Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Why I want to return to Nigeria after 30 years in UK – London Big Boy, Obafemi Aboluwodi + His New Deal for Nigerian Youth


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Evangelist Obafemi Aboluwodi from London explaining a point to the GDA @ Ode-Aye, Ondo State
Evangelist Obafemi Aboluwodi is from Ifon in Ose LGA of Ondo state-South West Nigeria. The 55 years old UK based Child instructor has spent a total of 30 years away from Nigeria. Recently he was in town to honor renowned Prophet Dr. Marcus Tibetan (The Nostradamus) of Celestial Church of Christ, Elisha Parish (WW) who was burying his 80 years old mum, Late Madam Maria Funmilayo Tibetan at Ode-Aye, Okitipupa LGA, Ondo State. Evangelist Aboluwodi who granted his first ever press interview to Africa’s number 1 celebrity encounter blog  Asabeafrika told us reasons why he left Nigeria for London thirty years ago and why he is now ready to return home.  Enjoy the excerpts


You came all the way from London to celebrate Mama Maria Funmilayo Tibetan, how do you feel today?
It is awesome, though I am from Ondo state but I have never been to Okitipupa even though I have heard about it but coming to Ode-Aye is something extra-ordinary and the reason for being here is not for anything else but for Mama (Maria Funmilayo Tibetan) and Prophet Marcus Tibetan who as of today is my good friend and that is why we are all here.

“I am from a poor background, I thought that over there, the land is paved with gold but it is a lie. You have to work twice than working in Nigeria to make it in London”.

Can I get your full name, please?
My name is Evangelist Obafemi Aboluwodi from London.
You are from which part of Ondo state?
I am from Ose LGA in Ifon.
I learnt you have lived so long in London and you have seen how that society is being run, what do you think Nigeria can learn from London?
What is actually happening is that I have met most of those people at the top, majority of them have spoken to me and they want me to be part of the system but Nigeria being what it is, it is difficult from where I am coming from because over there we don’t deceive, white is white black is black. But over here, you have to be courteous of what you say, but regardless that, if it has to be done, it has to be done.

“If I say ‘I want to give, you can trust that I want to give without hoping to receive back. That is just it, because if we keep doing that then we are not doing the right thing because we have ulterior motive for going into anything that we do”.

Evangelist Obafemi Aboluwodi to Asabeafrika...'There is a lot we need to do to redeem our Youths from ignorance'

So, what do you think is the problem of Nigeria?
People say the government but the problem is just the system and everybody but if the government start to put things in place and the people can see the difference and the law begins to work, and the law is no more respecter of anybody, things will work. This is a land, a promise land, a land flowing with milk and honey but our people have actually bastardized it but we will not stop talking because people are looking up to majority of us to see what we can do for them to enjoy the dividends of democracy. I am not a politician locally but I am internationally. However, I am hoping to return back home. This is the first time that I am giving an open press interview in this country.
You have been in London for how many years now?
Well, I have been in London for thirty years.

“We have to re-orientate our youth that Rome is not built in a day. Those that drive Hummer, majority of them don’t sleep at night. They don’t know that, do they? They don’t”

Why do you left Nigeria for London, greener pasture or accidental change of environment?
What actually happen is that I left Nigeria just simply because I wanted to leave. I am from a poor background, I thought that over there, the land is paved with gold but it is a lie. You have to work twice than working in Nigeria to make it in London.
You mean it?
I have been speaking with youths not over here but in the UK; I work in the system that deals with children with attitude problem. So, when I come over here and see what is happening, it doesn’t surprise me. But this is our home, I want to bring back the wealth of knowledge that I have acquired for over 30 years from that part of the world and I pray that I will be able to extend and let people know who I am and benefit from what I have to give. I am not after the money, I have three lucky children and they are doing well in the UK. I have my own house and I am not a politician.
You mean you have your own property in the UK?
Yes, in the UK and in Nigeria here; so, if I say ‘I want to give, you can trust that I want to give without hoping to receive back. That is just it, because if we keep doing that then we are not doing the right thing because we have ulterior motive for going into anything that we do.

Evangelist Obafemi Aboluwodi with London based Doctor Homeophaty Dr. Johnson Abiodun Olukotun

If you find yourself talking to 5 million Nigerian youths what would you ask them to change about themselves?
I have spoken with a lot of youths; I have been in Nigeria now for two weeks. In my home-town, Ifon, they know me, they have heard about me but they have never seen me.  So, when I met them and I introduced myself, they were shocked, they said ‘we have heard about you we have never met you’. I told them be your self, be real, don’t be too greedy. When I was a child we look up to owing bicycles but the youths of these days wants big cars, they want Hummer Jeep; that is just the problem. We have to re-orientate our youth that Rome is not built in a day. Those that drive Hummer, majority of them don’t sleep at night. They don’t know that, do they? They don’t. Won ni Okele gbigbe pelu Alafia, itelorun ni. Contentment is king and he who lacks it gives himself to the whims and caprices of the greed.
How old are you sir?
I am 55 years old.
Thanks for sharing your experience with Asabeafrika
Thanks for coming around. I am proud of you.

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