Most Rev. Dr. Hillary Odili Okeke, prelate of Nnewi Diocese, Anambra State, celebrated the Eucharist at the funeral Mass for the repose of the soul of late Nneoma Marcellina Ejengoma Osuji at St. Columba’s Catholic Church Agbaghara Nsu, Ehime Mbano LGA, Imo State on Friday 18th May 2018.
Bishop Okeke concelebrated the requiem Mass with a retinue of priests comprising: Very Rev.
Monsignor Jerry Ofoegbu, Parish Priest, Very Rev. Dr. S. Okeke, Rev. Fr. Collins Okoro, Rev. Fr. Joseph Obialor, Rev. Fr. Theophilus Tochi Okafor, Rev. Fr. Linus Oforma, Rev. Prof. Monsignor Anyanwu Simon, Rev. Fr. Magnus Oguoma, Rev. Fr. Valentine Ibe, Rev. Fr. A.N. Akwanya, Rev. Fr. Chijioke Eze, Rev. Fr. Ubah Stephen, Rev. Prof. Anacletus Odoemene, Rev. Fr. Ozioma Nwachukwu, Rev. Fr. Chinenyeze Celestine Anyanwu and Rev. Thaddeus Obasi among others.
In his homily, Rev. Fr. Stephen Ubah, an indigenous priest, postulated that the convergence of the crème de Ia crème of the contemporary society, the avalanche of priests, the Religious and the tumultuous crowd of mourners was at the instance of the deceased Nneoma Marcellina Osuji (Nee Nwodu) and testimony to her pedigree.
He eulogized the deceased for being a high quality Christian who lived her life for Christ and took her religious activities very seriously. He averred that the late woman attends Mass regularly, confesses her sins, receives holy communion, practices agape love and was a devout Christian` mother who was appreciated at the Diocesan level were she was honoured with an Nneoma award.
The homilist went scriptural quoting John 17 that whosoever believes without seeing is bountifully blessed. He described the deceased as one who is always cheerful, generous and is devoid of quarrelsomeness and acrimonious life-style.
Fr. Ubah said that those who answer Christians only in name and not in deed and actions, deceive themselves. He cautioned against not living out as true Christians, keeping the commandments. According to him, Satan is the father of lies and their reward is in hell fire. He admonished the congregation to love one another, shun sin, if they must make heaven.
Late Nneoma Ejengeoma Marcellina Osuji is survived by five children including: Prof. Paschal Osuji, Hon. Patrick Osuji (Former Commissioner), Rev. Sister Nnamdi Helen Osuji (DDL) and Mrs. Angelina Anyanwu among others, in-laws, grand children and other relatives too numerous to mention.
Top brass personalities present at the funeral included Prof. Engr. Remmy Uche (KSJI), Senator Athan Achonu, Engr. and Chief Mrs. Nath Onwuagha, Chief L. I Onwu (KSM), Nze Acho Nwokorie, HRHs Eze Herbert Anyanwu, Eze Dr. R.C. Obiechefu, Eze and Ugoeze Eric Uchegbu, Chief Vitus Nwaokorie, Bro. Peter Ibe, Tony Udenze, Dr. Mrs. Uba Benedicta, Hon. Paschal Ibekwe, Engr. Tobs Anyanwu, Prof. Anyanwu A.C and Engr. Paul Okoroafor. Others include: Engr. Paulinus Udechukwu, Dr. Vin Udoukwu, Prof. Mrs. B. Nnodim and Engr. Austin Abaneme, Hon. Kingsley Dimaku among others.
The Leader spoke with Chief Dr. Igwe, according to him; the convergence of the multitude at the funeral was a testimony to the stuff the deceased was made off. According to him, late Marcellina Osuji was a unique personality that radiated splendor and warmth. He made compassionate appeal to the Imo State Government to ensure construction of a tarred road leading to St. Columba’s Parish which is the mother Parish in Okigwe Zone.
In his brief remarks, Dr. Anyanwu Anthony, son in-law to the deceased observed that his late mother in-law was generous, pragmatic and a quintessential Christian who possessed deep intellectual prowess that singled her out in a crowd.
In his vote of thanks, Hon. Patrick Osuji expressed profound gratitude to Bishop Okeke, politicians, concelebrants, the religious, Ndi Eze and the congregation for their presence at the funeral.