Thus when I spot a Good One, and with the rare and gracious opportunity of witnessing what makes them what they are…I thank God…
At some point, you have to realise its no more about you, but the generations coming behind…
The truth is with a membership spanning almost 23 years of New Wine Church, not everyone is my friend, and as a matter of fact, that’s the way it works…I am not everybody’s friend either.
DR. JOHN KAYODE FAYEMI AGAIN:
It is one thing to attain greatness, it is also another thing to sustain it. John Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State is a typical example of a man who attains greatness and through doggedness, hard work, prudent management and singleness of eyes sustained greatness. He has brought the desired change to Ekiti state where he steers the ship of the state.
His visionary and exemplanary leadership has earned him different kind of awards from reputable organisations in Nigeria and outside its shores.
Today, 27th July, 2013 another feather is being added to his shinning cap, this time around by another reputatble organisation. Winning Zik Leadership Award can only come by the dint of hard work, diligence and prudent management which JKF is known for. Since he came on board as the governor of Ekiti State, it has being innovation, transformation and development, no wonder the Leadership Award was confered on him last year just like he will receive the Zik leadership award again today.
Really, Fayemi’s performance has in no doubt won him this well deserved award being bestow upon him today. Clearly, his kind is rare in Nigeria of today considering the transformation that Ekiti has witnessed within the space of three and half years.
Permit me to reproduce an excerpt of an encounter with some journalists by the CPS to Governor Kayode Fayemi:
In a recent encounter with journalists during an inspection of projects in some parts of Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, Governor Kayode Fayemi was asked how he manages to raise funds for the numerous projects his administration is undertaking in the state. The reporter had asked the question upon realising that the Operation Renovate All Secondary Schools in Ekiti (ORASE), which led to the renovation of the 183 public secondary schools in the state and the purchase of 40,000 units of furniture for teachers and students cost the state a whopping N2.5billion.
For a state that is ranked number 35th on the federal allocation ladder and gets a little above N2billion monthly from the federation purse, the reporter’s concern seems apt, especially given the fact that the comprehensive renovation of public schools and the computer-per-child initiative of the administration are running side by side with other projects.
When the journalist was told that the state would soon commence the comprehensive renovation of all hospitals and primary health care centres in the state beginning from January, he simply retorted: “Your Excellency must be a magician!”
Fayemi had politely told the reporter that the passion to see poverty and sickness banished from the state and the determination to make the Ekiti the number one destination of choice for business and leisure remain the vital tonic that drives the developmental agenda in Ekiti and provides the creativity that unlocks the required funds. What perhaps is unknown to the journalist is the fact that JKF, as Dr Fayemi is popularly called, remains one of the few leaders in the country who view their call to serve as a privilege and therefore put in everything to ensure that they leave a legacy.
Caroline Mcloughlin, Executive Director of the Washington-based Centre for Visionary Leadership, vividly captures the essence of visionary leadership in one of her works. According to her, “Visionary leaders are the builders of a new dawn, working with imagination, insight, and boldness. They present a challenge that calls from the best in people and brings them together around a shared sense of purpose. Their eyes are on the horizon, not just on the near at hand. They are social innovators and change agents, seeing the big picture and thinking strategically.”
Mcloughlin’s definition, no doubt, encapsulates those key attributes that have marked JKF as an innovative leader with a great ability to inspire others and an insatiable appetite for setting and attaining developmental goals. Through a combination of forceful imagination, prudent spending, compassion for the led and placing much premium on the concept of doing development with the people, JKF has, in the last two and a half years, been able to launch the state on an irreversible path of development.
In theory, JKF has espoused the concept of good governance and the concomitant empowerment of the citizens as well as the strengthening of the institutional framework at the various lectures and discussion groups he has participated locally and at the global stage. In practical terms, he demonstrates this in the running of the affairs of Ekiti State by laying emphasis on key elements of good governance, including accountability, transparency, efficiency and effectiveness, responsiveness, the rule of law and forward vision.
JKF stated this much in his most recent publication – “Reclaiming The Trust.” He admits that what he has brought into governance in the last two years is the kind of trust that is based on and compels competence, openness, concern and reliability. “Trust is a public good; we cannot do great things collectively without trust. But trust has to be earned,” he stresses.
