Nuggets of Day 2 Night Service of IYAC 2018

The International Youth Alive Convention ( IYAC ) is an annual convocation of Winners Chapel Youths across the globe to get their future secured via listening to sound biblical teachings. This year IYAC is from July 31st to August 4th 2018 at Faith Tabernacle,Canaanland. There is live broadcast at all Living Faith Church International ( Winners Chapel International ) mission stations across the globe.

On the second day of the convention during the evening service, Pst. David Oyedepo.( Jnr) expounded the topic ‘ Steps towards the world of exploits,with emphasis on ‘Engaging the power of discipline’.

I am sharing with you the highlights of his teachings below:

If you don’t have a principle to live by, you can’t be a principal in life

Whenever your decisions lack precision, it can’t deliver

If you want to be a world changer, then you must discipline yourself  in these areas:

  •    Your speech
  •     Your thoughts
  •     Your  eyes
  •     Your relationships

The outcome of a  disciplined life:

  • Supernatural abundance
  • Fulfillment of vision
  • Unusual accomplishment
  • Supernatural greatne

What an undisciplined life could lead to:

  • Mediocrity/ Failure
  • Penury

 

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Fostering Unity in Urhobo Nation

 

FOSTERING UNITY IN URHOBO NATION

By Engr. Ovie Ukochovwera, MNSE.           

 

A Paper Presented at Urhobo World United (UWU) Day

Oru Standard Hotel, Effurun, Delta State, Saturday, December 29, 2012.

 

The clarion call for unity in Urhobo Nation has been a recurrent decimal after the demise of late Chief Mukoro Mowoe, the great Urhobo Patriot.

The Urhobo nationality with a population of more than two million people is the fifth largest ethnic group in Nigeria, and the largest in Delta State. The Urhobo are a heterogeneous people whose social organization is based on cultural units known as clans/kingdoms. There are at present twenty-four such autonomous clans/kingdoms, each ruled by an Ovie or a traditional clan head of a kind, for example, the Okpara-Uku of Orogun, the Okobaro of Ughievwen and the Osuivie of Agbarho. These clans have distinct dialects and traditions that reflect slight variations in origin and migratory patterns.

The Urhobo neighbours to the North-East are Ndokwas, to the South-East are Isokos, to the North are Binis, the West are Itsekiris and the South are Ijaws.

The twenty-four kingdoms of Urhobo Nation with their cultural headquarters, official administrative affiliation and traditional head title are shown on the table below:

S/N CLAN/KINGDOM HEADQUARTERS LGA TITLE OF THE RULER
1 Agbarha-Ame Otovwodo-Agbarha Warri South Ovie
2 Agbarha-Otor Otovwodo Agbarha-Otor Ughelli North Ovie
3 Agbarho Orho-Agbarho Ughelli North  Osuivie
4 Agbon Isiokoro Ethiope East Ovie
5 Arhavwarien Arhavwarien Ughelli South Ovie
6 Effurun-Otor(Ephron-otor) Effurun-Otor Ughelli South Orovworere
7 Evwreni Evwreni Ughelli North Ovie
8 Ewu(Eghwu) Otorho-Eghwu Ughelli South Ovie
9 Idjerhe(Jesse) Idjerhe Ethiope West  Ovie
10 Mosogar Mosogar Ethiope West Ovie
11 Oghara Ogharefe Ethiope West Ovie
12 Ogor Otor-Ogor Ughelli North Ovie
13 Okere-Urhobo Okere Warri South Orosuen
14 Okparabe Okparabe Ughelli South Ovie
15 Okpe Orerokpe Okpe&Sapele Orodje
16 Olomu Otorere-Olomu Ughelli South Owhorode
17 Orogun Orogun Ughelli North Okpara-Uku
18 Oruaivie-Abraka Otorho-Avwraka Ethiope East Ovie
19 Udu Otor-Udu Udu Ovie
20 Ughelli Otovwodo Ughelli North Ovie
21 Ughievwien Otughievwien Ughelli South Okobaro
22 Ughwerun Otughwerun Ughelli North Odion?
23 Umiaghwa-Abraka Otorho-Avwraka Ethiope East Ovie
24 Uvwie Effurun Uvwie Ovie

 

The State of Urhobo Nation

Today, the Urhobo Nation has no significant voice at the executive and legislative levels of Delta State Government. The situation is not better at the national level.

Mr. Felibens Edeheri Okoro, from Ughievwen Clan posited that the many dialects Urhobo have is the bane of her disunity. (The Urhobo Voice, December 24, 2012, page 17)

The Way Forward

The question beckoning on every Urhobo for an answer is how we can foster unity in Urhobo Nation. Until this is answered and done, we cannot speak with one voice to have a say in state and national politics.

