Felecia Azibaodusi Belemo Walker (1949-2002)

Felecia Azibaodusi Belemo Walker was a pioneer figure, being the first qualified pharmacist from the Ogbia region. Her impact extended beyond the confines of her hometown, shaping both the medical profession and the political landscape of old Rivers State and beyond.

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Born on December 4, 1949, in Emakalakala town, Bayelsa state, Nigeria, to Late Chief Lazarus Igebite Edaba and Mrs Bogotei Gbalidigha Ige-Edaba, Felecia’s educational journey commenced at St. Bartholomew CMS school, Emakalakala, in 1953. Later, she attended St. Michael school, Oloibiri, from 1953 to 1954, and then Taylor Memorial school, Port Harcourt, where she distinguished herself in her First School Leaving Certificate Exam in 1959. Her academic journey continued at Anglican Grammar School, Umuahia-Ibeku, from January 1960 to December 1964. Following this, she pursued her Higher School Certificate at Queen’s School, Enugu, from January 1965 to December 1960, excelling in Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, and General Paper.

Birth and Education

In September 1968, Felecia embarked on her pharmacy studies at the University of Ife, Ile-Ife, graduating with a Bachelor’s in Pharmacy with Second-Class honors in June 1972. Her distinction as the first qualified pharmacist from Ogbia Kingdom earned her widespread recognition, leading many parents to name their daughters after her.

Career Life

Felecia’s professional journey began with a brief stint as a Science tutor at Mater Dei High School, Imiringi, Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa state, from January 1967 to June 1967. Upon graduation, she joined the Rivers state Government as a Pupil pharmacist in June 1972, serving in various capacities within the Ministry of Health, Port Harcourt.

Her entrepreneurial spirit led her to establish The Vivian Chemist in August 1981 to address the pharmaceutical needs of Odinade communities. Her involvement extended beyond business to political activism, where she participated in various parties, notably the National Party of Nigeria (NPN), NRC National Republican Convention, and the People Democratic Party (PDP).

Felecia’s contributions were not limited to her professional and political spheres; she also served as a Justice of the Peace (JP) appointed by the Bayelsa state government in 1999. Additionally, she was actively involved in numerous associations and clubs, including the pharmaceutical society of Nigeria (PSN), Soromistic Women Fraternity, and Ogbia brotherhood, among others.

Sports

Outside her professional commitments, Felecia showcased her sporting talent while representing Nigeria at various international competitions during her university years, earning gold medals and other accolades.

Family and Faith

Married to Chief Moore Walker of Isiokpo town, Rivers state, Felecia balanced her personal and professional life while remaining steadfast in her Anglican faith, inherited from her maternal grandfather, Chief J. Gbalidigha Oku.

Her Death

Tragically, Felecia succumbed to colon cancer in 2002 at the age of 53, leaving behind a legacy of excellence, leadership, and service.

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"Timeless Persons" is a personal blog project created by me with the aim of sharing the biographies of remarkable individuals from the Niger Delta region and beyond. The blog serves as a platform to captivate and stimulate your thoughts, encouraging reflection on the past, fostering a positive mindset in the present, and inspiring hope for a better future.