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Witnesses celebrate couple who wedded despite groom’s amputation



Anthony and his wife Maryjane during their white wedding

….My wife accepted the way I’m – Groom

Families, friends and well-wishers, Saturday, gathered to share the moment of joy of Holy Matrimony between Maryjane ChineloUkpogu and Anthony UderikaUkpogu at the Retreat and Pastoral Center, Nodu-Okpuno, Anambra State, years after the groom, who had  lost all hopes of being accepted by any woman still wedded his heartthrob.

  National Light gathered that Mr Ukpogu had an accident after he met his wife, which led to amputation of his right leg and during the period, he stopped relating with his wife believing that she would no longer accept his marriage proposal due to his condition but the wife, Maryjane, on learning his condition, insisted she was ready for the marriage and kept telling her man that it’s not the end of the world.

  Narrating his story in an interview with National Light, Mr Ukpogu, who  expressed his heart felt gratitude to God for his grace that led him towards fulfilling his dream despite his challenges in life said: “I am so excited because I have been inducted into fatherhood. Not only that, I and my wife have had spiritual bond today. I really appreciate Prof Tony Okoye for adding a success story into my life.”

  “My worst challenges started during my service in Anambra State Waste Management Agency (ASWAMA), during  the regime of the former Governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi. Then, Prof. Okoye was appointed as the Cheif Executive Officer of ASWAWA and he made me the Manager Operations. Everything was moving perfectly well.”

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  “When another managing director was appointed into the office, we kept working until I was transferred to Onitsha, as Director, Road Sweepers. Along the line, I had accident and was amputated. Then in the hospital bed, one of my relatives came and said, “let me manage”, and added, “a worthless life is better than a worthless death”. I said no, I am not living a worthless life, rather, I may be the happiest person than he thought.

  “I always have faith that God owns the earth and he will never forsake me. My wife did not know about my predicament when we came across each other on social media until we met. I truly observed that she accepts me the way I am. So, I went ahead and engaged her. She did not see it as a hindrance to marry me. When I told her that I have no leg and was not the right man for her, she said no, that she will marry me. To the glory of God, we have both been blessed with a son, Chukwudalu.”

  “Many of my friends I grew up with have all married long ago. Obviously, whoever finds himself in a similar situation has been restricted to certain things. I will encourage him or her to do things within his capacity and always pray to God. There must be a help from Zion”.

  Mr Ukpogu further thanked his family, relatives, in-laws, friends and well-wishers for standing in the gap for him to ensure the successful end of his wedding, even as he prayed for God’s abundant blessings as they return back to their various homes.

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  Earlier in his sermon, Rev. Fr Okpogu charged the newly married couple to make God the center of their marriage, love each other as God has loved his church and never harden their hearts towards one another.

  In their separate speech, Professor Okoye and Mr Menkiti described the groom as a brother, respectful servant and God fearing person as they both thanked God for bringing the couple together to live as one. They also prayed for more marital blessings as the couple journey together in life.

  On behalf of the Mass Communication graduates 2006 set, Rev Fr. Jeremiah Chukwu presented a gift to MrOkpugo and his wife as other colleagues wish them a happy married life.

  The wedding reception which took place at the worshiping venue attracted some clergymen, including the Chaplain of Retreat and Pastoral Center, Rev Fr. Maximus Mmuojeke, brother to the groom, Rev. Fr Jacob Ukpogu, his course mate, Rev Fr. Jerry Okoye, Chairman of the occasion and Former Chief Executive Officer of Anambra State Waste Management Authority (ASWAMA), Professor Tony Okoye, sponsors of the couple, Mr and Mrs Eddy Menkiti, colleagues of the groom and graduates of Mass Communication Department, 2006 set, government officials and associates.

  Some dignitaries and friends present were Mr Christian Ukpogu, Chief and Mrs Timothy Nwankwo, Chief and Mrs Samuel Ogezuo, Chief and Mrs Tony Nmaeke, Mr and Mrs Godwin Oree, Mr Michea Oree, Augustina Ajani and many others.

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