Sunday, 16 September 2018

I DO MOST OF MY WIFE'S SHOPPING- BISHOP HUMPHREY OLUMAKAIYA


The recently-appointed Bishop of Lagos Diocese of the Anglican Communion, Bishop Humphrey Olumakaiye, speaks with KORE OGIDAN on his life in ministry, marriage and other issues.



YOU’RE CURRENTLY THE BISHOP OF THE LAGOS STATE DIOCESE OF THE ANGLICAN COMMUNION. DID YOU EVER IMAGINE YOU WOULD GET TO THIS POSITION WHEN YOU ENTERED THE MINISTRY AT THE AGE OF 18?

I’m grateful to God for my current position because I never imagined I’d be where I am today. However, I am also a man who have always had big dreams and hopes for a bright future. I had great dreams for the Anglican community and using my positions in the church at any point in time, I wanted to make a great impact and leave an indelible mark in my service. I believe my journey and even my current position have all been God’s plan for me. I consider myself very fortunate because even as a kid, I was a moralist and very disciplined. God just tailored me and planned everything concerning me for the purpose of where He’s taking me to. Asides from God’s own hand, I believe that people, who are called, must deny themselves of things of the world. I believe I’ve lived a godly life and turned my back on the things of the world. These helped me develop myself to walk in the path that God had carved out for me. To get to such a position as this, there are many essential things to be taken into consideration, including competence, character, calling and confidence; these aid your journey to getting to great heights.

HOW DID YOU IDENTIFY YOUR CALLING?

There’s usually an instinct in you that lets you know you’ve been chosen to do something. My dad had seen some of the traits of my calling in me; I liked serving God, praying at every given opportunity and even my friends at school nicknamed me ‘pastor’, which I didn’t like at the time, because pastors were perceived to be academically unsound. It wasn’t until later that I realised that those who are called for the ministerial work are actually geniuses and people of very sound minds. I topped the list of the students who were taken to join the University of Ilorin at the time when I applied to study Political Science there, but my dad, seeing my potential and traits, urged me to enrol at the Emmanuel College of Theology, Ibadan, instead. Even before then, God had been speaking to me in my quiet time, telling me the path I was to follow but I gently ignored it. It wasn’t until my dad said it out that it had such a big impression on my heart that that was what I was meant to do. So, I put aside the admission to the University of Ilorin and went to Ibadan to attend the Emmanuel College of Theology, where I was actually the youngest in the class, about 18-year-old. I got two diplomas in Religious Studies and in Theology. Following that, I went to the University of Ibadan where I obtained my Bachelors of Art and Masters of Art degrees and went back for a degree in Church History and Ecclesiastical Matters.

WHAT KIND OF KID WERE YOU?

Most of my friends were living lives different from mine. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy their company as friends. However, I didn’t allow them to convert me to play pranks with them. I was very quiet and gentle as a young boy. They (my friends) already knew my stand on the issues of right and wrong, and knew the things I’d partake in and things I wouldn’t. Because of my disposition, I never felt left out; in fact, many times, I loved being by myself.

DO YOU THINK THIS CHARACTER STEMMED FROM YOUR PARENTS BEING CLERICS?

I wouldn’t say so. In most cases, children of ministers are actually the ones who stand outside of the faith; they don’t like following the....

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