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PROPHET IKECHUKWU OKAFOR SAMUEL

 

Prophet Samuel, groomed to meet his divine call to the Lord’s vineyard, through the filial and spiritual guidance of his biological parents. After his missionary school went into sojourn for greater knowledge of the Lord’s Kingdom, meets with great men of God; The charismatic clergyman Bishop David Oyedepo of ‘Winners Chapel’ and Prophet TB Joshua of the ‘Synagogue Church of All Nations’, whom he mostly refers to as his spiritual father.

Prophet Ikechukwu Samuel, the founder and general overseer of the ‘Shiloh Word Chapel’ Abuja, is a prolific writer who do not only look like his spiritual father, but act and behaves like the Ondo born Senior Prophet TB Joshua of the ‘Synagogue Church of All Nations’; his service is conducted just like that of TB Joshua and he admits he adorns his relationship with Prophet TB Joshua. He is a cheerful giver that can’t boost of any bank account but sponsors and awards scholarships to the poor and lowly. His ministry started with 70 pioneer members five years ago, and ten people gave their lives to Christ after the launch of the mandate which God gave to His Servant Prophet I.O. Samuel; who would Raise a Generation that will change Nations and possess the land through the acts of faith. The ministry exploded under three months of its formation, changing souls from other religion and faith to Christian faith without stress or pressure; diversities of miracles have been recorded; healings, deliverances and accurate prophecies on weekly basis.

People started to experience financial turnaround with the yoke of barrenness broken forever in their lives. The ministry through its foundation, “Samaritan Foundation”, has the vision of stopping street kids roaming about or hawking in the streets of Nigeria without quality education, giving people shelter, scholarships for quality education and direction for the future of our generation, and assisting the poor widows and the elderly; for there is love in sharing! It was revealed to God’s servant before the starting of the commission that through this ministry, nations would be changed and sicknesses, sorrows and all satanic afflictions would be destroyed by the sound Words of God and signs that would follow the works of the Ministry. Again, God revealed to His servant that through his teachings and prophetic release of blessings, he would raise 1,000 billionaires under fifty-five years of age in few years that would faithfully change this country Nigeria, Africa and the world at large with their financial influence supporting the Kingdom activities to change the world. No one comes across the ministry under few weeks and remains the same spirituall.y, financially, mentally and otherwise. Shiloh Word Chapel ministry, has partners across the globe and they have always been affected positively.

 

 

 

 

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MUHAMMAD ALI THE GREATEST AND A MODERN ICON

 

 

 

Muhammad Ali was a fighter all his life, both in and out of the ring. He initially found fame as a champion boxer, celebrated for his unorthodox ring style and witty talk before, during, and after fights.

 But Ali’s charisma and commitment to social and political causes saw him transcend boxing to become one of the most famous people on the planet, at a time when black people lacked basic civil rights in America. Discover how Ali became a modern icon. Muhammad Ali was born Cassius Clay Jr in Louisville, Kentucky. His father was a sign painter and his mother a part-time cook and cleaner for wealthy families. Although they lived in a middle-class black neighbourhood, Kentucky law enforced a code of racial segregation that precluded black people from using many of the same public facilities as their white neighbours. The indignities forced on Clay and his family, as well as national outrages such as the racially-motivated murder of 14-yea rold Emmett Till in 1955, deeply troubled Clay from an early age.

When Clay was 12 years old, his parents bought him a bike for his birthday. It was stolen while he was at a local fair. Furious, Clay went to report the theft to a local policeman named Joe Martin. Martin was a boxing instructor as well as an officer. As Clay threatened to find and beat up the thief, Martin suggested he learn how to fight before dishing out threats. Martin became Clay’s first trainer. Clay soon won an array of titles on the amateur boxing circuit under Martin’s guidance.

At 18, Clay qualified for the Olympics in Rome. He charmed the world media and proved popular among his fellow athletes. He proved himself in the ring too, winning gold as a light-heavyweight.

