- Dashes widows, pastors millions, lands and houses during birthday celebration
- Highlights of his charity works
Founder of Champions Royal Assembly, Prophet Joshua Iginla has just acquired a multi billion Naira jet to further the cause of the ministry, he confirmed this during the celebration of his birthday in his Abuja church today.
The clergy who runs the 80,000 seater auditorium widely known as City of Wonders in Abuja just added the new wonder on air to ease the missionary work as a prophet with global impact.
He Equally dashed over 142 widows 150,000 each and a bag of rice which amounts to 21m. He also gave 3 widows and several of his pastors lands worth 95m in Abuja with assurance to build the house on them.
Interestingly, at such a time like this and due to the numerous engagements of top clergymen we have in Nigeria , acquiring a private jet by them is not a luxury but borne out of necessity. Arguably, Nigerian prophets are among the most sought out globally.
Most times, they are needed in two or three countries in different continents in a day. Hence, there is need to create a very easy means of transportation for them, couple with the fact that our transportation industry is still way behind Compare to other developed countries and that is why we see men of God purchasing private jets, not to showoff but to make movement easy for them for evangelical and missionary purposes.
Of a truth, for Iginla , owning a private jet is long overdue due to his global itinerary and charity cause across the world.
Arguably, the Founder and General Overseer of Champions Royal Assembly in Abuja, Pro. Joshua Iginla is incurably addicted to charity works. He is among the top clergy who has touched the needy across the world without regret. Of a truth , he has spent billions in cash and kind to put smiles on the faces of the less privileged and empowering them.
He shocked the world two years ago when he splashed over N23million on 115 widows during his birthday party and over N50m he earmarked for them last year.
Incidentally that was just a tip of the iceberg .
Some of the highlights of his philanthropic works were potrayed in 2015 when he celebrated his birthday. He gave out 32 cars in a day, including his personal vehicles. He gave them out to the needy and some church members.
In the same vein, in 2016, he gave out 32 cars to those who never thought of owning a vehicle. Still in the spirit of giving, he empowered Artisans and some got generators and cash gifts while the widows got deep freezers, rice and cash gifts ranging from N150,000 to N1.5 million, Treasure Orphanage Foundation, Nyanya, Divine Wound Orphanage, Kubwa and Christ Home Foundation, Kuje, got N1.5 million each and rice while some orphans in the homes were awarded scholarships from nursery to university.
He has over 1000 widows under his care, aged ones on monthly salary and he has given out houses to desolates and church members. He has given scholarship to several kids up to university level, to mention a few.
One of the memorable incident was the case of Ms Moleofi Mokane. While on a missionary work in Botswana, he learnt about her pathetic case and couple with the fact that the aged woman was living under the tree, he built her a two bedroom flat.
Likewise in South Africa, he gave 10,000 rands each to 34 widows, six widows were given a car each, 100,000 rands to 10 orphans and a brand new Volkswagen polo car.
His benevolence isn’t limited to Christians alone. in 2016, a muslim lady whose boyfriend poured acid on her over little issue and defaced her was helped by the man of God with a sum of N10Million for treatment overseas.
Most times, he is needed in two or three countries in different continents in a day. Hence, there is need to create a very easy means of transportation for them, Interestingly, at such a time like this and due to the numerous engagements of top clergymen we have in Nigeria , acquiring a private jet by them is not a luxury but borne out of necessity. Arguably, Nigerian prophets are among the most sought out globally.
Most times, they are needed in two or three countries in different continents in a day. Hence, there is need to create a very easy means of transportation for him and his team, couple with the fact that our transportation industry is still way behind Compare to other developed countries and that is why we see men of God purchasing private jets, not to showoff but to make movement easy for them for evangelical and missionary purposes.
Prophet Joshua Iginla has been to hundreds of nations to carry out missionary works. He has been to Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, United States Of America, Cameroun, South Africa and so many countries and continents just to preach the word of God. It is noted that he runs a busy missionary schedule round the year globally. Prophet Joshua Iginla is one who is known to have a Prophetic ministry and as such gone to several places to Prophecy, and deliver people from evil spirits. It will also be worthy to note that the Prophetic ministry is one which is requested for world-wide, especially in rare cases where a Prophet also has a very strong teaching ministry. He can be likened to a river everyone wants to drink from, that is exactly who Prophet Joshua Iginla is.
