By Nnenna Agbai.
In a remarkable testimony of her innate feeling and dedication to human welfare, Hon. Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Barr. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, commenced her birthday celebrations last Wednesday in service to humanity by setting aside the usual beanfeast, and paying an inspiring visit to an Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Her selfless act of commendably foregoing personal indulgence for a noble cause set a powerful example for the rest of her birthday activities. After her office hours, the Hon. Minister dedicated her evening to connecting with those who have been displaced, driven by an incredible passion to offer love and support to those enduring hardship.
Amidst an aura of hope, cheers erupted and radiant smiles greeted her at the IDP camp in the FCT, picturing a scene of resilience and optimism. The strength of spirit exhibited by these incredible individuals, facing monumental challenges, served as a clarion call to action—to stand by and support those grappling with adversity.
With stirring eloquence, Hon. Minister Onyejeocha delivered words infused with soulful reassurance, promising an end to their current plight in a no distant future. Her impassioned prayers overflowed with hope, envisioning their eventual reunion with loved ones, homes, and communities. Her compassion transcended barriers of religion, ethnicity, gender, and age, championing unity and solidarity as indispensable elements for societal coexistence. Her presence became a source of hope, breathing life into a community striving to rebuild their shattered lives.
Amidst heart felt prayers, moving reflections, and impassioned sermons, the home of the Honourable Minister transformed into an awe-inspiring spectacle. It wasn’t just a birthday bash; it was a convergence of genuine emotions, solidarity, and a resounding celebration of a daughter cherished by her community.
The serene country estate became a gravitational force, drawing in the Nkeiruka Onyejeocha Foundation, friends, well-wishers, and community leaders. This event wasn’t merely about cheer; it was a reaffirmation—an evidential proof of unflinching faith, unyielding resilience, and an undying commitment to service that deeply touched everyone present.
It wasn’t just a gathering; it was a harmonious blend of shared values, communal dreams, and a profound reverence for the guiding lights within their community—embracing both spiritual and cultural roots. With overwhelming gratitude swelling in her heart, Honourable Minister Onyejeocha poured out her sincerest appreciation to her loyal supporters. Their presence, their dancing, their songs—each act of affection was recognized and treasured, becoming a beautiful witness to the love bestowed upon her.
With profound humility, the Honourable Minister graciously welcomed esteemed guests, including the revered His Royal Majesty, Igwe Emeka Ogwuru, Araka 1 of Ngodo Ukwu Kingdom, Eze Wilson Egbo, Chatu 1 of Umucha, and the esteemed Rt. Rev. Iyke Yasie, Methodist Bishop of Nneochi Diocese. Their presence set the stage ablaze with elevated cultural expression of respect and a shared sense of purpose, demonstrating her commitment to uphold the traditions and values that anchor her community.
Their blessings, invoked in the name of God, stood as a resounding affirmation—another evidential stamp to her leadership qualities and dedication to a collective vision of community progress and advancement. Through these connections, Honourable Minister Onyejeocha not only celebrated her being but reaffirmed her pivotal role as a guardian of tradition, a bridge linking the past and the future, and a symbol of unity in the pursuit of communal dreams.
Hon. Minister Onyejeocha’s compassionate spirit radiated brightly through her recent act. Amidst the celebrations of her special day, she illuminated the profound core of humanity: extending a hand, bearing burdens, and embracing others in their darkest hours. In a remarkable display of solidarity, she graced Mr. Jonathan Ukachukwu Onuoha’s grieving family with solace during their time of loss. Yet, her generosity transcended condolences, as she bestowed a scholarship upon young Goodluck Onuoha, affectionately known as Onuoha Jr. This incredible gesture not only offers educational support but also lightens the family’s load, fostering the potential of a promising young mind. Such acts of kindness echo far beyond the moment, leaving an enduring impact on the family and the community, now and in the future.
Last Sunday was the crescendo of the celebration of a good hearted woman that began on Wednesday evening, and culminating in a deeply moving moment for the esteemed Hon. Minister Nkeiruka Onyejeocha.
Picture the Wesley Methodist Church, Nneochi Diocese, teeming with the vibrant energy of a community overflowing with gratitude. It was a breathtaking thanksgiving service, the pinnacle of her birthday activities, where the church presented her with a treasured gift, a testament to her immense impact and revered status among her people.
In an awe-inspiring address, Hon. Minister Onyejeocha poured out reflections on the transformative force of Divine Grace that has threaded through every fiber of her life’s tapestry. Overflowing with gratitude and joy, she humbly acknowledged the guiding beacon of God’s love that navigated her through life’s intricate maze and her remarkable political journey.
“With each stride, my resolve has grown firmer, my faith in God deepening with each triumph over adversity,” shared Hon. Minister Onyejeocha, recognizing the unyielding strength that has defined her life’s journey and her determination never to let her people down.
Through the tempests of life, her faith became her fortress, embracing the ethos of empathy, sacrifice, and compassion—lessons learned from her formative years, and adumbrated during the Thanks Giving by revered figures like Bishop Dr. John Eze and Rt. Rev. Iyke Yasie that left an indelible imprint on the hearts of the congregation, serving as a reminder of the sacrifices intrinsic to the righteous path.
Graciously acknowledging the Methodist Church’s fervent love and honour, the Hon. Minister pledged her renewed commitment to humanity’s service and the pursuit of the greater good. “My service knows no boundaries,” proclaimed the Hon. Minister, “it spans across continents, resonating with the cries of the downtrodden and the marginalized.” She vowed to remain an instrument of God’s will, impacting lives and elevating the human condition.
The celebration of Honourable Minister Onyejeocha’s birthday transcended mere merriment; it was a memorable testament to a life forged in the crucible of adversity and steely determination. At a tender age, Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha faced a monumental loss that etched itself into the fabric of her existence. The departure of her beloved mother propelled her into a world fraught with challenges. Yet, in a society that often overlooks the potential of the girl child, Hon. Onyejeocha charted a different course—a path fueled by an unshakeable belief that nothing could confine her potential, where her spirit found unyielding resilience.
Nnena Agbai is New Media Aide to the Honourable Minister of State, Labour and Employment.