On Saturday, October 22nd 2016, the formal launch of the OladiranOlusegunAdebutu (OOA) Foundation, a non-profit and non-political organization took place at the Park Inn by Radisson, Presidential Boulevard, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Prominent Nigerians from all walks of life had assembled at the Boulevard to give respite to not less than 300 orphans and vulnerable children, through the OladiranOlusegunAdebutu (OOA) Foundation initiated phased intervention programmes which aims at supporting them with access to quality education, primary healthcare, nutrition as well as social and economic welfare.
Speaking during the launch, Chairman of the Foundation, OladiranOlusegunAdebutu, revealed that the initiative is committed to giving orphans and vulnerable children a level playing field in life. “Society is often caught up in the cycle of trying to make ends meet and tend to forget the vulnerable in the process. We have decided to step in to make a difference because we believe every child deserves a sense of belonging and a fighting chance to succeed in life despite any initial setback.”
In her opening remarks, KemiSokenu-Morris, Chief Executive Officer, OOA, explained that the 300 orphans and vulnerable children were carefully selected from six Local Government Areas in the state and will benefit from the pilot project which will run from June to December, this year.
L/R: KemiShokenu-Morris, Dr AbiolaOlorode, OlusegunAdebutu, Sir KessingtonAdebutu, SSG Ogun State, Barrister Margaret Orakwusi and Matel-Okoh
She further explained that the two-year pilot intervention programme covers three selected senatorial districts in Ogun State.
The six select Local Government Areas include Odogbolu, Ikenne, Imeko, Yewa South, Abeokuta South and Abeokuta North; while plans are underway to extend the intervention to other geographical zones of the country.
Also speaking at the occasion, one of the patrons of the Foundation, Sir (Dr.) KessingtonAdebukunolaAdebutu who lamented the plight of orphans and vulnerable children across the country, applauded the conception and creation of OOA Foundation’s and its envisaged dream of society where no vulnerable children and women are left behind in poverty and sorrow. Pledging his continued support for the Foundation, he also adopted of 30 children from the selected 300.
Sir KessingtonAdebutu, Oni of Ife and OlusegunAdebutu
The Ogun State Governor, Senator IbikunleAmosun, represented by the Secretary to the State Government,TaiwoAdeoluwa, indicated the preparedness of the State Government to partner with OOA Foundation in its efforts towards the empowerment of the less privileged in the state.
Emphasizing the need for active participation of the Private Sector and kind-hearted individuals in the provision of adequate care and protection for special children across board, Governor Amosun, who could not hide his joy at the launch of the Foundation, described the Foundation as an exemplary gesture that was targeted at giving a new lease of life to the less fortunate in the society.
Senator Dr Grace Folashade Bent, BabaganaKingibe, Sir KessingtonAdebutu, OlusegunAdebutu
Patrons of the Foundation many of who graced the occasion and pledged their support for the Foundation include, His Excellency, Chief OlusegunObasanjo (Former President of Nigeria); Dr. Sen. Grace Folashade Bent; former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice SalihuModibo Alfa Balgore; Former Minister of Youth and Chlture, AlaboTonye Graham-Douglas; Obi of Onitsha, HRM IgweNnaemeka Alfred Achebe (Agbogidi); Emir of Zaria, HRH SarkinShehuIdris and Barrister Margaret NkemOnyema- Orakwusi.
The presence of the Ooni of Ife, Oba AdeyeyeOgunwusi also added colour to the launch, as he also all well-meaning Nigerians to make concerted efforts towards the empowerment of the youth and women in society.
L/R KayodeAdelaja, KemiOsinibi, Joyce Okungbowa, OlusegunAdebutu, ModupeAfolabi, Matel-Okoh, Femi Elenitoba, KemiShokenu-Morris
Others include AbolanleMatel-Okoh, Dr.AbiolaOlorode, Senator Grace Folasade Bent who are also members of the Board of Trustees; and Chief Medical Director, University College Hospital (UCH), Prof TemitopeAlonge, among others.
The biggest and first themed concert of its kind The CATHOLIC PRAISE CONCERT 2015 held on Saturday, 23rd May 2015. The concert kicked off from 3.45pm with Holy Mass Celebrated by Reverend Fr. Alphonsos Ozoemene O.P. at the University of Lagos main auditorium. Entry was free!
It was an unforgettable cantata tagged, ‘Dare to Praise’. Reverend Fr. Alphonsus Ozoemene, in his homily, affi rmed that the pentecostals are doing well in Gospel music, adding that Catholics have the potential to do better. In his words, “Pentecostals are doing wonderfully ahead of Catholics when it comes to praising God through music. But we (Catholics) are sleeping giants; when we rise, they will start looking for their legs”. The Priest also made us to understand that the Holy Spirit is one but the gifts are diverse and among these gifts is Singing Ministration.
