Saturday, September 30, 2017

Could hormone supplements for menopause make a comeback?

The door may be opening again for menopausal women suffering from hot flashes and night sweats to receive some relief from a source once thought too dangerous to consider, researchers say.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Enugu Diocesan Men’s Fellowship ends conference with thanksgiving

The Christian Men's Fellowship conference of the Anglican Diocese of Enugu has ended with a thanksgiving service at the Anglican Church of Resurrection New Era, Achara Layout, venue of the conference. 

We no longer feel safe - ABSU students

Students of the Abia State University, Uturu, have called on the state government to urgently look into the issue of insecurity in the university that has continued to create tension and panic, especially among the female students who have continued to fall victims in the hands of men of underworld. 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Which single behaviour best prevent high BP

By Serena Gordon

You probably already know that certain healthy lifestyle behaviors can reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure, but is any one behavior more important than the others?

Can the North veto restructuring?

The position adopted by the north against restructuring is increasingly amounting to an exercise of a senseless unconstitutional veto power, since it appears to be impeding the welcome shake-up approved and loved by four out of the six regions that should form the federating units of Nigeria. Is this acceptable in a democracy? Will it be tolerated? Can that northern minority veto the wishes of a larger Nigerian majority? No.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Take a stand against sitting too much

By Steve Reinberg

Days spent sitting for hours may increase your risk for an early death no matter how much you exercise, researchers say.

Steal no more - Bishop tells Nigerians

An Anglican Cleric has advised Nigerians to abhor stealing because of the damage it has on the victims. 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Owerri Diocese gets new Administrative Area

A new Administrative Area has been created from the existing New Owerri Archdeaconry in the Anglican Diocese of Owerri.

Bishop warns Christians ... Says those who defile the church must face the consequences

It was a beautiful Sunday, September 17, 2017, and the atmosphere was friendly, with more than 2,000 participants in attendance when the new ultra-modern St. Michael and All Angels Anglican Church New Owerri, was dedicated. 

The crowd, people of all ages and tribes were there to take part in the spirit-filled dedication ceremony that was performed by the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Owerri, Rt. Revd. Cyril C. Okorocha, PhD.

“That is true commitment”. Said Bishop Okorocha, who further maintained that Anglican Churches all over the world, and particularly Owerri Diocese, are known for decency and orderliness in handling the things of God.

Bishop Okorocha who enjoined the people of God to be strong in their faith, said that the enemy called devil, is making every effort to deceive the people of God through his worldly gift that does not last, adding that God is the only giver of every good and perfect gift.

He argued that because of the quest for worldly possessions, many so called 'Christians' have defiled and turned many houses of God into secret cults and shrines, where all manners of atrocities are carried out.

He said, “The Church of God is not a cult. It is a house of God for worship. And those who want to turn it into private use for their selfish interest should be ready to face the consequences. Those who want to build or own a church are excluded from the Anglican Communion, and remember when you do that, you have taken the leprosy of Naaman upon yourself.

The prelate called on Christians to remain faithful to God always, adding that the day is evil with its attendant crisis with confusion which has continued to threaten the life of the children of God.

In his sermon, the Archdeacon in charge of Christ's Church Archdeaconry, Anglican Diocese of Owerri, Venerable Zion Ngoka, enjoined Christians to totally surrender their lives to Jesus Christ, as it is the only way to defeat the devil.

Expounding on the topic, “Presenting your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and well pleasing to God” (Romans.12), Venerable Ngoka, said it takes only total dedication and commitment to God, for one to overcome the challenges of life, adding that a dedicated Christian is a spirit-filled one, who can withstand the devil’s onslaught at all times.

One of the highlights of the occasion was the conversion of the parish to an Area, which automatically changed the status of the Vicar, Rev. Canon Onyinyeama Onyeagocha, to an administrator. Others were, the dedication of the Font, the Preacher Desk, the Lectern, the Pulpit, the Chancel Step and the Holy Table (Sacrarium).

The first and second reading was taken by Sir John Njoku (1Kings8:22-30) and Lady Ngozi Duru (Rev.21:1-7), respectively.

(c) Christian Voice Newspaper 

Deficit in our urban renewal

Much has been heard about the urban renewal program of the government of Imo state. And this has precluded small but essential needs of the masses.

