Lady Ibunge Alamina …80 Years Of Sweet Memories
Life is good and refreshing when it is filled with great memories of a great family bound by ineffable love from the divine into a matriarch who is waxing gracefully with energy beyond the biblical age of three score and ten.
The Lord is good and it is marvelous in the eyes of all who appreciate his manifold blessings. This is the testament of the family, friends, fans and all who have had the privilege of crossing the path of Lady Ibunge Alamina, wife, mother, grandmother, daughter of the Most High God and pride of womanhood.
Lady Ibungeripakake Alamina (Nee Orisa) was born on the 9th day of August 1939 to Pa Josiah Orisa Wakama and Madam Rachel Poloamina Dukowasimama of Bokome Omuaru, Owubiri in Ogoloma town, was raised by her aunt Late Madam Alapubipisike Ibaraye who was her father’s immediate younger sister. Lady Ibunge’s early years was spent with her aunty at Wakama community until she left for primary school.
In 1948, Lady Ibunge at the age of nine started her primary education in Okrika School, Okrika till her Standard 3. Following the riot in Okrika in 1952, Lady Ibunge left Okrika to Omoku where she resided with her elder brother Mr Hector Goma, a teacher at St Michael’s School Omoku.
Lady Ibunge read Standard 4 at St Michaels’ School, Omoku. A year later, following the transfer of her brother to St. Andrew’s School Rumudioga she completed her elementary school education.
After her primary education, Lady Ibunge gained admission into Archdeacon Crowther Memorial Girls Secondary School (ACMGS) Elelenwo in 1956.
As a result of financial constraints, she discontinued school at the end of 1957. This disappointing experience did not however, deter her from pursuing her education, rather it propelled her to take on the position of a teacher at Ogoloma town School Ogoloma from 1958 to 1959 where she developed a passion for teaching.
Resilience and love for education made her eager to improve her knowledge. Consequently, from 1960 to 1964 she gained admission into Teachers Training College at Isiokpo and St. Johns Teacher Training College, Diobu, Port Harcourt for Teacher’s Grade 3 and 2 certifications.
On successful completion of both certifications, she gained admission into Rivers State College of Education and obtained her NCE (National Certificate of Education).
In 1977 she gained admission into the University of Wales Cardiff UK, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree (B.Ed) in 1979. Lady Ibunge returned to ACMGS Elelenwo and established the guidance and counseling unit in the school.
In 1982, she left for the UK again to further her education in the University of Manchester. There she studied for her Masters Degree program in teacher education and in 1983 obtained an M.Ed.
Lady Ibunge is an educator and a teacher with a difference, she takes pride in imparting knowledge, no wonder she left an indelible mark on her students. She was a Home Science teacher, Clothing and textile teacher, a Guidance Counselor and was subsequently a Vice Principal at ACMGS Elelenwo. Few years later she was posted to Rumukwuta Girl’s Secondary School Port Harcourt as Principal of the school.
In 1992, she was transferred to Post Primary Schools Board where she served as Deputy Director Personnel and after the duration of her years of service, she retired in 1994.
Lady Ibunge got married to her one and only sweet-heart, Sir Benjamin A. Alamina on the 27th of November 1965 at Methodist Church, New Castle Upon-tyn United Kingdom. The marriage is blessed with children, grandchildren and great grand children. In 2015 they celebrated 50 years of marriage and will clock 54 years in marriage this year.
Lady Ibunge grew up in an Anglican family, she was very regular at Sunday school and was a member of the choir at St. James Anglican Church Ogoloma. She is a lay reader and an active member of All Saints Cathedral, Rumukwurusi.
The tenets of Christian living learnt from childhood shaped her adolescence to adulthood. Cheerfulness is a big theme for Lady Ibunge and this radiates in every fragment of her life. Her trust in God defines the essence of her existence and this has been her driving force.
Lady Ibunge is a great home maker and fantastic cook. She is known for her culinary skills and during any gathering at home, entertainment is guaranteed. Lady Ibunge’s only surviving sibling is Dr. Bright Dokubo Orisa and a host of many relations made up of cousins, nieces, nephews, particularly from the Orisa family who love her because she is a mother to all.
Her love and care towards the well being of others is an eloquent testimony of her personality. Lady Ibunge is a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and In-law to many children particularly; Mrs Okwein Koko, Mr. Odiye Winston Alamina, Hon. Justice Tamunoigoni Susan Oji, Mr. Tekena Alamina, Ms. Asikiyeofori Alamina, Mrs. Boma Osime, Dr. Abiye Alamina, Mr. Deinma Alamina, Ms. Ibinabo Alamina and Mrs. Ibiene Eke Esq.
Lady Ibunge, a woman of immeasurable value, treasure and a joy to whoever comes in contact with her. We bless the Lord for His unfailing love and mercies that has kept His own for 80 amazing years. It is our prayer that she will wax strong and live to fulfill more years in health and vigor.