As we celebrate the coming to earth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, we acknowledge the contributions of Nigerian believers using their voices, lives, platforms, and wherewithal to pursue kingdom agenda, push kingdom culture, and wield kingdom influence. Nigeria has been positioned to drive the end-time revival and these ones are doing their little bit to ensure that the whole earth is filled with the knowledge of God as the waters cover the sea.
Our inaugural edition featured notable men of God like Pastor E.A. Adeboye, Bishop David Oyedepo, Revd. Sam Adeyemi and Yemi Osinbanjo, while this edition spotlights vanguards of the faith such as Bro Gbile Akanni, Apostle Emmanuel Kure, Rev. Joe Olaiya, Dr Paul Enenche and Bishop Kukah. We’ve also turned our eyes/search lamps in the direction of men who like John the Baptist have been labouring in the backside of the desert but are relatively unknown as well as social media influencers who’ve literally devoted their channels to God or who seek to change doctrine through constant criticism of what obtains.
See below the #Church100, presented in alphabetical order.
Abimbola Craig is a 32-year-old Nigerian producer and actor who makes no bones about the priority of her Christian faith in everything. The SGIT fave routinely uses her YouTube channel to share life issues and discuss her faith choices in an honest, down to earth manner.
Afy Douglas has been in the music scene 20 years. Dubbed the King of RnB, the songwriter and coach has mentored popular musicians like Timi Dakolo and Mercy Chinwo. Afy released his fifth studio album Saviour in a worship and Christmas charity festival on the 23rd of December, 2018.
Agu Irukwu is the Senior Pastor of the popular UK parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Jesus House. He is an accomplished investment banker and Lawyer. Voted UK’s Most Inspirational Black Person in 2012, Pastor Agu currently holds the position of Pentecostal President of Churches Together in England (CTE) for the period of October 2017-September 2021. He is the founder of the Mandate Men’s Ministries, a ministry established specifically to address the needs of men.
Akomaye Ugar is the Senior Pastor of HoneyStreams Christian Centre, Calabar. A preacher and an author, Pastor Akomaye’s ministry is heavily invested in the youth. He runs the School of Purpose and School of Mentorship across Calabar and Uyo and travels around the world preaching Jesus.
Andy Osakwe is the Senior Pastor and General Overseer of the global ministry Summit Bible Churches Worldwide. Since its creation in 1998, the Church has grown to sprout outreaches in Nigeria, the UK and US.
Asu Ekiye is an award-winning gospel music artiste in Port Harcourt. The Ijaw native style of music is largely African-traditional, a favourite choice in most Nigerian churches praise-worship session. A unifying force in the gospel music scene, Asu Ekiye has served as the National and International President of the Fellowship of Gospel Music Ministers of Nigeria since its inception in 2014. Under his leadership, the fellowship has spread from Nigeria to South Africa and 4 states in the United States of America. Asu Ekiye is also the Special Adviser to the Bayelsa state Goverment on Entertainment and Culture.
Austin Mboso is the founder of Spring House church, Calabar. The church has raised and shaped the destinies of many young people in the University town such as HOTR worship leader Eno Michael.
Ayodeji Jeje wears several hats: pastor, prophet, music minister and politician. Like the bible character, Daniel, Pastor Ayo Jeje does priesthood in political service as The Secretary of Local Government to Ifako- Ijaiye. He is also the organizer of the Interdenominational fellowship Prophetic Streams, which holds every month in Eko.
Bankole Olusina is a profound teacher of the word. For at least 10 years, Pastor Bankole under the auspices of Kingdom Word Ministries has hosted a weekly gathering to discuss the word and his messages are available for free download on his website. The Enugu based pastor holds to the strict interpretation of scripture and doesn’t hesitate to call out erring pastors, even if popular. His mission is simply to “expose scriptural truth”.
BeeJay Sax is a popular gospel jazz saxophonist who took a detour from his own burgeoning Engineering career and his dad’s professorial dreams to give breath/vent to his music calling. Beejay Sax has been playing the instrument for 10 years. He is a regular at gospel music concerts in Nigeria, including the phenomenal The Experience Lagos. This May, the talented instrumentalist held the second edition of his concert, Beejay Sax Live.
Bolanle Olukanni is the media girl with a big smile. This year, the EbonyLfife TV host produced the documentary title God’s Wives which focused on the plight of widows in Nigeria, a passion of hers. She also established a social entrepreneurship foundation for single mothers and widows in the same. Bolanle uses her social media platforms to address sundry issues about her faith such as celibacy, God’s will, how to be a Christian etc.
Bouqui is one of a handful of female rappers in the gospel music industry. Born Bukola Afolayan, Bouqui emerged as a rapper before the Nigerian music industry took off. The award-winning musician has 4 albums and is currently working on the 5th one. She’s released two singles namely King David and Demo featuring Angeloh from the upcoming album that have made it to the top of charts.
