NewsReel July 15, 2013: Nkechi Anayo-Iloputaife Speaks Out On Different Issues

 [ Masterweb Reports ] – Nkechi Anayo-Iloputaife is the presiding Bishop of the Victory Christian Centre. She discusses her 18 years journey after her husband, Bishop Anayo Iloputaife, was murdered at his home on February 4, 1995 unknown armed assassins.

 

Q. What has kept you going years after the demise of your husband?

A. I have seen the goodness of God all these years. His incomparable character is clearly seen in my life. I say to people, if you want to see God, just look at me.

 

Q. What do you miss most about him?

A. His leadership, friendship, love for God’s glory, dogged commitment to the word of God, excellence and personal integrity in the ministry.

 

Q. What were the initial challenges when he passed on and you had to take over the church administration?

A. The challenges were not different from the general challenges of leadership which included betrayals, abandonment, rejection and disloyalty. Opposition came from every angle but I had faith in God’s power. Through His word, mercy and grace, I was able to cope.

 

Q. How did you meet him?

A. We met in Lagos. He had just returned from North America where he started his ministry, but according to him, God had told him to come back to Nigeria. By divine connection, we met at a church gathering.

 

Q. Is there no space in your heart for another man?

A. No and yes. No, because I don’t have a desire. Yes, because if it is God’s will for me and this ministry, I will accept it.

 

Q. Are you afraid that another man may take advantage of everything your late husband worked for?

A. That is not my thinking. When he passed on, I believe that his ministry on earth had ended and the living will have to go on. I am more concerned about the quality of the person, but it doesn’t have to be a husband. He can just be a male figure that can take charge. What   makes a ministry distinct is that it takes on the character of the founder. The character is more important than any other thing.

 

Q. You talked about betrayals earlier, can you expatiate more on this?

A. First of all, there is this cultural bias against female leadership. A glass ceiling in the minds of even civilised people today makes them see women as people who cannot do certain things, but God is not saying that. I am an example of God’s placement. If He did not choose me, I would not be doing what I am doing at the moment.  Secure and accomplished men respect women who have the integrity and are focused on what they do.

 
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