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Top 3 Nigeria’s Pastor Facing Hard Times!

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ayo-oritsejafor-oyakhilome-tb-joshuaCounted among the wealthiest pastors in the world, Ayo Oritsejafor, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Prophet Temitope Joshua, of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, and Pastor Chris Oyakhilome of the Believers Love World, better known as Christ Embassy, all have something in common.
They are frontline Nigerian clergymen who manage churches that boast of thousands of worshippers, sympathisers and admirers. Their words, most times, are hardly opposed by their church members and they are seen as God’s representatives on earth.
For these pastors, however, the year 2014 has been quite turbulent in various ways. While some are battling with issues of their alleged inability to handle their families like they often preach, others are having to find as much convincing explanation as they could over their involvement in allegations of money laundering, which are yet to be proven against them.
For some of these big pastors, however, this is not the first time they would be enmeshed in controversial issues and allegations. But this year it is coming in torrents.
•Oritsejafor
For Ayo Oritsejafor, beginning from when he broke up with the late Archbishop Benson Idahosa and left the Church of God Mission to begin his ministry in Warri, Delta State, he has continued to grow in christendom. From being the President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, he became the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, a larger body.
His emergence and activities also came with some controversies that saw bishops of the Catholic Church breaking away from the association.
Despite his explanation that his private jet was a gift from his church members, speculations that the jet was given to him by President Goodluck Jonathan are still on.
Oritsejafor, who, critics have accused of reducing CAN to a political arm of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is currently enmeshed in a controversy involving the use of his private jet by two Nigerians and an Israeli in a $9.3 million cash transfer from Nigeria purportedly to purchase arms for the Federal Government in South Africa..
Oritsejafor agrees he owns the jet that was seized by South African authorities, but said he does not know anything about the controversy surrounding the huge cash since the jet was chattered by those managing it.
Some Nigerians do not believe this. Former Minister of the FCT, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, has asked the flamboyant clergyman to look beyond his bling and answer questions about his involvement in the deal which some argue could be a failed money laundering attempt.
In the case of Prophet T.B. Joshua, the collapse of a building in his church on Friday, 12 September, that led to the death of at least 80 worshippers, has exposed him to severe criticisms. However, many, including some of his enemies, would attest to the fact that most of his predictions have come true, making him one of the most visited among pastors in Nigeria.
Besides this, he is believed to boost the tourism sector of the country with his uniquely built and attractive church. The founder of Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, with a 15,000 seating capacity, is believed to be worth between $10 million and $15 million.
Now, this prophet is facing the most challenging period of his life following the collapse of a six-storey building within his church premises. The building, with several tastefully furnished rooms and suites,  accommodated foreign visitors and worshippers of the church until last Friday when the entire building came crashing down.
Prophet Joshua attracted harsh criticisms when, days later, he announced that he was the target of terrorists, who attacked the church building. Footage of an aircraft which hovered around the church shortly before it came down was published online.
But the Lagos State Government on Thursday claimed that the building was an illegal structure which was defective from the beginning. This claim follows another by the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, which said the building was originally supposed to have only four floors and not six.
The South African Government also added to the controversy when it said it lost 67 citizens when the building collapsed, with many wondering why Joshua could not predict the incident.
•Pastor Chris Oyakhilome of Christ Embassy church
On his part, Chris Oyakhilome, fondly called Pastor Chris, the founder of Christ Embassy, is estimated to worth between $30 million and $50 million and boasts of over 40,000 members with many, according to a report, being successful businessmen and hippy undergraduates.
A pastor and businessman, he has interests in printing, hotels, real estate and media which include LoveWorld TV network and thee first Christian TV networks
Pastor Chris is currently having a running battle with Anita, his wife and Vice President of his church in a messy divorce case.
According to reports, a major reason why Anita has made up her mind to leave her husband and father of their two children is simply because Oyakhilome, who heads the church branch in South Africa, is not measuring up as a husband and real family man.
Filing a divorce at a UK court on the ground that “the marriage has broken down irretrievably,” as well as inappropriate relationships with female members of the church, her lawyers said in the court papers: “the wife submits that her marriage to the husband has irretrievably broken down and there is no hope of reconciliation. The wife will submit that it is the husband’s unreasonable behaviours which have led to this.
“…The wife will say that they have lived separately for 16 years and over this time have drifted apart. The wife has come to realise that the husband will only visit the UK for the annual church programmes that he holds rather than to be with this wife. The wife feels that he has been unavailable as a father to their children during their developing years.
•Prophet T.B .Joshua, Synagogue Church of All Nations
“The wife feels that their marriage suffered under the pressure of their work. They would rarely spend time together due to the husband’s unavailability. Special occasions such as Christmas, birthdays and family occasions and anniversaries pass them by and they rarely spent any time together as a family as the husband was more devoted to his work than he was to them.
“The wife feels that she has been used to portray and enhance the husband’s image as a family man when the reality is that there is no existing relationship between them.
“As a result of the husband’s attitude to their marriage, the wife will say that he is virtually not recognised as a married man in the ministry. His teachings and beliefs on marriage is that the husband is a master and a controller and the wife will say that his concept of biblical submission is so extreme that it is impossible for her to meet his expectations.
“She feels humiliated by the way he treats her in the presence of his close female staff members and she feels that she has been taken for granted which has become unbearably stressful for her.”
Archbishop Olubunmi Okogie, who could not stomach the embarrassment the divorce case was causing to Christianity, slammed both of them for refusing to practice what they preach.
Source; PM News

