You are invited to flag off " Friends of Catholic Secretariat Nigeria" Tue 30TH June 2015, 5pm #Abuja




You are invited to a cocktail to FLAG OFF “FRIENDS OF CSN” which will take place As follows:

DATE: Tuesday 30TH June 2015 TIME: 5pm 

VENUE: Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Durumi Abuja

Special guest of honour: Cardinal John Onaiyekan, Archbishop of Abuja




HOST: Rev. Fr. Ralph Madu Secretary General, Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria RSVP: 08061233440

You are Invited to An Evening with Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria #Abuja 30th June 2015

You are invited to a cocktail to FLAG OFF “FRIENDS OF CSN” which will take place

As follows:

DATE:  Tuesday 30TH June 2015

TIME:       5pm

VENUE: Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Durumi ABUJA

Special guest of honour:

Cardinal John Onaiyekan, Archbishop of Abuja.

HOST:  Rev. Fr. Ralph Madu Secretary General, Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria                                                                     

RSVP: 08061233440

Nigeria Now Art Soiree, holds in Abuja on Dec 1st 2012, RSVP required for attendance.

Dear Art  Lovers,

Its been an amazing year and so we have decided to top it off with an exciting final show.

For this show we have decided to bring you not one but TWO FEATURED artists, as well as an array of other new and established artistic talents.


The show will feature NEW WORKS
by Ayoola Gbolahan and Bob Nosa Uwagboe.

Other artists exhibiting include Nyemike Onwuka, Juliet Ezenwa, Tyna Adebowale Victoria Udondian, Temitayo Ogunbiyi, Tonie Okpe and numerous others.

This time we will also be bringing you an exciting performance by one of the best Yoruba Bata drumming troups in the country.

Featuring the well know Bata master Chief Muraina Oyelami
Will perform at 6pm

Drinks and light snacks will be served.

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RSVP is required to only guests on the Security list will be admitted. A donation of 1000Naira is suggested.

The Nigeria Now Art Fund is a not for profit group established to support emerging Nigerian artists. We look forward to receiving your confirmation, and spending a memorable evening with you.

Nigeria Now

Requiem Mass for the the late Chief Anthony Eromosele Enahoro in Westminster Cathedral UK

A requiem  Mass was offered for the repose of the soul of the late Chief Anthony Eromosele Enahoro, the great Campaigner for Nigeria's Independence and Democracy, who died on December 15, 2010, at the westminster Cathedral, London, on Friday 18 February, 2011.

           Photograph shows the celebrant, Fr. Timothy Dean, Chaplain of the cathedral, being introduced to the Acting High Commissioner at Nigeria House, His Excellecy Ambassador Dozie NWANNA, OOn, by Miss Jluie Coker, Nigeria Television Veteran Announcer, at the end of the Mass.

Pastor Reuben Andrew Arimoku Dies in London

Pastor Reuben Andrew Arimoku Dies in London


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The death has been announced in London, of Pastor Reuben Andrew ARIMOKU, of Ogbe-Mmudein Village, Agbor, in Ika Local Government Area of Delta State.


A retired Electrical Engineer of the former Nigerian Electric Power Authority, (NEPA), he died on Christmas Eve, 2010, in an undisclosed hospital, after a protracted battle with Cancer.


Born in March 1937, to Mr. Arimoku Okoh and his wife, Ojese at Ogbe-Mmudein Village, Agbor, he showed early signs of of promise and rare intelligence with the result that after his Primary School at Agbor, he proceeded to the famous Dennis Memorial Grammar School, (DMGS), Onitsha, Anambra State, a great Centre for Educational Execellence in Colonial Nigeria. He left in 1957 with outstanding results in his West African School Certificate Examination.


In 1961, he gained admission to the Federal  Emergency Science School, Onikan, Lagos, Lagos State, to read for his A Level Papers in the General Certificate of Education.

He got through with flying colours and applied for a Scholarship to read Medicine in a  Scottish University   while he also applied for a Scholarship to do a First Degree in Electrical Engineering at a University in Cairo, Egypt, in North Africa.  The response to his application to a Cairo University was published first, so he left Nigeria for Egypt, to read for his Electrical Engineering degree.


On graduation, he decided to return home to Nigeria but he was caught up in the maelstrom of the Civil War between Nigeria and Biafra. He decided to jump ship in Ghana where he started to look for work in order to support his young Egyptian bride, Salwa, with whom he had tied the knot before he left Cairo.


She soon joined him in Ghana where their first child, Mona was born. She was soon followed by a brother, Monir. This was around 1968 and after four years sojourn in Ghana, they all returned to Nigeria where he got a job with NEPA. Two other children, twin daughters, Nkechi and Ngozi, soon followed.


