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Spending time with The Rt. Rev Evans Ibeagha

In our December issue of The Voice magazine, we ran an interview with his lordship, The Rt. Rev. Professor Evans. J. Ibeagha on his life and achievements as Bishop of Nike Diocese in Enugu. He and his lovely wife, Professor Mrs. Peace Ibeagha invited the Publisher of The Voice magazine, Pastor Elvis Iruh to their Enugu home to personally see the work God has trusted into their hands. The visit to Enugu was very remarkable. He recounts time with them   in this special reportage of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) Diocese of Nike.

The Enugu visit was memorable from day one to the last day with highest level of hospitality given. It actually added some weight after the visit.
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Apart from The Rt. Rev. Professor Evans. J. Ibeagha regularly and daily duties as Bishop of Nike Diocese, overseeing over 70 branches, attending functions from birth marriage, harvest celebration,  funeral engagements and all that comes in between. During the visit, there were three major events; a marriage ceremony for  his choir master, Osita  Nkemcho getting married to Ginika at St Andrews Anglican Church on 23rd November 2013; for the couple it was a huge honour to have The Rt Rev. Ibeagha joining them together and they were later presented to the congregation as Mr. & Mrs. Nkemcho. We then traveled out of the state to Awka to attend the 73rd birthday ceremony and thanksgiving service for The Most Rev. Maxwell Samuel Chukwunweike Anikwenwa, OFR, Emeritus Dean, Archbishop & Bishop from Diocese of Awka in Anambra state whom God miraculously healed from a strange sickness. The event took place at the Church of the Pentecost, Awka. I was privileged to drive with him in his car and witnessed the occasion with a guest list of who is who in the Eastern part of Nigeria including the new Governor elect of Anambra state, Mr. Willie Obiano.
The Sunday morning started as early as 7am, The Rt. Rev. Professor Evans Ibeagha was officiating at the Cathedral Church of St. Cyprian, Abakpa-Nike Enugu where there is a major reconstruction going on to expand the cathedral to accommodate more persons from its present 7,000 setter capacity. Wonderful atmosphere of praise and worship and very humbled with Professor Ibeagha introducing me to the congregation as ‘his friend’.  I would never forget the feeling, I see him more as a spiritual father, and I bless God for his life and that of Mama Peace Ibeagha. We could not stay till the end of the service as we had to travel to one of the rural area churches, Emene North Archdeaconry at Christ Church Akpoga. The Rt. Rev Evans Ibeagha will preside over the confirmation and admission of new members in to the Girl’s Guild, Women’s Guild, Mother Union and those who had been baptized; his lordship prayed, laid hands on them and administer the communion on the church. I was also privileged to minister the word of God to the people; what an honour with this great man of God!
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He gave me a ride round Enugu to see their various churches and ongoing projects; one of them is a recreational/hotel facility being built for  the Anglican Communion where they could hold conferences, trainings and provide accommodation when there are major activities in Enugu. After completion, it would ease the problem of searching for hotels to stay in the city. The project will be ready in the later part of the year.
For Mama Professor Ibeagha, she is busy all through with their rural medical program where they visit village to village giving medical assistance to the needy as well as preaching the gospel to them. (Amazing work of charity with highly skilled professionals giving their time, service and finance to work for the less-privileged among them)
Back to his home, I visited the primary and secondary school sections where they provide very subsided educational fee structure for Nigerian children and they have pupils from across the country and even from the United Kingdom. They run the Diocese of Nike Group of schools where the motto is “Knowledge and Truth.”
They have St. Cyprian’s Secondary School, St. Mark’s Anglican Secondary School and for the juniors, Bishop Otubelu Juniorate. The school took its name in memory of the pioneer Bishop of the Diocese of Enugu who played a major role in the foundation of the group of churches that eventually became Nike Diocese. Then you have the Otubelu Creche, Pre-Nursery, Nursery and Primary school. The standard of the school is very high and the demand for placement of students are getting higher each year that there is not enough space to accommodate all the children looking for admission. In fact a foundation stone was laid on 5th November 2013 for St Andrew’s Diagnostic center for medical research for the college; there is also an ongoing new classrooms project at the Primary school section.
At the end of my visit, I could only make one conclusion; this is what Jesus Christ would be glad to see – touching the lives of people as he did when he walked on the face of this earth.
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Bravo to The Rt. Rev. Prof Evans Ibeagha and Professor Mama Peace Ibeagha for inspiring the team under their care and definitely inspiring me to do even more.
Bishop Otubelu Juniorate is located at
Hill View Trans Ekulu,
PO Box 2416, Enugu, Enugu state. Nigeria
You can contact them on +234 (0)803 324 1387 or
 (0)80-33615639
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