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Grace Egbage, Pastor Paul Adefarasin are 2009 Style icons

By Remmy Diagbare



Grace Agbagbe

Ms. Grace Zemaye Egbagbe retired as Director of Marketing, Nigerian Television Authority, Victoria Island, Lagos in 2008, after 35 years meritorious service.

She created a niche for herself at the broadcast service she joined as a pioneer staff of NTA Benin in 1973. She moved to NTA Lagos in 1978, where she worked in various capacities and rose through the ranks until she retired as Director, Marketing.

She created the very successful drama serial, ‘Cockcrow At Dawn’ and supervised ‘Tales By Moonlight’, a children’s story-telling programme that enjoyed mass appeal. These two programmes quickly made Grace Egbagbe a household name in Nigeria.

Concerning her fame, Ms. Egbagbe believes that the press did not helped matters. According to her, “The press has glamorised me so much that people forget that I’m educated at all. I have three degrees from three major continents. I also have diplomas and fellowships thrown in here and there.”

Indeed, beyond her beauty and celebrity life style is a deep intellectual ability. A mother of two, she holds four degrees. Her academic prowess dates back to Mary Mount College, Auchi, Edo State  where she came out with grade one, a rare feat in those days. She proceeded to the University of Ibadan where she graduated in English/French. Not done yet, she headed to the University of California, Los Angeles, United States where she bagged a degree in Television and Motion Picture Production.

In her search for more knowledge, she enrolled to study Law at the University of Buckingham, England and graduated with LL. B. She came back home and registered at the Nigerian Law School.

She was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1985. At the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) professional diploma examination in 2002, she did not only walk away with six prizes, she also emerged as the best graduating student and the best female graduating student.


Pastor Paul Adefarasin

Pastor Paul Adeolu Adefarasin is a qualified architect turned preacher. He is a dynamic preacher with a relevant message of hope for this hurting and dying generation. He is the senior pastor of House on the Rock Churches Worldwide.

A bridge builder who received quality education in the United Kingdom, Nigeria and the United States, Paul Adefarasin practised architecture professionally in Miami, Florida, United States until a divine summons brought him back to Nigeria. Thereafter, he received his first pastorate where he served for 3 years.

He founded House on the Rock in December 1994. The church was established to be a vanguard for 21st century Christianity, with a vision of empowering believers to fulfil their God-ordained destinies.

Many trials and triumphs later, the church which started as a Friday night prayer meeting with just seven people has evolved into a fast-growing, multi-ethnic and versatile church with over 7,000 in Sunday morning attendance and 40 ‘daughter’ churches in Africa and Europe. His television programme, “Something is About to Happen!” is broadcast to millions across Africa and Europe.

Last December 4, ‘Experience’, an annual religious programme that parades the most talented gospel musicians from Nigeria and abroad took place at Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos. Gospel artistes like Don Moen, Kirk Franklin, CeCe Winans, Fred Harmons and Donnie Mcklurkin, whose albums have made great impact on the lives of many Nigerian Christians performed.

One of the highlights of the programme was the prayer for divine intervention in the ill-health of President Umaru Yar’Adua and the crisis in the Niger Delta. The annual event, which began in 2006, had more than 500,000 people in attendance at last year’s event.

Adefarasin is happily married to Ifeanyi and they have two lovely children, Hilda Adebola and Alvin Adegboyega.


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