Ifeanyi CY Njoku, is a resourceful solution finder. He is a quintessential blogger and Chief Executive Officer of IfeanyiCY Media Ltd, operators of IfeanyiCy blog (Ifeanyicy.com). He was born 33 years ago, precisely on August 8, 1984.
The story of IfeanyiCY Njoku could make the best seller Nollywood movie, because in its grandest summation, his story is that of grace and fortitude, written boldly all over him. He has demonstrated that he is a man with great future and he is carrying on with the missions to achieve the great future laid before him. In the story of IfeanyiCy Njoku lies the practical illustration of how some men, by dint of hardwork and consistency, acquired greatness.
If we can pay a little attention to few brief passages of the Holy Bible we would read that
*"It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God's mercy. Romans 9:16. "I have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn't always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn't always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don't always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time", Ecclesiastes 9:11. "For God said to Moses, 'I will show mercy to anyone I choose, and I will show compassion to anyone I choose'", Romans 9:15; Exodus 33:20.*
These passages captures the fact no disadvantage has the capacity to keep us down, unless we want to keep ourselves down.
When you see Ifeanyi, especially for the first time, the first thing you would see is his disarming and charming smile. He is very friendly and holds nothing back. He gives himself when he sees the need. And he does all this not calling to mind that he lost his right foot from the ankle, to a ghastly motor accident that claimed the lives of his co-travellers. Ifeanyi bears this in mind constantly, and in order to be eternally grateful to God he has been going about doing only good, putting smile on people's faces without asking for anything in return.
One of the most remarkable humanitarian work done by Ifeanyi is the trending of the video clip of the armed robbery attack on Zenith Bank along Wetheral Road, Owerri, Imo State, early this year by Ifeanyicy.com Though the armed robbers have been arraigned by police, the attack on the man went beyond the robbery itself to how the officers of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) who labour day and might to keep our country safe fare. Sergeants Sunday Agbo and Chukwudi Iboko had paid the ultimate price but Sgt Muran Otu Attang had his eyeball plucked by a gunshot from the armed robbers, making him the sole survivor.
The intention by IfeanyiCy Media at fishing out the people involved in the dastardly attack brought to the fore the fact that there was a police officer who survived the monstrous attack, Sgt Otu Attang. Calling the attention of the NPF and public spirited individuals to the plight of the sole survivor and the families of the deceased two officers, the NPF, the Bank and public spirited individuals were able to respond appropriately.
He has through his selfless services to humanity put smile on several faces. In many instances he has facilitated the procurement of brand new wheelchairs to many physically challenged persons. He has also facilitated the payment of medical bills to several persons, including mothers who were detained at the hospitals and maternities because their husbands were unable to pay the bills after they were delivered of their babies. Many of them had spent months before God sent Ifeanyi their way.
Young IfeanyiCY Njoku is the fifth child of his parents. He was born to the family of Mr. and Mrs. B.O. Njoku of Amazi, Umunakanu Owerre, Ehime-Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State.
For the love of education, he set out for school on time, attending Community Primary School, Umugolo in Umunakanu, Ehime Mbano LGA. He also attended Comprehensive Secondary School Umueleke, in the same LGA, where he was introduced to leadership functions as he became a Class Prefect during his days in JSS1 to JSS3. He later became the School Regulator.
Variety, they say, is the spice of life. IfeanyiCY Njoku got change of school and moved over to Nsu Technical College (NsuTech), a boarding school. As a star without a hiding place, he continued with his leadership functions in Nsu Tech, from the position of Sanitary Prefect in SS1 to Senior Prefect in SS3. He sat for WAEC/SSCE and came out in flying colours.
With his eyes set on the prize, he wrote JAMB and got high grade. He sought for admission to study Medicine and Surgery. But little did he know that life had prepared a different route for him. While he was running around processing his admission to study Medicine and Surgery in his first choice, University of Lagos, and Second choice, University of Nigeria Nsukka, the unexpected happened. He was involved in a motor accident alongside two of his school friends.
