WALE AKINRONBI : SHAPING THE DESTINIES OF YOUNG PEOPLE Interviewed by Awonuga Ope and Japheth

Published:5 Feb, 2010

Rev. Akinronbi is a man of many parts but nothing distinguishes him as much as his humility , his love for young people and his ability to make something good out of a wavering destiny. Like Arsene Wenger of Arsenal, this Man of God has made it a brand identity to be identified with young people and he has achieved and is still achieving extraordinary results doing that. Omojuwa.com spoke with the amiable Pastor and he shared with us things you never heard him say. From his name change, to his purpose, sex , why he is still in Nigeria and so much more. The focus is much more about his work with young people than anything else. Rev. Akinronbi spoke with Japheth Omojuwa and Ope Awonuga ( Nuggie ). Ope Awonuga will one day help recover Nigeria’s debts and taxes but that’s for another day. We present to you Reverend Adewale Akinronbi.

Omojuwa.com: Sir what motivates you to get off the bed every morning?

Rev. Akinronbi : Purpose! the purpose I was born to fulfil.

Omojuwa.com: What is your greatest fear?

Rev. Akinronbi : My greatest fear? Greatest fear? (a long pause) I am not too sure I have thought of that.

Omojuwa.com: How did you come about the vision of shaping destinies?

Rev. Akinronbi: When you asked me the other time about what motivates me to get up in the morning , it is same here, purpose. Naturally, there is an attraction , there is a pull within me towards people. I see young people without direction like I was in school without direction spiritually, academically and in every sense. I was just living my own life. I went to school just because I had to go. I had nothing at the back of my mind. I later discovered that most young people were without focus and had nothing to aim at or achieve with their life and while praying and looking inward discovering my own purpose, I discovered I have a whole lot of things to do with young people in helping them to find direction for living the life they were born to live.

Omojuwa.com: From that point of view, what do you consider the greatest challenge facing the young Nigerian ?

Rev. Akinronbi : It is still that of lack of direction because young people pick direction most especially from people that are ahead of them. It is just natural to follow suit. People that have been there before you, you look at the way they have lived their lives and you want to emulate them but that is the major problem we have in this country. The problem of leadership.

Omojuwa.com: A little diversion sir. You could be in an uptown church in The U.S, The U.K., even Lagos or anywhere in the west, why Ogun state?

Rev. Akinronbi : Because I believe this is where God wants me to be. The truth is, apart from Father’s House, I would not even be in Lagos, Abuja or Port Harcourt, I will be out of this country. The only reason, the only force that keeps me in Nigeria today is this work. Working with young people here in Abeokuta.

Omojuwa.com: It is one thing to Pastor a church, it is another to have the unique ability to reform young people, what is the secret sir?

Rev. Akinronbi : There is a word in English language referred to as RESPONSIBILITY. Responsibility is an individual responding to his or her ability, his or her inherent ability that God has put in there. So it boils down to the question of finding your assignment in life. So either as a pastor or you are naturally motivated to challenge young people, it has to do with the call of God upon your life. When I use the word call now I am not talking spiritually about ministry, as a motivational speaker now, challenging young people, giving them a sense of direction, inspiring them to be their best. This might be a gift that God has endowed an individual with and it has to do with God’s call.

Omojuwa.com: If you were not in the business of reforming young people, what would you be doing?

Rev. Akinronbi : May be lecturing. I would still have loved to work with young people. I can’t imagine myself being a lecturer, it would be practically impossible for any student not to love me.

Omojuwa.com: We understand you had a name change. Any reasons for that?

Rev. Akinronbi : I was not instructed by God, I just got fed up with that name ‘‘ Faronbi’’ so I decided to change to Akinronbi. I would have changed to Oluronbi but for that song we were taught in school about Oluronbi. When I was thinking of what name to change to without completely erasing my family name, I just chose Akinronbi and when my father got to know about it he asked if I knew that the real surname of my family was Akinbure. That the man called Akinbure was barren for a long time so they had to consult an Ifa oracle who named him Faronbi. Along the line, Faronbi had so much power and became so great he completely dropped his father’s name Akinbure and that was how every one in my family started answering Faronbi so unknown to me at the time I picked Akin from one and Ronbi from the other to form Akinronbi

Omojuwa.com: A hybrid of two powerful names. Very interesting. Your wife is an educationist, is that an extension of your personal vision?

