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Dr. Olukoya completes N150 million teenagers’ church

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Dr. Daniel Olukoya has just completed a multi-million naira structure along Iwaya Road, Yaba, Lagos. ENCOMIUM Weekly’s check revealed that the firebrand clergy completed  the N150 million edifice few weeks back and planned to turn it into Mountain of Fire and Miracles teenage ministry.

We reliably gathered that it’s a four storey project with a big auditorium at the centre. It sits on three plots. Checks by ENCOMIUM Weekly on Saturday, March 1, 2014, revealed that work began last year and that it was contracted to Jimmy Construction Company Limited, while the architect was APD Konsultants.

Findings by us revealed that the structural engineer for the magnificent edifice was Spartans Design Consultants. According to our source, the project with approved plan no YA12/D0/80/48 would soon be commissioned.

According to our source, the auditorium will serve as the teenage church while the offices and classrooms will be used for school and administration.

Dr. Kolawole Daniel Olukoya was born some 45 years ago. He laid down an academic blueprint with pedigree outstanding predigree. At Saint John’s CAC Primary School, Akure in Ondo State, and Saint Jude’s Primary School, Ebute Metta, Lagos where he completed his primary education, excellence was his watch word. Rather than occupy himself with exuberance that was a common feature among the youths, he developed a passion for God. His academic profile took a leap while at Methodist Boys’ High School, Lagos, where he graduated with Grade One Distinction and was the best student in his set. Not one known to rest on his oars, he took his academic exploits to the prestigious University of Lagos and as would be expected, the genius in him proved that all earlier outstanding academic results were no fluke, as he graduated with a first class honours degree in Microbiology. In fact, it was the first from the department since the university was established in 1962.

Dr. Olukoya’s thirst for more academic laurels found expression at the University of Reading, UK, where, with a Commonwealth scholarship, he studied for a PhD in Molecular Genetics, which was completed in record time, making him probably the first Nigerian to obtain a Ph.D. in this subject area. With such an intimidating academic resume, it was only natural that opportunities would beckon. But not even the pressure to stay back in England could sway him from returning to Nigeria. His first port of call on arrival was the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), Yaba, Lagos. He was a lecturer as well as external examiner to a number of Nigerian universities, among them the University of Lagos (UNILAG) and University of Benin.

Dr. Olukoya is on record as having been the first scientist to establish an indigenous Molecular Biology and Biotechnology laboratory in Nigeria. One important contribution by Dr. Olukoya to biotechnology and health care delivery is the creation of a new type of Pap (Ogi), named Dogik, a weaning food that has improved nutritional qualities that can control diarrhea. The laboratory also ranks among the first to have done genes in Nigeria.

He has supervised over 20 Ph.D. students, most of whom are doing well in their chosen fields. As a researcher, he has over 80 scientific publications to his credit. Notwithstanding his exploits on the academic turf, he devotes much of his time to God through preaching, delivering papers at seminars, singing, etc.

That Dr. Olukoya would become a mighty tool in the hands of God to serve as a vehicle of deliverance for his generation manifested in 1989, when Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries was given birth to in his sitting room at Yaba, Lagos, with 24 worshippers. With only 18 years presence, MFM has thousands of branches spread across Nigeria, Africa and Asia. A huge percentage of branches are also located in the United States and Europe.

The ministry is noted for its unique, powerful prayers that are fast redefining the major strategic input that puts the devil and his cohorts in the most bemused of confusion. MFM headquarters is the largest single congregation in Africa, with attendance of over 120,000 in single meetings.

Dr. Kolawole Daniel Olukoya is anointed with an uncommon gift and finds expression as a prophet, evangelist, teacher and preacher of the word of God. In addition to his over 80 scientific publications, he has written more than double that number of spiritual books, 150 of them, most of which are bestsellers. Prayer rain, a prayer manual which has become a companion of not a few Christians across several denominations, has sold millions of copies. Besides, Dr. Olukoya has 70 Christian songs that he has composed. He is married to Pastor Shade and the union is blessed with a son, Elijah Toluwani.

   -FEMI OYEWALE

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