By Chris Onuoha
Chairman, Big Church Group, Dr. Olakunle Oladunni Churchill has bagged an award and honour from the Federal Government of Canada for his unequalled services to humanity and philanthropic activities within and outside Nigeria. Olakunle received the award of recognition during the prestigious event of AfroGlobal Television Excellence award held recently in Toronto, Canada.
Big Church Foundation was honoured with “HUMANITERIAN Award 2017 at a star-studded ceremony. The award was presented on behalf of the government of Canada by Hon. Peter Fonseca, Member of Parliament for Mississauga East-Cooksville.
The company which started as Big Church Haven was made a conglomerate of his different companies and renamed Big Church Group in 2010. The company has recorded several milestones in different capacities that include Agriculture, Entertainment, ICT, Real Estates and others. Big Church foundation recently donated an ambulance car to the federal fire service in Abuja thus, making him the first donor ever in the history of the fire service.
He also footed hospital bills of fire victim in Abuja. Dr. Olakunle has been rendering assistance to the needy and putting smile on the faces of those who are less privileged with some percentages from the profit made from the company. Following his achievements, the brand is already at the advanced stage of hosting its 10 year anniversary this November.
Dr. Olakunle Oladunni Churchill through his philanthropic projects has bagged several awards of recognition which propelled plans to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of his company in a big way. First he was awarded the 2017 La Mode Life time Humanitarian award for Youth empowerment, and then Team Africa Awards honoured him for his remarkable innovation in ICT and finally, awarded his movie called “KADA RIVER” a new Nigerian movie production by Big Church Entertainment won the prestigious “Historical Peace Movie Of The Year” award courtesy of the Peace Ambassador Agency.
Some of his other major awards and recognition include, 2013 United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, 2014 Philanthropist of the Year, 2015 Man Of Year (Humanitarian), 2016 Lifetime membership and Partnership with Lions Club, 2017 Honorary Chieftaincy Title From The King Of Kagoro In Southern Kaduna, 2017 Honorary Chieftaincy In Liberia amongst others.
According to Dr. Churchill, “I’m overwhelmed by the magnitude of honour that these awards hold and I’m truly grateful”. He went on to say, “We as Nigerians should tell our stories ourselves. Let the people in other parts of the world see and understand what our people have gone through due to Religious and Ethical Intolerance. The Big Church Group has always and will continue to preach the importance of promoting peaceful co-existence, religious and ethical tolerance amongst other things, which are important strands for national peace”.
In this month of November, the astute businessman will be celebrating his company’s 10th year anniversary in Lagos starting with a dinner party tagged ‘Dinner with the CEO’s’ at the prestigious Eko Hotels, expected to have in attendance, top company executives, banks MDs, among others.
Other highlights include visits to less-privileged and motherless homes to donate items which he will do in company of his friends and business associates.