Rev. Akinronbi : No. it had nothing to do with me. At times I wonder at some of her moves. It is all about her and God, nothing to do with me. I am sure it is all about the purpose she was born to fulfil.

Omojuwa.com: There is a very interesting question I am going to ask you now. Do you actually break up your members’ relationships?

Rev. Akinronbi : No no no no no… not like that…

Omojuwa.com: (cuts in ) That is what we hear in town.

Rev. Akinronbi : ok, people won’t tell you why. I don’t just do it, I do it only on one term. Once they mix it up with sex, I ask them to go on break because once you start it is not easy to stop. It is better not to start ‘cause once you start you need serious help. Most times people agree to break their relationships but then go behind me to continue the relationship till one day the boy gets fed up, switches off and then shows the lady the door which sends her back to me again.

Omojuwa.com: Sir you appear interested in sex issues. Critically speaking, what’s the big deal with pre-marital or extra-marital sex?

Rev. Akinronbi : God is against it! God gave us the passion for sex, He is not against sex except when outside of marriage. Take a look at King Solomon who was the wisest man until his time. He was involved in a lot of sexual immorality that his mental prowess became eroded, he could no longer think straight. You wouldn’t imagine a king like Solomon worshipping an idol. This is someone who’s had a face to face encounter with God. God came into his bedroom. The bible says at the beginning of his life Solomon loved the Lord but the latter part Solomon loved many strange women and then his heart was turned against God. How could a man as wise as that bow before an ordinary wood? It affects your mindset, the totality of your being ‘cause it’s not meant to be done outside your marriage.

Omojuwa.com: Very interesting. Any other interests apart from pasturing?

Rev. Akinronbi : Singing.

Omojuwa.com: Your favourite part of the bible ?

Rev. Akinronbi :Romans 9: 16 ‘‘It is not of him that willeth nor of him that runneth but of God that showeth mercy.’’ When you remove the mercies of God from my life I am finished.

Omojuwa.com: What is the impact of your spirituality on you?

Rev.Akinronbi : It is one of the reasons I am alive today. I came from a terrible family where you are not allowed to live beyond 30 years of age and when I was approaching 3O the devil said to me it’s your turn but thank God I had the understanding of what the word of God already promised me. That I am living in divine health today is as a result of that. I have twice been attacked with deadly diseases, bronchitis and tuberculosis. I was supernaturally healed by the power of God.

Omojuwa.com: Who are your role models ?

Rev. Akinronbi : The likes of Rev. Sam Adeyemi, Bishop David Oyedepo and some other men of God. I like the simplicity of Pastor E.A. Adeboye.

Omojuwa.com: Do you truly believe the time you invest and spend on young people will pay off…

Rev. Akinronbi : (cuts in ) It will. I am so sure of it. Of all certainty, we are already seeing the results. Lives are being changed and transformed by the power of God’s spirit. Better days are ahead.

Omojuwa.com: Here comes a funny one. Is your job financially rewarding ?

Rev. Akinronbi : Presently no, but what I believe is that life’s more than your bank accounts. You may have a filled bank account and an empty life. I am fulfilled seeing lives being helped.

Omojuwa.com: Sir, are you partial with your members. Do you have special treatments for certain people?

Rev. Akinronbi : Don’t say partial. The word partial is not just. God is not partial but he has favourites. God does. Look at what King David did, compared to Saul. It is incomparable but God said this guy has the sure mercies of David. Whenever David erred, God punished him but not without showing mercy afterwards. Yorubas say that ‘‘omo ti o ba ye pa ni iya man gbe’’. I am open to all if you come close and make yourself available. It is not like I have favourites. I don’t repel people. I don’t turn people away. Every one has equal access to me, it now depends on what they do with that access.

