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Friday, 16 May 2014

Photos: Kelly Rowland's Silent wedding To Tim Witherspoon

Kelly Rowland and Tim Witherspoon announced their engagement last December, and has been silently making their wedding preparations. The couple tied the knot in a very small and private way in Guanacaste, Costa Rica on May 9th, they were surrounded by close families and friends. Beyounce and sister Solange were said to be there. Phones and cameras were reportedly banned at the venue but Radaronline was able to get shots. Guess they have rights…  More...

Grieving Mother Aisha Falode Releases Statement On Son's Murder

Aisha & son

I've seen this story somewhere before but didn't read or pay any attention to it. but after going through the account today, I couldn't help but feel sad about the situation. some of you must have heard about the it, but for those of you that haven't, please go through the the statement of this grieving mother and give your voice..

Oloruntoba Oluwadamilola, the 19-year old son of ace broadcaster, Aisha Falode, died on Saturday, 15 February 2014, and was buried amidst tears, Monday, March 3 in Lagos. And ever since then, his grieving mum has been fighting to make sure her son gets the justice he so deserves.

Here's a press statement she just released:


I am Aisha Falode, Mother of 19 year old Toba Falode. I’m giving the following statement as fact in the unfortunate death of my son. Oluwadamilola Oloruntoba Falode, who was a student of SAE Institute, Dubai in the UAE admitted to study Audio Production in October, 2013 and resided on the 17th floor of Manchester Towers, Dubai Marina. More...

Photos: Ciara Spottted Jogging With Her Baby Bump

Dancer and Singer Ciara looks really active with her pregnancy as she jogs with her friend. More

Tuface Idibia Graces The Covere Of OK! Nigeria Magazine's May Edition

Tuface is on the cover of OK! Nigeria Magazine’s may edition. In this new edition, he spoke about music, marriage and having a new baby in the house and also corrected the believe that all entertainers love light skinned women. part of the interview after the cut. 

Birthday Message From TeeBilz To His Seven Year Old Daughter

TeeBillz’ daughter who was a year older 14th May got a long and touching letter from her dad. TeeBillz took to his IG page and wished her a happy birthday with a message saying life isn’t fair, but he is happy she has got a good mom...

"Happy Birthday To Daddy Dearest..............Seven years ago when I held you, I looked into your eyes and my life forever changed. I held you close and all I saw was me being reborn. The greatest feeling ever was what I felt looking into your eyes, I knew you are a Treasure from above...

Can't really describe the warm memories, The pride and Gratitude that came upon me that day. Kissing you for the first time, my heart got melt....I remember changing your diaper with joy, when you started crawling, your first set of teeth, the first time I saw you walking, it looked as if the nature was dancing.     More Notes....

Wonder-kid Ozzy Bosco and Mum Tells Their Success Story

Seven-year-old Oziomachukwu Favour Mojekwu (popularly known as Ozzy Bosco Wonderkid), has achieved an unbeatable record in the Africa’s entertainment industry. He is currently making his way into the Guinness Book of World Records for his incredible strides in Africa music industry. He and his mother, Chief Elizabeth Nonye Mojekwu, bare it all to NEWTON-RAY UKWUOMA in this interview.
As a mother, how would you describe Ozzy Bosco?
He is a multi-talented, vibrant, intelligent and kind child. Ozzy Bosco is versatile. We call him a teacher’s teacher. Just mention a subject once to him and he would tell you more about it than you think he knows.
Do you think that showbiz is right for him?
People ask me this question and I tell them that it is just like me saying why did you allow your child to play football? It has its own risks. Why do you allow your child to be a pilot? Every business in this world has its own risk. So, when a child is young, you catch him or her young. I mean teach them the way of the Lord.
We are also packaging this boy to be religious and to be very kind. When you do what you are supposed to do as a parent, you leave the rest for God. It is the Almighty God that puts him where he is in the first place; that put so much talent in one single child. I have no doubt He will see him through in his career. More....

