A Difficult Vacuum to Fill

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Marcel Obi
Marcel Obi

By Chinwe Okafor  |

Widow and mama Sabina Obi
Widow and mama Sabina Obi

IT WAS a celebration of life well spent as family members, friends and people from all walks of life gathered in Imo State, to honour Marcel Ejike Obi. Obi, 83, died on May 27 and was buried on June 5, at his home town, Urualla, Ideato north local government area of the state.

Obi who was born in 1931, to a pagan family of Mgbada Obi and Ikediya Mmadubuike established Highbred Maxwell Publishers, a company that published many books.

Obi would be missed, especially by his wife and nine children. During the burial, the funeral oration written by Chukwudi Obi, his first son , said though his father was dead, his achievements in life would continue to live after him.

Obi would also be missed by books and stationary dealers association Ogbaru main market, Onitsha, Anambra state. Anthony Achusim, chairman of the association said “Highbred Max, your death has created a vacuum in this association; during your days with the members of this association, we knew you as a good perfect gentleman in every ramification, you never quarreled nor made any case with your fellow members, instead you played a fatherly role to anyone that came across you.”

The officiating Priests at the service
The officiating Priests at the service
Chukwudi Obi giving vote of thanks to the congregation after service
Chukwudi Obi giving vote of thanks to the congregation after service
Widow, Sabina Obi and some of her children at the church service
Widow, Sabina Obi and some of her children at the church service
Traditional dancers from Umuobiaku performing during the Okwukwu dance
Traditional dancers from Umuobiaku performing during the Okwukwu dance
Cyriacus Ekenedo presenting a goat as his burial contribution to the inlaw Chukwudi Obi; receiving on behalf of the family
Cyriacus Ekenedo presenting a goat as his burial contribution to the inlaw Chukwudi Obi; receiving on behalf of the family
Chinyere Agim dancing with her friends
Chinyere Agim dancing with her friends
Ujunwa dancing with her father’s portrait while, Silas Udorji (widow’s brother), presents cow’s rope to the family
Ujunwa dancing with her father’s portrait while, Silas Udorji (widow’s brother), presents cow’s rope to the family
Chi Scola Agim with her friends
Chi Scola Agim with her friends
Agim dancing Okwukwu with her father’s portrait, while being sprayed with money and Abada (cloth) by the public
Agim dancing Okwukwu with her father’s portrait, while being sprayed with money and Abada (cloth) by the public
Chinyere Agim’s family from Umuobiaku Ozu Urualla coming for Okwukwu, while she waited with her daughter and friends to receive them
Chinyere Agim’s family from Umuobiaku Ozu Urualla coming for Okwukwu, while she waited with her daughter and friends to receive them
Ujunwa with Dad's portrait, dancing Okwukwu while Chinonye Agim assists her
Ujunwa with Dad’s portrait, dancing Okwukwu while Chinonye Agim assists her
Chima (Uju's husband) coming with their family from Dikenafai with cows rope as a present of cow to the inlaws
Chima (Uju’s husband) coming with their family from Dikenafai with cows rope as a present of cow to the inlaws
Widow’s siblings from Ikpa Ozua, Koli Urualla, with Peter (black cap) and Silas Udorji, while Ujunwa (deceased’s last born), dances
Widow’s siblings from Ikpa Ozua, Koli Urualla, with Peter (black cap) and Silas Udorji, while Ujunwa (deceased’s last born), dances
Eboh family from Umuago Urualla, where one of the sisters of the deceased is married to, coming for Okwukwu
Eboh family from Umuago Urualla, where one of the sisters of the deceased is married to, coming for Okwukwu
Ogechi Obi , wife of the first son, with her Father inlaw's portrait and her Ashebi friends from Onitsha
Ogechi Obi , wife of the first son, with her Father inlaw’s portrait and her Ashebi friends from Onitsha
Ifeyinwa Ekenedo (4th daughter of the deceased), dancing Okwukwu with the portraits of her father
Ifeyinwa Ekenedo (4th daughter of the deceased), dancing Okwukwu with the portraits of her father
Ngozi Ezika (nee Obi) with her father’s portrait coming for Okwukwu dance with her family from Obodoukwu
Ngozi Ezika (nee Obi) with her father’s portrait coming for Okwukwu dance with her family from Obodoukwu
Chinyere Agim dancing Okwukwu with fathers portrait while Stella Nwagbara (Aunty) links, Chinoye Agim, daughter (middle) and Chisom
Chinyere Agim dancing Okwukwu with fathers portrait while Stella Nwagbara (Aunty) links, Chinoye Agim, daughter (middle) and Chisom
Chinyere Agim with friend Maureen Chigbo and dancers form Umuobiaku performing
Chinyere Agim with friend Maureen Chigbo and dancers form Umuobiaku performing

— Jul. 22, 2013 @ 01:00 GMT

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