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Anambra NUJ Mourns Scribe

Posted: May 7, 2015 at 12:32 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Christian Emeka, Awka 


There was confusion in the Anambra State council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) when news filtered in that the union’s Secretary, Princess Ifeoma Anumba, was dead.

She died at the age of 38 years. She celebrated her last birthday on April 19.

Late Anumba was until her death hale and hearty except that she complained of tiredness and willingly drove herself for medical attention.

She was asked to undertake diverse medical lab tests which she did but nothing was diagnosed as everything was normal.

But on a second visit, she went for blood test and was shocked that the medical doctor said she had blood shortage and prescribed the drugs, food and fruits she would be eating to recover since she wouldn’t take blood transfusion.

She then invited her pretty sister, Ujunwa, to come over to assist her take care of herself but on midnight Sunday the journalist’s condition deteriorated, and friends, led by the National Vice President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, Victor Agusiobo, took her to the hospital but was confirmed dead by medical officials.

Princess Ifeoma Anumba lived and died NUJ, as she was a centre of attraction to the envy of her compatriots who have even attacked her severally for working hard for NUJ.

As the NUJ conference and elections slated for next month hot up, contenders have hoped on Ifeoma Anumba to make the difference but that is no more. The Anambra NUJ election coming up by November is equally another setback.

NUJ delegation had visited her family and her siblings but mostly her mother were devastated and did not believe the tales still.

Her corpse has been deposited in an undisclosed hospital morgue, and her burial arrangements will be made public latter.
She is survived by her aged mum, brothers and sisters and also members of the NUJ in Anambra State and beyond. Late Princess Ifeoma Anumba is known across the NUJ family in Nigeria and has travelled across the country and internationally for NUJ activities.

Meanwhile, Senator-elect for Anambra Central, Mrs. Uche Ekwunife, has expressed shock at the death of Ifeoma Anumba.

Ekwunife in a statement by her Media Assistant, Uzor Emmanuel, described the death of the young lady as devastating, especially in her prime when the country and entire humanity need her services most.

She described the late NUJ scribe as a diligent and hardworking young lady that served with joy and always smiling and prayed God to grant her eternal rest.

Ekwunife urged media practitioners to immortalise the late Ifeoma Anumba by living up to the calling of their profession and uphold truth which, she said, will further deepen democracy in the country.

The statement read: “It is with deep sense of sorrow and bewilderment that I commiserate with the family of Anumba of Nawfia community and the entire members of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, Anambra Council, over the death of their daughter and secretary, Lady Ifeoma Anumba. The death is so painful as it is so devastating. We are always forced to relapse and only say it is well whenever we lost somebody so dear to our heart.

“I call on the members of NUJ in the state to see this as a tragedy that befell all of us and not the journalists alone, we shall miss her smiling face and doggedness in the sustenance of the ethos of the noble profession in the state and by extension, the country at large.”