Reverend Mom Olive Adejobi, spouse of the late Primate Emmanuel Adejobi of the Church of the Lord, Aladura, just lately clocked 94. She speaks about her rising up, ministerial journey and life in previous age, on this interview with JANET OGUNDEPO
You just lately celebrated your birthday, how does it really feel being 94?
The celebration was superb and I used to be completely satisfied to see everybody round me – (church) members, ministers, little kids, amongst others. The church was full on that day. I’m so completely satisfied. It jogs my memory of these days after I was energetic. I’m now not as energetic as I was.
What specific occasion in your childhood stays unforgettable to you?
That may be my days in main college. I attended Ake Abeokuta Major Faculty. I keep in mind very effectively that my headmaster was the daddy of Prof Wole Soyinka. I attended that faculty till I left Abeokuta for Lagos.
My father was the late Pa John and my mom, Mama Kehinde John. She was a twin however the Taiwo (twin sister) had died lengthy earlier than I used to be born. I had a pleasant time rising up. The regulation, for us then, was you dared not miss going to church. Each Sunday morning, we attended Sunday Faculty and providers within the afternoon and night. We had been skilled that means and we obtained used to it. My mum used to make adire (batik) and he or she was referred to as Mama Alaaro. I used to comply with her to the market to promote adire at any time when the market day fell on a Saturday. Additionally, generally if I wasn’t at school, I helped her to make adire patterns. No person took over the adire enterprise from my mom as a result of we needed to go to high school.
Within the olden days, sending women to high school was not that in style. Did your dad and mom need to be satisfied to enrol you?
All my siblings, each female and male, went to high school. I don’t know of any feminine that was not allowed to go to high school throughout my time. All of us went to high school.
Was your date of beginning recorded?
My father was well-read so I used to be in a position to know my date of beginning.
Was it true that you simply as soon as labored with the Nigerian Postal Workplace Financial savings Financial institution at Igbosere, Lagos? What was the expertise like for you?
After I left Queens Faculty within the Forties, I labored on the Nigerian Submit Workplace Financial institution.
How did you meet your husband?
That was after I got here to Lagos. I used to be staying with certainly one of my brothers and he (my husband) was a member of the church. That was the place the entire thing began.
How was life and marriage when your husband was alive?
It was a nice time as a result of we had been in a position to carry the duty of each the church and the youngsters effectively. All however certainly one of our kids had been born in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The final baby was born in the UK.
Your husband went to be with the Lord 30 years in the past. How was the expertise like for you carrying on with the ministry with out him?
It wasn’t too good however I thank God for accepting me. The early days weren’t too good as a result of I all the time remembered him and I might be saying, “If my husband had been to be alive, we might do that and that collectively.” However after a while, I needed to stick with it with the assistance of God. The church had develop into my household on the time. Earlier than my husband’s demise, we established a seminary, bringing in girls and boys to be skilled for the work of God. We generally had the older women and men be a part of as effectively. They had been of fine use to the institution of the Church of the Lord, Aladura, Lagos and different elements of Nigeria. We thank God that most of the church branches nonetheless exist now.
I used to be one of many lecturers and was additionally in control of Diocese C and I had about 11 church buildings beneath me. I might go to one or two of the church buildings virtually each Sunday to worship with them, to know what was occurring and see to the event of the church buildings. Most occasions, I spent my time through the week on a few of the challenges and initiatives for the church buildings. I hardly had time for myself as a result of I used to be busy with providers, visitation of members who had been absent for a while and counselling of each the younger and the aged. With the assistance of God, I used to be in a position to cope.
All this stuff I had began whereas my husband was nonetheless alive and I continued after his demise. It turned a bit simple for me when my kids obtained married and had their very own houses however then I nonetheless needed to name and verify on them and their households, each those that are in Nigeria and overseas. I’m completely satisfied and pleased with that.
In some church buildings ladies should not allowed to officiate. Was there any problem getting the church to just accept your management?
Within the Church of the Lord Aladura, we’ve a college the place we prepare our female and male ministers. Being a lady didn’t disqualify me from being one of many main feminine ministers within the church, even amongst my friends in different church buildings. I’ve pleasure in doing that. The church just isn’t against ladies however encourage ladies to be energetic within the service of God. Now we have them in grades as effectively.
What would you say to ladies who’ve a ministerial calling however are going through opposition from their church or husbands?
Effectively, it depends upon the church. If the church permits ladies to be lecturers or ministers of their church, you can not rule it out and so long as they’ve gone for the coaching. It additionally depends upon the settlement between the spouse and husband. If the husband doesn’t enable it, it might trigger some misunderstanding if a lady needs to be a minister of God and he or she is already skilled for it, with out the settlement between her and the husband; it is likely to be tough. For us, so long as you’ve gotten the coaching and the settlement is between you and your husband, then the way in which is open so that you can develop into a minister within the church from the very lowest grade to so far as you possibly can go within the ministry.
