Mrs. Ijeoma Onwumere, wife of a former Editor-in-Chief of Aro News, Mazi Ernie Onwumere has passed away. She died after a brief illness at noon on Friday the 21st of February 2020 at LASUTH Ikeja. She was aged 47.
Ijeoma graduated from the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management in 1992 and an MBA (Marketing) in 2001.
She was married to Mazi Ernie Onwumere her age-long friend on 20 November 1999 at St Leo Catholic Church Ikeja. The marriage was blessed with two sons –Chibundu 20, Emenike 17
She was the first daughter in the family of eight; her parents were the famous Late Teacher Ezenacho Ibe and Madam Roseline Eze-ibe of Mabala-Isuochi in Abia State.
She served her one-year national service at S.I.O Industries Asaba where She diligently contributed toward meeting the customer’s order as the weekend production clerk and ensured that accurate overtime record was kept for the staff to the commendation of the management.
Ijeoma started her working career with Champion Newspaper, where she distinguished herself in special projects in the advert department. She was able to segment the market based on the strength of the champion. Her clients increased their sales target especially those in Electronics and Beverage industry.
Mommie as she was fondly called, moved over to the banking industry and worked at All States Trust Bank Plc., As Senior Analyst, she monitored the credits of 5 branches in Lagos Mainland, and ensured that the credits were performing and provided rating recommendations that generated credible customer base for credit.
She later joined Afribank Plc /(Mainstreet Bank). In April 2007, upon her resumption at Ojuelegba Branch of Afribank, the branch has not made a profit for 3years. She began by mobilizing Tejuosho and adjoining market traders to open account and reactivation of the dormant account. Within 2 months the branch started making a profit and the branch came alive with huge deposit. She left in the banking sector at the manager level.
Ijay ventured into importation of motor spare parts an area dominated by knowledgeable traders and men. She successful understudied the market and launched successfully into the new business.
Wherever she worked she made friends that have remained for upward of twenty-five years and her childhood friends have remained her sisters till date.
At the Arochukwu Kingdom, Ijeoma earned the sobriquet of “Commander” for her selfless service to the Inyom Aro Lagos branch were served as the Financial Secretary of the women’s wing for several years. At Amangwu Development Union she was the Treasurer of Lagos Branch. Although she was not from Arochukwu she was in love with the culture of the people and enjoyed it to the fullest.
She spent her time in spreading peace and promoting communal relationship and living a life worthy of emulation. She disliked fake lifestyle and worked hard to inspire discipline amongst the young wives and whosoever came across her.
The story of Ijeoma Onwumere brief life is well-lived and will be forever missed.
“Although her death left us with heartache no one can heal, but her love also leaves the family with a memory no one can steal”.
The Burial Programme is yet to be released.