Continued from: History Supplement

Historical Reflection

89. “It is interesting to note that, although my father firmly believed that my birth was in answer to his prayers referred to above, none of us (including my father) had any inkling whatever that the nature of service to God to which I would be called would be such a very important one. In hindsight, the nearest my father came to predicting this important future was on his death bed when he called me and prayed thus (in Yoruba):

‘ Wa joko ninu owo,

Wa joko ninu omo,

Enia ni yio ma sin o’.

Meaning in English,

You will be established in money,

You will be established in children,

Men will serve you’.

It later proved not merely a prayer but a prophecy because at that particular time, I had not had an issue’.