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Snippets from Pastor Luke Okpuruka’s 70th bash in Port Harcourt | How his 3 Pretty daughters shocked him with N10m Ford Explorer 2016 Model Car

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Baba sharing toast with his lovely wife, Madam Lovina Chile Okpuruka
It is often said that there are three major days in a man’s life—the day he is born, the day he gets married and then, the day he bids the earth goodbye. But truth remains that there are several other equally important days in a man’s life that all add up to a life worth living among which would be the day children are born to him as well as the day he records some grand breaking academic achievements.
Also, his first big break in life and several big breaks afterwards are undoubtedly significant days of celebration and the next sets of celebration days are mile stone birthday anniversaries that reminds him just how far he has come in life, how much he has achieved and how grateful he should be for all that providence has blessed him with.
It was one such days of tremendous significant, pure joy, immense gratitude; unreserved thanksgiving and of delightful reflection on the goodness of God that unfolded on Saturday April 16, 2016 in far away  Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Southern Nigeria as elder statesman and man of God, Pastor Luke Chukwumaeze Madukwem Okpuruka clocked the septuagenarian age of 70.

Pastor Okpuruka, a Redeemed Christian Church of God Pastor and comforter of Widows in Port Harcourt city (He runs a Widow care giving NGO alongside his wife Lady Evangelist Lovena Chile Okpuruka) relished the special occasion with his family, relations, guests from all walks of life and well-wishers.  The event took place at The Grace Place by Evo Road, Port Harcourt GRA.  
 The peak of the event was when the pastor’s three lovely daughters and their spouses presented a brand new Ford Explorer Jeep (2016 Model) car to the celebrant. The Obowo, Imo State born ex-NITEL executive burst into a stream of joyful tears as he received the key of the very inspiring gift from his daughters at the GRACE PLACE venue of the birthday party; it was his most inspiring moment in life and it happened in the presence of the large gathering of guests and well-wishers who congregated to celebrate Baba @ 70.
Your Africa’s number 1 Celebrity Encounter Blog, Asabeafrika was official blog for the event. Today, we finally bring to you behind-the-scene snippets from the historic event after series of videos on our youtube channel (www/GbengadanAsabe/Youtube)
Enjoy the excerpts.
Ma Lovina's Nkem shows affection to 'His Choice' Lovina Okpuruka
Untold Story of the “Birthday Boy”
You will never know that the clergy man was once a war veteran until you read through his short biography. Another thing his profile will reveal to you is that despite the fact that he hails from Obowo, Imo State in South Eastern Nigeria, Pa Okpuruka is a Rivers man by birth and socialization. 
He was born on 16th of April 1946 at Elelenwa in Obio-Akpo LGA of Rivers State, to Mr. Johnson Madukwem Okpuruka and Mrs. Becky Ochanyauwa Okpuruka both of Umuosimaku Umokeh in Obowo LGA of Imo State.
Baba had his pre-primary education firstly in Saint Luke’s Anglican School Akpaja Eleme in Rivers State where he read up to the then Nursery 2. His father brought him back to the village and registered him in C.K.S Umokeh for his Primary Education proper. In the school he studied up to the then Standard One. His father later sent him to stay with an uncle (Dad’s younger brother) Mr. Edmund Okpuruka in Port Harcourt, who put Luke in St. Andrew Anglican School, Diobu, where he started from Standard Six in 1961, when he wrote his first school leaving certificate examination.
Celebrant's only sister, Madam Chinyere Ezeogu
…And Luke joined the Army…
He got administered to Ife Grammar School Ezinhitte Mbaise where he read the then Secondary Class One to Secondary Class five from 1962 to 1967 when he joined the Biafran Army at the breaking of the 1967-1970 Nigerian Civil War. He enlisted in the Biafran Commandoes and later in the S-Division of that army.
