By Chukwudi Ikpe
It was a mixture of glamour and style as the Medical Director of Uchenna Hospital Owerri, Dr. Francis Ugwuegbulem Onyejiaka (JP) and his wife, Lady Edith Okwuchi Onyejiaka (JP), the President of the Boys Brigade Nigeria, Imo State Council, celebrated the golden jubilee of their marriage.
The event which was held last Christmas Day, took place in their hometown, Izombe in Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State, while the 50th wedding anniversary Thanksgiving service was held at Christ Anglican Church Izombe.
In his brief homily, the Anglican Bishop of Diocese On the Lake, Rt. Rev. Chijioke Oti, Ph.D, JP, who presided over the service, reminded Christians that their survival and progress depended on the goodness and mercy of God.
He noted that the celebrants had progressed tremendously despite challenges and extolled them for their numerous achievements as well as service to God and humanity.
Bishop Oti pointed out that there were no relationships without hiccups and attributed increased marriage breakups to self dependence.
He, therefore, advised young couples to look up to God for sustenance of their marriage.
The service was conducted by Rev. Canon Onyinyeoma Onyeagocha while the first and second lessons from Genesis 2:15-25 and Hebrews 13:1-8 were read by the celebrants grandson, Ebubechukwu Ugochukwu and granddaughter, Jessica Onyejiaka, respectively.
The highpoints of the service were the reaffirmation of marital vows by the celebrants as well as special thanksgiving with their family and friends.
The reception took place at their country home.
In an interview, the second daughter of the celebrants, Mrs. Somtochukwu Ugochukwu expressed gratitude to God and described her parents as wonderful.
“I am very happy to witness it. My parents are wonderful and I have learnt a lot from them. My mother is a role model and a motivator. My father is straightforward. They are very hospitable and God fearing. They transferred all these into me which I am transferring into my children”, she said.
Also speaking, the first son of the celebrants, High Chief Uchenna Onyejiaka, that described his parents as the best thing that happened to him, stressing that he learnt Christian virtues from them.