By: Eze Chukwuemeka Eze
23rd May, 2020 will be the date that I will be burying my late father inlaw, Sir P. N. Nwaorgu who left us on 3rd March, 2020. This was the man that made me what I am today by given me the rare privilege of marrying his first daughter whose inputs and impact in my life need not be overemphasized.
This epochal day also marks my 28th wedding Anniversary to his daughter the former Miss Ada Chioma Henrietta Nwaorgu. A journey that started in University of Calabar, UNICAL where we were undergraduates in 1987 that led to our formal wedding at St Theresa Catholic Church in Yola, Adamawa State in May 23rd, 1992 under the then Rev Father ignatius Kaigama the present Bishop of Abuja Catholic Diocese and President of Catholic Bishops in Nigeria. To the glory of God our union has produced six beautiful and wonderful children. When I reflect on how i met this lady who accepted me as a husband even as a student with a very poor background with nobody in mind to assist me, I look at her as the craziest lady ever on this earth
Based on my relationship with this great daughter of God, I have since come to understand and appreciate what Proverbs 22:18 says, “Whosoever findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord.”
“Every wise woman buildeth her house,” according to Proverbs 14 verse 1. It is based on this singular fact considering how this passage of the bible tallies with the vision of Evang. Mrs. Ada Chioma Henrietta Eze, who toils daily to build her house from nothing to what it is today, that I hereby decorate this inspiring woman whose life is totally dedicated and committed to building her home. She has become a model to many Christian families in all aspects of what a God-fearing family should be.
EVANG. MRS ADA CHIOMA HENRIETTA EZE:
Mrs. Ada Chioma Eze, formerly Miss Henrietta Nwaorgu of Ngor-Okpala in Imo State, late Pa Paulinus Nwaorgu and late Mrs. Celine Ada Nwaorgu. She is the third child of a family of nine with a renowned Physician, Prof. O.G.B. Nwaorgu of ENT Department, UCH Ibadan, and Romanus Nwaorgu, a retired senior Customs Officer, as brothers. She started her educational career at Umuodage Ntu Primary School from 1970 to 1976 and thereafter attended Amala/Ntu Secondary School from 1976 to 1981. Both schools are located in Ngor Nkpala Local Government Area of Imo State.
From 1981 to 1983 Ada attended the famous Federal Government Girls College (FGGC), Owerri, where she did her Higher School Certificate, which qualified her for direct entry admission into the famous Alvan Ikoku College of Education, Owerri, and University of Calabar in 1985. She however preferred the University of Calabar, where she read History and graduated in 1988. Mrs. Eze did the compulsory National Youth Service (NYSC) with the Ministry of Sports in Rivers State. In 2006, this Amazon obtained her Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) degree from Federal University of Technology, Yola, Adamawa State.
How I met Her:
Though married to this wonderful lady for 28 years now, writing about her gives me so much joy and happiness which only God can give. I met her as a student in UNICAL in 1985 and it was sports that brought us closer. We have been lovers till date and it never surprised many of her then roommates such as Barr Gloaria Akor, Barr Mrs Uche Uriri and Mrs Ohunene Scott-Ananaba – all of who I met recently – that we ended up as husband and wife.
I was the Faculty of Arts Sports Coordinator in 1986 and it happened that we were in the same Faculty.. Impressed with her outstanding interest and performance in sports, I called her to assist me to coordinate the female athletes as it would be difficult for me to be visiting the female hostels to ask them to come out for training and participation in the games. At the end of that year’s Inter-Faculty Games, Faculty of Arts came tops; while she was the most outstanding female athlete. I was declared the Best Sports Coordinator that year, which made me to be elected unopposed as the Director of Sports during the Students Union Government (SUG) election of 1986.
Her impact in my life so far:
With the help of this true gift from God, I was able to manage the UNICAL Football Team to become the champions of the maiden edition of the NFA/Pepsi Cola Football Tournament amongst Higher Institutions in Nigeria in 1987. As a result of that feat, I was awarded scholarship with the rest of the players to complete our education in the university.
In 1987, Ada assisted me to organise the first Sports Honours Nite ever in UNICAL where prominent sports sponsors like Alhaji G.NA . Hamza, Chief M.K.O Abiola and Chief Emmanuel Iwanyanwu were honoured.
On completion of her youth service in Port Harcourt in 1989, she joined me in Yola the State capital of the defunct Gongola State, where I was posted for the same exercise. Again, this angel assisted me to become the Most Outstanding Corps Member in the State and the first Corps Member in Nigeria to have served the nation without receiving the normal allowances paid to NYSC members, as I donated mine for the development of my host community..
Alh. Muhammad Inwua Mo-Allayidi the Waziri Jimeta who was my immediate boss during my NYSC days testified in his Face Book page recently thus, “Chief Eze is among the Igbos that one could recommend for national position in Nigeria. He has a good character that I noticed during his NYSC days. He served as Co-Liason officer in Yola Local Government. He spent most of his stipend allowances on community projects.”
