Oparah, the son of a village headmaster and a teacher-mother, said “my father not only loved education, he encouraged me from a very young age to read and write, believing that the best legacy he could give to all his children is good education, especially, reading and writing. “I come from a family of eight boys and, as the first born, my father made education a priority for us, so, I grew up with books all around me, having spent time in my father’s big library while others were playing”. According to him, “my father believes that ‘Reading makes a man while writing makes a full man”.
Although, he went into Mass Communication, Oparah’s flare for journalism, actually, started while he was in the primary school, because he was good in essay writing. With nostalgia, he recalled some of his early writings which were, eventually, published in 1983 in the Statesman Newspapers based in Imo State, and it was from here that his zeal was fired.
On challenges of life, he said nothing comes easy in life, “to rise in life you have to work hard”.