UNIZIK Professor, Emeka Ezeonu, Wife Celebrate 25 Years of Marriage
By Lawrence Nwimo
It was a glorious day in the Alor community in Idemili South local government area of Anambra state at the weekend as professor Francis Emeka Ezeonu alongside his wife, Dr. Jane Ezeonu celebrated their 25 years of marital bliss.
Dignitaries that witnessed the event were glaring including friends, well-wishers, professional colleagues, clergies, relatives, and the likes were present at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church Alor where the couple renewed their marital vows first made on the fifth day of August 1995.
It was indeed one of the many moments of joy for the union that was blessed with vibrant four children among whom are three boys and an elegant lady, to sum up, a beautiful family.
While thanking God for blessing him with a wonderful family, Prof Ezeonu’s appreciation was endearing to the dignitaries who graced the occasion.
Prof Ezeonu who is the Imo state Resident Electoral Commissioner said that the twenty-five-year-old marriage has passed them through ups and downs as witnessed in many marriages but according to him was the grace of God that kept his marriage going.
He said that his father and mother-in-law Dr. Luis Oraka and his wife Mercy Oraka played a vital role in the success of the marriage.
Prof Ezeonu who is also former VC of Hezekiah University said his in-laws stood by him and filled the gap created by his departed parents even as he described them as pillars of support who he said gave him support in his dark periods.
Earlier, the Parish Priest of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Alor, Fr Izuchukwu Christopher Ifem, in his sermon said that the day was significant. He said that the marriage between Prof Emeka and Jane was a witness to God reminiscent of St. Stephen’s witnesses to God in the Bible.
He said while Stephen was remembered for his witness to God as a deacon when he was martyred, Francis and Jane Ezeonu’s marriage represented the same cause as they are witnesses to God through the success of their marriage.
He urged the couple to be steadfast and firm in the service of God to avoid temptations that have led to break up of many marriages in the society even as he stated that the foundation of love that has been laid in the family will be beneficial to the children who according to him will model their lives to their parents.
He said that Marriage between husband and wife is martyrdom enough and a witness because according to him, the principle states that they must be together irrespective of interest or condition of the two parties adding that the ring is the smallest of handcuff that ties marriage together.
Speaking at the reception held at Jubilee Garden Alor, the Imo state Independent National Electoral Commission team led by Mr Victor Nwokeabia ,HOD Election and Party Monitoring while Presenting their gift to the couple said that Prof Ezeonu has been a servant leader to them. They also described the existing relationship with him as cordial and understanding.
Dignitaries across class were present to honor the couple amidst archival friends and colleagues from Nnamdi Azikiwe University. Among them was the immediate past vice-chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Prof Joseph Ahaneku and wife Prof Gladys Ahaneku, Immediate past Vice Chancellor of Enugu State University of Science And Technology (ESUT) Prof. Luke Anike while another former Vice Chancellor of Unizik, Prof Ilochi Okafor and wife Lady Egosonwa Okafor chaired the occasion.
Also, Prof Au Nonyelu, and Prof Sam Neludu was there including Chief and Mrs. John Udeagwa, Prof Stan Udedi and wife as well as Onowu Alor, Chief Okwuchukwu Ezekwesili all graced the occasion.
Additionally, Fr Simeon Amuche, Fr Austin Aniagboso, Fr Jude Chukwuneke from Nnewi Diocese, Fr Tochukwu Onunkwo, Rev Fr. (Prof.) Anthony Chiegboka among others successfully officiated the event.
The highpoint of the celebration was the renewal of marital vow by the couple, exchange of rings, Papal apostolic blessing from Pope Francis and the cutting of the anniversary cake by the family.