By Gid Ahanonu
The remains of late Lady Abigail Chinedo Ekeanyanwu (Nee Onukpado) were laid to rest in her home town, Idem Ogwa, in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State recently.
A funeral service was held in her honour at St. Marks Anglican Church, Idem Ogwa.
Preaching a sermon during the funeral service, the Archdeacon of Owerri, Ven. Zion Ngoka, charged the clergy and stakeholders of various church denominations to restore the life of the church in Igbo land for Christ.
He noted that people’s participation in Christian Religious activities was dwindling and called for a wake-up to rekindle the faith of the founding fathers of Christianity.
Ven. Ngoka, who is also the Vicar of Christ’s Church Owerri, noted that death was inevitable and that the present age was filled with insecurity, hatred, suspicion, falsehood and corruption.
Speaking on the topic: “Prepare now for the future glory”, he enjoined Christians to give their lives to Jesus and focus on the glory of God for change and transformation.
The Preacher extolled the virtuous qualities of the deceased and described her as a genuine Christian who helped to move the church forward.
The only lesson of the service which was conducted by the Archdeacon of Alaenyi Ogwa, Ven. C.C. Onyeanuma, was read by the deceased’s daughter from Romans 8:31-39.
The service also featured anthems from St. Marks Idem Ogwa, Scripture Union Eastern Zone, Knights of St. Christopher, Owerri Diocese and Christ Church Owerri led by Sir Emma Nnamdi.
In the family oration, late lady Abigail was described as a devout Christian committed to the work of God in various ways.
She is survived by her husband, Sir Godspower Ekeanyanwu, two children and many relations.
The funeral ceremony was attended by many Christian faithful from far and near including the clergy from Owerri, Ikeduru and Mbaise Dioceses.