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At The Launch of Pastor Akintola Samuel’s New Book, “How To Find The Right Person To Marry” In Lagos



By Michael Effiong

Dashing man of God, Pastor Akintola Samuel has launched a book that will open a vista’s for all those aspiring to enter the institution of marriage.
Titled, How To Find The Right Person To Marry, the book was launched at an intellectually-stimulating ceremony at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) hall, Alausa Ikeja.

Before the launch there were panel sessions were discussants dissected marriage, it’s highpoints and pitfalls.

Pastor Akintola Samuel

The official launch was conducted by Pastor Mayokun Oreofe midst a lot of glitz.
According to the author, he was moved to write because ” The greatest need of every relationship is not romance, it is knowledge. How much you enjoy your marriage will be dependent on how much relevant and applicable knowledge has been acquired before you make a lifetime commitment.

“However, knowledge becomes most valuable when it is acquired before it is needed. The best time to get the requisite knowledge for marital success is before you walk down the aisle.

Cross-section of the audience

Do you know that marriage is the only institution where you are given a certificate before you write exams?

He spoke further “69% of all divorce is initiated by women. 20% of first marriages end up in divorce. 50% of second marriages end up in divorce. 75% of third marriages end up in divorce. 60% of marriages end up in divorce within 1-3 years. 54.85% of marriages in the US. 46% of marriages in Europe. 54% of marriages in Sweden. At least 60% of marriages in Nigeria end up in one form of separation or the other. The lifespan of the average relationship today is 3-5 months.

Mrs Funke Kumapayi, Pastor Fikayo Adeyinka & Mrs Ayodeji Megbope

“Even though liars use statistics, statistics don’t lie; they reveal to you the current happenings and things that would otherwise have been hidden from you.

Someone once said “A wedding ring is the smallest handcuff ever made, so choose your prison mate carefully and sentence yourself wisely so as to avoid prison break.”


“The fact that two people are living under the same roof does not mean they are living in the same world. Most Nigerians while still in the marriage are simply enduring their relationship and not enjoying it. Many are emotionally frustrated and psychologically cut off from their spouse. Don’t let that happen to you.

“God’s will is that you have a home and also a relationship full of bliss. In this book you will discover practical steps to finding and keeping your dream spouse. If you will receive, embrace and put to practice the truths in this book, I can guarantee you that no demon hatched out of hell can stop you from having a happy home.

Mrs Ayodeji Megbope, OluremiSAN, Mrs Abimbola Akinwunmi & Pastor Mrs Mayokun Oreofe

Pastor Samuel is a Relationship Therapist, Management Consultant, Workplace Psychologist, Conference Speaker and a Pragmatic Teacher. He is the founder of The Romance Academy, where he equips singles and married with pragmatic tools and strategies for building successful marriages and relationships.

He is also Founder of THE GATEWAY; an excellence driven Christian-Faith community in Lagos Nigeria, committed to changing lives and raising leader labels in every industry and field of play. He’s passionately obsessed with helping career people and business owners make it big in the marketplace.

Michael Effiong James, Editor, Ovation International Magazine & Pastor Akintola Samuel

He is blissfully married to Oluremi, fondly known as OluremiSAN (Senior Alaga of Nigeria), Nigeria’s Foremost Sociocultural Entrepreneur, CEO of Strictly Weddings and Dean of Strictly Weddings Academy. Together they co-host LOVE LOUNGE LIVE and LOVE LOUNGE Online; a weekly online relationship and marriage talk show. They currently live in Lagos, Nigeria. Connect with him on Instagram @akintolasamuel.

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Forty Worthy Cheers for Woman of Substance, Oluwatosin Adegboyega




By Eric Elezuo

Life, they say, begins at 40, and it is not by accident that a woman, well endowed with the very qualities anyone could wish for, and probably do whatever it takes to acquire, is celebrating 40, the beginning of a more prosperous life. She is Oluwatosin Lucy Tobi Adegboyega.

A leader of unassuming status, Lucy, as she is known, has displayed strength and character by quietly turning everything she touches into a cherished ornament, building men and institutions to enviable standard.

Born in 1984, in the prestigious Chelsea hospital, London, Lucy is a proud native of Ondo State, where her parents hail from, a product of the Akinyelure and Odetola families.

As a true born, who places importance in her origin, Tosin came to Nigeria when she was of age to prosecute her secondary, and university education, which she concluded at the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) Ago Iwoye,in Ogun State.

Thereafter, having achieved the most, she returned to London, and took up a career in Psychology and Human Development.

Her line of vocation has given her the leverage to affect lives positively, and has since mentored many young people, provided housing for a whole lot of others among other corporate social responsibilities in conjunction with er husband and closest confidante, Pastor Tobi Adegboyega of Salvation Proclaimers Anointed Church (SPAC), whom she married on August 20, 2011. The couple has waded through 13 years of marital exigency, and is much better for it.

