EMETANJO/AKUMABOR/OGBU FAMILIES GIVE SUCCOUR TO OVER 200 WIDOWS, AGED WOMEN, MEN IN UMUNEDE
God Will Surely Reward Them Handsomely, Widows Pray For Emetanjo/Akumabor/Ogbu families
By Amos Chukwuekwu
About 200 widows and aged women and men from the four communities in Umunede Kingdom in Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta State have benefitted from the special and free medical outreach sponsored by the family of Emetanjo/Akumabor/Ogbu in Umunede in memory of their late mother, Madam Juliana Ikwoje Emetanjo who died ten years ago.
The two-day event which began with a Memorial Mass at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church Umunede on Thursday June 8, 2023, was held at Ede Club Hall, along Ekwuoma Road, Umunede, and was described by many as first of its kind in the Kingdom.
The hall was on Friday June 9, 2023, filled to its capacity as widows, septuagenarians, octogenarians, and nonagenarians, were fully taken care of after they were taught on how to make liquid soap and disinfectant.
At the end of the day, each of the women who attended the event went home with one bag of 5kg rice, cloths, shoes, among other incentives, with smiles on their faces.
On Saturday June 10, 2023, medical experts under the umbrella of Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria, (MWAN) Delta State chapter in partnership with Emetanjo/Akumabor/Ogbu families carried out free medical outreach which was attended by both widows, aged men and women.
Health talks were rendered to all present, as well as blood pressure, sugar and eye checks were conducted.
ENT doctors were also fully on ground to attend to widows and all having ear problems.
The joy of the widows, aged men and women who participated in the exercise was fully completed when one of the family friends gave them One Thousand Naira each as palliative.
Also, aged men and women with walking difficulties were given walking sticks to ease their steps.
In their separate health talk, Dr. (Mrs.) Ogugua Osi-Ogbu, Dr. Abolarinwa Seun, and Comr. Geoff Uti, who is the co-chairman of National Senior Citizens Centre, Delta State chapter, stated that health is wealth and as such, they must take care of their body, saying that body exercise is needed every day as well as adequate intake of water.
The trio advised the women never to be careless or reckless in taking care of their body, saying that daily and regular exercises with good balance diet make the body strong and active.
Also speaking, Chief Augustine Aghaulor appreciated the family for their generosity towards the widows, saying that no family or groups have ever carried out same event in Umunede except the one organized by Frontliners club at health centre.
Advising the widows, Chief Aghaulor reiterated the importance of exercise and good food, noting that it is hard for anyone who regularly does exercises to get sick.
On his part, Chief Onyeagwu Onuwa Amos applauded the family of Emetanjo/Akumabor for their good deed and love they showed on the women and others in Umunede, saying that they have done very well.
He revealed that no family in Umunede has ever done what the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of Emtenjor has done for the women and others in Umunede.
He noted that the free drugs, medical treatment, free medicated eye glass, and other incentives they have given to the women and those who attended the exercise will never go unrewarded, saying that God will surely and abundantly bless them for putting smiles on the faces of the needy.
Chief Onyeagwu enjoined other Umunede families both those at home and in Diaspora to emulate the good gesture of Emetanjo family and replicate same or something better, saying that they have set the ball rolling.
Some of the widows who spoke to Ika Weekly Newspaper reporter shortly after the event showered encomiums and prayers on Emetanjo/Akumabor/Ogbu families for making them feel happy.
In their words, “We thank Emetanjo/Akumabor family for this thoughtful gesture of remembering the elderly and widows in Umunede Kingdom; our prayers are for God to protect, bless, and reward them handsomely.”
It was learnt that Dr. Mrs. Pat Akumabor, Pastor Asher Emetanjo, Dr. Ogugua Osi-Ogbu, Favour Emetanjo, their spouses, children and grandchildren were the brains behind the exercise.
In her chat with newsmen shortly after the conclusion of the exercise, Dr. (Mrs) Ogugua Osi-Ogbu, on behalf of the entire family thanked all who participated in the exercise, saying that she is indeed elated.
She disclosed that they deemed it necessary to give back to Umunede people because it is the home town of their late mother whom she said was generous, loving, and accommodative.
Dr. Ogugua revealed that late Madam Juliana lived in Lagos, saying that her home was a revolving door for many who came to Lagos and never had where to stay and what to eat.
In her words, “In remembrance of what late madam Juliana Emetanjo stood for, for her people and community, and to allow her legacy to live on, we her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren put together resources to come back to Umunede community where she started from to give back”.
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“What we have done today is to empower the widows of this community with skill acquisition that would allow them become more self-sustaining in their families; they have acquired the skill on how to make multi-purpose detergent which they can use in their homes and even put it into commercial use to generate income to feed their children”
According to her, “We have also given some palliatives like rice and other food items, and we are grateful to Umunede people for their participation in the exercise”.