Official statement from Synagogue about Collapse Building

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capture1The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) has released officla statement about the collpased building and which confirmed killing several people, stating that rescue operation is currently taking place.
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BREAKING. Oscar Pistorius found guilty of manslaughter

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pistorius-court-crying--courtOscar Pistorius was found not guilty of premeditated murder and second degree murder because according to the judge, his conduct after the shooting was ‘inconsistent’ with someone who intended to commit murder. But he has been found guilty of manslaughter this morning. The judge said he acted negligently when he fired shots into the toilet door. The question now is, will he be jailed for manslaughter?
*He was also found not guilty of the first firearm charge – (firing a gun through the roof of his car)
*He was found not guilty of the third firearm charge (unlawfully possessing 38 rounds of ammunition at his home without having a license).
*He was found guilty of the second firearm charge. He discharged a weapon in a public place, a restaurant called Tashas and asked his friend to take the blame. The judge says Oscar was sufficiently trained in the use of firearms, so should not have asked for a firearm in a public place
The judge said no one submitted that there was an intention to pull the trigger, but that does not absolve him of the crime of negligently handling a firearm.

Photo: Hollywood actor Neil Patrick Harris marries his boyfriend

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Hollywood actor, Neil Patrick Harris and his longtime partner David Burtka got married on Saturday September 6th at a very private wedding in Italy (Pic from their wedding left). The 'How I Met Your Mother' star took to twitter to make the announcement. The couple have been together for ten years and have a set of fraternal twins together. Shall we say congrats, Dr Dougie Howser.? Hehe

(Picture): Sick mum left baby to starve to death while she went out partying for 2 weeks

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19 year old Russian woman Alyona Ipatova (pictred left) who left her five-month-old baby to starve to death while she went out partying for two weeks has been sentenced to a minimum of 10 years' hard labour. Alyona, dubbed 'Monster mum' by Russian media admitted in court to leaving her baby alone in her apartment in Russia and went partying for two whole weeks with friends.

Prosecutors said when the teen got back, she found her infant daughter(pictured right) dead. Continue



Alyona pictured above in another pic said in court during sentencing
"I really regret what I did. I did not want that to happen. I realise what I have done," she told the sentencing hearing.
Her lawyer claimed she had asked the child's father to help look after their daughter.
"Yes, she left the child at times. Although she left her, sometimes she came back in the morning or the father was at home, so he could still look after the girl," he claimed.
Her lawyer wanted the court to change the charge from 'murder of a minor with cruelty' to 'causing death by negligence' but the judge rejected the plea and sentenced her to 10 years hard labour.

iPhone 6 To Be Release 9/9/2014

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Updated Everything we've heard so far about the new iPhone 6

 iPhone 6 release date, news and rumors 

Latest update: The time is nigh, people. The invites are out. Apple is hosting an event in Cupertino on September 9, with the tagline 'Wish we could say more'.
The new iPhone could be one of the most pivotal devices in the Cupertino brand's history - with the iPhone 5S and iPhon e5C simple updates to previous models, there's a lot of pressure heaped on the iPhone 6.
We've already been given a small sneak peak at what Apple may have in store for us on the iPhone 6 thanks to the announcement of iOS 8 at WWDC - from a bigger screen and camera to health monitoring and more storage.
  • What iOS 8 tells us about the iPhone 6
One thing is for sure, with the Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3, Sony Xperia Z2 and HTC One M8 now out in wild, Apple needs to be on its game with the new iPhone - and many believe a bigger screen is simply a must.
iPhone 6 release date

