How old are you? Have you fulfilled your purpose? Have you fulfilled the reason God created you? Are you merely occupying space? What are you doing with the time you are given on earth?â€ Those were the words that set the tone for the message on January 18, 2020 when the remains of the late Mrs. Odotukana Aniedi Ette was committed to mother earth.
The preacher, Rev. Iniobong Udoh, Chaplain, Victory Chapel, University of Uyo, who spoke on the theme How Old Are You? the text taken from Genesis 47: 7-9, said the reason God created man was to serve God's purpose and will be painful to die without fulfilling that purpose.
Addressing the congregation who came to mourn with the Ette family on the demise of their matriarch, late Mrs. Odotukana Aniedi Ette, Reverend Udoh said the day a man's assignment is up on earth, ''that man will not wake up to see the next morning.'' He charged the people to pursue purpose fulfilment on earth rather than pursue vain glory.
The preacher sadly observed: "Many have made the government happy, they have made institutions happy but are yet to make God happy.â€ He therefore called on the people to remember that "as the Lord calls us home, our experience in life will not count. Only our mission to fulfil purpose will matter.â€
Noting that the deceased, late Ette, lived a purposeful life and was called up by God when her assignment on earth finished, the chaplain urged the people to find their purpose on earth, pursue it and fulfil same while they still can before God calls them home.
Meanwhile, the deceased had been described as a God-fearing woman who loved peace. Her elder brother, Pastor Iniobong Essien, made the description while speaking about his late sister.
According to him, ''Mrs. Ette was an encourager, care-giver, straight-forward, honest and bold woman, who opened her doors to everyone without discrimination. Though, we will miss her, we still have hope of seeing her again when we meet in heaven.''
Edifon, Mama's second son, speaking in teary eyes, said his mother was a giver. According to him, ''If you know her, she gives, you do not know her, she gives, you just met her, she gives.â€ He said Mama would always call each one of them on their birthday and remind them of what they call 'the Ifiok story', a story that reminds them of the love that keeps the family bond together.
He called on those who has had the privilege to benefit from mama's benevolence to immortalise her by always giving because that virtue stood mama out among many.
According to a close friend of the family, Dr Aniebiet Etuk, ''Mama was a lovely mother to all that crossed her way. She was so concerned about other people's problems.''
In his tribute, ''Mama was an adviser and a devoted intercessor that never got tired of interceding for all.'' He prayed for her soul to find rest in the bosom of her creator.
Mrs Odotukana Aniedi Ette died on December 6, 2019 at the age of 68, after a brief illness. Dignitaries who graced the occasion included the vice chancellor, University of Uyo, Prof. Aniefiok Essien, former vice chancellor, University of Uyo, Professor Akanaren Essien, former vice chancellor, University of Uyo, Professor Comfort Ekpo, the vice chancellor, Akwa Ibom State University, Prof. Eno Ibanga, Apostle Sam Okenwa, Prophet John Ezekiel and people from all walks of life too numerous to mention.