Oh my queen!
My fine queen!
I remember the day I had physical contact with her right hand. Oh what current flowed through my system – I believe Spiritual current. It was unbearable. It was too much. I couldn’t hold that hand for long. I had to let it go, and quietly too.
I mean, I appreciated the fact that she was willing to hold my hand, but I just couldn’t contain it.
She had the height of a Queen, the strength of a Lioness, the gait of a model and the loveliness common to angels alone.
Seven years after leaving The Christian Union, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, I still remember her – as though it was yesterday.
Here am I returning home from an appointment in town, alone in the metro, and thinking of her. This is not the first time I am thinking of her. I do think of her from time to time. But today, I chose to do something about it.
I am speaking of no other person than Ihuoma Peace.
When she sang on stage, the whole hall shook. She was embodied with talent, which she successfully converted to skill.
When Ihuoma Peace sang, It was visible that her everything – spirit, soul, and body – was involved in the singing. As she sang, she gyrated from side to side and the whole fellowship swayed in her direction.
You didn’t want to miss praise and worship for any reason – plausible or not.
Oh i remember how in those days, we would dance towards the offering box two or three times, just so that we can have the opportunity of dancing to the pure music that was stemming from her anointed mouth.
As I write this, I can visualize her leading praises. And I almost feel like dancing, but will continue.
She is an example of a person who did all with what was entrusted in her hands. Everyone knew she was the best at what she did. She was on another class. She was a living example. She did enough to outlive her. I would remember her – forever!
Since the time I left Nsukka, I have never contacted her – not via phone, not via e-mail, not via Facebook, yet I still remember her.
As I think about Ihuoma Peace, I see numerous talents before me. People who can do one thing or the other. Be it singing, dancing, gingering, writing, acting. Name it! You can do something!
I just want to use this little piece to remind you to do something that will remain indelible in the minds and hearts of people. Something that will outlive you!
Ihuoma Peace didn’t have it smooth all the way. As they say, the course of success isn’t all the time smooth.
I remember one day she was so downcast after a visiting Preacher had heavily condemned her singing and ultimately, our dancing. Immediately after the fellowship, we rallied round her and comforted her. Virtually everyone reassured her that we were blessed by her ministry.
Perhaps you think you already are doing something and that you might have written your name in the sands of time. But my dear, can what we do ever be enough? Are we not supposed to keep improving in skill and increasing in impact?
If you are so good and people know you are good, how many people have you trained in your field of expertise?
Or perhaps you are already tired from doing and doing, friend receive strength today! Don’t give in to despondency! Don’t retire! Rather refire!
I do not know where Ihuoma Peace is right now, but one thing I know is that she remains My Queen – My Queen of Praise and Worship!