“The Labours of Our Heroes Past
Shall Never be in Vain…”
CHIEF OGBONNAYA UCHE (OGB)
Chief Ogbonnaya Chijioke Uche better known as “OGB” or “OSUOHIA” would have been putting finishing touches to plans for the celebration of his 55th birthday had he been alive today: he was born on September 29, 1960. As a perfectionist, nothing would have escaped the robust attention of this master mind.
Unfortunately, OGB fell to the machinations of wicked assassins on February 8, 2003 at 42. Till today, his premature departure remains a source of unending sadness in Arondizuogu and beyond because OGB was a meticulous planner, a consummate go-getter, a passionate patriot, a compassionate philanthropist and a fearless political gladiator with a clear vision for a glorious Arondizuogu, a model Ideato, a more advanced Orlu zone, a more developed Imo State and a more prosperous Nigeria – in that order.
Not only did OGB have a clear vision, he also had plans with well-thought out strategies on how to actualize them. His political life was short in fact but long in accomplishments making him a quintessential hero. The exit of this unforgettable trail-blazer was a fundamental set-back for Arondizuogu, for Imo State, for Orlu senatorial zone and for Nigeria.
When President Muhammadu Buhari and OGB’s political associates in ANPP (which senatorial candidate OGB was at the time) came to Ndimoko for OGB’s burial in 2003, Buhari was appalled at the condition of the Uga – Akokwa – Arondizuogu – Okigwe Federal Road and cited it as evidence of misgovernance. Today, that road has become practically impassable and the junction to OGB’s home at Ndimoko has been overtaken by a crater filled with mud and water causing commuters to make an agonizing detour through surrounding villages.
The appalling condition of this road brings tears to the eyes and makes the remembrance of the exit of this hero whose compassion and philanthropy knew no geographical or ethnic limitations a VERY difficult and painful one.