SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO LATE FELICIA ULOAKU UTORO EMENYONU (NEE) ALIRI.
* Mother of Zion goes home....
By Mike Cerutti Osagie
*Her beloved Son & International Nigerian Fashion Designer Abroad Dhabry-Khenchy Speaks of her Noble character.
*When you speak of her,
speak not with tears,
for thoughts of her should not be sad.
Let memories of the times you shared
give you comfort,
for her life was rich
because of you.”
Losing a mother is one of the deepest sorrows a heart can know, but her goodness, care and wisdom lives on like a legacy of love that will always be with one.
The prayer by many is that love surrounds those she left behind and bring them peace, for Mother's hold their children's hands for a while, but their hearts for a lifetime...
Such is the wish of Dhabri-Khenchy, CEO Uwenjah FashionShow who is the Nigerian born power house designer & business man in the USA whose beloved mother just passed away in the Eastern part of Nigeria at the ripe age of 102.
World Industry Leaders Magazine caught up with him to tell us of his dearest mother,here are the excerpts:
* Can you please tell us briefly about your late mother?
Thank you...my late lovely mother was a beauty to behold, in and out.
An ardent Christian, not just by words, I mean she lived Christ, taught us and everyone around her to emulate christ in all circumstances. Ohhh!! my mother never opened her mouth to speak ill of anyone.
Mama practically lived in church, avoiding terrible persecutions she went through. She Smiled over storms and was ever winning.
* What are the fondest memories you can recall of your late mother?
There are quite a few ; but Chief of all is she always had one interesting story or the other to tell us that made all of us to roll on the floor.
My mother, there was no dull moment with her children. She would do anything for her family. She loved her husband so dearly. Mama!!
* Tell us about her Christian lifestyle?
She was a very good evengelist, she once owned a poultry, but would rather use her eggs to invite people to church, and to bless the ones who went to church.
My mum could give anything out. She once gave her set of furniture out.
She encouraged love so much. She would always say that if you love like Christ every other thing will be easy...
My mum didn't quest for material things at all. She just lived for Christ. I also know that she used to go out to take care of the elderly. She was very subtle and yet strong.
* What are some virtues the youths of today can learn from her?
Love of Christ, steadfastness, strength, honesty, diligence.
Storms are real but like eagles you will soar and you will emerge on the other side, by Christ.
Rest in your heavenly palace, my mum.
We heard she was stylish and you got your secret of style from her?
Yes...she taught me all there is to know about the needle and thread business.
She was very fashionable and inspired Fine Art.
I was told she instilled the gift of fashion in me as early as when I was 5 years old.
I learnt from her as a seamstress and a school teacher.
She ensured I schooled throughout childhood in Art oriented schools,I bless her for making me who I am today.
* May her gentle soul rest in peace *