BIOGRAPHY OF THE BISHOP
BIRTH AND EARLY YEARS
Samuel Chukwudi was born to Ichie Noel O. and Mrs Juliana N. Ezeofor of Ezioko village of Oko in the present Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State on May 8, 1967 at Onitsha. His Birth brought joy and gladness to the entire town of Oko and particularly his parents, kindred and relations. It was an answer to prayer. The parents had been in marriage for TEN long years without a child. This explains the reason for several names he was given by close relations. One of his late maternal uncles call him AHUBALA-EZE-AMA literally, meaning: 'you never know who could become king'. Who said there were no prophets in Oko. This name has come to prove real. Also one of his maternal aunties call him, up until today, URA-EBU-CHUKWU, meaning : God never sleeps. And many other names like that.
Samuel's parents relocated to Oko from Onitsha due to the Nigeria-Biafra Civil war which broke out almost immediately he was born. It was a miracle he survived the war period. He could have been one of those children that died during that war time. His home church is St. John the Divine Church Oko in Aguata Diocese of the Anglican Communion. He is the Second Bishop of Oko extraction, the first being late Rt. Rev. Dr. Rowland N.C. Nwosu of Asaba Diocese. He is the third Bishop of Aguata extraction.
EXPOSURE TO CHURCH LIFE
Bishop Samuel's Parents knew they had a covenant with God in the boy samuel. And so, like the Biblical Samuel, they exposed him to church life early. He began early to be involved in Sunday school, Monday class, Boys Brigade, Anglican Praying Association, Choir and Anglican Youth Fellowship of the church at Oko. He was so committed to the church that he was one of the few people selected and sent by the church to be trained in 1979 at DCC Nnewi as Leaders of A.P.A. He came back to become Leader of A.P.A ezioko 'B' branch which met in Mr. Godfrey Ezeokonkwo's house and later in Chief Andrew Nwizugbe's house. Samuel also later in 1982 was trained as an officer of Boys Brigade at D.M.G.S at Onitsha. These were a preparing ground for what he was later to become. Thus, Samuel was very religious in his early life as he came also to become very wayward at some point in his life. Yet the seed sown early in his life later brought him back to roots.
ACADEMIC | EDUCATION LIFE
Samuel began his academic and educational life in Okoko Primary School Oko and transferred to Central School Oko in primary three as the custom was then. He satisfactorily passed his primary education in 1979. His Secondary Education Carrer was in Aguata High School, Aguata where he had three Alphas and Five Credits in West African School Certificate Examination in 1985. Samuel proceeded to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where he read Religion with Special bias in Biblical Studies and Biblical languages. He graduated in 1990 with First Class Honours Degree of the university.
The compulsory National Youth Service Corps Scheme of the country took Samuel to Ibadan where he served his father land for one year and after enrolled in University of Ibadan for his Masters degree. Samuel Studied Old Testament and came out in 1992 as the best graduating student of that department. He proceeded to Immanuel College of Theology Ibadan for his Diploma in Theology which he concluded in 1994. He came out of the college with the best result of the year and the only Distinction grade of the year. He bagged his Doctorate degree in the year 2000.
Bishop Chukwudi is a social person. He is kind hearted, always ready to assist and help people even to his own discomfort. Sam wears a characteristic smile that endears him to people. He keeps friends. He has kept childhood and boyhood friends and adds more by the score as he treaded this life. Many of these friends still rally around to rejoice with him which is a show of the great affinity people have for him. He belonged to several social organizations in his school and university days and progressed in them to holding enviable positions.
God moves in a mysterious way, his wonders to perform. Samuel found his heart-throb, an elegant young girl in the streets of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka as an undergraduate. She is Chinyere Huldah, the last daughter of late Catechist Julius and Mrs. Caroline Chukwuka of Umunneli Umuagu Nnobi. God prepard, built and kept her for Sam. They got married on Saturday November 5, 1994 and together they have built a home which is the envy of many. God has blessed them with four lovely children. The first son married to the last daughter, and so in their marriage and home, you find the first and last.