Bunmi Oduah is a Christian blogger and social media evangelist who enjoys disrupting the status quo and ripping the blinds off the secrecy that surrounds Christian relationships. Through her blog and Instagram account, Bunmi tackles various myths around relationships, bringing the God/scriptural perspective on each matter. She also uses her journey and travails (she was single for 5 years before she got hitched and barren for 4) to share life lessons about finding fulfilment in singlehood, and the necessity of nourishing a personal, intimate relationship with the Holy Ghost during every stage of life.
CHIOMA ‘CCIOMA’ ODIMBA
CCioma christened Chioma Sylvia Odimba at birth is a vocal powerhouse whose voice literally brings on shivers. A bundle of talents, when CCioma is not singing, writing a song or playing around with harmonies, she’s dropping inspirational gems on IG or cracking jokes. This October, the songstress held a live album recording Concert named Calvary.
Chee Okebalama is a lead vocalist with House on the Rock’s Lagos Metropolitan Gospel Choir. With pipes that can blast a hole through a tunnel, Super Chee is using her gift for the kingdom. She has ministered with Frank Edwards, Nathaniel Bassey, Onos, Eno Michael and has sung before 8 Presidents.
Chingtok Ishaku is the Pastor of the God Life Assembly, Jos. Born in the ancient city of Kano, Pastor Ishaku received the call to ministry in 1995. He founded the God Life Assembly, Zaria in 2009, birthing several spiritual events such as the Feast of Eagles (Zaria), the Zaria Praise Festival (an annual worship event that sees the gathering of musical ministers from all over Nigeria) and annual Camp meeting. A psalmist after the order of David, Pastor Chingtok has released many popular songs, such as Draw, Lion and the Lamb which can be found in his Worship Expression 4-album collection.
CHRIS DELVAN GWAMNA
Chris Delvan Gwamna is a native of Kagoro, Kaduna, the state where his church The New Life Assembly is situated. Pastor Chris is a teacher of the word, a psalmist and carries the prophetic unction. In 2003, he completed the translation of Revised Standard Version Bible into Hausa for the Bible League of the United States of America. Pastor Chris opened the wave of “Spirit songs” in the body of Christ and has fathered many popular psalmists such as Daps and Chingtok.
Chris Oarhe oversees Hilltop International Christian Centre, Port Harcourt as its Senior Pastor. Started on the 6th of June 1993 at the Oroworukwo Town Hall, with 7 members, Hilltop has grown to a megachurch with over 9,000 members. Pastor Chris is a preacher, an international speaker and the author of several books including, More than Conquerors, How to Build Strong Faith, Breaking Beyond the Growth Barrier and Praying with Your Pastor.
Chris Ugoh is the Senior Pastor of The Kings Assembly, Port Harcourt who is committed to the principles of Christian living. Chris Ugoh has been pastoring for 26 years, carrying the message of hope, encouragement, and restoration to different cities in Nigeria, Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, South Africa, USA and The United Kingdom.
Daddy Freeze does controversy well. He is not an ordained minister of the gospel. However, the OAP has parlayed his popularity on radio into social media influence. The General Overseer and Convener of #FreetheSheeple leads his 191k IG followers to….well, we’re not sure where. Daddy Freeze specializes in criticising men of God and church doctrines. He was responsible for triggering the tithe controversy which remained one of the top trending topics on Nigerian social media for months this year, causing popular men of God in Nigeria and abroad to spasm.
Dami Eka is a gregarious young lady who simply cannot get enough of God and is continually bursting at the seams to share the love of God with everyone she meets. She also utilizes social media to preach, teach and pray. She runs a WhatsApp group #PrayforNigeria and Springs of Living Waters, which is a ministry aimed at discussing everyday things through the prism of the Bible. Her YouTube channel launch is set for the 25th of November. A member of Solid Foundation Ministry, a youth outreach, Dami regularly takes bible study with students. She has ministered at UNILAG, Christ Redeemers College, Dansol High School, Rose of Sharon Teens Church and Greensprings Secondary School.
DAMILOLA AND BUKOLA BEKES
Damilola and Bukola Bekes are the anointed musical couple from the Redeemed Christian Church of God. While Damilola is a maestro on the saxophone and aerophone (the 1st in Nigeria to play one), his wife Bukola is a dynamic, energetic praise worship leader and songwriter. She is the composer behind most of the RCCG theme songs. Fluent in both Yoruba and English, Bukola’s songs are a spicy blend of both languages. Memorable ones include Gbangba Gbanga and Iranlowo Mi.
Damilola Mike-Bamiloye is a Christian movie maker, scriptwriter, producer, director of photography and actor. He is the son of famous Mount Zion Film actors Mike and Gloria Bamiloye. The young Bamiloye has brought Mount Zion Film Productions into the 21st century. From analogue to digital, Damilola hosts a YouTube channel with 37,000 subscribers where he uploads full-length movies from the production outfit. Not one to ride on his parents’ coattails, the newlywed produced his first movie at the age of 15 titled Youthful Lust. He also shot his first movie Harvest of Crisis in Australia as a cameraman with no formal training. He has since shot at least 10 films and 6 series since then. They include The Return, Caught in the Wind, Abejoye-Intruder, Last Man Standing, Rupantar, House On Fire (Parts 1-7), and Hunted.
