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June 23, 2018

Show leadership qualities, fathers charged

Chukwunyere Parish marks CMO Day

As Chukwunyere Parish marks CMO Day Christian fathers have been advised to radiate the fullness of God’s grace into every nook and cranny of the world, particularly where they live and work. Ezinna Charles Chima Mgbaraho, President, Catholic Men Organization (CMO) Chukwunyere Catholic Parish Mmahu in Ohaji/Egbema LGA, gave the charge in the Address he presented during this year’s Father’s Day celebration on Sunday May 6, 2018. Ezinna Mgbaraho, who described members of CMO as leaders in their homes, church and larger society said that it was incumbent on them to manifest the expected fruits of the spirit at all…

Historic wedding at IHM Parish Umuagwo

  History was made in Ohaji/Egbema LGA Imo State as a total number of 50 couples were joined in the sacrament of Holy Matrimony at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Parish Umuagwo – Ohaji. This was courtesy of the Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev Anthony J.V. Obinna, who during his last pastoral visit to the parish called on all those living as husbands and wives without the sacrament of matrimony to avail themselves the opportunity of solemnizing their union. The mass wedding described as “A Golden Wedding” took place on Saturday March 24, 2018. The parish priest, Rev Fr Raymond…

Awarra boils again

3 killed, houses burnt Villagers flee Awarra Community in Ohaji/Egbema LGA, Imo State is  in the news again. As usual, it is about killings and destruction of property by two deadly cult groups ravaging the community – Dewell and Degbam.   The latest clash between the “terrorists” has left three people dead, five houses burnt, forcing the villagers to flee. The Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) are now taking refuge in St. Joseph’s Catholic Parish Awarra and neighbouring parishes.   An IDP told The Leader in Owerri on Sunday that the cult groups are killing not only themselves, but also innocent…

Ezeship tussle in Obosima – Ohaji may boil again, Government should intervene

Crises in Ohaji have claimed so many lives amidst tension resulting to food shortage and militancy in the entire state. This was not only caused by Ezeship tussles and crises but by the undemocratic tendencies of the powers that be on issues affecting the communities. In each case the mafia so glorified until “the come come came”. Regrettably the mother and the worst of these crises loom high in Obosima Autonomous community. The community is accommodating more than 70% of those displaced by similar crises in Ohaji. Any crises therefore will be calamitous. Barely 24 days after the memorial service…

Green House lifts coveted trophy at Ohaji High School Sports Fiesta

St. Paulinus – Green House has emerged tops thus lifting the trophy for the first position in this year’s inter-House Sports Competition organized for students of the Ohaji High School Mgbirichi in Ohaji LGA of Imo State. It won 3 gold, 11 silver and 14 bronze medals. Sir and Lady Chukwuma Awurum are their sponsors. The second position went to St. Philomina’s (Blue) House which clinched 12 gold, 12 silver and 6 bronze and has Mr. and Mrs. Chuko Odinamkpa as sponsors. Mr. and Mrs. Cosmas Ejimadu are the sponsors of St. Cosmas (yellow) House which came third with a…

Imo Poly, How far so far: My brief story – Rector

Recently the rector of Imo State Polytechnic Umuagwo, Ohaji, Rev. Fr. Dr. Wence Madu spoke to The Leader Newspaper, and told a story of his journey so far at the institution. The Leader: Fr. you have been here for a while now, what value have you added to this institution, in spite of the enormous challenges you have been through? Fr. Wence Madu: First, you will all recall the state of affairs in this institution before my assumption of office as Rector in 2012 and how the story has changed today. I met an institution that had 6 accredited courses…

The Eucharist: Catholics don’t know the value of what they have – Fr. Egbujor

Catholics who run from one Pentecostal church to another looking for miracles do not know the value of the Eucharist and its healing power. Rev. Fr. Kingsley Egbujor expressed this view in his sermon during a thanksgiving Mass at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church MCC Road Owerri. Sir and Lady C.N. Nwaohiri were thanking God for the numerous favours received by the family. Fr. Egbujor who is the Parish Priest of St. Andrew’s Church Umuokanne, Ohaji enumerated several instances of Eucharistic miracles and healings which take place during Eucharistic celebrations. “But the greatest of them all is transubstantiation, the invisible transformation…

Archbishop Obinna inaugurates St. Paul’s Parish Umunwaku, Ohaji

The Catholic Community of St. Paul’s Parish Umunwaku, Ohaji, turned out in their large numbers, with majority dressed in a special inauguration uniform, to receive His Grace, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, who was on a pastoral visit to the parish, Nov. 16, 2014. Part of the activities marking the pastoral visit was the inauguration of the parish and confirmation of candidates.  The occasion began with a Pontifical Mass presided over by the Archbishop assisted by the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Henry Ogbuji and other priests. In his homily, Archbishop Obinna reminded the faithful of Umunwaku…

Unknown gunmen besiege Ohaji – It’s becoming too much

The residents of Umunwaku in Ohaji/Egbema LGA and their neighbours now live in fear of the unknown, following the invasion of the area by unknown gunmen, who specialized in snatching of motorcycles, generators, robbing of houses and rapping of women. September 14, 2013 was a day of sober reflection in the community, as armed robbers raided some families, ransacked their rooms, beat up the occupants and took some of their ladies into the bush where they raped them. Narrating the ugly incident to our reporter, Mrs. Augustina Onumaegbu, a native of Umuoma Obogwe-Umunwaku in Ohaji/Egbema LGA said it was about…

Cyon Zone 7, Ohaji Celebrates Cultural Carnival – Priest blasts politicians

Cultural Carnival of the Catholic Youth Organization of Nigeria. (CYON) Owerri Archdiocese, Zone7 Ohaji, have ended. In a speech he delivered at the seminar to mark the week, Rev Fr. Prof John Obilor regretted that Nigerian politicians have no programme for the youths.  The university Don noted how aged politicians try to die in offices without recourse to the youth who are the younger generation. Fr. John said. “Our politicians who are your elders do not consider the fact that an aged brain cannot make a good decision. They should allow the youths to rule the nation with the fear…