Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide Proclaims Late PG, Irukwu, Hero of Igbo

To Engrave Prof Irukwu's Name in Hall of Fame



The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has proclaimed its late President General, Professor Joseph Ogbonnaya Irukwu, SAN, a hero of the Igbo nation for his outstanding accomplishments in his chosen field of endeavour.

The President General of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu made the proclamation on Friday  October 20, 2023 at the state commendation service held in honour of the late insurance icon at the Ochendo International Conference Centre, Umuahia.

He said that Irukwu’s name would be engraved in the Igbo Hall of Fame in Enugu, adding that the late PG would occupy a prominent place in Igbo history.

“He(Prof Irukwu) showed excellence in everything he did,” Iwuanyanwu said, adding that he was a great leader.

Iwuanyanwu led the high echelon of Ohanaeze leadership, including the Secretary General, Ambassador Okey Emuchay and members of Imeobi to pay tributes to the late PG, who had provided a strong leadership to the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation.

L-R, SSG, Prof Kenneth Kalu, Ohanaeze PG, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Secretary General, Ambassador Okey Emuchay, Information Commissioner, Prince Okey Kanu.


He announced that Ohanaeze has institutes a Presidential Hall Fame to honour and celebrate Igbo youths that excel in their areas of professional endeavours.

The Ohanaeze PG, therefore charged Igbo youths to emulate the late Irukwu and aim high and strive to be the best in any field of endeavour they choose.

“We are a people that believe in excellence. We are a people that believe in hard work,” he asserted, adding that cutting corners to achieve greatness is not in the Igbo character.

A cross-section of mourners at the state commendation service.


In his tribute, the Abia State governor, Mr. Alex Otti said that with the passage of Prof Irukwu on July 7, 2023, the state has lost one of its “great elephants”.

The governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Kenneth Kalu, described the late Abia born insurance guru as “a seasoned administrator and patriot”.

He noted that Irukwu lived an illustrious life and achieved great things not only in insurance but in law and academics.

Speaking on behalf of the Abia State Council of Elders, Chief Onyema Ugochukwu, said that Irukwu was a trailer blazer in insurance, a sector which he contributed so much to its growth.

He stated that the late Professor of insurance not only showed the light for people to find the way but also cleared the path and paved the way for many young persons to rise to prominence.

L-R, SSG Prof Kenneth Kalu, Ex-minister of solid mineral devt, Mr. Uche Ogah, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Caleb Ajagba, Vision Africa President, Bishop Sunday Onuoha.

President of Vision Africa, Bishop Sunday Onuoha, in the charge he gave at the commendation service, said that Prof Irukwu made a good name, lived with good name and left behind a good name for which he would be reminded.

Onuoha, who is the chairman board of trustees of Item Development Association, extolled Irukwu’s good virtues, saying that his achievements in his chosen fields have earned him global respect and accolades.

“He (Irukwu) was larger than life. He was many things to many people,” he said, adding that he was the great Iroko (Okosisi) of Abia State.

The President of Item Development Association, Sir Onwuka Orji, described Irukwu as a great asset to his community, having orchestrated various kinds of development to his community.

“We thank God that Item has the honour to be celebrated along with her great son,” he said.

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