After the War, Pa Okpuruka stayed briefly in Aba from where he went to Enugu. He lived briefly in Enugu before moving to Lagos. Despite the post-war era challenges, the ex-Biafra War veteran had to get jobs in Lagos, God granted Luke favor with which he got a clerical job in the then Government Coastal Agency (G.C.A.) Apapa Lagos. In his first year of service in GCA, he passed the agency’s promotion examination for his grade, with acceleration by the reason of this success; he was skyrocketed from Coastal Assistant grade III to Coastal Assistant Grade I.  In December 1974, he was transferred to GCA Kano to head the documentation section of the Agency in Kano. From GCA Kano he moved over to the Federal Ministry of Aviation, Lagos which sent him on aviation training at the Nigerian Civil Aviation Training Center (N.C.A.T.C.), Zaria in Kaduna State.
After his training in the NCATC, Zaria, he got a job in the then Nigeria External Telecommunications (N.E.T.) Lagos where he worked for few years before he requested for transfer to the Port Harcourt branch of the company. He worked in NET Port Harcourt till the merger of NET and the defunct P&T to give birth to the Nigeria Telecommunications Limited (NITEL). He worked in NITEL till January 2004 when he voluntarily retired from the company and the service of the Federal Government.
Baba's Son-In-Law, Pastor Emmanuel Okolo of RCCG, Bayelsa Province 1 with host Pastor, Edisomi Opokiti of RCCG, Chapel of Testimony, Rivers State
…And Luke joined God’s Army
Before his retirement, Pastor Luke Okpuruka registered two private enterprises, namely; Luke Chuma Enterprises Nigeria and Chuma-Chill Enterprises Nigeria with the intention to go into business on retirement but surprisingly God, who controls the affairs of his people from heaven, called him and asked him to go into ministry work. He said God specifically asked him to go to the Bible College at Akpaja in Eleme. After about six months of feet dragging, he reluctantly obeyed and registered in the college for Diploma in the theology. He read this course for three years and graduated on. After his graduation, he parted ways with his old church, Redemption Ministry and pitched tent with the Redeemed Christian Church of God where he is now a minister especially in the area of philanthropic evangelism.
Pastor Luke Okpuruka is married to Lady Evangelist (Mrs.) Lovina Chile Okpuruka. Their marriage is blessed with three loving daughters namely, Adaku, Kelechi and Chinasa all of who are happily married. The union had two unfortunate accidents of the loss of two sons at infant age. However, the good Lord has replaced them with two loving sons in the person of Godswill  Okpuruka and Favour Okpuruka.
Head Pastor, Christ Followers Sanctuary, Portharcourt, Pastor Ikponmwosa Ehogie with his pretty wife, Pastor (Mrs.) Patience Ehiogie
The Event
The Celebration of 70th birthday of Pastor Luke Chukwumaeze Okpuruka started with arrival of guests from all walks of life into the Garden city of Port Harcourt a day before the event.  The guests who came from major cities like Lagos, Abuja, Yenagoa and from Britain and America all settled into the Garden City of Port Harcourt on Friday 15th 2016. Despite the high cost of accommodation in major hotels and guest houses in Port Harcourt as a result of the ravaging petrol scarcity (At the time), guests defied the economic situation to book major hotels in the GRA area of Rivers State capital especially on Evo Road where the venue of event is situated. Majority of the guests were Pastors from various provinces of Redeemed Christian Church of God in the Southern part of Nigeria; politicians, expatriates, old staff of NITEL, journalists and entrepreneurs.
Baba's Son-In-Law and Redeemed Pastor, Emmanuel Okolo welcoming guests to the occassion
The Venue
The event took place at The Grace Place on Evo Road adjacent one of the famous Port Harcourt based Super Market chains, Pepperoni. The external side of the venue was well manned by a team of security personnel ranging from Mobile Police men, members of secret services and other security agents. The security for the event was provided by Baba’s in-laws who are all big boys. On arrival, a red carpet section awaits dignitaries. The Red Carpet section of the venue had the celebrant’s banner showing him in various traditional attires and English suits, spiced with the dominant message of the occasion “Celebrating life @ 70”. Many dignitaries took pictures and had video interviews from local Television Stations on the red carpet section of the venue before they were ushered into the magnificent hall which was designed in a banquet tradition for the ceremony. Inside the hall which has 1000 seats for guests is the big stage designed in Glo colors of light green and white with a dominant picture of the celebrant at the middle. Most of the seats were tagged with the names of different groups both from the church, family, corporate Nigeria, ex-staff of NITEL and NNPC and many other organizations related to the celebrant, his in-laws, wife, in-laws and daughters.  The interior of the venue is said to be designed by the celebrant’s second daughter, Mrs. Kelechi Anya who runs an event firm in Port Harcourt.  The Grace Place according to very reliable sources also serves as the Worship Venue for The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Chapel of Testimony Port Harcourt under the leadership of Pastor Edisemi Opokiti who was also at the occasion with some of his members.  Oweifa Famous an executive of the Bayelsa State Government was the Master of Ceremony.   
