The cold hands of death had clued to the soul of a most devout and faithful member of the Christ Ascension Church, Arochukwu District, and an outstanding social and religious leader in Arochukwu, Mrs Esther Opuruiche Alfred Ogeikpe Okoroafor, of Ndi Agor, Obinkita, Arochukwu. She died by 07:02 am on Monday, 01 August, 2016 at FGGC, Abuloma, Port Harcourt, during an illness. She was aged 78 years.
Madam Esther Okoroafor, who was a national woman leader of the Christ Ascension Church and its Mother-General in Arochukwu District of the church, was the wife of the late Deacon Alfred Ogeikpe Okoroafor of Ndi Agor, Obinkita, a retired colliery worker in Enugu and who had brought Christ Ascension Church to Arochukwu for the first time when the church was formed from the Apostolic Church, and his house used for worship before the church was able to build its structure at Ibom, Arochukwu.
As a trusted and caring, sincere leader who abhorred dishonesty in her dealings with those she led, Madam Okoroafor handled the affairs of Ndi Agor women for years, and was the pillar of the women of Christ Ascension Church, Arochukwu District who led them to all national, regional and district meetings and events until she took ill in May this year that finally resulted in her death.
Madam Opuruiche (so named because of her striking beauty at birth) is survived by three daughters, two sons, three sons-in-laws, step- and grand children. They include the Rev’d Ben Nwachukwu Okoroafor, retired director of Media Ministries, Assemblies of God Nigeria; Mrs Uchenna Sunday Madubuike of Asaga village based in Abakaliki; the Rev’d John Ogeikpe Okoroafor of the Christ Ascension Church, Onuato, Enugu and former special assistant to the immediate-past Enugu state deputy governor; Mrs Mercy Ogbonnaya Akoma of the Bursary Department, Federal Government Girls’ College, Abuloma, PH; Arc Sunny Chinedu Alfred of the Works Department, Arochukwu LGA, and Mrs Ruth Chimuanya Godwin of Asaga village.
She will be buried in November this year.