 

Clay was famously proud of his medal, wearing it constantly during his stay in Italy and on his return to the United States. He was honoured with a victory parade in his home town of Louisville but was later refused service in a whites-only diner and other public facilities. The segregation laws still applied to him – Olympic champion or not.

Eight weeks after his victory in Rome, Clay won his first professional bout. All the trademarks of his unorthodox style were on display. Clay had immense confidence in his speed and agility, often leaving his guard down and leaning back to avoid punches. Clay’s showmanship was also evident in early bouts, as he dazzled media and fans with his bravado and predicted the round in which his fights would end. He faced tough opponents, including popular Englishman Henry Cooper, who knocked him down with a powerful left hook. But Clay maintained an unblemished ring record. He would soon prove himself against his toughest opponent yet.

Up next was world heavyweight champion Sonny Liston. Liston was the 7-to-1 betting favourite over Clay. Clay caused chaos at the weigh-in, lunging at Liston and yelling as the press looked on in disbelief. Many wrote him off as a madman and Liston was confident his power and experience would be enough to defeat the young upstart. But that night, Clay used deft footwork and impressive hand speed to outpace his opponent, inflicting cuts under Liston’s eyes. After the sixth round, Liston retired claiming an injured shoulder. Clay had beaten the odds to become heavyweight champion of the world.

Speculation about Clay’s religious beliefs had been fuelled by his relationship with black civil rights leader and Nation of Islam member Malcolm X. After defeating Liston, Clay publicly acknowledged he was a member of the religious movement. In March, he was given the name Muhammad Ali by his spiritual mentor, Elijah Muhammad. Ali accepted the group’s controversial doctrine, including a call for apartheid between the races. It made him a pariah in some circles but, for many, he was a symbol of black pride, refusing to play the role of the ‘compliant negro’ in order to gain acceptance from the white establishment.

In 1964, Cassius Clay “shook up the world” by defeating Sonny Liston to become world heavyweight champion. Liston’s loss was put down to overconfidence, injury or a possible mafia fix. The 1965 rematch (with Clay now going by the name Muhammad Ali) was to prove equally controversial. The bout lasted a mere 100 seconds as Liston fell to an Ali punch delivered with such speed, many at ringside missed it. Accusations swirled that Liston ‘took a dive’ to satisfy mafia gambling debts, or in response to Nation of Islam threats. Neither was proven, and opinion remained divided over whether it was a fix.

As war unfolded in Vietnam, Ali received a notice drafting him into the US Army. His next fight would be in a courtroom, rather than a boxing ring. Ali objected to serving in the military because of his religious beliefs. He also referenced the mistreatment of black Americans, saying he refused to co-operate with the US government in oppressing another race of people. He was stripped of his championship, indicted for draft evasion, fined $10,000 and sentenced to five years in prison. But he did not serve time and his conviction was overturned on appeal. At this time, Ali toured colleges and spoke out on various social and political issues.

In 1970, Ali returned to boxing, knocking out Jerry Quarry and Oscar Bonavena. Next up was Joe Frazier, who had become the heavyweight champion.

Frazier and Ali clashed over more than just the title. To Frazier’s dismay, the two men became symbols and proxy warriors for opposing social, political, and religious beliefs. Ali, an outspoken advocate of black self-realisation, dismissed Fraizer in pre-fight interviews as an ‘Uncle Tom’. Their fight at Madison Square Garden was watched by millions of people in America and around the world. Frazier won a unanimous 15-round decision – it was Ali’s first professional loss.

Ali had a chance to reclaim his title in Zaire against a new world champion: the hard-hitting heavyweight George Foreman. Again, Ali entered the ring as a 3-to-1 underdog. But in front of 80,000 fans, he unveiled a new tactic – the ‘rope-a-dope’. Leaning back against the ropes, Ali avoided most punches to the head and absorbed punishing body blows before counter-attacking with straight right hands. In the middle rounds, Foreman tired. In round eight, Ali launched a powerful combination that knocked the champion to the canvas. “Oh my God,” said BBC commentator Harry Carpenter, “he’s won the world title back at 32.”

