A large crowd has arrived the home of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu waiting for the arrival of the bodies of Eze Israel Okwu Kanu and Ugoeze Sally Kanu. The bodies left the mortuary at about 10am and were taken to the headquarters of Umuahia North council.
The bodies were being awaited at the St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Afaraukwu for commendation service.
The PDP vice presidential candidate in the last election, Mr. Peter Obi and Senator Enyinnya Abaribe are already in the church.
Some of the mourners including Uchenna Madu who spoke to our correspond said they came to the parents of one of their own to pay them their last respect.
Some of the mourners said they came to Afaraukwu since Wednesday.
Banks in Umuahia were closed for business as well as shops in Afaraukwu. Schools in the area were also closed perhaps for the fear of the unknown.
Gospel singer and founder, Believers Faith Jesus Outreach Ministry, Rev. (Mrs.) Stella Adaeze Obi, is brimming with joy and excitement. Her new album, A Child Is Born was launched amidst fanfare on Sunday, December 1, and she’s full of praises to God Almighty.
Blessed with a handsome husband, Edward Obi, who is also the church’s Senior Pastor, the singer popularly known as ‘Inspirational Stella’, is confident that her latest work will make waves all over the world.
In this exclusive interview, Obi narrates her journey into gospel music. She also talks about motherhood, happiest moment, how she met her hubby, and reason she’ll make heaven. Enjoy it.
As a pastor, singer and mother, how has the journey being?
When God calls a man, he calls the entire family; whatever will be an obstacle or hindrance to you, God will not allow it. Being a pastor, I believe God has called my entire family. My children all work in the vineyard with me.
What inspired your foray into gospel music?
It was another calling on its own. Every night during my quiet time with the Lord, I would be singing; songs that are incomplete. At a certain period in 2007, each night after family prayers, when I was alone, I would start hearing songs. And once I start hearing the songs, I would start singing them. I wasn’t that good at singing, though I listened to songs of other gospel artistes and I enjoyed them. One day, some songs came to me and I picked up my diary and wrote out 21 songs. Right now, out of all the songs, only three have been released. They are ‘Jehovah Jireh’, ‘The All Knowing God’ and ‘A Child Is Born’, which is the title of the album.
Could you describe the happiest moment of your life?
The happiest moment of my life is when I hear my church members testify about what God has done for them, it gives me joy. Also, I am happy whenever I remember that when I die, I will go to heaven, because I am born again and I do the will of God. All these give me joy.
What role did your husband play to get your music to this stage?
My husband has been supportive. I lost my voice recently. He took me to where my voice was trained and polished. Sometimes when I sing in the night, he uses his phone to record and later plays it for me. He is the only person that lays hand on my head. He knows how to calm me down after a stressful day. He has been so supportive of my music career.
How did you meet your husband?
It was like a miracle. Just like before the creation of this world… God knew His own actually. I’ve always hoped to marry this very rich man, maybe a pilot. I met my husband and we were both young, and the funniest part of it was that we were both of the same age, 24-years-old, back then; and immediately I set my eyes on him I knew he was the one for me. When we met, he had no car of his own, and I was the type that would not want to go out without a car. Yes, I was born of a middle class family, so I always wanted to settle down with someone higher than the level I was. But as God has destined it, we met and got married. The rest, as they say, is history (laughter).
How do you compose your songs?
It’s either I hear the song in the dream or during meditation while praying. My husband and children are always there to write it down for me.
What has been your lowest moment as an artiste?
I will not say there were no challenges, they came but God brought solutions. So many projects were in the pipeline; the building of the children’s department gave me concern. I was told that the first set of my music would be released in December but I was running many programmes including Month of Settlement, Couple’s Seminar etc. I knew it would involve lots of money and I was advised to talk to some people for financial assistance, but I am not the type that likes asking people for money. Rather, I gave up and it took me a lot of efforts… I didn’t have another option than to summon courage and I went to discuss with some people who promised to assist me. Before I knew it, my younger sister and my husband also supported me and I became encouraged. In fact, the money I raised was more than enough to run the project.
How did your children feel when they saw the extra gift you had as a singer?
They embraced my singing talent with joy. In fact, one of my daughters is among my backup singers and a member of my group called ‘Inspirational Stella’.
Do you wish any of your children step into your shoes?
Pastoral calling is a true calling. One of my daughters is already navigating to that angle; she is currently enrolled at a school of theology.
What advice do you have for up and coming gospel artistes?
No matter the challenges facing gospel artistes, things will always get better. I believe the God that has given you the talent will not let you down.
A Federal High Court sitting in Owerri the Imo state capital has ordered the final forfeiture of a multi-million-naira hospital facility allegedly belonging to Senator Pascal Obi, who represents Ideato North and South Federal constituency.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had on August 22, 2019, secured the interim forfeiture of the property from a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, following an evidence that the multi-million naira facility may have been acquired through fraudulent and corrupt activities.
According to the anti-graft agency, funds belonging to the Imo State Government were traced to the hospital after it was established that Mr Obi was a signatory to the government house account under the Rochas Okorocha administration.
Obi who was a Principal Secretary to the former Governor, however, denied ownership of the hospital facility.
In a statement, the agency said the managing director of the hospital on invitation, could not give a clear account of how the hospital was funded.
This prompted the commission to file for the forfeiture of the property on July 25, 2019, under Section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud, and Other Related Offences Act 2006.
In granting the request for the interim forfeiture of the property, the court ordered the anti-graft agency to publish the order in a national newspaper, which was accordingly complied, asking interested parties to show cause why the property should not be forfeited to the federal government within fourteen days from the dates of the publications.
Upon the expiration of the 14-day notice and with no one showing interest in the hospital, the commission filed for the final forfeiture of the facility which was finally granted by the federal high court in Owerri.
Vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Peter Obi, has advised the church to be more critical in the fight against corruption.
He spoke, yesterday, on the theme: “The Church and Good Governance” at the All Soul Church, Lekki as guest lecturer at the centenary anniversary of the Diocese of Lagos Anglican Communion.
Obi who traced the problem of Nigeria to cumulative years of bad leadership, said all institutions, including the church, contributed to that failure either through commission or omission.
“By blessing poor people who suddenly make money in government and come to church for thanksgiving rather than calling police for them, the church is not showing right example.”
He emphasised the need for the church to be conscious of being the conscience of the world.
To reduce corruption, Obi said government must make deliberate efforts to reduce so many toll gates by changing her procurement processes to ensure money moved directly to institutions they were meant for.
Using his time as governor of Anambra State for example, Obi said money meant for schools were given to them directly and that it was one of the reasons Anambra achieved so much in education, moving from 27 to number one.
Obi also spoke of exceptionally high cost of governance and proffered solution flowing from his practical experience.
“As governor of Anambra, I reduced the cost of governance through eliminating many unnecessary things our people make part of government such as long convoys, maintaining multiple guests houses, travelling with retinue of aides, among others. By the time you know it, I had excess money to meet our obligations including clearing arrears of pension to the tune of about N35 billion and saving over N75 billion for the state as at the day I left office,” Obi said.
Other speakers includingt Prof. Itse Sagay and Justice Osat Obaseki-Osaghae reminded the church that it was expected to be the moral compass of world.
Describing corruption as a complex phenomenon affecting all the countries of the world, Chairman of the occasion, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi, said Nigeria’s own peculiar complexity laid in the fact that when other countries caught corrupt people they went to jail, while in Nigeria, they went to the senate and start making laws for the country.
Echoing Obi, he said if rich Nigerians and those in government did not, due to corruption, take care of the poor, one day, the poor would not allow them to sleep.