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Ayo Oritsejafor

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Ayodele Joseph Oritsegbubemi Oritsejafor, known as Papa Ayo Oritsejafor, is the founding and Senior pastor of Word of Life Bible Church, in Warri, Nigeria. He became the national president of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria on 7 February 2005.[1] He held the position for five years.In July 2010, Oritsejafor was elected president of the Christian Association of Nigeria,[2][3] the umbrella body of all Christians in the country. He was the first Pentecostal leader to hold the position. Oritsejafor was the first to launch a Miracle crusade from Africa to a world audience through satellite in 1987 with evangelist Joe Martins.

Early life[change | change source]

Ayo Oritsejafor was born on November 10 into the family of Mr. Joseph Monday Oritsejafor and Mrs. Roli Durojaiye Oritsejafor in Lagos, Nigeria. His mother is a committed member of the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC).

In 1972, Oritsejafor became "born again" in an evangelical crusade held in Sapele, Nigeria. Oritsejafor enrolled at the All Nations For Christ Bible Institute, Benin City, Nigeria. He later joined the Nigerian Baptist Seminary, Ogbomosho in Oyo State, Nigeria. In 1979 he went to the United States for further studies at Morris Cerullo's School of Ministry (El Cortez), San Diego, California.

According to him, he had a vision of himself wearing a suit and was preaching to thousands of people. He heard a voice that said to him, "This is what you are going to be doing the rest of your life" and the voice said, "Take my word to the world". This led to the founding of the Word of Life Bible Church in November 1987. He hosts Hour of Deliverance, a television program which had its debut in 1980.

Oritsejafor says he owes all his life's accomplishments to God. His success in ministry he attributes to the influence of God-given mentors like Archbishop Benson Idahosa, Dr. Moris Cerullo, Evangelist Robert W. Schamback, and Evangelist Tommy L. Osborn among others.

Oritsejafor is a promoter of leadership by example. This is evident in the role he played in bringing the crisis in Niger Delta area of Nigeria to an end.[4][5]

Philanthropy[change | change source]

Oritsejafor with a benefactor during the Annual Poverty Alleviation Program in Warri, Nigeria on December 26, 2015

Oritsejafor sees himself as a servant of God and an instrument through which God ministers to the spiritual and physical needs of people.[6] He places emphasis on salvation, repentance, holiness, deliverance and empowerment of the less privileged, through social responsibility programmes. Over the years, he has condemned wastefulness and encouraged giving back to the society, regardless of religion or race. He offers scholarships to students in need in various tertiary, secondary and elementary institutions both within and outside Nigeria irrespective of tribe or denomination.[7][8]

In December 2005, Oritsejafor and his wife Helen partnered with Flight Micro Finance Bank to start an empowerment programme for the people. Oritsejafor, ever since, makes it a tradition to empower the less privileged and to reduce the sufferings of families all over at the end of every December.[9] On 26 December 2016, the Word of Life Bible Church in conjunction with the Eagle Flight Micro Finance Bank held a poverty alleviation programme in Warri.[10] On 23 May 2020, Oritsejafor and his wife Helen gave out some food items to the people "in order to cushion the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on the masses".[11]

African Broadcasting Network[change | change source]

Oritsejafor set up African Broadcasting Network, an international satellite Christian television station intended to serve as a voice for the gospel of Christ from Africa to the world.[12] It is a satellite channel broadcasting from London. It is currently viewed in 75 countries world-wide and online through WebTV.

References[change | change source]

  1. "24 years of sweetness for Pastor Oritsejafor and wife". The Nation Newspaper. 1 May 2021. Retrieved 29 October 2022.
  2. "CAN re-elects Oritsejafor as president". Vanguard News. 10 July 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2022.
  3. "Officers". CANNigeria.org. Archived from the original on 18 January 2016. Retrieved 29 October 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  4. "Nigeria: How Yar'Adua Can Address Niger Delta Problem - Oritsejafor". AllAfrica.com. 24 July 2008. Retrieved 29 October 2022.
  5. "Nigeria: Grant Amnesty to Militants-Pastor Oritsejafor". AllAfrica.com. 17 August 2008. Retrieved 29 October 2022.
  6. Eyoboka, Sam (21 April 2013). "Ayo Oritsejafor: The dogged lion equipping people". Vanguard News. Retrieved 29 October 2022.
  7. Eyoboka, Sam (22 February 2015). "VALENTINE DAY: Minor bags Oritsejafor's scholarship". Vanguard News. Retrieved 29 October 2022.
  8. Eyoboka, Sam (26 November 2013). "40 indigent students bag Oritsejafor scholarship awards". Vanguard News. Retrieved 29 October 2022.
  9. Eyoboka, Sam (23 December 2014). "Oritsejafor gives out 7 cars". Vanguard News. Retrieved 29 October 2022.
  10. "Xmas; Woman Bursts Into Tears After Getting Gift From Pastor Oritsejafor. Photos". National Helm. 26 December 2016. Archived from the original on 15 April 2017. Retrieved 29 October 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  11. "GIVING! PAPA AYO AND MAMA HELEN ORITSEJAFOR GIVE OUT POST-LOCKDOWN PALLIATIVES". Warri Voice. 23 May 2020. Archived from the original on 29 October 2022. Retrieved 29 October 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  12. "African Broadcasting Network". ABNChannel.net. Archived from the original on 30 July 2022. Retrieved 29 October 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)