David Nkennor is a worship leader, songwriter, musician in the city of Lagos. In 2008, he started Worship is W.I.D.E Concerts, a gospel music programme in response to an instruction from God. He travels around Nigeria making melody to the Lord.
DAYLOM GODWIN GWOM
Daylom Godwin Gwom is a prophetic psalmist and multi-instrumentalist based in Northern Nigeria. Prophet Daps has an incredible knack for bringing God into an atmosphere and has shared the stage with gospel greats like Bob Fitts, Lenny Le Blank and Donnie McClurkin. A prolific songwriter, Daps has released four albums- Favour of God, Murna, Rhythm of fear, Celestial worship, Shofar Africa– most of which songs have become worship staples in churches. Daps songwriting transcends the confines of a church. He has also produced soundtracks for AMAA nominated movies such as Sitanda, White Water and Syndy’s Note as well as TV and radio commercials for a host of international artistes.
Dunsin Oyekan is a songwriter, director and overall, a worshipper. He is the organizer of Code Red concerts and has released an album by the same name. If All I Say Is Jesus, Hallelujah, Na Wa, Amazing, Song of Angels (Keiyahdosh) are a handful of his songs which are not just a blessing to the body but have inspired multiple testimonies. Dunsin has collaborated with international music giants such as Kim Burrell and Tasha Page-Lockhart.
Ehis Ogiata is a pastor and gospel music minister in Abuja. He combines full time law practice with his pastoral ministry. He founded the Hopeville Chorale Ensemble, an interdenominational choir which holds bi-annual worship and healing concerts in the capital city.
Ele Adejoh is a teaching Apostle who encountered the Lord in prison. Because of a divine predisposition for order in ministry and the body, Apostle Adejoh’s ministry is predominantly inclined towards leaders in the body. He is the founder of End Time Universal Mission.
Elijah Oyelade is an understated gift to the Church. His songs ring with power and reveal the depth of his walk with God. Glorious God is an exceptional, unforgettable classic.
Born Emmanuel Edunjobi, Emma OhMaGod is an entertainer and a comedian who makes hilarious skits. A lover of gospel music, Emma has a slew of covers from Rihanna to Ciara remade as gospel music. He’s also made parodies out of gospel artists like Ron Kenoly, Tope Alabi and even Nigerian politicians. A product of C.A.C, it’s no wonder gospel hymns, especially Yoruba hymns have received a ‘wicked’ dash of Emma OhMaGod’s creativity.
Emmanuel Kure is the founder of The Throneroom (Trust) Ministry, a prayer and missions ministry (para-church) with branches and Churches within and outside Nigeria, including the United States of America, Cameroun, Niger, Indonesia and United Kingdom (UK). Apostle Kure is passionate about social work. His ministry has established a craft centre, a rehabilitation centre for the persecuted, an orphanage and regularly undertakes community health projects, youth training, scholarship and empowerment and widows’ cooperatives. Apostle Kure currently serves as the National Secretary of PFN.
Enkay Ogburuche is a music minister doing much more with her gifts and exalted platform than singing. She hosts the Lunchtime Worship with Enkay on InstaLive, a daily prayer and worship programme and Callversations with Enkay, a helpline service of sorts where followers who are in need of a listening ear can reach out to her. Enkay recently dropped visuals for Salute, the popping new single featuring Kierra Sheard off the new album, Bridge.
Esther Benyeogo may just be 21 years old but the anointing her singing carries oozes with the power of the Ancient of Days. Her Spontaneous Worship session with T.Y Bello is not just memorable, it is raw and intimate and beautiful all at the same time. The 2017 God’s Children Great Talent winner’s goal was to use her talent to win souls- and judging from her IG feed, she’s still about that life.
Ezekiel Jesufunmi is the lead pastor of The Potter’s Apostolic Ministries, Kaduna. Besides preaching the gospel, Jesufunmi’s ministry majors on intercession and the prophetic.
FELIX ILAWEAGBON OMUBUDE
Felix Ilaweagbon Omobude is the General Superintendent of Gospel Light International Ministry (New Covenant Gospel Church), Benin which he founded in 1988 and the current President of the umbrella body for Pentecostals in Nigeria, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria. The good Reverend champions formal and spiritual education through Covenant Christian Academy and the Light House Polytechnic, Bible college.
Folabi Nuel leads the worship team at The Lifepointe Church, an expression of Godman Akinlabi’s Elevation Church, Lagos. Folabi runs with the divine mandate to bring people into the consciousness of who God is and his love. Folabi has released two albums titled Good God and Good God (Deluxe edition).
