I want to wish a happy birthday to one special child of God: Mrs. Felicia Ngozi Akpunku. The devil tried to take her four years ago, but God said "NO" and she lives to celebrate today.
Your birthday will always be a reminder to your family and friends that you are a blessing from heaven above.
As God has added another year to you life today, May He bless you, today and everyday, in everything you do and in every little way, may you also know that His love is all around as you come and go. I pray for happiness and prosperity for the rest of your life. And I Pray that you will never have to see a day of suffering again as long as you live. Happy Birthday, and may you live a long and blessed life.
Wishing a Happy Birthday to our "WCW"
Vera Chioma Ekpo.
Take God's hand and get excited; He’s got great things planned ahead for you! May God bless you with loads of happiness and joy for the rest of your life!
Some may say you're old, But they’re wrong, by far you're like a spring chicken, despite the ripe old age you are. I pray that good health thread never sever, And may you continue to flourish...forever. HAPPY BIRTHAY!!!
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Christian Chike Momah was born on October 20, 1930. He was educated at the St. Michael’s (C.M.S.) School, Aba; the Government College, Umuahia; and the University College, Ibadan, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in History, English and Religious Studies in 1953. In 1959, he obtained the Associateship of the Library Association from the University College, London. He was the first Nigerian graduate Land Officer (1954-1956) in the Public Service of the Eastern Nigerian government.
Then he worked as a librarian in the University College, Ibadan (1956-1962); the University of Lagos (1962-1965); and the United Nations, first in Geneva, Switzerland (1966-1978), and then in New York (from 1978 till his retirement in 1990). He has authored five other published novels: (1). FRIENDS AND DREAMS (1997); (2) TITI: Biafran Maid in Geneva (1999); (3). THE SHINING ONES: The Umuahia School days of Obinna Okoye (2003; reprinted 2010)); (4). THE STREAM NEVER DRIES UP (2008); (5) A SNAKE UNDER A THATCH (2008).
He has written a few articles on Nigeria and on the USA. Chike Momah has been married to Ethel, nee Obi, since 1959. The couple has two sons (Chukwudi and Azuka) and one daughter (Adaora), and has been blessed with seven grandchildren, and counting. Among his contemporaries in high school and/or college are some of Africa’s most noted writers: Chinua Achebe (Africa’s foremost novelist, trail-blazer and essayist); Chukwuemeka Ike (acclaimed university administrator and prolific novelist); Wole Soyinka (1986 Nobel laureate in Literature); and the late Christopher Okigbo (considered to be Nigeria’s “finest ever” poet, as per the 15th edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica). He is an involved member of the Nigerian community in the U.S.A., and has been honored with awards recognizing this involvement, including the first meritorious awards given by Songhai Charities, Inc., and by the Government College Umuahia Old Boys Association, Inc., both in 2003.
In 2003, he was honored with a chieftaincy (Nnabuenyi-Nnewi) by HRH Kenneth Orizu, Igwe Nnewi, Anambra State, Nigeria. In 2011, the Texas House of Representatives, and the Senate, by a Resolution in each chamber, recognized him for his contributions to the literature of his homeland.
The Stream Never Dries Up
A Snake Under A Thatch
The Shining Ones (THE UMUAHIA SCHOOL DAYS OF OBINNA OKOYE)
Friends and Dreams
TITI (Biafran Maid in Geneva)
The Jericho Wall
Take a peek inside Uchenna & Christine Okonkwo's traditional marriage at Garland, Texas.
The traditional ceremony is called "Igbankwu," or wine carrying, because it involves the bride carrying a cup of wine to her groom.
The bride's father fills a cup (Iko) with palm wine and passes it on to the girl while the groom finds a place between the guests.
It is the custom for her to look for her husband while being distracted by the invitees. Only after she has found the groom, offered the cup to him and he has sipped the wine, is the couple married traditionally.
During this ceremony, there is also the nuptial dance where the couple dances, while guests wish the newly weds prosperity by throwing money around them or putting bills on their forehead.
When the Ochulo's asked me to help them with their baby Angel's christening and dedication, I didn't know their story. So I got the chance to see people rejoicing with them last Sunday, I mean rejoicing from the bottom of there heart. I'm sharing this story that a friend sent to me, and also some of my favorite pics
Rejoicing with those who rejoice (Romans 12:15) seems like it should be one of the “easy” commands of the Bible. Certainly, the call to rejoice should be a delightful one. Few things are more desirable than a joyful life. Joy lifts our hearts, lightens our spirits, and gives us strength and hope. Sharing in each other’s joys—as well as each other’s tears (see the second half of the verse)—binds us together in love. All of this is very good. But it is not, I think, easy. Sometimes the command to participate in another person’s joy can feel more like a burden than an invitation to the fellowship of mutual celebration.
How is the woman who longs for a baby, but whose arms are empty, to rejoice when yet another friend shares the joyful news of her pregnancy? How is the man who has been looking for a job for eighteen months to delight in God’s provision of work to the young woman who has recently graduated from college? How can the person who struggles to make ends meet on minimum wage celebrate with those whose wages allow them security and the freedom to spend beyond their basic needs? How can the man whose wife has walked away from their marriage attend his best friend’s wedding and dance with a light heart? There are a thousand ways to ask this question—one of which I expect will capture your own struggle to rejoice with those who rejoice.
