Who is the man behind Aliko Dangote success? Arcbishop Benson Andrew Idahosa was a Pentecostal pastor that carried himself with much charisma. He is the founder and general overseer of Church of God Mission International, he was famously referred to as the father of Pentecostalism in Nigeria.
Idahosa was the owner of BIU (Benson Idahosa University in Benin City) Edo State. Bishop F. E. B. Idahosa, his only son is now the president of Benson Idahosa University, president and founder of Big Ben’ s Children Hospital, vice- president of All Nations for Christ Bible Institute International and other positions.
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Idahosa officially inaugurated the Church of God Mission International in October 1986, which initially started as a small prayer group.
Archbishop Benson Idahosa died on 12 March 1998 leaving behind his wife, Margaret Idahosa and four children. His wife immediately took over as the Archbishop of the Church of God Mission International, the Church Benson Idahosa founded and she is also currently the Chancellor of Benson Idahosa University.
Aliko Dangote is known to be a kind hearted person, regardless of race, religion or region. His kindheartedness later earned him teary blessings from Benson Idahosa, the first pentecostal archbishop in Nigeria and father of pentecostalism in the country.
According to Volume 1 edition of The African Apostles which is a book detailing the lives and times of great African preachers. Benson had hosted an American Pentecostal evangelist Tommy Lee Osborn and his wife, Daisy in Benin.
They stayed late ministering at the Miracle Centre of Church of God Mission which was just opposite the Benin Airport. The preachers needed to catch their flight to Lagos which was a supposed connecting flight from Johannesburg to France and then to England and then the United States.
By the time Idahosa arrived the airport with his guests, they were informed that the last flight for the day was overbooked and not a single seat was available. The passengers were all onboarded and the flight was about to take off.
The airplane had moved towards the runway when Benson’ s new Mercedes was said to have sped towards the tarmac and screeched to a stop in front of the plane. Benson Idahosa stepped out and waved at the pilot and got audience with him and the passengers on board.
Idahosa was quoted saying; ‘ ‘ Excuse me friends, I have two of God’ s special servants in my car and they need to go to Lagos today on this plane. Two of you will have to get off now so God’ s servants can board. God bless you” .
A certain man was said to have tapped another man and they both gave up their seats for Tommy Lee and Daisy Osborn.
Idahosa was said to stopped the first man in the plane’ s aisle and asked; ‘ Young man, what do you do and what is your name? ‘
The young man responded; ” My name is Aliko Dangote and this is my assistant. I am a trader, a businessman’ ‘ .
Idahosa said to Dangote with tears in his eyes while waving as he walked out of the plane; ” The world will get up for you. My God will bless you! God will take you and your business beyond Africa and bless you beyond measure’ ‘ .