Church of Nigeria

60th Birthday Thanksgiving Service And 25th Year Of Episcopacy Of The Most Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma (Archbishop Elect Of Enugu Province)

The Most Rev. Joseph Akinfenwa, Bishop of Ibadan Anglican Diocese described the celebrant as a man of impact, whose achievements are monumental and too numerous to mention. He said that Archbishop Emmanuel Chukwuma, Bishop of Enugu diocese and Archbishop Elect of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province is a spiritual bulldozer, who has done exploits for the Lord in all parts of the country. According to him, Archbishop Chukwuma at 60 has become an elder and father in the Church of God; adding that people can hate his methods but cannot deny that he is an excellent achiever for Christ.

The Guest Preacher drew a comparison between the Celebrant and St. Augustine, who he said is a mentor to Archbishop Chukwuma pointing out that they both shared the same character traits. He noted that St. Augustine had powerful intellect, was a doctor and an orator, who stood up to the ruling class and openly defended his beliefs; all of which he said were behaviours also found in the Celebrant. Hence, he warned that all must be careful of whom they choose as mentors either dead or alive.

Archbishop Akinfenwa enjoined Archbishop Chukwuma to put on Jesus Christ in a greater measure than he has ever done, in this new era in his life and advised that it was time for the Celebrant to ask God what needs to be changed within and around him. The Cleric stated that one cannot start and finish a construction project with only a bulldozer and so he urged Archbishop Chukwuma to become not just a bulldozer but also a concrete mixer, who unites all ingredients together to form one product. The Bishop of Ibadan opined that in a world where there is so much need for peace, reconciliation and unity, men of influence such as the celebrant become valuable commodities.

The Most Rev. Joseph Akinfenwa ended his message by appealing to all especially the different denominational leaders in the Eastern part of Nigeria to be careful of how they handle the things that divide them; stating that if they continue to fight over mundane things, their children may conclude that they do not believe what they preach and that there is no God after all. Therefore, he urged them to learn from history and unite so that the Eastern Nigeria remains an area where its core religion is Christianity.

Highpoints of the Service was the presentation of gifts by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu to Chief Sony Dike Odogwu, Gen. Yakubu Danjuma, John Kennedy Opara, Prince Arthur Eze and Sir Paul Erinne as notable supporters of the Celebrant’s ministerial work; the unveiling and launching of a book on the Archbishop Emmanuel Chukwuma by Ven. Dr. Ike; Thanksgiving by the Celebrant and family, Song Ministrations by the standing Choir of Cathedral Church of the Good Shepherd, Enugu and other guest Choirs.

After the service, invited guests and parishioners were hosted to a grand reception and widows were presented with food items and other gifts.