Mr. Arimoku rendered a meritorious service to NEPA and stayed there until his retirement.


At a Service of Songs prayer session held for the repose of his soul at the Father’s House Church, in Burnt Oak, a North London suburb, on Tuesday, January 4, 2011, his eldest daughter, Mona, described him as a very brilliant Electrical Engineer who constantly instructed his children in various subjects of interest to enable them  live in wisdom. Although she said that he practically “had an absence of social etiquette”, he was very truthful and full of life, she also added.


His son, Monir, described him as a very good cook and his hobbies included photography and computing where he exhibited a very great skill.


The Senior Pastor of the Father’s House Church, Pastor Rex Chosen, intimated that Reuben had become a Born- Again- Christian who had chosen Christ and had immersed himself into learning the  Bible  so much    that at the Church, he was nicknamed “a Human Computer” because of his mastery of the Scriptures.


Usually reliable sources said that Reuben’s father, Arimoku Okoh, an employee of the old Public Works Department of the former Midwest Region of Nigeria, had won some huge sum of money in a Lottery Draw  and was nicknamed “Ten Thousand”, which was probably the amount he had won in that  Lucky Jackpot in  those days.


This same source was of the opinion that Pa Arimoku Okoh had provided much material wealth for his children and this had probably rubbed off on the right side with Reuben, who, according to his son, Monir, was one of the very few university students in Cairo who had their personal cars when they were studying.


He was buried on Wednesday, January, 5, 2011, at the Hendon Chapel and Cemetery in Holders Hill, Golders Green, an upmarket North London suburb.


Members of the Agbor Daughters   Cultural Association, London Branch, including Mrs. Esther Onwuemezie, Vice President, Mrs. Veronica Onwudinjo and Mrs. Eunice Ideh, sang the Agbor Funeral Dirge at the graveside, to bid him farewell.  Other mourners from Ikaland included the retired  Banker, Business Entrepreneur and a Director of Zenith Bank, Jefferey  Efeyini and his Bulgarian wife, Yordanka, Mrs. Rose Ebite of Obi-Olihe,  Agbor and Obi Uwadia, son of erstwhile Delta State  Commissioner and Justice of the Peace, Chief (Mrs.) Henrietta Ajuebon-Egbarin.


Agbor Compatriots At the Funeral


The late Reuben Andrew Arimoku was survived by Salwa, his Egyptian wife of over 40 years, his daughters, Mona, Nkechi and Ngozi with their husbands and children and his only son, Monir.


Prominent among those who would mourn his loss at Agbor is his younger brother, Monsignor Dennis Arimoku, the foremost Agbor Cleric in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Issele-Uku,

 Delta State. I gather from the grapevine, that he is rearing to join the Septuagenarian Club in no distant date.

              For the repose of the soul of the late Reuben Arimoku, we pray to the Almighty God with our plea, “Dona ei pace”. (“Father, give him Eternal Peace!)”


  By  Philip  . M.   Ideh

               Email: mideh.ideh.matthias@googlemail




               Monsignor, my wife and sons join me in sending you our heartiest congratulations on your 100th Birthday! This is one birthday being celebrated in our country that I believe the celebrant has actually attained that ripe age!


               I say this because we have examples of people in our midst who have fast forwarded their ages to hide old prison convictions or have cut back their ages in order to hang on ingloriously to their political or public appointments but there is no room for such comic manoeuvres in the Lord’s Vineyard!


               Archbishop Anthony Olubunmi Okogie as he was then known, planted the seed  of the catholic Church in 1004 Flats in Victoria Island, Lagos and you named it, the Church of St. Charles Borromeo and nurtured it!


               You moulded and directed those of us living in the Estate, Lawani and family, Dominic Eneanya and family, Martha Nwihim and her daughters, Stella and Bella, Callistus Kayode and family, Mrs. Mustapha and her children,    others were from the Television House and many others, too numerous to mention here, were taught that the Catholic Church was universal and had doctrines and traditions which should be respected and taken very seriously.


               Your Holy Masses started dead on time and the Choir practised and practised their Songs of Praise before rendering them in their melodious tunes on Sundays while your Lay readers prepared their Readings with the utmost diligence.



As your Congregation was made up of mere mortals, you made us realise that you have observed that some young men had made it a habit of sitting near some pretty girls so that when it came to the Prayer for Peace, they, (the young men) could shake the soft and dainty hands of the damsels! It was a joke but it showed the relaxed and exhilarating atmosphere in which your flock radiated!


