By Ebun Sessou & Abasifiok Johnson
More than 70 women who graduated from the Christ Apostolic Church Theological Seminary, CACTS, Lagos Campus have called on other women in the country to embrace education as a key to greater success.
According to them, there is no woman who would influence her generation without adequate training and retraining in different areas of human endeavour.
The women who just graduated among 350 graduands in the 2018 academic session, added that since they were admitted in the school, they have experienced some levels of improvement, adding that women who graduated from the school have been better teachers, mothers, wives and sisters in various aspects of life.
Speaking with WO, one of the graduands, Miss Yenusa Grace who graduated as a teacher, said although the road to education was not smooth but it tooke sacrifice and dedication to pull through her academics. “To be sincere, it was not easy but with the mercies and grace of God, things have been good. Along the line, I decided to quit but God helped me and today, I am a graduate.
“I feel so happy to be among the graduands and I won’t stop here,” she said.
Another recipient, Mrs Ayodele Grace, who also shared her experience said that the journey was not rosy. “I started well but along the line, I almost collapsed but I am grateful to God that I made it. It was not an easy task at all because I had to take care of my home but I have an understanding husband who supported me all through.”
On her part, Mrs Opayemi Toyin noted that the journey was hectic but she survived the hardship through God’s grace. “Truly it wasn’t an easy journey especially with the children. I had to take my children from one location to another in the process of pursuing my goal. I was a part-time student. So, working from Monday to Friday before going to school every Friday was challenging. I travel to Lagos every week because of the programme.”
Also, Evang. Mrs Adeleke Felicia, narrated her story According to her, “I started the programme in 2012. Today is the happiest day of my life.”
One of the men, Mr. Emmanuel Babatunde, said: “The journey was stressful; when I started it was as if I would not complete the programme. Financially, I wasn’t stable but we thank God he saw me through the journey of three years.”
Speaking on the graduation ceremony and dedication of the multi-million naira building project, Coordinator CACTS, Lagos Campus, Pastor Francis Olaniyi explained that the total number of graduands at the 2017/2018 session has increased tremendously. He said the school, an affiliate of the Joseph Ayo Babalola University, has been in existence since 1998 with the main campus in Ile-Ife including 14 other campuses around the world.
He said the 20th Convocation and Building Dedication of the Theological Seminary, had women from all walks of life including female nurses, midwives, teachers, civil servants, traders and businesswomen graduating from the school.
He explained that these women, especially the midwives and female nurses, would proceed to Faith Maternity in Ede, Osun State to be trained as maternity workers before they would be inducted in the church hospital. He added that other women who graduated would be lady evangelists, prophetesses, church planters among others. About 70 women graduated with Certificate in Theology, Diploma in Theology and Bachelor of Theology.
On the dedication of the new ultra-modern chapel auditorium located within the school premises, Olaniyi said it was constructed as part of efforts to promote academic excellence. “The multi-million naira building project is part of the facilities required by the school to accommodate more students.
“Twenty years ago, students’ enrollment in the seminary was less than 30 but now, we have over 700, a result of God’s help through the leadership quality of the college in particular and the Christ Apostolic Church Worldwide in general,” he said.
The President, Christ Apostle Church, Worldwide, Pastor Abraham Akinosun who graced the occasion said the mission of the school is to grow people that would change the narrative of the country in a Godly way.
“We run the following programmes tailored to fulfilling the mission: Bachelor of Theology, Bachelor of Christian Education, Diploma in Theology, Diploma in Christian Education, Certificate in Theology and Certificate in Christian Education. We have also created room for those who are not sufficiently literate to be enrolled in any of our programmes,” he said.