March 18, 2019

Catholics throng Aokpe to see apparition of Mary

Catholics throng Aokpe to see apparition of Mary

People of Aokpe, Benue State in the near future will not need agriculture, for God has given them the pilgrimage. Thousands of devotees and pilgrims both indigenes and non-indigenes were at Aokpe Pilgrimage Center from 1st – 4th August this year to attend the 21st Special Day of Grace Anniversary Celebration which is the anniversary of the Holy Visitation of Our Blessed Lady, the Mediatrix of all Graces.

From the highway, it’s just another idyllic town with its red sand and green fauna. Aokpe is a tiny remote village in the Idoma speaking territory of Nigeria. The remote village has no potable water, telephone or electricity and the road connecting it to the nearest town of Ugbokolo, about six kilometers away, is untarred, narrow and rough but it’s fast gaining world attention. About 99% of the people are catholic and they usually recite the rosary with great devotion.  So popular has Aokpe pilgrimage center become that the newly installed Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has shown significance interest in harnessing its potential in partnership with the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC).  Read more

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