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May 22, 2018

Vivian Uzodinma weds Dr. Christian Iwuagwu

Dr & Mrs Christian Iwuagwu with the concelebrants and relatives

  Rev. Fr. Polycarp Ibekwe celebrated the Eucharist at the solemnization of the Holy Matrimony between Vivian Odochi Uzodinma and Dr. Christian Onyedikachi Iwuagwu at St. Finbarrs Catholic Church Umuahia Abia State on Saturday April 14. Fr. Ibekwe concelebrated with an avalanche of 30 clerics including: Rev. Frs: Charles Abiamiri, Francis Inweregbu, Innocent Nwarm, Albert Umali, Emmanuel Okoro, Vincent Chimezie, Francis Umeh, Godwin Ubah, Samuel Okereke, Anokwuru Ude, Jude Okafor, Vitalis Onyeama, Emmanuel Okafor, Goodluck Ajaero, Damian Okoye, James Egeonu, Joseph Njoku, Jude Nnoruya, Augustin Arudi, Gabriel Nwaweihe, Clinton Okonkwo, Edwin Nwafor, Innocent Ekegwu, Nicholas Okafor, Christian Okoro, Chukwujike Emmanuel…

Lassa fever kills doctor, another in Umuahia On April 3

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  A female doctor with the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Umuahia, Abia State has reportedly died from Lassa fever alongside a baby. The death of the doctor at Irrua Specialist Hospital, Edo State was confirmed by the Chief Medical Director of FMC, Umuahia, Dr Abali Chukwu, but he could not say if she contracted the fever at FMC or a private hospital. The deceased doctor, a female, was just less than two months old in the hospital, having been engaged last February. It was learned that her husband also works in the hospital. Chukwu said that all the persons, who…

Ahiara Diocese: Bishop Ugorji calls for healing, renewal

Bishop Lucius Ugorji calls for revival on Ahiara Diocese

  …As mammoth crowds welcome him Christ’s faithful in the Catholic Diocese of Ahiara, have been called upon to embrace healing and renewal, as the way to put behind them the ugly experience of the Diocese in the recent past. It is only through a new communion and friendship within the church, as a family of God, that past animosities and misunderstandings over the appointment of a successor to their pioneer bishop, Late Most Rev Victor Chikwe, which have rocked the diocese for several years now, can be overcome. His Lordship, Most Rev Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji, the new Apostolic Administrator…

Army reacts to video showing torture of IPOB members in Abia

Army reacts to video showing torture of IPOB members in Abia

…How soldiers disturbed my siesta – Nnamdi Kanu …Declines meeting with S’East govs The Nigerian Army has said it is investigating a video being circulated on the social media, which shows soldiers assaulting some members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Aba Abia State last week. In the disturbing three-minute clip, a flag of Biafra could be seen on the ground in front of the men who were stripped half naked and forced to lay down. They were eventually forced to drink and inside dirty mud water. Some were alleged to have died during the torture. The Leader could…

THE INVASION OF IGBOLAND BY NIGERIAN ARMY – A RIDICULOUS MISSION

The Invasion of Igboland by Nigerian Army – A Ridiculous Mission

Nathaniel I. NDIOKWERE  Preamble NIGERIA NOT A ZOO, BUT A JUNGLE You come to the above conclusion, without much reflection when you consider absurdities that one finds “Only in Nigeria!”. Just one example: “NIGERIA’S UNITY IS NOT NEGOTIABLE!” And this testament was written and signed by two people, BUHARI and OJUKWU, and this time the venue was not ABURI, in GHANA, but in KATSINA, NORTHERN NIGERIA! The implication of this two-man agreement is that anyone that tampers with the sacred accord, the testament, must be ruthlessly deal with! Wow! Recently, Philip Omenukwa, a young Nigerian writer, in a fine article…

Urban Renewal and Governor Okorocha’s Demolition Exercise (2)

Our job is only to hold up the mirror – to tell and show the public what has happened, and then it is the job of the people to decide whether they have faith in their leaders or government.  We are faithful to our profession in telling the truth.  That’s the only faith to which journalists need adhere.   –   Walter Cronkite URBAN RENEWAL Earlier in this write-up we stated that change was the only permanent thing.  The city is like an organism.  As the population of the city increases, infrastructural facilities must be provided and existing ones improved not only…

