On Wednesday, November 30, 2016; the world stood still as Magistrate Winifred Nkiruka Nwachinemere Asika aka Majie, Teacher, Miss, Winnie was given her full burial rites and laid to rest in Onitsha, Anambra State.
The late 73-year-old Magistrate, was from the prominent Asika family in Onitsha and a niece to the first president of Nigeria, the late Owelle of Onitsha, Nnamdi Azikiwe. She is also the mother of popular Irish-based Nigerian blogger and media mogul, Primrose Obata Dodo (pictured above).
The late Magistrate Asika was a titled woman in the Onitsha society. She was inducted into the prestigious and glamourous ‘Otu Odu Women’s Cultural Society of Onitsha’; a revered elite guild of titled women, where she bore the title, ‘Enyi Nwachi Na Emelu.’
Nwachi Winifred was also the elder sister to the current Akpe-Olodi of Onitsha, Chief (Barr.) Chulo Etuka Asika. The Akpe-Olodi is the third highest title in Onitsha after the Obi of Onitsha himself.
Majie was highly cerebral and had the uncanny ability to fluently speak other Nigerian dialects aside her Igbo mother tongue. She spoke fluent Efik which she must have learnt during her secondary boarding school days at Holy Child Catholic Girls’ School, Ikot Ekpene in the old Calabar division. She also spoke fluent Yoruba and Bini. So Nigerian culture, food, music and entertainment were at its best as drums and flutes were played and gunshots fired in her honour to signal her journey to the great beyond.
Peace Ben Williams was live in Onitsha to cover this sad but epoch-making event as indeed the five children Majie had rolled out the drums to celebrate her life and achievement in the midst of their irreparable loss. I regret not meeting her alive, but even in death, she exuded a beauty so rare you’d wish death was never a debt a human had to pay. I silently dubbed her ‘Majie the Beautiful’ in my heart. Rest in peace, beautiful mother…
Funeral program of Magistrate Winifred Asika
Majie lies in Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, Awka Road, OnitshaThe officiating priestFuneral massThe Akpe Olodi of Onitsha, Chief Chulo Asika (right) talking with an elder in church. Akpe is the younger brother to the late magistrate.Aunty Mau, Majie’s younger sisterRichard Lukusa-Muengula Jnr., Majie’s first sonMajie’s second child, Nnanyelugo Chuma Lawrence Obi (left) and her third child, Primrose Obata Dodo (right)Majie’s fifth and last child, Nalobi Andrew ObataPrimrose Obata Dodo with her 1st cousin, Chiazor Elizabeth Asika. Chiazor is the first daughter of the Akpe Olodi of OnitshaMajie’s cousinPrimrose, her elder half sister, Ada (middle) and her sister inlaw, Isioma (right)Isioma Obata, Nalobi’s wife. This woman was on her toes all through the week cooking for us guests. May God bless you abundantly, Isi babes.Family members at the funeralPrimrose (right) with Aunty Mau (middle) and Aunty’s childhood friendChiazor, Aunty Mau’s friend, Aunty Mau, Primrose and Rhoda Eweka L-R: Peace Ben Williams, Primrose Obata Dodo & Rhoda Osa Eweka
L-R: Chavonne Williams, Peace Ben Williams, Rhoda Osa Eweka & Foluke