Ali’s victory over Foreman reinforced his position as the most recognisable person on the planet. His famous fans included Elvis, Bertrand Russell and Nelson Mandela. In an effort to heal rifts caused by the war in Vietnam and racial divisions within the United States, President Gerald Ford invited him to the White House in December 1974. Then, in 1975, Ali abandoned Nation of Islam teachings in favour of orthodox Islam.

He has since declared, “Colour doesn’t make a man a devil. It’s the heart and soul and mind that count.” It had been 21 months since Ali won a low-key rematch against Joe Frazier in New York. Their rivalry stood at one win each. Ali’s womanizing became a sub-plot to the bout after he brought his mistress to a reception at the presidential palace in Manila. Meanwhile, tensions between Ali and Frazier were running higher than ever, as Ali continued to goad his opponent in public.

He branded Frazier ‘a gorilla’. The fight lasted a punishing 14 rounds. Ali prevailed when Frazier’s corner halted the brutal back-and-forth carnage. Ali later described the fight as “the closest thing to death” he’d ever experienced. After Manila, Ali defended his championship six times before his loss to Leon Spinks, a largely untested fighter with seven pro fights to his credit. Seven months later, in September 1978, he defeated Spinks in a rematch to claim the heavyweight crown for an unprecedented third time. After a brief retirement, Ali made an illadvised comeback against Larry Holmes. Ali failed to go the distance and was pulled out of the fight by his trainer after the tenth round. He retired permanently at age 40 with a ring record of 56 wins and five losses.

Ali was not a diplomat but he was enlisted into diplomatic causes by the US government due to his popularity at home and abroad. In 1980, President Carter sent Ali to Africa to gather support for a US-led boycott of the Moscow Olympics. But the mission offended many African leaders and was widely considered to be a diplomatic failure. In 1990, Ali went to Iraq on his own accord to help negotiate the release of American hostages captured after Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait. Fifteen hostages were released, aided by Ali’s profile. In the early 1980s, Ali developed noticeable tremors and slurs in his speech. In 1984, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Ali’s physicians linked his condition to the repeated blows to the head sustained during his boxing career. Ali, however, has stated that he does not believe his condition is caused by boxing. In the ensuing years, Ali became a visible symbol of courage in the face of physical disability and helped raise millions of dollars for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson’s Center.

Throughout his retirement, Ali has devoted himself to humanitarian work and charitable causes. Many of Ali’s most high profile fights were staged in developing countries, partly in a bid to shine a global spotlight on them. He continued to make trips as a goodwill ambassador to troubled nations, such as North Korea and Afghanistan, and delivered $1m of medical supplies to Cuba. In 1990, Ali met Nelson Mandela in Los Angeles, paying his respects to a fellow advocate of civil rights and political freedom

In the summer of 1996, a trembling Muhammad Ali lit the Olympic flame in Atlanta. His appearance generated a worldwide outpouring of love, reaffirming his status as an iconic symbol of tolerance, understanding and courage. In 1999, in acknowledgement of his humanitarian work in impoverished countries, Ali was named a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador. A Hollywood movie starring Will Smith dramatising his life and career was released in 2001. Ali made a number of public appearances to promote the film.

Ali has been the recipient of a myriad of honours, in appreciation of his lifelong fight for civil rights and religious freedoms. In 2005, Ali was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honour that can be bestowed on a civilian in America. Although he did not speak, Ali’s sense of humour was still on full display. When President Bush threw a mock punch at the former champion, Ali twirled a finger round his head to indicate he would be crazy to take him on in a fight. That same year saw the opening of the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, a non-profit museum celebrating Ali’s life and achievements.

Over 50 years after his first attendance at the Olympic Games in Rome, Ali made a poignant return to the world stage. At the 2012 Olympics in London, Ali was designated as an honorary flag bearer. Although his frail physical condition prevented him from carrying the flag, he stood for part of the ceremony with the support of his wife, Lonnie. Ali’s appearance was rapturously received by fans in the packed stadium and around the world. It was a fitting tribute to one of the greats of sporting history whose remarkable life transcended the ropes of the boxing ring.