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? A major revision of the iPhone including entire design
  • When is it out? September 9 for the launch, September 19 on sale.
  • What will it cost? Prices are likely to start at around £550 / $650 / AU$869

iPhone 6 release date

The iPhone 6 release date is virtually certain for September, which would fit in nicely with the rollout of the newly announced iOS 8.
More exactly, the iPhone 6 launch date momentum has been set for September 9, an idle Tuesday at the start of the month.
The standard launch cycle will be likely followed, which means the Tuesday announcement will be followed by an on-sale release date 10 days later - which means Friday September 19 will be the first time you'll be able to get your mitts on it.
It's looking increasingly likely that we'll see more than one Apple handset this year, with a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and a 5.5-inch phablet - possibly dubbed the iPhone Air or the iPhone 6L - coming alongside. The latter was rumored to be pushed until later in the year, thanks to problems with the battery and production, but recent updates seem to say these have been solved.
TechRadar's sources have also intimated that both models will launch together, so we're pretty confident that will happen.

And it sounds like production is about to start, as the Economic Daily News reports that the 4.7-inch has already gone into production, while the 5.5-inch handset will enter production soon too - so it could be the release dates for the two models are split.
iPhone 6 user guide
With the launch likely happening soon it's little surprise to find that the iPhone 6 user guide may have been leaked. Nowhereelse.fr got hold of it and it's possible that it's fake or a non-final version as the bezels shown are a lot larger than we're expecting, but even if Apple hasn't finalised the guide yet the mere fact that it's out there suggests the iPhone 6 will soon be on sale.
After trawling through all the iPhone 6 rumors we kicked our render machine into gear and came up with a concept of what we'd like Apple's eighth generation flagship smartphone to look like.
Check out our creation in the video below.

iPhone 6 release date, news and rumors

Updated Everything we've heard so far about the new iPhone 6

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iPhone 6 release date, news and rumors
Is an even bigger iPhone on the way?
Latest update: The time is nigh, people. The invites are out. Apple is hosting an event in Cupertino on September 9, with the tagline 'Wish we could say more'.
The new iPhone could be one of the most pivotal devices in the Cupertino brand's history - with the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C simple updates to previous models, there's a lot of pressure heaped on the iPhone 6.
We've already been given a small sneak peak at what Apple may have in store for us on the iPhone 6 thanks to the announcement of iOS 8 at WWDC - from a bigger screen and camera to health monitoring and more storage.
One thing is for sure, with the Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3, Sony Xperia Z2 and HTC One M8 now out in wild, Apple needs to be on its game with the new iPhone - and many believe a bigger screen is simply a must.
iPhone 6 release date

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? A major revision of the iPhone including entire design
  • When is it out? September 9 for the launch, September 19 on sale.
  • What will it cost? Prices are likely to start at around £550 / $650 / AU$869

iPhone 6 release date

The iPhone 6 release date is virtually certain for September, which would fit in nicely with the rollout of the newly announced iOS 8.
More exactly, the iPhone 6 launch date momentum has been set for September 9, an idle Tuesday at the start of the month.
The standard launch cycle will be likely followed, which means the Tuesday announcement will be followed by an on-sale release date 10 days later - which means Friday September 19 will be the first time you'll be able to get your mitts on it.
It's looking increasingly likely that we'll see more than one Apple handset this year, with a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and a 5.5-inch phablet - possibly dubbed the iPhone Air or the iPhone 6L - coming alongside. The latter was rumored to be pushed until later in the year, thanks to problems with the battery and production, but recent updates seem to say these have been solved.
TechRadar's sources have also intimated that both models will launch together, so we're pretty confident that will happen.
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On top of that, the iWatch now looks very likely to appear at the same time, with re/code stating that Apple's wearable will appear next to one or two phones in September, rather than later in the year (or possibly in 2015) as previously predicted.
The launch could still be split - it makes sense to launch an iPhone Air and iWatch together at an event - but that would be too many in the space of a few months, so an iPhone 6 and iPhone Air dual announcement makes sense.
And it sounds like production is about to start, as the Economic Daily News reports that the 4.7-inch has already gone into production, while the 5.5-inch handset will enter production soon too - so it could be the release dates for the two models are split.
iPhone 6 user guide
With the launch likely happening soon it's little surprise to find that the iPhone 6 user guide may have been leaked. Nowhereelse.fr got hold of it and it's possible that it's fake or a non-final version as the bezels shown are a lot larger than we're expecting, but even if Apple hasn't finalised the guide yet the mere fact that it's out there suggests the iPhone 6 will soon be on sale.
After trawling through all the iPhone 6 rumors we kicked our render machine into gear and came up with a concept of what we'd like Apple's eighth generation flagship smartphone to look like.
Check out our creation in the video below.

