By Ononye VC
A sweet aroma of joy and festiveness pervades the entire Onitsha Archdiocese and indigenous Catholic community of Onitsha as the Metropolitan Archbishop of Onitsha,Most Rev Valerian Maduka Okeke ordains 19 new priests on July 11 2021.
The ordination will take place at the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, Onitsha.
The Onitsha indigenous Catholic community has one candidate in the person of Rev Emmanuel Okechukwu Anazonwu who by divine providence is a grand child from the Royal family of late Obi Anazonwu, the traditional ruler of Onitsha who received early missionaries with open arms in Onitsha.
It is on record that “the Basilica which was then the Cathedral stands on elevated piece of land which was part of the 20 hectares made available for Fr Lutz and his team by Obi Anazonwu and Chiefs of Onitsha on 6 January ,1914”.
Rev Emmanuel was born in Onitsha North Local Government Area and her parents are Sir and Lady Christopher Anazonwu (KSM),the immediate past Principal of Metropolitan Secondary School, Onitsha.
Others set for ordination include three candidates from Oraukwu in Idemili North Local Govt Area namely,Rev Clement Onyekachukwu Akabogu born on 5th February 1990,Rev Francisco Okeakpu born on May 20th 1993 and Rev Fredrick Oforka born on 12th March,1993.
Two candidates are from the Republic of Cameroon namely,Rev Atemnkeng Martin Blanco Tazi,born on 31st Dec.1992 and Rev Sunday Roger Tata born on 9th February 1991.
Nzam in Anambra West local Govt Area has two candidates. They are,Rev Emmanuel Ndife born on 25th March 1989 and Rev Sylvester Chukwudi Omelukam (CMF) born on 12th July 1987.
Two candidates are from Awka Etiti in Idemili South local govt Area of Anambra State.They are,Rev Francis Ikenna Okafor born on 2nd June,1989 and Rev Paschal Chukwubuikem Udeaja born on 1st April 1993.
Others are,Rev Henry Charles Ndubeze Umelechi from Obodo-ukwu. He was born on 27th Jan 1992.
Rev Victor Chukwunweike Adibe was born on 6th November 1992 from Obosi Idemili North Local Govt Area and Rev Kevin Chinonso Alisigwe from Akokwa in Ideato North Local Govt Area of Imo State, born on 11th March 1993.
The list include Rev Ignatius Chukwudozie Ezemuoka from Igboukwu in Aguata Local Government Area,born on July 15, 1992.
Rev Emmanuel Emmanuel Ndidi Megwalu,born 27th February 1984 from Umunya Oyi Local Govt Area of Anambra State,Rev Elijah Nwabunwanne Okagbue born on 4th October 1989 from Enugu-Otu in Anambra East LGA and Rev Anthony Ifeanyi Odunze from Umudioka,Dunukofia LGA born on 21st February 1991.
The list contains Rev Bonaventure Chukwuemekalum Onuorah born on 2nd June 1994 is from Imilike- Enu in Udenu LGA of Enugu State and Rev Franklin Okechukwu Onyekwe from Awkuzu in Oyi LGA of Anambra State, born on 22nd March,1994.

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