BRIEF HISTORY OF NDOKWA CHRISTIAN UNION
There was an unprecedented gospel revival in Nigeria from 1973 to 1985. The great revival resulted to multiplication of Church
denominations and non-denominational organisation. The impact of the revival was more felt in the city of Lagos, then the capital of Nigeria, Christians bombarded the city with the gospel of Christ and many, including Ndokwa people, repented from their sins and joined the multitude of believers to attend major events like crusades, seminars, retreats, conventions and thanksgiving services. This unprecedented revival gave birth to Ndokwa Christian Union.
Ndokwa Christian Union was formed by a few Christian brethren of Ndokwa origin who, like the biblical Nehemiah, felt very concerned about the spiritual and physical welfare of his people – the Israelites (Neh. Chapter 1 and 2). The Union was formed when the quest for a forum for Ndokwa believers gathered momentum in Lagos. God gave the pioneers of the Union the wisdom to mobilize believers of Ndokwa origin for the great task ahead.
Generally believers felt very free to attend non-denominational eventsas the churches gave their support and right hand of fellowship to inter-denominational programmes. The non-denominational Organizations, on the other hand, encouraged their converts to be well committed in the church denomination they belong, so believers interacted with each other freely without biased mind. In most of the Gatherings and places of worship, the ministers of God spoke in English while their messages were interpreted in various languages either in the main auditorium or by the sides of the halls to make sure everyone benefit from their messages. For example, at Deeper Life Christian Ministry retreat held at Ayobo in 1980, messages were interpreted in Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo, Efik, Edo, Urhobo, Isoko, Ijaw, Tiv, Kanuri, Calabari, Twi and some other languages but it was Surprising to note that Ukwuani, the main language of Ndokwa people was not interpreted in the retreat ground or any other place in Lagos State. Some brethren later tried to introduce interpretation of Ukwuani language in one of the ministries in Lagos but it did not last Long.
Against this background, some Ndokwa brethren sought for a way to mobilize believers of Ndokwa origin to create a platform to plan and discuss issues of common interest.
The issue gathered momentum in 1979 and the Late Bro. Peter Emekume, one of Ndokwa believers at that time visited Ebedei-Umuezeogoli, his home town and came in contact with some ministers of God of other tribes in Ndokwa land and those of Ndokwa origin. He sought for their cooperation as they exchanged views on the idea of mobilising Ndokwa believers in diaspora to form a formidable organization for the progress of God”s work.
Prominent among the home based brethren he earlier met were Bro. John Uwe and Bro. Edward Oyita both from Ndemili but based at Agbor as of then. Bro. Oyita was the first Ndokwa brother to bring out an Ukwuani gospel album in 1981.
When Bro. Peter Emekume returned to Lagos he discussed the issue with some Ndokwa brethren worshipping at Revival Gospel Group, Amukoko and a few brethren around Badia and Iganmu areas where he was living. The brethren supported the idea to have an Ndokwa Christian non-denominational organisation. This took place towards the end of 1979.
While the late Peter was thinking on the possibility to get in touch with Ndokwa brethren in other areas in the large city of Lagos, God, in his own way of doing things, was preparing some believers in some parts of the city for the formation of the organisation.
In early 1980, an Ndokwa believer who hails from Ezionum and lived Lawanson, Surulere, came to the printing office of Bro. Vincent Oludare Obielum then at No. 20 Onitire Street, Itire, Surulere to print invitation cards for Ukwuani Evangelical Association. As he was about to go Bro. Obielum sought to know more about the Association and the Bro. invited him to attend their next meeting which would be held at Assemblies of God Church, Amore, Olodi in Apapa to see things by himself.