Muhammad Ali was a legendary boxer and one of the greats of sporting history. His impact was felt far beyond the confines of the boxing ring. He lost some of the best years of his sporting career after refusing, on principle, to fight for America in the Vietnam War. Beyond the ring, he will be remembered for his belief in social justice and support for Black civil rights. Truly a cultural icon, Ali’s passion, skill, intelligence and wit gave him a global appeal unmatched by few, if any, other sporting figures and inspired millions.

 

Louisville says goodbye to its golden son The superlatives had been exhausted; A legend. An inspiration. The fastest. The prettiest. And as he tirelessly, and playfully, pronounced until the bitter end, the Greatest. All that remained was for Muhammad Ali to be laid to rest.

In the somehow fitting setting of the KFC-YUM sports arena named after Kentucky’s second most famous son, Colonel Sanders, an unlikely collection of dignitaries gathered on Friday for an interfaith funeral service, to bid farewell to the greatest sporting personality of his, or any other time, and a man who in his pomp was inarguably the most famous person on the planet. Battered but proud former World Champions, of course. Former president Bill Clinton. Naturally. Black suited, bow-tied emissaries from the Nation of Islam.

We understand. And Billy Crystal – an old and dear friend, apparently. Ali, who spent his later years silenced by the degenerative brain condition Parkinson’s began planning his funeral some years ago, insisting on an open and inclusive service, and more than 18,000 thousand people had gathered to pay their last respects.

“My father wanted it in an arena so everybody can come and be there,” his daughter Laila had said. ‘Trust me, if ten million people come that’s not going to be enough for him. He’s going to be like ‘That’s it?’”

It was a ceremony presided over by a Muslim imam, with a list of speakers that included a Catholic priest, an American Indian chief, and two Rabbis, with eulogies from Mr Clinton, Crystal, Ali’s wife Lonnie, who entered on Mr Clinton’s arm, and two of his daughters, Maryum Ali and Rasheda Ali-Walsh.

On the streets of Louisville, everywhere you looked there was Ali, on posters and signs, the flags at half-mast. On the day his casket was flown into his home, at the Muhammad

Ali Centre, where mourners had gathered, thousands of bees had swarmed, it was said, in nature’s own tribute. In The Freedom Hall, a vast exhibition space, more often used for car and horse shows than Islamic prayer services, some 10,000 had gathered, of all creeds, colours and ages, the mood, as Ali himself had wished, of brother and sisterhood.

“Ali is the property of all people, but never forget he is the product of black people”- Kevin Cosby, Louisville pastor

The chanting had stopped. Now a steel service door cranked open and a procession entered, the coffin, shrouded in a black cloth with gold Islamic lettering, borne on the shoulders of, improbably, the former Cat Stevens and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. The crowd surged forward, twenty deep against the crash barrier, a sea of mobile phones held aloft, as the coffin was placed on a dais, behind a praetorian guard of impassive-faced Kentucky State troopers in grey Stetsons.

After the prayers, a speaker extolled ‘the majesty that was Muhammad, his ‘calming embrace… “He gave us an identity; he inspired us; he built us up. Ali made being a Muslim dignified.

Ali made being made a Muslim relevant. If you are an American, black or white, Ali is part of your history and you should be proud. Ali put the question of whether you could be a Muslim and an American to rest. Let us hope that question is interred with his remains.” The State Troopers stared out into the crowd. At the memorial service in the KFC-YUM centre, the first speaker, a Louisville pastor, Kevin Cosby, spoke of how, in the time of the Civil Rights struggle Ali had embodied the change spoken of by Martin Luther King from ‘nobodyness’ to ‘somebodyness’. “Before James Brown said I’m black and I’m proud, Muhammad Ali said ‘I’m black and I’m pretty’,” said Cosby, the huge crowd responding with the fervour of a tent revival meeting. “Ali is the property of all people, but never forget he is the product of black people.” A few hours before Friday’s memorial service, the funeral cortege – every stretch limo in the state, it seemed, bearing champions: Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson among them - had passed through the streets of Louisville, lined with crowds – black people, all people, chanting his name – ‘Ali! Ali Ali’. An elderly black man stood beside me, cloudy-eyed.

