In 1978, a nineteen year old evangelist by the name Victor Oboyi, attended the annual convention at the Redemption Camp, on Lagos Ibadan Expressway, Ogun State. Having seen the miracles that God wrought through His servant Pastor E.A Adeboye at the convention, Evang Oboyi believed that his sick mother would be healed. He bought a handkerchief which he brought to Pastor Adeboye to pray over. Upon his return to Otukpo in BENUE state, he asked his sick mother to grab the anointed handkerchief. She was healed of her mysterious illness instantly.
After his mother’s miraculous healing, Evang Oboyi who was greatly being used by God in the revival movement in Idoma land at that time, and his team of young evangelists felt it necessary to invite Pastor Adeboye to Otukpo. They sent one Evang Innocent Odoh, a member of the revival team, with a letter to Lagos to meet pastor Adeboye who agreed to honour the invitation. After several obstacles on his way to Otukpo, Pastor Adeboye arrived the old town on 22nd August, 1979. A great crusade was held at the then Government Secondary School (Now Government Model Secondary School). It was the first major pentecostal gathering in the land. It saw people converging from within and outside Otukpo to attend the program. It was at this program that Pastor (Dr) Paul Enenche gave his life to Christ.
The Redeemed Christian Church of God was thereafter introduced to the land and a branch of the church was planted ushering the birth of many more parishes in the North Central region of Nigeria.
The first set of workers were all accommodated at Bro. Oboyi’s apartment on 81 Igede Street Otukpo and they
The parishes did not see significant growth until the early 2000 when new crop of vibrant ministers began to join the mission. Today, there are over 300 branches of the church in Idoma land and over 1500 parishes in Benue alone, all conglomerated under five provinces with headquarters in Otukpo, Makurdi and Gboko all in Benue State.
The land is indeed blessed to have the second visit of Pastor Adeboye this week after 44 years. Pastor Paul Enenche was home to play host to his spiritual father.
Credit: With assistance from Ernest Ikpeme, The Brutal Murder of a Revivalist. NIN Publishers 2003
Reactions Trail Nomination of Nollywood Actor-Son as Late Pastor Odukoya’s Successor
Following the nomination of Nollywood actor and son of the late Pastor Odukoya, Jimmy Odukoya as successor of his popular father by the Board of Trustees of Fountain of Life Church on Sunday, a social media influencer, Barr. Jov Tersoo took to his Facebook page to congratulate the new overseer. But his post with different reactions from his readers:
Tersoo writes: Congratulations to Jimmy Odukoya. This is why some people keep referring to Pentecostal churches as family empires. Also a reason why no one want to serve under another person as a pastor. No matter how good and faithful you are, the general overseer’s son is prepared to take the lead when the father is gone. May his reign be great.
Below are some of the reactions:
✍ Idoko Noah Sanni commented “The hair style if not natural dada (dread) and you still remain in the church you need check up,we thank God for orthodox background”
✍ Tertindi Teeter writes: “Thanks be to God Almighty who uses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise.”
✍ Ololade Paul writes:
“With this kind of hair style? This is not how we met Christianity!”
✍ Usha Humphrey writes: “He looks like a superstar”
✍ Walter Ogar writes: “Joel Osteen took over from his father John Osteen, founder of Lakewood Church and has surpassed all expectations. Just listen to God, what is he saying?”
✍ Ishaya Danladi writes: “The founder of the Redeemed Christian Church of God followed a path that most overseers dread to take. He made someone not even related to him to take over the helm of affairs before his departure. Most presidents and founders of modern pentecostal churches start their work with the view that it is a family business.”
✍ Aondona Manta write: “Jov, Who was the leader of the Jerusalem council of elders, or if we must put it in today’s parlance, the Chairman of the Board in Jesus’ ministry after his death and resurrection?”
✍ Sammie Adoche writes: “Until you know the circumstances surrounding his nomination it’s wrong to call any church a family business. Jimmy is not someone who will normally want to take up such mantle but if it’s God’s what will he do.”
