It was all full of emotions, fun, thrills and paparazzi, as one of the best adorable , kind hearted woman leader , socialite and lovable Lady of substance in Umuchioma , Isi Ala Umuozu, Nwangele LGA ,Imo State, Mrs Rhoda Akuziri Agazue, Nee – Chikezie , was laid to rest, even as three Anglican Bishops, others, graced her requiem service.
Even in death, she was celebrated by families, friends and well wishers last week, being Thursday, May 6th, 2021, to be precise.
The great ‘Lionness’ fondly called ‘Mama Rhoda ‘, was highly celebrated by her pals , Political bigwigs , Friends and admirers in a highly electrifying carnival of some sort ,where three Anglican Bishops Officiated during her interment / requiem church service
A Pious Anglican church adherent, mother, grandmother and great grand mother of several Male and female children, who departed her earthly sojourn on February 3rd, 2021,at a ripe age of 98 years, was said to have followed her heart when she got married to her late heart thromb , Pa Alexander Azubuike Agazue , while she was serving her niece at an Umuozu neighborhood village.
Then the ever charming, elegant and beautiful woman , Rhoda, daughter of late Mr Agu Chikezie and Mrs Anna Chikezie , of blessed memory, who hail from Ndikpa, Amaju 11, in Amaigbo, Nwangele local government Area, Imo state, had as an Anglican denomination worshipper, weathered all storms of life and surmounted trials, to become a successful woman and an envy of her compatriots .
Her life story of success from grass to grace, has been a turning point and reason her friends gets endeared and magnetized to her.
Some of the People she left to mourn her are: Engineer Charles Chigozie Agazue , Reverend Obioma Agazue , Timothy Agazue and daughter inlaw, Mrs Stella Agazue ,( nee Paul Edom ) . Others are 18 grand children and 12 great grand children.
Ma Rhoda , was said not to have had a formal Education but she tried to read Igbo Bible and ‘ Azu Ndu ‘ , a teaching guide to the Anglican doctrine. She would constantly remind her children that her parents stood against training females in schools during their time.
Ma Rhoda was credited to have stayed at home serving her mother in law for many years before joining her husband at Abua, in Rivers state.
Her husband later relocated to Port Harcourt in search of greener pastures and eventually moved to Umuahia, Abia State, on invitation by late Chief Isaac Ibeawuchi , where she took to trading which blossomed for the family until the Civil war, which indirectly forced her back to Umuozu against her wish.
She has a life style that is rooted in the Lord, as she constantly insisted that her children and grandchildren should participate in Christian activities wherever they are.
Indeed, She was adjudged as a down to earth woman, who would not contribute to any thing that will cause problems.
Many people had testified of her advisory capabilities once contacted, as she also participated in both religious and village activities, while forbidding people of questionable behavior.
Her burial events commenced with a service of song at her late husband’s compound at Umuozu, by 5pm, on Wednesday, May 5th, 2021, while interment took place on Thursday, May 6th, 2021, immediately after a requiem Mass officiated by RT Reverend Benjamin .C. Okeke M. A ( JP), Bishop of Orlu Diocese, who was assisted by other Bishops, such as Most Reverend B.C. I . Okoro, Ph.D , (JP) , Archbishop of Owerri (Emeritus); RT Reverend G.N .Chukwunenye, Bishop of Oru Diocese.
Other, Officiating Officers who gathered at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Umuozu, were Reverend C.C.B. Okorie, Dean of the Cathedral ; Very Reverend Emma Aguoru ; Venerable Emma U. Amaechi ; Venerable F.N. Chukwukere , Preacher ; Venerable G. A. Emeh ; Venerable U. T . Ahams, Clergy Director ; Venerable E .C. Ukweh, Arch Deacon / Vicar ; Reverend Romanus Nwokeocha ,Curate and Evangelist Samuel Ozor, Teacher, amongst others.
Top on the List of Front line friends, bigwigs and Organizations that graced the occasion and celebrated the adorable woman , was a high powered Delegation of Late Paul Edoms family, led by Pastor Evaristus Edom and Representatives of News Planet International Newspaper, Peoples Star Online News and The Lead News Reports.
Speaking while welcoming his family’s guest, Engineer Charles Chigozie Agazue, expressed their heartfelt appreciation to the guests.
In his words, “I sincerely appreciate all those who honored Our Mothers burial ceremony. It is not easy with your tight schedules to spare such time. I can’t appreciate you people enough.
However, during his homily, the Officiating Reverend who was flanked by other Priests, described late Ma Rhoda Agazue, as a dedicated Anglican , who lived a virtuous life. ” she is regular in church and brought her children up in Christian way. I want the children and other relatives to be consoled with the promise of our Lord JESUS, that on the resurrection hour, the dead will rise again. This world is not our home but a passing road, we shall be judged according to our deeds on earth “.
Lamenting, Engineers Charles Agazue , said that their mother will be missed greatly. “she was a loving mother who trained us in a Christian way. we know that she was old enough but it is not easy as people think”
Most of the sympathisers who thronged the burial event, did not only celebrate the life and times of Ma Rhoda , but they joined the rest of the family members to dance and exhibit exotic dance steps .
Food and drinks were not in short supply, as the ever smiling Mourners, ensured that every guest had enough to eat and drink.