Making allusion to the words of St. Augustine, that he who sings well prays twice. After the Mass came the concert which was compered by comedians, MC Big Ant and MC Mekoyo with Dj X-moe on the wheel of steel. Indeed it was a Dare to Praise Event as baring all the odds and last minute challenges at the UNILAG Main Auditorium caused by the University Management, The Concert audience refused to be deterred from Praising God and having The Concert even after three (3) power outages.
The three (3) power outages are synonymous to the three (3) falls of Jesus Christ on His way to Calvary, where He died for our sins. And like Christ, The Spirit of GOD picked up the Concert and all of us at the concert got up and rose to praise God. The audience sang Praises and thrilled by comedian Mc Holy Mecoyo and Tony “BigAnt” Ofi li the Mc.
The audience that cut across young, old, students, interdenominational Christians, and non-Christians joined the executive producer of The Catholic Praise Concert, Peter Egbumokei in chanting “The devil is a liar”. Eventually The UNILAG Management got their act together and provided steady power supply for the last (2) two hours as against the six (6) hours the venue was booked for.
The theme for this year was inspired by the life of King David in the Bible who was reputed for praising God no matter what situation he found himself in, hence the theme “DARE TO BE A DAVID; DARE TO PRAISE”.
In spite of the huge challenges around the date; fuel scarcity, inclement weather and the power outages (another conspicuous 3 trials), the concert was electrified by the awe inspiring performances; thrilling the audience live on stage were: FLO, Kenny K’ore, KELLAR THRILLZ – Fix crew, Prisca D Nightingale, The Catholic Church of Resurrection Magodo Choir, Axios Choir, St. Cecilia Choir University of Lagos, De Supreme Gospel According to Dance, Goody Bama Orchestra, Peacemakers, Ablaze crew, St. Michael the Archangel Choir- CKC Akowonjo, APVO Mars, Jide Ayan and Fizzy (winner of #PerformatCPC2015Onlinecontest).
It was an opportunity for Christians to come together to praise God, interact, put aside ungodly differences and together lift one voice in worship to God. In a simple phrase, an offering of Praise to God; our lives must go from grace to Praise of God, that the heavens may take notice of us and our beloved country.
Moreover, the Catholic Praise Concert has come to stay and the organisers seem determined to take it to places. On the vision of CPC, the organiser, Peter Egbumokei, said right now, sponsors are very limited. “We are not charging any ticket fee, admission is free of charge and we are solely dependent on donors”. According to him, the aim is to move the concert from city to city or have more than one concert in a year, maybe two cities in a country. “When we start to have regional attendance, people coming in from oher parts of the world and states outside Lagos to perform; that is what we look forward to.
When in 2014, the maiden edition of the Catholic Praise Concert brought together musicians, dancers, choral groups, Christians and non-Christians from across the country in an evening of inspiring and colourful praise offering to God, many thought it was too good to be sustainable. Adjudged the first of its kind in West African sub region, the organisers were very optimistic that it would become an annual festival that people will look forward to.
The Catholic Praise Concert is simply an opportunity for Christians to come together to praise GOD, interact, put aside un-Godly differences, and together lift one voice in worship to God. In a simple phrase – an offering of PRAISE to God; our lives must go from Grace to Praise of God, that Heaven may take notice of us and our beloved country. It also serves as a medium to showcase beautiful Gospel talents that our country is endowed with.
While the maiden edition took place a few weeks after the abduction of the Chibok girls by the dreaded Boko Haram sect, this second edition is took place when the nation was rejoicing at the imminent eradication of Boko Haram and the release of hundreds of women, girls and children abducted by the dreaded sect, a confirmation of the fact that praise is the greatest form of prayer.
The Visioner and Convener of the concert Engr. Peter Egbumokei in an exclusive chat with Nigerian Catholic Reporter at the maiden edition said that the concert was an opportunity to praise God and pray for the nation. “We are not just praising God because we are all happy, we are praising God because He is worthy of praise, no matter the situation. The Bible says in all situations, give God the glory.
We are using praise to draw Gods attention to our plight. The Catholic Praise Concert is being organized by the Felicia Michael Save our Souls Foundation- FMSOSF, House of Ogugua Michael Egbumokei and Yellow Craig. It is powered by the Holy Spirit and proudly supported by Catholic Archdiocese (Metroploitan See) of Lagos, Donralph Media Concepts Ltd- DonRalphDMG, Nigeria Catholic Reporter, Inspiro Productions, Oluwamiranda Blog, and other individuals/corporate bodies.
Concluding, Peter Egbumokei said “…ultimately, we want people to be blessed; for those who don’t believe in God to see the awesomeness of God, not just entertainment”.
The newly inaugurated executive of the Laity Council, Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, headed by Mr. Joseph Eyeowa, recently swung into action as it doled out series of awards to deserving Nigerians for their contribution to the growth of the church.
It was indeed a carnival like setting as distinguished clergies, Rev. Sisters, representatives of the various lay societies and other eminent Nigerians, including the PDP Gubernatorial Candidate for Lagos State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje and the Mother of the Governor of, Lagos State, gathered at St. Agnes Catholic Church for the grand event. Representing the Archbishop of Lagos, the Episcopal Vicar for Mainland Region and Parish priest of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Gbaja, Msgr. Benard Okodua, who was the chief celebrant at the mass, congratulated the awardees and urged them not to relent in their oars.
