Nigerian News, Octogenarian

Nigerian News, Octogenarian

Nigerian news doesn’t make one happy, after listening, I go on my knees to pray – 94-year-old Rev Adejobi - Punch Newspapers

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Nigerian news doesn’t make one happy, after listening, I go on my knees to pray – 94-year-old Rev Adejobi - Punch Newspapers

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Well, it depends on the church. If the church allows women to be teachers or ministers in their church, you cannot rule it out and as long as they have gone for the training. It also depends on the agreement between the wife and husband. If the husband does not allow it, it may cause some misunderstanding if a woman wants to be a minister of God and she is already trained for it, without the agreement between her and the husband; it might be difficult. For us, as long as you have the training and the agreement is between you and your husband, then the way is open for you to become a minister in the church from the very lowest grade to as far as you can go in the ministry.

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What are the things the church, in general, is doing wrongly?Well, the church, not every member anyway, has become hypocritical in the way of service. In those days, we were taught by our parents and the schools we attended to go to church with our Bibles. Then, you were not to go late to church but it is quite different now. The youths these days do not carry their Bibles; instead they carry their smartphones and from there read the Bible, it is wrong and they go to the church late as well. So, you are to carry your Bibles and read from the word of God.

Most churches talk about prosperity but prosperity is different from salvation. We go to church so we may be saved. If you do not go to your workplace or you go late, you will be sacked but people don’t see anything wrong in coming late to church. People don’t try to compare the two. It is a must for you to go to church on Sunday to serve God. And when you go only that one day, you carry your phone and you go late as well. They know the priest cannot sack them but there is someone who is above the priest and that is our heavenly Father who calls us to come before Him so we may receive blessings, not only for our entire life but to show us the way to go to conquer the evils of the day. Many parents do not teach their children these things anymore. Those I trained or taught still go to church with their phones as they find it too heavy to carry their bibles. But thanks be to God that those who will hear will hear and we should also pray that our youths these days will adhere to the knowledge and listen to the voice of God for their entire lives.

What makes you happy?Age does not allow me to do much now; I sleep, have my morning prayers and listen to the news. My favourite presenter is Joyce, I love to hear her and Sandra too. I listen to my radio every day, in the evenings. I love to listen to Ronke Ajayi. I don’t joke with my radio at all. When the news is not good, I am on my knees or my bed, praying, asking God to look down on us in mercy and compassion. Now, Nigerian news does not make you happy, we are not in politics but prayers and supplications before our heavenly father to make things better for us and our children.

I also love to be on the phone with all of my children, they are all around the world now. Thanks to the Europeans who have made the world so close that I can pick up the phone to reach them. I love my grandchildren so much that every Sunday, I can call them one after the other, I miss them so much.

The youths of the church also come around to visit me. When they come, they sing, and I ask that they be served soft drinks and we enjoy ourselves and pray together. Sometimes they bring their grievances or request for counselling. I have joy in doing it because it gives me time to be closer to them and they to me. By the grace of God, I can lead them, pray with them and make them happy.

Do you tell them a bit of history, what happened during your time as a youth?Yes, they get the benefit of experience. I have lots of pictures of when I was young and they see those fashion styles that were trending then coming back.You were 33 years old when Nigeria gained its Independence; how did you feel on that day?

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I wasn’t in Nigeria at that time. I had left Nigeria since 1948 to Freetown in Sierra Leone, then to Ghana, then United Kingdom before I finally came back to Nigeria. I was happy but then it would have been better for us to have been on our own without the British rule but now that I have been back home for a long time, I am not too happy, seeing what is going on in the country but I always pray for our nation, from the person at the very top to the least. Being a woman of prayer, that is all I can do, go on my knees to pray so that Nigeria can be a better place not only now but forever. And I know whenever we pray, God listens. He can do all that pleases Him and He will have mercy on those that call on Him.

Did you experience racism while you were in the UK?No, I did not. Some British-born blacks attended our churches. We also have some white persons who attended our church and even got married to some blacks. We thank God because He is the God of all.Do you still have any unfulfilled dreams?

I do not feel unfulfilled, not at all. About this time of my life, I just have to continue to serve Him till the day comes and that is the end of time. I am fulfilled, yes. I worship my father in heaven right from when I wake up in the morning. I pray all the time because there is no work for me to do now, so I use most of my time to worship God.

What is your best food?I have no best food, but early in the morning, the best thing I love to have is a cup of tea, fruits and vegetables. I also prefer chicken, although it might be just a little.What would you want to be remembered for?I will like the children, both mine and from the church, to remember that the best thing to do is to worship and serve the living God through my teachings in leading them to the way of God. That is the only way that leads them to eternal life, peace, knowledge of God and opens the opportunity for all they need in life.

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