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The University Visitor and Chancellor

Pastor (Dr.) Emmanuel SeguN Awojide is a Nigerian Christian clergyman and the current Vice President of the Apostolic Church Nigeria and Chairman of the LAWNA Territory in The Apostolic Church Nigeria. He was born in April 1, 1935. He is married to Deaconess Emily Olalonpe Awojide and together they have seven children and 16 grandchildren. Pastor Awojide was appointed the Visitor of Glorious Vision University, Ogwa Edo State in 2019. Currently, he is the Visitor and Chancellor of Glorious Vision University.

He was born on 1 April 1935 to the family of late Mr. Joseph Oye Awojide and Mrs. Alice Adetoun Awojide in Ogbaagba community near Gbongan in Ayedaade Local Government Area of Osun State. On April 8 1935, he was named Emmanuel Segun Awojide according to Christian tradition. He was the first to be born into The Apostolic Church in the family. The father had pledged him for the service of God before his birth. He was enrolled for Primary School Education at St. Stephen’s School Ogbaagba in 1943 and moved to Standard I in 1944. He continued his education at St. John’s African School, Gbongan from 1948 to 1950. He moved to St. Paul’s Anglican School Gbongan in 1951 and passed the First School Standard Six Leaving Certificate in December 1952. His father had died on 21 March 1952 before completing his primary school.

He attended Osun Divisional Teacher Training College Ejigbo from Grade II Teachers’ Certificate between 1957 and 1958. He attended The Apostolic Church Teacher Training College for Teachers Grade II Certificate between 1961 and 1962, after private study, he gained admission to the University of Ife, now known as Obafemi Awolowo University in 1966 and graduated in 1969 having studied English and Religious Studies. He entered the University of Lagos for Postgraduate Diploma in Education in 1973 session.

He was engaged as a clerk at S.C.O.A. Stores Modakeke from April to December 1953. He went back to the father’s farm in 1954 after several attempts failed in getting a better job. However in 1955, with the introduction of Free Primary Education in the Old Western Region, he was employed as a teacher in Baptist Day School, Ode-Omu between 1955 and 1956. The teaching career covered the period 1955 to 1985 and taught in primary schools, secondary modern and secondary schools and rose to the position of Principal Grade I. He won the Lagos State Principal award of the year in 1983. However, in 1985, Pastor Awojide had to call it a quit to enter the Christian Ministry in the Apostolic Church.

After ordination as a Pastor in 1986, he was posted to LAWNA Bible College, Ilesa now LAWNA Theological Seminary from January 9 1987 to April 6 1999 as a Senior Tutor, House Master and later the Vice Principal while at the same time he was pastoring. He was posted out of LAWNA Bible College to become the 4th Superintendent of Ogbomoso Area from April 6 to November 6 2002. He was moved from Surulere Area on May 10 2011 to Lagos Area. He assumed office as the Lagos Area Superintendent on May 10 2011 till October 14 2013. He was posted to the United States of America and was based in Houston Texas in 2013 as Missionary field Superintendent.

On return from the United States of America, he was posted to Oyo Area as Area Superintendent between October 2014 and January 2015. He was posted to Ibadan Area as Area Superintendent and became Ibadan Metropolitan Areas Chairman between 21 January 2015 and April 2017.

He was appointed Vice President, The Apostolic Church Nigeria at the National Executive Council meeting in February 2017. The appointment was ratified by the General Executive Council of The Apostolic Church Nigeria in February 2017. He was appointed the 5th LAWNA Territorial Chairman by the LAWNA Executive Council and LAWNA General Executive Council.

He married Deaconess Emily Olalonpe Awojide in January 1961 and the marriage is blessed with three sons and four daughters and a good number of grandchildren.

Pastor (Dr.) E. S Awojide JP