There are prophets and there prophesies.
However, one man of God who has been consistent with his prophesies is Primate Babatunde Elijah Ayodele of Inri Evangelical Spiritual Church.
Over the years, the man of God has accurately prophesied about happening both within and outside Nigeria.
Many would remember his prophesies about the demise of Oba Adeyinka Oyekan, death of General Sanni Abacha and the return of Olusegun Obasanjo as President.
Early this year, the 2018/2019 edition of his annual publication “Warning To The Nations”, an avenue through which the man of God unveils his prophesies was released.
A media presentation followed in July of the same year, as Primate Ayodele unveiled to the world the book described as “a collection of divine signals authorised through divine prompting by the servant of the most high God”.
Since it’s unveiling, prophesies therein have come to pass. Chief of them includes those in the financial, political, law enforcement and manufacturing sectors.
Internationally, prophesies involving Facebook, the Republic of Benin and several others have also come to pass.
In the 2018/ 2019 edition of “Warnings To The Nation”, Primate Ayodele prophesied about some financial institutions such as Skye Bank Plc, Diamond Bank, Keystone Bank, Heritage Bank and Wema Bank to mention a few. Citing that the financial institutions would face a challenge or a change in management, indeed the prophesies have come to pass.
Only recently, Skye Bank which the man of God said would experience some challenges that can affect its operations lost its license of operation, as it was withdrawn by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). The bank has since changed to Polaris Bank. On its part, Wema Bank saw the emergence of a new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (MD/CEO) in person of Ademola Adebisi, just as it had been prophesied.
Diamond Bank, the man of God prophesied that the financial institution needed prayer to avoid having problems with the CBN. Diamond Bank was among four financial institutions recently sanctioned by the apex bank for an unapproved transfer of funds belonging to telecommunication MTN.
In the case of Heritage Bank, “Warnings To The Nations” was quoted as saying that “the bank will have problems with some of its staffs”. This also came to pass, as the exit of Mary Akpobome, an Executive Director of the financial institution came with the reorganisation of the management of the financial institution. Several other prophesies including the sack of former Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun have also come to pass.
In the manufacturing industry, several prophesies have also come to pass. Primate Ayodele foresaw the problem presently bedeviling Wale Tinubu’s firm Oando and Innoson Motors which he urged to pray against running into trouble and court matters. The suit between the auto manufacturing company and financial institution Guaranty Trust Bank (Gtb) is still in court. In page 259 of “Warning To The Nations”, the book spoke of troubles for telecommunication company MTN Nigeria. MTN was recently hammered by the CBN for what it considered illegal repatriation of funds to South Africa.
Other prophesies which have come to pass includes the reorganisation of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), the travails of the Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, a loss in profit by social media platform Facebook, attacks on camps of Internally Displaced People (IDP), increase in the country’s external debt among others.
I’m hale and hearty, Nollywood actor Chiwetalu Agu debunks rumour
Veteran Nollywood actor Chiwetalu Agu has opened up on a viral reports that he is sick and in need of money and prayer to aid his recovery.
Few days ago, a photo of a frail looking Chiwetalu Agu surfaced on the internet, with his numerous fans in Ghana and Nigeria questioning what could be wrong with him.
But Agu, on his Instagram page rubbished such report, saying that he is hale and hearty.
He urged his teeming fans to disregard any foolish Facebook post by anybody that he was sick and in need of money.
According to him, he is in perfect condition and did not need the help of anybody.
“Good morning my people ❤️ Please disregard any foolish post on Facebook by anybody saying am SICK and SOLICITING for MONEY, I’m in a perfect good health condition.
“I will never ask anybody for A DIME neither am I on FACEBOOK,” he said.
Popular Nollywood actor dies in hotel room
A popular Nollywood actor, Frank Dallas is dead.
The Witness learned that Dallas died on Wednesday, February 19 in his hotel room in Abia State, southeast Nigeria while attending a summit.
Reacting to the death, the President of the Actors’ Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Emeja Rollas, declared three days of mourning and prayers across all state chapters of the guild.
In a statement released on its Instagram page by the Guild’s PRO Monalisa Chinda-Coker, the AGN said it has cancelled all official activities for three days in honour of the popular Nollywood actor.
The statement reads as thus; “With heart full of sorrow, we announce the sudden death of the immediate past National PRO of GNU, Frank Dallas Ebulukwu.
“The National President of AGN, Ejezie Emeka Rollas has declared three days of National mourning and prayers accross all State Chapters including FCT Abuja.’
“In view of this, all official activities of the Guild at all levels are hereby cancelled for three days.
“State Chapter Chairmen are instructed to open condolence register in his honour from Monday, 24/02/2020.
