Valentine Ozigbo, the Peoples Democratic Party flag-bearer for the 2021 Anambra gubernatorial election, on Sunday, July 11, 2021, was a distinguished guest at the thanksgiving service of the Annual Diocesan Women’s Conference of the Diocese on the Niger, Anglican Communion.

The well-attended church event themed ‘Be Doers of The Word and Not Hearers Only’, held at St. James Anglican Church, Umunya, Oyi Local Government Area, Anambra State, marked the end of the four-day power-packed activities at this year’s women’s conference.

The officiating minister, Rt. Rev. Dr Owen Nwokolo JP, the Bishop on the Niger, dwelt extensively on the conference’s theme in his sermon. He admonished the congregation on the need to ensure that “every scripture they hear is manifest in their lives”.

Rt. Rev. Dr Nwokolo also preached on the need for effective communication between Christians and God. He lamented that today’s Christians are more interested in talking to God without making deliberate efforts to listen to God speaking to them.

“Our ability to put God’s words to practice begins with how we hear the word. If we are to receive the implanted word of God and put it to practice, then how we receive it matters,” Bishop Nwokolo said.

“The parable of the sower reveals how the condition of one’s heart can affect the word of God that they receive and ultimately determine the level of productivity. Having a clean mind devoid of evil and suspicious tendencies will help us in adapting the word and utilising them for our salvation and those of our fellow Christians”.

While addressing the congregation, Mr Ozigbo appreciated the womenfolk for “the exceptional roles they play” in the church and the family. He described the Anglican women’s organisation as a firm pillar of the church globally. He urged them to continue being steadfast in their dedication, service, and sacrifices to better the entire society.

Ozigbo, who is the immediate past President and Group CEO of Trascorp Plc, said he was delighted to join in fellowship with Anglican women at this year’s convention.

“I consider it a great honour and privilege today, being here to celebrate with our mothers and wives on this auspicious event. Women worldwide are natural joy givers,” the respected business leader said.

“Women bring an aura of supernatural problem-solving ability in every situation. For a greater part of my career, I worked with women, and I can testify, firsthand, to their resilience and amazing leadership qualities”.

“In the church especially, women are a tremendous pillar of support. Their impact in evangelism and community building can never be oversung,” Ozigbo said.

He commended the conference’s theme and said that Christian mothers are already living up to this expectation.

“Today, we heard of the various community projects championed by our women in this Diocese. Those are beautiful manifestations of their eagerness to make society better, and I will always do my best to support their ambition,” Ozigbo pledged.

Valentine Ozigbo is a multiple-award-winning global CEO and a devout Christain and is widely celebrated for his ability to unite people across ethnic, denomination, and religious divides. In 2018, he chaired the Unusual Praise Concert, Africa’s largest Catholic gospel concert and currently chairs Unusual Entrepreneur, one of Nigeria’s most impactful faith-based entrepreneurship programmes.

Some state dignitaries attended the thanksgiving service, including the Executive Governor of Anambra State, represented by Venerable Amaechi Okwuosa, the MD/CEO, Awka Capital Territory Development Authority; His Royal Highness, Sir Dr Chris Chinedum Onyekwuluje, the traditional ruler of Umunya; Hon. Mrs Azuka Enemmuo, former Commissioner for Local Government matters, Anambra State; Hon Pandolla Okwuosa, former PDP Chairman, Anambra state and many others.

Ozigbo was accompanied to the event by Mr Obinna Ufudo, a former President and Group CEO of Transcorp Plc and a close friend of Ozigbo; Hon Tim Egboka, the Director for Contacts and Mobilisation at VCO Campaign Organisation; Hon Eucharia Azodo, the first-ever woman speaker in Nigeria who is the Director for Women and Welfare of the VCO Campaign Organisation, and several others.