It was all pageantry and celebration galore on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at St. Philip Anglican Church, along Okobi Street, Boji-Boji, Owa, as Mrs Ogor Obuh gave her mother, Dame Mrs. Esther Nwagbogwu who clocked eighty years, a massive and colourful birthday party.
The august occasion attracted the presence of high dignitaries, amongst who were, the first Lady of Delta State, Dame Mrs. Edith Okowa, the member representing Ika South at the Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Festus Okoh, Vicar of St. Peter Anglican Church, Ven. P. O Okoh, family members, friends, PDP faithfuls, well wishers and host of others.
Dame Mrs. Esther Obiajulu Nwagbogwu was born on the 15th of December, 1940. Her parents were Mr. Paul Onyema and Mrs. Sarah Nwabiani Echenim of Owa-Nta in Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta State. She was a post humous child, that is, her father died while she was in her mother’s womb. Late Ven. Charles Alika Echenim adopted her while she was still in the womb. At the age of six, Late Echenim took her to Oba in Anambra State, where he was serving as a Cathechist. She was moving with him to different places, where he served as a priest. She started teaching after her Primary six.
After teaching for some years, she went to teacher Training College for her Grade 111. After her training, she taught for two years at All Saint Primary School, Asaba. She later obtained her Grade 11 Teachers Certificate at St. Mary’s Teachers Training College, Owo. She taught on Anwai, Asaba and later transferred to St. John Primary School, Agbor, now Orogodo Primary School, Agbor. During her teaching there, Her Excellency, Dame Mrs. Edith Okowa was one of her pupils.
To further her education, she went for a Head master Course (HIB) under Faculty of Education, University of Benin, Benin City, Edo State. On her return, she was promoted to special Headmaster Grade1 and posted to Alihagu Primary School and later Thomas Primary School, where she retired meritoriously after 35 years of service in 1991.
She is a dedicated Christian and Leader. Because of her dedication and her service in the church, she was always been giving leadership position by different clergymen and their wives posted to the church. Due to this, she was given the title, Ochiligwe and Nne Ejiokwu (Mother of Truth) by the wife of late Ven. Obianaba of St. Paul Church, Owa-Nta
She has a calm deposition and a woman of peace. She is a role model to a lot of women within and outside the church.
She is blessed with adorable children, Mrs Ogor Obuh, Mr. Onyeka Nwagbogwu, grand children and great grand children.
While preaching during the Thanksgiving Service at St. Peter Anglican Church, Ven. Okoh stated that when one honours God, God will equally honour him.
It is important that we should show gratitude to God for the gift of life and that is why Mama has come to return all glories to God. People don’t want to be separated apart any more to show appreciation for their maker. Ingratitude is a spirit of the last day. When you have come to appreciate God, your life will start moving forward. Showing appreciation to God means that you value Him.
Giving God thanks is for our own good, because in there lies our blessings. It is good to thank God at all times, so that God can prosper the works of our hands”, he said.
From left: Chuky Dandy, Dame Mrs. Edith Okowa, Mrs. Esther Nwagbogwu, Mrs Ogor Obuh and Yankee Claro