Due to this, he has missed a crusade because of tight schedule and cancellation of his flight. This destabilized him and the host country he was supposed to visit because he had a divine mission to fufill there. Aside that, he has been mobbed severally while waiting for flights and the rigid nature of flight schedule at times do not tally with his flexible schedule in fulfilling his global mandate .
For Prophet Joshua Iginla to get a private jet today, it’s definitely not out of point. it’s just long over due because of his kind of ministry and missionary work across the world . He is based in Nigeria but can be booked for ministration in three different countries in different continents in just a day. In a case like this, he might not be able to meet up with them because of flight schedules but with a private jet, he will conveniently meet up with them.
Hence, it’s a welcome development for Prophet Joshua Iginla as he joined the league of Nigerian Prophets who have acquired a private jet.
Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor-elect of Lagos state, says hard work would be the driving force of his administration.
”By the grace of God, our administration will be driven by hardwork; there is no place for laziness,” Sanwo-Olu said.
He was speaking on Saturday in Ikeja at the “Sanwo-Olu/Hamzat victory party” organised by the independent campaign group (ICG), his campaign organisation.
The governor-elect said he would hit the ground running as soon as he is sworn-in on May 29, and promised to fulfill all his electoral promises.
Sanwo-Olu said he was fully prepared for the challenges of governance and that he would give his best to take the state to the next level.
The governor-elect also said he would proffer solutions to the nagging problem of traffic gridlock and deal with the issue of waste decisively.
He said his administration would give the education and health sectors as well as the other critical sectors the attention they deserve.
Sanwo-Olu said his government would prioritise the welfare of workers and other residents of the state.
The governor-elect added that his administration would invest massively in infrastructure to make life better for all residents.
“We will work and work to meet the aspirations of our people and make the state better for everyone,” he said.
“As we start a new journey on May 29, I appeal to residents to roll up their sleeves and support us to realise the the state of our dream.
“If you are sweeper, it is time to sweep better, if you are sprinter, it is time to run faster, if you are a farmer, it is time to farm better.
“It is time for everybody to work harder and up their game so that together, we can build a better state.”
Sanwo-Olu thanked residents for voting him and Obafemi Hamzat, his deputy, in the last election, promising not to disappoint them.
On Thursday, the governor-elect had said only those who have shared vision with him and Hamzat will make it into his government. (The Cable)
Former Governor of Akwa Ibom state, Obong Victor Attah, has said that he was accused of starting militancy in the Niger Delta simply because he called for resource control.
Attah who made the assertion while fielding questions from newsmen on Friday in his Uyo residence recalled how the Nigerian president then had shouted and pointed accusing finger at him during a political function in Port Harcourt that he was the cause of militancy in the region.
He added that people tried to stop his agitation for resource control because then they had suspected he was planning a secession.
His words, “People just thought that they should stop me because they suspected that I was planning a secession.That is a grievous thing to charge anybody with. And it is still hunting me. But the problem is that even the Niger Delta people don’t even appreciate what I did for them.
“And I will tell you this because it is no longer a secret. There was a time people in the villa at the time I was governor were wondering whether I was thinking of seceding. They were asking why is Obong Attah building a deep seaport, an international Airport. He is building an Independent Power plant, is he going to secede?
“That was the fear people had about the vision we had then, yet people came and disrupted that. So I can say I feel disappointed that that vision was disrupted. I used the word disrupted because I believe in this regime of Udom Emmanuel unfettered, we are going to see the state fly again”
Ibikunle Amosun, governor of Ogun state, says the “great journey” he started eight years ago will end on Tuesday.
Amosun spoke while delivering his speech at the new judicial complex, along Kobape road, one of the “legacy projects” inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday.
Buhari, who arrived the state at 10:18am, was received by Amosun, Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of Lagos state; Kayode Fayemi, governor of Ekiti state; and Rotimi Akeredolu, governor of Ondo state.
He started inaugurating projects from OGTV Ultra-modern Studio and moved to Adire Mall at Itoku market. From there, he proceeded to Amphi-Theatre in the City Centre and to the inauguration of 250 bedded ultramodern specialist hospital at Oke Mosan.
Amosun thanked the federal government for its commitment to the socio-economic development of the state, adding that the state has enjoyed from the policies and projects of the federal government.
He added that while his administration will end on Tuesday, his commitment to the development of the state remains undiluted.
“This complex will replace the existing high court complex which is over 40 years old. Quick and efficient dispensation of justice remains a cardinal aspect of democratic development,” he said.
“This complex is a multi-wing office complex with 16 court rooms and offices for judges and principal officers of the judiciary. It is important to note that this court is designed for both ceremonial functions and other contemporary needs of everybody working in the complex.
