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Children Centre Committee




(honored during the Silver Jubilee Celebratons)

Children's Centre Committee, 1985 ----------Children's Centre Committee, 1992

Founding Mothers (in chronological order of participation)


Virginia (Jill) Dike – Initiator of the Library Committee that planned the Children's Centre; chair of the Library Committee from 1978-2002; secretary of the Children's Centre Committee, 1985-1992, chair from 2002 to date; financial secretary of UWA 1976-1979 and treasurer 1993-1997; coordinator of the library throughout its history, initiator of prison library and schools outreach programs. Played active role in organizing vacation programs in the 1980s and in supervising those of more recent years; active in the motherless babies project. Initiated and coordinated linkage with the Department of Library and Information Science.



Wilhelmina (Willi) Kalu – Initiator of the Children's Centre project as secretary of UWA from 1977-1979; chair of the Children's Centre Committee from its inception in 1980 to 1996, and from 1999 to 2001 and president of UWA 2001-2002; chair of the original playground committee (1978-1980); initiator of the children's festival of 1979, youth forum of 1985, and Children's Centre theater of 1986; initiator of the Motherless Babies Project; founder of the Psycho-Educational Testing Services (PETS) in 2000.



Ogo Amucheazi - (on the right in picture) Foundation member of the Library Committee; early participant active in library story hour, training workshops, and excursions; active in outreach developing information skills of primary school children.

Gloria Ofo - Third foundation member (on the left in picture) of the Library Committee that began planning the library in 1977; provided the original library furniture; recently retired from Enugu Campus Library.



Maria Chukwumah (1931-2007) - President of UWA 1977 to 1987, during the crucial formative years of the Children's Centre. It was she who suggested the name “Children's Centre” as an expression of what we were trying to accomplish. She participated actively in the preparations leading up to the opening of the library, as a leader of the delegation to alumni donors, as chairman of the Implementation Committee constituted to oversee expenditure of development funds, and as a participant in the hand-over of the Madam Hulder Iwuanyanwu Building to the University in 1986.



Terri Emezi - Foundation committee member; former vice-president of UWA; current vice-chair of the Children's Centre Committee. One of the earliest and most active members of the Library and Playground Committees, she has remained active in these areas up to the present; active in story hour, junior activities, and youth forum programs.



Mary Ellen Chijioke - early and active member of the Library Committee who pioneered cataloguing of the collection and organization of student practicals; organizer of many Children's Centre long vacation activities such as junior day camp, youth forum, learning skills, art, cookery and baking; has continued to contribute from home in US 1988-2008.



Edith Ihekweazu (deceased) - Active member of the Library and Playground Committees and Treasurer of UWA during the early years. Her family has established an alcove housing the African Children's Literature Research Collection in her honor and donates N20,000 a year for collection development.



Maria Nwaegbe - Long-time member of the Children's Centre Committee and Financial Secretary of UWA in the early years; organizer of long vacation cookery and sewing classes and excursions; helped organize the Silver Jubilee celebration before retiring to her hometown in 2004.(on the left in Picture)




Joann Ezeilo - Early member of the Playground and Library Committees; has continued to contribute to Children's Centre programs from her retirement in England and visited the Children's Centre to mount activities during visits to Nigeria .




Ann Osuji - Active early member of the Library Committee; used her position in the university library to donate disused furniture still being used today; introduced book repair activities. shown here (center rear) on excursion to zoo




Ebele Maduewesi – One of the earliest and most active committee members and library volunteers; a very supportive president of the University Women's Association (1987-90); Children's Centre Committee chair from 1997-99. As president of UWA she initiated the linkage between the Children's Centre Library and Department of Library and Information Science; served as chair for 25 th anniversary celebrations and continues to play a leadership role in the committee.



Judy Osuala (deceased) - Active member, organizer of activities and chair of sub-committees from her arrival on campus in 1980 until her death in December 2006; early member of the Library Committee; leading participant in long vacation activities such as sewing, art, caring for others, and learning skills, as well as a coordinator for the annual Christmas caroling and chair of the equipment sub-committee (2004-2006). A professor of adult education, Judy offered to donate her materials on women's studies, a collection that is now being developed in her memory.



Peris Maduka - Active member in the 1980s and early 1990s who made special contributions to the Motherless Babies Project through her position as coordinator of Social Work practicals. She also taught Kenyan dishes in cookery class, led excursions, and helped organize the Ecumenical Religious Activities Program (ERAP) from 1983-85.



Philippa Chineme (deceased) - Active member from the mid-1980s to the 1990s; active and supportive Vice-President of UWA 1987-90; coordinator of 1987 long vacation program; shared her talents in sewing and cookery activities and participated as a leader in excursions and junior activities (mother to left in photo); active library volunteer.







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