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60 YEARS WEDDING ANNIVERSARY: Chief & Lolo Jude Oparaeke Celebrates In Grand Style.

Unbelievable, but this is true, especially with the spate of marriage break-ups in the world today, staying married to one man and one woman for SIXTY YEARS non-stop, is a feat worth eulogizing for the world to see.

Chief & Lolo Jude O. Oparaeke, the Udokanma 1 of Amaike Mbieri, are from Mbieri in Mbaitoli Local Government Area in Imo State.

The life journey together for this lovely couple started in 1956 when they met in their hometown of Mbieri. After a short period of courtship and prayers, God revealed they had a future together. This was followed immediately by traditional inquiries, rites and wine carrying. Thereafter, on the 7th of September 1957, the young handsome Jude Ofoegbu Oparaeke walked with his soul mate, Philomena Nlemchukwu Osuoha, down the aisle to the altar of God.

Their life together has gone through the thick, the thin and the zigzag. They have weathered the storms, supporting each other in scarcity and in abundance. They have remained committed to each other in love and prayers. They have built a formidable team of 3 sons, 4 daughters and 16 grandchildren.

With the support of his wife, Chief J. O. Oparaeke served his fatherland meritoriously in the Nigerian Prisons Service where he rose through the ranks and retired in 1995, as a Superintendent of Prisons.
Chief and Lolo Oparaeke have dedicated their lives to service and sacrifice. They held executive positions in virtually all the organisations and associations they belonged to. They are not ones to condone injustice or oppression of any kind. They would rather take the arrows than watch an innocent person suffer. They spent their active lives caring for the disadvantaged and were never discouraged even in the face of persecution or ingratitude. They are known as peacemakers in their community, which led to their being honoured with the title of Udokanma 1 of Amaike Mbieri.

On the spiritual front, they have remained committed to their faith. Even in their old age, they are strong as ever, spending hours on their knees and before the Blessed Sacrament. They are devotees to St. Jude Thaddeus and St. Philomena whom they are named after. They brought up their children to be strong and practicing Catholics. They have also received several awards at Parish, Diocesan and Archdiocesan levels, including the following:
2000 - Award of Nneoma for Mrs Philo Oparaeke by the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri
2003 - Jubilee family award by the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri
2004 - Award of Ezinna for J.O. Oparaeke by Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri
2010 - Church builders awards, by CKC parish Mbieri
2015 - Ambassadors of Mary awards by the CWO of the Cathedral of the 12 Apostles, Abuja.

They believe so much in the Nigerian project abandoning the American Green cards issued them in 2001. They uphold the values of Philanthropy, Empathy, Patriotism, Nationalism, Scholasticism, Pragmatism, Positivism, Optimism and Enthusiasm, while careful to avoid any elements of Chauvinism or Jingoism.

As we celebrate these legends of our time on the occasion of their Diamond Jubilee anniversary, may we tap into the anointing for longevity and togetherness which they represent. Like the Icons that they are, may we also be celebrated in this life and that our footprints will remain indelible in the sands of time.

Do we wish the couple another 60yrs as Husband and Wife?
From everybody here on, we wish them longer life and quality health, for at this level, they are not going anywhere again.

Congratulations Daddy and Mummy ROLE MODELS.

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  1. This is a great feat in these days of broken marriages and single parenthood. May God grant them more years together in good health and peace of mind. Amen.

  2. Congratulations

  3. Nice piece...we hope to learn one or more secrets in keeping it together and heartily congratulate daddy,mummy and children.


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