Bishop David O. Oyedepo: The Liberating Power of a Mandated Church

 Sunday, May 8, 2022

Interior of Faith Tabernacle, the 50,000 Capacity Seater  Church Building that holds 4 Services Every Sunday.

Ese Brume who dedicated her medal to Bishop David Oyedepo  is a Nigerian athlete who specializes in the long jump. She is a three-time African senior champion in the long Jump and holds a personal best of 7.17 m She is the African junior record holder in the event and also a five-time African junior champion in athletics. 

Some key Outcomes of the Bishop David Oyedepo Liberation Mandate

The Living Faith Church Worldwide (also known as Winners' Chapel) is a key outcome of the Mandate. As an Evangelical, Charismatic Christian denomination it  has followed clear and definite mandated path to become  a megachurch amongst others . This blossomed into a global network of churches with over 6 million members. That is the population of Lebanon; the equivalent of 0.09% of the total world population. The Mandate has churches  in 147 countries. This did not happen without a worrisome stagnation phase.

How the Exponential Church Growth Began

Bishop Oyedepo gives the history of the exponential Church Growth

Bishop David Oyedepo speaks.’’I have always had a zero tolerance for failure. In my view, there is no excuse under heaven for failure. The Church started in December and by March 1984, the average attendance was about 21. The church was not growing. So, I said,’’No!No!No! The church cannot be growing like this. A full time Ministry? No!’’

I called for a three day fasting and prayer with the staff only. We were all in prayer when I hit the explosive revelation on the mystery of church growth. The Lord said to me, ‘’Get up!’’. Then I stood up, and He said,’’Come with me’’. I followed Him.

‘’I followed with Him towards the stream at the southern part of the church location(where we later put up the grass Cathedral).

‘’As we approached the end of the road, He said to me, ‘’Turn back now’’. And I did, and He opened my eyes to see a thick layer of darkness spread over the roof of the church building! It wasn’t an illusion, I wasn’t guessing either, it was real!

Then God said to me, ‘’That is the blindfolding weapon that the devil is using to misrepresent my work in this church’’.

‘’I immediately, I came against it, with the light of God in me, quoting the whole of John Chapter one verses 1-5.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

The same was in the beginning with God.

All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

‘’I challenge you powers of darkness with the light of God’’. I thundered, ‘’Jesus will build His Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.’’

‘’I was challenging the forces of darkness from Matthew 16:18. Then I saw the thick darkness rolled away, like one would roll up a carpet, as I continued to speak in tongues’’

After that, God spoke to me again, ‘’When I came to the world, it took someone to tell another, ‘Come and See’’.He made me to understand that people needed to know what He was doing in this church. So, ‘’So tell them to come and see’’,(John 1:46), He instructed.

Thereafter, we embarked on a ‘’ Come and See’’ outreach. We made ‘’Come and See’’ tracts, on which we printed a diagram of the location of the church in the city. We also let the people know what Jesus was doing in our midst in testimonies, and what to expect when they come. Then, we embarked on going out and distributing the tracts.

During the same encounter, God also said to me;

‘’ To see the church grow and to keep it growing keep sowing the seed and and as the grass grows, the sheep will come for it. Keep the grass green and the sheep will lie down there…’’for He maketh me to lie down in green pastures’’. Psalm 23:2

‘’What then is the seed?’’ I asked.

And God said, the seed is the Word of God, ‘’ Now the parable is this, the seed is the Word of God…’’(Luke 8:11). That is, by engaging ‘’Life applicable teachings and keeping it fresh, the sheep will lie down there’’.

When God speaks, I’m privileged to know it.This was what prompted my weekly seminars that lasted for 16 weeks-between March and July 1984.

Some of those seminar teachings were later published as books. These titles include The Law of Faith, Keys to Divine Protection, Keys to Answered Prayers, Keys to Divine Health, etc.(Contact)

It was a real divine visitation. There was such a rain of the  Word of God that the people were taking notes as though they were in a classroom.

A normal Church Service is like a University Class where listeners take notes

The Living Faith Church International is a Ministry Driven by Mandates, like Jesus Christ Who followed His Mandate, '' How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.''

8 key  Mandates

1. The Publishing Mandate

This was delivered in the early hours of 14th  February, 1983. God told him, ‘’The word I have put in your mouth, the same commit into writing and I will cause the same unction upon the spoken word to rest on the written word bringing about the same effect’’

This led to the establishment of the Dominion Publishing House(DPH) which published  … titles as solutions to  major human challenges, edify and boast the faith of the saints.

