Udekwe Kennedy Obinna

Udekwe Kennedy Obinna

Udekwe had cried to a point where tears flowed no more. Every moral fiber within him was shaken at the gruesome sight. Yesterday, they had eaten together. Joked together. Dreamt together. Now, he had become nothing more than a statistic – another forlorn figure to add to the growing number of lives lost at sea in search of something that never materialized. His lifeless face still bore the look of untold horrors. His closest friend – drowned. “If I get through this, I’ll tell the story he never could,” the young migrant firmly resolved. He offered a silent prayer and dug a shallow grave…

Udekwe Kennedy Obinna was jobless for three years. After graduating from Nnamdi Azikwe University in Music, disappointment marred every attempt to translate his talents into a lucrative occupation. Thus, when his senior brother began posting luring pictures of his time in Europe, claiming it was a “land flowing in milk and honey”, Udekwe fell hook, line and sinker. It would be an easy journey, they told him. He would reach Italy in under a week. The young man ended up spending two years in Libya – a timespan he later referred to as “living hell”.

The journey through the Sahara Desert was tortuous. After two days in the blistering sun, water supplies ended. When they pulled up to an aged well in the midst of the desert, thirst blinded reason. Even though a fresh human corpse lay within the water, Udekwe drank – as did his thirty other travelers. The remains of unfortunate victims who succumbed to the horrific conditions lay strewn across the desert floor. “We never waited for anyone who dies on the journey; they just throw their body onto the sand,” he recounted.

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Udekwe Kennedy Obinna and other Libya deportees

Arriving in Libya, Udekwe was sold into slavery. “All the girls were forced into prostitution and the men were beaten to compel their families into paying a ransom,” he explained. Obinna languished for two months in the custody of his heartless captors. When his family finally raised sufficient funds for his release – N220,000 – he was captured again and resold to a Libyan lady. Managing to escape her iron first one night, he finally made his way to the seashore – preparing to take a rickety rubber dinghy alongside 180 others hoping beyond hope that favorable weather would enable his safe arrival to Europe.

Three hours later, the engine failed and water began seeping into the boat. The fuel leak mixed with salty water to produce a toxic substance which left exposed skin horribly burnt. Fearing the worst, Udekwe jumped into the water and began to swim. He mustered enough strength to make it back to shore – where he was promptly recaptured.

After a five-month incarceration in a Libyan prison, Udekwe was among the Nigerians deported back home on Tuesday 5th June 2018. His first point of call, alongside 90 others, was The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations. “I came here to thank God for keeping me alive and to warn my fellow African youths to NEVER undertake such a journey,” he candidly told congregants. “Please, you can save a soul,” he passionately pleaded. “If you know anyone who is considering such a journey, do everything within your power to stop them. They are going on a suicide mission where out of 100, only one survives.”

The Anambra State indigene was among those who received N3,000,000 from Prophet T.B. Joshua upon their visit to The SCOAN – aid to enable them to start lives afresh back in Nigeria.



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Prophet T.B. Joshua

Matthew 7:7 says, ‘Ask and you shall receive’. This is not when you ask out of feeling. What do I mean by asking out of feeling? We ask out of feeling when we allow the happenings around us to dictate the direction of our prayer. Today, when there is war around, our prayer would be directed in that area. When there is poverty around, our prayer would be directed against it. When things are good, our prayer would be that of thanksgiving whereas when things are tough, our prayer would be petitional rather than thanksgiving.

Remember what happened at the graveside of Lazarus. Ordinarily, the situation did not call for thanksgiving but Jesus, being a man of faith was not influenced by the happenings around. What was seen did not influence the direction of his prayer. Consider the case of Paul and Silas in the prison. Their condition did not call for thanksgiving and praises but as men of faith, the happenings around them did not overwhelm them to murmur and despair.

When Jesus came to the home of Lazarus, where people were in a mourning mood, where people were crying, Jesus did not allow the general mood to overwhelm Him. In other words, Jesus did not allow the happenings around to dictate the direction of His prayer.

