BIOGRAPHY OF LATE BROTHER CRESCENT OHAEKEYI CHIAHA (1945 – 2023)
The Family of Aniekwuilo as well as the entire people of Aguobu Iwollo wishes him a peaceful transition to glory.
Late brother Crescent Ohaekeyi Chiaha was born on the 30th of July 1945 to the family of Mr. Ezeji and Lolo Onyiruka Chiaha (Nee Amugbo) of Umuakanewe in Aguobu Iwollo Ezeagu Local Government Area of Enugu State. He had his primary education at St. Martins Primary School, Aguobu Iwollo 1954-1961. His parents died during his childhood, this made him live with his elder brother Cosmos Chidiobu Chiaha who at that time worked with the then Post and Telecommunication (P&T) Enugu.
He attended Fatima High School Aguobu Owa from 1961 – 1966. He was the only candidate in his set who passed the WAEC (West African Examination Council Examination) in Division 1.
His consistent performance earned him the Nickname “Onye Nwe Egwu“.
In 1972 he gained employment with Enugu State School Management Board as an Accountant’s Clerk. He did not stay long there when he got better employment with UNTH as a Pathologist in training. He worked for the Pathology Department until he got an Admission to study Chemistry at UNN. After two years of study, he changed to Psychology Department from where he graduated in 1979. He did his National Service at Ibadan.
On completing the National Service, Brother Crescent was offered employment by the Federal Radio Cooperation Of Nigeria (FRCN). He worked in most of the Departments before settling down in the Department of Administration where he retired as Director of personnel. It is pertinent to note that in spite of health challenges, he was able to accommodate a Master’s Degree program in Business Administration from Esut that was successfully completed.
In 1982, Brother Crescent Ohaekeyi Chiaha met and married his heartthrob, beautiful Mrs. Benedetta Chiaha. Their union is blessed with six children; Chinwe, Chukwunonso, Blessing, Onyeka, Joy, and Favour. His passion for education promoted him to encourage his lovely wife to pursue a Degree program in Education at the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT). He also single-handedly sponsored some of his nephews and nieces in their academic pursuits. He also ensured that all his children were trained at the University level in their various areas of academic interest. Education meant so much to him and this was evident in his avid interest in reading. He was an avid reader and collector of books written by seasoned and popular authors. He developed a quite fantastic style of writing that projected him as a literary icon amongst his peers.
He was a man of honor, peace, integrity, and a humane disposition. Brother Chiaha was an outstanding father of excellence, who at all times sacrificed his comfort for the growth and well-being of his family. His life impacted positively on all who came in contact with him. His life touched so many people in very special ways. Above and beyond all else, Brother Chiaha at a point in his life met with the Lord Jesus Christ and took the most important decision in his life when he gave his life to Christ and decided to follow him all the way. From that moment thence, love and service to God and humanity became his priority. He served the Lord as a worker in the deeper life congregation where we worshipped as a family. His departure saddens our hearts but we take solace in God’s work in John 11:25, where Jesus said: “I am the resurrection and the life: he (anyone) that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live”.
Daddy is resting from his early labor even in the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is survived by his wife, son, daughters, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren.