The first memorial service of late Prof Sir Enoch A. Anyanwu, former Secretary to the Government of old Imo State under late Governor Mbakwe held at his home church, St. Peter’s (Ang) Church, Umuariam, Obowo penultimate Saturday was indeed the celebration of a man who in his life time served God and humanity through unlimited philanthropy.
Among the highlights of the event which attracted eight bishops, over 50 Knights and Ladies as well as prominent people in various fields, were the presentation, review and dedication of a book written by his wife, Prof. Lady Ngozi Anyanwu in honour of her late husband, the consecration of late Prof. Anyanwu’s grave and the unveiling of his statue at Sir Enoch Anyanwu Memorial Convent, Umuariam.
In her moving testimony Lady Anyanwu recalled how she once prayed to God for her husband’s recovery when he was erroneously ill. She said God answered her prayers as the husband lived for another 15 years within which period God showered the family with favour as she bagged her profession seat, their daughter had four children, the PEACE centre and Barnabas Charity Foundation were established.
In his sermon, the Anglican Bishop of Okigwe South, Rt Rev. David Onuoha noted that while alive, Professor Anyanwu lived a righteous life having touched many with his personal resources through the establishment of St. Barnabas Charitable Foundation in Okigwe South Diocese and PEACE Centre in Owerri Diocese. The preacher also recalled that the deceased awarded scholarship to indigent students as well as assisted in building magnificent churches and houses for widows.
In Bishop Onuoha’s words; “when he retired from service, he became a minister for giving” and urged others in such positions and those Professor Anyanwu mentored to immortalize him by following his footsteps.
The bishop extolled the quality of being righteous as priceless and divine as he enjoined members of Prof. Anyanwu’s family to appreciate God’s mercy for them assuring them of God’s protection because their father left a legacy of service to God and hope for their generation to carry on.
The service was conducted by the vicar of St. Peter’s, Umuariam, Ven Ebenezar Ebo while the deceased’s daughter, Mrs Chinyere Mgbebuihe read the only lesson drawn from Rev. 21:1-7.
The book, “The Evergreen Notes of Enoch Agulanna Anyanwu (OFR, KSC, POM)” written by Prof Lady Beatrice Ngozi Anyanwu was dedicated by the Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Cyril Okorocha, PhD and reviewed by Prof. Moses O.E. Iwuala, KSC.
Dedicating the book, Bishop Okorocha submitted that late Prof. Anyanwu gave himself to God without selfishness describing the occasion as “the highest expression of spirituality”.
The other bishops who attended the occasion were Most Rev. Emmanuel Nglass (rtd), Rt Rev. B.J. Ogu (rtd), Rt Rev. A.I.S. Nwaizuzu (rtd), Rt Rev. Geoffrey Chukwunenye and Rt. Rev. Edward Osuegbu.