Celestial Champions Awards: 12 Members Listed For Honour By #CNO (Photos)
Hon. Evang. (Prof.) Oluwaleke Emanuel Sokunbi: In 1990 when Professor Oluwaleke Emmanuel Sokunbi joined CCC Ogo-Oluwa Parish, Idi-Araba, Lagos, little did he know that he would later become an active member of the great church. Today, he has been a dedicated disciple of Christ% using to propagate His work in Celestial Church. Aside the fact that he has made himself available for pastoral task, Leke, as he’s fondly called by friends and associates, has become a relevant force and a delight to behold when he mounts the pulpit with sheer passion to take care of Sunday school lectures; this has become a second nature to him. Many people have come to identify him with the juveniles. He presently worships at Celestial Church of Christ, KANO Parish 1, and coordinates the Sunday school with the Shepherd/Province Head. Sup. Evang. Pro. Femi Gabriel Obinyan. He is happily married to sister Ruth Oluwaleke Sokunbi.
Celestial News Online-#CNO is an online news service portal aimed to propagate the works of God in Celestial Church of Christ and stand as a mouthpiece for the church in correcting unpleasant notions perceived by other denominations about the church’s activities, doctrine, tenets and her members.
CNO, that organizes Meritorious Service Award for men and women of impeccable characters in the church who have worked well for the growth of the church, is out again to honour 12 Celestial Church members with Celestial Champions Awards slated to hold at Imeko on 24th of December, 2016.
The motive behind this award presentation by Celestial News Online #CNO is to appreciate the support of some members of the church who have, in no small measure, contributed to the growth of the church socially, morally, evangelically, musically, financially and otherwise on social media.
It’s also set to foster peace, unity and growth of the church with an unbiased vision of encouraging the youths of the church to appreciate their God given uniqueness through evangelism mostly as a body in Christ.
It is in view of this that we are putting together the first-of-its kind initiative to acknowledge and honour the Celestial Church Champions and social media mavericks, who have distinguished themselves through their dedication to the growth of the church, in influencing positively other members, most especially youths in their respective parishes or provinces in the way of the Lord.
Below are the 12 Champions painstakingly selected through public opinion polls for honour which has been signed, sealed and endorsed by the Imeko Convocation Committee under the chairmanship of Sup. Evang. Ogunremi.
Prophetess Ngozi Edemba-Iroanya JP: She is well known at Olajuwon Parish, Tejuosho as Mummy JP. A woman with a heart of gold whose passion for giving is legendary. She is well-traveled and studied Public Administration at University Of Lagos. For those who have come across her before, she is a vibrant preacher. She carries the emblem of Celestial with her wherever she goes. She floated a Pentecostal church in South Africa, totally ignored the fold she was called into but whenever she slept, she would find herself preaching in the midst of white garment-wearing people, this disturbed her for a while until she was directly instructed to go back to the fold she was called into. She has since abandoned the Pentecostal church project and returned to Celestial Church where she preaches His words. She recently hosted the widows and the less privilege in the society at Tejuosho where she feted and also gave out clothes, food items et all to about 45 of them. She is married to a Pentecostal Pastor, Sunny Iroanya.
Fisayo Joel Adesanya Jackson: Fisayo Joel Adesanya is well known as Fisayo Joel Jackson on social media. The simple lifestyle prophetic minister and preacher was born and brought up in Celestial Church of Christ fold in Lagos Nigeria. He’s an indigene of Ogun State (Ijebu – Ife) whose mission is to prove to the world that Celestial Church of Christ is not what people think it is, and also to educate the young generation in this great fold to work for the glory of the church. This he has done religiously with a passion and he’s not relenting on his oars to spread the gospel of Christ concerning the church. Part of his objectives is to build the Celestial Church we all dream of in the future with love and unity. The mass communication graduate of the Polytechnic Ibadan, Fisayo has been combining evangelism with business. He’s the CEO of Skyrocket Strategies, an advert company that deals with strategies and ideas. He’s also the President of ISINMI Ministry, an online ministration that deals with spiritual counseling, dreams/nightmare interpretation with precise solutions. Fisayo Joel is a Prophet, Revivalist, Minister and Motivation Speaker who is well known for interpreting dreams.
