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Umuchu re-dedicates Catechist Gabriel Ezekwo Memorial Chapel



THE Catechist Gabriel Ezekwo Memorial Chapel and Unity Centre at Saint Thomas Anglican Church, Umuchu, has been re-dedicated by the Bishop of  Aguata Diocese, Rt Revd Samuel Ezeofor.

  The re-dedication cum handover of the historic building also featured public presentation of the book, “In His Days” co-authored by Chief Samuel Ezekwo and Mr Ejiofor Umegbogu, a biograhy in honour of the late Catechist Gabriel Ezekwo, who was a social crusader, educationist and forebear of evangelism in the old Aguata and Orlu Division.

 Bishop Ezeofor, during his sermon at the church service reminded Christians that spiritual encounter gives one the opportunity to acknowledge the supremacy of God and the need to live in unity with one another as exhibited by our brethren, who were the first to embrace Christianity despite belonging to divergent denominations. He equally thanked Chief Samuel Ezekwo, the chief convener for his commitment towards community development and Gods work, just like his father, the late Catechist.

  Presenting the book to the public, the Anglican Bishop of Enugu North Diocese, Bishop Sosthenes Eze described the book, ‘In His Days’ as a wakeup call and motivation for advancing evangelism.

The book reviewer and Anambra State Commissioner for Basic Education, Prof Kate Omenugha, described the book as a rich harvest of socio cultural and anthropological work.

 Acknowledging the authors, Omenugha stated, “Samuel Ezekwo and Ejiofo Umegbogu can be considered neophytes in biography writings, yet, they have approached this book with a touch of mastery of the subject. It is not surprising as the book is a product of deep research and painstaking study seen in the eyes for details within the book and the re-writing of history”.

  The chairman on the occasion and Chief Judge Emeritus of Anambra State, Justice Peter Umeadi, observed that the biography spelt out the fulcrum of the trailblazer, whose memorable sacrifices and adventure set goals for the future generation and lauded the benefactor for keeping history afloat.

  In his address, Chief Samuel Ezekwo (Ide Umuchu) maintained that the act of social engineering exhibited by his father will leverage as a resourceful reference across the country. Reiterating the motivation behind the book, Ezekwo said that he took up the challenge in order to immortalise his late father, Catechist Gabriel Ezekwo and others who contributed to the community’s development.

  Co-author and an investigative journalist, Ejiofo Umegbogu, while speaking to National light said that the book, “In His Days”, published last year, has been catalogued by British library and accepted by six university libraries in the UK.

  “This book celebrates the iconic life, achievement recorded by Catechist Gabriel Ezekwo who was a Christian Missionary Society (CMS)  Catechist, which is now the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion, a church teacher and a torch bearer, who built and established many churches around the old Aguata and Orlu Division. Ezekwo brought light to most of the communities where he was sent to work, he did this so selflessly, very dedicated”.

  Other dignitaries present at the event were former Dean of the Church of   Nigeria Anglican Communion, Most Reverend Maxwell Anikwenwa, the traditional ruler of Umuchu, Igwe Godson Ezechukwu and his Ehime counterpart, Igwe Mbamalu, among others.

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