Chief Kaliku of Owa, in the IKA Northeast Local Government Area of Delta State, is dead. Hezekiah Chukwuka Okoh died in the early morning of Saturday, November 6, 2004, after a brief illness, aged 70 years.
A former Pupil Teacher and Headmaster, he left the shores of Nigeria to search for the Golden Fleece in September 1962 and read Economics at London University. He then joined the British Civil Service in 1967 and retired in 1992 after 25 years of meritorious service.
A philanthropist, he was very generous and kind and also very progressive in his views. Born in Owa Oyibu, Delta State, it would be recalled that in 1949, Chief Hezekiah had the best Primary School Leaving Examination result in the whole of the former Asaba Division of the old Benin Province of the old Western Nigeria and was thus given employment instantly as a Pupil Teacher at St. John’s Church Missionary Society,(CMS) School at Boji-Boji, Agbor, Delta State.
He later attended Teacher Training Colleges at Abudu and Isele-Uku.According to to his family sources, there would be a Wake-keeping Vigil for the late Chief at his family’s compound at Morka Street, Boji-Boji, OWA in Delta State tomorrow evening, followed by interment at the same venue, on Saturday, December 4,2004.
On Sunday, there would be a Memorial Service at St. Michael’s Anglican Church, Owa Alero.
He is survived by his wife, Gladys, several children and grandchildren.