“He is the only man in the whole world that could have people come from all over the world to say goodbye to him. This would make him very happy.”

The courtege drove on, to the Cave Mill Cemetery, a tranquil, sylvan setting in the expensive part of town. Born on the poor side, buried on the rich side, Louisville’s shining son.

 

“Muhammad Ali always said that his life would begin when he left planet Earth,” the elderly man said to me. “He wasn’t afraid of leaving...” His daughter Laila had it differently. “He definitely wouldn’t want to just move on. But we’re not in control. Obviously, God is in control.”

 

 

 

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LEEMON AGBONJAGWE IKPEA - THE ADOLOR OF EWATTO KINGDOM

What a tremendous bolt of lightning created by Mother Nature out of thin air, a fantastic combination of strength and beauty. We’ve seen still photographs of lightning bolts, ferocious in its strength, magnificent in its elegance. And at the moment of impact, it lights up everything around it so you can see everything clearly. It struck at the middle of Africa’s darkest night, in the heart of its most threatening gathering storm (poverty). His power toppled the mighty foes and his intense light shined on Nigeria and Esanland in particular and we were able to see clearly: injustice, inequality, poverty, pride, self-realization, courage, laughter, love, joy and economy freedom for all. He forced us to take a look at our lives, taught us that life is best when you build bridges between people, not walls.

The captain steering the ship of affairs of ALIF (Agbonjagwe Leemon Ikpea Foundation) is a globetrotter and a change agent. A man to watch, great philanthropist and an inspiration to the younger generation of Nigerians, showing that with determination, diligence and passion, their dreams can be achieved and also put to good use for the improvement of the society we live in.

Society Celebration met with this handsome leader full of life and very enthusiastic and eager to succeed in his vision to rid of ardent poverty and lack from the society. He is very relaxed, contented man who is proud of his achievements thus far and re-assured us that he is confident that the flight is on schedule to continue to deliver to HIS people as much as they have a just course.

Hail from Ewatto in Esan North East Local Government Area of Edo State. Raised from a very humble background, his parents had stings of poverty and unable to give quality education to Leemon and his two younger brothers. Chief (Dr)Leeman Ikpea being the eldest child had to do menial jobs to raise money to support his parent’s income. Half way through his Secondary School education, Chief (Dr) Leemon Ikpea, lost his lovely mother who was the bread winner of the family. At this point, things became very difficult and challenging for him, though summed up courage but soon lost his father now left with his siblings to fate and face the life taxing circumstances.

Chief (Dr) Leemon Ikpea grew up in Warri now part of Delta State, but before the sudden departure of his parents, Leemon and his siblings were greatly imparted with strong virtues that could help them overcome the hurdles of life, they were dedicated Christians. He never allowed the poverty stricken circumstances of his background to obstruct his educational pursuit, so he had to struggle through life, doing menial jobs and hawking, among other petty things.

Growing up in life, Chief (Dr) Leemon Ikpea, very serious minded and hard working person knew he would be self-employed and owe his own company one day, with accumulated wealth of experience spanning from several foreign companies both in engineering and construction. When he resigned from the last employment two and a half decades ago, based on his experience he established his own company (Lee Construction and Engineering Oil and Gas company), his dream come true. At this point, lack was now a thing of the past. Lucky Chief (Dr) Leemon Ikpea would always have a referrer to another company each time the foreign company he is working with finishes its contract, because of his good track record. 

His company enjoys very good patronage from multinational establishments like the NNPC, Shell because of the good working relationship he has had with them via the formal companies he worked with. These companies (clients) knew his delivery capabilities so they trusted and build up very good relationship with him, which is still on going.

 

Chief (Dr) Leemon Ikpea soon started to receive awards and tittles world over. He was conferred with an honorary degree of Doctor of Business Administration at the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma. In accepting this award, we are reminded that the good work and philanthropic lifestyle of Leemon Ikpea, continues to inspire generations of people to discover and cultivate their own path to greatness and to use their talents and successes to empower others in communities all over the world. This award allows Leemon’s legacy, to live on through the people he inspire. He also had the highest traditional tittle in his home Town, The Adolor of Ewatto (means the repairer).

