Rev. and Dr. Obiora Anekwe
The historic Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn was the setting on June 29, 2013, for the wedding of Rev. Alexis Yvonne Southerland and Dr. Obiora Nnamdi Anekwe.
The Southerland family are summer residents of Schroon Lake.
The officiants of the ceremony were Rev. Kenneth Bogan and Rev. Sylvia Gayle Kinard; the liturgist was Rev. Bettye Bogan and the organist Gregory Eaton. Serving as maid of honor was Danielle Summers with Tori Baker and Sharon Jean-Pierre as bridesmaids. The junior bridesmaid was Enuma Anekwe with flower girls Taylor Jackson and Kendall Jackson.
Dr. Ejinkonye Anekwe was best man for his brother with Dr. Timothy Onyiuke, and Tochi Duhu as groomsmen.
The wedding Mass was held on June 30, 2013, at St. Gregory the Great Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn, at which the officiant was Bishop Guy Sansaricq. Serving as witnesses were Emma Jeanette Anekwe, mother of the groom, and Yvonne Southerland, mother of the bride. Standing with the bride was Danielle Summers and with the groom Dr. Ejinkonye Anekwe
Rev. Southerland graduated from the Emma Willard School in Troy, the oldest school for girls in the United States and made her debut at the Sigma Gamma Rho Cotillion in Atlanta where she was crowned cotillion queen. While a student at Spelman College, Rev. Southerland participated in the Junior Year Abroad program, studying at St.Edwards Hall at Oxford University, Oxford, England. She graduated from Spelman with honors. She holds a master of divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary and a master of science in teaching from Fordham University. She is employed as a unit coordinator with the New York City department of education, and serves as the pastor of discipleship at the Greater Restoration Baptist Church in Brooklyn.
She is the daughter of Yvonne Foster Southerland, artist, author and retired art educator with the former New York City Board of Education, who also taught at the American School in Gelnhausen, Germany, and the American School of Languages in Florence, Italy. Her father is the late Rev. Plato Southerland, formerly associate pastor at Brown Memorial Baptist Church of Brooklyn, and administrator with the former New York City Board of Education.
Dr. Anekwe graduated with honors from Grace Christian School of Columbus, Ga., and received a bachelor of arts in mass media with honors from Clark Atlanta University. He received a master of education in counseling and student development from Tuskegee University, where he served on the faculty for several years, and a doctor of education from Auburn University. During his doctoral studies at Auburn, he conducted and presented research in education, ethics and philosophy at the International University Bremen in Bremen, Germany; John Cabot University in Rome, Italy; Cracow University of Technology in Cracow, Poland, and the University of Sterling in Sterling, Scotland. He is presently pursuing a master of science degree in bioethics at Columbia University and is a teacher with the New York City Department of Education.
The groom is the son of Emma Jeanette Anekwe, a retired teacher with the Muscogee County School District, Columbus, Ga., and Dr. Gregory Ejinkonye Anekwe, who was formerly chairman of the department of biochemistry at the University of Lagos, College of Medicine. He retired as a professor from the department of biochemistry, faculty of medicine, University of Jos.
After a wedding trip to the Dominican Republic, the couple will reside in Brooklyn.