✍ Ayodele Yemitope writes “I feel that’s subjective… It’s not all churches that get another person that’s not a family member that ends up more Successful and it’s not all churches that has the son or family of the founder take over that becomes a Success. What matters is if God is leading in that direction. Jimmy has been a Pastor in TFL for a while now long before the Dad’s death. But for the Dreads that seems kind off out of place to many. Every other things is okay from man’s point of view from God side that’s for those that have heard in line. The real deal is when the Latter House Surpass the Former”
✍ Dommie Kay writes “Any man that can go sit in the salon, washing, conditioning drying and braiding, as in braiding his hair should be feared, e get why. Even women don’t enjoy the experience, we only enjoy it for the beauty of the outcome.”
Jimmy, a Nollywood actor and musician who featured prominently Netflix’s ‘Woman King’ movie as Oba Ade was announced to the church on Sunday as his father’s successor.
According to a member of the BoT, Pastor Rotimi Okpaise, the late Taiwo Odukoya confided in the board of trustees (BoT) members about the succession plan before his demise.
Okpaise said the BoT unanimously elected Jimmy as the senior pastor and chairperson of the board..
Jimmy will be formally installed on Saturday, September 30, 2023.
The former Senior pastor and founder died on August 7, Odukoya, in the United States of America aged 67.
PASTOR ADEBOYE VISITS OTUKPO IN GROUND SHAKING STYLE
If you are in Otukpo or it’s environs, you shouldn’t miss this great opportunity as Pastor E. A Adeboye visits the old town of the Idoma people today in a ground shaking style.
The event is taking place on the same ground of Army Children school, my alma mater.
I understand Pastor (Dr) Paul Enenche, a son of the soil, and a spiritual son of Pastor Adeboye is also on ground to play host to this great man of God. Also expected to grace the occasion is the Governor of BENUE State, Dr Samuel Ortom. The new Och’Idoma, Mr. John Elaigwu Odogbo who is also a pastor with Deeper Life Bible Church and other traditional rulers in the state will be playing host to the great spiritual general.
Pastor Adeboye first visited Otukpo in 1979 on the invitation of late Victor Oboyi, a young Evangelist at the age of 19. Oboyi was later murdered in cold blood in what was suspected to be a martyr killing. Pastor Paul Enenche testified that that visit of Pastor Adeboye was instrumental to his salvation in 1979. It was at the aftermath of that visit that a branch of The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) was planted in Otukpo same year. That parish was the first parish of RCCG in the North Central, if not the whole of the Northern Region.
Expect the supernatural in the land as these great men of God join forces to “part the Red Sea’ in that land.
The event starts 3pm 9th and 10th May, 2022. Don’t miss out!
OSINACHI: We Have Nobody to Speak For Us -Sister
“He feels that we have nobody because our first son is late, he died before my father died in 2017. So he believes that the only brother I have cannot do anything. He feels we have nobody to speak for us.”
Mrs Osinachi’s elder sister speaks to Vanguard news paper.. Guess what? her murderer husband is chilling in his house in Abuja.
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH VANGUARD!
The sister of the late gospel music artiste who died last week of alleged Cancer of the throat, Sister Osinachi Nwachukwu, today, revealed to Vanguard Metro that, her sister died as a result of a cluster of blood in the chest from the kicking she got from her husband, Mr Peter Nwachukwu.
Speaking with one of the family members, Ms Favour Made, who is the elder sister of the late Osinachi, she exposed all the inhumane treatments her sister got from her husband, before her untimely death.
We heard it was cancer that killed Osinachi.
She did not die of cancer. The husband, Mr Peter Nwachukwu hit her with his leg on the chest. All this while, he has been beating her but my sister hides all that she was passing through from us.
Before now, we have told her to come out of the marriage, we told her that they are not divorcing and that it’s just a separation. But she felt that God is against divorce.
We told her that separation is not a sin but just for her to stay alive and take care of her children. She will always tell us to relax and that the man will change.
So when the man kicked her in the chest, she fell down and he took her to the hospital but he did not even tell us.
It was her friend who lives in Ebonyi state that called her twin sister because Osinachi has a twin sister, to ask, ‘did your Sister tell you that Peter hit her on the chest? the sister then told her no.
It was the hitting on the chest that killed her.
My brother had to ask the doctor what killed her and the doctor said that there were clusters of blood on her chest.
Unfortunately, they did not tell the doctor that she was kicked in the chest because the doctor could have known what to do if he had an idea of what happened.