Other priests present at the event included the Dean of Maryland Deanery and Parish Priest of St. Agnes, Maryland, Rev. Fr. Taiye Fadairo, the Director of Lay Apostolate Centre, Fr. Innocent Opogah, Rev. Fr. Matthew Ogunyase ; Dean, Isolo Deanery and several others.
Reception followed immediately after the mass in the church compound, where various individual, groups and societies were awarded on merit for their commitment and dedication in their capacity.
Some of the awardees included, Rev. Fr. Taiye Fadairo, Mr. Albert Udeh, Chief Mrs. T.O Sobajo, Mr. K.B Mark Anthony and Mr. Mike Ogbanje, amongst others.
Maiden Women Induction Holds in Style at St Thomas Onilekere
It was like being intoxicated with new wine as women of St. Thomas Catholic Church Onilekere Ikeja, Lagos on Sunday May 18 savoured their medals and certificates after being officially inducted into the Catholic Women Organisation (CWO) of the Church by the Parish Priest Rev. Fr. (Dr.) Daniel Nwankwo as supported by the deanery and archdiocesan CWO executives.
In their induction prayer the newly inducted women prayed for grace never to lose sight of their model, the Blessed Virgin Mary, who co-operated with God in all things in their words and actions as they thanked God for womanhood which He (God) created to complement and not to compete with manhood.
St. Thomas Catholic Church came into being in 2005 with late Rev. Fr. Basil Aguinam as first Parish Priest and ever since its inception this is the maiden induction of its women formally into the women fold of the Church; The Catholic Women Organisation (CWO) though they partake in all CWO activities.
The credit no doubt goes to the current Parish Priest Rev. Fr. (Dr.) Daniel Nwankwo who parishioners attest to haven repositioned the parish physically and spiritually since he came to the parish three years ago. One of such deeds is ensuring that women in the parish take their place in the comity of women in the Church hence the induction which is a solemn admittance into the CWO.
Despite the many encomiums on his endeavours in the parish, Rev. Fr. Daniel in his congratulatory message to the women stated emphatically that “this is beginning of good things in the parish”, using the successful outing of the CWO to challenge other groups in the Parish to wake up.
To the inductees he informed that the act of induction is a call for rededication to God and service to humanity as exemplified in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary who is the CWO model.
The induction ceremony which brought to the parish the who-is- who associated with members of the parish particularly the Chairperson of the steering committee Mrs. Rachel Madu, provided ample opportunity for the women to raise fund for its evangelism Bus tagged N10m CWO Bus. In this regard, it is very apparent that in a couple of weeks the Parish CWO will be spotting its own vehicle at its various outings due to the commendable response from their friends and associates.
The women also used the event to appreciate parishioners, friends and associates of the parish who have supported the parish in its growth and development through awards of different categories. To the awardees Fr. Daniel while also congratulating them informed them that the awards go beyond mere Thank You to also include a call to do more as he prayed God to grant them favour and the grace to continue to serve Him in spirit and with their means.
It was not surprising that Rev. Fr. Daniel and the associate priest Rev. Fr. James Chiemenem topped list of the Awardees. While Fr. Daniel got the Good Shepherd Award, Rev. Fr. James took home the Humble Steward Award both of which were stylishly presented to them during the Holy Mass.
To all present, the vocal priest, without mincing words, admonished Christians to kill the spirit of divide and rule or ban and suspend at will as he enjoins them to embrace a godly spirit and the wisdom to manage every form of conflict in our individual or collective life. He called all to shun evil and condemn what is evil so that together we will make the kingdom of God on the last Day.
In his contribution, the Chairman of the occasion, Chief Clem Best Man Onyedi (Best Man Azia) commended the effort of the women in pulling together the cream of crowd the occasion brought to the parish as he enjoins them to continue to work as a team with the common goal of making heaven in the life after.
Opening Ceremony of the First Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins Football Tournament
The opening ceremony of the First Annual Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins Football.
Tournament took place at St Gregory’s College, Ikoyi, Lagos on Saturday, June 28, 2014. The tournament which is being organized by the Catholic Men Organisation (CMO), Archdiocese of Lagos is designed to further unite and strengthen the CMO in the Archdiocese.
The ceremony commenced with a march past of all participating Parish CMO teams and fund raising in support of the CMO Skill Acquisition Centre in Idimu, Lagos. The highpoint of the ceremony was the kickoff match between the CMO Central Team, Lagos Archdiocese and her Archbishop’s Teams constituting of Priests selected from different Parishes in the Archdiocese.
United Bank for Africa PLC (UBA Plc) is the only corporate body that is, so far, sponsoring the tournament which will have all the Parishes in the Archdiocese in participation.
Photo Gallery From The Opening Ceremony of the First Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins Football Tournament