The city of Port-Harcourt and indeed the entire world paused for the 90th birthday celebration of Rev. Mrs. Juliet Peterside (Mama Mia) on the 28th of May, 2017. The celebration was marked by a grand church service at the Royal House of Grace Church, GRA, Port-Harcourt. Present at the service were family, relations and friends from all over the country. A host of personalities including the Amanyanabo of Bonny Kingdom came to cheer the celebrant. The celebrant’s children, one of which is a Bishop, Idah Peterside, grandchildren and a great-grandchild were. It was such a joyful occasion which began with a praise session that actually looked like it would break the heavens.
The powerful and inspiring sermon delivered by Apostle Prince David Zilly-Aggrey, was based on prophetic declarations from Psalm 91. He gave a brief history of Rev. Mrs. Juliet Peterside and stated emphatically that her good acts and noble achievements are major contributors to her strength and long life. He that advised that anyone who wishes to live healthy and long must love God with all his heart and care for his neighbor.
Rev. Mrs. Peterside was born on the 29th of May, 1927. She completed her Secondary school education in one of Nigeria’s prestigious schools, QUEENs COLLEGE, LAGOS! She went on to study nursing, and then midwifery, following the Senior Cambridge E ducation (Grade 2). She worked in the General Hospital Port-Harcourt for some time before she established her private clinic named NNENNA MATERNITY. In 1947, she embraced the true worship of Christ which she constantly referred to as the best achievement of her lifetime. She joined the Assemblies of God Church She established churches and was involved in a lot of missionary work. This did not limit her domestic works as she was a great cook, a loving wife to her husband , late Rev.Dr, J.D. Peterside and a wonderful mother to her children, biological and adopted.
The celebrant, a matriarch, stateswoman, mentor and great-grandmother gave a speech of appreciation during which she mentioned that she was actually celebrating two lives – 90 years as a human being, and 75 years a Christian – and that the latter was more important to her. She expressed her joy at the privilege to live to see her children become all she had desired for them. She sang her favorite song, surrounded by the entire Peterside family. Mama Mia received an award of honour from the DODD Peterside Senapu Council as DODD Peterside “WARI-OPUYINGIBO”. She is the first to receive this title in the history of the family.
A splendid reception was held afterwards at her residence where there was cutting of cake, special renditions, toast and dance. It was nostalgic for the celebrant when several people stepped out to give citations and speak about how their lives were positively impacted by her.
90 years is indeed a long time to live, we all commemorate it and we wish for it. We also pray that she stays alive and strong for many more years to come. Hearty Cheers to Mama Mia!