“Monthly meeting for February is dedicated to mourning and prayers. We shall be guided accordingly while we await further directives and burial arrangements from the family. May his gentle Soul rest in peace,” the statement added.
Also reacting, another Nollywood actor, Charles Inojie, paid his tribute to Dallas on his Instagram page, writing that: “Nollywood has lost a crowd in one man… FRANK DALLAS… the effervescent spirit! Rest in peace bro”
Gospel music sensation, Philadelphia Kes speaks on her new single “He Came Through”
Philadelphia Kes speaks on her new single “He Came Through”.
If there is one act that is waiting to explode in the Nigerian music industry, it is Philadelphia Ekesiena with the stage name Philadelphia Kes. The young dynamic and creative gospel artiste is gradually carving a niche for herself as one upwardly-mobile singer with potentials to be great. Her latest single ‘He Came Through’ is is testimony to this.
In this interview with select journalists in Lagos including The Witness JULIUS AKPOVIRE ENYEH, the Delta-born talks about her love for gospel music, growing up and the next big step for her. Read on.
Tell us more about yourself?
I’m Philadelphia Ekesiena, but my stage name is Philadelphia Kes. I originally come from the southern part of Nigeria, Delta State to be precise. I had my B.Sc from international economics at the Ternopil National Economic University, Ukraine in 2015.
I love good music, fashion, intellectual conversations and honest people. When I’m not singing, I’m surely checking out new fashion styles, trends and all. I have five siblings and I’m the third of six children.
How did you start singing?
I literary grew up in church, joined the children’s choir at a very tender age and became one of the best at the time. While in high school, I still kept at it and during university days was when I knew singing was my thing and decided to do it for real.
Do you play any instruments?
Not at all.
What inspired the title of your song, “He Came Through”?
There was a time in my life where depression, regular mood swings were the order of the day. Then my cousin came up with the song and we co-wrote it; and that was how I was able to really express myself through the lyrics of the song.
How long did it take to write and produce the song?
It took about five years because we had the song since my university days and decided to revamp it four years after graduation.
This is a single. Do you intend to make a complete album so soon?
Yes of course, a couple of other songs are cooking already.
What are your challenges as a gospel artiste and how do you cope with them?
Really, it’s not easy putting out good music I mean the whole process of producing, engineering, promoting. Having to keep up with the financial commitments has been a major challenge but somehow God makes a way and things are sorted.
What other talents do you have outside music?
I’m very good with clothes, fashion generally such that I have plans to set up a fashion outfit soonest.
Do you have any role models either in the gospel genre or music generally?
Yes I do, I love Maranda Curtis, when I grow up I want to be like her. I love Efe Nathan as well, her vocal strength is one which I covet. So I keep working hard every day.
How far do you intend to go in the music industry?
Own or co-own a record label someday where I can sign upcoming artistes to relief them from some of the stress I’m passing through now and music making becomes easier and fun-filled.
What informed your choice of gospel music over secular?
I grew up in church and gospel music is everything I’ve known as a child up until now even though I’m a wide listener and I listen to diverse genres. So yeah, the love for gospel came naturally.
What’s your assessment of gospel music in Nigeria?
Gospel music in Nigeria is still growing; it’s got a lot of potential even across West Africa and the entire world.
What we have so far are a lot of very talented gospel artistes but need help in the area of awareness, promotion, distribution and production.
Oh, you guys are doing that already by exposing me so you need to do that a lot more for others. Radio stations, TV stations and others like that… media houses need to promote us more. That way we will get the maximum coverage. We need exposure; so yeah it’s coming up and we’ve got room to improve but we are doing well.
What gives you joy?
Good music, achieving a set goal, and a couple of other things I can’t mention here.
Growing up, did you always want to be a musician? Can you recall your earliest musical memory? Was there a time when you thought of doing something completely different?
Well, as a child I did music for fun, I didn’t think of becoming a professional someday but I kept sharpening up the craft. It was when I went to the university to study and someday become an economist that I realised that my love for music is beyond just doing it for fun and that I’d like to do it full time, so my undying love for music inspired my decision to go into it fully.
What turns you off?
Lies, deceit, bad smell.
What are the things you won’t be caught doing?
Lying, backbiting, extortion.
The gospel music industry is a bit overcrowded. How do you intend to stand out?
I have a sound I’m set to project, I want to be as original as possible, with that I’m sure I’ll stand out and in turn break even.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I see myself proclaiming the name of Jesus around the world and anywhere my feet step on. I’m sold out to making Jesus famous through my songs as that’s the whole essence of salvation.
You are beautiful; tell us about your ideal man?
Thank you. He has to be God-fearing, intelligent and tall.
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