You must ask in faith. Even when the circumstance seems unfavourable, where there is faith, there would be a strong desire to pray more, even in the face of difficulties. Consider the case of Paul and Silas. The more they were flogged, the stronger their desire was to praise God.

Divine faith, when it is expressed in prayer, is a force that has God behind it for its accomplishment.


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Prophet T.B. Joshua

God knows all men. He knows their nature, their disposition, their design and their true character. Many of us, when we receive a miracle tend to forget the way we began. The confession we made about Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, the promises not to sin anymore – all these we forget when things are going well. Jesus knows all men. He knows their disposition – that is why some people’s miracles are delayed. He knows that pleasure usually turns the mind of man off his Creator. Sooner or later, he begins to glorify his blessing rather than the Giver of the blessing. I mean, if man receives blessing, he may continue, for some time, the zeal to acknowledge the Giver of the blessing. But give him some time and he would be too busy with worldly commitments to serve the Lord, the Giver of the blessing.

Whichever form you come to Jesus, He sees beyond your appearance. That is why your cry cannot save you, because Jesus knows the cry of faith. I mean, the cry born of God; I mean, the cry born of sincerity and humility of mind. Jesus does not need anyone to tell Him about you, because He knows you better than you do yourself. That is why you cannot deceive Him with the waving of your hands in worship. You cannot deceive Him by the raising of strong prayer points or by the multitude of your sacrifices without repentance. This means God does not need your sacrifice to take away your sin but your repentance – not only feeling sorrow for the sins committed but breaking away from sin.


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Prophet T.B. Joshua

“Whatever situation you are in, as a believer – all are for your obedience to God. We grow in character through obedience! Just as physical growth is a function of time, intellectual growth is a function of learning. Spiritual growth is a function of neither of the above but rather of obedience to God. The book of Hebrews 5:8 says that though, Jesus was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered – name calling, rejection, slanderous remarks, jeering at Him, etc.

“What you are going through now as a believer is for your obedience to God’s will. We grow in character through obedience. Oftentimes, we run from the very things that will bring strength to our lives, such as trials, temptations, pains of various kinds, all of which are meant for our spiritual benefit.”

TB Joshua, A Man With A Heart Of Gold

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T.B. Joshua

Prophet T.B. Joshua deserves to be celebrated from different perspectives, especially at a time like this when the nation is passing through some kind of recession. He has put smiles on faces and has become one of the greatest friends of the poor and downtrodden within and outside Nigeria. Apart from his healing and deliverance gifts, Prophet Joshua walks tall in different aspects of human endeavours. His life story is a demonstration of God’s ability to use the foolish things of the world to confound the wise.

With mere primary school education, the General Overseer of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN), has established himself as a force to reckon within Nigeria and different countries across the globe. Located at Ikotun-Egbe, Lagos, SCOAN has continued to receive exciting reviews from the international media, attracting different personalities, including heads of state and governments, across the world, who come to seek spiritual succour. But it does not end there. The man of God as he is often called understands the challenges of the world and has maintained a rare reputation for helping individuals, institutions and nations overcome their spiritual, challenges through crusades and humanitarian efforts. Many people within and outside the country have continued to benefit from his ministry’s magnanimity in terms of various monetary gifts, scholarship awards, provision of social amenities, empowerment projects and giving of seed money for business start-up. Through his ministry’s Emmanuel TV Partners, also broadcast in different paid TV channels, millions of lives and destinies have been changed for good across the world.

According to the man of God, ‘true love always searches for whom to help whenever and wherever it is in a position to do so.’ How he has been able to maturely handle the bad press emanating from the collapsed building incident remains very phenomenal. He has maintained a calm and unperturbed disposition –– a quality that can only be divinely bestowed, especially in situations of crisis. Prophet Joshua is among the very few Nigerian pastors you will hardly see around the corridors of power. You will never find him in any government house because he believes a true servant of God should be for all and not frolic around with politicians.

