ABOUT PHILIP NGOZI IFECHUKWUDE
Philip Ngozi Ifechukwude hails from Ibusa in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State. He attended Anioboshi Primary School where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate and Omu Boys Secondary School both in Ibusa. On finishing his secondary school career, he enrolled at Crusade Secondary Commercial School, Ibusa. Here, he got his RSA Stage 1 in basic secretarial subjects before moving to Lagos for greener pastures.
After staying some years, he returned early to Ibusa in 2005 and got admission to read English Language and Literature at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, where he got a B.A. Not done, he proceeded to University of Benin in Edo State for a Post-Graduate Diploma in Mass Communication. His working career saw him as a stevedore at Umarco Nigeria Limited, Apapa and later as a Secretary Typist at Katserizz Limited, also in Lagos before relocating to Ibusa. After his graduation from the university, he had a stint with The Frontline News as the Managing Editor.
Owing to his versatility in social media, he became the Executive Media Assistant to the Transition Committee Chairman of Oshimili North Local Government Area. As a writer, he has contributed a lot of articles in the dailies and poems in some anthologies and poetry websites like Poetry.com. His first book, “Wild Ixora’ is a fictional autobiography of his childhood misadventure. It was published in 2013. His second book, ‘CROAKS – Poetry of Social Realities’ is a collection of poems and was published in 2016. Also in the same year, he published ‘Imagine Lagos and Other Stories’ in USA.
He is currently working on another fictional novel that is didactically embedded in sending a message to the wayward and recalcitrance of our youths today. He is an advocate of educational development in Ibusa and mentorship to the youths. Through his efforts and agitation, two schools were established in Ibusa in 2013 by the Delta State government. One of the schools, Omu Boys Secondary School came as a reinstatement while Ibusa Mixed Secondary School came as a replacement for St. Augustine’s College that was returned to its missionary owners.
Owing to his writing prowess, he is always engaged as a Secretary in most association he belongs to. Prominent among these are Ibusa Community Development Union (ICDU), Ibusa Branch; Education Committee of ICDU-NEC, Omu Boys Old Boys Association, his age-grade and also the Security Committee in Ibusa. His engagement in all these bodies gives him the verve and credibility that walls around his astute personality in Ibusa and beyond as a man of truthful disposition.