2. The Education Mandate

Covenant University, Ota

13‘’ Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven’’ Matthew 5:13-16.

12 Nigerian Celebrities Who Studied At Covenant University, Ota.

1. EmmaOhMaGod

EmmaOhMaGod is one of the fast rising comedian in Nigeria known for his comedy skits online. He is an Online sensational that does a video mix of top Celebrity’s song or songs that is reigning at the instance.

 He is a musician, male actor, MC, a presenter, a producer. Emma has created a nice niche in comedy that is making him famous.

 His real name is Emmanuel Edunjobi and he hails from Ogun State in Nigeria. Born into a wonderful family as the last child in six children.

 He was trained in Primary and Secondary School and did not just end there. Emma is a Graduate of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in Covenant University.

 He is an Instrumentalist that can play the Guitar, Piano and percussion. Despite being an Engineer yet he is making cash as a comedian. Instagram is a medium where he came to Limelight. With some of his works like Teletubbies in Ibadan, Davido’s Aye remake and Chris Brown in Ojuelegba. This comedian is really thrilling his fans. Emma is a presenter for EbonyLife TV and also the CEO of OhEmGee Ltd.

 2. Erica Nlewedim

Erica Nlewedim is a Nigerian female actor and commercial model who participated in the 2020 BBNaija Season 5 show, tagged “Lockdown” as one of the housemates.

 Erica Ngozi Nlewedim, who hails from Arochukwu, Abia state, was born on March 13, 1994. She is also the founder of Beluxia Hair. Ngozi is the only child of her parents and attended Convenant University where she earned a degree in business administration.

 Her modeling career began at the tender age of 17 from her school days but was not able to do much due to the strict regulations of the University. Her big break came after her graduation when she modeled for Nature’s Gentle Touch. She has also modeled for huge brands such as Zaron Cosmetics Nigeria, Stanbic IBTC Bank, and Jumia.

 In 2014, she contested for the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MGBN)beauty pageant as Miss Kogi State and although she didn’t win the competition, she gained a lot of popularity and soon became a public figure.

 As an actress, Erica has starred in a few commercials for Diamond Bank, Hollandia Yogurt, Peak Milk and MyZoto App, where she played lead roles in short 30-second commercials. This endeavor eventually landed her starring roles with the likes of Alex Usifo in “Poka Messiah,” a MAK VEE Production and directed by Nollywood’s seasoned actor/director Ernest Obi.

 3. Bimbo Ademoye

Bimbo Ademoye is a fast growing Nigerian female actor, model and television personality.

 She was born on the 4th of February, 1991 in Lagos to the family of Mr. and Mrs. Adekunle Ademoye. She had her up-bringing in Lagos State.

 Bimbo had her primary education at St. Margaret’s Primary School, Ikorodu, Lagos and secondary education at Mayflower Secondary School, Ikenne, Ogun State. After obtaining her first and secondary school certificates respectively, she went to Covenant University to have a degree.

 Bimbo Ademoye kick-started her acting career in 2014. She acted her first movie “Where Talent Lies”. The film was very successful and shot her to fame and recognition in Nollywood. The same movie earned her accolades from the Africa International Film Festival.

 She has since acted a number of movies, some of which include Its About Your Husband, The Family, Girlfriends, Kamsi, Getting Over Him, Light in the Dark, Desperate House Girls, Personal Assistant, Gone among others.

 She describes Uduak Isong as her mentor, who has played a valuable role in making her what she is today in the entertainment industry.

 Bimbo Ademoye is creative, skillful and highly talented Nollywood actress. She is good at interpreting movies and can as well accept any character assigned by movie directors and producers in the industry. She is indeed an awesome character to watch in Nollywood movies.

 4. Ini Dima-Okojie

Ini Dima-Okojie was born on June 24th in Lagos, Nigeria, into an Edo family. She is an  investment banker turned female actor.

 Ini comes from a very close-knit family in which she is the last of four children. She has always gravitated towards the arts since being a child but was also quite reserved and shy. According to her, she had a fun-filled childhood. She grew up in Lagos and attended Air Force Primary School and Air Force Comprehensive School for her elementary and post-elementary education respectively. She later went to Covenant University where she studied international relations.

