Late Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu’s Will is Unveiled: His Widow, Bianca gets the Bulk Share of his Wealth | Mentions a Previously Unknown DaughterPosted on Friday, November 30th, 2012 at 4:07 PM
By Adeola Adeyemo
A year after the death of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, the late elder statesman and leader of the defunct Biafra Republic, his will has been presented to the family with his widow, Bianca Odumegwu-Ojukwu, getting the bulk share of his wealth.
The will was presented today by the Chief Registrar of the Enugu High Court, Mr Dennis Ekoh and was witnessed by Bianca, Val Nwosu, Ojukwu’s first cousin, and Mike Ejemba.
What’s more interesting about the will is that it revealed the late Ojukwu had a love child none of his family members knew about. According to Vanguard, he identified one Tenny Haman as one of his children.
Ojukwu listed the children as Tenny Haman, Chukwuemeka Jnr, Mmegha, Okigbo, Ebele, Chineme, Afam and Nwachukwu.
He willed the Casabianca Lodge at No. 7, Forest Crescent, GRA, Enugu, two properties at Jabi and Kuje in the FCT as well as all his money and personal effects to his widow, Bianca. He also said that Bianca should replace him as the trustee in the family company, Ojukwu Transport Ltd, while also giving her two plots of land in his village at Nnewi.
He, however, added that if she re-married, the land should be taken away from her.
The first son, Emeka Jnr., got the family house at Nnewi, while the newly mentioned daughter, Tenny Haman, got the Jubilee Hotel located in Zaria, Kaduna State.
The Biafran warlord also shared other landed property in the village among all his children.
Ojukwu listed the trustees and executors of the will to include Bianca, Emeka Jnr and Mr James Chukwuneme.
Reacting to the will, Bianca, who is Nigeria’s Ambassador to Spain told Vanguard: “It was a fair will. This time round, he did not disappoint us,’’ she said.
She however, expressed shock at the disclosure of a new daughter in the family, whom she said had never been mentioned by her husband.
None of the children was present at the presentation of the will.