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Mayiri Iyida Goes Home


Mrs. Bridget Mayiri Iyida (Nee Omeh) was born on the 24th February, 1953 to the family of Late Chief Aruna Nwa Omeh and late Lolo Fatima Nwa Omeh of Olido, Enugu-Ezike in Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area of Enugu State.  It was the extoling quality of her charisma at early age that endeared her to her parents.  Hence she was called Mayiri meaning that she is like her parents.  Mayiri was the fist of the many children of Chief Aruna Nwa Omeh, who was a philanthropist, a business man, and a pioneer educationist in the old East Central State.  It was the educational and entrepreneurial background of her late parents that set the stage for Mayiri to aspire to the highest educational career at a time when girl education was almost a taboo in Enugu-Ezike.

 Mayiri completed her Primary education in 1963, and soon gained admission to pursue her secondary education at Queen of the Rosary Secondary School, Nsukka in 1964.  Although her secondary education was disrupted in 1967 due to the Nigerian Civil war, she completed her secondary education in 1971 at Our Lady’s High School, Onitsha where she came out in flying colors in WASC with Division II.  In 1973, she went to Teacher’s Training College Nsukka, where she obtained Teacher’s Grade II certificate and qualified as a teacher.  In 1974, she was employed by the State School Management Board as a teacher, and was posted to Igbo-Eze Secondary School, Enugu-Ezike where she worked until 1977 when she gained admission to read Geography at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.  She graduated in 1981 to become the first female University graduate in Olido, Enugu-Ezike.  It is this rare achievement that made her exit, not only a loss to her family, but also to entire people of Enugu-Ezike.  She was not only a woman of valour, but a shining example of womanhood.  Mayiri is an amazing personality.  Her brilliant academic excellence combined with her beauty, humor, and humility endeared her to all.  She is indeed a woman of the people; a woman who embraced other people’s problems as though it is hers, fighting until joy returns to the faces of those involved.

 After her National Youth Service Scheme (NYSC) at Girls’ High School, Abakpa Nike in 1982, she was reabsorbed by the State School Management Board, and was posted to Nike Grammar School to teach Geography.  In 1985, she was posted back again to Igbo-Eze Secondary School where she worked until 1987 when she was made the Vice Principal of Community Secondary School, Igogoro – Enugu-Ezike.  Having distinguished herself in the job as a disciplinarian, astute coordinator, and philanthropist she was made a member of the Board of Palm Development in the old Anambra State between 1987 and 1988.

 In 1991, she was posted as the Principal of Community Secondary School, Igogoro,  Enugu-Ezike; and in 1993, she was made the Local Government Supervising Principal for Igbo-Eze South Local Government Area.  In 1995, she became the Local Government Supervising Principal for Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area; and by the year 2000, she was made a Supervising Principal, Enugu Zonal Office.  By the end of 2000, she was posted as a Principal to Community Secondary School, Awhum, in Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State.  In 2007, she became the Principal of Community Secondary School (Senior) Ukopi-Ekwegbe in Igbo Etiti Local Government Area.  She was also posted as the Principal of Premier Secondary School Ukehe (Junior) in the same Igbo Etiti Local Government Area in 2008 where she worked until her retirement from service in 2009 as a Principal Special Grade.

 Mayiri indeed distinguished herself as a seasoned principal and administrator.  The legacy she left behind in all the schools she worked speaks volumes of her charisma.  The painful exit of Mayiri at a time when she is supposed to sit back and reap the fruits of her labour is a bitter bill to swallow, not only by her husband and children, but also by all who knew her story.  She indeed fought the good fight of faith and prevailed.  As we morn her demise, let us be comforted with the fact the Mayiri is a devoted Christian who believed that it’s better to have a personal relationship with God than to pay lip service to Him.  Hence she served God with all her heart and died learning on her staff of faith.

 Left to morn her are:-

 Chief Onoyima Lyida           -         Husband

Chukwuma Ali                 -          Son

Collins Chinedu Iyida          –        Son

Michael Uwakwe Iyida         –       Son

Okechukwu    Iyida              -       Step – Son

Sandra Chineye Alumona       –        Daughter

Hope Ekwutosi Omeje           –       Daughter


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