Chief Dr. (Mrs.) Chika Ezeh nee Amauche was born into the family of late Mr. Festus Amauche and late Mrs. Victoria Amauche (Gold Umuagbara) nee Uduanochie. As a toddler, she was so pretty and always smiling. She had big brothers and sisters that protected her so much.
When she grew up, she was enrolled into Holy Trinity Primary school, Enugwu-Inyi. From her primary schools days ,she excelled. While in primary 3, she changed school to Central Primary School, Umuome-Inyi where she again showed her brilliance as a pupil. There, she got her First School Leaving Certificate and took her common entrance examination. She was one of the best pupils from Inyi. She was given admission in Achi Girls Secondary School. While in Achi girls, she was not only a brilliant student, she excelled in sports. From her class 1, mother never used to buy plastic bowls and buckets and so many other plastics because Chika brought them home as prizes she won in sports. She was one of the best in 100 meters, 200 meters and relay races. After her first term in class 3 in Achi girls, Chika moved to Anglican Girls Secondary School, Onitsha and wrote her WAEC.
Whenever she was home from school on holidays, she would do all her house-hold chores, go to farm with those going, she would never complain. You would never see her roaming around like her peers. She was such an introvert; you would never hear her quarrel or shout. When she is done with her work around, she would climb into her bed and read her favourite novel- Miles and Boon, when she gets tired of reading, she would lie-down and listen to her favourite music, Eric Donaldson. She was such a romantic person at heart. She had big expectations and dreamt big. Unlike some people, she just didn’t dream, she worked hard to actualize her dreams. While in Anglican girls, she stopped all sports activities in order to face her studies. She wanted to pass her Joint Matriculation Examination Board (JAMB) with flying colours and she eventually took her JAMB exams.
After the exams, she waited patiently knowing she would do well. When the results came out and she got her results with so much joy and happiness, she ran home. She had gained admission into the prestigious University of Nigeria, Nnsuka (UNN) with wonderful grades. Everyone in the entire family was filled with joy. Her big brothers never spared anything to make sure she lacked nothing. As an undergraduate, she never stopped helping out in the house whenever she came home.
In her First semester in year 3, she met the bone of her bone, blood of her blood and the brain of her brain. She got married to a man she refers to as the best thing that has happened to her. He came into the family and became a son, a brother, an uncle. A man we all know today as Chief. Professor Nick Chika Ezeh (Ugoeze, Enugu State) they made good couple and raised a successful family of intellectuals and great brains.
Just like all other graduates, she waited for her call up letter to serve our Nation a Corp member. She then put to bed her first child, a bouncing baby boy. Three days after she put to bed, her call up letter came. She insisted she would go to camp. All persuasion to stop her from going was abortive. As the Chika we know, there is no word as impossible in her dictionary. She was posted to Lagos. After her three weeks orientation exercise, she was posted to Lagos International Trade Fair Complex (LITFC), a posting that brought another great change in her life and the nation.
As noted earlier, Chika had big dreams and she worked hard to actualize those dreams. She resumed work, took time to study the parastatal where she was to work for a whole year. Having studied the theory part of the office, she started with how to work round the practical side of it. She took time to also study the physical side of the entire complex. She came up with the brain- storm of what to do with the assistance of her husband an expert in project development she wrote what is known today as the as the Lagos International Trade Fair Complex as a World Class Trade Center.
Chika Ezeh finished her service shortly after, and got admission into Ronik Institute Lagos and obtained her PGD in Business management. She then proceeded to Lagos State University (LASU) for her Master’s Degree and obtained her MBA in 1995, At this point she knew what her role in the society will be, She became fully involved in humanitarian services. Later, she went for her Doctorate Degree in Germany and studied civil service reforms at Europa University. It didn’t take her long to master Dutch Language, Chika served as the project officer for Nigerians In Diaspora Organization (NIDO Germany) She also studied Carrier Development and Guidance at University of Potsdam Germany.
Chika holds two PhDs and was once appointed to set up a research desk at the Nigerian Embassy in Germany by former President Olusegun Obasanjo due to her research skills. On her return to Nigeria she joined her family business as Deputy Managing Director of Aulic Group where she rose to become the MD, bringing her wealth of experience and knowledge into the affairs of the group, she later took charge of managing the Lagos International Trade Fair Complex under Privatization by Concession, a position she held until her demise.
Blessed with three children, she devoted herself to building an enviable family, as a mother she cares so much for the welfare of her family, relations friends and staff under her, these gave her a nickname of mother of all.
Her service to mankind endeared her to the people of her state, Enugu State. She was conferred with the title, “Ada Ugo 1of Enugu State” by the then patron of Enugu State Council of Traditional Rulers, HRM. Igwe Dr. E. N Eneugwu on the 29th of December 2003.
Chief. Dr. Mrs Chika Nichole Hope Ezeh, Ada 1 of Enugu State has written several books on mentorship, Carrier development and management. Her demise on the 20th of March 2019 has created a wide vacuum if the family of Amauche, Her relations, Friends and well-wishers. We can only take solace in God to whom we surrender all our lives As we say,
Adieu my beautiful life partner – Husband
Goodbye the best mother in the world – Your children
Go well a pretty and blessed daughter The Amauches
Fare thee well our beautiful and precious sister – Your brothers & sisters
Sail home nicely our lovely and loving aunty – Your nephews and nieces
We all felt you left us too young but God chose when to take you. After all, what has the age of Methuselah got to do with the wisdom of Solomon?