Long time member of the AUN community, now ordained, the Reverend Godson Ubani says Adamawa has become his home.
Not many in the AUN community today have seen the empty fields that later became the AUN campus. The newly ordained Rev Godson Ubani is one whose presence in Yola preceded AUN. The new priest, whose ordination was celebrated on July 9, witnessed the orientation of the 124 pioneers who first enrolled at AUN in September 2005.
Now, having spent more years in Adamawa than in his native Abia State, the Rev. Ubani says this ‘Land of Beauty’ has become home. He described the people of Adamawa as very welcoming and peace loving. This is why he was able to put down roots here years ago. “I married here and I raised all my children from here, two of whom are in university.”
Further establishing himself and his family here, the Rev. Ubani attained a full ecclesiastical priestly ordination on July 9 at a ceremony held at the Anglican Church of Redemption here in Yola. The Lord Bishop of the Diocese of Yola, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), the Rt. Rev. Marcus A. Ibrahim, presided over the celebration.
For the Rev. Ubani, it is a dream come true. “I have always believed that if God is the one calling me, he will make a way for it to happen.”
The modern story of Nigeria has been the mixing of its various peoples from its many states as a single nation has been forged over time. The Rev. Ubani moved to Kano, from the South to the North, 32 years ago when K & G Company in Kano engaged him. He later came to Adamawa State to work with Flamingdon Nigeria Limited, a construction company. He was with them for about seven years before moving on to seven years with the Central Bank of Nigeria in the Jimeta area.
In August 2005 he cast his lot with what was then the fledgling American University of Nigeria, a place more dream than reality at the time. But he had faith in its future, and was present when the University enrolled its first set of students.
The Rev. Ubani worked with the Physical Planning & Development Unit for two years before he transferred to the Finance Division where he currently serves the University in the important post of Diesel Distribution Supervisor.
His decision to make a life in Yola has been very much bound up with his decision to ordain and serve his community here. The Rev. Ubani said that he has had this dream as far back as 1990. He has been much involved in leading ministries. A one-time Interim General Secretary of Christian Association of Nigeria, Adamawa State, and Chairman of the Christian Council of Nigeria, Adamawa State chapter, he is the Zonal Coordinator of Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion for Adamawa, Taraba, and Gombe states. His dreams of creating a new life in Adamawa State, of building the American University of Nigeria, and of fulfilling his religious calling continue to come true.
By Omorogbe Omorogiuwa