Elechi Amadi was conceived in Omuokachi people group in a town called Mbodo in Aluu town. Aluu is one of the families of the Ikwerre ethnic gathering. Geo-politicaly, Aluu is situated in Ikwerre nearby Government Area of Rivers State, Nigeria. The general
population of Ikwerre have a long-s
tanding history and society. Oral convention has it that the encompassing towns of Igwuruta, Isiokpo and Omagwa were established by offspring of the same guardians. This clarifies the closeness of these groups to each other. Aluu is comprised of nine vllages: Omuchiolu, Omuoda, Omuike, Mbodo, Omuigwe, Omuahunwo, Omuokiri, Omuoko and Omuhuechi. Mbodo town comprises of three primary families in particular: Omuchinwo, Omuokachi and Omuonunwo. Today Omuchinwo has developed into four major families: Omuemeniye, Omuara, Omuidibur and… …
Elechi Amadi was conceived on May 12, 1934. His date of birth was effectively recorded in light of the fact that he was fortunate to be conceived in a time when the Chief Priest of Amadioha, Gabriel Ohabiko, was said to have gone to class for around four years before he was called
to the brotherhood of Amadioha. He was a man of capturing nearness: tall, enormous and with an exceptional mind. Some of the time individuals pondered whether his cerebrum was not as vast as his body outline. He was likewise a stammerer. Actually, he was the town journal as he recorded everything that happened at the time, especially births in the group. His capacity to keep records and review what happened at any event stood him out. One could liken the limit of his cerebrum to retain anything with that of an elephant. Each youngster conceived in Aluu at the time knew the careful date he or she was conceived – because of the capacity of Gabriel to rationally record and keep such records. It is fascinating to note that Ohabiko would not just tell the day a kid was conceived, he would review the accurate business sector day and any uncommon episode that happened that day or at the time. So everyone in the group depended on him for such data.
In rustic groups age distinction was no little matter, as impressive focal points lay in that. So it was extremely normal then for kids in the group to contend over who was more established than the other. It was a thing of esteem to be broadcasted higher ranking than the other individual. This inferred the more youthful one would regard the more seasoned and when there was anything to be shared either in the family or group, the more established kid was given a greater share or requested that pick first. Keeping in mind the end goal to find out who was more seasoned, they would raced to EE, as he was affectionately called. He would let them know the accurate day and what happened the day each of them was conceived. Some of Elechi’s peers were: Nwonme Nyema, Cockerel Amaewhule, Meshack Owhondah, Godfrey Orji, Chima Amaewhule.
In provincial groups age contrast was no little matter, as significant points of interest lay in that. So it was exceptionally regular then for youngsters in the group to contend over who was more established than the other. It was a thing of renown to be broadcasted higher ranking than the other individual. This inferred the more youthful one would regard the more seasoned and when there was anything to be shared either in the family or group, the more seasoned kid was given a greater share or requested that pick first. Keeping in mind the end goal to find out who was more seasoned, they would raced to EE, as he was affectionately called. He would let them know the careful day and what happened the day each of them was conceived. Some of Elechi’s peers were: Nwonme Nyema, Cockerel Amaewhule, Meshack Owhondah, Godfrey Orji, Chima Amaewhule.
Nwonukwuru Daniel Amadi was Elechi Amadi’s dad – a man who had seen extreme times. Accounts have it that Daniel Amadi did not know his own particular father. His dad passed on not long after he was conceived and the obligation regarding his consideration fell on his poor mother, Hannah. It was regular in those days to have relatives scare ladies who lost their spouses with a specific end goal to seize them of their property. The shocking youthful dowager, being a solid willed lady, would not succumb to anyone’s terrorizing and rose to the undertaking of shielding from area grabbers the property that was left for her and her child. It was no mean accomplishment, considering the way that Nwonukwuru’s dad, a well endowed individual in the estimation of the group, had immense farmlands. The present Amadi family has much to thank the late Madam Hannah for; in light of the fact that her strong barrier remains the fundamental reason the Amadi family still has immense plots of area in Aluu till this day.
