The Matriarch of the Ebi family; Ezinne Maria Eriaba Ebi will on Friday January 29, 2021 be laid to rest at Urualla in Ideato North Local Government Area (LGA) of Imo State. Ezinne Maria Ebi, who is mother to former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and former Chairman of Fidelity Bank, Mr. Ernest Ebi, died on November 15, 2020 at the age of 91.
According to a statement from the family, the burial activities will begin on Thursday January 28, 2021 with service of songs at the Ebi’s family compound by 5pm at Urualla, while the funeral mass holds on Friday, January 29, 2021 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in the same town by 11am. She was a devout Catholic and community leader in her lifetime. She lived an exemplary Christian life and was renowned for humility, kindness, and generosity which earned her the sobriquet “Nne Muru Oha” – Mother of All.
Ezinne Ebi was married to late Mr. Fabian Ebi and together they raised their biological and non-biological children with strong Christian and moral values of integrity, hard work and perseverance. Family sources describe her as an enterprising and skilled businesswoman who was indeed a real helpmate to her husband in providing education to all her children and many others who had the opportunity to live with her or encounter her. She is survived by 9 children, 27 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.