In this opinion, Onyendi Victor Kelechi, a media aide to the former senator representing Abia Central, Nkechi Nwaogu (CON), pays an impassioned tribute to his principal and extols her virtues as she marks the new year in style.
Dazzling like a bird of many colours —like an ageless rainbow in the sky, beloved Senator Nkechi Justina Nwaogu (CON) walks into the new year on Saturday, May 29, in the majesty of the Lord's grace.
There is nothing beautiful like attaining a new milestone of age with grace and all forms of divine blessings identified with growing in life. And for this alone, praises shall always be to God for always keeping His beloved daughter under Heaven's lengthy arms of love.
Without any iota of doubt, there are many reasons to be grateful for in the life of Senator Nwaogu as she celebrates a new age milestone. She is a mother of the state, a leader with compassion and philanthropist of a rare kind, a faithful Christain and hardworking mentor of enviable virtues. She is a beauty towering above human definitions!
From being a banker to a lawmaker, employer of labour and former chairman, governing council and pro-chancellor of the prestigious University of Calabar (UNICAL), the trajectory of Nwaogu's life has always been about service to humanity.
As a lawmaker, Nkechi Nwaogu served as a member House of Representatives representing Osisioma Ugwunagbo Obingwa federal constituency between 2003 and 2007. She returned to the Nigerian Senate where she brought a viable representation to the good people of Abia Central senatorial district between 2007 and 2015.
As an astute financial technocrat, she is a model to replicate in governance, having restored an adherence to rules and order in the nation's financial sector while serving as the chairperson of the Senate committee on banking, insurance and other financial institutions.
Apparently, in her position as the chairman of the Senate committee on gas resources, she pushed for greater transparency, accountability and rapid development in the nation's gas industry. She sponsored the AMCON bill, among others.
Nwaogu's academic credentials are intimidating. This is because she long prepared herself for greater responsibilities.
She left Nigeria for London where she obtained a diploma in printing management from the London College of Printing, London. In 1981, she got her post-graduate degree in management studies (Major in Finance) from the Polytechnic of South Bank London, now University of South London.
Still eager for more knowledge, Nwaogu proceeded to the Brunel University in Oxbridge Middlesex England where she bagged an M.sc in Management (Major in Finance) in 1984 before capping it all with an MBA in leadership and sustainability from the University of Cumbria /Robert Kennedy College in Zurich.
She brought her experience as a well-travelled technocrat and sophisticated elite with grandstanding academic exposure both home and abroad to ECOWAS parliament in 2005.
Taking Senator Nwaogu from the position of mentor, there is no gainsaying that she is a mother of people of Abia state. She has always been effortlessly striving to impact lives through solid mentorship, leadership and philanthropy.
As a Christian, she is a lover of Jesus Christ, the church and the faithful. In church activities, she is a well-respected and ebullient lay reader passive to the Words of God and His prophets.
She plays golf sport regularly. According to her, "golf gives you an insight into human nature, your own as well as your opponent’s", as a popular saying goes.
Nwaogu is cherished and loved by people, a reason she is known as Ihie Abia and Ugonwanyi ndi Igboland.
The new year comes with a new song. As Senator Nwaogu reaches a milestone of age, May the sun rise fully in the sky, may thousand flowers blossom. May our leader grow in grace so she can lead her people to the shore of their cherished dream.
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