Celebrant's 7 Grand Kids entertaining Guests with series of birthday and other anthems
Meet Baba’s most hardworking Son in-law
This handsome chap worked so hard likewise his beautiful wife that many arriving guests took note of him. At first, many taught he was one of the pack boys at the venue as he worked on all the gift items from a small room at the reception side of the venue. His name is Mr. Uzoma Iwuagwu the Chief Executive Officer of Maconi Logistic and Engineering Ltd.  The young and dynamic man is also on the board of other companies where he is occupying same position. This handsome and unassuming Imo born business man is married to Baba’s second daughter, now Mrs. Chinasa Iwuagwu (Nee Okpuruka). Unconfirmed report has it that his pretty wife (Baba’s third daughter is the DMD of Alvis and Hue Ltd. While he worked on re-packaging of gift items, his wife was at the gate welcoming guests unto the red carpet and ensuring the ushers led them to their various seat arenas.  What a very humble couple?
Daddy & Mummy in a rare pose on the red carpet
Meet Baba’s 5 Lucky children
5 is the number of grace and the celebrant is blessed with 5 lovely children with 3 ladies making the first set namely Adaku who is married to Pastor Emmanuel Okolo, a top Redeemed Christian Church of God Pastor in Bayelsa State. She is equally an assistant Pastor and business woman. The second one is Kelechi who is married to Engineer Sam Anya, a top Engineer and business man in Rivers State.  The last girl of the house Chinasa is married to big boy, Uzoma Iwuagwu, MD/CEO Maconi Engineering and Logistic Company. The two boys who are still young are Godswill Okpuruka and Favour Okpuruka.  They are born by his pretty wife, Lady Evangelist (Mrs.) Lovina Chile Okpuruka.
Celebrant's son, Godswill Okpuruka reading Dad's Biography
What you don’t know about Baba’s wife of 39 years
Her name is Lady Evangelist Lovina Chile OKpuruka (Nee Ibe), she is the pretty wife of Pastor Luke Chukwumaeze Okpuruka and mother of his 5 lovely children. The two hail from same Obowo LGA of Imo State. They both married at the Anglican Church 39 years ago. Both Luke and Lovina have so many things in common; apart from sharing same initials LC (Luke Chukwumaeze and Lovina Chile) the veteran couple also has pet names for each other. While Papa calls Mama “My Choice”, Mama equally calls him “Nkem” (Mine). Their identical initials is said to surprise so many people who know the two coupled with how both of them share their love life in public. That is one aspect of their lives that has made many couple to learn so much from the two.  Mama, like Papa, is equally a retired Civil Servant; she worked for 26 years at Nigeria’s oil corporation, NNPC before she retired couple of years back. Mama was initially at the Research and Development group of NNPC, Port Harcourt zonal office before she was redeployed to Port Harcourt refinery where she worked until God called her to start helping the widows. She later joined a Christian Charity Group called Christian Help Outreach where she worked as the Director of Widows. Lovina (Luke’s Choice) and her Nkem today run a Non Governmental Organization called Widows Family Care Ministry where she held sway as the “Director of Widows and Orphans”. Mama is said to know how to equally cook Papa’s favorite Pepper Soup with fresh fish and Akamu meal; the reason why their marriage and love life is thick till date.  They arrived the venue in their old Nissan Jeep oblivious of what their successful kids had planned for them. 