Monday, 5 May 2014

Big Brother The Chase Housemate Elikem Proposes To Girlfriend Pokello @ GMA

Now this is so romantic! It takes guts to be able do this in not just any public function, but the public function filled with stars and celebrities.

Ghanaian housemate of Big Brother Africa (The Chase), Elikem proposed to his girlfriend Pokello during the Ghanaian Music Awards.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Photos From Genevieve Nnaji Birthday Party Yesterday

Genevieve celebrated her birthday with friends and family yesterday. As an Amstel Malta ambassador, she received gifts and a unique branded cake from the the brand team.
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Friday, 2 May 2014

Photos: Tiwa Savage and Tee Billz At Dr. Sids Birthday Yesterday

Newlyweds Mr and Mrs Balogun was recently spotted at the birthday bash of musician Dr. Sid, which took place yesterday with lots of friends and families of the celebrant.
The couples returned from their short honeymoon at Dubai where their wedding also took place.

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Photos From The Scene Of Yesterday Bomb Blast At Nyanya, Abuja

photo - Security Operatives, Policemen Inspect Scene of Abuja Explosion

Yesterday, the 1st of May 2014, around the hours of 8pm another bomb blast occurred at Karshi taxi park Nyanya in Abuja, close to the same location where about 70 people where killed in the previous bomb blast on April 14th.
According to reports, a white volkswagen car filled with explosives, parked and exploded in the middle of the road full of people. As of now about 30 people are reported dead.
How long will this gruesome act continue? This is seriously getting out of hand.
It has to end.
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Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Beautiful Photos Of Kanu Nwankwo and Family

Kanu Nwankwo and family at Pinky Amarachi christening in London.

Retired footballer Kanu Nwankwo is not only a star on the football field, but also a star together with his family.
Kanu Nwankwo who got married in 2004 has two handsome sons and one cute daughter.
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Angela Theft Scandal: Prince Eke And Prosper Tells Their Own Side Of The Story

Prince Eke, Angela Okorie and Prosper

My last post yesterday was of Nollywood actress Angela Okorie as she gives her side of the story of how she was blackmailed and prisoned in South Africa because she refused to give in to sexual advances by Prosper, and how she planned on getting even with Muma Gee's husband Prince Eke for being part of the reason she was arrested Read it here.
So today, Prince Eke and Prosper revealed their side of the story, Prosper said Angela really stole $3.200 from him, that they were lovers and Angela moved in with him when she got to South Africa. Prosper and Prince actually reached out to blogger Linda Ikeji to recount their story. its confusing now, because we don't know who is telling the truth and who's not. Let's wait and see what comes up next.

Read Prince Eke side of the story....

"Mid last month, Angela Okorie called me help her shoot a movie in South Africa. My wife (Muma Gee) was due to give birth but because of the respect I have for her, I agreed to do the movie. It was her own movie called Ada Abakaliki but she also wanted me to act in another movie being produced by a guy named Ikenna in South Africa which she was also supposed to feature in. It was her movie and she was the one inviting me to South Africa so yes she's supposed to pay for my flight and accommodation because I had no other reason to be there. We arrived South Africa on Monday. She wanted me to stay with her friend but I told her I would rather stay in a hotel that I wasn't comfortable staying in someone's house. She put me in one hotel but I didn't like the place. She paid for a guest house and she asked me to stay with her there but I refused, telling her that she's a married woman and I am a married man, that I wasn't comfortable staying with her.


Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Accused Actress Angela Okorie Tells Her Own Side Of The Story Regarding The Theft Scandal In South Africa

Angel and Prince Eke in South Africa days before the scandal

News has been filtering Nollywood recently that actress Angela Okorie was involved in a theft scandal in South Africa. which got her arrested and detained and reprimanded for 24 hours by the South African police before her release.
The actress was in South Africa with Muma Gee's husband to shoot a movie called "Nwa Abakaliki"
Angela debunked the theft case in an interview with Yes magazine stating that it was a case of blackmail, and promised to get even with Prince Eke who, according to her, was instrumental to her arrest.

