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Behold Iya Adura’s Magnificent Love of Christ Cathedral, Lagos!



By Eric Elezuo
Baring any last minute changes, the magnificent edifice designed to host worshippers of God, Love of Christ Generation Church, located in Lekki, Lagos, will be opened this Sunday, September 5, 2021.

Known across all boards as the Prayerful woman of God, Rev. Mother Abimbola Esther Ajayi, who is a compendium of many things in one, confirmed that much, and added that all is now set for the opening of the magnificent facility.

“If the creator of the universe sends you on a mission, the mission will be easy. We are very grateful to the Almighty that with His grace and enablement, we have finished stronger. Indeed, it has been a glorious and an amazing journey,” she said.

Earlier, Iya Adura, as she is fondly called, has held a  world press conference, where he confirmed the opening as well as took journalists and guests on a tour of the mouthwatering facility. Speaking at a media parley in Lagos, the anointed woman of God who was flanked by her husband, Rev (Dr.) Ademuyiwa Ajayi and Special Assistant (Media), Ms Olawunmi Ajayi revealed that she was delighted that after four years, the facility built by the construction giant, Cappa D’Alberto Plc, was ready for use.

She revealed that the project which began in 2017 was built to the highest standard and no corners were cut as all the relevant regulatory agencies were involved every step of the way.

She said:

“I am pleased to announce to you that on Sunday, September 5, 2021, the doors of this Cathedral where the glory of God shines will be opened. And I invite everyone to come and celebrate the work of God.

“We want to showcase this great Cathedral to the whole world and show that God has been awesome. This place is open to everybody male, female, Pentecostal, protestant, catholic, everybody. It is a place to come and worship Jesus Christ. If you want to serve God in spirit and in truth this church is open for you”


Located on Water Corporation Drive in Victoria Island, the imposing and unmistakable worship centre and multi-faceted facility will be officially opened at a glorious ceremony.  The Cathedral will have a 4,000-seater Main Church Hall, 3,000-seater gallery, printing press, tailoring section, swimming pool, gym and a 3000-capacity event centre.

The church is also embarking on an upgrade of the road leading to the facility.


Considering the large influence Reverend Esther Ajayi has amassed over the years, it is expected that the best of society bigwigs will grace the opening with their presence. Most of these high profile guest have at one time or another, visited the facility on a tour. Some of the celebrated personalities from Nigeria and abroad who will be present are former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Pastor Enoch Adeboye and wife, Pastor (Mrs.) Folu, Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Chief Rasak Okoya, Prince Samuel Adedoyin, His Eminence Dr. Solomon Adegboyega Alao (Supreme Head C& S Unification Church Worldwide, Rev. Pastor Mobiyina Oshoffa (Spiritual head, Celestial Church of Christ, Dr Samuel Ayokunle (President, Christian Association of Nigeria), Ovation Publisher, Bashorun Dele Momodu and of course, Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu.


Speaking on the all-round security expected to be available on the day and beyond, Reverend Esther Ajayi said:

“Governor Sanwo-Olu is an amazing person. He told us that the one thing he loved about this Cathedral was our car park, we did due diligence and went back many times to review drawings. We are happy at the outcome of that hard work and give God all the glory.

“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Mr Hakeem Odumosu had visited to also discuss with the Cathedral’s Chief Security Officer to ensure the security is water tight.

“We are not of this world but we live in this world so we have to make all arrangements. The DG LASEMA was here and when he saw our clinic, he offered to provide an extra ambulance for the day, the GM LASTMA was also here. We are planning to ensure we have a seamless, hitch-free ceremony.

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Beyond unifying the white garment churches, Reverend Ajayi said she is looking towards the oneness of Christians as a whole.

“We want the body of Christ to be one. We want to establish a cordial relationship in Christendom, we want to show that there is only one God even if we are different according to 1 Cor. 12.

She maintained that only love can get Nigeria out of the state it has found itself today, especially insecurity, noting that “I never say any bad thing about the Nigeria, because it is the only country we have. No nation is perfect, at some point I know, God will intervene and Nigeria will get there.

“We are talking to people to love each other. When you love your neighbour you will not kill the person or kidnap the person. Let us continue to pray for Nigeria and we will overcome.”