Nwonukwuru grew up to wind up a tall, thin and extremely good looking man; he was likewise an awesome agriculturist and seeker. His monetary advantages reached out to exchanging apparel. He typically went to the Kalabari towns, where white men acquired stock their water crafts, to purchase garments he sold at home. There was no dull minute in his life. He showed a high feeling of hardwork, devotion and duty to whatever he did. Nwonukwuru trusted that industry was the sign of survival. From the way he led his issues, there was undoubtedly he needed to have an incredible family and conceivably compensate for the loss of his dad right on time in life. Through his broad diverse monetary exercises, he got to be one of the wealthiest men in Aluu at the time. It remains a reality of history that he was the main man in the group to construct a house with creased material sheets. His presentation to the White man through exchange dress demonstrated valuable in his taste and style. His home was an incredible sight as it emerged amidst mud houses with thatched rooftops.
Nwonukwuru was never sit out of gear. Insofar as he was alert he was occupied with doing one thing or the other. While other men would sit in their cottages or banquet rooms telling stories and drinking palm wine, Nwonukuru would be caught up with working hard. Work was his interest. It was as though when he didn’t work, something wasn’t right with him. Notwithstanding amid the harmattan season, when men and their families either remained inside or warmed themselves at the chimney, Nwonukwuru would be discovered either on the ranch or in the shrub attempting to bring home the bacon. The result of this steadiness was the abnormal state of his flourishing. One interesting part of Nwonukwuru’s life was that he neither drank palm wine nor the nearby gin, kaikai. Despite the fact that he didn’t prohibit drinking, he never drank out of individual standard. He just tasted neighborhood gin when he had a guest since it was the custom of the general population to taste a beverage before offering it to a visitor.
At the tallness of his riches and influence, Nwonukwuru had eleven spouses. His spouses were additionally effectively occupied with cultivating and he had the biggest homestead in the group. His first spouse was Nwaogauzor. She was the leader of the considerable number of spouses. Elechi Amadi’s mom, Enwere, was the third. The names of alternate spouses are: Nwada, Ihunda, Ada, Alice, Nwadanta, Jenny, Nkechi, Nwadanweke, Nwejigwunu. A large portion of these ladies originated from Aluu. Nwonukwuru showed a high feeling of development and order in the control of his family. He held them together as one joined family. Every lady comprehended what to do at any given time. As is normal in polygamous homes, every lady knew when the ball was in her court to serve and deal with him. When it was a specific spouse’s swing to serve him, such a wife needed to go through the night with him. With eleven spouses, Nwonukwuru was required to have numerous kids, but since of the endemic jungle fever in the group back then, large portions of his youngsters, especially the male kids, kicked the bucket in early stages. This experience was destroying to him. It appeared as though Elechi Amadi came to break the curse. Elechi was his first child to survive and from that point opened the route for different children. The kids were fortunate that when they were conceived, the utilization of quinine had ended up across the board. So every time any tyke experienced intestinal sickness assault, quinine acted the hero.
One vital characteristic that made Nwonukwuru to emerge from the rest was his glaring genuineness. The general population believed him and at whatever point there was any question to settle in the group, one of the gatherings would come to him to look for his nearness at the settlement venue. This was on account of they recognized his abnormal state of genuineness and the impossible prospect that he may be
paid off or impacted to support the blameworthy party against the other. They had total trust in his trustworthiness and on every event he apportioned equity without trepidation or support.
In affirmation of his high feeling of genuineness, Nwonukwuru was designated to possess the workplace of a Warrant Chief in the then Isoba (Choba) standard court. When he was advised of the advancement, he declined to acknowledge the offer. This was an uncommon open door at the time. For a man in his right faculties to reject such a succulent offer went against prevalent thinking. It was likened to one releasing nectar that fortune had put into one’s mouth. He was especially mindful of the profundity of debasement the boss were soaked in, and given his standard of genuineness, he knew he couldn’t work adequately amidst stinking scum. For Nwonukwuru, a man who despised recoloring his name with debasement, a great name preceded sick gotten picks up. This episode was exceptionally surprising and it cleared out a permanent imprint on the lives of his kids, particularly Elechi, who is said to be a copy of his dad. The position of a warrant boss in the Native Authority court in the 1930s was no mean one, however he chose to win a better than average living through diligent work. Elechi’s trusted that the better than average additions he produced using the ranch produce he sold each business sector day were by a wide margin sufficiently more for him than advancing himself falsely. He was surely understood for his autonomy of brain and standing dependably by his feelings.
