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June 23, 2018

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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How to Improve Palm-Oil Processing Technique for High Quality Product

How to improve palm-oil processing

    Engr Kevin Onuoha An agriculturist, Engr. Kevin Onuoha, Director Numo Palm Oil Mill and Agro Services situated at Ibeafor Umunumo, Ehime Mbano L.G.A of Imo State,  has canvassed for improvement on the palm oil processing technique for a high quality product, and good health of users and patrons. The retired Director, Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) harped on the exigency of propagating standards in palm oil processing method that reduce cholesterol, meet international standards, making locally produced palm oil fit for export. Engr. Onuoha decried the local production methodology which entails harvesting ripe palm fruits which were left…

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Fr. Valentine Njoku – Seeking the face of Christ through the poor …Honoured thrice

Fr Valentine Njoku – Seeking the face of Christ through the poor

    When Rev. Fr. Valentine Ogechukwu Njoku began to hop from prison to prison, orphanage to orphanage, giving succor to the inmates as much as he could afford, meandering and genuflecting through homes of people living with disability, distributing wheel-chairs and sundry walking aids, sharing food and clothing materials among dejected, eking-out financial assistance to the downtrodden who hunger to start small scale businesses of their own and so on many felt it was a mere spasm of evangelical overzeal of a young priest that would peter-out someday. But that was not to be.     The priest acted…

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Christ the King: Inculturation in action at Mt Carmel Emekuku

Christ the King 2017 at Mount Carmel Emekuku

  Parishioners of Mt. Carmel Church Emekuku in the Owerri North L.G.A., last Sunday, joined other Catholics across Nigeria to celebrate this year’s Feast of Christ the King of the Universe. The climax of the celebration was the procession by Christ’s faithful immediately after the Mass from the Mother Church premises a long the major road, terminating at the Emekuku High School, singing, dancing and hailing Jesus Christ as King. The Cross bearer led the procession, followed by young children, Primary School pupils and Students, followed by members of the Mary League, Catholic Youths and Christian Mothers. Behind came the…

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Imo Guber: Students join clamour for Owerri zone

Imo Guber Students join clamour for Owerri zone

  … Parley Chief Oweaya on the way forward The leadership of Owerri students in tertiary institutions drawn from the three Local governments areas that constitute Owerri Federal Constituency held an interactive session with Chief Christian Oweaya Anukam on Tuesday 28th November 2017, during which they brainstormed on how to realize their burning passion for a governor of Owerri zone extraction come 2019 general elections. Addressing the students, Chief Oweaya (Ideji Umu Owerri) eulogized them for being proactive and politically conscious of the “Egbu Declaration” which is the outcome of the summit of Owerri leaders resolving to produce the next…

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UNICEF, NOA carry campaign against female circumcision to Ngor-Okpala

  A consensus building meeting with the Presidents General and women leaders in Ngor-Okpala has ended at Umuneke-Ngor, headquarters of the local government, on Tuesday, November 21. The one-day sensitization forum addressed incidents of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FMG/C) in the area. It was a joint programme by UNFPA/UNICEF in partnership with National Orientation Agency, Ministry of Health and other institutions. The main message of the campaign is: “FGM/C is a cultural practice with devastating medical, social, emotional, legal and economic repercussions for girls and women. FGM/C is illegal and violates the rights of women. Therefore we must abandon FGM/C since…

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FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

  ENTRANCE ANTIPHON    Cf. Ps 25: l-3 To you, I lift up my soul, O my God. In you, I have trusted; let me not be put to shame. Nor let my enemies exult over me; and let none who hope in you be put to shame.   COLLECT Grant your faithful, we pray, almighty God, the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ with righteous deeds at his coming, so that, gathered at his right hand, they may be worthy to possess the heavenly kingdom. Through our Lord..   FIRST READING A reading from the Book of Isaiah…

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Elias  Nwogu and Cynthia Ajaegbu join hands in Traditional Marriage