Funto Ibuoye is a ball of fire and the brains behind The Beautified Network, encouraging women between the ages of 35 to live their best lives. Every year since 2015, Funto has convened the Becoming Conference, drawing speakers from various walks of life to challenge women to fulfil their God-given purpose. In the 3 years of its existence, the Beautified Network has reached over 12,000 women online and offline, while Funto reaches out to over 50,000 followers on Instagram which she’s turned into a message board for Jesus.
GAISE Baba is a contemporary gospel musician with a passion for teenagers. Christened Akinade Ibuoye at birth, Gaise makes groovy, upbeat music that appeals to the younger generation. An advocate of sexual purity, his songs push the message of consecration. Some of his popular singles are Awa O Tush O and Womino. His most recent single Holy Sauce is a combination of trap music and rap. Gaise Baba has an outreach for teenagers known as LightOut. Through the instrument of music, Gaise aims to keep these young people on the straight and narrow. LightOut concerts have held in King’s College, Greensprings School, Queen’s College and Federal Science and Technical College, Yaba.
Gbeminiyi Eboda is the charismatic Senior Pastor of HarvestHouse Christian Centre, Ibadan with branches in Ghana, the UK and South Africa. The 40 going on 25 cleric is also a life coach, trainer and the convener of the life changing conference Move Your World where he teaches upward mobility strategies and principles required to move from a life of survival to that of success and significance. Pastor Eboda is the author of the book, Understanding Faith.
Gbenga Adenuga is a music minister who has been in the ‘business’ of worship for about two decades. He has gifted the body of Christ with spectacular praise and worship goodies such as Awimayehun, You are the Reason I’m Living, and albums Ariya, Olekoko remain evergreen. For 3 days in October, Gbenga held an online worship event called Worship with Gbenga Adenuga.
Gbile Akanni is a cornerstone of the Christian faith in Nigeria. He runs a quiet but massive interdenominational ministry called Living Seed from Gboko, Benue State. Brother Gbile as he prefers to be called has no airs even though he packs an incredible punch as a powerful teacher of the word, evangelist and intercessor. The thrust of brother Gbile’s ministry is discipleship and his fellowship Living Seed has expanded to South Africa and the UK while his annual end of year conference Ministers’ Leadership Retreat receives at least15,000 leaders from various denominations.
George Izunwa is the lead pastor of Gateway International Church, Port Harcourt which was founded on the 7th of January, 1996. He runs a TV and radio ministry and regularly organizes crusades and special empowerment seminars.
Gideon Odoma is the President of Fortress Ministries, an interdenominational ministry based in the wintry city of Jos. A full-time itinerant preacher, Rev Gideon traverses the length and breadth of the country and beyond the borders of Nigeria taking the good news to universities and remote villages. Gideon Odoma belongs to the crop of believers who identify as Apologists – Christians who present a rigorous defence for the gospel through systematic argumentation and discourse. Under the auspices of Ravi Zacharias ministry RZIM, Rev Gideon started the first-ever Apologetics Institute in Nigeria. He also runs a mentoring group on Telegram for young people.
Ibitayo Jeje is about the only female Highlife Gospel musician in Nigeria. As a woman who was in the waiting room 10 years, Ibitayo uses her music to tell of God’s faithfulness. With a world tour, concert and at least 3 album releases done and dusted, Ibitayo is just getting started
Ighiwiyisi is a worshipper who really loves Jesus and simply enjoys the presence of God. No matter the stage Ighiwiyisi finds herself, she zones everyone out and sings to Jesus. Still, her peculiar husky alto voice will draw you in and catapult you into the throne room. Ighiwiyisi has released two albums –For Jesus and Father Vol 1-3.
Imisioluwa Owolabi carries a prophetic oil. She is a speaker, presenter and the convener of #WhenFriendsPray, an Interdenominational worship, prayer and prophetic gathering that she started as a teenager in her mother’s shop 12 years ago and continued afterwards in FourSquare Gospel Church. The fellowship has since exploded beyond its humble beginnings and now holds regularly in other Nigerian cities besides Lagos. Imisi is also the host of Table Talk with Imisi, where she candidly discusses scripture and Christian living garnished with a heavy dose of prayer.
Isa El Buba is the General Overseer and President of Ebomi Ministry. The Borno state cleric has been quite vocal about the Benue genocides and President Buhari’s tepid leadership
Isi Igenegba has a heart for young people. She served as the pastor in the youth expression of TPH before moving on to People of Influence Ministry where she serves as the lead Pastor. Funny and yet no-nonsense, tough and still vulnerable, PI pours out herself into each project, be it an outreach for teens or prisoners, in intercession, a sermon or a book. The first time author launched her book Live, a memoir of her life in November
Jeffrey Iyonawan is the Senior Pastor of Miracle Assembly Benin, one of the popular youth churches in the ancient city, with branches in Abuja and Italy. Pastor Jeff’s ministry is big on personal development and quality living and to this end he runs a leadership school where he trains participants to influence world systems
JOHN ESUGA AKPAMI
John Esuga Akpami quit a thriving medical practice of 10 years in response to the undeniable tug of the missions field. He is the President and General Overseer of Global Revival Gospel Ministries aka Christian Teaching Centre, Kano. Dr Akpami has been in the trenches a long, long time and is considered a father to many pastors and leaders in ministry today.
