Give a helping hand for community upliftment
The JOJ Memorial Foundation (JOJ-MF) was formed as a collaborative effort in loving memory of Mr. J.O.J. Onyeaghala who died in 1989, representing a variety of goodwill support, in Obohia Ahiazu Mbaise Imo State Nigeria. The events that led to his death can be traced to unavailability of basic health and medical facility in our various local community and this has not changed much 30 years later.
The purpose of JOJ-MF is to provide some level of succor to our indigent community and environs through provision of Basic health and medical diagnostic facility. Capacity building and poverty alleviation through educational endowments, skill acquisition grants and help with infrastructural development of the community.
Late Mr Joseph Ohanu Jude Onyeaghala aka (JOJ) was born in June 1933 into the Onyeaghala Nwaiwu family of Umulo Elekenowasi Obohia, as most polygamous family were then the desire for formal education was looked down by most fathers who prefer their sons to join them as farmers or artisan Traders. The young JOJ however had a burning desire to acquire formal education and against the wishes of his father self-enrolled and started his primary School at St Bede's Primary school Obohia and later at St Patrick's Primary School Umuokirka, all in Ekwereazu Mbaise.
After this his secondary he was determined to proceed with his education and got admitted into the prestigious Holy Ghost College Owerri which he completed in 1952. He proceeded to bishop Shanaghan Teacher's training College Orlu and became a qualified teacher in 1954. He began his teaching career afterwards but was still determined pursue further education, He applied and gained admission and Scholarship to attend Oxford University United Kingdom but unfortunately was unable to make it to Oxford under very unfortunate circumstance.
Not deterred by the this misfortune of not making to Oxford University he took his teaching career to heart and taught at the following schools, Holy Rosary primary/ Secondary school Ogbor Nguru, Holy Rosary school Umuawada Onitcha Ezinihitte, Ekwereazu Girls secondary school, Comprehensive Secondary Amuzi Ahiazu Mbaise where he eventually retired following a period of ill health.
An ardent lover of his people the Church and his community. Late Mr JOJ Onyeaghala was involved in many community development efforts with his peers and belonged to the foremost and revered (ODF) Obohia Development Front and was their Secretary for very long time also served as Secretary of (EMA )Ekwerazu Mutal Association. He was not afraid to speak truth to power and despite untold persecution he never wavered hence his kinsmen fondly called him ‘’OKANGAOZIRI’’.
As a devout Catholic he was involved in many Church activity and evangelism serving at various times and Financial Secretary and Secretary of the CMO and Parish Council of CKC Obohia. He was a founding member of the Catholic Bible Society of the Parish and served as their President till his death. He was also the diocesan Secretary of the Bible Society in the then Owerri Archdiocese. As a Bible Scholar he preached and practiced corporal works of mercy touching the lives of many, he showed compassion to the poor and till this date people hold him in high esteem and his loving memory lives on both in his immediate community Obohia, Mbaise, Imo State and beyond.
He was happily married to Mrs Josephine Ada Onyeaghala and the union was blessed with Seven lovely Children.
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