Madeleine Oduenyi Urum-Eke
Born to Elder Ukariwo Eme and Madam Sunday Kalaria Eme (nee Uche) who was better known “Mma Binyom”. The major influences in her life were her parents, her grandmother (Mrs. Oduenyi Otisi Uche) and her uncle (Mr. Agwu Okeke Uche).
It was while in primary school, in 1954, that she met the boy she would forever call EK (Engr. Eke Ogburu Urum-Eke). But it wasn’t until 1957, following a handkerchief inspired love note, that they became an inseparable item.
Following elementary school, she attended Ovum Girls Secondary School in Aba. While there, her father died and, fortunately, her uncle, Mr. Uche, took charge of her education.
Then came the Biafra war during which she married her EK in 1969. After the war, Ndenyi worked briefly as primary school teacher in Enugu.
In 1973, she joined her husband in America and, in 1979, successfully completed a degree in Journalism.
Then the home fires called. The family packed up and moved back to Nigeria in 1980.
During those six years, she was an NTA local news anchor, hosted a TV magazine show called the Woman’s Hour and ran a successful day care centre known as Elite Nursery School.
But the winds of fortune changed and the family returned to America in 1986. She retrained and worked as Social Worker for the New York City Department of Children Service until she retired.
She spent the rest of her life living between Nigeria and America.
Through out her life, she was the bedrock of her family and was very active in Igbo and Abiriba communities.