June 30, 2012 it will be one year that God Almighty, the creator of all mortals, separated from us our beloved Christiana Uduak Essien-Igbokwe. To say that one year away from us she will be remembered on this day is diminishing the reality of our lives.
We live with the full realization of her physical separation in our family as we feel the vacuum created by her absence in our everyday lives. But it is for me as her husband and our four sons; not a time for celebration.
It is rather for us a sober moment to reunite with her in faith and spirit as our family always did together while she was here with us, and time to glorify God who had admitted her into His place of Eternal Peace in Heaven. That is the path me and Christy’s (biological) four sons have thought we should rather go for the commemoration of her one year of transition to eternal glory.
The Igbokwe family therefore invites all our friends and well-wishers to join in the solemn remembrance of Christy, the woman you all used to adore as mother of all, the singer that you celebrated as “Lady of Songs” and philanthropist that you acclaimed as one that put shine on the face of mankind.
June 30, 2012 falls on a Saturday. But the family will be joining other people of good faith the following day July 1, 2012 for the memorial service at the Archbishop Vining Memorial Church Cathedral on Oba Akinjobi, G.R.A., Ikeja, Lagos. The church service shall start at 10a.m but the Igbokwe family and friends will be called to the Altar at about11.30a.m. We wish that you join us for the memorial thanksgiving service.
We want to use this occasion, once again, to thank all who identified with us during our moment of grief when my darling wife and mother departed us. We remain eternally grateful as your show of love and support for our family have continued to strengthen our faith that we are neither alone in our worlds nor abandoned to our fate.
We believe that even Christy is pleased and remains happy with you all.
Chief Edwin Chuks Igbokwe