By Chidex Onyemah
The remains of Late Chief Emeka Morocco Maduka, Wednesday, was laid to rest in his hometown, Ukwulu in Dunukofia local government area of Anambra state.
The burial service, conducted by Brethren Spiritual Churches in Nigeria, Anambra Chapter, a combination of all white garment churches in Nigeria, was held at Central school, Ukwulu.
In his homily, Evang. Rapheal Nwoye, noted that death was inevitable in a man’s life, saying that what mattered most was how the life is spent.
He described late Maduka as a faithful christian during his days. “Morocco is a faithful christian. A lot felt he was fetish or a member of several cults but he served God during his days, not just as a church member but a church founder” he said.
The clergyman encouraged everyone to remain faithful to God and never allowed themselves deceived into believing that there is no God.
Pastor Osita Iloputaife of the Glorious Chapel of Faith, Ukwulu, a Church founded by the late musician, disclosed that Morocco Maduka was a philanthropist, who served God with all his resources.
According to the pastor, he never allowed any member of his church to lack anything, as he provided for both church and personal needs.
In an interview, the traditional ruler of Ukwulu, HRM, Igwe Peter Uyanwa, referred to the late Ekpili veteran as one of the illustrious sons of his kingdom, who brought lots of transformation to Ukwulu.
“Morocco is a man of peace. Since his death, I have not seen any one who the cap fits, to fill the gap created by his demise. As the leader of this kingdom, I pray that his soul rests in peace”, the royal father said.
The Ukwulu king advised young and upcoming southeast musicians to emulate the late musician as he left lasting legacies in the Nigerian music industry. He said: “Late Morocco, transformed the Ekpili music to compete with the popular makossa and other western genres of music.
“It is a pity that our young ones find it difficult to follow suit, in promoting the Igbo culture, rather they put more energy in doing western kind of music”.
The event was graced by royal fathers across South East, top government officials, clerics, performing musicians, among others.
In other news, Orient Daily reports that Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN), Anambra state chapter, hosted a wake keep service/music concert in honour of the late music veteran.
The wake keep service featured live performances from Ikem Mazeli (Material), Prof. Chikobi (Onye Amuma Egwu N’Asia), Frank Chigbata (Ijele Anambra, Morocco Junior), among others.