Onuora Nzekwu, Nigerian writer, Died at 89


Onuora Nzekwu was born on February 19, 1928, and died on April 21, 2017.

He was also known as Joseph Onuora Nzekwu.

He was a Nigerian professor, writer and editor from the Igbo people.

He was born to Mr. Obiese Nzekwu and Mrs. Mary Ogugua Nzekwu (née Aghadiuno).

Onuora joined the Federal Civil Service as an editorial assistant at the Nigeria Magazine Division of the Federal Ministry of Information, in January 1956.

Nzekwu worked as an editorial assistant from 1956 to 1958.

During 1958, he took over the position of editor-in-chief of the magazine.

He went on to run the Nigeria Magazine Division of the Federal Ministry of Information until 1966, when the Nigerian Crisis compelled him to transfer his services to the Eastern Nigeria Public Service.

He was assigned as a senior information officer at Eastern Nigeria, a post that the combined the roles of Information Ministry and Cultural officer.

During 1968, he was promoted deputy director of the newly created Cultural Division.

During January 1970, Nzekwu returned to the Federal Ministry of Information in May and was assigned to the information division as senior information officer.

He worked as Protem general manager of News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) until July 1, 1979, when he then took over the position of substantive general manager.

He retired from the Nigeria Public Service in 1985, after presiding over the affairs of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) for nearly eight years and servicing his country’s government for 39 years.

Onuora Nzekwu passed away at 89 years old.