iPhone 6 price

There's one thing we can be sure about when it comes to the iPhone 6 - it won't be cheap.
Apple's legacy is a long line of premium devices sporting premium price tags and you can expect that trend to continue with the iPhone 6.
One analyst even goes as far as predicting that Apple will hike up the price of the iPhone 6, possibly by as much as $100 (around £60, AU$110). With a larger screen, new glass covering the front and possibly even a new, more impressive, material used in construction, we can see the price being hiked.
We'd be surprised is the mooted 4.7-inch iPhone 6 would get such a massive price bump, as it needs to stay competitive, but the hike does make sense if Apple launches a larger, phablet sized iPhone.
We have also got wind of possible pricing for the 4.7-inch model and it's reportedly starting at around £500 for a 32GB handset, which is around the same as a 16GB iPhone 5S, so if anything it might be a little cheaper, but that still leaves the 5.5-inch model open to being more expensive.
Indeed the latest pricing rumors echo the £500/$858/AU$915 pricing for the 4.7-inch model, but add that the 5.5-inch handset is likely to start at around £563/$966/AU$1030 and those are based on Chinese prices, so won't account for local taxes.
Interestingly the same sources claim that the 5.5-inch handset will be called the 'iPhone Air'.

iPhone 6 design

Update: The most recent leak surrounding the look of the iPhone has been given to us by network China Telecom, which seems to have shown off the first press shot of the new iPhone.
iPhone 6
Credit: Sina Mobile News
The leak could be hoaxed, as to accidentally publish such an important picture on social networks seems unlikely.
That is, until you see that the same colours are mirrored precisely in leaked pictures of the forthcoming iPhone SIM trays from NowhereElse.fr, which has good form in leaking new iPhone components.
iPhone 6
We'll call these colours Blazing Sun, Old Glue and Broken Daydream (Credit: NowhereElse.fr)
The home buttons also make an appearance, and a side pic of the tray 'confirms' the curved edge of the new iPhone.
Other very recent images posted to WeiFeng also align with this, showing a very similar looking phone to the ones in the press shot above.
iPhone 6 WeiFeng
We could see up to three models coming on September 9: an iPhone 5C sequel, an iPhone 6 and an iPhone Air, with the latter being a larger size to compete with the likes of the Galaxy Note 3, as phablets are becoming hugely popular in areas like Asia.
"If the iPhone 6 doesn't have a Liquidmetal body, then we'll probably never see one."
One thing you probably can expect is more premium metal to come your way with the iPhone 6, and Apple patents for liquidmetal 3D printing suggest there may be a new way to form the sultry chassis on the new iPhone.
Writing in early January 2014, MacRumors quotes a batch of liquidmetal patents reportedly filed by Apple employees.
This has been doing the rounds for a while though, and apparently it's a tricky material to work with. A new video purportedly showing the iPhone 6 also suggests that it won't be liquidmetal at all and will instead be aluminium, but that it will have a liquidmetal Apple logo.
Liquidmetal or not, that chassis could well be the thinnest yet - with word that Apple will slim down the svelte 7.6mm 5S body for the iPhone 6, and if leaked images of the phone's case are legit the handset may well be shockingly slender.
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Credit: C-Tech
These shots are similar to another picture claiming to show the internal body work of the iPhone 6, where the LCD display would sit plus further snaps of the rear picked up by MacRumors - adding yet more detail to the collection of leaks we're gathering.
Newer, more detailed images give us an even clearer look at its slimline shell, as well as showing it in a fancy new dark grey colour, which may be one of the colour options come release.
iPhone 6 shell
Another thing to take away from this image is that the Apple logo is a cut-out. There are several possible reasons for that, and given Apple is looking to add NFC into the phone for the first time then having a metal free section makes perfect sense, backed up by more recent leaks with the new logo cut-out.
Apple logo
We've since seen images of a thin plastic Apple logo in the slot, thin enough that light could shine through it, leading to suggestions that it will light up, possibly to alert users to notifications.
With talk of larger screens, we can expect the body of the iPhone 6 to grow and leaked schematic designs claim the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will be 66mm wide and 7.0mm thick (the 5S is 58.6 x 7.6mm).
