A Confluence Of Western And African Cultures: Eze Professor Ezeudo Sam Ifenwanta

By Ikenga Chronicles December 21, 2016

The 27th of December, 2016 will see the entire people of Ugwu Ibere play host to top government officials ranging from Senator Theodore A. Orji (Senator representing Abia Central Senatorial District), Governor Okezie Ikpeazu (the Executive Governor of Abia State), Rep. Sam I. Onuigbo (Member representing Ikwuano/Umuahia North/Umuahia South Federal constituency and House Committee Chairman on Climate Change), members of the Abia State House of Assembly, Distinguished Transitional Chairman of Ikwuano Local Government Area, several sons and daughters of Ikwuano, Abia, and Nigeria, as His Royal Highness, Eze Professor Ezeudo Sam Ifenwanta (Ugwu 1 of Ugwu Ibere Autonomous community) and Ugoeze Ifenwanta celebrate the Golden Jubilee of their marriage, and sixteen years on the throne of Ugwu Ibere.

It will be a gathering of who is who as a man who is a perfect example of the complementarity between Western and African culture is feted.

Ezeudo Professor Sam Ifenwanta remains for most people out of the fourteen villages that make up the larger Ibere clan, a living proof that commitment, astuteness, and singleness of purpose can take one to his/her dreams. Against all odds, he strove to achieve everything he dreamt of, and to bring development to his people.

But Ezeudo Professor Ifenwanta’s influence was not constrained within the boundaries of Ibere or Ikwuano. His influence and impacts resonated within other parts of Nigeria as his many past students attest to. More than that, he has continued to raise key personalities who have continued to impact positively on the growth and development of Nigeria.

What is also key is the seamless way he has been able to merge aspects of the African culture, with the Western culture. He thus comes across as a valid proof that being versed in the Western culture cannot detract from one’s ability to uphold the tenets of his own African culture.

As we countdown to the 27th, Ikenga Chronicles in felicitating with the great man himself, and ensuring that many are inspired by his story, brings to you a two-part presentation of his biography.

Enjoy it.

                             BIOGRAPHY OF EZE/UGOEZE EZEUDO SAMUEL IFENWANTA

The Genesis:

His Royal Majesty Eze Prof. Ezeudo Samuel Ifenwanta  is a citizen of Inyila,  Ugwu Ibere  Autonomous Community,  Ibere  Clan, Ikwuano Local Government Area, Abia State, Federal Republic of Nigeria. At a very tender  age, little  Miss Ugoji Irozimo of Obuohia, Obi Ibere Autonomous Community,  was betrothed to young  Ezeudo Samuel Ifenwanta. They were traditionally  married in 1964 and the union is blessed with four boys and four girls and twenty grandchildren plus several step children.

Education:   

Ezeudo  Samuel Ifenwanta  attended Ndoro Central School where he obtained the First  School Leaving Certificate in 1954. He studied by postal tuition to obtain the R.S.A. and the  G.C.E. in  1958/59.  In  1966 Eze Ifenwanta successfully completed the prescribed examinations of the British Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and was admitted as an Associate Member of the Institute (ACIS).

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By 1977 and 1978 he earned a Master’s degree in Business Education and a Doctorate Degree in Education Administration from Boston University, Massachusetts, USA., where he also won the International Merit Award for Academic Excellence for Graduate Students at Boston University.

He is a corporate member of the Nigerian Institute of Management Consultants; Fellow of the Society of Commercial Teachers; Justice of the Peace, among others.

In 1982,  Ezeudo Ifenwanta was the only black participant at a British Council Course on Higher Education Administration held at the University of Stratheclyde,   Scotland.

Ugoeze Ezinne Golden Mother   C.U. Ifenwanta studied Cosmetology at the Mansfield Beauty Academy, Boston, U.S.A, and graduated in 1978. She established the famous Mansfield Beauty Salon at Ikenegbu Layout, Owerri and trained many cosmetologists.

Profession:  

HRM Eze Professor Ifenwanta started public service career as office boy. In 1963 he became a Confidential Secretary/Executive Officer at the Eastern Nigeria Library Board. In 1973 he joined the Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu, as Head of Department of Secretaryship.

He joined Alvan Ikoku College of Education in 1979 and voluntarily retired in 1985. In 1986 he became the Rector of Edison Polytechnic.

Eze Ifenwanta  served as the Executive Secretary, Ikwuano Local Government Education Authority and further as the Pioneer National President of Association of  Executive Education Secretaries in Nigeria. He has also served as Member of the Abia State Library Board, as well as Member of Abia State Secondary Education Management Board.

In 2011, he was appointed Member of Abia State University Governing Council by H.E. Chief  T.A.  Orji, Executive Governor of  Abia State.

 

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