Family Pledges to build cathedral to Immortalize Late Sir Maduekwe, as Regent, Others shower tributes

By Uzo Ugwunze, Ojoto

The family of Late Sir Nwagbo Maduekwe OFR, Odu Oba in Idemili South has pledged to build a church cathedral which would be donated to the Anglican Communion in honor of their father.

Late Maduekwe was a cabinet member of Oba Igwe in council representing Isu-Umuezedim village, Chairman First Tarzan Motors Ltd, Odu Investments Company Ltd and an Executive Director on the Board of Oba Microfinance Bank.

Speaking on behalf of the family during the funeral service of Late Maduekwe at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Oba his first son, Emeka pledged to build a church at Urueze village, Oba .

Emeka said that they wished to continue in the good legacies of their late father, a Knight of St. Christopher who contributed immensely to the work of God by immortalizing his name through the project.

In his homily themed ‘Building a God fearing family for a better society’, the Anglican Bishop on the Niger, Rt. Rev. Dr. Owen Nwokolo urged Christians to teach their children the fear of God.

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“Ensure that you and your family members maintain a good stand before God so that the coming of Jesus Christ will not take you by surprise. God fearing families produce a better society”, he said.

The prelate described Late Maduekwe as a man committed to the work of God and service to humanity whose life and Business Empire imparted many people within and outside his community.

In his remarks, the Regent of Oba, Prince Noel Ezenwa described Odu Oba as a leading light in the community who was well loved and passionate about the development of Oba.

“Odu was a key contributor to the development of our schools, churches and villages. He gifted our Girls Secondary school with a Home Economics block fully equipped classrooms, laboratories and kitchen.

“I extend our condolences to his wife Mmilimma,and children: Emeka, Chidi, Oge, Obiamaka, Uzo and Obiche. We will miss his invaluable contributions in the various capacity in which he touched lives”, Ezenwa said.

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Moreover, Chief Felix Uzo states “Odu’s death is one death too many, not just a big loss to Oba but Nigeria. He was an Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR).

According to Chief Sam Odinammadu, Ikeora Oba,” A great Iroko tree has fallen. His death was a shock to me because Odu was my mentor. He was a good man who established many people”.

Also, President Isu villages Oba, Sir. Osita Ifedili Ubadi noted that Odu was a first class chief and peacemaker who contributed immensely to the peace Oba people are enjoying today.

President Aboji Akanano, Nze Dozie Nweke eulogized the legacies of Late Maduekwe saying that he was an uncle who was passionate about the development of community and the people.

Chief Peter Enendu, Ichie Obelenwa, APGA Board Member, Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka all commiserated with the family of Maduekwe praying God to give them the fortitude to bear the loss.

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However, Sir Emeka Maduekwe and his brother Obiche said that their father a versatile, lovable person who lived his life making huge efforts not to make mistakes.

They also thanked all who came to commiserate with them in their time of grief adding that they would continue the scholarship and other humanitarian projects their father instituted.

Other distinguished guests include Transport Moguls, his fellow patrons and members of Peoples club International, Cabinet chiefs, Knights of St Christopher, federal and state government delegates.

Pics: Immediate family of Late Sir. Nwagbo Maduekwe, Odu Oba during his burial.

Pics: Reagent of Oba, Prince Noel Ezenwa and some of the cabinet members during the burial ceremony.

Pics: Cabinet members paying their last respect to their colleague, Late Nwagbo Maduekwe lying in state.

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