Memories, Emotions Swells Up As ABS Staff, Anoliefo Passes On

By lfeanyi Ndukwe, Awka
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Late Mrs. Nneka Ibe-Anoliefo.

Pains and emotions swells as NUJ Anambra chapter Loses one if it's prolific Member, Nneka Anoliefo to the cold hands of death after a brief sickness.

The news of her demise came knocking on early Wednesday morning.

Mrs. Anoliefo was a prolific staff of the Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS), as well as the Spokesperson for the Anambra State Council of Traditional Rulers, and the Anambra State Association of Town Unions (ASATU) before her demise.

The mother of two is an incident of Umuoji in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State, was reported to have died in a hospital where she was receiving treatments.

Since the news, the members of the 4th estate has been thrown into a state of mourning.

In his poetic eulogy, Sir Chuka Nnabuife described her as a jolly good fellow. In his words, " Nneka is a great loss to the Union and the institution."

Also reacting, the NUJ chairman, Dr Odogwu Emeka Odogwu expressed shock over the news.

Odogwu, described some unique qualities that made Anoliefo exceptional, said that she was the bridge between the NUJ and the community leaders in the State, and had also served the Union as the Chairman of the NUJ Culture Committee and in other such capacities.

“Indeed, Nneka would be so dearly missed by the Union. Her death was a very sudden one, and with heavy hearts we mourn her. What else can we say to God of not to pray Him to accept and grant her soul eternal rest, in his bossom?” he said.

While commiserating with the children and family of the deceased and reassuring them of the Union’s support, the NUJ Chairman, Odogwu, also called on the Anambra State government, the wife of the State Governor, Mrs. Nonye Soludo, and other good-spirited individuals in the society to, please, support and rally round the two children left behind by the late journalist.

While noting that the bereaved children are currently undergraduates, Odogwu also appealed for scholarship for them to enable them continue their studies and graduate with their colleagues, without allowing the demise of their mother weigh them down, retard their studies, or even make them drop out of school.

“This would mean a lot to the children and also make them believe that they are not left alone. It would also make Nneka feel happy wherever she is, seeing that her children lack nothing, even in her absence,” Odogwu appealed.

Some other colleagues described,
“Nneka as a good, humble and dedicated staff, and she would be so dearly missed. In fact, we are already missing her,”

Nneka was born on December 5, 1973, and died the same day of her golden jubilee.