Enugu holds vigil for Late Prof. Akunyili

The funeral of former Minister of Information and Communications, late Prof. Dora Nkem Akunyili, begins on Friday at 4pm with a Christian Wake at her Enugu residence, 2A, Bishop Onyeabor Street, GRA, Enugu.

The wake is the start of a week-long funeral programme of activities for the former Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), and ends with her burial next Thursday.

Prof. Akunyili’s funeral continues on Monday, with a Night of Tributes to be held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, from 5pm.

A Mass will be held for her at Pro-Cathedral Catholic Church, Abuja, by 10am on August 26.

After the Church Service, Akunyili’s body would leave for Enugu, where there would be a Mass at KSJ Temple at 4pm.

After a High Requiem Mass at Holy Ghost Cathedral Enugu at 9am on August 27, Akunyili’s body would be taken to UNCOMA Hall, College of Medicine, Ituku Ozalla, Enugu for Final College Assembly to start from 11:30am.

From there, the body would be taken to Awka for Anambra State Government activities, then to her father’s house in Nanka before being returned to her husband’s house at Agulu for a Vigil Mass/Wake.

On August 28, Akunyili’s body would lie in state at John Chike Akunyili’s Compound before leaving for Agulu Town Hall, then Madonna Catholic Church Agulu for a Requiem Mass to hold by 10am.

Interment at John Chike Akunyili’s Compound follows at 1:30pm.

A renowned pharmacist, pharmacologist and administrator, Prof. Akunyili came to prominence as Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control from 2011 to 2008.

She went on to further cement her legacy as Minister of Information and Communications from 2008 to 2010.

Akunyili was a delegate to the National Conference as at the time of her death on June 7, 2014, after a two-year battle with cancer.

The former minister, who would have turned 60 on July 14, is survived by her husband, Dr. Chike Akunyili; six children and three grandchildren.


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Iheanyi Igboko is a social advocate, educator and journalist/blogger; working actively in the education and human development sector. He is passionate about promoting access to quality education, increasing youth active participation and engagement, and empowering young people to develop solutions to their problems. He craves unending hopes of a better Nigeria that will meet the hopes and aspirations of her citizens; and committed to building a nation that will seamlessly harness and develop her numerous human and capital potentials.


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