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Why I Relocated To US With My Family — Pastor Sam Adeyemi

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Founder and Senior Pastor of Daystar Christian Centre, Sam Adeyemi, has revealed the reasons behind his relocation to the United States.

He said this during a virtual interview with Seun Okinbaloye on his programme ‘Mic On’ podcast, where the duo discussed Leadership Beyond Governance Politics and the Role of the Younger Generation in Nigeria.

The video, lasting one hour, thirty minutes, and forty-seven seconds, was streamed on the Mic On YouTube channel on Sunday.

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Earlier this year, Adeyemi explained why the older generations of Nigerians must put their act together and make Nigeria work.

He said it was important for the older generations, including the political and religious leaders, to retrace their steps and get the country working because the younger generation would soon begin asking questions.

Adeyemi revealed that COVID-19, EndSARS protests, and, notably, troubling dreams about Nigeria, prompted the relocation.

He said, “When COVID-19 started, all our children were in the US, so everyone stayed with their families. We stayed with our children. The week services resumed was when EndSARS started, so we were preparing to return to Nigeria.

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“When the EndSARS protests ended in violence, we stayed back a bit. When we were ready to return to Nigeria, a different experience altogether happened.

“My wife had a dream in which she travelled to Nigeria and returned to the US, which was a bad dream. I told her I wouldn’t say I liked this dream.

“Three days later, I had a dream. We both travelled to Nigeria in my dream, and I was in a big fight. I was being attacked violently, and I had to ask the Holy Spirit in my heart what to do.

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“He said I should call the name of Jesus Christ. I shouted ‘in the name of Jesus Christ’ in the dream and didn’t realise I shouted out loud in real life.”

The gospel preacher and motivational speaker, who hails from Kogi State but was born in Niger State added that whenever they plan to return to the country, a bad dream brings a setback.

“My wife woke me up at 2:00 a.m. by hitting me and asking what was going on. We decided to take it seriously, especially considering a dream we had three days earlier.

“We prayed fervently, sensing danger. Three hours later, I fell back asleep and had another dream. We were in Nigeria this time, and I was in a fight,” he added.

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The president of Success Power International, an NGO that specialises in organising leadership, financial, and motivational seminars, revealed that whenever they (he and his wife) set dates and booked flights to return to Nigeria, he would have a bad dream about something terrible happening to him there (Nigeria).

He further stated that he had never experienced two dreams about the same event in one night.

“A few days later, we called family members in Nigeria, and one person said, ‘I’m feeling very uncomfortable about you travelling to Nigeria.’ We called another family member who said, ‘I feel uncomfortable about you coming. What is going on?’ We just turned and looked at each other, pondering the situation. Then I said, ‘You know what? I’ve been a Christian for 40 years.’

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“At this point, if God is speaking to me, I should have an idea that it is God speaking. Something is going on. I don’t know what it is, but I want to pray more.

“And at that point, we called a meeting of all the leaders in Daystar Christian Centre—the top 120 leaders on Zoom.”

The President of Success Power International noted that he informed the elders of Daystar about the situation, and they agreed to keep the church running.

“They said you’ve never deceived us before. If God asks you to stay, stay as long as He directs. We’ll continue this journey,” he asserted.

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The host of the radio and television ‘Success Power’ programme heard and seen in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East said he and his wife stayed in the US after the church leaders’ Zoom meeting.

Six months later, we were still in the US for one year, tearing me apart. I discovered that, until COVID-19, I’d been out of Nigeria for eight weeks. To now be away when you had the church with 40,000 members,” he noted.

He added that the experience in the US highlighted Daystar’s strengths, including investments in training and established systems.

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“I’m passionate about building systems so the church does not collapse. It is fantastic, and we call it an organisational miracle. It was almost three years before we had the Holy Spirit’s clearance to return to Nigeria.

“But what eventually the Holy Spirit would tell me was that he wanted me to shift my focus from just being the pastor of a local church to that global walk that I had known that I would do.

“So right now, the focus shift is to do that global walk while we keep Daystar running, leveraging technology.”

The PUNCH reports that Daystar Christian Centre is based in Lagos State, was inaugurated on November 18, 1995, and now has branches across various states in the country.

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Controversy As US State, Louisiana Asks Schools To Display Ten Commandments

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Louisiana has become the first U.S. state to mandate that every public school classroom, from elementary to university level, must display a poster of the Ten Commandments.

The measure, backed by Republicans and signed into law by Governor Jeff Landry on Wednesday, described the commandments as “the foundational documents of our state and national government.”

The law is expected to face challenges from civil rights groups, The American Civil Liberties Union, who argue that it contravenes the separation between church and state enshrined in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, specifically the Establishment Clause.

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It reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

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Ten Commandments new law

The state law requires that a poster include the sacred text in “large, easily readable font” on a poster that is 11 inches by 14 inches (28cm by 35.5cm) and that the commandments are “the central focus” of the display.

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It will also be shown alongside a four-paragraph “context statement” which will describe how the commandments “were a prominent part of American public education for almost three centuries”.

The posters must be on display in all classrooms receiving state funding by 2025 – but no state funding is being offered to pay for the posters themselves.

Similar laws have recently been proposed by other Republican-led states, including Texas, Oklahoma and Utah.

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Landry says

On his X account late Wednesday, the governor, #LAGovJeffLandry posted on X, “Today, we fulfilled our promise to bring drastic reform to our education system and bring common sense back to our classrooms.

“A strong education system leads to a strong economy and a strong state.

“Our historic Dream Big Package puts the focus back on our kids, and allows Louisiana to follow in the footsteps of our neighbors in the South.