We stayed back in Yola after my youth service and by the grace of God were able to complete the traditional marriage rites of her people. We were thereafter formally wedded by the then Rev. Ignatius Kagama (now Arch Bishop Kagama in charge of Abuja Diocese of the Catholic Church) at St. Theresa Cathedral, Yola, on 23rd May 1992.
With her assistance, we established a sports company, Eze Continental Sports Ltd., through which we donated several cups for competitions and made our names household in the entire Adamawa State. Regrettably, after several years in Yola, we were forced to leave and return to the South about seven years ago due to the menace of Boko Haram insurgents.
Today, we are blessed with six wonderful children, five in the university while the last aged sixteen is set to enter into the university by September, 2020 all thongs being equal.
Mrs. Ada C.H. Eze was born under the Virgo Astrology sign of August 23 – September 22. When I wanted to write on this wonderful woman, I looked through her Horoscope star and it seems that those that drafted it had her in mind: “Analytical. Observant, Helpful, Reliable and Precise.” These are truly the characteristics of this epitome of true womanhood. Read through the Virgo Sign and you will be reading about Mrs. Ada Eze.
More facts about Mrs Ada Eze:
According to Proverbs Chapter 31 verse 24, “She maketh fine linen and selleth it; and delievereth girdles unto the merchant,” I left our family business to her to run while I pursued my political career outside Adamawa State and she did improve so much on it that people wondered what exactly I was doing when I was in charge.
In line with Proverbs Chapter 31 verse 20, “She strectcheth out her hand to the poor, yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy,” she founded the Compassionate Ministry through which she shares to the needy the goods that come her way. A devout Christian who loves God and is committed to live out the tenets of laws of God and work hard to inculcate her beliefs in her children and the rest of her family, Mrs. Ada Eze was formerly the Public Relations Officer of the Women Fellowship of Redeemed Peoples Mission, Yola District, as well as the Drama Producer/Director of the same church from 2009 to 2011. Currently an Evangelist and two-time visitor to Jerusalem on pilgrimage courtesy of Adamawa and Rivers State Governments established the Compassionate Ministries as a vehicle for her to spread the gospel and bring succour to God’s children with more attention to the poor and under privileged. Her unfulfilled desire is to wax and launch a Christian gospel musical album to enable her reach the wider public about the love of God to mankind..
According to Chapter 31 verse 26, “She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness,” my beloved wife stands as my most outstanding critic as she takes time to criticise any of my works or conducts that does not meet her high standards as she believes in excellence.
What our children said about her:
In line with Proverbs 31 verse 31, “Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates”; and according to Pharmacist Nnenna Eunice Eze one of her fruits and her third daughter, “My Mum is a Princess in the court of the Most High. I’ve always known my mum to be a woman of honour, prayer, virtue, wisdom, anointing, inspiration, godliness, righteousness, endurance, an instrument of joy and dignity, to mention a few. She’s just the best mum any child can ask for and I am so proud to have her as a mother. As a child, her contributions and influence on me is infinite. She has instilled wisdom in me.”
To Monica Ada Eze a respected and reputable Media Chief, her first child, “My mum is a virtuous woman, a woman of substance, a woman that understands realities of life and gives life to the broken heart. She is my star Queen that I look up to.”
To Chinyere Celine Eze a motivational Speaker, her second daughter whom she calls her mother as she was named after her late mother, Madam Celine Adama Nwaorgu, “My mum and daughter is a rare gem and gift to us her child. I am proud of her and pray God to grant her long life so that I can attempt to repay her little of her love towards us her children.”
To her son, Kelechi Eze a Computer Scientist, “My mother is an outspoken and fearless woman who only fears God and stands by the truth always. She loves and supports me in my career.”
Her thinking about herself:
When I asked my jewel of inestimable value (apologies to late Awo) what she thinks about herself, she sent me a text and stated, “I am a very practical person and outspoken. I hate lying, laziness, dirtiness, unkindness, immorality. I am a natural woman that hates makeup and painting by most women. I frown on indecent dressing; bad cooking and, most importantly, I fear, love and have great CONFIDENCE in God. I give God all the Glory for what He has done in my life. If there’s something I would like to be remembered for, it’s my love for my fellow human beings. I want the world also to know that Mrs. Ada Eze is a woman so much loved by her husband and greatly cherished by her children and friends.”
You are right, my angel, my best friend, my mother, my wife, pillar of my life, and after Almighty God, the power behind whatever I am today: I truly love you from the depths of my heart and will do till eternity. You are one in a million and you deserve nothing less.
I will for the rest of my life with the help of God continue to love her for bringing sunshine into my life and family. She is just a tool that God used to uplift me to my present status ad I will always be grateful to God and her parents, brothers and sisters who accepted me when I was nobody and made this union to be possible. As we continue in this journey we ask for your prayers. God bless you all and thanks.
Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, is a Media Consultant based in Port Harcourt and can be reached thru email@example.com or 08022049770