Within two and half years, Fayemi has been able to place Ekiti on the centre stage by re-awakening the Omoluabi concept in government and laying a solid foundation on which a more prosperous Ekiti would be built. The Social Security Benefit Scheme which pays monthly stipends to indigent elderly citizens of the state; the computer-per-child initiative, where each student in the public secondary schools gets a solar-powered lap top computer are first of its kind in the country. The massive investments in industrial, infrastructure and tourism development in the state as well as diverse youth and women empowerment programmes in an atmosphere devoid of the brigandage and violence of yesteryears have greatly enhanced the profile of the state.
Perhaps this explains why the rain of endorsements of his person and leadership style continues to pour in torrents since the September 18, 2012 endorsement by a former Nigerian Permanent Representative at the United Nations, Alhaji Maitama Sule, at the Leadership Awards in Abuja and that of the 26 Pan-Yoruba groups under the auspices of the Oodua Nationalist Coalition (ONAC) in Ibadan, recently.
As JKF receive yet another award, the question is no longer about what he is capable of doing as a leader. For he has been able to demonstrate his capability as an imaginative leader. Rather, the question will be about what he would not do as a leader. Regarded in some circles as ‘an activist in government’, many believe that his past has adequately prepared him for the present and the future.
John Kayode Fayemi was born on February 9, 1965 into the family of the late Chief and Mrs. Francis Falade Fayemi. A native of Isan-Ekiti in Oye Local Government, he had his elementary education in Ibadan before attending Christ’s School, Ado- Ekiti for his secondary education between 1975 and 1980.
He received his first degree in History and Politics from the University of Lagos in 1985, a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Ife, Ile-Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), in 1987 and a doctorate in War Studies from the King’s College, University of London, England in 1993, specialising in civilian-military relations and defence planning.
Prior to his active involvement in politics, Dr. Fayemi was the pioneer Director of the Centre for Democracy and Development, a research and training institution dedicated to the study and promotion of democratic development, peace-building and human security in Africa.
Dr. Fayemi was a Georgetown University Leadership Fellow in 2000 and a Senior Visiting Fellow in African Studies, Northwestern University, Evanston, USA in 2004. He is also an Associate Fellow of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Ibadan and was on the Adjunct Faculty of the African Centre for Strategic Studies, National Defence University, USA, between 2001 and 2005.
He was a member of the Governing Board of the Open Society Justice Institute, New York and African Security Sector Network. He was Technical Adviser to Nigeria’s Human Rights Violations Investigation Commission (known as the Oputa Panel) and also served on three Presidential Advisory Committees on Conflict Management and Security Sector Reform; NEPAD and the Millennium Development Goals under the Olusegun Obasanjo administration.
An advocate of true federalism, Fayemi has written and lectured extensively on governance and democratisation. He is also a recipient of several awards, fellowships and grants, including the Ford Foundation grant on the Special Initiative on Africa and the Macarthur Foundation research grant. He was named Governor of the Year, 2011 by the Leadership Newspaper.
With another well deserved Award (Zik Leadership Award), the music has just started for Fayemi, the one Ekiti people love to call ”Ilufemiloye “. Congratulations Your Excellency! Ekiti will be better having you beyond 2014. JKF! 4+4=8
Fayemi, Tambuwal, Others Receive Zik Prize For Leadership
Dr Kayode Fayemi
Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, will on Saturday receive the Zik Prize in Leadership Award (good governance category) during this year’s event holding in Lagos.
The award which is coming barely a year after he received the Leadership Newspaper’s Governor of the Year award, is in recognition of his transformational leadership style which has impacted positively on the lives of the people of the Ekiti State.
Other recipients of this year’s prize are: Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Aminu Tambuwal, Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Tabiu Kwankwaso; Governor of Delta State, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan; Managing Director Fidelity Bank, Mr. Reginald Ihejiahi; and Minister of Housing, Ms. Ama Pepple and former Managing Director Nigerian breweris, Chief Festus Odimegwu.
The event which will take place at the Civic Centre, Ozumba Mbadiwe Street, Victoria Island , will be chaired by Chief Sunny Odogwu with the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu- Gambari as Royal Father of the Day.
