BIOGRAPHY OF MRS THERESA MGBOYIBO CHUKWUMA NEE IFEABUNIKE,
(1938-2019)

A loving and caring mother, grandmother, wife, sister, aunty, mother in-law like no other, a mother to so many people, an astute Christian, a highly respected retiree teacher and a mentor.

Mrs. Theresa Mgboyibo Chukwuma (nee Ifeabunike) was born to late Mr. Edward and late Mrs. Alice Ifeabunike on 24th December 1938 at Okitipupa in the former Southwest region of Nigeria, where her father worked with the Prison Services and her mother, a trader.

She was the second born of six siblings. She was happily married to her beloved late Ben Chukwuma of blessed memory with whom she had seven children.

She was an intelligent, driven and hardworking young girl, who despite the loss of her father at a very young age of 12, persisted in her pursuit for attaining quality education.

Her quest for knowledge led her through St Charles Teachers’ Training College (TTC) Onitsha and eventually to the Anambra State University of Technology where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Education.

She retired from the
Anambra State Education Service in the year 2000.

Mrs. Chukwuma was an accomplished Educationist who believed that “Any Child was capable of learning”. During her active years as a teacher, she was reputed and highly sought after by parents for her pragmatic approach to inspiring school children to learn. No child was left out under Mrs. Chukwuma’s watch in the classroom.

Even after retirement from public service, she continued to inspire people to keep learning and never give up.

Today, there are countless accomplished Nigerians who attest to the great influential role she played in their lives as a teacher, a mentor, and a counselor.

She was a very active member of the Catholic faith and belonged to various Christian groups where her impact was greatly felt.

Mama-de-Mama, as she was so fondly called by many spent the rest of her years after retirement bonding with family. Her influential role in the Catholic community earned her the title of “NNEOMA”.

To her kindred, she was a wise adjudicator. To her immediate family, she was the undisputed mother, prayer warrior, and mentor.

She will be remembered for her numerous wise counsels, her dedication and a keen interest in the well-being of the family, friends of the family, in-laws, and her community. She was a woman of influence, strength, vision, and character.

She believed in the strength of family in unity. The many lessons of life and challenges gleaned from her past experiences continued to inspire her strong faith in God.

Her faith in God’s supernatural healing power influenced the resilience of her friends and family witnessed in her final years as she fought like a warrior to beat an illness. In the words of her doctor, he described mama as “a very strong woman”

On 24th May 2019, Mrs. Chukwuma went to be with the lord. She will be greatly missed. She is survived by seven Children, fourteen Grandchildren, in-laws, and numerous relatives.  Mama-de-Mama

~ Forever in our hearts ~

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