By Anthony Awunor

The sleepy Idumu Egbu quarters of Ubulu-Uku in Aniocha South LGA of Delta State, came alive from 6th May till 8th May, 2022.

Within these three days, Egbu witnessed unusual human and vehicular traffic as men and women of timbre and calibre descended on the area.

From far and near, they came, to join the Alfred Ashibuogwu family bid farewell to their wife, mother, grandmother, late Ma Blessing Ashibuogwu.

Described by many as a good and virtuous woman in every sense, Ma Blessing joined her ancestors at the age of 65 years in March this year.

Speaking at the burial ceremony, a guest who happens to bear same surname with the family, Akalaka Ashibuogwu was overwhelmed by the number of guests that attended the burial ceremony.

Expressing satisfaction with the conduct of the Ashibuogwu family, Akalaka said “If only the dead could see, I’m sure the late Blessing Ashibuogwu would be very pleased for the carnival-like funeral accorded her by the children.

Dignitaries graced the occasion and Ubulu Ezemu team was fully represented for the media coverage.

Various arms and groups of the church and family lineages were represented as they honoured Ma Blessing who was addressed as “a good and loving mother” during the commendations.

Before the funeral service conducted at St Marks Anglican Church, Ubulu Uku, Ma Blessing was moved from the mortuary, passing through her place of birth at Memeh compound, Ilo Akwu, opposite Ilo Akwu Primary School. From there, she was conveyed ceremoniously for the lying-in-state at Ashibuogwu compound.

The burial ceremony was wrapped up on Sunday, 8th May, 2022 with a Thanksgiving Mass at St Marks Anglican Church in an elaborate service conducted by Venerable Okonkwo.

Ma Blessing was a blue blood, coming from the legendary Memeh family. She was born in 1956 to the Memeh family.

She is survived by her husband, Alfred Ashibuogwu, many children amongst whom is Kingsley Ashibuogwu and others

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