BY SUNNY A. DAVID

Last Sunday, the Anambra State governor, Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo, took out time to celebrate his wife, Mrs. Nonye Soludo, on her birthday.A private Mass heralded the day which would be best described as a normal but special day.Friends and well-wishers had prepared a mini-surprise birthday bash for the governor’s wife. The deputy governor’s wife, Lady Oluchi Ibezim; Mrs. Obiageli Okwubanego; Mrs. Edna Obiakor; commissioner for women and social development, Mrs. Ify Obinabo; her education, budget and economic planning counterpart, Professor Ngozi Chuma-Udeh; Ms. Chiamaka Nnake and a host of others were not missing in action.One striking thing about the day was when Governor Soludo took to the stage and described his wife as God’s gift to him. The governor went on to recall how his wife had been very supportive during his days as the Central Bank governor and his eventual sojourn into the world of politics, how she took care of the home-front and other wonderful things she did as wife and mother, while he was on national duties.Soludo heaped praises on his wife for the great sacrifices she had made on several occasions to keep him going, including living in many countries as a consultant.Based on the foregoing, Governor Soludo emphasised that every year of his wife’s birthday offers him the opportunity to celebrate her as a unique personality, a caring wife and an excellent motherSoludo, in another vein, also reminded guests that he had applied for this job to which Ndi Anambra elected him.“We are not in a total celebrating mood in Anambra State until we fix the roads and many projects staring at us; only then shall we have reason to celebrate fully,” he emphasised. “However, let us always celebrate our women, because a society that doesn’t celebrate them is one that is clapping with one hand.”After the Mass, Mr. Governor, his wife, the deputy governor’s wife, the deputy chief of staff, Mr. Chinedu Nwoye, and others proceeded to Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Amaku-Awka, and thereafter to Model Community Children’s Home where Mrs. Soludo offered succour by way of donation of foodstuffs to patients and motherless children, who in turn prayed for the first lady and her family.

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