On Friday the 20th of January 2023, the remains of late Nneoma Christiana Nwanyinna Ukaonu were laid to rest in Umubachi Eziama in Ngor Local Government Area of Imo State. The Funeral Mass was held at Christ the King Catholic Church, Eziama, Ngor Okpala.

In his homily, Rev. Fr. Christian Eke talked about the fultility of human life. According to him, despite the length of years anyone spends on earth and the enjoyment therein, it can never be compared with the treasures of eternal life.


Citing Romans 8:2 he said “no matter the suffering we pass through in this world, it can’t be compared with the joys of eternal life in heaven. Most times, we pray for long life without remembering that we will die one day. You are only wasting time, if you do not prepare yourself for eternity while you are alive. This is very important. So let us all get prepared, because death must surely come one day,” the homilist said.

In his vote of thanks, on behalf of the Ukaonu family, one of the sons of the deceased, Rev. Fr. Dr. Ambrose Eze Ukaonu thanked the Archbishop of Owerri Catholic Archdiocese, His Grace, Most Rev. Dr. Lucious Ugorji who was represented by the Chief Celebrant, Rev. Fr. Andrew Nkwocha. He also thanked other dignitaries at the occasion for making out time to attend the funeral. He prayed God to grant everyone safe journey back to their various destinations.

The ceremony attracted some traditional Rulers, numerous lay faithful, priests and religious, including the Vice Chancellor of Claretian University of Nigeria, Rev. Fr. Professor Wenceslaus Madu, the Provincial Superior of Claretian Missionaries, East Nigeria Province, Very Rev. Fr. Nathaniel Eke, Staff and students of Imo State University, amongst others dignitaries.

Nneoma Christiana Nwanyinna Ukaonu died at the age of 95. Left to mourn her demise are her children, grand children, relations, friends and well-wishers including Rev. Fr. Dr. Ambrose Eze Ukaonu, a Senior Lecturer at the Claretian University of Nigeria (CUN), Nekede, Owerri, Imo State.

May her soul and the souls of the faithful departed, rest in perfect peace. Amen.

Mark Irechukwu.
Public Relations Unit, CUN