ONWENU, Onyeka

Date of Birth: Thursday (Afo) 31" January, 1952 State of Origin: Imo Local Government Area: Ideato North Villaee/Town: Arondizuogu Onyeka Onwenu is a household name in the African Music Industry. She is a talented Artist. Singer and an outstanding Journalist who has set a proven track record in the Art Industry. She hails from Arondizuogu in Ideato North Local Government Area of Imo State. She comes from a humble Christian home as the last of a family of live children. Onyeka vvas born and raised in Port-Harcourt Rivers State. Educational and Training • St. Cyprian's School, Port Harcourt • St. Peter's School, Port Harcourt • Amaumara Girls's Secondary School, Mbaise, Imo State • Zixtin Grammar School, Ozubulu, Anambra State • Wesley College, Wesley, Massachusetts, USA • Baldwin School, Pennsylvania • The New School for Social Research, New York, USA Career History • Served with the United Nations (Public Information Department, 1977-1980 • Did Master Programme in Media Studies with specialization on Television • National Youth Service Corpse (NYSC), Reporter/Presenter, 1981 • Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) Lagos, 1981 • Anambra Television Enugu, Reporter/Presenter, 1982 • Presenter, "Contact" Nigerian Television Authority, 1988 • International Services to B.B.C., tilted "Squandering of Riches" Major Productions: • Endless love, 1981. • For the love ofyou, 1982. • In the morning light, 1984. • A squandering of Riches, 1984. • One Love, 1986. • Dancing in the Sun, 1989. • Onyeka, 1991 and others, numerous to be listed. She was the presenter of Who's Who on Nigeria Television Authority, Channel 10, 1994. Services to the Nation • Member, Technical Committee of Privatization of NTA, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) and Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) • Currently, Board Member Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) Onyeka Onwenu has been a Champion of unity of the great Country Nigeria, which she depicts in most of her songs. She has also championed the cause of the oppressed and the down trodden in our society. She loves children and the aged and more so supports good government and shuns arbitrary leadership of the ruling class. As a humble and dedicated artist, she gives support to women empowerment through education and dedication to work Awards and Honours • Best Pop Artist, PMAN, 1988 • Global Media Award by Population Institute, Maryland, Washington USA, 1990 • Pan African Arts and Music Award, Ghana, 1991 It is interesting to note that this lady ofquintessence never allowed her achievements to distract her from the retaining her Igbo identity and supporting the Igbo agenda and programmes. Her outstanding posture could probably be traced from her father of the blessed memory who was a foremost educationist. He was Principal, Enitona High School, Vice Principal, Baptist High School Port-Harcourt and a politician of note who was among the first Nigerians to study (Classics) at Fourah Boy College. This Icon of a lady is a challenge to all Igbo Youths to note, that success can only be achieved through hard work and transparent honesty.
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