When veteran actress and evangelist, Eucharia Anunobi, just lately introduced that she had bagged a PhD, some individuals opined that it was given to her as a favour. However, she maintained that she acquired in on benefit, including that her celeb standing had nothing to do with it.
Speaking with Saturday Beats, Anunobi stated, “Firstly, I imagine in data and as a pastor, one must be educated. One can not effectively work for God if one is bereft of information. I’ve the backing of the Bible, which says, ‘My people perish for lack of knowledge’. As a preacher, if one doesn’t collect data, one can not effectively mentor or counsel (individuals). Sometimes, one’s congregants are even within the Diaspora. Anointing has to do with one buying data in regards to the issues of God. A preacher has to cope with individuals from all walks of life. I do know that by the grace of God, I’d even be preaching to the excessive and mighty, and one needs to be outfitted with the suitable data. I’m not limiting myself to what they name ‘an average pastor’. I’ve to groom myself for the long run.
“My doctorate degree is not an honourary one. I paid school fees and I have the certificate to show for it. Mine was not dashed to me at all, neither was it ‘cash and carry’. I have a Bachelor’s degree in English language from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. I also have a Master’s degree in Social Work from the Lagos State University. In addition, I have a Post Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Leadership from The Redeemer’s International Leadership Academy and now, a PhD in Christian Education and Ministerial Arts Kingdom Life Bible College. There are people in the entertainment industry who are a combination of beauty and brains. People who know me can attest that I have always been an academically-inclined woman. It was instilled in me from childhood. I am used to proving that whatever I have, I got it on merit. Also, I am not up to 56 years yet but I pray that I would get to that age joyfully. I wonder who wrote it online (that I’m 56 years old). People just falsify information. However, I would not disclose my age because I don’t want it to be a subject of debate.”
Anunobi additionally maintained that her celeb standing truly made her educational pursuit extra strenuous. She added, “My celebrity status made things even more stressful for me in my academic pursuit because my work was criticised more. Even when I was studying for my Master’s degree, I had to be frequent in school. I wrote my exams myself and submitted my assignments. My celebrity status did not help in any way, rather it made things more difficult. However, I love the challenge. I am principled and I can defend myself anytime. I want people to know that one can be a beautiful actress/celebrity and still be a powerful preacher. God can choose anyone from any profession.”
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