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July 16, 2018

Okigwe Diocese honours Ezinna Francis Ukanyirioha as Ugwunna

Okigwe Diocese honours Ezinna Francis Ukanyirioha as Ugwunna

  Most Rev. Dr. Solomon Amatu, Catholic bishop of Okigwe Diocese celebrated the Eucharist heralding the bestowment of Ugwunna and Pillar of Church awards to distinguished individuals for their selfless services and philanthropic contributions for the growth of the church and humanity. The occasion took place on Saturday 19th May 2018 at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Okigwe. Among the honorees included Ugwunna Francis Chukwunenye P. Ukanyirioha, a native of Umuoyo Ekwereocha Autonomous Community, Ihitte-Uboma LGA; a distinguished veteran police officer who bagged the Inspector General of Police Annual Meritorious Commendation after an intensive course on security. Ugwunna Francis Ukanyirioha, a…

Mrs. Perpetua Onuoha bags Ezinne Award

Mrs Perpetua Onuoha bags Ezinne award

It was with glamour that the children of Ezinne Perpetua Onuoha (nee Amah) celebrated in a grandiose style, the Ezinne (Good Mother) status bestowed on their Mother at their Nnachievu-Ekwereocha, Amakohia country home, Ihitte Uboma L.G.A. on Sunday May 27, 2018. Their abode was set agog as the younger siblings of Oliver De Coque thrilled and mesmerized the audience with their rhythmic High life music. The mother of 10 was overwhelmed with joy and excitement with the lavish reception accorded her by her children who put in everything to ensure maximum entertainment and enjoyment of guests. Ezinne Perpetua Onuoha was born…

St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary Ihitte: Bishop Amatu admits 110 Junior Seminarians

St Thomas Aquinas Seminary Ihitte - Bishop Amatu admits 110 Junior Seminarians

  No fewer than 110 (one hundred and ten) fresh seminarians were formally admitted into the St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary Ihitte/Uboma for the 2017/18 academic year, as Bishop S.A. Amatu accepted their pledge and handed them their school uniforms during an impressive investiture ceremony held 15th December 2017 at the seminary compound. At the Holy Mass of their investiture, Most Rev. Amatu admonished the students in very clear terms that the truth is the only gateway to a successful vocation. The Bishop acknowledged the appreciable growth in the seminary as he declared, “This year is obviously better than last year.”…

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…

Mothers play crucial roles in Church – Fr Nwachukwu

Lady Josephine Okonkwo (r) sitting with husband, Mr Chika as they are flanked by children …As Mrs. Okonkwo bags Star Lady Award It was a bountiful harvest of sorts as Rev. Prof. Francis Nwachukwu, Parish Priest, St Patrick’s Catholic Church Umuezegwu, Ihitte-Uboma LGA Imo State celebrated  Mass drawing curtain on the 2016 August meeting by the Catholic Women Organization. Rev. Prof. Francis Nwachukwu was assisted at the Mass by Rev. Fr. Christian Egwuekwe superintending the cutting of a unique cake prepared by Mrs. Josephine Okonkwo, one of the five Women honoured with the Star Lady Award of St. Patrick’s Umuezegwu….

St. Patrick’s Parish CWO Umuezegwu ends 2016 August meeting

… Confers honours 21 The grand finale of the 2016 Catholic Women Organization home and abroad August conference of St. Patrick’s Catholic Parish Ndiowerre Umuezegwu Ihitte-Uboma was held, Sunday 21st August 2016 at the parish centre. The edition which featured a four-day-long activities packed-program kicked off Thursday 18th and ended Sunday 21st August 2016 with a concelebrated Holy Mass at which the host parish priest Rev. Fr. Prof Francis Nwachukwu and Rev. Fr Christian Egwuekwe ministered. In the homily, Fr Egwuekwe reiterated the primary purpose of Christ’s advent and ministry as to save humanity that was lost to sin; adding…

St. Theresa Chibugwumba Parish Amainyi holds maiden Ezinna award

…Honours Chief Ambrose Ihezie Rev. Fr. Michael Nwosu, Parish Priest, St Theresa Chibugwumba, Amainyi, Ihitte Uboma LGA, celebrated the Holy Eucharist on Sunday 28th August 2016, heralding the inaugural edition of Ezinna Award to five deserving Christian fathers. He was assisted at the Mass by Rev. Fr. Franklin Ogbonna. In his homily, Fr. Nwosu gave thanks to God for sustaining the award recipients and the parishioners who labored tick and thin towards erecting a project at the abode of the parish priest and smooth sail of the inaugural  Awards. In his homily, with the theme: “Everyone who exalts himself will…

Okigwe Senate re-run: PDP petitions INEC over indefinite post-ponement

Members of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Okigwe Senatorial Zone embarked on peaceful protest over the indefinite postponement of the botched Imo re-run elections. The agitating members of the party in their numbers took their protests to the various INEC offices across the six local governments of Okigwe zone which include: Onuimo, Okigwe, Isiala-Mbano, Ehime Mbano, Ihitte Uboma and Obowo respectively. At Ehime Mbano, a copy of the petition was submitted to an INEC staff, one Mr. Obilor O. for onward transmission to the INEC National Chairman. The inscriptions on some of the placards carried by the protesters read thus:…

