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Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Tension in Ojukwu’s family over property

Members of the late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu family may be setting for a showdown over the sharing formula of the ex-Biafran warlord’s property. A prominent member of the Ojukwu family, who did not want his name in print, said, “About two weeks after the burial of Ezeigbo Gburugburu, family members are already forming groups against one another on how they can benefit from the property he (Ojukwu) left behind.

“This is very disturbing because it has led to accusations and counter-accusations and then the hatred that was already in the family is even getting worse by the day.
“Some of them felt that they were left out of the burial plans while the others ran the show with the aim of being close to the President and ensure that they benefit from the seat of power after the burial.”
Debe, the eldest son of the deceased, had a fortnight ago told our correspondent that the problem in the family before the death of his father had to do with the large estate his grandfather left behind.
He had alleged, “There have been litigation over the estate my grandfather left behind and other members of my family felt they were going to use the litigation to blackmail me.

“That is why when they (family members) wanted to see President Goodluck Jonathan over the burial plans, they decided to be hostile towards me and ensured that I was not part of the team that visited the President.
“Due to my nature, I decided not to allow the hostility impede the burial activities of my father, a man I still respect so much even in death.”

Debe, however, promised on Tuesday to speak “soon”, where he would “unveil the true details surrounding the crisis in the family”.

Meanwhile, the GRA, Enugu residence of the Igbo leader looked abandoned as no family member was around when our correspondent visited.

Some of the domestic servants, who were seen at the gate, said they suspected trouble might be brewing having observed the consistent visits by friends and associates of Ojukwu, Prof. Okwu Okwu, who have been coming to settle differences among family members.

Culled from Punch

57 comments:

BLOGLORD said...

hmnnn! Some Relations! always wanting to reap where they did not sow. i hope he left a WILL behind.

Olori said...

Na wa oooo!!! Nigeria film, now- now o,,,besides, he should have a will naw, which kain wahala be dis? I just pity his first son And immediate family.

Banga Soup said...

I trust my igbo brothers, them go fight for everything including gun powder from biafra war...yeye dey smell. #longhissss#

Kemmy said...

ah ha,so quick?

Anonymous said...

I wont even read this thing because this is soooo common especially in igbo land. The thing be say, make una no spill blood biko.

Now...How come we(in the diaspora) didn't know about Ojukwu being buried...I was asking last time and one yeye commentator was chatting shit!

He was our leader and a great one at that. We suppose follow una send am home now!
Mschew.

Odimegwu...Ebubedike. RIP Nna!!

~ Menakaya's Baby.

Anonymous said...

Its rather too early but Am not surprised though, because prior to the burial ceremony there was this issue of who is the actual first son.

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Nne said...

I knew this was going to happen. Bianca, just run run run. They would cook for stew. I just hate family members when it comes to coming to reep what they have not sown. Idiots!

Anonymous said...

Mr Ojukwu has colored green eyes or what?

Hope they can settle it without getting too ugly.

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Bamidele said...

Let DIM Rest well. Why all these Haba! Why can't people work/labour for thier own Money (WORK AND EARN MONEY,) instead of waiting for someone to die so that they can inherit his/her properties. What if he doesnt leave any property or he decides to donate all to charity when he was alive...

Anonymous said...

ibo blood! they'll never change; it just seems they have greed in their blood. Kai! As if they were waiting for the guy to die sef.

Anonymous said...

I am, the no Sender.

I feared, this would happen. The unfortunate thing is that it will not be hinged on the Ikemba having left a Will or not. This is because he held most of his father's estate in trust for the larger family. So, in a sense virtually every Ojukwu has the right of a claim. I pray that common sense and wisdom will prevail amongst the Ojukwu clan so that peace will reign and not see a repeat of the late Bobby Benson's family saga.

Anonymous said...

OMG! I'm so surprised Ibo people are fighting over Money and properties. What a shocker! mcheeww!

Anonymous said...

This isn't news...ibo people are always fighting for properties when α wealthy member of the family dies, seems they were waiting for the man to die the way they я acting self,they Bette® not disgrace themselves in the process of dragging property like the ibu's...I dnt knw why all this big men dnt write wills,abi they think they я above death ni?

