Pastor Chris Oyakhilome is renowned for the far-reaching impact of his Believer LoveWorld (BLW) ministry around the world. Through this organization and the Chris Oyakhilome Foundation, this man of God has changed the lives of millions all over the world, restoring hope and offering critical aid. Many indigent children have been able to access education thanks to his InnerCity Mission initiative. All this is just a glimpse into the catalogue of projects Pastor Chris Oyakhilome has initiated that have had a tremendous effect on real lives. It was therefore only fitting that this man of God be honoured in an occasion filled with jubilation.
This ceremony was his awarding with an honorary doctorate, and what more fitting institution to confer it than the university where Pastor Chris’ ministry began? This is the Ambrose Alli University in Ekpoma, Edo State which went by the name of Bendel State University while the pastor was a student there. It was while a student there that Pastor Chris founded BLW, which would later become Christ Embassy International. Little did he know it was the beginning of a global ministry that would touch people all over Africa and in Europe, Asia and America. But now the Christ Embassy leader has come full circle, being recognized by the school where it all began. In the days to come, other prominent AAU alumni will be honored; Chief David Edebiri, Esogban of Benin Kingdom will be awarded a Doctor of Letter. Business mogul Lee Ikpea will receive his Doctor of Business. But this day was set aside to honour Pastor Oyakhilome.
It was also fitting that the ceremony was held in the AAU’s LoveWorld Multipurpose Hall. The air-conditioned, 650-seater hall was built and donated to the school by Pastor Chris. This is not the only investment the Christ Embassy founder has made in the students of his alma mater. He bought them a 650KVA generator and thousands of solar-powered lamps to ensure they are not hamstrung by the prevalent power outages in the area. This is beside the 95 solar-powered lights he had installed in the streets of the campus. It was therefore no exaggeration when Pastor Chris Oyakhilome was described as “… a philanthropist… a humane man of God” while being presented with his Doctor of Science.