Arrangements are in top gear for the fiftieth birthday celebration of the former Minister of Aviation Chief Osita Chidoka.
The birthday celebration has been scheduled for July 18th 2021 and the location is Cathedral Church of Advent, Life Camp Abuja. Reception is billed to hold at BMO Event Center, 174 Ahmadu Bello Way, Abuja.
Meanwhile, a portal has been created on Eventbrite, an online guests registration platform where would be guests can signify their intention to grace the epoch making event by registering.
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The former minister who was also Corps Marshall of FRSC want Nigerians to be hopeful that things would look up for the nation not minding the present realities.
Chief Chidoka recalled that his conception and birth came immediately after the Nigeria Civil War when many people have become hopeless because of the gross loss they suffered during the war.
He however pointed out that in the midst of the feeling of gloom and uncertainty that pervaded the air at that time, his parents named him ‘Osita dimma’ which according to him has become a fulfilled prophecy in his life.
“On this day, 27 June 1971, my mother, Victoria Chidoka, was about eight months pregnant. Intriguingly, the calendar of 1971 and 2021 are the same. I was born on a Sunday and this year my 50th birthday falls on Sunday,” he wrote on his social media handles on June 27.
Continuing Chidoka said “She was hopeful and prayerful as she had been threatened that she would bear no child, and behold; she was pregnant. She was afraid because she was not sure if the pregnancy will take her life. She went on to have four more children. The threat was not potent maka na madu aburo Chukwu (Humans are not God).
“Her mother had just delivered her 12th and last child in April, Dr Charles Nzelu, my young Uncle (he hates the prefix Young). By July, my grandmother was ready for Omugwo, the traditional mother care for a daughter after delivery.
“The civil war had just ended. Poverty was in the land. The memory of the hunger, starvation that enveloped Biafra was still green. The tragedy that befell our families left deep scars and pain. My father had moved from a property owner in Port Harcourt to a tenant in Enugu because he “abandoned” his home. Same for my Uncle Chief Richard Chidoka (Akukalia).
“My parents had just moved to No 13 Peter Okoye Street, Uwani, Enugu. Celestine Ukwu, the Musician, was their neighbour with the Innomas from Onitsha.
“Yet, there was hope for a new nation built upon reintegration, reconstruction and reconciliation. The hope of a new beginning pervaded 1971. I was heading out to a world where my parents were hopeful that my life would be better than theirs.
“As I prepare to celebrate 50 years on earth, I have decided not to look at the hopelessness that envelopes us today as my parents did not look at their situation in 1971 but to look to the future with hope and calm confidence.
“Looking beyond the gloom, my Paternal Grandfather named me Osi ta di nma. A solemn prayer of hope that goodness shall follow me from that day. I have enjoyed the Lord’s goodness. I am full of praise.” He asserted.
The former Minister of Aviation urged men and women of goodwill to join him to praise the Almighty, the Ruler of all the Worlds and the Alpha and Omega as he celebrates his golden jubilee.
Some of the programs for the birthday celebration as shared on his Facebook fan page are:
- 50,000 steps Birthday Run/Walk on Saturday, 17 July by Osita Chidoka
- 5km Birthday Walk/Run by Osita Chidoka’s fans in cities around the world
- A visit to government hospital(s) in low-income neighbourhood by fans of Chidoka in various locations and cities.
- Visit hospitals on Sunday July 18 to present gifts to Mothers who deliver on that day.
- Get contacts of financially challenged mothers for further financial support.