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The Reason Behind People’s Club of Nigeria Establishment in 1971

Chief Titus Ike Ume-Ezeoke, Onyima of Amichi was the founder of the People’s Club of Nigeria. The younger brother of Sir Georfry Ume-Ezeoke former Accountant General of Old Anambra State also the elder brother to Chief Edwin Ume-Ezeoke former Speaker of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under Shagari in 1979.

They were direct sons of HRH Igwe Peter Umeorimili Ezeoke of Amichi the Paramount Obi of Amichi.

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After Civil War

After the civil war, his business and that of his friends went down. one of the days he was lounging with Chief Umeohamadike Obieze, Azukaenyi of Unubi and his friends in Aba in 1971, the thought to form the Club came as a way to socialize and help themselves heal from the wounds of the civil war, coupled with the pain of receiving only 20 pounds from the Federal Government as a palliative to build back their multi-thousands and million businesses.

People’s Club of Nigeria was founded when it mattered most, at a time when Ndigbo lost faith. When they felt abandoned, raped, maimed and ravaged by the civil war. When they had no iota of hope, when the experience and remembrance of war nearly extinguished a race and people, it was birthed.
it wasn’t founded only to socialize, but also to help heal the wounds of the challenging times of post war era.

Okaa Society of Nigeria

Okaa Society existed before the Peoples Club, but it was extinguished during the Biafran War, some of their members died during the war. It was mostly young well to do Igbo traders who found common purpose to meddle together and built a fraternity. it died during the war and hope were lost.

it’s important to note that People’s Club of Nigeria built the generation of wealthy Igbo Men and beyond who transformed to what we see today.

Chief Titus Ike Ume-Ezeoke retired as the founder and Patron in March 1983. He was the first National President of Peoples Club of Nigeria. He handed over to Dr Chukwuma Obioha, Akajiugo of Arondizuogu as the second National President.

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