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Tribute To My Dear Wife Lady Justina Nonyem Chizea

Posted: May 8, 2016 at 4:42 am   /   by   /   comments (0)



It is sad that I have to be writing this tribute to my wife’s memory at this point in time when I thought we still had many more years ahead of us with the future brimming with hope and most certainly looking rosier. But at last it was not to be for in as much as we loved Justina it is now certain that the good Lord loves her best and is in a hurry to have her return to His bosom. And considering the fact that we got Father Philip Sosu Mobee to administer the anointing of the sick, prayed and gave her the Blessed Sacrament on the Tuesday preceding the operation which commenced on Sunday evening our faith teaches us that Justina is at peace with the Lord. We did not spare any expenses in pursuit for cure of the back ailment which made her suffer agonizing pain often making it very difficult for her to enjoy any mobility. The failed operation was undertaken when we did as it became certain that it was a tall order expecting her to stabilize to be sent overseas for the treatment. And it was at considerable cost for which she showed concern requesting that we should explore the option of obtaining insurance which was practically impossible for someone in such obvious condition of ill health. We assured her that her life was worth much more and that in fact there is no way we can begin to place a prize on her life and drew her attention to the fact that we should thank God that we are not going to borrow to meet the cost of the operation. At last after rather two long weeks of suspense she underwent the surgical procedure only for her life to be suddenly terminated. It is so painful but we are believing God to fill the void which her premature departure is bound to create in my life and that of my family.

Justina was a good friend of my Sister Claire Chizea. It was Claire that introduced us. And by 1972 whilst I was an undergraduate at the University of Lagos and Justina was an Ordinary National Diploma student at Yaba College of Technology our friendship blossomed. When I left the University of Lagos and went to king’s College, London Justina on completion of her studies convinced her late Father John Nwalie Mordi to also sponsor her to study Higher National Diploma in England and when I left London and proceeded in 1974 to Manchester Business School for my Doctorate she found reason to shift base to Bolton College of Technology which is within the Greater Manchester Area. I remember that on occasions when she tended to forget I will tease and reminded her how she gave me close marking as our relationship evolved! We finally got married on September 29, 1979 just after Justina completed her Post-Graduate Diploma in Management Studies from the North Staffordshire Polytechnic, Stoke-on-Trent, England.

Justina whilst in England worked with a firm of Chartered Accountants; Charles Barry and Hails Snails Ltd as Account assistant and upon our return to Nigeria in 1982 did her National Youth service primary assignment with United Bank for Africa Plc. where I also commenced my working carrier in 1982. Since then she tried to do business under the company name: Pearl-Jen Nigeria Enterprises Ltd. The marriage is blessed with two lovely girls; Pearl Ifeyinwa Chizea and Jennifer Chukwunomso Chizea who have done well so far in the rat race of life.

Justina was good company even if lately she was hooked on African Magic, Geographical Channels, BBC Food and Crime and Investigation networks, she was still able to watch and discuss football with me whenever I was able to get her to do so. She had a way with technical issues around the house and was the one that will negotiate with the many trades’ people as they invaded our home for one repair or another. She was verse in current affairs and as a result I looked forward to her comments and assessment following my many television appearances. And I have come to rely on such views as I find them very insightful and constructive and she had the courage to tell it to me as it is. She was a damn good cook. This is a fact acknowledged by everyone who had encountered her particularly her female friends. This is an aspect of our lives together for which I have had some difficulties adjusting to particularly as her sickness did not allow her to continue to prepare the meals and I had all manner of stewards inflicted on me. She was very prayerful which became intensified as her sickness worsened. She would encourage me for us to say our night prayers together even on occasions when I seem to be low on energy. She had class and a generous spirit. I was always sure of the quality whenever she travelled and bought things for me and I was wont to display such at the earliest opportunity. She has left a void which is going to be difficult to fill and as we undertake her Services of Songs on Monday May 16, 2016 here in Lagos at the Catholic Church of Divine Mercy at Lekki phase one and commit her remains to mother earth at Asaba on May 20, 2016 we continue to pray that the good Lord will grant her merciful judgement and thereafter peaceful repose in His bosom in heaven. May her Soul Rest in peace. Amen