Read her story below, with photos of her and Muma Gee's husband Prince Eke in South Africa.

More stories plus photos after the cut....

Photos: Yvonne Nelson Shines On The Cover Of Y! Africa's Magazine

Ghana Star actress Yvonne Nelson tagged Queen Of The Coast as she grace the cover of Y! Africa magazine.

Y! Africa magazine unveiled its first cover lastweek featuring Africa's youngest billionaire Ashish J. Thakkar, founder of the Mara Group and the Mara Foundation, the 32-year-old from Uganda shared his inspiring story of surviving his environment and building a global business.

This week, the magazine issued it's second cover featuring actor, producer and serial entrepreneur Yvonne Nelson. Yvonne talks about her work, her business, her vision for the creativity industry, and her plans for the future.

More photos after the cut....

Monday, 28 April 2014

Kim Kardashian and Husband to be Kanye West Graces The April Issue Cover Of Vogue Magazine

The famous couple graces the cover of Vogue Magazine beautifully which also features their daughter in a cool family package.
Kim was ecstatic about it, she posted,
"this is such a dream come true!!! thank you @VogueMagazine for this cover! O M GGGGGG!!! I can't even breathe!"
Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour explained why Kim Kardashian and Kanye graces the April Issue
She posted:
"Part of the pleasure of editing Vogue, one that lies in a long tradition of this magazine, is being able to feature those who define the culture at any given moment, who stir things up, whose presence in the world shapes the way it looks and influences the we see it. I think we can all agree on the fact that that role is currently being played by Kim and Kanye to a T. (or perhaps that should be a K?)"

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Saturday, 26 April 2014

Photos From President Goodluck Jonathan's Daughter's Marriage

The beautiful smiling bride
                                                                                           wedding cake... awesome!

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Rihhanna Covers Vogue Brazil Magazine

Rihanna, a capa da Vogue Brasil para maio de 2014 (Foto: Mariano Vivanco)
Rihanna covers Vogue Brazil May 2014 Issue.
"It was the best shooting I've ever done" said Rihanna after photo shoot session which came to end in January.
Rihanna in Vogue Brazil in May 2014, in a photo by Mariano Vivanco (Photo: Mariano Vivanco)
Rihanna took part in all the stages of the shooting, which went from a luxurious mansion in Angra dos Reis to a humble fishing village on IIha Grande, in Rio de Janeiro. The issue will be out 28th of April.
This is for all my brazillian readers.
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Friday, 25 April 2014

Amazing: Singing Gospel Music Saves 10 Years old Boy From Kidnappers

Willie Myrick, a 10 years old boy was kidnapped by unknown hoodlums in Atlanta Georgia lastweek.
Willie told WSB-TV on Thursday April 24th, that he kept singing Every Praise by Hezekiah Walker even as he was cursed and threatened to be killed by the kidnappers if he doesn't stop singing.
He continued singing for upto three hours until they threw him out of the moving car.
That was how he miraculously escaped from the kidnappers.

Here is the full story: (c)Eurthisnthat 
"Myrick was abducted from his Atlanta, Georgia driveway while he played with his pet Chihuahua. A stranger pulled up, lured him to his car with an offer of money, then grabbed the boy when he got close enough and sped off, according to police.
Myrick told WSB-TV, "He was cursing at me telling me to shut up and didn't want to hear a word from me. He said if I told anyone, he would hurt me, like in a bad way.”
But it was the indirect assistance from Grammy-award winner,Hezekiah Walker, that helped his young fan escape his captor. For three straight hours young Willie sang, "Every Praise," the artist’s popular gospel song. Willie did not let the constant threats from the kidnapper daunt him in any way. He just kept on singing. Finally, having had enough, the kidnapper let him out of the car at East Point.
"He opened the door and threw me out," the 10-year-old said. "He told me not to tell anyone."
When word of young Myrick’s survival got out, his church celebrated the victory on his 10th birthday. Even Hezekiah Walker, who heard about the incident, showed up; flying in from New York to Atlanta to celebrate with the child in the church's crowded sanctuary.
"It's just emotional to me because you never know who you're going to touch," Walker told ABC News. "I just wanted to hug him and tell him I love him. I really believe God spoke through me to save that young man's life."
Hear the song that saved Willie's life, Hezekiah Walkers, "Every Praise" below:

