On the 30th of December 2014, all roads led to the residence of Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa for the 85th birthday celebration of his mother Mama Matilda. The celebration started at Cathedral Church of All Saints, Ugwuavo where a thanksgiving service was held in honor of Mama; thanking God for His mercies and abundant grace all these years. Rt.Rev Johnson Onuoha, The Lord Bishop of Arochukwu/Ohafia Diocese who delivered the sermon, eulogized the virtues of Mama Matilda, for laying the right foundation in Christ Jesus for her children. He also prayed God to continue to keep Mama in good health, and also continue to bless her children.
At the end of church service, guests were treated to sumptuous meals, at the vast residence of Mazi Sam, Mama’s first son; with different band stands on the stand: with the celebrated gospel singer, Chioma Jesus on the lead.
It was a roll call of the crème de la crème in the country. From the Federal, State and Local governments, they were present to felicitate with the Ohuabunwa’s on their mother’s birthday.
It was indeed a memory that will be hard to erase from the psyche of every member of the Ohuabunwa’s; especially for Mama, who watched her children, grand children, great grand children and her daughters- in-laws celebrate her alive.
Born as Nwalaezi Ochonma in 1929 to late Mazi Okoro Ochonma and Madam Ejiaghator Ochonma in Rumuobiakani, Port Harcourt, she married Mazi Sunday Ohuabunwa after her elementary education. She ran thriving restaurant businesses in the 1950’s around Shell Residential Area and Trans Amadi Industrial Layout in Port Harcourt. During the civil war, she migrated from restaurant business to selling clothes. The business however blossomed after the war to wrapper selling business which she successfully managed until recently.