•The Story Of Special. Apostle, Dr. DICKSON AWODE
The MD of Finecoat Paints, Mr. Remi Awode is set to begin the rites of passage of his beloved father, Special Apostle Dr. Dickson Awode who was born on Saturday 27, November 1937 and had his last breath on Dec 18, 2018. A few weeks back, he announced the transition to heavenly glory of his dad with a humble call to all and sundry to come join and celebrate a rare gem who lived a good life filled with love for God and humanity.
City People gathered that Pa Dickson Awode, truly lived a selfless, worthy life, to be emulated by those he left behind. Papa bade the world farewell on Tuesday, December 18, 2018. Plans to bid Pa Dickson Awode a triumphant farewell will begin in a few days. Tope Alabi, Yinka Ayefele, Mega 9’9 and other gospel acts are billed to entertain guests for the 2-week long funeral programme.
Burial arrangements for Special Apostle (Engr) Dickson Awode who unarguably served his country and creator well commence with Nights of hymns and praise on Friday 25/01/19 On Mon. 28/01/19 the Service of Songs by Children Ministry, Youth Fellowship Group, Brigade and Women Fellowship @ Dr Awode’s Residence, 12 Lisa Onafowokan Street, Isawo Road Agric Ikorodu.
Tuesday 29/01/19 – Service of Songs by Soldiers of Christ, Councils of Prophet, Pastors and Evangelists Time 4 – 7pm Venue Dr Awode’s Residence 12, Lisa Onafowokan Street, Isawo Road, Agric Ikorodu.
Wednesday 30/01/19 there will be Service of Songs by Districts in Lagos/Ogun. The Venue – Victory District Qtrs., Agric, Ikorodu, Lagos Time 4 – 7pm.
On Thursday 31/01/19 there will be Christian Wake Keep Service /Lying in State Venue is Lagos Govt Park Beside Dangote Industries, Ebute Ikorodu Time 4 – 7pm.
This will be followed by Lying in State @ Dr Awode’s Residence, 12 Lisa Onafowokan Street, Isawo Road Agric Ikorodu 10pm till dawn.
On Friday 01/02/19 there will be Funeral Service by 8.45am @ C & S, Victory District Hqtrs, Agric, Ikorodu.
Internment at Ikoyi Vaults and Gardens by 11am. Entertainment of Guests @ Yard 158 Event Centre, Plot 34, Kudirat Abiola Way, Oregun , Ikeja, Lagos @ 12 noon.
On Sunday 03/02/19, Outing/Service takes place @ DBC Alagbado by 10am prompt.
On Sunday 10/02/19: Final Thanksgiving Service @ Victory District Hqtrs, Agric, Ikorodu by 10am prompt.
Remi Awode described Pa Dickson Awode, as a fulfilled man who truly lived a selfless worthy life to be emulated by those he left behind.
Special Apostle Dickson Adekunle Awode was born 81 years ago, precisely on the 27th November 1937 at Catholic Mission Street in the Lagos Central Senatorial District of Lagos to Papa and Mama Awode.
He started his educational career at Saint David Anglican School, Lafiaji in Lagos from 1944 to 1951. At the completion of his primary education, he proceeded to CMS Grammar school, Broad Street in Lagos from 1952 to 1956 for his secondary education.
He had a brief stint with the Customs and Excise based in Marina Lagos from January 1957 to September 1957 before joining the then Electricity Corporation of Nigeria (ECN) now known as Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) as Engineering student. His brilliance at work earned him sponsorship to Yaba Technical Institute now Yaba College of Technology for National Certificate and Full Technology Certificate Programmes.
Awode was sponsored on overseas training for a Specialist Course at the Electric Construction Company (ECC) based in Wolverhampton, England and also attended a Higher Diploma Course at the British Institute of Engineering Technology. He worked at attaché at the Naiper, Liverpool and Lister of Stanford all based in the United Kingdom.
Special Apostle Awode’s working career was exemplary. From being an Assistant Shift Charge Engineer from October 1960 to May 1961 in Ijora. Several transfers took him from Lagos to Gusau, Kaduna, Kafanchan, Funtua, Jos, Maiduguri, Makurdi, Benin City, Ibadan and back to Lagos for the spanned 35 years of meritorious services.
