Tabitha celebrates Ph.D award, retirement, birthday in style

Dr Tabitha Tarbunde (in ash headgear and blue embellished dress), flanked by some family members and friends as she cuts the celebration cake at a thanksgiving service for the award of a Ph.D, retirement from service and 60th birthday celebration in Makurdi.

By Faith Igbudu

Eulogies flowed endlessly as family and friends of Dr Tabitha Tarbunde gathered in a thanksgiving service for what was described as a three-in-one event.

The event which held at Word of Wisdom and Power Ministry, Makurdi, was to thank God for her Ph.D award, retirement from service and 60th birthday celebration.

Giving her testimony, the celebrant, who couldn’t hide her joy said “time will fail her to tell of the mercies of God in her life.”

She said she “has been through the waters and was not drowned and through the fire and was not burned.”

Narrating her journey, Dr Tarbunde said she has passed through pain but God saw her through and has attained the milestones being mentioned.

Chairlady of the Occasion, who doubled as the Chairman, Dr Elizabeth Ugoh, said that the event was worth marking because God has proven His word in the life of the celebrant.

Reading the citation titled: “Blister to Bliss,” son-in-law to the celebrant, former Gboko Local Government Council Chairman, Abua Yajir, said the celebrant, who was born on November 15, 1962, was awarded a PhD in 2020 and retired from Benue State civil service on November 15, 2022.

“Her story, a mix radiance and unsightly narration, is the account of a personality who has stepped out of blister into a blissful space for a jolly good rest in a thoughtful and engaging elder hood,” he read.

Leading the toast and goodwill messages, College Secretary, College of Health Sciences Benue State University (BSU), Makurdi, Mrs Nguemo Adi described the celebrant as resilient, outstanding and an intellectual. Guests further took turns to also pray for the celebrant to enjoy better days.

Earlier, in a church sermon, another son-in-law to the celebrant, and Pastor with Living Faith Church, Taraba, Pastor Emmanuel Ibok said God expects thanksgiving from His people, as such, people should live a life of thanksgiving in all situations and at all times.

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