Armed robbers on the prowl in Okigwe zone

Fighting crime as a collective responsibility

    As Christmas draws nearer, criminal activities are heightened in the six local government areas of Obowo, Ihitte-Uboma, Ehime Mbano, Onuimo and Okigwe that constitute Imo East Senatorial zone. There is an alarming upsurge in car snatching by armed vandals who dispossess road users of their cars at gun point. On Monday 7th December, 2015, a 3-man gang of armed hoodlums attacked road users at Isiala Mbano dispossessing them of their cars and valuables which included phones and bags. Earlier on Monday 30th November, 2015, a 4-man robbery gang snatched a Toyota Camry car at Umunakanu Ehime-Mbano from an…

Armed robbers terrorise Ihitte-Uboma

Fighting crime as a collective responsibility

  A rampaging dare-devil gang of armed hoodlums stormed Isinweke, Ihitte-Uboma Local Government Area, Imo State on Monday July 13, 2015 dispossessing people of cash and valuables. The armed gang of four attacked a petrol station within the premises of now defunct “You too can travel” situated adjacent to the Umuezeala Nsu route along Ehime-Umuahia road. Available information confirmed that the criminal gang began their attack from Obowo Local Government Area and concluded their notorious activities at Isinweke where they stormed the filling station pretending to buy fuel. They ended up fuelling their car before robbing unsuspecting fuel attendants and…

Nze Nwokeafor Foundation Offers Free Health Care to Okigwe People – Presents Mobile Clinic

A free Comprehensive Medical exercise provided by Nze Ikechukwu Worthy Man Foundation is currently going on across the six Local Government Areas that constitute Okigwe Senatorial Zone. Nze Nwokeafor Ikechukwu, the facilitator of the Free Medical Programme has procured a high profile mobile medical clinic facility which has started dispensing health services freely at Ehime Mbano, Isiala Mbano, Ihitte Uboma, Obowo, Onuimo and Okigwe Local Government Areas. According to him, the absence of quality health care programme in the zone has militated against the good health of Okigwe people. In his effort to ameliorate the ugly situation, he has procured…

As angry wife sets house ablaze over husband’s failure to take her to America

US-based man, mum escape death in Imo An irate housewife, Mrs. Angela Ogbonna (Lolo), native of Ndibinuhu-Abueke Ihitte-Uboma LGA of Imo State has set her husband’s residence ablaze for the man’s failure to take her to America. Trouble started when her American-based husband, Lawrence Ogbonna returned in December 2013.  The former American Air Force Officer had scheduled to go back to the United States on Friday, March 8, 2014. To his shock, his wife Angela insisted on being taken to America with him as he had promised during the last visit.  Her husband explained to her that it was not…

Confusion as woman’s corpse disappears from mortuary, burial stalled

The body of 90 years old Madam Anthonia Okonkwo (nee Nwokorie), native of Umudike, Abueke, Ihitte-Uboma LGA of Imo State is missing,  the remains disappeared from Ihitte Uboma General Hospital Mortuary. The remains of late Mrs. Antonia Okonkwo who kicked the bucket on 22nd December 2013 after a brief illness who were deposited at Ihitte Uboma General Hospital Morgue thereafter. Her burial was scheduled for Friday, February 7, 2014 after a prolonged planning and preparation by family members. Our reporter said, the family spent colossal sums of money in renovating their residence and in fact held an all night wake-keep…

Prof. Uwazuruike fast-tracks development of Okigwe South

The member representing Okigwe South in the Federal House of Representatives, Prof. Chudi Uwazuruike has attracted remarkable projects and infrastructure for the constituency. Hon. Maurice Chukwunyere, the Director of Administration and General Services for Legacy Organization told THE LEADER that the projects were evenly spread across Obowo, Ihitte-Uboma and Ehime Mbano LGAs that constitute Okigwe South Federal Constituency. According to him, the projects include: the construction of model market stalls at Abueke and Aformgba in Ihitte Uboma and Ehime Mbano LGA respectively. The ongoing construction of 30 model market stalls at Achara and another 30 market stalls at Amuzi both…

Lowa gets third Priest – As Fr. Chukwunyere celebrates First Mass

St. Patrick’s Ugonna Parish Lowa, Ihitte-Uboma LGA, Sunday, September 29, 2013 went agog following the priestly ordination and celebration of first Holy Mass of Rev. Fr. Innocent Chimaroke Chukwunyere, the 3rd indigenous priest of the parish. In a homily during the Mass, Rev. Fr. Culbert Okeke cautioned those in positions of authority against covetousness and victimization of the down-trodden and stressed the need for sincerity of purpose by leaders. He charged the newly ordained to remain conscious of the enormity of the responsibility bestowed on him by his ordination, pointing out that a priest by virtue of his consecration is…

Ihitte Uboma: GLO canvasses support for CGC

The Community Government Council (CGC) of Nkwumeato Autonomous Community Ihitte-Uboma held an interactive session with the villagers on May 8, 2013 at Ezumezu Square Eke Elugwu. Hon. Friday Obasi, the Government Liaison Officer (GLO), informed the audience that the role of the community is to provide land for projects and also ensure that all projects are executed and built according to specifications. He used the opportunity to introduce the members of the CGC who include: Mrs. Ego Adiele, Woman Leader, Chief Patrick Ucheogo, Community Liaison Officer, Okechuku Okoro, Secretary and Onwuegebuchulam Okey, the Youth Leader. According to him, the overriding…