Monday, 4 January 2016

Anglican Diocese of Nnewi Honours Distinguished Dead and Living Ambassadors

In a bid to inspire the younger generation to striving for excellence, the Diocese of Nnewi, Anglican Communion recently presented what they termed Royal, Platinum, Post Humous and Excellence Awards to 45 distinguished faithful comprising the living and the dead, who had impacted both the church and the society positively.

Among the awardees were the Traditional Ruler of Nnewi, His Royal Highness, Igwe Dr. K.O.N Orizu; Obi of Uruagu Nnewi, His Highness Obi Dr. Nnamdi A.C.Obi; Hon Justice E.C. Ubaezeonu, the Chancellor, Nnewi Diocese; the Dean, Faculty of Environmental Sciences of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka and a member of the university Governing Council, Prof. Joel Igbokwe, and his wife, Prof. Philomena Igbokwe, who is the Associate Dean of NAU School of Postgraduate Studies; Engr. Arthur Eze (Ozoigbondu); and Chief Sir Ernest Obiejesi (Obijackson).

Speaking in a homily at Cathedral Church of St. Mary, Uruagu Nnewi, the Bishop, Diocese of Nnewi, Anglican Communion, Rt. Revd. Prof. Godwin I.N.Okpala charged Christians to emulate Jesus Christ whose humility and love made him to accept death on the cross in order to redeem the sins of the world.

Bishop Okpala, who reminded the faithful of importance of serving God in truth and honesty with all they have, urged the younger generation to be cheerful givers, because according to him, God will always reward them abundantly.

On criteria used in selecting the award recipients, the Archdeacon, Cathedral Area Archdeaconry, Ven. Dr. Ikechukwu Okafor, explained that they were chosen based on their selfless and humanitarian services to God, the church and the society.

On his part, Rev. Canon Timothy Agbanusi admonished those yet to be recognized to continue with good works as they would surely be recognized one day even as Almighty God will reward all accordingly.

Some of the awardees, who spoke to including His Highness Obi Dr Nnamdi A.C. Obi (JP), Obi of Uruagu Nnewi, and Mrs. Maudline Ekwegbalu thanked God and the Church for finding them worthy of such honour, and vowed to sustain the tempo of good works and selfless services.

By Okechukwu Onuegbu



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