So what are the possible avenues that could be utilized to foster unity among the various clans in Urhobo ethnic group? This discourse will highlight some of the possible channels.

One of the avenues is organizing annual sporting competitions among the various sub-cultural units (clans). Sports are all forms of physical activities that contribute to fitness, mental well-being and social interaction of an individual. At the grassroots or community level, sport can be seen to provide a useful way of creating an environment in which people can come together to: work towards the same goal, show respect for others and share space and equipment.  It fosters friendship, understanding, peace and positive cooperation between and among participants. Emphasis should be placed on our traditional games too-wrestling.

Secondly, Annual Essay/Quiz competition for secondary school students and tertiary institution undergraduates should be organized, with participants drawn from all the clans. Awards should be given to the winner, first and second runner-ups respectively. Implementation of Scholarship and Skill Acquisition Schemes should also be utilized.

I would like to use this medium to commend Senator Akpor Pius Ewherido, the Senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District (entirely Urhobo Nation) for organizing Senator Pius Ewherido Urhobo Language Competition this year. It was organized to encourage the writing and speaking of Urhobo among the younger generation so as to arrest the gradual decline in appreciation of the Urhobo language, participants were drawn from all the Urhobo clans. The Winner of the competition was Miss Sagbodje Eguono, from Agbarha-Otor. She was awarded a grand star prize of a brand new car.

The Urhobo Language Competition will now be an annual event to help foster unity in Urhobo Nation.

Beauty Pageants should also be organized to promote Urhobo cultural heritage and unity. The composition of the contestants should be from all the Urhobo clans. With this put in place, we will be watching Miss Urhobo pageant on the cable networks. Execution of Sustainable Community Development (SCD) Projects in Urhobo communities is another channel to foster unity in Urhobo Land. Projects such as: construction of classroom blocks, blocks of lock-up market stall, provision water schemes, drainage and construction of access roads.

Pan-Urhobo groups/associations and the Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) should look into the aforementioned channels, others are much available though not highlighted here. Every Urhobo should come together for the greatness and overall benefit of Urhobo Nation.

 

Utilizing the Social Media Factor.

Social media is an instrument of communication, it could be a website that doesn’t just give you information, but interacts with you while giving you that information. This interaction can be as simple as asking for your comments or letting you vote on an article, or it can be as complex as Flixster recommending movies to you based on the ratings of other people with similar interests.

Think of regular media as a one-way street where you can read a newspaper or listen to a report on television, but you have very limited ability to give your thoughts on the matter.

Social media, on the other hand, is a two-way street that gives you the ability to communicate too.

Social media is such a broad term; it covers a large range of websites. But the one common link between these websites is that you are able to interact with the website and interact with other visitors.

Here are some examples of social media websites:

  • Social Bookmarking: Interact by tagging websites and searching through websites bookmarked by other people. Examples are: icio.us, Blinklist, Simpy.
  • Social News: Interact by voting for articles and commenting on them. Examples are: Digg, Propeller, and Reddit.
  • Social Networking: Interact by adding friends, commenting on profiles, joining groups and having discussions. Examples are: Facebook, Hi5, and Twitter.
  • Social Photo and Video Sharing: Interact by sharing photos or videos and commenting on user submissions. Examples are: YouTube, Flickr.
  • Wikis: Interact by adding articles and editing existing articles. Examples are: Wikipedia, Wikia.

The social media is now being used as a means of promoting principle of democracy and fast-tracking social reforms in most countries. The Arab Spring that took place in 2011 would readily flood our mind, where Facebook (FB), Twitter and YouTube were used to quickly disseminate information and instructions resulting in social revolution that lead to the removal of the leadership of the affected countries.

The Urhobo Nation is not being left out in this trend. There are many Urhobo groups on Facebook, Twitter. One will see lots of Urhobo educational materials and songs on YouTube, and they can be downloaded using YouTube Downloader Software. Some of the Urhobo groups on FB include: Urhobo World United (UWU), Urhobo People Forum (UPF), Urhobo Nation and Proudly Urhobo.

These groups have contributed in fostering unity in Urhobo nation. Good friendship has been struck in these groups. Better appreciation of Urhobo people and culture is being projected there too.

UWU Day that is being held today is a pointer to the fact that the place of social media in promoting unity in Urhobo nationality cannot be downplayed and should be boosted up.UWUites have been posting and commenting on threads online, but today we all gather here to shake hands, hug, dance, eat together as a family and start a lifetime friendship/relationship.

Other Pan-Urhobo associations should utilize the social media in fostering unity among the Urhobo clans vis-à-vis promoting Urhobo culture, language and image to the world.

