Imo Sons and daughters were drawn together on Saturday, August 5th 2017 at Ndiekwuru Imenze Arondizuogu in Aro Amuro Okigwe Local Government Area of Imo State, as they gathered to pay the last respect to the Late Chief Donatus Ikechukwu Clement Anichie, the father of Chief (Amb) Ikenna Anichie, the Nke Nke Enyi 1 of Izuogu.
The funeral mass which was celebrated by Bishop Solomon Amatu, alongside with priests and religious at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Okigwe had politicians, business men, family, friends, well wishers and people from different walks of life in attendance.
Born in 1929 and educated in both Nigeria and the United Kingdom, Late Chief Donatus returned to Nigeria where he taught at the Eastern Commercial Academy Lagos and the Community Primary School, Orogwe, before moving the Nigerian Railway Cooperation.
Nke Nke Enyi Izuogu who grew up with his siblings under the tutelage of his great father has an indescribable love for him. He grew up taking advice from him which is evident in what he has become today. But before Late Chief Donatus died, he made a request from his son: To put his walking stick inside his coffin when he would be buried.
So, at the point of his interment, Nke Nke Enyi Izuogu jumped into his father’s two feet deep grave, opened the coffin and said:
“My father instructed me and sounded it as a warning that whenever he is no more, I must bury him with this walking stick which he cherished so much while alive. Therefore, today, I hereby fulfill that wish and promise to my late father.”