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Late Professor Joel Adedeji’s Christ Foundation marks 23rd Anniversary – Tola Adenle

April 23, 2016

Diaspora, General, Nigeria

Late Professor Joel Adeyinka Adedeji of the Department of Theater Arts at the University of Ibadan founded The Christ Foundation in 1992 with the goal of providing WHOLENESS IN BROKENNESS to physically-challenged persons for Christ and society.

Professor Adedeji would join the Saints Triumphant in 2002, ten years after starting the non-governmental organization but not before laying out a path for the Foundation. His six children, all professionals and all now resident abroad except one, have ensured that the Foundation has continued to provide for quite few in the physically-challenged at Ibadan, Nigeria, empowerment that helps them function and provide for themselves and their families as well as contribute to society.

Under the leadership of Chief P.C. Ajayi-Obe, one of Nigeria’s earliest female SANs who is the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, the Foundation has continued to get resources to continue the work started by Professor Adedeji.

The 23rd anniversary was marked this past week at Ibadan under the chairmanship of Chief Babalola of Jogor Center, Ibadan, and among those in attendance were Mrs. Ajayi-Obe, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo who continues to be a presence at Christ Foundation events, Professor Bolanle Awe, Professor Bopo Osuntokun, Engineer & Mrs. Alade and Mrs. Wura Sowande (nee Adedeji), a member of the Board of Trustees.

Highlights of the Anniversary include crafts by physically-challenged persons which were patronized by attendees and the gifts of crutches, wheelchairs and other materials donated or purchased from fund-raising to members

Transport, for instance, has always proved a big challenge. In the early years, Prof. used to ferry members around in his station-wagon which was very difficult for the physically-challenged but through fund-raising, he was able to set aside funds for the first van of the Foundation but from those small beginnings of a station wagon to a van not adapted to the physically-challenged, the Foundation now boasts a very modern passenger van that is purpose-built.

Funds were generously donated by, among others – Abundant Life Worship Center, The North Chuurch, Mr. Ogunsanya, Mr. Asojo, Mr. Akinseye, Mr. Obi,  Mr. Dogbe, Mr. Adeola, Mr. Ajibade and some Adedejis – all in the United States of America AND Ms. I. Ojji, in the UK.

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Photo of van equipped to transport physically-challenged members of the Christ Foundation around to different occasions, some of which include members’ band which performs for fees at events. It was recently-sourced through mostly-external donations of Nigerians in Diaspora.

Photograph, taken in front of the Christ Foundation Place at Ibadan, Nigeria, was submitted by the organization.

 

FOR INFORMATION ON HOW TO DONATE TO THIS WORTHY CAUSE:

The Christ Foundation Place, Off Jide Osuntokun Street, New Bodija, Ibadan, Nigeria.

Telephones: (234)0805 647-3776; 0807,765-0563 & 0703,767-7085

SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 2016. 9:07 p.m. [GMT]

 

 

 

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6 Comments on “Late Professor Joel Adedeji’s Christ Foundation marks 23rd Anniversary – Tola Adenle”

  1. Taiwo Says:

    Thanks. This is great! Please what is the State of origin of Late Prof. Joel Adedeji?

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  2. bisisowunmig Says:

    Thanks very much, Tola, for this very informative and challenging piece on Christ Foundation.
    It is simply amazing the wonders God is performing in that Foundation, especially in actually bringing wholeness to the broken!
    I hope many who read your blog will be moved to be part of this practical Christian activity.
    We thank God for the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and all the committed members, whom God is using in fulfilling the vision of the Founder.
    Thank you.
    S. Bisi

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Sis., dear,

      Thanks very much for this.

      It’s such a shame that a Ministry like this is not generating much interest but if it’s a book’s public presentation at which money bags try to out-do each other – buying a single copy for a million rather than, at the very least, buying hundreds to give out for same amount – Xt Foundation would rake in scads of money.

      Auntie Mrs. Obe has done wonderful work leading the organization despite diminishing energy.

      To see cripples crawling around Ibadan city when the cost of a wheelchair will not buy 5-yard piece of lace is an absolute disgrace which diminishes us all no matter our stations.

      One just hopes Professor Adedeji’s kids can keep the organization going until somebody can stretch out hands in a big way to assist. It would not only immortalize the name of Professor Adedeji-Theatre Arts (for non-Nigerians, there was also an Adedeji brother, Professor Adedeji-Education), it would aid further in empowering the handicapped,at least in Ibadan. The organization’s training programs for crafts, et cetera are sending people from dependency to independent living.

      Regards as always, Ma,
      TOLA.

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