The former finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has lost her father, Prof. Chukuka Okonjo-Iweala, the Obi of Ogwashi-Ukwu.
The late monarch died at the age of 91. His death was disclosed by the Spokesperson of Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala, Paul Nwabuikwu in a press statement on Friday, September 13, 2019.
The former finance minister’s father reportedly died in Lagos after he arrived from a trip to the United States of America and Ghana.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said, “He touched so many lives personally and professionally and was an unrelenting believer and practitioner in the power of education to transform lives.
“In pursuit of this commitment, Daddy sponsored the education of at least 19 students up to university level in addition to his own seven children. He inspired and motivated so many more.
“Having witnessed the ravages of war, he was committed to unity and peaceful coexistence of all.
“From his marriage of 66 years to our mother, Professor Kamene Okonjo to his dedication to duty, he was exceptional.”
The late Obi of Ogwashi-Ukwu in Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta State, Obi (Prof.) Chukuka Okonjo reigned for 12 years before his demise.
Meanwhile, the late king’s son, Ifechukwude Chukwuka Okonjo, a financial management expert, has been installed immediately.