Johnny Akpanke aka the Bishop of gospel music is a Calabar based singer and songwriter who has produced several praise and worship classics such as the viral You Are the Reason I Live. He has organized several music concerts and released 4 albums
REV. JOE OLAIYA
Joseph Olaiya is a Civil Engineer turned clergy. After serving in 81/82 as the Nigeria Christian Corpers Fellowship president, Rev Olaiya stayed back in Sokoto to preach the gospel and organise crusades and weekly fellowships which morphed into his church, Living Faith Foundation. Rev Olaiya has over 30 years of experience in the deliverance ministry. He runs a quarterly program in Lagos and Kaduna called Sorting Out, for the breaking of yokes and bondages
Joshua Selman is a powerfully anointed music minister and pastor of Koinonia Network International ministry, Kaduna. The singing preacher is passionate about believers nurturing a personal relationship with God and big on honour. His ministry is replete with the demonstration of the power of the Holy Spirit
Juliana Olayode is a 23-year-old Nigerian actress who played the popular character Toyo Baby in the viral Jenifa Diary series. She is also a singer and author who uses her celebrity status to preach Jesus and sexual purity to her 1.7M Instagram followers and beyond. Her book, Rebirth trails her rise to fame, pitfalls and her journey to acceptance in Jesus Christ.
Kehinde Akinola spearheads the TOUCHPOINT Group, which came into being to empower people, change lives and build complete Christians. Pastor Kenny started TOUCHPOINT in 2002 as an undergraduate in Federal University of Technolgy, Akure, gripped by the vision to “turn young people into influencers”. Using the 3D initiative model -discover, develop and deploy latent potential- and various programmes such as X-men, Ready Conference and Legit hub, TOUCHPOINT is educating, coaching and sponsoring young people to greatness. From its humble beginnings in FUTA, TOUCHPOINT now boasts a global presence in Canada, Australia, America, Ghana, UK
Kenneth Ifeanyi runs an underground daily bible study group –The New Testament Group– with over 2,000 members on Telegram. The impact of the online group has so grown beyond online borders, they held a camp meeting in September. On the 15th of December, @NTGDaily held a Christmas charity event known as The Isaiah 1:17 Initiative, taking the love of God to prisons, correctional centres and orphanages in 6 cities in the world: Lagos, London, Abuja, UAE, Uganda and Canada. Rabbi as Kenneth is popularly called, is a proud member of Christ Embassy Church
Kikelomo Mudiaga is a House on the Rock’s choir devotee. She’s ministered as a lead vocalist and worship leader for 14 of the 24 years of the church’s existence. Stirred by the desire to see believers enjoy intimacy with their father, Kike released an album titled Deep Calls to Deep and published a book, And the Storm Came. She reaches out to the hurting through her initiative called, The Anchor, a forum for people who have been through tragic traumas and are in need of prayer and grief counselling and runs midnight prayers on Instagram.
MATTHEW HASSAN KUKA
Matthew Hassan Kukah is one of the few church leaders at the forefront of governance, religious and ethnic issues in Nigeria. A vocal clergy, Kukah has been known to speak up on national issues, no matter how controversial without pandering to persons or parties. This ability to speak the truth without fear or favour has won him the respect of various Nigerian governments that he’s been invited to sit on various panels such as the Ogoni-Shell Mediation initiative, the Human Rights Investigation Commission (Oputa panel), the National Peace Committee etc. Bishop Kukah is a prolific author and speaker. He’s graced Poju Oyemade’s The Platform Nigeria and written different aspects of the Nigerian Project including Religious Militancy and Self-assertion Islam and Politics in Nigeria, Religion, Politics and Power in Northern Nigeria, Democracy and Civil Society in Nigeria and Witness to Justice: An Insider’s Account of Nigeria’s Truth Commission.
Although raised in the church, Mercy Chinwo’s breakout moment came during her participation in Nigerian Idol Season 2. She captured the hearts of judges and fans alike and walked away with the crown and 7.5 million Naira. She’s back in Church now serenading the body of Christ with songs such as Excess Love, Igwe, Omekannaya
Midnight Crew is the gospel quartet of Igwe fame. Made up of Patricia Uwaje King, Odunayo Ojo, Olugbenga Oyebola and Mike Abdul, this crew have been doing ministry together for 17 years, an impressive feat in this industry. Bound by God, friendship and a love for music, Midnight Crew is a fave at gospel music concerts in Nigeria and most of their jams have made it into church praise repertoire.
Mosy Madugba is a heavyweight in gospel ministry. Over the course of 30 years, Rev Mosy has served in various capacities. First as Scripture Union’s Travelling Secretary for approximately 10 years and currently as the International Coordinator of Ministers Prayer Network, the Chairman and Chief Executive of Saferworld Global Foundation, an International Non-Governmental Organization established to support widows and orphans all over Africa and the International Director of Spiritual Life Outreach Inc., a missionary agency and evangelistic ministry in Port Harcourt. Prof. Madugba is the author of several works including Four Levels of Spiritual Warfare, Elders at the Gate, Dealing with Evil Foundations, The Power of Prayer and Apostolic Women.