"My type of music was not liked in lagos" - Flavour

Chinedu Okoli popularly known as Flavour, told his story about his journey to stardom, which was not an easy ordeal, but all the hardwork paid off as he is able to fulfill his passions.

He ran away from home to find greener pastures

"When I left Enugu for Lagos, many studio men and music bands turned me down on the grounds that they didn't understand my type of music. I found out that Lagosians have this type of music that they like.
They didn't like my type of music until later. It was that time we used to go to joints on Saturdays to sing for big men. I caught their attention first before I later switched to highlife. They liked it and even sprayed me money"

He was able to record his first track in 2003, but the quality wasn't nice to him, so he waited for four years to improve.

"I recorded my first track in 2003. I listened to it, didn't like it and discarded it and took my time. I felt I needed to be patient and not rush to fame. I didn't want people to reject my song. Then I worked for fours, after which I went back to music in a very big way in 2007."

He is finally accepted not just by Lagosians and Nigerians but also internationally. Patience and hardwork truly pays.

"God has been good to me and I am grateful" - Stella Damasus

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Flawlessly beautiful.
Nollywood star actress Stella Damasus just added another year to her age, seems I have a lot of stars as star mates.
Stella Damasus wrote how grateful she is for being able to see another year as she celebrates her birthday,

"God has been good to me and I am grateful. I appreciate all of you who have prayed for me and supported me through my trying times, challenges and lowest points. God answered all your prayers o. I AM STILL STANDING. God bless you," Stella wrote.

"I look back in my life and realize how much love God has for his children. As we grow older we begin to understand the most important things in life. People have been asking me what gifts I want this year. Truth is, what I need most are your prayers and love. We all need it," her message said.

Jude Okoye Proposes To Girlfriend

P'squares elder brother Jude Okoye has finally decided to take first to go off the market by proposing to his girlfriend who is not only beautiful but won the MBGN Tourism 2012. Her name is Ifeoma Michelle Umeokeke, she said yes to his proposal yesterday  which was also his birthday.

The new pair have been dating for about a year.

Ikechukwu the younger brother to Jude shared the news along with photos via twitter.
Big congrats to them.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

9 Month Old Boy Faces Attempted Murder Charges

Nine-month-old Musa Kahn was charged last week with attempted murder in Lahore after his family was involved in a protest against police and gas company workers.
picture of Baby Musa screaming at court as his finger prints is being taken by a court official.

A nine month old baby boy called Musa Khan was charged by the police force in Pakistan for allegedly assaulting security operatives in a Lahore slum in February 2014.
Does this baby look like a murderer? lol
Is this the adorable, squishy face of a murderer?
The baby Musa was taken to court and charged with attempted murder along with his father and grandfather.
The police said they prevented some workers of a gas company from disconnecting the household's gas supply after they failed to pay their bills by throwing stones at the workers.
According to most rational humans, and now — finally — a Pakistani court , it most certainly is not.When an assistant sub-inspector for the gas company complained that Musa's family had beat him up, everyone — including the baby who can barely stand on his own — were hauled in by police.
Musa was said to have cried and screamed during the court session until he was given a bottle of milk.
The lawyer defending the family argued that under the Pakistani Law, children under the age of seven cannot be prosecuted.
And the judge in charge of the case ordered the police to make an explanation for charges, while the Chief Minister of Panjab Province, Shahbaz Sharif, has directed an inquiry into the matter.
Fortunately, on Saturday the charges against the nine month old boy were dropped.
the defense attorney Mr Irfan Sadiq said "Police told the court that the nomination of Musa in the case of attacking police officers and the gas company officials was a human error"
Fortunately, on Saturday, the charges against the nine-month-old were dropped. "Police told the court that the nomination of Musa in the case of attacking police and gas company officials was a human error," said defense attorney Irfan Sadiq.
Musa's grandfather told reporters that, "He doesn't even know how to pick up his milk bottle properly. how can he stone the police?"