Prophetess Atinuke Leshi JP: Elizabeth Atinuke Leshi. Was born and brought up in Celestial Church of Christ by Asst. Ven. Evang Solomon Bola Leshi. She loves God’s work and has been doing it since she was young, because anywhere they transferred her parents to, they were going together. When she left Nigeria then, it would have been convenient for her to conform to the world to enjoy the beauty of the western world, she never forgot her root, as her watchword remained as “the work of God continues”. Her passion to serve God has taken her to many parishes in Europe and UK. She was the Wolima of New Jerusalem Parish, Manchester for Six years and plus. Her dexterity in doing God’s work also led her to be endorsed as the Wolima for Divine Destiny Parish, Manchester since 2012 and leader of the Women Forum since then till date. Aside prophetic ministry where she reigns supreme, Mother Celestial Atinuke Leshi who prefers to be simply addressed as Prophetess Atinuke, is also a talented singer, this led to her being given the task of monitoring and mentoring the Choir as their Matron at CCC Ark of God Parish, Sweden, and Matron of Prophetic Ministries of CCC Mercy-land Parish, Verona Italy, Prophetess Leshi is the Matron of CCC Fountain of Joy Parish, Iyana-Ishasi Ojo, Lagos. She is married to H/S/Evang Adewuyi Joel Olorunfemi the patron of CCC Divine Destiny Parish, Manchester and CEO of AJO Solicitors.
Prophet Emmanuel Bada: Emmanuel Bada was born to the family of Rev. Pastor A.A Bada, former Pastor of this great church and Late M/C Hannah Moyore Bada JP. He commenced his western education on scholarship at the Children Homes School , Molete Ibadan under the custody of Late Chief Mrs. Tanimowo Ogunlesi from where he proceeded to the Local Government Authority School Agbowa- Ikosi and then to Igbobi College, Lagos for his Secondary education. From there he proceeded to the Polytechnic of Ibadan for a diploma in Musicology Training under the custody of Baba Oluwole Adetiran, who was then a senior lecturer at the Music Department. Aside being a singer, Emmanuel is also a poet (Ewi Exponent) a guitarist, keyboardist and author. He is to later proceed to Ogun State University Ago Iwoye for his LL:B and later to the Nigerian Law School , Bwari , FCT Abuja for his Bachelor of Law after which he started his Legal Practice . He is currently a Chief State Counsel at the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, and was recently appointed as a member, Governing Board, Lagos State office for Disability Affairs to manage the N500m Disability Trust Fund by the Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode. Emmanuel Bada is a holder of Master of Laws Degree at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He is equally a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators, Fellow Nigeria Institute of Public Administrator and above all, a Preacher of the gospel of Christ
Evang. Adedeji Oduba: Evangelist Adedeji Oduba is a lover of God’s work. His approach to issues is solemn. Where there is a crisis in the vineyard, Adedeji has a subtle way of making peace between the parties and he does it so well that the characters in dispute cannot but embrace peace. Deji is a preacher and a lover of the word. He was at a time anchoring a monthly programme at his Oluwa Olubukun Parish where he’s one of the financial backbones. When it comes to things of God, you can’t find him wanting because he won’t joke with it for any reason. A compassionate and hands-on man, Deji Oduba has dedicated all his life serving God. A Mechanical Engineer and lover of dogs, he has traveled far and wide bearing the celestial torch with him. He’s married to S/L/S Adenike Oduba
