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August 16, 2018

Chief Tony Chukwu admitted into Papal Knighthood of St Gregory

Chief Sir Tony and Lolo Rose at the investiture

  …Bishop Amatu, others laud his support, benevolence to church The Catholic Bishop of Okigwe Diocese, Most Rev Dr. S.A Amatu has expressed appreciation to all those who have stood behind the church through thick and thin. The prelate made his feelings known Sunday 3rd December 2017 at the mass of investiture into the papal order of the Knights of St Gregory the Great of High Chief Tony Chukwu, KSG, and four others held at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception Okigwe.     The prelate appreciated Chief Sir Tony Chukwu for his great love for priests and favorable financial disposition…

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Too many killings with Impunity

Day of anger anguish in Benue

  No words, than sorrow, tears and anguish can best describe the tragic experience of victims of mass killings that took place on New Year Day, 2018 in some parts of our country. At Guma and Logo Local Government areas of Benue State, over 70 people were killed in cold blood by marauding herdsmen, while 14 others were also shot dead at Omoku LGA in Rivers State the same day. A monarch and his pregnant wife were sent to their untimely graves on the same New Year Day in Kaduna State, while hoodlums attacked churches and raped worshippers in Ilorin,…

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Again Dr Chibuzo Iwuagwu identifies with the poor

Dr. Iwuagwu, wife and children with Fr. Jude and the visiting women.

  …Says glory belongs to God That Christianity has never felled to produce committed adherents who have continued to abide themselves with the tenets and philosophy of alms-giving is something that remains amongst historians unequivocal. From generations to generation this humanitarian act has remained life-wire upon which other religious precepts rest. Aligning himself in this gesture, Dr. Chibuzo C. Iwuagwu, Permanent Secretary Imo State Ministry of Works yet again put smiles on the faces of indigent widows and less privileged women who gathered in his Owu Amakohia Ikeduru LGA family compound, Thursday December 28. Since the inception of the maiden…

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St Thomas Umuowa receives double blessings

Srs. Helen and Chimebere with the officiating priests shortly after the reception Mass

…As Rev Srs Chimebere, Helen mark final profession The entire Catholic faithful of St. Thomas Church Umuowa, Ngor-Okpala LGA embraced the New Year with double blessings when their two daughters, Rev. Sr. Chimebere Ekenwosu and Rev. Sr. Helen Ikekwem were accorded an affectionate welcome following their perpetual vows in the religious life. The reception ceremony which began with a concelebrated Mass had the parish priest, Rev. Fr. Kizito Ezenwoke as chief celebrant. Rev. Frs. Calistus Nwosu, Eustace Okere, Chikwendu Anyanwu and Rev. Deacon Romanus Ugwuadu assisted him. Introducing the Mass the parish priest who thanked God for granting the faithful…

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THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD

  ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Cf. Mal 3:1:1Chr 29:12 Behold, the Lord, the Mighty One, has come; and kingship is in his grasp, and power and dominion. COLLECT O God, who on this day revealed your Only Begotten Son to the nations by the guidance of a star, grant in your mercy, that we, who know you already by faith, may be brought to behold the beauty of your sublime glory. Through our Lord…. FIRST READING A reading from the Book of Isaiah 60:1-6 Theme: “The glory of the Lord has risen upon you.” Arise, shine; for your light has come, and…

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Lady crushed while escaping from robbers

Lady crushed while escaping from robbers

  A lady, Miss Oluwafeyidara Adekoya was on last Sunday evening crushed to death by a hit-and- run driver while escaping from suspected armed robbers at the Anthony Bus-stop, Lagos. A witness said two men attempted to snatch her bag as she waited to board a bus. The lady took to her heels, but the robbers went after her. The witness said: “As the hoodlums were about snatching her hand bag and phones, she took to her heels, and while crossing the road she was ran over by oncoming vehicle. One of her attacker was also crushed.” “The lady died…

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Fuel scarcity: NNPC remains sole importer – Minister

