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Dr (Mrs.) Nkem Okoro @ 60: Well connected for the future

Dr (Mrs.) Nkem Okoro is a seasoned educationist with the Federal Ministry of Education, Lagos, Nigeria. She was Biology and Integrated Science teacher at King’s College Lagos, from 1983 to 2003 – a period of 20 years.

She was among the team that researched and formulated the curriculum for the Gifted Programme of the Federal Ministry of Education. She was the First Science Teacher to pioneer students of the Gifted Programme at inception when it was hosted in King’s College Lagos. They have since relocated to the Suleja Academy, Abuja.

When Dr (Mrs.) Okoro was asked if she still remembered some of the King’s College Old Students (KCOB), she answered affirmatively and mentioned a long list of names which included the Akpata’s, Rotimi Akintude, Banji and Rotimi Oke, Pedro’s, Akali Ibrahim, Ohiwerei E, Odinkalu Chidi, Jimeta’s, Obagun Femi, Gbemi Sodipe, Ayokus, Ndaguba’s, Rimi’s, David-West’s, Moma’s, Uchenna (late) and Emeka Okafor, Adegite’s, Emerue’s, Atueyi’s, Niyi Osinuga, Afolabi Anibaba, Wale Eperekun, Martins Abraham, Abudulmalik Mahdi and virtually all the sons of the Second Republic Vice President, the Ekwueme’s.  The list is endless but to mention a few. We are trying to locate these students but when asked what the KCOB will remember her for, she answered, “for hard work, great love for both the students and the teaching profession, and for being a good disciplinarian that stood for equity and fair play.”

She was in the forefront of inculcating godly character in the students as she coordinated and monitored the Christian activities in KC single-handedly for many years. She loved nature, hence her delight in and choice to study and teach biology. She was also the matron for the KC Conservation Society.

She said she feels young except on occasions when she meets her old students who are married with children.

Dr (Mrs.) Nkem Okoro also taught Physics, Biology and Geography in two other schools. In 1988-1989, she taught at Girls High School, Amaenyi, Awka in Anambra State, as an auxiliary teacher after her “A” Level studies as she awaits University admission. She also did her community service during the National Youth Service in 1982 – 1983 at Teacher’s Training College Ekiadolor ( now upgraded as college of Education), Edo State. Not to mention all the participants at her numerous training programs in “The Wife”, churches, State functions and other organisations.

Dr Okoro recently completed her 4th book which would be launched on her 60th birthday and retirement from the services of Federal Ministry of Education on the 3rd of May 2018 with a Thanksgiving Service at Guiding Light Assembly (GLA) Parkview Estate, Ikoyi, at 11am prompt.

The title of the book is “Blissful Marriage: A Self Help Resource”. It has 22 chapters of well researched topics on different aspects of marriage. When asked why she decided to write this her latest book, as a self-help training on marriage, Dr (Mrs.) Nkem Okoro replied:  “I consider the book as a way of giving back to society as I contribute towards building happy and stable marriages. It is obvious that the institution of marriage today is faced with several challenges and high divorce rate. She opined that adequate training for would-be couples and married couples will furnish them with knowledge and skill and a healthy attitude for getting married and staying married for the long haul!

She said that the book x-rays God’s principles on marriage. Since God instituted marriage right from creation, the book enjoins couples to follow the manufacturer’s instruction for the best result”- A Blissful Marriage.

Dr (Mrs) Nkem Okoro is the author of three other insightful books: “See What The Lord Has Done” – a book that stimulates faith in God to deal with the challenges of life; “Enriching Marital Sex” – A healthy and instructive possession for every couple for enjoyable and satisfying marital sex and “Grooming The Next Generation – Effective Parenting and mentoring of Children.”

When asked what provision she has made for her former students to be at her retirement and 60th birthday celebrations, she replied that she would have loved to reach all of them with a special invitation.

Dr Okoro is indeed well connected for the future in terms of thousands of students who have passed through her. You can imagine what will happen if all her former students and people she impacted filed out in support of her and her endeavours especially in the launching of her book.

Dr (Mrs) Nkem Okoro is the founder and Chairperson of “The Wife”, a body of married women with a burden and a mission of building excellent homes to transform our society.

“The Wife” mission is predicated on the notion that the family, in which the wife is the nerve centre, is the basic unit of the society. Hence a reorientation of family values and the concerted efforts of each wife/mother in fulfilling her role would translate to a better society.

In recognition of her attainments, selfless and outstanding contribution and service to humanity, she received several awards from difference organisations which includes King’s College, Old Boy’s Association (KCOBA) class of 1997, Lifetime Achievement Award, 2017,  Igbo Community of Lagos State, Award for leadership and contributions to the cause of Ndigbo and their developmental strides in Lagos State at its 50th Celebration, 2017, Anambra State Women Association Lagos (ASWAL), Award in Recognition of selfless service to women empowerment and National Building, and Extraordinary Commitment to women empowerment, 2014, Symbol of Hope Foundation (NGO), Women of Courage Award in Recognition of selfless services to humanity and unprecedented contribution to rural development, 2013,Women for Change Development Initiative in Diaspora, Houston, Texas, USA, an appreciation award for exemplary role in the empowerment and sensitization of Women towards National development in Africa, 2011, and Honourary Doctorate Degree Award by European-American University, Commonwealth of Dominica, for contribution to academic development and humanitarian service through the training and empowerment of women, 2009, Mother Africa Merit Award (MAMA 2009) by Royal International Magazine for outstanding contributions, achievements, beneficial and unsolicited selfless service towards humanity, nation building and the development of the continent of Africa, 2009, Rotary Club of Ikoyi Award in Recognition of Selfless Service to Humanity, 2008 among many others.

She is indeed well-connected for the future as she is impacting the society, posterity and the future of the marriage institution! Time will reveal her the more!

We wish her happy 6oth birthday and retirement, long life and prosperity!

.For a better society.

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