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Julie Okpala - Active member who also served as President of UWA from 1993-1995; made special contributions to environmental programs, initiating a conservation club and waste recycling program in 1993, and as a donor to prison libraries; recently retired to England . Shown here between two youth corpers at 1993 long vacation show. (Middle in Picture)


Kodili Ezeike Strong member of the Children's Centre Committee in the late1980s; active library volunteer and excursions organizer, very supportive secretary of UWA from 1987-90; caroling coordinator; currently living in the United States.

Nancy Achebe , nee Okafor - Active member who made special contributions to the library as a library educator during her years of residence in Nsukka in the late 1980s and early 1990s.



Grace Anyanwu Active member since the 1980s; served as committee secretary and former vice-president of UWA. As a university lecturer in home science and child and family studies, she has taken a leading role in creative arts, puppetry, cookery, junior activities and youth forum. More recently she has been active in the playground development and prison library sub-committees.


Chiazo Igboeli Active and committed committee member since the 1980s; university lecturer in health education; active in the motherless babies project, vacation activities, and youth forum; convener of the women's book club.



Elisabeth Odenigbo - Active member in the 1980s who developed the Motherless Babies Project and made significant contributions to long vacation programs, serving as coordinator, conducting junior baking classes,(as shown in photo) leading caring for others and teaching about health issues; currently living with her family in Germany but has continued to contribute to the Children's Centre and Motherless Babies Project up to the present.


Sylvia Uhiara - Active member, best known for her faithful service keeping the library on Friday evenings for years; organizer of long vacation sewing classes; treasurer of UWA; coordinator of SAP thrift shop; retired to her home town in 2004. (Shown right at Founders' Day awards dinner.)


Bibiana Ukaegbu - Active library volunteer in the late 1980s; organizer of children's activities; now living in the United States, from where she continues to make book donations to the library.



Jo Alumanah Active member and former committee secretary; active in children's vacation programs, youth forum, and the motherless babies project; caroling coordinator.



Jo Okereke (deceased) - Active committee member and library volunteer in the 1990s; president of UWA 1995-1997; active participant in the motherless babies project and caroling. A nurse by profession, she introduced programs on alternative medicine and organized family planning workshops for the wider community, before leaving to work in Saudi Arabia in 2001.


Lesley Onuora - Active committee member and treasurer of the Children's Centre Committee. A physicist, she organized science activities during vacation programs; she and her family moved to England in the early 1990s, from where she has continued to contribute to the Children's Centre.


Janet Ndukwe - Active as committee member and organizer of art and science activities during long vacation programs; coordinator of the library during vacation periods; now living in England



Nkadi Onyegegbu - Committee member since the 1980s; current treasurer of the Children's Centre Committee; active in motherless babies project and youth forum; caroling coordinator.



Edem Ikoku - Patron of UWA and member of the committee in the late 1980s; strong supporter, along with her husband Vice-Chancellor Chimere Ikoku, of Children's Centre programs; library volunteer; teacher of cooking and sewing classes.


Ada Udechukwu - Secretary of the Children's Centre Library Committee in the 1990s; active in school outreach program, reading club, and art activities; has continued to contribute extensively to the library and prison outreach program since her family's move to the United States.


Friends of the Children's Centre

James and Phoebe Ezeilo , Vice-Chancellor of UNN and Patron of UWA during the founding of the Children's Centre.


Frank and Edna Ndili , Vice-Chancellor of UNN and Patron of UWA as the Centre was developing in the 1980s; instrumental in making contacts with alumni donors.


Louis Agu (1930 2008), Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) during the Centre's crucial formative years in the late 1980s and early 1990s. In that capacity he was a friend the Centre could always count on when we ran into trouble, ensuring receipt of books sent from abroad, authorizing replacement of stolen Centre property, and graciously supporting all Centre events with his presence.

Chris Uzuegbunam , Alumni liaison officer who assisted in soliciting the support of donors.



Humphrey Nwosu-Igbo , who assisted in building the original playground pavilion and was ever ready to help with the building and grounds.


Miriam Ikejiani-Clark , who mobilized support from NAUW at the Centre's inception and from the Alumni during UNN's 40th Anniversary.


Additional Friends of the Children's Centre


Ogbu Kalu (1942 - 2009) - Prof. Ogbu Kalu, husband of the Children's Centre Committee's founding chair, Prof. Wilhelmina (Willi) Kalu, played a crucial role in the development of the Children's Centre. As a member of the University of Nigeria Governing Council from 1980-1984, he gained the support of the University administration and connected sympathetic alumni, in particular Chief E. C. Iwuanyanwu and Prince Albert E. Koripamo, to the Children's Centre. The result was the Madam Hulder Iwuanyanwu Building, the Centre's first bus and library collection, and the original playground.



Sue Ubagu Art teacher in vacation programs in the 1980s (as shown below) now resident in England . She has organized several fundraisers for the Children's Centre at the Parkside School , where she was the art teacher until her recent retirement in 2008.

Nancy Street A former committee member, long resident in the United States , she has sent numerous books from the community college where she teaches and other sources. These include the 2000 and 2003 editions of World Book Encyclopedia.


Staff rendering long and meritorious service



Rose Asogwa, (on right) cleaner and later library assistant, from 1988 to date, shown here with

Greg Nwodo, (On left) driver of the bus and general library assistant from 1987 to 2008.

  Lewechi Onyeabor, typist and library assistant, from 1988 to 2004.  




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