Michael Anyaegbunam Ndigwe, Dr., KSM
(1934 - 2009)

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Michael Anyaegbunam Ndigwe Dr., KSM
Nickname: Amalunweze

Birth:
Anambra, Nigeria
May 14, 1934

Passing:
Nigeria
March 1, 2009


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PROFILE OF DR. MICHAEL ANYAEGBUNAM NDIGWE, KSM (AMALUNWEZE)


Dr. Michael Anyaegbunam Ndigwe (KSM) was born on the 14th of May 1934 to the polygamous family of late Samuel Nwadumuo Ndigwe and Madam Monica Ogbodie Ndigwe of Umuayom village, Awka in Anambra State. Michael was the first child of his mother who was the eight wife of Nwandumuo. His father Samuel Nwandumuo died before Michael could venture into school. He was sponsored in school by his elder step-brothers.

Michael started his primary education in 1945 at St. Patrick’s Catholic School, Awka and completed it at the famous Government School Awka in July 1951. He passed the highly competitive entrance examination into the prestigious Government College, Umuahia in September of the same year. At that time candidates were drawn mainly from the Eastern region of Nigeria and Cameroon and only the best had the chance of being admitted. He passed out from the college in 1956.

In 1957, while waiting to gain admission into the university, young Michael secured an appointment with the Federal Ministry of Marketing and Exports in Lagos as a third class accounts clerk. He was barely one year in employment when the Federal Government of Nigeria started a crash programme for the training of science students. He was among the pioneer students of the Federal School of Science for advanced level courses in science subjects. Michael was successful and obtained the “A” level papers in physics, chemistry and biology which qualified him for a direct entry into the university. Having done so well, he was awarded a scholarship by the federal Government to study science in any university in the world.

Michael was offered admission to study Pharmacy by the University of Manitoba in the United States of America. He was made a second offer to study medicine in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR) then premiered by Nikita Kruchov. He accepted the second offer and left for Russia in1960, where he immediately enrolled for the Russian language course for nine months in the Kiev State University Ukraine, and thereafter started his study of Medicine in Karkov State University in 1961. After his first year, he transferred to Universitet of Druzhii Narodov (Friendship University) in Moscow. He graduated with a Doctor of Medicine and surgery (MBBS) in July 1966.

For the love of his country, Michael returned home and was warmly received by family and friends. He immediately took up an appointment with the University College Hospital, Ibadan in September 1966. The Nigerian civil disturbance had begun and in 1967, Dr. Mike Ndigwe had to flee Ibadan with other easterners to his home region. The then Eastern Nigerian Government deployed him to Port-Harcourt General Hospital where he served for barely one year before being drafted into the Biafran Armed forces Medical Corps to serve in the Biafran Navy in Calabar. He remained there until the end of the civil war in January 1970.

With the creation of the twelve states of the federation, Dr. Mike Ndigwe returned to East Central State and was posted as the pioneer Medical Officer to Amaku Memorial Hospital (now General Hospital Awka) and was also to cover Oji River Leprosy Hospital. Dr. Mike Ndigwe later resigned his appointment with the East Central Ministry of Health to take up a more rewarding appointment with the Institute of Health, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria. After sojourning in northern Nigeria for two years, he returned to his own state and set up his private hospital – Loreta Hospital and Clinics, in Onitsha in 1974. He was a successful general private practitioner for about ten years.

For the love of his mother and the desire to be closer to her and also offer medical service to his community, he relocated his family and hospital to Awka in 1984. Practicing in Awka was however more philanthropic than challenging or rewarding as many people came expecting to be offered free treatment. After a while, he went in search of more challenging and rewarding medical practice experience and took up an appointment with the newly commissioned Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi from where he retired as a Consultant General Physician in the year 2001. He was a fellow of the West African college of physicians (FWACP).

FAMILY LIFE:

In March 1971, Dr. Mike Ndigwe got married to beautiful, hardworking and intelligent ebony black Victoria Obiageli Ogakwu from Udi, Enugu State. The marriage is blessed with seven beautiful and hardworking children who are all successful in their various careers. He was a kind-hearted, peace loving son, brother, uncle, husband, father and grandfather. He provided for his nuclear and extended family as much as he could and made sure all his children were educated. He always emphasized to us the need to have the fear of God, be honest and truthful and accord everyone their due respect.

