It was indeed a celebration of life on May 3rd, 2019 when Sir Edward Nkwegu also known as Edon lays down the body of his late mother, Ezinne Josephine Nwofe Nkwegu Ugbala to mother earth in a casket built like holy bible at Ndioga Agbaja, Izzi.
Late Josephine also known as Ogbu-Aguiyi who lived a life worthy of emulation, lived well and died at the age of 99 years.
Speaking at the burial, the Bishop of Abakaliki Catholic Diocese, Most Rev Michael Okoro prayed God Almighty to accept her.
He urged the family and other Christians to lead life worthy of emulation as late Josephine did while alive despite that she lost her husband at the early stage of her life.
In the funeral oration, son to the deceased, Sir Edward Nkwegu thanked God for the life of his late mother, describing her as a disciplinarian, philanthropist and one who fought for the oppressed in their locality.
Sir Edon who spoke in Izzi language, noted that the family had lost a quintessential role model who accepted the challenges of life and built them to become who they are in life after the death of their father at a very tender age.
He said, “You defied the thorns and shackles of material poverty to feed, clothe and train us, only few mothers would be able to withstand and survive such perilous conditions.”
“As we lower you to mother earth to go and be with your maker, we pray that you find rest in Christ’s bosom, we cannot mourn endlessly because the will of God must be done “, he added.
Earlier in a homily tagged, ‘You are fortunate’, Rev Fr. Wilfred Nwofoke, the priest in charge of St. Paul’s Catholic Parish, Amudo in Ezza South Local Government Area of Ebonyi charged Christians to imbibe the virtues of selfless and sacrificial living while alive.
He said that being fortunate in life does not consist of the amount of material things, affluence or being in a state of physical wellbeing but living to be a blessing to others.
According to him, to be fortunate means the ability to utilize the resources at one ‘s disposal irrespective of how little or big, to affect the lives of others especially the poor, downtrodden and the less privileged.
He said that Jesus Christ lived and died for sinners and by doing so, He lived a selfless and sacrificial life and he urged Christians and well-to-do in society to be charitable, humble and to affect positively the lives of people around them.
The priest described late Madam Nkwegu as an ‘Amazon’ who lived to impact on the lives of people around her and imparted in her children moral virtues and humility.
He said, “Our mother whom we have gathered here today to bid farewell to eternity lived an exemplary life and affected the lives of those around her positively.”
“She had ran a good race, she lived for others, imparted good morals in her children; she was fortunate and we are celebrating today the life and passage of a woman who gave charitably to uplift the poor and the powerless around her.”
“I charge all who have gathered for the burial to understand that material acquisition is vanity unless it is used to uplift the poor and needy in the society “, Nwofoke said.
In their tribute, the Speaker of Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Hon. Francis Nwifuru, Chief Austin Edeze, Pastor Eze Nwachukwu Eze, urged the family to sustain the legacy built by their late mother as she lived a life before her death.
The Speaker on his part said the woman suffered, worked and completed her work on earth before God called her.
He described her as a dedicated Christian, very honest, trust worthy, transparent woman leader in their community and a mentor who taught him (The Speaker) the road to success in life which beckoned on hard work.
Nwifuru said he can’t forget his contact with her when he worked with Edon Nigeria Ltd.
Dignitaries from all walks of life honoured the burial including Abdulraham Danbasau, Minister of Interior, represented by Mrs. Emelia Oputa, Controller of Nigerian Prisons, Ebonyi and former Sen. President, Chief Ken Nnamani, Gbazuagu Nweke, former and present National Assembly members from Ebonyi State, over fifty Catholic priests, APC chieftains within and outside Ebonyi State to mention but a few.