By Chinenyeh Ozor – Nsukka
Professor Uche Azikiwe, spouse of the primary President of Nigeria and erstwhile Premier of the Japanese Area, late Rt. Hon. Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe has defined how she received married to Zik in 1972 on the age of 26 years whereas Zik was 69 years.
Uche Azikiwe, professor emeritus of the College of Nigeria, Nsukka disclosed this in Nsukka in an interview with BBC Igbo programme.
Professor Azikiwe mentioned that the late Zik who died in 1996 didn’t marry her after the cultural dance of Nkwa Umuagbogho which she was a part of as being circulated, explaining that she was not 16 years both when Zik married her as being circulated by uninformed folks within the society.
In her phrases,” I by no means dreamt of being the spouse of Nnamdi Azikiwe in my life. My first contact with him was not after I danced the Nkwa Umuagbogho Afikpo cultural dance as being circulated.
“My father and his buddies in politics then ready and mentioned that Nkwa Umuagogho Afikpo cultural dance ought to entertain at a cultural pageant. I used to be solely 14 years after I danced.
“After some months of the cultural dance, Chief Nnachi Enwo representing Afikpo North within the parliament got here and advised my Father that Zik mentioned that the those who danced must be entertained and educated in colleges on scholarship and employment.
“My sister who completed instructor coaching faculty was employed in Lagos. I used to be in main college then and was the fortunate one to review in secondary college on Zik’s scholarship. My first time to see Zik was after I got here to review in a secondary college in 1965. It was not solely me; we had been many to enter Queen of the Rosary Secondary College QRSS on scholarship.
“When in 1967, the civil warfare in Nigeria began, I went residence as everyone ran to completely different places because of the Biafran warfare.
“Through the warfare, my father and his two buddies and myself went to see Zik at Nekede in Owerri, Imo State and that was the one contact I had with him in the course of the warfare.
“At that go to, he solely requested me how are you doing and I replied that I used to be alright. With my father, I didn’t say something.
“After the warfare, Zik advised Justice Anyaegbunam from Onitsha to assemble all of the folks on his scholarship to return to highschool, these remaining then. The place I went again to review was Holy Youngster Secondary College, Abakaliki in Ebonyi State.
“We had been nonetheless in secondary college when Zik despatched a message asking us what we wish to be in life. I mentioned I wish to be a nurse. Zik then mentioned he’ll ship me to London the place he despatched his three sisters that educated as nurses.
“In 1972, I ready to maneuver to London for nursing coaching and that was the place the sport modified as God deliberate it.
“Many individuals didn’t imagine that I’ll conceive and provides start as Zik was 69 years then and I used to be 26 years after I married him. I’ve two boys for him and the 2 have given me 10 grandchildren.
“I learnt rather a lot from Zik and there are particular issues one will do to me and I’ll say if not for the identify I’m answering now, I’ll present the person who I grew up at police barracks.
“My father was a police officer as Sergeant Main who at all times requested me to use diplomacy in the whole lot I do. I learnt laborious work as Zik was a hard-working man who didn’t need anyone to assist him.
“He was unbiased. I learnt humility as he was a humble man all his life and peace loving.
“I noticed myself as somebody God loves in a particular approach by making me to be to the spouse of Nnamdi Azikiwe. My marriage was not the design of my father and mom nor some other individual however the design of God” she concluded.