What No One Will Tell You About Them
Behind the 5 Eastern governors in Nigeria are dynamic, pretty and intelligent women who play a pivotal role in the successful governance of their various states, alongside their husbands. They play the role of a wife and first lady respectively, through their unflinching support to their husbands and various projects they engage in to create a better living for their subjects. They are not just all about the glamour of being the first lady but are also making positive impacts through their pet projects. In this piece, City People’s VIVIAN ONUORAH unveils the 5 pretty wives of Igbo governors and what you don’t know about them.
EBERECHUKWU VERONICA OBIANO
Arguably the most stylish of them all, a first glance at this imposing beauty tells a lot about her personality.Tall, pretty, fashion savvy and a humanitarian at heart, Her Excellency Chief Mrs. Ebelechukwu Veronica Obiano, is the delectable first lady of Anambra State. She is married to Chief Willie M. Obiano the Executive Governor of Anambra State and the beautiful union is blessed with two children- a boy and a girl. Fondly referred to as NNE Anambra due to her motherly concern for all, her compassion goes out to children with special needs, disabilities, indigent and the widows. Her philanthropic nature has endeared her to many in her hometown, Aguleri and Anambra state at large, an act which has earned her many traditional titles.
In a bid to impart on more lives, she floated an NGO with the name ‘Caring Family Enhancement Initiative(CAFE); whose sole aim is to touch the lives of the downtrodden and disadvantaged. Her selfless services benefit the down trodden especially the widow, as they now enjoy a lot of protection courtesy of the first lady. Her CAFÉ pet project has embarked on many humanitarian projects which includes, an expensive medical mission throughout the State where she assembled very formidable medical professionals that assisted her in distributing and dispensing much needed medications that were out of reach of the poor. She also distributed treated tents to the elderly and the pregnant women, sent dozens of children for cleft lip and cleft palate deformity surgeries, provided prosthetic limbs to more than five hundred persons that have been without legs.She has been married to the governor for 26 years and worked with Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation for 19 years before she retired as a welfare officer.
Her Excellency Chief Rachel Umahi is a paragon of beauty and the prettiest of all the wives of Igbo governors. The imposing figure stands above 6ft but wears a very humble mien. She is also very fashionable and has a charming aura that draws people to her .Her infectious smiles, carriage and glowing skin always earn her a second glance each time she steps out. She is well loved by many because of her gentle nature irrespective of her status. The amiable wife of Ebonyi State governor, His Excellency David Umahi, is a graduate of Rivers State University of Science and Technology from 2001 to 2004. The mother of seven has been active in orphanage and less-privileged schemes and with widows. The delectable first lady flagged off her pet project, ‘Family Succor and Upliftment Programme ( FSUP) to replace Mother and Child Care Initiative of her predecessor.
The project has four thematic areas bordering on health, education, economic empowerment and youths.The programme is aimed at achieving an effective and efficient primary healthcare, 100 percent girl-child education, economic empowerment, job creation for women and youths as well as the upliftment and enhancement of their general living status.
The pet project is in partnership with several agencies, including the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and the Society for Family Health.
Her Excellency Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha is the industrious wife of Imo State governor His Excellency Rochas Okorocha.She was born in Jos Plateau State to the family of late chief Bernard Nnadi Nwosu and late Mrs Theresa Nnuola Nwosu from Umuso Eluama in Isikwato LGA of Abia State. She had her primary and secondary education in Jos at St, Theresa’s Girls’ primary school and St. John’s college respectively.She obtained a diploma in Catering and Hotel Management from Malvin school of catering and hotel management , bagged a B.Sc in Accounting and Masters(M.Sc) degree in International law and diplomacy.
Nneoma Nkechi Rochas is married to His Excellency, Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha a native of Umuduruehughara, Ogboko in Ideato South Local Government Area of Imo State. The union is blessed with six children .Nneoma Nkechi Rochas Okorocha is the vice president of Rochas Foundation Colleges spread across the nation : Rochas Foundation College Ogboko, Rochas Foundation College Owerri, Rochas Foundation College Jos, Rochas Foundation College Ibadan, and Rochas Foundation College Kano. She is the chief executive officer of Lamonde Homes as well as an author of several publications which include Woman : the home builder, Woman: the intercessor, My child, Dignity of womanhood, Nneoma poems and campus lens.Her pet project, Women of Divine Destiny Initiative (WODDI) has been in existence long before she became the first lady of Imo State.
She also has another foundation, She Needs A Roof Project (SNARP) which provides homes for poor indigent widows and orphans. So far over one hundred two bedroom-bungalows have been built , furnished and handed over to their beneficiaries at no cost. She has initiated the Girl Child Education Summit , Leadership Fora and Nneoma Campus Summit all In a bid to equip them well for the future.She recently established the Nneoma Kitchen Initiative which consist of a mobile kitchen and feeding centres strategically located in the three zones of the state , three in Owerri one in Okigwe and one in Orlu.Through her Nneoma Kitchen . She feeds prisoners, orphanages and other less privileged.
Her Excellency Mrs. Monica Ugwuanyi is the wife of the Enugu State Governor, His Excellency Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi .Her pet project in the state which focuses on women and children was borne out of the experience derived on the last visit of the wife of the President of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari, to Enugu state where many women in the state were diagnosed and various ailments detected. Her project focuses on the health and total well being of women and girl child.
Her Excellency Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu is the wife of the governor of Abia state, His Excellency Okezie Ikpeazu and the union is blessed with four children. Her pet project called Vicar Hope Foundation has empowered a lot of less privileged in the state. It was reported that some indigent widows and a blind man in Abia State became owners of a bungalow each after they were handed over to them by the Vicar Hope Foundation, a pet project of the state governor’s wife, Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu. The foundation is geared towards assisting and bringing succor to indigent widows and other less privileged persons in society.