girls Secondary School, Onitsha and ended at the Federal Polytechnic Okoh, where he took a bow from the civil service in 2009. 

All these were in preparation for the man he became in service of his maker. He has meritoriously served in many capacities which prompted the Lord Bishop on the Niger, Rt. Rev. Owen Nwokolo to recognize him with the Diocesan Merit Award in 2017.

The most beautiful part of the story is that while many other men see the ‘girlchild’ as the source of wealth and will line up their female children for the highest bidder, Emeka Okoye, gave out three of his daughters to ‘men whose greatest reward is in heaven.’

His first daughter, Uju, is married to Rev Canon Prince Chukwuma, who is one step away from becoming a Venerable in the Anglican Communion. 

Chika’s husband is Rev. Zubby Okudo and Ifeoma is married to Rev Ogechukwu Umezinne.

By March 6, 2021, when Emeka Okoye will have put on the red cap as Ogbueshi, he will be flanked by his wife, Gladys Chinwe Okoye, his 6 children and 16 grandchildren. 

 

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