The larger 5.5-inch handset is said to be 77mm in width and a super svelte 6.7mm in depth - the Galaxy Note 3 is 79.2 x 8.3mm. An image of the 5.5-inch chassis has popped up on BestTechInfo and it certainly looks slim.
iPhone 6L
The 5.5 inch model is rumored to be called the iPhone Air, so it makes sense that it would be exceedingly slim.
These super slim dimensions have been given a little more firepower as we've now had multiple sources claiming to have case designs and schematics for the new iPhone 6, showing off designs similar to the iPad Air and Mini 2.
The newer pic shows the iPhone 6 actually running iOS 8 - it's not clear if this is a final version, but it is swiped from Foxconn apparently.
iPhone 6
Credit: TMZ
But how will the iPhone actually look? Well it's going to be rounded, larger (of course) and with lines running over the top and bottom sections, presumably to improve reception and overall connectivity, as we saw in early assembly snaps.
Compared to the iPhone 5S, it's taking design cues from the iPad Air and Mini 2 - that's something we think would be a great idea, as those both have a great feel in the hand.
iPhone 6 dummy
Aside from the change in size and shape the other visible difference is that the power button has been moved to the side of the handset, as it's going to be larger and hitting the top will be tricky. The rear of the phone will have a slightly protruding camera as Apple tries to keep things thin but pack in slightly more camera tech to keep pictures looking great.
This is seen in both the TMZ leak (as a final unit, apparently) and in components found by nowhereelse.fr. The two tone flash, which gives great colour but was an odd oblong last time out, has been made circular to fit with the more rounded finish of the phone, it seems.
iPhone 6
Credit: TMZ
A set of dummy images from 9to5Mac, show the new handset in gold, silver and grey and they more or less match the previous ones, with a rounded design and a power button on the side.
iPhone 6 dummies
One of the big clues about how the new iPhone 6 will look is from Taiwanese actor Jimmy Lin, who posted a photo of himself holding an iPhone 5S and what he claims is an iPhone 6.
iPhone 6
Credit: KitGuru
Why is this significant? Well Lin posted pictures of the iPhone 5C ahead of its launch last year, so it looks like he may have repeated the trick in 2014.
iPhone 6 - LEAK
Mr Lin with the iPhone 6 (credit: Jimmy Lin, Weibo)
Mr Lin may also have the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 (or at least a mockup unit) in his possession, after he posted another photo online which a big looking iPhone sitting on a work bench.
iPhone 6 - LEAK
Is this really a iPhab? (credit: Jimmy Lin, Weibo)
The same design keeps popping up in the leaked photo, and surely this isn't coincidence as even more images along the same design lines pop up from Sonny Dickson - again claiming to show the iPhone 6.
iPhone 6 - LEAK
Credit: Sonny Dickson
Sonny Dickson has gone one further though after getting his hands on mockups of two sizes of iPhone 6 handsets, giving the clearest look yet at the probably final designs.
iPhone 6 - LEAK
Credit: Sonny Dickson
Apparently the iPhone 6 has also been snapped alongside the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3, all three of which are showing off their TouchID sensors as well.
iPhone 6 - LEAK
The iPhone 6, Air 2 and Mini 3? (credit: AppleClub)
Feld & Volk has posted images to Instagram, showing what's supposedly a fully assembled handset and it matches everything else we've seen so far, though even if it is genuine it's likely that Apple with give it a touch of polish before the final launch.
iPhone 6
A larger body housing a larger screen would mean there would be some additional space which a larger power pack could accommodate, and we've even spotted an image claiming to show the iPhone 6 battery on the production line.
In other areas, patents show that Apple has been thinking about magical morphing technology that can hide sensors and even cameras. Will it make it into the iPhone 6? Probably not.
And one final nugget to chew over before you head into the wonderful world of whether the iPhone 6 will have a sapphire screen: will Apple be launching a more premium version later in the year with that harder, less breakable sapphire display to satisfy those that want the best iPhone whatever the cost?

source: techradar.com

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RIP as Legendary comedienne Joan Rivers dies at 81