On his return from the United kingdom in May 1965, he was posted to ECN now NEPA Kaduna to impact the knowledge he had gained from his Overseas Courses as Touring Maintenance Superintendent, it is to his credit that he was the only officer maintaining all ECN Power Stations in the North during the Nigerian Civil war between 1967 and 1970.
AWODE’S SPIRITUAL SOURCE
Special Apostle (Dr) Awode is not work, work, work kind of personality. He is one dedicated worker who never forgets his source of inspiration, wisdom; intelligence and good health that made him achieve tremendous success while in service.
He gave God (who is his eternal source) adequate attention in terms of worshipping Him, contributing his wealth of experience, energy and financial resources to the growth of the church and body of Christ. As he put in his best to ensure that NEPA customers enjoyed uninterrupted power supply so also he was putting in his utmost best to ensure that the body of Christ grows and the good news is preached unhindered. A detailed look at his spiritual activities while traversing the country will reveal so many to you about this Awode who apart from being a seasoned Engineer is also a devoted man of God per excellence.
Special Apostle Awode was, and he’s still an accomplished minister of God at every location he found himself throughout his service years at ECN and later NEPA.
•Awode was the organist and Assistant Parish Secretary of Saint Emmanuel UNA Church in Gusua, Zamfara State between May 1961 and September 1964.
•Between May 1965 to June 1970 and July 1991 to November 1992, Awode was the Church organist of Cherubim and Seraphim Church Movement Headquarters in Kaduna. He was responsible for the electrification of the Church’s Mount Horeb Prayer Camp in Kaduna
•While serving at NEPA Maiduguri between June 1970 and November 1973, Awode worshiped at the Maiduguri Branch of C & S Movement church. Apart from being an organist, he worked assiduously as the financial secretary of the Church Building Committee and was very instrumental to the building of the Church’s Cathedral.
•Between November 1973 and February 1978 while working in Benin on transfer, he did not relent on his spiritual activities. He worshipped devotedly at the C & S Movement Church Benin where he was the Church Organist. It appears that Awode has a penchant for supporting construction of Church Cathedral. This explains why he was also involved, as the Secretary of the Building Committee of the Church in Benin.
•Between February 1978 and November 1981, while working in Makurdi, Awode rescued the C & S Church Makurdi from total closure and disintegration that almost ruined the church. He was appointed as the Church Financial Secretary and later Financial Secretary of the Church Building Committee.
He spearheaded acquisition of six plots of land on which the present cathedral of the church is erected.
He was unanimously nominated the head of the Executive Committee of the Church in order to bring sanity to the church in compliance with directives of the then Spiritual Father, His Grace S.O Kalejaiye. On many occasions, he assumed the leadership role of the church.
To the glory of God, the church has continued to grow and intact.
•Awode was an indefatigable member of the Leader – In – Council of the C & S Church Movement, Ibadan Number 2 Branch. He also played an active role in the efficient running of the church.
•When Special Apostle Awode returned to Lagos in September 1985 he continued his service to God at C & S Movement Church, Sabo, Yaba.
He was the Church’s Organist, Choirmaster and Choir Administrator. He was very active and dedicated to the growth of the church. He worshipped at Sabo, Yaba till July 1991 when he was transferred back to Kaduna.
After his retirement in November 1992 he returned to the church, contributing to its growth as usual.
RETIRED BUT NOT TIRED:
The retirement of Special Apostle Awode has given a fresh impetus to his contributive and supportive roles, he has been playing from day – one, to the sustenance and growth of the Body of Christ.
Special Apostle Awode to the glory of God was installed on February 5th 2012 as the District Chairman and General Leader of C & S Movement Church Victory District, Ikorodu. A Special and Outstanding District with 15 Churches under the District. This was the position he occupied until he rest in the Lord. He is a patron and grand patron of many societies in the Body of Christ.
Despite Special Apostle Awode’s tight schedule, he still has time for his hobbies – which include: Football, Lawn Tennis and Table Tennis.Special Apostle Engineer (Dr) Dickson Adekunle Awode is happily married to Special Mother – In – Israel (Prophetess) Delphine Modupe Awode. They are blessed with children who have equally recorded tremendous success in their chosen careers.