The Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Anthony Obinna took time out immediately after returning from his annual vocation  abroad, to preside over the funeral mass and interment of the mother of the diocesan former vicar general, Monsignor Anthony Eke at Owu Amakohia in Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State.

The burial ceremony of Ezinne Catherine Eke who died at the age of 107 was attended by many people from the various parishes Monsignor Eke served as parish priest, which include Mount Carmel Catholic Church Emekuku, Immaculate Heart Church Orji, his current parish St. Helen Catholic Church and many others.

Also in attendance were many priests, not only from Owerri Archdiocese but from other dioceses as well.

In his speech, Archbishop Obinna thanked God for sparing the life of Ezinne Eke up to the ripe age of 107. He further advised  those present to try to live a good life in order for God to also bless them abundantly.

While addressing the congregation, Monsignor Eke, called on the people not to be distracted by material things of the world, but always concentrate more on spiritual activities that will enable them gain attention of God.


The highlight of the occasion was when Archbishop Obinna known for his simplicity, took time out to relax at the village central relaxation square, popularly known as ‘Ukwu Achi’ after the funeral ceremony, with many people around him, who really enjoyed his company.

The scene which was witnessed by attracted many of the villagers, including visitors who rushed to the place to appreciate the presence of the Archbishop in their midst.