“It makes consideration for the physically challenged people by providing a set of elevators to take them from one floor to the other. We have the belief that this judicial complex and its facilities will greatly improve upon our judicial process in Ogun state.
“A great journey of eight years will end on Tuesday, 28th of May, 2019. Even as we prepare to bow out of office, our desire to continue to contribute our quota to the socioeconomic development of our dear state remains undiluted.
“The government and the people of Ogun sate are entirely grateful to the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari for considering our dear state for the execution and putting in place of many projects and policies. This is not just playing to the gallery or just looking to the camera, President Muhammadu Buhari has done very well not just for us in Ogun state but for all of us in Nigeria.”
Amosun had earlier said he inheritted a failed state from Gbenga Daniel, his predecessor, saying Dapo Abiodun, governor-elect of the state, will now inherit an economically viable state. (The Cable)
By Steve Coomber
When is a bank not a bank? That is a question Segun Agbaje, the multiple award-winning CEO and Managing Director of Nigeria’s Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank) has been getting to grips with as he forges a new path for banking in Africa.
Agbaje was always destined to become a banker, it seems, although he took a circuitous route. Initially, he qualiﬁed as an accountant and practised in the US before tiring of auditing and returning to Nigeria to follow his father’s footsteps into banking. There, in 1991, he joined an exciting new venture, the Guaranty Trust Bank, founded by a group of young Nigerians the previous year.
As he worked his way up through positions of increasing responsibility, several events in which Agbaje played a leading role shaped his thinking about GTBank’s future: the initial public oﬀering in 2004, listing on the Lagos stock exchange; entering the international capital markets with a Eurobond issue and listing on the London Stock Exchange in 2007.
“Those transactions exposed me to the international ﬁnancial markets and the people who worked in them – merchant banks, investment bankers, lawyers, investors,” he says. “It gave me a better understanding of what people wanted from a ﬁrst-class bank and best-in-class practices. It also encouraged me to think about the bank as an international institution, rather than just a Nigerian institution, and what it took to compete in the global economy.”
Agbaje became CEO of GTBank in 2011 and won the coveted African Banker of the Year award the next year. The award recognises ﬁnancial industry leaders throughout Africa who have exercised “good vision and leadership” in guiding their organisation to strong ﬁnancial performance, as well as having contributed to the impact of Africa’s ﬁnancial services industry internationally.
During his tenure as CEO, the bank and Agbaje have won numerous awards. What is particularly interesting is the trend in types of award since GTBank has been under Agbaje’s leadership. Awards for ﬁnancial performance have been joined by Innovative Bank awards, Best Mobile Banking and Mobile Money awards, Best Digital Bank awards and, most recently, Digital Wallet of the Year award.
‘I’m not sure that, if we removed the word “bank” in five years, we would be losing anything. We might actually even be gaining something’
This trend reﬂects Agbaje’s pioneering attitude towards digital transformation and the role of banking. Traditional bankers might think his view of the bank’s future a radical departure from mainstream banking, but for Agbaje it is change that has to happen: “Banks are going to become platforms, so we will become a trusted single, integrated platform,” he says. “Because the competition for banks has changed, where it was once other banks, now it is ﬁntechs, telcos, Apple Pay, PayPal, payday-loan companies, salary-advance companies, even coﬀee shops. Any bank that stays with the traditional banking model is going to get smaller and smaller. All these other companies will be taking part of your share of business.”
If some of the digital giants, like Google and Apple, start to develop banking services, the word ‘bank’ could soon be associated with ineﬃciency and a lack of innovation, he adds. “I’m not sure that, if we removed the word ‘bank’ in ﬁve years, we would be losing anything. We might actually even be gaining something.”
While there may be a lot of disruption in the banking sector, Agbaje has a head start on many traditional banks. For example, the bank launched its Habari mobile platform in November 2018: “What we’re trying to create is something where, when you come to the bank, however you do that, you are not just coming to pay and receive,” he says. “You can come into our ecosystem and do just about everything – pay for tickets, book holidays, stream music, buy online, watch videos, and then, because we are a bank, we can provide the payment engine.”
The reputation of bankers and banking took a knock following the global ﬁnancial crisis and Agbaje is well aware of the challenge banks face in terms of their relationship with the societies they serve. “A banking licence is a privilege, given to you by the regulator. Banks owe a social responsibility to the communities within which they operate,” he says. “Just as we monitor proﬁts, costs and return on equity, we must also monitor how much we give back in terms of social responsibility.”
