By Mercy Hill
It was a celebration of a life well spent as Chief Mathias Etisiobi Ibedu, 97, was interred in his country home after a funeral Mass at S.S Peter and Paul Parish, Umuchu, Aguata LGA, Anambra State, on Friday, May 10, 2019.
Late Chief Ibedu, also known as ”Amaraemenwanne” was born in the year 1922 to the family of Nze Ibedu-Ukeje Ezechukwu in Umuchu. During his life time on earth, he was a devoted Catholic, a member of the Church building committee, Holy Name Parish, for three decades.
As a known philanthropist, he established most of his kinsmen and townsmen in diverse businesses at Umuahia, Abia State. Moreso, he was a veritable consultant, adviser and a lover of all which was evident in the massive turnout of both traditional rulers, priests and religious as well as others who came from far and near to pay their last respect in tribute to him.
In his homily, during the funeral mass, Rev. Fr.Boniface Ezeoke, challenged the congregation to imbibe love and live in peace with one another, while he urged the deceased’s family to uphold the legacy late Etisiobi had left.
Speaking about the late Chief Ibedu, Fr. Ezeoke said he was a man who lived up to his name, Amaraemenwanne, who showed love and impacted positively on his community. He concluded with a message to the high chiefs present at the funeral mass to use their offices as traditional heads to promote peace and cohesion in the community.
The traditional ruler of Umuchu, HRH Igwe Godson O. Ezechukwu Okwuluora 1 of Umuchu, testified that the deceased was a very prominent humanitarian, an active cabinet member and a great Icon of peace in the community.
Reading the tribute on behalf of the Ibedu family, Chimezie Ibedu, noted that the deceased who was his uncle, instituted the Ibedu Family Meeting to unite all family members as well as an Education Trust Fund for family members who were interested to gaining education and he was a beneficiary. He further expressed that his death was a great loss to the family as he was a strong pillar. While he prayed for his eternal repose testimonies of a life well spent were heard from people who spoke highly of his life on earth.