Queen Mother V.N Ikenchuku, Ojeba of Agbor in Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State was born in Enugu on January 17, 1960. She had her Primary School Education in Enugu and Kaduna and Secondary School Education at Mary Mount College, Agbor from where she obtained her West African School Certificate in 1975.
In July, 1977, she became a famous mother of the Crown Prince of Agbor Kingdom, Prince Benjamin Keagborekuzi Ikenchuku, who made history when at 2 years and 4 months he was crowned king and Dein of Agbor. The Guinness Book of Records noted in 1980 that His Majesty, Keagborekuzi I, was the youngest crowned Monarch in the world.
Queen Mother Ikenchuku relocated to Europe with her children in 1980. Between 1980 and 1981, she studied for her ‘A’ levels and subsequently obtained a Bachelor’s of Arts, Humanities with a major in Psychology in 1986 at Thames Valley University, Ealing, London.
Between 1982 and 1995, she had a volunteer career with London Borough of Ealing Social Services, managed a Counseling Service at the PRIORY Community Centre, Acton Lane, Acton W3 while simultaneously completing a Diploma course in Person Centred Counseling at Metanoia Psychotherapy Training Institute in Ealing, London. She further embarked on Gestalt Psychotherapy Training in Couples and Group Psychotherapy and later Diploma in Management Studies NEBBS, after which she embarked on diploma training in Clinical Supervision at Revision Psychotherapy in North London.
She continued to embark on courses and training that would equip her to perform effectively in Individual, Couples and Group Dynamics and Psychotherapy, risk and leadership in substance misuse services, group and organizational dynamics, was certified a registered manager by the Commission for Social Care Inspection UK, undertook a National Health Service training with the National Treatment Agency for substance misuse UK, Body Psychotherapy and Healing and Training in management development programme with investors in people, programme for the care sector with Workbase Services UK (2004). She managed primary and second treatment services for chemical dependent clients with cross addictions, eating disorder and aftercare services for over 5 years in Britain, a qualified neuro-linguistics practitioner, completed courses on stress management studies; gender studies with particular emphasis on domestic violence and other related issues. Other trainings include understanding and challenging racism, anger management, and HIV/AIDS awareness.
Queen Mother Ikenchuku’s employment history while in Britain reveals experience in Drug/Alcohol Residential Rehabilitation, Primary and Aftercare Services, Working with drug traffickers in prison while working at the Nigeria High Commission in Britain, Immigration Services - coordinating group seminars for Africans in London. She provided clinical services for Westminster youth offending. For over 3 years, the Queen Mother worked in Her Majesty’s Prisons (Category C Prisons) in Surrey providing Clinical Rehabilitation/Psychotherapy for inmates and their families.
The Queen Mother, Ojeba of Agbor Kingdom, returned finally to Nigeria in March, 2006. She midwifed the Agbor Youth and Women Development Learning and Empowerment Centre – a skill’s Acquisition Centre.
Between 2007 and 2011, the Queen Mother was Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Women Affairs, Community & Social Development in Delta State, where she effectively managed the clients of her Ministry, which includes the most vulnerable group in the society such as orphans and vulnerable children, physically and mentally challenged persons, widows living with HIV/AIDS, female secondary school drop-outs, juvenile offenders etc., and other vulnerable client groups.
In January 2009, the Queen Mother successfully organized the first Woman Summit in the South-South region of Nigeria, which was tagged “1st Delta State Woman Summit”. The Summit brought together Delta Women from all walks of life - from the top Executives to the peasant farmers in our rural areas. Similarly, through the State Committee on the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Queen Mother also championed programmes that will lead to the protection of women against all forms of discrimination and exploitation.
The Queen Mother, an ardent Christian believes God must be placed first in every human enterprise for success. To this end, she has succeeded in bringing the Agbor people much closer to God through her monthly Minister’s Prayer Crusade, which started in February 2008, and holds in the Royal Palace of the Dein of Agbor every month.
Hobbies include growing people, golf, gardening, meditation, arts and culture, etc