The family of Elder John Okoronkwo of Amuvi, Arochukwu has announced the demise of the family matriarch, Lady Lydia Daa Okoronkwo at the youthful age of 55 years and 8 months. A scion of the famous Okereke brothers of Amuvi, Arochukwu, Lydia graduated from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, took a master’s degree in Public Administration at the University of Lagos and was at advanced stages of completing her doctorate degree when she became sick.
Though sickness restricted her movement, she defied the pains and kept in touch with important assignments, including church and family activities until 11:15pm on June 11, 2015. In a wake akin to a carnival, colleagues, relations, church organizations and numerous well-wishers bided her farewell at the family residence at Prince & Princess Estate, Abuja, before her corpse was taken home.
The burial ceremony at the country home of Mazi John Okoronkwo at Amuvi, Arochukwu was another huge event with mourners that came from all walks of life. In a befitting tribute on behalf of the entire Amuvi community, Mazi ND Umeh, President-General of Amuvi Welfare Union, eulogized the late Daa Okoronkwo, particularly for her gallantry is community development initiatives.
It would be recalled that it was through her dogged efforts that the community was blessed with a federal health center which currently serves several villages in Arochukwu, including the neighboring Ihechiowa community. The visibly and emotionally challenged husband, Mazi John Okoronkwo, defied grief and was consoled by the fact that his dear wife is resting in the bosom of the almighty. As she departs to eternity, the realm of the blessed, our hope is that her legacies of service, humility and love of God, the church and mankind shall remain a beacon of hope to the living. May God grant her soul eternal repose, console her amiable husband, children, her Christian community, Amuvi, Arochukwu and the rest of humanity. We love you and shall miss you dearly. Adieu.