Assumpta CYON ends Youth Week …Appeals to parishioners for empowerment

As Nigeria finally creeps into recession with its crippling economic effects, the Catholic youths of Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri have turned to well-to-do members of the parish for help. In his address at the grand finale of this year’s youth week held at the Assumpta Hall, Sunday Sept. 4, the President of the Catholic Youth Organization of Nigeria (CYON), Assumpta Parish, Mr. Samuel Udeh noted that many of their parishioners occupy important positions both in government and private sector and appealed to such parishioners to empower youth of the parish in any way they can. “Many of our parishioners are…

KSM holds 3rd, 4th Degree Investiture at Orlu

The Catholic Bishop of Orlu, Most Rev. Augustine Ukwuoma has commended the Knights of St. Mulumba Nigeria for their contributions towards the development of church and society. Bishop Ukwuoma made the commendation while receiving the Supreme Knight and exco members of the Knights of St. Mulumba Nigeria when they paid him a courtesy call on Friday August 26. Bishop Ukwuoma recalled that the Knights of St. Mulumba single handedly built the multi-million naira Chapel at the Catholic owned Veritas University of Nigeria Abuja (VUNA). The Bishop also told the visiting Supreme Knight that he enjoyed the co-operation of Knights of…

Kidnappers abduct school Pupil in Ehime-Mbano – As Another Victim Escapes from bush

  Master Emmanuel Uzochukwu Ashionye, an eight-year-old pupil of Ihitte Aforukwu Town School, Ahiazu Mbaise L.G.A, was abducted by kidnappers from his home, Umuopara-Umuezeala Ehime-Mbano on Saturday  August 22, 2015. Narrating the ugly incident to The Leader, distrust father of the abducted child, Mr. Matthias Ashionye, recalled that on the ill-feted day, at about l0am after having a late breakfast, the victim went out to play with his peer group friends within the precincts of their residence, after about two hours we started searching for him to no avail. According to him, the incident was reported to the Ehime-Mbano Police…

Bank gave me armed police escort when I withdrew N10,000 – Bishop Ugorji

  The Catholic Bishop of Umuahia, His Lordship, Most Rev. Lucius Iwejuru Uguorji,  celebrated his Episcopal Silver Jubilee on August 7, 2015. Born on January 13, 1952 into the Ugorji family of Umuakali Naze in Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo State, Young Lucius attended St. Thomas Primary School, Kano and St. Michael Primary School, Umuahia. He later passed the entrance examination to Immaculate Conception Seminary, Umuahia for his secondary school education. Bishop Ugorji said his interest to seek admission into the seminary and desire to become a priest, started when his father, a railway staff was transferred to…

KSM Owerri Metro holds workshop for Sub-Council Officers

  A one-day workshop/seminar for Deputy Grand Knights, Secretaries, Financial Secretaries and Wardens of Sub-Councils in Owerri Metropolitan Council, Knights of St. Mulumba, Nigeria, has ended at KSM hall, Wetheral Road, Owerri, July 4, 2015. The main theme of the seminar was: “Towards Beefing Up Efficient Management of Sub-Councils”. Participants were drawn from the dioceses – Umuahia, Owerri, Orlu, Okigwe, Ahiara and Aba, that make up Owerri Metro Area. Declaring the seminar open, the Deputy Metropolitan Grand Knight, DMGK, Bro. Alban Okwaraoha said, “as long as a person is alive, the learning process tends to continue and the more you…

THE AFRICAN ORIGIN OF GREEK PHILOSOPHY: An Exercise in Afrocentrism

The very title of this book is incongruous with the knowledge planted in my head by my culture and education. I was taught throughout my schooling that Greece was the birthplace of western civilization and that the stellar Greek thinkers – Socrates, Plato and Aristotle – were the founding fathers of philosophy. As I grew up and questioned many other ingrained cultural assumptions, it never occurred to me to probe this foundational one – the notion was too firmly rooted. After reading this book, I share some of author Father Onyewuenyi’s righteous indignation that “…Western powers have deprived the African…

KSM elevates 487 to 3rd, 4th degrees in Umuahia As Bishop Ugorji advocates family cohesion

