It was a colourful and blissful moment of thanksgiving to God when the family of the chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Akwa Ibom State Chapter, Rev Dr Ndueso Ekwere gathered friends, relatives and associates to celebrate the 60th Birthday of his wife, Deaconess Ekaette Ekwere.
The ceremony which took place in Uyo recently at the resident of the CAN chairman, featured praises, prayers of thanksgiving to God and the citation of the personality profiles of the celebrant - Deaconess Ekwere, by her husband, Rev Dr Ekwere, and her first son, Engr Samuel Ekwere, respectively.
The CAN chairman used the occasion to reiterate the need for peace, harmony, mutual love, care and respect between the husband and the wife, for the sustenance and progress of the family.
The chairman noted that marriage, as an institution respected by God, has both social and spiritual significance, and ought to be respected by all man.
While thanking God for keeping the life of his wife up to sixty years, the CAN chairman disclosed that he had lived with his wife for about thirty-eight years, and expressed satisfaction with the wife's attitude and conducts in the marriage throughout these years.
The chairman said, "For about 38 years now, since I got married to my wife, apart from my own parents, my wife has been so caring. In fact, she plays the roles of a mother, sister and good wife in my life. If I did not marry her, I don't think I would have seen another woman good like her in my life.
She is my mother, my sister, my love and darling wife.â€ The CAN chairman stated further that children are rewards from God, and maintained that his marriage to his wife has been fruitful with three children, who the chairman said, played significant roles to ensure the success of the so Birthday celebration of their mother.
In her vote of thanks, the celebrant, Deaconess Ekaette Ekwere, thanked God who sustained her life through the part sixty years, and the thirty eight years in marriage.
She described God as a "faithful, promise keeper and great provider.â€ She noted also the kindness of her husband, Rev Ekwere, and described the husband as "a God-fearing, loving and caring partner.â€
The event which culminated in the cutting of the birthday cake and celebration of dinner was witnessed by the invited dignitaries, including members of the Press in the state.