Justina Nonyem Chizea an expert in management studies
Justina Nonyem Chizea (nee Mordi), who has died aged 61 years, was an expert in Management Studies (Financial Analysis and Marketing), who manifested great entrepreneurial skills in her lifetime. Through her company, Pearl-Jen (Nig.) Enterprises, she made numerous successful business forays. She specialised in home decoration but also made assorted supplies to many high net worth companies in the country.
And at some point, she capitalised on the gift of culinary delight, which the Good Lord had given her, and ventured into the making of cookies. Her products became so popular that she had difficulty coping with orders. However, she did not sustain this line of business for long. She was a Director and signatory to BIC Consultancy Services, her husband’s company.
Chizea was popularly known as ‘BB’ (Beautiful Baby). She was born in Zaria in present day Kaduna State, where her late father, John Nwalie Mordi, was working as a staff of the Post and Telecommunication Department.
She had her primary education at Convent School, Asaba, Delta State, after which she attended Mary Mount’s College, Agbor, for her secondary education. At the college, Reverend Sisters who knew her late mother, Mrs Justina Nwakaego Mordi, who also attended the same secondary school, took very good care of her. However, the outbreak of the Nigerian civil war in 1967 forced her to complete her secondary education at Maria Gorretti Secondary School, Benin City.
Chizea proceeded to Yaba College of Technology in 1972, obtaining her Ordinary National Diploma (Accountancy) in 1974. She later obtained her Higher National Diploma in Business Management in 1977 at the then Bolton Institute of Technology, England. Her marriage to her husband, Dr. Boniface Chizea on September 29, 1979, did not stop her quest for education as she further attended Stoke-Upon-Trent Polytechnic, North Staffordshire, England, to undertake a post-graduate study in Management Studies (Financial Analysis and Marketing).
During her research at Stoke-on-Trent, she had the opportunity of visiting and working in two of United Kingdom’s best-known companies – Warburton and McVities. Her post-graduate thesis was on Marketing Strategies in Food Industries with particular reference to bread and biscuit industries. Following the completion of her studies at Stoke-on-Trent, she worked as Account Assistant with two different companies in the Greater Manchester Region, Hales Snails Ltd and Charles Barry of Manchester, England.
She returned to Nigeria in 1982 with her husband and did the compulsory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme with the United Bank for Africa Plc before floating her private company.
Chizea was blessed with two lovely girls – Pearl Ifeyinwa Chizea and Jennifer Chukwunomso Chizea – who are making their respective marks in their chosen areas of endeavour.
We pray that the good Lord will grant her merciful judgment and peaceful repose in His bosom. Amen.
Justina Nonyem Chizea, born November 2, 1954, died 2016
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