Wow! Today is the 69th Birthdate of an International Evangelist, Ex-Music Artiste, a father to Six children, a husband to an ace Educator -Pastor(Mrs) Philomena Ukpai and the First Man who brought Western Musical Instruments to Eastern Nigeria. Well, we are talking about the Legendary – Dr. Uma Ukpai.
And below is a brief profile of Him.
ABOUT DR. UMA UKPAI
Dr. Uma Ukpai was born on January 1945 at Asaga, Ohafia, in Abia State, Nigeria.Unfortunately, he lost his father at a very tender age, a development that almost brought to an end his educational pursuit. Though he was notlacking of uncles who could comfortably train him to whatever desirable level, his Christian background pitched him against them. He attended Uma Ukpai Memorial Primary School, Asaga, Ohafia, and Khana County Council School, Ogoni; All Saints Secondary School, Aba and Niger Delta Technical School, now Boys Technical College, Aba. He is a graduate of the School of Journalism and Television, Frisham, Hermitage, United Kingdom; South Florida Christian College, Miami, Florida, USA; Carolina Christian University and Burke Bible College, Kentucky, USA. He holds a Certificate in Electrical Engineering Practice, a Diploma in Journalism, a Bachelor and Doctorate Degrees in Divinity.
A man of great determination, this servant of God had envisioned himself as a great preacher right from his teens. It is on record that when the governor of the then Eastern Nigeria visited his school. Uma happened to be one of the three boys His Excellency asked what they hoped to become in future. While the other boys declared they would be medical doctors and a lawyer respectively, Rev. Uma confidently and pointedly said he would be a preacher. The disappointment of his relations knew no bounds, as they felt disgraced by their son who in their estimation has set out to be a failure by choosing to be a preacher. It is a well-known fact the man of God went out to work at a very tender age saving every penny, which came his way, and in the process denying him every conceivable comfort to enable him to sponsor himself through secondary school.
Rev. Dr. Uma Ukpai met the Lord in 1958. The founder and President of Uma Ukpai Evangelistic Association Inc. with headquarters in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. He is the author of over fourteen books and has conducted television ministry for many years. He is the president of the Nigerian Council of Gospel Ministers (COGMON) and also the National Chairman of Think-Tank Committee of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN). His Ministry gave birth to PFN in 1985 after Greater Lagos For Christ Crusade with 5000 choristers and 7,110 as counsellors. Now he is the National Vice President of PFN. He is the Chairman, King of Kings Medical Outreach Int’l Inc. with a full-fledged hundred- bed Specialist Hospital in Abia State. He is the initiator of the One Million Man Crusade, commissioned with the vision of breaking the curse under which the black man labours. There have been outstanding results. He is presently building Kings All Nations University in Asaga, Ohafia that will train people to assemble, fly, and maintain aircrafts. He is the founder of Greater Ohafia For Christ Crusade. Rev Dr Uma Ukpai is an International Evangelist who has conducted crusades in many parts of the world. He is a co-author with Billy Graham and other great men of God on “The Work of An Evangelist”. A speaker in Amsterdam ’93, Rev. Dr. Uma Ukpai is the first African main speaker at the World Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International (FGBMFI) World Convention ’96, Miami, USA.
Arguably one of the most anointed ministers in this generation, the servant of God is a most sought after speaker across the globe where he
minister extensively on salvation, faith, healing, and spiritual leadership. In town after town, across the length and breadth of Nigeria and beyond, he has mobilized God’s people into action. His crusades attracts crowds that number in hundreds of thousands and spectacular moves of the Holy Spirit in these meetings have resulted in amazing miracles of healing and other manifestations of the Holy Spirit. Be it in Europe, America, Africa, or Asia, the result has been the same with people tumbling over under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, sick bodies healed, the dead raised to life, barren women becoming mothers and marriages healed etc.
Despite his very busy schedule in any part of the world, he never neglects his covenant with God to be at Victory Cathedral, his home base fellowship
every Wednesday to minister to his many followers.
He is married to Philomena and they are blessed with six children.