 

 

Chief (Dr) Leemon Ikpea, felt it was necessary to always remember his parents who fought for them but never live to enjoy the dividend of their labour by immortalizing them with a foundation that would always give to the needy. The first remembrance ceremony of the parents (Johnson and Ikpea, in their blessed memories) of the Adolor of Ewatto, Chief Leemon Ikpea came up on the 17th of November, 2012 at his country home-Ewatto in Esan North East Local Government Area of Edo State. He also used the event to unveil the Leemon Ikpea foundation.

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HRM ANSLEM ODALOIGHE EDENOJIE II, JP, MFR - THE OJUROMI OF UROMI KINGDOM

 

 

Ever since I can remember, Uromi used to be a bubbling town with lots of commercial activities. Inhabitants of neighbouring towns and villages taking advantage of its busy environment; shop, socializing, busy motor parks where vehicles converge and board taxis to more developed cities. And the only town that could nearly compare favorably with Benin City in this part of our region was Uromi. Also of note is the respect accords any Uromi indigene for their hard work and industriousness.  No wonder, they are addressed as the ‘Ibos of Esan’, power brokers within the region and Nigeria as a whole. 

The history of how Nigeria got her independence would not be complete without a respectful mention of Uromi as a result of the arrow contributions of Chief (Dr) Anthony Enahoro during pre-independence, he influenced the provision of social infrastructures that reflected the level of recognition of sorts to Uromi people. As a result, the tittle of ADOLOR of Uromi Kingdom, was created and conferred on our renowned illustrious son, Chief Anthony Eromonsele Enahoro in his blessed memory, in 1958. History had it that he moved the motion for the Nigeria independence during his days as member of the Federal House of Representative in 1953, thereby placing the people of Uromi kingdom on the world map and international lime light.

When he became a Federal Minister of Information 1967 spanned 1974, he influenced so many infrastructural and essential amenities to the Kingdom of Uromi; including pipe borne water, roads, hospital and electricity. This, according to the people of Uromi, brought so much joy and happiness to the land. So, the then King of Uromi imbibe the spirit of celebrating great achievers while still alive. The attitude of eulogizing and celebrating achievers after death was not a principle he encouraged, so he honoured Chief (Dr) Anthony Enahoro with the chieftaincy title of the ADOLOR of Uromi, (The Repairer of Uromi kingdom) the title he held until he died in December, 2010.

That position has since been vacant and reserved until this time that the Kingdom of Uromi, through the able leadership of the dynamic and pragmatic ruler, HRM Anslem Eidenojie II, MFR, the Ojuromi of Uromi, after rigorous consultation with his chiefs in council, cleared the air about the ADOLOR tittle; “that, ADOLOR title is not hereditary, it is an honorary title and this will mark the second time is being giving out since inception. As the Onojie, “I have the power to bestow to anybody who merits it. It is at the discretion of the Onojie and palace chiefs, known as the Uromi in Council, he said” We came to conclusion that Chief (Dr) Arc. Mike Onolememen deserved the tittle of ADOLOR, we find him very resourceful, reliable, committed and he has contributed immensely to the growth of Uromi and we urge him to continue to do more. He has been found worthy of stepping into the shoes left behind by Chief Dr Anthony Eromosele Enaholo for connecting communities and villages within Uromi and some other parts of Esanland with good roads networks, dualizing the Uromi township roads and lighting up the town with streets light. 

Worthy to mention also is the meritorious service he gave to the nation at different times and capacities between 2006 to 2015. He was with the PTF, Minister of State for Defense and of course the Minister of Works. His performances at the Ministry of Works is still being commended till today even by the current government. The title of ADOLOR of Uromi was conferred on the former Minister of Works, Chief (Dr) Mike Onolememen. The ex-Minister, Chief (Dr) Mike Onolememen expressed joy for the honour done him, thanked the Onojie and Uromi in Council, for the confidence reposed in him and promised to continue to do his best for Uromi community and Nigeria. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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OLAKUNLE CHURCHILL - A PERFECT SECURITY GURU

 

 

Olakunle Oladunni Churchill is an award winning and one of the nation’s highly sought active Security Experts. Through training and preventing critical incidents as an independent Security Expert, at the request of public officials and private entities, Churchill assists in shaping public and private safety standards.

