Pastor William Folorunsho Kumuyi’s vision to have a private university that would be a force to be reckoned with amongst the league of clergy has received a boost as he begins work on the proposed ultra modern campus that would serve as the permanent site of his N1 billion Anchor University.
ENCOMIUM Weekly’s check on Sunday, October 20, 2013, revealed that the proposed site for the campus is tucked inside the vast expanse of land acquired by the ministry along Lagos/Ibadan express way. We gathered that the land has already been fenced with the university’s logo conspicuously displayed at the entrance.
According to our findings, the campus would serve as the permanent site of Anchor University whose main campus is sited inside their multibillion IBTC headquarters at Ayobo-Ipaja, Lagos. The project would include faculties, hostels, administrative blocks, chalets, laboratories, amongst others. Funds for the projects have already been sourced from the ministry’s partner members and the clergy himself. Although the duration of the project is unknown, we gathered the architects and builders are not Nigerians.
Pastor Kumuyi was happy to join the exclusive league of owners of private universities in Nigeria. The commissioning was billed for September 2012, but suffered a huge setback as the representatives of the NUC coming for final inspection and approval of their multi-billion projects were in the ill fated Dana Air crash.
Professor Celestine Onwuliri, husband of a serving minister and an executive director with the Nigerian Universities Commission was among the over 157 victims that died in the Dana Air crash which occurred on Sunday, June 3, 2012. He was the leader of the team.
William Folorunso Kumuyi (born June 9, 1941) is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria. He is the author of several books. In the early 1970s, Kumuyi worked as a lecturer at the University of Lagos.
Kumuyi was born into a Christian family in Erin-Ijesha, Osun State, Nigeria. He completed his secondary school education in 1961, and in 1962 started teaching Mathematics at Mayflower School in Ikenne, Ogun-State. From where he proceeded to the University of Ibadan and in 1967 graduated with a first class honours degree in Mathematics. He became a born again Christian in April 1964.
Kumuyi remarried in October 2010, in London, about 18 months after the death of his first wife.
In April 2013, Kumuyi was named one of the “500 most powerful people on planet earth” and Deeper Christian Life Ministry named as “World’s largest mega church” by the Foreign Policy Magazine.