  The joining of Mr. Elias Ezechukwu Nwogu and Miss Cynthia Chinonso Ajaegbu together in traditional marriage”Igbankwu Nwanyi” took place on Saturday, October 28, 2017 afternoon in the residence of the Bridegroom’s father, Amb. Sir Dona Ajaegbu (KSJI) from Amaukwu Okoromiri Amagbor Ihitte Ezinihitte LGA, Mbaise. The ceremony kick-started with presentation of kola-nut, drinks, music on top gear, dancing, cultural introduction of the bride and bridegroom, speeches from the traditional stool, traditional ruler of Amagbor HRH Eze Myke Orji Dimgba I of Amagbor Ihitte Autonomous Community and an advice from the bride’s parents, Amb. Sir Dona and Lady Rhoina Uche…

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Why it is wrongful and a misconduct to address a Lawyer by the honorific title of a Barrister

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

  The Nigerian legal Profession has a rich history embedded in the British Colonial Legacy enshrined in our Statutes as received laws and Statutes of General application. However, the restrictive trade practice Act which restricts a legal practitioner from practicing both as a Barrister and a Solicitor in that jurisdiction does not apply In Nigeria. Over the years much efforts has been made to indigenize  our laws and make it receptive to our Customary jurisprudence subject to the conditions of  rules of natural justice , equity and good conscience under the repugnancy doctrine. It is trite that our customs to…

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Donald Ekenta launches three new CDs on birthday

Donald Ekenta launches three new CDs on birthday

  Talented rib-cracker and comedian, Chief Donald Okwu Ekenta used the opportunity of his 65th birthday to present to the public  his three new compact discs. The event which took place at the cozy Clemvic Events Hubb, Okigwe Road Owerri was attended by important dignitaries from all walks of life – entertainment, politics, business and academia. The new CDs are – Nwa ka nwa – songs of praise, Odommiri Ochi – Unlimited laughter and Ala Owerri Foro Ole? – Guess What. In his remarks, the chairman of the occasion, Professor Ukachukwu Aloy Awuzie, former Vice-Chancellor, Imo State University, Owerri said…

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FMC Owerri boils again … As workers protest pay-cut, patients welfare

    Agitating workers of the Federal Medical Centre Owerri took to the streets Monday 20th November 2017, with placards, protesting  arbitrary pay cut, nonpayment of promotion arrears and unavailability of basic working materials at various units and departments of the hospital. Addressing the members of the Joint Health Sector Union of Federal Medical Centre Owerri, Comrade Clifford Ezeugwu, Chairman of National Union of Allied Health Professionals, observed with bitterness that the management of the centre under Dr. Kingsley Achigbu, the Acting Medical Director, has failed to address the teething problems militating against the centre, staff and patients. According to…

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CWO puts smiles on faces of motherless Babies

  Friday November 17, 2017 was a day of joy for the inmates of the motherless Babies Home Emekuku, run by the congregation of the Holy Child Jesus, as the Owerri Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women organization (OACCWO) paid them a charity visit. The executive of the council, who were led on the visit by their president, Lady (Mrs.) Stella Acholonu, donated several utility items such as, bag of Rice, Beans and garri as well as tubers of yam, beverages, noodles, groundnut oil, pampers and toiletries for the babies. The women on arrival were received by the Director of the…

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King Jesus, The exemplary Kingly Leader of all ages

Solemnity of Christ the King

  On this Sunday, the 26th day of November 2017, the Church all over the world celebrates the great feast of Jesus Christ who is the King of the Universe. Consciously or unconsciously, all Christians and even non-Christians acknowledge the historic fact that Christ is King over all creatures. This King, Jesus, was unanimously believed by both Christians and Moslems to be born of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Bethlehem of Judea two thousand and seventeen years, ten months and twenty six days ago. The universal celebration of this quintessential leader of ours points to the fact that Jesus Christ…

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