Nwonukwuru manufactured a hovel for each of his spouses and their youngsters. This lessened the level of erosion among the ladies. His family was once in a while known not any interior debate that required the intercession of pariahs to settle. He never dithered to train any blundering tyke. This made his youngsters to behave mindfully at all times. Nwonukwuru was likewise ready to fulfill his spouses by purchasing them wrappers and different impacts they coveted. Amid the customary wrestling and different merriments, the family anticipated an extraordinary present from him.
Man in his mission to comprehend the puzzles of life has been known not and revere powers past him. A few rationalists trust that man developed God and the divine beings to encourage his valuation for the countless puzzles encompassing his life on planet earth. The people group of Aluu was not diverse as they had two principle divinities, Amadioha, lord of thunder and Ali, goddess of the earth. Every god had its own particular minister and days of love. On the times of love, the senior citizens would troop to the hallowed places to play out the fundamental services. This conventional religion in which Nwonukwuru was conceived made him a customary admirer which the clueless called agnostic love. The Anglican Communion was at that point built up in the group by the 1920s and over the span of communicating with proselytes of the new religion, Nwonukwuru, who had faith in moving with the times changed over to Christanity. He was all the more an ostensible Christian than the new Pentecostal sort as he frequently kept running back to the lords of his fathers for interview and arrangement whenever he was tested by a difficult issue, for example, the demise of any of his youngsters. He felt no second thoughts about playing out any custom or penance expected to appease any offense against the divine beings or his precursors. He was not the only one in this practice for it was basic among the seniors and different indigenes that had joined the congregation. During childbirth, Elechi was naturally introduced to a group of proselytes, subsequently his sanctification in the Anglican Communion with the new name Emmanuel.
Nwonukwuru’s marriage to Enwere, Elechi’s mom, was an astounding one. Accounts have it that Enwere’s mom was an excellent lady. There was a between family war between her family, Omuara and the Omuado family. Omuara family was overwhelmed and the group sacked. This brought about Enwere’s mom, alongside some other ladies and youngsters being sold off to individuals in the neighboring Rupkokwu people group. At the point when the dust of war had settled and the general population of Omuara returned to their territory, they couldn’t bear the nonappearance of the lady and her youngster. To safeguard them, an arrangement was incubated and a few warriors were freed them. Some mystery errand people were sent to Rukpokwu to contact and advise her of the day and time when the warriors would act the hero them. She was told to abandon her entryway open that night. Keeping in mind the end goal to have a fruitful operation, the Omuara individuals enlisted the administrations of rainmakers to bring about a substantial deluge that night. It was a night that would figure out if they would stay there as slaves or be safeguarded to be free by and by. For them, they needed to be free and come back to their local area. Obviously, the operation was fruitful as she and her little girl, Enwere, were protected and took back to Mbodo in the midst of awesome euphoria and celebration. On their arrival, there was suspicion of the likelihood of a counter-assault from the general population of Rupkpokwu. Out of apprehension that they could be recovered in a retaliatory assault, the Omuara individuals took a savvy choice and sent them away to run and live with one their siblings, Nweke who had then settled in Sangama. This adjustment in area saw Enwere experiencing childhood in Kalabari land with her mom. She learnt the way of life and could convey fluidly in Kalabari dialect, paddle the kayak and fish in the waterway.
As destiny would have it, Nwonukwuru on one of his standard exchanging outings to Sangama, kept running into the lovely young woman, Enwere. She had grown up as wonderful and exquisite as her mom. She was beautiful to the point that it was troublesome for any man with blood in his veins to oppose taking a second take a gander at her. It was all consuming, instant adoration for Nwonukwuru who promptly succumbed to her. He conferred himself to wedding her and in this manner set the phase for a union that delivered one of Africa’s finest honorable men of letters.
