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Why Osun is a State of the prophets
« on: November 24, 2018, 03:42:21 AM »
Why Osun is a State of the prophets


 
Osun State, apart from being the home of Osun Osogbo, where the goddess of fertility is worshipped, has also given Nigeria and the world gods in human flesh. The exploits of sons of the ‘Land of Virtue’ in Christianity


Osun State popularly called State of the Living Spring, but changed to the Land of Virtue, is known for the annual Osun Osogbo festival. Every year, those in need of children gather to worship the goddess of fertility. This has placed the state on the global map, as tourists troop to the Osun groove to be part of the festival.




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« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2018, 03:45:36 AM »
Besides, a family – the Adelekes from Ede, are flying the state’s flag and by extension Nigeria’s in entertainment. David Adeleke, who goes by the stage name, Davido, readily comes to mind. His uncle, Senator Ademola Adeleke, hugely known for his dancing prowess, has earned for himself a moniker: ‘The Dancing Senator.’ In the build-up to the governorship election held two months ago, it changed to the ‘Dancing Governor’. However, he lost to Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress in the second ballot.

 
Apart from these, the other area, where ‘the sons of the soil,’ made and are still making waves, is in Christianity. Some refer to them as gods. As a matter of fact, they are known both at home and abroad. They include: Pastors Enoch Adejare Adeboye, General Overseer, the Redeemed Christian Church of God; William Folorunsho Kumuyi, General Superintendent, Deeper Christian Life Ministry; Mathew Ashimolowo, Founder, Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC); Prophet Samuel Kayode Abiara, General Evangelist, Christ Apostolic Church (CAC), Worldwide and Founder, Agbala Itura (Garden of Comfort); Joseph Ayo Babalola, Founder, Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) and Prophet Timothy Oluwole Obadare, Founder World Soul Winning Evangelical Ministry (WOSEM).



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Apart from the last two, who are late, others are still alive and making impact both in and off the shores of Nigeria.

 

These pacesetting soldiers of Christ are examples of people with humble backgrounds but have found favour with God and man. They are testimonies of the saying that one’s background has nothing to do with what God can do with them and through them. They are stories of rising from grass to grace.

 

PASTOR ENOCH ADEJARE ADEBOYE

Highly revered and anointed man of God, his humility and simplicity in delivering the gospel, easily endears him to many and they embrace the good news. From less than 10 branches of the RCCG in Nigeria, when he became the General Overseer in 1981 after the death of the Founder, Rev Josiah Akindayomi, the RCCG now has presence in 197 countries of the world.

Born to Moses and Esther Adeboye on March 2, 1942 in Ifewara, a remote village in Osun State, the evangelistic minister of God who still remains the General overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) globally, has contributed immensely to the rapid growth of the Church within and outside the country.

 


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Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye was raised in a humble family of 10 children. His father was an illiterate farmer, said to be as poor as the church rat. As a result of this, he was handicapped to finance the education of any of his children. This did not deter the young Adeboye. He defied all odds to obtain a doctoral degree in Applied Mathematics.

Speaking with our reporter on his humble background, an aged woman who identified herself simply as Victoria and a member of the Adeboye’s family, said; “Despite the challenges, hurdles and rigours the clergy went through, due to the inability of his father to pay his school fees, he was optimistic and weathered all storms to become an outstanding personality in life.”

She stressed that: “In his quest to be lettered and educated, he sought formal education to overcome poverty. He embarked on a hunger-strike in a bid to persuade his father, and this gingered the father who sold his goat in order to enable him to pay his son’s school fees. Finally, Enoch was enrolled at the only missionary school in their village as at that time.



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“He later proceeded to Ilesha Grammar School, Osun State, Nigeria in 1956 and opted for Science-related subjects. After his secondary school education, he gained admission to study Mathematics in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he bagged a Bachelor (BSc.) degree in Mathematics. In 1967, he transferred his study to the University of Ibadan, Nigeria to continue his education, due to the outbreak of Nigerian civil war (1967 – 1970) at that time and graduated with B.Sc in Mathematics from the University between 1964 and 1967.”

Pastor Adeboye proceeded to the University of Lagos in 1969 and 1975 where he obtained a Masters (MSc.) degree in Hydrodynamics and a PhD in Applied Mathematics, respectively. After the completion of his university education, he worked as a lecturer in the department of Mathematics at the University of Lagos and Ilorin before he later pitched his tent with the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in 1973.


After joining the RCCG in 1973, he started working to translate the sermons for the renowned church founder and General Superintendent, Rev. Josiah Olufemi Akindayomi, from Yoruba into English. Four years later, Adeboye was ordained a full Pastor in the church. He became the General Overseer of the church in 1981 and since then has been doing exploit for God.

