Ezinne Rosanna Mgbeke Okpara popularly known as Mama Ikpo to many, was born into the family of Late Mazi and Mrs Ohabuiro Okoroji aka Ochiaka Nabu of Ujari village in Arochukwu kingdom in the year 1918. She was the last child of her parents. She was well loved by all the members of her family. She lost her parents early and was raised by an aunt, who nurtured her as if she was her own child.
She trained as a seamstress and during her training, met and married teacher Okereke Okpara of Amankwu village, an educated man who could not resist mama’s beauty and poise as a young girl. Mama was very beautiful, unassuming and loving. Her husband loved her so much as well as other members of his family because of her humility, and caring heart. She was a dutiful mother to two great children, daughter Grace Okpara (late) and Mazi Ikpo Okpara – Ugwu Aro.
Ezinne Rosanna was a baptized and confirmed member of the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, Amaeze Parish. She was a devoted Christian who loved God and served Him till the day she died. She was a member of the Women’s Guild Association of PCN, Amaeze Parish.
Mama never missed church service or guild meetings except in her later days when age had impaired her movement.
As a result of her relentless effort in everything that concerned the Lord, PCN Amaeze Parish honored her with the Ezinne Women’s Guild Award on March 12th, 2006.
Ezinne was a member of the Amankwu village union as well as Nzuko Arochukwu Women’s wing. She died on the 20th of December, 2017 leaving behind to mourn her, a son, grandchildren and relatives. Adieu, Mama Ikpo!