Whenever Nwonukwuru and Enwere began bringing up youngsters, their initial two kids kicked the bucket as a consequence of the failure of the general population to handle the endemic instance of intestinal sickness that was pervasive at the time. The scourge influenced generally little youngsters in light of the fact that their safety was low. In any case, every time this happened to Nwonukwuru’s kids, he, similar to the all inclusive statement of individuals, looked for shelter in profound help. Be that as it may, Elechi came to sit tight. Being the principal surviving child, his dad treasured him and took awesome consideration of him. His mom took considerably more noteworthy consideration. At the end of the day, Elechi was especially spoiled.
Disregarding the way that he was the main surviving male youngster in the family and the main offspring of his mom, Nwonukwuru demanded that Elechi must experience childhood in the typical custom of the general population. He needed his child to imitate his standards and rationality in life. One of such beliefs was genuineness. It is normal for guardians to dependably petition God for their youngsters to be more noteworthy than they are. Nwonukwuru was not diverse and hence needed Elechi to be more effective than himself. So as to make this blessing from heaven, he endeavored to be his child’s good example. At whatever point Nwonukwuru went chasing, he brought Elechi alongside him. He taught him how to set traps for various types of creatures. He likewise taught him how to cultivate, from clearing the bramble, to planting and collecting. After the harvest, Elechi helped his dad to convey yams collected from the homesteads to Igwuruta and Aluu markets to offer. To be sure, he was presented to the substances of life at an early age and these exercises made him to develop before his age mates. These encounters which the youthful Elechi delighted in were to demonstrate valuable in his later years in life. His readiness to continue and appreciate the hardship that day by day routine on the homestead involved as opposed to playing around with his associates charmed Elechi to his dad and they delighted in a cozy relationship for the duration of Nwonukwuru’s life.
Beginning school for a tyke is verging on much the same as a second weaning for the youngster. It is frequently both a fearful and energizing undertaking; and when Elechi was the fate of school age, his dad guaranteed that he was enlisted in school. For Elechi, it was an energizing knowledge as his dad took him to the Headmaster at St Andrew’s School, Mbodo, for enlistment. That solitary demonstration was a noteworthy stride to a satisfying and remunerating life. It was the start of an experience of refinement for him. At the point when Elechi got to Standard Two, his dad did not falter to exchange him to St. Paul’s School, Igwuruta. Considering the long separation amongst Aluu and Igwuruta, driving to class day by day represented a major test, yet an answer was found in the choice to send Elechi to live with a relative of his that inhabited Igwuruta. Elechi’s mom disliked the possibility of her exclusive tyke staying far from her. In spite of her underlying challenges, she at last acknowledged her significant other’s intention that Elechi be outfitted with the best of instruction.
Elechi’s dad was willing to make any helpful stride that would guarantee an extraordinary future for his child. Despite the fact that he was not instructed, his connection with the ‘White man’ empowered him to perceive the preferences characteristic in picking up the last’s learning. He additionally supported alternate individuals from his family to exceed expectations in life. Elechi was entranced by the abnormal state of genuineness and decency his dad showed in every one of his dealings. He was additionally enlivened by the propensity for diligent work his dad instilled in his youngsters. Amid the off season when there was little to do, it was basic in those days for senior citizens to accumulate in one’s banquet room to drink palm-wine and take part in babble, however Nwonukwuru would not be a piece of such a misuse of valuable time. He would rather be found on the ranch clearing the shrub or planting banana or plantain suckers. Nwonukwuru was likewise kind in nature. He was constantly attached to welcoming visitors regardless of age to go along with him at suppers. He never disturbed with how profoundly or modest such a man was respected in the group.
Nwonukwuru Amadi, an exceptionally regarded group pioneer and one of the men who brought Chris
Notwithstanding the way that he was the primary surviving male youngster in the family and the main offspring of his mom, Nwonukwuru demanded that Elechi must experience childhood in the typical convention of the general population. He needed his child to copy his beliefs and logic in life. One of such beliefs was trustworthiness. It is regular for guardians to dependably appeal to God for their youngsters to be more prominent than they are. Nwonukwuru was not distinctive and along these lines needed Elechi to be more fruitful than himself. With a specific end goal to make this blessing from heaven, he endeavored to be his child’s good example. At whatever point Nwonukwuru went chasing, he brought Elechi alongside him. He taught him how to set traps for various types of creatures. He likewise taught him how to cultivate, from clearing the shrub, to planting and reaping. After the harvest, Elechi helped his dad to convey yams reaped from the ranches to Igwuruta and Aluu markets to offer. Without a doubt, he was presented to the substances of life at an early age and these exercises made him to develop before his age mates. These encounters which the youthful Elechi appreciated were to demonstrate helpful in his later years in life. His readiness to continue and appreciate the hardship that day by day routine on the ranch involved as opposed to playing around with his associates charmed Elechi to his dad and they delighted in a cozy relationship for the duration of Nwonukwuru’s life.
