The Knights of St John International, Commandery 434, and Laux 363, Awka, November 20, celebrated their 2021 Annual Harvest and Bazaar to thank God for a wonderful year at KSJI Temple, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Awka, Adejumoke Aminat Alebiosu reports.
The ceremony began with a Holy Mass, tagged ‘Harvest of Divine Praise,’ which was organized in thanksgiving to God for the lives of its members and the quick recovery of a prominent member, the traditional ruler of Awka, Obi Gibson Nwosu.
Rev. Fr Levi Ndubuisi Ukor, Spiritual Adviser of Commandery 434 and Laux 363, noted the importance of being committed to the organisation and keeping a strong faith. He also advised them to use the opportunity to evaluate themselves.
Sir Ralph Nwike, Worthy President, Commandery 434, expressed his thanksgiving to God for a successful year and tenure and also stated that he was fulfilled by most of the achievements of his administration, especially the newly acquired bus.
In an interview with Fides Media, he advised the incoming Worthy President to do better than himself.
‘My advice is that the incoming should do better. Let them improve on the foundation I have made. This Commandery should be moving up and not down,’ he said.
Also, Sir Dr Mulumbah Ifeanyi Ikeh, chairman of the occasion, appreciated God for sustaining KSJI all through the year. He advised members of the Order to be happy with the Worthy President for the initiative of buying the new bus and continue to support the President as Soldiers of Christ.
Honourable Sir Pete Ibida, member, representing Njikoka II at the State House of Assembly, who is also a member of the Order, said he was excited to be part of the event. He noted the importance of giving back to God as a means of receiving more blessings.
In his words of appreciation, Igwe Gibson Nwosu, represented by the Prime Minister, Chief Ben Okoye, thanked God for restoring his health and commended the Order for the warm reception.
In their separate remarks, Sir Sunday Nweke, chairman, Harvest Committee, and Sir Basil Obiorah, the Secretary of the committee, commended the members for their support towards the growth of the Order, noting that the aim of the harvest and bazaar had been successfully carried out.
Highlights of the event were the dedication of the bus, bazaar and cutting of cake.