The Benson Idahosa University, Benin, Edo State is geared up to honour the Founder and Senior Pastor of the Believers’ Love World Ministry, also known as Christ Embassy, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, with an honorary doctorate degree on Friday.
Professor Ernest Izevbigie, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, who announced this at a press briefing on Tuesday, said that Oyakhilome would be conferred with a Doctor of Divinity degree at a special convocation.
Izevbigie explained that the Edo-born cleric was picked out for the award following his contribution to the spiritual wellbeing of Nigerians through various religious outreach programmes within and outside the country since he established his first church in 1990.
He added that Oyakhilome had proved himself as a true reflection of the vision and mission of the founding father of the university, the late Archbishop Benson Idahosa, in raising leaders who are “complete in body, mind and spirit.”
Izevbigie also noted that the cleric had continued to serve as a role model, especially for the over 4,000 students of the university, many of whom he said had distinguished themselves in their respective fields of study.
“Oyakhilome is a son of the ministry, with his encounter with the founder father, the archbishop. So taken together, these things that I have mentioned and other things make him a strong recipient for this award.
“Why Doctor of Divinity? That is the area, among others, where he has excelled. That is his signature,” he added.