…Insist petrol N145/litre The meeting between the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachilcwu and oil marketers in Abuja last Tuesday on how to end the recurring fuel scarcity challenge ended with a firm resolution that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) remains the sole importer of petrol. Another major takeaway from the meeting was that the price of petrol remains N145/litre as Kachikwu said the government has no plan whatsoever to hike the pump price of the product. An oil marketer who was at the meeting but craved anonymity said government’s decision to be the sole importer of petrol…

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Police parades traffickers who used Dep Gov name to con victims to Libya

Police parades traffickers who used Dep Gov name to con victims to Libya

  Ado-Ekiti-Ekiti State police Command on Thursday parades some conmen who specialise in using the name of Deputy Governor of the state, Kolapo Isola to recruit unsuspecting women into Libya slave market Dada Ogundare, who was paraded alongside a prophetess, Omoseeke Komolafe, were said to have collected money from the parents of the victims under the guise that the money was meant to acquire Dubai trip slots allegedly being distributed by the Deputy Governor. The suspects claimed that they only assisted the young ladies, one of whom was pregnant, to seek employment outside the country not knowing that they would…

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Imo journalists brainstorm on restructuring Nigeria

Imo journalists brainstorm

  … As curtain draws on 2017 Press Week It was an exhilating and thrilling intellectual harvest as two intellectual giants: Prof. Mrs. Stella Chinyere Okunna and Hon. Carl Azudibia enriched Imo journalists with quality appraisal from their tink-tank, as they brainstorm on the raging clamour for restructuring Nigeria at NUJ Press Centre Owerri Saturday, November 27, 2017. Serving the first salvo after inaugurated protocols chaired by Chief Chidi Ibe, former Commissioner, Prof. Stella Okunna of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka observed that the gentle request for restructing has turned to a vocifurious clamour. According to her, those benefiting from the…

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UPP chieftain decries policy summersault in Imo” – Calls for e-voting in 2019

  After reflecting on the way and manner Governor Rochas Okorocha is running Imo State, especially the recent appointment of a whopping 29 commissioners, a chieftain of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Chief Chris Ejike Uche has described the governor’s action as “flight of reason and policy summersault.” In a Press Release issued in Owerri, Chief Ejike Uche (Dimkpasaa) recalled that earlier in the administration of Governor Okorocha, he reduced the number of ministries from 16 to 13. “The argument then was that there was need to embark on maximum fund reservation. That sounded reasonable then even though recession had…

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Ararume – A Political Style So Alluring

Ararume - A Political Style So Alluring

  Distinguished Senator Ifeanyi Ararume is the Chief and arrowhead of Destiny Organization. His fascinating leadership style is so attractive, enticing and magnetic that it is difficult to resist being part of his moving train. His followers over the years have seen in him a sober, almost self- deprecating attitude on his part as undeniable humility. He does not live in a world of make-believe and unrealistic expectation. As a celebrated realist, he does not intend to abandon Nigeria and seek out a more comfortable corner of the globe which someone else’s intelligence and labour have tidied up. He wants…

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel College Emekuku celebrates 75th anniversary

  Our Lady of Mount Carmel Girls College Emekuku rolled out the drums in celebration of its Super Diamond Jubilee (75 years) on November 18, 2017. The historic event took place in the school premises. The occasion began with a Holy Mass officiated by the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, His Grace, Most Rev Dr. Anthony J V. Obinna, assisted by the Parish Priest of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church Emekuku; Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Alex Okoro, the Chaplain of the School, Rev Fr Eustace Nwanekwu and the Director of Education Commission, Owerri Archdiocese, Rev. Fr. Victor Eleba. The celebration…

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Royal Fathers urged to pray for wisdom …As Eze Innocent Onuoha clocks five on the throne

Royal Fathers urged to pray for wisdom

  It was with pomp and pageantry that His Royal Highness, Eze Innocent Ukachukwu Onuoha, Ikpe I of Ikpenwafor Autonomous Community, Ihitte Uboma Local Government Area of Imo State marked his five years on the throne as the first traditional Ruler of the Community on Saturday 18th November, 2017. A church service presided by Ven. Charles Akaniro preceding the celebration was held at St. Simon’s Anglican Church, Ikperejere. He was assisted in the service by Rev. Herbert Nwosu, Rev. Ohakanma Philip and others. In his sermon, Venerable Charles Akaniro prayed God to grant peace to the community, good health to…

