Foluke Adeboye at 70, See Her Profile and Pastor Adeboye’s Comments about His Babe
Pastor Mrs. Foluke Adenike Adeboye, popularly called Mummy GO of Redeem Christian Church of God (RCCG), was born on Tuesday, July 13, 1948, to the family of Jacob Adelusi Adeyokunnu in Ilesha, Osun state.
Her father, Pa Jacob Adeyokunnu was first son of his father who was from the royal family and lineage in Ijeshaland, the Owa Obokun Oji. So Foluke Adeboye is a princess. Pa Adeyokunnu, a teacher and a Methodist catechist was a strict disciplinarian who made sure that all his children were raised up as staunch Methodists. Her mother was a trader.
Pastor Foluke Adeboye is the first child of ten children of her father.
Pastor Foluke Adeboye’s Profile
Primary Education: Methodist Primary School-Oke Eshe- Ilesha.
Secondary Education: Methodist Girls School- Agurodo-Ilesha.
Teacher raining – Grade II Teacher’s Certificate: United Missionary College(UMC)- Ibadan.
Child Evangelism Training: Child Evangelism Ministry in Holland- 1985.
College of Education: University of Lagos – Diploma in Education (Science & Mathematics)
Has attended in addition to these, several professional Development Training Courses, in Nigeria and Abroad. Notable among these are:-
Understanding Accelerated Christian Education – 1992.
Proficiency Course for Directors of Schools and Heads of Schools – at the University College of St. Johns & St. Marks, Plymouth, U.K.- 2000.
Special Needs Education Training – Organized by Center for Resource & System Management (CRSM) and conducted in Lagos by The Columbia University in the City of New York- 2005.
Mummy Foluke Adeboye is the Mother-in-Israel in the Redeem Christian Church of God family, a title popularly conferred on her as a result of her status and various activities in the church.
Mrs. Folu Adeboye is blessed with rare gifts of administration, planning, hospitality, counseling, mentoring, ministering comfort, care, and encouragement to many, bringing hope, love and succor to the hopeless.
She is a missionary and minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ; a powerful intercessor, Bible Teacher & role model for lots of women; and a pioneer of multiple projects, ministries and missions to the glory of God.
With a passion for planting Christian schools, she has made immense contributions to the Nigerian Education sector, coordinating work in the field of Christian Education, by starting a vigorous movement (Christ the Redeemer’s Schools Movement) that has led to the founding of several Christian Educational institutions caring for the educational welfare of children in Nigeria and Internationally.
Pastor Foluke Adeboye, Mummy G O Publications
Mummy G. O. has published widely and presented many discusses, speeches and addresses, many of which have been turned into book form. Her publications include the following:
Divine Love – a joint publication with her husband – Pastor E.A. Adeboye.
Kingdom Love – 2008.
Heaven in your home – 2006.
The Mother-in Christ -2004.
The Seven Secrets of Great Achievers – 2003.
Can I cry out – published by Oldavent Limited in 1999.
The Pastors’ Wives Manual – published by Feyisetan Press in 1995.
Story of Pastor and Pastor Mrs. Adeboye
In her early days, Foluke Adeboye suffered poverty and pains with her husband. A very good instance is this, at her wedding ceremony with Pastor Adeboye, there was no cake. In addition to that, Pastor Adeboye said; “I had no car, no house, we married into a rented room and parlor.”
Years into their marriage, Pastor Adeboye left the University of Ilorin where he was lecturing to be General Overseer of the Church, “Pomo (Cow Skin)” was their delicacy.
What Pastor Adeboye, Daddy G. O. Says about his babe
Pastor Adeboye does not hide the qualities of Mummy GO, which have endeared her to him for over 50 years. Below are some of the things he has said recently about her.
On Her 69th Birthday;
Happy birthday to my Baby! You make 69 yrs look good.
