By Emmah Onumah
A special sing-song and service of tributes was held on the penultimate Friday at the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL) Owerri, in honour of late Dr. (Mrs.) Ngozi A.C. Chukwuocha, the wife of the Cathedral /Administrator.
The sing-song attracted the presence and participation of hundreds of sympathizers from all walks of life, including academicians from the Academic Staff Union of Universities, FUTO Branch, Imo State University Chapel of the Holy Spirit, various church families in the Cathedral, Priests from the various Archdeaconries in the Owerri Diocese and beyond, the larger Chukwuocha Family, friends and well-wishers, as well as the Diocesan Bishop of the Owerri Diocese, Rt, Rev. C.C. Okorocha Ph.D and the Women Ministries7 President, Dr. (Mrs.) Eunice I. Okorocha (Mama Owerri).
The service of songs was characterized by a galaxy of tributes and testimonies by different groups and church families in the Cathedral. Many, in their respective tributes and testimonies, described the fallen academic as a woman of virtue, ever cheerful and smiling and one not given to ostentatious living but a simple life. Some of the tributes described her brief sojourn here on earth as full of care and concern for those she came in contact with, while others saw her as a woman who feared the Lord, and a source of great support to both the husband and the Women’s Ministries in the Cathedral.
In a brief homily, the Assistant National Co-ordinator of the just-concluded Langham Partnership Expository Preaching Seminar, held at Christ the Good Shepherd Centre, Uzii Mission Compound, Owerri, Reverend Emeka Egbo encouraged every Christian to be comforted when faced with such a situation.
Citing I Thessalonians 4:13-18, he charged all and sundry, to be confident about the second coming of the Lord especially as they turn to God and accept Jesus as their personal Lord and Saviour.
In their own tribute which also served as a vote of thanks, Sir Abraham Chukwuocha, on behalf of the entire Chukwuocha Family of Akurubi Itu, Ezinihitte Mbaise LGA expressed gratitude to all who were present to share in their grief, describing Dr, (Mrs.) Ngozi Chukwuocha, as a Lady of faith, role model, impeccable in character and personality, as well as a lady with proven discipline.
He expressed deep appreciation to the Lord Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. C.C. Okorocha Ph.D and his wife Dr. (Mrs.) Eunice Okorocha (Mama Owerri) the CATOL community, colleagues, and associates, for their encouragements in diverse ways.
The Lord Bishop, who rounded off the occasion with a benediction, thanked all for their patience, urging them to always encourage one another as chosen people of God.