The Zik Prize in Leadership Awards was set up in 1994 in memory of the first president of Nigeria, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe. It serves the purpose of encouraging and nurturing leadership on the African continent and the Diaspora.
Some notable past recipients of the prize include President J.J. Rawlings (1995), President Nwalimu Julius Nyerere (1997), Dr. Salim Ahmed Salim (1998), President Sam Nujoma (1999), Dr. Nelson Mandela (2000), President Yoweri Musoveni (2003), President John Kuffor (2008), President Seretse Lan Khama (2009), Senator David Mark, Alhaji Yayale Ahmed, Otunba Subomi Balogun (2010), President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (2011), amongst others.
NEW WINE CHURCH @ 20
JULY 25, 1993 – JULY 25, 2013
New Wine Church, London, United Kingdom is 20 Years Old today, 25th of July, 2013.
Just like yesterday…or so it seems?
GLORY TO THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY
But then there were those days of tiny beginnings upon which the New Wine Church you now have was foundationed…those Pre-New Wine Days…when perhaps 99.0% of the current membership were never able to witness. Frankly speaking, it is just impossible to imagine it. It’s not the stuff you dream of. Just a figment of imagination, may be…
The day of the VERY FIRST SERVICE, 25th July, 2003 when a very large audience of 25 faithfuls were at the West Greenwich House to make history.
Dr. Creflo Dollar had been an integral “Spiritual Father Member” of the Ministry right before the start !!!
That’s the truth…
Ever heard of Upper Room Fellowship?
…You probably saw Pastor Tayo every week, and Pastor Tony Oliha once a while from the USA. What was Pastor Segun Aworeni & Pastor Dele Olowofusi like in those days?
Ever heard of Ministers Shade Okikiolu, Tola Oladokun, Biola Lashebikan, Yemi Babalola ?
What do you think / imagine of Upper Room Fellowship anytime it comes up in a discussion?
Who and Who was there…when the Vision was in the womb?
What was it like sharing a flat with Pastor Tayo ? Yes we lived together before it all…before the Birth of New Wine Church!
The conceptualization & Nurturing of the Vision, and the subsequent BIRTH of New Wine Church…
Those unbelievable strings of experience? The battles…The Challenges…The Victories…The Nomadic Lifestyles…The sharing of Facilities…The Sharing of Cars…The Celebrations of Council House allocations…And there were bucketful of them !!!
It was rough & tough but we had fun. It was NOT a case of what’s in it for me BUT what can I put into it!
The New Wine Church you see and the facilities you now have today is simply a million miles away from where we started from
…I will be taking you on a journey shortly…I was there…I have been there right before the birth of New Wine Church.
The Story of Perseverance. The Story of Loyalty. The Story of Faithfulness. The Juicy / Not –so –juicy Accounts.
It’s going to be the real raw story of the true journey of New Wine Church from ‘Before the Beginning’ to this day.
I am famous for NOT being Politically Correct, and frankly, no apology in the least.
…Pastor Tayo once bought an accident car from a salvage yard, and with a view to repairing it. This accident car was packed beside the flat at 27 Blythe Road where we were living overnight, and guess what, the car was burnt during the night by some unknown hoodlums. As if that was not bad enough, the engine of the car was removed before we got back from work the following day…
JUST STAY TUNED…
The REAL Unforgettable Heroes of New Wine Church…
People often forget that the easiest part of a meal deal, of being invited to a Sunday afternoon roast / lunch is sitting by the dining table to eat the food, and afterwards at the very least, do the clearing up as well as the cleaning and the washing up.
But someone, or some people, or a group of people, did the going to the market, making a fine selection of the ingredients, going thought the tedious processes of sieving the good from the bad, and often than not make payments before carting the ingredients home, take a bit of rest, and set out to do the cooking. Sometimes, an all night cooking exercise. Thus another energy sapping, time consuming, heat facing exercise involving time and space as well. Meanwhile, the prospective lunch guests are often in bed, snoring.
The more reason why the best of the most deliciously prepared food is never easy to come by. It takes efforts. Painstaking, meticulous efforts, that is. Perseverance is entrenched into the equation. Loyalty is a constant ingredient of the package. Then the setting of the dining tables, for the impending arrival of the guests to enjoy that labour involved with the cooking that may never be imagined.
