“They call me a dreamer,” Adeboye says in New York as wife launches international education initiative by Empowered Newswire
The pet project of Pastor E.A Adeboye and his wife, Pastor Folu Adeboye came to the fore at the just concluded annual United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 78) in New York, United States which kicked off last Tuesday.
Persecondnews reports that the Adeboyes had stepped up at the Millennium Hilton right across from the UN head office building, the hotel where several heads of State were lodged.
The occasion was the launch of Africa Missions Global’s (AMG) latest initiative named Horizon 2033, the Adeboyes’ project..
Through the new initiative, AMG plans to reach 100m more people in Africa and around the world in the next 10 years with humanitarian support, an objective the organization founded by Mrs. Adeboye has been pursuing since 1996. Since then and up until later, the organisation was known simply as Africa Missions.
On Wednesday, September 20, President Bola Tinubu had delivered Nigeria’s strong statement in his inaugural speech at the world assembly.
However, friends and collaborators of Africa Mission, aware of the tremendous impact the organisation has made since, decided it was time to bring the United Nations to the awareness of what it has been doing just as it was also aiming even higher in its outreach ambitions with the new name Africa Missions Global.
Pastor Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God and Life Patron of AMG said: “Gathering here today is to give us an opportunity to introduce ourselves to the world.”(through the heads of states and their representatives all attending the UN General Assembly).
According to Adeboye who is fondly called Daddy G.O, the Africa Missions founded by his wife had been working silently because we prefer not to make noise, even though we are in almost all the nations in Africa.
“There you will find schools, boreholes, etc., done not by governments. But when the UN got notice, and they gave an honorary presentation to my wife, we felt it’s time to introduce ourselves to the world for more collaboration.”
Adeboye was referring to the conferment of the honorary award by the UN Global Women Foundation on his wife earlier in the year.
He had in March, announced the honour with pride to the glory of the LORD on his Social Media handles saying: “My wife @pastorfoluadeboye has been awarded the Woman of Distinction award as an outstanding global peace ambassador for change by the United Nations Global Women Foundation. @unitednations. Glory be to Jesus, Let somebody shout hallelujah!”
So last Wednesday’s event (where Horizon 2033 was launched at the UN) actually derived from that global recognition of Pastor Folu Adeboye, especially her work through the Africa Missions Global. (AMG)
On their intention for the Horizon 2033, the Adeboyes said:”We are seeking to build new friendships across public and private sector organisations and individuals that share our vision and are open to supporting our ambition to reach 100 million people by 2033.”
AMG plans to help achieve some of the UN Sustainable Development Goals especially the SDG 4 focusing on education.
“Quality education remains one of the most powerful and proven vehicles for sustainable development and poverty alleviation. It is also the 4th Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) as adopted by the United Nations in 2015 which aims to end poverty, hunger, AIDS, and discrimination against women and girls.
“In October 2021 as part of our strategic review, we set out our ambition – Horizon 2033 – which has at its heart the drive to touch and impact over 100 million lives globally in 10 years by 2033 predominantly through educational initiatives, building on the track record we have set, over the years, across several countries in Africa,” a statement said.
Pastor Folu, also lovingly called Mummy G.O by millions around the world, was full of excitement at the UN event where a number of African Heads of State and the UN as an institution were all well represented.
Nigeria’s President was represented by the First Lady, Sen Oluremi Tinubu, and the President of Togo also sent in his senior Minister for Housing, Mr. Kodjo Tepe Adedze (who was just recently appointed as Minister of Commerce, Industry and Local Consumption). Ms. Sanda Ojiambo, the UN Assistant Secretary-General & CEO of the UN Global Compact was also in attendance.
Channels TV Vice Chairman, Mrs. Sola Momoh was the event’s chairperson as the Chair of Horizon 2033.
Persecondnews reports that other dignitaries include Governors Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos State) and Umo Eno (Akwa Ibom), Mrs. Olajobi Makinwa, a senior advisor at the UN, Billionaire Lady Folorunsho Alakija, and representatives of AFREXIM and the Tony Elumelu Foundation among others.
Senior Pastors from the RCCG who joined the Adeboyes at the UNGA sideline event included Pastor Brown Oyitso, the board chairman of AMG, Pastor and Pastor Mrs. James Fadel, the Continental Overseer America I among others.
In her remarks, the Nigerian First Lady, Remi Tinubu noted that the Adeboyes “have really inspired people” and commended the work of AMG which she described as “overwhelming”.
“Both Daddy G.O and Mummy G.O are leading examples of the ideal that we are supposed to live beyond ourselves.”
AMG visionaire, Mrs Adeboye, said “Horizon 2033 aims at impacting the continent with its social intervention programmes in Africa and globally reaching out to the disadvantaged and the underserved.”
“We want to nurture leaders of tomorrow to make them citizens of the world with strong moral values and integrity, hardworking and entrepreneurial. The new media is filled with narratives of disaster. We can’t afford to sit back and not act.”
The Africa Missions Global, in meeting the 100m target in 10 years, would partner with governments, multilateral and philanthropic organisations including like-minded persons.
Sanwo-Olu noted that AMG has brought the event to the right venue and the right time as heads of State gather in New York for the annual UNGA.
In a similar vein, the CEO of the UN Global Compact Sanda Ojiambo lauded the commitment of AMG for all its work over the years, especially in the areas of education and health.