As the governments in the defunct Eastern Region, family and friends of Dr Michael Okpara, the Premier of the defunct Eastern Region, prepare to bury the remains of the Matriarch of the Okpara dynasty and wife of late Michael Okpara, Lady Adanma Okpara, at their country home Umuegwu Okpuala in Ohuhu Clan, Umuahia North LGA of Abia State on Saturday, December 18, 2021, it has been reported that the first son of Okpara, Nnawuihe Okpara is dead.
Nnawuihe, a Houston, Texas, United States of America based Aeronautic Engineer, reportedly died some days ago during a brief illness. The deceased is a specialist on Heat Conversion and had worked with many airlines in the United States before his death.
Sources said the Okpara dynasty was devastated when the news of the first son was broken to them, and that they expressed shock and worry over his sudden death at a time his presence is needed in the family as the first son.
It was learnt that Nnawuihe was coordinating the burial ceremony of his mother in the United States and had made several contacts and arrangements for those travelling to Nigeria for the interment. He had been battling with some health challenges for some time now, a development that made it difficult for him to come back home as often as he should have done as the customs demand being the first son.
He constantly told some family members and those who wanted to be involved in the burial of his mother to direct all enquiries pertaining to the burial of Lady Adanma Okpara, their mother, to Uzodinma, his younger brother and Chinyere Eccles-James nee Okpara, his younger sister. Chinyere, Michael Okpara’s eldest daughter, is married to Eccles-James, a Sierra Leonean.
Born in 1948, Nnawuihe has manned several airplanes as an Aeronautic Engineer in the United States and had worked excellently in the public service before health challenges forced him to step aside.
He was an air officer in the Biafran Army and was said to have left Nigeria in 1972 to the United States for further studies. He is married with three children.
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