This is not just talk. The bank interacts with the community in many ways, from football education programmes and tournaments to its internationally renowned annual conference on autism (now in its ninth year); from its You Read Initiative aimed at promoting a culture of reading to the Social Impact Challenge designed to unearth ideas that can enrich the lives of local communities.
Many of the bank’s CSR initiatives are aimed at community development, promoting entrepreneurs and small businesses. For example, there is the GTCrea8 Convention aimed at helping undergraduates “build successful businesses out of their passion”. The bank is also building shared service facilities for businesses in the food and fashion sectors, so that these small businesses can beneﬁt from the economies of scale enjoyed by large companies without the overheads.
The initiatives reﬂect Agbaje’s passionate belief in Africa’s economic potential: “It is a continent that I am completely bullish about, because I don’t think there are many places in the world that have both the natural resources, the human population, the distribution of millennials; who are just incredible people. If you are able to tap into and unleash that human capital potential it is a continent that has a huge growth upside,” he says.
“What we have in Africa is a leadership problem. There are pockets, organisations, where the leadership is good. Those organisations function the way you would in a developed economy. If you start to get people with a track record of achievement running things – whether that is in countries, governments, parastatals – they will bring that excellence and achievement to government and Africa will start to change.”
He is just the leadership role model that the younger generation needs. “My values are simple ones. I believe in hard work, humility, integrity, discipline. Those are the things that drive me,” he says. “If you have those values, show them, inculcate them into all the decisions that you make and you will be ﬁne.”
He has naturally given some thought to what he might do after his time at GTBank: “Maybe I will get another platform to do something in the private sector. It could be in a completely diﬀerent sector to banking. My ﬁrst choice would be an Africa-focused organisation. A second option would be something, if not solely focused on Africa, with an emerging market emphasis.”
He would also be interested, he says, in mentoring young people with small businesses; helping them to think about organisational structure and governance, for example.
But for now, with two-and-a-half years left on his contract, he is fully focused on the transformation underway at GTBank. “I’m not ﬁnished,” he says. “We are trying to build a great African institution; putting the bank in the position I think it should be in – not just ﬁnancially, but socially, being a well-run enterprise.”
Agbaje is not someone to trumpet his achievements, but if his vision for the future of one of Africa’s largest and most important banks comes to fruition, more plaudits are likely to be heading his way.
Agbaje on leadership:
“My role is first to set the tone, to talk
the talk. When we set a vision, goals,
objectives, values, I have to be seen to
live and walk those.”
“I like to be involved in a lot of the key
decision-making. So it is a balance: being
really handson, so that I know what is
going on, while also giving people a large
degree of autonomy, because the number
of people reporting to me means that I
cannot micro-manage them – I rely on
“I believe in a flat organisational structure.
I don’t believe in creating silos. I would
rather have a squad as opposed to a team,
which means I probably have more direct
reports than most CEOs.”
MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) has announced that the recently-launched MTF Networking Portal will now include a real-time messaging component that will enable connected members to network and interact directly with each other. This new feature forms part of the MTF initiative’s commitment to ignite Africa’s creative industries.
Launched in March, the portal is a pan-African, film and television digital marketplace for information about all aspects of this creative industry. The portal offers open, cost-free access to film creatives across Africa to showcase their talent, access opportunities, stay up to date with industry news and expand their industry network. To date, the portal has over 15,000 registered profiles.
The new messaging component will allow anyone with a registered profile to connect with any other creative within the portal’s network in real-time. Femi Odugbemi, the Academy Director of MultiChoice Talent Factory AcademyWest Africa, says that this added function makes the portal an even more valuable platform for film professionals and emerging creatives in the industry.
“Collaboration and knowledge-sharing is what our industry is built upon and no one knows this better than MultiChoice who collaborates
The portal is the third touchpoint of the shared-value initiative, following the launch of the MTF Academy in three regions and the MTF Masterclasses. Launched in 2018, the MTF Academy is a 12-month film training programme aimed at upskilling the next generation of passionate young film creatives. Following the successful start of its inaugural year, the MTF Academy is currently searching for 20 aspiring film and TV creatives from both Nigeria and Ghana, to be part of the Class of 2019. Emerging filmmakers are required to apply for entry on the MultiChoice Talent Factory website before June 2019.
Selected students of the MTF Academy will be a part of the 1 year sought-after and fully funded programme at the West Africa Academy located in Lagos and headed by industry leader, Femi Odugbemi.