Chukwuma Bamidele Azikiwe, the first son of pioneer President of Nigeria, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, is feared dead.

A family source who pleaded not to be named said he passed on at Bromeo Hospital on Sunday at the age of 75.

It was gathered that he had been battling protracted respiratory related ailment for some years now.

Chukwuma until his death was the Owelle of Onitsha, a traditional position he inherited from his father in 1996.

Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe died 19 years ago on May 11, 1996.

Chukwuma had once contested unsuccessfully the governorship seat of the old Anambra State at the end of his diplomatic career.

Details about his funeral arrangements would be announced later according to Onitsha customs and tradition.

As Owelle, he was sixth in traditional title ranking in Onitsha.


Culled from Punch