 

Conclusion

Until every Urhobo see their fellow Urhobo as their brothers irrespective of clan of origin, unity in Urhobo will be far-fetched.Urhobos should have this  natural love for their tribe-this love will make you not to execute shoddy projects in Urhobo Land nor betray the genuine interest of a fellow Urhobo. This love will make you agitate for better interest of Urhobo and protect the interest of the tribe.

The Urhobo Nation is in dire need of development. Let’s come together irrespective of our dialects, religious and political affiliations to build a better Urhobo Nation.

 

International Youth Alive Convention 2017 ( Day 1 Preaching)

The International Youth Alive convention is here once again. It is an annual gathering of the youths of  Living Faith Church Worldwide aka Winners Chapel International and it is being hosted by Youth Alive Fellowship. The theme for this year convention is ” Empowered for the Throne” and it is holding from August 1st to 5th 2017 at Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland,Ota, Nigeria.

I am sharing with you the nuggets I penned down during the message of the first day( evening session)

Message By: Pst. David Oyedepo Jnr.

Topic: GATEWAYS TO YOUR ENTHRONEMENT

Introduction

  • I am designed for the topmost top. Deuteronomy 28:13
  • I have a glorious destiny. I shall never experience shame in life. Romans 28:30
  • Where there is no discovery of one’s destiny, life will be full of frustration. Ecclesiastes .10:15

BIBLICAL FACTS

  • By redemption, your enthronement is non-negotiable .Revelation 5:9-10
  • I am handpicked by God for enthronement.1 Peter 2:9

MY RESPONSIBILITY IN PRESSING TOWARDS THE FULFILLMENT OF MY ENTHRONEMENT

“Until responsibility us taken, rulership is not attained” Deuteronomy 2:24

# 1. ENGAGING THE POWER OF VISION

  • No one is a mistake in life. But have a purpose to fulfill in life. Jeremiah 1:5
  • Everyone in life is running his own race. Joel 2:1-8

“When you discover your purpose, you recover your potential”

WHAT IS VISION?

#1. Vision is the unfolding of the divine plan and purpose for your life. Jeremiah 29:11

  • Vision is the opening of your eyes to divine plan towards you.2 Corinthians 3:18

“Whenever you put a product under a wrong condition, you destroy it”

#2. Vision is the discovery of the reason of why you were born.

HOW DO I LOCATE MY VISION FOR ENTHRONEMENT?

#1. Seek God in prayers. James 1:5

“If you want to seek what you don’t know, you must ask the person who knows it”

  • Daniel sought God’s face for answer. Daniel 2:18
  • Ask sincere questions from God concerning your purpose on earth.

“Purpose is what gives direction to life”

#2. Watching-positioning yourself to receive from God. Habakkuk 2:1-3

  • Document God’s answers to your prayers.

#3. Be Sensitive .Revelation 1:10-11

“God can speak anytime”

“It is not God who is not speaking, but man who is not receiving”

  • Be in the spirit at all times. Galatians 5:25

#4. Create an atmosphere of worship. 2 Kings 3:14-23, Psalms 16:11

#5. Be Spiritual. 2 Corinthians 2:14, Matthew 13:15, Isaiah 59:2,2 Corinthians 7:2

 

Exhortation from Bishop David Oyedepo

  • Life is a marathon race, it takes patience to get to the final destination
  • Careless /anyhow lifestyle is not for kings. Proverbs 31:4-5
  • Enthronement is guided by rules
  • “ You were only classmates in school, but not classmates in life”
  • “ Only strong people do exploits”

 

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Christmas-Heralding Hope for Humanity

It was a dark world
Hopeless situation
Lost relationship with my creator
Eternity uncertain

Then shone a bright light
That heralded hope to me
God’s plan for my future
To spend eternity with Him

The birth of Jesus Christ-the bright light
My life now filled with hope
Relationship with my creator now restored
Eternity with my creator now certain

Angels celebrated his birth
The human race have been celebrating it
I have been celebrating it
Merry Christmas!