The food will be appreciated, the brand of the dining furniture will be complimented, and sometimes, the quality of the wood, …is this an ‘oak’ or ‘obeche’ you might often hear during the course of settling down to kick-start the gulping of the food, the arrangement of the dinning table as well as the chairs, with the headrests will be complimented, the setting of the dinning plates and the brands of the ceramics will be much talked about especially if some form of historical connotations are attached, the memory of the deliciousness of the food will be complimented afterwards, and perhaps for a very long time to come.
The qualifications of the afters / deserts as well as the vintage wine and the comparison of both the percentage content of the alcoholic and well the non- alcoholic wine be a subject of discussion and references for a while, and possibly for a long time to come.
There might have been the branding of the heroes of New Wine Church. However, I want to submit to you, there are the Real Heroes of New Wine Church, the Real, and the Indelible Heroes of New Wine Church.
They are those who have never been appreciated, and might never be. Let’s be honestly frank, they WILL never be appreciate within the four walls of New Wine Church. They refused to be compromised. They refuse to be subjected to ‘bending’. They are the ones who have been there right before the beginning. They have been there since the Day 1, and are still there inspite of ALL they have witnessed in the past twenty years. The fact is fearlessness in honesty is not, and should never be equated with arrogance my friend.
They are those who do the silent work, and not seeking to be appreciated nor rewarded in one form of the other.
They are The Givers. Not Takers!
The Real Unforgettable Heroes of New Wine Church are the ones I regard as the engine under the bonnet. They do the jobs but might never be seen.
The Heroes will definitely NOT be those who came for self aggrandizements ? They are definitely NOT those who came seeking Leadership positions, and same are thoughtlessly handed Team Leaderships, and guess what…left / disappear / vamoose as soon as cracks are noticed ? They are the very first in the line of disappearance when the church is faced with a battle which otherwise, needed to be fought, COLLECTIVELY!
NO THOUGHT IS GIVEN WHATSOEVER TO THE PEOPLE THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO BE IN CHARGE OF.
Of course, they came from wherever to take anyway. Their fault ?
Mostly NOT IN THE LEAST!
They are obviously NOT those with Never-Ending-Scandalous Scandals embedded in their DNA, and neither will they be those Scandal Laden and Scandal Oriented members of the church that people find it difficult to comprehend why they are in Leadership positions apart from the fact that they are Professional Ass Leakers?
Yet at one point or the other, they were seen as the so called Heroes of New Wine Church!
They are NOT in the least the Heroes of New Wine Church, my friend. Those horribilis are NOT in the least of what the DNA of HEROES are made of. That’s the truth.
How long does it take to realise the Real and Unforgetable Heroes of New Wine Church are not those that were suspended over the last twenty years for unprintable malpractices.
I am believing the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords for that day, when The Church of the Lord will realise and recognise that the “Heroes ” are never discovered nor found in those who have the tendency to being a time bomb in the waiting…ticking.
When the Church of the Lord will discover that the so called Leaders who slap children are not heroes inspite of the position such people occupy in the church ?
When the Church of the Lord will be able to stand up to the reality of the high level of morality that you cannot be suspended for sexual innuendoes, and still be regarded as a hero ? Whose hero ?
When is it that the day will come when Church Leaders will take responsibility first and foremost for the stringing together of their families before coming to church, preaching family values!
That day when “Leadership by Example”, and “Doer of the Word I am Preaching” will be the continous lifestyle in the church.
That day when church members will not be afraid of having hands being laid on their heads for spiritual imputation as opposed to pornographic spirit transference !
The Heroes of New Wine Church will NEVER be found in those incorrigibles always in the non-ending setting of tongues whispering as a result of always been found in unholy dilliance in dark corners of the church building!
…and hear me well, that day will surely come when the ownership of the church of the Lord will be truly taken over by the Real Owner of the Church, The Almighty God, The King of Kings, and The Lord of Lords. Yes, He is Slow to Anger, but that implies at some point, He sure knows when Enough of the desicration is Enough
That day when a name is mentioned in the church of the Lord, and peace will reign supreme in the heart and mind of church members?
That day when church members will NOT prefer to stay away from Sunday Service on realising who is going to be at the helm of affairs, preaching that day.
I am truly believing God for that day. And it will surely come.
