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Garlands To A Rare Gem: Engr. Uche Kene Okoye

A tribute to my Wife; Engr. Uche Kene Okoye on her Birthday…

One of the most enchanting melodies that captured my heart right from my childhood was the Classic by Franz Schubert; “An Sylvia.” The text of the song, is a German translation of “Who is Silvia?” from act 4, scene 2, of William Shakespeare’s play; “The Two Gentlemen of Verona.”

The parallel between Shakespeare’s Silvia and the subject of this piece, makes the masterpiece a fitting introduction of my lovely Wife; Engr. Uche Kene Okoye:

Who is Silvia? What is she,
That all our swains commend her?
Holy, fair, and wise is she;
The heaven such grace did lend her,
That she might admired be

A vivid depiction of this boundless jewel from God… Holy, fair and wise is she and indeed the heaven did lend her such grace to be admired by all.

It’s not mere coincidence that I had to draw from the works of two greats; Shakespeare and Schubert, to capture her essence. As sprightly and adorable as the first day I set my eyes on her… like fine wine or an exquisite work of art, her value appreciates as the years roll by.

Today, I celebrate my lovely Wife and extol her virtues, her love, her faith, her deep compassion, her steadfastness and her unwavering commitment, especially to Christ, His flock and family.

A highflyer and a pearl, adept at getting things done, Uche sparkles effortlessly and brilliantly in any role, despite her characteristic discreet demeanor. Whether as the Wife, the Mother, the Haven Governor, The Leader, The Pastor, The Trainer, or The Resource Person, she excels in her various capacities.

Babe, one of the best decisions I made in my life was to marry you. Like a good investment, I’ve taken pride and delight in watching you bloom as a flower in season. Unraveling and dispensing the beauty and fragrance God has lavished on you.

That uncommon grace inherent in you, is evident in our lives and our home has become a cynosure of all eyes and a testimony of God’s goodness. Our children are blessed to have you as their mother and we thrive in the transcending love that we share.

Happy Birthday my Sweetheart… Ugo Di ya, Ogoli ma obi Di ya, Onye m ji eme onu, Anyanwu ututu, Ife nkili, Asampete nwanyi oma!

I pray that God will magnify you and magnify Himself in you, you will live the rest of your life in vitality and prosper and flourish in all you do.

I love you 💞


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That man that hath a tongue, I say is no man, if with his tongue he cannot win a woman. To die, is to be banish’d from myself; And Uche is myself: banish’d from her, Is self from self: a deadly banishment!

Culled from The Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare

About Kene Okoye

A creative writer, banker, pianist, composer and minister of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Kene documents events and presents his viewpoint in compelling narratives. He sets out to create vivid pictures with his intelligent use of words and seeks to engage, thrill, educate and inspire the reader. Come on and enjoy yourself.


  1. Happy birthday sister Uche.
    This writeup is a modest description of you. You are indeed a rare gem, full of God’s love and compassion.
    I wish you many, many more prosperous and impactful years ahead.

  2. Happy birthday to you ma.
    May God bless your new age and bring bountifulness to your bossom, your family with goodness.

    Happy birthday once more🎂🍾🍷

  3. Happy birthday to Aunty Uche!!! We love and celebrate you, may the next decade be even more beautiful and fulfilling for you! Cheers 🎉🎉🎉🎉

  4. Happy birthday Madam UC. Gods grace is your advantage. Thank you for putting a big smile in my brothers face and bringing out the best writing skills in him.
    I pray that its your seaaon and your new dawn. The Lord will guide you continually and make you outstanding in all you do.

  5. Happy Birthday to a wonderful colleague and an incredible person, Engr. Mrs. Kene-okoye Uche! 🎉 It’s truly special to share this birthday with someone as amazing as you. As we celebrate another year today, I want to take a moment to appreciate all the positivity and warmth you bring into our workplace.

    Your dedication, passion, and hard work inspire us all. Your presence makes every day brighter, and your kindness knows no bounds. Working alongside you has been a privilege, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to learn from you each day, even though it was for a short time.

    On this special day, may your heart be filled with joy, and may your dreams continue to soar to new heights. May you be surrounded by love, laughter, and all the happiness in the world. You deserve nothing but the best today and every day.

    Thank you for being an incredible colleague, friend, and source of inspiration to us all.

    Congratulations ma..

  6. Happy birthday to you my boss’s wife. May God continue to bless and keep you ijn

  7. Mazi Chika Animba

    I celebrate you now and always, your shines so bright and your generation beholds it so greatly. Thank God for the day you were born.

    Knowing you is such a bountiful blessings to me.

    Happy birthday, sis.

  8. Happy Birthday Ma,

    Thank you for all you do and most especially being an awesome source of inspiration . Quietly pushing limits. God bless you richly Ma

  9. Congratulations to Mrs. Uche Kene. More grace in Jesus name Amen.

  10. Tata Kene
    Omalicha eji aga mba. Ugwu Kene ji anya isi. Ndeewo.
    Chukwu agozi go gi mmaji puru mmaji n’afo a.
    Ebe obuna I tinyelu aka; akurungwa.
    Biko mara uma wuba aru n’idi oke.

    Jide k’iji. Chukwu gozie gi oooo
    Uche Happy birthday oooo

  11. Happy Birthday to you Mrs Okoye your indeed all and many more that Kene has penned out. I pray that God’s Grace and His mighty hand will continue to rest upon you and your lovely family. Enjoy your day

  12. Okoye Chukwuka Obumneme

    Happy birthday Uche Kene, you are indeed a virtuous woman. May you continue to showcase all the virtues that inspired this lyrical piece from Kene. God will continually prosper you in all your ways.

  13. Benedicta Chawai

    Happy Birthday Ma , May your life be forever blissful in Jesus name , May you experience increased wisdom, prosperity, happiness , joy and lot of love in Jesus Name 🙏

  14. Happy birthday dear Great woman of God!
    Glorious things are spoken of you in this year of redemption and beyond. Much luv 😘❤️

  15. Amazingly beautiful piece Bro Kene.
    Very rightly said sir!!!
    Anyone connected to my darling Sis Uche even if from a distance is truly blessed.

    Thank you for celebrating My darling Gov.🥰🤗

    Happy Birthday dearly beloved Sis Uche.
    God bless you immensely!

    I love you!

  16. Uchenna Loveth Mbanisi

    My darling wife and my namesake Uche. My brother has captured your true essence. You are not only beautiful and brainy but also virtuous. Your coming into our beloved family has been a blessing. Happy 50th Birthday Asamptee, Nwanyi oma. May your new age be abundantly blessed and graced with the earnest desires of your lovely heart dear. Love you loads.

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