Psalm 100:4 of the Holy Bible reads:
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.”
In accord with these words of the holy book, Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama, SAN rounded up his weeklong 60th birthday celebration with a thanksgiving service at the Church of the Brethren (EYN), Utako.
It is a well known fact that abundance flourishes in a grateful heart and Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama SAN has come to appreciate these wise words. Although, it has been a weeklong celebration, it would interest you to know that the Learned Silk’s birthday is actually, the 28th of November. Indeed, it is not a coincidence that his 60th birthday this year fell on a holy day.
The thanksgiving service was a colorful and remarkable one as well wishers, family, friends and staff trooped into the church hall to celebrate the learned silk and legal icon at 60. During the service, the Learned Silk’s second grandson, Alaji Nathan Madu Gadzama, was dedicated amongst many others. The Learned Silk’s first grandchild, Abba Joseph Madu Gadzama was also present at the dedication and thanksgiving service. Thereafter, the officiating pastor invited Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama, SAN to the altar. With joy on the Learned Silk’s face, he danced together with his family, friends and well-wishers to the altar to thank the good Lord for his life.
Chief Joe- Kyari Gadzama, SAN seized the opportunity to express his gratitude to the almighty God, the fountain of living waters and everyone who had played a role in his life so far. He reminisced on his past struggles and how God has brought him to his present point after narrowly escaping the sad hands of death in 1989. Noteworthy is the fact that he was the only survivor in the motor accident. He also expressed his gratitude to God for surviving about nine attacks from armed robbers and recovering from COVID-19 this year. He reiterated his deep sense of gratitude to the sustainer of all lives for making his weeklong celebration a fruitful one and made a promise to provide a brand new bus for the church, after due consultation with the resident pastor, as his late mother and late wife were active members of the church.
The officiating pastor called upon two Reverends to render prayers for the Learned Silk. They both thanked and surrendered the life of the Learned Silk to the hands of the good Lord. Reverend Enoch also prayed for the Learned Silk and the congregation at the thanksgiving service. Other pastors at the church took turns to preach the word of God during the thanksgiving service.
The church hall was filled up to the brim. In attendance, we had; His Royal Majesty, Oba A. O. Aladelusi Odundun II, Deji of Akure and his Olori, the President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Olumide Akpata who came all the way from Lagos, Asiwaju Adegboyega Awomolo SAN and his wife, Mrs. Victoria Olufunmilayo Awomolo, SAN, Emeka Ngige, SAN, Mela Nunghe, SAN and his wife, Prof. Ernest Ojukwu, SAN, Mr. Lawal Rabana, SAN who came all the way from Offa, Kwara State, the YLF National Chairman, Tobi Adebowale, His Excellency, Simon Lalong, Plateau State Governor was also ably represented by Hon. Yakubu Dati, the Plateau State Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Town Planning, Mr. Ado Gonji, Prince Iloghalu and friends from the IBB International Golf and Country Club. The children and members of staff of the Learned Silk were also present at the thanksgiving service and the Learned Silk thanked his children for being a constant factor in his life.
The choir filled the air with glorious and melodious tones afterwards. The prevailing hands of the good Lord was deeply felt during the prayers by the pastors and the rendition of the songs by the choir. It was a beautiful thanksgiving service.
At this juncture, it is only right to ascribe this thanksgiving service of Chief Joe-Kyari Gadzama, SAN as the climax of the weeklong celebration. We praise God for his life and wish the legal icon a glorious year ahead, Amen.