Nkechi Ene is the Senior Pastor and President of the popular Port Harcourt church, The Carpenter’s Ministry; a position she’s held since the founder of the church went to meet the Lord in 2013. A first class graduate of Electronics Engineering, Pastor Nkechi abandoned a successful career in the oil industry for the pulpit. She has had a long-running show on TV dubbed Fresh Dew, where she breaks down the word of God.
NKECHI HARRY NGONADI
Nkechi Harry Ngonadi is a fashion entrepreneur who owns the eponymous fashion house NHN Couture. NHN’s pulpit is Instagram and her dresses are the message: “decent, classy and yet sexy”. Five years down the line, NHN’s mission to bring back decency to the church and the society at large is paying off in spades. At the 2018 Runway Dubai Fashion Show, NHN was honoured with The Most Inspiring Designer award. A firebrand Kingdom influencer, NHN leads her 285k ‘Warrior’ followers in daily declarations and midnight prayers. Her war room vigils have produced countless testimonies. NHN is all about empowering women and winning souls (200k is the 2018 goal) to Christ. With her contagious smile, infectious personality and glamorous photo shoots, NHN is steadily winning over the world for Christ.
Obii Pax-Harry is an Apostle and Prophet to the nations, who has pioneered several visions and outreaches in the UK and Nigeria including the Nehemiah Company, an intercessory outfit with a burden for Nigeria and a vision to raise and equip “emerging leaders and reformers for nation building and social transformation” and Breakfast with the King, a bimonthly prophetic ministry. Prophet Obii has written a couple of books including the popular Prophetic Engagement: The Issachar Mandate.
Oje Ohiwerei is the founder of Heritage Assembly, Benin with branches in Lagos and Warri. A contemporary of Chris Oyakhilome and Pastor Charles Omofomah, Rev Ohiwerei has been doing ministry since his undergrad days at Ekpoma. The thrust of Rev Ohiwerei’s ministry is holiness and truth; he also runs with a vision to raise a people for God. His TV Ministry, The Priceless Truth enables him to achieve this objective.
Olumide Iyun is a graced worshipper, songwriter and producer. The author of 4 albums including the popular Unlimited God sings hair-raising spiritual songs and uses his IG as a signpost to point believers and non-believers to Jesus.
Osiri Wisdom is the lead pastor of The Wisdom Place, a young yet fast-growing church in Port Harcourt. His forte is relationship, entrepreneurship, and business leadership. He is the visioneer of Wisdom-Driven Marriage Academy and the founder and Lead Consultant of LeadWise Consulting Inc.
PANAM PERCY PAUL
Panam Percy Paul is a legendary Nigerian gospel singer and an excellent teacher of the word. Who can forget Come Let’s Praise the Lord or Master of the Universe? Having made his mark on the Nigerian gospel music scene, Panam Percy spends his days writing songs and ministering at various churches within and outside the shores of Nigeria. Dr Paul is also fully involved in grooming the next generation of music ministers through his music school, Panam Music World whilst mentoring many popular gospel artistes.
Paul Enenche is a popular Nigerian pastor who’s been in ministry 22 years. He is the founder of Dunamis International Gospel Centre Worldwide with its headquarters in Abuja and branches in the UK and Liberia and at least twenty states in Nigeria. Pastor Enenche is a firebrand preacher, known to be vocal about the Benue killings and general political situation in Nigeria. He runs a satellite television and radio ministry and has authored several books. In November, Dr Enenche dedicated a 100,000 seater capacity auditorium in Nigeria, which takes its place of pride as the largest closed space auditorium in Nigeria today.
Preye Odede is a gifted Port Harcourt based gospel music minister. With a vocal texture that reminds one of Timi Dakolo, Preye writes songs that speak of hope and God’s ability to turn a desperate situation around, a testimony of sorts to Preye’s own life. Some of Preye’s outstanding songs from his 3 albums- My Script, Ready and Still Standing– include Bulie, Ebezina, Oshimiri Atata and Idinma.
Preye Omayuku rose through the ranks from a regular backup singer making the rounds in the PH gospel music circuit to music director in one of the city’s popular churches choir, The Carpenter’s Church New Wine Choir. With three editions of her concert Colour Blind and a debut album Promise Keeper, Preye stays winning men for the kingdom.
PROPHET ISRAEL OLADELE
Prophet Israel Oladele mans the Celestial Church of Christ, Lagos. His popularity spread on social media when a video of him giving back the Church’s Sunday offering to a member circulated.
Prospa Ochimana came out of nowhere and blew up before our very eyes. His viral song Ekwueme is a staple on out of town transport buses, at parks, markets and churches. And his colleague Mrs Nwachukwu is an incredible worshipper. Minister Ochinmana’s latest single You are Jehovah also packs major oomph.
