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‘Ogbunuyoro’ Unveiled to Celebrate Sir Chinedu Okoli at 80

. . . Celebrant appreciates God’s All Round Blessings

By Chioma Ndife

A book titled ‘Ogbunuyoro, A Family Man’ has been unveiled by the children of Sir. Sylverius Ikenegbo Chinedu Okoli, an Indigene of Ajalli Community, Orumba North LGA, Anambra State, to celebrate their patriarch at 80th Birthday Anniversary.

The book, a biography of Sir Sylverius Ikenegbo Chinedu Okoli, was unveiled on Thursday, January 02, during the 80th Birthday Celebration in thanksgiving to God for his all-round blessings.

The birthday celebration commenced with a concelebrated Eucharistic Celebration led by the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, His Lordship, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, Ajalli.

Fides gathered that the biography of Sir Okoli, presented in form of interviews of the celebrant showed his achievements at different pointsin his life. This was conducted by Mrs. EkeneEzeji, one of the celebrants’ daughters.

Speaking to Fides, the Celebrant, Sir Sylverius Ikenegbo Chinedu Okoli, said that the celebration was organized in a bid to offer quality thanksgiving to God for the gift of life and other blessings which he had been enjoying since he was born. He noted that it was rare for someone to be strong at the age of 80 and described his strong of mind and body as God’s special blessings to few individuals.

He likened the celebration as an Introspective into the journey of life, saying that the celebration has provided an avenue for him to look back on how he started life and how he was able to attain the numerous success he had recorded in life.

Sir Okoli, a successful businessman in the Oil and Gas sector of the Nigerian Economy, recalled that his grandmother was the poorest woman in the community while his father was a poor teacher, saying that he started life without wealth but ended up being someone whoeveryone wants to reckon with. He said he was able to achieve great success because he placed God first in all his dealings together with his patience, hard-work, integrity and discipline. He beckoned on youths to adopt the spirit of hard-work, patience, integrity and discipline, saying that such would assist them to record great success in their various life endeavour.

Speaking on the idea behind the book publication, the celebrant’s daughter, Mrs. EkeneEzeji, said that the idea to have a book that would encompass their father’s life events, was initiated by her elder sister Ify, while she conducted the interview at various times for the publication. She disclosed that the book took a period of four years for it to be completed, saying that it covered their father’s growing up, marriage, family life, work field and lessons which the celebrant had learnt over time.

Ezeji said that the book, a birthday present from the celebrant’s children, would help to teach the youths, the benefits of being diligent and ways of adding value to the human society.

She described the celebrant as people’s person, a family man who was greatly interested in the betterment of everyone around him. She recalled the events that had taken place at different points in the family, saying that such had marked him a remarkable personality. She prayed for God’s divine continuous health and better knowledge of God, saying that such knowledge brings satisfaction to life and life to come. She expressed optimism thattheir father’s investment in human capital will be seen and appreciatedin no distant moment.

The birthday celebration which attracted the presence of Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe; Traditional Ruler of Oko Community, Prof. Laz. Ekwueme among other prominent personalities had the celebrant’s dance with his grand children from different countries of the world as highpoint of the celebration.

The Birthday Celebrant, Sir. Sylverius Ikenegbo Chinedu Okoli (1st left) takes to the dance with his daughter (1st right) and grandchildren for the special dance performance

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