It was a moment of joy and gratitude for Chief Mike Eze of Map Group, as he celebrated his seventieth birthday anniversary as family, relatives, friends and well-wishers joined him in thanksgiving mass for the blessing, at the Basilica of The Most Holy Trinity, Onitsha.
The Archbishop of Onitsha Ecclesiastical Province, Most Reverend Valerian Okeke represented by the Chancellor of the Archdiocese, Very Reverend Father Prudentus Aroh said that birthdays are celebrated to show the preciousness of life and it is an opportunity for sober reflection on one’s journey on earth and prayed for more years on Chief Mike Eze whom he described as a man that loves God.
In a sermon, the Rector, Basilica of The Most Holy Trinity, Reverend Father Nwokedi Ezumezu, said that the word of God strengthens, transforms, and encourages Christians and charged Christians to shun all forms of distractions while in the church and strive to preach reconciliation and peace to the world at all times.
The celebrant, Chief Eze who acknowledged God’s faithfulness in his life, said he was happy and fulfilled having attained the age of seventy and prayed for God’s continued blessing on his family, even as he thanked everybody for making the event a successful one.
Expressing their birthday wishes, the wife of the celebrant, Mrs. Scholastica Eze, his daughter, Adaobi Ezenwa and brother-in-law, Chief Emeka Uchendu, expressed gratitude to God for the gift of life and prayed for more blessings, good health and long life for the celebrant.
The birthday celebration attracted personalities from across the country, including the celebrant’s business associates, government officials, Nnokwa cabinet chiefs, as well as the ABS Director of News and Current Affairs, Mr. Gab Okpalaeze, who is the celebrant’s cousin.
Staff reporter, Oggorchukwu Oranu who covered the event reports that thanksgiving, birthday songs from the choir and congregation, cutting of cake, speeches, citation and dance by the celebrant, featured during the birthday party.