Sam Amaga is the founder of Foundation Faith Church, Port Harcourt which he planted in June 1988 with branches in Lagos, Abuja, London and Ghana. The Archbishop serves on the National Executive Council of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria. He runs the Salem Foundation University in Lokoja, Kogi state, Salem Family Radio, an online radio with gospel content and Salem Foundation, the humanitarian arm of the church that cares for orphans and widows, among other endeavours.
Sam Oye is the Senior Pastor of The Transforming Church, Abuja. Pastor Sam is also an author, leadership development coach, certified marriage Instructor and a Geologist. He is an alumnus of the Institute for National Transformation, Abuja and a graduate of the Redeemed Christian Bible College, Lagos. Pastor Sam runs Harvesthouse Mercy Foundation, an outreach ministry to communities. His leadership development seminars operate under his foundation, Springtime Leadership Foundation. He is the host of the TV programme, Fresh Start Today.
Samuel Ndubuisi is the pastor of Citadel of Power Global Revival Ministry, Ibadan. His ministry majors on the prophetic.
Samuel Nwachukwu better known as Called Out Music is a young gospel music minister with an amazing sound and vocals somewhat reminiscent of Mali Music, spreading the message of Jesus in creative ways that draw in young people from Paris to the UK and Nigeria. A song writer and multi-instrumentalist, Called Out Music had his debut headline concert early November featuring American minstrel Phil Thompson. With Called Out Music, the Jesus celebration never stops.
Sensational Bamidele is a Port Harcourt based gospel artiste who bubbles with energy during his music ministrations. A versatile musician and instrumentalist, Bamidele takes African music up a notch.
Sola Allyson is a trained musicologist who turned a profession into a calling. Since releasing her breakthrough album Eji Owuro in 2003, the Nigerian folk and soul singer has not slowed her roll, periodically blessing the body of Christ with new bodies of work (Imuse is her latest album, available for free download). Although Sola sings almost exclusively in Yoruba, the anointing of God comes through every syllable.
Solomon Lange is a respected gospel music minister with a long career out of the North. The preacher and song writer has a pile of timeless songs and is always on the move, ministering in song at home and abroad.
SPIRIT OF DAVID
Spirit of David is a dance group patterned after David’s dance in scripture. They have been in existence for 20 years, preaching the gospel of the kingdom through dance. Started by Pastor Segun Lawal in 1996, Spirit of David has populated University campuses, capturing the hearts and minds of young people for Christ by speaking the language of the times. Spirit of David currently boasts 12 branches around the world, including the United States and United Kingdom. SOD has staged over 350 professional appearances and forty theatrical productions.
Steve Crown is a Nigerian gospel music minister popular for songs like You Are Great, You Deserve All the Glory, We Wait on You etc.
Steve Ogan is a Pastor with The Ark of God Church International based in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. He is the founder of High Calling Outreach Publications from where he has written several Christian books.
Sunday Adelaja is a controversial Nigerian pastor. The Senior Pastor of Embassy of God church is popular for the barbs he throws at other men of God, condemning their lifestyle and doctrines.
Temitayo Adebowale is a Nigerian entrepreneur obsessed with the business of making quality clothing that “speak life”. Her company R1sixteen launched in 2015, makes fashionable tees, dress shirts, accessories and quite recently throw pillows and other home accessories emblazoned with Bible verses, Christian quotes and slangs. Temitayo has inspired a counter-culture among young believers to be unashamed to wear the word. What’s even more fabulous is that R1sixteen donates a percentage of their profits to charity
Timi Adigun aka Dr Love is a reluctant church founder who in October 2011 started a bible study for teenagers which held everyday in a secondary school at Ojodu, Every Friday, the bible study participants were fed before leaving for home, a practice that continues to this day not just at MINE Friday bible studies but after Sunday worship service at The Ark. MINE Teenage Ministry has since exploded to other cities in and outside Nigeria including Abeokuta, Ado-Ekiti, Akungba, Lagos, Ogbomoso, Jos, Benin, US, Ghana. Spin-off programs like Worship Fiesta tailor-made for teens have emerged from MINE. Intent on sparking a revolutionary movement to restore sexual purity to a generation, World Virginity Day was born. 8 editions have been held since its inception. Juliana Olayode (Toyo Baby) is one of its ardent disciples. Following a specific instruction from God to open a church specifically for teenagers, Pastor Adigun started The Ark in 2012. The Adigun’s home has been a haven for many an indigent teenager, who have received not only fatherly love, counsel and support but in many instances have also been sent to school on the Pastor’s dime. Pastor Adigun is also a blogger and author of three books.
Tioluwalade Akomolede is the visioneer behind God’s Own Diva Club, a not-for-profit, faith-based organization on a mission to raise and mentor the next generation of God’s leading ladies. Started in 2014, God’s Own Diva Club through Tioluwalade’s guidance has been beaming light into the lives of women, adolescents and 40-year-olds alike, while also ministering to the needy every chance they get.