 
 



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Adeboye soon introduced a lot of innovations into the church, which has led to the exponential growth of the church. One of them is the monthly Holy Ghost Service, which holds every first Friday of the month. The England version called Festival of Life also takes place. He introduced what is known as the Model Parish. This allowed for the upwardly mobile and corporate executives to come into the church. He brought in the playing of musical instruments. Since the introduction of the Holy Ghost Congress in 1998 tagged “Victory at Last”, the church has continued to grow exponentially.

A recipient of many international and national awards, Newsweek Magazine, in 2009, named Adeboye one of the 50 most powerful people in the world. One year earlier, former President Goodluck Jonathan decorated him with a national honour; Member of the Federal Republic (MFR), to name a few.

In his native community of Ifewara, Adeboye is loved by all. A community Leader, Chief Adesoji Adekunle said “Pastor Adeboye has brought unprecedented fame into the town through his massive contributions to the development of humanity.”



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According to him, he placed the name of the village on the world map. For this, he is loved by all and sundry. He is proud to be associated with him that they hail from the same place.

Speaking on his uplifting of the village, Chief Adekunle said: “He tarred a 2 – kilometre road in the town, bought a bus for the palace in the town, established farm settlement which covered which hectares of land in the town and beyond provides employment opportunities for the residents, indigenes and people around the place.

“He also established Redeemer’s Secondary School, Ifewara, and brought more fame into the town by building a prayer Mountain called Mount Carmel -religious tourist centre, which serves as a spiritual Camp ground for the Christian faithful while he awards scholarships to indigenes of the town every year.”

Speaking on the early life of Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the first male child of the family, Pa Bababunmi Ademidun Adeboye, said, Pastor Adeboye was number 9 in the family.

 
The 119 years old Ademidun, who claimed that the eldest and the first born of the family, Madam Abigael Ojoyemi Arowojobe (nee Adeboye) died March this year at the age of 135 years. Also, he said all his siblings are blessed.

He described Pastor Adeboye as a dedicated and straightforward person, whose humility dates back to his childhood days.

Omooba Richard Babatunde Aderinwaye described him as a hospitable man who always extends his hand of fellowship to all and sundry.

Furthermore, he said that Adeboye is passionate about the development of Ifewara and Nigeria. This he demonstrated when he reconstructed the Ile- Ife – Ifewara road, which was constructed in the days of the ex- military governor of old Oyo State, Col. Adetunji Olurin. He saw to the maintenance of the intra city roads.

His conducts are challenging and inspirational and in the area of the yearly town developmental projects, he single handedly built Adimula Hall for his people in the community.

 



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William Folorunsho Kumuyi

This is another Icon in the Christian circle and an ambassador of the state. He stands tall and has distinguished himself among his peers. Born into a Christian family in Erin-Ijesha, Osun State, Pastor Kumuyi is well known for the propagation of holiness in the Christendom and practically demonstrates it while members of his church also follow suit.

Kumuyi, the Founder of Deeper Christian Life Ministry, named as “the World’s largest Church” became a disciple of Jesus Christ in April 1964. To his admirers, the man of God is sanctification and holiness personified as his mode of conduct serves as spiritual wine for unbelievers to drink from.

On his education, he completed his secondary school education in 1961, and in 1962, started teaching Mathematics at Mayflower School in Ikenne, Ogun State, from where he proceeded to the University of Ibadan. He graduated in 1967 with a first-class honours degree in Mathematics. In the 70s, he contributed to the fertility of undergraduate students’ brains at the university of Lagos where he worked as an education lecturer.

In 1973, while serving as Mathematics lecturer at the University of Lagos, Pastor Kumuyi started a Bible study group with 15 university students who had come to him requesting training in the scriptures. By the early 1980s, that small group had grown to several thousands, at which time Deeper Life Bible Church was formally established.

By 1988, the congregation had grown to 50, 000 and now numbers over 120,000 members, making it the third largest Christian Church in the world. The Deeper Life Bible Church not only has an attendance of 120, 000 every Sunday, but has planted 500 churches in Lagos, 5,000 in the rest of Nigeria (with an independent estimate of more than 800,000 members in Nigeria alone), and 3, 000 elsewhere (with missionaries to 40 countries in the world), as the movement missionary contribution.

After the demise of his first wife, Abiodun Kumuyi, in 2009, whom he took to the altar in 1980, he remarried in October 2010 in London, barely 18 months after.

To his credit, in April 2013, Kumuyi was named one of the “500 Most Powerful People on the Planet” and Deeper Christian Life Ministry named as “the World’s largest”.

On the value added to his home town, a business mogul, community leader and a technocrat, Chief Oluseye Olusina, said the life of Kumuyi is worthy of emulation right from his early stage in life, saying he was not disappointed as his life now is an exemplary one.

He described his contributions to his community as outstanding and mind-thrilling for he has touched many lives positively.



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