Frankly speaking, what about those days of ‘Small and Laborious Beginnings’? There were certain church members who were there then. Those days of ‘Normadic’ Lifestyles when annual conventions were held over a week and in three different locations ? Moving from the South East end to the West End, carrying and conveying items and materials to fulfil their various department and ministries obligations.
It was tough but we survived. There are members who were there then, and guess what…they are still there today, TWENTY SOLID YEARS later.
Last Sunday, I made the effort to look back during the second service, yet again and the upper section of the church, was as good as empty. These has been the trend since we started this present phase of the battle we, as a church are fighting.
I have been trying to figure out the whole thing. Why people run away from issues that need to be confronted, and collectively too? If only for the fact that you have enjoyed the opportunity / blessing of being spiritually fed over a period of time.
In the past twenty years, I have watched church members arriving at New Wine Church without a place to place their heads. As soon as they have an allocation of social housing, and subsequently get blessed with good jobs, and migrate onto the property ladder, they then discovered it was time to move on! Spiritual Prostitution if you like.
You do not live faith by being in one continous trouble free, all – okay environment ?
Why would anyone, who is regarded as a “Hero of New Wine Church” think he / she is a church member when the going was smooth, and as soon as a rough patch sets in, as it will do in life, and at one point or the other, vamoose, disappear ?
So what do you do with the gong you were given when you were the “Apple” of the Managers’ eyes ?
When the going was all good, all rosy, all dinner here today, luncheons there tommorrow ?
When does one find an opportunity of stepping into a higher level of responsibility. Does it mean all you have come for has been revolving around, “what’s in it for me” syndrome ?
Loads, and I mean in droves, of ladies left the Church after 070707. Practically ALL of them were deemed and considered worthy and desirable of being awarded that so called gongs for being Heroes of New Wine Church. These are the same ‘see me everywhere’ in the Church spiritual prostitutes, walking all over the Church floors, purporting to be Church Workers, praying in tongues, while dressed in tongs, plying their trade, exhibiting their wares on the platform of eligibility for the office of the First Lady. Where are they today ? Of course, they have disappeared to some other Ministries, where if they are lucky and smart enough will penetrate the leadership circle, attempt to sell their wares yet again, probably collect more gongs for heroic service as opposed to Real Heroic Imputs…and decide on what to do then depending on the environment…
If I have not been able to convince you well enough on who the Real Heroes of New Wine Church over the past 20 years are, I strongly think enough have been said about those who have been dubbed The Heroes of New Wine Church…heroes …may be!
IN SPITE OF IT ALL, HAPPY 20TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY NEW WINE CHURCH.
…the church is where Integrity, Accountability, Credibility, Decency, Honesty, Honesty of Purpose and Intentions, Real Faithfulness, and Commitment should be easily come by effortlessly…
Sadly, the opposite has been the latest trend…
Some 23 of 48 Life Lessons I Learnt /Confirmed from 23 Years of Friendship with Pastor Tayo Adeyemi
1. Respect should be reciprocative
2. Success in Life involves Risk…Small Risk Small Result, High Risk Great Reward
3. Humility is more rewarding than Arrogance
4.To succeed in any endeavour, Honesty of Purpose is Highly Essential
5. A man going somewhere in life does not love too much sleep
6.To protect your wife, not every story should be told
7. If you must step on toes, let it be on real big toes
8. Sanitisation is essential if growth is desired
9. Same thing, same thing, Same Result, Same Result
10. If you seek The Lord , You will find Him
11. Readers are Leaders, and Leaders are Readers
12. To have certain results, Bulldog tenacity must be embedded in the Equation
13. Differentiate between Friends and Acquitances
14. Life journey has no Rewind Button
15. Not every phone calls deserves answering
16. Be a Giver. It’s the surest route to never lack !!!
17. Let your Thinking & your actions be Qualitative and Pure
18. Avoid Dilution Principle
19. If someone isn’t part of the problem, he /she might as well not be part of the solution
20. To be a great leader, you don’t wallow in easy decisions which any stupid fool can take
21. Be accountable to someone superior. You ‘ll be glad you did
22. Prayer works, especially when in tune with the will of God
23. God Remains The Alfa and The Omega…The Beginning, and The End. AMEN
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