Encomiums as Ezinne Anna Ekeanyanwu goes home
The mortal remains of Ezinne Adanna Ekeanyanwu, a catalyst were on Saturday September 3, 2016, interred in her husband’s compound Umunkita Nnarambia Ahiara after a requiem Mass at St. Brigid’s Cathedral Parish Nnaramhia Ahiara, Ahiazu LGA Mbaise amidst numerous sympathizers, friends and well wishers from far and near.
Celebrating the requiem Mass were more than 25 priests including former Diocesan Administrator, Rt. Rev. Msgr. Theo Nwalo the chief celebrant, Very Rev. Fr. Austine B. Ekechukwu president Ahiara Diocesan Presbyterium, Fr. Sabinus Iwu Seat of Wisdom seminary Owerri, Fr. Anselm Onuoha, Fr. Tony Anyanwu the parish priest among others.
Delivering the homily, Fr Onuoha (the oracle) listed the sterling qualities of late Ezinne Anna Adanna Ekeanyanwu whom he referred to as a model Christian. He said that the deceased mother lived a forth sight Christian life of humility, love and chastity, adding that she expressed deep affection for her children and those of neighbours, was a lover of priests and was super generous.
The priest reminded the faithful that the body of the dead is brought to the church because he/she died a Christian, pointing out that we choose Christ through our baptism and are baptized in His death and resurrection. He assured that from death, we go back to life eternal; hence the need to prepare in advance for the banquet at the mountain. He finally admonished the faithful to uphold the Christian virtues to inherit eternal life.
In the family oration presented by Sir Sabastine Ekeanyanwu (KSJI) one of her sons, they recalled her spinster days in the family of late Pa Raymond D.I. Elonye and Mrs. Cyrena A. Elonye of Umunabali Ubomiri in Mbatoli Ikeduru LGA, Imo State, maintaining that she was determined to be a star in life and was the first female to join the teaching profession in Ubomiri town immediately she obtained her (FSLC) at Holy Rosary Primary School Port Harcourt, to prove way for her only brother to acquire secondary education.
The family described their mother late Ezinne Anna Ekeanyanwu as a woman of many accolades who exhibited apparent love, peace, patience, courage, endurance, honesty humility and generosity Born in February 1930 and married to late chief Christopher Aguwu Ekeanyanwu of Nnanabea Ahriara (then chief clerk of Nworubi Mbaitoli (L.G.A.) as the 3rd wife of the polygamous family she not only excelled as a classroom teacher, but also a caring mother, community woman leader very ambitious exposing their children to higher education and was a mother ‘per excellence’ to all children.
She was a renowned singer in the Catholic Church, they said, and was an active politician who belonged to many political, church and social association such as founder and president of Non-Indigenous Daughters Association Ahiara, vice president widows association, PDP woman leader, Member St. Brigid’s CWO Trustee NUT Ahiara Branch, member Ahiazu LGA education committee etc. They prayed God to accept her soul in perfect peace. She’s survived by Mr. Fabian, Sir Sabastine (KSJI), Sir Patrick (KSM) and Dr. Chima Ekeanyanwu as sons and Mrs. Felicia Osuagwu, Mrs. Perpetua Chidoro, Mrs. Eucharia Agulanna and Mrs. Ndidi Ogbonna as daughters including many other relations.
Dignitaries at the burial included Dr. Leemon Ikpea, Chairman Lee Engineering Construction Co, Mr. Mike Balami Group Gen Manager NNPC Abuja, Hon commissioner chief Chidi Ibe, Mrs. Angela Grant Ekeanyanwu from Canada; Dr. and Dr.(Mrs.) Des Chikwe, HRH Eze Finian Chukwu, HRH Eze Chidume and Prof Joseph Ahaneku. Others included knights of the Church such as Lt Col Laz Amaechi (KSJI) commander, District of Mbaise; Sir B.O. Amaechi (KSJI) worthy president commandery 456 Ahiara; Sir B.C. Egbuhuzor, Sir J.O. Amaechi, Sir Francis Anyanwu, Sir Leo Ahaneku, Sir Leo Cekoro, respected president Lady Cecilia Emecheta, Lady Eileen Amaechi and Lady Calister Anyanwu among others.