By Nna Anulumadu
Not less than 850 children from different communities that made up Ayamelum gathered on Sunday, January 10, 2021 at Udoka house, Omor for Children Christmas carnival staged by Udorah Compassionate center.
The spectacular carnival attracted the presence of the founder of the Compassionate center Rev Fr. Vincent Jekwu Obi, Sir Paul Egwuatu (KSJ), Rev Fr Patrick Egwuatu, Chief Chike Enuke , Mr Daniel Ewenike ( Director of the Compassionate center), Mr Emmanuel Makwudo ( Education Secretary, Ayamelum) and other dignitaries.
Featured the event include, Christmas carols, cultural dance, dancing competition, raffle draw and lots of other entertainment programmes.
Sir Festus Jekwu Ekwunife KSJI who chaired the occasion in his speech commended the founder for staging the carnival, describing the event as educating. He made it clear that bringing children together to commemorate the birth of Christ is in tandem with the instructions of Christ when He said, ‘allow children to come to me’.
Chief Chike Enuke (Ikenga Nteje) in his contribution praised the efforts of the founder of the Compassionate center, stating that he has a special passion for children. He further described the carnival as an entertainment programme that will continue to impact positively on the lives of the children.
His words: ” I respect Fr Obi for sponsoring this carnival because ministry of Christ is not only about talking and preaching. It is necessary to do something that will transform lives. He is planting good seeds that will germinate into big trees and produce good fruits in the future. I encourage others to emulate his large heart and his kind gestures.
Also Noble Sir Paul Egwuatu who turned his compound into an outstation of St Francis ( venue for the event) since five years, in his remarks expressed great joy over the event. He commended Fr Obi for the annual Christmas Carnival that has been bringing children from the eight communities(Omasi, Umueje, Ifiteogwari, Igbakwu, Omor, Anaku, Umuerum, Umumbo) that made up Ayamelum together. He posited that the carnival will continue to bear huge fruits and evangelize the the communities.
Rev. fr. Obi while addressing the press stated it is his dream to gather the children closer to the Lord. ‘Let the children come to me and do not prevent them’ says the Lord. ” So what ever I am doing, is all about evangelization; bringing the children closer to God. I decided to choose Ayamelum as a case study to implement this and see how far we can transform the communities here through the children, by enlightenment programmes, evangelizing them with activities enshrined in the church”. He assured that subsequent ones will be greater.
Fr Obi who is an Indigenous priest of Agukwu Nri in Anambra state, revealed that he picked interest in Ayamelum because he has worked there as priest and saw the need to bring more transformation to the communities that will evangelize them at the same.
He thanked Archbishop Valerian Mmaduka Okeke for his encouragement and support, describing him as caring father with every definition.
He also appreciate all that made donations and supported Udorah compassionate center especially the parishioners of St Patrick Enfield and St polycarp, Carmi Illinois all in USA.
High point of the event was the raffle draw that produced winners. The star prize (a shoper bicycle and a ball) went to Okafor Kenneth from Umumbo while Samson Okeke ( from Umumbo) and Victor Onuorah ( from Omor) won the second and third bicycles respectively. Consolation prizes (10 quality school bags) went to Nweke Miracle (Akanator primary), Okonkwo Chisom ( Mater Christi Primary Sch. Umumbo), Anthonia Agwuedu ( Our Lady’s primary sch. Igbakwu), Udemba Chidera ( Akwa MFS Ayigo Umuerum) and Anekwe Boniface ( Akwa MFS Ayigo).
Others that won consolation prizes are Nwarienne Onyebuchi ( Mater Christi Primary Omor), Isaac Obuasi ( Urban primary sch. Omor) Goodluck Aniehobi ( Nkwo Market Primary Sch. Akanator, Omor), Ebele Okeke ( River Basin MFS, Omor) and Nnalue Blessing ( Amikwe primary Sch. Omor).
Also in the dancing competition, Obidigwe Onyinye won the first position while Mocha Chioma and Vincent Nwankwo took second and third positions respectively and they were all rewarded with huge some of money donated by Chief Enuke.
Meanwhile all the children who participated in the event ate and drank to their hearts fills and smiled home with different gifts.
Joel Okafor, Sylvester Mary C Agbasi, and Miss Faustina Igweze formed the team judges at the event while Mrs Mebo Udekwesil also officiated at the event.
The arrival of father Christmas and fireworks display added colour to the event.
It will interest you to know that the founder/ coordinator of the compassionate center Rev. Fr. Vincent Obi is currently on mission in USA where he is pastoring at St Patrick Catholic parish, Enfield and St Polycap Catholic parish, Carmi Illinois.