Ika Indigenes in the United Kingdom Bury Compatriots

                                                     Late Mr. Lawrence Moka

Lawrence Igwe Moka,
84, of Alisimie Village,
Agbor, in the Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State, was hospitalised
at St. Thomas and Guy?s Hospital in London, a few metres away from the famous Westminster Bridge and under the shadow of the
Houses of Parliament with Old Father Thames shimmering in the autumnal Sun.

 

A product of the Government Primary School,
Boji-Boji, Agbor and Agbor Commercial Secondary School,
Sapele, Delta State,
he had enlisted in the Nigerian Army between 1947-1950 and served in the former
Gold Coast, (now Ghana).

 

On his return to Nigeria, he worked for Barclays Bank of Nigeria, (now Union Bank) and Standard bank,
(now First Bank), before travelling abroad to the United Kingdom in 1962, to further
his education. He read Law and Economics and worked as an Account in the
British Civil Service for 40 years before retirement

 

He married Marian Ebeigbe,
a former Nigeria Airways Hostess and younger sister of the Late Captain Godwin
Ebeigbe, one of the first Nigerians to be trained as Pilots in the late 1950s
when Nigeria was preparing
for Independence.

 

They had four
children, Evelyn, Matthias, Robert and Laura and five grandchildren. He died on
September 16, 2009 and was buried at the Lambeth Cemetry in Southwest London,
after a Requiem Mass at the Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Rosary in
Brixton, also in Southwest London. Late Mrs Dorothy Okoruwe (Nee Odozi)

 

Earlier, Mrs.
Dorothy Nkem Okoruwe, (nee Odozi), a relation of Victor Odozi, a former Deputy
Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, who died on August 31, 2009, aged 57
years, was buried at the Eastbrookend Cemetery in Dagenham, Essex, on September
28, 2009.

 

A product of Marymount
College, Boji-Boji, Ika, she is survived by her husband, Alfred Okoruwe of
Ekuku-Agbor and a former  top-notch
at  erstwhile New Nigeria Bank and six
children, three boys and three girls and grandchildren.

 

 Philip Ideh

Commonwealth Journalists
Association

Email:pipcmideh@yahoo.co.uk

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