By Chioma Ndife
The family tie which has been developed between the families of Chief/Sir Augustine Ibeme and late Chief Muojieje following the traditional marriage of their children Obinna Zenobis Ibeme and Vivian Ogechukwu Muojieje has been solidified.
The joining together of the couple and subsequent blessing of the union through the Sacrament of Matrimony at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, Fegge, Onitsha solidified the tie which both families developed during the traditional Marriage of their children.
The love feast celebration between the groom, Obinna Ibeme and the Bride, Ogochukwu Muojieje held during the Easter Octave, April 22, 2019 started with a Holy Mass at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, Fegge, Ontisha where the intending couple were joined together as one and ended with a reception at Dolly Hills Hotels and Suite.
Fides gathered that the wedding ceremony attracted various captains of industries, entrepreneurs, politicians, Traditional Rulers, civil servants, business men and women, among others who came to witness the official joining of Mr. Obinna Zenobis Ibeme and Miss Vivian Ogechukwu Muojieje.
It would be recalled that the relationship was developed among the two families on January 5, 2019 when late Chief Muojieje’s family officially gave out their daughter’s hand in marriage to Ezeani Udokamma’s Son, Mr. Obinna Ibeme who performed all the necessary traditional marriage rites of his bride.
In his homily, an Awka Diocesan Priest and Parish Priest of St. John’s Catholic Church, Neni, Rev. Fr. Charles Umeoji, noted that by virtue of the Sacrament of Matrimony, the consenting individual persons are joined and united together as one.
The clergy, underscoring the fact that consent was a key factor in the determination of the validity of Christian marriage, warned that by no means should one be forced into marriage and advised parents never to coerce their daughters or wards into getting married. He then called on the newly wedded couple to always be open to each other and as such, should make effort to inform their partner of all their activities and actions before partaking in it.
Continuing, Fr. Umeoji enjoined women to organize their homes in such a way that their husbands would always be willing and happy to return after daily work. Husbands, in turn, should assist their wives to excel in life by helping them discover their hidden potentials and encouraging them to contribute qualitatively towards the growth of the family. He stressed the importance of faithfulness as a key factor in the sustenance of the unity of spouses and advised that couples should always be consistent in their prayer life, for prayer binds people together.
The visibly joyous couple, Mr. Obinna and Mrs. Ogechukwu Ibeme thanked God for joining them in marriage. They appreciated their parents for their love and commended all who joined them in the celebration of their love story.
Speaking to Fides, the groom’s dad, Chief Sir Augustine Ibeme, popularly known as Ezeani Udokamma in Neni Community, advised the party directly involved in the marriage to place their marriage above all things, calling on them to desist from the temptation of involving other parties such as their parents and friends in their affairs.
Sir Ibeme who is a Papal Knight of St. Gregory, appreciated God for the wife given to his Son and prayed God to bless the union with all good things.
The groom’s mom, Lady Victoria Ibeme, expressed profound happiness, saying that the humane and cheerful nature of the son’s wife had endeared her to the family from the onset.
Highpoints of the wedding ceremony were exchange of marital vows, consent, cutting of cake, dance, merriment and exchange of gifts at the reception venue.