 Upon graduation, Ini became an investment banker and was always been good with numbers and finance. She found herself in an investment banking firm called Cardinal Supreme Partners where she worked for a while.

 After quitting her job as an investment banker, Dima pursued her passion by attending the New York Film Academy and Become A Host Academy in Los Angeles, California to get professional skills. She came back to Nigeria in 2014 and that was how her journey in Nollywood began. She first appeared as Feyisayo Pepple in the TV series “Taste Of Love”. Other movies and TV series includes: Desperate Housewives Africa, Taste of Love, It’s Her Day, North East, A Bone To Pick, among others.

 The stunning actress has a huge crush on an Australian actor, Chris Hemsworth. Although not married, she has notified the world of who her ideal man is. She said, “My ideal man must be someone that is kind, God-fearing, understanding and most importantly, someone that communicates. These are traits that stand out for me.”

 She was nominated for best actress in a supporting role at the 2017 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.She also received another nomination for Most Promising actress at City People Movie Awards in 2017. In 2017, she was nominated for The Future Awards prize for acting.

 5. Bukola Oladipupo

Bukola Oladipupo, born May 23, 1994, is a Nigerian female actor who debuted on MTV Shuga.

 Oladipupo was born in London but educated in Lagos. She has four siblings. She studied information systems at Covenant University and also studied drama in other courses. She successfully auditioned for MTV Shuga in 2015 where she was given what became the continuing role of “Faa”. In 2015 she also appeared in the first season of Indigo, Inevitable and The Other Me. In 2017 she appeared in the film Missing as the secretary playing herself.

 She puts her success down to the media mogul Mo Abudu who taught her to have self-belief.

 6. Mimi Onalaja

Mimi Onalaja, born 25 September 1990, is a Nigerian female actor, model, television personality and writer. She is the host of ‘ The Future Awards Africa ‘. Mimi also hosted the ELOY awards in 2016. Mimi joined EbonyLife TV, an entertainment television station in 2014.

 Mimi Onalaja was born in Lagos to Nigerian parents. She hails from Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State . Mimi had her Secondary School education at Queen’s College, Lagos, before proceeding to Covenant University , Ota, Ogun State, where she completed her bachelor’s degree in International Relations. In 2013, Mimi completed a Diploma in Acting for Film from the New York Film Academy.

 Mimi is a TV host who produces and host TV shows at EbonyLife TV. She is the host of ‘Game Show’ and ‘Play to Win’. Prior to joining EbonyLife TV in 2014, Mimi worked at Nemesia Studios as a production manager. In addition to being a TV host, Mimi is also a Fashion personality and she has a column on ‘Style Vitae’.

 As an actress, Mimi is known for her role in the 2020 movie, Smart Money Woman and Shades Of Love Edit (2018).

 7. Akah Nnani

Akah Nnani is a fast rising Nigerian male actors, tv presenter and YouTuber born in the Eastern part of Nigeria.

 Akah obtained a Bachelors degree in Mass Communication from Covenant University.

 He started his career in the entertainment industry in 2014.

 He is a host on TVC’s Entertainment Splash, where he has been able to interview a number of African celebrities both in the music and film industry.

 Akah has played lead roles in several MNET movies and also a lead actor in Ndani TV Online web series “One Chance” as launched in July 2015. He also appeared on Africa’s number one lifetime tv series “Tinsel”.

 Akah has also worked with A-list actors across the country such as Sola Fosudo, Gloria Young, Tunjo Sotimirin, Shaffy Bello, Ricardo Agbor and many others.

 Akah’s talent is not only limited to TV and media, he has also been in theatre productions. He is one of the major character in ‘Heartbeat the Musical’ which was said to be the best Nigerian theater production of 2016.

 He has starred in numerous movies such as Lara the Beat, The Royal Hibiscus Hotel, Banana Island Ghost and so on.

 Akah Nnani has got numerous nominations such as Best Actor in a Supporting role at Africa Movie Academy Awards and The Future Awards Africa Nigeria prize for Acting.

 8. Etinosa Idemudia

Etinosa Idemudia is a Nigerian female actor, a social media influencer, film maker and internet celebrity.

 She is best known for her online comedy skits which she began producing and sharing, first on her instagram channel featuring various Nollywood actors including Daniel K Daniel. She is also known for her break-out role as Amanda in the sitcom Chairman and her first feature film production The Washerman, which after the release of its trailer, experienced massive anticipation from her fans. On 16 March 2019, Etinosa appeared nude on MC Galaxy’s live video which sparked controversy.

