Patience, endurance, tolerance identified as bedrocks of marriage By Nick Chibunna

It was a moment of joy penultimate Saturday when friends and well-wishers, in-laws, title holders and dignitaries gathered at Umuerim kindred in Umuhu Atta, in the Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State to rejoice with the family of Hon. John Duruji, during the traditional marriage of his daughter, Miss Ugonna and Mr Okechukwu Opara of Obiangwu in the Ngokpala Local Government Area of Imo State.

Songs of joy and praise enveloped the arena, with Okechukwu and Ugonna taking regal steps to the admiration of all.

In his words of admonition before Hon. Duruji handed his daughter to Okechukwu, Sir(Engr.) Maxwell Iwuamadi who stood for the chairman of the occasion, Sir Bon. Unachukwu who arrived later, strongly advised the couple to make God their sure cornerstone.

He said that happy home is always anchored on three fundamental principles of patience, endurance and tolerance, and urged them to love and cherish one another.

Also admonishing the couple, the substantive chairman, Sir Bon Unachukwu enjoined the couple to always trust one another and never to allow the third party to mediate for them when there is  a misunderstanding, adding that in the midst of storms and billows God would always make way for them.

The event witnessed an array of beautiful damsels who danced and led Ugonna in search of her heart-throb Okechukwu.  It also featured the exchange of gifts and presentation of souvenirs.

A mild drama was enacted when Ugonna’s mother, Mrs Rosemond Duruji, wept profusely when she was asked to bless her daughter for final handover to Mr Okechukwu.

The traditional ruler of Atta West Autonomous Community, Eze Ben Udeneho (Olu-Oha I), and Former Special Assistant to the Imo State Government on Transport, Hon. Longinus Ogide, attended the occasion, among others.

Speaking to Christian Voice shortly after the ceremony, the father of the bride, Hon. John Duruji, said it was a day he had been looking forward to.

The elated couple, Okechukwu and Ugonna, said cheerfully; we will make God our cornerstone.

Ugonna obtained her first degree in Industrial Chemistry and has her Master’s in Environmental Chemistry at Federal University of Technology Owerri.  Her heart-throb, Okechukwu is also a master’s degree holder.

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