SPORTING ACTIVITIES:

Dr. Michael Ndigwe loved sports right from his primary school days where he was especially interested in athletics and football. During his secondary school days, at Government College, Umuahia, he was a member of the athletics, football, hockey and cricket teams where he participated actively. He was a member of the Onitsha sports club where he played lawn tennis, and on his relocation to Awka, he founded the Awka sports club.

COMMUNITY WORK:

Dr Michael Ndigwe stood for peace, honesty and integrity in the community. He was deeply involved in the running of Awka community. He was once the treasurer of Awka “33”man committee set up to pilot the affairs of the town. He was also a member of the Awka council of kingmakers. As a proud indigene of Awka, he took the prestigious “Ajaghija”title in 1978 and took the name “Amalunweze”.

RELIGIOUS LIFE:

Born into a pagan family, Dr. Michael Ndigwe converted to the Roman Catholic faith and remained there until his demise. He was quite active in the church and belonged to various church organizations like Catholic Men Organization, Shanahan society. He was a member of St .Peter’s parish council and got initiated into the noble order of the knights of St. Mulumba in 1997.

Dr. Michael Ndigwe was peace and order personified and could be described as open-minded and plain to a fault. He was very quick to trust and always gave people the benefit of doubt. He never believed in the existence of evil. He is now greatly missed by his family members, friends and the community at large.

ADIEU GREAT DADDY,
CONTINUE TO REST IN PEACE IN THE BOSSOM OF THE LORD!

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We had the pleasure of knowing Michael when he was a student in Moscow and we were members of the American embassy there. He was a good friend, and we are happy to know that he had a happy and successful life.
Peter & Mary Jane Bridges (friends)
November 23rd, 2013
I give God the glory for your life which was dedicated to healthcare. Thank you for your kind gestures as you continue to be with the lord. Your services to your patients at loreta hospital onitsha can never be forgotten by those of us who were lucky enough to experience them. Rest in perfect peace,, amen.
ifeanyi edegbele (friend)
June 4th, 2013
Uncle, Doc,Amalunweze ndi Awka rest on , we miss u alot in the village and our community Awka kingdom.
Nwanna Philip .c (Uncle And Co-Villager)
September 3rd, 2011
May his soul rest in perfect peace
ugochukwu okafor (friend)
November 27th, 2010
It seems like yesterday in college when your mum and dad never fails to be around during "visiting days".......They were lovely couple!I pray for the repose of your dad's soul and for the good Lord to give your mum and you all the strength to carry on while remembering the love you all once shared.

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Him Oh Lord and Let Perpetual Light Shine Upon Him, May his Soul Rest in Perfect Peace, Amen!!
Nneka Umeh (Nee Umobi) (Mabel's Classmate & Frien)
April 21st, 2010
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"Just like yesterday. Memory still fresh in our hearts. Keep smiling in haven and continue to rest in perfect peace. Amen."
alex akuagwu, MD
April 1st, 2010
"May your gentle soul continue to rest in the peace of the Lord."
Ify Ezekeke
March 5th, 2010
""May You continue to Rest In Peace""
Austin Oche
March 4th, 2010
"May the soul of Ogbuefi Amalunweze rest in perfect peace. May the love he sowed and shared with his family continue to strengthen and bind them together for always."
Kenechi Esomeju
March 4th, 2010
"One year now, just like yesterday. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace. Ify, you need to be stronger for your mum and siblings, The Lord be with you all, AMEN."
Abimbola Oshikoya
March 4th, 2010
"Sir, may your soul rest in peace. Your family and loved ones will definitely miss you, but the Lord will be their strength."
Obumneke Okafor
March 4th, 2010
"Uncle, May the Lord our God continue to guide you. And may you forever rest in peace. Amen."
Janelle Onwuka
March 3rd, 2010
"Amalunweze, May the Lord continue to grant you eternal rest and may Perpetual Light shine upon you. Amen"
Irene Ndigwe
March 3rd, 2010
"Uncle, May your gentle soul continue to rest with the Lord. In Jesus name Amen. You're sorely missed!"
Ogo Nwankwo
March 3rd, 2010
"Rest in the Lord. You will surely live on in the hearts of your loved ones. Your greatest achievements speak through your lovely daughter."
Chiamaka Okafor
March 2nd, 2010

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