Distressed at home, disdained abroad

By Ita Offiong

This is the sad tale of most Nigerians who fled stark realities at home for an envisaged golden fleece in foreign climes. Some of them even sold their belongings, including their houses and cars just to finance their trips.

 Others embarked on the hazardous adventure across the Sahara and the Mediterranean in a brash move to secure a foothold in Europe. In this craze to flee one's fatherland, even a fellow African country could be considered a potential better prospect than staying back; hence, the sojourn of not a few of our citizens across the length and breadth of the continent is an irresistible lure to many even at the peril of their very lives. 

Nigerians in South Africa for instance have continued to be at the mercies of their hosts' vagaries of temperamental disposition for sometimes now. At the slightest provocation, Nigerians easily become preys to the unprovoked gods of the xenophobic denizens of this once domicile of apartheid regimes. 

Over the years they have lost both lives and livelihoods during such frays. For a country whose slogan is, inspiring new ways' adopted to improve its tourism drive, one could not but wonders if phobia to foreigners is not a negative reaction to this effort?

Nigeria will tolerate few attacks on her citizens in other countries with a philosophical rationalization but certainly not South Africa, whom she did so much for when it mattered most in the fight against that racial segregation of those dark years. 

Today, it is a travesty of a time honoured universal axiom that one good turn deserves another as hatred of varying proportions are daily meted to Nigerian residents by the same people who benefitted from the magnanimity of African brotherliness, Nigerians lavishly displayed towards them.

As Nigerians continue to suffer various indignities in the hands of their South African hosts, one only hopes that the newly inaugurated executive of the Nigerian Union in South Africa led by Mr. Adeola Olubajo would use that platform to bring to fore the many injustices Nigerians have continued to suffer in that land to the appropriate quarters even beyond the shores of the two governments. 

South Africa is a signatory to International Human Rights Treaties and has also signed more than 40 bilateral investments treaties with other countries including Nigeria.

The Nigerian embassy in South Africa should continue to drum into the hearing of their belligerent hosts about the role played by Nigeria in liberating them from the nearly 5 decades of those repressive regimes of apartheid. They should also be reminded that no country has monopoly of violence as many South African businesses and nationals thrive un-molested in Nigeria.

Outside the shores of Africa, Nigerians are not spared unimaginable degradations and sundry assaults. For instance early in the year, BBC reportedly announced vicious multiple attacks on students of Nigerian extraction in India. 

Also the Daily Sun Newspaper reported last May that up to 535 Nigerians in China are serving various prison terms for drugs-related offences but the truth is that not all of them are culpable, some are punished because they did not have legal representation during trial. The story is not different in Pakistan, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Turkey, Dubai and Bangladesh. In Germany, for instance a Nigerian was reportedly thrown out of a moving train when he allegedly could not afford his fare.

While the list is inexhaustible but the most disturbing trend is the continuous deportation of Nigerians all over the world since the beginning of this year, from countries such as Cameroon, Libya, UK, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Spain to mention a few .

The plight of Nigerians abroad would continue to fester as foreign missions are said to have bad records of not being concerned about the welfare of their fellow citizens in Diaspora. They neither speak up nor rise in their defence. Could this be a case of complacency, timidity or lack of temerity?

Government should rise to the occasion and address the obvious distressing national economic under-development. A viable economy will make traveling abroad for greener pastures a less attractive venture. This, to say the least, presents a more compelling national imperative to save our eroding national pride.

Finally, seasoned, qualified and competent people should be engaged in foreign service to actualize the purpose of establishing these missions abroad.

(c) Christian Voice Newspaper

Stop oppressing Imo people - Ojiri tells Okorocha

The Founder of Ken Ojiri Foundation, Mr. Kenneth Ikechukwu Ojiri has condemned what he described as oppression of indigenes and residents of Imo State by the state governor, Rochas Okorocha.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Primate Okoh lays foundation for women’s fruit juice factory

The Primate of all Nigeria Anglican Communion, the Most Rev. Nicholas D. Okoh has again reiterated the power and awesomeness of God in time and timing, when he said that there is no lateness in God's economy.

False prophets, ‘men of God’ on the prowl

By Rev. Canon Chukwudm T. Onwuka

Men shall live by faith, rather than by sight (Romans 1:17 and John 20:29) but in reality evidence is often proof in arguments and verifications, that's why our law courts work with evidences and exhibits or witnesses.