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Imo New Health Commissioner Addresses Workers … Warns on Indiscipline

Imo new Health Commissioner

    Dr. Angela Uwakwem, the new Commissioner for Health Imo State had her inaugural interaction with members of staff and management of the ministry on Wednesday December 6, 2017. During the interaction she harped on the exigency of discipline, timeliness to duties and business approach to health issues because health-care delivery is at the front burner and epicentre of the current administration in the state. According to her, “since health is wealth, it becomes imperative that all workers in the ministry under her leadership must be alive to their responsibilities, be proactive and ensure great zeal in providing data,…

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Do We Really Need a Ministry of Happiness to make us Happy?

Ministry of Happiness

  Jokes apart, the new Ministry of Happiness should more aptly have been named Ministry of Laughter because the first thing people do when they hear about the ministry is to laugh.  And laughter IS therapeutic.  If in doubt, ask those in some Japanese Cities where people pay money to get some laughter. Japanese are said to work like donkeys and have no time to laugh. But in Imo, our case is different; the problem is not work, but hardship! The majority of our people are sad and angry, due to rising poverty, and Governor Okorocha knows that.  So any…

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ADVENT: An Opportune Moment for Healing Meditation

  Etymologically the term Advent comes from the Latin word Adentus, meaning A COMING.This coming actually translates the Greek word’ parousia. Considering ad­vent as a season in the Church’s ritualistic history implies that someone or something is coming or will come. It is a period that commemorates the great expectation and longing of mankind over years for the coming of the Saviour. The liturgical time of Advent is a period of waiting for divine action or divine intervention in human history. It is a waiting for God’s gesture culminating in the liberation of mankind from bondage. Sincere Christians wait with…

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Gunmen Kill Man During Mother’s Burial

  A forty-four-year-old man identified as Dupe Idahor has been killed by unknown gunmen at the burial ceremony of his mother, Deaconess Taiwo Albert. The tragedy occurred at the weekend at No. 2, 4th Nosayaba Lane, off Nosayaba Street, off TV Road, Benin City, around 9:00 p.m. He was said to be under a canopy with friends and relatives when the gunmen arrived in a car and opened fire on him. After killing him, the armed men were said to have abandoned their operational vehicle, snatched another car belonging to the deceased’s friend and sped off. The vehicle was abandoned…

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Humility in Exaltation – the Emeakaroha Example

As family celebrates thanksgiving Mass for several merit Awards Relatives, colleagues, friends and well-wishers of the Emeakaroha Dynasty, from far and near converged on St. Peter’s Catholic Parish Umunohu – Amakohia Ihitte/Uboma LGA Imo State, Sunday 29th October 2017 to chant the chorus ‘… and take me as I am..” in a concelebrated Eucharist sacrifice of thanksgiving to God for many favours. The principal celebrant was the host parish priest and Vicar-General I of Okigwe Diocese Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Cajetan Ehiem, assisted by Rev. Frs. Anthony Onyeihe and Donatus Iwu, among others.     Most recent favours listed at…

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Prepare to meet the Messiah

Prepare to meet the Messiah

    It is Advent and soon, it will be Christmas, the most popular Christian festivity and, undoubtedly, the most abused. We say so because the world of commerce tries yearly to reduce Christmas to an annual party with little or no spiritual significance. But whether or not they succeed, depends on what cooperation we Christians, the very owners of Christmas, give them. For Christmas to be meaningful we must heed the call to prepare for it and that is the message of Advent. Simply put, Advent is the season before Christmas. It is a period of expectation and waiting…

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Ezinne Anna Ihenacho joins Saints triumphant

Ezinne Anna Ihenacho joins saints triumphant

  Church, divine hospital – Archbishop Obinna The mortal remains of Ezinne Anna Eringaonyeuba Ihenacho, who passed on to the great beyond recently at the age of 86 years, have been committed to mother earth. The high profile burial which attracted dignitaries from various parts of the country and beyond, took place at the Ihenacho Family compound at Ezeogba Emekuku in the Owerri North LGA. She was the mother of Captain Emmanuel Iheanacho, gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) during the 2015 general elections. The interment was preceded by a requiem Mass at which the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri,…

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