… Says his joy is unequalled
By Olivia Obijiaku
On Sunday, 29th May, 2022, a post wedding reception took place in Graceland, Zaria, for the successful wedding of the one of the daughters of Ezeigbo II of Zaria, HRH Igwe Vitus Unogu (KSM) and Lolo Ugoeze Unogu (LSM), former Princess Ifeoma Bibian Unogu and her husband, Engr. Uche Chris Nwadi who wedded in Abuja on Saturday, 23rd April, 2022.
A cross section of Ladies of St. Mulumba at the reception
A cross section of Knights of St. Mulumba at the Mass
At the event which was chaired by Prof Mike Duru of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and well attended by the Catholic clergy and bodies within the Church, including Knights and Ladies of St Mulumba, St Jude Igbo Catholic Community, Catholic Men Organization (CMO) and Catholic Women Organization (CWO); traditional leaders in Zaria; Members of the Eze Cabinet; Members of Igbo Community Association (ICA), Zaria, Igwe Unogu explained how happy he was to have given out all his daughters in marriage, voicing that his joy was unequalled.
Igwe Vitus and Lolo Ugoeze Unogu at the Mass
“I thank God for making it possible for us to gather here in thanksgiving for the successful wedding of my daughter in Abuja.” Sir Unogu expressed. “My dear brothers and sisters, my dear friends, I am full of joy. I want to show my total submission to God and total happiness today in the presence of my people. We need to thank God for everything. We shall continue to thank God. May all that we do here today bring glory to the Holy Name of God! May He bless us all and our families. May He lead us back safely to our respective homes.”
Chairman of the occasion, Prof Duru and some members of Eze cabinet
Prof Duru oriented those present at the event, ssoliciting cooperation of all and sundry. His word, “The essence of this occasion is to thank God for His mercies and grace on behalf of the Igwe family. We recall that he gave out the daughter in marriage in April and apparently, some of us were unable to attend. We thank God for seeing them through that process and for sustaining the family. Igwe has given out all his daughter in marriage and it is a great one. It is something worth celebrating. This is also a special occasion to appreciate and support the Igwe and to be able to celebrate with him. This is a time to appreciate the family for what they have been able to accomplish in terms of giving out all the daughters in marriage.”
In an interview with dailyupdates.news thereafter, the traditional Prime Minister (Onowu), Chief Sir Ephraim Umeasiegbu expressed how happy he was with the first Igbo family in Zaria. He equally called on Ndigbo in Zaria to remain law abiding and peace seeker as well as desist from any conduct that is capable of tarnishing their image.
Igwe Unogu and his Staff Bearer, Chief Emeka Anyim
Before the reception, the leading family offered a special thanksgiving at the parish, Good Shepherd, Graceland, Zaria where the Parish Priest, Very Rev Fr Michael Kagarko tasked families to have a family prayer habit. “Communal prayer is very important,” asserted the priest. “Group prayer is very important. Do you call your family every morning to pray as a family? Do you have the time to call your children every night for prayer? Do you have time for personal prayer?”