The remains of Pa Emenike Daniel Udensi, the oldest man in Isimkpu village and who died at 92 years of age, were interred on Thursday, 24 November, 2016 in his compound at Isimkpu, just behind the All Saints’ Cathedral of the Anglican Communion, Ugwuavor, Arochukwu, even as Ugoeze Margret Nwankwo, the deceased wife of the Ezeogo of Isimkpu village, was buried on Tuesday, 22 November, 2016 in her husband’s compound in the village.
Pa Emenike, a quintessential soul, was eulogised by the people for his peaceful disposition, strict and disciplined life-style throughout his sojourn on earth. Survived by children, grand-children and relatives, the funeral ceremony of the community leader and retired public servant, was attended by many, many people including the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the 2015 general election, Dr Alex Otti.
Meanwhile, the late Madam Esther Opuruiche Okoroafor, the Mother-General of the Christ Ascension Church, Arochukwu District, was, on Saturday, 12 November 2016, laid to rest in her husband’s compound in Ndi Agor, Obinkita, Arochukwu.
The burial ceremony was attended by five bishops of the Christ Ascension Church from Port Harcourt (Victor Achulonu); Umuahia (Felix Edolor), Enugu, Ohafia and Arochukwu Areas of the church. The bishops had accompanied their colleague and the first son of the deceased, the Rev’d John Ogeikpe Okoroafor, the Bishop of Enugu Urban of the Christ Ascension Church, Onuato, Enugu.
In all, mourners from Arochukwu, Aba, Abakaliki, Enugu, Effium, Ohafia, Umuahia, Port Harcourt and other places, totaling about three thousand in number, attended the burial.
At the funeral service conducted by a few pastors of the Christ Ascension Church, Arochukwu District, one of the officiating ministers had asked ‘look at the number of people here. Can you do what Mother Esther had done in your church and community to attract this number of mourners during your burial?’
Mother-General Esther is survived by five children, twelve grand-children, three sons in-laws, one daughter in-law, relatives and friends who include Mrs Uchenna Madubuike (who lives in Abakaliki with the husband); Mrs Mercy Ogbonnaya-Akoma (a Certified National Accountant who works in the Bursary Department of the Federal Government Girls’ College, Abuloma, Port Harcourt and the wife of Mazi Ogbonnaya Akoma, Arochukwu Bureau Correspondent of Aro News); the Rev’d John Ogeikpe Okoroafor (the Bishop of Enugu Urban of the Christ Ascension Church); Arc Sunny Alfred Ogeikpe Okoroafor (of the Works Department, Arochukwu LGA); Mrs Ruth Chimuanya Godwin and Prophetess (Mrs) Blessing John Ogeikpe Okoroafor, among others.