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And she is finally gone, gone to rest in peace. Joan Rivers is dead. Her daughter Melissa Rivers just released a statement on her passing…
“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. She passed peacefully at 1:17 PM surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of Mount Sinai hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother.”
“Cooper and I have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support and prayers we have received from around the world.They have been heard and appreciated.”
“My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”
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Pastor Chris Oyakhilome Replaces Wife With Another Lady, Sinach On His Website

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 72 hours after Believers Loverworld, famously know as Christ Embassy removed the picture of Anita Oyakhilome, the soon-to-be ex-wife of its founder, Pastor Chris Oyakilome from its website, We exclusively observed that the pastor has also removed every information about his aggrieved wife from his personal website.
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A quick check on the website (http://­www.pastorchrisonline­.org/), on Tuesday, shows that the pucture/profile of Anita who had already filed for divorce in a London court, on the grounds of ‘adultery’ and ‘unreasonable behaviour of her spouse had been totally removed and replaced with that of popular gospel singer, Sinach.
It would be recalled that Pastor Chris had in a speech on May 16, 2014 at a meeting with all UK Pastors and Deacons at Christ Embassy; Bermondsey addressed the controversy about the imminent separation from his wife.According to him, his wife wants to claim ownership of the ministry he founded before getting married to her.
He said, “My wife thinks so, as a matter of fact, Rev. Tom was her pastor before I married her and Rev. Ray and Evang. Owase were her leaders long before I married her.How come she thinks she’s senior to them now?
“I already started Christ Embassy before I married her. I didn’t marry her and said we should start Christ Embassy. I was already pastoring. I already set my sail and knew my direction before I married her. I only said come and help me. Be careful of the friends you keep,” the controversial cleric added

Meet Pastor Chris Oyakhilome's Grown Up Daughter, Sharon

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Sharon Oyakhilome is the 21years old daughter of Pastor Chris and Anita who are enmeshed in a divorce battle. She is a UK-based gospel singer with the stage name Carissa Sharon. See more pix...







I just hope her parent's divorce saga wont affect her gospel music career.

Men of God in Nigeria and Divorce

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“For I hate divorce, says the Lord” —Malachi 2: 16

The most trending news in Nigeria at present, apart from that of Ebola and terrorist attacks, is that of the impending divorce of charismatic Pastor Chris Oyakhilome of the Believers’ LoveWorld, better known as Christ Embassy which The Cable broke last Friday, August 29, 2014. Gossips are having a field day. Tongues are wagging. How are the mighty fallen and the weapons of war destroyed? It is not the first time a reverend, pastor, bishop, evangelist or any cleric for that matter will divorce.

Unless you’re not on top of the news. It is happening daily. The list is growing both locally and internationally. Incidentally, a neighbour to Pastor Chris at Oregun in the Ikeja area of Lagos and his namesake, Rev. Chris Okotie, has even broken a record by divorcing twice, the last one being in June 2012. Internationally, there was the case of the revered tele-evangelist, Pastor Benny Hinn, who earlier divorced his wife, Suzanne, and later remarried the same wife.

It needs be said that there are several other pastors and clergy out there whose marriages are in the shambles. They are living with their spouses like familiar strangers. Many have not divorced out of sheer fright of scandal. Others are papering over the cracks in their marriages in deference to God’s injunction in Malachi 2 verse 16 cited above while praying and hoping for restoration.

First and foremost, it needs be understood that pastors are human beings... 

They are mere mortals like you and me. They are only privileged vessels chosen by God to do His work on earth and communicate His mind to us, the laity. Pastors have psychological and physiological needs like the rest of us. They want to be loved, respected and ministered to. I pity those who make God of their spiritual leaders. Who thought they are infallible and are superhuman? Those are the people who are utterly disappointed when a supposed “man or woman of God” falls.

In an article in The Diaspora Star (online edition), Ekerete Udoh while commenting on why pastors are afflicted with divorce has this to say: “Even though they are the very representatives of God on earth, listening to His command and transmitting the same to us, they too can be overwhelmed by the glittering spectacle of the environment, spectacles that daily befuddle our thoughts and confuse our capacity to think clearly and do the things that are edifying; they too can take a pass on the messages they have transmitted to the flock and read from a different script. Even though they daily counsel couples on the way to live with their spouses, to love, cherish and obey their loved ones, they too are not immune from the fissures and complexities that afflict the institution of marriage.” True talk!

