By Nick Chibunna
The Anglican Diocese of Ikeduru, recently, rolled out the drums to celebrate its 10th anniversary, during which the Primate of All Nigeria Anglican Communion, His Grace the Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, also dedicated its new Cathedral Church building.
At the dedication, Primate Okoh praised the people for building a magnificent place of worship for God.
He specially thanked Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu for using his God-given resources to build the Cathedral, and appreciated those who contributed in various ways.
He warned that the building belongs to nobody, not even the builder, Chief Iwuanyawu, or the ministers, nor is it a monument to just enjoy but a place to serve God in spirit and in truth.
Former governor of Imo State, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, who also contributed to building the Cathedral, called for prayers for those in authority.
The former governor, a Knight of the church who attended the ceremony with top government officials, enjoined all to serve God sincerely.
Bishop of the diocese, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Maduwike Ph.D JP, could not hide his joy as he expressed appreciation to God and all who helped to build the Cathedral as well as made the ceremony a success.
The week-long event was described by the Bishop as a celebration of God’s matchless faithfulness and favour.
It featured ordination, collation and installation of deacons, priest, canons and archdeacons, mega praise, investiture of Knights, foundation laying of the new Bishop’s Court, dedication of the new Cathedral build and donated by Chief Iwuanyanwu, award presentation, among others.
The mega praise showcased renowned gospel artiste, including Brother Israel Anyamele of the Agape Band and others.
Prizes were presented to the winners of Sir N.B.E. Nwigwe’s Igbo Bible Reading Competition in which over the sum of N500,000 was given out to winners.
Nineteen persons were investitured into the Order of St. Christopher. One deacon was ordained a priest, five ordinands were ordained deacons, eight priests were installed canons while four Canons were collated Archdeacons.
Different awards were presented to some deserving sons and daughters of the Diocese, while anniversary cake was cut to the delight of all.
The event was well attended by many bishops, top government functionaries, traditional rulers and leaders of thought.
Speaking to newsmen after the event, the chairman of the 10th Anniversary Planning Committee Barr. Sam Kamange, said that God had been so faithful to the Diocese since its inauguration in 2009.
Barr. Kamange who is also the Diocese’s Registrar, said that the success story of the Diocese was due to team work and unflinching support to the Diocesan.