‘Holy Spirit’ saves German driver from speeding fine

A speeding driver in Germany was saved from a €105 (£93) fine when a snow-white dove interceded on his behalf. The driver was caught on speed cameras – but his identity was hidden by the bird’s wings spread in flight. A light-hearted police statement suggested that perhaps “it was no coincidence the Holy Spirit” intervened – a reference to the…

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BA flight lands in Edinburgh instead of Dusseldorf by mistake

A British Airways flight destined for Dusseldorf in Germany has landed in Edinburgh by mistake, after the flight paperwork was submitted incorrectly. The passengers only realised the error when the plane landed and the “welcome to Edinburgh” announcement was made. The flight has now been redirected and landed in Dusseldorf, BA says. German firm WDL Aviation ran the flight for…

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Outrage as court in Italy finds alleged rape victim too ugly to be raped

An alleged rape victim in Italy was denied justice after an appeal court ruled that she was too ugly to have been raped as she claims. The ruling sparked outrage in Italy, prompting a flash mob outside the Ancona court on Monday. The mob shouted ‘”Shame!’” as they protested the appeals sentence. The sentence was handed down in 2017 by an…

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Historical Overview of Pentecostalism in Nigeria

Origins and Growth 1910s-1920s: Around 1910, an Anglican deacon launches an indigenous prophetic movement that later becomes the Christ Army Church. Following an influenza epidemic in 1918, revivals flare within the mission churches and the Christ Army Church. Spirit-filled groups also expand, including those known by the Yoruba word Aladura (“praying people”). Early Aladura churches include the Eternal Sacred Order of the Cherubim and…

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History: How Oba Samuel Adeniran Asusumasa Atewogboye II (Alaaye of Efon Alaaye) was sentenced to death for ritual murder in 1949

Efon Alaaye, the hilly and rocky boarder town between today’s Osun and Ekiti states is one of the ancient towns of Yorubaland. Like most towns in the same town, Efon Alaaye traces its roots to the cradle of Yoruba civilization, Ile- Ife. Life was as usual, rustic, with everyone been his brother’s keeper. However something very strange happened in the…

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My wife curses me with her private part, Pastor tells court

A Pentecostal Pastor, Bernard Towoju has urged an Igando Customary Court, Lagos, to dissolve his marriage to his wife, Abosede, for allegedly using her private part to invoke curses on him. Towoju, 53, said in his divorce petition on Monday that “I cannot continue to make love with a woman who always goes naked and swears for me with her…

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My life in sex: ‘For me, it’s like enjoying the same meal every day’

The monogamous male

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Fr. Mbaka and the Voice of God by Reuben Abati

“I do not believe in my mind that the way things are in Nigeria, any Catholic priest has the mandate to decide which of the political contestants should be voted for…I don’t believe a priest should be doing that…If he was in my archdiocese, I will have sanctioned him long ago for the kind of utterances he makes.” – John Cardinal…

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Welcome to the year 2018 – Happy New Year

The much anticipated year 2018 is  here at last. We wish all our teeming readers and supporters a prosperous new year. Thanks for your past contributions and support; we look forward to greater partnership and cooperation in the year 2018. We are here to serve you. Happy New Year

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God is not Sangiri Lagiri, it’s an attribute of Sango

Do not let any Yoruba worship leader come on your church altar to call God Sangiri Lagiri, it’s not one of God’s attributes. It’s one of Sango’s oriki and I do not know how we foolishly let that sneaked into our worship culture. “Sangiri Lagiri Olagiri kaka figba edun bo Inan Loju Inan lenu Oloju orogbo eleeke obi A tu…

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