Anonymous said...

this is why everyone should invest in having a will. Let everyone go f*** themselves if they don't like what is written in the will.



Chi

Anonymous said...

Wahala dey o! Did Ojukwu not write a will? Because if he did, all the family needs to do is follow the will.

Anonymous said...

DEM WON EAT ANODA MAN S SWEAT....AWON WE REE....OLOWO

Anonymous said...

ONOME says......................
The vultures have been circling since.Let the drama unfold.
#sad#

D1- dezire said...

i am sure ojukwu is turnin in his grave wit disgust. #vanityuponvanity#

Ada said...

The problem is over Sir Louis Ojukwu's (Ojukwu's dad) HUGE property and wealth. As Ojukwu's mom was the only one legally married to the father, he laid claim to it, and his half brothers have been fighting for it for so many years. Sir Louis also willed stuff to his grand children as well.
On top of that Ojukwu himself went and had children all around. Debe is the 1st, he had when he was stationed in Enugu area in 1956. Most people were not even aware Debe is the 1st son, till recently cause Emeka Jr likes the limelight and had been portraying himself as such.

Too much money and property at stake, always wahala when people are of the same parents (both mother and father), let alone half siblings wahala.

Anonymous said...

Just a suggestion -
Why can't these men, fathers, Family heads share these properties before they go????
Then anyone who wants to complain can do it to the Father before he passes away.
Especially if the man has been very sick for a while and he knows that he is dying.
It can make things very clear for those left behind and save years of pain and court that these family fights over properties cause.

Very very sad indeed!!!

Anonymous said...

Lmao! Fighting for what they did not work for. I'm sure bianca and her kids are settled.

Anonymous said...

Surely he had a will for crying out loud.

OGE said...

WHERE DEM JAZZ @,IBOS DEY SLACK OH,DATS Y I GBADU D YORUBAS N THEIR LOYALTIES TO BABA,WELL,MAY D "STRONGEST" n SMARTEST WIN.GBAM

mama somtee said...

Thank God everyone knew ojukwu held on to his father's properties and refused his siblings access to them , now the chicken has come home to roost , everyone wants a piece of the action , ojukwu's children try not to claim what is not yours ,let's trust the man left a will , if not it's going to be a very long battle.

kinky babee said...

they are nt serious and i know dt all dese greedy men neva contributed anything in d family wen he was alive and waited 4 him 2 die so dt dey would inherit his property pls mi fellow igbo people should be warned ooo make person dey 4 grave one{1} year b4 tuking about his property,d mourning period is nt yet over and here dey are fighting over property make shame catch all of una next pls

Anonymous said...

Please tell me that this "learned" man wrote his WILL before passing on......

Anonymous said...

all these thief who cannot work and get their own money mschew!!!

spicee said...

First,it was Alex Ibru,now its Dim Ojukwu..please let all these greedy relatives let these poor men rest in peace.

Anonymous said...

Didn't Ojukwu do same to his siblings after their father's death?

Anonymous said...

Menakaya's Baby. You are so ignorant. Read the dailies online, logs and talk to people. That way you will find out what's up. You didn't know he was buried? I bet you live in a cave.

Anonymous said...

What's with all the tribalist comments about iBos fighting over money...

Errr excuse you, has anyone heard about Gani Fawehinmi?

Please park abeg, if the only thing u have to say is tribalist, go and do your research, if not 'mechie onu'!

*clicks tongue*

RIP Dim Odumegwu Ojukwu

Anonymous said...

i knew that this was gonna happen,wat r they fighting about wen the poor man is dead,na wa oo see wahala,am even ashamed for them they looked like some wonderful family of a hero see the stupid way they want to disgrace the ibo leader,even in his death hes not found peace,may God help them all.

RANKAS said...

