The Ilezue family of Achalla Village in Enugwu-Agidi, has demonstrated that it is better to celebrate the living more than the dead.
They put this into action by celebrate the eightieth birthday of their mother, Madam Keziah Nkwodimma Ilezue.
Correspondent Queen Anigbogu reports that the colourful event, which started with a special thanksgiving service at Saint Mark’s Anglican Church, Enugwu-Agidi, Njikoka Council Area, attracted eight surviving children, thirty-three grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, sons and daughters in-law of Madam Ilezue, as well as friends and well-wishers.
In his tribute, one of the sons, Pastor Emmanuel Ilezue, recounted the humble beginning of the family, going through thick and thin to get to their present level attributing it to God’s grace and goodness.
Pastor Ilezue encouraged people to celebrate their parents while alive because it can prolong their lives.
In a sermon, the Vicar in charge, Saint Mark’s Anglican Church, Enugwu-Agidi, Venerable Dr. Nnamdi Emendu, commended Madam Ilezue and her late husband, for bringing up their children in the fear of God without any preferential treatment and the children for taking very good care of their mother.
He advised the faithful to shun evil but trust God firmly noting that in due time all their prayers would be answered.
Speaking on behalf of the family, the first son, Reverend Samuel Ilezue, appreciated all that graced the occasion and added that a family that prays together stays together and that the devil cannot penetrate a praying family.
In separate speeches, one of the daughters, Mrs. Hope Okoyeibe, granddaughter, Miss Chinenye Okafor, grandsons Emmanuel Ilezue and Onyemaechi Okoyeibe, spoke glowingly about their matriarch and how rewarding it is for people to celebrate their loved ones while alive.
Special thanksgiving, dancing, cutting of birthday cake, winning and dinning featured during the event.