Obi, Ngonadi, Archbishop Ibezim, Others Felicitate With Bishop Ama As He Marks Golden Age

By Uzo Ugwunze

The Presidential candidate of Labour Party, LP, Mr. Peter Obi, the chairman, Southeast Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, SECCIMA, Chief Humphrey Ngonadi, the Anglican Archbishop, Province of the Niger and Bishop of Awka Diocese, His Grace, The Most Rev. Dr. Alexander Ibezim, an Onitsha based Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Ejike Ezenwa, Bishop Samuel Ezeofor, of Aguata Anglican Diocese, among others, weekend felicitated with Bishop Prosper Ama, as he marked golden age, (50).

In his sermon, Archbishop Ibezim who Presided over the special mass, prayed God to continue to bless the celebrant with more years, give him strength with which to preach the gospel and wisdom.

Also Mr Peter Obi, who was also present during the church service, expressed satisfaction with the golden age attained by Bishop Ama.

In his reaction, the South East SECCIMA chairman, Ngonadi, said, "It is a thing of joy when God allows somebody to come at the age of 50, it is remarkable, we gathered just to appreciate God just for what God did in Bishop Ama's life.

"We should always appreciate God.
Anambra state should always move forward and not backward. It is our State and we can't run away from it," he stated.

In his contribution, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Ejike Ezenwa, said, "I am here despite my schedule, to give honour to whom honour is due, the Shepherd of the flock.

"When I received the invitation, I was able to leave all my protocols to be able to be part of the ceremony. I pray for 200 years for the Bishop but in good health. My prayer to every body is that we should not give up, not just long life but a healthy long life," he further added.

On the Presidential election judgement he said, "It is now left for the lawyers and parties to know next step to take, if they are not satisfied with the judgement, the lawyers know what to do."

In his response, Bishop Ama thanked all for being present and traced his history to when he was born 50 years ego disclosing that his mother was a staunch christian in Nnewi, where he hails from

"A prophet told me then that I will be great, and when I became great, I will buy a mercedes 200 car for him. That time I haven't become a born again and I don't even understand what he was sayin until August 8, 1992, when I finished secondary school.

"There was a crusade we attended in Onitsha here when I was waiting for my WAEC, so I repented and everything changed, if i tell people that I was a born again, though I was stubborn but if you see me outside, I was gentle and quiet. It was then we came to understand what God wanted us to become but by the grace of God, we started at St Monica's Woliwo as church teacher.

"After we started school in Nnewi in 1996 and was ordained as a priest as I am today. When i decided to marry, people were telling me that all the girls I have been neglecting will make me to marry a wrong person and it will result in sufferings in marriage. I became afraid and started praying, there were those who helped me in prayers, by the time I finished my pastoring school, I have seen the person I will marry, my present wife..

"After marrying her, everything about me changed, my wife is the best thing I found from God and I thank God for her and pray that we will continue to serve Him," he vowed.

Pic shows the celebrant, Bishop Ama, (middle), coming out from the church after the service