Like the saying goes, the apple does not fall far from the tree. Apart from the striking resemblance between father and son, Emeka Odumegwu Jnr, scion of the late Biafra warlord, Ikemba Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, is taking after his legendary fatherâ€™s prodigious propensity and appetite for women.
Hitherto married to one of the daughters of late novelist and author of childrenâ€™s books, Cyprian Ekwensi, the couple separated over a decade ago due to what sources described as their inability to have kids. Emekaâ€™s estranged wife is now based in the United States. Recently, the younger Ojukwu married a much younger Otito Valerie Egbuchiem in a well-attended ceremony in Anambra State.
The guests-only ceremony had in attendance many political and industrial heavyweights, many of who still hold Emekaâ€™s father, the late Ikemba, in awe. In her early 20s, Otito attended Federal Government Girls College, Onitsha and graduated from the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. Otito is friends with Ada Ufondu, also in her 20s, who became one of the wives of billionaire oil magnate, Emeka Offor. Emeka and Otitoâ€™s wedding brings back memories of Ojukwuâ€™s marriage to beauty queen, Bianca Onoh, who was his friend, the former Anambra Governor, Christian Onohâ€™s daughter.
The two friends became sworn enemies thereafter but were reconciled long before death came calling. Before he decided to take by the hand Bianca, the woman who would spend his twilight years with him, the Oxford-trained silver spoon who became a warlord had been married to Njideka and later, Stella Onyeador, both of who died in 2010.
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