Daddy Adeboye also said;
When I was getting ready to be married.There were many of us contesting for the hand of my wife. I wanted to marry a beautiful princess but I was the least qualified among the many suitors. Out of the number, three of us were in the forefront. But I was a student, while one of us was a lawyer who owned a car. All I had was a “foot wagon” (move around on foot).
According to my wife- to- be, one day she was driving through my street, saw a beautiful storey building and felt it was my house.
“Ahh,” I said. “Who fit dash monkey banana?” (How could I possibly live in a storey building?)
“Story building?” I wondered. So I decided to let her know my financial status
I said to her, “Please listen. I have nothing, no money, no house.”
You may ask her. I never took her to my house before we got married. No house, no money, no influence, nothing! I told her that if I had anything at all, it was the little brain God gave to me.
“I have nothing to offer you except myself. If you will marry me, you will have me to yourself completely,” I said.
Surprisingly, she replied, “Because you are so honest, I will marry you.”
Some of you don’t know the reason why after over forty-seven years in marriage, we are still on honeymoon. That’s the kind of relationship God wants with you. Total commitment! Not one leg in, one leg out. He wants you to surrender to him so absolutely.
In those early days of the Camp, sometimes my wife used to prepare dinner for the children without meat and I was touched. I remembered those days when our mothers used to make okra meat. They would take okra and cut off its head and bottom and throw it into the okra soup. That was okra meat, very sweet.
One day, before my wife went into the kitchen to cook, I took a walk in the bush with a little dog we had. Along the way, the dog dashed further into the bush and we soon heard the cry of an animal. The dog brought out a squirrel. And then the battle began between me and the dog to determine the owner of the squirrel. I then used the little science I knew about dogs. If you want something out of a dog, hold its throat so that it won’t be able to breathe very well. When their throat is pressed, it has a choking effect on them and so they release whatever they have in their mouth.
I got the squirrel and we had it for dinner. When we finished eating, my children asked, “Daddy, what about the okra meat?”
I said, “Next time.”
Thank God, next time never came. One day, I reminded my wife how I used to tell her to cut cow skin meat, popularly called pomo in local parlance, into two, especially the very thick ones so that it could go round, and how I used to say that although the situation may continue for some time, the future was going to be alright.
At the opening of Mount Carmel Prayer Mountain: To ensure that the dream would not die, and efforts that had been made would not be fruitless, I called my wife and gave her the responsibility to build this prayer mountain.
My prayer for all of you here today is that God will give you good wives; a wife who will be like a mother. Those who are already married, if your wives are not that good, God will change them; and those who are yet to be married will not pick wrong wives.
How Pastor Adeboye treasures her
Speaking at the headquarters of the church in Ebutte Meta, Lagos, last year, Pastor Adeboye told the men in the congregation to be prepared to lay down their lives for their wives.
“Be ready to lay down your life for your partner if you’re truly in love. My wife doesn’t like me saying this: You can slap me; you can lie against me, you can criticise me, it doesn’t bother me, but touch my wife, I’ll kill you,” he said.
“I want the world to hear. They’ll say if I kill, they would arrest me, that they would jail me, but that is if I kill with cutlass or gun… if you touch my wife, I will talk to my Daddy and you’ll sleep and will not wake.”
He recalled how Folu, his wife, stood by him in his trying times, saying she had the opportunity to get married to those who were more financially stable but she chose him.
“Marry for love. It’ll endure. I’ve been married for 50 years and still on honeymoon. I was the poorest among those lurking around the girl I married,” he said.
“We struggled over ponmo as people usually hear me say, but today if we want to eat a whole cow now, God will provide.
“After our wedding on September 8, 1967, we faced challenges. The baby came in 1968. It was tough. We were happy because we were in love. But we have stories to tell. If you marry for love, it will last because God is love.”
Daddy and Mummy G. O. of RCCG are blessed with three sons and a daughter who are all Pastors and happily married. Dotting and loving grandmother to her many dearly beloved and precious grandchildren