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“I am thankful to the legislature for their commitment to making the education system in Louisiana one that students, parents, and teachers can all be proud of.”

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There have been numerous legal battles over the display of the Ten Commandments in public buildings, including schools, courthouses and police stations.

An X user, MicheleMaybe, #michele4_t, posted, “What about a Muslim child in that classroom? Or a Buddhist? Or Atheist?

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“This is completely illegal and an affront to our US Constitution. Thankfully you’re getting the snot sued out of you, as you should. We are NOT a Theocracy.”

Another X user, Marjorie, #MTGsbigtoe, wrote, “You should keep your lifestyle choice of being a Christian to yourself. The Bible has no place in the classroom.”

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Also, carte blanche kitty with account #mrswhiskeykitty, said, “Vouchers will demolish our public schools. This is just a taxpayer bailout for failing religious schools with minimal oversight.”

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In 1980, the US Supreme Court struck down a similar Kentucky law requiring that the document be displayed in elementary and high schools.

In a 5-4 vote, the high court ruled that the requirement that the Ten Commandments be posted “had no secular legislative purpose” and was “plainly religious in nature”.

The court noted that in addition to criminal matters like killing and stealing, the Ten Commandments also made references to worshipping God including observing the Sabbath day.

The PUNCH reports that the Ten Commandments are a set of ethical guidelines and principles foundational to the Jewish, Christian, and maybe even Islamic traditions.

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PHOTOS: Oxford University Confers Honorary Degree On Okonjo-Iweala

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The Director General of the World Trade Organisation, Dr. Ngozi Onkonjo-Iweala, has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Oxford.

The former Nigerian Minister of Finance disclosed this in a post and photos on X.com on Wednesday

She wrote, “A great honour to be recognised today by Oxford University with the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (D.litt. honoris causa).

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“A marvellous ceremony at the Sheldonian Theatre followed by receptions at All Souls and St Johns Colleges.”

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Captioning the photos, Okonjo-Iweala added that her husband and daughter were present at the event, as she took pictures with other honorands.

She added, “With Chancellor Lord Christopher Patten and Vice-Chancellor Dr Irene Tracey and the other 5 Honorands- Sir Michael Palin, Warren East, Sir #demishassabis, Professor Salim Yusuf, and #ShankarAnoushka. Also with my husband, Dr Ikemba Iweala and my daughter, Dr #onyiiwealamdphd.”

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“With Professor #NgaireWoods – Dean of the Blavatnik School, Baroness #ValerieAmos – Master of University College, Oxford, Mr Hosh Ibrahim of the #Mo_IbrahimFdn, Sir #ian_goldin and with members of the Oxford Africa Society.”

Earlier in June, the WTO DG was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of World Economy and Diplomacy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

In October 2021, the Luiss University in Rome, Italy, also conferred an honorary doctorate on Okonjo-Iweala.

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Nigeria Missing On 2024 Top 10 Women-friendly African Countries

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Nigeria is notably absent as Namibia and South AfricCountriethe first and second positions, respectively, in the 2024 top 10 best African countries for women, as revealed by the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index.

Mozambique ranked third, with Burundi and Rwanda taking the fourth and fifth spots, respectively, reflecting a trend where most Southern and Eastern African nations dominate the list.

Recent years have seen some African countries make significant strides in bridging the gender gap, heralding an era of empowerment and progress for women.

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This shift is attributed to concerted efforts across various sectors, including economics, health, education, and politics.

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While certain African communities continue to grapple with severe gender equality issues, it’s undeniable that others have achieved remarkable progress in ensuring women’s proper representation.

The journey toward gender equality in Africa stands as a testament to women’s resilience and determination, coupled with the collective efforts of societies striving for change.

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Despite numerous challenges, the progress achieved so far provides a beacon of hope.

Women have made considerable advancements in all spheres of African society, with their participation increasing in politics, economics, entertainment, and nearly every other imaginable field.

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Political representation for women has notably surged, with several African nations leading the way in governance gender equality.

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Additionally, rising literacy rates among young women have created a ripple effect of empowerment that extends to their families and communities.

This trajectory suggests that Africa is steadily moving toward closing the gender gap, though some communities still face significant gender equality challenges.

The Global Gender Gap 2024 Insight report by the World Economic Forum highlights countries that have made substantial progress in narrowing the gender gap within a year, with Sierra Leone being a prominent example.

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“The 2024 index also shows important changes in ranking. The five economies that improved their rankings the most climbed over 20 places: Ecuador (+34, ranked 16th), Sierra Leone (+32, ranked 80th), Guatemala (+24, ranked 93rd), Cyprus (+22, ranked 84th), and Romania and Greece (+20, ranked 68th and 73rd, respectively),” the report revealed.

“The most significant drops in the ranking are also negative shifts of over 20 places: Bangladesh (-40, ranked 99th), Lao PDR (-35, ranked 89th), El Salvador (-28, ranked 96th), Rwanda (-27, ranked 39th), and Bhutan (-21, ranked 124th),” it added.

Here is the full list of the top 10 African countries with the best gender gap index:
1. Namibia – 0.805 (Global rank: 8th)
2. South Africa – 0.785 (Global rank: 18th)
3. Mozambique – 0.776 (Global rank: 27th)
4. Burundi – 0.757 (Global rank: 38th)
5. Rwanda – 0.757 (Global rank: 39th)
6. Cape Verde – 0.755 (Global rank: 41st)
7. Liberia – 0.754 (Global rank: 42nd)
8. Eswatini – 0.744 (Global rank: 47th)
9. Zimbabwe – 0.740 (Global rank: 52nd)
10. Botswana – 0.730 (Global rank: 57th)

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