Joy Uche Okpala: A Quintessential Teacher Goes Home

Joy Uche Okpala

The remains of Mrs. Joy Uche Okpala (Ifeatu) (Nee Okeke) will be laid to rest at her country home in Ifite-Egbeadiji, Nnobi on 28th April, 2022. Until her death, she was head teacher at All Saints Primary School, Onitsha.

An outstanding educator, Joy bagged a B.ED degree at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka and rose through the ranks of teaching to the position of school headmistress before her untimely death.

Joy was a dedicated member of many organizations. She was an active member of Nigerian Union of Teachers’ Anambra State, and was also a representative of the Nigerian Union of Teachers’ National body.

She was a committed member of the Anglican Communion and served as the Head of Events; All Saints Cathedral, Onitsha and was also a member of The Full Gospel Business Mens’ Fellowship. Joy was a Member of Events; Diocese on the Niger. She was so passionate and dedicated on the numerous responsibilities that came with the post. She was equally not found wanting in rendering service to her home church and served in other church functions.

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As a passionate teacher and head teacher, she treated pupils as her own children and treated her staff as her best friends. She would often give new uniforms to pupils whose own were torn and would rally to raise money for pupils who could not afford their examination fees. She was the first headmistress to look for ways to help parents and students who were in need of financial help; this made her to involve the Old Boys Association of Dennis Memorial Grammar School, who contributed immensely to this dream of helping some children in their educational advancement.

There was a service of songs in her honor at her Egerton residence in Onitsha on Sunday, 24th April, 2022. A valedictory service was also held for her at her last place of assignment, All Saints Primary School, Onitsha on 26th April, 2022. A service of song will also be held for her today, 27th April, 2022 at her country home, Ifite-Egbeadiji, Nnobi by 4pm.

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Funeral service will be officiated by the Rt. Rev’d Dr. Owen Chiedozie Nwokolo JP on Thursday, 28th April, 2022 at All Saints Anglican Church, Nnobi. Interment follows immediately.

She is survived by five children and five grandchildren.

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