Many people have tried albeit unsuccessfully to define this woman; some say she is a shinning star; some say she is an ebullient preacher and compassionate visioner; some say she has surpassed the gravity of philanthropism while others see her as God’s gift to every facet of humanity. However, Reverend Mother Esther Abimbola Ajayi, the dutiful wife of Reverend (Dr.) Ademuyiwa Ajayi and Founder, Esther Ajayi Founation as well as the Minister in Charge, Love of Christ Generation Church (C and S) in Clapham, England, is just a simple mother, wife and strict adherer to the commission the Almighty God has placed in her hands; a commission she has not looked back in bringing to fruition. And to crown it all, she is a woman after so many hearts.

Iya Adura, as she is fondly called, is a woman who does not take the message of hope delivered from God, and for the betterment of mankind for granted.

Born many years ago of Awori Lagos parents, who are of blessed memory, Reverend Esther Ajayi reveals that her father is from Agboyi while her mum is from Ikotun.

Recalling how her road to pastoral calling came to fruition, she said during an interview:

“I recall when I was age 14 or 15, and my mother was ill. I was called to come and pray for her because she was lying down in the room and had sweats all over her. I prayed for her and the next day, everyone started thanking me that my mum was healed. I just looked and wondered what was happening.

“Then, I remember a particular woman was pregnant and was long overdue for delivery. I just told her to bring a bowl of water and I instructed her to walk over the water and also drink it. She did and started having contractions. She named the baby, Oluwasanmi.

Then, there was the time the prophetess (Rev Esther Oguntoyinbo) I went to in Abuja also asked that I prayed for her that God wanted to use me. I see it as unmerited favour from God.”

The woman of prayer grew up in Lagos, where she had her early education. It is on record that before dedicating her life to full time ministry, she excelled in entrepreneurship and rode high in the corporate world as a successful business woman.

Having developed her faith in the Cherubim and Seraphim sect, she worked tirelessly to become an accomplished Christian leader, and followed it up with philanthropism of the highest level in addition to gaining real passion for prayer and giving, making both the foundational pillars of her life.

It will be an understatement to say that Iya Adura has dedicated much of her life to supporting grassroots initiatives which has seen her touch thousands of lives and receive unnumbered awards in the course of her philanthropic acts. It will be remembered that during her cameo appearance during the 2017 Ovation Carol, where she was inducted into the prestigious Hall of Fame, she made a promise to affect one million lives in the coming year. It is on record that she fulfilled the promise even before the fifth month of the year. By the time the year came to an end, many has lost count of her deeds to better the lives of the needy and the general public. Mama, as many call her, is simply wonderful. She is believed to be a rare gift to the world at this time.

Mama is not just an avid theologian and scholar of the Bible, who holds a BA degree in Biblical Theology from Faith Bible College Sango-Ota along with other academic honours, she is a practicing Christian, whose oft-quoted lines are ‘giving is my character, gratitude is my attitude’. She has practically turned humanitarianism and philanthropism to simplicity, an effortless activity.

Apart from making significant contributions to the work of the church physically, financially and spiritually across denominations and many continents, Reverend Mother Ajayi has lifted not a few from poverty, seen to the restoration of health of thousands across races. As a result, she holds the title of Matron and financial supporter in more churches in Nigeria and other countries of the world than anyone can remember. Mama Ajayi is like a polygamist, who does not know all her numerous biological children, but effortlessly reaches out to each and everyone of them. This is considering the reach of her hand of fellowship and camaraderie to all and sundry, even to as many that she has not come in physical contact with.

Mama’s goodness is practically legendary!

In 2007, Iya Adura established her own church named Love of Christ Generation Church C&S in London, after what she believes rules the world. It took less than eight years for the church to witness a massive turnaround in both followership and wealth, culminating in the relocation in 2015, to a newly renovated Cathedral in Clapham, London, where she now pastors a congregation with hundreds of worshippers and thousands of social media followers everyday.

In her wisdom, she devised a better means of reaching out to the teaming needy, and so the birth of Esther Ajayi Foundation, which holistically cater for people seeking help, with special emphasis to the homeless, poor, handicapped and underprivileged.