Tokunbo Adejuwon aka the Mobile Bible is the National Director of Rhema Bible Training Centre, a division of Kenneth Hagin’s Rhema Bible College. Since its inception in 2009, the Institute has graduated 1000 students. Apart from its three centres in Abuja, Port Harcourt and Kaduna, the Bible school also runs a Hausa campus.
Tola Omoniyi aka Spice on the mic is the founder of PraiseWorld radio, an online streaming (exclusively) gospel music platform. The story of gospel music in Nigeria cannot be told without PraiseWorld Radio. The 6-year-old radio station has played a major part in the explosive growth of Nigerian gospel music content and the promotion of gospel music artistes in the past couple of years, and it’s thanks to Toliano heeding God’s call to “take God’s praise and glory to the world via entertainment.”
Tolu Odukoya-Ijogun is the first daughter of Bimbo Odukoya (the dearly departed pastor popular for casting a beam of light on Christian relationships and dating) who has grown to be a pastor in her own right. She is a pastor and music director in her father’s church Fountain of Life. Pastor Tolu doesn’t need the 4 walls of a church to propagate the gospel. Through her social media platforms on Instagram and Youtube, Pastor Tolu spreads the good news in prayer, scripture and song. Her passion for women led to the birth of Real Talk Women Initiative, a women’s online fellowship and non-governmental organization Pastor Tolu’s recent singles include God Alone.
Tolulope Adeleke is a young medical student preaching the gospel of sexual purity. From WhatsApp broadcasts to a book, Tolu is committed to showing the broken and despairing that they can live the unalloyed life. A public speaker as well as a writer, Tolu launched 10 by 10, a weekly programme on InstaLive where she takes on game changing life issues.
Tomi Arayomi is a prophet to the nations. His prophetic anointing is recognised by various governments around the world including the United Nations. Tomi gave his life to Christ at the age of 15. Alongside his twin brother Tobi, they planted their first church in Essex, Southend UK. At the age of 21, they had planted 16 churches. Prophet Tomi is also an author. He has 8 books to his name. He wrote his first book at the age of 18 and currently travels all over the world preaching the Gospel. Tomi has a Jesus tic going on. To that end, he leverages on social media, running channels on Youtube and Facebook training people to hear the voice of God every day. It runs daily on Facebook at www.facebook.com/propheticvoicetv.
Victor Adeyemi is the pastor of Global Harvest Church, Ibadan and Lagos. An evangelist by calling, Pastor Victor regularly organizes crusades within and outside Nigeria.
Victor Atenaga is a worship leader and pastor of The Glorious House, Benin. He is the convener of the annual programme called Simply Worship.
Victoria Orenze is a household name in gospel music in Nigeria today. Her emotive, spirit-driven songs answer to the cry of the human soul. With her piercing vocals, fierce pleas and emphasis on the Holy Spirit, she reminds one of a young Kathryn Kuhlman. Victoria Orenze can be found every last Friday of the month at Symphony of Love, a worship event she organizes with her team and is a regular at gospel concerts such as Night of Worship.
Vincent Anigbogu is a preacher of the gospel passionate about leadership development and national transformation. He is the Director General, Institute for National Transformation, which has centres in Atlanta, Nairobi (Kenya), Kampala (Uganda), and Lagos (Nigeria) and doubles as the President and CEO of the consulting firm, JC (Jesus Christ) Quality Management Group in US, Nigeria, and Uganda. Dr Vincent left a thriving research and teaching practice in the field of Analytical Chemistry in the US just to fulfil his ministry call.
Wola Ojo is the founder of Solid Foundation, a faith-based ministry that basically pioneered the teen church revolution in Nigeria. Started in 1991, Solid Foundation Ministry is an outreach focused on the nurture, redemption and mentorship of adolescents. The 27-year-old ministry organizes yearly camp meetings, engages in school and community evangelism and also runs counselling programmes for teens. Now run under the leadership of Mrs Gbemi Agbato, its current General Co-ordinator, Solid Foundation has touched the lives of over 20,000 teenagers. Wola Ojo is the author of The Donkey Was a Teenager.
WUNMI TONI FALADE
Wunmi Toni Falade frequently leads God’s people in intercession on a plethora of issues using her social media platforms. The lawyer and blogger burns with a passion for God. From New Month spirit-activated proclamations to full-on sermons, Wunmi brims with unrestrained zeal, evidence of you can tell she has a lot to give the body.
Yomi Ajayi has been ministering at Bishop Wale Oke’s side well over 20 years. He founded WordPraise International to teach and lead the nations in worship. Pastor Yomi Ajayi is out with another project Grace and Gratitude which will be unveiled at a celebration concert in Ibadan.
Zilly Aggrey is the founder of popular Port Harcourt church, Royal House of Grace. An Archbishop Benson Idahosa disciple, Zilly Aggrey started the church with 15 members in his house in Woji Town. It has grown from its humble beginnings to occupy sixteen plots in New GRA, Port Harcourt.