THE family of the late Sir Nwagbo Maduekwe, popularly known as Odu Oba, in Idemili South LGA, Anambra State, have pledged to build a cathedral which would be donated to the Anglican Communion in honor of their father.
The late Maduekwe was a cabinet member of Oba Igwe- in- Council, representing Isu-Umuezedim Village, chairman, First Tarzan Motors Ltd, Odu Investments Company Ltd and Executive Director of the Board of Oba Microfinance Bank.
Speaking on behalf of the family during the funeral service of the late Maduekwe at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Oba, his first son, Emeka, pledged to build a church at Urueze village, Oba .
Emeka said that they wished to continue in the good legacies of their late father, a Knight of St. Christopher, who contributed immensely to the work of God by immortalising his name through the project.
In his homily themed, ‘Building a God Fearing Family for a Better Society’, the Anglican Bishop, Diocese on the Niger, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Owen Nwokolo urged Christians to teach their children the fear of God.
“Ensure that you and your family members maintain a good stand before God so that the coming of Jesus Christ will not take you by surprise. God fearing families produce a better society”, he said.
The prelate described the late Maduekwe as a man committed to the work of God and service to humanity whose life and business empire impacted many people within and outside his community.
In his remarks, the regent of Oba, Prince Noel Ezenwa, described Odu Oba as a leading light in the community who was well loved and passionate about the development of Oba.
“Odu was a key contributor to the development of our schools, churches and villages. He gifted our Girls Secondary School with a Home Economics Block, fully equipped classrooms, laboratories and kitchen.
“I extend our condolences to his wife, Mmilimma and children: Emeka, Chidi, Oge, Obiamaka, Uzo and Obiche. We will miss his invaluable contributions in the various capacity in which he touched lives”, Ezenwa said.
Moreover, Chief Felix Uzo states “Odu’s death is one death too many, not just a big loss to Oba but Nigeria. He was an Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR).
According to Chief Sam Odinammadu, Ikeora Oba, “A great Iroko tree has fallen. His death was a shock to me because Odu was my mentor. He was a good man who established many people”.
Also, President Isu village Oba, Sir Osita Ifedili Ubadi noted that Odu was a first class chief and peacemaker who contributed immensely to the peace Oba people are enjoying today.
President Aboji Akanano, Nze Dozie Nweke eulogised the legacies of the late Maduekwe, saying that he was an uncle who was passionate about the development of community and the people.
Chief Peter Enendu, Ichie Obelenwa, APGA Board Member, Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka all commiserated with the family of Maduekwe, praying God to give them the fortitude to bear the loss.
However, Sir Emeka Maduekwe and his brother Obiche said that their father was a versatile, lovable person who lived his life making huge efforts not to make mistakes.
They also thanked all who came to commiserate with them in their time of grief , adding that they would continue the scholarship and other humanitarian projects their father instituted.
Other distinguished guests include transport moguls, his fellow patrons and members of Peoples Club International, cabinet chiefs, Knights of St Christopher, federal and state government delegates.