An avid traveller, Mama Ajayi has practically criss-crossed the length and breadth of the universe, dishing out the undiluted gospel of Jesus Christ with signs and wonders following. Not only that, she follows up every of her ministration with mind bugging contributions to both individuals and institutions. It must be known that she never makes any lip service pronouncement. Every pronouncement she makes is followed up immediately, and the fruits visible within days for small projects, and weeks for mega projects

A woman, who has sworn never to be involved in politics, Mama’s work has remained instrumental to her ever growing fame across nations. There’s hardly a place she is not known. She has, out of a dint of hard work, carved a God given niche for herself and generations unborn as her philanthropic gestures are felt across the world including United Kingdom, Israel, United States of America, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Liberia, Rwanda, Nigeria and many other parts of Africa.

Reverend Ajayi’s Celebrate The Comforter crusade has become a jamboree of some sort, uniting all the white garment churches in existence including the Celestial Church of Christ and all the other branches of the Cherubim and Seraphim Church worldwide. Beginning from 2017 when the first crusade was held in Clapham, London to United Palace in New York in 2018 and to Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, Nigeria in 2019, the retreat has been highly soul lifting. In July 2020, Mama will be opening her about 4000 seater ultra modern church in Victoria Island. The celebration promises to be turbo-charged.

Iya Adura is a great bridge builder, connecting the down trodden with the elites and movers and shakers of the society across the continents. Her influence in secular, political and traditional platforms has brought a positive change in governance, and how people relate with one another. She has succeeded in demystifying the myth surrounding the white garment churches, setting a new standard for the sect, tailored along respect and self discipline.

Space will not permit to mention one after another all the charity works and sponsorship projects Esther Ajayi has done within the past years, but somehow, this woman has reached so many people.

Reverend Esther is blessed with a wonderful husband, Rev Ajayi, four glorious children including Ola, Michael, Lisa and a host of other dependents.

A woman after many hearts, words are not enough to celebrate the invincibility of Reverend Mother Esther Ajayi and so, we can’t but celebrate you ma, as an amazon of goodness, an exceptional giver and God’s mouthpiece!

The world stands in awe to salute this woman of honour as she supervise the unveiling and dedication to God Almighty the gigantic edifice of worship.

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Breaking: Founder, DAAR Communications, Raymond Dokpesi is Dead




By Eric Elezuo

The Founder of DAAR Communications, owners of the foremost radio and television stations in Nigeria, Raypower and African Independent Television (AIT), High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, is dead.

Reliable sources said the High Chief died while exercising on a treadmill on Monday afternoon.

The source said Dopkesi suffered a stroke some weeks ago.

Details soon…

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I Stand on Rule of Law, with Our Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, PDP, Says Dele Momodu




By Eric Elezuo

Frontline journalist and Director of Strategic Communications of the Atiku/Okowa Presidential Council in the just concluded Presidential election, Chief Dele Momodu, had said that he remains a loyal member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and will always stand on the side of rule of law, and with the party’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

Momodu made the revelations in a statement he signed himself, noting that the last election, which brought Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to power, was savagely manipulated by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

He praised the steps Atiku, and the presidential candidate of the Labour candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, have taken in seeking legal redress.

The statement in details:


My position on the state of our country NIGERIA is simple and straightforward. I’m a loyal member of PDP who owes absolute allegiance to Nigeria and its Rule of Law. My political party PDP and others passionately hold the view that the last Presidential election was savagely manipulated by the ruling party APC and the cases are already in courts. Nothing will make me abandon my party on the altar of convenience and profit. Win or lose, I will continue to stand on this principle without any malice or prejudice against those who think otherwise. Democracy is a game of choice and I’m resolutely standing by our candidate, the former Vice President ALHAJI ATIKU ABUBAKAR (GCON) who has taken the honorable and peaceful step of going to court to seek redress. This is the only way we can deepen our hard earned Democracy. Sacrifice is not always convenient but painful.

I salute and respect The Wazirin Adamawa and others like my dear friend and Brother, former Governor Peter Obi, the Labor Party Presidential candidate, for promoting the best tenets of Democracy in Nigeria and I’m willing to encourage them rather than discourage their onerous quests…


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Tinubu Gives First Policy Directive, Removes Fuel Subsidy




In the first policy directive of his administration, President Bola Tinubu has announced the removal of fuel subsidy.

He disclosed this on Monday in his inaugural speech as the new President of Nigeria.

According to him, subsidy can no longer justify its ever increasing costs in the wake of drying resources.

“We shall instead re-channel the funds into better investment in public infrastructure, education, healthcare and jobs that will materially improve the lives of millions,” Tinubu stated.

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