Agatha Ijeoma Oragunye: Educationist par excellence
Chief (Mrs.) Agatha Ijeoma Oragunye was born on December 7, 1948. She was the first girl and fifth child, out of nine children in the family of John Tagbo of Awkuzu in Anambra State.
She attended St Raphael’s Primary School, Awkuzu, from 1956-1962 and then QRS secondary school, Onitsha from 1962-1970. She got married on April 15, 1974, at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic cathedral, Onitsha, to Engr. Godfrey Oragunye. She worked briefly at Universal Insurance Company, Enugu and proceeded later for further studies. In 1982, she graduated from National Technical Teachers’ College (NTTC), Akoka, Lagos.
She completed her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme in 1983. She began her teaching career at National Electric Power Authority (NEPA) Senior Staff School, Kainiji, Niger State, where she taught English language and Mathematics.
In the early 1990s, she was transferred to Lagos and deployed as Officer Insurance Department of NEPA. She retired as Manager, Insurance on December 7, 2008, when she attained the retirement age of 60.
Mrs. Oragunye was an ambassador for peace. She was a member of the Woman’s Guild and Mothers’ Union in the Anglican Communion. She was the Charter President of Inner Wheel Club, New Bussa, Niger State.
Until her death, she was the President General of St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Women Wing, Home and Abroad, Nawfia Njikoka Local Council of Anambra State.
She was devoted to the service of God and humanity. She cherished God’s work above all things. She also ensured that her children grew up to be God-fearing. She was a fearless, courageous and very straightforward person that was not dogmatic and rigid in handling issues but rather, flexible to all issues brought before her for consideration, which she treated with fairness.
She was a dedicated wife and role model. Many, who were endeared by her approach to life, emulated her. She was an example of a good mother to her children, grandchildren and in-laws and did not cease to pray for them.
She is fondly remembered by her husband Engr. Godfrey Oragunye, children- Emeka Oragunye, Adaora Ijeoma Nwokedi, Chukwunoso Oragunye, Obianuju Atuchukwu, inlaws, siblings, grandchildren, other relatives and friends.
“We can measure time, but we cannot measure loss. It has been 10 years, but there is no way to set a milestone or a limit on the grief.
We lost a mother with heart of gold, and how much we miss her could never be told. She raised us with love and helped us along, if we follow in her footsteps, we will never go wrong…”