Evang Olusegun Adesumbo: Oduba Evangelist Olusegun Adesumbo Oduba is currently the Patron of CCC Oluwa Olubukun Parish, New Oko Oba, Abule Egba, Lagos, the church that was formerly known as Transmission Parish. He’s also, Chairman Welfare Committee, CCC Hanwa Parish, Zaria Provincial Head, Zaria Kaduna State. Evang Segun Oduba became a member of the church in 1978 at CCC Somolu, he was baptised in 1978 at Makoko International Headquarters by Late Sup. Evang. Abepegba (then the Shepherd of CCC Makoko) He Worshiped at CCC Makoko after his immersion till about 1982 before his family relocated to New Oko Oba, Abule. Egba. A one-time Choirmaster at CCC Igi Oluwa Gbin Parish, New Oko Oba, Agege, Abule Egba. Choir member and one time choir-master at CCC Oluwa Olubukun Parish, Abule Egba, Lagos. After the demise of the defunct Transmission parish, Segun as he’s fondly called worked strongly with the old members of CCC Oluwa Olubukun Parish to rebuild the new parish after their relocation to the permanent site. He’s an amiable personality who always takes delight in Celestial projects and supports the youths of the church in no small measure. A great preacher of the word of God and good ambassador of the fold. He shuttles Lagos, Kano and Zaria due to the nature of his job. He was at a time worshiping at CCC Kano 1 for about 7 years under the leadership of Sup. Evang. Oladokun and Sup Evang. Ogunmefun, where he delivered a meritorious service as the deputy secretary of the Parochial Committee and also as an interpreter of sermons and announcements in Kano. At present, he attends CCC Hanwa Parish 1, Provincial Headquarters Zaria headed by Sup. Evang. Tola Eleboda (Head Of Province). He’s deeply rooted in doing things for God in the vineyard. Segun is one of the patrons of the Sidemen and Side women in Kaduna State. He’s married to Prophetess Tolulope Oyatorisha-Oduba
Snr. Evang. Soriwei, P. D: Snr. Evang. Soriwei, P.D joined Celestial Church of Christ in January 1973 shortly after leaving Primary School in 1972. He was the choirmaster of three different parishes at different times. As a student in 1985, he alongside others established Celestial Church of Christ, Student Parish at Federal Polytechnic Idah, Kogi State. By 1994, he started receiving prophetic messages to go and preach in parishes and sometimes in some states of the Federation. Somehow in 2005, he decided not to go and preach anymore despite receiving a divine message to go and preach in three parishes and do a revival in Port Harcourt, in June of that year. Despite his refusal, in October of 2005 another Prophetic message came to him stating that he should go and preach in seven Parishes and do a revival in each of them on Sundays consecutively. The message further stated that he should refrain from sexual activities and fast every Sunday while doing the work for seven weeks consecutively. Being afraid of the fact that if he refused, he might be forced to leave his lucrative job and become a shepherd, decided to carry out the assignment as directed by God. On the fifth week of that assignment, God performed a great miracle in his life by saving him from the Sosoliso Plane that crashed at Port Harcourt Airport on the 10th of December, 2005. Since then he has never looked back. On the 8th of August, 2010, God directed him to start preaching in three parishes every month and also conduct a revival in each of them. This is the seventh year of that assignment and he has carried out the assignment to date. He has also been a Bible class teacher for years. He is married to M/C Maria Soriwei and the marriage is blessed with children.
