It was celebration galore as thousands across the world joined Champions Royal Assembly in celebrating the birthday of its General Overseer, Bro. Joshua Iginla, recently. The event was held inside the ongoing 80,000 capacity auditorium labelled ‘City of Wonders’ tucked inside the Chikakore axis of Kubwa, Abuja.

Prophet Iginla and well wishers cutting his cake during the birthday ceremony

It was triple celebration for the clergyman, who was a year older.

Aside his birthday, he dedicated and presented 33 classic books he authored all at once and also celebrated 25 years behind the pulpit.  He used the occasion to unveil the multibillion naira 80,000 seater ‘City of Wonders,’ which construction commenced mid last year.

Interestingly, celebrities such as Alex Osifo, Ejike Asiegbu, Tony Umez, Francis Duru, Fathia Balogun, Ireti Osayemi, Funsho Adeolu, Paul Obazele, Larry Koldsweat, Bruno Iwuoha, Blessing Patrick, Thelma Nwosu, Ngozi Orji, Ayo Emmanuel, business moguls, politicians and several others across the globe all identified with the prophet who simply loves to be known as Bro. Joshua Iginla. While congratulating him on Champions Television founded by Bro. Iginla, they said, “He has touched our lives and lives around the world and he is a true example of humility, love and a genuine clergyman who practices what he preaches. Thus, we celebrate you.”

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The colourful event was spiced by the superlative performances by Onyeka Onwenu, Tope Alabi, Chris Morgan, Asu Ekiye, Solomon Lange and several other Nigerian artistes.

The birthday boy, who is a true giver, also dashed out 22 cars to celebrities and other members. Tope Alabi picked a Volkswagen Passat, Ireti Osayemi got a Toyota Corolla, while Fathia Balogun and Funsho Williams each received a Toyota Camry. Larry Koldsweat went home with a Mazda, Zack Orji was given a Toyota Highlander Jeep.

Speaking about the new auditorium, the amiable clergyman said, “This is surely the work of God as we owe no bank a dime nor did we borrow any money from any bank to build this City of Wonders. In fact, it’s the architect and the engineers I am waiting for to complete the structure as the provisions are on ground. As regards the issue of who my spiritual father is, I can tell you that my appearance is not magical. I have spent 25 years behind the pulpit and my spiritual father as directed by God is Yonggi Cho.”

In a chat, actress Fathia Balogun expressed surprise and shock at the gift. “I wasn’t expecting this. I was actually invited and because I have heard a lot about him as a genuine man of God, I decided to go. I only went to felicitate with him but was shocked he gave me a car. I am speechless but grateful to God for such a gift.” Veteran actor, Zack Orji, also showed his appreciation, he said he was dazzled by such a rare gift.

“I never thought I could get such a rare gift. I came for his birthday last year and was happy with the ministration. Thus, I was happy when I got the invitation for this year too. The gift of a Toyota Highlander is something I wasn’t expecting. It’s like a dream,” he said.