CELEBRATION OF LIFE : Tears , Jubilation, Honor , Fanfare Galore, as Woman Of Substance, Mrs. Rhoda Akuziri Agazue Joins Her Ancestors.

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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.

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