I hereby wish to express my profound gratitude to the Golden Key International Honour Society for selecting me for the 2013 study abroad scholarship award. Thank you for the honour bestowed on me, my family, my University and my country. Winning this award among many applicants is a milestone for me and a confirmation of my call to contribute to the emergent and essential field of youth and family ministry, especially in Africa. It also means, to me, that Golden Key International Society recognizes the fact that all field of study has the potential to make impact in the society. Since I have come to a conclusion that the fruits of all scientific and technological advancements are likely to be nullified if the present predicaments of youth and families, which constitute any society, are not addressed as essential to a stable economy, peaceful coexistence and sustainable community development projects, I have committed myself to the study of youth and family and empowerment of youth and families.
As a practical Theologian, this award will assist me to pursue my quest to be grounded in the study of youth and families in order to become a resource-person for prospective and practicing youth and family ministers in Africa. This award will help me to collaborate and dialogue with fellow youth and family ministers abroad as we continue to seek effective ways to address the challenges faced by youth and families. The lessons learnt from my study abroad will also contribute to the outcome of my PhD dissertation in Youth Ministry as I seek to identify, analyze and establish the theological foundations of youth and family ministry for a good life-transforming practice.
My graduate school concentration is youth ministry but I am focusing on youth and family ministry approach. My home town is Ilesa which is situated in Osun State in the Western region of Nigeria. Presently, I am affiliated with the South African Council of Educators (SACE) with a temporary registration number F 11124015, Canticum Novum Stellenbosch University which is a 55 year old Choir, the Golden Key Stellenbosch University Chapter, and the Deeper Life Campus Fellowship at Stellenbosch University.
Other awards that I have won include:
· The University of Stellenbosch merit award for students with Cum Laude 2013.
· HOPE Bursary award from the Faculty of Theology, University of Stellenbosch 2011/2012.
· South Korean Missionaries Scholarship Award for African Student studying Theology 2010–2012.
· Educating Africans for Christ (EAFC), United States of America scholarship award 2008.