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The Biography Of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu

In this post we are going to be looking at the biography of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu who was a strong and a brave military officer. Ojukwu served as the military governor and a politician who ruled the eastern region part of Nigeria in the year 1966.

Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu was born at Zungeru in the northern Nigeria on November 4, 1933 to the family of Sir Louis Odumegwu Ojukwu. His father was a wealthy igbo business man who hailed from Nnewi Anambra State in south-eastern Nigeria. Ojukwu began his secondary school at CMS Grammar school, lagos, and later he was transferred to kings college where he humiliate his white British colonial teacher who assaulted a black woman and this event went viral. Ojukwu father sent him to the United states at age 13 where he continued his education at Epsom college and later got admitted to Lincoln College, and Oxford University where he obtained his master’s degree in history.

In 1957 Ojukwu joined the military initially enlisting as a non-commissioned officer in Zaria and the decision to enlist was forced by his father. Ojukwu proceeded to Royal West African Frontier Force training school in teshie, Ghana. Also went to eatom hall where he received his commission as a 2nd lieutenant in march 1958.

Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu begin the fight for Biafra in May 30th 1967 after he declared eastern Nigeria a sovereign state to be known as Biafra. He said

“ having mandated me to proclaim on your behalf, and in your name, that eastern Nigeria be a sovereign independent republic, now, therefore I, lieutenant colonel Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, military Governor of eastern Nigeria, by virtue of the authority, and pursuant to the principles recited above, do hereby solemnly proclaim that the territory and region known as and called eastern Nigeria together with her continental shelf and territorial waters, shall, henceforth, be an independent sovereign state of the name and title of the republic of Biafra”

War against Biafra begin on 6th July 1967 and the war was declared by General Yakubu Gowon. Ojukwu died on November 26th 2011 in the United Kingdom after a brief illness at age 78 and was buried in a newly built mausoleum in his compound at Nnewl. Nigerian army accorded him the highest military accolade and a funeral parade was conducted for him in Abuja, on February 27th 2012.

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