Tosin Olorokun: Oluwatosin Olorokun, a graduate of Business Administration from Olabisi Onabanjo University, has taken his passion for event management to another level due to his creative and innovative ideas. As a music aficionado, He enjoys singing and as well playing the bass guitar, jazz drums and keyboard. His love for events management is unalloyed He’s the CEO of Toxhann, one of the resourceful hands that made Luli Concert, 2016 a success. He has had the opportunity to work with Lagos State Ministry of Youth, Sports and Social Development, The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Celestial Church of Christ, and Dexterity Plus amongst others. In his leisure, he enjoys social gatherings and following trends in the entertainment sector. He is presently the Vice President of Wally Walters Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the welfare of women and orphanages. His responsibilities include Organising charitable events and raising funds for the distribution of relief materials. In his spare time, he volunteers for charity causes. He’s married to Temitope Awobokun – Olorokun
Prophetess Tina Mba: She is well known for her dexterity on the screen, but beyond this, she is a certified ordained prophetess of our great church. At Luli Model Parish, AIT/Raypower Road, Alagbado, Lagos led by Dr. O. Joseph, where she worships, she is a woman whose resourcefulness cannot be ignored. . Tina Mba as she is called by all and sundry has a passion she pursues religiously and it is about looking out for the needs of those who are vulnerable. Her philanthropist gesture is one of the hallmarks of what makes her worthy to be a recipient of CNO award. She is mother and a firebrand minister who has devoted her life to serving God and humanity.
Kehinde Tosin Faith: Elizabeth Kehinde Tosin Faith Elizabeth is a parishioner at CCC Ifelodun, Ojoo, Ibadan under the leadership of Sup. Evang Ogunmefun. On social media she is known as Liz Ebony Angel. She is a passionate Celestial member who is using the platform to talk about Celestial Church. She is not only a preacher but a mentor to the emerging generation. At 26, she has built many homes through her motivational talks and many have been blessed through her by reading about other people’s relationships. Liz Ebony as she’s fondly called is a graduate of University Teaching Hospital, UTH, Ibadan where she studied health Information Management. She is a chorister blessed with sonorous voice. She works with International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, IITA, one of the world’s leading research partners in finding solutions for hunger, malnutrition, and poverty as a research Assistant. The organization, through her resourcefulness, works with partners to enhance crop quality and productivity, reduce producer and consumer risks.
Omowunmi Juliet Ewesomoh-Odeyemi No doubt, she is an embodiment of talent. This delectable woman of essence, for those who have met her one-on-one, is a pleasant personality to be with. She is a glory to the church and the entire Christendom, this is why she has never relented preaching the gospel of Christ through songs and seminars. Welcome to the world of Juliet Omowunmi Ewesomoh Odeyemi one of the recipients of Celestial Champions Award, 2016. She was born on December 29th, as the first child in a Christian family of 7. Her parents are Mr. and Mrs. Omoruyi, natives of Uzeba town, Owan west L.G.A. in Edo state, Nigeria. She attended Prime-rose Nursery School, Lagos, and later moved to José Maria Nursery & Primary School, Lagos, where she completed her primary school education. In 1992 she got admitted into Secondary school at an early age of 10. By the year 2000, she gained admission into the University of Lagos and graduated with a Second class Upper Degree in Cell Biology and Genetics. In 2012, she earned a Master’s degree in International Management from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, and an MBA at the University of Lagos. Currently, she is happily married to Mr. Dare Odeyemi, first son of Professor Odeyemi with lovely kids. Her incursion into the esoteric world of music has been a pre-destined one, getting her calling at an early age, she has nursed and nurtured this dream for the last 20 years, and finally it has become a reality. Praising the Lord is what she’s called to do, her debut album titled, HIS GRACE came out in 2013. It is a wonderfully packaged album of 10 tracks and a bonus track of soul lifting, inspiring songs, all written and composed by her, through the anointing of our Lord Jesus Christ. She has been opportune to minister at several churches and programs both in Nigeria and Internationally in the UK, USA and Canada and she gives God all the glory for what He’s been doing through her. She has also written several songs, and she’s currently recording her 2nd official album at Juliem Studioz, Ogba. Hopefully should be out by January 2017 to herald in the New Year. Some of her favourite songs include: He Hears, His Grace, Ko Soba Biire, Fiyin Foluwa, Oluwa nbe Laafin, Metalokan and Sing a new song, all ranging from High praise to worship, soul, Gospel hip-hop and R&B. She was born for a purpose, and that purpose is to be Christ’s dwelling place. My favourite gospel artistes are Cece Winans, Olufunmi, Lara George, and Britt Nicole.