CYNTHIA CHIDINMA IGBOKWE writes that Patrons and Patronesses of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Ecclesiastical Province of the Niger Council of Youth Fellowship (AFY) Nigeria, has been inducted.
Archbishop, Province of the Niger, Bishop, diocese of Nnewi, Most Reverend Prof Godwin I.N Okpala (JP,OON) who performed the ceremony at DCC Nnewi, also dedicated the newly elected officers of the AYF in the Province led by Lay Reader Akam Nnanyelugo Moses.
Some of the patrons include member of House of Representatives representing Awka North and South Federal Constituency, Hon Engr Chinedu S. Onwuasor ; Dame Virgy Etiaba, former Deputy Governor of Anambra state; Dr Nkem Okeke , Deputy Governor of Anambra state; Brother Humphrey Ngonadi; Sir Isaac Ezeofor; and Sir Emma Ezenwaji.
Others were Chief Sunday Eze (KSC); Chief R.C Uzoigwe; Sir Isaiah Ezeezika; Hon Somtochukwu Udeze (KSC) and Sir ThankGod Uzochukwu (KSC).
In his sermon, Archbishop Okpala, warned youths on the dangers of serving God carnally by going to Church without spirituality. He urged the Youth Fellowship to be champions of Evangelism in order to win souls for Jesus Christ.
He reminded the youths that they can’t do much without Jesus Christ.
In his address, the Niger Provincial Anglican Youth Fellowship, (AYF) , Lay Reader Akam Moses Emenike Nnanyelugo (AMEN) demanded from members to be true ambassadors of Jesus Christ in AYF by being exemplary in character and followership.
Maazi Akam thanked Archbishop Okpala, his wife Mrs Eugenia Okpala (Nnabuife) and the Provincial AYF Chaplain, Revd Chukwuka Osy Nwofia as well as the AYF chaplain of the 9 dioceses in the Province of the Niger including Rev Nnamdi Ajaoku of Awka diocese and Revd Canon Okey Okeke of Nnewi diocese for their efforts to ensure that AYF is matching on.
Immediate past National President of AYF, and now a priest in the diocese of Akoka Ado, Rev Chukwuebuka Eze and former Anambra state chairman of National Youth Council of Nigeria, Comrade Frank Maduka while decrying the degeneration sequel to social media by our youths, advocated on the need for youths to embrace education and craft for a better future even as they enjoined the AYF members to be exemplary in followership.
Maduka enlightened the youths on an oncoming Boot Camp in Awka for learning of 21st Century crafts to empower youths economically.
President Joint Council of AYF, East of the Niger and National Vice President 1, AYF, George Onyemenonu flanked by the provincial Executive, decorated Hon Onwuasor and others as patrons and patronesses while the Immediate past National President, Rev Eze flanked by Provincial President , Maazi Akam decorated Archbishop Okpala as life member of provincial AYF.
Provincial AYF Secretary, Bro Chinaza Okoye and Chairman Planning Committee, Bro Timothy S. Obi described the dedication and induction as God’s design, as the provincial leadership of the AYF shall mobilize youths for Jesus Christ.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Nnewi Diocesan AYF President, Evang Chukwuemeka S. Ajiero commended the good job did by the outgoing Provincial AYF President, Evang John Agom with his team and reminded the new Provincial AYF executive led by Maazi Moses Akam to be diligent and faithful in service.