Today March 2, 2017 is the 75th birthday of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye.
Although, he has said he won’t be having any elaborate celebration except for the 75 hours Marathon Praise which started at 2.00 pm and Monday 27th and will come to a glorious end today by 12noon yet, his ‘children’ as he used to call all his church members can’t seize to shower him encomium for an exemplary life that is full of humility and holiness.
As Daddy G.O marks his 75th birthday today, Omonaijablog takes a look at 25 strange but true things most people didn’t know about ‘Daddy G.O’ which has helped him with such grace in marriage and mission;
His Very Humble Begining: Born on March 2, 1942 in Ifewara, Osun State, located in the South-Western part of Nigeria, Pastor Adeboye had a strong desire to attend school in spite of his poor background. He was admitted to Ilesha Grammar School, Osun State, Nigeria in 1956. Young Adeboye had an aptitude for science, particularly mathematics. He was admitted to The University of Nigeria, Nsukka, to study mathematics. He was there a while but had to move to the University of Ibadan, Nigeria to continue his education, due to the ongoing Nigerian Civil at the time. He obtained his B.Sc in Mathematics from the University of Ibadan between 1964-1967 and his Phd in applied mathematics from the University of Lagos, worked as a lecturer in mathematics; After joining the RCCG in 1973, he began working to translate the sermons of its founder and then Pastor, Rev. Josiah Olufemi Akindayomi, from Yoruba into English.
Seven Divine Years Took Him To The Top: He joined RCCG in 1973 and started working as a translator and In 1981, he was appointed General Overseer of the church, taking over from Papa Akindayomi, who had died the previous year.
Very Ambitious: Adeboye has stated that his aim is to put a church within five minutes of every person on Earth starting with Nigeria which now has over 20, 000 parishes.
Daddy G.O Married Twice: Don’t be confused, Pastor Folu is his first and the only wife but, he had a traditional marriage first and waited for two solid years before their white wedding in church.
Keeps Promises: Adeboye couldn’t afford a ring during his wedding but, he promised his wife that she will never lack anything and has since kept this promise.
Not Materialistic: When Adeboye could finally afford a ring, he refused to buy or wear one. He also mandated his last son, Leke Adeboye, to do same.
Honours His Wife: Adeboye wouldn’t eat food or drink anywhere his wife doesn’t approve first.
Freshness Is Appreciated: He prefers his meals freshly cooked daily and fresh. No frozen or junk foods.
|Daddy G.O and one of his proteges, Bishop Oyedepo|
He Carries His Wife Along Even In Fasting : Adeboye expects his wife to fast with him when he is fasting, so they always fast together. Someone even teased that, that is why they now look alike.
He Eats Once Per Day: Daddy G.O eats once in a day and that is dinner which would be taken between 4-5pm.
Helps In Kitchen: He sometimes goes into the kitchen to give moral support and taste the food. He also advices on which food need more seasoning or salt. Although, they have several domestic workers but, Pastor Folu still supervises the cooking.
Very Prayerful: At least 3 times every year, Adeboye leaves his whole family for about 5 days, no phone calls, no sex, no distractions, even his wife is not allowed around him. This he normally does to seek the face of God. Many people have seen him walking round the 'Holiness City' (Camp Ground) late at nights and early in the morning praying.
Listens To Complains: Adeboye used to be very fat, his weight was so disturbing that his wife begged him to do something about it and he listened to her. Now, he is moderately fitted in his mid 70’s.
Knows What He Want: Soon after his wife complained about his over-weight, he started making efforts toward reducing it by totally avoiding drinks and alcohol. Now, he only drinks water, fresh fruit juice and teas.
Birthdays Are Rituals: Adeboye would never leave Nigeria and is never more than a 2-hours’ drive or flight away from his wife on the month of her birthday. This is one of the promises he made to her when they got married and they had both made it a ritual to always celebrate together.
Still Give Allowance: G.O still gives monthly household expenses fees to his wife till date. This even increases year by year as inflation goes up and recession steps in.
Still Pampers Wife: Adeboye also gives his wife monthly self-maintenance allowance not minding the fact that she lacks nothing.
He is a Good Kisser: When he is at home, Adeboye kisses his wife every morning and prays for her even before coming out to see anyone else.
He Has Almost All Things In Common With His Wife: He always buys matching watches, suit cases. Everything he needs to get, he always makes sure to get her version of it.
His Wife Is First: Adeboye always puts his wife first before his children. Besides they have all left home and only come occasionally for visitation.
He Carries His Wife Along In All Decision Making: He has not stopped appreciating his wife for her sacrifice over the years and putting her dreams on hold so, he could become who he is today. Hence he never leaves her behind in anything and everything he does.
He Is In The Top 50 Most Powerful People In The World: In 2008, Newsweek magazine named Adeboyes as one of the fifty most powerful people in the world.
He A Philanthropist: They recently endowed four Nigerian Universities; Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Lagos, University of Ibadan, University of Nigeria with Professorial chairs in Mathematics to the tune of 50 Million Naira.
He Always Ask For More: Daddy and Mummy G.O are Oliver Twist. They would always ask for more. This could be seen in their desire to move to a 3 kilometre by 3 kilometre auditorium from the present arena.
Let Somebody Shout Halleluyah: This is the most frequently used word of Daddy Adeboye. He is also known for ‘God bless you in Jesus Name’.
From all of us at www.omonaijablog.blogspot.com we say Happy birthday Daddy. Igba Odun, Odun kan ni ooo. You will live longer and longer for us in good health and sound mind.