Recognized as a pivotal leader in security change management strategies, Churchill has a proven record of success in implementing strategic programming software policy for both government entities and corporations. He is frequently sought by national media outlets to provide contributing insight on programme software for high tech security. Churchill is a dynamic, forward-thinking security consultant and vulnerability analyst.

Early life

Born in Lagos though parents hail from Abeokuta and Ondo, he grew up in Lagos, attended Akpata Memorial School and Nigeria Navy School, Abeokuta and later went to Abtec World-Wide where he did his HND – BTEC. After receiving a Computer Science bachelor’s degree from the “MET’ University, London, he also studied at the famous American University in Washington. (distance learning) and got his master’s degree in Software Engineering. He was awarded an honorary Ph.D. from the University of Westminster in London. The award was made by the Department of Electronics and Computer Science in recognition of Olakunle Churchill’s, ‘hard work and contribution to industry and public life’. Churchill is the founder and chief technology officer of Big Church Haven Managed Security Solution.

BIG CHURCH HAVEN experts, known and reputed for firewall maintenance, antivirus and intrusion detection systems software. They are experts in scanning multi national’s network for holes and test for speed on the latest vulnerabilities — and know whether or not software patches are available.They know what to do when the corporate servers get hacked, and they know how to stop the attack in its tracks. They also have the gumption to tell you when they cannot handle something, and they can recommend where to go for help.

Olakunle Churchill discusses the evolution of computing, misconceptions about Nigeria, and why having a computing background became a great asset. Through a series of professional achievements, starting with a two-year stint at coporate security firm in the mid 2000s, the Abeokuta native boy now finds himself in the enviable position of chief Executive officer of ‘BIG CHURCH’.

The business arm of Big Church Corporation, which was founded in 2010 and its headquarters in United Kingdom. Now a billion-dollar company, Big Church is a quiet giant, with subsidiaries and more than 500 employees; operations across the United States, United Kingdom of Great Britain, South Africa, Ghana and Nigeria, and interests in a host of industries; including hospitality, health care, oil and gas, mining, farming, transportation, entertainment and more.

What’s most unique about BIG CHURCH is that it’s not only an Abuja native-owned company, but its earnings also directly benefit the thousands of Nigerians - Olakunle Churchill, a philantropist per excellence.

People might ask how an Abeokuta man wound up and now own a global outfit?

I incorporated Big Church in 2010. Prior to that, I spent years working for multi-nationals, crisscrossing the globe. In my second year of travel, I realized that I was missing all the key milestones in my life. A friend I’d worked with had been calling me about coming to work home to establish a company, hence the birth of ‘BIG CHURCH’.

We had all the stereotypes—misconceptions about life in Nigeria. At first, I said no. But then we went to visit, in June 2010, I fell in love with the place I once grew as a “Tom boy”, Nigeria.

You started out on a career track in computing/accounting. What happened?

I grew up and raised by my grand-mother, she had always hoped for an accountant—my first toy was an abacus! Through high school, I took extra lessons in math and accounting to assure my success as a future accountant. My grand-mother’s proudest moment was the day I was accepted into the clerkship program at “Capgemini UK”. For the next two years, I progressed in the programme audit world until my heart was stolen by computing. When I was offered a position at IBM as a business reengineering process specialist, my granny warned that computers were just a fad and that the bubble was bound to burst. I never looked back.

How has your accounting background helped you in tackling IT issues?

It has been an asset for me, as I look at all operations we perform within IT relative to their ability to positively impact the bottom line. I also understand the value of time and project management, with respect to their impact on costs. I maintain very disciplined budgetary controls within our teams and encourage our IT professionals to view operations from a business-centric point of view.