Beginning school for a youngster is verging on much the same as a second weaning for the tyke. It is frequently both an anxious and energizing undertaking; and when Elechi was the fate of school age, his dad guaranteed that he was enlisted in school. For Elechi, it was an energizing background as his dad took him to the Headmaster at St Andrew’s School, Mbodo, for enrollment. That particular demonstration was a noteworthy stride to a satisfying and remunerating life. It was the start of an experience of refinement for him. At the point when Elechi got to Standard Two, his dad did not falter to exchange him to St. Paul’s School, Igwuruta. Considering the long separation amongst Aluu and Igwuruta, driving to class day by day represented a major test, however an answer was found in the choice to send Elechi to live with a relative of his that inhabited Igwuruta. Elechi’s mom disliked the possibility of her exclusive youngster staying far from her. In spite of her underlying challenges, she at last acknowledged her better half’s resolve that Elechi be furnished with the best of training.
Elechi’s dad was willing to make any valuable stride that would guarantee an extraordinary future for his child. In spite of the fact that he was not taught, his communication with the ‘White man’ empowered him to perceive the favorable circumstances innate in picking up the last’s information. He additionally empowered alternate individuals from his family to exceed expectations in life. Elechi was captivated by the abnormal state of trustworthiness and decency his dad showed in every one of his dealings. He was additionally propelled by the propensity for diligent work his dad taught in his youngsters. Amid the off season when there was little to do, it was regular in those days for older folks to assemble in one’s banquet room to drink palm-wine and participate in casual conversation, yet Nwonukwuru would not be a piece of such a misuse of valuable time. He would rather be found on the ranch clearing the bramble or planting banana or plantain suckers. Nwonukwuru was additionally kind in nature. He was constantly partial to welcoming visitors independent of age to go along with him at dinners. He never irritated with how exceedingly or humble such a man was respected in the group.
Nwonukwuru Amadi, a profoundly regarded group pioneer and one of the men who conveyed Christianity to Mbodo, carried on with an existence deserving of copying. Notwithstanding every one of his difficulties in life, he joined his predecessors at the ready maturity of ninety years in 1979 and left behind eighteen offspring of which nine guys and nine females.
It is said that regardless of to what extent one lives, one is missed at death. This maxim demonstrated valid for Elechi who endured an awesome feeling of misfortune at his dad’s entry. As his dad’s first child, his room was straightforwardly inverse his dad’s and he missed those heart-to-heart father-child early morning talks they used to have in his dad’s room at whatever point the need emerged. Such cozy discussions truly extended their relationship no end.
Elechi’s dad, however uneducated in western training, was a visionary. In spite of the fact that he taught Elechi how to homestead and set traps, it was his craving that his child ought to go to thee white man’s school. He indicated awesome enthusiasm for the training of his youngsters. When Elechi was six years of age and his right hand could touch his left ear (just like the customary evidence of qualification to be conceded into school back then), his dad did not dither to send him to the school near their home. This was in 1940. His dad took him straight to one Mr Ikem, who was the then Headmaster of the school and he was enlisted to begin Infant One at St Paul’s Primary School, Mbodo Aluu. He finished Infant One and Two, and afterward went ahead to Standard One and Two at this school. At the time, Standard Two was the most astounding evaluation possible in the school. In those days distinctive schools had diverse terminal levels of classes and this required consistent development from school to class. Elechi later moved to St. Barnabas School, Igwuruta, to proceed with his rudimentary training in 1944. At St. Barnabas School, he did Standards Three and Four and from that point moved to St Peter’s School, Isiokpo, where he did Standards Five and Six.
