“My Wife was a doyen of African Womanhood” – Wantaregh Paul Unongo

On September 15th 2020, my wife Mrs. Victoria Avarave Unongo (nee Tseayo) passed on to Eternal Glory, peacefully in her Gboko residence at the age of 78. She will be buried at the family SEPULCHRE at Unongo Village on Saturday December 5th 2020. Our friends and relations who reside outside Benue State and who wish to be present for her final interment, SHOULD COME straight to Unongo Village on 4th December, 2020.

Because of who she was to us and how she impacted the lives of hundreds, we have called activities leading to her burial “CELEBRATION OF LIFE”. These activities are spread out for four days, beginning from Wednesday December 2nd, 2020 through to her final interment at the Sepulchre in Unongo Village on Saturday December 5th, 2020.

For those who will like to join us in this celebration right from day-one, the activities have been lined up as follows:

Day One – Wednesday 2nd December, 2020 – Celebration of Life in GBOKO where she was resident.

Day Two – Thursday 3rd December, 2020 – Celebration of life in JATO-AKA, the traditional – ancestral home of the Tiv Tribe.

Day Three – Friday 4th December, 2020 – Celebration of life in UNONGO VILLAGE, her home and final resting place.

Day Four – Saturday 5th December, 2020 – Final Laying to Rest – (interment) – in UNONGO VILLAGE.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Victoria was and still remains the wife of my youth. We were fiercely and passionately in love. She fought every battle of life I got sucked into, (and there were many) all her life, with every sinew of her strength, defending, supporting and protecting me in every situation! She was my truest Comrade and Companion.
QUEEN VICTORIA was always by my side quietly but efficiently playing her role as a wife, mother and Comrade, sparing NOTHING! She was a loving, dutiful and caring mother to us all. I testify publicly for the records, Gentlemen of the Press!
She related well with everybody, according everyone dignity and respect. As long as you were a human being – able or disabled, young or old, sane or insane, Tiv or non-Tiv, white or black – she would serve you with dedication, devotion, honour and respect. She lived a Christ-like life and died a devoted Christian, very practical in her approach to the things of God. May we all be privileged to partake in such a glorious home call when our time comes. Amen.

Gentlemen of the Press, this announcement serves as a formal notification to the general public as well as an invitation to the celebration of the life of this great and quintessential doyen of African womanhood, a Benue woman and mother of all!
May God grant her beautiful soul a peaceful rest in the bosom of her Maker.

Adieu, ‘Akpôkô’ my LOVE. Adieu!!

The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh as it pleases Him – To God be the Glory!!

Thank you all for coming, Gentlemen of the Press. See you at Unongo Village, hopefully.

Wantaregh Paul Unongo, OFR


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