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Encomiums as Ma Obiechina departs



ENCOMIUMS were showered on Mrs Ezinne Theresa Obiechina, as she was interned in her matrimonial home, the late Pa Stephen Obiechina’s Compound, Uru Ogwugwuagu Village, Ogidi, Idemili North Local Government Area, Anambra State.

In his homily, the parish priest of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Ogidi, Rev. Father John Omuta, urged Christians to live worthy lives. Describing death as an inevitable phase in life, he appealed to Christians to see the immortality in the transformation it brings, notwithstanding the physical pains.

“The death of a Christian reminds us of what awaits individuals irrespective of their age. We should prepare for it because it must surely happen. As mortals, we cannot question God for Ma Obiechina’s death. God gives and takes life. He alone knows the reason for calling her home. We should console ourselves that she lived a good life.”

Rev. Father Omuta admonished Christians to carry the consciousness of overcoming challenges in any situation by anchoring their trust in God.

Emeka Obiechina, the late Ma Obiechina’s first son, said his mother was a wonderful woman, who sacrificed so much for her children.
“My mother was always out to help her children. She proffered solutions to people’s problems.

She was a woman with a golden heart and didn’t discriminate. A virtuous woman, who was ready to lay down her life for her children, My mother’s hospitality was second to none.

He said it was unfortunate that she is no more. She gave us hope to live, “from her I learned that you should trust in God no matter the situation; that someday, the situation will improve as long as you focus on what you are doing,” he said.

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Adaobi Okolie, first daughter of the late Ma Obiechina, said she found it hard to believe her mother’s death, “I pray her soul rests in peace. She was a beautiful and virtuous woman. I’m very proud of her. She was a mother to everyone.”

She recalled people always have something good to talk about, “People she left behind are grieving with heavy hearts. She was a person you can depend on, reliable in every sense of the word. She sacrificed so much for us to ensure we are what we are today.

Unfortunately, she didn’t stay long to reap the fruits of her labour. But all the same, we give God the glory for a life well spent.”
Ejike Anyaduba, a brother to Ma Obiechina, in an emotion laden voice, described his sister as a wonderful woman, not because she was his sister but rather lived it.

A great conversationalist and most accommodating, “My sister was an exceptional person with an infectious smile that will lighten up any moody situation. I was particularly close to her; a strong and smart woman; unfortunate that she died at her age. A painful death, she was full of life. At the time she died, she already had a clean bill of health.”

He prayed God to give the family the fortitude to bear the loss and for the children to emulate their mother’s exemplary life.

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