The man who led the separatist group that sparked one of the bloodiest civil wars in Africa known as the Biafran war was reported to have died on August 10, 2011 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in London. The news that shook the Igbo world both at home in Nigeria and in the diaspora was later denied. New York based online information source, Sahara Reporters, reported that Ikemba Odumegwu-Ojukwu of Nnewi, the iconic Igbo leader is not dead, as claimed on Twitter and Facebook.
In a report citing one of Ojukwu’s children, Okigbo Odumegwu-Ojukwu and sources within the London hospital where Ojuckwu was on admission, the website said he was alive.
Ojukwu has been ill for sometime now and several rumours have gone around in the past announcing his death.
However, today’s news says the Ikemba is indeed gone home to be with his ancestors.
Ojukwu was born on November 4, 1933 at Zungeru in northern Nigeria.
He served in the Nigerian Army and led the three-year Biafran war from 1967 to 1970.
By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi