Photos: Ken Ehimen
Wife of late Archbishop Benson Idahosa, Dr. Margaret Benson Idahosa was the cynosure of all eyes at her three-day 75th Birthday celebration which took place last weekend in Benin City.
Looking elegant and charming, the celebrant, who is also the Chancellor of Benson Idahosa University, started her celebration with a Praise Service which took place at the Church of God International, Faith Arena in Benin City. Some of the artistes that performed to the delight of the congregation included Freke Umoh and King David.
As soon as the event was over, the celebrant hosted a dinner in her God’s own Palace Ugbor Road GRA residence in Benin City and it had DJ Salt behind the wheel of steel, dishing out tunes after tunes to entertain the guests.
The day after, the Balm of Gilead City, Benin hosted the final of the Football Competition which was held in honour of the celebrant and the Global Office Staff won the Trophy , while Benson Idahosa University Staff emerged the runners-up while Word of Faith Schools settled for the third position.
Few hours later, all roads led to the Faith Arena, Benin City for a Praise Concert where ageless crooner, Onyeka Onwenu dazzled the congregation with her sterling performances. The Concert also had in attendance the Chief Judge of Edo State, Justice Esohe Ikponmwen, Founding and Senior Pastor of Word of Life Bible Church, Ayo Oritsejafor as well as President and Founder of Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleiman, among others.
The three–day celebration came to a climax with a Thanksgiving service in Faith Arena and the event also witnessed the launching of a book authored by the celebrant and titled, ‘Opportunities for Increase: The Mystery Behind Your Seed.’
While exhorting the congregation, the Bishop of Faith Arena, Bishop Feb Idahosa, who is also the son of the celebrant, said the ministry has witnessed tremendous development since the consecration of the celebrant as Archbishop about two decades.
Describing the growth of the Church as a perfect example of a from -good -to –great-story, Bishop Idahosa said this was because the celebrant remained committed to one cause and nurtured that cause passionately.
He therefore urged the congregation to emulate his mother by finding and remaining committed to one cause.
Notable personalities led by the First Lady of Edo State, Her Excellency, Mrs. Betcy Obaseki, celebrated with the amazon and they also included the President of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Rev. (Dr.) Felix Omobude, Commissioner of Commerce and Industry, Delta State, Barrister Mary Iyasere, National President of the Ministers of God Prayer Network International, MGPNI, Bishop Bola Oyegbami, the Iyasere of Edo State, Sam Iyasere and others.
Among the Bishops of the Church of God International that attended the three-day event were Bishop Curtis Fianu, Bishop Sunny Ugbah, Bishop Mattew Egwowa, Bishop Sam Imoukuede and Bishop Mattew Iregbeyen.