. . . Renews Marriage Vows with Wife at 50th Wedding Anniversary
By Chioma Ndife
It was indeed a moment of giving quality thanksgiving to God for Sir Cajetan Iloka, an Ezira indigene, for seeing eight decades in his life time and spending half a century together in marriage with his wife, Mrs. Anastasia IIoka.
The 80-year birthday celebration which doubled as the golden jubilee anniversary of Sir Cajetan Iloka and Lady Anastasia Iloka, was held on Sunday, December 30, 2018 in their home town, Ezira, Orumba South LGA of Anambra State. It commenced with a concelebrated Eucharistic Holy Mass led by the Auxiliary Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Jonas Benson Okoye.
Fides gathered that the celebrant, sir Iloka, a descendant of Okpo Dynasty of Ngodo Ubaha, born on January 2, 1938 at Ubaha Village, was admitted as Fellow, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (FCIB) in 1992 following the success which he attained when he sat for the Chartered Institute of Bankers' London professional examinations and was awarded Associate Chartered Institute of Bankers (AIB) London.
Leading in the concelebrated Holy Mass, Bishop Okoye thanked God for the strong health of mind and body granted to the celebrant alongside his wife which made the golden jubilee celebration possible. He noted that marriage strived when couples complemented each other and made sacrifices for the sustenance of what they believed in.
In his homily, Bishop Okoye reaffirmed the positions of husbands and fathers in their families and urged them to always create and spend time for family as it increased togetherness of the members. He beckoned on mothers to know their responsibilities as their failure could either make or mar society. He described the gift of children as the greatest gift which God has bestowed on mothers.
He appreciated the celebrant for his contributions in the church, both at Ezira and in the diocese, saying his contributions had brought hope to the people he had assisted financially and otherwise.
He disclosed the need for the construction of the parish hall and called for all hands to be deck to ensure that the parish in Ezira Community which was more than 25 years became dedicated.
The Catholic prelate who prayed for the couple presented a golden jubilee gift to the family and extolled the virtues of the celebrant, Sir Cajetan Iloka.
In his vote of thanks, the celebrant thanked God for his numerous blessings upon his life, noting that he had felt God's presence in all that concerned him. He appreciated God for the wonderful family he had given to him and all that came to share in the joy of Iloka's family.
Speaking to Fides, the second daughter of the celebrant, Nkechi Emere, attributed love, understanding and patience as the virtues that had kept her parents together, noting that no marriage was perfect.
She praised her parents for the qualitative upbringing and training which they imbibed in the children and attributed the training to success which the children had recorded in their chosen profession.
Renew of marital vows, presentation of gifts, cutting of cake, dance, among others were highpoints of the celebration.