Actress Stephanie and Hubby Linus Marks 2yrs Of Married Life

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Nollywood star actress Stephanie Okereke Linus celebrates two years of married life with her heartthrob Linus Idahosa. The couple tied the knot in a grand style on the 21st of April, 2012 in Paris.
Praying for more happy celebrations for the couple as the years go by.
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Stephanie announced the good news via Twiter in the early hours of yesterday, she wrote:

My Soulmate- We are going to be looking into each other’s eyes for a long time. Kiss Tease!” 

Monday, 3 February 2014

Shop In The Name of Love! Konga Valentines Store Opens with Special Treats


Wetin be love sef? Trip to Bahamas? Dinner in bed with Iyanya/Yvonne Nelson or a Tecno Phantom A3??

Love na time to jolificate! Valentine is Time to reignite the love flame, time to appreciate the love you have and cherish it more in an inexplicable way.

Also to appreciate the beauty of love.

Woo-hoo! The love bug is in the air, it’s that time of the year again, the book of February 14 is about to be opened! Yesss, Valentine’s Day is almost here AGAIN!

Now is the time to spice up your love story. You just have to make it Memorable! What's your plan for your loved ones? Or Are you a learner?? Are you still thinking???!!

Relax! In the spirit of Valentine's Day, Nigeria’s Largest Online Mall, are opening their Valentines store with plenty of special treats for everyone.

From sweet daily timed deals to discount codes to help you enjoy amazing discounts to E-Gift vouchers your loved ones can use to pick gifts for themselves to amazing competitions to guarantee special surprises for you and your loved ones, Konga certainly knows how to show love. With the numerous discounts, giveaways...Valentine’s Day this year is definitely going to be special! No hassles! The perfect gift for your Val is just a click away.

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Do it right this Valentine with Konga!

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Happy New Month!

We learn everyday. I learnt something new today while watching a TV program, though I've heard it before, but I never get to understand it better, what I Learnt today is.. 'failure is instructive'.
I've also heard when you fail, rise up, dust up yourself and try again.
But today I get to understand what it really implies, like my mentor ma'am Funmilayo Mide-Ajala told me, I should try to be patient, and don't give up at the slightest failure or discouragement. she got to know me in a few minutes chat we had. and it got me thinking, she's good at what she does, for she to be able to understand me in just a few minutes, and give pointers that I could relate to.

Failure truly is instructive, perseverance is key to growth. because when you fail, you not only dust yourself and move on, you also get to know where you went wrong, learn from it, straighten your ways before you try again.

All these requires patience, faith and ofcourse believing in yourself.

Family is also another requirement. I always bring in families because without them, we can't say we are whole, our families are our trademark. friends are important as well, they are our go-to when we need to chat, gossip and relate some stuffs we tend to keep from our families. But it's best to choose your friends wisely.

So in all, try to learn from your failure, don't waste time looking for who or what to blame. 

Have a great week ahead!
And also have a fabulous month ahead!

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

"Everybody is entitled to their opinion" - Emma Nyra

 Artist Emma Chukwugoziam Obi  a.k.a Emma Nyra in a chat with Vanguard talks about how she feels for getting rude and inappropriate messages from people, can't say fans,, Hamm, but why the criticism naa...


 As someone in the public glare what is the craziest thing a fan has ever done to you?