What does a typical day look like for you?

In a corporation with varied businesses, there are no typical days. I may start a morning with a discussion about federal contracting and new infrastructure to support a billion-dollar consolidation of service companies. Noon may be a call with our operations team in Australia, and mid- to late afternoon may be consumed with planning for an enterprise performance-management system with potentially 10,000 users. The day may close out with our hospitality division discussing broadband accesses.

How does being an employee-owned company work out for BIG CHURCH?

 Is it problematic, or is it more successful because the employees have a stake in the business’s success?

BIG CHURCH is a shareholder-owned company that happens to employ some of its shareholders. That’s what differentiates us from other employee-owned businesses. Our shareholder employees are held equally accountable for delivering results by the friends and families who support them in their careers at BIG CHURCH.

The broader BIG CHURCH community functions like one very large and communicative family, with its own culture and natural way of managing through crises.

What do you like best about your job?

I enjoy the fact that no one day is like the other; the diversity of the corporation brings about many exciting challenges and unique solutions. I’m also fortunate to work with an outstanding team of professionals. In many cases, my role is simply to create the conditions in which their sense of innovation and creative genius can flourish.

 

Olakunle Oladunni Churchill is a selfless young hamsome hardworking man, at leisure, he likes to party hard, but luckily and happily married to Tonto Dikeh, Nollywood actress, singer/songwriter, from Rivers State and is of the famous Ikwerre tribe.

 

 

 

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A SELFLESS WOMAN OF HER TIMES - Kifasi Danladi Jerusha

Kifasi Danladi Jerusha is an iconic figure of the late 20th Century. She epitomised feminine beauty and glamour. A graduate of business administration from the University of Jos, Plateau State and does business both locally and internationally. At the same time, she is admired for her ground-breaking charity work, particularly her work with destitute, widows and orphans.

Born into the family of Mr Timothy Ashasim and hail from Kwambai in the then Gongola now Taraba State, Nigeria. She devoted her time to serving the widows and orphans throughout the length and breadth of Nigeria and founded Nungsto Charity Foundation, that earned her several titles and awards. She has become a symbol of charitable selfless work. “It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving.”

Watching T.B.N station alone when she heard a loud voice calling out “orphans, orphans, reach out to them” but when she turned towards the window, there certainly wasn’t anyone around her. She then went to some men of God (pastors) for counseling and same thing was said by all, that it was her calling and ministry to take care of orphans and widows. After much counseling over a period of years, she stood up with courage, “courage is not the absence of fear but the mastery of it”.

However, in 2009, she felt the call of God so strong on her life to help the less-privileged in society. Which she centered on “Pure Religion and undefiled before God, to visit the orphans and the widows in their affliction” James 1:27. She prospered and God established her. She has decided to dedicate the rest of her life to championing the cause of the less-privileged in our society especially orphans, vulnerable children and widows. “Everyone needs to be valued. Everyone has the potential to give something back if only they had the chance.”

Nungtso Charity Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organization has the following objectives: To provide care for orphans and the less privileged children in the society, look after orphans in their affliction and to provide the need for widows. Project 1 family 1 orphan is a child sponsorship program that ensures that orphans and vulnerable children receive education with the provision of school fees, school uniforms, school bags, stationeries, clothing, shoes, soap and medical care in order to actively participate in school activities throughout the year.

It is unfortunate that during this age it has not downed on people that the world is a stage where all men and women are mere players. They have their entrances and exits. One man in his lifetime plays many roles and no matter how good or bad these parts are played, history never fails to accord them the right place in its annals. Such is evident of Mrs Kifasi Danladi Jerusha. She never owned any edifice.

 

She lived with the people, for the people and stay for the people. She never accumulated wealth for himself. “Power is absolutely nothing if your people are suffering.” But for Mrs Kifasi Danladi Jerusha, many graduates and skilled people like Joy today would have been stranded in life. She single-handedly nursed, trained Joy from her orphanage home, and today she saw her through marriage, sponsored the whole entire marriage celebration ceremony.

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