SAM ADEYEMI’S SPEECH AT THE CHEQUE HANDOVER CEREMONY HELD ON TUESDAY, April 2, 2019
This is to formally welcome us all to this auspicious event today and I want to specially welcome Mrs, Needa Jehu-Mazou, Head of UNHCR’s Private Sector Partnerships in Africa, Mr Antonio Jose Canhandula, UNHCR Country Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Mr Lanre Odulami, Senior Private Sector Fundraising Associate, UNHCR Abuja, Mr Gabriel Adeyemo, External Relations, UNHCR Abuja, and the Leadership Team of Daystar Christian Centre, our Deputy Senior Pastor and President of the Real Woman International, Pastor Nike Adeyemi, the Chief Operating Officer, Pastor Kenny Folarin and the Members of the Press Community.
The cheque handover ceremony-private fundraising ceremony today is to highlight the ongoing partnership between Daystar Christian Centre and the UNHCR- UN Agency Refugee Agency
Daystar Christian Centre’s Profile
Daystar Christian Centre was founded on November 18, 1995 by the Senior Pastors, Sam & Nike Adeyemi, with a commitment to help people discover and release their potentials thereby raising role models in the society. The Church which started with about a hundred people currently runs four power packed Sunday services with over forty thousand people in attendance every week.
In fulfillment of the church’s mandate, in January 2002, we established a leadership school called the Daystar Leadership Academy (DLA) where leadership principles are taught to develop a new generation of leaders for Nigeria and the world in its entirety. We believe Africa has the potential for development and leadership development is the key to solving the problems of Africa. The school offers Basic and Advanced Certificate courses in Leadership. Our church sponsored delegates from African countries including Kenya, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Mali, Senegal, and other countries to attend the Executive Basic Program. Our standards for excellence plus our unique course content have had great impact on the leaders from around Africa and God is helping us to shape the
leadership culture across our continent. Since inception, over thirty-nine thousand people have passed through the school till date.
The Daystar Skill Acquisition Programme (DSAP) is one of the initiatives of the church geared towards empowering people with practical trainings and skills to build lasting business brands and maximize their potentials in God. Over 11000 participants have graduated from this programme having been empowered with practical skills in different crafts including Makeup, Photography, Web-Design, Graphic Design, Sewing, Generator Repairs, Shoemaking, Beads-Making, Cake- Making, Catering, Pastries, Fashion Design, and the likes.
Daystar Business Forum (DBF)
In the past 7 years the Daystar Business Forum has successfully trained 5,465 business persons the Daystar Business Academy (DBA), with 1,380 bankable business plans, assisted with the registration of 420 new businesses with the corporate affairs commission (CAC), supervised the startup of 900 new businesses, and designed new systems and structures for 248 businesses.
The church organizes the annual Excellence in Leadership Conference (ELC) hosting participants across the globe. The conference is structured to inculcate sound leadership principles into emerging leaders and participants with the aim of redefining and raising the standard of leadership at all levels.
Daystar’s growth has been immense with attendant positive impacts on the society, through several community projects already executed and completed, ranging from;
- Renovation of the 5 schools damaged by the 2001 bomb blast in the Ikeja Military Cantonment amounted to Two Hundred and Fifty Million Naira (N250m)
- Distribution of free exercise books to public schools, Donation of science equipment, chairs and desks to public schools,
- Building of laboratory, toilet facilities and school hall for Oregun Secondary Schools,
- Donation of medical equipment and drugs to public hospitals,
- Financial support to Local Government Education Foundations and many
- Daystar Donates Ultra-Modern 10 Cubicle Toilet Facility to Ajao Estate Junior High School, Lagos
- Daystar empowers 560 Young Entrepreneurs
- Daystar Renovates the Brighter Future School for the Deaf
- Back to School Programme – in year 2018 alone 25,000
- Love at Easter Programme – 3,500 (in 2018)
- Love at Christmas Programme – 5,000 (in 2018)
- Daystar Business Fellowship – 3,015 (in 2018)
Daystar considers it a privilege to partner with the UNHCR in solving the problem of internally displaced people and significantly reducing the statistics in Nigeria. We hope this partnership continues and wish to give our support to UNHCR mission even at the global level.
Thank you very much for being a part of this event.