 Etinosa Idemudia was born in Warri, Delta State, Nigeria to Sylvester and Patricia Idemudia. She had her primary and secondary education at Victory International School, Warri; Cambridge International School, Warri; and Igbinedion Education Centre, Oka, Benin City, Edo State. She proceeded to Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, from where she holds a degree in Computer Engineering. She also holds a Diploma in Performing Arts from the Royal Art Academy, Lagos.

 Preceding her incursion into the film industry, Idemudia worked as a Construction/Planning Engineer with an Engineering company. Idemudia gained wide recognition for her online comedy skits via instagram, and made her screen debut in a minor role in the 2016 film, ‘’A Little White Lie’’. Idemudia is notable for ‘’Losing Control’’ (TV Series, 2016), ‘’Adventures of Etinosa’’ (Web Series, 2016), ‘’How to Die in An African Home’’ (Web Series, 2016), ‘’Bradford Mansion’’ (2016), ‘’Ajuwaya’’ (2017), ‘’Alter Ego’’ (2017), ‘’Stormy Hearts’’ (2017), ‘’Mentally’’ (2017), ‘’Love in the Wrong Places’’ (2017), ‘’Corper Shun’’ (TV Series, 2018), ‘’The Chairman’’ (TV Series, 2018), ‘’Sunshine’’ (2018), and ‘’The Blindspot’’ (2018).

 In 2018, Idemudia starred and made her debut as a film producer in ‘’The Washerman’’ (2018).

 9. Ayoola Ayoola

Ayoola Ayoola is a popular Nigerian male actor, speaker, and singer. The musician to prominence when he won the fifth season of Project Fame West Africa, a popular reality TV show, in the year 2012.

 Ayoola has played significant roles in various web series and movies such as Skinny Girl In Transit, The Men’s Club, If I Am President, Isoken, and Everything In Between.

 The celebrity was born on January 12, 1987. Ayoola Ayolola state of origin is Kano, Nigeria, but he moved to Lagos to build his career.

 While not much is known about the Ayoola Ayolola family, it is known that he is the first of five children.

 Ayo attended two primary schools in Kano State, and for his secondary school education, he attended Crescent International School, Kano, and Binta International School, Ejigbo Lagos State.

 The actor studied Biochemistry at Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State.

 The star rose to prominence when he won the fifth season of Project Fame West Africa, a popular reality TV show, in 2012. As a result, he was gifted a car, 2.5 million Naira cash price, and a year recording deal.

 The celebrity previously participated in Nigerian Idol, a singing contest, but he was evicted in the first round after making the final 12.

 In 2015, he joined acting and suspended his musical career. Since then, he has been featured in many films.

 ome of Ayoola Ayolola movies are 2015 – Fifty as MC, 2017 – Isoken as Seye, 2017 – Little Drops of Happy as Femi Ojo, 2017 – Ever After as Akin, 2018 – If I Am President as Zinachi Ohams, 2019 – The Bling Lagosians as Yoruba Demon, 2019 – The Set Up as Bamidele Esho, 2020 – Ojai as The Professor.

 10. CHIKE

Chike-Ezekpeazu Osebuka, born 28 January 1993, popularly known by his stage name CHIKE is a singer, songwriter and male actor known for his participation on the Nigerian reality competition Project Fame West Africa in 2015 and also in the talent competition TV show The Voice Nigeria Season 1 finishing runner-up on the show. Chike is an ambassador for Airtel Nigeria. Chike made his acting debut as Mayowa Badmus on the Africa Magic Showcase telenovela Battleground.

 Chike is a native of Onitsha, Anambra State in Nigeria. He comes from a family of four children. He is a graduate of Covenant University with a degree in Computer Engineering. He comes from a musically talented family which influenced his decision to pursue a career in music.

 CHIKE started his music career in 2009 after winning an award as the vocalist of the year in his high school.

 Chike began his career and became well known after being a contestant on Project Fame West Africa. He was eliminated after reaching top 10.

Chike auditioned for The Voice Nigeria with a rendition of “Roses” from the UK The X Factor winner James Arthur , with all four coaches turning their chairs and standing up for him.

 Patoranking called him a star and said he was going to make him a superstar. Waje acknowledged him as her missing piece by saying “I dont have anybody on my team that sounds like you”. He chose to be on Team Patoranking.