His stay at St Peter’s School was a significant one. They had an exceptionally strict, however adoring Headmaster, Mr P. K. Briggs. It was at this school he was set up for optional school. He filled the passageway shapes for Government College Umuahia and Okirika Grammar School, Okirika. Both schools were high flying schools in the locale at the time. Numerous unmistakable persons in the area who have made their imprints in the general public went through these schools. Mr Briggs demonstrated great look after the fate of his students. In the wake of rounding out the passage shapes, Elechi overlooked them. He went out from his elementary school and backpedaled home to join his folks.
Elechi kept after his dad to the homestead. One day, while he was on the homestead with his folks, a young fellow originated from Isiokpo searching for him. At the point when the man got to Mbodo and was coordinated to his dad’s compound, he was informed that Elechi had gone to the ranch. The flag-bearer demanded seeing him to convey a message from the Headmaster, Mr. Briggs. The emissary advanced toward the homestead. When he saw Elechi, he let him know that Mr. Briggs sent him to advise him that the selection test into Government College Umuahia was going to occur in two days’ opportunity and sought that he was set up after it. Elechi had completely disregarded the examination. The dispatcher dropped the location of the examination focus and left. The selection test was to hold at St Mary’s School, Aggrey Road in Port Harcourt by 8 a.m. brief.
EARLY LIFE AT GOVERNMENT COLLEGE UMUAHIA
When it was the ideal opportunity for him to leave for school, his mom got to be enthusiastic that her exclusive child would abandon her for quite a while. Yet, there was nothing she could do. It was a penance she needed to make for the eventual fate of her unparalleled youngster. His dad was similarly extremely influenced by the looming flight, however he must be seen to act like a man. He was fearless and did not have any desire to double-cross his masculinity. He exhorted Elechi to be very much carried on when he got the chance to class and always remember to hold up under the light of his family well. He additionally prompted him to be trained and persevering keeping in mind the end goal to make the family glad. At last, Nwonukwuru reminded Elechi that he was the one and only every individual from the family, and for sure the group, gazed upward to.
Elechi took off for Government College Umuahia. He was to start another life. Life at Umuahia was fascinating. He met knew companions, new educators and had energizing encounters. Upon arriva,l furnished with their cutlery, cutlasses and floor brushes, the new understudies were given garbs, books and different necessities. Elechi was exceptionally inspired with the way the school was sorted out. It was a conveniently kept school. Every one of the fields and yards were flawlessly cut. He saw that the authoritative set up was fabulous. Both instructors and understudies comprehended what to do at each given time. It was likewise fascinating to watch that the school had a power creating plant that was exchanged on during the evening. Life at Umuahia was better than average. With his newly discovered companions, for example, George Tamuno Karibo, Youpele Beredugo, Achike, who later turned into a legal counselor, A.B.C. Nwosu (who turned into a bookkeeper), Emmanual Okwosa, Ofokansi, among others, he had the best of time.
The routine in the school was inflexible. There was no unmoving minute. In the day, there were indicated periods for different exercises. There was no minute any understudy did not comprehend what to do whenever. A ringer, prevalently called the Big Ben, was rung to declare the move starting with one action then onto the next, even as class change was set apart by the ringing of chimes. Classes finished around two p.m. Toward the end of classes, understudies went for lunch took after by an obligatory break. It was imperative to watch every one of these exercises as no understudy was permitted to avoid any movement, for it was a culpable offense to swear off any action without authorization. Taking after the evening break was evening prep and from that point amusements. Every understudy was made to take part in one brandishing movement or the other. At Umuahia, there was football, hockey, b-ball, cricket and sports. Umuahia was settled similarly as games were concerned. After amusements, understudies washed, ate and went for night prep. Promptly after night prep was night supplication, and afterward lights out. The lesser understudies went to bed by 8.30 p.m., while the senior understudies resigned by 9.30 p.m. This was the day by day routine for all understudies, aside from on Sundays when the routine was casual a tad bit with chapel love and social exercises.