The MGK, Bro E.O N. Emeakaroha making a remark while the SK Bro. Anthony listens attentively. About 487 Knights and Ladies of the Order of Knights of St. Mulumba, Owerri Metro-Council were elevated to the 3rd and 4th degrees in Umuahia Diocese.  The investees, drawn from the 48 subordinate councils in Owerri Metropolitan Council were accordingly decorated at an impressive investiture ceremony held, Sunday, April 26, 2015 at the Mater Dei Cathedral Umuahia. The ceremony began with a Pontifical Eucharistic celebration presided over by the Bishop of Umuahia Diocese, Most Rev. Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji. Hosted by the Owerri Metropolitan Grand…

Journalists end Media Summit in Umuahia – Brain-storm on discipline, stress management

The 3rd edition of South-East Media summit was held at Umuahia, capital of Abia State between 2nd and 3rd November 2014 with the theme “Harnessing the dividends of Nigeria’s diversity”.  Crème de la crème of journalists drawn from the host State Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo states graced the event in their numbers. The brain-storming sessions concerning stress management and discipline in the practice of journalism were delivered by Comrade Chimdi Onuoha, former Permanent Secretary and Press Secretary to the former Governor Orji Uzor Kalu and Dr. G.O.C. Okafor of the Federal Medical Centre Umuahia. According to Dr. Okafor,…

Bishop Ugorji dedicates St. Finbar’s Church – Blesses crucifix, grotto

St. Finbarr’s Pro-Cathedral Catholic Church Umuahia, first built in 1960 by Irish missionaries and philanthropists but now expanded and modernized, has been formally dedicated to God. The occasion was also used to bless the gigantic crucifix and grotto of our Lady. The historic event which took place on Saturday, November 8, 2014 attracted not only the parishioners and worshippers of this urban parish, but also top government officials of the Abia State Government.  The dignitaries include: the Deputy Governor, Chief Emeka Anaba, Speaker, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, Secretary to Abia State government, Prof. Nkpa Agu Nkpa, Deputy Chief of Staff,…

Nigerian priest murdered in Canada, laid to rest

The remains of Rev. Fr. Gilbert Dasna, SMMM, were buried Thursday, June 19, 2014 after a funeral Mass at the Holy Trinity Parish Umule-Ohuhu, Umuahia, Abia State. The Mass was presided over by the Catholic Bishop of Umuahia, Most Rev. Lucius Ugorji. Fr. Dasna, aged 32 was shot dead on Friday, May 9, 2014 in Canada where he was on mission in the Diocese of St. Paul Alberta, Canada. In his homily, the Rector of Sons of Mary Theologate, Rev. Fr. Cletus Ikwuegbu, who is also a classmate of late Fr. Dasna, described his death as an eye-opener. For him…

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…

Governor Ike Nwachukwu, the Siren and Humanism

In 1984, I served as Imo State Chief of Protocol.  Something very remarkable happened on one special day that year that the people of Imo State deserve to know. That day that I will always remember, the then Military Governor of Imo State, Brigadier now Retired Major-General Ike Nwachukwu,  visited Arochukwu. As we left Umuahia, on our way to Arochukwu, between Umuahia and Bende, we approached a bend . To our left was a ravine . As our convoy was taking that bend, the driver of an on-coming vehicle from Bende, perhaps frightened by our siren, drove into the bush…

Owerri Provincial Catholic Women end Seminar at Ahiara Diocese – Mothers charged on Holiness

The Vicar-General of Ahiara Diocese representing His Eminence John Cardinal Onaiyekan, Apostolic Administrator of the diocese, Very Rev. Fr. Prof. Louis Asiegbu, has charged the mothers of Owerri Provincial Council of Catholic Women Organization (OPCCWO) to aspire for holiness after the heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Christ whom they are following.  He gave this charge in his opening remarks during their annual seminar held at Sacred Heart Parish Nguru Centre Ahiara Diocese, Saturday, September 28, 2013. Rev. Fr. Asiegbu reminded the mothers that all our efforts to achieve heaven are in vain if we are not holy. …

THE PHENOMENOLOGY OF ACHEBEISM

The World Almanac and Book of Facts (2013) published a list of worldwide Writers of the Present. Only three (3) Africans made the list. They are Chinua Achebe (Nigeria), John Maxwell Coetzee (South Africa), and Wole Soyinka (Nigeria). In 2014, it will publish a new list. This list will move the names of those who died in 2013 to the list of Writers of the Past. The list will include the name of Chinua Achebe. By this move from the Present to the Past, Chinua Achebe joins his departed kindred spirits like William Shakespeare, James Baldwin, William Blake, Dante Aligheri,…