 After The Voice Nigeria, Chike was signed to Universal Republic along with the other top four contestants on the show. He released his debut single Fancy U in December 2016 under the Universal Republic, and its music video in early 2017. Chike was also made an ambassador for Airtel Nigeria along with the other seven finalists of The Voice Nigeria.

 In April 2017 it was confirmed that Chike had been cast by Africa Magic to play the role of Mayowa Badmus, a rich egocentric spoilt but clever son of the patriarch, Kolade Badmus in a new Family drama series called Battleground . In November 2017 he departed Universal Republic becoming an independent artist. He then released his next single titled “Beautiful People” in February 2018. Chike released his album titled Boo of the Booless containing 14 tracks. It became the most listened to and number 1 album on 19 February 2020.

 11. Simi

Simisola Bolatito Ogunleye, born April 19, 1988, professionally known and referred to as Simi, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and female actor. Simi started her career as a gospel singer, releasing her debut studio album in 2006 titled Ogaju. Her career came into spotlight in 2014 after she released “Tiff”, a song which was nominated in two categories at The Headies 2015. Simi is currently signed to X3M Music.

 Simi was born in Ojuelegba, a suburb of Surulere, as the last of 4 children. In an interview she granted to Juliet Ebirim of Vanguard Newspaper, Simi revealed that she grew up as a tomboy before the separation of her parents when she was 9. She is an alumnus of Covenant University where she studied Mass Communication.

 Simi grew up dancing and singing as a member of her local church’s choir until she wrote her first song at the age of 10. Her professional musical career started in 2006 following the release of her debut album titled Ogaju which contained songs like “Iya Temi” and “Ara Ile” with the entire musical production from Samklef.

 In January 2014, Simi released an EP titled Restless which gained her new grounds and further earned her a record deal with X3M Music. The EP contains a 5-track cover of popular songs by international acts like Rihanna’s “Man Down” and Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain”.

 In 2015, Simi won the “Most Promising Act to Watch” category at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. In an interview with Leadership Newspaper, Simi said she is working on her sophomore album scheduled to be released in 2016. Upon the release of a single titled “Jamb Question” which later featured Falz in the remix, Simi was listed as one of the artistes to watch out for in 2016 by NotJustOk.

 Simi married singer Adekunle Gold in a private wedding ceremony on January 9, 2019. It was later revealed that they had been dating for five years. Simi became a mother for the first time on the 30th of May 2020 when she gave birth to her daughter Adejare.

 12. Baaj Adebule

Baaj Adebule is a Nollywood male actor from Nigeria. He is also a model and a film maker. He hails from Ogun State in Western Nigeria and is the last child of his parents.

 A graduate of economics from Covenant University, he has appeared in several Nollywood films since 2010 when he started his career. The onset of his career was when he featured on Mnet’s TV series Tinsel, and has furthered his career in acting by featuring in many other movies and TV series like Studio, Deadline, A Perfect Plan, Happy Family, Two Sides of a Coin, Honeymoon Hotel, Four Crooks and a Rookie, Heaven’s Hell, Lekki Wives Season 3, 7 Inch Curve in addition to others.

 He home-schooled after featuring in the TV series Tinsel, by watching, acting and training himself with videos and write-ups from the internet. He aims to build his career and improve each day on his skills. He also wants to inspire and motivate the future generations of actors with his work.

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 3The Posterity Mandate

'' And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.'' Genesis 45:7

4. WOFBI Mandate- May 1983

The Bishop takes the lead in Introducing 3 Day Specialised Word of Faith Bible Institute

 In those early days in May 1983, a Minister friend of mine and I were ministering to the Lord in fasting and prayers, when the Holy Ghost spoke clearly:

‘’I will, through this Ministry, raise the foundation of many other Ministries.’’

The Mandate was clear: ‘A training scheme is to be put in place in the Ministry.

 On the 26th of August 1987, I was away in Tulsa, USA, on a mission trip to speak at some conferences. One early morning, the Holy Ghost said to me, ‘Arise get back home and make my people rich’.

That  Mandate was so strange to me that I began to ask myself what I had to make anyone rich, then the Holy Ghost brought me the answer from the Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians,’’…as poor, yet making rich; as having nothing, and [yet]possessing all things’’ 2Corinthians 6:10

This is why I have always said, I am neither a preacher nor a teacher of prosperity, I am actually a messenger of prosperity.