Ekerete went further, “Put simply, the institution of marriage as it affects the men and women of God is under assault. Infidelities, divorces and outright emotional cruelties have been reported about cherished men and women of God. Stories of uncontrollable sexual dalliances, of severe addiction to pornography, to adultery abound, leaving the flock to wonder if they indeed are true men and women of God or are spiritual pretenders. In most cases, mega churches built over years of hard work and dedication have collapsed when the congregation couldn’t reconcile the double-ways of the lives of their pastors when the dark sides of their lives came out.” Well said!

I am of the opinion that Pentecostalism is partly responsible for this increasing rate of divorce among pastors. How do I mean? African Traditional Religion and Islam do not frown on polygamy. If you’re an adherent of these two religions, you’re free to marry more than a wife. Also, in many of the orthodox churches, polygamy is not a mortal sin. I know many of the white garment churches like Celestial Church of Christ and Cherubim and Seraphim churches are not against their members or pastors marrying more than a wife. Their main argument is that Bible patriarchs like Abraham, Jacob, David, and Solomon, to mention a few, had more than one wife. In fact, Solomon, the acclaimed wisest man of his time, had 700 wives and 300 concubines. It is the latter day Pentecostal churches that criminalise polygamy and punishe those who marry more than a wife with excommunication. The Pentecostals are quick to quote scriptures like Genesis 1:27 and 2:24, and 1 Corinthians 7:2 to support their stance.

What has polygamy to do with soaring divorce rate? It is my considered opinion that since the cause of many of the divorce cases is hinged on adultery; peradventure, if the Pentecostals were to allow polygamy, this will reduce cases of adultery and concomitantly, stem cases of divorce. However, a holistic picture of reasons for divorce will show that apart from sex, there is also the element of poverty; that is, a man’s inability to cater to the needs of his family. Many of the common arguments women who sue for divorce cite are adultery, lack of welfare, neglect, molestation, assault and battery or simply put, violence. Though in the case of men of God, the issues often centre on adultery, neglect and psychological violence.

In the earlier cited article by Udoh, he advanced a couple of reasons for the divorces of men of God. This includes tempter ladies who use feminine tricks to sexually compromise men of God. The other factor cited is ego. According to him, a number of marriage counsellors spoken to say the case of the men of God and their marriages present a unique set of challenges: “There are some members within the congregation who are motivated by the need to test the depth of spiritual and moral foundations of these men of God. They will dress provocatively and tempt these pastors with their feminine wiles and looks. Some have been found to have fallen for those temptations and subsequently sacrificed their marriage in the process…”

On the issue of ego, the writer has this to say: “Another issue that has led to the dissolution of most marriages of men of God is ego. Most of these men are used to having people obey every word they utter; they have a severe sense of entitlement and most times do not expect contrary opinions. Unfortunately, they often bring this tendency home to their wives and loved ones, creating in the process alienation, resentment and a deep emotional gulf between them. On the surface, they may cut the picture of happy couples, but inwardly, those outward appearances are facades.”

What is the way out for the clergy? I think they need to watch and pray. They need to come to terms with their weaknesses and try to seek help on time before they are destroyed by their foibles. I like pastors who have taken preemptive measures of not going on visitation without their wives and who counsel people in the open and if in private, in the company of their wives, particularly when counselling ladies. I also appreciate churches that encourage congregants to dress modestly and decently. Beyond these, the congregations need to pray for their pastors. Indeed, we are what we are by God’s divine grace.


Source: Olufamous

Nigerian Student Provides A Way To Track NEPA Failure And How To Get Free Electricity – Must READ