Omojuwa.com: What’s your opinion on our current state where we don’t seem to have a president?

Rev. Akinronbi : Whether he is around or away, the truth is we have never really had any President in this country. I believe strongly that Nigeria’s democracy may be cut short because of this. The military may be tempted to believe only they can bring sanity.
There is going to be a revolution like we had in Ghana. Nigeria is in a total mess right now, we need re-orientation. Our civilian leaders are too weak for that.

Omojuwa.com: What are your chances of getting involved with politics in the future?

Rev. Akinronbi : The chances are the lives we are working with. They are going there to put to work some of the Godly principles they are being taught. We will be more influential in days to come.

Omojuwa.com: Do you truly believe that one of your protégés will lead this country?

Rev. Akinronbi : Sure. Sure. I believe that prophecy given November 2005 that in about 25 years time someone who has passed through The Father’s House will lead Nigeria. The Bible says write down the vision, make it plain that he that reads may run with it for the vision is yet for an appointed time. Though it tarries, wait for it will surely come. We are waiting for the time when righteousness will exalt this nation.

Omojuwa.com : Thank you for speaking with us and we hope you will be on Omojuwa.com soon.

Rev. Akinronbi : My browser is currently there. I believe in you Japheth. I have great respect for you. I count it a great privilege that I have a part in what God is doing in your life. I believe in your destiny, I believe in your future, I believe that someday you will make me proud. Whatever you are involved with I am sure is bound to be a success. I have a very strong confidence in you. I know you are going places beyond your wildest imagination.

Omojuwa.com : (blushing) Thank you very much sir.

Rev. Akinronbi : Ope Nuggie, I never knew you could ever be involved in stuffs like this. I am encouraged. May be without you now may be she wouldn’t have but God is using you to pull this out of her and that is what life is all about, relationships and influence.

Omojuwa.com : We are indeed very grateful sir. We hope to do this again sometime soon. Cheers sir.

  • Tayo Ojo

    Great work!

  • Abidemi Faronbi (demmyrose)

    King Japhet,na whao! What an interesting thing u’ve done. Its so interesting reading through it. Keep d good work. I pray God grants u access to more great & high pple. U too; Ope. To Rev. Keep the flag flying sir.

  • @Tayo.9ce one
    @demmy rose.Amin ashe o.
    the Man of God deserves even more but i know it’s still early days yet.it’s a glorious journey for us all.I want to have individual experiences of how Reverend has affected you.share it with omojuwa.com

  • Toliano

    Hmn…dia he goes again…naijaz most prolific writers.obviously,im one of doz young men whooz destiny az bn shapend by ma ‘daddy’.thank God n Thank U,SFBI
    I LOVE U,dad!

  • Toliano

    Hmn…dia he goes again…naijaz most prolific writer.obviously,im one of doz young men whooz destiny az bn shapend by ma ‘daddy’.thank God n Thank U,SFBI
    I LOVE U,dad!

  • Odifiri abigail

    Dat was awesome.omojuwa,may d lord cos his grace 2 shine on u.nanite

  • Oluwaseun

    WOW!!!… I just kept reading!!! God bless the works of ur hands Japh….This sis truly inspiring… Love you Dad… i apprecite and miss u…
    U r a Star Japh… The brightest in the galaxy..n i mean it!!!

  • @abigail.God’s grace will shine upon you too dear.God bless.
    @Seun.To God be all Glory.I appreciate you my lovely sister.Keep the flag flying.You rock ma.

  • Peace Ubanmhen ofure-ceo(malizinda concept)

    Just came across this write up about my Rev.Rev Wale Akinronbi is indeed a plus to many,a man of great influence.he’s a man of God indeed.nice1 Jap.
    To Rev Wale thank u 4 adding fragrance 2 my destiny.i love u so much.

  • Anything about my friend and twin brother; Rev Wale Akinronbi always gladdens me because he’s a man that fears the lord, focused and believes in the future of the young generation without any iota of dissimulation. His sacrificial commitment is immeasurable and attracts God’s favor. Keep it up!

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