Cleric tasks Christians

An Anglican Cleric, the Rev Christian Ifesia, has charged the faithful to worship God in humility, and without hypocrisy in order to attract God's upliftment.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Chief Anukam commends Bishop Okorocha

The interim president for Owerri town Communities' Assembly (OCA) Chief Dr, Christian Oweaya Anukam (Agbawodike-Izu) has commended the Anglican Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Cyril C. Okorocha, PhD, for taking the Diocese to greater heights.

Signs of hope for Iraqi Christians As White Christians in US decline

Signs of hope are emerging for Christians in Iraq forced to flee by the ISIS invasion.

Why I won’t attend Primates’ meeting in Canterbury - Most Rev. Okoh

The Primate of All Nigeria and Chairman, the GAFCON Primates Council, the Most Rev'd Nicholas D. Okoh, has given reasons why he won't attend the Primates Meeting in Canterbury next month.

Lawyer blasts police over cash reward for officers

A leading legal practitioner in Imo State has strongly critized the monetary award to some policemen who uncovered the suspected killers of Fr. Cyriacus Onunko and others, saying that it fell short of expectations.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Police comb Imo State for safer Xmas

The police in Imo State are poised to rid the state of criminals, ahead of this year's Christmas festivities.

Spirit filled day at St. Andrew’s Akabo ... As Bishop Maduwike prays for the faithful, needy

By Nick Chibunna

“Hour of Glory”, a monthly power and deliverance programmeof the Anglican Diocese of Ikeduru has continued to attract people from all works of life, who now see the monthly programme as an answer to both their physical and spiritual needs.

Federalism in other lands vis-a-vis Nigeria

California is the sixth largest economy in the world. Its economy is larger than that of France or Brazil. The little problem is that California is not a country. It is a State in the United States of America. It has little offshore oil, yet its economy is larger than States in the US that are famous for their oil reserves, like Texas.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Too much TV may affect your mobility.. By Alan Moses

A new study admonishes older adults to get up from watching the TV or risk losing their mobility.

Cleric condemns bad leadership, followership

The recent events witnessed in Owerri Metropolis, especially the Eke Ukwu Market saga, has been blamed on bad leadership, and bad followership.

Primate’s wife stresses obedience for women

Wife of the Primate, Anglican Communion, Mrs. Nkasiobi Okoh, has emphasized the need for women to obey God and authorities on earth according to the word of God.

Owerri Knights hold retreat

Knights and Ladies of St. Christopher, irrespective of their Council, have been called upon to live a life of holiness, as bearers of Christ,

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Owerri elders vow to stop Eke-Ukwu relocation

As the 'fight' against the forceful demolition and relocation of the Owerri main market, popularly called Ekeukwu Owerri, continues, elders of Owerri zone in Imo State have resolved to stop the Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, from moving the market.

Christians forced to recite Islamic prayers for food ... In Sudan

Christian children at refugee camps in Sudan are not receiving food unless they say Islamic prayers, according to reports received by sources close to the leading Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

Anglican church gets four new bishops

The Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, has consecrated four new bishops, at the Cathedral Church of St. James the Great, Oke-Bola, Ibadan, Oyo State.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Baby ‘merchant’ arrested in Umuguma * Wife escapes * Umuguma women protest * Police promise speedy investigation

The women of Umuguma in Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State, at the weekend, rose in unison against what they perceived as a heartless child trafficking going on in the community.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Iwuanyanwu okays restructuring ... Rejects breakaway

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu has said that the recent calls for restructuring the country to address the numerous challenges facing the nation were in order.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Nwosu’s posters: govt blames ‘envious’ politicians

The Imo State Government reacted to posters of Chief of Staff, Government House, Owerri, Uche Nwosu pasted along the major streets of Owerri and on the social media.

Beware Ndigbo By Sam Amaka.

The name OGBUAGU, is not just a common name. It is even more than that. OGBUAGU is a name traditionally bestowed on people in the olden days to connote BRAVERY, and answered in places like Umuahia in Abia State, Oguta in Imo State and in Orumba North and South Local Government Areas of Anambra State- all in Igbo land. Those who go by this name, of course must have had some historical attachments to them, especially in those past years.

