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When Dignitaries Gathered At Irri For Comfort Offeh : Interment And Thanksgiving Photos 

Chief(Dr) Matt Offeh in the Thanksgiving Service
Luje, early morning dance parade in honour of matriarch Comfort Oneke Offeh
Engine Oil &Gas (ltd) MD, Efe Nawane, listen to the sermon with his wife, gospel music sensation, Blessing Efe, daughter of Comfort Offeh
Chief (Dr) Matt Offeh, in a rare moment of chuckle with his wife, Ebiere, during the service.
Mrs. Ufuoma Imikan, testifies on the life and times of her mother’s illustrious  life in the service of God and humanity.
Ministration by the Parish priest, Rev. Fr. Peter Kosunye
Daughters, Mrs Ochuko Solomon , Mrs. Zino Joy Omasere and Mrs. Tina Isaac at the morning Luje dance parade. .
Grandchildren of Comfort Offeh, themselves married and parents as well, participate in the Luje dance. (Franklin Ogor and Irene, niece to Comfort Offeh)
Daughters, Mrs. Blessing Efe, Mrs. Elo Abolo and granddaughter, Hannah Abolo
Engine Oil and Gas magnate, Efe Nawane and his wife, gospel music sensation, Blessing Efe, listen with rapt attention to the sermon.
‘Luje’ dawn parade in progress.



The Oasis Reporters


January 11, 2017

Roll call :Senator James Manager, Hon. Leo Ogor, Hon. Prestige Ossy  Thousand Others Were At Irri, Delta State To Bid  Farewell To Mama Comfort Oneke Offeh.


They had come to commiserate with the family of Chief (Dr.) Matt Offeh, the Managing Director of Lesoda Oil and Gas Limited and his siblings at the interment of his mother, the matriarch of the Chief Humphrey Offeh household in Irri Kingdom, Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State  on the   2nd of April, 2016.

Good bye, loving mother, they seem to say

Mama Comfort Oneke Offeh (nee Udiseh) had passed on, 1st of December 2015 after a brief illness at age 74 .


First son of Mama Comfort, Chief Dr. Matt Offeh was at the starting line with Mrs Elo Offeh Abolo, Rev. Emma Offeh and 8 other sisters to receive the distinguished dignitaries from all walks of life who came to express their condolences.


In his homily, the Parish priest of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Irri, Rev. Fr. Peter Kosunye  extolled the virtues of Mama Comfort Oneke Offeh who was a devout Catholic, a community leader and a woman whose hands were always open to render help to those who needed assistance. He asked  the congregation to emulate her devotion and service to God because it was the way of heavenly recognition.

In his sermon, he reminded the church that after life, comes judgement and it behoves on sojourners on earth to live for Christ in uprightness.


The  body, brought in a horse drawn carriage,  was put to rest  beside where her late husband lay in the family mausoleum amidst songs of praise  to God.


Condolence messages poured in from dignitaries like Senator James Manager, CON , representing Delta South Senatorial District and chairman Senate committee on Power . He said,


“I mourn with the Offeh family at this period of great loss. Mama was a devoted Christian and great community leader”.

Choristers sang gloriously.

In his message, the Minority Leader in the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Leo Okuweh Ogor urged Comfort Offehs children to ” be comforted with her legacy of life spiced with uprightness, humility, contentment and patience” which he urged the children and grandchildren to replicate.

Welcoming Hon. Leo Ogor Okuweh, Minority leader in the House of Representatives, with his amiable wife.
Sen. James Manager, (Delta South Senatorial District), equally graced the occasion and shared an interesting moment with Hon. Leo Ogor and wife.


The Deputy Speaker, Delta State House Of Assembly, Rt. Hon. (Comr) Friday Ossai Osanebi regarded the  loss as “painful at this time”. “I am very sure that she will live forever in our hearts “, he added further.

The Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Defence, Hon. Solomon Ahwinahwi representing Ughelli North /Ughelli South /Udu Federal Constituency said,


” Mama Oneke may have transited to the spirit but her good name is still very much with us as a pious Christian who devoted her life to the teachings of Christ, a selfless philanthropist, who touched so many lives during her sojourn on earth “.

He prayed further for strength, courage and fortitude to bear the loss on the family left behind.



Member representing Abia North /Abia South Federal Constituency, Abia State in the House of Representatives, Hon. Prestige Ossy C. E. O. Ossy received the “sad news of the demise of Mama Comfort Oneke Offeh at the age of 74 with heavy hearts”.

He described her as a “kindhearted and devoted Catholic Christian mother and a respected Family and Community leader”.

“She will be sorely missed “, he continued.

Hon. Prestige Ossy brought the condolences of his family and the good people of his Constituency.


In her message, Hon. (Mrs) Orezi Esievo representing Isoko South Constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly, saw mama Comfort’s death as  “painful”. “She was a respected member of the OVERFLOW team. It was an honour and pleasure working with her “.

Hon. Chief (Sir)  Malik Ikpokpo, Chairman, Isoko South Local Government conveyed the “profound condolences  of ” his “family, government and the entire people of Isoko South Local Government  to” the Offeh household. He prayed for the repose of Mama Comfort’s  soul. He exhorted the family to take solace in ” mama’s indelible and worthy legacies “.


In his own tribute, the Chairman of Isoko North Local Government Area, Hon. Emmanuel Egbabor saw Mama Comfort as “a Colossus to the women folk and the community” whose “wise counsel” would be missed.


Messages of Condolence also came from Chief Solomon Ogba, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Secretary in Delta State.


Umeh Kalu Esq.,  Hon. Attorney – General & Commissioner for Justice, Abia State.


Hon. Oghenekaro Ilolo, Delta State Commissioner for Urban Renewal


Parish priest of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Irri, Rev. Fr. Peter Kosunye

Apostle Dr. Chibuzor Gift Chinyere of Omega Power Ministries Worldwide

Rev.(Dr.) Emmanuel Israel Omasere of Power Ministries , Longview TX 75604, USA

HRM ENGR. MIKE OVIESE, Regent of Irri Kingdom on behalf of His Royal Majesty Ojenuwe 11, The Odio Ologbo Of Irri Kingdom

Irri Development Union, Irri Town Chairman, Hon. Igorigo  Godday Excellence

Chief Obasi Lawson, National President of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association Of Nigeria

Hon. Boma Iyaye, Commissioner for Sports, Rivers State

Raeanna Nigeria Limited

CP Joshak Haviland, psc (+), Commissioner Of Police, Abia State Command

Nwachukwu Gift, Head, Administration, Lesoda Oil & Gas Co. Ltd

GT Bank

Diamond Bank.


Comfort Oneke Offeh (née Udiseh) was born in 1941 at Irri town  and died in 2015 at age 74. She was a devout Catholic and quintessential mother.

She is survived by 9 Daughters,  2 Sons 40 Grandchildren , 14 Great-grandchildren and a Sister.

All her daughters and their husbands, Sons and their wives, many Grandchildren and Great grandchildren were present from different parts of Nigeria and the globe to participate in the funeral obsequies which started with a Service of Songs on 1st of April, 2016, Funeral Rites and Reception on the 2nd of April with a Thanksgiving Service on Sunday the 3rd of April 2016.


Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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