Everyday I get Facebook messages that are out of this world. If I put them out people will be like Emma is wicked. I get a lot of inappropriate messages. Even this morning I got an inappropriate message on Instagram, I can’t even tell you what the person said.
I don’t mind reading inappropriate messages but the one that makes  me sad is when you read a blog and
somebody doesn’t respect the music that you do or have bad opinions about you which comes everyday as well. You take the good with the bad, everybody is entitled to their own opinion.

What defines your sense of style?

I like to be sexy and classy. I work really hard on my body and anytime I am doing anything fashionable  I like to show a little bit of skin. I worked hard for it and its my selling point.
I am not afraid to show my body, you know you do it in a classy way. There will be classy ways to be sexy, so you don’t have to show everything.

How do you handle stardom?

The only part that is affecting me is dating. Dating is very difficult. Everything else I like it. The worst part is dating.
Sometimes, guys come up to me, Oh yeah Emma Nyra’ and that’s how it starts.
It is not as genuine as it used to be. Since I am a woman, it affects me in a way. Sometimes, you see people  coming to you, not because of who you are. It puts me off sometimes if you come to me  because you’ve seen me on a blog.
I miss the days when  a guy will walk up to you and just tell you I love the way you carry yourself, not necessarily because of a particular image they see.

So are you in a relationship?

No, I am not in a relationship. Music is my everything. It’s not that I am not interested, but  right now, I am not dating any one.

Interview: Testimony of Mrs Mary Abbah Who Had A Child At Age 50

Mrs. Mary Abah is a lawyer, banker and wife of a former Minister of Interior, Mr. Humphrey Abah. She shares her experience with FRIDAY OLOKOR on her challenge of being in marriage for 23 years without a child and the support she got from her husband...
This is a wonderful story that is worth sharing....

Congratulations on the arrival of your baby 23 years after marriage. Did you ever think it was going to be like this?

Before I got married, my view of the marriage institution was that marriage was a sanctuary; a place where a woman could actualise her dream together with her partner. I understood very early that marriage usually gives some form of security and the expectation was that in it, one should blossom, be fruitful and multiply generally as the Bible says. That was basically how I saw marriage in my youthful age because I finally married at the age of 27 and I was still quite young.

In essence, you did not anticipate the challenge of having a baby…

No, I didn’t anticipate it, the truth is that as a young child who was brought up by a very strict mother, I saw life as a bit of calculation: a sort of ‘1+1 =2 and 2+2=4.’ So if you get married, you expect that after nine months, as they say, you will have a child or children. My challenge has made me very sensitive to what parents and well wishers normally do at wedding ceremonies. During a wedding, people start talking about gathering again for a naming ceremony after nine months. They say it as a joke but that is the genesis of pressure on married women. So, if yours doesn’t happen after nine months, there is a question mark there and you begin to fret and other problems come in.

"I gave my life to Christ in a drunken state at age 22" - Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo

Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo Founder of Kingsway International Christian Centre had an interview with UK's  KTF a while back, he explained how and when he gave his life to Christ, he also shared his childhood story, and a lot more...
Pastor Ashimolowo recently celebrated his 40years in the ministry in London.

Not many people know about Matthew Ashimolowo, the person. Where and when were you born, how many siblings do you have, and what was your childhood like?

ASHIMOLOWO: I was born in Kaduna, which is in the northern part of Nigeria. I was born to Muslim parents, and I am the middle child. I have an older brother and a younger sister. As the son of a military officer, my father was constantly transferred on official duties, and this meant our family was always on the move. My father died in the Biafran War, and this led me to be looked after by guardians. It was not an easy childhood, but I believe all of my experiences have shaped my life, and have caused me to challenge all the people I meet or have the opportunity to minister to, to live a life of success, triumphing over adversity. I believe strongly that, through prayer and living a life of purity, and where there is a will to follow and apply the Word of God to your life, you will win against all the odds. I did, and I challenge others to do likewise. I have not looked back since I gave my life to Christ in a drunken state at the age of 22.

