The story of Pastor Chris Oyakhilome’s rise in stature to become one of Nigeria’s most recognizable figures internationally is truly inspirational. A boy of humble beginnings from Edo State, he has risen to be the leader of a powerful global ministry that impacts millions of lives around the world. Besides providing for the basic and educational needs of countless needy children, this man of God spreads the message of hope and God’s healing power to people of all walks in the four corners of the globe. Pastor Chris is also revered as a highly successful entrepreneur who ranks among the wealthiest individuals in the country, according to Forbes.
To celebrate the achievements of this distinguished leader of Believers’ LoveWorld (BLW) or Christ Embassy International ministries, a lavish convocation ceremony was held in the pastor’s alma mater. Ambrose Alli University (AAU) is where Pastor Chris Oyakhilome did his tertiary studies, specializing in the field of architecture. Despite his chosen field of study, it was while a student at AAU, then known as Bendel State University, that Pastor Chris began BLW. After completing his studies there, the pastor returned as a philanthropist to inspire the current generation of students. He built and donated the LoveWorld Multipurpose Hall a few years back and also supplied the institution with a 100KVA power backup generator.
It is in this fine, air-conditioned hall that the ceremony for Pastor Chris Oyakhilome’s investiture took place. He was awarded with a Doctor of Science (honoris causa) by the AAU vice-chancellor Prof Mrs. Cordelia Agbebaku. But before he was conferred with the honor and the robe and hat that accompany it, there were several addresses given by some of the dignitaries in attendance. Pro-Chancellor AAU, Prof Gregory Akenzua said that besides his generosity to the university, the pastor deserved the accolade “for what he has been able to do for souls in every nook and cranny of the world”. As she presented him with the award, the vice-chancellor called Pastor Chris “A rare gift to humanity” fully deserving of the convocation.
On his part Pastor Chris received the award graciously, thanking the university for the doctorate and everyone present for their support. He then divulged one of the secrets to his success, stunning in its simplicity: “look out for a human need and meet it.”