COMPLIED BY DEACON VINCENT OLUDARE OBIELUM
NAMES OF NDOKWA CHRISTIAN UNION PIONEERS
- Bro Peter Emekume Ebedei
- Bro Friday Chimsonum Abbi
- Bro Vincent O.Obielum Emu-Obiogo
- Bro Mathew Agboma Ndemili
- Bro Godwin Ossai Ebedei
- Bro Festus Ogwu Utagba-Uno
- Bro John Oyem Utagba-Uno
- Sis Lucy Ebinum Ogume
- Bro Christopher Iloma Ezionum
- Bro Josiah Origho Abbi
- Bro Michael Akunyah Abbi
- Bro Patrick Ochonogor Umutu
- Evang. Julius Okpor Abbi
- Bro Godwin Odia Ogume
- Bro Isaac Eneduwe Ogume
- Bro Michael Opute Aboh
- Sis Elizabeth Opute Ndoni
- Sis Dora Uzoadinma Emu-uno
- Sis. Peggy Emekume Umuaja
- Bro James Enwefa Ezionum
- Bro Michael Emekume Ebedei
- Bro Sunday Ugbe Umutu
- Sis. Patience Akunyah Abbi
- Sis Patricia Oseh Ndemili
- Bro Dennis Chuku Emu-Uno
- Bro Sunday Enebuse Onicha Ukwuani
- Bro Daniel Osademe Ezionum
- Bro Paul Osademe Ezionum
- Sis Maria Okpor Ezionum
- Bro Longinus Onyenike Abbi
- Bro Christopher Ugbome Efor
- Bro Sunday Ewolor Obiaruku
- Bro Gilbert Olise Umukwata
- Bro Johnson Osakwe Ezionum
- Sis Patience Odinde Amai
- Bro Michael Olisedeme Abbi
- Bro Diamond Olie Utagba-Ogbe
- Bro Felicia Olie Abbi
- Elizabeth Nwabunwene ` Amai
- Sis Margaret Macaulay Utue-Ogume
- Bro Wilson Adoh Etua
- Bro Victor Esumei Abbi
- Bro Emmanuel Ogude Umukwata
- Bro Edward Ossai Ogume
- Sis Bridget Anie Onicha-Ukwuani
- Bro Abel Opute Etua
- Bro Sunday Onyesom Ezionum
- Bro Stephen Ossai Ezionum
- Bro Ejechi Onicha-Ukwuani
TOWNS NDOKWA CHRISTIAN UNION HELD CRUSADE
1st Crusade was held at Amai on 24th December 1980.
2nd Crusade was held at Ndemili in 1981.
- Owa-AbbI CRUSADE
3rd Crusade was held at Owa-Abbi in 1982.
- ONICHA-UKWUANI CRUSADE
4th Crusade was held at Onicha-Ukwuani from 16th to 19th Sept. 1983.
- EBEDEI CRUSADE
5th Crusade was held at Ebedei in 1984
- EZIONUM CRUSADE
6th Crusade was held at Ezionum in 1985.
- UTUE CRUSADE
7th crusade was held at Utue-Ogume in 1987.
- ISUMPE CRUSADE
8th Crusade was held at Isumpe from 8th to 11th March 1990.
9th Crusade was held at Utagba-Uno from 28th to 31st of March 1991.
10th Crusade was held at Afor from 8th to 10th May 199
11th Crusade was held at Aboh from 27th to 31st May 1993
12th Crusade was held at Abala-uno in the first week of December 1996.
OKPAI 13th Crusade was held at Okpai from 24th – 28th Nov. 2004
14th Crusade was held at Onyia from 24th – 27th March 2005
15th Crusade was held at Benekuku in 2006
16th Crusade was held at Ushie from 18th – 20th November 2010
17th Crusade was held at Oliogo from 24th – 26th November 2011
18th Crusade was held at Ossissa from 21st – 23rd November 2012
19th Crusade was held at Emu-Ebendo from 20th – 22nd Nov. 2013
20th Crusade was held at Amai from 25th – 28th November 2014
21st Crusade was held at Ebedei from 18th – 20th November 2015
22nd Crusade was held at Ushie from 15th – 18th November 2016
23rd Crusade was held at Ogume from 28th – 31st November 2017
24th Crusade was held at Ezionum from 20th – 24th November 2018
25th Crusade was held at Abbi from 19th – 22nd November 2019
26th was held at Crusade Utagba-Uno from 19th – 21st Nov. 2020
27th annual crusade was held at Umutu from 24th -26th Nov. 2021
28th Annual Crusade was held at Afor from 17th to 19th Nov. 2022
- EMU 29th Annual Crusade was held at Emu Community from 15th to 17th Nov 2023
AREA OF NEEDS
Ndokwa Christia Union need s place we can call our own, since the demolition of our secretariat by then Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fasola , since then we don’t have a permanent place for our meeting, it has being a source concern to us. we need assistance in getting another property.
Moving our meeting venue is costing us a lot. demolition of our formal secretariat cost us our member of over 3,000 people, uptill now we have not recovered. but glory be to God Almighty because it has not affected our annual crusade, God has been faithful to Ndokwa Christian Union.
UMUTU CRUSADE 2021