In an inspiring celebration of life tagged: ‘A Joyous Reunion’, family members, friends, colleagues and well wishers joined former Managing Director, Retail Limited at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mrs Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue and her siblings to give their late mother, Mrs Edak Nsa Ette a befitting farewell and glorious home going on Friday, September 25, 2020.
Amid pomp and pageantry, Mrs Edak Ette, a was laid to rest in a carnival-like ceremony held in Calabar, the Cross River State capital
All the events witnessed compliance with COVID-19 Protocols, as social and physical distancing were fairly observed; face shields and hands sanitizers provided for attendees at the Funeral and Thanksgiving Service that took place at Methodist Church, Wesley Cathedral, 39 Beecroft Street, Calabar
In a message titled: “The New Year”, the Presbyter of the Wesley Cathedral, Very Reverend EmemAbasi Ebong, enjoined Nigerians to number their days and pattern their lives towards honouring God Almighty as creator of the universe.
Quoting from Psalms 90:12 and Ephesians 5:16, the clergyman warned against irresponsible lifestyles by both men and women, insisting that it is important to conduct ourselves wisely by living at peace with God and all people.
Rev Ebong, who also cautioned against idle and careless talks about men of God, called for reconciliation and unity among people, even as he urged Nigerians to guard against throwing away the moral values required for the society to witness positive development and growth
In giving gratitude to GOD ALMIGHTY, Mrs Nnamdi-Ogbue, a one time Managing Director of NNPC subsidiary, Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC), said having lived and ran the race of life well to the glory of God, their loving and caring mother has handed over the baton to those living to also do their time.
She expressed thanks to the Methodist Church of Nigeria, family members, friends, loved ones, colleagues and well wishers who made her mother’s home going a huge success in celebrating God’s faithfulness.
Earlier on Thursday, September 24, 2020, with the COVID-19 protocols fully in place, friends, colleagues, well wishers and family members had also gathered to celebrate the departed with glowing tributes during the interdenominational Service of Songs held at Pearl Ball Hall, Transcorp Hotel, Calabar.
For the Ette family and the King James Ekpo Bassey Royal House, it was deep appreciation to everyone for their “support, words of encouragement, and prayers’.
Their thank you message acknowledged thus; “You stood by us in our time of grief and in celebration of the joyous reunion of our Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Sister and Aunty, Mrs Edak Nsa Ette.
“It is our prayer that the Lord will bless you all and grant you journey mercies back to your various destinations.”
Mrs Edak Nsa Ette was born on October 10, 1940, at Uboro Hospital in the old Oron Local Government Area of the then South Eastern State (now Akwa Ibom state). She was the granddaughter of King James Ekpo Bassey of Cobham Town in Calabar. She was married to late Professor Akpanoluo I. I. Ette on April 22, 1961.
Edak, who left peacefully in her sleep to be with the Lord early on June 8, 2020, is survived by her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, siblings, in-laws, numerous nephews and nieces.