From the time the Oguike family in Uba Umuaka Njaba LGA Imo State announced the sudden passage of Sir Henry Oguike early last week, many Akalites in South Africa, United States, Israel, United Kingdom, China, India, Nigeria and many other parts of the world numerous to mention have not stopped mourning the death of the young colossus. Henry who died in South Africa some weeks back, was a real man of the people and an attorney at law. His death came as a rude shock to many who knew him very well during his lifetime and many families in and outside Nigeria he had touched through his law practice, kindness and cash donations.
Attorney Henry Chibuzor Oguike was a deeply principled fellow who was known for his tallness as one of the tallest persons in Umuaka. Oguike had a simple approach to life and a stout ability and readiness to create positive interventions when necessary.
Going through the announcement released by the family last week, which was signed by Dr Uche Oguike, a UK based medical practitioner, the press document reads. “We are grieved and in great shock at the untimely demise of our son, brother, husband and father, Attorney (Sir) Henry Chibuzor Oguike. His death to the immediate family, Oguike, Umuduruoriaku, Umuezikeoha, Uba and the entire people of Umuaka is as irreplaceable as it is devastating.”
Despite being a humanist and a helper to many homes and organizations especially in South Africa, Umuaka Times gathered that Sir Henry Oguike was a solicitor and advocate in the Supreme Court of South Africa, where he practiced law in the robust city of Johannesburg. He used his law practice and assisted the Igbo populations in South Africa.
Sir Oguike who devoted much of his time to the things of God was also known for his membership of the Catholic Order of the Knights of Da Gama in South Africa. He was a member and the legal adviser of Umuaka Aborigines in South Africa and several other Nigerian and African associations.
During the days of New Umuaka Project Initiative, the late Sir Henry Oguike was known for his noble contributions to the cause of the group as well as his financial contributions.
As it stands today, many Akalites who sent condolence messages to the Oguikes, seriously believe that his death is a great loss to the entire Umuaka people both at home and abroad, especially in South Africa. Akalites who reside in the country told Umuaka Times that Sir Oguike used his legal training as a lawyer to assist many who had issues with the laws of the country and he did so without charging money most of the times.
According to the press statement issued last week by Dr Uche Oguike, the eldest brother of Sir Henry Oguike, “The grief, pain and great loss are felt more by his immediate family, Augusta Oguike (wife), Nnamdi Oguike (son), Ogechukwu Oguike (son), Chief Sir Matthew Oguike (father), his siblings, the entire Oguike family and Umuduruoriaku Village.”