               As if that was not enough, you very often invited us to your green and leafy residence in Victoria Island where, at Tea Time, we noticed that you rather had a sweet-tooth and used your teaspoonful of sugar rather gratuitously for your tea and when we expressed our fear of its deleterious effect on the teeth, you dismissed our fear with a wave of the hand, assuring us that your constitution could take it! At 100 years of age, it certainly has!



               Monsignor, you also liked your pipe and to think that all the nicotine you probably inhaled and exhaled in all those years, the Good Lord has certainly looked askance! I salute you!


               Enjoy your Day as we say:

                                                      “Ad Multos Annos!”

By Phillip Ideh (Snr)


                  November 2010


Consequent upon the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XV1’s successful Visit to the United Kingdom in September for four days, the Nigerian Chaplaincy in Dalston/Kingsland Area of North London, invited the Very Reverend Monsignor Fortunatus Nwachukwu as Chief Celebrant at a   Thanksgiving Mass to mark Nigeria’s Golden Jubilee Anniversary of Independence.
Monsignor Nwachukwu is the Chief Protocol Officer at the Vatican Secretariat in Rome. He was indeed, a Child of Independence as he was born in Ntigha, in the former Eastern Nigeria, in 1960, the year Nigeria attained its Independence from Britain. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1984.
The Gospel Reading at the Mass, the Twenty-Seventh Sunday of the Year, was taken from the Gospel of St. Luke, Chapter 17, verses 5-10 (“If Only You had Faith”).
In his Homily, Monsignor Nwachukwu described the celebration of a Jubilee, as an opportunity for renewal, adding that it was also a mark that God was ready to bless!
He went on to say that Nigerians had to be proud because they had been blessed as a country.
He pointed out that as people of the black race, the role of Nigerians in a historical perspective, had always been positive.
He expatiated on this by saying that Moses of the Burning Bush Fame, in the Holy Bible, had married a black woman adding that the Almighty God had punished Miriam and Aaron for opposing him (Moses) on account of his black wife.
He also pointed out that our Lord Jesus Christ had sought refuge in Africa, the Black Continent while fleeing from Herod as Moses had done in the Old Testament when he sought refuge in Egypt.
After studying Theology, Monsignor Nwachukwu had joined the Vatican Diplomatic Service and had served in some African countries.
During the Mass, forty members of the Chaplaincy’s Pastoral Council, led by Anthony Ogunseitan of Osun State in Nigeria, made their Inauguration Promise while the Executive Members had made their Solemn Declaration.

Members of the Congregation were decked in flowing Nigerian Costumes and most of the female members wore clothes depicting the country’s colours of green white green; even the priests wore white robes draped with green scapulars.

There were songs in  Hausa language,”Sai Kuzo”, ( You Should Come”), Ibo, “Otito Dili Chineke”,(Glory To God), Yoruba,”Adupe  Baba”, (Come, Lord Jesus) and Efik, “Enyen Eron”, (Kiss of Peace).

Monsignor Fortunatus Nwachukwu who speaks Ibo, English, Italian, German, Modern Hebrew, French, Spanish and Arabic, then launched a Book, “Stations of the Cross: A Diaspora Experience,” written by Father Innocent Ezeonyeasi, an Assistant Chaplain.

A native of Urualla, in Imo State, he had come from the Catholic Diocese of Orlu and had worked as a Parish Priest (School) and Chaplain to St. Camillius Chaplaincy, Imo State University, among other responsibilities, before coming to Britain.

In launching the booklet, the Very Reverend Monsignor Nwachukwu said that what Father Innocent had written “would challenge one”. He exhorted members of the Congregation to buy the booklet.
The Chaplain, Fr. Albert Ofere, had prayed that Nigeria might grow spiritually and materially and expressed the hope that the Sun of Justice would shine brightly on Nigeria so that it might achieve success.

Among those who attended the Mass were the Deputy High Commissioner at the High Commission of Nigeria, Ambassador Dozie Nwanna, OON,members of the Central Association of Nigeria in the United Kingdom,(CANUK) and several Nigerian and African prelates and religious orders in Britain.


By PHILLIP Ideh (Snr)


All witches and wizards in Abuja , beware! Helen Ukpabio & Liberty Foundation Gospel Ministries are here to sort you out.


Helen Ukpabio  and her crew  at Liberty foundation gospel ministries are scheduled to be in Abuja this week, catching wizards & witches  especially the ones in smaller children.

