By Franz Ndulue
THE people of Umukwa Community in Awka capital city of Anambra State, were thrown into deep mourning as the body of a popular woman leader and philanthropist, Late Mrs Maria Ogoamaka Ozoemene (nee Nweke) was laid to rest, last weekend.
Late Mrs Ozoemene (a.k.a Ubemma), aged 75years, was eulogized by the natives and guests during the funeral ceremony as a peacemaker and very charitable with empathy for the downtrodden.
She was a widely travelled generous housewife who sojourned across Nigeria, including Ibadan, Akure, Benin (where they resided in the palace of late Oba Eradieuwa) before moving to Togo, Mali and other African countries with her blacksmith husband.
According to her son, Chief Nwachukwu Ozoemene (Uche Multi), based in Spain, their late mother was a quintessential virtuous woman who showed genuine love and cared for everybody. He rued over her, just as he vowed to uphold her humanitarian virtues.
Chief Ozoemene expressed gratitude to all those who attended the burial ceremony and other sympathisers, praying God to grant their deceased matriarch’s soul eternal rest.
Anambra son of the deceased, Chief Chukwuemeka Lastborn Ozoemene (Tinubu Awka), also described their late mother as an outstanding philanthropist, who left indelible marks on the sands of history both in Awka and various places and countries she travelled with her husband to ply his blacksmith business.
He said their mother left a lot of enviable legacies which they had imbibed as guiding principles, even as he thanked everybody who consoled with them, praying God to reward them and give her soul an eternal respite.
Prominent personalities who graced the occasion included the chairman of Awka South LGA transition council, Hon Leo Nwuba, leading an APGA delegation; Chief Chukwunenye Nwangene (Ngenedindu Awka), and Chief Ignatius Muoneke (Akuyienwaegwu) among others, with several age groups and traditional dances thrilling guests.