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Mary Slessor PCN honours late missionary with commemorative ceremony

The Presbyterian Church of Nigeria AkwaSynod will be holding a commemorative service to celebrate the centenary celebration of Mary Slessor's death.

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  play Mary Slessor is famed for stopping the killing of twins in Calabar. (Laboringinthelord Missionaries)
  play A memorial commemorating Mary Slessor in Dundee, Scotland. (BBC)

The Presbyterian Church of Nigeria is set to celebrate the centenary anniversary of Mary Slessor's death for her roles in stopping the killings of twins in Akwa Ibom State and in some other Southern states of Nigeria

Mary Mitchell Slessor was a Scottish missionary to Nigeria whose work and strong personality allowed her to be trusted and accepted by the locals while spreading Christianity, protecting native children and promoting women's rights.

Reverend Moses Edem who is the moderator of PCN, AkwaSynod, told newsmen in Uyo over the weekend that an average of 5,000 twins was expected at the ceremony which begins on Tuesday, January 13 to Sunday, January 18.

"This event will make people appreciate what sacrifice Mary Slessor made to save twins from being killed in Akwa Ibom State, Cross River State, Abia State, and Ebonyi State," Reverend Moses Edem revealed.

While hailing the exploits of the late missionary, Reverend Moses Edem also revealed that many homes and communities are still practicing customs that are unfriendly to the survival of twins. He pointed out that one of his relations, who got married to a minister of God, was rejected by her father because she gave birth to twins.

"There are still some areas in this state that are still practicing twins rejection despite what Slessor did and what we are saying,” Reverend Moses Edem said. “I can recall one of our relations in one of the local government areas in this state; his daughter is a wife to a minister of God. When he learnt that his daughter gave birth to twins; he rejected her and barred her from going close to his compound,” Edem revealed.

A memorial commemorating Mary Slessor has also been unveiled in Dundee, Scotland on the 100th anniversary of her death.

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