This verse echoes in my mind every time I hear the news of someone receiving the good gifts of marriage, children, and a place to call home — things for which I have been waiting for (at least it seems to me) a very long time. It reverberates in my soul when I spend an afternoon surrounded by friends’ families and go home alone. I rejoice with those who rejoice, but the joy is often tinged with grief, the two emotional strands so entangled that pulling on one thread would unweave my whole story. I can only make sense of my life by saying that joy and grief are wound together to the point where they almost seem to be one. But perhaps that is true of everyone’s story. I suspect that we all have moments in our lives when we need a friend to weep with us, even as we rejoice with her.
In learning how to rejoice with others who are blessed with the joys my heart most desires, I have found a few practices to be helpful. The first is to remember that God’s love and goodness are wider, deeper, and higher—and sometimes widely different—than I can imagine. God expresses love for me every day. When I cease to define God’s goodness simply in terms of the gifts I most desire, I see the gifts God most wants to give.
Noticing these loving gifts is my second practice. Several months ago, I started keeping a “thankfulness log.” At the end of each day, I jot down a few brief notes about the good things in that day. Paying attention to God’s goodness to me helps me to rejoice more freely in God’s goodness everywhere I see it, including in the lives of others.
Third, I am careful (if not always successful) to nip envy in the bud. Envy robs joy more quickly than just about any other thing, and insidiously, it sneaks in. It is good to name it, which draws out its venom and lessens its power to poison joy.
Fourth, I let myself mourn. It can be painful to attend a friend’s wedding when it seems unlikely that you will ever plan your own, or to hold a baby when you struggle with infertility, or to celebrate any number of joys when that particular space is empty in your heart. Express the grief: write it, draw it, cry it out. And talk to those who love you. They may be as blessed to share your journey of weeping as you are to share in their joys. Don’t hold back from them the gift of being bound in love to you and your story as it really is.
Finally, I have found that the best solution to the struggles in my life is to keep looking at Jesus, who understands both joy and sorrow and has lived them as deeply as any human being. He knows how they are woven together. For the joy of all that God would redeem through his suffering, Jesus endured the sorrows of rejection and the pain of the cross. It is his love that gives us strength both to rejoice with those who rejoice and to weep with those who weep.
I was so honored when Silvia contacted me to help her plan her 40th birthday party in her home. This was a backyard party complete with catering, a DJ, and a barbecue. The atmosphere was complimented with good food and the weather was epic, perfectly timed for this special event.
The birthday party was stylish and chic. All her family and friends were there. As her husband was making his speech with tears in his eyes, I looked around in gratitude, and realized that this was going to be a gorgeous party to celebrate such a well loved and genuine woman. It felt so good to be a part of the simple things of life.
Here is a selection of my favorite party photos from Silvia's 40th birthday party event.
Over 150 people came together on Saturday March 25, 2017 to celebrate Destiny Foundation's Inaugural fundraising Event. Everyone enjoyed the auction, presented by Mr. Major Attaway bidding on over 40 items. "What I enjoyed best about the fundraiser was that it not only raised funds for a wonderful and caring organization. It also provided a forum to meet with others who are committed to helping homeless families."
Cedric Ogbuehi, who plays with the Cincinnati Bengals, supported Destiny Foundation with the first donation of $20,000. This event raised over enough money to build one house for the widow profiled in the video that was shown. I call that a success! Thank you to everyone who helped out with the event, attended the event, and supported Destiny Foundation. Kudos!
It is easy to toss such a word around casually,
LOVE, It’s a short word, Just four letters
LOVE, it is easy to toss such a word around casually,
I love Ice cream,I love music, I think I’m in love
But true love, Real, lasting love,
Is something very different
In fact the bible teaches us that…
Love is kind, Love is humble, Love honors others
Love is not easily angered, Love offers forgiveness
Love rejoices with the truth, Love always protects
Love always trusts, Love always hopes
Love always perseveres, So, how do you live out this kind of love?
Love is putting your spouse before yourself
Love is …. Being patient and kind with your children
Love is being respectful to your parents
Love is giving money to the needy
Love is sharing your faith with your neighbors
Love is having patience with that mean store clerk,Love is working hard to heal broken relationships
Love is spending a week doing mission work, Love is forgiving that guy at work like Jesus forgave you
Our purpose in life is to experience God’s love, And to share his love with the world
TODAY, and every day of the year, Choose Love, Jesus did
Whoever does not love, does not know God
Because God is love
1 John 4:8
John Armah is an Award-winning Entrepreneur and Consultant. Ranked as the 27th Most Influential Ghanaian by ETV Ghana (2012), Winner 2012 Ideas Award by Legacy and Legacy (2012), Named as part of 20 under 40 Most Influential Business Leaders in Ghana by award-winning Business World Magazine (2015).
John Armah is an Award-winning Entrepreneur and Consultant. Ranked as the 27th Most Influential Ghanaian by ETV Ghana (2012), Winner 2012 Ideas Award by Legacy and Legacy (2012), Named as part of 20 under 40 Most Influential Business Leaders in Ghana by award-winning Business World Magazine (2015). Recipient of the Global Young CEO’s Award for Entrepreneurship Development in Africa at the Young CEO’s Business Summit (2015), National Union of Ghana Students Vice Chancellor Young Achievers Award for Entrepreneurship Development (2015), JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award (2015), 12th Most Influential Young Ghanaian (2015) He has over 6 years of Experience in Business Development, Business Strategy and Consultancy in Entrepreneurship Development.
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