Note that this routine added to the forming of Elechi’s life as he got to be restrained and took in the correct utilization of time. It fortified his dad’s temperance of not being unmoving anytime. At Umuahia, there was a blend of British, Nigerian and Australian educators. There was one Mr. Low who taught them Latin. Mr. Low was in charge of the presentation of cricket in the school. Elechi had extremely fascinating instructors. He was extremely enamored with one Mr. P. J. Johnson, who taught him English dialect. It was Mr. Johnson who ingrained in him the propensity for concentrating on English dialect. This instructor energized him and demanded that Elechi must have An evaluation in English dialect. Another intriguing point to note about Umuahia is that, understudies were made to peruse great books. They read no less than two great books each week and before the end of a term, the understudies would have perused the greatest number of books as they could. This empowered them to have a decent charge of the English dialect. They could acknowledge what a decent novel was.
Another educator was Mr. G. J. Ifor. He was Elechi’s arithmetic instructor. Mr. Ifor taught arithmetic in such an entrancing way, to the point that Elechi got to be keen on the subject. He likewise discovered Chief I. J. Erekosima extremely valuable in the school. Boss Erekosima dealt with him. He was dependably around to give him guidance to end up as well as could be expected be. His Geography expert, Mr. Wareham was likewise great. He taught them Elementary Surveying. His dominance of the control obviously set off his enthusiasm for taking to looking over as a course after school. There was additionally a Camerounian, Mr. Mengot, who taught him History. He made his History classes so charming that each understudy anticipated his classes. He taught History so enthusiastically that understudies started to envision that he was there when the occasions occurred. There was additionally one Mr. R. A. Stone who taught them Biology. Mr. Stone later co-created a prominent Biology course reading, utilized for the West African School Certificate Examination, with another Biology educator, Mr. Cozens. Exceptional in Elechi’s psyche is the caring figure of Mr. William Simpson, the school Principal. He was a gigantic, tall kindred who was extremely strict in applying the tenets. He was undoubtedly a decent slave driver. On numerous events, Mr. Simpson would stroll into the school range uncovered bodied (?) to ensure that the security staff were on obligation and that the understudies did what they should do.
Yet, among the senior understudies Elechi respected the most was his House Captain, Chinua Achebe. He reviewed with wistfulness that Achebe dependably conveyed a novel with a finger stuck in the middle of the pages to stamp where he had left off perusing as he shared out bits of grass to be cut by understudies. This same Achebe later turned into an achieved abstract figure of world eminence.
By 1952, Elechi Amadi was in Class (?) Five. He concentrated hard and took the Cambridge Examination. Having arranged so well for the examinations, he anticipated that would do well. He appreciated his visit at Umuahia. Life at Umuahia made him assimilate the temperances of order, diligent work and commitment. It was hardened by the standards he learnt from his folks. However, it was disheartening to note that the paper of the last examination spilled. This was a terrible affair for the understudies who had worked so difficult to get ready for the examinations as no one could determine how the spillage happened. This episode influenced the whole result toward the day’s end. Under typical circumstances, around fifteen understudies would pass the examinations from Umuahia into the University College, Ibadan, yet this time around, occasions took an alternate turn (and the quantity of the individuals who might make it was questionable). In spite of this difficulty, be that as it may, Elechi realized that he was going to have an energizing future.
After the examinations, Elechi returned home to the warm grasp of his folks, instead of proceed with his Higher School at Umuahia. He set out to help his dad in dealing with the homefront. He realized that his dad was trying strenuous endeavors towards fighting for his family and as his first child; he expected to give him some level of backing. Elechi made plans to put his scholarly aspiration on hold for the minute and help his dad run the family. He felt that his dad’s weight was his and having got to this phase of his training, he should bail the gallant man out.
In the mean time, the appreciation the whole family and group had for Elechi kept on taking off high. They considered him to be a decent child and a diplomat of the group. Elechi was enchanted, not in light of the level of appreciation and acknowledgment agreed him, but since of the way that he didn’t disappoint them. It would have been unfortunate if by the day’s end, he had disillusioned his kin. He had the Almighty God to thank for his accomplishments so far. Just before leaving Umuahia, he had taken the placement test into the Nigerian College of Science, Ibadan. He was offered the affirmation, however because of the officially existing family challenges, he declined the offer.