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Former Ohanaeze President-General Joe Irukwu dies at 89

The former President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Prof Joe Irukwu, ( Dee Irukwu) is dead. He died at the age of 89.Prince Harrison Okorie, President-General, Amaokwe Item Welfare Union announced this on Saturday in Enugu.


He said: “The Amaokwe Item Welfare Union on behalf of the entire Amaba Ukwu kindred and the immediate family hereby announce the glorious but painful demise of our great patron, father, grandfather, son, and brother, Prof. Joseph Ogbonnaya Irukwu.


“The Union on behalf of the Amaokwe Community, commiserates with the family and prays God to grant his soul peaceful rest.


“The Union enjoined all Amaokwe sons and daughters to mourn the exit of this giant as we also remember to uphold his family in prayers in this moment of grief.”


Irukwu, a lawyer, lecturer, author, and insurance guru, was the founding managing director of Nigerian Reinsurance Corporation.


He founded the African Development Insurance Company thereafter, which was later sold to Diamond Bank.


Irukwu obtained a degree in Law and Insurance from a British university in 1962 and upon returning to Nigeria, he took employment with West African Provincial Insurance Company a British firm operating out of Lagos.



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