By Michael Nnebife
SATURDAY, August 20, 2022 will remain evergreen to the Councilor, representing Nimo ward I in Njikoka council area, Mr Ikechukwu Marcel Okonkwo and his heartthrob, former Chibuozor Joy Onyebueke as they joyously with high tense of excitement like no other, marched to the altar of God to tie the nuptial knots in the fulfilment of divine injunction.
The event, which took place at St Kelvin’s Catholic Church, Nimo, in Njioka Local Government Area, Anambra State, was not only a moment of joy to the new couple and their loved ones, who were present to witness the occasion, but it was also a gathering of who’s who in Njioka LGA. Among them, were the Traditional Ruler of Nimo, HRH, Igwe Maxi Ike Oliobi; the President General of the community, Chief Ekene Okafor, the members of transition committee for Njioka LGA; host of community and religious leaders, including the Director, Fides School of Theology and Evangelisation, Awka, Rev Fr Dr Celestine Muowa.
In a sermon during the holy Mass, Rev Fr Henry Oduenyi of St Kelvin’s Church, described marriage as a lifelong journey that keeps on unfolding with different pleasant and unpleasant behaviours, which only can be subdued by the partners through love.
Fr Oduenyi emphatically highlighted patience, prayer for divine grace, among others, as a viable key to a successful married life, and urged the couple to strongly hold unto God while moving through the marital journey.
While advising them to love and support each other in every condition, the Catholic cleric condemned wife battering, admonishing the groom to avoid such as a plague.
Reminding them of their respective roles in a family, the cleric described a wife as the eyes and organiser of a home whom should be contended with whatever resources the husband provides for the upkeep of the family.
In an interview with the press shortly after the Mass, the Director, Fides School of Theology and Evangelisation, Rev Fr Dr Mouwa, who presided over the mass, enjoined the couple to live out the love of God and their neighbours which he said, will translate into the unity and progress of their family.
He prayed “God to grant them His blessings of love, unity, progress and children”.
Nuptial dance, cutting of cake, among others, added glamour to the second part of the event at St Joseph’s Hall, Nimo.