Before the plight of Nigerian deportees from Libya became a matter of national interest, Prophet Joshua has been helping this group of people with food and money running into several millions of Naira.

According to some of the deportees who landed in the country earlier this month, Prophet T.B. Joshua remains the only Nigerian pastor who has been passionately concerned about their plights. Prophet Joshua, they say, has been the only prominent Nigerian who has over the years shown unrivalled concern about their plights.

Even right from the Libyan prisons were most of them spent years, they had always looked forward to meeting the notable man of God, whom they described as the greatest thing to happen in Nigerian Christendom.

From records, Prophet T.B. Joshua has received over one million Nigerian deportees from Libya between 2014 and 2017 and has doled out both money and foodstuff in the region of N200,000,000 (two hundred million Naira).

Reminding the church of its role in an era when poverty and lack have taken over the world, the man of God, during a recent Sunday Service monitored on Emmanuel TV, reiterated the urgent need for true children of God to reach out to the needy in a manner that pleases God, lest their giving amounts to a waste of time. “All you have been giving, if you are not giving in a manner that pleases God, you are wasting your time,” he declared. He also enlightened the world on how giving can bring about contentment – “Don’t forget. Your possessions alone cannot bring you contentment, but giving to the poor can.”


VIDEO: Did TB Joshua Prophesy Military Coup Against Mugabe’s Government?

The video showing Nigerian Prophet T.B. Joshua predicting impending military intervention in the government of a Southern African country has been circulating like wildfire on social media in Zimbabwe.

The undated video shows the controversial cleric speaking to his congregation at The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) in Lagos, Nigeria about military plans to “get rid of a President in a region of Southern Africa”.

“The military are interested in embarrassing a President – either they kill him or kidnap him,” Joshua says in the clip which has been shared thousands of times on Facebook and WhatsApp.

“They are still having that plan to kidnap either a President or Vice-President of that nation or the First Lady of that nation,” the cleric stated, adding that this would cause “uproar”.

Joshua said he knew the country in question but would not directly name it lest it leads to undue “pandemonium”.

Before events unfolded on Tuesday with the military taking power in Harare, the prominent privately-owned Zimbabwean newspaper ‘NewsDay’ featured the prophecy on the front page of their Monday 13th November 2017 edition, claiming Joshua had reiterated the prediction last week.

Online news portal Nehanda TV similiarly shared the video on Monday with the title, ‘Is TB Joshua talking about a Coup in Zimbabwe?’

Since the news broke of the Mugabe’s being placed under house arrest alongside the return of ousted Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, many have linked unfolding events to Joshua’s proclamation.

“I’m not a fan of ‘Prophets’ but hate him or love him, TB Joshua had ‘seen’ this coming,” wrote Zimbabwean Tich Ray on Twitter.

However, Joshua’s official channel ‘Emmanuel TV’ has yet to release any video concerning the prophecy.

This is not the first high profile prediction Joshua has given concerning a Southern African President after the video of him ‘prophesying’ the death of Malawian leader Bingu Mutharika went viral in 2012 and led to an official judicial investigation by the Malawian government.

Watch the video below:

Ihechukwu Njoku is a freelance writer


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Prophet T.B. Joshua

I do not see satan in the natural; I see him in the spirit world. I mean, I see the other side. “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18). None of us is any match for satan, as long as we stay in the natural. The more we would get into the natural, the more satan rises up and becomes bigger. On the contrary, the more we would get into faith, the more satan becomes smaller. Unless you decide to look at things from God’s point of view, you will be constantly defeated and overcome by satan.

There are two sides to life. First is the spiritual side and ultimate conclusion, where satan was defeated. Second is the natural side, in which people try to figure God out with their natural mind. Unless you decide to look at life from God’s point of view, you would live a defeated life and you would go to the grave prematurely.