15th January, 2016
Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, has been conferred with an honorary doctorate degree by the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife.
The award was conferred on Adeboye during the 41st Special Convocation held at the Oduduwa Hall of the OAU, Ile-Ife on Friday.
Adeboye, an alumnus of the OAU, said the award would spur him to contribute more to the development of the university.
According to him, the award should serve as a lesson to everyone not to look down on anybody.
According to him, what is impossible with men are possible for God that is why one should never write off anybody.
He added that when the late Oba Adesoji Aderemi was given an honorary award by this university, “I said to my friends that one day, I too will like to get an honorary award of this university.
“My friends laughed and said if it is something that can be worked for, he has no doubt that I will get it because I am hardworking and brilliant.
“He said honorary award of this kind is only given to people of high class.
“But today, a special convocation is holding to award an honorary doctorate to the ordinary person of that time.
“I am not given this particular award today because of my scholastic work in academics.
“The only reason why the Senate of this university set today apart is because God wants to make a dream possible.
“I have several honorary awards from different universities both within and outside the country, but I waited for this one. God has made a dream come to pass.
“I got my Bachelor Degree in this school and I was committed before; now I will be more committed to the well-being of the university.”
OAU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Bamitale Omole, who also spoke, said that with God’s intervention the university was able to overcome many of its challenges.
He said that God’s intervention remained a major drive for the university’s growth.
“Although we have challenges, God has been faithful to us.
“I pray that God that has seen OAU through challenges for so many years won’t leave it,” he said.