David OyedepoBishop Oyedepo is reported to be the richest pastor in Nigeria, affectionately called “Papa” by members of his congregation.

Oyedepo (born September 27, 1954) is a Nigerian Christian author, preacher, the founder and presiding Bishop of Living Faith Church World Wide, also known as Winners’ Chapel, and its affiliated international churches known as Winners Chapel International, with headquarters in Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria.

Oyedepo is the senior pastor of Faith Tabernacle, a 50,000 seat church auditorium, reported to be the largest church auditorium in the world by the Guinness Book of Records.

The Winners’ Chapel network of churches is located in over 300 cities, in all states of Nigeria, as well as, in over 63 cities in 32 African nations, Dubai, the United Kingdom and the United States. 

Oyedepo has been seen as one of the pioneers of the Christian charismatic movement in Africa and has been referred to as one of the most powerful preachers in Nigeria. 

He is the Chancellor of Covenant University and Landmark University. He was named in 2011 by Forbes magazine as being the richest pastor in Nigeria….

 ”Winners Chapel founder Bishop David Oyedepo received a mandate from God through an 18 hour long vision in May 1981 to liberate the world from all oppression of the devil through the preaching of the word of faith…”

 

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King Oyo of Toro.

King Oyo of Toro

 

King Oyo of Toro.

 

King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi is the youngest ruling monarch in the world. At  3 and-a-half-year-old he ascended the royal dais to become the undisputed titular head of the 180-year Toro Kingdom. He is the youngest ruling monarch worldwide. In the Guinness Book of records, he took the spot of youngest king from Mswati III of Swaziland who was crowned king when he was 18.

People world over know that teenager as King Oyo, the youngest ruling monarch. He is the cultural leader of more than two million people in Toro, one of the four kingdoms in Uganda.

There are two sides to King Oyo’s life. At the Aga Khan International School in Kampala, fellow students did not call him king and he tries to lead a simple life. Schoolmates greet him with hugs and handshakes. “My friends at school don’t care that I am a king. They treat me like any other student,” he says.

King Oyo ascended to the throne on April 17, 1995 after the death of his father. During his coronation, the toddler sat on a miniature throne and played with toys after a mock battle with a “rebel” prince.  At one point, His Majesty ran from the throne and climbed onto his mother’s lap. He was scared of a lion-skin crown that was too heavy for his little head. “I was scared of the lion and the leopard skin that was placed on my chair and head, I had to run for my safety,” he recalls….

Visiting Africa soon? Why not visit Uganda and learn more about the Toro Kingdom…

Source: Uganda News/http://www.torokingdom.org/

 

The world’s oldest first-grader Kimani Maruge was recently honoured with a doodle by Google Kenya. To mark 11 years since Kimani Maruge entered into primary school, Google Kenya last week dedicated its doodle to the world’s oldest first-grader

World’s Oldest First Grader Kimani Maruge Honoured By Google Kenya

 

Depicted by an old white-haired man doing a writing exercise with children grinning in the background, the doodle is in celebration of Kimani Maruge’s entry into school 11 years ago yesterday.

With Kenyan primary education being made free in 2003, Kiman Maruge enrolled in a school the following at 84 years making him the world's oldest first-grader. Photo: Google

According to The Guiness Book of Records at 84 years of age, Kimani Maruge became the oldest person to have enrolled in primary school.

A former freedom fighter, he had earlier attended school for three to four years before being displaced from his village. It was only in 2004 that he decided to return to primary school following the implementation of the free primary education policy.

Maruge also helped promote education at the 2005 U.N. Millennium Development Summit by travelling around New York in a big yellow school bus. He was also the subject of a documentary and feature film titled The First Grader…. Continue here

Maruge passed away in 2009.

Source: NPR via this is africa |  voa

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Meet Aevin Dugas, the lady with the longest Afro in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records. Her natural hair measures at 4ft 4ins… It has taken 14 years of growing for Aevin Dugas to have the largest afro in the world. Aevin says ‘When my hair is stretched out to its complete length and pressed, it goes down to my butt. But I don’t wear it like that because it looks weird.’ It it takes 2 days to wash and dry and then uses up to five conditioner