A family friend, Chucks Ohuebe had called on the cell phone of the former chairman of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Abuja chapter, Chuck Ehirim, to congratulate him as he turned 50 on Thursday. But to his shock, Chuk’s wife picked the call and announced that he was dead on the same day.
“I was totally gutted!” Mr. Ohuegbe wrote on Facebook.
Chucks Ehirim, who led the Abuja council of the NUJ between 2012 and 2015, was said to have died after a protracted illness.
He graduated in 1992 from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and worked with Tell magazine before he later returned to the same university where he obtained a master’s degree.
He was an Associate Editor of the National Accord on which platform he contested the 2012 NUJ chairmanship election. He last worked as assistant editor, northern operations of the Niche Magazine before his death.
Another Chucks Ehirim’s friend, Amos Dunia, himself a former chairman of the FCT Chapter of NUJ, described the death of Chuks Ehirim as “shocking and devastating.” [myad]