... Details Of The 2-Day Event
It was a life well spent for late Princess Karina Namikpoh who passed on at the age of 68 a few weeks back. A grand burial was staged for her by her children led by the only son, Ebuwa Martins along with his elder sister, Madam Blessing E. Agbonwaneten all together gave mama a befitting burial.
It was a collage of top celebrities from the entertainment industry and socialites who stormed the wake keep, funeral service and grand reception in honour of late Princess Karina. Ebuwa Martins pulled a big one as many important personalities honoured him by giving his mum a grand burial.
The burial rites started with a wake-keep service at The Azny Place, Louise Drive, New GRA Port Harcourt, Rivers State while the funeral service took place at The church followed by a grand reception which was held at The Palacio Events center, Woji Road, Phase 2 Port Harcourt.
On the band to thrill guests was the popular Groove Guys, alongside with one of Port Harcourt finest Dj DSA. While many professional vendors were in charge of the surplus foods and expensive drinks. SOCIETY REPORTERS captured how the party went.
LATE PRINCESS KARINA NAMIKPOH LIVED A GOOD LIFE
For Mama when she was alive, she enjoyed the fruits of her labour. She was described as a caring and compassionate woman who looked after her children. She was a woman with a large heart who embraced everyone she came across. She was known to be a giver and no wonder, many testified to her generous nature. She died fulfilled shortly after she turned 68.
EBUWA MARTINS THE PERFECT HOST
Mama’s popular son, Ebuwa Martins, who is also mama’s only son, was up and about at the event. He was seen mostly around all the tables making sure every guest at the party was well catered for. He was indeed the perfect host who shouldered the Mama’s boy mantle for his sister and made sure everyone was fine. He was seen decked in a beautiful blue colour complete buba and sokoto for the reception proper. He is well-loved by all and no wonder many celebrities, and many of his class mates (IMMACULATE CONCEPTION COLLEGE OLD BOYS ASSOCIATION ) all came out to celebrate with him as he buried his mum.
THE BOND BETWEEN EBUWA MARTINS AND HIS MUM
If you are close to Ebuwa, you will notice he does not joke with his mum. He loved his mum dearly and was always in close communication with her most time. Though Ebuwa was not by her side when she passed on, but he was one of the last to speak with her before she passed on. And in his amazing tribute, he eulogized his late mum who instilled many life lessons in him. While giving the vote of thanks at the wake keeping he said, “Tribute to my Dearest Mother* That you are no longer with us is yet to fully dawn on me. It was indeed a great privilege and honour to have such an alluring, enchanting and assiduous woman as my mother. You woke up early in the morning to pray for me after not sleeping all night due to prayers and praise worships. We talked on the phone almost everyday; We gisted about your joys: past, present, and the future.
Mummy, you were truly One in a million. You were a strong woman, a caring and generous mother. A warm and God-fearing woman. Your caring nature was displayed in the way you would call to check up on us when you had not heard from my sister or myself in a while. Certainly, I will miss the manner you called to check on me. You made it a point of duty to call and pray for each and every one every first day of the month. My mother was a very warm, compassionate and vibrant woman, who always went out of her way to help others. You were always willing to give so much of yours to others and I have tried to emulate that act of generosity myself.
The emotional Ebuwa Martins also talk about how he procastinated to have seen his mum before she passed on, In his words; ” I am sorry for procastinating many times to come and see you mummy, i will always pospone seeing you to another time in as mucha as we talk often but it is so unfortunate that my visit was to see your corpse.”
Speaking further he admitted that his late mum lived a very good life and will never be forgotten in a hurry. “You lived a good life and we will not forget you in a hurry”.
Children learn different things, either positive or negative, from their parents. However, the lesson learnt from Mama’s life has been a tremendous blessing for me. My mother impacted my life in such a way that words are inadequate to describe my feelings. Certainly, you cared so much for your children, grandchildren and for those who are not yours, especially your tenants.
Mother was virtuous, elegant, circumspect, and intelligent. Now that you have transited, rest in paradise, my adorable mother, as you join the band of celestial angels. Enjoy your deserved peace with the Lord, and may your kind-hearted soul continue to rest in the bosom of the Lord Jesus Christ.
ABOUT EBUWA MARTINS’S ONLY SISTER
To give Mama a befitting burial was also Ebuwa Martins’s sister who also supported him from beginning to the end. She stood out and made sure the programme went as planned. Mama was survived by two successful children. Mama’s only son is Ebuwa Martins, a top Lagos businessman and CEO of Tingo Mobile a fintech company, and his elder sister Madam Blessing E. Agbonwaneten, they all looked good for the event.
AGN PRESIDENT SIR EMEKA ROLLAS, NOLLYWOOD STARS TAKE THE FRONT SEAT
It will be surprising not to see celebrities from the entertainment industry at the event because Ebuwa Martins shared a very robust relationship with the industry cutting accross music and nollywood sector. In fact many people alwasy see him as an entertainer and this is also very obvious because of his support for the entertinment industry in diverse ways.
They have a business relationship and also storm social events together, they are always like 5 and 6. It was payback time for Ebuwa MArtins as the Nollywoods finests stood solidly behind him, and for many hours, dined and wined before they took their leave. They were seated at the front table.
Among those who graced the event was the President of Actors Guild Of Nigeria, Sir Emeka Rollas (MON), Sir Victor Osuagwu, Steve Eboh, Tony Nnaji, Ify Eze, Kelvin Uvoh.
Others are; Segun Arinze, Collins Ejike, Sarah Sweet, Chioma Emenike, Tracy Edwin, Dera Content amongs many others.
OVATION BOSS, BASHORUN DELE MOMODU’S BRIEF APPEARANCE
For Bashorun Dele Momodu, society is his life, he is very popular within the social milieu and also very well connected. He pulled a big one at the party as he flew into Port Harcourt at the early hours of the day. Give it to the impresario himself, hardly will you see any A-class gathering that Bashorun Dele Momodu does not fit in. He is very relevant. He also shares a very close brotherly friendship with Ebuwa Martins. He was one of the first callers at the event.
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION COLLEGE OLD BOYS ASSOCIATION BENIN CITY STOOD BY HIM
Highly and fully represented were the popular Immaculate conception college old boys association benin city. They outdid themselves at the party. They were over 30 in number who all came to honour one of their own. They were conspicuously seen everywhere around the hall, making sure Ebuwa Martins had a hitch-free event.
Some of those in attendance were: Mr Edafe Erhie (Vice President), Mr Bruno Sobotie, Mr Osagie Agbonwaneten, Mr Sunny Obazee, Mr Nedo Osayande, Mr Ralph Obasogie, Mr Tommy Ebohon, Mr Oghenekevwe Roland Okpe (Welfare Officer), Mr Tony Udoroh, Mr Osahon Osawaru (PRO), Mr Ogbebor Osahon Dally (Fin Sec), Mr Onaiwu Thomas Eghobamien, Mr Efosa Egieoze ( Sec), Barrister Patrick Okonjo, Barrister Alfred Iduhon.
Others are; Mr Ejiro Roland, Mr Clifford Eruotor, Arc Aimanesi Omokpo, Mr Olaniyi Olufemi, Barrister Rogers Omodia, Mr Abdul Segun Benjamin, Mr Osagie Egbon. Mr Edwin Obasogie (FCA), Mr Job Eromosele, Mr Ogaga Obiebi, Prescious Osazuwa.