Udochi Odikanwa: Outstanding Nigerian Pastor who started preaching at age of 12 sacks 2nd doctorate after several degrees

FCT, Abuja – Reverend Dr Udochi Odikanwa is a pastor, not an academic; he does not teach at any university. However, over the past few years, he has earned many degrees that even a prolific scholar will be jealous of.

On Friday, February 25, Odikanwa, the founder/general overseer of Restoration Life Assembly Int’l, bagged a doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University of Abuja.

Rev. Dr. Udochi Odikanwa, General Overseer of Restoration Life Assembly Int’l, has completed a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Abuja. Photo credit: The Restoration Life Assembly INT’L
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It was his second doctorate; he had previously earned a doctorate in the humanities, according to information about his church website.

Pastor Odikanwa attended Holy Ghost Owerri College, Premier Owerri Secondary School, Imo State, University of Abuja, Pan African Christian Theological University, African Independent Theological Seminary, Abuja, among many other institutions of higher education where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in sociology (B.Sc), a master’s degree in educational psychology (M.Ed), a doctorate in theology (Th.D) and a doctorate in human sciences ( PhD).

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He is also an Associate Member of the American Psychological Association (APA), Fellow of the Nigerian Psychological Association (NPA) and the Nigerian Council of Educational Psychologists (NCEP).

Why I took another degree – Pastor Odikanwa

Shortly before his doctorate summons at the University of Abuja, I had an email conversation with Pastor Odikanwa where I asked him: why all these university degrees/ Why educational psychology?

In response, he first quotes one of Nelson Mandela’s most popular quotes:

“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”

It follows the late former South African president’s quote with another popular one attributed to Benjamin Franklin:

“An investment in knowledge generates the best interests.”

After the two quotes, Pastor Odikanwa goes on to answer the question:

“I chose to have another degree in educational psychology because I love psychology and its relevance to education.

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“I have this passion for education because I believe it teaches you to think hard and think critically.

“Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. Education changes a person’s life and world.

He adds that part of his reason for taking another degree specifically in Educational Psychology is to help the growth of education in Nigeria and other countries. He also talks about his love for educational psychology as a course.

“I particularly like educational psychology because it is two combinations; educational psychology being the mother of all psychology. It is in my interest to go further in solving problems from different fonts. I love education and believe it is the key to broad knowledge,” the cleric said. Legit.ng.

12-year-old preacher: the small beginning of Reverend Odikanwa

Apart from his voracious interest in academic pursuits, I found something else interesting about Pastor Odikanwa; he started preaching when he was 12 years old.

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In Nigeria, 12-year-olds are usually at junior high school level. But Odikanwa, 12, was already combining preaching with his education at that age. So, I asked him; how did he start preaching at such an age?

As usual, his response begins with a quote; this time from the Bible:

“John 9:4, “I must do the work of him who sent me, while it is day, for the night is coming when no man can work”.

Reverend Odikanwa says he started preaching at the age of 12 not as a pastor but as a believer who was so “passionate to walk with God and win souls for him, bringing souls from darkness to light.”

“I have to say it wasn’t that hard and that’s because I have the help of the Holy Spirit but in the face of it all there were a lot of challenges worth giving up but when I remember that I have a prize to win and God’s promise to me: “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. … Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken,” he said.

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Pastor Odikanwa says he was encouraged by the Bible verse, Psalms 55:22, which reads:

“Yet I am always with you, you hold me by the right hand”.

Of this 12-year-old preacher, Pastor Odikanwa shares with Legit.ng how he rose through the ranks until he became the general overseer of “one of the fastest growing Pentecostal churches in Nigeria and beyond”.

His words:

“I am encouraged by this Bible verse. Growing up, I was given the name “Pastor” by my teachers, friends, classmates, etc. I prayed for the sick and by the power of Jesus they were healed. Later I was called to serve as a pastor.

“I was a pastor under my spiritual father, ‘late Arch Bishop Ezeigo’ and from there I was transferred to Abuja to open a branch church, after doing this for some time, God told me that ‘it was time to open a church, “Assembly Life Restoration” was not the name I had in mind but as God would have it He asked me to give the Assembly Life Restoration Church as its name The growth of the church has been entirely God.

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In another report, a church worker was rewarded with a car gift by a pastor for her diligent service.

Images of the car giveaway prize were shared on Instagram. The pastor identified as Iren from the D’Podium center in Lagos surprised the church worker during a service.

Pastor Iren called the family of the lady at the altar and announced the gift of the car which he said was from the church.

Source: Legit.ng

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