Church,Women champion of societal Development—Igwe Ukpo, HRH Robert Eze

Odogwu Emeka Odogwu

The traditional ruler of Ukpo, and clan head of Ukpo-Dunukofia ancient kingdom, in Dunukofia local Government Area, Igwe Dr Robert Chukwudilim Eze, Okofia VI has reiterated the indispensable roles of women and church in Championing societal development.

Igwe Eze lauded the roles of women in not only church building, but Championing of all forms of development in the society.

Igwe Eze spoke when he received the 34th Awka Diocesan Women’s conference (ADWOC)2020 led by the President, Mother’s Union, Women Wing and Girls Guild, Province on the Niger and Diocese of Awka, Mrs Martha Chioma Ibezim (Nneoma) at his palace.

Cross section of participants reports that Mrs Ibezim, JP and the delegates were led to the palace of Igwe Dr Eze by His Grace, The Most Reverend Alexander Chibuzo Ibezim,PhD, the Archbishop, Ecclesiastical Province of the Niger and Bishop, diocese of Awka alongside his Archdeacons and clergy.

He invariably advocated for respect and love for men of God no matter the societal situation, as their spiritual roles are indispensable in the society.

Cross section of participants

Igwe Ukpo commended the strides of the wife of the Archbishop of the Province of the Niger, Mrs Ibezim particularly on her management of administration of Queen’s Covent Awka which he noted is the best school in Anambra as four children from his palace are in the school, urging her not to relent.

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He reassured the Archbishop that the ADWOC 2020 will be a success in Ukpo and commmeded the local planning committee led by Group Capt. Sir Benson Okoye, Ochiagha n’Ukpo and the Vicar Rev Ikeh Sunday Kelechi and wife Mrs Esther Ike for a successful preparation for the ADWOC 2020.

Chairman of local planning committee of ADWOC 2020, Group Capt Benson Okoye, in the midst of delegates

Praying for Ukpo Archdeaconry, Ukpo Community and Igwe Dr Eze, the Archbishop Alexander Chibuzo Ibezim asked God to grant the Community peace and Igwe Dr Eze long life and health on the throne, even as he asked for support to constituted authority by citizenry.

Later at the conference venue at All Saints’ Parish Ukpo, Archbishop Ibezim laid the foundation stone and dedicated an ultra modern storey building for Church hall built and donated by Mr and Mrs Samuel Okeke ( Muo Nso).

Mama Province and Mama Awka with Mrs Okeke , who alongside her husband donated the Church hall

Archbishop Ibezim noted that the five day conference was reduced to three days due to COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world reminding the congregation on the need to ensure observance of all COVID-19 protocols.

Cross section of participants

In her speech, President, Mothers’ Union, Women’s Guild and Girl’s Guild , Mrs Martha Chioma Ibezim encouraged Archdeaconry wives who are Vice Presidents to motivate other clergy wives to ensure they mobilize other women to develope the habit of house to house evangelism to win more souls for Jesus Christ.

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Mama Province of the Niger and Mama Awka, Mrs Martha Chioma Ibezim praising God in front of the altar while Archbishop Ibezim and other clergy joined inside the altar

Mrs Ibezim also announced the establishment of Young wives Fellowship in the diocese for better understanding of the challenges Anglican young wives pass through and assist them navigate the challenges.

She encouraged taking care of widows and young girls in the diocese and province in all ramifications including hosting conferences for them to nurture them better for the kingdom race.

Mama Province and Mama Awka with her sister, Evangelist Mrs Ngozi Agbor

She thanked Archbishop Ibezim for the support for Queen’s Covent Awka and the women for their solidarity always, asking God for blessings upon all women of the diocese of Awka.

She encouraged women not to relent in reaching out to give a helping hand to the poor and the needy in the society without minding their race, creed or colour as there is enough suffering and pain in the society.


Earlier in his sermon, the Archdeacon, Ukpo Archdeaconry, Ven Shalom Ginika encouraged women not to relent in their service to mankind and leave their battle to God as only Him shall fight for them, while the Vicar, All Saints’ Parish Ukpo, Rev Ikeh Sunday Kelechi thanked God for a successful outing on the first day of the conference even as he thanked Archbishop Ibezim and Mama Province of the Niger and Mama Awka, Mrs Ibezim for the opportunity to host the conference.

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Cross section of delegates

Lady Chizoba Chiebonam Nwana , Ochiliozuo and Ada-Ukwu Aro is the Chairperson 2020 ADWOC.

Highlight include presentation of conference trophy, prize giving, recognition of conference babies and intercessory prayer.

A participant, Mrs Oji

Ukpo is the home of Anambra born oil magnet, Prince Engr (Dr) Arthur Ikpechukwu Eze , OFR , Ebube Ukpo, Ozoigbondu. Prince Dr Sir Emeka Eze of Toronto Hospital, Onitsha is the President General Ukpo Anglican community.

In an interview with, Dame Chika Osinaomumu, Protocol and Publicity unit Coordinator, Awka diocese described the theme, ” Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations , I will be exalted in the earth” ( Psalm 46:10) ,as apt , while the Chaplain, Mothers Union, Rev Canon Dave Ohamara thanked God for granting the women a successful conference, and prayed for a fruitful outing.

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