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James Kalu Obiegwu

It is normally worthwhile to disclose the life history of one who has put up a good fight.  It is also complimentery for friends, relation and well-wishers to go home with a comprehensive idea of the deceased’s long history.

Birth:  Papa James Kalu Obiegwu was born a third child in the year 1937 to the family of Obiegwu Npkenyi and Oyiediya Npkenyi of Ndi Nwachukwu in Ndi Okorocha Ibina Ukwa Igbere.  James had two brothers and three sisters including Gabriel Enyinnaya Obiegwu and Christiana Ugomma Okereke who are all late. He was the last among his siblings to be called to glory. His mother hails from Agbo Owerri Ibina Ukwu.

  Young James attended Igbere Central School, from 1944-1951 where he obtained standard six certificate.

He proceeded to Aba where he lived with his kinsman Mr. Sam Egbuta Uwa of Amanka Ibinaukwu Igbere as an apprentice tailor.  In 1955, he graduated as a professional tailor.  In search for a greener pasture, James left Aba to Jos where he established his own tailoring workshop at No. 73/6 Malam Yusufu Street, Jos and became one of the leading tailors in Jos.

Pre-Independent Police

James Kalu Obiegwu enlisted in The Nigerian Police Force November 17, 1957 meaning he was one of the original Police force who ushered Nigeria into Independence from the British Colonial Masters. They were described as the Queens Police.
Inspector Obiegwu was one of the first Igbere indigenes who joined the Nigeria Police. His brother Gabriel Enyinnaya Obiegwu was a Fireman, thus the family was vested in public service to the community and country.

The bible says “there is a time for everything, a time to sow and a time to harvest, a time to be born and a time to die”  But in everything, let us give thanks to the Almighty god, who is the author and finisher of our faith.

James Kalu Obiegwu

Career:  On the 17th of November, 1957 James who was physically tall and handsome left Jos to Zaria, where he was recruited into the Nigerian Police force.  He gained admission into southern police college Ikeja and commenced training on 1st December, 1958.  He passed successfully and was posted to Port Harcourt in 1959. While in the Police Force tour of duty, Obiegwu served at Port Harcourt until the 24th of December, 1964 when he was transferred to Lagos, where he served under the Nigerian Police Dog Section.  In 1967 he was posted back to Port Harcourt in the wake of the Nigerian civil war and served under shell B.P. security department.  He survived the Nigerian Civil War.  After the war he was posted to serve at Enugu in 1973.  Subsequently, he was transferred to Ibadan Oyo state where he served and was posted to Owerri, Imo State in 1979.  He was posted from Owerri to Isu Ikwuato where he served also and was later posted to Umuahia in 1980. e left Umuahia to Aba in 1982 and was transferred back to Umuahia in 1985.  His next posting was Uturu Okigwe. He was then transfered from Uturu to Umuahia in 1990 which turned out to be his last posting.

James Kalu Obiegwu retired honorably as Inspector of Police on the 1st of December, 1993.  He served in various departments including Administration, security and criminal investigation department (CID). He was never found wanting or quarried throughout his service in the Nigerian police force.  We are grateful to God Almighty for the protection and good health given to our father in his active days of service.

When he left the Nigerian police force upon retirement, he joined Diamond Bank Plc as a security officer; he served many years in this bank, and later resigned and worked at Soul Ventures Limited at MCC quarters, Abayi Aba as a chief security officer.  That was where he finally worked as a security personnel.  Papa had no dull moment in his life. After the security services with the government and private sector, he ventured in to business and opened a grocery store at No. 3 MCC Road, Abayi, Aba.  Which he managed till ill health kept him permanently at home in 2013.
As a businessman, papa was well-known in the Abayi vicinity because of his character and kind
gestures towards everybody around him.

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Marriage:  He got married to Mrs. Hellen ljeoma Obiegwu, the daughter of Pa Isaac Iheke Onwukwe and Chief Mrs. Mgbo Iheke of Ndi Awa ukwu family, Umuobasi Amankalu Igbere and the marriage was blessed with six children, and five were present here today to bid him farewell.  Except Mrs. Ngozi Emma Omokwe who preceded him in death, in August 1995.
We also salute the soul of our sister as she continues to rest in peace.

Social Life:
  James Kalu Obiegwu was a member of Uche Ebiri I Age grade that retired meritoriously in 2002 after 39 years mandatory services to Igbere community.

Christian Life:
 He was a member of United Evangelical Church (UEC) Abayi, Aba. He was a baptized and confirmed member, very active and in good standing order before he became sick. Papa, we are glad that you are at peace with your maker. We are very certain that you have served God and humanity and the heavenly host will be quite happy to receive you in their bosom. It is well with you as you rest and dwell with other saints in Heaven.

Adieu PAPA
Adieu Inspt. Obiegwu
Adieu Nwoke Oma

Survived by the following
Pastor Light Charles Obiegwu (son)
Mrs. Ogechi Maureen kalu- daughter
Chidinma Eucharia Alozi — daughter
Mr. Emmanuel Enyinnaya Obiegwu –son
Miss Amarachi Diana Erinma Obiegwu (daughter)
1, Prince Udo Alozie
2. Apostle David Kalu Peter

Emmanuel Omokwe Jr.
Chidinma Eunice Kalu
Laurel Chinasa Udo Alozie
Peter Igwe Kalu
Ijeonia Laura Kalu
Allen Chimaobi Udo Alozie
Inspector Obiegwu RIP

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RIP Nwokeoma

April 21, 2018 at Igbere


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