Each time we talked to her, she will be pleading for peace and if we move to act, she will tell us no, that we should calm down.
Where was your sister residing and how many children did she have? Also, where is her husband now?
My late sister Osinachi was living in Abuja with her husband and four children, three boys and one girl.
My younger brother who has gone to see the children said Nwachukwu is not arrested, he is in his house in Abuja. When my brother got there, the children were so happy to see him and they told him that they want to come and see their grandmother who is my mother.
Where are her children presently?
The children are with their father. My brother has gone to Abuja to see the children. But I told him not to go alone because the man is a beast that he should go with somebody.
So what is the husband saying now?
The husband is just boasting. Before now, he told the twin sister that he is going to separate her and her sister who was his wife. He doesn’t allow us to come near Osinachi. Since Osinachi got married to him, she has never visited our village, Isuochi in Abia state.
She only visited our village when our father died in 2017.
Even the day they were coming for my father’s burial, as he was speeding, Osinachi told him to please take it easy the was he was driving, the next thing he did was to slap her. It was my little sister, the second to our last born who was with her in the car that told me this. When my little sister wanted to act, Osinachi started begging again and told her to calm down. If I were in that vehicle, I would just have given him his own slap without saying a word.
Osinachi has a very soft heart. Even her twin sister is more courageous than herself.
Now on her sickbed in the hospital, when the twin sister visited, Nwachukwu didn’t allow her to stay with Osinachi. Then Osinachi started begging the husband to allow her sister to stay because she was passing from heart pain, but the man refused.
There, Nwachukwu ordered her out of the hospital. Osinachi then begged the sister to leave hence her husband refused.
What position are you in the family and how many are you?
I am the first daughter of the family and we are six girls and one boy which made us seven.
The boy is the fourth born and he is 30 years old.
Where is Peter from and what does he do?
He is from Nnewi in Anambra State. He doesn’t have any known job to me.
In fact, he ordered my sister to release to him the password of her YouTube music channel and when my sister said no, he spat on her and also told her that the money in his account was finished.
I learnt he is your sister’s manager?
Yes, he acts like one. If my sister is booked for a program, the money charged for the program is paid into his account. He is the one that will negotiate the price.
All monies were paid into his account and my sister will be left with little or nothing. This was somebody that God had lifted up.
He feels that we have nobody because our first son is late, he died before my father died in 2017. So he believes that the only brother I have cannot do anything.
He feels we have nobody to speak for us.
He told us that if Osinachi did not come back alive, she will come back dead.
How did you get the information about your sister’s death?
When my sister died, he didn’t tell us
It was other people that told us about her death. It was one of her friends she contacted to cook jollof rice that called Osinachi’s twin sister to ask if she had heard anything. She said that the time she got to that hospital, she didn’t see Osinachi on her bed. The man did not tell us.
Then, when we put a call across to him, he didn’t pick it up until around 8 pm when he started calling my brother. Meanwhile, we were told that she died in the afternoon but we got the news from other people around 5 pm.
So around 8 pm, Nwachukwu then called my brother that he has never been allowed to come near them. He casually told him that his wife is dead, that he should come.
My brother then asked him, Is it now that he wants him to come to his house.
Nwachukwu also called my mother and said that his wife is late.
My mother now asked him that, so he has fulfilled his promise of killing her? He then switched off his phone.
What’s your mother saying right now?
She only wants to see her grandchildren since her daughter is already gone.
The children have been longing to come but Nwachukwu had never allowed them.
The children do not know their mother’s village except when my father died.
Even when my sister visits Enugu where we live for the program, her flight is always booked back to Abuja on the same day. He doesn’t allow her to come to our house in Enugu.
My mother did not do Omugwo, that is to take care of any of those four children when they were born.
In fact, when Osinachi had her second child, shei called me to tell me that this man wants to kill her. I went there to bring her home. After some time, Nwachukwu came with some people to plead and he was forgiven.
So, after that incident, I don’t know what he did to my sister that whatever he does to her, my sister will not talk. Even if she wants to talk, she will tell outsiders.
How did Osinachi meet Nwachukwu?
It was where they went for a program. Nwachukwu saw how my sister was ministering, he then fell in love with her
Source: Vanguard News Nigeria
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