Message to Fellow Deltans on April 11,2015 Gubernatorial Election

Today Nigerians will go to the polls to vote  their various States’ Governors.And also decide who will represent them in the State House of Assembly.Before the March  28th Presidential elections,an average Nigerian has lost faith in the electoral process.
Then,ballot snatching culminating into rigging was the order of the day.Politicians see the elections as do-or-die affair.Off course,they have their foot soldiers at their disposal to cause chaos during or after elections.I still remember the 2003 elections,it was so bloody then between PDP and AD in Uvwie LGA of Delta State.I thank God that most of the ‘boys’are now wise not to be used as Pawns(Chess game on my mind).
My prayer is that today’s gubernatorial election in Delta State should be devoid of political violence between the three major players : PDP,APC and LP.
As a true son of the soil,I am so concerned about the development of my beloved State-Delta State.The Power Sector need to be improved.What stop the state from having a viable Independent Power Plants(IPPs).Must we be entirely dependent on the National Grid?For Delta State to be a fully industrialized,this must be put in place.
What next do we need in the State?.It is industrialization vis-a-vis mechanized agriculture.The Agricultural sector should be optimally harnessed.All the Sea Ports should be reopened.There is new one onboard now though.With these in place,the high rate of unemployment will drop in the State.
We can’t shy away from the fact that we are oil-producing state.Waivers should be given to the various International Oil Companies(IOCs) and Oil Servicing Companies so they should come back to Warri and other parts of the state.Warri should be restore back to the “Oil City” status she used to be known for.
The Educational sector should also be looked into.Some of the government schools need revamping.The psyche of most of the students of government schools need to be re-oriented.Teachers morale should be boosted up.
It is no news that most of the roads are in very very very good shape.We need good roads.All the  dilapidated ones should be repair.
Fellow Deltans,as we go to our various polling units,let’s put aside ethnic sentiment and logically vote the candidate who can deliver.Who can lead us as Joshua to the Promise land.We should be tired of pseudo-leaders who are only concern about amassing wealth from the state coffers to the detriment of the citizenry.
We are now in an era where  our votes count.
Vote Wisely!
#DeltansDecide2015.

Happy 54th Independence Anniversary Nigeria

 

Happy 54th Independence Anniversary Nigeria.

Happy 54th Independence Anniversary Nigeria

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I am proud to be a Nigerian and will always be a patriotic Nigerian despite the various challenges facing my beloved country.

To our fallen heroes and gallant soldiers who died to keep us safe from terrorists your memory will always be remembered.

To our leaders I pray for more wisdom and heart of patriotism for you.With this in place, looting of the country treasury for personal gains will be a thing of the past. The comfort of the citizenry will be the driving force not greed for personal gratifications.

I believe strongly in Nigeria’s greatness. With the driving force of true patriotism devoid of corruption, there will be a restoration to that enviable position we used to occupy.

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Nigeria!Good People,Great Nation.

Wishing fellow Nigerians a Happy 54th Independence Anniversary.

Happy Birthday to my spiritual father,Bishop David Oyedepo @ 60.

BISHOP DAVID OYEDEPO @ 60: I’m simply grateful to God

On a day like this, September 27, 1954, a star stuck the earth from the bosom of God, Charged with an assignment- a message of Hope, deliverance, Healing, all round peace and prosperity for mankind (The Hour has come to liberate the World from all oppression of the devil through the preaching of the Word of Faith and I am sending you to undertake this task! )We celebrate this star today in person of Bishop David Oyedepo who through the power of God has changed lives and restored hope in people all around the world.

Happy Birthday Papa, you have started well sir and you will finish strong in Jesus name.

Let’s celebrate with ‪#‎PapaAt60

Plowing Your Mind

“The mind is a garden. Plow it; you will get a maximum yield. But leave it unattended to, then it means you are set for misery.”—Ovie Uk.
The Holy Bible made us to understand that as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. (Proverbs 23:7)that means what we conceive with our mind, we shall surely become. When you think failure, you will become a failure.
The plow is used in farming for initial cultivation of soil in preparation for sowing seed or planting to loosen or turn the soil. Plows are traditionally drawn by working animals such as horses or cattle, but in modern times may be drawn by tractors. A plow may be made of wood, iron, or steel.
In the same vein, we need plow our mind by reading the Bible, Christian literature, listening to spirit-lifting gospel songs and off course corporate worship with fellow believers in Christ. After been plowed, the Holy Spirit can then work effectively on our mind to produce good fruits.
If you don’t fill your mind with the Word of God that means you don’t want to enrich your spirit for a conducive atmosphere for the Holy Spirit. And it is worthy to note that the Holy Spirit do gives us inspirations that can make us outstanding in all facets of our lives.
So an un-plowed mind is inhabitable for the Holy Spirit and such a mind will be devoid of inspirations. A life without inspiration is a life of misery.
Life is all about taking action. Get up! Take the Holy Bible, study it and fill your mind with God’s promises concerning the challenges you are passing through or the goals/visions you have purposed to actualize.
A Bible-filled mind doesn’t see the negative-doesn’t see an empty glass, but a glass filled with air.
Do you have a dream you want to achieve and don’t know how to go about it.It is high time you get up and plowed your mind. See you maximizing your yields.