What role did religion and faith play in your upbringing, and what inspired you to become a Christian? 

ASHIMOLOWO: I gave my life to Christ in a drunken state at the age of 22, so I can’t say I was inspired! I was at home, saw a tract on the floor and read it. The impact of the tract was such that I said the Sinner’s Prayer alone in that room. I thank God for an aunt, who subsequently took me to church, and for my one and only pastor, who noticed and nurtured the grace of God on my life. From the age of 22, I have been sold out to Christ and to the advancement of His Kingdom, and I have enjoyed every minute of it!

When did you get the call to ministry, and how did you go about pursuing that call?

ASHIMOLOWO: Shortly after I gave my life to Christ, I started to attend Christ Apostolic Church. I was introduced to this church by my Aunt. In the early months of being at the church, the Pastor began to nurture the call of God on my life. He began to use me in various ministry capacities, to help develop my ministry. At around the same time of this happening, an evangelist visited the ministry, and advised that I went to Bible School. Since leaving Bible School, I continued to pursue knowledge and development. I believe it has been one of the things that has helped me to personally grow with the ministry God has entrusted to me.

What made you decide to immigrate to England, and what was your view of the spiritual landscape upon arriving here? 

ASHIMOLOWO: England was not my choice. I originally wanted to study in Canada. However, that was my plan; God’s was different. In 1984, the Foursquare denomination that I was with, sent me to England as a missionary. Sincerely speaking, I found the land cold and the people cold. Having left a growing congregation of over 2,000 to become a Pastor of 11 adults was initially discouraging. The few young people who eventually joined would often disappear to other ministries once I finished service, and the older ones at first did not seem to be receptive to the Word of God like what I had been used to. After the first year, I told my wife to read all she wanted, because I wanted to leave as soon as she finished! Now, of course, I am glad I broke through the discouragement, the coldness of the climate, and what appeared to be the lack of reception of the people. Once I changed my view, the people started to come to the ministry.

Which churches and Christians provided you with inspiration when you arrived here?

ASHIMOLOWO: Victory Church and the New Testament Church (Mile End).

Looking back on your years serving the church, what are the key lessons you’ve learnt about God, life and leading a high profile ministry?

ASHIMOLOWO: It is important to have a clear vision for people to follow.
It is important to constantly refer to the vision on a regular basis, so people can maintain and run with it.
Training and discipleship – Build and strengthen your leaders and stewards.
Prayer changes everything. Everything KICC owns and has achieved, has been through being on our knees.
Not to be afraid to stand on your own when it is God’s principles you are standing for.
To be bold and courageous in declaring God’s Word, even when it is not socially acceptable.
The media works when used to promote the Kingdom.
Leadership can be isolating and a lonely walk.
Passion and being purpose driven can lead to others misunderstanding your motives and what you stand for.
Pioneers lead the way for others to follow.
God is faithful; whatever He has promised, He always provides.
Lead by example.
Sow your way to victory, and watch God honour your sacrifice.
The power of positive confession.
For the first 18 years, I sacrificed my personal ministry for growing KICC. By the time I started to venture out on personal ministry assignments, KICC was at a level of growth that could stand my absences.

One of the most difficult times in your ministry must have been when the Charity Commission investigated KICC. Looking back, what are your feelings about that period, and how has your church moved forward since then? 

ASHIMOLOWO: We have risen to greater heights. The challenges were great, but God saw us through. We had grown so quickly that we had little time to adjust some of our processes. The Charity Commission went through our processes with a fine-toothed comb, and we adopted new governance procedures which reflected our ministry size. We are pleased to say, they required little change to our operational procedures. What has brought solace is the fact they have also began to use some of the processes we had developed as a standard for other churches to follow. We have now moved on from this, and we are now in a new season.

When you’re not preaching or travelling, what kind of things do you like to do?
ASHIMOLOWO: Spending time with my family, and playing golf.