FIRST HAUSA SPEAKING CHURCH ESTABLISHED BY BABCOCK UNIVERSITY IN ILISHAN-REMO
By Rikwense Muri
Hausa is one of the major languages in west Africa. It’s widely spoken throughout northern Nigeria. To reach out this growing community of people in Ilishan-Remo due to mass migration from the North to West, Babcock University District has Inaugurated the first Hausa speaking Adventist congregation in Ilishan-Remo, Ogun state town on Saturday 3rd March 2018.
The Church will be known as “Bege (Hope) SDA Church Ilishan-Remo.” The Church was inaugurated by Pastor Dr. Sunday Ogunsanya, President of the Ogun Conference of SDA Church. According to the president, the Hausa Church will be the 10th Adventist Church in Ilishan-Remo outside Babcock University Campus which has more than 20 worship chapels attending to the spiritual needs of more than 10,000 students and staff of the institution.
The pioneer members of newly inaugurated congregation were 58 adults and 54 children. The Church was charged by the leaders to serve the mission purpose of reaching out to the growing Hausa community of the town that hosts Babcock University and also serve as a mission centre to establish such strategic mission stations in the Western region as the Lord shows the way.
Ilishan Hausa community outreach started by Siloam Valley SDA Church, under the leadership of Pastor Debo Adesanya in 2016. The idea of it becoming a Church was conceived under leadership of Pastor Elijah Adewumi and Pastor Dr. Ayuba Mavalla in 2017 with a pioneer 72 worshippers including children at the home of Eld Simon Amasa. The present pastor of the Congregation is Pastor Dr J.J. Zoaka, Director of Babcock Foundation Diploma Program.
Also in attendance at the program was Prof. Barnabas MANDONG, of Babcock University Teaching Hospital, Pastor Dr Sunday Didam Audu, The Chief of Staff, Babcock University, Ogun Conference officers, Pastor Dr Tunde Ojewole, The Associate Vice President, Spiritual Life/ University Pastor.
The Babcock University Pastor, Dr Tunde Ojewole in his brief remark before the inauguration laud the commitment of the northerners in Babcock University in mission outreach and will use this mission centre to fill the vacuum created by large Hausa speaking community in this part of the country. According to him, “To the best of my knowledge, this is the first Hausa speaking SDA Church in the history of Adventism outside the northern part of Nigeria. It’s really historic!!”