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

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


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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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