It was a moment of thanksgiving and dedication to the Holy Father on 30th December when the entire members of Brotherhood of the Cross and Star converged at the Centenary Cathedral, Rukpokwu, Rivers State for the Centenary Celebration of Leader Olumba Olumba Obu.
The epoch-making event which was a long week celebration drew members from all over the country including diaspora in celebration of the physical manifestation of the Holy Spirit Personified in Leader Olumba Olumba Obu.
Heralding the opening of the event, the Akwa Ibom State Association of Brotherhood Academic Scholars, ABAS, embarked on the first outing on October 20th in Uyo to announce the celebration of Leader Olumba Olumba Obu at 100.
Other brethren who took turns in the centenary outing include; Abia State centenary on 20th November 2018; CNCF Eket Senatorial District outing, 8th December 2018; Delta State, 8th December 2018; Uruan 19th December 2018; NsitAtai20th December 2018; and Ikot Ekpene on 22nd December 2018.
The host, Rivers State brethren were not left out in the celebration as they organized a clean-up exercise tag ‘’keep garden city clean’’. Other activities like jogging, football competition between states, 18 hymns rendition and inter-state singing competition were part of activities lined up in the centenary celebration.
The week earmarked for the celebration followed with the lined up of variety of activities to add colour to the grand celebration of the Holy Spirit Personified. The clustered week started on Monday 24th December 2018 with lectures and World Feast Celebration at Ogbumnabali Pentecostal Centre.
Tuesday 25th December, was observed as International Choral and Entertainment night at Ogbumnabali Pentecostal Centre; Wednesday 26th followed with football match at Captain Amaechi Complex, Port Harcourt. Also, general fasting and lectures was observed at Ogbumnabali Pentecostal Centre on Thursday 27th while the Universal Choristers took part in the International choral competition at Rumukwurusi Pentecostal Centre on Friday 28th.
Saturday 29th, the entire members of the fold stormed the street of Port Harcourt in a mega outing from Rumukwurusi Pentecostal enroute major streets of the state to the centenary cathedral, venue of the grand celebration.
Some of the features added to the event include commissioning of two new cathedrals, Ekwe Bethel and Rumukwurusi Pentecostal Centre by His Holiness Obu Olumba Obu on Saturday, 30th December. Other features include the ‘’show your talent’’ at Rumukwurusi Pentecostal Centre on Saturday night.
However, the main event slated for Sunday 30th December was held at the new centenary cathedral, Rukpokwu with more than 5000 thousand members cut across the nation and other countries gathered in an atmosphere of love and happiness to celebrate the Holy Father’s 100 years birthday and the physical manifestation of God on earth.
In a Sunday divine service conducted by the Holy Father in His Holiness Obu Olumba Obu, charged members to be exceedingly glad for witnessing the manifestation of God on earth and His centenary celebration, praying that the celebration has brought peace to the world and testimonies to all Brotherhood children.
Obu charged members to look unto the Father as the only one who can save them from the penury of the world, adding that every Brotherhood child should be counted lucky for being a partaker of the celebration.
Giving the vote of thanks, the Chairman of the Planning Committee Bishop J.O Salubi, thanked the Holy Father for His love to mankind and all Brotherhood children in the world. He lauded members who found out time to grace the occasion and for all the resources pulled in to give the Father’s 100 years birthday a huge success.
He prayed that the Father will bless and flourish all Brotherhood faithful who came out to celebrate on His birthday, adding that the centenary celebration will also open more blessings for Brotherhood children worldwide.
Meanwhile, the Holy Father Leader Olumba Olumba Obu was born on 30th December 1918 in the small town of Biakpan after the First World War.