FOR THOSE TRIBALISING THE MATTER, EVEN YORUBAS FIGHT OVER PROPERTY . AT LEAST WE KNOW OF ABIOLAS OWN TOO. ITS NT TRBIBE , ITS POLYGAMY MOST TIMES AND EXTENDED FAMILY RELATIONSHIP. IT HAD HARDLY HAPPENS IN NUCLEAR MONOGAMOUS FAMILIES

Anonymous said...

ojukwu has a will, and unfortunately for most of ojukwu's children, most of his properties will go to bianca legally, but of course the children are gonna use traditional rules and corrupt means to over turn things. I am sure of it, especially with such huge amnt of money and property. In traditional Igbo land if the father of your child did not pay for your dowry or marry you, your offsprings have no claim to his property when he dies, unless he left a will that said otherwise,or shared his property when alive. That is why you see many Igbo men marry a girl they knocked up cause if they dont the child, no matter what dna says, traditionally does not belong to the man, but to the woman's family. With that said with those rules,that is why Debe cannot be considered first son, the same way ojukwu's elder brother and other siblings had no legal claim on ojukwu's father property because their mothers were never properly married traditionally.- IGBO TRADITIONS 101- WE DONT DO WESTERN CULTURE, WE GET OUR OWN CULTURE.

Anonymous said...

Imaro ife neme. Na wa for you. Burial that was almost idolized for months and months and months in the papers, news everywhere. It got boring after sometime. On the burial day, no igbo went to work all over the nation. You are really in 'diaspora'

Anonymous said...

His wife is a lawyer. No cause for alarm...

Ikemba 'must' have left a WILL. The foolish fighters would be put to shame.

They don't even care for the young children he left behind.

kwase said...

Greed!greed!!greed!!! The family is a big one, the wealth is vast, for the love of God, let it go round na.they're alredy showing disregard 4 his will coz I think he left one.If Ada is right then Bianca & her step children shuld return d wealth of Sir Loius ojukwu 2 his oda children. Potential father's/husband beware of spreading u r testicles coz its d number1 cause of dis type of rivalry.its rare 2 see a large family of wealth wit siblings 4rm diff. Women live happily!

Anonymous said...

And who are those calling this fight an Igbo thingy, will you just stop. Families of Abiola, Rotimi William, Gani (RIP), didn't they fight or are still fighting over their father's properties? Pls be objective in your comment.

Bee said...

The day you get married, write a will

The day you have your first child, amend your will

Every child afterwards, amend your will

Protect the pple you love when you are gone.

Even with a will, wahala go dey. Imagine without one. God forbid you are igbo and you no get son, kiss any hope you have goodbye.

God help us all. May God not allow pple to reap where they did not sow

Anonymous said...

If you follow the trend of events

Anonymous said...

And I can't read your comment becos d characters are hurting my eyes!

Anonymous said...

sasha says...
i might be an igbo lady but it sucks to think that only the legally married wife and children shld be recognised as heirs...what happens to those born outside wedlock? Dont his DNA pass thru their veins or is he gonna automatically disclaim them...if there's a Will, just follow the darn thing...igbo tradition sucks atimes (at least bianca wasnt made to drink the water used to wash the corpse)

Anonymous said...

If you follow the history of the estate left by Sir Ojukwu, it is apparent that Dim usurped everything based on legitimacy as defined by ibo culture and norms. This is unlawful in the Nigerian court system but Emeka was never challenged by his other siblings and relatives because of who he was (left for your interpretation). There might have been a will left behind by Sir Ojukwu that was never made public. And as someone suggested, the chicken have come home to roost and most probably, this will play out in the courts. Times have changed and people know their rights now and how to seek for recourse. It needs to be done in order to set some of these old ibo traditions right. This my mother was married and you were born out of wedlock crap needs to stop.

Anonymous said...

wot al d noise abt ibo ple alwaz fightn 4 property this is a natural tin 4 dependent 2 want control of property it cut across all tribes and nation.d only tin is d manner,understanding,and level of maturity in which these tins r shared becos @ d end of a day all is vanity

Anonymous said...

I am, the no Sender.

@ Anonymous Mar 21, 2012 07:43 PM, you must understand that Dim Ojukwu did not have the kind of wealth atributable to him. His father Sir Louis Ojukwu who incidentally was Nigeria's and arguably Africa's first millionaire left a huge array of stupendous wealth. A number of choice properties in Apapa and Ikoyi were owned by Sir Ojukwu. Now Ojukwu may have died without leaving a Will not because of carelessness but because you cannot give what's not yours to give. Most of his father's estate were held in trust under the name, Ojukwu Transport Company, the corporate name he ran his business. Dim Ojukwu had been executing the proceeds of that estate since his return and now that he is no more it sure will let out the dogs to come out for first grabs.