Welcome to WOFBI
Winners International, Luton

5. The Lagos Invasion Mandate

Living Faith Church, Raji Oba, Lagos

In the early hours of July 19, 1989, while in the bathroom, the Lord spoke to me unequivocally, ‘Arise, get down to Lagos and raise Me a people was so ‘troubled’ by this voice that by 2pm of the same day, I had to dispatch a staff to Lagos in search of facilities for the Church offices,staff housing, etc. Then I had rest.

6. Signs and Wonders Mandate

Testimony: 9 Years barrenness terminated

On 29th June, 1992, God declared the following:

It’s time for change!

Prepare yourself for the imminent change of phase I have talked about over the years.

It is the era of signs and wonders!

It’s a new dimension of a higher order!

Begin to declare a total war against the kingdom of darkness; proclaim liberty, emphasize power and step into the realm of the anointing.

Usher in this new era with me!

It’s time for the restitution(replacement/restoration) of all things, which the mouth of the Lord has spoken!(Acts 3:20,21)

It’s time to administer the forces of the spirit that will enable the Saints to take up their inheritance in Christ.

I am launching you into the Apostolic phase of your  ministry for pace- setting. Therefore, ‘’walk before me and be thou perfect’’ and I will perform every word of mine in your direction.

I open up the dates of nations to you today!

Countless others give God glory for diverse testimonies

7. The Canaanland Mandate- December 21, 1995

Aerial view of Canaanland

We serve a humorous God. Just about two weeks to the dedication of the Winners Complex, precisely on December 21, 1995, the Spirit of the Lord said to me,

‘I will yet relocate my Church to her Rehoboth, a place of her enlargement’.

Strange it was to me, ‘this beautiful complex will be dedicated on the 30th of December and here is God saying, ‘’I will yet relocate my church’’. However, with the grace for prompt response to divine instruction, I called on some individuals to begin a search for any parcel of land that will not be less than a hundred acres.

On a particular day in January 1997, while driving down to check the land, I began to wonder where we were going. I became upset,’why must we come this far to build a church?’ But we were in a convoy of vehicles so it was difficult to ask to make a U-turn, but when we eventually got here, I asked that we pray and thank God, and as we prayed, I heard the Spirit of God say, ‘This is the place’.

There was no council decision; no council from any man could have prevailed to bring us to this place. But thank God, it is His appointed place for this global ministry and it shows.

8. The Covenant University Mandate- February 12, 2002

The Senate Building, Covenant University

How it was confirmed as God’s University.

Having been close to a church that is involved in running a University and the enormous demand that comes along with it, I was not excited as others when the license for Covenant University was issued on 12th  February 2002 by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

I went into my hotel room after the ceremony and said to the Lord, thank you for this license but I don’t need a University because I am not going to school any more. If it not your University,  tell me now and I will tear this certificate. Then the Spirit of the Lord said to me, ‘IT IS I’. 

This was all the confidence I needed to pursue this demanding vision. The God of speed stepped in and within 7 months of intense construction, all the facilities required for the take off of the University was in place. The Faculty Building, which is the largest building in the University, two halls of residence with combined capacity for 1,500 students, two blocks of staff housing, road network and power, water supplies all was set within 7 months.

Then came 21st October, 2012, and Covenant University opened her doors to her pioneer students. The church, the pioneer staff and students gathered to dedicate the divine project. After we declared the University opened, we danced from the University’s main gate to the central core of the University roundabout and as we got back to the main gate to round up the event, the Spirit of the Lord said to me, ‘hand it over to me’, then I said,’but how?’

He then said to me, ‘lie down flat on the ground and hand it over to me and I will take over.’

It sounded like an odd instruction; the students were gathered with their parents, faculty and staff and the church members were present and there was God asking me to lie down flat on the floor without regard for the heat. But I heard Him so I did exactly what He said and from that day, no heat of any form has been felt by the church or the Board of Regents, including myself, in the running of Covenant University.

Considering the Mandate as the main driver the Global Church Administrative Structure in regard to Proverb 24:3,4,’’Any enterprise is built by wise planning, becomes strong through common sense, and profits wonderfully by keeping abreast of the facts’’, has a Mandate Secretary whose criteria for eligibility is high level spirituality(Numbers 27:18; Acts 6:3;1 Timothy 3:6). He shall serve as Chief of Staff to the President, head of Administration in the Presidency, and the clearing house for the President on all administrative matters and issues arising from some specific  key departments and units.

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