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MIT grad student Chidube Ezeozue devotes energy to  fellow Nigerians.
“Electrical outages are a huge problem  ,” says Ezeozue, who is pursuing dual master’s degrees in MIT’s Technology and Policy Program and in electrical engineering and  science. “The outages really interrupt everyday life.”
Nigeria’s supply of electricity is severely limited, resulting in rolling outages: Power is cut off every few hours and redirected to neighborhoods that were previously in the dark. While Nigerians know to expect these power cuts, they rarely know when the outages will happen, or how long they will last.
Since his  to MIT in 2011, Ezeozue — who received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the University of Nigeria in 2008, followed by three years of work at a software startup — has created an app, with his brother, that crowdsources information about Nigerian power outages. With the app, called NepaSituation, people living in Nigeria can report outages. This data, when merged into an algorithm developed by Ezeozue, can help Nigerians predict when power outages may strike their neighborhoods, and how long those outages might last.
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“With over 100 million cell phones in Nigeria, we knew it was an important resource we could tap into,” Ezeozue says. “It took a while to come up with this algorithm, because the outages are pretty randomized, and the app is only  good  the number of people who enter outage data.”
But Ezeozue has delved into more than just tracking the problem: He is also working to  Nigeria’s chronic energy shortage.
“I started a company that is working to provide solar electricity to businesses and families at zero upfront cost,” Ezeozue says. The company, SolarKobo, was recently funded by a seed grant from MIT’s Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship, where Ezeozue is a fellow.
“Nigeria has plenty of solar energy available … for as low as $25 a month, we can make this resource available to those who are ,” Ezeozue adds.
When he is not working toward the betterment of his homeland, Ezeozue researches machine learning and prediction algorithms in the research group of Una-May O’Reilly, a principal research scientist in MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.
FULL CREDIT TO MIT NEWS FOR THIS WORK

Massive Vacancies in a World class Investment Banking and Financial Service Company – Nigerian Job Vacancy

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Our Company is a World class Investment Banking and Financial Services Group with strong capital base, solid knowledge of the operating environment, with proven track record of success and we require the services of outstanding, talented and goal oriented individuals to fill the following vacant positions  Lagos
and meet the requirement of our foreign Investors.
Job Position: Accountant
The ideal candidate must have considerable/ demonstrable experience (2-3 yrs) in preparation of accounts from cradle to grave, financial analyses and reports anti must have ability to solve problems efficiently and effectively.
Qualification
  • Possession of HND or B.Sc. in accounting.
  • Additional professional qualifications like ACA and ACCA will be an added advantage.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft office suite is a must.
Job Position: Credit Officers 
The ideal candidate must have considerable/ demonstrable experience (2-3yrs) in credit analysis, business development and marketing of financial products and service.
Qualification
  • Possession of HND or B.Sc. in Accounting, Business Administration, Economics and any other numerate course.
  • Possession of professional qualifications like ACA/ACIB/ACIS will be an added advantage.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft office suite is a must.
Job Position:  Internal AuditorThe ideal candidate must have considerable/ demonstrable experience (3-5yrs) in auditing, development of internal audit plan based on the internal risk management framework. Also must be able to provide assurance on the internal control environment inducting compliance with statutory requirements, policies and procedures.
Preference would be accorded to candidate with practical experience in a relevant financial services / Investment Banking sector pipelines.
Qualification 
  • B.Sc. in Accounting.
  • Possession of professional qualifications like ACA/ACIB /ACIS/MSA with sound  knowledge is a must.

Job Position: Marketing Executives
The deal candidate must have considerable/ demonstrable experience (3-5 yrs) in the marketing of financial products and services with core competence in Money market and Capital Market. Also the ideal candidate must have the wherewithal to coordinate the affairs of a group (Marketing & Operations).
Qualification
  • Possession of HND or B.Sc, in Accounting, Business Administration, Marketing,
  • Economics, Social Sciences and any other numerate course.
  • Possession of professional qualifications like CAN/ACIB/ACIS/MBA will be an added advantage
  • Proficiency in Microsoft office suite is a must,
Job Position: Finance Controller
Responsibility
  • Assist with Financial Planning and Budgeting processes
  • Prepare Financial Analysis and Report
  • Develop and Administers strategies to raise funds whenever need arise
  • To make Financial Investment Decisions.
  • Coordination and monitoring of all investment that the firm makes
  • Analyse and manage any risk err Investment may entail
  • Liaison with flanks amid financial institutions, External Auditors and Government agencies.
Qualification
  • Possession of HND or B.Sc. in Accounting.
  • Additional qualifications like ACA, ACCA will be an added advantage.
Job Position: Licensed Stockbroker/Financial Analyst
The Ideal Candidate must:
  • Possess First Degree or Equivalent Qualification
  • Be a licensed Stockbroker arid a member of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (ACS).
  • Have minimum of 2 years post qualification relevant experience in tire Capital market.
  • Be Computer literate arid proficient in the use of Microsoft office suite.
  • Possess the ability to structure Corporate finance heals.
Method of Application
Interested candidates should forward their CV making the position applied for the subject of the mail to: edgekonsult@gmail.com or recruit4cepital@gmail.com
Application Deadline 7th May, 2013