In addition to her societal impact, Lucy has conscientiously built not just a family, but a home, and is blessed with two children.

Her home, a Jerusalem of some sought, welcomes hundreds of visitors on a monthly basis, and that has earned her a sobriquet of the ‘Quiet Host’.

Among individuals she has hosted in her home are governors, presidents, aspirants of diverse political positions, clergymen and a host of others.

Mrs Adegboyega is not just a household name by every standard, she is a much sought after woman of substance, providing succour to, and affecting positively her immediate and remote environment.

Enjoy a much deserved happy birthday ma, and relish in the euphoria of your 40 worthy and ruby-clad cheers.

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Grand Reception As Gospel Singing Sensation, Sinach, Celebrates 52nd Birthday in London




Iconic singer, and Award-winning gospel artiste, Osinachi Joseph Egbu, popularly known by her stage name, Sinach, has celebrated her 52nd birthday at the exquisite Dorchester Hotel, in London, with family members, colleagues and well wishers in attendance.

The world acclaimed singer of Way Maker, I know Who I am among many other hit tracks also used the opportunity of the birthday to announce her upcoming OVO Arena Wembley Concert, billed to hold on July, 6 2024.


Family and friends of the iconic Osinachi Joseph Egbu, known better as Sinach, celebrated the gospel music artist on her birthday in grand pomp and style at the decorous and exquisite London Dorchester.

The Global singer, songwriter and worship leader, who has been serving in this capacity for 33 years, held the grand event on the holy Easter Saturday, March 30, 2024, which also happens to be her birthday.

Lit with montages, interactive sessions and orchestral performances, the evening included Sinach performing live, reflections from her close family and friends and recorded tributes. Sinach expressed how grateful she is for her family, ministry, her health, and the peace she has been blessed with.

“Many of your songs have become global worship anthem – we all have our favourites but Way Maker is a super massive hit – with over 300 million views on YouTube alone,” Lalita Taylor, Executive Producer at the BBC, who was the host for the evening said.

The celebration was organized by businessman and entrepreneur, Dr. Joseph Egbu who is the husband of Sinach. Whilst being thankful for family and friends who showed up to celebrate his wife and family. He described her as “loving, patient, humble and a true woman of God”.

Dr. Egbu, in an emotional moment of professing love, thanked Sinach for loving him truly and being the remarkable woman she is.

Some of the guests who celebrated the multi award-winning Sinach included: SL Kemi Balogun, Queen Ronke Ademiluyi-Ogunwusi Olori of the Ife Kingdom & Founder African Fashion Week; Dr Susan Fajana-Thomas OBE, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Regulatory Services; Nero Ughwujabo, Special Advisor To Prime Minister Theresa May – Director, Diversity at Prince’s Trust (King Charles’s charity).

Also there were: Her Excellency Janet Charles, Acting High Commissioner, Dominica Hogh Commision, London ; Dr. Yvonne Thompson CBE, Deputy Lieutenant, The King’s Representative for Greater London & President Elect of Institute of Project Management UK; Mr & Mrs Okonkwo ( E Money), Bright Ekeleme and Chido Mnangagwa (daughter of President of Zimbabwe) Mr. Obinna Egbu, Henry Nwoke,Ms. Uloaku Ojiaku, Ehi Moses, and Ms. Chim Moore of Magnum Security Services Ltd Zambia

Sinach also shared news about her upcoming July 6, 2024 live concert at OVO Arena Wembley in Wembley Park. “Victory Sounds”, she said would be a spirit-filled night of worship and praise and a grand celebration of victory and faith.

The concert also features an impressive line up of confirmed personalities from the UK Christian Chart including: Israel Houghton, Travis Greene, Da’dra Greathouse, Lucy Grimble, Ada, Limoblaze and Warehouse Worship.

Sinach is honorary Ambassador of the Commonwealth of the Dominica. In February 2023, the government of the Commonwealth of Dominica awarded Sinach as global ambassador, via a letter signed by the Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit. In July 2022, she joined the Grammy Recording Academy as a voting member.

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Sights and Sounds As Madonna University Celebrates 25th Anniversary




By Eric Elezuo

The main campus of the prestigious Madonna University in Elele, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, was agog recently as the institution rolled out the drums to celebrate its 25 years of existence.

Founded in 1999 by the Very Reverend (Prof) E. M. P. Edeh (OFR), the school has stood the test of time, and churned desirable professionals, who have left indelible marks in the sand of time.

Among major highlights of the day’s activities, was the identification and honoring of the top 100 graduates of the institution.

Several dignitaries also turned up to celebrate with the institution, including two terms governor of Anambra State and Labour Party presidential candidate in the 2023 election, Mr. Peter Obi and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Benjamin Kalu, who also is an alumnus of the school.

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