There was outpouring of emotions and eulogies, as the remains of Chief (Mrs.) Nneora Pauline Udenta, the mother of one time national secretary of Alliance for Democracy (AD), Dr. Udenta Udenta, were lowered to mother earth at Mgbowo, in Awgu local government area of Enugu State, weekend.
Mrs. Udenta, who died recently at the age of 80, was a renowned nurse, who specialized in midwifery and paediatric services. She was reputed to have delivered more than 2000 kids within and beyond the community, most of whom are now prominent members of the society.
Dignitaries from far and near, including the State Governor, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi; former national Chairman of Progressives Peoples Alliance (PPA), Sam Nkire, a son-in-law to the deceased; as well his elder brother and pioneer Attorney General of Abia State, Theo Nkire; and former Minister of Labour and Productivity Chief Emeka Wogu, were present to bid the matriarch farewell.
Also in attendance were, the chairman of the board of New Telegraph Newspapers and former Director General of National Orientation Agency (NOA), Alh. Idi Farouk; former Director General of National Lottery Commission, Tony Igho; the Chairman of Awgu local government area, Mr. Stanley Okeke; and the member representing Awgu South in Enugu state House of Assembly, Hon. Nelson Uduji among others. Nkire said the passing on of his mother-in-law, though she lived a fulfilled life, left a very big vacuum in their heart and families.
Former Minister of Labour and Productivity, Wogu described Mrs. Udenta as a “committed patriot, committed professional, even as a nurse.” Wogu said that as a brother to Amb. Nkire, son-in-law to the deceased, he was close to the Udenta family and knew that late matriarch led a fulfilled life judging by modest successes recorded by her children, including Udenta Udenta, as honest, committed and diligent fighter; and their late father was a politician with good pedigree”.
Earlier during a commendation service at St. John’s Catholic Church, Mgbowo, Rev. Fr. Anthony Azinta, said Mrs. Udenta lived a good life and above all was able to recognize the way, which is Jesus Christ. Azinta, assisted by other priests including, Vica General, Awgu Diocese, Very Rev. Ferdinand Okorie; Parish Priest Very Rev Jacob Okoye; Rev Fr. Peter Ogbonna and Rev. Fr Chigozie Okoro, described the Udenta matriarch as a popular women mobilizer, community leader and devout christian, who served humanity through her private clinic, with selfless spirit. The clergy urged the family not to mourn but celebrate their mother’s demise as she left a good record and legacy for them, having been a strong support to their late father, Chief Ben Udenta, in easing their children to be God fearing and responsible members of the society.
The eldest son, Maurice Udenta thanked friends and well wishers for being with the family and offering support and words of encouragement to them.
Mr Stanley Nkwocha, a media practitioner, wrote in from Abuja
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