God spared his life, but the accident led to the amputation of his right foot from the ankle joint. After six months at the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, where he sought medical attention, and rising with fortitude clothed with grace from above, the indefatigable Ifeanyi picked himself up and looked at the sky, and as if reading what the future held for him, he forged on and secured admission to study Biochemistry at the Abia State University, Uturu.
With crutches in his two hands, he criss-crossed the length and breath of ABSU and graduated in 2005 with BSc in Biochemistry.
It is believed that a leopard does not change its skin. Thus, braving all odds, Ifeanyi also became the Course Representative in the University and later joined the University politics, where he cut his teeth in politics and rose from being a member of the Student Union Legislative Council and contested election as Director of Health, Student Union Government, ABSU. He was also a member of Rotract Club. He was Politics Editor of the Students Press Club, and co-founded the Society for Promoting Igbo Language and Culture, while in the University.
Having cut his teeth in the University politics, Ifeanyi remained in active politics in the University and formed Okigwe Zonal Youth Development Forum, and coordinated the 2003 governorship campaign of Hon Emeka Nwajiuba.
Having performed creditably in this role, he was picked immediately on return from the University by the Honourable Member representing Ehime-Mbano State Constituency in Imo State House of Assembly, Hon Stanford Onyirimba (Majority Leader, Imo State House of Assembly) as LGA Youth Leader. This was after he headed a powerful youth group in Ehime-Mbano called Ehime-Mbano Youths Movement.
Moving up the ladder of life, Ifeanyi relocated to Owerri from the village and joined the People's Democratic Party (PDP) where he became the first youth to be appointed member of the State Working Committee (SWC) of Charles Ugwu 2007 Campaign Organization. When the PDP lost the election to the Progressive Peoples Party (PPA) that saw Chief Ikedi Ohakim sworn-in as Governor, Ifeanyi was appointed Personal Assistant to Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters, Sir George Egu. He later resigned after agreeing with his boss to allow him time to coordinate his new found state youth group, the Ohakim Youth Vanguard (OYV).
The Ohakim Youth Vanguard later metamorphosed into the most powerful youths group in the state and sought after by everybody that mattered in Imo State politics, as the group boasted of the best political structure and fine strategy. The OYV dominated youths activities in the state and controlled students politics across the 6 higher institutions in the State.
Many would have gone home to lick their wounds when Governor Ikedi Ohakim lost his re-election bid in 2011. But Ifeanyi instead persevered and brought out the lion in him. He was leading Imo youths in solidarity to all Ikedi Ohakim's court cases till it ended in the Supreme Court. While this was going on, he was courted by the Governor Rochas Okorocha led administration in the state and he was subsequently appointed Personal Assistant to Chief of Staff to Imo State Governor, Prince Eze Madumere.
Prince Madumere was later sworn-in as Deputy Governor after the impeachment of Sir Jude Agbaso, and he moved with him as PA to the Deputy Governor on Youth Mobilization. He was in this office until when he shocked Imo people and his teaming supporters by his resignation. This was reported in major newspapers and electronic media.
Still moving on the ladder, Ifeanyi formed his NGO, Centre For Youth Development and Peace Initiative, organizing seminars, workshops and leadership training for youths, as well as preaching peaceful coexistence in the state. He delved into the media and launched an online media platform, www.Ifeanyicy.com. This blog has become the most read blog in the South East of Nigeria.
Ifeanyi CY Njoku's story qualifies for a Nollywood best seller script of from grass to grace. It is an interesting and developing story that will be highly captivating. But friends of IfeanyiCY Njoku and those who know him well enough, his story is a big lesson that with grace, fortitude and hardwork you can be whatever you conceive of in your mind. It is a lesson that no one is holding you down but you. It is a lesson that no one else holds your destiny in his hands but you. It is lesson for all, that the race is not for swift.
Written by Collins Chibueze Ughalaa, Journalist and Senior Reporter with National Newspaper
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