. . . Outline Guideline for Successful Marriage
By Chioma Ndife
In celebration of their 50 years wedding Anniversary, Sir Basil and Lady Mercy Uzor has offered quality thanksgiving to God for the gift of togetherness which they had enjoyed in their marital journey as husband and wife.
The golden couple appreciated God on Thursday, December 26, 2019, at St. John’s Catholic Church, Umuomaku, Orumba South LGA, Anambra State during the celebration of the marital bliss enjoyed by the couple.
The marriage Golden Jubilee was indeed a love feast celebration for Sir Basil and Lady Mercy Uzor at their home compound in Umuomaku, Orumba South LGA of Anambra State, as dignitaries and people from all walks of life gathered to celebrate the Golden Jubilee Wedding Anniversary of the ideal couple, who had passed through the storms of life together. The celebration started with a Concelebrated Holy Mass led by the former Catholic Bishop of Ahiara Diocese, Most Rev. Peter Ebelechukwu Okpaleke.
The Catholic prelate, Most Rev. Okpaleke, noted that mutual respect, love, care, understanding and tolerance were what the couple had incorporated into their marriage that made them remain together for years. He commended the couple for their steadfastness and dedication to their duties in their family and parish, saying that such dedication to duty brought about the success attained by their children in various fields of life. He said that discipline was the virtue with which the couple raised their children; the reason behind the children’s success stories.
The Catholic prelate beckoned on the children, relatives and friends to emulate the virtues possessed by the couple and advised parents to ensure effective training of their children, as proper training and upbringing produce better citizens in any nation. According to him, when children are well trained, it reduces the stress which parents would pass through when they grow old but when they are not channeled properly it increases the chances of heart attack.
Speaking to Fides, Sir Basil Uzor, thanked God for seeing his marriage through thick and thin and for blessing the works of their hands. He appreciated the Bishop, Priests, Knights and Ladies, and friends for making out time to honour their invitation. A visibly overjoyed Sir Uzor, pointed out that God’s hand was in his family, saying his profession as a school teacher helped him in giving qualitative training to his children.
Sir Uzor, described marriage as a divine social cage designed to hold together in love, only one man and one woman. He noted that for young couples to succeed in marriage, they must avoid infidelity, saying that 100% commitment and trust between husband and wife helped in other related family issues.
He urged young couples to endeavour to cultivate the spirit of togetherness, sacrificial spirit of live and let live, noting that effective communication gaps must at all times be maintained. He noted that false life must be put aside the before marriage would be contracted and beckoned on couples to desist from inviting a third party when settling their differences. On the issue of finance, he said couples must pull their resources together to achieve maximum growth in set goals.
He revealed that the success which they recorded in their marriage was as a result of the mutual respect, understanding and fear of God which they cultivated early in their married life.
On her part, Lady Uzor, maintained that the success attained in her marriage came through God as the pillar and using patience to follow up marriage issues. She stated that there was nothing like 50 years of happy marriage, rather, what was obtainable was 50 years of patience and tolerance from the two parties involved in a marriage.
Fides gathered that the couple had received Best Couple Award from Achina Deanery Christian Women Organization and wife of Anambra State former Governor, Mrs. Margret Obi.
High points of the anniversary were the re-enactment of the wedding rituals viz exchange of martial vows/rings, cutting of the anniversary cake, dance amongst others.