Pastors and Leaders of Redeemed Christian Church of God in Rivers State welcomes the celebrant to his 70th bash
Meet Baba’s 7 Grand kids…
Seven is a number of luck and at 70 one couldn’t be luckier than Pastor Luke Okpuruka who had his 7 grand children surround him on his celebration table.  Let’s tell you who gave Baba more grand children among his three lovely daughters; they are Miss Samuela Sam-Anya, Master Joseph Sam Anya and Master Jeptha Sam Anya, all children of Baba’s second daughter, Mrs. Kelechi Sam Anya. Others are Master Joshua Okolo and Master Samuel Okolo all sons of Baba’s first daughter, Mrs. Adaku Okolo. We equally have Master Jaden Iwuagwu and Master Jamin Iwuagwu, sons of Baba’s pretty third daughter, Mrs. Chinasa Iwuagwu. They all rendered a 15 minutes song and entertainment session at the event for their grand dad to the admiration of guests and well-wishers. Mrs. Kelechi Anya won the award of the one who gave dad more grand kids than the others.
Gift Loveday aka MC Aproko, the Comedian who tried breaking people's jaws with his comedy
Meet Baba’s Son-in-law who has twins
This Port Harcourt big boy and Baba Ibeji is Engineer Sam Anya who invited some of the most influential Port Harcourt business men to the event. He is married to Baba’s second daughter, Kelechi. His two lovely boys Joseph and Jeptha are twins. They came after Samuela, his first child (A girl).
Celebrants' grand kids warming up to give GrandPa a 'Laughtime' for his money
Meet Baba’s only sister
Her name is Mrs. Chinyere Ezeogu, a retired teacher and mother of three. Chinyere Ezeogu is said to be the only woman who grew with Pastor Luke Chukwumaeze Okpuruka while growing in his family. She was at the event with her three lovely children Uche, Chibuike and Ifeoma Kayla an Airtel Executive who is also a musician in the making.  Kayla rendered a birthday song for her Uncle during the celebration.
One of the Widows on the Celebrant's NGO careline, Mummy Imoni giving testimony to the good deeds of the celebrant as a kind giver
Baba’s only brother too…
Another important family member that was at the event was Pa Ezekiel Asinobi Okpuruka who is celebrant’s immediate younger and only blood brother as their late mum had just the two of them while alive. Pa Ezekiel Asinobi who is darker than his elder brother, Luke was at the event with his wife and son, Ezekiel Jnr. who was there with his wife and daughter as well.
The Celebrant with his only surviving younger brother, Pa Ezekiel Asinobi Okpuruka
 Here comes the Celebrant…
Although the event was to officially start at 11 am but it ended up starting at 12 pm with dignitaries arriving into an atmosphere of refreshing entertainment by a famous Port Harcourt based music band, Sensational Bamidele. The celebrant and his wife arrived at 12:30pm dot. They came in their old Nissan Jeep and were welcomed by a retinue of well-wishers, relatives, in-laws and Pastors of the Redeemed Christian Church of God who all rushed out to welcome the celebrant and his wife. Daddy and Mummy where ushered to the red carpet arena where they took pictures with dignitaries on the red carpet before they were marched into the venue with praise and worship amidst a blaze of dance offering with well-wishers. 
The Magnificient & Highly Decorated Hall where the event took place
How Insurance Big Boy, Kayode Oladele storm Portharcourt for the Okpurukas
By the time he arrived the venue, the atmosphere wore a new look as Baba’s children and in-laws struggled to welcome him into the red carpet arena. His name is Kayode Oladele, the Zonal Director, Leadway Assurance Plc. He stormed the venue with another top executive of the insurance firm, Mrs. Robo Bob Mike who was looking radiant. The big boy first dodged the Red Carpet arena until Baba’s daughter; Mrs. Chinasa Iwuagwu gave him a hot chase inside the hall and diplomatically brought him back for photo ops on the red carpet coupled with TV interview as well.
So, who did what?
Apart from some strategic parts of the event which were handled by Baba’s children and in-laws, some other forces who made the event blossom are “The Redeemers’ Ushers” from Bayelsa State. They handled the ushering aspect of the event with a team of neatly dressed and well mannered ushers giving every one a taste of courtesy.  The Redeemer’s Ushers which is led by one Moses Enietie is said to have been supplied by Baba’s son-in-law in the person of Pastor Emmanuel Okolo of RCCG, Yenagoa. Music was supplied by Sensational Bamidele a Port Harcourt, Rivers State based music band while comedy was given by MC Akpororo.
The Celebrant with his wife with the MD & CEO of Annointed Scissors, Portharcourt, Mrs.  Ifeoma Okolo
The Foodies
There was more than enough food to eat and assorted drinks for all guests courtesy Baba’s children and in-laws. Guests were served delicious meal of Spring Roll Samosa, Puff-Puff Mosa, Barbeque Chicken, Spicy Gizzard and Chevron Pepper Soup  for starter while Main Course meals of Rice (Ofada , Coconut, Fried& Jollof), Meat Porridge Sauce, followed suit served with Poulet for guests. Some guests were equally lucky to have a meal of Oriental Special Fried Rice served with either shredded beef in bell pepper sauce or chicken in chilli stew. There was also Moi-moi, green plantain all served with fish and sambal for many. However, majority of the guests opted for wheat meal, fairly paired with Afang Soup or Melon Soup. There were also lots of desert meals like Creamy Vanilla Cake, Chocolate, Black Forest Gatuau, Red Valvet, Caramel Ice-Cream, Strawberry and Cookies Cream. Outside the venue was a Suya Barbeque for those who could discern the merriment. 
Meet Baba’s son-in-law who is a powerful Redeemed Church Pastor
His name is Pastor Emmanuel Okolo, this gentle but highly revered man of God is the Zonal Pastor of Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Yenagoa Zonal Province. He was responsible for the attendance of many Redeemed Pastors at the ceremony up to top Government functionaries and politician from Bayelsa State Government who worship at his parish in Yenagoa. Pastor Emmanuel Okolo for your information married Baba’s first daughter, Adaku and equally has two grand kids for Baba, Joshua and Samuel.
A Couple pose with the Celebrant at the event
Opening Prayer
The celebrant and his first lady soon took their seat at the VIP table in the front side of the hall while the Opening Prayer was delivered by Pastor Barnabas Ikechukwu Godspower of RCCG, Bayelsa Province 1. He prayed for the success of the occasion as the crowd of guests thundered with a very loud “Amen”. His prayer was later answered as the celebrant burst into joyful tears….why? Read on.
Engineer Sam Anya with wife Kelechi and their family friend Mr. Dan & Mrs. Chioma Udofia
Meet Ex-Lagos Commissioner Ben Akabueze’s brother who is Portharcourt Oil & Gas Big Boy
This handsome and unassuming guy was the cynosure of all eyes when he stormed the event. He is famously known as PECLO in the entire city of Port Harcourt as he is one of those who play big in the oil and gas sector. Even though he shares striking resemblance with his elder brother but you will never know except you are informed. Charles Akabueze aka PECLO is the immediate younger brother to ex-Lagos State commissioner for budget planning, Mr. Ben Akabueze who  is now the Special Adviser on Budget and National Planning to President Muhammad Buhari. Charles is a close friend to Baba’s son in-law Engineer Sam Anya.
Dr. Oju Harry, Niece to former South-South Political Leader, Chief Harry Marshall
Jazzy Ni Courture boss, Ifeanyi Obi in the house…
He is said to be one of those who cloth the high and mighty in the city of Port Harcourt. He is the Dakova of Port Harcourt so to say.  His name is Ifeanyi Obi the CEO of Jazzy Ni Couture; he stormed the venue midday and sat with other Port Harcourt big boys like George Amangala, Osele Ebodaghe, Oyibo Ovibo, Kattey O Kattey and Charles Akabueze. They are all friends of Engineer Sam Anya (Baba Ibeji)
Late Harry Marshal’s Niece in the house
When this very pretty Port Harcourt big babe stormed the venue all eyes went her way as sea of cameras equally followed suit. She is the pretty niece to late South-South Political juggernaut, Chief Harry Marshal. Her name is Doctor Oju Harry, an international medical expert. Those who know her say she tours between Britain Nigeria and America as a medical consultant. She is a friend to one of the celebrant’s daughter, Mrs. Chinasa Iweagwu.
A top Portharcourt based Oil Expertriate at the event
Abuja big boy, Chinonso Ekezie in the house
He is the MD/CEO of Emego Global Services in Abuja. His name is Chinonso Ekezie. His firm does top contracting jobs for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and some other top ministries in Abuja. He stormed the event at noon and didn’t leave till the end.
Former Bayelsa State Deputy Governor, Honorable (Chief) Victor Sam-Ateki and his pretty wife, Madam Jennifer Ateki
Song bird Omawunmi’s in-law storm Pastor Opuruka’s birthday
Never knew famous song bird, Omawunmi Magbele has a sister in-law as pretty as that until when Sylvia Magbele stormed The Grace Place in honor of Pastor Luke Okpuruka’s 70th birthday. Sylvia who works with one of the Zenith Bank’s branches in Lagos is said to be married to Mofe the elder brother to songbird Omawunmi. Sylvia Magbele is very close to some of Baba’s daughters, hence her appearance at the event. She equally stole attention.
In-Law to the Celebrant, Sir Mishael Iwuagwu giving the toast for Pastor Luke Okpuruka's 70th birthday bash
(Watch out for Part 2 of the Pastor Luke Okpuruka’s 70th birthday gist with more exclusive Pictures)
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A Wine Gourd being poured in preparation for a toast to long Live and good life of the celebrant
Entrance of the Venue of Ceremony; The Grace Place on Evo Road, Portharcourt
L-R; Honorable Justice Ebimi Okara, Pastor & Pastor (Mrs.) Alex Ogie-Patrick, Lady Evangelist Lovina Chile Okpuruka & Celebrant, Pastor Luke Okpuruka
Leader of Bayelsa State House of Assembly; Honorable Peter Akpe and his pretty wife, Pastor (Mrs.) Favor Akpe
Mama, Lady Evangelist Lovina Chile Okpuruka arrives for her husband's 70th birthday bash
Members of Sensational Bamidele's Band thrilling guests at the event
Mrs. Kelechi Anya with top friends who graced Dad's birthday party
Pastor Barnabas Ikechukwu Godspower of RCCG, Bayelsa Province opening the Event with Prayer
Pastor Ikoli Reuben a former Assistant Manager at NITEL now Redeemed Pastor sharing testimony about celebrant's leadership qualities at NITEL
Special Guest of Honor, Justice (Mrs.) Ebimi Okara of the Federal High Court, Yenagoa-Bayelsa State
The Arrival of Chief Diekivie B. Ikiogha, Former Chief of Staff to Bayelsa State Governor for Pastor Luke Okpuruka's 70th bash
The Celebrant & his Household gets ecclessiastical blessings from 7 ministers of God
The Celebrant & his Wife Steps into  his 70th Celebration Venue
The Celebrant & his wife, enjoying the moment
The Celebrant with his only sister , Madam Chinyere Ezeogwu and only  brother, Pa Ezekiel Asinobi Okpuruka with their children
The Celebrant's Pictorial banner adorned The Red Carpet
The Celebrant, Pastor Luke Okpuruka alighting from his Nissan Jeep Car on arrival
The Highly Decorated Stage strewn in Green & White Color
The Man who wants the Celebrant to live another 70 years, Sir (Evang.) Godson Ndubueze Onyeukwu
The Sermoner; Pastor Alex Ogie-Patrick of RCCG, Prevailing Word, Area 8, Rivers State with his pretty wife at Pa Okpuruka's 70th bash
The Wine, The Brochure, The tradition of toast...
Well-wishers shares the toast with the celebrant  @ 70
Zonal Director, Leadway Insurance, Mr. Kayode Oladele with a female Colleague, Mrs. Robo Bob Mike stormed Pa Luke Okpuruka's 70th

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