Rev. Fr. Nwachukwu succumbed to heart disease on the 6th of July 2022 in Lagos.
The late Fr. Nicholas was until his death the Parish Priest of St. Michael’s Parish Ikembara, Ikeduru Local Government Area for over 13 years ago and had survived an earlier health scare.
Prior to his death, he had been on medical recommendation, travelled to two specialist hospitals, first to Save A Soul Hospital, Port Harcourt and finally to EuraCare Hospital Lagos, where expert-surgeons carried out a relatively successful laser surgery to give him back his health. But sadly, he died the next day after the surgery.
Fr. Nicholas Nwachukwu was born on the 21st March, 1954. The 5th of 11 children born to the late Louis Onyenegecha and the late Juliana Nwachukwu of Obodo Amaimo in Ikeduru LGA of Imo State. Between the years 1964 and 1979, Fr. Nicholas acquired basic education from various primary and secondary institutions that helped prepare him for advanced studies.
Remarkably, it was at Alvan Ikoku College of Education Owerri, where he successfully acquired NCE course in Education, that his desire to be a Catholic priest fully manifested, especially seen in his devotion to regular attendance of the Morning Mass and reception of the Eucharist.
In 1983 he was sent by his Bishop to the then Bigard Memorial Seminary Ikot Ekpene to study Philosophy, in 1986, he was sent to Bigard Memorial Enugu to study Theology. On successful completion of his theological Studies, he was ordained a Catholic Priest on 14th July, 1990 by Bishop Mark Onwuha Unegbu.
After his ordination, he worked assiduously in places like St. Peter’s Parish, Onyeaghalanwanneya, St. Kevin’s Ogbaku, Immaculate Heart Parish Umuagwo, and Orsu Obodo Parish. He also served as Assistant Secretary to Bishop Unegbu of blessed memory as well as Secretary/Director of Holy Rosary Hospital Emekuku, Fr. Nicholas worked briefly as a formator/confessor at the Seat of Wisdom Seminary, Owerri.
He served as Teacher and eventually principal of Christ the King College Obike Ngor. In September 2001, he was sent to Ireland for further studies. There, in 2003, he earned a Master of Arts Degree in Education, at the University College Dublin and in 2006 earned a Doctorate in Education, at the University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland.
On his return to Nigeria in 2006, he was appointed Education Director and a member of the Archdiocesan Education Commission.