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IMPACT 2022: Transforming Youths amidst Criticism

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Coming after the Lagos Great Miracle Explosion Crusade, Deeper Life’s “IMPACT 2022” is another programme that is currently making waves in Nigeria and beyond. Aimed at transforming youths for innovative exploits, IMPACT 2022 has sparked mixed feelings among Nigerians online.

IMPACT 2022: GLOBAL YOUTH CONVOCATION

IMPACT 2022 is a five-day global youth convocation organized by the Deeper Christian Life Ministry under the leadership of Pastor Dr W.F Kumuyi.

According to the convener Pastor Kumuyi, “IMPACT 2022” will address fundamental issues affecting teenagers, campus students and young adults to bring about radical change and development through sessions of Prayers, Bible teaching, mentoring, and worship.

Pastor Dr W.F Kumuyi, General Overseer, Deeper Life Bible Church

Adding that the programme is a perspective shift on a new generation, Kumuyi noted that:

With the emergence of digital technology, this generation is vast at sniffing out viable resources, deploying them strategically to cause remarkable changes. Join them or stand aside, as they continue to grow and evolve super fast globally

Pastor Dr W.F Kumuyi

GUEST SPEAKERS

Ministering alongside the convener, Pastor W.F Kumuyi are three other important personalities who are known for transforming and impacting youths across Nigeria and beyond.

  • Dunsin Oyekan
Dunsin Oyekan

Dunsin Oyekan is a popularly called “The Eagle” is a Nigerian Christian Singer, Songwriter, Producer and instrumentalist. He is the crooner of the popular worship song “Open Up.”

Dunsin is a passionate christian worship singer who has three music albums to his name. In his latest album, “The gospel of the Kingdom”, Dunsin, through revolutionary songs reveals the power of the gospel and the beauty of having a close fellowship with God.

Notably, the gospel singer spends most of his time with youths and enjoys the supercharged atmosphere that anchors their fellowship.

He is also the convener of Code Red Worship Experience, a bi-annual prophetic worship event that has had impact on several lives.

  • Ibukun Awosika
Ibukun Awosika

Ibukun Awosika is a 59-year-old Nigerian businesswoman cum motivational speaker who has mentored several young people home and abroad. She is the Founder/CEO, The Chair Centre Group.

Awosika is particularly keen on improving the lives of youths and most of her activities add credence to this fact. For instance, in her books: “The Girl Entrepreneur”, “The Girls in the Boardroom” etc, Awosika brings to fore, insightful stories that drive teenagers to do the next big thing.

Besides, she has had several sessions of life transforming discussions with young people and women. One of such is the International Women Leadership Conference. Add the Leadership Academy in partnership with Dubai Team. It is safe to say that Ibukun Awosika is passionate about leadership and capacity building.

She was the former chair, First Bank of Nigeria.

  • Iyinoluwa Aboyeji
Iyinoluwa Aboyeji

Iyinoluwa Aboyeji is a successful Nigerian entrepreneur. He was named among the top 100 most influential Africans by New Africa Magazine in 2019.

At 30, Aboyeji has achieved incredible feats. He is the co-founder, Flutterwave and Andela. He is also a general partner of The Fund for Africa’s Future. TheGuardian in its Saturday Magazine described Iyin as “the man who absolutely has a tech eye

Beyond a doubt, Aboyeji is stocked with innovative tech ideas that the youth needs. Also, as a man of public interest, Iyin is keen on coaching young Africans for entrepreneurial exploits.

CRITICISM

The invitation of the above speakers has raised eyebrows. People have reacted to the decision of the deeper life church to invite guest speakers to IMPACT 2022 as against the norm of the church.

For instance, a former youth leader at Deeper life, Gideon Akande in a viral open letter criticized the leadership of the church for inviting “strange spirits” to minister on its pulpit. While accusing the church of its obsession with popularity, Akande advised Kumuyi to retire if he is tired of upholding the standard and reputation he has labored to build over the years.

Kumuyi however refuted this claims in a press conference, stating that DCLM is not in any way lowering its standards. He said:

We want young people know that what others have done at their age, they can also do. I want the youth to know that no matter what they have not done, they should take this week as a new beginning in their lives;

Pastor Dr W.F Kumuyi

People who say we are lowering standards do not know the people we are inviting. They judge them by the little they know. And some of them have not taken the effort to go to the web to check their profile and know who they are. Maybe, they just saw the picture and said this is not my kind of person and said we are lowering standards. We will love these people to come here and see for themselves.

Pastor Dr W.F Kumuyi

Again, reeling from the events that have taken place in the ongoing programme, it is fair to say that IMPACT 2022 is transforming youths’ lives indeed as the programme is flavoured with myriads of positive testimonies from participants not to mention the impactful sessions of mentoring and renditions from the invited speakers and church choir. Add or take the global audience that also joined IMPACT 2022 online.

To register for IMPACT 2020, visit: https://impact2022.org/

Preview of Impact 2020

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