Last week, precisely on the 19th of April 2015, the news of popular politician Senator Uche Chukwumerije’s death hit the social media and few hours late, his death was confirmed by one of his sons Yagazie Chukwumerije who revealed that his late dad passed on at about 4.30pm, surrounded by his family. In his words “he was a good and kind man, and inspired many people in ways I cannot describe.” According to a statement by a family representative, Chidi, the Senator died on Sunday after a long battle with lung cancer.Late Senator Chukwumerije was a politician of repute and had a great influence especially in the Eastern part of the country where he hails from. CHUKWUMERIJE served as minister of information in the days of the military regime of Ibrahim Babangida. He also served as minister of information in the interim national government of Ernest Shonekan.In the Fourth Republic, Chukwumerije was elected to the Senate on the Peoples Democratic Party’s platform later decamped to the Progressive People’s Alliance in 2006, and was re-elected to the Senate on April 28, 2007. He was re-elected on the PDP platform in the April 2011 elections. Chukwumerije eventually decamped to the Progressive People’s Alliance in 2006, and was re-elected to the Senate on April 28, 2007.AN Economics graduate from the prestigious University of Ibadan with several other certifications from reputable institutions, he was married to Princess Iweka, a very pretty princess who hailed from a royal family in Obosi,Anambra State. She is a two time -former presidential special adviser and co-founder of the Bells schools currently owned by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.This beautiful union produced 8 kids, seven boys and one girl, before the coupled got divorced in 1989.However, not many know that they are all into sports, espcially Taekwondo which is like a family legacy as their dad was very passionate about the game and all his surviving 7 kids have black belts in Taekwondo. Many of his kids actually got to the national champions but stopped at one point to delve into other thriving professions. He started the sports at a very young age and was able to nurture all his kids in the game, encouraging them to practice and compete for honours and within a short time, his seven children had all become black belt holders. His 3 kids Che, Kwame and Azuka emerged the youngest national champions at the ages of 14, 13 and 12 respectively, while one of his sons Chika got to the stage of clinching a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.Chika alongside his brother Uche (jnr.) were part of the national team to the 10th All Africa Games in Mozambique, 2011, picking silver and gold in their various weight categories. The late lawmaker reportedly started the game of Taekwondo in the early 70s, at Lagos Country Club, Ikeja, and then it was called karate. 


 from taekwondo, the Senator exposed his children to other sports such as swimming and tennis where they also emerged as champions. His  first son, Che,a writer and poet  who is  based in Frankfurt Germany was a  national champion in the Welterweight while his second son, Kwame, was a national Champion for two years and was preparing to make it for the Olympic Games before he passed away as an under graduate. His only daughter Azuka was West Africa Champion as an undergraduate at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), and also a national champion, while his other son Dike also became a national champion and as a black belter.
His fifth child, Chaka, was also a black belter, while Uche also won a gold medal at the 10th All Africa Games in Mozambique. One of his sons Kelechi, who is now a medical doctor, is also a black belter like his siblings while his twin brother Chika won bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and silver in Maputo.However, it’s not all about sports alone for these very successful siblings who are happily married with lovely kids. His last son Chika is a graduate of Federal University of Technology Owerri and has a Masters in Operation and Supply Chain Management from the University of Liverpool. He is also the CEO& founder at Chika Chuwkumerije Sports Foundation.Uche is a graduate of University of Ibadan and lives in Abuja. His only daughter Azuka Okonji is an artist who studied Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Nigeria Nsukka and majored in Painting. She has her Masters in Interior Design at Savannah College of Arts and Design; USA.She has worked as a freelance artist and majored in illustrations mainly for children. She is also a professional photographer and has written for various magazines. Having spent major parts of her formative years in America, she relocated to Nigeria few years back and now runs a thriving art centre called OKIRIKO ART CENTRE in Abuja.






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