Anonymous said...

I am, the no Sender.

@ Ada, in truth, Dim Ojukwu's mother was never married by Sir Louis Ojukwu. Dim Ojukwu was born outside wedlock and his mother's only child to his father who accepted him when his escapade was revealed to him to have borne fruit. I read somewhere that Ojukwu had a half brother from his mother who died during the war by name Tom something.

Also, there were elder brothers before Dim Ojukwu. If my facts are right, I believe that his elder half brother and incidentally their father's first born is a professor and still alive.

Nk said...

Madam i no send, you seem to know a lot about peoples jist. May be you should start your own blog? Your name keeps poping up here and other blogs

Well Sir Ojukwu senior knew who was more responsible of all his children, probably thats why he left his properties in care of Dim Ojukwu. I hope you do realise that the Ojukwu senior has a right to give who he so ever desires, his property. That you are an illegitimat child does not give you an automatic claim to his estate.

Anonymous said...

@sasha says, a widow drinks the corpse water, if she is suspected to be the one who killed her husband, and since that wasnt the case she doesnt have to drink it.get your facts correct, know your igbo culture and stop assuming. I feel sorry for this generation of Igbos because some of your parents have allowed westernization destroy our culture. The rule about property (land etc) ownership is different in each clan, but in all igbo tribes if a man does not pay your bride price and you have a kid for him, your child has no claim to anything concerning that man,not even his name- unless the guy says otherwise through legal means. Unlike some tribes we believe mother is supreme,because whatever child that comes out of a woman's womb is hers first, and that of her maiden family. That is why when a child gets in trouble in their paternal family or land,they run to their mothers because they cannot be denied or sent away. All this bull about ojukwu's father's will doesnt matter anymore because ojukwu won the case traditionally and legally when his children and bothers first took him to court the first time about 13 years ago. So with that said, all the properties left by sir louis became ojukwu's only legally and traditionally. So his older kids should pray he forgave them for what they put him through and maybe left them something. - So for all you baby mama wannabees just pray that your parents dont know igbo traditions well. -IGBO TRADITIONS 101- WE DONT DO WESTERN CULTURE, WE GET OUR OWN CULTURE.

Proudly Igbo said...

Re-a widow drinks the corpse water...
Please what part of Igboland biko nu does this happen? I hear of it more in the South South.

RANKAS said...

FOR THOSE TRIBALISING THE MATTER, EVEN YORUBAS FIGHT OVER PROPERTY . AT LEAST WE KNOW OF ABIOLAS OWN TOO. ITS NT TRBIBE , ITS POLYGAMY MOST TIMES AND EXTENDED FAMILY RELATIONSHIP. IT HAD HARDLY HAPPENS IN NUCLEAR MONOGAMOUS FAMILIES

Anonymous said...

Dis was bound 2 happen cos it was not rily just his wealth!

Anonymous said...

As if u hav neva seen sm1 in ur tribe do worse,abeg understand d mystery behind tins b4 u open ya mouth 2 talk.

Anonymous said...

Ur blood na saint blood.I hav said it b4 if u dnt hav anytin tangible 2 say hia just shut up nd read wat odas hav 2 say.How can his family members be greedy ova wat was supposed 2 b shared by all?

Anonymous said...

As if u hav neva seen sm1 in ur tribe do worse,abeg understand d mystery behind tins b4 u open ya mouth 2 talk.

Anonymous said...

Dis was bound 2 happen cos it was not rily just his wealth!

Anonymous said...

to that 'person' saying igbo culture shd be revised to accept illegimate children as bonafide heirs, just pray that in your next life you are born 'yoruba' cos this will not happen..

so if you are illegitimate, get your father to do the family legitimacy thing while he is alive or you make sure you get your share of the loot while he is alive cos you wont when he's dead!! it might seem stupid to u but this maintains family sanctity and societal morality.

as for the men, make a will!!you are not too young to...and you will not die just because you make a will!!

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