What are the issues the church, on the whole, is doing wrongly?
Effectively, the church, not each member anyway, has develop into hypocritical in the way in which of service. In these days, we had been taught by our dad and mom and the faculties we attended to go to church with our Bibles. Then, you weren’t to go late to church however it’s fairly completely different now. The youths as of late don’t carry their Bibles; as a substitute they carry their smartphones and from there learn the Bible, it’s fallacious they usually go to the church late as effectively. So, you’re to hold your Bibles and skim from the phrase of God.
Most church buildings discuss prosperity however prosperity is completely different from salvation. We go to church so we could also be saved. If you don’t go to your office otherwise you go late, you’ll be sacked however individuals don’t see something fallacious in coming late to church. Individuals don’t attempt to examine the 2. It’s a should so that you can go to church on Sunday to serve God. And once you go solely that at some point, you carry your telephone and also you go late as effectively. They know the priest can’t sack them however there’s somebody who’s above the priest and that’s our heavenly Father who calls us to come back earlier than Him so we could obtain blessings, not just for our total life however to indicate us the way in which to go to beat the evils of the day. Many dad and mom don’t train their kids this stuff anymore. These I skilled or taught nonetheless go to church with their telephones as they discover it too heavy to hold their bibles. However thanks be to God that those that will hear will hear and we must also pray that our youths as of late will adhere to the data and take heed to the voice of God for his or her total lives.
What makes you content?
Age doesn’t enable me to do a lot now; I sleep, have my morning prayers and take heed to the information. My favorite presenter is Joyce, I like to listen to her and Sandra too. I take heed to my radio day-after-day, within the evenings. I like to take heed to Ronke Ajayi. I don’t joke with my radio in any respect. When the information just isn’t good, I’m on my knees or my mattress, praying, asking God to look down on us in mercy and compassion. Now, Nigerian information doesn’t make you content, we’re not in politics however prayers and supplications earlier than our heavenly father to make issues higher for us and our kids.
I additionally like to be on the telephone with all of my kids, they’re all around the globe now. Due to the Europeans who’ve made the world so shut that I can choose up the telephone to succeed in them. I like my grandchildren a lot that each Sunday, I can name them one after the opposite, I miss them a lot.
The youths of the church additionally come round to go to me. Once they come, they sing, and I ask that they be served mushy drinks and we take pleasure in ourselves and pray collectively. Generally they carry their grievances or request for counselling. I’ve pleasure in doing it as a result of it offers me time to be nearer to them they usually to me. By the grace of God, I can lead them, pray with them and make them completely satisfied.
Do you inform them a little bit of historical past, what occurred throughout your time as a youth?
Sure, they get the advantage of expertise. I’ve a lot of photos of after I was younger they usually see these style types that had been trending then coming again.
You had been 33 years previous when Nigeria gained its Independence; how did you’re feeling on that day?
I wasn’t in Nigeria at the moment. I had left Nigeria since 1948 to Freetown in Sierra Leone, then to Ghana, then United Kingdom earlier than I lastly got here again to Nigeria. I used to be completely satisfied however then it might have been higher for us to have been on our personal with out the British rule however now that I’ve been again house for a very long time, I’m not too completely satisfied, seeing what’s going on within the nation however I all the time pray for our nation, from the individual on the very high to the least. Being a lady of prayer, that’s all I can do, go on my knees to hope in order that Nigeria is usually a higher place not solely now however ceaselessly. And I do know at any time when we pray, God listens. He can do all that pleases Him and He may have mercy on people who name on Him.
Did you expertise racism when you had been within the UK?
No, I didn’t. Some British-born blacks attended our church buildings. We even have some white individuals who attended our church and even obtained married to some blacks. We thank God as a result of He’s the God of all.
Do you continue to have any unfulfilled desires?
I don’t really feel unfulfilled, in no way. About this time of my life, I simply need to proceed to serve Him until the day comes and that’s the finish of time. I’m fulfilled, sure. I worship my father in heaven proper from after I get up within the morning. I pray on a regular basis as a result of there is no such thing as a work for me to do now, so I take advantage of most of my time to worship God.
What’s your finest meals?
I’ve no finest meals, however early within the morning, the very best factor I like to have is a cup of tea, vegetables and fruit. I additionally favor hen, though it is likely to be just a bit.
What would you need to be remembered for?
I’ll like the youngsters, each mine and from the church, to keep in mind that the very best factor to do is to worship and serve the dwelling God by means of my teachings in main them to the way in which of God. That’s the solely means that leads them to everlasting life, peace, data of God and opens the chance for all they want in life.
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