For anyone not familiar with the issues , CNN recently ran a report on Children abused and killed as witches in Nigeria

Very swiftly, one of our more pro-active governors, Gov. Godswill Akpabio  the governor of one of the states where some of the abuses were purported to have taken place responded by saying the story had been exaggerated.

But the truth be known, this is very unjust and a lot of innocent children are affected by what people like Helen and Liberty foundation ministry are doing.

If Helen is serious, there are many other places to chase out demons in Abuja, and believe me Nigeria will save million$ of petrol dollars from that exercise.

Stop spoiling our Nigeria @ 50 re brand exercise...

Everything possible should be done to monitor and stop the activities of these so called witch hunters.

Lunatics exist everywhere, ever hear the one about the pastor with  a congregation of 50 ( including staff )

somewhere in Florida USA?

Thanks to Leo Igwe from for the heads up on that story


By Phillip Ideh (Snr)

Church of Our Lady of Dolours, the Servite Friars Church on Fulham Road, London, celebrated its sixth International Mass on Sunday, July 18, 2010. It would be recalled that this celebration was begun in the Diocese by Cormac Cardinal Murphy O’Connor, to mark the divergence –the difference –the multi-cultural texture of the Catholic Church in London.  It was a celebration of difference and unity.


The celebration took place in the Servite Primary School Playground with music, dance and food after Mass. Each representative of her country welcomed and served food at their designated area and sixty-eight families had signed up to be involved.

          Display of dishes were made by the Filippinos,Portuguese, Irish, British and African Communities and such African delicacies as pounded yam, joloff rice, fried rice, plantain (do do) and vegetable soup (efo riro!)

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          Earlier, he Servite Prior and Parish Priest, Fr. Dermot McNiece had celebrated the Mass with Friar Fr. Jim Mulherin, his Assistant and Vietnamese Deacon, Paul Ly.


          Welcome greetings were made in English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Tagalo, Konkani/Asian and African languages.

          July birthdays were celebrated and those who received the Sacraments this year were invited to the Altar. Pupils of the Servite Primary school, who attended in great number, took part in singing the hymns and in a procession round the Church before the Gospel Reading. Offertory Hymns – (kum ba Yah) was rendered by the School Choir, Instrumental Solo by a member of the Vietnamese Community while African Movement was interpreted with Gifts to the altar. A Yoruba (Nigerian Drummer) used his “Talking Drum” to render a syncopated music to the measured steps of the female members of the African Community who swayed in captivating bodily movements bearing the Offertory Gifts to the Altar, to the admiration of the congregation.


          Communion Hymn 313 was sung in Filippino, 731 was sung in Welsh, 433 in the Scottish language while a Portuguese parishioner sang Solo.

          Prominent among the worshippers were Paul and Valentina Okaru, from the Falomo Parish of the Catholic Church of the Assumption in Lagos. Nigeria. Paul is a Catholic Knight and he is the President of the Catholic Men’s Organisation in his parish. The couple usually spend their summer holidays in the Servite parish.

          The success of this year’s celebration was due mainly to the diligent people-friendly attitude or efforts of prior, Fr. Dermot who flagged off preparations for this year’s event as early as June 13, 2010. He had convened an inaugural meeting in the Founder’s Room in the Priory with core members of the Committee Work and S team before flying to Brazil, South America, for a Conference! The Parish Secretary, Dupe Harris whose father, Chief Solomon Olaniyan Jinadu, 82, died earlier, at the time of the Icelandic Volcanic eruption, had to fly to her hometown, Inisha, Osun State in Southwest Nigeria to join her widowed mother and other siblings, to bury him. The preparations, however, went on, regardless as Sr. Kathleen of the Cross and Passion Convent in Fulham Road, Tom Hay, Charlene O’Brien, Valery Voak and Therese McMurray, to name a few, made sure that volunteers and donors  honoured their pledges by phoning them and reminding them of their pledges.

          The Servite Church has about Forty Volunteer Groups working in the Parish. Built by the Servite Community in 1873, the Parish stretches from the river Thames in Chelsea to Old Brompton Road in Southwest London and it is part of the Roman Catholic Westminster Diocese.

          In emphasising the joy, dignity and importance in participating in the International Mass, the prior and parish priest, Fr. Dermot told parishioners that the Mass “was to prepare us for the shock of Heaven – and who we might have to share a table with!”

          He added: “Some of us might die of fright when we get to the Gates!” he went on to say that “Mass is not a static experience of God’s Frozen People – but a sacrament of delight in the one whom my heart loves”.

          He concluded that it was a lovely day on which “the Sun had shone and the sangria twinkled – a midsummer’s parish day to remember and to delight in for a very long time – into the dark of the winter!”