In 2012 at a Book Party event organised by the Committee for Relevant Art (CORA) held in Lagos. He disclosed the reason he wrote the book. In his words he said
“The reason for Eze Goes To School was because a few books had been written for Nigerians by Nigerian writers. But there was nothing about Nigerian children or for them to read. All the books that we had, when I was in school and when I came out, were books about European children.
“So I thought I should write something about our own children and how they live.
And I wrote it based on our surroundings so that the child who is reading it will understand and appreciate that this is something that is familiar,”
Joseph Onuora Nzekwu died by 4.30p.m. on the 21st of April in his home in Onitsha, Anambra, where he had been living in retirement, a family member, Louis Chuke, said. He was 89 years old when he died.
Nzekwu, who has worked as a teacher, civil servant and journalist, also wrote other books which includes Wand of Noble Wood, Blade Among the boys.
- On August 8, 2006, News Agancy of Nigeria (NAN) at its 30th Anniversary celebrations at Abuja. presented a plaque to with the engraving “Maker of NAN,” to Joseph Onuora Nzekwu. Prior to his retirement in 1985, he presided over the affairs of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) for nearly eight years.
- In December, 2008, Nzekwu was conferred with the Nigerian National Honor of the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON).