The joy of 90-year-old Mrs Vic-
toria Ogewa knew no bounds
on Saturday, March 7th when
she received the Sacrament of Bap-
tism with three other infants at St Rita,
Obadeyi, Agege, Lagos.
Mitchelle Munachiso Lawrence, Joa-
chim Efosa and Samuel Chinedu were
the other candidates baptised with
The nonagerian was full of smiles
as she sat patiently on the front pew
listening to the Parish Priest, Rev Fr
Philip Uchendu, who administered
the Sacrament on the candidates.
She recalled her journey to Catholi-
cism started about two years ago when
she arrived her son in-law’s residence
in Lagos upon relocating from Edo
state, her home state.
Mama, who was a member of one of
the separated brethren churches, pop-
ularly called Pentecostal, had shortly
after arriving Lagos started mounting
pressures on her in law and his wife,
who are staunch Catholics, on the
need to be baptised in the churchyard
and attend masses, especially on Sun-
“We had to contact the Parish Priest
who responded and arranged her for
the Sacrament today. We really thank
for this grace”, mama’s son in-law, Mr
Henry Ohakime stated.
The Parish Priest, Rev Fr Philip
Uchendu, who congratulated the re-
cipients; especially the old woman, the
Sacrament had cornered on the right
to call God “Our father”.
Fr Uchendu said, “Mama is getting
herself prepared to meet her creator. “
He told their God parents to be
awake to their responsibilities and en-
sure the spirituality of the recipients.
He reminded them that the candidates
were baptised based on the faith of
their parents and God parents.
In an interview, Mrs Victorial Oge-
wa, clad in white attire, said she was
happy and at peace with her God. One
of the God parents, Mrs Joy Duru said
“we would do our best to make sure
they grow in the faith.