Ten Church things that alienate introverts By Janna Wright

It was my first time in this particular setting. I sat through the worship and teaching times, quietly getting a sense of the group and how things worked.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Ten things you want to know about Heaven but are embarrassed to ask

By Jean E. Jones

Fighting back tears, a young woman confessed to my husband that she was afraid she didn't want to go to heaven. Since then, as we've related that story to others, we've discovered many Christians have that fear.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Rotary Club Owerri instals new president

The Rotary Club of Owerri District 9142 recently installed RTN. Justice Oguike KSC as the 39th president of the club in Owerri, during which some citizens of Imo State were conferred with awards of honour.


One mistake an Igbo will be making today is to feel safe anywhere as a Nigerian. What they want that cannot be given is assurance about Igbo safety. The Igbo is naive being unconscious of the dangers he is surrounded with for decades. If he is aware of it what can he do any way? That's the dilemma facing the man. He should just go about his business quietly, getting killed whenever he may. Living as a second and third class citizen is a condition he must get used to, if he doesn't want trouble for his area and people any time.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Egbu Mothers’ Union confab kicks off Today, Thursday

A four day conference of the mothers of the Anglican Diocese of Egbu and their special invitees kicks-off on Thursday at Nekede in Owerri West LGA, Imo State. Disclosing this to newsmen at the Conference room, Women's Work office, Egbu the chairperson of the Planning Committee, Lady Barr. Ethel Echebima, said the Conference will run till Sunday, September 10, 2017 at Emmanuel Anglican Church, Umualum, Nekede with the theme " Am I my brother's keeper " taken from Genesis Chapter 4 verse 9b. She further revealed that the President of the Mothers' Union, Women's Guild and Girls'

Act with conscience, Okey Eze tells Imo Govt

APGA Chieftain, Mr. Okey Ezeh, has condemned the demolition of the Eke-Ukwu market which reportedly led to the death of three Imo citizens including 10-year-old Somtochukwu Ibeanusi.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

We trust El-Rufai - Igbos in the North on Quit notice withdrawa

Amidst skepticism over the withdrawal of the quit notice to Igbos in the North by the Arewa Youths, some of the Igbos have expressed deep trust in Malam Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, and other governors and elders in the North who have assured them of their safety.

Scientists may be close to a cure for HIV/AIDS

Scientists may be one step closer to developing a cure for HIV, research has suggested.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Stop lamenting over huge pension bills - Cleric tells IMSG

Authorities of the Imo State Government have been advised not to lament over the huge pension's bill in the state.

Tension mounts over demolition of Eke-Ukwu Owerri


Ripples of the demolition of Eke Ukwu Owerri market last weekend are yet to fade as clashes reportedly continued between youths of Owerri and those of Ohaji/Egbema area accused of having aided the government to carry out the demolition of the market.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Taking a stand on staying mobile after 80

By Steven Reinberg

If you want to stay as fit as possible well into your 80s, the answer may be as simple as standing on your own two feet.

Zidane’s Madrid better than Pep’s Barcelona

Even Pep Guardiola's tiki-taka Barca couldn't retain their European crown and the question now is can anyone stop Real Madrid winning three Uefa Champions League in a row? There comes a time when it should dawn on you that the players and teams you are watching before your very eyes rank alongside the all-time greats.This realisation is as much about the observer as the teams and players observed and requires clarity and decisiveness in opinion-making.

Bishop berates ‘business people’ ‘... You have no time for God’s word’

The Word of God is incredibly real and capable of multiplying, possessing and making people to live above forces of darkness and spiritual warfare such as the case of temptation of Jesus by the Devil.

Okorocha has performed but...

By T.O. Ejiofor

All things being equal; by 29l1 May 2019, the Rescue Mission Government of Owelle Rochas Okorocha will vacate the seat of power at the Douglas House Owerri. The administration will thereafter go down the history as the second regime, after Chief Udenwa, which has ruled the state for two terms of an unbroken period of eight years. However while the administration lasts, there have been floods of contentious arguments and debates among the citizens of the state in favour and against the performance of this regime especially through the print and electronic media. 

Mps slam UK, US for failing to support Iraqi Christian

The US and UK governments are failing to support Iraqi Christians, leaving them vulnerable to be squeezed out of their homes, MPs have said.