February 15, 2017
By Ann Schulte, SHCJ
“Please pass this way” said a very busy traffic controller, as we reached the gates of the University of Lagos, and showed our invitation card. The graduands were all hurrying to the multi- purpose hall. Sr. Mary Akinwale was waiting for us, resplendent in her cerise gown with its important two golden stripes on the sleeves, indicative of the fact that she was a Masters graduand in Educational Administration and Planning.
After the ceremony the Akinwale family had booked tables and a meal for each person, including the sisters, a very thoughtful and much appreciated move by them. When Mary arrived, the rejoicing began and out came smart phones, iPads and cameras to record this special and joyous occasion! We also finally could take some photos! It was good to see Mary’s brother Fr. Anthony Akinwale OP from Ibadan, Dr. Emmanuel Akinwale, the Deputy Registrar of Yaba College of Technology, Lagos together with other close members of her family.
The Keffi Street Community, continued the celebration when Mary finally returned in the evening, with prayers of thanksgiving, music and dancing!
On Sunday 29th January, the PLT had a festive celebration for sisters returning after studies to the Province, Sr. Sylvia Enendu back from Kenya, studies in a MA course for Psycho Spiritual Therapy, Sr. Oyidu Okwori back from England, who obtained a distinction in her MSC course in Financial Management, and Sr. Mary Akinwale with her MA in Administrative Planning. More rejoicing was the order of the day, for our three sisters, who will now take up responsibilities in different communities.