13 Bishops , over 500 priests, Governors, others attend the funeral
By Nna Anulumadu
It was a carnival of a sort last Friday, February 5th, 2021, at Ogidi ancient Kingdom, when the remains of late Ezinne Roseline Chidii Okonkwo ( nee Molokwu) the mother of Very Rev Fr. Dr. Izunna Okonkwo and High Chief Dr. Obiora Okonkwo( Dike Ora Idemili) was committed to the mother earth at her home town, Ire village Ogidi, in Idemili North LGA, of Anambra state.
The burial ceremony attracted not less than 13 Catholic Bishops from all over the country led by their president, Most Rev. Augustine Obiora Akubueze, the Archbishop of the Benin Archdiocese, as well as over five hundred priests including clergy men of other religious denominations.
Other dignitaries who attended are Governor Willie Obiano (represented by his Deputy Nkem Okeke), Chief Nnia Nwodo, the immediate past president of Ohaneze, Mr Peter Obi, former Governor of Anambra state and vice presidental candidate for PDP in the last presidential election, senator Mrs Uche Ekwunife, senator representing Anambra central,ex senator Ben Obi, Andy Uba, Engr. Chris Azubuogu, federal legislator representing Nnewi north, South and Ekwusigo among others.
Preaching a sermon during the burial Mass, Bishop John Okoye of Awgu Catholic diocese of Enugu state, admonished Nigerians to always crave to live lives worthy of emulation so as to impact positively to the society.
While describing the deceased as a virtuous woman who impacted positively to the society, he urged Christians to live a good life, as well as practice love of their neighbours, noting that if Nigerians will practice love of their neighbours, peace and transquility will reign in the country.
Also speaking, Dr Nkem Okeke the deputy governor of Anambra extolled the qualities of the deceased woman for bringing up her children to be responsible people in the society even as he appealed to people of the state to maintain strictly covid19 preventive measures, warning that the government will deal ruthlessly with people found to be flouting the measures.
In his condolence message to the Okonkwo family, Archbishop Valerian Mmaduka Okeke, described the deceased as a mother who participated actively in Christ’s redemptive works through the apostolate of her son Fr Izunna and humanitarian services of her sons and daughters, adding that she left great legacies behind.
Also one of the sons of the deceased Fr Izunna Okonkwo the Chief Executive Officer ( CEO) St Charles Borromeo Specialist Hospital Onitsha, who spoke to Trinitas described his mother as industrious, innovative, humble, wise, unasuming, caring, emphatic, a counselor, a historian, a story teller, a singer, a dancer, an adviser, a teacher and original thinker, adding that she was goodness personified. His mother he further disclosed sponsored many to priesthood, converted many souls for Christ, offered holistic education to many children , young men and women among many other good deeds
Late Roseline popularly known as Fancy Madam, and Ulunwa was born in 1940 to the family of Okaa Nkpu Molokwu of Ezi Ogidi. Years later she got married to late Mr Joseph Odikpo Okonkwo of Ire Ogidi , a marriage that produced nine children. Before her demise at the age of 80, she was an industrious woman, an economist par excellence, a brave and courageous mother and a staunch Marian devotee.