By Davey Ozurumba
A mixed grill of sadness and joy overwhelmed Egbu in Owerri North local government area of Imo State, last weekend.
It was a weekend that witnessed the burial of one of the community’s most prized lady, the media officer of the national female football team, the Falcons, Miss Gracious Ihunanya Akujobi who died on July 15, 2015 at her residence in Abuja.
The cloud of gloom enveloped the town as her body was flown home from Abuja for burial.
A brief burial service was held for her at the All Saints Church Cathedral, Egbu, amidst wailing from dear ones and numerous sympathizers.
The sterling qualities of the 38-year-old Mass Communication graduate, a pillar of strength in her family, poured out like rain at the church service by the preacher of the sermon. Glowing tributes by family and officials of state as well as those of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), were also rendered.
However, it was excitement galore at another forum where the N40m Skills-Acquisition Centre built by the Egbu Women Association (EWA) was commissioned by the traditional ruler, Eze Felix Nwanna Orisakwe Egbukole, Ochoronma V, of Egbu.
The traditional ruler warmly appreciated the developmental zeal of the members, and prayed for God’s continued support for their genuine causes aimed at the general welfare of the community.
The occasion which was attended by the Anglican Bishop of Egbu Diocese, Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Enyinnaya Okorafor, and Canon Sunday Echibima was very lively as various dances were on display by the women from different villages in the town.
It was also at that occasion that the out-going President of the association, Dame Angy Uba, signed off, after delivering a touching valedictory speech.
The highlight of the occasion was the unveiling of photographs of past presidents and secretaries since EWA started in the late ’60s.