There was joy and celebration yesterday at the Ambrose Alli University (AAU) in Ekpoma, Edo State as one of its most eminent alumni returned to receive an honorary doctorate. Renowned pastor, teacher and televangelist Chris Oyakhilome was honored with a Doctor of Science (honoriscausa) by the university’s vice-chancellor for his extensive philanthropic undertakings through his foundation. He was also recognized for his work in taking a message of hope to the corners of the globe. The setting for this big day was the LoveWorld Multipurpose Hall whose construction was funded by Pastor Chris’ foundation. There was a raft of dignitaries present to witness the occasion, including a number of governors and ex-governors from across Nigeria. Chancellors, vice-chancellors and pro-chancellors of universities in other parts of the country were also in the house, as were AAU officials and students.
The pastor’s award is a true testament to how far dedication and hard work can take a person in life. Pastor Chris founded Believers LoveWorld, also known as Christ Embassy International, while still a student in AAU. Back then the institution went by the name Bendel State University. Today BLW is a huge ministry with many branches reaching out to people on virtually every continent, giving them hope as well as tangible aid. And this wide-reaching impact on the lives of people of all walks is what the BLW founder is being lauded for and being bestowed with that prestigious accolade.
In conferring the pastor with his doctorate, Prof. (Mrs.) Cordelia Agbebaku, the vice-chancellor of Ambrose Alli University, made these remarks: “For his numerous outstanding services to God, humanity and Ambrose Alli University in particular, this is a special convocation ceremony for a rare, special and unbeatable gem.” Before Pastor Chris was adorned with the vestments that accompanied the new feather in his academic cap, many more statements acknowledging his service and generosity were made by some of the distinguished guests. Each of these addressees was greeted with rapturous applause, an indicator that the assembly whole-heartedly agreed with them. The Pro-Chancellor of AAU, Prof Gregory Akenzua, added to Prof Agbebaku’s sentiments by saying Pastor Chris Oyakhilome was being honored “…for what he has been able to do for souls in every nook and cranny of the world.”
Having received the degree, Pastor Chris thanked the university and its leadership for the honor and assured it of his continued partnership with them. Besides building the LoveWorld Multipurpose Hall and equipping it with a backup generator, the pastor, through his foundation, installed 95 solar-powered street lights in the campus. These were commissioned by the eminent man of God on the same day of his convocation. Students of the university also benefitted from thousands of reading lamps which the pastor donated to keep them reading even when power outages occur.
Post time: 05-27-2017