Experts believe that Nigeria is a trigger point for the entire continent.
In fact, a popular saying is that, as Nigeria goes, so goes all of Africa.
If this is the case, then we may be witnessing a tremendous move of
God in sub-Saharan Africa. Because the opportunities to share the gospel
have never been greater than they are today.
can really feel the Spirit moving when you visit one of the mega-churches
popping up in Nigeria. The 7,000-member Family Worship Center in Abuja
is pastored by Regent University graduate Ina Omaku. Ina also serves
as regional director for CBN WorldReach in English-speaking West Africa.
Headquartered in Abuja, CBN Nigeria's general manager is Felix Oisamoje.
"Way back in 1988 I actually had written a letter to CBN,"
said Felix. "At that time I was working in the TV training institute
in Nigeria, and I offered my services to coordinate the airing of their
Programs such as One Cubed, Turning Point and The 700 Club
are sent out from Abuja to four regional centers, as well as to the
English-speaking nations of Gambia, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Ghana.
"So many of the foreign stations show programs that don't edify,
programs that don't have any eternal values in the life of the viewers,"
said Felix, "We can compete with them favorably and virtually,
if it's possible and that's my dream, to take over the television markets
in these parts."
Kenneth Upke is someone whose life was literally saved by being exposed
to CBN programming in West Africa. Kenneth said he was on the brink
of suicide when he called CBN WorldReach in Abuja.
do you think would have happened to you if you had not called The
700 Club counseling line that night?" asked Lisa Ryan, 700
"I would have committed the suicide," said Kenneth, "because
I was bent on doing it! Just doing it and getting it over with."
At the time, Kenneth was unemployed and caught up in a vicious family
quarrel. When things seemed the worst, he happened to watch The 700
"How was The 700 Club and the way they talked about God
different?" asked Lisa.
"Actually, I heard people talking about what God had done in their
lives and how God helped them," said Kenneth. "And at least
I saw the smile on their faces, and I knew they were sincere smiles.
And it's true that something really happened to them."
Kenneth is alive and well, worshipping at the Family Worship Center
and leading a cell church care group.
Tony Adogah is another Nigerian viewer dramatically affected by a CBN
Tony said he had recently begun having liaisons with older homosexual
men for money. He'd been exposed to the lifestyle several years earlier.
On a night that turned his life around, Tony was actually in the home
of an older man.
"The TV was on, and the program Turning Point was on,"
said Tony. "And they were talking about this man. About this man
who was into homosexuality. The man explained that there is a way out,
and I knew I had to hold on to that! So that I would free myself from
"And when he explained, I said, if this man could be out there,
telling people that he was into this, then he's not joking. It's not
a film trick! It's a fact!
"So at that moment, I looked at my life," he said. "Here
is a man who was into occultism, here is a man who was into homosexuality.
Now this man is free! Tony, you can be free! And I made up my mind that
I would be free."
Tony remains free today, and is grateful to CBN.
"I think they are great!" he said. "They are marvelous
because they are really, really, they are really touching lives! They
are really touching lives!"
Felix Oisajmoe knows exactly who has made this important work possible.
"I think the CBN partners have just been awesome!" he said.
"Because, without them, we wouldn't be even talking about the facility
we have, let alone begin to dream. And I'm dreaming of a full-fledged
studio because I know that there are some partners somewhere whom God
is going to use, God is going to touch to make this happen! And I want
to use the opportunity to say 'Thank you so much' to the CBN partners.
For equipping us to do what God has called us to do!"
CBN programming is broadcast all over Africa.