Bishop Solomon Amamchukwu Amatu, the Local Ordinary of Okigwe Diocese celebrated the Eucharist at the funeral Mass for the repose of the soul of late Mrs. Martina Chinyere Anyanwu at St. Patrick’s Catholic Parish, Umuezeala – Owerre, Ehime-Mbano LGA, Imo State, on Saturday 3rd March 2018.
Bishop Amatu concelebrated the requiem Mass with very Rev. Joseph Nwoha, Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Chukwu Finbarr, curate, Rev. Bartholomew Okorie, Rev. Fr. Vitalis Ekemiri and Rev. Fr. Joseph Anyanwu, who came from Lagos Archdiocese.
In his homily, Bishop Amatu felicitated with the concelebrants, the religious, the bereaved family and the congregation. He likened the passage of late Mrs. Martina Anyanwu to the biblical passage that says “Knock and the door shall be opened”. According to him, when the physical body disintegrates, the soul goes up to meet God at his Judgment throne. He admonished the congregation to ensure they continue to work hard and struggle to make heaven.
He related the homily to the First reading taken from Isaiah 26 verses 6-8 which says “on that day, the poor and oppressed trample it underfoot. But for those who are righteous the part is not steep and rough. You are a God of Justice and You smoothout the road ahead of them. Lord we love to obey your laws; our hearts desire is to glorify your name”. He prayed God to forgive the sins of the deceased and grant her mercy on the judgment seat of God. He reminded the funeral congregation that purgatory is a place preserved for those who performed poorly on the judgment day.
Aged 64, the deceased is survived by Mazi Clement Anyanwu (husband), Dr. and Barr. G. S. Anyanwu (brother in-law), Sebastine & Mrs. Anyanwu (brother inlaw), Samuel (Lobito) first son, Kellyn-Jude, Ndubuisi Justin, Chidozie, Mr. & Mrs. Eddy Abamba, Chizoba, Tobechi, 8 grand children and other relatives too numerous to mention.
Late Mrs. Martina Anyanwu, born on July 7th 1954 to late Mr. & Mrs. Edward Oduanyanwu of Umueleke, Ehime Mbano LGA, Imo State, was a devout Catholic, she was a very active member of pious societies including; Sacred heart of Jesus Christ, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Guild of St. Anthony and Legion of Mary who Adored her rosary so much.
In her biography, the children posited that their late mother Mrs. Martina Chinyere Anyanwu knew no bounds of endeavors and enterprise. According to them, she was a teacher and mother to all, a counselor, confidant, philanthropist, mentor, good advisor and an “Oracle of God”.
In his tribute, Mazi Clement Anyanwu observed that his marriage to the deceased was consummated on the 27th September 1969 and blessed with eight promising lads. He regretted that it now saddens his mind to wake up each day and his beloved wife is not around to talk with him. He prayed God to grant a blissful repose to her soul.
Samuel Anyanwu, (LOBITO), first son in a tribute described his late mother as beautiful, wonderful, peaceful, strong, Virtuous, God fearing, a philanthropist and a jewel of inestimable value. He eulogized her as an “Oracle in God’s eyes”. He prayed God to let her gentle soul rest in peace. Dr. G. S. Anyanwu in his tribute postulated that the deceased in her magnanimity, adopted a caring attitude which made her show love and affection to all that came her path. Dr. Anyanwu regretted that “tears will not stop flowing for a wonderful and caring woman nurtured with all attributes and principles of live and let live”. In his brief tribute, Kellyn-Jude noted that it pains sadly that “a man wakes up to find part of his world missing”. He prayed God to grant her solace in heaven.
Rev. Fr. Joe Nwoha, Parish Priest, in a vote of thanks, expressed profound appreciation to Bishop Amatu. He prayed God to guide and restore his health. He also expressed warn regards to the numerous dignitaries that graced the funeral from far and near.
The funeral was graced by top brass personalities including; Chief Martin Agbaso, Chief Uche Anazor (Agunechemba Umuahia), Lady Celina Nwagbake, Chief Charles Odunukwe, Russel Duru (Akaikenga), Prof & Lady Iwuagwu Francis, Chief Ehenembe, Engr. J. Anyanwu, Hon. Ichie Ken Agbim, Chief & Lolo Paulinus Nwaneri Mbawuike, Ayodeji Kanmi, Chief Jonathan Nnanna, Ezinna Nicholas Nkume, Chisco Nwokorie (M.D Chisco Motors), Chief Humphry Uzoegbu, Chief Agu Agugoesi (KSJI), Engr. Stanley Ukaga, Hon. Chief L. C. Osuji, Chief Dr. Ohale M. R., and Sir & Lady Frank Nwokeocha among others.